Stranger Things, sunny days and no more school! #LittleLoves

 While I’m writing this the girls are at school for their last morning before the summer holidays. I can’t believe that in September they’ll be in Year 1 and Year 4! It’s so true that once your children start school the years just whizz by even faster. I’m currently cramming in as much work as I possibly can into my last few hours. It’s certainly going to be a juggle over the holidays but I’m looking forward to spending some quality time with my girls.

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After finishing Strictly Between Us last week I did a little Amazon shop and treated myself to some summer reading. They’ve got a 3 for ¬£10 offer on loads of paperbacks so it’s worth taking a look. These are the ones I decided on in the end. 

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Of course then comes that tricky decision of which one to read first! After loads of advice on Instagram I eventually decided on While My Eyes Were Closed and now a few chapters in I’m really enjoying it and intrigued to see where it goes. Of course I’ll be reviewing it fully at the end of the month in my Coffee Work Read feature.

We also had the girls school reports of which E’s caused quite a stir! If you follow me on social media you might have seen me have a little vent about it. Let’s just say she’s exceeding academically BUT there’s been a personality clash and leave it at that ūüėČ

 

 

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I have to tell you all about the new series Stranger Things on, yes you guessed it, Netflix! We got to have a little preview of it last week when I met up with the rest of the #StreamTeam and I knew within minutes that it would be a programme that both the mister and I would love. I spent the whole of lunch while they were playing it trying to distract myself from watching so I wouldn’t spoil it for myself! It premiered on Saturday so of course we were straight on it! We were hooked and ended up finishing the whole thing by Tuesday night.

Here’s the trailer

It’s a supernatural, psychological thriller full or drama and jumpy bits! If you like Fringe, The Walking Dead and as a kid – ET, Neverending Story etc, then you NEED to check this out and this is where the kid films come in -if you’re a child of the 80s like myself you have the added bonus of nostalgia as it is set in the 1983!. The score, the soundtrack, acting, cultural references, just well, everything is executed with perfection and of course WINONA RYDER is in it (and she is superb). Honestly, I’m so excited about it I can’t type fast enough or word this review articulately enough. Just watch it.

On to something completely different… we finally took the girls to the cinema to see The Secret Life of Pets. The Odeon have a family ticket offer where it’s ¬£30 for a family ticket with drinks and snacks included. Definitely worth being aware of for a rainy day in the summer holiday. The girls loved the film and while I don’t think it will be my favourite kids summer release it was really funny and I didn’t fall asleep in it.. unlike my husband.. *cough*

 

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I made some more cookies for E’s reception staff and that’s about it really. It’s been so hot I’ve stayed out of the kitchen as much as possible!

I did make the effort and head out to David Lloyd for my last class before the girls break up. I love Body Balance and will miss going over the holidays. I’ve blogged about my fitness goals and how hard I found sticking to them – here’s hoping my new approach does the trick.

SETTING FITNESS GOALS STICKING TO THEM

Hopefully over the coming weeks I’ll have a lot more creative makes to share with you ūüėČ

 

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The girls wore their school dresses for the last time! I don’t think I’ll get away with sending E in hers come September, this 5 year old has already outgrown her age 6 dresses and if I’m honest they’re covered in pen stains anyway, oops.

 

 

heard

You mean apart from my tired kids crying and squabbling? ūüėČ

I’ve had a quiet week this week music wise, there’s no new discoveries to share with you. I have been enjoying some classic Incubus in the car though, particularly this track.

 

 

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Insideoabout // Littlelikelylads // Topknotanddaisies

Cherry.rebecca //Kiranchug //  Mummyofboygirltwins

Clarina1985 // Notafrumpymum // Acupfullofglitter

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Rock music, a trip to London and cool science fun #LittleLoves

It’s been such a busy week that I’ve had to write this in bits each day¬†and now I’m up late on Thursday night finishing it off! Huge apologies to the bloggers that linked up last week that haven’t had a visit from me, with being away in London time has just not been on my side. I promise to do better this week, honest! Anyway enough of my excuses, lets get on with all those little things I’ve loved this week.

