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

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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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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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Maxine Peake in Streetcar, birthday treats and Instagram Stories #LittleLoves

I’ve felt so motivated work wise this week and managed to smash through a lot of my to-do list, which is pretty unheard of for me! I think it helped having such a lovely birthday weekend so set me up in good spirits for the week. I must admit I wasn’t relishing the idea of turning 32 and would have been happy to brush it under the carpet, but children don’t really allow that to happen do they? Birthdays are a big deal in our house and my girls were desperate for me to have a lovely day celebrating. So, as you can imagine this week’s Little Loves post pretty much wrote itself!

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I’ve finished Lean In, and just started my How to Style Your Brand book the one I put in my 30 something birthday wishlist (a big thanks to my sis-in-law Jo for getting it for me)

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Blog wise this week, I’ve loved catching up with Carissa’s wedding and honeymoon over on Little Likely Lads. As you can see from the photo it’s a beautiful wedding, and the post is well worth a read.

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I’ve read Carissa’s blog for a while now and she’s even done a couple of review posts for my kids accessories business. She is super lovely and has such a gorgeous family, I hope you love her blog just as much as I do.

 

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On Saturday night I was whisked off to the theatre in Manchester to see A Streetcar Named Desire. The tickets were a birthday present from the mister and I could not have been more excited. I love Maxine Peake, who plays the fragile Blanche DuBois and not only that but unbeknown to my husband I actually studied the play in A Level English Lit and absolutely fell in love with it. So yeah, you could say it was a pretty perfect birthday present.

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It was set in the round and with no raised stage, we had seats in the upper tier so it made for a really interesting viewing dynamic.

I adored this particular production and I think that all the cast members held their own. Ben Batt was superb as Stan and I think brought out the scheming side of the character more.. than I remember Marlon Brando doing in the film. Maxine Peake was luminescent as Blanche, bringing out the juxtaposition of her fragility and desperate need to survive beautifully and so tragically. I think the tickets are like gold dust, but if you can then do try to get your hands on some, you won’t be disappointed.

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 On a less high brow note, fellow Netflix Stream Team member Jenny has got me hooked on Vampire Diaries. After the first couple I was ready to write it off as Twilight in TV form but somehow it’s drawn me in and I’m obsessed. It’s become my new binge watch when I’m cooking or doing the house work.

 

 

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I’ve done nothing crafty or made anything particularly of note in the kitchen this week so instead I’ll share with you my Instagram Stories post. I’ve been loving using Instagram Stories both on my personal/blog account and my business account for Little and Fierce. 

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On Saturday we had a wonderful family day out in Lytham for my birthday. I wore my new rose gold necklace that  the lovely folk at Happiness Boutique sent out to me.

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I couldn’t resist the arrow, it’s the logo for my store so it’s pretty perfect really! I’ve worn it practically every day since, it’s fast becoming my new favourite.

You can get 10% off at the Happiness Boutique, just use the code coffeeworksleeprepeat when you get to the checkout.

After a birthday breakfast on Saturday, we had lots of fun playing in the park and having a wander around. We nipped back to our town for a late lunch/early dinner before dropping the girls at a friends for a sleepover.

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The girls are wearing Mini Boden, yep I’m a little addicted to that shop at the moment!

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We had a lovely family meal at Caribbean inspired restaurant, Turtle Bay.

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I’m feeling in a positive place in my life at the moment, of course things aren’t perfect and we all have our struggles but I’m making more of an effort to see the good and this song just perfectly sums that up for me. There’s so much beauty and creativity.

 

You all know how much I love a god playlist to work along to and this has been this week’s – Women of Indie. It’s full of inspiring female artists, some I’d heard of before and some new discoveries.

 

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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

This week’s has a decidedly Autumnal theme..

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Pushing_the_moon // Mummyofboygirltwins // Letstalkmommy

Wonderfulchaos_ // Dear_beautiful_ // The_gardenerswife

Winettes // _Jessarose_ // Memeandharri

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Collecting conkers, baking cookies and sharing the blog love #LittleLoves

Hang on a minute, where on earth has this week gone? I swear I was only writing up my previous Little Loves post five minutes ago! This week has been a funny one, it’s zoomed by and it’s been hard to take stock of what we’ve actually done in the whirlwind of school, activities and work. That’s why I love writing up my Little Loves though as it helps me remember the little good things that can be easier forgotten in the busy-ness.

