The Muse, our anniversary and La La land (of course) #LittleLoves

Oh boy, it’s felt like a long week. I’m so glad it’s Friday, and for once we have no ballet lessons or swim training tonight on early in the morning because N is at a sleepover. I’m looking forward to a chilled evening and a lie in – let’s just hope E plays ball and I get them. In the midst of our busy week here are my Little Loves.


I’ve hardly done any reading this week. By the time I’ve put the girls to bed and gone for a run I end up flopping on the sofa for an hour then crawling into bed. What I’ve managed to read of The Muse I am enjoying so I really want to make some time to read it over the weekend.

I’ve mentioned this blogger quite a bit over the years in my LitteLoves posts and I don’t plan on stopping any time soon. Sarah Bessey is a Canadian speaker, author and blogger and someone who I find inspiring and more often than not she articulates what I have buzzing around my head, this post is just one of those, On being a Christian and a Feminist. Of course this is written in light of Trump’s inauguration and subsequent executive orders and of course the Women’s March. It’s stirred up a whole hornets nest of discussion (mostly ending up being around pro-choice and pro-life), but I see no discord in being a Christian and a feminist and it’s something I’m very proud of. 



You probably know this, because I haven’t stopped going on about it, but last Friday I went to see La La Land (I’ve written about why you should go and see it here). Let me just say that I loved it, I mean loved it and just have to convince the mister to come with me so I can watch it again.

 5 Things I Love About La La Land

On the small screen I’m still catching up on the Great Interior Design Challenge on BBC2. I often end up watching it when I’m sat on the top of the stairs waiting for E to go to sleep! I’ve had to resort to this after finding pen on her wall and bedding, from ‘playing teachers’, when she should actually be asleep!!



We had some leftover blueberries from a pancake breakfast and as my kids have decided they now don’t like blueberries I had a look on Pinterest for some recipe ideas. I can across this recipe, Blueberry Oat Breakfast Bars, by My Fussy Eater and when I spotted it was dairy and refined sugar free I just knew I had to make them for myself.

blue berry oat flapjacks 

They turned out to be crumblier that I expected, but the whole batch still disappeared in two days, so they definitely went down well. I’m making some more this weekend and hopefully some will end up in the freezer rather than in my tummy!

We also made an effort and went out on a date to Manchester for our 11th (!!) wedding anniversary on Saturday night. The mister had booked us into a hotel at Media City and we had drinks at The Botanist and dinner at Gauchos. It was so nice to have some time to ourselves, what with working and ferrying the children here and there we rarely get the chance to have a proper conversation!


I’ve also made a vlog! I’m so new to this vlogging thing, so please be kind! I’m hoping to do a monthly #LittleLoves vlog, so here is Januarys..


Last week I put a photo on my Instagram of me trying on a coat in the changing rooms and wondering whether I made the right decision in not buying it. To be fair to me I was trying to be restrained.. but in light of all the comments telling me to go back and get it, well who I am to defy the hive mind of my followers 😉 They only had one size left and it’s smaller than I usually am, but I rather smugly found that it was an even better fit! I don’t think I’ve bought anything in that size since having my girls!

Grey Boots – New Look – £15 in the sale

Black Maxi Coat – New Look – £25 in the sale

AND you can currently get an extra 20% off with the code LOVESALE 

With the cold weather we’ve been having this week it was definitely the right decision! 

I also picked up the jumper I’m wearing from H&M last week. I rarely shop there anymore as the only one we have is in the town centre and I hardly ever go there. My sister in law reminded me that they recycle unwanted clothes, you just bring a bag in and can even claim a £5 voucher for doing so! 




I went to see La La Land last week, what, did I already mention that somewhere? I’ve become completely obsessed and have bee listening to the score for much of this week.

Justine Hurwitz is also behind the music from Whiplash, a film that’s been on my list for ages. In fact it’s recently be added to Netflix so I think we’ll be watching it tonight.


and lastly

I’ve been trying to get to grips with Pinterest a bit more this week. I know it can be a fantastic driver of traffic to blogs and I could do with utilising it a bit more. Now I’m an earlier adopter of Pinterest and have been on there before it launched in the UK and back when you needed to be invited to join. Since then I’ve used it more for inspiration and loved scrolling through my feed. As time has gone on I know that Pinterest has become more like a search engine and people are no longer just using it for the pretty pictures! It’s high time I got on board with that and changed the way I pin to Pinterest. In light of this I’ve set up a Little Loves board for all the bloggers that link up. I’ve invited a few of you already but if I haven’t found you and you’d like to be part of it then please leave your Pinterest link in a comment below. The idea would be to pin any Pinterest friendly pics from your post and then repin other peoples onto any relevant boards you have.

