Changing Things Up and Catching You Up

Let’s catch up! Unfortunately, Christmas is now a distant memory and things have been pretty busy since then. We’re only a couple weeks into the semester, but I’ve already had a nice long essay due… I know it’s only going to get busier, so I’m attempting to be as organised as possible.

In other news, I’ve spent the last week or so down in Newcastle babysitting my brother. When I wasn’t taking care of a hyper 10 year old, I was catching up with uni work, working on my blog or trying to figure out another side hustle… I shared on Twitter a couple weeks ago that I’d really like to start doing some freelance work in 2019, so I’ve been doing some research on that.

Now that we’ve had a quick catch up, let’s chat about change. If you are a regular reader of my blog then you might be familiar with my Small Happy Moments series. As much as I love it, I think it’s time for a change.

I want to continue sharing some of the little happy moments from each month, but I’d also like to share more of what I’ve consumed (and enjoyed) recently. It might be a movie, a song, an album, a book, a blog post or a mix of all of the above! Knowing me, there will probably be some food recommendations thrown in there too.

I think doing this will add a tiny bit more structure to my casual chatty posts. It also lets me ramble even more (oh dear), but it will hopefully give you something new to read/listen to/enjoy as well.

What do ya think? Please let me know!

With that ridiculously long explanation over, let’s have a little January round up.

Some small happy moments…

A quick getaway. 

An overnight stay at the Carlton George was my Christmas present from Lewis this year, and let me tell you… I felt like a very lucky lady! He cleverly booked it for the weekend before I started back at uni, and it was just what I needed. A few final days of relaxation before all the chaos began again! Our room had a balcony looking onto the city, and I could have easily sat out there all day.

Some snow. 

We might not have got a White Christmas, but I was treated to some snow while I was in Newcastle this week. It may have only lasted an hour or so, but it was an hour of pure joy for me. I squealed when I looked out the window to see the snowflakes falling. I think I’ll always get ridiculously excited when I see snow, no matter how old I am!

Coming home. 

As much as I enjoyed spending time with Logan and the two doggies in Newcastle, there was something so comforting about coming home. It’s such a nice feeling to be back in my little flat with Bear and Lewis. I missed them both!

Things you need to watch/see/eat/enjoy:

READ: On The Other Side by Carrie Hope Fletcher

I’ve followed Carrie online for years, but I have never read one of her books up until this month. I honestly couldn’t recommend this one enough. On The Other Side was a light read. After reading a few too many thrillers, I was on the lookout for something a bit happier and this did the trick. I loved the plot of the story, and I loved the magical elements throughout.

WATCH:  Dumplin’

I doubt I even need to mention this one. Everyone and their mum seems to be talking about Dumplin’. I loved it. It’s a good dose of Dolly Parton and self-confidence which personally I think are two things you can never have enough of. If you’ve not seen it yet, you can find it on Netflix.

LISTEN: Geography by Tom Misch

Tom Misch is a new discovery for me. I only found his music a few weeks ago, but I’ve been listening non-stop ever since. Geography is his debut album which was released in 2018. I’m not going to pretend that I’m a music critic and attempt to say anything articulate, so please just listen to it. Every single song makes me happy and makes me walk approximately 83% faster when out in public. (Please tell me I’m not the only one who practically runs when a good song comes on?!)

EAT: Daring Foods x BRGR

The Daring Foods gang kindly invited me along to their launch night in collaboration with BRGR. They’ve developed some meat free meals, and oh my god they are great. Their classic cluck free burger was my favourite, but I was also super impressed with their Daring mince chilli. If you’re around Glasgow or Edinburgh, definitely consider heading to one of the BRGR locations and giving the Daring Foods menu a try. There were lots of non-veggies/vegans at the launch, and everyone loved the burgers regardless!


And that’s a wrap! Let me know how your January has been so far, and if there’s anything you think I should be reading/watching/enjoying too. 

Oh and if you have any name ideas for this series, they would be very much appreciated. I’m struggling a bit!  I do like Small Happy Moments, but I’m sure there’s something better to encapsulate the new direction I’m taking… Maybe just something along the lines of a monthly roundup? 


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  • Sophie says:

    I love a good chatty post from you! I discovered Tom Misch when I started uni and my flat mates introduced me to music that wasn’t just Kanye West – I’ve really taken a liking to the genre!
    I still need to watch Dumplin’, I think I’ll sit down and watch it when I’m back at uni. I’ve heard so many good things about it and we all need some feel good to combat the Jan blues!

    Can’t wait to read more of these.
    Soph x

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