Cormoran Strike,The Hazel Wood & Weekend Plans Little Loves

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I had every intention of sharing a little loves post last week but time got away from me. This year I’ve cut down immensely on the amount of blogging I do. I’ve finally learnt to accept that if something doesn’t get done then it doesn’t get done. I suppose you could say that when it comes to work life balance I’m being more intentional.

This week I had a whole day to myself when Jake went on a school trip to the zoo. It’s given me a taste of what it will be like in September when he joins Daisy at school full-time. One thing I’ve decided is that I need a schedule for work, and of course some me time.

Here are my little loves for this week.

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This week I started reading The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert. The book is described as part twisted fairy tale part psychological horror which is right up my street. I’m enjoying it so far, I really like the main character Alice, that’s always a good sign.

Over the weekend I finished The Secret of Nightingale Wood which I bought mistakenly thinking it was The Hazel Wood. Although I did enjoy the story and it was a quick read I don’t think I would read it again. It’s a middle grade book which means Daisy will be able to enjoy it in a couple of  years so I will save it for her.


I stumbled across Strike by accident whilst browsing BBC iPlayer for something to watch. The show is based on the novels by Robert Galbraith (aka J.K. Rowling) about private detective Cormoran Strike. Tom Burke plays the part fantastically as does Holliday Grainger as Robin his feisty side kick.


Peace and quiet when Chris and I spent the night away at a hotel on Saturday. As much as I adore my kids it was so nice not to be constantly needed for something. It was also lovely to have an actual conversation together without interruption. We sat at the hotel bar and enjoyed a drink together something that we definitely never get the chance to do anymore.


I’m sadly lacking in anything of interest for this area at the moment.


Daisy and Jake both need new clothes for Spring and Summer so I was more than happy to raid H&M. I’ve been buying the kids clothes from there since they were little, I love the designs and the quality. The prices are fantastic too at just £2.99 for the t-shirts and summer dresses. If your kids are big fans of unicorns and dinosaurs then I can definitely recommend shopping there.

And lastly….

I’m looking forward to this weekend so much. On Saturday my cousin and I are going for afternoon tea with a twist in Liverpool. After that we are going to have a mooch round Liverpool before heading to the cinema. Then on Sunday I’m hoping to be pampered all day by my lovely lot for Mother’s day. The weekends in March so far have been pretty amazing.

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  1. chantelle hazelden
    March 9th 2018 / 3:55 PM

    I adore H&M clothes #bargain I have The Hazel Wood on my TBR list, I’ll save it for when I need something quick to read #littleloves

  2. March 9th 2018 / 5:00 PM

    Love those prints, I never think to shop in H&M for kids clothes! will have to have a look! Hope you have a wonderful weekend, Popping over from Little Loves xx

  3. March 10th 2018 / 4:42 PM

    Oh to have a night away without the kids! I’m definitely overdue one that’s for sure! Love those cute H&M clothes. My little one is dinosaur obsessed, although I’ve never thought to shop in H&M for him, will have to have a look. Have a lovely weekend in Liverpool x

  4. March 10th 2018 / 6:49 PM

    Hope you are having a lovely day in Liverpool and intrigued as to what your afternoon tea was like. And hurrah for a night away with Chris too, March certainly seems a good month for you. I used to love buying the clothes for the kids from H&M, such a bargain too x

  5. Morgana
    March 14th 2018 / 2:12 PM

    Oh a night away without the kids sounds blissful!
    H&M is fab isn’t it? I often get clothes for the kids and myself there. Don’t even get me started on their gorgeous homeware! x

  6. March 15th 2018 / 6:24 PM

    Thanks for the heads up about H&M – I have a boy that is mad on Dinosaurs! That book sounds right up my street, adding it to the list. I always find it weird when I’m child-free, it’s very rare but it is nice to not have someone demanding things of you for a while! xx

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