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I’ve just¬†finished with Strictly Between Us, while it isn’t my usual kind of book I have enjoyed it but I don’t think I’ll be rushing out to buy all of Jane Fallon’s other books. Keep an eye out for my full review in this month’s #CoffeeWorkRead post in a couple of weeks.

 

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More Gilmore Girls on Netflix, obviously! I’m into Season 3 now and the obsession shows no sign of abating!

Speaking of Netflix, Jenny and I were in London yesterday for our #Streamteam induction event and oh man, it was so good. I’ll be blogging about it properly soon, but let me just say there are loads of amazing looking new shows coming to Netflix in the next few months, eep!

While we were in London we were also lucky enough to have been invited to The White Company’s Christmas preview event and oh my goodness, it was beautiful and I want it all.

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We’ve been baking! Prepare yourself, this recipe is full of sugar, haha! I’ve done some baking for my Little and Fierce Kids blog and these beauties will be heading out the door as a gift for all the staff in E’s Reception class.

Rainbow Sprinkles Chocolate Chip Cookies

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You can find the full recipe over on the Little and Fierce blog here.

I made lots of lovely things at the Netflix event, this cute little cake topper being one of them.

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Shh..¬†Don’t tell anyone but this dress is ¬£6 from Primark ūüėČ

 

 

heard

The other night the mister and I caught the Red Hot Chili Peppers set from T in the Park and ended up staying up to watch it. When we first met J was completely Chilis obsessed and would talk anyone’s ear off about them so it was fun to watch them and reminisce.

I’ve been loving Biffy Clyro’s new album over on Spotify, we’re huge Biffy fans and so pleased with how well they are doing.

As for the girls, recently N was sent ‘Project Mc2 circuit beats’, she’s a big fan of this series on Netflix and we’ve reviewed the dolls in the past so I knew she’d love this set.

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It is so clever, you really must check out this little video over on my Facebook to see it in action.

 

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Lifeasourlittlefamily // Acupfullofglitter // Littlelikelylads 

Dear_beautiful_ // Letstalkmommy // Littleladiesbigworld

 Mummyofboygirltwins // Thetwinklesmama // Songofanest

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Evacuees, Gilmore Girls and rainy days #LittleLoves

I’m going to do that annoying cliche thing and say that I can’t believe where the week has gone! But it’s true, it really did go fast. Well, enough of that let’s move on to those little things I’ve loved on this, very fast, week.

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I love my friends, especially the ones that give me books! ūüėČ Thanks Jenny for lending me Strictly Between Us by Jane Fallon. I know lots of my Little Loves linker uppers have read it and recommend it so I’m excited to get stuck in. So far I’ve only managed a couple of chapters, I look forward to reading more over the weekend.

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Grabbing a bit of me time to read while at David Lloyd last Sunday

 

 

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As there is nothing on TV at the moment, thanks to the football, I’ve been sticking to Netflix and films.

Confession time. I am completely obsessed with Gilmore Girls! From chatting to lots of people via my Facebook Page¬†it seems I’m not alone in this appreciation or should I say, addiction! I missed it the first time around so when all the seasons popped up on Netflix recently I knew I had to give them a try. It’s funny when it first aired in 2000 I would have been the same age as the daughter Rory whereas now I’m the same age as her mum (!!) It brings a funny dynamic to the who viewing¬†experience I can tell you.

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As for films we rented The Revenant last weekend, you know the one that got Leonardo DiCaprio that long awaited Oscar? I was an intense film and graphically violent at times (yes, I did the girl thing of grimacing while half watching between my fingers) but wow, what a film. The acting, the story, the scenery, all added up to make it a truly epic film.

Moving on to something completely different.. E is really taken with Kate and Mim Mim, an animated series that’s new to Netflix. She’s even got a cuddly Mim Mim that sits with her while she watches it. A big thanks to the UK Netflix team for sending it over.