Here are my favourites from this week’s #LittleLoves community on Instagram,


noahandthegirls | dearlittledaisy | emilyandmore

careymbendercandidlyrhubarb | midlifemummy

welliesontheschoolrun whitelist | milkandnappies

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 every Friday.

coffeeworksleep instagram




Fancy joining in?

Just copy the headings and use them as prompts in a blog post then link up below and let me know!

Don’t forget to show some love to the fellow bloggers sharing the little things that they’ve loved this week, by having a read and commenting on their posts too. Be sure to use the hashtag #littleloves if you’re on twitter so we can all keep an eye out for the posts and promote each others.

Here’s my badge if you fancy popping it on your post:

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morganaThe Muse, our anniversary and La La land (of course) #LittleLoves


Join the conversation
  • chantelle hazelden - January 27, 2017 reply

    I really want to see La La Land the hubby isn’t convinced though!! Thanks for hosting
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  • Halina Vie Choufleur - January 27, 2017 reply

    Ooh, I really want to read The Muse. And see La La Land! Wonder if I could sneak a viewing in when my boy’s at school next week… Love that coat, so glad you bought it. And yay for the smaller size! Thanks so much for setting up the Pinterest board – I need to get on pinning really. I’ve also been on the place since it was super small and invite only and only now am I getting to grips with it…not seeing much return in terms of traffic yet though! Patience will be key, I guess.
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  • Jade @ Captured By Jade - January 27, 2017 reply

    I don’t tend to see a lot of newly released films, but all the buzz surrounding La La Land has me intrigued! Glad you enjoyed it. Sounds like you had a great date night. I used to make breakfast bars a lot, but haven’t in a while, I’ll have to give these ones go as they sound quite easy but super tasty.

    I hope you have a nice low key weekend on the cards, lie in included.
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  • Anna-Marie - January 27, 2017 reply

    I really need to see La La Land! So many good things have been said about it! Happy Anniversary! Sounds like you had a wonderful time! I’m really trying with Pinterest! Have a wonderful weekend xx
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  • Claire - January 27, 2017 reply

    Happy anniversary. Love the look/sound of those blueberry and oat bars. I expect you may see them in my little loves post soon. It’s lovely to fit in a smaller size too.
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  • Gemma @ gemslittletreasures - January 27, 2017 reply

    Sounds like you’ve had a lovely week. A night out (happy Anniversary), a cinema trip (desperate to see lalaland) and what sounds like a chilled night tonight. I’m on Pinterest and have been for years (gemslittletreasures) but have never really used it for my blog or business just for ideas and inspiration. would love to join your group & start to work out how to use it more. Have a lovely weekend x
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  • Jess @ Catch A Single Thought - January 27, 2017 reply

    I enjoyed watching your vlog, yay foro Spotify daily mixes! I constantly have one in the background when I’m working from home. The cover of The Muse is so, so pretty! I picked up the hardcover a couple of weeks ago just because I liked the cover so much but I haven’t heard much about it so will be interested to hear what you thought.
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  • Beth @ Twinderelmo - January 27, 2017 reply

    At long long last I’ve joined in with Little Loves! I desperately want to see La La Land but no one will go with me – sob!
    Happy belated anniversary. It’s nice to have a meal out isn’t it! Here’s to smashing Pinterest in 2017
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  • Chloe: Picture Taker Memory Maker - January 27, 2017 reply

    Ooh, those blueberry and oat bars look scrummy – I’m definitely going to give them a try. I want to give vlogging a try this year too so I’m off to watch your now for some inspiration 🙂 This is my first time linking up to Little Loves and I really enjoyed putting my post together.

