Vegan brownie bites, Circa Waves and still being surrounded by boxes #littleloves

This week has been like living in limbo land while we’ve sat surrounded by boxes waiting on confirmation of our move day… and I’m frustrating so say that we’re still waiting. Honestly, when we finally get in this house I’ll never move again! I’ll tell you something I’ve needed to write this post to remind me of the good little things and distract me. 

Here we go then, are you ready for some positivity? Grab a cuppa and enjoy my Little Loves, don’t forget you can read lots of other bloggers’ Little Loves by clicking on the linky at the end.

 

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I’m about half way through The Essex Serpent now and it’s a really enjoyable read. It’s a slow burner but that’s perfect for me as I just don’t have the time for a gripping thriller style book at the moment.

 

Blog post wise, here are a few I’ve found particularly interesting this week.

This blog post popped up on my twitter timeline and I couldn’t help clicking over and having a read. The writer has been through such a similar experience to me and I really appreciated how honest and heart filled her post was. Threads – Hopeful, faith filled doubting 

This one is from my friend Kerry over at Noah and The Girls on Instagram prop ideas and hashtags, definitely worth reading and bookmarking. Read it here

instagram prop and hashtag ideas

Photo credit – Noah and the Girls

 

Speaking of Kerry, she actually called my attention to the following blog post by Sara Tasker (yep, I’m mentioning he again!). Sara introduces a term she’s created that I definitely would subscribe to – ‘Webtrovert’ I love this post so much I’m already writing a blog post inspired by it. Have a read for yourself here, I’d love to know if you’re one too.

 

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We’ve discovered a new comedy on Channel 4 called Loaded. It has lots of parallels to the US comedy, Silicon Valley, in that it’s based around a group of guys and their tech start up. This one however has that particular brand of British self deprecating comedy that I love. It’s such a good easy watch and one that both the mister and I have been enjoying equally.

Netflix wise I’ve got two recommendations this week, first up is Master Of None, the brain child of comedian Aziz Ansari. I loved Aziz in Parks and Recreation and also enjoyed the first season of Master of None. I think though, that I enjoyed season two even more. Centred around the character Dev, played by Aziz himself, living in Italy learning to make pasta after a difficult break up. He does head back to New York as the season goes on and there’s plenty of subtle observational analysis in relation to religion, culture and relationships,something that both cinematically and script wise, that Aziz and the team behind the show do so well.

 

Next up is Anne with an E, the Netflix original take on Anne of Green Gables. I know this series has caused a stir with Anne of Green Gables fans causing such a polar opposite takes on the show. I read the books when I was younger and adored them so I was keen to see how it would be adapted for tv now. I’ll admit I didn’t watch the 80s mini series and it seems that most who did and who hold it dear are not happy with this current adaptation. It’s definitely bleaker than I remember the books to be and Anne is slightly less endearing as I envisioned her, but I am enjoying this different take on it, not to mention the cinematography and high standard of acting.

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Since the eldest and I have been diagnosed with our food intolerances I haven’t attempted any baking. My daughter can’t have dairy, yeast or egg white so that makes a lot of baked goods a no-go. This week, however, I decided to give my usual chocolate cupcakes recipe a bit of a change up and try it without dairy or eggs. I subbed the butter for dairy free margarine and the eggs for mashed avocado and chucked in some ground almonds. Thankfully they turned out rather well, though more like brownies – vegan brownie bites. Once I’ve perfected the recipe and measured stuff out poWhen we’ve moved I’ll definitely be experimenting more, I want to try yeast free pizza bases next.

I’ve also made an appointment to get my first ever tattoo, needless to say I’m excited and scared in equal measure! I’m not getting it until next month, so I’ve got a few weeks to prepare myself, and wonder why I haven’t started with something smaller..! Any tips will be gratefully received.

 

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This week I’ve finally replaced the cargo jacket that I grudgingly got rid of earlier in the year. The only reason it went is because it was starting to fade in certain places and well, I’d had it since N was tiny! I spotted this one in H&M and naughtily impulse bought it. 

Utility Jacket – H&M Conscious Collection

 

heard

This isn’t a band I’m particularly aware of but one of their songs came on the radio on the school run the other day and I really enjoyed it, so Circa Waves have been on my Spotify ever since.

I’m currently working my way through Jen Carrington’s – Make it Happen Season 5 Podcast and finding it so helpful. I’ve got so many plans and big ideas that I can’t wait to get started on. I need to get the house move done with and out of my brain first though. 

 

and lastly

 We’ve had a busy few days and the mister is still away and not due back until very late Saturday night before doing a triathlon with the eldest the following day. The littlest is at a sleepover on Saturday so I’m looking forward to some quality time with my eldest and lots of dairy free goodies. If our wifi doesn’t cut off then I’ll be introducing her to My Girl and perhaps squeezing in Rogue One too.

