Sunday Smiles

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My Sunday Smiles

It’s the start of the new year! Begin as you mean to go on… I haven’t been to the gym once and I didn’t leave the house for two whole days, hurrah!

Haha, I have actually had a pretty good week. I’ve managed to read FIVE books so far. I know! I’m incredibly shocked too. They’ve all been good but none of them incredible so far.

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After looking and longing and pining every day since the sales began I finally caved a booked a holiday for August. We’re going to Dubrovnik! Woohoo! any suggestions for things to do would be brilliant 😀

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What’s made you smile this week?


Sunday Smiles is a weekly meme created by me at Tumbling into Wonderland Books. It runs every Sunday. Want to find out more or join in the fun? Check out the details here.

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Sunday Smiles

sunday smiles

My Sunday Smiles

Image result for woman in black stage showWe went to see The Woman in Black  on Friday. Oh man, if you haven’t seen it yet, go! I was on edge the entire time but it was SO good! There are only three actors in the entire show, the two main men playing multiple roles. It’s set in a theatre so they use the bare minimum props, lighting, sound effects and simple costume changes to tell the story.

Yesterday was our annual uni christmas meet up which is always a laugh. We’ve been lucky enough to see each other loads this year due to various weddings ❤

Our flat has been smelling delicious. I get myself very worked up over buying people gifts. I have a lot of TAs and LSAs this year so I’ve decided to go for the cooking touch. We’ve been making brownies, mashmallow ricecrispy squares and truffles. Of course we’ve had to taste test them as well…

What’s made you smile this week?


Sunday Smiles is a weekly meme created by me at Tumbling into Wonderland Books. It runs every Sunday. Want to find out more or join in the fun? Check out the details here.

Sunday Smiles

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My Sunday Smiles

Yesterday was our housemate’s birthday so we decided to surprise him by taking him to Cambridge. This kind of backfired as the trains weren’t running from our station, something we discovered after we bought the tickets. Four hours later, we arrived in wet and miserable Cambridge. We went around the Sedgwick Museum of Earth Science, which was really cool; they had collections of rocks, minerals, fossils and skeletons. We then went around Cambridge town, managing to stumble across the exits of the colleges instead of all the entrances. Because of how long it took us to get there, it meant we could walk around the outside of Trinity college but were unable to get into the Wren library as it closes at 12:30. We were able to go into King’s College chapel for the Evensong which was very nice. I would also recommend the SmokeWorks which was delicious! I especially loved the topped chips and that you turned on a lighting system to get the waiters to come over to you.

I would definitely like to return to Cambridge again, probably on a warmer and sunnier day!

What’s made you smile this week?


Sunday Smiles is a weekly meme created by me at Tumbling into Wonderland Books. It runs every Sunday. Want to find out more or join in the fun? Check out the details here.

Sunday Smiles

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My Sunday Smiles

As we find ourselves coming into autumn, with the rain hammering against my window, I find myself remembering why I started this post up. When I was in Uni, I found myself getting quite depressed. Actually, that’s wrong. It wasn’t quite depressed. I was depressed. I found a good way of helping myself get back into a positive frame of mind was to write down 3 good things that happened that day. Some days it was really easy and I would exceed that 3, other days I wrote down things like ‘I got dressed’ or ‘I left the house’. A few years on and I find myself not needing to do it every day but this weekly Sunday Smiles is a gentle reminder to myself to look for the positives in each day.

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On to this week… It’s been an incredibly uneventful week with me not leaving work until at least 5 most day (considering I arrive at 7:20am, that is late). On the bright side, due to network changes, I can’t access the server at home meaning I can’t do any more work even if I wanted to. Silver linings.

There have been lots of birthdays meaning there’s been SO MUCH CAKE in the staff room. I’m super proud of myself for actually showing some self control and only having one piece all week! (Let’s just ignore the fact that I ate Nutella straight out of the jar today.) I was also really proud that I was able to do a move in yoga that I couldn’t do without use the wall to help me balance a few weeks ago! Hurrah! Baby steps.

I hope you all have a wonderful week and remember to look after yourselves ❤

What’s made you smile this week?


Sunday Smiles is a weekly meme created by me at Tumbling into Wonderland Books. It runs every Sunday. Want to find out more or join in the fun? Check out the details here.

Sunday Smiles

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My Sunday Smiles

It was my first full week back at school. I fell asleep before 9pm on Friday and slept for a solid 10 hours.

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We’ve decided that it’s time to sort ourselves out. We’ve cut down on takeaways, joined up to the gym and are going out for walks on the days we don’t go to the gym. Last weekend we walked along the river to London and managed 8 miles. This weekend we went to Richmond park and walk around the perimeter. We did 11 miles in total! I’m so proud of us for smashing last weeks total! Plus it’s a person best on number of steps for the day (25,907 steps). My feet are less proud and are screaming out in protest. Hopefully next weekend we’ll get even further!

What’s made you smile this week?


Sunday Smiles is a weekly meme created by me at Tumbling into Wonderland Books. It runs every Sunday. Want to find out more or join in the fun? Check out the details here.

