Monday Happy List

Monday Happy List {Week 313}

The Pop Up Farm pumpkin patch

I love to start the week by writing the Monday Happy List. It’s a chance for me to sit down and reflect on the things that made me happy in the previous week, as well as to record some of our family adventures. It’s a post I love to write.

Monday Happy List {Week 313}

The children have been back at school for 5 weeks now. They are both so happy to be immersed in school life. Cubs and Scouts have re-started face to face meetings too which means our evenings are also busy. We managed to squeeze in a quick trip to the pub whilst the children were at karate last week which was fun.

It’s been really difficult to meet up with friends but last week I met a friend for coffee and cake after work. As the school I work in has been split into year group bubbles, I don’t get to see my colleagues at break times. It was lovely to go out for a catch up after work and put the world to rights again.

Our trip to The Pop Up Farm was cancelled last weekend due to the weather so I re-booked for Saturday. Thankfully the weather was much better this weekend so we were able to go. It was slightly different to last year but still just as much fun. We picked all kinds of pumpkins and squash and the kids enjoyed hunting for the rare white pumpkins.

We also visited Ikea for the first time in months. We had a huge shopping list and managed to get all the things we wanted. Then we spent Sunday building furniture and putting up shelves. We picked up some crazy purchases too, including a tunnel for the puppy to play in and some gingerbread houses and dough.

trip to ikea

With our pumpkins washed and on display we decided it was time to build our Gingerbread Halloween House. We used a ready-made kit from M&S which meant it was easy to put together. I picked up some edible Halloween decorations and it was fun to make a Halloween gingerbread house. It smells so good so we may eat it soon!

Have a great week everyone.


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    Jen @
    October 12, 2020 at 3:54 pm

    This is so lovely and what a great idea to do a happy list every Monday. Hope the puppy tunnel went down well, I might have to try one of those for my pooch who turns 3 this week!

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    Natasha Mairs
    October 12, 2020 at 4:49 pm

    I have never been to a pumpkin patch but have always wanted to go. I keep looking out for a few white pumpkins.

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    October 12, 2020 at 5:30 pm

    Sounds like a lovely week. I work in a school and it’s so weird not seeing people.

    There are some staff I have not seen since March as we are in different areas! It’s very odd x

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    Sim @ Sim's Life
    October 12, 2020 at 7:14 pm

    Fab you were able to re-book for pumpkin picking! Halloween will certainly be different to normal this year!

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    Samantha Donnelly
    October 12, 2020 at 7:16 pm

    I am glad you managed to get out this weekend, I love Ikea and hoping to drag my husband there tomorrow all going well x

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    Rebecca Smith
    October 12, 2020 at 10:51 pm

    Sounds like a great week! I am hoping to book for the Pop Up Farm for next week – I am so glad they have been able to reopen for this as I missed going for sunflowers and sweetcorn as I know many others did.

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    October 13, 2020 at 8:42 am

    My kiddies are happy to be back in school too. The routine and seeing their friends is really good for them rather than being stuck at home.

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      October 14, 2020 at 4:16 pm

      I feel the same, really hoping schools stay open.

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    Rhian westbury
    October 13, 2020 at 11:05 am

    I love the idea of a halloween gingerbread house, a good excuse to do them twice in the year. It must be starting to get busy for you with all he after school clubs again x

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    October 13, 2020 at 11:11 pm

    A Halloween gingerbread house sounds like fun! I like the idea of a happy list, it might help put a bad day in perspective for some.

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    Melanie williams
    October 14, 2020 at 5:13 pm

    Ooo I like the sound of a gingerbread Halloween house…sounds so much fun and you can eat the results xx

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    Kristina Maggiora
    October 14, 2020 at 5:23 pm

    awwww a halloween gingerbread house sounds like the cutest thing! I usually do one for Christmas but now i want to get a halloween kit haha

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    Jess Howliston
    October 15, 2020 at 11:24 am

    Aw love this, you cannot beat a trip to IKEA I love IKEA but always come home with loads of random stuff lol! I had no idea you could get a gingerbread Halloween house, I am definitely going to have to get one of these for me and the kids to decorate.

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    October 15, 2020 at 1:16 pm

    I want a Halloween gingerbread house! I’ve never seen them for any occasion other than Christmas. I’d love a good trip to IKEA right about now but unfortunately I’m trying to get rid of things currently, not get more!

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    Playdays and Runways
    October 16, 2020 at 4:20 pm

    I love Ikea and a few weeks ago we decided to brave the queues and plan a visit. I hadn’t realised how much I had missed it!

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