Monday Happy List

Monday Happy List {Week 319}

gingerbread house gift boxes

Starting the week by writing the Monday Happy List  is something I’ve been doing for a while. 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 always love to write.

Monday Happy List {Week 319}

We’re not really allowed to talk about Christmas in our house until my daughter’s birthday at the end of the month. However this year is slightly different. On Tuesday an Elf Isolation House appeared with our two elves in it. Yes, they had to arrive early due to quarantine restrictions on travellers from the North Pole! The kids were delighted to see them, although they keep expecting them to be up to mischief and they are being pretty quiet at the moment!

On Saturday we went looking for fresh Christmas Trees near us in London. We found The Christmas Tree Farm which was really fun to visit. They had loads of Christmas trees of all shapes and sizes and the smell was amazing. We’re still trying to figure out what to do as we’re a little worried about our cheeky pup., but we’re hoping to go back and get a fresh tree in a week or two.

freshly baked gingerbread from The Best Bit

The whole family adore gingerbread so we were delighted to be gifted a freshly baked gingerbread townhouse and cottage from The Best Bit. The children spent a lovely afternoon putting their houses together and decorating them with sweets. Of course they immediately wanted to eat them but I’ve persuaded them to enjoy looking at them for a week or two first.

Yesterday we visited the Oxhey Woods Sculpture Trail which is about 15 minutes from us. Our pup loves a walk in the woods and I knew the kids would enjoy a spot of geocaching, hunting for painted rocks and the wooden sculptures. I wasn’t wrong and we all enjoyed ourselves. The weather was sunny (for once!) and it felt so good to be outside.

Oxhey Woods Sculpture Trail

The colder weather definitely keeps us inside more and we had a lot of crafting time last week. The kids are obsessed with the game Among Us which inspired our Among Us painted rocks. We also baked our Christmas cake and had time to cut these sweet little gingerbread house boxes from Mollie Makes.

Have a great week everyone!


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    November 23, 2020 at 2:11 pm

    What a lovely way to start the Christmas festivities! Our elves will be in isolation for a minimum of 2 weeks from this weekend! WINNER!

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    Treasure Every Moment
    November 23, 2020 at 2:25 pm

    Aww I love going to a Christmas Tree Farm – they are always SO muddy, but the perfect way to kickstart the festive season 🙂

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    Sim @ Sim's Life
    November 23, 2020 at 3:48 pm

    Nom nom, Gingerbread! It seems like you are getting into the Christmas spirit! How fabulous to have a real tree, I would love one, but will settle for my artificial one again this year. Sim

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    Yeah Lifestyle
    November 23, 2020 at 4:00 pm

    How wonderful that despite the cold you have managed to visit Oxhey Woods Sculpture Trail, it looks like a great walk. We have not started on our Gingerbread baking yet but will start soon as the kit from The Best Bit has tempted me to

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    Playdays and Runways
    November 23, 2020 at 6:30 pm

    I think our Elf may be arriving soon and I love the idea of Elf isolation. Will have to give that a try here too.

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    November 23, 2020 at 6:45 pm

    I am loving the idea of the elf isolation house, that is so funny and clever! I may have to do something similar when I get our elves out. I need to start planning asap

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    November 23, 2020 at 7:16 pm

    Ha, I love that you quarantined the elves, that’s hilarious. The gingerbread house and cottage must have been fun to make.

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    November 23, 2020 at 7:34 pm

    How cool is that wood sculptures, omg how fun! I think this happy list is a good idea, sometimes we do need to reflect on all the good that’s happened. Being positive x

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    Rebecca Smith
    November 23, 2020 at 11:01 pm

    We might have to check out the Oxhey Woods trail, it isn’t too far from us and looks like a lot of fun!

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    Mellissa Williams
    November 23, 2020 at 11:03 pm

    Sounds like you are truly starting to get into the festive spirit! I love that you have a Christmas Tree Farm nearby!

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    Rhian Westbury
    November 24, 2020 at 11:42 am

    We have our real Christmas tree arriving next week and I can’t wait. I understand how your daughter feels though, I would want to have my birthday first before Christmas kicks in x

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    Melanie williams
    November 24, 2020 at 12:42 pm

    We have gone artificial this year, as we are putting the tree up this week slightly earlier than usual. Love the look of the gingerbread house yummy x

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    Natasha Mairs
    November 24, 2020 at 2:28 pm

    We love going on family walks so would love to go on that sculpture trail. I also really love those cut-out houses you have made!

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    November 28, 2020 at 3:56 pm

    We’ve already got our tree up but our birthdays were all at the start of the year so I definitely get it

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