Maths Problems, Giggle Fits & Sunshine #LittleLoves

It’s been a few weeks since I last wrote a little loves post. I decided to take a little break as I wasn’t really feeling the love for anything. March has been a bit of a tough month with one thing or another but I’m determined to get back in to the swing of things from now on.

I’ve been taking things slowly this week and trying out new routines to see what suits us all as a family better. I also challenged myself to be in bed by 10 pm every night and asleep by 11 pm, I’m happy to report I’ve succeeded and I’m feeling so much better for it. I’ve only had one ‘rough’ day this week which is a huge improvement compared to the last few weeks.

Here are this weeks little loves.

Read

When I’m feeling stressed and overwhelmed there is one blog I always turn to for inspiration. Be More With Less has so many inspirational posts to read. I have no desire to become a full-time minimalist but I’m all for clearing the clutter from my mind and Courtney’s blog helps me to do that. I also end up finding lots of other wonderful blogs and resources through her posts. I definitely recommend reading if you want to make some small positive changes in your life.

Watched

This is such a tough one this week as we have watched so many great things. Chris and I have been making the effort to switch off early and watch a film together with no distractions. This week I’ve loved two films, Arrival and Why Him? The two films couldn’t be any different. Arrival is one of the best alien themed films I’ve seen, it kept me hooked right until the end, Amy Adams plays her part brilliantly. Why Him ? is just hilarious, James Franco and Bryan Cranston are such a great combination. I had a fit of giggles at one of the opening scenes so much so we had to pause it while I recovered.

Heard

I heard Daisy’s class solving maths problems during a workshop in their classroom this week. Maths was not a favourite subject of mine but if I had teachers like Daisy I’m sure I would have loved it. They make everything so much fun to learn. I love these parent workshops, it gives me a good insight in to how to help Daisy learn at home too.

Made

I helped Daisy make something we have been sent to review. She had such fun playing with it. I love watching her make up little stories when she plays.

Worn

I don’t have anything to report as such for this section. I have however ordered myself some new clothes from H&M and Matalan for Spring and Summer. Being a larger lady I go for comfort over style, I ain’t never going to be a fashionista but I do like to look neat and tidy.

And Lastly

I loved the few sunny days we had at the start of the week. Being able to sit in the garden and feel the warm sun on my skin has helped me to feel much better. I love that the kids played in the garden until almost bedtime, they certainly had no trouble sleeping on those nights.

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Vintage Magazines, Schedules & Strong Women #LittleLoves

In last weeks little loves post I touched on the subject of trying to gain a better work/life balance. This week I have been following a new schedule and switching off when I need to and it’s working wonders. I do wonder if I’m cut out for this working from home lark. I have workaholic tendencies and burn out really quickly.

I’m happy to say that the rain has stayed off for the majority of the school runs this week and the sun has made an appearance. I’m hoping to get out in the garden at some point this weekend to start the inevitable post Winter clean up. I can already see the signs of life again from some of the plants and shrubs.

Here are some of my #littleloves from the week.

Read

On Saturday I visited an antiques and collectable centre. Amongst the usual vintage treasures were magazines and postcards from bygone days. I spent some time looking through the magazines at the articles and advertisements and had a good giggle at the advice columns and the pin-up models of the 1950’s. I also spent a while reading the postcards that were lovingly sent to family and friends at addresses that probably no longer exist.

Watched

Years ago when I first discovered blogs Louise Pentland’s ‘Sprinkle of Glitter’ was a favourite of mine. I loved her style of writing. As the years went by and her fame on YouTube grew I found it hard to relate to a lot of her content as it seemed targeted at a teen audience which was such a shame. I’ve just rediscovered her again in the last twelve months and I have to say I’m so glad I did. She seems to have gone through a huge personal change and I’m loving the raw, real and uncensored videos she’s creating now.

She made this video on International Women’s Day this week and what she had to say really resonated with me. I’m one of life’s apologiser’s and I certainly never shout about my achievements.

                           

Heard

My children say so many funny things throughout the week I usually write them down so I don’t forget. A few gems from daisy this week have been ” Mummy, when will all the tree’s die ?” , “Do you know about the word spontaneous, because my teacher does” and to Jake “don’t do that ! you are not Spiderman”. Listening to them certainly is a tonic if you are having a stressful week.

Made

As I mentioned above, I’ve made a new working week schedule. I’ve cut my working days down to 3 days a week from 7 which is a huge achievement for me. I spent some time with one of my lovely friends on Monday, we share the same hobby of entering competitions. We talked about how to schedule and organise our time so we don’t miss out on those all important closing dates. I came away with lots of ideas and have already made myself a new plan of action.

Worn

Nothing fancy, but if it counts I’ve worn my coat open this week instead of zipped up. It’s definitely starting to feel like it’s time to swap my Winter coat for a lighter jacket.

And lastly

This week I’ve loved closing my laptop by 8pm, putting a film on and lying down on the couch to relax. I might not be as productive and I might miss some opportunities but I truly don’t care. I had actually forgotten what it was like to give my full attention to one task at a time. Even my phone has stayed in the kitchen to avoid any distractions.

I’ve watched Bad Moms and Fifty Shades of Grey, both hilarious in their own ways !

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Blogs, Horror Films & Cute Cats #LittleLoves

After a week full of coughs,colds and feeling downright grumpy I was worried I wouldn’t be able to find any little loves. I think it’s so important to look for the good in every situation, especially when you need to shake yourself out of a funk. Here are this weeks #LittleLoves.

Read

One of my favourite things about taking part in linkies and also co-hosting one is finding new blogs to read. I started reading blogs back in 2008 after stumbling across one accidently. I love reading little snippets of real peoples lives, I find the blogs I read inspiring and motivational. This week I’ve had the time to sit down and read lots of new blogs far too many to list. I just wish there were more hours in my day so I could indulge more often.

Watched

I enjoyed a trip to the cinema on Sunday evening with my cousin and my eldest girl. We used to go regularly to see the latest horror releases but I’ve become some what a wimp of late. When I saw the new James McAvoy film ‘Split’ advertised I knew we would all love it. Wow is all I can say about it, although not your classic horror it’s certainly dark and chilling.

Heard

I’ve mentioned my love for podcasts previously in my little loves post and this week I have a new favourite. I’m learning so much from the ProBlogger podcast by Darren Rowse. I came across his blog a few weeks ago and was so happy to discover he had a podcast too.

Made

I have absolutely nothing to fit in this category this week sadly. Creativity has been sadly lacking of late but with half term just around the corner I have plans to remedy that. I love getting crafty with Daisy and Jake so I really need to put the effort in again.

Worn

I love my pyjamas at the best of times but there’s nothing nicer than slouching in your jammy’s when you are feeling poorly. I’ve been thinking about making it my mission to own more pyjamas than actual clothes.

And lastly

I just had to include this photo of Daisy and our cat Mo Mo. He’s a little bit of an oddity our cat, sometimes he likes us and sometimes he doesn’t, he can be a little scatty at times too. In the last 6 months he’s been like a different cat, he loves the kids and never says no to a belly rub. Daisy loves him so much, he’s taken to sleeping on her bed at night and follows her around. I caught a few snaps of them this week that I thought were just so sweet.

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