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.

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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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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As you can see it was rather windy!

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yorkshire sculpture park

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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.

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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.

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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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13 Reasons Why, the start of the holidays and fun at the park #LittleLoves

The Easter holidays have begun! Goodbye school runs and hello lazy mornings! Goodbye time to work and hello fun-work juggle! We’ve had a lovely couple of days together but as you can see from two Little Loves posts in a row I haven’t had much time to blog. I’ve got lots of good posts in the pipeline, I just need to make some time to finish them all off.

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 I’ve really been enjoying The Bricks That Built The Houses and I’m sadly coming to the end of it. Thanks to the girls happily playing together in the park on Thursday I had a good couple of hours to read (while glancing up every couple of minutes to check on them obviously). It’s just a shame it was so cold!

Thankfully the cafe serves great coffee, so that kept me warm.

Blog post wise I came across a post by Digital Mums that I really related to,

10 Holiday Hacks for Working Mums

It’s great post full of tips from mums that work from home, definitely worth a read if you fall into that bracket. Have a look here.

 

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We finally saw Beauty and the Beast last weekend! Of course it was just as good as everyone has said it is, my two were mesmerised.

Television wise we gave The Good Fight a try, it’s a spin off from The Good Wife and if I’m honest I wasn’t sure what to expect. I didn’t know how it would work with out Alicia, but I was pleasantly surprised and found myself drawn into the storyline. I have a feeling that this could be a good new series.

As for Netflix, 13 Reasons Why has been my complete obsession. I’ve squeezed in moments to watch it whenever possible and binged my way through the whole thing. I blame this for why I’ve not blogged at all! It is absolutely gripping, if rather depressing!

 

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I’m afraid that this section is woefully under represented, but then, that’s not unusual for me! All I can say really is that I ‘made’ the house clean and tidy for the viewings we’ve had this week. I know, such a ropey link. Oh and I did make these cinnamon swirls at the weekend, when I say ‘make’ all I really did was slice the dough and pop them in the oven!

 

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I picked up a couple of bits in Topshop this week, I know Topshop! A place I’ve hardly been in since hitting my thirties. I’ve been in desperate need of some jeans so I ventured in and browsed the Petite section. I was elated to find that I could fit back into my pre-children jean size! So of course I had to buy said jeans, and a top fell into my hands on the way to the till too.

I went for a pair of black high-waisted ‘Joni’s, £36

This is the top I bought and if you follow me on Instagram you’ve probably already spotted it.

 

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With the sun making more of an appearance I’ve noticed a change in my music and I’m definitely going for lighter and more fun tunes. 

I saw them in London a few years ago and they always remind me of summer days.

Of course I’ve still been loving podcasts and Hashtag Authentic continues to be my favourite. Something that really struck me in this weeks one about imposter syndrome and feeling the fear was thinking more about the feeling of self doubt and recognising it. What I took away from it was the two forms of fear – the fear of stepping into something big and the ‘monster under the bed’ kind. The first kind is as Sara says ‘excitement with a different dress on’ and I loved that expression. It definitely pin points how I feel about moving house.

 

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

 

kellyanngoyette | harrybeau_andi | littleladiesbigworld

mollyjforbes | jesslathan | thetwinklesmama

littlejampotlife | theordinarylovely | _jessarose_

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 Start Up Life, Kate Tempest and sunshine #LittleLoves

It was so sunny last weekend where we live and it felt good to get out and enjoy the sun. I’m sure we weren’t the only ones to make the most of the dry weather to get out in the garden and have a tidy up. It’s just a shame that the sun didn’t stick around and we’ve had grey rainy days from Monday onwards. I think I forget how much it rains in Spring! I’ve had my head in my laptop for much of the week so I don’t have many lovely photos to share with you but stick with me, I still have Little Loves to share.

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 really struggled to get into any books this year, which is so very unlike me. I’ve started three books and put them all down with out finishing. I decided to give The Bricks that Built The Houses a try, a book I picked up on a while in Waterstones earlier in the month, and I absolutely love it. At first I worried the lyrical detail might become a bit too much but actually it’s that very specific style of writing that has drawn me in. You might know Kate Tempest as a spoken word poet, if you’ve not heard of her she’s worth a Google.

 

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Line Of Duty is back and it is as spectacular as ever. We have been huge fans of this series since the first season back in 2012 when it was still on BBC2 and we were so excited for its return.

