A family weekend [+ a foodie giveaway]

Happy Monday!

Looking back at the past days I honestly have to assume somebody’s pushing the fast-forward button when it comes to the weekend and slow-motion on weekdays. The past days were packed with activities but I still didn’t get to check off all [fun and not-so-fun] points on my weekend to-do list and now it’s already back to the grind again. Oh well.

No matter how manic our Mondays might be, however, there’s always the weekend to look back at some marvelousness. And if that doesn’t help to cheer you up think of it this way: we’re already well on our way to another weekend ;).


If you’ve been reading any of my WIAW posts before you might know I’m a fan of spotting themes or patterns in what I’ve eaten. It’s no different in other parts of life so I’m happy to say my last weekend followed an overal theme, too. And the best – in my opinion – at that, too. Just the way I’d hoped for when moving back in with my parents the past days were filled with family activites – and other kinds of families ๐Ÿ™‚ …

Family movie night

Okay, so it was just my mum and me watching the movie. But – at the risk of sounding biased – I’m pretty sure it wasn’t my dad’s kind of movie in anway. Don’t you agree?

Movie night with mum

We watched Stuck in Love and I highly recommend it. I’d actually never heard of the movie before and planned on getting Love, Actually. But when I spotted this one at the rental store it just wanted to come along and so it did. The beginning made my mum laugh out loud and ask what kind of movie I’d picked. Luckily, she’ll watch pretty much anything and it ended up being a great one. Perfect for a mum-and-daughter or single girl movie night. With a side of my favourite snacks: Erdnussflips. I’ve mentioned these before and though my mum once claimed she and my dad didn’t enjoy them much they’ve somehow become a staple since I moved in. Sweet coincidence?!

Family [of] holiday buddies

Holiday buddies

Did I mention my mum’s unusual style of decorating yet? While our house sadly isn’t nearly as festively decorated as in past years my mum puts up cute little figurines, ornaments and vases filled with flower arrangements all year. Mostly seasonal or all-year-round suitable ones so let’s agree that the bunny is there to help the dwarf cheer up the slightly unhappily looking Santa, okay?

Family game nights

Something that hadn’t happened in ages anymore. My mum claims she didn’t enjoy them so I’d given up suggesting to play board games – when my dad suddenly asked if I’d like to because he had some more time this weekend. Needless to say I was game!

Cafe International

Seeing how long we hadn’t been playing this game anymore my parents had completely forgotten the rules. It was my job to keep my eyes on them to prevent [most] cheating but some slipped my view. Do anybody else’s parents keep helping each other while you’re playing on your own? Not fair.

Family[-approved] stickers

A good part of my weekend was once more spent writing [long-overdue] letters. Accompanied by a new toffee-scented candle it was most definitely happiness-inducing.

Seasonal stickers

What can I say? I’m five at heart and get excited at the sight of cute little stickers like these ones. But honestly: Wouldn’t you prefer to receive letters covered in reindeers, santas and other holiday-themed ornaments, too? White paper is a sad sight that should only be left for business letters.


For the family of foodies

It’s time to say sorry. If you read my review of Happy Herbivore Light & Lean you might remember me mentioning a giveaway coming up. And it only deemed on my yesterday that I’d promised to have it up last week already. So: sorry! No more delaying now, though.

HH Light & Lean

For a chance to win your own copy become a member of the family of Happy Herbivore Light & Lean owners leave a comment through the Rafflecopter widget [link below] telling me why you’d like to win the book. The giveaway is open to US and Canadian readers only [sorry!].

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Happiness inducing today: My dad approving of the [vegan] family dinner I’d prepared.

Does your family still have game nights when you meet? Which are your favourite games?

What were some of the last great [romantic] movies you watched?

Are you a fan of decorating all year round or just seasonally for the holidays?

22 thoughts on “A family weekend [+ a foodie giveaway]

  1. Davida @The Healthy Maven says:

    I’m so happy you’re having a nice time with your family! My family ditched me for the Florida heat and has been sending me pictures of the ocean while I shovel their driveway…not pleased!

    I was planning to respond to your email today but then I slept all afternoon! Today was such a write-off ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

  2. Emily says:

    I keep hearing rave reviews about that cookbook! I’ve followed her journey for a few years now and always love her recipes- I’d love to try these new ones!

    And what a lovely weekend. (: I went home to visit my family this weekend also and my mom, sister and I had such an amazing time. Movie nights are the best, aren’t they? I’m definitely adding Stuck In Love to my must-watch list! You’ve seen The Holiday, right? It’s one of my all-time favorite Christmas time movies. xoxo

    • Miss Polkadot says:

      I’m happy to hear you had a great ladies’ weekend with you mum and sister!
      Actually, no, I have yet to see The Holiday. Funny that you mention it, too, because that was the other option I’d pondered renting. Every blogger seems to have watched it and I’m not sure why I haven’t so far. Maybe it’s because I don’t really like Cameron Diaz … Though I figure everybody deserves a second [or third ;)?] chance.
      Oh and I finally answered your mail after I thought I had already and, well, hadn’t.

  3. Jenn says:

    I think for my family the main reason I’d like this book is that we use a lot of oil to make food tasty and I’m looking for healthier vegan recipes that still taste good.

  4. swissfitchick says:

    Sounds like such a nice weekend! I love girls movie nights. It’s just perfect and with even better with a side of Erdnussflps.
    I love Board Games! It’s actually way too long since we last played – thank you for the reminder!

    • Miss Polkadot says:

      We don’t play board games often enough, either. Mostly around Christmas and maybe once or twice during the remainder of the year – a condition that has to change! What are some of your favourite games?

      • swissfitchick says:

        I loved Spiel des Lebens. Also Ligretto is pretty hilarious (cards, not board)โ€ฆ.and of course the traditional ones like Yatzy or Mensch รคrgere Dich nicht (in Swiss German it’s ‘Eile mit Weile’) ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Ann Paquette-Lukens says:

    I’ve been hearing about this book & want to try the recipes so badly! I need some new ideas since I have been moving towards a vegan lifestyle & haven’t bought had a new cookbook in ages!

  6. Dave says:

    The most appealing aspect to me are the fun recipes. They are healthy but don’t sound boring. I’ve yet to find other diet book with a recipe for hot chocolate or super bowl food.

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