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MAde

It’s a busy time at my girls’ school at the moment. We had Roman Day for N last week and this week we’ve got World War 2 Day. The whole school dressed up, with all the children coming in dressed as evacuees. We put the costumes together with clothes we already had and then I made the ‘gas mask boxes’. ¬†I think we did ok, don’t you?

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Not only have we had World War 2 Day this week, E has also had her class trip to the zoo. She was SO excited for this and was awake from about 4am that day (!!), she wass ridiculously excited about the whole thing. Unfortunately it chucked it down on the way to school, though it was dry at the zoo, thankfully.

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E is wearing her yellow mac from Marks and Spencer, Urban Junk Mini BAM backpack from Little and Fierce Kids and her frog umbrella is by Kidorable

 

heard

I cannot get this song out of my head!! Tell me I’m not alone in this. It’s just too catchy!

My girls were like “Justin Timba who?!” Honestly? Who dragged these kids up? ūüėČ

 

and lastly

I’ve been heard at work over on my other baby Little and Fierce this week as yesterday I launched our Little Fierce Summer Sale. Do head on over and take a look, there’s lots of cute summer accessories just waiting to be snapped up!

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Here are this week’s #LittleLoves instagram community choices. 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 – @coffeeworksleep

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Cherry.rebecca // Cakiesblog // Harrietrose26

Littlejampotlife // Letstalkmommy // Dayjam

Littlelikelylads // Insideoabout // Mummyofboygirltwins

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Glastonbury, being a stationery geek, and Game of Thrones, obviously! #Littleloves

For the third week in a row I feel like I really need and appreciate this opportunity to see the good in the week. Amidst all the turmoil it’s a nice little reminder that there’s lots of good in the little things even when all we can seem to see in the media is bad news. I don’t know about you but this week seems to have flown by and I feel like I have done little more than constantly refresh my BBC News app!

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Like I’ve already mentioned I’ve done a whole lot of refreshing the BBC News app on my phone! I’m sure I can’t be alone in this. I’ve even had BBC News 24 Live on while I’ve been working! I’ve read article after article and many social media statuses about Brexit and the aftermath and it’s left me spinning. What a mess, hey? I’ve been very vocal on my personal FB about my thoughts on the whole thing but have kept rather quiet on here and on my blog social media. I’m sure you’ve read many blog posts outlining people’s opinions and thoughts but I found this one from Claire of Clarina’s Contemplations to particularly resonate – Words and Silence // Reflections on the Referendum

I’m so pleased that I picked up The Gracekeepers the other week, it has been the perfect distraction from real life. It has swept me into a completely new magical word and I couldn’t have been more grateful for the welcome relief of it all. Now that I’ve finished it I really need to find something similar to take it’s place, I’m definitely not ready for a gritty thriller yet. Read a more in depth review of The Gracekeepers in my Coffee Work Read post on Sunday.

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Did you catch this month’s #Mumboss feature? I’ve interviewed Sarah from the stationery store Got2Jot and I really enjoyed reading through her answers. Sarah is really inspiring and I picked up a lot of tips from her for my own business. There’s also a 15% off discount code for her store in her post and if you’re a stationery addict like me you will want to claim it!!

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watched

Three words.

Game of Thrones

I mean, come on, how fantastic was it? I think this season has been my favourite, definitely no filler episodes. I just hate that we have to wait 10 months for the next one. Sob.

I had a free evening this week where the mister was out but I felt too tired to work so I browsed Netflix for something a bit different and came across the Fundamentals of Caring. It was just what i was looking for, if you like films like Little Miss Sunshine then this is a must see.

It’s only available on Netflix though, yet another reason to sign up ūüėČ

 

MAde

I was going to make N a costume for Roman Day, I figured what could be easier, grab and white flat sheet and off you go, except I don’t have any flat sheets.. and you can get full costumes on Amazon for ¬£6.. Well, you can probably guessed where we ended up! Another massive mum fail, we were in such a rush that morning that I didn’t even get a picture of her before we left!

