Friday 2 January 2015

Reasons to be Cheerful: Starting 2015 with a smile #R2BC

Ojos World

Thank you Jo for hosting the linky for this week as I was on holiday! Hopefully people will find plenty of reasons to be cheerful in this festive season! Let's try to carry on the positive thinking into 2015. I hope its a healthy and happy year for all the linkers:

1) Relaxed Christmas

We were with my parents and some other close family from Christmas Eve until Boxing Day and enjoyed good company, good food and lovely presents! I was dead chuffed with my first ever pavlova:

2) Single Parent break

We have just got back from a lovely single parent break at Stratford upon Avon Youth Hostel:

There were around 90 of us with exclusive use of the hostel for 2 nights which included day trips out and New Year's Eve party:

I will be writing about our days out separately!

3) Meeting family

Our family is quite a big one and we are good at staying in touch with lots of cousins. Today I introduced my children to my second cousin and her mum as we were passing close enough to their home to visit. They got to meet some of the gorgeous Rhodesian Ridgebacks that my cousin has (for my son's sake from behind a gate!):

Really hope we can see more of the family in 2015.


  1. Single Parent Pessimist2 January 2015 at 21:56

    Well done you! I saw this challenge but because I rarely drink it's something that wouldnt really be a challenge lol.
    Good luck!

  2. I do love Ridgebacks, beautiful dogs. Glad you had a good Christmas, surrounded by family and friends xx

  3. Lovely dogs & as for the Pavlova, all I can say is WOW!!!

  4. Travels with my Son3 January 2015 at 13:30

    Good luck with your challenge! Amazing.. Hardly worth starting again after 90 days :)

  5. will see how I do! gave it up for 100 days on an extreme diet once..

  6. That is unkind showing me that pavlova as I try to shed the stones! Looks scrumptious - well done you. I love how you appreciate family and how you make memories every day. Happy New Year

  7. she wins all sorts dog shows with hers :-)

  8. it did include loads of fruit! I only gained 3-4 lbs over Christmas so not major damage. need your inspiration to get my weight under control

  9. Amazing pavlova! And, that's a hostel?! looks fab, as does the party :-)
    Happy New Year to you and yours :-) xx

  10. thanks! yes it is :-) Happy New Year x

  11. Lovely reasons - That single parent break sounds amazing. Hope your 2015 continues to go well - Happy New Year to you x

  12. What a lovely post! Looks like you have some fab reasons to be cheerful! That Christmas pavlova looks delicious :D I hope 2015 is fantastic x

  13. Hodge Podge Blog9 January 2015 at 21:39

    You have many reasons to be cheerful, I hope that won't be your last pavlova!


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