A Homesense haul, baby cuddles and a beautiful wedding #LittleLoves

How lovely is this posy of sweet peas? Our local little post office sells them and I just couldn’t resist buying a few, they smell absolutely gorgeous. I have a feeling I’ll be buying rather a lot of fresh flowers from there!

So how about the weather then, eh? It feels like this has been the only topic of conversation this week. We really don’t know what to do with ourselves when summer weather truly hits us do we? I don’t know what it’s like where you are but it’s broken here and now we’ve got a rainy few days ahead of us.

Here we go then, are you ready for some positivity? Grab a cuppa and enjoy my Little Loves, don’t forget you can read lots of other bloggers’ Little Loves by clicking on the linky at the end.

 

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I’m slowly plodding my way through The Handmaid’s Tale, and loving it just as much as I did the first time around. I’d forgotten just how much detail and symbolism Atwood weaves in, the perfect book for A Level Literature!

 

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We’re still slowly making our way through House of Cards on Netflix, it’s definitely a series to savour and not binge, but I’m getting desperate wanting to know what the fate of the Underwoods will be.

I can’t write this section and not mention the gem that is BBC1’s Broken, starring Sean Bean, superbly cast as Father Michael. As a Jimmy McGovern drama you know it’s going to be good but I think it’s truly incredible, the acting, the script, everything. True, it’s not the most uplifting of programmes but it’s certainly rather emotional. I sobbed my way through this week’s episode. Is anyone else watching it?

 

 

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I finally got around to making a new vlog! I’ve been wanting to do more on youtube but have been struggling to find the time or inclination. Having a little shop at Homesense last week gave me the push to film a ‘haul’ style vlog and I’m planning on trying to do more video, though I’m well aware I always say that and never do!

Here it is..

 

We went to a family wedding in Sheffield and enjoyed the glorious sunshine. It was a beautiful wedding and we enjoyed having the time and space to catch up with our huge extended family, of course that included a few baby cuddles with this cutie.

I wore this M&S dress that I featured a few months back in the occasion wear post, My Dress Moments. It was the perfect choice, loose fitting and cool. Thanks to my sister in law, Ruth, for taking these photos. I was a rubbish blogger and took very few photos of the whole weekend, I think I was having too much fun to remember to get my phone out!

 

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The new Royal Blood album has dropped so that’s been playing loud in both the car and at home.

This is my favourite so far –

 

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We’ve got a much needed weekend at home ahead of us, which for the husband means building a whole lot of IKEA furniture that arrives today! I’m looking forward to a bit of a rest and a chance to work on the house some more.

I’ve also got a lovely little giveaway with Baba and Boo running at the moment. I’ve shared Eve’s Start Up Story and she’s sharing the chance to win a bundle of her cute cloth nappies. 

Normally I share a collage of nine of my favourites from the #littleloves community on Instagram but I’ve changed things up and now just choosing three and featuring them on Instagram Stories with a tag back to the original account obviously. If you’re on Instagram and want to join in, it’s so easy just use the hashtag #littleloves on any photo that shows something little that you love – so that can be pretty much anything! 

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Feeling settled, starstruck and rediscovering The Handmaids Tale #LittleLoves

Huge thanks to Kerri Ann for hosting Little Loves for me last week. It was the second week of half term and the fifth week of no wifi and everything got on top of me. With the girls back at school and wifi installed I’m slowly getting back on track! So this time I’m sharing not only this week’s Little Loves but last week’s too.

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After watching the first episode of The Handmaid’s Tale a few weeks ago I knew I just had to dig out my old copy of it from sixth form. Of course this meant searching through various boxes of books! Thankfully I found it in the second box so it didn’t take too long. I love reading all my scribbled annotations in the margins, it feels like a lifetime ago that I wrote them. 

Blog post wise, I thoroughly enjoyed this post by Caro at The Twinkle Diaries – Bringing Up Men and Positive Body Image It’s such a thought provoking piece on a subject close to my heart. I’m challenged daily to be body positive around my girls, and it is so difficult at times but I know it’s so crucial.

 

 

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Ok, so I’ve binged the whole of season 5 of Orange Is The New Black and I can say that is is hands down the best season so far (in my opinion!). I think it’s got better as the focus has shifted away from Piper and included all the characters more.

I’d love your thoughts if you’ve watched it.

Last weekend we took a trip to Leeds for the ITU World Triathlon. The mister took part in the morning and then we stayed for the Elite Women’s Race and the start of the men’s. If you’re a regular reading you’ll know that triathlons have become a big part of our lives so to see the athletes up close was a huge deal. N was so starstruck seeing Non Stanford and the speedy Flora Duffy go past.

It was a fantastic weekend, which is lucky because I missed out on going to Blogtacular because of it!