Sunday Smiles

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My Sunday Smiles

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<– Literally me on Thursday night. The children were back to school on Wednesday and it’s been an interesting week. I’m in Year 3 so it’s a big jump up from infants for them, which I don’t think they were expecting. The lack of playtime in the afternoon definitely shocked them.

I bought a Triwizards Tournament cup as my reward for the table of the week. Their little faces when they saw how big it is was very sweet. Even more so when I turned on the blue light.

Image result for tim minchin backI LOVE seeing comedians, everyone needs a good laugh every now and again. I am thrilled that this week I managed to get tickets for Tim Minchin who has been on my list of comedians to see for years. I also went and treated myself to Hamilton tickets too!

What’s made you smile this week?


Sunday Smiles is a weekly meme created by me at Tumbling into Wonderland Books. It runs every Sunday. Want to find out more or join in the fun? Check out the details here.

Sunday Smiles

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My Sunday Smiles

Today is the last day of the summer holidays. Considering I haven’t gotten out of bed before 9 o’clock for the past week, tomorrow is going to be a challenge.

This week has been a surprisingly busy week for me. On Monday, we saw two of our friends get married, which was beautiful.

We drove back on Tuesday and spend the next few days setting up our classrooms. Both of us are in new classrooms this year, with me moving year groups, so there was a lot of work to be done! Of course, it always takes longer than you expect as you have to catch up with everyone (and I’m a sucker for being distracted).

Image may contain: Emily Cheatham, sitting, eating, food and indoorAfter saying in my August wrap up, that I haven’t got any plans for September and that’ll we’ll probably do an impromptu trip to London, guess what we did yesterday? We went to Greenwich, had pie and mash, took the boat back into central, got some doughnuts and then went to see Mouse Trap, which was brilliant (but I did manage to guess who did it!)

What’s made you smile this week?


Sunday Smiles is a weekly meme created by me at Tumbling into Wonderland Books. It runs every Sunday. Want to find out more or join in the fun? Check out the details here.

Sunday Smiles

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My Sunday Smiles

I’ve just returned from two weeks in Thailand. It was amazing. I won’t say too much about it as I’m planning on doing a separate post about it but highlights were definitely giving elephants mud baths, the amazing food and kayaking around the islands.

It’s a loooong flight from the UK to Thailand so I watched a lot of films and did a fair amount of reading. I forgot how sad The Book Thief was, it was a brilliant film. Both A Quiet Place and Bad Samaritan were brilliant and really chilling. Would definitely recommend both of them if you haven’t seen them.

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What’s made you smile this week?


Sunday Smiles is a weekly meme created by me at Tumbling into Wonderland Books. It runs every Sunday. Want to find out more or join in the fun? Check out the details here.

Sunday Smiles

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My Sunday Smiles

This was the first week of the summer holidays and mine has been pretty uneventful.

I’ve completed and reviewed 2 books. That might not sound like much but considering Jar of Hearts is the first ‘adult’ book I’ve completed since May, it’s a pretty big achievement for me!

Daz follows a YouTuber who was able to give me codes to get Sims 4 Seasons and Pets for FREE! Considering those expansion packs are almost the same price as the game, I was thrilled and be staring at my computer for hours on end.

Whilst shopping I realised that Crash Bandicoot is out on Xbox! So guess what else I’ve been obsessively playing… It’s got so bad that there have been at least 2 days this week where I haven’t actually left the house… I’ve also managed to binge watch 2 seasons of Orange is the New Black. How has it taken me this long to get into it?!?

I was also thrilled as I completed Adam Hills’ Best Foot Forward. I tweeted him to let him know I enjoyed it and he replied and it has something stupid like 350 likes!

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What’s made you smile this week?


Sunday Smiles is a weekly meme created by me at Tumbling into Wonderland Books. It runs every Sunday. Want to find out more or join in the fun? Check out the details here.

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My Sunday Smiles

IMG_20180720_170934_419We broke up for the school holidays, hurray! The last week of school is always really hard. There’s so much going on with leavers assemblies, mass, discos and presents. The children have had enough, the adults have had enough, we’re fed up of the heat and only having one little fan to keep us cool. On top of that, I was having to pack to move classrooms, which is never easy nor fun. But we’ve pulled through the other side.

I received some amazing presents and cards. My favourite present was this mug to the left. On the other side it had a rainbow and a bike and the child’s name. This is one of the first personal pieces I’ve received with my new name on it! And I love tea so it’s very fitting that it’s a tea cup!

Through the madness, there were lots of fun things this week. Our caretaker hosted a BBQ on Thursday, which was wonderful. He is an incredible cook. I was even happier as he has two dogs who seem to love me.

FB_IMG_1532248321034Yesterday was a friend’s hen do. We went to Ballie Ballerson which is an adult ball pool pit. It was a lot smaller than I was expecting but fun. We made sure we got the most out of our bottomless pizza and prosecco. We then did a cocktail making masterclass. Yum!

Let the summer begin!

What made you smile this week?


Sunday Smiles is a weekly meme created by me at Tumbling into Wonderland Books. It runs every Sunday. Want to find out more or join in the fun? Check out the details here.