Monday Happy List

Five Happy Things {Week 507}

dog at polling station 2024

Starting the week by writing the Happy List is something I’ve been doing for the last few years. It’s my chance to sit down and reflect on the things that made me happy in the previous week, as well as to record some of the adventures we have as a family.

Five Happy Things {Week 507}

Last week I finished reading The Story Spinner by Barbara Erskine thanks to an ARC from NetGalley. I’ve read one of her books before (The Dream Weavers) and really enjoyed it, The Story Spinner was equally good.

We enjoyed our chance to vote during the General Election and made sure we took our pup and daughter with us. There were lots of dog and it was a good opportunity to show our daughter how easy it is to vote.

My daughter loves to bake and we tried the Dr Oetker Stuffed Cookie Mix S’Mores kit. She loves to eat s’mores and this packet mix made a delicious cookie with a marshmallow filling. It was a little messy to put together but worth the effort for freshly baked cookies.

I won two handmade lavender bags from Fine Cell Work on Instagram. Worked in eleven rows of neat chain stitch and filled with organic lavender, the Rainbow Lavender Bags are a great natural air freshener, as well as an effective moth repellant. Fine Cell Work are a charity who help rebuild the lives of people in prison with the transformative power of needlework. I have a Fine Cell Work handmade cushion in a gorgeous Cath Kidston design so I was already familiar with their work. These bags are both practical and pretty!

handmade lavender bags from Fine Cell Work

We watched a lot of sport last week, including the Euros and Wimbledon. My son and husband were lucky to get tickets to the Formula 1 at Silverstone and see Lewis Hamilton win on Sunday!

Have a great week and do let me know what made you happy last week.


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    July 8, 2024 at 11:10 pm

    Those bags were a great win! They’re so cute, and lavender is so relaxing.

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    July 9, 2024 at 4:04 am

    I love your “Five Happy Things” posts! They always brighten my day with your positive moments and reflections. Thanks for spreading joy and inspiration!

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    Yeah Lifestyle
    July 9, 2024 at 11:44 am

    I love the sound of the s’mores cookies, we will have to have a go at that kit. I also went down to vote last week – I took my daughter with me. Hope you enjoy your week.

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    Rhian Scammell
    July 9, 2024 at 2:40 pm

    I’m so jealous of your son and husband going to the F1, I really want to go but it’s so expensive for what it is, especially with how bad the weather was this year. The s’mores cookies sound yummy x

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    July 9, 2024 at 3:33 pm

    I love your posts and look forward to reading them, they’re soooo positive. My happy things mmmm I had an amazing phone call with my dad which made my day.

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    July 9, 2024 at 5:17 pm

    Aww I love this post and those are some really nice bags. First time I’ve never heard of Dr Oetker Stuffed Cookie Mix S’Mores kit, I need to try that kit out

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    July 9, 2024 at 6:39 pm

    How sweet your pup is! That’s lovely that voting is a family event ^_^ I’ve been trying to keep up with Wimbledon as I do love tennis so that’s been exciting as well. Overall sounds like a lovely week 🙂

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    Sue-Tanya Mchorgh
    July 9, 2024 at 9:51 pm

    It sounds like you had a wonderful and eventful week! From enjoying a good read with Barbara Erskine’s “The Story Spinner” to participating in the General Election with your pup and daughter, and baking delicious s’mores cookies together—each moment sounds memorable and enjoyable. Thanks for sharing your experiences!

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    Lavanda Michelle
    July 9, 2024 at 11:00 pm

    I love how your Happy List highlights both small joys and meaningful moments. Your baking adventure sounds delicious and heartwarming!

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    July 10, 2024 at 4:56 am

    My daughter loves to bake too. And easy way for us to bond and spend quality time together.

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    July 10, 2024 at 7:51 am

    Got to pick up and read the Story Spinner by Barbara Erskine. Sounds like a pretty good book!

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    Jupiter Hadley
    July 10, 2024 at 8:30 am

    Your prize from instagram looks lovely! I like the sound of the s’more kit as well – how fun.

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    Melanie E
    July 10, 2024 at 9:27 am

    Oh wow, congratulations on your lovely win. Lavender bags are really lovely and are great to freshen up a room, draws, wardrobe etc.

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    July 11, 2024 at 1:55 pm

    Those lavender bags are just so gorgeous! What a great prize to win! And your son was also super lucky to get to the F1.

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    July 12, 2024 at 12:28 am

    It’s so good to read about your post. It’s good to spend some nice time with family we too watch a lot of sport together. That’s amazing that your son and husband got the Formula 1 at Silverstone.

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    July 12, 2024 at 2:14 am

    Those lavender bags are so lovely! What a wonderful idea. Sounds like a nice week, and it is nice to recap what was good about it.

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