3 happy things #happyandhomeSometimes something happens that makes you pull up short, makes you look at things differently or gives you a wake up call. This week it was when I came upon this post from
A Residence (via the lovely Amanda at City Girl Gone Coastal) which totally struck a chord with me.
Penny points out that the many magazine articles, blogs and facebook posts that we are exposed to these days showing us amazing room makeovers and oh-so-beautiful homes can impact negatively on how we view our own homes if we let them.
In the real world most of us are never actually going to live in anything like these picture-perfect settings that we sometimes dream of. All I hope is that beneath the veneer and stunning photography that they are messy, noisy and chaotic family homes too, because that's about as 'normal' as it gets.
I don't have anything like a 'perfect' house but when I have had a particularly long or difficult time at the day job I have the luxury of being able to come home to a warm, dry home. Yes, it's usually a bit untidy and most rooms need a lick of paint and a bit of TLC, but it's safe and secure and it's where some people live who are pretty darn important to me.
I have plenty of things I am grateful for every day that make me happy at home.
1. Family and friends (messy fridge door)
The paraphernalia and the clutter of a busy household can reach the point of overflowing on occasions, and at these times I have been known to throw a bit of a wobbly and spend a day having a mega de-clutter. It serves to clear the head as well as the living space, and the local charity shops usually benefit as well.
2. Time to make and create
My favourite way in the whole world to spend any spare time I have. My absolute favourite craft is knitting but there are many other things I like to make and I'm always experimenting and trying out new ideas. When I'm not actually making something, I'm usually planning what to make next. I like to get together with friends for crafting evenings and a chit chat when I can.
3. Plenty of good food to eat
I have to admit that cooking is not something I do because I love it. I do it because everyone needs feeding. However, we do our best to eat as healthily as we can and I love having everyone together around the dinner table and having a natter and a catch up whenever we can. The more the merrier.