Feeling festive, baking Gingerbread and having fun at Netflixmas #LittleLoves

This week has had a much slower pace than the previous one, thankfully! I’ve got lots to share and I’m even squeezing in more about my trip to London with Jenny last Thursday and Friday.

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I’m slowly reading Me After You and definitely enjoying reading about Lou again. Thanks to the Me Before You film I picture her as Emilia Clark and even hear her voice while reading now! When I’m busy I really enjoy reading a book with a slower, more easy going pace so it’s perfect for me.

I’m still in a bit of a Gilmore Girls haze, I’ve written my thoughts on it here and I loved Chloe’s take on it here –

79 Thoughts I Had On watching Gilmore Girls A Year In The Life – Sorry About The Mess

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She’s written it in a ‘live blogging’ format so it’s her thoughts as she watches the episodes. Such a clever way of writing about it and I’m kicking myself that I didn’t think of it myself! Obviously don’t read Chloe’s post or mine if you haven’t finished them yet as there are major spoilers.

 

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We’ve cracked open the Christmas films, so to speak! We’ve watched Home Alone (my girls LOVED it and howled with laughter) and Arthur Christmas. We’re going to watch Elf at the weekend, one of my absolute favourites.

 I’ve found a binge watch replacement for Gilmore Girls in the new season of Vampire Diaries on Netflix. Elena isn’t in this one but I can’t say I’m missing her. If I’m honest I found her character rather annoying! If you liked Elena and the love story side of Vampire Diaries you might not enjoy it though.

I had the girls on my own over the weekend while the mister was off with friends in Scotland. We had a lovely time at a local craft and vintage fair, you can read all about it here. My two love the magician that is always there, he’s an elderly gentleman and his tricks are the ones I remember seeing as a child. You would think that this tech savvy generation wouldn’t get this kind of entertainment but oh boy you’d be wrong. My girls love him, they howl with laughter at his pantomime style humour and throw themselves into the show.

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I’ve found out recently that I suffer from IBS and one of my triggers is too much dairy. In reading into dairy intolerance I light bulb went on as I realised that my eldest girl is likely to be lactose intolerant too. I read the symptoms and ticked them off one by one. As a result we’ve removing dairy from our diet to see if it makes a difference. You don’t realise how much food has milk in until you look, I was so surprised! The girls and I love baking so I’m keen to find dairy free recipes that N and I can enjoy making AND eating. 

With that in mind I pulled out my mum’s gingerbread man recipe and gave it a try by subbing the butter for Pure margarine (dairy and gluten free) and to my relief it worked like a dream. In using Pure it makes the whole recipe Vegan friendly too, so that’s a win all round. You can find the recipe here.

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It’s a really rich flavour and full of spice, for me it’s like tasting Christmas!

 

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Jenny and I were in London at the end of last week and were determined to fit in a photo walk. Unfortunately thanks to our train being delayed for 3 hours while we were on it it meant we ran out of time, boo. We managed to find a couple of good walls on the walk from our hotel to the tube the next day though. I’m wearing my beloved blanket scarf from H&M, coat from New Look, mum jeans from Primark and breton top from H&M Kids.

 

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A lot of talk at the Netflix Party, technically this was last week but as I wrote my Little Loves post before we went I’m squeezing it into this weeks instead. Jenny and I are both part of the Netflix Stream Team, a group of bloggers working with Netflix – perfect for a Netflix obsessive like myself! Along with hundreds of press we attended Netflixmas in Shoreditch last Thursday night. It was such a fun event

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There weren’t many of us Stream Teamers at the event but I did get to meet Karl from The Yorkshire Dad. We bonded over being introverts and I think I talked at him rather a lot about everything he needs to watch on Netflix -Oops! He’s got a great competition going on to win a Chromecast and Netflix voucher so head on over and enter here.

I’ve also re-discovered Fleet Foxes this week, remember them? This track has got me in a particularly festive mood.

 

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Here are this week’s #LittleLoves instagram community choices,

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milkandnappies // littleladiesbigworld // mummyofboygirltwins

jesslathan // gingerlillytea // kristi._ann._

clarina1985 // littlejampotlife // innocentcharmschats

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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Swallows and Amazons, a trip to London and finishing my book #LittleLoves

 Oh man, what a week! It’s been such a juggle and I felt like I didn’t know whether I was coming or going! My head is so full of stuff I feel like the only way to do anything would be to somehow tip everything out. I apologise in advance if this is not the most articulate of posts, you’ll have to bear with me I’m afraid.