 

 

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We’ve had a big push on unpacking and really getting somewhere, especially in the kitchen and the bedrooms. I did a bit of a Homesense spree yesterday and picked up some lovely things… I feel a Homesense haul vlog coming on..! I got a pair of these beautiful bedside tables. They are similar to these from West Elm, but for a fraction of the price!

After writing a bit of a ‘brain dump’ of all my feelings on moving earlier in the week (Craving routine in change and uncertainty) I now feel a lot more settled. Getting rooms organised and feeling more like ours has definitely helped.

 

You might have spotted on social media if you follow me that last week I got my first tattoo! Not someone that does things by halves I didn’t go for something little I went the whole hog and got a large tattoo with lots of shading. As I sat there ready for her to start I did think maybe I’ve been rather foolish! This photo was taken soon after I had it done so it’s a bit red and inflamed.

I’m so happy with it and can see myself getting another one.

 

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London Grammar’s new album is available of Spotify so that’s been on lots this week, even after a four year gap it’s worth the wait.

 

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We’re off to Sheffield this weekend seeing friends and going to a family wedding. The weather looks gorgeous so we’re all set for a lovely couple of days!

Normally I share a collage of nine of my favourites from the #littleloves community on Instagram but I’ve changed things up and now just choosing three and featuring them on Instagram Stories with a tag back to the original account obviously. If you’re on Instagram and want to join in, it’s so easy just use the hashtag #littleloves on any photo that shows something little that you love – so that can be pretty much anything! 

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Our new home #LittleLoves

We’ve moved house!! Hurrah!

You’ll have to bear with me, this won’t be my most detailed Little Loves as we have no wifi and it’s half term so I’ve got my girls. I’m sorry to the bloggers that linked up last week as I didn’t get a chance to go round and read all of the posts. I’m writing this in a cafe with very limited time while the mister takes time off work to have the girls for the morning, so I’m trying to cram in as much work as possible. Let’s be completely honest, my brain is rather mashed from all the stress so forgive my in-eloquence. Still with me?

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Very little! I managed to finish The Cows, by Dawn O’Porter just before we moved. Aside from that the only thing I’ve read is the instructions for the washing machine! I loved The Cows and finished it in a matter of days. It’s an easy read and especially captured my imagination as a blogger. One of the central characters is a blogger and there is a lot of content around the impact of social media on our lives as women. This books deserves an indepth review that I in my current sleep deprived frazzled self just cannot deliver at the moment. Just take my word for it when I say it’s good! When I’ve found it in one of the boxes I’m going to re-read The Handmaid’s Tale. Did you watch the first installment of the adaptation on Channel 4 on Sunday?

 

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House of Cards is back! As I mentioned earlier we still have no wifi so the mister has managed to download the whole season elsewhere and so we’re rationing it out and limiting ourselves to one episode a night. I’ve blogged about House of Card and my favourite US Dramas on Netflix so head over and have a read if you’re looking for your next binge watch. 

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 On Saturday we had a little treat of lunch on a canal boat. It was booked for us as a Christmas present from my dad and we finally got round to using it. We had a lovely day and the girls were fascinated by the locks we had to pass through, watching the water levels going up and down.

 

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We’ve been very busy this week making our new house into a home, there are still so many boxes and mess everywhere but I’m so happy that we’re in and the girls have been loving playing out in the sunshine. I swear E has spent most of the time scooting up and down our driveway!

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I’m working with a lovely clothing company at the moment and squeezed in a mini shoot for them on Sunday in between church and packing the kitchen! I can’t wait to share the photos with you. Here’s a tiny preview, this photo was actually taken by N, my nine year old who has now decided she wants to be a photographer!

 

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I’ve been listening to the radio in the kitchen quite a bit this week, so it’s been the eclectic sounds of BBC 6 Music that’s provided this weeks soundtrack for me. Here are a few stand out tracks that had E and I dancing around.

I caught Haim on the radio 1 breakfast show while driving yesterday morning and they sounded like so much fun. Listening to them chat reminded me how long it had been since I’d listened to any of their music, so of course as soon as I got to Starbucks they were my working soundtrack.

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Sorry, for the lack of photos in this post, especially for the lack of new house spam, I’m sure I’ll make it for it once we’re a bit more settled and have wifi again.

Normally I share a collage of nine of my favourites from the #littleloves community on Instagram but I’ve changed things up and now just choosing one each week, and probably a few more on Stories. If you’re on Instagram and want to join in, it’s so easy just use the hashtag #littleloves on any photo that shows something little that you love – so that can be pretty much anything! I then share my favourites from the week on here and on my Instagram every Friday.

