The Ultimate Rabbit Hole #30

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Howdee partners! Happy Weekend! Are you having fun yet? Can you believe the Ultimate Rabbit Hole hits the big Three-Oh today? Oreo Bunny is wearing a festive flower in honour of the occasion, bless her little furry paws. I’m pretty excited, because I’ll  finally be able to meet my trusty co-pilots in person at the ProBlogger Conference next week, and together we’ll raise a glass to more Rabbit Hole adventures.

The interwebs has been so full of good stuff, it’s hard to know where to start! I know! How about with purpose? Because everyone needs a purpose. I know that because they sang about it in Avenue QIf you’re not sure where to look, here’s some top tips on how to find your passion and purpose in life.

I can’t believe this time two weeks ago, I had just arrived back from holiday. After spending last week with my old friends Jet and Lag, and this week with my new friends, Cold and Cough, I’m desperately seeking a way to beat those post vacation blues.

So for a minute there, I was going to apologise for drowning in my own self pity but then I remembered I am trying not to say sorry, or at least not say sorry as much, because, look, there’s a whole list of things we need to stop apologising for. Maybe it’s because I’m British, but I am a serial sorry sayer. In fact, if I had a pound for every time I’d said sorry, I’d probably be as rich as Richard Branson by now!

Talking of Richard Branson, he’s a wise old soul and his tips for happiness are sure to give you wings!

Wellbeing is so important, yet it’s something we so quickly neglect. Here are 5 things you need to stop doing to improve your wellbeing. I’m a bit guilty of all five. These are hard habits to break.

If we hadn’t set the world to right’s over a few dozen dumplings with Mr and Mrs Romance the other night, I wouldn’t have know that August is the month of Romance Awareness. Oh, I just love love and I also love these 7 ways to be romantic from Mr and Mrs, who are romance in name and romance by nature!

While we’re on the subject of special dates, 3 August is National Watermelon Day and what better way to have a belated celebration than with (what must surely be) the World’s Cutest Watermelon Cupcakes  or if you want to release your inner Masterchef, how about this cake based on the Black Star Pastry legendary bake of the same name.

I am a sucker for a kitchen gadget, and always have been. I bought a popcorn machine so long ago that I forgot I had it, but recently it’s been making a bit of a kitchen comeback. As it goes, I’m a bit of a popcorn purist and just inhale my popcorn au naturel. At least I did eat my popcorn plain, but then I saw this. Salted Caramel Popcorn for the win!

And because it’s still cold, and because I’m always hungry when it’s cold, and because I share a love of both slow cookers and sweet stuff, here’s some slow cooker recipes to satisfy the sweetest of teeth.

Well, that’s about me done and dusted for this week, peeps. Have you got any secret tricks and cunning plans this weekend? Have you found your purpose? Are you a serial sorry sayer too? What’s your top tip for happiness? Oh, and one last thing, thanks for joining me, Karin, Jess and Shannon on all our Rabbit Hole adventures. Without you it would be nothing!

Every Saturday morning, we will open up the rabbit hole link up for bloggers to add their link list posts or even just their favourite post (if you are not of the link list kind) for the week.  Do try and pop along to say howdee to some of  the other lovely linkers. Link up here, over at Calm to Conniption, A Little Part of the World or My2Morrows. It doesn’t matter where you add your link because it will appear on all four blogs, as if by magic!  The link up will stay open until midnight the following Monday.

Be a smarty and join this linky party!

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  • We need a Dumpling and salted caramel popcorn date …washed down with a lovely cup o’ tea.

  • I understand the post vacation blues but mine are post girls weekend blues after having such a fab girls weekend. Have a fab time at pro blogger. I cannot wait to hear all about it. V x

    • Ah yes, girls weekends are the best! I find the best antidote to Post Holiday/ Girls Weekend Blues is to book another one! I wish you were coming to ProBlogger too. Have an ace weekend! xx

  • Lucy @ Bake Play Smile

    Thanks for the shoutout chicky! Cannot wait to give you a big hug at ProBlogger!!!! xx

  • Sorry but I need to keep this comment brief as I need to go and make some salted caramel popcorn pronto!

  • Oooh I should give that salted caramael popcorn a try! I have a popcorn maker, great for when I’m trying to make healthy snacks for work as I eat it plain too and it’s air-popped so no oils or anything.

    Thank you for the link up! I’ll need to come back to check out a few more links later, we are house hunting again today and have a strict timetable of open houses to go see!