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I’ve finished The Last Pearl Fisher of Scotland and really enjoyed it. I even found myself having a little cry at the end. It is such a sweet book that really pulls you in to the story, I definitely recommend it, especially if like me you need a break from intense thrillers!

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Umm… GILMORE GIRLS!

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Don’t worry you won’t get any spoilers from me. Let’s just say that I’ve loved the chance to go back to Stars Hollow again. The lovely folks at Netflix know me well and sent this box of Gilmore Girls goodies. I’m having a Gilmore Girls viewing party on Saturday, check out my tips for hosting one.

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We snuggled on the sofa together on Saturday and watched Swallows and Amazons. I loved the original film as a child and I know that the mister read the book so we were both keen to see this version. We all loved it. It was so sweet and reminded me of the family tv that used to be on Sunday nights during the 90s.  It’s so rare to find something all of us enjoy – well, other than Strictly!

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On Wednesday night I had a Little and Fierce party at my house. We had Prosecco and cake and my lovely friends did some Christmas shopping. I meant to take loads of photos throughout the evening but of course I was too busy chatting and drinking Prosecco. And that, my friends, is why I’ll never be a ‘pro blogger’!

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Last night Jenny and I were at the Netflix Christmas Event and we heard loads about what’s coming soon to Netflix. Don’t worry I’ll be sharing some hints very soon. 

Music wise I’ve been enjoying listening to a playlist I made for our 10th wedding anniversary trip to Watergate Bay this time last year.

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Here are this week’s #LittleLoves instagram community choices, I’m loving the beautiful wintery light in these.

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mollyjforbes // midlifemummy  // smotherloven

blowyinthewind // littlebuttondiaries // careymbender

melfarnell // mummyofboygirltwins // ellajuddco

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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Cinema trips, homemade advent calendars and a cosy hoodie #LittleLoves

It’s been such a busy week for me this week, I feel like I’ve hardly had time to stop. I must apologise to the bloggers that linked up last time, I tried to get round everyone’s posts but ran out of time and I feel awful. The fact that today is Black Friday has a lot to do with it. I’ve been super busy getting my shop ready for it as well as juggling blog work. Any way, enough excuses, let’s get on with the good stuff.

 

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I’ve not done very much reading this week, I’ve only managed a few more pages of The Last Pearl Fisher In Scotland, for once I’m pleased that I’m reading a book that hasn’t sucked me in straight away, there’s no way I’d get through my to do list otherwise!

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I’ve not read a many blog posts but these two really have really stood out to me.

We’re All Winging It – MY TWO MUMS

Kirsty’s post is a great reminder that as parents we’re all just doing the best we can. Like Kirsty I had so many expectations and views on the kind of parent I was going to be and what I definitely would and wouldn’t do. It’s safe to say that most of that got thrown out the window when I actually became one! You can read Kirsty’s post here.

Weekend: In – Recharging and feeling creative again – TIGERLILLY QUINN

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I love the sound of the Weekend:IN event that Fritha went along to. It’s lovely to spend time with people and have some creative time out. I’m not a fan of blogging conferences and haven’t been to the big parent ones since moving over to this blog. I’m embarrassed to admit that I find them overwhelming and for an introvert like me it can be a bit much. Like Fritha, the Weekend:IN is much more on my wavelength. You can read Fritha’s post here

 

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It took a very excited N to see Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them at the weekend, who am I kidding, I was just as excited! It did not disappoint, we were whisked back into Harry Potter’s world only this time it’s the 1920s and in America. If you’re a Potter fan it’s a must see, but I’d say as it’s a 12A it’s comparative to the later Harry Potter films in scariness, so be aware of that when thinking of taking children. N is nine and hid behind her hand a few times!

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The mister and I had our date night at the weekend so we went to the cinema and saw Arrival. I had no idea what it was about other than it stars Amy Adams and has aliens in (which made me rather skeptical). It was incredible. The premise is that it’s taking place after alien crafts land around the world, an expert linguist is recruited by the military to determine whether they come in peace or are a threat. I was going to share the trailer but I think it actually gives too much away and if you’re going to see it just go in without watching it. It is mind blowing, trust me.

 

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This week I’ve been busy trying to get the girls’ Advent Calendar made and ready for next week. I’ve made their Advent Calendar for the last four years and this time wanted to do something a little different. Look out for my post on it over the weekend.

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This is such a rare occasion, I have not just one, but two things to share in this section!! Unheard of, I know.

I made a big batch of soup on Monday to last me the week and oh boy am I glad I did, it has been heaven not to faff with lunch each day. It’s a yummy one too, I must post the recipe.

