Because I’m Happy #3

It’s two months since my last Happy post…. but don’t worry, it’s not because I’ve been wallowing in unhappiness during that time. Kind of the opposite actually! So, here’s what’s been making me feel happy, of late…

M&S trainers

Bagging some bargain trainers. I spotted these lovely Marks & Spencer trainers on Kat Got The Cream – they were £29.95 and are reduced to £8 in the sale. £8! For real. I love them. Granted, it’s too hot to wear them at the moment but I will…

Midweek BBQs. Something it’s not too hot for! There’s something so BRILLIANT about a midweek barbie, isn’t there? It feels a bit naughty to sling some burgers and bangers on the grill and eat outside. On a Wednesday! Plus, the four-year-old loves any excuse to eat sausages, so she’s happy too.

Junior Design Awards

Being a judge in the Junior Magazine Design Awards 2015. This is something I’m hugely thrilled about – Junior Magazine have asked me to be a judge in their prestigious Design Awards. During its 15 year history, Junior has celebrated the best designer and high street children’s fashion labels, the luxurious hotels and fine restaurants that can cater to a family’s every whim while retaining high standards, the coolest and most child-friendly interiors, and the top classic and modern toys and books. Every year, they call upon parenting and family brands, products and experiences to enter the awards, to be judged against each other in order to bring their readers the cream of the crop.

I’ll be judging the lifestyle categories including travel, books, toys, dining, buggies and cots. Other judges on the Junior Design Awards include my fellow blogger and journo Erica Davies from the Edited, TV presenter Kirsty McCabe, singer Rachel Stevens, designer Olivia Rubin and Cass Chapman from Kodomo. If you run or look after a brand, you can register to enter here.

martin-millers-gin

Discovering I like drinking gin! I’ve never been a fan of gin…. until now. I think I must be a proper grown up or something, because when I was in Mallorca last month with Scott Dunn Travel (full post on that coming shortly) I drank gin. Twice. And I liked it. It’s like a whole new world of drinks have just opened up to me. First up, I’m trying out this amazing looking gin that Martin Miller’s sent me – it’s distilled in England using water from an Icelandic spring. Gin and tonic on ice, anyone?

ali-mark

Being invited to a boat party. I’ve decided that boat parties on the Thames are one of my favourite things in life. What’s more fun than sailing up and down, past famous landmarks while you drink prosecco and dance to cheesy music? Nothing, that’s what. I was lucky enough to be invited to the evening do of my friend and fellow blogger Becky’s wedding last week – and it was amazing.

legoland

Doing fun things with the family. We’ve been doing a ridiculous number of fun things recently. It’s partly because we’ve dropped the four-year-old down to 2.5 days at pre-school, so we have more time to get out and about during the week. We’re also trying to take advantage of the quieter weekdays before the school holidays start. A couple of weeks ago, we went to Legoland – which is so much fun. I’d never been before and was really impressed by the rides, the shows and the variety of activities there. But the best bit: the mini Lego town!

b&w FH

A few weeks before that we did something totally awesome – we went for afternoon tea at a posh London hotel with Elmo. The actual Elmo. Not some dude dressed up, but the actual puppet and Ryan Dillon, the actual puppeteer who ‘does’ Elmo. The event was to promote new episodes of The Furchester Hotel on CBeebies. The four-year-old loves watching the show was so excited to meet the Elmo puppet and the other characters like Funella.

Tomorrow, we’re heading to the brand new Shrek’s Adventure on London’s Southbank. A fully immersive walk-and-ride attraction, it looks fab! It combines ten fairytale themed live shows with storytelling, an amazing 4D ride, dramatic special effects and extraordinary DreamWorks animation. For a sneak peak of the attraction, watch this clipPLUS! I’m offering one lucky winner the chance to win a family set of four tickets to Shrek’s Adventure in London. If you want to star next to Shrek, Donkey and his DreamWorks pals, simply comment on this blog post saying what your favourite Shrek character is and why.  Extra entries can be obtained by following me on Twitter, tweeting a message and following me on Instagram. Don’t forget to fill in the Rafflecopter box at the end of this post, for your entry to count. I’ll let you know my verdict on Shrek’s Adventure over on Twitter tomorrow!