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A much needed reflection on the lovely little things #LittleLoves

What an awfully sad week, I hate that it feels that I’m writing that at the start of a Little Loves post more and more. With the attack in Manchester, a city just down the road from me, it’s been hard to focus on even the smallest of tasks, let alone write a whole blog post dedicated to lovely little things and positivity. It’s just felt so very close to home with many affected being friends and their relatives. I don’t want this to sound trite but like I’ve said so many times before though, it’s at times like this that I need to focus on those things no matter how difficult or even how small they are.  

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Something unexpected really cheered me up and put a smile on my face on Wednesday. I was scrolling through twitter for news when I came across this trending hashtag #BritishThreatLevels I braced myself for the worst and clicked on it. Unexpectedly it was a British response to difficulty, a whole load of tweets about typically British awkward situations, for example ‘Saying “bless you” when someone sneezes only for them to sneeze again leaving you stranded in etiquette limbo’. Honestly, if you need a laugh then head over and have a read.

I’ve finally finished The Essex Serpent and started The Cows, it’s amazing how much reading you can get done when you don’t have any wifi at home! Both books are wonderful though wildly different, with The Essex Serpent* you are enveloped into Victorian Britain and drawn into an interesting dialogue of faith and science through such intriguing characters and the narrative of a mythical beast in the river. I found it fascinating and really loved it. The Cows by Dawn O’Porter* is an easy and engaging read following three British women, with one being a blogger! I’m half way through and enjoying so far. I’ll do a better review next week when I’ve finished it.

The Cows, Dawn O'Porter

Kerry has written Part 2 of her series on Instagram props and hashtags and if you’re an Instagram fan it’s worth a read and bookmarking for future reference. You can read it here.

 

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Last Friday season 3 of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt was released on Netflix, unfortunately this coincided with the day that our wifi switch off in preparation for our house move (that didn’t happen – don’t ask). Luckily I managed to sneakily download it while sat in a well known coffee chain. It was just the remedy for the frustration and disappointment I was feeling. You can’t feel blue while watching it, it’s impossible. Titus’ spoof of Beyonce’s Lemonade is just something else.

With my husband away on a Stag Do, and my youngest at a sleepover, my eldest and I decided to have a girls film night. Now, not having wifi did stump us for a bit but a quick trip to Sainsburys remedied that and we managed to pick up My Girl and Little Women, for just £3 each.

Armed with popcorn and dairy-free chocolate we had a movie marathon all tucked up in my bed. It made me so happy to see her enjoy each film just as much as I did when I first watched them. In fact, she loved Little Women so much she watched it again the next day! I’ve ordered the book for her, I mean just look at the cover!

 

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My eldest daughter ‘made’ me proud over the weekend by competing in her second triathlon, 6 lengths of the pool, 4km bike and 1.2 km run. She did so well, and is looking forward to her next one – the crazy thing!

We are attempting to make vegan yeast free pizza’s this weekend, I really hope we find a recipe that works and a dairy free cheese we like. I miss pizza so much!

 

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I don’t have any outfits worth sharing, to be honest, clothes have been the furthest from my mind this week. I did order a new pin from Veronica Dearly and got this badge with my order!

You can see the whole pin badge collection at Veronica Dearly. I love supporting independent brands, businesses and makers and have been so sad to hear of so many of my favourites closing down. I’ve written about how you can support small businesses, and as a long suffering online retailer myself I would urge you to give it a quick read. I think I need to write some round up posts of my favourite makers and shops, would that be something you’d read?

 

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Podcasts wise I really enjoyed the final Blogtacular interview, Kat speaks to the founders of Tatty Devine, Rosie Wolfenden MBE and Harriet MBE. I wasn’t up for listening to any business coaching talks this week so this was a perfect replacement. You can listen to it for yourself here. The only downside is that it reminds me that I’m not going to Blogtacular this year, which I’m truly gutted about. Unfortunately the mister was quicker off the mark than me and had already booked the Leeds Triathlon. Honestly, they are taking over our lives, next year will be my year I’ll make sure of it… to go to conferences that is, not to do triathlons!!

As for music I’ve had such a mix on in the background, from the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, to Deathcab, to Royal Blood. Having no wifi has meant I’ve been listening to the radio more at home. I love 6 Music and wish I could have it in my car.

 

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An update on the move: We had our mortgage approved, and as long as everything runs smoothly today we’ll be moving next Thursday. It’s been a long time coming! As we are hopefully completing today it means that we have access to the house from then onwards so keep an eye on my social media, especially IG Stories as I’m sure I’ll be doing some sneak peaks on there.

Normally I share a collage of nine of my favourites from the #littleloves community on Instagram but I’ve changed things up and now just choosing one each week. Partly this is because I don’t like having a grid photo on my feed (!!) but also I get bored easily and like to shake things up a bit! So head on over and see which photo is being featured this week. I’ll probably share a few more over on IG Stories. If you’re on Instagram and want to join in, it’s so easy just use the hashtag #littleloves on any photo that shows something little that you love – so that can be pretty much anything! I then share my favourites from the week on here and on my Instagram every Friday.

