All posts filed under: Life’s small pleasures

End of Summer …..Again….

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Family / Life / Life's small pleasures / Life, Love, Family / Love

School is back! It has to be my least favourite time of the year. Routine, structure, living life watching the clock………..the dreaded school lunches! Being torn between wanting to be the perfect parent sending your young off with a lunch box laden with healthy options or just giving in an handing them a jar of Nutella and a spoon (if the dentist or orthodontist is reading this I have no Nutella in the house……….ever!). Today […]

Thank You

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Blogger Contest / Fanny Crown Paris / Fanny Crown Paris Discount Code / Life's small pleasures / Thank you

Thanks a million to you all for reading, liking and sharing my recent blog The Fanny Crown Affair. Thanks to your wonderful support I won a €100 euro voucher to spend on the dress of my dreams at Fanny Crown Paris. Remember if you are looking for a special dress that Fanny Crown have kindly offered a discount of 15% until October 15th. All you need is the following code KARENBSHIELS14. The kids are delighted […]

Still Happy

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#100happydays / Blog Awards Ireland 2014 / Hobbies / humorous / Kindness / Life / Life's small pleasures

Well it’s been awhile since the #100happydays challenge came to an end.  I am still very aware of the little things that infuse the most mundane and ordinary of days with happiness. I am more aware than ever before of the importance of reflecting and being grateful for them. Since finishing the challenge I have taken up running, well I have begun the the couch to 5k challenge and am delighted with my progress. I […]

Life after the #100happydays challenge

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#100happydays / Hobbies / Home / Life's small pleasures / Life, Love, Family / post #100happydays

Day 2 It’s day 2 of life after the #100happydays challenge and I have to say I feel a little bereft! I really enjoyed reflecting on the life of Karen on a daily basis and recognising those moments, no matter how small and insignificant they may seem, that put a smile on my face and a spring in my step. It’s early days but I’m still appreciating the little things and my life seems more […]

#100happydays Day 100

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Day 100 Tuesday May 27th  I can’t believe it’s day 100 already! There have been plenty of ups and downs in the Shiels house over the past 100 days, broken bones, pulled ligaments, reaching 40 , celebrating with family and friends, health scares, strokes, herb growing, hat knitting, much laughter, a few tears but mostly everyday no matter what there was happiness to be found once it was anticipated and longed for. Today whilst out […]

#100happydays Day 93

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#100happydays / Hobbies / Knitting / Life's small pleasures

Day 93!! Tuesday May 20th The new year seen me return to enjoying a hobby I have had since childhood. Knitting. Most evenings you’ll find me sitting with needles in hand watching TV and relaxing. My kids and nieces and a good friend have been the recipients of the lovely finished products. There is a certain joy in giving someone something that you have made with your own hands. Today I decided to set up […]

#100happydays Day 92

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#100happydays / Life's small pleasures / Simplicity

Day 92 Monday May 19th Finally took  the sewing machine out again and made this little curtain. I’m delighted with it although if you take a close look the stitches may not be as straight as they should be! It adds a little charm and colour to the kitchen and I’m delighted with it. We tend to forget that happiness doesn’t come as a result of getting something we don’t have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating […]

#100happydays Day 91

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Day 91 Sunday May 18th A big hello and thank you to all those who have recently followed my blog. I really appreciate you stopping by and taking the time to read my ramblings. Feel free to comment anytime. I have posted a photo of this tree before but it was taken at night whilst the rain poured down. It didn’t show the vibrant yellow blooms that are eagerly awaited each May. Not sure this […]

#100happydays Day 90

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#100happydays / Life's small pleasures

Day 90 Saturday May 17th Day 90! Only ten more days to go………I’m going to miss participating in this challenge I think. Today was spent pottering about the house and garden. I decided to repot some of the herbs that I had planted over the Easter weekend. I’m not sure if I’m doing this gardening thing correctly but I’m having a great time watching the seeds flourish and grow. I can’t wait to use the […]