A new year really is great for new starts and for putting things into perspective.

As some of you may have read, my only new years resolution this year is to ‘enjoy the little things‘.

I’ve been putting that new years resolution into action lately and I’ve seriously noticed a difference. I’m finding it so much easier to find happiness in everyday life and not to wait around for the big things to happen.

This way of thinking is slowly seeping into every aspect of our life, and I’m finding myself more and more relaxed. I must admit, sometimes I do put a little too much thought into everything, including our days out. It’s rare to find me simply at a park or a duck pond.

Enjoy the little things

I always feel like we need to do something spectacular or different. Mostly because I get bored really easily.

But if there is one thing I want to teach my daughter, it’s to find excitement in everything, and after todays little outing, I really don’t know why I don’t do these things more often.

The weather has been so delightful in the last few days. It’s been so, so cold, but the sun has been shining and the torrential rain pours have finally passed through.

Wanting to make the most of the sunshine, we headed to our local boating lake for a simple afternoon of feeding the ducks and playing in the park.

Enjoy the little thingsEvie’s never really been old enough to feed the ducks before. She’s never quite grasped the concept of it. It was so adorable watching her try and throw the feed into the pond, although much to the ducks dismay, she insisted on only throwing one grain at a time.

I must admit, I was terrified when lots of birds suddenly started flocking in all around us from above. Seagulls can be quite vicious in Cornwall. But Evie’s squeals of delight made me embrace it and try and ignore my fears, and I found myself really enjoying the moment with her.

Sometimes the ordinary moments really are the special moments.

Enjoy the little thingsThe duck feed didn’t last long, but grabbing a takeaway hot chocolate and taking a stroll around the beautiful lake, was seriously refreshing. You can only imagine how crisp and fresh the air was and there is nothing like a bit of sunshine and blue sky to put you in the best mood.

Seeing Evie happy to be outdoors, despite the chill, was so heart-warming. I’m not really one for cold weather and much prefer the summer months and beach days, but seeing Evie just happy to be running about, really made up for our recent time stuck indoors because of the storms.

Enjoy the little things

Our local boating lake has a huge play park attached to it. Being the helicopter mum that I am, I tend to leave the park outings to nursery or Jamie, else poor Evie has me hovering over her constantly.

I’m always so terrified she’s going to hurt herself. She’s always been very clumsy and after a few ‘head over heels down the slide’ moments, I’ve tended to avoid taking her to the park alone. If I had it my way she’d be going around wearing a dress made of bubble wrap.

But, I embraced the dangers of the worlds tiniest slide (yes I’m that bad) and the swings for little people and realised that despite my fears, I really need to let Evie challenge herself more.

Enjoy The Little Things

She needs to decide what she can and can’t do. My ‘be carefuls’ won’t change the fact that she might fall. My hovering will only make her more nervous. I can only be there to give her a kiss and a cuddle if she hurts herself, and I need to remember to let her fall (within reason), and to work out dangers for herself.

Hearing her squeeling with excitement on the swings and cheering when I let her go down the muddy, rainy slide (she didn’t fall) was so beautiful.

We’ll definitely be returning here a lot more and I’m very excited for Summer when the boats are out for hire again, and Evie can experience the water for the first time.

Have you been on any simple days out recently? Do you tend to over complicate days out? Or are you happy with a simple play in the park?



  1. There's always time for tea
    January 12, 2016 / 3:23 pm

    Aw a lovely post! I need to focus on the little things a bit more as well. That duck pond looks amazing! xx

    • January 14, 2016 / 9:47 pm

      Thank you so much. The duck pond is so beautiful, even in winter. It’s just nice to do such simple things sometimes isn’t it. x

  2. January 12, 2016 / 5:23 pm

    I think I need to enjoy the little things more and you have reminded me that we haven’t fed the ducks in such a long time! x

    • January 14, 2016 / 9:48 pm

      Enjoying the little things is such a simple thing that we all tend to forget isn’t it? I hope you manage to get out to the ducks soon. All though I hope you don’t have some crazy birds join in like we did haha. x

  3. January 13, 2016 / 7:09 am

    I like to keep life simple. Enjoying the little things is what makes a life worth living, I agree! Day’s out for us are pretty straight forward too – a packed picnic lunch, waterproofs and the great outdoors! Wishing you all the best for the New Year. 🙂