There’s nothing noteworthy to share in the category at all this week, oops! Well, unless cups of coffee count?

 

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Of course, I just had to wear one of my Game of Thrones tees while watching the finale ūüėČ and from the looks of my Facebook, I wasn’t the only one!

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I’ve been practically living at David Lloyd recently and I’ve come to realise that I definitely need new gym stuff! First up though this bag was calling my name..

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It’s by the US brand Ban.do which I’ve been in love with for ages but hated having to pay the shipping fees. Luckily Violet and Percy have come to my rescue by stocking them here in the UK! Wahoo!

I’ve also had a little trip to Boots to get some new lipstick, now my hair is a different colour all my red lipsticks clash, I know, I know, first world problems and all that. So I’ve been scouting out some new colours, and picked up this one by Barry M –Barry M Lip Paint (151)

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heard

I loved watching the Glastonbury coverage over the weekend. The mister was away with his dad so I found myself staying up late enjoying the music and drinking too much red wine.. oops!

I loved Adele and Coldplay (obviously). Churches, Bat for Lashes, Michael Kiwanuka – there’s too many to list – and of course Foals were awesome, as ever! Check out BBC iPlayer and have a watch while you still can.

 

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Here are this week’s #LittleLoves instagram community choices. 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 – @coffeeworksleep

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Ladybirdsadventures // Merrilystyle // Notafrumpymum

Clarina1985 // Katiedenbury // Maybushstudio

Topknotanddaisies // Noahandthegirls // Emilyandindiana

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No sugar brownies, sports day and a cinema trip #LittleLoves

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I simply can’t write this section without referring to the EU referendum. It has been everywhere this week hasn’t it? It’s weird to think that when this post goes live we’ll know the results. I hope you voted!

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Moving on from voting I loved this article by my lovely friend Alice in The Telegraph this week – How I Revolutionised My Work-Life Balance¬†it’s definitely worth checking out and if you’re not familiar with Alice’s blog then head over there as well, you won’t be disappointed – More Than Toast

As for books I popped into Waterstones last Friday and picked up this one – The Gracekeepers. It’s not my usual genre, but after a week of shootings I just couldn’t face picking up a thriller or anything too heavy. I’m loving it so far, I’d forgotten how much I love being swept up into a new world created by the author.

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It was my littlest’s first Sports Day yesterday and she was bursting with excitement about it. She threw herself into everything with a huge smile on her face and it really was a joy to watch.

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I went to see Me Before You! I’ve wanted to go and watch it as soon as I heard that they were making a film of the book. Like many I loved the book and sobbed my way through the ending, so I was keen to see how it would translate to the big screen. I¬†have to say¬†it’s one of the best adaptations of a book I’ve seen. Normally I’m firmly in the ‘It’s not as good as the book’ camp but with this one I felt they did a wonderful job with it.

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As promised I made a batch of the Hemsley and Hemsley black bean brownies (sounds gross, tastes amazing!). I’ve blogged about coming to the end of my 8 week no sugar detox, so head over here if you fancy seeing how I got on.

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The brownies went down especially well with this one so I’ll definitely be making them again.

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Over on the Little and Fierce blog, our lovely craft editor Jess has shared with us how to make these cute neon sun catchers.

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I’ve got pink hair!

After looking longingly at Kerri-Ann’s pink hair I finally took the plunge and went for rose gold on mine!

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heard

I’ve been hitting the gym again this week and like the geek that I am I’ve made up a workout playlist on Spotify. I won’t mention that I nearly fell off the cross trainer three times…

 

 

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Here are this week’s #LittleLoves instagram community choices. 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 – @coffeeworksleep

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Clarina1985 // Emilyalicebutler // Myspecialkeirarose

Mummyofboygirltwins // Dear_Beautiful_ // Littlelikelylads

Blowyinthewind // Lifeasourlittlefamily // Love_julie__

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The Powerpuff Girls, Lego and a Music Festival #LittleLoves

It’s been a difficult week with so much sad news, the Pulse shootings and then yesterday the murder of the MP Jo Cox. I worried that a post like this seems rather trivial with everything going on but with some reflection I remembered the quote I used last week about finding joy in these ordinary little things. So on that note here’s the little things that I loved this week.