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I’m excited to share that I’m in this month’s edition of Blogosphere Magazine, alongside lots of fabulous bloggers including my friends Alice of More Than Toast and Jenny of Let’s Talk Mommy. It’s beautiful magazine that I really need to carve out time to read through properly. Maybe I’ll get a little lie in this weekend and I can enjoy it with a hot coffee. One can dream, eh?

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I’ve been trying to make more time for reading blogs, I’ve got loads of favourites and I rarely get to check in on them and have a catch up. I want to make a commitment to read more so each week I’ll be sharing a couple of blogs and specific blog posts I’ve enjoyed and who knows you might find a new favourite read.

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I think I got to know Kerry and her gorgeous blog through this linky, but I might be wrong, it has been a while. Kerry and I have very similar sense of style and taste in music so reading her blog often gives me inspiration and points me to new bands or great buys. This week I’ve loved her post on transitional style and want everything she’s show cased!

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The Ordinary Lovely

I’ve been blogging friends with Rachel every since I started blogging back when we both had ‘mummy blogs’. Seeing her make the transition from parent blogger to more of a lifestyle and interiors blogger gave me the push to start this blog. She gave me lots of helpful tips on making the change and I’ll always be grateful for that. I really loved reading her post ‘Balance‘ this week and it really made me reassess how relentlessly busy I’ve made my days while the girls are at school. I’m hoping to get better at organising my time and blocking out time for tasks so that I can have time in the day for things I enjoy. Afterall I have little to blog about if I’m at a computer screen all day!

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I’ve watched very little television recently, which is rather unlike me! I’ve had Celebs Go Dating on in the kitchen while cooking the dinner most evenings. It’s perfect mindless television that needs zero concentration. I caught the concluding episode of One of Us on BBC One and it was pretty epic. The mister and I had various theories throughout the season and would pause the programme at various points to float our thoughts, but neither of us really saw it coming. Did you watch it?

The girls had lots of fun at the park after school the other day. It was lovely enjoying the warmth of the sun yet indulge in the Autumnal pursuit of hunting for conkers.

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I’ve been trying not to buy junk food as I find that when I’m working from home I just raid the biscuit jar, or rather I set it next to me and just continuous eat while I type away. Oops. The girls moaned that they had nothing ‘nice to eat’ after school so I relented and baked some chocolate chip cookies of course in the end I probably ate more of them than they did, but we’ll just gloss over that..

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I’ve been busy blogging over on Little and Fierce this week and shared our top gifts for tween girl BFFs. If you’ve got a girl that age (8-12) it might be worth taking a look 😉

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OK, so I totally was not prepared for the heat wave we’re currently having. There was me getting all excited at the prospect of cosy knits and boots! It’s been so bizarre here though, one minute it’s cloudy and threatening rain and the next it’s blazing sun. It’s so hard to figure out what to wear!

I managed to get my hair done this week. I’ve not had the pink put back in and instead gone a little darker.

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I’ve loved listening to Bon Iver while working this week. I’ve also been listening to a Mercury Music Prize playlist, it’s a great way to get to know some new music. I particularly love this track, if you keep listening it’s a showcase of a song from each nominated artist/band.

And here’s a Spotify playlist of all the albums nominated.

 

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It’s my birthday this weekend and we’re off to the theatre tomorrow night to see Streetcar Named Desire. I absolutely cannot wait! I studied this play my A Level English Lit so it will be fantastic to see a live production of it, especially because Maxine Peake is playing Blanche.

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  // Littlebuttondiaries // Mummyofboygirltwins

Brickdustandglitter // Cakiesblog // Theordinarylovely

Gemslittletreasures // Freckleblossom // Emilyandindiana

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morganaCollecting conkers, baking cookies and sharing the blog love #LittleLoves
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Back at school, Biffy Clyro and Parks and Recreation #LittleLoves

 

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I have been dismal when it comes to reading this week. All I have done since dropping the girls off on Monday morning is work, work, work. I have so much to get on top of after the summer holidays. I grabbed Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg off my book shelf with every intention of reading it again, but so far it’s just been carried around in my bag each day!

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We had a little party the other day to celebrate the release of the newest book in the Fairytale Hairdresser series, The Fairytale Hairdresser and the Princess and the Pea, and ever since then my youngest hasn’t put the book down. If you’ve got young girls (or even nieces or goddaughters) I really recommend the series, they are really cute and lots of fun. You can read about it here and you can even be in with a chance of winning a copy.