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The lovely people at Saltrock Clothing gave us a chance to choose an item from their website and we chose this super cosy hoodie. I swear, N hasn’t taken it off since it arrived!

 

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Music wise I’ve been loving Honeyblood, thanks to the recommendation of Kerry (Noah and The Girls) in her last Little Loves vlog.

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It’s Black Friday, or Fierce Friday as I’ve re-named it! Head on over to Little and Fierce and shop with 20% off our range with the code FIERCEFRIDAY. We also have an OUTLET where everything is less than £5!!

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Here are this week’s #LittleLoves instagram community choices, you can see the festiveness creeping in..!

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lifeasourlittlefamily // insideoabout  // littlejampotlife

welliesontheschoolrun // mamasvib //  theordinarylovely

letstalkmommy // looksandfinds // littlemilkdays

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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Being Human on Netflix, Banana and Nutella Loaf and a shopiversary #LittleLoves

The poorliness in our house is still lingering with N and I being the ones struggling on. E is bouncing off the walls and the mister is back to normal and off on a business trip. I refuse to give in to it and have ploughed on regardless! It was my store’s 2nd anniversary (shopiversary?) this week and I’m giving away a bundle of unicorn goodies to celebrate, you can enter here. I’ve also launched the Christmas shop section for stocking fillers, so make sure you take a look – don’t forget all you lovely blog readers get a discount with the code – littlefierce10. Without any more waffling, or should that be much more waffling, here are my Little Loves from this week.

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I’ve just ordered a new book, The Last Pearl Fisher of Scotland, I know, like I haven’t got enough books. It is getting a bit ridiculous now the amount of books we have. We desperately need more shelving and storage as at the moment our house has piles of books everywhere. Don’t tell me to give any away though, I just can’t part with them!

Blog wise here are a couple I’ve particularly loved reading this week,

Can we talk about cute and colourful Christmas decorations?

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I love this colourful festive post from Rachel over at The Ordinary Lovely. Our Christmas style is very similar to this, all the colour and a whole lot of white. I think it’s important to make Christmas fun when you have kids and this post gives ideas for bringing fun and colour as well as making it all look stylish.

A gift guide for a modern mother that likes gin

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Now you know me, and you know how much I love gin so it’s pretty self explanatory why I would love and include Bonita’s gin themed Christmas gift guide! Take a look for yourself here.

 

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Being Human is on Netflix! Did anyone else watch it when it used to be on BBC2? I remember watching an episode and then while up in the night feeding E I would be reading the review of it on The Guardian and read through all the comments analysing it. I know, how obsessive, right? In my defense I hadn’t discovered twitter at that point! Anyway I’ve really been enjoying re-watching them all from the beginning, and I don’t think I’d even watched the first season before so it was good to see the set up of it. For some of you that are wondering what on earth I’m on about the basic premise is a house share with a ghost, a vampire and a werewolf. Stay with me. It’s an indie British show and is full of humour while still being dark.The kind of TV that I think we do really well, oh and did I mention it stars a very hot, Irish Aiden Turner (Poldark) as the vampire?

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I got around to doing some baking earlier this week and made some Banana and Nutella Loaf with some rather sad looking bananas.

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Have you seen I’ve finally blogged about our bathroom renovation. It’s been sat as a half written draft for months and months and I’m so pleased I’ve finished it and put it up. We still have a few bits to get but I’ll do another post on it when they arrive.

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You get a chance to see the hideous tiles we used to have! So pleased I don’t have to look at them anymore. 

 

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One week I’ll be more prepared for this section. I need an Instagram Husband as mine is the worst at taking photos. Honestly, whenever I ask him and then look at what he’s taken I always wish I had’t bothered! I need to train up my children pronto.

I recently ordered this Mother Love pin from Mere Soeur and love it, obvs. Everything in Carrie-Anne’s range is just perfect.

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On Remembrance Day I listened to this beautiful Radiohead track that’s dedicated to the late Harry Patch who was the last surviving hero from WW1 

As for the rest of the week I’ve been listening to Death Cab for Cutie. I love these guys and they were always on my ipod back in the day. I love this track and get so nostalgic when I hear it.

I love how music can transport you back in time, don’t you?

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N and I are off to see Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them on Saturday and I honestly cannot wait. I don’t know which of us fan girls are more excited!

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

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littleladiesbigworld // thimbleandtwig // milkandnappies

insideoabout // brickdustandglitter // littlepaperswan

mummyofboygirltwins // midlifemummy // theordinarylovely

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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The magic of Disneyland and then back to reality, a bumper edition of #Littleloves

What a week, eh? History was truly made, and I for one wanted to run back to the magic and fantasy of Disneyland, far away from ‘real life’. My head is in a massive jumble of uncertainty about so much at the moment so the chance to sit down and reflect on the good from the last two weeks is welcome relief that’s for sure.

