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Birthday Week | Grateful Bytes 03

Who says birthday celebrations have to be one day? Ever since I was a kid I’ve celebrated birthday week; Halloween, my birthday a couple days later, then bonfire night. It’s my absolute favourite time of year. 🍰


Welcome back to Grateful Bytes. 👾 This is a byte sized post of things I’m grateful for throughout the week in a bid to be more mindful. I hope it inspires you to think about your own highlights of the week, whether you share it in the comments or jot it down in a journal. ✨

Last year was a special one for my 40th and we spent the week on La Palma island at the exact time the volcano was erupting! That is something I will never forget. This year I wanted to do something a bit more chill. The whole of October I’ve been in full spooky season mode with scary films, games and decorations which carried on until my birthday.

birthday carrot cake
this cake was so delicious ✨

On my actual birthday, E made me breakfast in bed, I opened the card from my parents and read texts from friends and family. Then it was present time. E had had my present delivered in a HUGE box weeks before and it had been hidden away. Despite guessing, I had no idea what it was going to be….

It was a freaking PlayStation 5!

As I ripped the outer cardboard box and realised how heavy it was I was amazed. In disbelief that he had managed to find one at all and the fact that it was my birthday present. It came with 3 games, Horizon Forbidden West, Spider-Man Miles Morales, Gran Turismo 7 and 2 DualSense controllers. I was stunned. It was the most perfect and thoughtful gift and of course we will share it. 😉

After downloading my faves including Fall Guys and a few other games I’m playing from the PlayStation Premium+ library, I tried out Astro’s Playroom which really showcases the features of the DualSense controller and I was blown away.

Like I mentioned, I just wanted a chill day so we went out for coffee and birthday cake, followed takeaway from our favourite Indian restaurant. I almost cried when I saw the carrot cake with the heart decorations and candles, we shared it as we wanted to leave space for our curry. It was just so lovely, exactly how I wanted to spend my level up day with the most special and considerate person in my life. 💕

Aside from my birthday and my amazing Fiancé for making it the best day, here are some other things I’m grateful for this week:

  • Having siesta on our roof garden with Chester and Cooper. 
  • That extra hour! I always feel much more in sync with myself when the clocks go back an hour in October, it just feels right.
  • Fresh bread. Mmm!
  • Spooky Sunday morning cheese toastie and Harry Potter movie marathon. Bliss!
  • Coffee, coffee and more coffee.
  • Listening to the sound of the birds and parrots just chirping away outside. 
  • Getting stuck into decluttering our home office again. Since embracing minimalism it’s something I chip away at when I have spare time, and since quitting social media I feel like I have more time for these kinds of projects yay. We have so much paper clutter and we’re both stationery nerds so it can be challenging. I really like taking before and after photos as a motivator to make progress. Super grateful to be in a position to donate a few bits and bobs to a local charity shop as I go through stuff. 
  • Early morning beach walks. So peaceful.
  • Texting with my Mum about the homemade Halloween costume she made me in the 80s/90s. She made me a neon green tutu which I would wear with my black leggings, a bin bag as a cape, complete with crooked witch’s nose, nails and hat. 😅 Not forgetting a plastic carrier bag turned inside out for all my sweets.
  • Starting a new month of fitness gaming and adding Yoga with Adriene back into my routine.

What are you grateful for this week?

Thanks to all of you that sent me birthday wishes by email and YouTube Community. 🌸 Appreciate you all!

Below is the vlog version of issue 03 of grateful bytes, please susbscribe to Cuteek on YouTube, it really helps me out.  💖

go shorty, it’s your birthday