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5 Things I’ve Loved in June: Linky

Each month, I’m joining in with the 5 things I’ve loved linky, created by the wonderful Rachael & GeorgiaAs I explained in May’s Linky Postthe aim of the post is to think and write about 5 things I’ve loved this month that are NOT parenting related. We all know a lot of our time is consumed by our sweet, needy, adorable little humans, but what makes us tick? What’s been floating our boat? I have to say I’m loving reading what others have been enjoying and it’s so wonderful to see that everyone is taking time for themselves and doing nice things they love other than being a parent.

I absolutely cannot believe that it is July already, where HAS the time gone at all?! It’s been a whirlwind of a year but I’ve definitely proven to myself if anyone, how bloody strong of a woman I really am. But we won’t get into that now. As I said previously, I have been really trying to do more things for me or at least find more things that make me happy and I love having this linky to reflect on the month and remember all the lovely things I’ve enjoyed. So here are June’s favourites;

Picnics & Park Trips

I know I’m not the only one who has been trying to embrace and enjoy the glorious weather. It’s lasted ages hasn’t it?! I have been whinging a lot however, I’ve been getting bitten and I get sweaty and hot and uncomfortable and so aggy but on the plus side, I’ve been loving all the fresh air I’ve gotten and seeing my family happy and enjoying it too has been wonderful. We’ve had a couple of picnics but quite a few walks out to the park. I’ve really needed the fresh air and clearing my head recently and it has helped so so much and it’s certainly taken my mind off things which is always a bonus! We’ve also been able to do some of our outings with friends too which has been amazing. The kids playing in the sunshine and us having a catch up and a good chin wag whilst enjoying the sun. Perfect!

Being able to have a Bubble Bath

An odd one I know but bare with me. When I had my miscarriage a few weeks ago, the instructions were that I couldn’t have a bath for a couple of weeks and I was absolutely gutted. Just because I love a good bubble bath, even though a bath is not exactly my favourite in this heat haha. So towards the end of the month, things cleared up and I was able to have a bath. Again, I’ll mostly be taking cool showers but I just couldn’t wait to get it all bubbly and have a nice relaxing soak. I always pop the tablet on the side so I can watch something while relaxing too.

Strawberries and Cream

An absolute summery favourite of a dessert. We still haven’t been to pick any yet due to working and whatnot but they’re in season so the punnets in the supermarket are so lovely and sweet. And we all love strawberries in our house so it’s a win all around really. I picked up some cream and one day we had a really lovely tea of fish and salad and I followed it with some lovely strawberries and cream and it was actual heaven. I honestly haven’t had this in so long but when I went to Tesco recently, they had samples of strawberries and cream and bear and I devoured them so I had to get some. I’m definitely going to be getting more to enjoy especially whilst the weather is here to stay for a bit longer.


This month, even though I had a couple of weeks off, I’ve been trying to post on Instagram more. I’ve been trying to engage more, really show some appreciation on other’s posts and leaving comments and likes more and slowly it is paying off. I’ve not done a massive amount of work because I’m still trying to do it when I have a spare few minutes but I’m engaging more rather than just looking and It is helping so much. It’s also really really lovely to get comments from others appreciating your posts and to have conversations with people on it rather than it just being a platform where you like a picture and leave. I have found my engagement to be getting slightly better and my followers to be slowly increasing, but I’m also really proud of my pictures too, and of course I’ve been getting some help from Lisa who may have took a few shots I’ve posted haha.


Last month, a friend told me Spotify were running a deal on their premium service which was 3 months for 99p and I had to grab it. I’ve been listening to a lot more music lately whether I’m sticking my headphones on whilst I write or playing it every time I get in the car. I think it does help that I’ve got a bluetooth connection so I can play it through the speakers but I just love driving and having my own music to enjoy and sing along to. I have found myself listening to so much more since getting the premium though as I’m able to listen to any playlist and not worry about skipping songs etc. I’m loving finding new music too, although most of it is not my taste one bit. I’ll just stick to the Emo and Pop Punk playlists ha!

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  • Reply Georgia

    Love this! The weather has been amazing for picnics – we’ve had so many! Glad you’re able to have baths again, hope everything is going ok now! 💖 I love baths in all weather too they’re just so relaxing!! Thanks so much for joining in again! X

    July 3, 2018 at 11:08 am
    • Reply Claire

      No, thank you lovely! Haha having that option when I get home has been so lovely, I’ve still only had one so far haha, showers have been perfect in this weather. I’m so so glad you’ve been having lots of picnics, they really are fab! 🙂 xx

      July 13, 2018 at 1:39 pm
  • Reply Jess

    Ah, really enjoyed reading your #fivethings – the weather makes me aggy too…but I’ll be the first to moan when it rains again! Glad you’re able to enjoy the bubbles again and hope you’re doing as well as you can xxx

    July 3, 2018 at 8:28 pm
    • Reply Claire

      Aww thank you! Haha when it started raining last night, I was so relieved but yeah, won’t be long until Im whinging haha! Thank you lovely xx

      July 13, 2018 at 1:45 pm
  • Reply Amy Mighalls

    We are loving how often we have been able to get out for picnics too. I love a nice bubble bath, I like mine scorching hot though so I’ve been avoiding them for now for feel I may boil myself alive! Loving your Instagram, I’m so glad everything you are doing is paying off for you x

    July 4, 2018 at 10:02 am
    • Reply Claire

      I think EVERYONE has had the picnic idea, it’s so so bloody lovely! Hahahah I can’t cope when it’s too warm but you’re certainly not alone there haah! Aww thank you, I’m trying haha! xx

      July 13, 2018 at 1:46 pm
  • Reply Laura

    We’ve been loving the weather too! Emily is still a little small to really enjoy picnics but she does enjoy a picnic blanket in the shade with all her toys! I don’t want this sun to end. It is LUSH. So happy you are able to enjoy baths again, sorry to hear about your miscarriage, I hope you’re doing well. I can’t wait to find out what #fivethings you’ve enjoyed next month xx

    July 4, 2018 at 12:56 pm
    • Reply Claire

      Aww that sounds so so lovely! It’s so confusing when they’re so small isn’t it like they get stressed because it’s warm or they don’t want to do anything and you’re not sure whether to take them out etc. That’s lovely you’ve still been enjoying it 🙂 thank you lovely, that’s so sweet of you! xx

      July 13, 2018 at 1:48 pm
  • Reply Rachael Blakey

    We have been enjoying a couple of picnics a week! They are one of my favourite things about this sunny weather. Thank you so much for joining in! Rachael xx #FIVETHINGSLINKY

    July 4, 2018 at 5:22 pm
    • Reply Claire

      Hahaha it has been wonderful hasn’t it?! I’m so glad you have been, I’m loving your photos! No, thank you 🙂 xx

      July 13, 2018 at 1:49 pm

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