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  1. July 1, 2015 / 10:26 pm

    oooh! love the snazzy trainers… I’ve never been a fan of gin ether… maybe I should give it another go?!
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  2. July 1, 2015 / 10:48 pm

    We are loving that gin too – so easy to drink! I love those trainers, off to see if they have any more! x
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  3. Kirsty Fox
    July 1, 2015 / 11:09 pm

    I love Donkey because he is hilarious and makes the whole family laugh

  4. Lucy Pasifull
    July 2, 2015 / 9:40 am

    I like the gingerbread man as it was my favourite story as a child.

  5. juliette
    July 2, 2015 / 9:57 am

    Ilove Shrek – such a great character

  6. Diane Wood
    July 2, 2015 / 11:38 am

    it’s got to be Donkey, I can’t resist a funny guy

  7. gemma clark
    July 2, 2015 / 11:44 am

    Donkey, he cracks me up!!

  8. Prerna Gupta
    July 2, 2015 / 12:15 pm

    I love the Donkey..he is funny and cute!

  9. kim neville
    July 2, 2015 / 4:08 pm

    We like Shrek as he makes us laugh and like a friendly giant

  10. July 2, 2015 / 5:02 pm

    Just discovered your blog Alison – love these articles!

  11. clair downham
    July 2, 2015 / 5:29 pm

    shrek because he makes us laugh

  12. July 2, 2015 / 6:04 pm

    Has to be Princess Fiona – a princess we can all relate to!!xx

  13. July 2, 2015 / 6:34 pm

    Ah so glad you snapped up those trainers – they will look ace on you. We’ve also been daredevils and had a couple of mid-week bbqs, which the kids think is brilliant!
    And a big well done on being a judge for the Junior awards – such a great magazine! xx
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  14. Michelle Phillips
    July 2, 2015 / 6:42 pm

    Donkey, of course. He’s hilarious!!

  15. Paul Scotland
    July 2, 2015 / 6:58 pm

    Donkey as he is cheeky, lively and so much fun

  16. sarah rees
    July 2, 2015 / 8:08 pm

    donkey, he never fails to make me laugh

  17. Natalie Crossan
    July 2, 2015 / 11:30 pm

    Princess Fiona 🙂

  18. claire woods
    July 3, 2015 / 9:02 pm

    Donkey. He’s so funny

  19. lynn heath
    July 4, 2015 / 6:53 am

    For me it has to be Donkey as he is so funny, he really adds a touch of humor to the films!

  20. charlotte b
    July 4, 2015 / 11:52 am

    It has to be the cheeky & loveable ….. Donkey!

  21. Ana N.
    July 4, 2015 / 2:07 pm

    The Donkey… he is just hilarious

  22. Elisa Trueman
    July 4, 2015 / 4:28 pm

    Puss in Boots…makes me laugh til I cry…and Donkey!

  23. Alison Joyce
    July 4, 2015 / 9:30 pm

    Princess Fiona because she kicks ass

  24. liz ferguson
    July 4, 2015 / 9:58 pm

    Donkey – he makes me laugh

  25. Mia Clarke
    July 4, 2015 / 10:13 pm

    Shrek the green loveable ogre

  26. Rebecca England
    July 5, 2015 / 1:11 am

    I’m another Donkey fan – irritating and very funny

  27. Catherine McAlinden
    July 5, 2015 / 9:05 am

    Donkey because he is so funny!

  28. leanne weir
    July 5, 2015 / 10:00 am

    it’s got to be Donkey,

  29. Samantha Ashmore
    July 5, 2015 / 10:12 am

    Puss in boots for those eyes

  30. Sarah S
    July 5, 2015 / 11:08 am

    Pinocchio is our favourite as my 4 year old calls him pino-chi-nose!

  31. Michelle Banks
    July 5, 2015 / 12:24 pm

    I love Shrek x i think hes adorable x

  32. jo maxted
    July 5, 2015 / 4:09 pm

    Donkey he is just my cup of tea!!

  33. Hannah Igoe
    July 5, 2015 / 4:38 pm

    The dragon -fierce but loveable

  34. Sarah Cooper
    July 5, 2015 / 4:46 pm

    Donkey – he is so funny!

  35. Lorraine Foster
    July 5, 2015 / 5:15 pm

    Donkey because he is so funny and dramatic.

  36. ALison
    July 5, 2015 / 5:40 pm

    DOnkey – because he is so funny

  37. ashleigh brookes
    July 5, 2015 / 6:38 pm

    donkey – he’s just so funny!

