The New Year, some creativity, and a walk in the lakes #littleloves

Welcome to my very first post of 2017, of course I had every intention of getting a blog post out before now but in the end I embraced the break and decided to wait until the girls went back to school before diving back in. We’ve had a lovely break but I must admit the girls and I were starting to get rather fed up of each other as the week went on so when Thursday came round I think we were all ready for them to go back to school!


I mentioned last week that I’ve started reading the The Night Circus again, and oh man, it has drawn me in and swept me up in its magic all over again. It is so detailed that I didn’t really remember much of the plot so I’m enjoying it just as much the second time around.

I’ve done very little blog reading recently, that’s just because I’ve had a break from all things bloggy over the last couple of weeks. I’m looking forward to making time over the weekend to catch up with some of my favourites.



I’ve just binged my way through Travellers and Sens8 on Netflix (thank you holidays!), both series have a similar feel to them with the characters being connected in some way. I thoroughly enjoyed both and looking forward to when Netflix bring out more.

Talking of Netflix the girls and I have loved watching Troll Hunters, it’s created by Guillermo del Toro, and if you’re familiar to his work you will definitely see his influence. It’s got humour, action and great story lines, in fact it really pulled me in while I was doing the ironing, it even kept the youngest’s attention which is a mighty feat!


The girls and I also popped to the cinema for a little treat the day before they started back at school and saw Kubo and The Two Strings at Kids Club. It’s a film that passed us by when it was released but I am so pleased that we caught it the second time around. It was a beautiful and epic film full of detail and culture. My eldest girl cried when at the ending, which is the first time a film has ever made her cry. I’d say it’s a film that’s best enjoyed by older children, with my youngest being nearly 6 I don’t think she’d have understood it if she was younger as it does deal with some complex themes, and some bits are rather creepy! As a parent it was so refreshing to watch such an engaging film that didn’t go for cheap and lazy laughs and a non-existent story line – it definitely doesn’t talk down to or patronise children.


Well, I’ve not made much to tell you about but my girls have been super creative this week and made the most of the last few days of the holidays. One morning they managed to do painting, play doh modelling, drawing AND giving stop animation a try! E had been watching a programme on CITV about how to do your own stop animation and she followed along with it, asked me for the app and then her and her sister gave it a try!

As you can see, we are still obsessed with Trolls!



We wrapped up warm on the Bank Holiday Monday and went for a family walk in the Lakes. We live so close to the Lake District and so rarely go, this is something we want to change this year – and we even bought ourselves walking boots, so you know, it must be serious.

I picked up N’s coat in the Boden sale, she’s needed a new warm coat for a while now so when we spotted this cosy parka was just £24 (full price was -£61) I had to snap it up.



Over the past week I’ve heard my children much more than music it has to be said. E was given a Poppy from Trolls costume (thanks Lyds!) and soon discovered that it had a button you could press to play one of the songs from the film. 

I thought I’d share the joy with you and put the whole song here. You are so welcome 😉


and lastly

I feel like I’m getting back into normality now the girls have just started back at school, I do think it’ll take a few days to get my head around all the things I need to do to get ready for this year. I’ve got lots of exciting plans swirling round my head that I need to get out and work through. I think a bit of a brain dump is in order!

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littlelikelylads // smotherloven // noahandthegirls

mylittleduke // nicolasays // thismamalife

thetwinklesmama // gingerlillytea // mylittlewildlings

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  • Kimberley | Oh Just My Little Blog - January 6, 2017 reply

    Happy New Year! I’m not quite over Christmas yet but there is something to be said for getting back to normal routines isn’t there? The pictures from your Lake District walk are beautiful. We’re super close to the Peak District and have periods where we’re out there all the time and others when we’re really not making the most of it. Have a lovely weekend x
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  • Halina Vie Choufleur - January 6, 2017 reply

