Do you remember whining about how January seemed to be a 68 day month?! It dragged on soooo long!
Anyone else now thinking, crap where did February go?! 😲
February means a million birthdays for me, okay I might be exaggerating a little but it does bring a whopping 9 birthdays! That means a lot of time spent in card shops, and me wondering if it would be too impersonal to buy a Happy Birthday message stamp so that I only have to add names.
I don't know about you guys but I'm the card person, you know, the one who checks the diary for birthdays, buys the cards, writes the cards, posts the cards. The reason? it's simple, if I left it up to my husband no-one would get one. He'd send them an email.
(And you thought my stamp idea was bad!)
Anyway, lets get to the point, February fun, February's simple things and simple pleasures, here you go.
Yes, despite my ranting.
Watching 25 little kidders, rosy cheeked and running around a play factory can only bring a smile. The simple pleasure of climbing and falling their way around the soft play adventure is innocence at it's best. Not only did it make me smile because they loved it so much, but it may have also been because seeing all those frantic parents made me rather pleased with myself for having already been there, done that and bought the t-shirt! 😁
My daughters 21st, 4 weeks of secrecy, 4 weeks of making a conscious effort not to mention the party and 4 weeks of broken sleep through thinking about food, decorations and my daughter getting impatient with the obvious lack of birthday activity!
Her surprise party went down a storm though and she loved it.
Mingling with the stars
Yep, an actual famous person!
For my husband's birthday I'd bought him tickets to an intimate gig with the beautiful Natalie Imbruglia. Not just any tickets but Meet & Greet tickets! I'll be honest it was a risk considering many years ago he often joked with our daughter about swapping her mum for Natalie!
I've never been to an intimate gig before and the simplicity of it made us feel like she'd just nipped round to ours for a jamming sesh. Also the fact that she'd, in my husbands words, been the soundtrack to our entire relationship so far is a special thing!
So we met her, she's beautiful, talented and so friendly, we had photo's taken with her and yes my husband made a copy and cropped me out! 🙄
Family & friends
Family & Friends is likely to always be on my simple pleasures list because those everyday little things are important.
One Saturday we spontaneously decided on a walk to Wray Castle and dragged our daughter and her boyfriend along. Sure it's a 9 mile walk but the steps would look good on our trackers and lunch at the castle before heading back would break it up.
Unless you reach the half way mark for lunch and the castle isn't even open... the 4.5 mile walk back wasn't as enthusiastic...😐
Inspirational blogging successes
Simply Sarah got nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award! Woo!
Simple recognition for inspiring others and showing creativity, I might be just a little bit chuffed! It's a great way to connect with new bloggers and pass the positive vibes between us all. To be honest, some of my family and friends don't really get why I blog, so the blogosphere is a great space to play in!
And...drum roll please... I also had my story about facing my fears published online by Get out Girl UK.
What a compliment!
Writing about my fear of water was not only therapeutic but a positive message to others and after overcoming my fear, my story is now inspiring people!
Again, I'm pretty pleased with myself! 🤩
So February is finished!
The shortest month of the year, the month of pancakes, Valentines and the Beast from the East!
I'm going to march into...March and embrace what it brings.
Head up, shoulders back, we've got this!
Have you been seeking simplicity? Comment below and tell us what simple things or special things you appreciated in February.
(Feel free to share on social media!😉)
I've been nominated!
Exciting! I love blogging but sometimes I wonder if my posts are even read! Then I remember why I blog and that's because I like writing, I appreciate the simple things and I love life and being nominated for The Sunshine Blogger award stands for all of those things. 😀
I'll be honest and admit that I didn't know much about this award so did a little research, and once I'd found out what it was all about, I was pretty excited to have been nominated by Jenna. It's a real compliment so a big thank you! If you're not familiar with her blog, get clicking to be inspired, her blog post on why she gave her wedding dress away is truly heart warming.
How does it work?
There are a few rules:
A great way for bloggers to get to know one another!
Here are my Answers
1. Which blogger would you love to work with and why?
An evil first question! Isn't that like asking which child is your favourite?!
Okay so I love The daisy Pages! a blog that's all about simple living and minimalism. I love receiving Rachel's blog posts because she writes in a way that oozes simplicity and I think we share a lot of the same simple pleasures. Grab a cuppa and take a look at her website!
2. What one thing could you not live without?
The practical answer? My laptop because that's how I work!
The selfish answer? Food - I love eating!
The obvious answer? My family & friends 😊
I know, I cheated! 😉
3. Do you have pets? If not would you like to?
I'm a pet free zone! I appreciate the cuteness of other peoples pets but until they invent a hands free poopascoop contraption I'll stick with people!
4. What made you start blogging?
More to the point 'who' made me start blogging and that would be my husband. I moaned about wanting to write and he told me to stop moaning about it and do it! Voila, Simply Sarah was born!