I have binged my way through the brand new season of Netflix comedy, Grace and Frankie. I adored every second of it and was gutted when it came to an end. If you’re looking for some comedy to watch on Netflix have a read of my post My Top 5 Netflix Comedies You Have To Watch

 

 

 

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I’ve been working on The Start Up Life section of my blog this week and I hope to grow it more over the next year. I’m going to be sharing monthly Start Up Stories from businesses set up and run by parents and also look to add more posts about running a creative business, social media tutorials and much more. I’m really excited about this new project and hope you will be too. 

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I spent much of the weekend in clothes covered in paint and dirt from the garden! We hired a van and had a big clear out of the garage and the garden and I was so impressed with how much we got done and how good it all looks now. I also finished off painting the woodwork in the hallway and stairs. It looks so much brighter now.

I did get to have a rest on Sunday for Mothers Day though and enjoyed lunch out with the family. Wasn’t the weather glorious too. Loved wearing my sunglasses (as did my girls!) and having fun outside without having to wear coats!

 

E especially loved that she could wear her dress without tights or leggings!

 

 

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I’ve been loving Sara Tasker’s podcast Hashtag Authentic, especially this one with Tara Swiger about finding your tribe and focusing on who your audience or customers are rather than trying to please everyone. I found it so helpful and freeing to be reminded not to stress about people unfollowing and unsubscribing but to just focus on your content and attracting your people.

 

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Thanks for all your kind wishes last week about the house valuation. I’m excited to share that we are going ahead with a part exchange on a new build, one that is already built and ready to move into. As you can imagine I’m very happy but trying to rein it in until we actually have all the paper work done and the keys in hand. It’s going to be a few busy few weeks!

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

#LittleLoves 

photojennic | brickdustandglittermum_in_brum

jess_soothill | gingerlillyteaclarina1985

midlifemummy | littlepaperswan | littlelikelylads

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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Roadies, a new lipstick and looking for the helpers #LittleLoves

It’s been an odd week and one that’s been tainted with sadness after the Westminster terrorist attack. I’ve felt unwell all week and now I’m on antibiotics, not ideal when you’ve got a to-do list as long as your arm and deadlines looming. Thankfully I had a busy weekend and a fun Monday otherwise I’d be struggling with this post.

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I’m ashamed to admit that I’ve not picked up a book this week, well unless you count the girls bedtime stories. This post from Hayley, is full of tips to help us find the time to read and I’ll definitely be using them.

 

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 We watched two films at the weekend. Friday was the husband’s pick and Saturday mine, and you can see from our choices just how different our taste in films really is. First up was Dr Strange. I cannot tell you how much I disliked this film, honestly that’s over an hour of my life I’m never getting back again. Sure the special effects were awesome but the script and plot or rather the lack of them, was truly dire. He definitely picked the wrong member of the family to watch it with, N would have been a much better choice, she loves the Marvel films. My choice for Saturday night was Captain Fantastic. I’ve been wanting to watch this for ages so when I spotted that it was available to rent I grabbed it straight away.

Viggo Mortensen’s character is a dad who raises his family in the forest, they live self sufficiently and the kids are educated by him and his wife. It is such a fascinating film, watching them live off the grid but then try and relate to the ‘outside world’.

I adored this film and it gave me so much to think about and talk about. If you loved Little Miss Sunshine then I think this is a must watch. 

Another love from the past couple of weeks is a gem of a series on Amazon, Roadies. My hands down favourite film is Almost Famous, and it was no surprise to discover it’s creator, Cameron Crowe, was behind Roadies as well. It has a similar vibe, though this series is set in present day. It follows a band on a multi arena tour, but we get to know the roadies, the ones behind the scenes that make it all work. Both my husband and I loved watching this series and we were both gutted when we finished it. Sadly it’s been axed after just one season, so there will be no more. There is a stellar cast including Luke Wilson, Imogen Poots, and Rafe Spall. You’ll discover new bands and enjoy cameos from old rockers. If rock music is your thing I definitely recommend giving this a try.

 

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On Saturday we ‘made’ the trip into Manchester for a family day out. I’ll be putting together a proper blog post about it next week when I have a bit more time, but here are some photos from our day.

 

I’ve also been busy trying to finish off the painting in our hallway. The walls are done but all the woodwork needed doing and oh boy, it’s a big job! We’ve got a valuation booked for Friday (today!) so I wanted to get it all finished for then, fingers crossed it goes well.

 

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On Monday I had loads of fun doing a little shoot for a highstreet store. I can’t share it yet, but look out for a post in a couple of weeks. I shared some behind the scenes shots on my Instagram Stories. Hannah and I had loads of fun, I can’t wait to show you more!