A big thanks to Kerri-Ann for hosting last week’s Little Loves while we were away. I was a relief to know that I didn’t have to think about it and know that it was in safe hands.

 

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Um.. not a lot, well to clarify I’ve read a whole lot of new articles and social media statuses this week! I feel like my phone has been super glued to my hand! In attempt to remedy this I finally ordered Katie’s book –

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Hurrah for Gin, by Katie Kirby

Katie and I have been blogging for a similar length of time and back when I was butwhymummywhy we co-hosted the Bad Mums Club linky with Alison (Not Another Mummy Blog). She is so witty and injects humour into all those stressful parenting situations we’ve all faced. I think all my friends that have kids like Katie’s page on Facebook and her drawings and observations are shared by so many and I could not be happier for her.

You can catch up with the books I’ve enjoyed recently in my most recent CoffeeWorkRead round up.

 

 

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 Is anyone else watching The Crown on Netflix? I absolutely adore it and I’m trying so hard to savour each episode and not just storm through it in a binge watch. Despite being rather liberal I will admit to having a soft spot for the Royal family so this paired with superb acting and writing is a joy to watch. It feel so real, and I’d imagine a whole lot of research has got into it to make it feel that way. I’d love to know what the Queen thinks of it.

 

 

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I baked N a lemon cake for her 9th birthday, we celebrated a day early as we’d be travelling most of the time on her actual birthday. I made a loaf cake as I find they are much easier when you’re in a rush – which I was! Here’s the recipe.

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Of course we made many magical memories last week at Disney, you can read my first post about our holiday here – Disneyland Paris at October Half Term. Here are just a few of my favourite photos,

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This one below makes me giggle.the Small World ride had just opened and we were the first ones on (there is no way N would have queued for it), these were their expressions the whole way round!

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We’ve been wrapping up warm since getting home and dug out all the hats, scarves and gloves.

While we were at Disney Noo very excitedly wore her new clothes, gorgeous chelsea boots from Johnnie B (Boden), Boden jeans and top and jacket from New Look. I must admit, I’d totally wear that whole outfit myself!

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A whole lot of Disney songs! Don’t worry I won’t be sharing any here. Instead I’ll share a piece of classical music from episode four of The Crown that I found particularly moving.

 

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I feel that this week’s Little Loves from me is rather lack lustre and I do apologise for that. My health isn’t great at the moment and I’m getting tired easily, and as a result find it hard to focus. With the US election results on top of that I’m a bit knocked for six! Normal service will resume next week I’m sure.

 

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Here are this week’s #LittleLoves instagram community choices. I don’t know about you but just looking at these makes me feel calm and peaceful. Such beautiful captures.

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 // insideoabout // jesslathan

mypetalandpeach // Thetwinklesmama // sarahfhardie

2littlegentlemennus // rachelandhercoffee // mum_in_brum

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A gold medal, Trolls and my first #LittleLoves vlog!

First off, I vlogged! Yep, you can see my ugly mug and listen to my umming and aahing as I tell you all about my Little Loves of the week. I am not a pro youtuber or even very experienced in front of the camera but we’ve all got to start somewhere and vlogging is something I’d love to get into more.

Here are my Little Loves in written form 😉

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I received a subscription to Elle magazine at Christmas and what a good present it was. I rarely read physical magazines these days but it’s such a treat to pore over the glossy pages of this one, it feels like a real treat. I’ve tried not to read it too much though as it’s coming with me on the plane to France on Monday!

Now for something completely different, The Great Spiritual Migration by Brain D Maclaren. At the start of the year I made a promise to myself to read more non-fiction books and do you know what I’ve actually surprised myself with how well I’ve stuck to it. I pre-ordered this particular book a while back after it was mentioned by one of the bloggers I follow on Facebook. Within Christian circles the author is rather controversial because of his perceived ‘liberal’ stance on a lot of issues. So far I am loving it, it’s so refreshing and like Present over Perfect I’m finding myself nodding along to a lot and it’s really making me think.

As for blogs I’m sharing two of my favourites from Instagram and from the blogging world and both completely different from the other.