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I love Amy Poehler and heard of Parks and Recreation, a US sitcom that she stars in, but couldn’t seem to find anywhere that had all the seasons. I was excited when I logged into Amazon and saw that all the season are available to stream for Prime members. I absolutely love it, it’s my kind of humour and perfect for watching on my iPad while cooking, or doing housework.

Of course my children were desperately excited about watching Strictly on Saturday night. E actually counted down the days and on Saturday morning she woke me up a crazy o’clock declaring it Strictly Day in a voice that is far too loud for that time of the day. She, is now deeply disappointed that she has to wait 3 weeks before it officially starts.

The girls and I watched the movie Paper Planes on Netflix the other day when their dad was away. It’s such a lovely Australian independent film about a boy who enters a paper plane contest. He’s recently lost his mum so it explores that and his relationship with his grieving father. That little summary makes it sound heavy but it really isn’t, it’s a gem of a film that deals with a difficult topic with such grace. It was my eldest girl’s idea to watch it and she set it all up and even prepared drinks and snacks for us!

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As I mentioned earlier I’ve been stupidly busy with work this week. I gave my Little and Fierce website an over haul and sorted through all my products for this new season. Take a look and let me know what you think.

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Our gift boxed porcelain Panda Necklace by A Mini Penny 

 

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Did I mention that the girls went back to school this week? Sighs of relief all round. So yeah, they’ve been wearing uniform every day, here’s hoping that means I have less washing to do.

It’s been such bizarre weather this week. On Sunday I did a mini Primark haul of clothes for Autumn, I got so excited as Autumn is by far my favourite season for clothes. All those layers and dark colours! However, most of this week it’s been muggy and stupidly hot so I’ve not had a clue what to wear. 

Here’s what I bought..

 

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I’ve been enjoying Biffy Clyro’s newest album this week, I must admit I am a fan of their earlier heavier stuff but this album has still been fun to listen to while I’ve been typing away on my computer.

I love this print in our living room with some of my favourite Biffy lyrics.

Biffy print is by Oh Corrin.

 

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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Littlebuttondiaries  // Jmcglynn // _Jessarose_

Freckleblossom // Lifeasourlittlefamily // Mummyofboygirltwins

Capturebylucy // Dearbearandbeany // Hayleyfromhome

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morganaBack at school, Biffy Clyro and Parks and Recreation #LittleLoves
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Bad Moms, time with friends, and getting ready for school #LittleLoves

What a week! I started off feeling sad that it was the end of the holidays and ended it feeling relieved! We’ve had a lovely summer but I think we’re all ready to get back into school, work and routine now. 

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I’ve hardly read anything this week, unless the Mini Boden catalogue counts? Seriously though I can’t stop browsing it and then adding more to my basket on the website! Take a look at my girls Mini Boden wishlist here.

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I can say that I finally finished our Endless Numbered Days on Monday and will be sharing about it in my Coffee Work Read post that will be up at the weekend. I must mention this blog post by Tiffany Bluhm – 5 Ways to Take Back Your Home, it really inspired me.

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I went to the cinema on Wednesday and saw Bad Moms!! Oh man, I loved it! It was certainly the tonic I needed for a stressy week. Seriously, text round your mum friends and go see it.

You’ve probably already seen the Bad Moms trailer, but just in case you haven’t..

We have had loads of fun with friends over the past week, it’s definitely helped my survive! Getting the chance to chat and catch up with friends while the children play together and run around like loons is the best, isn’t it?

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The girls had great fun playing with some clay we picked up from Hobbycraft. It’s air drying so it’s actually a really easy craft activity.

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I spent most of Sunday sewing in a gazillion name labels into the girls uniform, why I thought it was a good idea to buy sew in name tapes I have no idea! Oh well, they stay in and can be easily unpicked when they’re passed onto someone else.

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We spent Bank Holiday Monday in the Lake District, it was such a sunny, beautiful day.

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The outfits –

N wore a top from Verbaudet, peach trousers from H&M and a flower headband also from H&M

E wore sunglasses from my store Little and Fierce, top from Next and leggings by PopupShop from Kyna Boutique

 

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Carrying on with the Bad Moms theme, here’s the soundtrack, which of course I’m listening to as I type..

