Monday Happy List

Monday Happy List {Week 336}

Orla Kiely inspired birthday cake

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 336}

Last week my son celebrated his 11th birthday. He wanted a phone for his birthday and it felt a little sad as it was the first time in ages that he hadn’t asked for a big Lego set. He also got lots of Star Wars books and an amazing Among Us themed birthday cake.

Among Us birthday cake

There were quite a few muddy dog walks last week. The biggest problem with having a fluffy white dog is the endless mud he seems to pick up all winter. At first he used to walk around puddles, but now he just walks through them. He misjudged the depth of a puddle last week and fell in up to his chin! Thankfully my daughter pulled him out by his harness and put him on dry land.

I’ve been busy experimenting with making my own dye from food. I used red cabbage, turmeric, blueberries and onions to make my own dye. Then used the homemade dye to dye eggs for Easter. It was a little smelly and messy and not entirely successful but it was fun! I keep telling my kids that you have to try things, even if they don’t work they way you were expecting them to.

It was also my birthday last week. I asked for lots of craft kits and supplies and now have some gorgeous fabrics for my stash, as well as some sweet embroidery kits to work on, pretty dried flowers and an Orla Kiely-inspired birthday cake. With the days getting longer and warmer I’m hoping that more of the children’s after school activities will start up face to face, but I will still have plenty of time to craft too!

Among Us birthday cake

At the weekend we finally visited Oxhey Activity Park. It sits on the edge of Oxhey Park which was originally formed in 1924, and the River Colne runs through separating the two. The kids loved Oxhey Activity Park, there were bike trails, skate parks, table tennis, and climbing frames too. There was also a lovely cafe and it was all dog-friendly. We took scooters but hopefully we can go back with bikes soon.

Have a great week!


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    Samantha Donnelly
    March 22, 2021 at 1:23 pm

    Happy belated birthday to both you and your son, it sounds like you had a very busy week getting very muddy on your walks but birthday cake always helps

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    Claire Lomax
    March 22, 2021 at 5:37 pm

    Birthday central at your house! I hope you have both had a wonderful time. Enjoy all your craft stash, lots of fun to be had x

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    Everything Enchanting
    March 23, 2021 at 12:07 am

    I enjoy reading such Happy Monday Or Happy Friday blog posts covering the nice past week moments! That birthday cake is super cute 😍

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    March 23, 2021 at 6:20 am

    ohhhh experimenting on organic dyes sounded really fun! Happy birthday to your son though. Upon reading this post, I appreciate simple celebrations despite this pandemic. Good job!

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    Rebecca Smith
    March 23, 2021 at 9:58 am

    Hope you both had wonderful birthdays! I love that Among Us birthday cakes and know my Jack would adore it! I love the idea of making your own dye.

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    Rhian Westbury
    March 23, 2021 at 1:03 pm

    i hope you had a lovely birthday, and your son as well. You’re so right about having to try things, even if the first attempt isn’t perfect like your eggs, you can learn from it x

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    March 23, 2021 at 6:02 pm

    Wow, your birthdays are close. Happy birthday to you and your son. I have one turning 11 soon too.

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    Melanie williams
    March 24, 2021 at 11:11 am

    Aw looks like you have been a busy bee. I am loving that cake, very fun, cool and sending birthday wishes your way yay x

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    Kaz Dee
    March 26, 2021 at 12:02 pm

    Happy Birthday! Sounds like a good week – what a cute doggy you have! Kaz x

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