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  • Anna-Marie - May 19, 2017 reply

    So sorry you still have not heard anything! I totally understand how you must be felling! So glad you enjoyed Anne With An E! I was getting a bit fed up with all the negativity around it! Love your jacket! Your hair is just gorgeous as well! Have a wonderful weekend xx
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  • Kerri-Ann - May 19, 2017 reply

    Oh I love the empty, hopefully it will be filled quickly in your new house, I have my fingers crossed. I saw Sara’s post and have it bookmarked. I hope the race goes well at the nd yay for your new hair X

  • Beth @ Twinderelmo - May 19, 2017 reply

    I’m a little bit in love with your jacket! Hope you get some house move news soon – it’s all so stressful. Those vegan brownies sound lovely, I’m trying to be better with my eating even though I don’t have any intolerances I am trying to make better choices
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  • Mum Reinvented - May 19, 2017 reply

    Sorry you’re still in limbo. Fingers crossed you’ll hear soon and then things will start falling into place. My Girl – I love that film! I watched it recently with my 15 year old. I loved it, she called it ‘vintage’ – which in moody teen language is an insult apparently. Kids! I loved Kerry’s instagram post – and all those blossom petals! I think I’m definitely a webtrovert too – being an expat for so long I was almost forced into it but to be honest if it wasn’t for my online friends I’d have gone crazy by now. Love your jacket and your hair looks even better this week I’m sure! Have a lovely weekend x
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  • natalie - May 19, 2017 reply

    I love your jacket, my utility one is looking a bit worn (I have had it for longer than Harri I think) so I may just treat myself!!
    Noah and the Girls is one of my favourite blogs – and her instagram feed is so beautiful. Good luck with the move lovely, remember it will all be worth it!
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  • Holly - Little Pickle's Mom - May 19, 2017 reply

    Grrr how frustrating with the move – fingers crossed for good news soon. Oh and I really fancy watching Master of None! It’s going on the to-watch list. And yay for Circa Waves! One of the band members was in the year below me at school – lovely lad, he was!

  • Angela Webster - May 19, 2017 reply

    Moving house is so hard, I know a few people who are in the process at the moment and are finding it highly stressful. I hope things move quickly for you soon. The ‘Webtrovert’ blog post has perfectly summed up my personality, I connect with people so much better online. Have a lovely weekend x
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  • Jess @ Catch A Single Thought - May 19, 2017 reply

    Exciting news about the tattoo! I only got my first one two years ago and I really wish I’d gone for it sooner. Once we’ve got this crazy year out of the way I’m hoping to get another one done. Hope you can get exchanged soon and start settling into your new house. I imagine it must be hard living surrounded by boxes and not able to get at any of your stuff!
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  • Helen - May 19, 2017 reply

    Oo your vegan brownie bites sound intriguing! I especially like the idea of adding mashed avocado into baking, something I’ve not tried before. Sorry to hear you’ve had a frustrating house related week – fingers crossed it will all be over soon and you’ll be settling in 🙂 #LittleLoves
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  • Jenny - May 19, 2017 reply

    Loving that jacket snap girl and the hair. So sorry to hear you are still in box mode. BOOOO to them. Brownies sound nice so sad you aren’t at the dinner party tonight to be my partner in crime like the good old days. BOOO again. Love the posts you recommended I did the same one from Kerry it was so fab wasn’t it? Hope you have a good weekend. #littleloves

  • claire - May 19, 2017 reply

    I’m sorry you’re no nearer to moving. It is times like these when #littleloves helps. I’m sorry you had to go through something similar to the threads post too. Love the sound of your dairy free treats. Sounds like you deserve them! The instagram articles are both really interesting. Enjoy your time with your eldest.
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  • Donna - May 19, 2017 reply

    You are rocking that jacket and on your recommendation I am going to watch Anne with an E in bed tonight! I hope the move goes well when it happens and that the tattoo goes equally as well next month! Have a lovely weekend x
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  • RachelSwirl - May 19, 2017 reply

    love the outfit it so suits you! You seriously look like a model x

  • Sadie - May 20, 2017 reply

    I like to be by myself and feel quite moody if I don’t get that. But I am energised by time online, so I at first thought webtrovert sounded like me. However, I find being sociable online quite tough. At least once dragged into a “real” social situation I can usually cope quite well (depending on the company), but I find it hard to start and maintain momentum of online conversations. So I think I’m just a common ol’ introvert.

    Good luck with the tattoo, I’m hoping to get my first one this year too! I lovelovelove that jacket as well. I hope you get your moving in date soon.

  • Ali - We Made This Life - May 20, 2017 reply

    You have totally got me into Podcasts and I’ve been listening to them while crocheting this week! Currently trying out Circa Waves on Spotify now too! Thanks for the recommendations!
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  • gemma @ Gemslittletreasures - May 21, 2017 reply

    I have everything crossed for a date soon, it must be so hard sitting in limbo. I’m so impatient! Oooo exciting about the tattoo. Ive got a couple of little ones but have been thinking about another for a while now, still haven’t got it sorted though. Sounds like some interesting articles to read there-thanks for the recommendations x
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  • Helena - May 21, 2017 reply

    Liking the jacket and have bookmarked those posts for reading later.
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  • Debbie | An Organised Mess - May 21, 2017 reply

    Sorry to hear that you’re still in limbo, it does put you off the idea of moving house some! I hope you made the most of your time over the weekend with your eldest and it’s set you up for the week ahead. Good luck with the tattoo! My brother’s a tattooist and I’m so tempted to have another, I really should do it when the idea comes to me, rather than ponder for (6) years!!
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  • Emily and Indiana - May 26, 2017 reply

    I’m hoping I read your post this week and hear good news, sorry moving has been such a pain! Ooh interested to hear more about your tattoo too! xx

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