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I’ve admired Keri-Anne’s beautiful photography for a few years now, her pictures have a dream like quality to them and they really are enchanting. If you don’t follow her on Instagram (@gingerlillytea) then you are seriously missing out. I actually fangirled a little when she started joining in with my #LittleLoves Instagram community! I particularly enjoyed this blog post of hers, Pumpkin Carving

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Image credit – Gingerlillytea

 

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I could lose hours on Erica’s blog, she has impeccable taste and I want to be her when I’m a proper grown up. Seriously, I feel like a little girl when I look through her blog, both her home and wardrobe are very aspirational, and I get the impression that she’s rather lovely in ‘real life’ too.

Just take a look at this beautiful room that she’s created. I love the use of colour and you can see what I mean about her impeccable taste. Take a look at the full living room reveal post here.

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I have so much to fit into this section first off I just have to mention the Walking Dead. The mister was away on business on Monday so I had to wait until Tuesday to watch it. Let me tell you something, I’m so pleased I didn’t watch it on my own! It was horrific. Don’t worry I won’t give anything away, just in case any of you haven’t seen it yet and want to. I spent most of the hour watching from behind a cushion. Yep. It was that bad.

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While I’m on the subject of disturbing TV, have you seen the new season of Black Mirror on Netflix yet? For all you fellow bloggers and social media moguls I suggest you watch the first episode. I turned to my husband I went it’s like DA! Let me know if you’ve seen it. The second episode on the other hand I found so disturbing and couldn’t shake it. I know, I take all this stuff way to seriously, and yes, I know it’s not real. BUT what is scary about Black Mirror is that it is rooted in enough truth to make it believable. 

On a much brighter note my eldest girl had a very first swimming gala on Friday night and we all went along to watch and support her. She was so very nervous but she wowed us all by winning her first race! She beamed with pride when she got her gold medal, made even sweeter by the fact that is was presented by Paralympian Stephanie Slater who’s actually a member of the same swimming club.

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After a whole lot of nagging and pestering we went to the cinema on Saturday to watch Trolls. My littlest is Troll obsessed and has watched anything Troll related she can find on kids youtube and often throws quotes into conversations! I think I loved it just as much as my two girls and it has such a wonderful, positive message too. I really recommend it.

 

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I’ve been tasked with baking a lemon drizzle cake for N’s birthday, and I’m dreading it! I’ve made a lemon drizzle loaf but apparently that won’t do and it has to be a proper birthday cake shape. Wish me luck!

Each Halloween we take part in World Vision UK’s Carve a Heart campaign and carve a heart into our pumpkins instead of scary faces. 

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We had loads of fun doing ours and would love it if anyone else joined in. Share your pumpkin on social media with the tag #carveaheart and donate £3 to World Vision UK by texting HEART to 70060.

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| Boots – New Look | Cardigan – Primark | Scarf – H&M (current season equivalent) |

 

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As I mentioned earlier, we saw Trolls at the weekend, so carrying on in that vein we’ve listened to the soundtrack a lot. Particularly Can’t Stop The Feeling and Move Your Feet / D.A.N.C.E.

Personally I’ve been listening to Bon Iver’s new album, though I’ll admit to still being gutted that I missed out on tickets to see him in Blackpool.

 

and lastly

Next week we’ll be in Disneyland Paris so the lovely Kerri Ann from Life As Our Little Family has stepped in to be the Little Loves host for that week. So if you’re a blogger looking to join in then head over to her blog next Friday to link up your post.

#LITTLELOVES

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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Littlebuttondiaries //Gingerlillytea //Littlelikelylads

Noahandthegirls // Thetwinklesmama// Mummyadventure

Charlotterawles // Theordinarylovely //  Lifeasourlittlefamily

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Rainy days, RY X and the Designated Survivor #LittleLoves

I feel like I have lived this week with the fast forward button firmly pushed down. I can’t believe it’s time to write up my Little Loves already. I was hit by the flu bug last Friday and since then I’ve been playing catch up from that and from looking after E. Honestly I’d be lost if it wasn’t for my trusty bullet journal helping me keep track of everything.

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I’ve read Love Warrior by Glennon Doyle Melton. Glennon founded Momastery a blog and online community, and it’s safe to say I’m pretty obsessed with her and follow her on all social media platforms! She is a speaker of truth and someone I find so inspiring. Love Warrior is her latest book, it’s a memoir that shares her story in such a painfully authentic way holding nothing back but breathing so much hope into each line. I’ll share more about it next week in my monthly book round up, Coffee Work Read.