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Vegan brownie bites, Circa Waves and still being surrounded by boxes #littleloves

This week has been like living in limbo land while we’ve sat surrounded by boxes waiting on confirmation of our move day… and I’m frustrating so say that we’re still waiting. Honestly, when we finally get in this house I’ll never move again! I’ll tell you something I’ve needed to write this post to remind me of the good little things and distract me. 

Here we go then, are you ready for some positivity? Grab a cuppa and enjoy my Little Loves, don’t forget you can read lots of other bloggers’ Little Loves by clicking on the linky at the end.

 

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I’m about half way through The Essex Serpent now and it’s a really enjoyable read. It’s a slow burner but that’s perfect for me as I just don’t have the time for a gripping thriller style book at the moment.

 

Blog post wise, here are a few I’ve found particularly interesting this week.

This blog post popped up on my twitter timeline and I couldn’t help clicking over and having a read. The writer has been through such a similar experience to me and I really appreciated how honest and heart filled her post was. Threads – Hopeful, faith filled doubting 

This one is from my friend Kerry over at Noah and The Girls on Instagram prop ideas and hashtags, definitely worth reading and bookmarking. Read it here

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Photo credit – Noah and the Girls

 

Speaking of Kerry, she actually called my attention to the following blog post by Sara Tasker (yep, I’m mentioning he again!). Sara introduces a term she’s created that I definitely would subscribe to – ‘Webtrovert’ I love this post so much I’m already writing a blog post inspired by it. Have a read for yourself here, I’d love to know if you’re one too.

 

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We’ve discovered a new comedy on Channel 4 called Loaded. It has lots of parallels to the US comedy, Silicon Valley, in that it’s based around a group of guys and their tech start up. This one however has that particular brand of British self deprecating comedy that I love. It’s such a good easy watch and one that both the mister and I have been enjoying equally.

Netflix wise I’ve got two recommendations this week, first up is Master Of None, the brain child of comedian Aziz Ansari. I loved Aziz in Parks and Recreation and also enjoyed the first season of Master of None. I think though, that I enjoyed season two even more. Centred around the character Dev, played by Aziz himself, living in Italy learning to make pasta after a difficult break up. He does head back to New York as the season goes on and there’s plenty of subtle observational analysis in relation to religion, culture and relationships,something that both cinematically and script wise, that Aziz and the team behind the show do so well.

 

Next up is Anne with an E, the Netflix original take on Anne of Green Gables. I know this series has caused a stir with Anne of Green Gables fans causing such a polar opposite takes on the show. I read the books when I was younger and adored them so I was keen to see how it would be adapted for tv now. I’ll admit I didn’t watch the 80s mini series and it seems that most who did and who hold it dear are not happy with this current adaptation. It’s definitely bleaker than I remember the books to be and Anne is slightly less endearing as I envisioned her, but I am enjoying this different take on it, not to mention the cinematography and high standard of acting.

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Since the eldest and I have been diagnosed with our food intolerances I haven’t attempted any baking. My daughter can’t have dairy, yeast or egg white so that makes a lot of baked goods a no-go. This week, however, I decided to give my usual chocolate cupcakes recipe a bit of a change up and try it without dairy or eggs. I subbed the butter for dairy free margarine and the eggs for mashed avocado and chucked in some ground almonds. Thankfully they turned out rather well, though more like brownies – vegan brownie bites. Once I’ve perfected the recipe and measured stuff out poWhen we’ve moved I’ll definitely be experimenting more, I want to try yeast free pizza bases next.

I’ve also made an appointment to get my first ever tattoo, needless to say I’m excited and scared in equal measure! I’m not getting it until next month, so I’ve got a few weeks to prepare myself, and wonder why I haven’t started with something smaller..! Any tips will be gratefully received.

 

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This week I’ve finally replaced the cargo jacket that I grudgingly got rid of earlier in the year. The only reason it went is because it was starting to fade in certain places and well, I’d had it since N was tiny! I spotted this one in H&M and naughtily impulse bought it. 

Utility Jacket – H&M Conscious Collection

 

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This isn’t a band I’m particularly aware of but one of their songs came on the radio on the school run the other day and I really enjoyed it, so Circa Waves have been on my Spotify ever since.

I’m currently working my way through Jen Carrington’s – Make it Happen Season 5 Podcast and finding it so helpful. I’ve got so many plans and big ideas that I can’t wait to get started on. I need to get the house move done with and out of my brain first though. 

 

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 We’ve had a busy few days and the mister is still away and not due back until very late Saturday night before doing a triathlon with the eldest the following day. The littlest is at a sleepover on Saturday so I’m looking forward to some quality time with my eldest and lots of dairy free goodies. If our wifi doesn’t cut off then I’ll be introducing her to My Girl and perhaps squeezing in Rogue One too.

