The Ultimate Rabbit Hole #91

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Hurrah for the weekend! How was your week? Mine was action packed; I saw Bridget Jones (and her baby,) ate my bodyweight in dumplings, injured my ear with a cotton bud and now I’m about to hop on down the rabbit hole and lose myself in lovely links. Won’t you join me?!

Today is National Oatmeal Day so get your oatmeal on with some of these delicious recipes… Banana Bread Baked Oatmeal, Slow Cooker Cinnamon Roll Oatmeal and because it is nearly Halloween, Pumpkin Pie OatmealIf you want your oats to go, check out these homemade healthy oatmeal packets –  such a neat idea!

Still on the subject of food to go, if you want to be a lunchbox ninja check out the Japanese art of making school lunch. I want a lunchbox like that!

Let’s not leave the kitchen just yet, some of my favourites are in this list of 26 useful baking tips you’ll wish you knew about soonerIt’s true what they say, you really do learn something new everyday!

Since my two touches of cancer I’m definitely all about collecting moments and not things. These real estate tips from the terminally ill really resonate and this story embodies the philosphy that  “it’s not about having, it’s about doing and about being, being with people and being for people.” Here’s to more of that!

Still on the subject of things we want more of, how about more joy? Check out these 21 life hacks for more joy.

We’ve been decluttering like bosses – once you start, you can’t stop. We have a long way to go before the cupboard avalanches are a thing of the past. In the meantime, I’ll be checking out these tips on how to spring clean your house of clutter.

Talking of clutter, my desk is dual purpose, it’s also the dining room table and it’s also in need of a declutter! When I get my dream home and my dream desk, I’m going to style it into the desk of my dreams with these tips on how to style your desk like the ones you see on Instagram. Yes, please!

When we were in the States and Canada, I was in awe not only of how many people are dog owners but how many people take their dogs everywhere. And when I say everywhere, I mean everywhere. Even the subway. Seeing everyone with their dog made me so poody (like broody but for a dog) and seeing this story made me smile – the NYC subway banned dogs unless they fit in a bag and see how these big dog owners accepted the challenge. Where there’s a will, there’s a way!

So what’s on your agenda this weekend? After a busy week, we’re on the go slow. I’m looking forward to running and baking but not at the same time! Let’s talk oatmeal, how do you eat yours? Have you got any baking tips I should know? Have you got on the Declutter Train yet? And is your desk like one of those ones on Instagram? Why not upload a picture in the comments? I’d love to see!

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. Please link only one post. This makes it fair for everyone and allows more posts to be read. Talking of reading, do try and pop along to say howdee to some of  the other lovely linkers. Link up here, over at Calm to Conniption or The Geeky Shopaholic. It doesn’t matter where you add your link because it will appear on all three blogs, as if by magic!  The link up will stay open until midnight the following Monday.

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  • I would like to leave this week behind in a flurry of rain and work-related stress.

    It turns out that my daily morning oatmeal has finally paid off! I was spot on for Oatmeal day 😉 It was apple and cinnamon though.

    I’m well on my way through the decluttering stage though. It’s so nice to have less stuff!

    I keep meaning to blog about the dog phenomenon. I have so many surreptitiously taken photos ready for it! I’ll have to make a note.

    Have a lovely weekend!

    • Argh! So sorry to hear but it’s the weekend now so exhale…

      Pleased to hear your oatmeal game is on point – apple and cinnamon is always a winning combination.

      That’s what I love about the decluttering, less stuff and more space, it’s really liberating, isn’t it?!

      I started reading a book about pet psychology the other day and it was saying that America has more dogs than people, although don’t quote me on that, but whatever it was, it was a lot of dogs. I’ve got a serious stash of surreptitious dog fotos from our trip.

      Have a wonderful Halloween weekend!

  • Happy weekend lovely.
    I’m like Kat, I’d like to leave this week behind too! I’m off to read more about life hacks for joy. This week some awesome friends were just there for me, you are so right… It’s about being with people. I’m off to the fete to work on the tombola stall and help make paella today. Here’s to making moments and spending time with people you love. Happy weekend lovely xx

  • haha yes my computer lives on the dining room table too. How is it that it gets so messy so easily? I’m trying to be better at decluttering and putting things away and throwing out what we don’t need but it takes time, and I don’t have oodles of that with the boys to take care of!