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I finished Carol! Hurrah! Apart from that I’ve read very little – unless emails count!

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I missed Peaky Blinders last Thursday so caught up at the weekend, I can’t believe it was the last one of the season! But, oh man, what an episode, so good. I hope they make more.

We’re part of the Netflix Stream Team (I’ll be blogging about it more over the weekend), you all know how much we love Netflix as a family so it’s great to have even more of a reason to indulge! My husband has been introducing N to the Marvel films and over the weekend we watched The Avengers. She is such a little geek like us and she absolutely loved it. It’s so nice now that she’s getting older we can watch films like this. Just need E to be a little older and we can enjoy it as a whole family.

I used to love the Powerpuff Girls when I was younger and got way over excited when I spotted that they’ve made a new series of it (it’s on Cartoon Network FYI). On Saturday evening the mister was out at an awards dinner so the girls and I got in our ‘jamas and snuggled on the sofa watching it. We loved it, and I really enjoyed having some time with them.

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The girls have been Lego crazy this week, so much so that our meals have had to be eaten around their constructions on the dining room table! They were excited to see that in our Netflix Stream Team welcome box they’d been given a Lego kit! So course that was added to their house and car and garden!

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I was going to the make the Hemsley and Hemsley brownies this week but the week is almost over and no brownies! I’ll make some over the weekend, promise.

 

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Move along.. Nothing to see here..

 

heard

N has been practicing for months at school for our city’s Music Festival and on Wednesday evening she finally got to perform along with children from other schools. I must admit, I was prepared to cringe my way through it (I’m know, I’m a horrible person) but they did such a great job and clearly were having the best time. It was a special night as it celebrated the 70th music festival so they covered songs from the mid 1940s until the present day. It was a late night though so my two were very tired going into school the next day!

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As for music that my child isn’t singing, I’m still loving James Blake and finding his new album perfect to work to.

 

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Here are this week’s #LittleLoves instagram community choices. 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 – @coffeeworksleep

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Noahandthegirls // Jmcglynn // Dayjam

Notafrumpymum // Letstalkmommy // Verymuchsoblog

Rachelandhercoffee // Kiranchug // Thetwinklesmama

In light of the sad news we’ve had this week I’m going to end with these words from Jo Cox’s maiden speech to the House of Commons.

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Tattoos, green juices and the last few lazy days #LittleLoves

It’s been the last few days of half term for us this week, with the girls going back to school finally yesterday. It’s been such a lovely holiday but I think we’re all ready for a break from each other!

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I’m still reading Carol and still in two minds about it really. I find the characters intriguing but rather annoying, I’m definitely going to finish it but think it’s a book more suited to cosy winter nights than summer days. Do you feel that way about books? Different genres and stories seem to suit different seasons.

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We’ve had a quiet week this week. I think the girls were tired out from all the things we’ve been doing. We did head out to the Play Factore by the Trafford Centre with friends on Wednesday and the girls had the best time. I love watching them run around with their friends.

As for TV we haven’t watched much, aside from Monday’s Game of Thrones. The girls have been Netflix obsessed, however!

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MAde

I attempted to make another recipe from my I Quit Sugar book, and FAILED miserably, again. A quick google revealed that I’m not the only one to struggle it seems the recipe is rather poor and hasn’t worked for many people at all! I mist say I’ll be glad to finished the 8 weeks next week and review what I’m doing from then on. Of course I’ll be blogging about it so keep an eye out if you’re interested.

A more successful make is a little video I did for Little and Fierce. I wanted to show how easy and fun to use our tattoos are.