 

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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 Sky.larking  // Acupfullofglitter // Winnettes

The_gardenerswife // Littlejampotlife // Littlelikelylads

MamasVIB // Dear_beautiful_  // Russell_and_beck

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(Psst.. if you joined in last week I’m so very sorry if I didn’t pop over and comment. This week has zoomed by and I didn’t fit it in *sob*)

 

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Nights out, family time and fun in the forest #LittleLoves

 

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This weekend I finished Before We Met and now I’ve picked up Our Endless Numbered Days again. If I’m honest I enjoyed Before We Met but I guessed the twist about half way through and only kept reading to see if I was right. I’ll be writing about both these books more in the coming week for my monthly CoffeeWorkRead post.

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We had a wonderful weekend down in the New Forest (again!). It was my brother in law’s 30th birthday so we travelled down for the party and enjoyed a long weekend with family and lovely weather. On the Monday we booked onto Go Ape purely because E had been asking over and over when she could go on it and we grabbed the chance to let her do it. She went on with her dad and N and LOVED it. 

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Nothing like an awkward posed photo to start off with..!!

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All ready to go. Look at her little excited face!! Too cute.

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Of course I can’t write the watched section without mentioning the British classic that came back on our screens this week, Bake Off! We were one excited household on Wednesday night let me tell you. 

Another series I recommend is The Get Down on Netflix, set in the 70s in the Bronx New York with loads of music AND it’s created by Baz Luhrmann, what’s not to love?

 

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I’ve embraced Instagram stories this week and I must say I’m really enjoying it. I never really got Snapchat and couldn’t be bothered to learn and try and build up a following on a completely new app and form of social media, so Instagram stories is perfect for me. It’s kind of sharing the photos that I would have shared when Insta first started, it’s snaps of your life that aren’t particularly styled or aren’t worth sharing on your feed but give an insight into your life or behind the scenes if it’s a business account. I’ve not used it on my store’s account yet (@littlefiercekids) but will be when the girls go back to school. Have you tried it yet?

 

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You know the New Look top I mentioned last week? Well, I wore it out last Friday and loved it. You might have spotted it on Instagram stories.

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One day I’ll be a proper blogger and take outfit shots with my big camera and a tripod, but for now we’ve got selfies taken in a bathroom mirror. You can’t tell the difference really… *cough*

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Just don’t look too closely and see the food I spilt down myself at dinner… oh the shame.

 

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After my brother in law’s party we headed into Bournemouth and actually went out out and shamefully didn’t get in until 5am. I don’t think I even stayed out that late pre-kids! I can’t say I remember much of the music we danced to but we did enjoy singing along to this playlist on the way there.

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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  // Lifeasourlittlefamily // Theordinarylovely

Cakiesblog // Letstalkmommy // Thetwinklesmama

Hayleyfromhome // Insideoabout  // Pollyandherwildlings

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Beat Bugs, picking blackberries and homemade crumble #LittleLoves

It’s been a quieter week for us this week, we’ve not ventured far from home really but I’ve enjoyed the chilled out pace that’s for sure.

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I’ve temporarily put down Our Endless Numbered Days and started Before We Met after picking it up in our local charity bookshop the other day. N was excited to get her hands on a load of Jacqueline Wilson books while we were there too! I’m only a few chapters in but I’m hooked already, very keen to see how it all pans out.

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After a very stressful afternoon with the girls on Tuesday I was very glad to escape to the bathroom and jump in a bubbly bath with my book!

 

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Obviously we’ve been glued to the Olympics! Gymnastics, Swimming and Cycling have been huge favourites for us. I’ve loved watching N’s face during the swimming, she swims for our city’s swimming club and has high hopes of being an Olympic swimmer herself one day.

When it comes to be Netflix bingeing I’m sad to say that I’ve finished The Gilmore Girls, *sob* I’m now counting down for the new ones that are due to go up on Netflix later this year.

Talking of Netflix my two are loving Beat Bugs! Have you seen it yet? It’s really cute and involves Beatles song in each episode. They’ve got loads of famous singers and bands on board, like Pink, The Lumineers, Eddie Veder and even Sia…

 

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The girls and I went blackberry picking this week. We had a lovely walk near our house and by the local park and managed a whole tub of berries. Lots weren’t quite ripe so I imagine we’ll be back out again to get our hands on those.

