And just like that the half-term holiday was over, well for us anyway. It was a lovely week in the end, although the first few days were pretty dull as the weather was just so awful. Anyway, this post is all about being positive and focusing on the things I love at the moment. Here’s my little list for this week…

1. The Roasting Tin by Rukmini Iyer – This is one of my newest cook books and it’s just brilliant! It’s full of simple ‘one-tin’ dishes and gives you all sorts of mix and match options for roasting any meat or vegetables. This book is also perfect for anyone who’s a little unsure about cooking as it literally gives you the cooking/ roasting instructions for all meat and all cuts.

2. Birchbox Beauty Box – My February Birchbox arrived last week and as always it put a big smile on my face. This month’s theme is Beauty Through the Decades and my box had a definite eighties feel about its design. Inside was a full-size The Beauty Crop eyeshadow trio (worth £7), a full-size ModelCo cream blush (worth £14), a travel size Percy & Reed finishing hair polish, a travel size Sebamed cleansing foam and a travel size Bumble and bumble thickening spray. I love trying new products and this little box of beauty goodies always helps me discover new favourites.

3. Watching Big Hero 6 with the Girls – I’m not sure how we had’t seen this film before but somehow it had passed us by, much like The Lion King – I’ve never seen that either… I know!  Anyway, we watched Big Hero 6 last week on one of those cold wet half-term days and it was lovely.  We all shed a little tear or two at the end but we really enjoyed it and are  looking forward to meeting the characters when we go to DisneyWorld in a few weeks. Now we need to get on and watch The Lion King, thank goodness for our Disney Life subscription!

4. Spring is on the Way! – The main thing I’m loving at the moment is noticing the little blossom buds appearing on the trees and daffodils popping up in our garden, both sure signs that Spring is on the way. Hopefully the temperature will start to creep up soon and we can finally ditch our winter woolies.

5. A sunny day in London with the family – We haven’t been into London for a few months (despite only living ten miles away) so as the weather was so beautiful on Saturday we thought we’d jump on the train and head into ‘town’. We walked along the Southbank and over the ‘wobbly’ bridge to St Paul’s Cathedral, ate some delicious street food and had a really lovely day. The kind of day the makes you smile when you think back at it. Here are some shots from the day…