    I read The Night Circus back when my son was teeny tiny and being sleep deprived probably didn’t put me in the best place for it! I didn’t enjoy it, but I feel like I kind of owe it to the book to try it again at some point…so many people I know love it. You’re so lucky to live so close to the Lakes, what a gorgeous area of the country. I haven’t been in forever. And I’m glad you said that about the Kubo film – my son and I saw the trailers for it at every other film we’ve seen this year, but I didn’t know if it would be appropriate for him or not. I’ll wait until he’s a bit older! Hope you have a looovely weekend, looking forward to seeing some of those ideas you have swirling coming to life x
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  • Anna-Marie - January 6, 2017 reply

    Happy New Year! Wht a bargain! 24 down from 61 and it’s a lovely coat! Trolls! We have the cd and it’s been playing a lot, such a feel good album. Love the quote at the end. Hope you have a wonderful weekend!
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  • Jade @ Captured By Jade - January 6, 2017 reply

    It sounds like you’ve had a lovely week. I hope you have much of the same over the weekend.

    The Night Circus is one of my all time favourite books – I’m actually going to be rereading it this year, hopefully! Isn’t it lovely being swept up in an environment so atmospheric.

    We visited the Lake District, pre children, and it was absolutely beautiful – we hope to return when little one is older and we go do more walks etc. It looks like you chose a lovely day to visit; just look at those blue skies!

    Have a lovely weekend!
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  • Emily and Indiana - January 6, 2017 reply

    We’re still yet to see Trollz but i think it’s going to be a massive hit when we do – anything with signing and dancing is a sure win with Indie. Lovely photos from your walk, what a gorgeous place to live! Have a lovely week and thanks for another year of little loves 🙂 xx
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  • Carie @ Space for the Butterflies - January 6, 2017 reply

    Happy New Year! I love the sounds of your girls’ crafty morning – my idea of heaven, and the stop motion animation must have been fun. You’re so lucky to live near to the Lakes, it’s one of our favourite spots, but I grew up on the coast in south Devon so I know what it’s like to live somewhere and have to make the effort to get out and about and not just potter on with daily life! It’s always worth it when you do though isn’t it!
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  • Jenny - January 6, 2017 reply

    I was the very same I took off 10 whole days from blogging. Don’t fall over I know. First time in three and half years but it was long long over due. I will make up for it now but it’s good I realize to take a break and life doesn’t stop hahahaha I enjoyed my chilled out christmas without the late nights of internet buzz. We loved trolls. Soundtrack is fab. Looks like you had a beautiful day in the lakes oh my goodness. We should do a photo walk there sometime. Bet there is some beautiful shots to get as much as in the city. We had do a city one and nature one. hahahah With the days getting longer and lighter lets plan one! I have read so much this christmas you would be proud of me. Felt good. I am just finishing up VD too. You were right I love it all over again and the new twist in it. Happy Weekend ahead. Look forward to our coffee catch up next week lovely! Miss you. xoxo

  • Angela Webster - January 6, 2017 reply

    Happy new year ! It’s my first time linking up (I’ve purposely waited until the new year). We haven’t seen Trolls yet but Troll Hunters looks good I think we might choose that for our family movie night tomorrow. One of our goals this year is to get outside more and the Lakes are definitely on our list. We live about an hour away so we must make the effort, your photo’s are beautiful. What a bargain from Boden I love their sales.
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  • Rachel @ Coffee, Cake, Kids - January 6, 2017 reply

    Sounds like a lovely start to the New Year, especially with the walk at the Lakes! We haven;t seen Trolls yet – definitely one we will watch soon for a family film night! #LittleLoves

  • Not A Frumpy Mum - January 6, 2017 reply

    Happy New Year Morgana! I love the Lake District, we haven’t been for a couple of years but love it when we go. You must be very serious if you’ve bought walking boots!
    I completely forgot to look for a coat for O in the Boden sale, ordered loads for G and then when I remembered and went back to look all the ones I liked had sold out! Bad mum forgetting her eldest! xx
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  • Clare - January 6, 2017 reply