Normally I share a collage of nine of my favourites from the #littleloves community on Instagram but I’ve changed things up and now just choosing one each week. Partly this is because I don’t like having a grid photo on my feed (!!) but also I get bored easily and like to shake things up a bit! So head on over and see which photo is being featured this week. I’ll probably share a few more over on IG Stories. If you’re on Instagram and want to join in, it’s so easy just use the hashtag #littleloves on any photo that shows something little that you love – so that can be pretty much anything! I then share my favourites from the week on here and on my Instagram every Friday.

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The Essex Serpent, a re-style and lots of sunshine #LittleLoves

Today was supposed to be moving day but unfortunately due to a delay in paper work we’re now moving later in the month. I must admit I am disappointed, but at least we’re still moving and I’ve got a few extra days to pack up.

Are you ready for some positivity? Grab a cuppa and enjoy my Little Loves, don’t forget you can read lots of other bloggers’ Little Loves by clicking on the linky at the end.

 

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 I’ve finished The Girl of Ink and Stars and thoroughly enjoyed it. Though it’s technically a YA novel and actually won Waterstones Children’s Book Of the Year 2017, I’d still recommend it to us grown ups. The descriptive imagery is wonderful and the plot just complex enough. My nine year old tried to read it last year but couldn’t follow it, she wants to give it a go again now though.

After reading on Halina’s blog a recommendation for The Essex Serpent I popped on Amazon and Primed it, and I’m so pleased that I did. I’m only a few chapters in but will do a full review when I’ve finished it.

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I’m honoured to have been featured in a series called Her Wisdom hosted by Karen over on 365 Pearls of Wisdom. I’ve known Karen since the early days of my blogging back in 2012, we’ve even met in real life at Britmums and shared a few coffees and giggles over glasses of win in the evenings. I enjoy reading this series and was so pleased when Karen got in touch and asked if I’d like to be interviewed for it. You can pop over and have a read here.

 

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I’ve not watched a lot of television this week, it seems to be that funny in between time of things finishing but new things not quite starting, well apart from the eagerly anticipated Jamestown on Sky. Both the mister and I thoroughly enjoyed it and look forward to the next one.

We rented Passengers on Wednesday night and I loved it way more than I expected to. The trailer doesn’t give much of the story away, which these days is so rare, which meant the story line was a nice surprise.

I’ve also had a little Youtube catch up this week with Katie-Mummy Daddy Me, Fritha -Tigerlilly Quinn and The Michalaks.

 

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This week I took the plunge and made the decision to get my fringe cut back in. If you’ve followed my blog for a long time you’ll know that I had a full fringe for quite a while a couple of years ago. I had my colour booked for Wednesday and while I was there I asked my lovely hairdresser to do my fringe, all the while crossing my fingers making sure I made the right choice!

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We also ‘made’ the most of the gorgeous weather we’re having up North and on Sunday had a lovely pub lunch out after church. It’s not far from our new home and as you can see it’s surrounded my beautiful countryside.

 

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I’m all about the high waisted Mom jeans at the moment, they are so comfy, and you know me, comfort always plays a big part in my clothing choices! I’m not one to suffer for fashion. As you can see these were taken before the hair style change.

Breton top and sunglasses – H&M

Belt – Vintage

Jeans – Primark

A big thanks to Jenny for taking these photos, we had a fun day together on Wednesday with a well over due catch up!

 

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HAIM are back! I’ve been enjoying getting back into them on Spotify this week.

 

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Instead of unpacking the house we’ll be having a slow family weekend, which to be honest is definitely needed!

Normally I share a collage of nine of my favourites from the #littleloves community on Instagram but I’m changing things up and just choosing one each week now. Partly this is because I don’t like having a grid photo on my feed (!!) but also I get bored easily and like to shake things up a bit! So head on over and see which photo is being featured this week. I’ll probably share a few more over on IG Stories. If you’re on Instagram and want to join in, it’s so easy just use the hashtag #littleloves on any photo that shows something little that you love – so that can be pretty much anything! I then share my favourites from the week on here and on my Instagram every Friday.

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Packing Boxes, Podcasts and a Couple of Gin and Tonics #LittleLoves

I’m saying hello from a house full of boxes, please forgive the lack of photos it’s been tricky to stay creative while juggling work and packing. I hope you all enjoyed the Bank Holiday? For me it passed in a blur of swimming galas, kids parties, boxes and tip runs for us. It was hard not to be jealous of all the day trips that kept popping up on my Instagram feed. I just need to keep reminding myself that we can’t do everything!

Are you ready for some positivity? Grab a cuppa and enjoy my Little Loves, don’t forget you can read lots of other bloggers’ Little Loves by clicking on the linky at the end.