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I’m going to be sharing my recipe for this Blackberry and Apple Crumble on Sunday, so keep an eye out for it (here’s the link – a simple crumble recipe)

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I hoped that in picking the blackberries and helping to make the crumble the girls might be more inclined to enjoy this pudding, alas, it was not to be and after a few mouthfuls both girls sheepishly admitted they didn’t like it. They don’t like apple pie either, honestly, if I hadn’t given birth to them I’d be wondering whether they were truly my children!!

wore

I have worn absolutely nothing of note this week but I did pick up a couple of new bits from New Look yesterday. I’ve finally got another Bardot style top and I’m loving the Autumn colours that are coming into stores. I know, I know it’s still summer but Autumn clothes are my absolute favourite.

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I tried on a dress in the same colour and style but it wasn’t lined so went static and clung to me – not a flattering look I can tell you! It’s such a shame as I really liked the shape, I can’t understand why the top would have a lining and not the dress – bizarre!

This leopard print shirt dress was an impulse buy, I spotted it on the way to the changing rooms and grabbed it as I went past. I’m so glad I did as I loved it as soon as I tried it on, it will be a great transition piece from Summer to Autumn/Winter

 

 

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heard

 It’s been a chilled week music wise for me, we’ve had a Bethel CD on in the car all week and have loved hearing the girls sing along to it as I’m driving. This is a particular favourite, I love the lyrics, a perfect reminder of what’s important in life.

 

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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Mummyofboygirltwins  // Noahandthegirls  // Love_julie__

Capturebylucy  //Nat_halfpenny  // Clarina1985

Acupfullofglitter // Pushing_the_moon  // Missbettyandme

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Exploring London, a holiday club and trip to the theatre, dah-ling #LittleLoves

 

 read

I’ve managed to snatch a few moments here and there to dip into my current read, Our Endless Numbered Days. I do feel like I’m doing this book a huge disservice by not reading it on a cold Autumn night in front of a fire. It has that kind of vibe to it!

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watched

Last Friday night the mister and I were lucky enough to get tickets to see Yerma at the Young Vic on it’s second night, well the first night if you don’t count the opening night to the press. It stars Billie Piper in the lead roll and in a cast of six it also has my brother in law’s very talented girlfriend (who also starred in the most recent series of the BBCs Musketeers dontcha know). I’m currently in the middle of writing up a blog post about it so I won’t say any more other than how much I enjoyed it and was completely blown away by Bille Piper’s performance.

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I am hugely behind on absolutely everything because I have been helping out at a kids holiday club for most of the week. In fact I’m actually writing this post on Wednesday night because I won’t have another chance to do it! It has been a fantastic, yet rather exhausting, few days and watching the girls having so much fun is wonderful.

 

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So, I ‘made’ the most of the time on my own in London, see what I did there?

I spent a blissful day wandering around the Tate Modern on Friday, and you can see more about that here

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wore

We went to a party on Saturday night and I scoured Topshop in a panic that day for something to wear! The outfit I’d brought with me didn’t go with the hot sunny evening that we were due to have. EEK. I luckily got my hands on this beauty AND it was in the sale!

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Topshop – Spot print slip dress

Kerri-Ann (Life as Our Little Family) very cleverly spotted this dress from this photo I shared on Instagram, that girl has seriously sartorial skills!

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It was such a fun night, they had street food vendors, an open bar, a magician and of course a dance floor in a marquee which I may have danced in when feeling rather tipsy. At least I didn’t break dance like someone else who shall remain nameless *sideways glance to husband*

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heard

I’ve listened to a whole lot of shouting, excited children this week, don’t worry I won’t share that with you!

In my chill out and work time Wolf Alice has been my go to but the actual track I’m going to share is Lonely the Brave’s Backroads. It was played on Saturday night because the couple whose party it was had them play at their wedding (I know!!) and this was their song. It just happens to be one of my absolute favourites so I definitely have to share it.

 

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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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Capturebylucy  // Suzannemass // Insideoabout

Thefamilywardrobe //Lifeasourlittlefamily // Winettes

_jessarose_ // Theordinarylovely // countrymummy1

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Lazy mornings, kids yoga and a nature trail #LittleLoves

While writing this I’m sat in a cafe in London without my children. What have I done with them, you cry! Well, don’t worry I’ve not abandoned them somewhere unattended, the summer holidays aren’t getting to me that much. They are actually having a wonderful time at their Grandparents and probably not missing me one bit! I’ve come with the mister to London and while he’s in meetings today (Thursday) and tomorrow I’m going to be getting some work done and doing a bit of solo site seeing! 

 read

After reading loads last week I feel like I’ve hardly picked up a book over the last few days. I’ve started Our Endless Numbered Days but only managed the first couple of pages. I popped into Waterstones and was so tempted to buy Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Has anyone got it yet?