    • January 14, 2016 / 9:49 pm

      It really is what makes a life worth living. I think the sooner you start living by that, the happier you find yourself too. I love your idea of a day out. More or mine need to be like that. I over complicate them. But that sort of day out just sounds so perfect too. Happy new year to you too! x

  4. January 13, 2016 / 8:33 am

    I love your new years resolution, I think it is really important to enjoy and appreciate all the little 5hings in life. Sounds like Eve had a great time at the park, at take Leo at least once a week, he loves the slide. I freak out over seagulls too! I really don’t enjoy feeding the ducks so I only really go when Oli is with us so I can run away if I need to!xx #whatevertheweather

    • January 15, 2016 / 3:13 pm

      Thank you so much. It is so important to enjoy the little things. Evie loved the park. I’m glad I’m not the only one who freaks out over seagulls. Haha I definitely think Evie enjoyed feeding them more than me. x

  5. January 13, 2016 / 8:38 am

    That sounds like a fabulous new year’s resolution 🙂 Great to see the sunshine coming back – it’s been wet and windy here for weeks. #whatevertheweather

    • January 15, 2016 / 3:15 pm

      Thank you so much Cheryl. It’s so great to see some sunshine. Please stay sunshine! x

  6. January 13, 2016 / 9:45 am

    Absolutely, we love just going to the park. In fact this weeks link up is mostly just about the walk to it! Simple is sweet in #whatevertheweather

    • January 15, 2016 / 3:16 pm

      Simple really is sweet and so easy too. I’m excited to read your post. Thank you so much for linking up. xx

  7. January 13, 2016 / 11:55 am

    The photo of Evie on the swing is gorgeous! It is hard to watch kids take risks, think we are all the same, but it is such an important part of their development. The first time I let me kids off totally on their own up a footpath that runs past our house I cried watching them go off on, then stalked them through the bushes (sad I know!) xxx

    • January 15, 2016 / 3:19 pm

      Thank you so much. It’s so hard to watch them take risks. I really need to learn to let go. It’s nice to hear that I’m not the only one that does this. Haha I love that you stalked them, that’s so sweet! That will probably be me too. It’s so scary and lovely at the same time watching them do these things. x

  8. January 13, 2016 / 12:50 pm

    I love that park, you are lucky to live near a boating lake too. It’s hard to let children take risks at times, but we do all need to let them try new things. There’s a huge rope climbing frame at our local park & Magoo mastered climbing right to the top about a year ago. Apart from nearly giving me a heart attack, the look on her face when she made it to the top was priceless. Now she climbs it faster than ever, like a mountain goat & loves it. I remember those exhilarating moments from when I was a child, so I shouldn’t deprive Magoo of them either 🙂

    • January 15, 2016 / 3:22 pm

      It’s so pretty isn’t it. It is so hard letting them take risks. You’re so right, I remember those moments too from my own childhood, I really shouldn’t deprive Evie either. It sounds like Magoo is quite the adventurer! I’m so glad I’m not the only one who feels this way. xx

  9. January 13, 2016 / 12:59 pm

    What a beautiful post. Evie is always looking very happy when you guys are out an about. Olivia and I always up for little and simple day out too, park or just a walk in the field. 🙂

    • January 15, 2016 / 3:25 pm

      Aww thank you so much. I promise you we do get the tantrums too though! 🙂 I always love your simple walks in the field. I can’t wait till Evie’s a bit older and we can pack a little backpack with some drawing things and do that like you two do. xx

  10. January 13, 2016 / 1:33 pm

    Learning to let your littles play freely is so hard. I can’t bare to see either of my kids hurt themselves.

    • January 15, 2016 / 3:26 pm

      It really is hard isn’t it. I know they need to get hurt to learn the dangers, but it doesn’t make it any easier. I do need to learn to let go more though. x

  11. January 13, 2016 / 1:41 pm

    We need to focus on the little things as opposed to our epic adventures. Sometimes a trip down the shop can be exciting #whatevertheweather

    • January 15, 2016 / 3:27 pm

      It definitely can be if you make it. I always overthink days out. I’m going to stop doing that so much this year. xx

  12. January 13, 2016 / 2:11 pm

    It’s lovely to make the most of everything, simple things can often be the best. I need to remember to do that sometimes. It looks like Evie had fun with the ducks and play in the park, children like to experience things for themselves don’t they. #Whatevertheweather

    • January 15, 2016 / 3:28 pm

      It really is lovely to make the most of everything. She had such a fun time and it was nice to let her be independent and do what she was asking to do. x

  13. January 13, 2016 / 7:04 pm

    I think her smile says it all – spending time with her is the best ‘simple’ thing you can ever do. Thanks for hosting a great link up.

