Life Lately || 10 Happy Things

Happy end of the first week of March! I’m really enjoying this extra light but I could do with some extra warmth! I’ve been hard pressed to stop shivering all week long! 

first march

>>> Sam and I went and saw “The Forest”. It was rubbish but I still enjoyed being at the movie theatre. The hardest part was resisting buying my usual giant popcorn. Whole30 problems. 

>>> I’m now a week into the Whole30, and it’s not nearly as bad as I thought it was going to be. I miss sweet things and bread, but I miss my daily Diet Coke the most. Next week I’ll blog about my meal plan up to that point.

>>> Have you watched the Ghostbusters trailer yet? I just cannot wait! It was one of my absolute favourites growing up and Kristen Wiig can do no wrong. 

>>> I voted in the presidential primaries this week. I explained on Facebook that Democrats Abroad sends 21 of its own delegates to the DNC to vote. Almost like an ‘extra’ state. Voter to delegate representation will weigh more than in your home state (usually). So as an expat it’s sometimes better to exercise your right to vote in the international primary and do so by March 8th.

>>> I bought a lovely bouquet of tulips for Β£2 (win!) to cheer my desk up a bit. 

>>> I tried oil pulling for the first time this week. I’d heard so many good things about it, and I decided it was time to attempt it. I can honestly say that I horribly failed. I ended up gagging and spitting out the coconut oil after about 3 minutes, not nearly close to the recommended 20. My suggestion to anyone else attempting it is this: melt your coconut oil first! My teeth did seem whiter and cleaner afterwards though so it’s worth another attempt. 

>>> Sam and I have been watching “The Trip” on Netflix before bed. I love the impressions (even if I only get the references to 95% of them); but even though I find it really funny, I find it very relaxing so I’ve fallen asleep before the end of every episode. 

>>> I’ve found a new guilty pleasure. Escape Room games on my iPhone. They are similar puzzles and hunts like a proper escape room but in app form. It’s become an addiction. Both my reading time and my sleep time have suffered the burden of this new pastime. 

>>>We now are under 150 days to the big day. It’s all starting to seem very real.

>>> I got surprised by a parcel from the Co-operative this week, filled with the perfect things for Mother’s Day this upcoming weekend (in the UK). It was such a lovely thing to come home to. It was full of wonderful goodies that would please anyone; two types of tea, a gorgeous teacup, red velvet cake, a bottle of prosecco, a cake stand, a chocolate rose. Now, I’m not a mother, but this has the makings of a perfect Mother’s Day tea party. All that’s missing are some tiny but tasty sandwiches and huge lashings of clotted cream.
all from the co-op
cake stand
tea party haul
chocolate rose
mother's day
What are your plans for this weekend? Will you be celebrating Mother’s Day this weekend or later in May?

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  • Angie SilverSpoon

    I’m really interested in hearing about how the Whole 30 goes πŸ™‚

  • I can’t wait for the new Ghostbusters!

  • Christine Everyday

    I didn’t know that international voters weigh more for the primaries! That’s cool.

    • It’s only because the proportion that actually vote compared to the amount of delegates that there are is more favourable, but it’s definitely worth looking in to this year for most expats! xx

  • Ohh I need to try this escape rooms apps!! I would love that. You also need to give me your diet coke will power, I want to cut out my daily can but its sooooooo hardddd!

    • It’s soooooo hard. Cutting out diet coke was so much harder than bread or sugar. I started carrying around massive amounts of water with a squeeze of lemon in it and guzzling it down. It doesn’t fulfil the diet coke cravings but it did help with the diet coke withdrawal headache. xx

  • I have been so cold this week too!! Having to stand outside for the whole day at a Nursery school didn’t help a lot either….Hoping the warmer weather arrives soon! I was just reading about Whole 30 the other day! I’m intrigued to hear how you get on with it. I just hate the idea of elimination diets so much I always wimp out from trying them! xxx

    • I’m going to continue with it because I’m 1/4 of the way through now, but my feelings are that unless you suspect a food allergy and need to eliminate foods to figure out what it is, then there is no reason to eliminate perfectly healthy things like lentils, beans and kefir yogurt (all banned on the Whole30) xx

  • I don’t remember the last time I went to the movies it was that long ago, I generally don’t have time to go to the movies and yes I know some people would say make time but really not that easy for me. In other news we are having another nice hot day here in Newie temps in the low 30’s

  • Ahhh I wish I knew about that March 8th deadline earlier! Dang. But that IS really cool to know that Americans abroad count almost as an extra state.

  • Wow that’s so cool that you got some lovely goodies, what a lovely teacup too! Please also plain what the photo on the top right of your grid is?? Alice xxx

    • Hahah that photo is from my instagram – it’s a pistachio cronut from Dum Dum Donuts in London (aka the best donuts!) xx

  • Escape Room Games? That definitely sounds like something I could get addicted to…

    • They are legit amazing. I spent 6 straight hours honed in on my phone not speaking to anyone. Escape the Titanic might have been my favourite so far, but there’s an Alcatraz themed one that’s good too! x

  • Wait 20 minutes with coconut oil in your mouth, yeah that is totally gag worthy!

    • Sam tried the night after I did to see if it was really as hard as I said it was – it is. xx

  • Miu

    Oh, I must have been living under a rock, but what is oil pulling?