  38. Christina Palmer
    July 5, 2015 / 7:17 pm

    I love donkey, he is so annoying but so funny at the same time

  39. Lynne Durkin
    July 5, 2015 / 7:47 pm

    Donkey because he lightens the mood and makes everyone laugh.

  40. Joanne Baldwin
    July 5, 2015 / 8:11 pm

    Donkey, because he is so hilarious!

  41. Eve Burke
    July 5, 2015 / 8:17 pm

    I love Fiona – she knows that looks are not everything and that you should love someone for who they are on the inside!

  42. jamie banks
    July 5, 2015 / 8:34 pm

    shrek x he just funny i love him so does my daughter x

  43. July 5, 2015 / 8:55 pm

    This whole post makes me grin Alison. I love parties on boats too – that sounds like a brilliant wedding. And hurray to making the most of these last days before G starts school. Oh, and gin – HOW HAVE YOU ONLY JUST DISCOVERED IT?! xxx
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  44. karen hutchinson
    July 5, 2015 / 10:00 pm

    donkey – everyone laughs at donkey from toddlers to granddads !

  45. donna l jones
    July 5, 2015 / 11:34 pm

    I love Donkey because he is so funny

  46. sarah argent
    July 6, 2015 / 12:23 am

    It has to be Puss in Boots when he does his big eyes bit!!

  47. Daniel Stacey
    July 6, 2015 / 8:19 am

    Donkey, he’s very funny

  48. stephanie campbell
    July 6, 2015 / 12:36 pm

    i love donkey

  49. Rachel Savage
    July 6, 2015 / 12:48 pm

    I like Donkey, I think he is hilarious!

  50. Rebecca Austin
    July 6, 2015 / 1:46 pm

    Donkey. He is so funny. Love the Shrek movies

  51. Greig spencer
    July 6, 2015 / 1:54 pm

    donkey as he is soo funny

  52. Cheryl Kean
    July 6, 2015 / 2:27 pm

    I love donkey he’s so funny !

  53. Daisy Mae
    July 6, 2015 / 3:12 pm

    Donkey – because he reminds me of my two munchkins “Are we there yet?”

  54. Sarah-Jane Laycock
    July 6, 2015 / 5:42 pm

    Donkey because of his hilarious antics and utterly infectious laughter

  55. yvonne hickman
    July 6, 2015 / 5:46 pm

    got to be donkey as he makes me and the kids laugh

  56. Caroline Cordery
    July 6, 2015 / 6:19 pm

    puss in boots as his accent is hilarious.

  57. Allan Fullarton
    July 6, 2015 / 6:20 pm

    Love donkey, he makes me laugh!

  58. sharon brison
    July 6, 2015 / 7:12 pm

    Love Donkey, the voice of Eddie Murphy is just perfect, witty & so fitting to donkey

  59. Kellie Faggle McIntyre
    July 6, 2015 / 8:06 pm

    Princess Fiona-she is so funny but also charming!

  60. teresa sheldon
    July 6, 2015 / 8:33 pm

    Donkey his so commical and loyal bless him

  61. Sarah Bates
    July 6, 2015 / 8:52 pm

    Donkey! He’s funny!

  62. Debbie Preston
    July 6, 2015 / 10:18 pm

    Donkey because he makes me laugh with his antics

  63. Nicola Holland
    July 6, 2015 / 10:46 pm

    Donkey as he stands up to Shrek and his grumpiness!

  64. Kimberley Howes
    July 6, 2015 / 11:26 pm

    Donkey he’s so funny and loveable

  65. Donna Gilligan
    July 6, 2015 / 11:42 pm

    Donkey, just for the amusement value

  66. elaine stokes
    July 7, 2015 / 8:35 am

    the gingerbread man….. do you know the muffin man, the muffin man, he comes from down your way!!!!!!

  67. Maria P
    July 7, 2015 / 8:58 am

    Shrek – he is huge, but has great heart as well 🙂

  68. charlotte qualter
    July 7, 2015 / 9:28 am

    It has to be Donkey……..Such a funny character and love his witty one liners!

  69. Helen
    July 7, 2015 / 10:41 am

    Our favourite is donkey because he makes us all laugh!

  70. Louise B-G
    July 7, 2015 / 10:44 am

    Donkey is our favourite character as he’s just so funny.

  71. olivia Kirby
    July 7, 2015 / 11:46 am

    Puss in Boots, just like his accent!!