I’ve been all about comfy clothes for the rest of the week. When you’re poorly it’s the only way to roll. Though after spilling white spirit all over my comfy joggers I’ve just had to order a replacement pair from ASOS. 

I did make more of an effort over the weekend and put a brand new lipstick from Green People to the test.

As you know I’m a bold colour fan when it comes to lipsticks, before this one arrived I didn’t even own any colour remotely close to nude. I adore Green People’s products so when I was asked to try their new Velvet Matte Lipstick in Damask Rose I was intrigued. It is an organic, cruelty-free dupe for some of the most popular high-street and high-end nudes.

I was pleasantly surprised! I’ve used it with their primer (a product I use regularly anyway) and it’s such a lovely everyday shade. I don’t always feel like a bold lip so this is lovely every day much more subtle alternative.

It is available for pre-order from Tuesday 28th March, here, and then will officially launch on the 4th April.

Plus, I’m happy to share with you a discount code for 15% discount off the lipstick  – NUDEOBSESSION, and this runs until the end of April.

 

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Now that I’ve finished Roadies *sob* I’m trying to keep that magic alive by listening to the Spotify Playlist.

 

 

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This picture and quote has been widely shared across social media following the attack in London on Wednesday.

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It is such a beautiful sentiment and one I shared with my children. On Thursday over breakfast I told them what had happened the day before. At six and nine I knew that it could come up in conversation with their friends and I wanted them to be prepared and not shocked or scared. I didn’t go into detail but instead focussed on how so people helped those in need, we then talked about how we could be good helpers to are friends and those we see that need a little kindness.

Here are my favourites from this week’s #LittleLoves community on Instagram, I love that they are getting lighter and brighter with spring on its way. This week I’m particularly drawn to soft pinks..

 

little_walchli_crew | midlifemummy | justsayingmum

heleddlavender | melfarnell | rachelandhercoffee

Iyla_and_co | heavendykhuizen | 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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Blossom, a date and meeting our baby niece #LittleLoves

Signs of Spring are appearing everywhere now aren’t they. We had one beautifully sunny day this week and I must say my mood improved hugely when there were no clouds in the sky. It’s incredible how much the weather and the time of year impact how I feel. I’ve definitely felt more productive and dare I say it a little more organised. Fingers crossed that this continues!

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This week it’s over to my girls, I’ve bought them a few new inspirational books and they have had their heads in them ever since.

Women in Science has gone down so well with my eldest, and I can’t wait to nab it and have a read for myself. I think it’s so important to surround your children with inspiration.

As for me I’ve read a little more of The Portable Veblen and it’s not really like anything I’ve read before. I think I need to read a couple more chapters to better understand it, I am intrigued though.

 

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I’ve unashamedly binge watched the new season of LOVE on Netflix and enjoyed it even more than the first. It reminds me of Girls with it’s dysfunctional millennial relationships but I must admit the characters are more likeable than those in Girls.

I don’t know about you bu was underwhelmed with the ending of the BBCs The Replacement, in fact through out the three episodes I felt that it could be so much more. I wasn’t the acting, that was fantastic, maybe the writing or plot? I’m not sure. It was as if it didn’t quite reach its potential, though I’m sure I’m probably in the minority with this view. Did you see it? What did you think?

I watched the first episode of Big Little Lies on Sky and until I read that it was an adaptation of Liane Moriarty’s book of the same name I just hadn’t put the two together. Silly really, as I’ve read the book and everything! Even though I read it while on holiday a couple of years ago I can’t really remember what happened which will mean I’ll be able to enjoy it more. I was bowled over by the cast, I mean, how stellar? Did you watch it?

 

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Prepare yourself for the tenuous link here. We ‘made’ the journey down south early on Saturday morning to meet our new baby niece. No one was more excited than our biggest girl, as the eldest cousin she remembers most of her cousins being born and held them all when they were tiny. I just love this snapshot of her proudly holding her newest cousin.

 

 

Even E plucked up the courage to tentatively hold her cousin, though practically threw her in the air when she was sick! Luckily myself and my sister in law were sat either sat of her so were able to catch the baby. I think it’s put E off from babies for a while.

 

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A lot less layers! It’s been so refreshing to do the school run with sunglasses and a bomber jacket instead of a million layers, a scarf and a waterproof jacket. Though, glancing out of the window while writing this it’s looking rather grey and gloomy so I think we’ve got a rather rainy weekend ahead of us which is a shame.