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watched

E and I went to a party on Saturday and she had a ball. I was the ‘official photographer’ (*cough*) so I was snapping away during this game in particular! A few people commented how much fun it would be at an adults party, particularly after a few drinks!

The girls requested that they try some yoga, and I remembered that a few people had mentioned the Youtube channel, Cosmic Kids, so after a quick search we gave this one a go. It was loads of fun and we’ve done quite a few together since.

 

 

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We ‘made’ our way through our local nature reserve on a nature trail earlier in the week. See what I did there? Nothing like a tenuous link for this category. It threatened to rain while we trekked around but thankfully it held off and we had a lovely walk. We even saw a young deer bound into the bushes right in front of us!

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I’ll hand this over to E as I’ve worn nothing of note this week!

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Her dress is from Monsoon, she wears it to every party and special occasion she can get away with. I don’t blame her, it’s pretty special!

 

 

 

heard

We’ve been leant an audio CD box set of David Walliam’s books by our neighbours and this week while in my car we made our way through The Boy In A Dress. Listening to audio books in the car seems to cast a spell over my two, no more arguments or incessant chatter they both sit there completely engrossed in the story!

 

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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Cherry.Rebecca // Blowyinthewind // Wemadethislife

Noahandthegirls //Jesslathan // Rachelandhercoffee

Fabulousplaces // Sky.larking // Clarina1985

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Days out, sunshine and lots of books #LittleLoves

First week of the holidays and we’re still here, we survived! Thankfully some dry weather helped us along very nicely, I don’t know about you but the thought of six weeks of rain sends me over the edge..!

 read

I’ve managed to read two whole books this week! It’s amazing what cutting down on watching TV can do 😉 In all seriousness a couple of park days and a few early nights tucked up with a book meant that I got to enjoy While My Eyes Were Closed and The Girls. I’ll be reviewing both, along with the rest of the books we’ve read this month on Sunday for this month’s CoffeeWorkRead post.

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watched

We’ve yet to find anything to fill the gap left by Netflix’s Stranger Things. We’re trying Containment that was on channel 4 and although it’s good, it’s not got me hooked.

We have, however, been to see The BFG! You all know just how excited we were about this film coming out so the day after school broke up we raced to our local cinema to see it. The girls were absolutely enchanted with it, E barely took her eyes off the big screen, needless to say they loved it. I, on the other hand, while it was undoubtedly enjoyable, something just wasn’t quite right. The girl playing Sophie, while lovely and obviously talented, was painfully over acting, it felt like a stage production rather than I film and it stopped me really being sucked into the story. It also lacked that dark Roald Dahl edge to it. I know, I know, it’s just a kids film and my kids enjoyed it, so obviously that’s all that really matters!

We’ve had some fun times with friends this week and it’s lovely to watch the children all play together so well even when they’ve not seen each other for months.

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Last weekend the mister took part in the Castle Howard Olympic triathlon while we stayed at home. The girls set out making a banner saying ‘well done daddy’ for him to see when he got home.

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They’ve been doing lots of craft activities and I even baked a cake – of which I have no photographic evidence due to it being scoffed so quickly!

 

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We’ve had some sun this week! Completely unexpected but very welcome sunny days! The girls and I had a wonderful day in St Annes on Wednesday, fun on the beach, a donkey ride, a pedal boat ride and of course ice creams.

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Love N’s expressions in these two!

E’s outfit

Hair clip and sunglasses – Little and Fierce

Cardigan – Next

Playsuit – Verbaudet

N’s outfit

Headband – H&M

Sunglasses – Little and Fierce

Jumper and white top- George at Asda

Shorts – H&M

 

heard

A whole lot of chattering and singing and bickering! Aside from that I just can’t get enough of this song – Adele’s Send My Love (To You New Lover)

 

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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Mummyadventure // Littleladiesbigworld // Lifeasourlittlefamily

Brickdustandglitter //Thetwinklesmama // Love_julie__

Noahandthegirls // Clarina1985 // Capturebylucy

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morganaDays out, sunshine and lots of books #LittleLoves
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