The Ultimate Rabbit Hole #115

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Greetings from the Mother Country. I don’t know what the weather like is where you are but here it’s very chilly, Billy! It’s the first time in what seems like forever that I’ve had to wear a coat! (And a scarf, hat and gloves!)  That said, let’s warm up with some weekend reading down the rabbit hole.

Now today is National Pretzel Day – yay! If savoury pretzels float your boat, check out these  Homemade Cheddar Garlic Pretzels and these Soft Beer Pretzels with Beer Cheese DipMe? I’m eyeing off these Giant Cinnamon Sugar Pretzels with Hot Fudge Dipping SauceI think they have my name all over them.

Whether or not you’re a parent, grandparent or someone with special small people in your life, these 20 meaningful questions to ask children are going to come in super handy and are such a great way to start valuable dialogue.

Still on the subject of children, I was all over this why kids need minimalism. So many take aways here for all of us, with or without children.

Mother’s Day is fast approaching and for the first time in years, I’ll be with my mum on the big day. I’m thinking the best gift we can give our mums is time and love because let’s face it, they are two of life’s most precious commodities. I love this minimalist-ish Mother’s Day gift guide and if you missed it, check out my Mother’s Day Giveaway featuring some words of wisdom from some very inspiring mums plus you could score a SodaStream for not just mum, but the whole family!

Sticking with the minimalism theme (after all, it is my favourite these days,) let’s go with some minimalism for the mind and how not to worry about the small stuff. I’m all for more happy and less stress, I’m going to be all over these 9 things happy people do to stress less.

I won’t be doing much real time travelling this trip but I will be doing some armchair travelling, checking out these 12 gorgeous places you have to see when visiting Great Britain. I’m ashamed to say that although I lived in the UK for 36 years, I’ve only managed to cross one item off the list and that was the free museums! I think my mum’s home town of Lincoln should be added to the list, it has more history than you can shake a stick at!

If you love a happy ending as much as me, you’re going to love this last link, where a bridal party swaps bouquets for puppies  in what has to be the most adorable wedding shoot ever and a great way to highlight the importance of pet adoption. I wish I had swapped our posies for puppies when we got married.

So tell me, what are your plans for the weekend? Are you on Team Pretzel too? Do you worry about the small stuff or do you just let it go? What gifts do you like to give and/or receive on Mother’s Day? If you’ve been to Great Britain, what was the most gorgeous place you visited? What would you swap your wedding bouquet for? Have yourself a very merry weekend!

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 and my awesome co-hosts. This week, you can link up here or bob on over and say hello to Paula at  The Geeky ShopaholicJess at Confident Life and Shari at Good Food WeekIt 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.

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  • I hope you’re having a great time with your mum in the UK! Despite the freezing weather (let’s face it, you knew that was going to be a thing. I’m off on a road trip for a wedding this weekend. Just waiting for Mr M to finish some last minute work that cropped up so that we can head out!

    • Mum is due to come out of hospital tomorrow – fingers crossed. It was spring so I wasn’t quite expecting the arctic weather front that has settled in for the week, still it’s been a great excuse to go shopping for some warm clothes! I love me a good wedding, have a wonderful time! x

  • Thanks for the link. Hope you are having a great, if cool, time over there. It’s actually sort of cool in Brisbane right now – below 20 🙂

  • It’s freezing here too, although there’s something kind of nice about pulling out those winter coats and scarves again … plus it’s nothing that a warm yummy pretzel won’t fix 😉 seriously, how good do those cheesy pretzels look?!

    • I’m all for a coat and a hat but when you have to wear a scarf and gloves too, I know it’s a bit too cold for comfort. I could totally warm up with some of those cheesy pretzels though! Have an ace weekend x

  • I’ve got my boxes of winter clothes out but I haven’t started wearing anything other than my jeans yet. I did swap my Havaianas over for closed in ballet shoes though, so it’s getting a little chillier here. Not in the middle of the day, but definitely in the morning and evening!