5. Has your blog changed over time?
Of course! change is good and I think it would be naïve to imagine never changing, the world evolves and so should we! I recently read some of my old posts and saw that I'd lost focus and gone off on a merry tangent so I listed the reasons I'd started blogging in the first place and got back on track. You know, our busy lives often mean the little things are over looked so Simply Sarah is my way of sharing the simple things.
6. If you were offered an all expenses paid holiday anywhere in the world, where would you go?
Noooo I can't decide! The world is a big place, pretty please can I be offered an all expenses paid 'travel the world' pass? Too greedy?
7. What is your absolute beauty must have?
Mascara! I'm pretty low maintenance which means my only make up routine is eyeliner, mascara and some subtle eye brow colouring in to disguise a scar, that's it! But the minute I go mascara free it seems the whole world wants to tell me how tired I look! Yep, thank you world!
8. Do you have a favourite blog post of yours?
I suppose this answer changes the more I write but I like An honest Letter to my 21 year old self because it was therapeutic to write. It's so easy to be hard on ourselves and as my daughter turned 21 it made me think back to being 21 myself. (erm not too long ago...) My way of thinking has become more positive with time and I wish I'd have been more confident and less paranoid back then!
9. Are there any brands / charities you’d like to work with?
Ah this is a tough one! There are so many amazing charities out there which makes it difficult to choose one. Every year I try and help a charity by using my crocheting skills, this year I've donated coffee cosies to sell at The Big Sleep to raise money for their Winter Warmth fund and I'm currently back to making teeny hats for premature babies. As for brands, it would have to be those that appreciate simplicity in their products.
10. What would be a perfect evening in for you?
Seeing as our girls are all grown up and moved out, it would have to be an evening spent with them and my husband (predictable?), good food, silly games and lots of laughing.
11. If you could give your past self one piece of advice, what would it be?
Always be yourself.
Here my questions for you
There you have it, I hope you've enjoyed reading my answers seeing as I feel suitably grilled! and if you
Thank you! X
Pushing the simplicity boundaries
What irritates you?
I like simplicity so because I'm always harking on about appreciating the small stuff, today I'll enlighten you.
Today I'm talking about being irritated, by those simple things that make you want to growl like Marge Simpson.
(A skill I already have!)
My top 5 simple things that irritate me!
No.1 - Bad manners
Ever uttered the words 'you're welcome' sarcastically because of the lack of a thank you? Yep me too and not so much as uttered but instead said rather loudly with the obvious intention of having myself heard!
It's basic learn-as-a-toddler stuff, so why can I hold a door open for someone and they breeze through it as if I've been employed simply for my amazing door holding skills? Sometimes a whole tribe can sneak through that open door and not a simple 'thank you' is muttered!
Speaking of manners, how is it polite to go out for dinner and not thank the waiter/waitress as they clear your dirty plates? Their thumb may well be digging into your cold leftover gravy as they lift the plate but it's their job right? Right, but surely people can crack a smile and maybe even exert themselves to say thanks! 🙂
No. 2 - Junk mail
It amazes me that some companies go to the effort and expense of printing and delivering their advertising paraphernalia.
Do you read junk mail? The process for dealing with junk mail in my house is really simple,
1. Collect junk mail from door mat.
2. Drop junk mail into recycle box.
Do companies really get leads from this stuff because I'm sure none of it gets read! 🤨
No. 3 - Ignorant mobile phone users
Picture this, you're relieved to have got a seat on the train, you dig out your book to escape into another world. Somewhere a phone rings loudly.
A person answers loudly. Then they have a full conversation loudly!
I've even heard people give their bank details over the phone and not seem to care that the 50 passengers in their carriage could potentially be scribbling down their details!
What about when you're at the till in a shop?
End the call or carry on chatting while ignoring the assistant that's serving you?
I know people who are guilty of this and I always stop chatting and wait for them to finish. I almost high fived an assistant at Geneva airport when she interrupted a guys call by asking him to hang up so that she could serve him! Ha! ✋
No 4 - Pavement Politeness
If there are four of you walking in a line across the pavement and you're Heading towards me, it's obvious you're going to have to move over!
A walker ratio of 4-1 isn't going to work on a 3 ft wide pavement so why should I step into the road in front of moving cars? You won't believe the number of times I've stopped in my tracks and waited , face to face, for the warmth of my angry breathing to force people to move over.
Grrr! There's only one of me! 😡
No.5 - Little things at home
There isn't a secret pass code for the lid of the laundry basket, it just comes off, you simply lift it and the clothes go inside. Not on top of the lid, just lift and drop, simple!
There's no such thing as a toilet roll fairy, nor a bin fairy nor a make the bed fairy. It's me.
And when I finish the washing up and the kitchen surface is finally empty and clean, it's not the time to bring me a dirty mug as I remove my marigolds. 😒
Believe me there are more than five but if I was to dig deep into the realms of my irritated soul, I'd be writing a book not a blog post!
Fortunately the simple things that I love in life, outweigh the simple things that irritate the hell out of me. So all is good in Simply Sarah's world!
So come on, leave a comment below and tell us what simple things irritate you! 👍
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