 

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I don’t want to jinx it but I think I could be getting my book mojo back and it’s all things to what is essentially a YA novel, The Girl of Ink and Stars. I just don’t have the capacity for crime thrillers or anything slick at the moment. When I read I want to be swept up and taken off somewhere else, true escapism, and this book delivers that.

As for blog posts another Little Loves blogger shared this post by Suzanne, When Did Ordinary Become Meaningless, and it really resonated with me when I read it.

 

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The Line of Duty was everything and more, and such a good end to the current season. I love that it is essentially one long story line as opposed to just individual seasons. If you enjoyed this season but haven’t seen the others then definitely get hold of the earlier ones, I know Netflix has a few but not all.

Has anyone been watching The Island on Channel 4? This year the two groups are under 30s and over 30s and it has been fascinating. When they voted to remove someone this week it was such uncomfortable viewing and felt almost Lord of the Flies-esque.

Netflix wise the girls and I have been enjoyed The Night at The Museum films. They are perfect family fun viewing and I love seeing the girls in fits of giggles over it. As for me I’m desperate for House of Cards to come back at the end of the month, until then I’m enjoying the weekly installments of Riverdale, Pretty Little Liars and Once Upon A TIme.

 

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I’ve not done anything creative to list here this week apart from making a delicious dairy free chicken pie which my kids wolfed down – unheard of in our house. Sadly there’s no photos as it went too quickly! I used ready made filo pastry for the top and scrunched it up, I think they loved that the most.

Other than that does packing boxes count? I’ve made good headway but there’s still a long way to go. I’m dreading doing the kitchen so I think I’ll start doing bits of it now to break it up a little. Just one week until moving day now!

Oh and of course I’ve mad myself a few gin and tonics in the evenings to make up for not having wine anymore.

We’ve also been making choices on some new furniture, I think we’ve finally decided on a new bed from Made.com

 

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You might have spotted in my instagram stories that I’ve been wearing my new dress that I mentioned last week. I absolutely love it and will be sure to take some proper photos of it to share next week. I’m afraid that other than one day in my new dress the rest of the week has been about jeans and joggers, there’s no point making an effort to stare at a computer screen or pack boxes!

 

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I’ve blogged this week about my new found love of podcasts, Podcasts for Creative Business Owners and Bloggers, where I share my current favourites. They are each so inspiring and listening to them gives me the push and focus that I’ve needed.

Music wise I’ve been loving Sampha this week. I’ve heard this song on a couple of playlists and finally I’ve taken the time to really listen to more of his music and he’s fast become a new favourite.

You can listen to more here –

 

 

and lastly

 

Here are my favourites from this week’s #LittleLoves community on Instagram, 

 

harrybeau_and_i | wildandgrizzly | devonmamaonline

jesslathan | clarina1985 | acupfullofglitter

squishedblueberries | careymbender tammymumuk

If you’re on Instagram and want to join in, it’s so easy just use the hashtag #littleloves on any photo that shows something little that you love – so that can be pretty much anything! I then share my favourites from the week on here and on my Instagram every Friday.

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A triathlon, making plans and my thoughts on GirlBoss #LittleLoves

Ever feel like you’re spinning lots of plates but increasingly feel like you are surrounded by broken ones all over the floor? That kind of sums up this week for me. There’s a whole lot of change going on and I’m feeling a little lost in it all right about now. It’s a times like these when Little Loves really helps me to refocus and step out of the negative. There are a lot of positive things going on and ultimately all this change and upheaval is very definitely for the better in the long term.

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First off, lets get this out of the way, it’s not the positive little loves I was promising but again it will be in the long term. My eldest and I got the results of our food intolerance tests this week with dairy and yeast being the top two for both of us. We knew about the dairy for N but the yeast was a shock and bless her, she didn’t take the news well. I’d already started the process of cutting out yeast in my diet but now I think our whole diet as a family is going to have yet another overhaul. When I get some spare time *cough* I’m going to be reading a whole lot of blogs and recipe books to help with these changes. Let me know if you’ve got any recommendations.

At least I can still have these..

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How good was the Big Little Lies series finale? Even though I’d read the book I managed to remember the ending it didn’t take anything away for me. To me it was perfect, which is rare when it comes to adaptations of books. Can we all just take a moment and marvel at how well Reese Witherspoon is aging? I’ll have whatever she’s having, please and thank you.