    • Popcorn makers for the win! It’s such a neat little invention, isn’t it? Happy House Hunting! Hope you find something you love x

  • So much amazing down that rabbit hole of yours Sammie, your like the reporter of blogging action, love it!
    I am so a serial sorry sayer too, I drive myself nuts sometimes!
    Slow cooker sweetness and salted popcorn, I’m going weak at the knees.
    Thanks for another great link up gorgeous lady……..see you in 5 sleeps!

  • I’m so looking forward to falling down the rabbit hole with these links over the weekend. Can’t wait to see you Thursday either xx

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  • I’m totally a sorry sayer. Do it unintentionally. I think it was my upbringing. So much goodness down the rabbit hole this week. Enjoy your weekend lovely. x

    • Oh, all that sorry saying… old habits die hard, don’t they?! Hope your weekend is absolutely fabulous! xx

  • Simplify.Create

    Avenue Q = awesome. We saw it in Melbourne quite a few years back. Congrats on the big milestone & to think this time next week I will be sitting home depressed while you’re all problogging 🙁 lol

    • How awesome is Avenue Q? We’ve seen it twice and I just love the songs so much! As for PB, you can live vicariously through everyone’s tweets and follow up blog posts and smugly congratulate yourself on all the money you saved yourself 🙂

  • Kirsty @ My Home Truths

    I’m enjoying my birthday weekend – party last night and relaxing today. With no hangover – FTW!!!!!!! Have a lovely weekend Sam x

    • That is winning. I’m sure there’s a direct correlation to the severity of hangovers and onset of age! I hope you’re having a brilliant birthday weekend – enjoy the Festival of Forty! xx

  • What a week that’s gone…I blogged about “pausing” and I have not always remembered..this time next week my feed will be full of pro blogger. Have fun. I went to PB in 2012. Denyse xx

    • I’m popping my PB cherry this year, I’m trying not to drown in my own overwhelm and am thinking about it as a glorified girls’ weekend! We may well be at PB next week, but the Rabbit Hole will be still be open for adventures. See you same time, same place next week? In the meantime, don’t forget to pause xx

  • Happy 30th….
    How fabulous, I’m a Double D lady through & through… That’s Donuts & Dumplings my to favourite things 😜
    Looking forward to seeing you Thursday. xx

    • Oh yeah baby! Donut and Dumplings, I couldn’t think of anything better! Hope you have a top weekend! See you at the airport – squee! xx

  • Salted caramel popcorn, yuuuum! There are so many National X Day’s, I can’t keep up!

    • I know. I’ve actually found a 365 day list and it’s totally mind boggling! Salted Caramel Popcorn is top of my to-do list tomorrow! Hope you’re having a great weekend x

  • You guys always find the cutest rabbits!!! Have a lovely weekend, Sammie. Once you’re resettled after the big trip, give me a shout so we can have that much-anticipated meet up! x

    • I love Oreo and Bubbles, they come all the way from the good old US of A! Let’s lock a date in after ProBlogger for our long-overdue, much-anticipated meet up! x

  • How did I not know about this link up? Probably because I don’t usually blog on weekends! However, I did tonight and also stumbled across your rabbit hole. Now I know there may be no stopping me! You have included lots of great links in your post Sammie. I have seen Richard Branson’s tips for happiness but will enjoy checking out the others!! Have a great Sunday! 🙂 x

    • I don’t know how you didn’t know but I’m pleased you do now! You may well have tipped me off about Richard… I think I saw it via your facebook page! Hope you’re having an ace weekend. Looking forward to seeing you next week! x

  • Oh my… Lucy’s popcorn looks amaze! I didn’t want to open the link but had to. And those watermelon cupcakes are super cute. But watermelon day?? Really? It’s a thing?
    I say sorry way too much, and I say ‘just’ a lot too.. Often both in the same sentence! Need to rectify that, especially at work! Enjoy your wkend! Cannot wait to toast the rabbit hole with you all in person! Xx

    • Yes, Watermelon Day is totally a thing! Strange but true! We ate too much cake at the Christening to attempt the popcorn today but definitely want to have a pop at it tomorrow! This time next week… squee! Enjoy your weekend, lovely xx

  • Jenni from Styling Curvy

    Top tip for happiness?…keep it simple, be grateful, give with love, have no expectations x

  • So looking forward to meeting you on Thursday! Lots of great weekend reading and important reminders

  • Have a fab time at pro blogger lovely! Wish I was seeing ya! x

  • That Improve Your Well being list is a good one. Goals are where I fall down. No idea how to set a goal. I’m sure they must be useful things to have, but I really don’t know where to start. I’ll just stick with trying to be happy everyday. And the tips from Mr & Mrs Romance. I like the reminiscing one. I love doing this, even if it’s about not so good memories.