Shop all our tattoos here – Little and Fierce tattoos (prices start at just ¬£2 AND we ship for free within the UK) We’ve also got a little giveaway running so head on over to the Little and Fierce blog¬†to check it out.

I’m also back on the green juice and feel loads better for it already. I’m reintroduced a bit of fruit back into my diet and love adding a little bit of mango for the sweetness. My go to smoothie (made in my Nutribullet) is a few cubes of frozen mango, a handful of frozen spinach, a handful of frozen kale, half an avocado (yep, frozen), a teaspoon of chia seeds, a teaspoon of spirulina powder and then topped up with coconut water. Yum!

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(The sunglasses are from H&M, you can find them here)

 

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N and I popped on our workout gear and went to David Lloyd in Nottingham along with Jenny (Let’s Talk Mommy) and lots of other fab bloggers and their kids. We’re working with David Lloyd over the next six months and this was the first chance to see the facilities on offer. We had the best day! N made a new ‘best friend’ in A, Amanda’s (The Ana Mum Diary) daughter and loved kids club and all the activities. I was put through my paces in the gym and a yoga class before jumping in the pool with N at the end of the day. We’re looking forward to going to our local one on Saturday and seeing what it has to offer.

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Yesterday my girls went back to school and like I said earlier¬†I think we were all ready for it. Both girls were winding each other up and I was aware of my overflowing inbox and ever growing to-do list (eek!). This also meant that I was able to take a break from the girls’ choice in music, wahoo! No more Little Mix, and other pop stuff. I LOVED working in Costa with my headphones in listening to my usual soundtrack of Nothing but Thieves.

 

and lastly

I used to share a quote or funny picture in this bit and I have to say I miss doing it, so here’s one for this week.

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Here are this week’s #LittleLoves instagram community choices. 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 – @coffeeworksleep

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Clarina1985 // Kiranchug // Caughtflowerhanded

Topknotanddaisies // Littleladiesbigworld // Brickdustandglitter

Theordinarylovely // Insideoabout // Labird

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morganaTattoos, green juices and the last few lazy days #LittleLoves
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A beachhut, the sunshine and lots of books #LittleLoves

We’ve had a glorious first week of half term, so much sunshine, sand and sea. I must apologise to all the bloggers that linked up last Friday, with us being away I haven’t had the chance to go round and read all your posts, I feel awful! I will make up for it this week – promise.

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I finished Elizabeth is Missing, you can read what I thought of it here. I’ve just started Carol, and I’m so intrigued by it. There is a film based on this book that was in the cinema recently, unfortunately I missed it but at least it gives me the chance to read the book first.

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I’ve seen a couple of films this week, the first being Ex Machina. I’ve wanted to see this for a while but kept forgetting about it. I was a big Alex Garland fan in my late teens and knew this film had his usual claustrophobic psychological – science fiction feel to it. I found it so intriguing and clever considering it was based in one location with three main characters.

On a very different note I took the girls to watch The Jungle Book yesterday. I’m so glad we caught it before it left the cinema as it was breathtaking seeing it on the big screen. There were many jumpy moments, poor E nearly jumped out of her skin at one point! We had a big discussion on ‘real life’ and animation as the girls couldn’t figure out what was ‘real’ and what wasn’t. All in all it was a fantastic adaptation.

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MAde

We ‘made’ the most of the sunshine this weekend and had a beach hut in Bournemouth with family. It was wonderful weather and just so lovely to spend time with family and watch the kids have such a riot playing in the sea. I’d forgotten what beach babies my girls are! I didn’t really take many photos, especially on the sunny days (!), here are a few from our last day.

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My little E got a chance to wear her new summery outfit by Vertbaudet – isn’t it cute?

