Life Lately || Happy Thoughts + a Giveaway

Hello everyone! As you read this post, I am patiently and anxiously awaiting the visa news that I so desperately need at my local immigration centre. Please send me all the good vibes that you might possibly possess. 

While this prep and worry has dominated my week, don’t fear! It hasn’t all been doom and gloom!  stonehenge thorntons chocolates
He’s my new Thorntons  Bear. I’ve named him Teddy for obvious reasons. 

>>> I’ve teamed up with Thorntons to treat one special reader to some chocolates just in time for Valentine’s Day. I’m pretty partial to Thorntons chocolate and praline nuggets myself. Just click the giveaway below and one happy reader will be rolling in the sweet stuff.

Apologies, but the giveaway is open to UK readers only, although I still love all my international readers dearly.  Thorntons is giving away a beautiful and delicious Continental Chocolate Heart. Check out their Valentine’s Day page for some more inspiration! 

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>>> The X-files is back on TV and Mulder is as foxy as ever. Yes, he’s aged 15 years, but it’s just so nice to have my favourite duo back on TV that I will overlook all flaws. I watched them all on TV when the X Files aired back in the day, and I re-watched them all on Netflix a few years ago, and more recently as a proud owner of all episodes on DVD, I forced Sam to watch them all too to prepare for this mighty occasion. I want to believe. 

>>> Although my cold has settled in my chest, that nasty beast is on it’s way out (hopefully). It was one of the worst colds to strike me down for a while, and doing my first run last night in over a week was hard.

>>> I picked my wedding ring up from the jewellers. I had ordered it back at the beginning of December and it finally came in. It is utterly beautiful and I wish I was already wearing it. 

>>> Lindsay touched down in London. She doesn’t know it yet, but I am fully planning on monopolising all her time during her visit. 

>>> I didn’t get to eat pancakes on Tuesday (shocker!) because I was still sick and I worked late and didn’t get home till after 9, but I’m hoping to go crazy with piles of celebratory pancakes this weekend. Unless the UK doesn’t want me here anymore, in which case I will be weeping desperately into a soggy pancake. 

>>> I was able to go to Stonehenge and Bath with work this weekend. It’s a trip that I do about 3 times a year, but it never gets old.

>>> This week’s small victory for Bernie had me grinning away!

>>> Call me a sucker, but I do love Valentine’s Day, and I’m always up for flowers and romance. 

Do you have any Valentine’s Day plans for the weekend? 

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  • ashleigh allan

    Chocolate treasure hunt

  • I like Thorntons too:(

  • Ala

    Glad you’re feeling better my dear, also we are rooting for Bernie ourselves! #feelthebern haha love that hashtag! x

  • Oh Amanda – good vibes!! I hate that wait for visas 🙁

    • Thank you so much! Luckily, for this visa, the UK offered in person caseworker appointments so Friday was the culmination of a lot of document gathering and then a lot of waiting in a very tense building 😉 x

  • We’ve had Canadians over for training with work this week and the one place they all wanted to visit was Stonehenge! Bath is a beautiful city and I’m lucky enough to not live too far from it so have visited lots of times! Hope by the next Life Lately, your cold will have completely vanished! Alice xx

  • Angie SilverSpoon

    I can’t believe the X Files is back!

  • Best of luck with your visa!!

  • Miu

    Visa stuff is always nerve-wracking, so I’m sending you all the positive thoughts and a hug!

  • Milli

    Good luck with the Visa – I’m so sorry you didn’t get to have pancakes on Tuesday – Pancake day is the best! Bath is beautiful though, so lucky that you get to go often!

  • Best of luck with your visa – I’m sure everything will come out just the way you want. I am always guilty of assuming the worst when it comes to my visa… like rationalizing some way that they’d want to kick me out… of course, it never happens. Everything will be good, you’ll see :))
    And yay – you are #FeelingtheBern too. We’ll see what progresses in the coming months, I guess…

    • Thank you so much Cynthia! I’m sure your good vibes helped! While I love Bernie, i’m not sure what chances he really has for becoming the nominee, but I’m going to try to stay hopeful! x

  • Tracey Peach

    I love the idea of Get your glad rags on 🙂

  • Tracy K Nixon

    I love the idea of Lovebirds, take flight!

  • maci234

    the X Files is back

  • Lindsey Stuart

    I love the idea of get your glad rags on 🙂

  • Susan Lloyd

    Get your glad rags on!

  • Kimberley Ryan

    Chocolate treasure hunt sounds fun

  • Amy Fidler

    chocolate treasure hunt xx

  • Tania Atfield

    I’d love to do a chocolate treasure hunt

  • Good luck with your visa! I hope it goes through quickly 🙂

    • Thanks Elizabeth! This application was an “in person” one so after 4+ hours of waiting in the case room lobby it was granted!!!! Hurray! xx

  • TracyJo

    A Chocolate Treasure Hunt would be good x

  • Patricia Adams

    Go Wild.

