Happy Days: Play Dates & Down Time

Welcome to Happy Days!  Katy and I host this linky with the purpose of inspiring you to make the most of each day, no matter what you've been up to, and to find happiness in every day. It's where I share the little moments that have brought me joy.



Zipless romper from Lottie & Lysh

Where on earth has this week gone? Is it just me or has January been a bit of a "blink and you'll miss it" month! I'm looking forward to reading all of your posts. Remember, any happy post can be linked up - it doesn't have to be a gratitude list like Katy and I do.

Here's what has made me happy recently

• A girly night out. On Saturday my friends and I went out for dinner to celebrate my friend's 30th birthday. The meal itself turned out to be a bit of a disaster, but we had a good giggle and it was nice for us all to let our hair down as we are all busy mums!

• Play dates. I often feel sorry for J as he doesn't really have any friends of his own, as he has always just tagged along to groups and activities that I have taken Little N to. This week one of the mums from school invited me and J to her house for a cuppa and for the children to play. She has a daughter a few months younger than J and he adores her. He was so happy!

• Epic salads. I have been terrible for just eating crisps, toast and chips recently so batched cooked a heap of bulgar wheat, beetroot, sweet potatoes, carrots, lentils and spring greens so I could eat it for lunch through the week. It was so yummy and I feel a lot better for getting some goodness down me.

• Ian coming home. He had been in LA for a week and the boys had really, really missed him while he was away, especially Little N. He came home on Monday and brought Star Wars t-shirts and American sweets for the kids. And Swedish Fish for me!

• Down time. I have been feeling really displacent and angry whenever I see the news this week, so I have been switching off a lot more and having down time. If you follow me on Instagram you might have noticed I've been quieter this week. It's done me good though, I should switch off more often.


What are your weekend plans? I'm going to Champneys tomorrow! I won't be blogging it as I don't think there will be many photo opportunities due to their restrictions, but I'll tell you about it next week!
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23 comments

  1. Hope you feel a bit better; down time can really help though! I often wonder if my youngest will have few friends as she also tags along with us. Good news for little N! Thanks for hosting xx

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    1. Thank you, yes the down time does the world of good and I am trying to do it more often now x

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  2. Aw the news can get you down cant it? Hope you are feeling better. Enjoy Champneys, its so nice to have a spa treat xx

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  3. Some wonderful moments and well done you for switching off. I need to learn to do that too. Thank you for hosting #HappyDays 🌟

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  4. So lovely to have dinner out with friends, I really need to do this more often. Holly is the same, I think it's a second child thing and I always feel so bad for her. That's lovely that he now has his own little friend. Thank you for hosting x

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    1. It's so rare that I get to go out with friends, we always say we will do it more and before we know it it has been a year! x

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  5. It's always a relief when my hubby comes home. Hope your night out was fun, sometimes that's the thing that helps. Hope you have more play dates - h loves playing with her friends #happydayslinky

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    1. I hope we can have more playdates, it was lovely for him x

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  6. It is always good to have a night off! glad your husband is back and sounds like he brought some goodies with him!
    Have you tried subway salads? you basically get everything you get in the sub just without the bread and the one near my work puts tons of it in and its all for a max of £3.50!!! #happydayslinky

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    1. No I've never tried a Subway salad but if I went I just wouldn't be able to resist getting the bread haha! x

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  7. The news is just awful isn't it. I'm trying to avoid when I can and i usually like to keep up to date. The girly night sounds fab and it's always good when your other half comes home. My kids are the same on play dates, but it's fun getting them out and playing with other kids. Lovely week hon x

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    1. It's stressing me out so much I have just stopped looking at the news for a while! x

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  8. Dinner out with friends sounds great. I know what you mean about the news, I used to read it every morning while having breakfast but it's just too depressing so I've stopped and read a book on the kindle instead, I feel so much better for it.
    #HappyDaysLinky

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    1. That is a good idea, I should do that instead x

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  9. Oh yes, definitely switch off more often. Does you the world of good! And swedish fish... that's a new one on me! Probably because it's American by the sounds of it (except it can't be because it's called swedish fish!!). No matter! Thanks for hosting #happydayslinky

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    1. Yes they're American and there is a history to the name but I forget now!x

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  10. I hear you on the down time! It is so god to do. That must feel like a long week parenting alone but looks like you had the opportunity to spend it with some good friends yay! #happydays

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    1. It was quite enjoyable to be honest, the house was calmer and cleaner haha! x

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  11. Dinner with friends is always great, I've made it my NY resolution to make more effort to initiate friend meet-ups rather than wait for others to organise them. otherwise, we juts come up with excuses that we're too busy. I love the photo of your little boy as well - we have leggings in the same print, so adorable isn't it? xx #HappyDaysLinky

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    1. Ah you have good taste ;) Yes I totally need to be proactive about getting together with friends x

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  12. It's lovely when little ones get their own friends isn't it? so sweet x

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