  72. MAZ WATSON
    July 7, 2015 / 12:28 pm

    Donkey because he is the funniest.

  73. Lucy Carter
    July 7, 2015 / 12:59 pm

    We love donkey as he is so funny

  74. michelle kane
    July 7, 2015 / 1:38 pm

    I love Donkey and would love to take the children during the holidays

  75. m knight
    July 7, 2015 / 2:20 pm

    I love Puss when he goes all cute as big eyed. I’m still trying to prefect this.

  76. Emma Green
    July 7, 2015 / 4:57 pm

    Donkeyis the funniest character by far!

  77. Gemma Poulding
    July 7, 2015 / 5:17 pm

    I love Donkey as my 3 year old was a donkey in last Christmas nativity and it reminds of those memories

  78. Sarah Parkin
    July 7, 2015 / 5:22 pm

    Donkey is our favourite because he always makes us laugh the most

  79. jenette ogborn
    July 7, 2015 / 5:35 pm

    We love Donkey he is just funny 🙂

  80. Daniel Hayward
    July 7, 2015 / 5:50 pm

    Princesss fiona

  81. Sammy Fairman
    July 7, 2015 / 8:00 pm

    Love Donkey – he’s hilarious.

  82. July 7, 2015 / 8:29 pm

    we love donkey 🙂 he’s hilarious and deffo our fave character
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  83. Sarah Robinson
    July 7, 2015 / 8:54 pm

    We love donkey, as he makes us laugh.

  84. linda curtis
    July 7, 2015 / 9:08 pm

    ooh do enjoy a drop of gin , it was my mother in laws tipple i first drank it with her many years ago , and always have one for her on special occasions
    i would love to take the grandsons to shrek 🙂

  85. linda curtis
    July 7, 2015 / 9:09 pm

    sorry got carried away with the gin lol
    i love the gingerbread man
    altho i love them all really

  86. Tracey baker
    July 7, 2015 / 9:19 pm

    Love Donkey – he’s fab xx

  87. July 7, 2015 / 9:26 pm

    I Love the Gingerbread Man … sooooo cute ♥♥♥ Great Prize my kids would love , and me…♥♥♥

  88. Holly Boyd
    July 7, 2015 / 9:33 pm

    I love donkey because he is so sassy

  89. Wendy Tolhurst
    July 7, 2015 / 9:42 pm

    Donkey is my favourite – a combination of him making me laugh so much and also hearing the voice of Eddie Murphy, who I think is a fantastic actor.

  90. Sarah Parker
    July 7, 2015 / 10:01 pm

    donkey because he is funny 🙂

  91. kerry lethbridge
    July 7, 2015 / 10:31 pm

    Fiona because the ogre Fiona is my doppelganger

  92. Mark Johnson
    July 7, 2015 / 10:37 pm

    Shrek, he’s a great chaarcter

  93. Emma Williams
    July 7, 2015 / 11:23 pm

    It has to be donkey, because he’s such a funny character

  94. Joanna Sawka
    July 7, 2015 / 11:54 pm

    I like Donkey, he is so funny

  95. Kelly L
    July 8, 2015 / 12:17 am

    I love Shrek and his grumpiness!

  96. Hayley Evans
    July 8, 2015 / 12:21 am

    Donkey, just think he’s hilarious and love his singing

  97. David M
    July 8, 2015 / 1:20 am

    Donkey – he doesn’t take life too seriously and he is a loyal friend

  98. July 8, 2015 / 8:02 am

    Love these happy posts – and LOVE those trainers. Going to hot foot it down my local M&S and see if there’s any left! Although it’s still a no to the gin from me – always makes me cry!
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  99. Stuart Payne
    July 8, 2015 / 8:47 am

    Shrek – reminds me of a lot of people i know.

  100. Carly Tagg
    July 8, 2015 / 9:01 am

    Shrek! Love how he learns as a character

  101. Pat Stubbs
    July 8, 2015 / 9:22 am

    Donkey because he never gets it right – like alot of us!!

  102. July 8, 2015 / 9:28 am

    Puss, because he’s brilliant, and the voiceover just makes the character

  103. Lucy Robinson
    July 8, 2015 / 10:12 am

    We love the donkey as he makes us laughs. x

  104. Kirsty Sparks
    July 8, 2015 / 10:24 am

    I love Donkey because he’s so funny 🙂

  105. Caroline Signey
    July 8, 2015 / 10:36 am

    My son loves the gingerbread man especially when he turns big in one of the films, so I would say him too!

