Buying a new roll of pretty washi tape, reading a new book with my three-year-old, actually making it to the gym every morning for a week rather than talking myself out of it. These are all things that make me happy. It’s funny how little things can make you smile, isn’t it?
This week, these things are making me smile. It might seem daft, but here we go…
The swimming costume was a sales purchase from Marks and Spencer. I couldn’t resist the bold print – and sshh don’t show it to my daughter because it’s for kids age 5-6 so she’s got at least a year until she can wear it!
Next, a gorgeous sparkly crown from H&M. One of those spur-of-the-moment purchases after seeing it discarded on a pile of pants near the till. Only £2.99 yet will bring my daughter a whole heap of joy when she wears the crown at her 4th birthday party later this month.
My friend Katrina used to make jewellery as her actual job. I met her in the pub last week, and she had made me this beautiful pearl necklace (no giggling at the back). Isn’t it gorgeous? She is a talented lady.
Also from Marks and Spencer, these sparkly silver shoes. The three-year-old needed some new party shoes and she is over the moon with this pair. She would wear them in bed, if we allowed her to. A bargain at £12, they make her smile and they make me smile too (until I have to vacuum twice a day to hoover up all of the glitter she is shedding – ha!)
Last but absolutely not least, the book is one by a new author and illustrator Rob Biddulph. By day, he works for The Observer and by night he’s a dad of three daughters and has been working on his first book. Over on The Motherhood, we featured some of his amazing lunchbox illustrations a few months ago, and now Blown Away is out to buy. And you should buy it – since we received a copy a couple of weeks ago, it’s been a firm bedtime favourite with the three-year-old. It tells the tale of a penguin called Penguin Blue who has a slight mishap when playing with a new kite. It takes him on a journey with friends and together they have to work out how to get home again. Aside from the illustrations being a treat for the eyes, you can really tell that Rob is a dad himself and has read (I’m guessing) countless kids’ stories. It’s written in a very clever and charming way – the story kind of bounces along and as you read it, you find yourself being caught up in the story. There are also loads of little things on each page to chat about with your kids (especially good for any children who are the sort who like to make stories last forever and delay bedtime…)
What things have made you smile this week?