  • Vicky Cole

    Cook dinner my hubby and I enjoy cooking a special dinner together

  • Kat Glynn

    Get your glad rags on 🙂

  • Michelle O’neill

    chocolate treasure hunt

  • clairdownham

    chocolate treasure hunt

  • Nathalie Taylor

    Go Wild. A day at the Zoo would be so fun.

  • Angie McDonald

    Go Wild! I adore animals!

  • Bianca Munoz

    Re-enact your first date!

  • laura banks

    chocolate treasure hunt

  • tracy newton

    Get your glad rags on

  • JudeVFR400

    Go wild – we’ll go raven spotting.

  • Laura Nice

    Chocolate treasure hunt xx

  • Christine Beake

    Go wild!

  • Nicki Evans

    Go wild.

  • Claire Woods


  • Susan Smith

    Lovebirds take flight

  • Martina Evans

    Get your glad rags on!

  • williamgould

    Get your glad rags on!

  • Jo Hutchinson

    Chocolate treasure hunt

  • Dadmac

    Chocolate treasure hunt

  • Rachel K

    Re-inact your first date!

  • Angela Louise

    Cook dinner x

  • Sending you ALL the good juju!

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  • Ruth Harwood

    would love to fly off somewhere exotic!!

  • Patricia Whittaker

    I’d like to go out for an energetic winter walk then come home and I’ll cook a special dinner for two.

  • Martina Alban

    going somewhere warm

  • trevor linvell

    Chocolate treasure hunt

  • Angela Macdonald

    Re-enacting first date (however, that would involve getting on a plane etc., so would not be too easy to do 🙁

  • Victoria Prince

    My favourite has to be the chocolate treasure hunt 🙂

  • Jim Mullen

    The chocolate treasure hunt

  • Adrian Bold

    Chocolate treasure hunt!

  • kim neville

    Lovebirds take flight

  • Sheri Darby

    Has to be the chocolate treasure Hunt

  • Karen Richards

    Lovebirds take flight

  • Roseanna Scott

    going to the zoo

  • Chocolate treasure hunt sound awesome!

  • cjh123

    Chocolate treasure hunt with only the best chocolate in the world….Thorntons x

  • Hayley Todd

    Lovebirds Take Flight would be my absolute ideal Valentine’s Day treat! I would love to spend a romantic weekend in Paris, Rome, Florence or Barcelona with my gorgeous husband!


    Definitely the Chocolate Treasure Hunt – we couldn’t do one before as we had a dog, but our new dog doesn’t like chocolate fortunately so it would be a good idea if I had a partner to do one with lol. 🙂 Sorry, that turned out to be a bit “me me me”. 🙂

  • Leanne

    chocolate treasure hunt x

  • jodie wren

    the chocolate treasure hunt would be fun

  • I’m so happy you didn’t have to weep into a soggy pancake xx

  • John Pring

    I would buy her Chocolates and Champagne but as we don’t drink, a bottle of Root Beer which she loves!

  • aaron

    Chocolate Treasure Hunt – for me please

  • Mary Campbell

    Re-enact your first date, would just love to feel that initial frisson and excitement all over again 🙂

  • Has to be the Lovebirds Take Flight activity, we all need an excuse to escape.

  • crystaltips7

    Go wild for me

  • Laura Pritchard

    A day out at the zoo!

  • columbine75

    Cook dinner, but we don’t usually celebrate Valentine’s Day as its our wedding anniversary a few days later

  • Jennifer Rhymer

    I would love the Chocolate treasure hunt!

  • CrazyJoggingGymLady

    Definitely the chocolate treasure hunt, fun for me and my kids

  • Amy McLellan

    Cook dinner, or at least eating the dinner haha

  • Fiona Rennie

    The chocolate treasure hunt sounds like my idea of fun 🙂

  • supastar1501

    It would have to be the chocolate treasure hunt 🙂 x

  • helen0903

    The Chocolate Treasure Hunt would definately get my adrenalin going 🙂

  • I hope your visa news is good! Best of luck on that front. The UK is a better place with you in it, although the US is bereft without you.

    Dan and I hosted two of my best friends all weekend and threw a party Saturday night. Lots of pink, lots of sweets, lots of sparkling wine! Valentine’s Day itself involved a lot of Netflix and recuperating. 🙂

    • Thank you so much for all your well wishes! It was successful which was a MASSIVE relief.

      Your party sounds wonderful. Anything special on Netflix to recommend at the moment?

      • Mulan!!! That’s what we watched yesterday. 🙂

  • Aw fingers crossed for your visa – though I’m a bit late so you may have heard already!xx