    Thank you for the link up!

    Hope you are having a wonderful weekend and not too cold 🙂

  • Soooooo jelly! I would brave the cold to visit the UK. Melbourne threw in a freezer the other day. Enjoy your travels!

    • I’m not so much travelling as staying with mum but the sun has started to shine and mum is coming out of hospital so things are definitely looking up!

  • Sending you love and sunshine. It’s 19degrees here and sunny. Hope the visits with Mum is just lovely. I have used the chrysanthemums from my garden shots in my post feature on the link up just for you to wish Mum a Happy (Aussie) Mother’s Day as i know in the UK Mothering Sunday has gone… Take care of you too!! Denyse xx

    • I think it was minus something when I arrived but the sun made a guest appearance today! Thanks for the flower pic – you are SO thoughtful! I have a few weeks to get my act together for Mother’s Day although let’s face it, every day we’re together is like Mother’s Day! Have a beautiful weekend xx

  • My English friend reported snow the other day just as I was saying how “freezing” it was here in Adelaide (17 and rain). It’s been 12 years since I last visited the UK, my sister and I hired a car and drove up from Reading to Edinburgh and back down again. We bought a Heritage Pass at the time and got to visit gorgeous castles, abbeys, stately homes etc. along the way. Edinburgh was defs a highlight. Hope your mum is feeling good.

    • I would love to go to Edinburgh, it’s actually only about an hour from David’s folks so next time we’re up there, an Edinburgh visit is totally on the cards! That’s an epic drive you did, I’d love to do something similar one day (but only in summer!) Happy weekend xx

      • Oh defs, such a cool place. We went in May and had freakishly good weather, everywhere we went people commented on it and said we brought it with us! Couldn’t find a hotel on the way home so essentially drove from Edinburgh to Heathrow in one go, was meant to be three days. It’s funny, in Australia you think very little of a long day of driving but people were acting like we’d conquered the north pole! Haha.

  • Thanks for the linky! I am a bit under the weather today. Will try and get back to read later. L xo

  • Dianne Childs

    OMG puppies as bridal bouquets, how adorable!

    Di from Max The Unicorn

  • jess

    Haven’t even thought of Mothers Day yet, so I’m off to check out that link! Enjoy the beautiful cold weather, I’m jealous!

  • merilyn

    thankyou sammie!
    I thought, I haven’t even commented and sammie is replying! … so on the ball!!!
    glad you survived the trip hun! sounds like you were brave! … proud!;))X
    dad went wel thankyou!
    we are off to perth on Wednesday for 2wks and staying with a lovely friend! … really looking forward to that, as I haven’t been there! our weather hasn’t been great so I hope it’s better in the west!
    hope your mother is feeling much better now that you are there!
    enjoy your time!
    much love m:)X
    ps Giada crushed pretzels and coated chicken strips then fried them!
    bet they were tasty too!xx

    • Have a wonderful time in the west. I think I will be great medicine for mum! That pretzel coated chicken sounds delish! Bon voyage xx

  • Hard t believe yo are so far way. have a fab holiday Sammie.

  • I hope you are having the most amazing time, Sammie! <3

  • michelle barrington

    Hope the visit to see your mum is wonderful. Melbourne has been displaying British weather here.

  • Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella

    Hehe my friend is going to incorporate her dog into her wedding. I’ll send that link too! 😀 Stay warm Sammie! 😀

    • If I had had a dog when I got married it would have been a furry feature of our wedding for sure. Have you seen the Blueboys on Facebook and IG? They were the stars of the show in their mum and dad’s wedding video!

  • I wamna get married again so I can have puppy bouquets! And once again… you had me at cinnamon and sugar and pretzels! Enjoy mothers day with your mumma. How precious! Xx

    • Perhaps we should have a joint renewal of vows in 2027 – because we’ll both be at the 20 year mark – but only if we can have puppies instead of bouquets! Can’t wait for Mother’s Day!