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Now onto some blogs I’ve been enjoying this week,

Dear Beautiful

Lucy and I have been friends for years after starting blogging at similar times. Her eldest boy is the same age as my youngest girl and we both started blogging when they were babies. Lucy has gone on to have two more little ones and is a big deal on the UK parent blogger scene 😉 She takes beautiful photos and accompanies them with equally beautiful words in her blog posts. It was her littlest girl’s first birthday recently – Happy First Birthday Ashlynn Quinn

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Fritha is another blogger I’ve known for a long time. Her blog is full of colourful inspiration and I always finish reading it with a smile on my face. She blogs about her gorgeous little family, as well as her beautifully colourful style, both clothes and home wares/interiors. I really enjoyed this post about taking part in one of Xanthe Berkley’s photo walks for Boden’s 25th birthday.

 

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The mister and I have been on the look out for a new series to watch together and we came across Designated Survivor on Netflix. It stars Kiefer Sutherland as a newly sworn in President after a terrorist attack wipes out the whole of congress. Now I must admit that bar 24 I’m not the biggest fan of Kiefer’s acting but he holds his own in this one and so far so good. 

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I’ve not really made anything of note, but the lovely Harriet from Life with Mrs Lee has made these Spooky Ghost Brownie Bites and shared the recipe over on the Little and Fierce blog.

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 I’m going to make them with the girls at the weekend, they are just so cute!

 

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The rainy part of Autumn has well and truly hit us here, so it’s been the week of donning my very bright rain mac. There’s no missing me on the school playground when I’m wearing this baby! In all seriousness I think I could do with investing in a darker coloured one for those days where I want to be a little more incognito.

You can see me channeling my inner Cornish fisherman in the feature photo above. My coat is from Topshop and jumper from Primark.

I’ve gone for lighter nails this week and dug out one of my favourites, Barry M – Rosehip.

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I’ve got a new obsession, RY X, his music is my perfect work soundtrack. If you like artists such as James Blake, Bon Iver or James Vincent McMorrow then you are in for a treat.

 

and lastly

After having a little chat with Kerry from Noah and the Girls I’ve decided to try vlogging my Little Loves. I’m not sure if I’ll do it every week, I might just do a monthly one. We shall see! If you decide to vlog your Little Loves and have it on YouTube rather than blogging them you can still link up via the linky below. Just pop your Youtube video link where you’d usually put the blog post address, or you can embed your video into your blog post and link up as you would normally.

Unfortunately I’ve not found the time to do my vlog yet, I’m trying to fit it in soon so it might be up here in the next couple of days. If not then I promise there will be on next Friday.

#LITTLELOVES

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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Mummy_fox // Littlejampotlife // Wonderfulchaos_

Blowyinthewind // Lifeasourlittlefamily // Littleladiesbigworld

Theordinarylovely // Letstalkmommy // Lifeasasinglemum

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Climbing trees, homemade soup and the tooth fairy #LittleLoves

After a lovely family weekend we started off the week with a poorly littlest girl but thankfully as the week has gone on she’s come through it. We’ve had a fairly quiet few days, but it’s been needed after what feels like a really busy few weeks.

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I pre-ordered this book as soon as Sarah Bessey recommended it, Present over Perfect by Shauna Niequist. I’ve been feeling rather ‘un-centred’ (if that’s even a word or phrase!), like I was just going through the motions and not really having much direction and this book could not have been more timely for me. I actually read it in two days, it is full of pencil underlining and notes in the margin. Now that I’ve devoured it I could do with setting a little time aside to process it and make sure I put it into practice. I’ll be blogging about it in this months Coffee Work Read, but I have a feeling it will get a whole blog post of it’s own too.

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I’ve finished The Couple Next Door, see how much reading I get done when I go to bed a little earlier! It was a real page turner and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Love a book that keeps you guessing until the end. If you liked Girl on a Train and books in that genre then I recommend you pick this one up.

Here’s a couple of blog posts I’ve particularly enjoyed this week..

Write Like No One Is Watching

I’ve read Charlotte’s blog for a few years now and love how she writes, it’s so beautiful and from the heart. I enjoyed her post Life, A Little Lately, it was a lovely little catch up with how she’s doing and how her gorgeous family has been.

Being Little and Fierce

Now this is a bit of a cheeky one, I want to share the super little craft that Kerri-Ann did for my other blog over on my shop’s site. I mean, how cute is this little guy?

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Check it out here – Caterpillar Conkers Craft for Autumn 

 

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Last Friday it was the girls’ school Harvest festival at the church next door. Every year it’s led by Year 4 so this year was my eldest girl’s turn. She was upset that she didn’t have a speaking part but she still enjoyed the singing and got to be part of a dance. It was a lovely service and great to see so many parents there supporting it.

