100 Happy Days 58/100, Warm Lemonade

When I was a child if I got a tummy bug Mum would boil lemonade (it had to be Sprite) on the stove, let it cool then serve it to us at room temperature to sip slowly. I’m not convinced it had any healing properties, but the placebo effect was the same every time. Comfort.

Today I have had a stomach bug and spent the day either with my head down the toilet or asleep, but all I’ve wanted is warm lemonade. I have no energy or patience for the stove top method but my friend suggested the microwave and it’s worked a treat. 

What are your creature comforts from when you were a child?

Smiles and Sunshine



100 Happy Days 57/100, Gratitude

Years ago I went through a phase of quietly counting my blessings when I woke up each morning. I’d lie in bed, enjoying the comfort of the last few minutes before the day started happening and and think of at least three things I was grateful for in that moment.

A good nights sleep, a warm bed, food in the cupboards, a working car, a job, a roof over my head, air in my lungs, friends who love me… Often when I started it was hard to stop. It was a great way to start the day, I’d get out of bed feeling positive instead of annoyed at having to be awake and my temperament would be a lot better most of those days also. I just appreciated life more.

I don’t know why I stopped. It doesn’t take long to get off track on these types of things, one day becomes two and before you know it you can’t really remember the last time you did it, or have the energy to start doing it again. Well that’s how it was for me anyway. I guess the same thing happened when I forgot to take my anti depressants for a month.

Being over halfway through this challenge, back on the anti depressants and feeling better about life in general, I think it’s a good time to start again. It’ll be a little bit harder this time round, often my wee man wakes me up in the morning, so I’ve decided to do it in another place I like to spend lots of time, the shower. 

Do you count your blessings daily?

What are you grateful for today?

Smiles and Sunshine,


100 Happy Days 55/100, Getaway

If you’ve been following my last few posts or my Facebook or Instagram lately you’ll know that we went for our first family holiday over the weekend, to Lake Tekapo which has over the last four years become one of Zombie and my favourite places to go.

We go because of ice hockey. That’s a huge part of what makes Zombie love the place. But for me it’s a place where I can relax for a while. Sit down and enjoy myself in the cafe or the hot pools while Zombie plays his matches. Have a drink and a laugh at the pub afterwards and spend the night up late with Zombie talking shit and giggling because we’re both lightweights now when it comes to having a drink and then still being able to relax for most of the following day because it’s only a two and a half hour drive from home.

Bubble quickly made himself at home in our hotel room.

I was sure it was going to be different with Bubble around with us this time, less relaxing, more responsibility, but it was actually even more fun. We did more exploring and found a petting zoo, something we never expected to do. Plus we got to play with Bubble in the hot pools. He loves his bathtime so we were pretty sure he would love the pools. Sure enough, two hours later we emerged, smiling, laughing and wrinkly from being in for too long.

This time around we were lucky enough to be going with a decent amount of money (we usually travel cheaply) so I even got to indulge in a little pampering with a facial and a Swedish massage. I know I won’t be able to do that every time, but it was just what I’ve been needing. I’d never had a facial before and I felt like I was special! 

When we left Tekapo on Sunday evening I felt like a physical weight had been lifted from my entire body and I’ve been in a much happier mood ever since. Bubble had an amazing time and I feel like we are closer as a family as a result. Sometimes a break from reality is all we need.

Smiles and Sunshine


100 Happy Days 53/100, Stargazing

Despite the cloudy day Tekapo put on for us yesterday, the night was clear. Tekapo has a light pollution plan in place, all the streetlights are less than a meter off the ground and point downwards. The result is an absolute sea of stars above. Millions more than you see in the city. There’s an observatory not too far from Tekapo too. 

Zombie and I spent a while outside looking at the stars last night. It wasn’t as spectacular as the photo below, but it was beautiful to gaze at.