    Thank you for the link up!

    Hope you’re having a good week 🙂 Sounds like you have been.

    • I wish I had some magic elves who could keep my dining room tidy! I don’t have any small people to look after and I still can’t find the time to declutter as mucha as I need! Happy Weekend! x

  • LydiaCLee

    I’m obviously not following the right people (or I am!) but who is putting up desks on Instagram and why????

    • Yay, you’re back! As for the desk porn, I guess everyone needs some desk-spiration!

      • LydiaCLee

        Desk porn? I missed that gene….

    • Lydia, Lydia, Lydia … you miss out on so much … Deskagram is totally a thing (or did I just make that up?)

      • LydiaCLee

        OMG!! You people! Instagram is for palm trees and restuarants. Not desks!

  • Samantha Cassidy

    Hello! Do you wonderful hostess’s have a button I could put on my Link Up page? I am going to list your party anyways, but it grabs more attention if there is a button (or graphic) to go along with it!

    • We don’t have a button.. yet! But will definitely add it to our list of things to do! Have a great weekend!

      • Samantha Cassidy

        I will keep an eye out for it!

  • I’m on the declutter train but it’s going very slow and steady. Last week I decluttered some of my kids clothes. It’s highlighted some new shopping needs for the kids like new swimmers and board shorts etc so it might not officially be decluttering but a process of replacing – lol! Is that still classes as decluttering? I don’t know?
    Ingrid
    http://www.fabulousandfunlife.blogspot.com.au

    • That totally counts! We’re not exactly fast movers in the decluttering department but we’re getting there! Hope you have a lovely weekend x

  • National Oatmeal Day?! LOL. OK. I’ll have some oatmeal (if you insist).

  • merilyn

    thankyou sammie for always inspiring us!
    decluttering, YES! … in the middle of it!
    getting older and/or being ill, terminally or not, changes one’s perspective on life and things!
    less is more! … my resolve at the moment! … I say KISSWEETHEART! … to myself!
    i’m busy this weekend with birthday celebrations … neighbour, sister and father!
    have yourself a great weekend lovely!
    much love m:)X

    • Happy Birthday to your dad – wish I had a good slow cooker cake recipe for him! And of course, greetings for your neighbour and sister too! I’m with you on the less is more, except when it comes to hugs and kisses, of course! Have a fabulous weekend – enjoy the birthday bonhomie! xx

  • Morning Sammie! Oh dear about your ear….my mum had real problems (aka deafness) in her ears and someone must have told her you can never put anything IN your ear and I have taken that on board…so ouchie…and I hope you are OK. I also hope that your lovely link up here each weekend with the girls will be continuing because I have some news on my blog next week. NO, I am not stopping!! But its newsworthy (for me!). Today I wrote about doing 2 IG challenges in one month and neither relates to deskgram!!

    • My mum always told me never to put cotton buds in my ear, but her advice fell on deaf ears! I’m fine, just full of ear drops and it sounds like I’m underwater. So much fun! Don’t worry, I don’t think we’ll be leaving the rabbit hole anytime soon, we love it way too much! I’m looking forward to seeing your news – pleased you’re not stopping, I do hope it’s good! Have a wonderful weekend x

  • Happy Weekend Sammie. I finally have a 2 day weekend to relax and unwind. V x

  • Just because I am back I linked up that eyeball slice, Sammie!!. I am off now to read how to declutter my house

  • Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella

    Another delicious list Sammie! I feel like oatmeal right now because of it 😀

  • jess

    So many cracking links to go through! Oh if only I had one of those IG desks I swear I would get more work done…

  • Poody – love it! I’ve learnt a new word this weekend 🙂 Hope you have a lovely one and enjoy the decluttering! xx

  • I seem to spend my entire life decluttering! Definitely using those tips x

  • Thanks for linking my recipe, lovely lady! National Oatmeal Day sounds like everyday in my house 😉

    I love that real estate tips ad so so much because it’s such an important reminder in a world where we want bigger and better everythings just for show!

  • Thanks for another great week. A little late due to an internet outage. Ouch!

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