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Yellow playsuit Р£20

Jacket Р£17

Girls leather sandals Р£21

(all prices correct at time of publishing)

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And I lowered the tone with my cheeky (yet rather apt) Parent Apparel sweater.. ūüėČ

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heard

We have discovered this week that E has a new favourite band, well new to her anyway, wait for it…. QUEEN! She is obsessed and is constantly asking for us to play it in the car. SO funny. She loves singing along to Bicycle Race at the top of her voice and always giggles at the line – ‘I don’t like Star Wars’ and points to her Star Wars loving sister.

 

and lastly

First off I have this week’s Instagram #LittleLoves to share with you, aren’t they just gorgeous! I don’t normally include two from the same person but I couldn’t resist adding in the one in the middle.

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Clarina1985 // Laura_babykicks // Letstalkmommy

Dearbeautiful // Clarina1985 // Topknotanddaisies

Notafrumpymum // Mummyofboygirltwins // Kiranchug

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Don’t forget to enter my giveaway with Cooking Fever – just click the image below

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Have a lovely weekend!

 

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morganaA beachhut, the sunshine and lots of books #LittleLoves
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Hodor, beautiful blooms and a chocolate giveaway #LittleLoves

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While I was scrolling through Facebook earlier this week a post from Emma (Life at the Little Wood) popped up telling the story of their beautiful home. I adore Emma house and it was so interesting to read the story of the build, you can read the posts here The Little Tale of The Little Wood.

I’ve really been enjoying my new book Elizabeth is Missing. I’m hoping to finish it in time for my Coffee Work Read post at the end of the month.

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Earlier this week I blogged about my decision to give up sugar and talk about how I’ve been finding it. I’ve really enjoyed reading the comments and feel even more encouraged and motivated. If you missed it you can see it here – ‘Why on earth would you¬†give up sugar?!’

 

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I can’t write this section without mentioning Game of Thrones! If you don’t watch it then feel free to skip this bit I’m sure you’re fed up of seeing references to it on social media.

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MAde

The girls and I have been obsessively playing Cooking Fever on my phone and their ipad. We were asked to review the app and although games aren’t really my thing I knew the girls would love playing on it with me. Of course N has pretty much taken over and she’s loving moving through the levels.

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You get to run various restaurants and cook loads of different meals but there are time limits so you need to be good at time management! The  aim  of  the  game  is  to  buy  and  complete  each  restaurant  with  3  stars  on  every   level  to  maximise  your  experience  (XP)  level.  This  will  help  you  progress  through  the   game  and  open  more  exciting  restaurants.  Customers  will  ask  for  a  specific  dish  or   drink.  Your  goal  is  to  serve  this  to  them  as  quickly  as  possible  to  maximise  your  tips   and  customer  satisfaction.

Click here to try the game for yourself!

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We’ve got a fantastic giveaway with Cooking Fever, so be sure to enter.

 

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The girls went to a lovely party at the weekend, here’s what N wore.

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Floral Headband РH&M Р£2.99

Sandals РM&S Р£20.00

Girls denim short dungarees РVertbaudet Р£14.00

Girls lace tshirt РVerbaudet Р£7.00

Black leggings РH&M Р(2 pack) £6.99

We were sent the Verbaudet items to review, E has a full outfit as well so I’ll be properly blogging about them next week.

I went out at the weekend and had the best time. The Northern Quarter in Manchester is just the best place for a night out. My facebook was flooded with photos the next day, and of course I couldn’t remember half of them being taken, oops,and no, I won’t be sharing them on here! I wore my trusty dungarees, an off the shoulder top from H&M and a pair of leopard print heels. I tried to shop for a new outfit for the night but couldn’t find anything, I did pick up a new lipstick though and I love it.

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Kate Moss for Rimmel, Lasting Finish Matte 110

 

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I want to share with you two fantastic albums that I’ve been enjoying this week. Both artists have featured on this blog over the years and if you don’t know them I really recommend you give them a try. First up is James Blake, this man can do no wrong in my eyes, his¬†down-tempo electronica is simply mesmerising. The Colour in Anything is his third album and for me it’s up there with his previous ones. This is my favourite track, I Need a Forest Fire and features the vocals of another favourite of mine, Bon Iver.