    Happy New Year Morgana! I’m so pleased to be back 🙂 I am loving N’s coat! What a bargain! The concentration on the girls faces is definitely intense 🙂 xx
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  • Hayley @hayleyfromhome - January 6, 2017 reply

    Love your photos from the Lakes, looks like a gorgeous day. Every year I say we should go there more as it isn’t really that far…think we went once in 2016. I saw you were reading The Night Circus again and nearly started it again, I’m trying to read some new books before I start re-reads this year, I can’t remember much of it either just that I loved it. We’ve started The OA on Netflix but I’ve been eyeing up Travellers next, can really only do one at a time as it takes us SO long to watch them. Happy new Year Morgana xx
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  • Suzanne - January 6, 2017 reply

    Glad you got to have a lovely break from the blog but I’m with you on being ready to see the kids back into school! What is it with the Christmas holidays? In some ways they seem so short but boy, everyone is cranky in early January! My girls both loved Trolls too and have the sound track. Funny for 15 and 16 year old girls to be so into it but I’m looking forward to watching it myself when it becomes available online. The Night Circus sounds fab. Thank you for another recommendation to add to my reading list 🙂 xx
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  • Deborah Nicholas - January 6, 2017 reply

    It sounds like you have had a super start to the new year and there’s nothing like getting outdoors for blowing those cobwebs away! We are still yet to see Trolls and thankfully the girls haven’t really mentioned them either – don’t know how we have escaped this one! lol #littleloves

  • Stacie - January 6, 2017 reply

    Great that you got to have some time away from blogging. I read The Night Circus not long ago and throughly enjoyed it. It’s so immersive. I’ve gone back to work this week (teaching) and I’m exhausted! Straight back and wham – deadlines, coursework, parents evening, rehearsals and performances. It certainly takes a while for me to find my momentum and routine again! Your trip to the lake looks lovely, I would adore having that nearby! Enjoy your weekend xx
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  • Kerry - January 6, 2017 reply

    We’ve been watching Troll Hunters too, it’s so good!! The kids are transfixed by it! I really need some walking boots too. I went for a walk with my friends the other day and they were ripping it out of me for my choice of footwear. Apparently, black ankle boots aren’t appropriate, who knew? Xxx
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    morgana - January 6, 2017 reply

    Haha! You are so like me xx

  • Claire - January 6, 2017 reply

    Happy new year. We love the lakes. We had a week in October and have already booked again for October half term this year. Is that Tarn hows? Love your girls boden coats. I also love the sound of their creative morning especially stop motion.
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    morgana - January 6, 2017 reply

    It is Tarn Hows! That’s impressive! x

  • Naomi - January 6, 2017 reply

    Happy New Year! I’m so pleased to have discovered your linky, isn’t it lovely?! Looks like you had a gorgeous week. We live close to the Lake District but hardly ever go. You’ve inspired me to go soon!

  • Sarah | Boo Roo and Tigger Too - January 6, 2017 reply

    Happy New Year! I’m joining in for the first time and hoping that this will prompt me to record more about our family life each week.

    I love that Boden coat you managed to pick up in the sale, amazing value… I do love Boden clothes.
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  • gemma @ Gemslittletreasures - January 6, 2017 reply

    Happy New Year!! I know what you mean about being ready for school to start. Me and LB are driving each other up the wall and I can’t wait to get my mornings back next week so i can do a brain dump and get on with some of the many things I have swirling around my brain. He really needs that extra stimulation and to be honest I feel he’s almost ready for big school-though that really scares me! I don’t feel like i’ve really hit the new year motivation yet-we’ve still been in lazy mode. I saw Kubo advertised on Sky the other day and it does look good. I can’t wait to be able to take LB to the cinema but he’s just not ready. He used to sit through a whole film no problem but for the last 6 months at least, nothing will hold his attention. Your lake district walk pictures are stunning especially the top one-i hope you get use out of those walking boots. Have a wonderful weekend! x
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  • Kate Holmes - January 6, 2017 reply

    Still love this concept and will try to join in.