We went out for a walk in the hills and forest on Sunday and had such a lovely time, look out for a blog post on it on Sunday. E had a ball climbing trees, while I smiled and encouraged her all the while trying not to hyperventilate!!

We watched the newest Captain America film on Saturday night, or should I say my husband did, I promptly fell asleep about 10 minutes in! I’d been moaning all week about how every time we have time together in the evening the mister just falls asleep on the sofa and then I go and do it. Oops. 

 

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It’s soup season! I’m all for batch cooking soup so I have some for my lunches during the week and some to freeze ready for the weekend. I made some lentil soup on Wednesday using our new Pressure King Pro, you can check out the super simple recipe and our review of the cooker here.

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My littlest girl has lost three teeth in the space of just two weeks. She sounds so cute trying to talk at the moment, having few front teeth combined with a cold and cough means it’s rather tricky to understand what she’s saying! So the tooth fairy has made a few visits to our house. On one occasion E had to write her a little note as she’s misplaced her tooth right before bedtime!

Thankfully the tooth fairy still came 😉

 

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A treated myself to new coat after discovering that one of my favourite last year had been ruined. It was completely my fault. I’d left it on my parcel shelf for a few weeks before putting it away and when I got it out I noticed that it’s faded in places because of the sun! Oops. 

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I love this shape and so pleased that it’s back again this AW too, instead of going for a camel colour I opted for grey this time. It’s New Look (AGAIN!) and from their Petite section. Their Petite section is so good, I think I need to dedicate a blog post to it! After years of struggle to get clothes that fit properly it’s so wonderful that shops are finally catering for short people with full ranges that don’t feel like an afterthought or just tokenistic.

 

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This week I’ve been enjoying various Spotify playlists, this one in particular, Counter. It’s ‘Alternative music that you might not know yet, but we think you’ll love. Step up to the Counter.’

I enjoy discovering new music, so this kind of playlist is perfect for me.

 

and lastly

Here are this week’s #LittleLoves instagram community choices, featuring Gemma’s (Gem’s Little Treasures) brand new little baby! Congratulations to fellow Little Lover Gemma and her family.

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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Mrs.kpm // Noahandthegirls /Innocentcharmschats

Hibaby.blog // Gemslittletreasures // Cherry.rebecca

Acupfullofglitter // Lifewithmrslee // Brickdustandglitter

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Starting a bullet journal, Westworld and afternoon tea #LittleLoves

This has been an up and down week really. We had some very sad news about one of the teachers at the girls school that made us all very sad and definitely put a lot of things in perspective for me. It’s on weeks like these that looking for the good is just so important.

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Thanks to a school mum friend I’ve just started a new book, The Couple Next Door, and so far so good! I’m trying to wean myself off watching Netflix in bed and reading instead and this is definitely helping. 

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It’s official I’ve started a Bullet Journal. I’ve toyed with the idea for a month or two and this week I just dived in and faced the fear of messing up. So a lot of this week was spent watching Youtube tutorials, reading blog posts and pinning on Pinterest. I’m definitely going to be blogging about it all so keep an eye out in the coming weeks. I found Stacie’s blog posts particularly helpful – Parker and Me: Bullet Journal posts This brings me on to some of the other blogs I’ve enjoyed this week.

Innocent Charms Chats

I’ve really enjoyed catching up with Kara’s blog this week, I’ve known Kara for ages and had the pleasure of meeting her in ‘real life’ too. She is the loveliest person and has a blog to match! You have to take a look at her latest home style project, I love it and want it for my house. Kara has done a fantastic job of upcycling this TV unit and has given me the push I need to get on with doing ours.

Kara also gave my shop a mention in her post highlighting the perfect presents for school friends. There are loads of great ideas, so be sure to head over and have a look if you’ve got school age children.

The Twinkle Diaries

I’ve followed Caro on Instagram for ages but some reason hadn’t made to jump over to her blog. I honestly can’t believe it’s taken me this long, I absolutely love it! I linked up with the Home Etc linky that she runs with fellow twin mummy Jess (Mummy Of Boy Girl Twins) and then promptly got sucked into her blog and read loads! I feel I need to highlight these cookies in particular.

 

 

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We watched the brand new Sky programme Westworld on Tuesday and oh man, it has the potential to be epic. We don’t watch much TV together because of the mister’s work schedule and the fact that our eldest has swim training three evenings a week, so we are selective with what we give our time to. This looks so good though, and is already messing with my tiny mind!

Did you see it? What did you think?

 

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Due to having some over ripe bananas in the fruit bowl I just had to make some Banana and Nutella Loaf I remembered to photograph it this time before it was devoured my everyone in the house within days!

