So I’m catching up on my happy lists this week, as I’m a week behind and I decided to dedicate Week 34 to my birthday! I turned the grand ‘young’ age of 37 on the 2nd October and guess what, I don’t feel a day older than 36! Like all birthdays when you get older, my birthday started like any other day, getting the kids up, breakfast, school run, etc. but I had a wonderful day after the mad morning dash!
So here are some of the things that made my day extra special:
1. My hubby making the house feel like a kids birthday party. Bless my hubby, he dressed the kitchen table with balloons, streamers, cards, presents, flowers, cake and chocolates. There were banners and streamers hanging in the kitchen and balloons everywhere! It was such a lovely surprise when I came home!
2. Going out for lunch with my mum. My daughter and I met my mum for lunch at one of the local garden centres. It’s in a lovely spot, surrounded by countryside and we enjoyed a lovely walk around one of the meadows. It was such a gorgeous sunny day and we enjoyed picking some blackberries. My little girl loved picking the blackberries and putting them in the basket, so sweet.
3. Going out for a special family meal. We decided to all go out for an evening meal for my birthday. So we went to a lovely seaside pub near us, which is great for families with young kids. The kids were so well behaved and enjoyed playing with the pubs toys and books and eating ice cream!
4. Having an evening stroll on the beach. After our meal we all went for a walk on the beach. The sun was almost down and you could see the lighthouse light in the distance. It was a bit blowy and the waves were crashing loudly. It really was so lovely to blow the cobwebs away! The pictures are a bit blurry due to the light (below).
Thank you to my family for making my birthday extra special!!
I’ve been under the weather recently, we’ve just had one illness after the other in our house! So today I decided I needed to treat my body to something good. It was craving some health! I needed a superfood salad! So whilst out and about I picked up everything I needed and couldn’t wait to get home to make it up and enjoy it! This recipe makes enough for two large portions. Perfect for all seasons I think and can be accompanied with a homemade warm savoury muffin on the side. Mmm yummy!
Preparation time: 15 minutes
What I used:
For the salad:
1 x bag of baby leaf salad
5 x baby tomatoes cut in halves (I use the plum variety)
A handful of green beans
1 x pack of feta cheese
1 x baby beetroot (preferably ones not soaked in vinegar)
A generous handful of pumpkin seeds
Optional: Avocado, unfortunately mine weren’t ripe enough!
For the dressing:
1 x lemon juiced
4 x tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
2 x tablespoons of honey (clear is best)
What I did:
You can either mix this salad altogether in a large mixing bowl to serve from the table or as I did (as it was just for me) I prepared it separately in the bowl. I prepared half in my lunch bowl and put half in the fridge for my work lunch tomorrow.
Firstly I put all the greens together – the salad leaves and the green beans. I cut the green beans in to small bite sized lengths with kitchen scissors.
Then I added the baby tomatoes which I had cut in half.
Next I added the beetroot and crumbled feta cheese on top, which had both been diced.
Finally I sprinkled over the pumpkin seeds.
For the dressing I literally just added all the ingredients together in a small cup and mixed well. This was then drizzled over the salad.
One portion of salad was put away in the fridge for me to to enjoy at lunch tomorrow at work! And there was enough dressing left over to put away in the fridge for another day. Perfect.
So simple and delicious! I really enjoyed my superfood salad, it was just what I needed! x
Writing this for my wonderful husband Matt, so his bucket list is noted and can be looked back on in years to come. It needed a little persuasion to get him to think about his bucket list. He had to ask me what one was! I explained it as your dreams, the things you want to achieve before you die. Then he started thinking and although a short list, what a special bucket list he has. I hope to add to his list over time, this is just the beginning!
Become a black belt in karate. A couple of weeks ago my hubby started learning karate. A dream of his since he was a young boy but never had the opportunity to achieve as a child. He’s aiming for a black belt which will take a few years, so it’s a commitment. A commitment which will hopefully bring him lots of joy and a sense of achievement and fulfil a childhood dream. This dream has become more special in that he’s learning with our son, so they can build their confidence together.
Sky dive again. For my hubby’s 30th I secretly booked a sky dive for him in Cornwall. I knew it was a dream of his and thought his 30th birthday would be the perfect opportunity to surprise him! He had no clue when we went off to Cornwall and just thought it was a night away. Until the morning when I drove him to do his sky dive! Ever since that day he has wished to do it again. Not great for my nerves at all having been through it once before! But it’s what he wants, it’s his dream.
Have a small holding and live a self sustaining life. My hubby should have been born a farmer. In reality that’s the life he wants and would have suited him, but isn’t living. He talks endlessly about having a small holding one day, rearing his own animals and living of the land. We’re aiming for this dream, but it’s going to take some work and some time. Who doesn’t want the good life? One day I hope we can fulfil his dream together. You never know.
Experience living in the wilderness. We’re always watching those programmes about people being left in the wildness to survive on nothing and have nothing for company than nature. Think Bear Grylls! Well that’s right up my hubby’s street! He would love nothing more than to go of in to the wilderness for his own adventure, living within nature and just surviving. I think this would be a really brave thing to do, I’m not sure I could do it! I hope he gets the opportunity one day to experience this.
Bear tracking. This is related in a way to the above but more specific. Those who watched Gordon Buchanan on his TV show about bear tracking will know what I mean. ‘Hey bear’. Well that’s exactly what he would like to do. He actually looked in to it on the Internet recently. There’s organisations which will take you off bear tracking, like a holiday. But it’s not cheap and he would be going by himself (obviously!) so it’s not the right time now with the little ones and financially, but I’m encouraging him to consider this in the not so distant future.
Get fit and healthy. My hubby really wants to get fit and healthy for his family and for himself. He’s made great progress in the last month by giving up the cigarettes (he recently started again after 15 years!) and has moved on to the E type cigarettes. Well done hubs! His weight has been an issue for him and again he’s made great progress by starting karate, which he is intending to do twice a week. I think this is a great start and long may it continue.
What’s on your bucket list? Have you crossed any of your list yet? It’s good to have dreams and aspirations…X