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Things that made me smile: January 2016

Spinach, cucumber and carrot smoothie

I’m not going to lie, I’m pretty glad that it’s the last day in January. I’m not convinced that the first month of the year is that great for anyone, what with the lack of money, the focus on kale over cake and the glum weather. Yes, I’ve been feeling all of those things, but among all of that, January has had its highlights, and here they are:

1. Getting down with plants – my focus on eating more plant-based foods has made me feel a whole lot better. Here’s to embracing this lifestyle more in 2016.

2. Nadia Reid – My husband bought me Nadia Reid’s album, Listen to Formation, Look for the Signs, for Christmas and I’ve been listening to it on a loop pretty much every day since. You too can start your Nadia Reid obsession over on her website, where you can listen to this brilliant album for free.

3. A change is as good as a rest – I got a full on fringe cut in yesterday (bangs for my lovely U.S readers). Not the apologetic, slightly whispy kind. The sort of fringe that covers every last inch of your forehead and then some. It’s good to mix things up, yes?

4. DIY, DIY, DIY – As you know, I’m getting my flat ready to sell. This post should actually have been published a couple of days ago, but this week has been awash with DIY to get the house ready for the valuations. The good news is, our house got valued on Friday, and it would seem all of our hard work has paid off. (Note, I was tempted to end this point with a smiley face emoji but I’m not sure we’re doing that yet in blog posts? Answers on a postcard, please.)

5. A Scandinavisk four-wick candle in Koto. It has the most divine smell; it’s not too overpowering but the scent fills the room and gives it a really calming feel.

What made you smile this month? Here’s to an amazing February for everybody!


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  • http://mitziemeeblog.com/ Mitzie Mee

    Your blog post made me smile:) My husband and I are also trying to embrace a more plant-based diet, but as for now, it’s going a bit so-so because my parents are here now, and parents eat meat. Sounds exciting with your house, good luck!

  • sileas

    Nope not the month I love the most either ;) Selling the flat – that sounds exciting and busy at the same time! Good luck!


  • http://confuzzledom.wordpress.com/ bevchen

    I actually find February worse than January – it’s STILL dark, it’s STILL cold, and by that time I’m over the crappy weather! At least it has the advantage of being short though, Swings and roundabouts.

  • http://www.summerdaisy.net/ Summer

    Love the candle! All the best with selling your flat ♥


  • http://www.themidnightblog.com/ Charlotte

    January seemed to drag on for eveeeeer. I’m quite glad february’s here too.

    Good luck on selling your flat and yay on the fringe! I used to have one and I’ve always found that it was one of the haircuts that suits me best (byebye big forehead!), it’s just a bit too high-maintenance for me and I end up getting lazy and outgroing it. :)

  • Siobhan

    January smiles: friends, food and walks on sunny days when we got them!

  • http://adventitiousviolet.com/ Camila @ AdventitiousViolet

    Sounds like a lovely month :) I LOVE getting my fringe cut – though every time I have a fringe I wish I didn’t and when I don’t I wish I did haha I’m sure you’re rocking it!

  • http://acrossthehogsback.wordpress.com/ Gianni Washington

    Emojis belong everywhere! I’m getting more and more into candles now. I’ve been meaning to get some Jo Malone candles since I’ve been hearing from everyone how great they are. Do the Scandinavisk candles really evoke Copenhagen for you?