Netflix wise I’ve binged my way through the new series GirlBoss. I’ve got mixed feelings about it if I’m honest. I enjoyed the book when I read it a few years ago, it follows the story of real life entrepreneur Sophia Amoruso and her ecommerce business Nasty Gal, which FYI recently went bankrupt. The Netflix adaptation has had a rough ride from critics and I’m inclined to agree with them. I found Sophia really grating, more so than in the book but I gritted my teeth and held on in there and as the series continues you start to get more of the back story that explains why she is the way she is. There’s got to be a comparison to GIRLS in there, in that it claims not to care what your opinion of the characters are or whether they are likable. On the plus side, the soundtrack is kick ass and the clothes are to die for but don’t be looking for a feminist icon to inspire you as it just doesn’t deliver.

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Over the weekend we travelled down to the New Forest to stay with family as the mister and his sister were doing a triathlon. It was the perfect weather for it and all the family turned out to support them. The children, however, were much more interested in running around the forest and hillside than watching people cycle past!

 

 

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This week I’ve been making plans and to – do lists to try and manage our move while juggling our businesses and the girls’ busy schedules. I’d be lying if I said it hasn’t all got a bit on top of me this week, my poor children have had to put up with a very shouty mummy.

On a more positive note we ‘made’ the most of the sunshine over the weekend while we were in the New Forest with family.

 

 

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I’m trying not to buy any more clothes before we move, but I just couldn’t resist this dress from Warehouse –

Tie Strap Pocket Dress – £39

I’ve been after a mid length denim dress for a while now and this one fits the bill perfectly. 

 

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When I’m stressed have a lot on my plate the only way I can get through it is by listening to very loud music. You’d think it would be quiet ‘relaxing’ music but that only annoys me, in the same way someone telling me to be calm and positive in a soothing voice annoys me! Ha! I’m such a weirdo.

So this week it’s been all about Royal Blood

They’ve even got a new track out, which I love, obviously.

When it comes to podcasts I am so thankful that Sara from Hashtag Authentic introduced me to Tara Swiger (in this podcast episode). I’ve been listening to her all week, these two podcast episodes have particularly stood out to me and I really could do with making time to process them.

Should You Work For Free – I’ve already shared this on social media and I think it’s a must for any creative/maker/freelancer/blogger

Long Term vs Short Term Thinking – This is something I often struggle with and find myself swinging between the two.

 

 

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It’s the Bank Holiday weekend woo! N has a swimming gala over the weekend but other than that we’ve got no plans. This gives us the perfect chance to crack on with packing, two weeks and counting until the big move!

Here are my favourites from this week’s #LittleLoves community on Instagram, 

 

ohjustmylittleblog | rainbeaubellerachelandhercoffee

seedkids | kerryvillers | tiredfromwhitstable

little.walchli.crew | justsayingmum | lyla_and_co

If you’re on Instagram and want to join in, it’s so easy just use the hashtag #littleloves on any photo that shows something little that you love – so that can be pretty much anything! I then share my favourites from the week on here and on my Instagram every Friday.

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Yorkshire Sculpture Park, The Princess Bride, and far too much chocolate #LittleLoves

What a lovely Easter break we’ve had! I must admit I was rather sad to wave off the girls back to school on Tuesday. Normally I can’t wait to drop them off but not this time, I think we managed the work/fun juggle well, not sure how the summer holidays will pan out though. I hope you had fun over the Easter Bank Holiday and didn’t eat too much chocolate, who am I kidding, I bet you ate loads, I know I did!

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I’ve decided to give The Portable Veblen by Elizabeth McKenzie another try from reading a few reviews I thought I’d really enjoy this book but I’m finding it hard going. If I’m still struggling with it after the weekend I think I’ll have to let it go and move on.

I’m so excited to share a campaign I worked on with M&S, you can see the feature on their site here and my blog post here. If you follow me on Instagram you might remember that last month I shared behind the scenes of this shoot on my Instagram stories. Hannah and I enjoyed a day at Bartle Hall as they very kindly let us use one of their rooms and venue to take the photos. 

 

 

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I remember watching The Princess Bride after borrowing the video from my cousins and adoring it. It’s the perfect mix of humour, adventure and romance and such a fun watch. Of course it’s aged, the special effects are laughable and it’s very much part of a genre of ’90s family films. I decided over the Easter weekend to introduce my girls to it and they loved it just as much as I did, despite the fact that it’s now thirty years old!

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Any more Princess Bride fans out there??

Netflix wise I’ve binged my way through Jane the Virgin over the past few weeks. Someone recommended it after reading my Top 5 Netflix Comedies post and I wasn’t disappointed. It’s perfect for a binge watch and a remedy to the more difficult watch 13 Reasons Why that I watched previously! Also Pretty Little Liars is back after the mid season break, so I of course watched the first episode and still don’t have a clue what’s going on!

 

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On Good Friday we made the trip to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park. It’s a place I’ve wanted to visit for absolutely ages and lets just say it didn’t disappoint.

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yorkshire sculpture park

As you can see it was rather windy!

