Harlots, Criminals & A Nursery Letter #LittleLoves

I can’t believe it’s already time to share another little loves post with you. Where is this year going at all !

Daisy has one more week of school to go before the half term holidays. She has two weeks off school, the second of which we will be on our holidays. It will be our first family holiday and we are all very excited.

I’ve started thinking about what we should do in the first week that she is off. I’m hoping the sunshine makes a return so we can get outside lots. I also want us to visit the library something we haven’t done for ages.

Anyway here are my little loves for this week.

Read

The letter confirming Jake’s nursery place arrived this week. I’ve been reading through that and the information that came with it. The nursery is part of the Primary school that Daisy goes to. It feels less daunting this time as I know the teachers and the routine. He will be starting in June and is more than a little excited.

Watched

I finally got round to watching Harlots on ITV Encore. It’s so good, Samantha Morton and Lesley Manville play the leads. It follows the story of a brothel owner in 18th century London and her feud with a rival Madam who is totally ruthless. I do love a gritty period drama. I currently have 2 episodes left to watch and I’m already hoping they make another season.

Heard

This is a strange one to put in as a little love. I love listening to podcasts as I’ve mentioned previously. My cousin told me about one called Casefile True Crime a while ago and I finally got round to listening. I was worried all the stories would be about murder but there not, there’s a good mix of crime. The guy who reads it has a really heavy Australian accent and is a born storyteller. I was on the edge of my seat listening to him tell his criminal tales. I realise true crime is not everyone’s cup of tea but I find it really interesting.

Made

Lists, lists and more lists. I’m going back to basics at the moment with my organisation. First thing in the morning I’ve been writing a to-do list for the day. There’s nothing more satisfying than ticking things off as I go along. It’s certainly helping to keep me motivated.

Wore

I love buying the kids clothes that I would like to wear myself. I got Daisy this tokidoki Unicorno t-shirt from Asda for only £6. She’s been wearing it lots this week.

 

And lastly….

I’m going to Blog On this Sunday so I’ve been busily planning what I want to take with me. I wrote an Icebreaker and have loved reading everyone else’s. It can be quite daunting going to a conference for the first time so it’s nice to feel like you already know a few people. This is my third time and I can’t wait to meet up with the lovely friends I’ve made through blogging. No doubt the experience will feature in next weeks little loves post.

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Ted Talks, Duplo & A Happy Birthday #LittleLoves

These weekly #LittleLoves posts show me just how scarily fast this year is flying by. This weeks highlight has been celebrating Jake’s third birthday. We had a little party at home for him on Sunday before celebrating his actual birthday on Tuesday.

Apart from that the rest of the week has been a bit rubbish. My health hasn’t been good for a while, and catching a nasty cold hasn’t helped one bit. I finally have a doctors appointment for next week. I’m hoping they can help me get back on top of the diabetes.

When I’m having a bit of a ‘life is a lemon’ week it’s so nice to have a space to write about the little things that have brightened my week.

Read

I’m still no closer to picking up a book or even a magazine. I have got as far as charging my neglected kindle as I have a load of books on there. I say this every time but I do miss reading. Maybe audio books are the way to go for me at the moment.

Watched

I’ve loved spending time watching Ted Talks on YouTube this week. I always turn to Ted Talks when I’m in need of a kick up the bum. There’s some seriously inspiration stuff on there. My favourite this week has been ‘The Magic of Not Giving a F**K’ by Sarah Knight. She puts things perfectly into perspective, something that I’m always striving to do.

Heard

I heard ‘Happy Birthday’ being sung at the little party we had for Jake’s third birthday on Sunday. He chose a big chocolate cake and we topped it with some candles and sang away.

Made

Jake got a Duplo Batman set for his birthday so I had great fun building that for him. I don’t know what it is about Lego and Duplo but I find it so therapeutic to build. I would love to treat myself to a big old Lego set, maybe one for the birthday wish list.

Wore

Sunglasses, it’s been another glorious week of sunshine here in the North West. Apart from shielding my eyes from the brightness, they are also serving to hide my awful eye bags. I’m full of a cold and have a touch of hay fever on top. Coupled with a few sleepless nights those sunglasses are helping me conceal a multitude of sins.

And lastly…

I loved getting everyone together on Sunday to celebrate Jake’s birthday. I only have a small family so it means a lot to me to be able to get them all together. It’s so nice to see the next generation of cousins playing together.

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Flip Flops, Gritty Police Dramas & Sunshine #LittleLoves

During my little break from blogging I really missed writing my weekly #LittleLoves post. I’m really happy to be back and sharing some of the things that have brightened my week.

This week the weather has been beautiful, we’ve seen lots of blue skies and sunshine. This has meant lots of time in the garden for the kids which always makes them happy. I’m always in a good mood when the sun shines, I hope it lasts into the weekend. We are having a little tea party for Jake, it’s his birthday next week so I thought we would do something on the weekend for him.

Here are some of the things I’ve loved this week.

Read

I not only took a break from blogging I also took a break from reading blogs too. I’ve spent this week catching up with all my favourite bloggers as well as finding new blogs to read too. Here are some of the posts I’ve been loving this week.

Blogging Behind The Scenes-Working With Brands by my good friend Rachel Swirl.

The sound of silence by Plutonium Sox.

Stationery Swap May 2017 by The Reading Residence  . If you love stationery this is a must read, it will be my third time taking part.

Watched 

The final episode of Line of Duty season 4. I was a late comer to this show but I’m so glad I found it. It’s a real edge of your seat, twist and turns type of police drama. I can’t get enough of crime dramas lately if you have any suggestions throw them my way.

Heard

We spent a bit of time in the car over the bank holiday weekend and ended up listening to one of our favourite albums ‘Sigh No More‘ by Mumford & Sons. The night I met my husband he was singing one of their songs at an open mic night. I feel like it’s the soundtrack to the early days of our relationship, soppy I know.

Made 

I think I will always struggle with this part of little loves. Although I’m creative I barely have time to indulge nowadays. I thought I would instead share something that Jake created. He made this Duplo train all by himself one morning this week. It makes me happy that both my children enjoy making, creating and building. I really must make the time to do something creative again.

Wore

Flip Flops ! I can finally say goodbye to socks and wear them. I live in flip flops during the Summer and am reluctant to part with them come Autumn. There’s just something so nice about feeling fresh air and the warm sun on my feet. I bought some Rocket Dog’s, they are super comfy, I would buy them in every colour and style if I could.

 

And lastly…

I loved the bank holiday weekend. Chris was off work all weekend, we got loads done around the house and garden and had some lovely days out with the kids. The kids enjoyed their first ice-cream of the year from a real ice cream van and the weather was perfect. After a rough few months I’m feeling very positive about the rest of the year ahead.

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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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