I did an H&M shop for the girls the other day, just basics like trackies, hoodies and trainers but of course I couldn’t resist slinging something in for myself.. this rather bright beauty.

This yellow shopper is the perfect size for my laptop and everything else that I need in the day. I sling it all in and off I go. As much as I’m a lover of black clothes, it is nice to have a pop of colour in my accessories.
 

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I have so much to list here it’s ridiculous! I’m trying to get into listening to podcasts instead of watching tv on my iPad. After being recommended Sara Tasker’s interview on the Blogtacular podcast by Kerry, I listened to it while going for a run on Tuesday morning. I love Sara’s instagram – Me_and_Orla and have watch it grow exponentially over the last few years. Off the back of the podcast I signed up to Sara’s mailing list and subscribed to her podcast. I also listened to the Blogtacular interview with another Instagram favourite of mine Allison Sadler of The People Shop. Both interviews are so inspirational, I love how creativity flows through Allison’s family and their business and how the work-family balance is challenged by their lifestyle.

Music wise I’ve had a rather eclectic week, I’ve continued with my love of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and in particular this track that I heard on one of the Love episodes I watched earlier in the week.

 

Other than that the Maccabees have been a favourite.

 


 

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We had such a fun date night at the Gin Festival last Friday night, it was at the iconic Blackpool Tower Ballroom, such a decadent setting! After enjoying lots of gin we called into Lytham on the way home for a rather later dinner, thankfully the girls were sleeping over at a friends so we didn’t need to rush home so relieve a babysitter.

 

We’re off to Manchester for a family day out tomorrow so pop along and follow our day on Instagram Stories. We’re getting the train there which my girls are stupidly excited about. Public transport is their jam! We’re going to visit an art gallery and grab some lunch in the Northern Quarter, and of course there’ll be some shopping too.

Here are my favourites from this week’s #LittleLoves community on Instagram, I love that they are getting lighter and brighter with spring on its way.

 

littlebuttondiaries | mummuddlingthrough |innocentcharmschats

brickdustandglitter | midlifemummy | kerryvillers 

makedoandpushtiredfromwhitstable | dearlittledaisy

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New books, signs of spring and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs #LittleLoves

I’m afraid our house, well namely, myself and my youngest girl, were struck now by a horrible sickness bug over the weekend and much of the week. This has meant that work and any creativity was put on the back burner and now, of course, I’m playing catch up. One thing that has made this week better is the sunshine! As I’m typing this there are blue skies and a bright sun shining down, I can almost feel the Spring coming and Winter (finally) leaving us.

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I’m making slow progress with The Miniaturist and thinking about shelving it and trying something new. I’m intrigued but so busy and it’s just not hooked me in enough to make the effort. I popped into Waterstones and picked up these two new books, The Bricks That Built The Houses by Kate Tempest, and The Portable Veblen by Elizabeth Mckenzie. I’ve not started either yet but looking forward to giving them a try.

 

 

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I stumbled across this new release on Netflix and devoured the whole season while I was ill, Greenleaf, a programme centred around the Greenleaf family and their sprawling Memphis mega-church. It’s full of secrets and lies and I found myself absolutely hooked into the drama. It’s executively produced by Oprah Winfrey and premiered on her television channel first last year.

New original drama series from award-winning writer/producer Craig Wright (“Six Feet Under,” “Lost”) that takes viewers into the unscrupulous world of the Greenleaf family and their sprawling Memphis megachurch, where scandalous secrets and lies are as numerous as the faithful.

 

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I’ve made a change and decided to rebrand by MumBoss section. I’m fully aware of how contentious the word is and although I meant it as empowering it’s ended up putting putting off, so, it’s now called Start Up and my MumBoss interviews are Start Up Stories. You can read all about the change here.

 

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As you can imagine, for most of this week I’ve been in comfy clothes due the dreaded sickness bug. I have been loving this coat sent over from Target Dry, though – perfect for the school run. You can see more of it and the girls new coats here.

raincoat for mums - target dry
 

Before the bug hit us I picked up a couple of things from H&M when I popped into town last Friday, one of them was this top.

I also channeled KA from Life As Our Little Family and picked up a silver pleated skirt in the sale. I’m going to wear it tonight when the mister and I head out to a Gin Festival, so you can expect some outfit photos of that one next week.

 

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The Women of Indie playlist on Spotify is one of my favourites, it’s full of new artists as well as more established indie musicians and bands.

