10 Little Things That Make Me Happy

This week, the lovely Lauren from Belle Du Brighton tagged me in their ‘Ten Little Things That Make Me Happy’ post, asking me to share my ten little things. International Day of Happiness has been and gone now, but that doesn’t mean I can’t celebrate what makes me happy.

It goes without saying that my family make me smile from ear to ear. They’re why I go to work (in a good way!). They’re what I think about during the day. So I won’t do the obvious and add them to the list to remind me (or you) that they make me beam.

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Not Just a Fridge

I was reading a blog post by the lovely ladies over at WeForgotTheSperm the other day, about little things that tell your story, and I couldn’t help but think about the things that tell our story – or at least tell others a bit more about us.

Our fridge is the hub of what goes on within our family. We pass it several times an hour, which means whatever goes on it rarely gets missed (although I’m pretty sure that those garden vouchers are two months old. Oops!).

From shop vouchers to shopping lists, fridge magnets of places we’ve been to, to photos of our family. It represents a piece of who we are.

Here’s a little bit of what our fridge says about us…

1) This photo was taken at one of our first family events as a couple, a wedding in fact. We were so young in both ourselves and in our relationship! It was an interesting day as S was somewhat of a feature; being the only lesbian in the family, and her girlfriend was hardly a delicate flower, what with a large mohawk and a suit to challenge the groom.

2) Vouchers, lists, and more lists. This weeks current list is from nana, who’s freezer is running low on meals for T. On the other side of the fridge is a magnetic whiteboard that acts as our meal planner for the week.

3) T’s first scan picture. A memory we will cherish for a lifetime.

4) A lesbian fridge wouldn’t be complete without a few emotive cards and fridge magnets. This Stonewall one is my favourite as it’s so simple and yet so powerful.

5) We’re geeks as well as parents, so our fridge wouldn’t be complete without a few geeky magnets. Batman, Lego, and Harry Potter are just a few you can see.

We’re not the only ones who share pieces of themselves via alternative methods…

Raising the Rings – Our mug cupboard! Nearly all of our mugs are personalised, so guests usually end up drinking out of someone’s face haha!

Twinderelmo – Our wardrobes… Three & a half double ones for me and my husband gets half … It speaks volumes!!

Dear Bear and Beany – When people go to the toilet in our house there is a caricature of Andy and I on our wedding day. It shows you the real us and not the lovely posed for photo’s.

The Parenting Game – My garden! We didn’t have a garden until we moved into our house 8 years ago, so all the different gnomes and ornaments tell a story between then and now.

Emily and Indiana – My keys! I’ve collected a keyring from every country I’ve visited so they really tell a story… although I’ve had to take my keys off separately recently as I had too many haha!

The Less Refined Mind – Our bookshelves! Books AND knicknacks – all holiday paraphernalia and bits and bobs accumulated from family end up there. Some of my most precious Christmas presents from my husband are also displayed there, and – of course – special photos.

Babyfoote – We have a souvenir shelf. Now two shelves. It holds holiday memorabilia for the past ten years! Overspilling a lot now!

Mum in a Nutshell – I have a wall in an cupboard until the stairs which I have measured mm & dated us all for the last 10 years my eldest now towers above me. It actually makes me a little sad as its a reminder of them when they were little

Where Roots and Wings Entwine – We have a wall in our house that we stick the kids artwork, school work, certificates and awards on. Its intresting to see how they change abd develop, our eldest especially with his writing and drawings.

Paige’s Preferences – In the playroom I have a rope and mini pegs one with the children’s drawings and another with pictures of the children growing up, I also have a little shelf of all the things the children have made , I do yearly hand prints to see how big they keep growing.

Made by Mandle – For me it’s the chalkboard in our kitchen, full of holiday fridge magnets, a save the date from outer wedding, and the house rules (which revolve around the walking dead).

Cash Savvy Tips – We have our own style which includes a flamboyant victorian fireplace and traditional kitchen combined with very modern floors and walls. The walls are all decorated with inspirational quotes. I think you can tell alot about a person by their style.

The Mini Me’s and Me –  We love to travel and be outdoors as a family and not only do I have a wall dedicated to welly boot pictures and artwork I have a collection of mosaic animals (mostly geckos), 1 from each of our holidays abroad.

Over 40 and Mum to One – I’ve got wooden/pottery cats I’ve collected from around the world dotted around the house and pine cones my son collects from everywhere we visit at home and abroad.

Mummy is a Gadget Geek – Our cookbook collection – we try and pick up a new recipe book from every country we visit 🙂 some lovely recipe inspiration in them, I really enjoy reading all the different ideas and then trying to make some of them!

Cardiff Mummy Says – I’m another fridge person. Glad to know I am not the only one! Ours is covered in magnets from various holidays and day trips, photo cards (hubby and I always do photo cards of the kids for each other’s birthdays), other family photos, little drawings from our children, lists and so on. Sometimes I wonder if it looks a bit cluttered – but everyone always comments on it and spends ages looking at all the old photos. Far better than having them all still sat on the computer, I think! The rest of our kitchen cupboards have our children’s art work on.

It’s nice to know we’re not the only ones who detail their life in a small space. It’s also the things you don’t realise, like; CD, DVD, and book shelves, your clothes, even what you eat, tell others a bit about you.

What have you shared recently? What place in your home tells others a bit about you?

K

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