  • RachelSwirl - January 6, 2017 reply

    I had no idea you live near the Lakes!!! (so do I you must facebook pm me and we can meet up?)
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  • Michelle Murray - January 7, 2017 reply

    Happy New Year. What a lovely start to the new year. We love the lakes and hopefully going to visit again this year. Haven’t seen Trolls yet however we have been listening to Moana soundtrack which is lovely. Have you heard it? #LittleLoves
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  • Carly @acupfullofglitter - January 7, 2017 reply

    Happy New Year. My R has the Poppy costume on her birthday list!! When Spotify did the my most played tracks of the year the Trolls album was on there!!!!
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  • Kerri-Ann - January 7, 2017 reply

    Happy new year and yay for my 3rd year of little loves. I love that coat and your bank holiday walk looked like ours, the perfect day! Have a great week lovely x
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  • Nicola - January 7, 2017 reply

    Happy new year and welcome back! Looking forward to joining in with Little Loves this year 🙂 thank you for choosing my photo as one of your favourites too x
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  • Mum Reinvented - January 7, 2017 reply

    Happy New Year! Love the pics of you all at the Lakes, looks gorgeous. I’ve always wanted to visit, yet another place on my list of places to get around to visiting one day. My little one is obsessed with the Justin Timberlake song from Trolls, literally doesn’t stop singing it. Hope you’re having a great weekend x
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  • Becky | Spirited Puddle Jumper - January 7, 2017 reply

    I love a book that you can re-read again because there’s so much detail. I do this with (don’t judge) Jilly Cooper’s Riders- I could read it again and again! I also didn’t realise you lived so close to The Lakes- I went to the Lake District nearly 12 years ago when I was a student but I’d love to go back, it’s so beautiful x

  • stacey - January 7, 2017 reply

    Definitely looks like you have been keeping busy, the lakes look beautiful. Happy New Year to you and thanks for hosting.
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  • Donna - January 7, 2017 reply

    I am so excited to be joining in again. I am always envious of anyone that lives near the lakes – such a beautiful part of the world. We have friends we visit there once a year and it’s always like visiting a pure oasis, whatever the weather. I actually managed to switch off from blogging over Christmas too – so proud of myself! Enjoy the rest of your weekend lovely x
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  • Alice - January 7, 2017 reply

    So happy to be joining this linky for the first time and looking forward to it for the year it’s such a great way to round up the week! We too have just been slowing back into usual routine as well before a full week of it come Monday! Amelia is desperate to see Trolls might have to be another cinema trip when it hits the kids weekend cinema 🙂

  • A Cornish Mum - January 7, 2017 reply

    Happy New Year! Just linked up here for the first time, love the concept thank you. Gorgeous photos, the Lakes are on my to visit list at some point.

    Stevie x
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  • Kerry - January 8, 2017 reply

    Happy New Year! Excited to join in again this year, really want to get back into blogging again and joining in every week. Sounds like you’ve had a great start to the new year. I’ve never been to the Lakes, so jealous you live near by. Have a lovely week x

  • Vicki Coombe - January 8, 2017 reply

    Happy New Year!! Beautiful pictures of a beautiful family.
    So happy to be formally joining the linky (now I have my head around them!)

  • Lauren - January 9, 2017 reply

    Now I have the Trolls soundtrack back in my head again!

    My girls are obsessed with it, I have to admit I actually quite enjoyed watching it with them (we have been three times now…).
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  • Chantal Milk&Nappies - January 11, 2017 reply

    Happy New Year lovely!! It sounds like you’ve had a lovely week, and stop animation sounds like so much fun (and so clever!) I reeeeeally wish I lived closer to the lake district as it is beautiful, and we are so far away! xx

  • Lisa Backsnbumps - January 12, 2017 reply

    A great week. Thanks for recommending trollhunters, we are loving this.

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