    • January 15, 2016 / 3:28 pm

      Spending time really is the best simple thing you can ever do. It’s nice just to switch off and focus on her and not our surroundings. x

  14. January 13, 2016 / 8:12 pm

    Free fun is always the best sort of fun. And having a hot chocolate after some fresh air is the law in our household! 🙂

    • January 15, 2016 / 3:29 pm

      It really is the best sort of fun. Haha I can’t go anywhere without having a hot chocolate. I’m a sucker for cake too, although managed to actually restrain myself this time. x

  15. January 14, 2016 / 7:20 am

    Ah sounds like a lovely little outing and sometimes simple outings like this really are the best! Good for you for trying to overcome your fears too. It is horrible seeing them hurt themselves (LM is currently sporting a grazed nose after face planting on the pavement) but we do have to let them try and sometimes fall so they learn their boundaries xx

    • January 15, 2016 / 3:35 pm

      It was so lovely thank you. We definitely do have to let them fall and explore their own bodies and what they can or can’t do. I think I just need to shut my eyes from now on haha. x

  16. January 14, 2016 / 9:06 am

    Nothing like a toddler for helping you see the beauty in everyday visits. We love relaxed trips to the park. And I completely agree with you on the importance of letting them take the odd tumble – even if your heart is in your mouth the whole time! #whatevertheweather

    • January 15, 2016 / 3:36 pm

      That is so true. They really do make you see the beauty in things. I think my heart will be in my mouth even when she’s older and left haha. Being a parent is such a strange thing. x

  17. January 14, 2016 / 10:46 am

    I often have very specific ideas about days out as I’ve usually got photos in my mind! But you’re right some of the best days are just the normal ones, playing in the park or taking a local stroll x Sarah #whatevertheweather

    • January 15, 2016 / 3:37 pm

      I’m the same. I love to capture the moments. But simple days, sometimes give you a nice refreshing break from the busy days out. x

  18. January 14, 2016 / 5:01 pm

    This looks like a lovely place to go for a day out. We go to feed the ducks at a lake called Stover that is just down the road from us. It’s got some lovely walks there. #WhateverTheWeather

    • January 15, 2016 / 3:38 pm

      It’s so beautiful. Stover sounds lovely too. I wish we had one that was a bit bigger and had lots of walks around it. But this one is so perfect in summer with the boats for hire. x

  19. January 14, 2016 / 7:48 pm

    I’m definitely more of a fan of the complicated day out than the trip to the park, but we def do these days out too. My three love nothing more than a trip to feed the ducks. #whatevertheweather

    • January 15, 2016 / 3:40 pm

      I am too much of a fan of the complicated day haha. I do get bored very easily. But it was nice to let Evie take charge for a change and she loved it. x

  20. January 15, 2016 / 2:43 pm

    I love your post and completely get what you mean. I think there is something extra special about the ordinary moments – they are the most memorable too! Evie looks like she had a terrific time. x #Whatevertheweather

    • January 15, 2016 / 3:49 pm

      Thank you so much! There really is something extra special about the ordinary moments. It’s nice to take a step back and do something simple for a change. x

  21. Emma Chanagasubbay
    January 15, 2016 / 10:28 pm

    Feeding the ducks is always top of our list! Even the teenagers still like to feed the ducks even though they wouldn’t admit it!! #whatevertheweather

    • January 20, 2016 / 10:27 am

      Haha I used to pretend I didn’t like it when I was a teenager, but when I’d take my baby sister alone I really loved it. xx

  22. Jenny Eaves
    January 17, 2016 / 9:34 am

    Sounds like a great resolution to me, the ordinary moments are often the best experiences. As we don’t have the car during the week we often do simpler things nearer home and these are the things O always asks to do again and again (even when we have the car and can go elsewhere). Have fun enjoying the little things this year. 🙂 x

    • January 20, 2016 / 10:32 am

      I definitely am becoming more of a fan of the ordinary moments. I think the simpler things are so much more fun. Here’s to a good 2016 x

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