  106. caroline tokes
    July 8, 2015 / 11:37 am

    i love all the characters but donkey is my fav hes so funny with his one liners

  107. MICHELLE NORTON
    July 8, 2015 / 12:10 pm

    DONKEY BECAUSE HIS SO FUNNY

  108. Elizabeth Briggs
    July 8, 2015 / 12:21 pm

    I love Puss in Boots because he is cheeky and that voice!

  109. Jamie Millard
    July 8, 2015 / 1:59 pm

    Has to be the main man himself. Because he’s funny and Scottish

  110. Andy Campbell
    July 8, 2015 / 2:08 pm

    Like so many others – Donkey… he has sass, sometimes mis-placed charm, but his heart is in the right place, even if his brain is sometimes like a parfait

  111. Denielle Nicol
    July 8, 2015 / 2:26 pm

    Donkey! His sooooo funny Dxx

  112. Leanne Bell
    July 8, 2015 / 2:44 pm

    Puss in Boots is my favourite – I think its the bid sad looking eyes 🙂 x

    • Leanne Bell
      July 8, 2015 / 2:45 pm

      big* even

  113. hayley knapp
    July 8, 2015 / 2:55 pm

    puss in boots because he is so cute xx

  114. frith smith
    July 8, 2015 / 3:06 pm

    i like puss in boots. he’s got a fab hat and a fab attitude!

  115. Tamsin Dean
    July 8, 2015 / 5:56 pm

    has to be donkey with his girlfriend and babys, so funny

  116. victoria thurgood
    July 8, 2015 / 7:05 pm

    Donkey he is funny

  117. sarah burton
    July 8, 2015 / 7:11 pm

    I like Puss in Boots as Antonio Banderas’ voice is like velvet (love the chase the torch scene too)

  118. Chris Fletcher
    July 8, 2015 / 7:55 pm

    It has to be Donkey – he always has a smart comment!

  119. ANNA D.
    July 8, 2015 / 8:07 pm

    Donkey!!! So funny!!!

  120. Pam Francis Gregory
    July 8, 2015 / 8:33 pm

    Donkey is soooo funny!

  121. Kim W
    July 8, 2015 / 9:14 pm

    i love them all, but I love Fiona as she’s good for Shrek and keeps him grounded. Love conquers all.

  122. Michelle lintern
    July 8, 2015 / 9:24 pm

    I love donkey because he always make me smile

  123. claire little
    July 8, 2015 / 9:28 pm

    fiona what girl doesn’t want to be a princess 🙂

  124. Stephanie Dunmore
    July 8, 2015 / 9:43 pm

    It has to be Shrek himself as he reminds me of my partner!

  125. Lynne O'Connor
    July 8, 2015 / 10:15 pm

    Sheen – I love his insecurities

    • Lynne O'Connor
      July 8, 2015 / 10:16 pm

      Sorry, Shrek – I hate autocorrect

  126. MAZZ MULLARKEY
    July 8, 2015 / 10:17 pm

    Mine has got to be Lord Farquaad, just the name gives me a giggle, he’s so humpy and uppy himself, I just think he’s so funny. x

  127. Sarah McFadzean
    July 8, 2015 / 10:23 pm

    My favourite character is the Gingerbread Man, as I love running about saying “not my gumdrop buttons”

  128. Karis
    July 8, 2015 / 10:25 pm

    The gingerbread man. He’s cute.

  129. Chris Fliss
    July 8, 2015 / 10:26 pm

    Donkey for me, he’s so rude but he does ‘rude’ with great style and comedy 🙂

  130. Nancy Bradford
    July 8, 2015 / 10:36 pm

    Princess Fiona because I believe throughout the stories she has gone through the biggest journey.

  131. Tolu
    July 8, 2015 / 10:38 pm

    Fiona

  132. Tina L-D
    July 8, 2015 / 10:44 pm

    Doris, the barmaid, don’t really have a reason why =D

  133. sarah clegg
    July 8, 2015 / 10:57 pm

    Donkey hes so funny

  134. Kelly Ellen Hirst
    July 8, 2015 / 11:55 pm

    I love shrek himself – he’s so foolish yet so sweet aswell

  135. July 9, 2015 / 12:08 am

    Wow some great reasons t be happy and I love those bargain trainers – £8 thats amazing! Also summer is all about the G&T’s

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