You can here the whole album in Spotify here

The second album I want to mention is the alternative rock band Lonely the Brave and their new album Things Will Matter.

 

and lastly

First off I have this week’s Instagram #LittleLoves to share with you, aren’t they just gorgeous!

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Littlelikelylads // Dayjam // Love_Julie__

Dearbeautiful // Rachelandhercoffee // Mummyofboygirltwins

Myspecialkeirarose // Notafrumpymum // Acupfullofglitter

And now for the yummy giveaway from Cooking Fever, look what you could win,

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a Rafflecopter giveaway

Have a lovely weekend!

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morganaHodor, beautiful blooms and a chocolate giveaway #LittleLoves
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Dinosaurs, Unicorn pencils and trying to relax #LittleLoves

I feel like I haven’t stopped this week! The mister has been working long days and add to that two trips to Old Trafford(!!) so I’ve been holding the fort at home, juggling the girls, the house, the business and this blog. I’ve been trying to make myself stop working at 9pm, but it doesn’t always seem to happen!

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I finally finished Three Wishes, by Liane Moriarty, it definitely wasn’t my favourite book of hers, but I’ll do a full review of it at the end of the month on Coffee Work Read. I’ve started Elizabeth is Missing¬†and it’s got me hooked already.

The lovely Jess over on Mummy of Boy Girl Twins interviewed me about running my business and blogging, you can have a read of it here – Running my children’s accessories business by Morgana at Little and Fierce. While you’re there check out the rest of Jess’s blog it is gorgeous.

My little shop also had a feature in Little London magazine! Our unicorn rainbow pencils were chosen for their unicorn round up.

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Now I’m not sure if I should really mention this TV programme as technically I didn’t love it, but I did watch the finally of Marcella and was left woefully disappointed by it. From the looks of twitter it seems I wasn’t alone in feeling frustrated by the plot holes and unanswered questions. It’s a shame because it was such a gripping series. Did you watch it? What did you think?

Something I really did enjoy, however, was introducing N to the Alice in Wonderland film. She’s not a fan of the Disney cartoon version but the live action one is right up her street. Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter are always a winning combination. I’m looking forward to taking her to see Alice Through The Looking Glass when it hits the cinema at the end of month.

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For once I actually have things to share in this section! E’s homework this week was to make 3D dinosaurs, so of course I hopped straight onto Pinterest in search of something that we could make.

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Toilet roll dinosaur -The Craft Train

E was so happy with them and couldn’t wait to take them into school. I was amazed just how easy they were to make.

I actually made my own¬†sugar free Nut-ella! The recipe is by my guru Sarah Wilson;) Now, don’t get too excited, it tastes NOTHING like Nutella, but it’s still a nice alternative.

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I really need to up my game and remember to take outfit photos! Jenny and I got to hang out together last Friday at a works dinner (our husband’s work in the same firm) and this is the best photo we could manage!

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I WILL try better next week, promise.

 

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I used to be a HUGE Coldplay fan back in their early years but kind of lost interest after Viva la Vida. This video however is amazing and I enjoyed the song so maybe I should check out their new album.

 

 

and lastly

I’m very much ready for a chilled out evening tonight, I think pajamas as soon as I’m through the door from the school run will be where it’s at! Then on Saturday it will be all about the FA Cup final (groan) and a night out in Manchester which I’m looking forward to – though it could be crazy busy if Man Utd end up winning!

Here are this week’s Instagram #LittleLoves. Remember anyone can join in, just hashtag a little thing you love (anything really!) with #LittleLoves throughout the week and I choose a few to feature here and over on my Instagram.

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 Lifeasourlittlefamily // Clarina1985 // Crayons_miumiu

 Letstalkmommy // Mummyadventure // Noahandthegirls

Littlelikelylads // Littlejampotlife // Littlejampotlife

Have a lovely weekend!

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morganaDinosaurs, Unicorn pencils and trying to relax #LittleLoves
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