 

 While listening to it, Maps by Yeah Yeah Yeahs popped up and of course that sent me down a Yeah Yeah Yeahs rabbit hole! I love Karen O and spent many nights requesting her songs at the indie club while at university. I would have loved to see them live.

and lastly

As you probably are aware it was International Women’s Day this week, and I was reminded of this fantastic quote from Ellizabeth Gilbert

elizabeth gilbert quote women are my superheroes

 

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

 

themamaland | lyla_and_co | lifeasourlittlefamily

squishedblueberries | kerryvillerscapturebylucy

insideoabout corneliusblog | adayinthelifedad

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World Book Day, Broadchurch and a pop up shop #LittleLoves

We’ve had such a busy week that this Little Loves post has practically written itself, there’s been so much I wanted to include so I apologise in advance for any rambling! What are you waiting for, 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 started The Miniaturist this week and like The Muse I think it might take me a little while to get into but I am enjoying it so far. I just need to make more time to read it! Thursday nights are busy, with Rainbows, running, and N’s swim training. I ran myself a bath last Thursday evening, but had to wait for N to get home at half 8 before I could jump in. As she was home and in bed I made myself a gin, grabbed my book and enjoyed a soak. As I’m writing this (it’s Thursday) I’m keen to do the same again tonight.

I’ve read some lovely blog posts this week but this two have really stuck in my mind for different reasons. 

Start Up Life 3 Months In – Capture By Lucy

Photo credit – Capturebylucy

I loved reading Lucy’s story of setting up her photo back drop business. I’ve followed Lucy’s blog from the start and met her a few times and I can tell you she is just as lovely and genuine as you’d expect her to be. You know me I’m a sucker for start up stories so it was a no brainer when it came to sharing it, you can read the full post here.

When marriage is hard work – Inside Out And Beyond

Photo credit – InsideOutAndBeyond

I don’t really blog about personal things anymore since leaving butwhymummywhy.com behind, it’s not because I want to pretend everything is perfect it’s more that I want to share things like start up stories, style posts, etc. A lot of family read this blog, and so gone are the days of blogging anonymously and sharing everything online. Of course there are things I’d love to write about to get it all out there but for now it’s just not appropriate. With that in mind I love posts like this one that Suzanne has written this week. It is so full of wisdom and grace and honestly without over sharing. I think that however long you’ve been married you’ll be able to relate to this post, and gain some wisdom from it. You can read the full post here.

 

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Broadchurch is back! It was a difficult and emotional first episode wasn’t it? I’m keen to see how they develop it further. For something a little lighter I’ve been watching Riverdale on Netflix. I asked my followers on Instagram what they’re watching at the moment and this one was mentioned a lot. I’m a couple of episodes in and really enjoying it.

I’m so behind on my YouTube watching but I managed to catch that Hannah Michalak is pregnant! I love their vlogs and I’m super happy for them. Hannah had a miscarriage between Grayson and this pregnancy, so is tentative in this vlog, something I can definitely relate to as I lost a baby in between my girls, I can identify so much with her story. 

 

Their pregnancy announcement video on their main channel is well worth a watch too, check out the song lyrics- A New Chapter

 

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On Sunday morning I took part in the local pop up event BabyLoved, this is the second time I’ve had a stall and I really enjoyed it. Obviously I normally only get to speak to my customers via technology so it was nice to chat to people face to face. I loved seeing little girls hover at my stall looking pleadingly at their parents – sorry mums and dads! I’ll be blogging more about the event in the next few days.

In case you’ve been living under a rock this week you’ll be fully aware that it’s been WORLD BOOK DAY, a phrase that strikes fear in my heart! My girls’ school decided that this wasn’t hard enough for parents already and added in that it was Bible themed. Yep. Bible themed! Thankfully my eldest decided straight away that  she wanted to be Esther and after a quick google image search she told me how she wanted to look. All I needed to do was nip into Hobbycraft for gold card and she took care of the rest. I was so impressed! She even won a prize for it.

With E, we went with the Garden of Eden! She wore floral clothes, floral hair accessories and took in a toy apple. Done.

 

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I mentioned last week about my love for enamel pins and promised a blog post so here it is – Enamel pin badge trend I’d love to know what you think.

enamel pin badge trend

 

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When my husband and I first met we were actually in a band together many, many year ago, we listened to so much music in our van. Each band member had different taste so we had many different mixtapes and then CDs when we got a better van! I’m not sure why but someone we all agreed on was John Mayer. Over the past couple of weeks we’ve listened to him loads around the house. I don’t know about you but when things aren’t great I focus on when and why they started, the good foundation, and I guess this is part of that. I’m just gutted that we missed out on tickets to his tour this year.