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yorkshire sculpture park

yorkshire sculpture park

yorkshire sculpture park

yorkshire sculpture park

yorkshire sculpture park

yorkshire sculpture park

On Easter Sunday we enjoyed the traditional homemade roast lamb dinner, followed by a ridiculous amount of chocolate eggs!

 

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This week my girls have been back at school and in their summer dresses. I love this time of year, no more ironing shirts and pleated skirts! My favourite summer dresses are from M&S and are the more traditional style ones.

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I’ve been catching up with the Hashtag Authentic podcasts, first with Kat Molesworth, that you can find here and with Xanthe Berkeley, that you can find here

As for music, I’ve been enjoying Jack Garratt again this week

 

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Things are moving forward with our new home, we managed to get in and get blinds and shutters ordered ready for when we move in. We should have a confirmed moving date soon, but it looks like it will be mid May! I can’t wait to show you our new place. This weekend we are heading down south to the New Forest where the mister and her sister are running a triathlon. I’m so looking forward to seeing family and I’m crossing my fingers for a bit of sunshine too!

Here are my favourites from this week’s #LittleLoves community on Instagram, 

 

mymodelmummy | rachaelkellett harybeau_andi

kellyanngoyetteseasonaltales | melfarnell

treasureeverym | hayleyfromhome | lifeasourlittlefamily

If you’re on Instagram and want to join in, it’s so easy just use the hashtag #littleloves on any photo that shows something little that you love – so that can be pretty much anything! I then share my favourites from the week on here and on my Instagram every Friday.

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Holiday club, a baby shower and the freelance juggle #littleloves

The second week of our Easter Holidays is almost over, but we’ve got the lovely Bank Holiday weekend ahead of us first. This week has been split between working and family fun, with my two going to a holiday club each morning. They’ve had a blast and I’ve been able to put a few hours in before picking them up and spending time together. We’ve squeezed in a shopping trip, they’ve been on a bike ride with their dad and we’ve had a big baking session.

Are you ready for more? Grab a cuppa and enjoy my Little Loves, don’t forget you can read lots of other bloggers’ Little Loves by clicking on the linky at the end.

 

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I’ve finished The Bricks That Built The Houses and after struggling to get into it at first I completely fell in love with the lyrical prose of Kate Tempest. Spinning a tale around several twenty-somethings in London it was a lifestyle that lots can probably relate to, though for this country girl it was a different world. 

We love going to Manchester as a family and I’ve shared our favourite places to go to in this alternative family guide on the National Rail Cards blog – Manchester – An Alternative Family Day Out

 

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Line of Duty.. I mean, there are no words. I promised I wouldn’t put any spoilers on here, so I’ll just leave this here.

As for Netflix the mister and I were happy to see that season 2 of The Get Down is now on. We’re trying not to just binge our way through it. As a music fan AND a Baz Luhrmann fan this programme is a big favourite of mine.

The Get Down

The Get Down

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We had a big baking session last weekend for a friend’s baby shower. We made a huge dairy free chocolate cake and of course while we had everything out on the table we just had to make some biscuits, oh and some cupcakes! The girls had a friend over later in the day so they had a great time decorating all the biscuits, of course unicorns and rainbows featured heavily!

The girls came along with me to the baby shower while their dad went to the pub for the father to be’s shower! It was lovely catching up with friends I hadn’t seen in a while and the weather was simply beautiful. The highlight for my two was getting to design baby gros. I’m sure you can guess which two are theirs!

 

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No fancy outfits shots from me this week, instead I’ll share about my girls. Look at this sparkle-tastic H&M dress that E bought with her Easter money from her Grandparents. She’s desperate to wear it, I’ve managed to put her off until Easter Sunday, if she had it her way she’d be in the muddy back garden with it on!

I’ve also taken the time to look through the girls wardrobes and realised they’re both in need of some new clothes. Thank goodness for Ebay and the pre-loved Mini Boden FB group. I think I’ll be stashing the 11-12 floral dungarees for a while though, even I could probably squeeze into them – they’re huge!

 

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I came across Amber Run on one of my Spotify Daily Playlists and I’ve been enjoying them all week.

We’ve also had the Moana soundtrack playing a whole lot too and I don’t think we’re alone on that one!

 

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We are another step closer to our new home and should be moving in a few weeks time! I guess I better get started on the packing!

Here are my favourites from this week’s #LittleLoves community on Instagram, 

 

dearlittledaisy | _shellyloves | jmcglynn

charlotterawles | thetwinklesmama | little.walchli.crew

pennywincer | mrsmilkywilky | 3littleladiesandme

If you’re on Instagram and want to join in, it’s so easy just use the hashtag #littleloves on any photo that shows something little that you love – so that can be pretty much anything! I then share my favourites from the week on here and on my Instagram every Friday.

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 HAVE A WONDERFUL EASTER WEEKEND

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