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It’s a swirl cake and is so easy to make. It has to be, I’m pretty basic when it comes to baking and cant be bothered with anything complex! I shared the recipe on this blog ages ago but it was very much in need of some love, the photos were awful so I gave it a little update with the new photos, you can see it here.

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This sweater got so much love on Instagram the other day, in fact I think it might be one of my most popular photos ever!

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You know me and my love of all things cosy, as well as me increasing obsession with pale pink! You can shop the sweater here. I’m going to declare my love for New Look too, I never used to be a fan but it has upped its game massively and I could honestly spend a fortune in there. My shorties like me it’s Petite section is perfect and extensive too.

 

I’m loving dark lipsticks now we’ve moved away from summer, and this one is a particular favourite.

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I wore it out for Afternoon Tea with one of my favourite people, Jenny (Let’s Talk Mommy), it was a lovely belated birthday treat at one of my favourite cafes.

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heard

I’ve had a fairly eclectic week music wise. From Foals, to Wolf Alice, to London Grammar. My favourite has been this band though, Glass Animals.

 

and lastly

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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Thetwinklesmama // Mylittlewildlings /Capturebylucy

Mummyofboygirltwins // Gingerlillytea // Theordinarylovely

Countrymummy1 // Littlelikelylads // Thimbleandtwig

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A Triathlon, Vampire Diaries and a bit of blog love #LittleLoves

 OK, so I’ve blinked and this week has ended, what is up with that? We had a lovely but busy weekend in Kent and then the week days have flown by. Monday saw me spending in the day in bed feeling rather run down. A bath, a nap and Vampire Diaries were just what I needed. Here are the good things that have made my week..

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I’ve still not picked up a book, well apart from this one, How to Style Your Brand. I’m finding it so helpful, just need to make the time to implement what I’m learning!

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I took a trip to my favourite cafe last Friday afternoon. It’s one of the oldest in our city and is beautiful. There’s no wifi and my phone reception is awful in there so it’s the perfect place to get things done without distractions.

As for blogs I’ve read lots and it’s been tough to narrow it down to these few.

Not Another Mummy Blog

I’m been a fan of Alison’s writing for a long while now and over the years I’ve met her a few times and would consider her to be a friend. This week she’s written about mum labels, you know ‘smug mum’, ‘slummy mummy’ etc. All these get a massive eye roll from me and Alison shares why they just aren’t real or helpful and I couldn’t agree with her more.

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Smug! Tiger! Slummy! FML! Aren’t We A Bit OVER Mum Labels?!

Now you know how much I love Instagram so these next two posts won’t be a surprise, they highlight two great hashtag communities.

Life as Our Little Family

Kerri Ann is one of my original Little Loves linker uppers and I’ve loved her blog ever since I first read it. This week she’s launched a new project, a brand new Instagram community all about sharing and celebrating family adventures, #MyFamilyAdventures

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Something New..

 

Life at the Little Wood

Where do I start with Emma’s beautiful blog? If you haven’t seen her blog then I implore you to pop on over. Her beautiful home and family and not to mention the fact that she is THE NICEST person I guarantee you’ll be going back for more. In this post Emma shares photos of a photo walk she went on with her daughter, she also highlights the IG community #MotherhoodAlive

 Who Run The World {#MotherhoodAlive and the IG Community}

 

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On Sunday we were in Kent for the mister’s Triathlon, it was half Ironman distance this time so 1.9km lake swim, a 90km bike and a 21km off-road run. I’m exhausted just typing that out! It was at Castle Hever so the girls and I had a great day exploring the castle and the grounds, of course we watched him start and finish! I’ll be sharing more about it over the weekend. Here are a few pics for now..

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Oh and he completed it, and even has a medal to prove it!

When it comes to TV, I’m still bingeing my way through Vampire Diaries and loving it. That’s about all I’ve watched TV wise to be honest.

 

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I made a chocolate cake, but have no photographic evidence of doing so, it didn’t stay around long enough!! I also made a point about dealing with Mean Girls in a blog post earlier this week, it seems to have resonated with a lot of people, head on over and have a read if you haven’t already. I’d love to know what you think.

 

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Cosy knits!

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and Breton tops. Unintentional matching going on here – honest!

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heard

I’m still loving the Women of Indie playlist on Spotify and this has lead to me listening to MØ

And here’s the Women of Indie playlist in case you missed it last week..

 

and lastly

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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Hayleyfromhome // Sky.larking /Capturebylucy

Mum_in_brum // Littlejampotlife // Insideoabout

Jmcglynn // Innocentcharmschats // Mummy_fox

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