 You can listen to more of his music here

 

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I’m really looking forward to this weekend, it’s a slower one and full of friends, the best kind in my opinion. We’ve started a little family tradition of having a breakfast all together when N gets back from training on Saturday morning. It usually involves a whole lot of food and fun which I find a great start to the weekend.

Here are my favourites from this week’s #LittleLoves community on Instagram, as you can see I’ve gone with a bit of a floral theme!

 

kerryvillers | cherry.rebecca | dianavonr

justsayingmum | louhegarty | archerlilyadventures

helloitsgemma maisymeowblog | gingerlillytea

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Katherine Ryan on Netflix, Lactose Free Lemon Cake and The Muse #LittleLoves

This week has absolutely zoomed by! It’s been back to normality with the girls back at school and us at work again. The decorating that was started over half term hasn’t yet been finished, oops, hopefully it won’t stay that way for long and we pick up our paint brushes to finish it all off. Don’t get too excited though, we’re only painting the hallway, there’ll be no big room transformation reveal or anything! I have had a week with some lovely little things though, and I hope you enjoy reading about them.

 

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I’ve finally finished The Muse! Hurrah! I was about a third of the way through last week and then over the weekend I barely put it down and finished the rest of it. Even though it took me longer to read than usual, don’t think that I didn’t enjoy it. Once I had the headspace and peace and quiet to get into it I was swept up in it all. Set in two timelines, Spain in the 1930s and the UK, more specifically London, in the 1950s, you come to realise that two are inextricably connected. I’ve now just started to read The Miniaturist, Jessie Burton’s other novel.

I enjoyed reading through my interview with this month’s featured mum in business, Tabitha from kidswear brand, Lil’ Cubs. If you missed it you can have a read here, there is also a chance to win a pair of Lil’ Cubs leggings too.

babywear printed leggings giveaway lil cubs

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I love Katherine Ryan, and think she is hilarious, if she’s ever on a panel show it’s always a must watch for me. She toured recently but on the night she was in our local town we couldn’t make it, boo. I was so happy when I saw that Netflix had picked up her show, the one we would have seen if we could have got there –Katherine Ryan, In Trouble

Katherine Ryan, Netflix UK

I’m not sure I’ve mentioned this programme here before but I’ve been loving This Is Us (Tuesday, Channel 4, 10pm). I have a horrible feeling that we’re nearing the end of the season now and there are so many unanswered questions! It truly is a beautiful and heartfelt programme, one where you usually need a pack of tissues to hand!

We all went to see Lego Batman last Saturday and thoroughly enjoyed it, like Lego Movie there’s plenty to keep the whole family entertained.

 

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I’ve got a balance this week of salads and cake!

My girls have recently moved onto packed lunches at school. My eldest girl is lactose intolerent and was struggling with meal choices at school and never got any puddings, well unless you count grapes, which she doesn’t! So this week I got busy baking some lactose free goodies for her, including chocolate cupcakes and lemon cake.

I’ve used this recipe for Lemon cake by Kerry over at Noah and the Girls, for a while now and I adore it! I made this one lactose free so my eldest could enjoy it too and was relieved when it came out just as good as it normally does. Needless to say it’s all gone now!

 

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I need coffee enamel pin

I’ve got a growing collection of enamel pin badges, so much so that I’m putting together a blog post with the ones I have and the ones on my ‘to buy’ list. The one above is from Jolly Awesome, and I’ll think you’ll agree it’s perfect for me!

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 I’ve rediscovered my love for First Aid Kit, while stumbling around Youtube the other day and finding this gem of a performance. America is one of my favourite songs anyway, and this version of it is simply beautiful. Those harmonies! They even get a standing ovation from Paul Simon himself.

 

 If you haven’t heard them before I really suggest you check them out

 

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I’ve got a busy weekend ahead, with looking at new family cars on Saturday and then I have the BabyLoved pop-up event on Sunday morning where I have a stall for Little and Fierce.

Here are my favourites from this week’s #LittleLoves community on Instagram, as you can see I’ve gone with a bit of a floral theme!

 

mrsmilkywilky | treasureeverym | ispeaktoddlernow

justsayingmum | thetwinklesmama | thismamalife

littlelikelylads littlepaperswan | jesslathan

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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