  • Angela Webster - January 27, 2017 reply

    I always head to pinterest first if I’m looking for inspiration for a recipe, problem is there’s so much great stuff on there I can get sucked in for hours. That coat looks good on you and what an absolute bargain ! Have a lovely weekend x
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  • natalie - January 27, 2017 reply

    Oh I will pop on Pinterest and find you – I need to spend some time on it as I have no clue at all!! I have heard some many great things about La La Land I will have to go and see it!
    Such a lovely picture of you and your hubbie – happy anniversary!! xx

  • Fritha Strickland - January 27, 2017 reply

    I love those boots! Controversially I didn’t really like La La Land! I think maybe I’d built it up before I watched it and felt it didn’t quite move me as I thought it would. I’m joining in this week, have been meaning to for ages! xx

  • Emily and Indiana - January 27, 2017 reply

    I reaaaally want to see La La Land, I’ve heard nothing but positive things about it! I really need to up my Pintrest game too.. one day I’ll get round to it haha xx
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  • Donna - January 27, 2017 reply

    Woah that coat is an absolute bargain!! So glad you went back to get it. Happy Anniversary! We’ve been married…. 8 years this year – had to think about that – so 11 sounds like forever 🙂 x
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  • Mum Reinvented - January 27, 2017 reply

    Happy Anniversary! Love your video and how gorgeous is that coat! Fingers crossed you get your lay in tomorrow x
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  • Sam | North East Family Fun - January 27, 2017 reply

    I haven’t seen La La Land but heard so many good things. Happy Anniversary x

  • Chloe Weir - January 27, 2017 reply

    Oh I can’t wait to see la la land! Jealous! #littleloves

  • Stacie - January 27, 2017 reply

    Oh, I’m so desperate to see La La Land – it’s right up my street. Congratulations on your anniversary, looks like you had a lovely time celebrating together. Love the coat! Thanks for adding me to the Pinterest board. Enjoy your weekend and the week ahead xx
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  • Kimberley | Oh Just My Little Blog - January 27, 2017 reply

    Sounds like you had a lovely time for your anniversary. I love Manchester. Not sure I’ve managed to concince my husband that we need to watch La La Land yet. I’ll keep trying. I’ve just messaged you on Pinterest. Fingers crossed for your lie in! x
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  • RachelSwirl - January 27, 2017 reply

    I so need to see La La Land, will add it to my ever growing to do list.
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  • Claire @ Clarina's Contemplations - January 28, 2017 reply

    That article was a fascinating and really helpful read… Thank you so much for pointing me to it! So right about labels being unhelpful at times, and simply being like Jesus is what matters! I SO want to go and see Lala Land! Just need to work on the hubby! looking forward to checking out your vlog!

  • Suzanne - January 28, 2017 reply

    New Look is amazing for high fashion bargains isn’t it? And all the better when you find one in a size smaller than you thought you were lol! I so want to see Lalaland. Just got to persuade someone to go with me. Not the husband I don’t think! However, you’ve inspired me to go on my own so maybe that’s the answer?! xx

  • Tracey Williams - January 28, 2017 reply

    Happy 11th anniversary to both of you, and you can’t beat Manchester for a night away can you. I quite fancy watching La La Land and will pop over now and read your post. Coat looks fab on you and love the boots too x
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  • Naomi - January 29, 2017 reply

    I’ve never heard of Sarah Bessey before but she looks like a blogger I’d really enjoy. Thank you so much for the recommendation. I really want to see La La Land too, I’ve heard such good things xx
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  • Lauren Belle du Brighton - January 29, 2017 reply

    The Muse is on my list to be read, and soon! Glad to know it’s good! I am also itching to see LaLa Land too!
    Happy anniversary!
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  • Jenny - January 29, 2017 reply

    We almost went to see La La Land but decided on another one wish we hadn’t now. I will go again with you. lol That trench coat looks so amazing on you babes and whoop whoop on the smaller size too. I really want one but I think I look silly in them might have to try again lol Love the vlog too. I am trying to do the monthly vlogs this whole year hopefully. lol I just need reminders to do it. haha

  • Carolin - January 29, 2017 reply

    I’ve heard so many great things about La La Land. I must make time to watch it. I love a good musical… x

  • Jade - January 29, 2017 reply

    Happy anniversary! I love New Look for good fashion basics. The book looks fab, will have to have a little read x

  • Vicki Coombe - January 29, 2017 reply

    Happy Anniversary and good luck getting that lie in!

  • Kara - January 30, 2017 reply

    Firstly Happy Anniversary (again). I am so glad you got that time, it is so important once you have kids.

    Glad you got the coat, you look gorgeous (as always) in it.

    I really need to start using Pinterest more, it is just finding the time.

    I have heard nothing b ut good things about Lala land, I am ashamed to say i do not even know what it is about xx
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  • Not A Frumpy Mum - January 31, 2017 reply

    Love the jacket on you, I often find longer jackets drown me (I’m not the tallest at 5 ft 4) but it really suits you. I don’t think there’s anyway I could persuade my husband to La La Land but we are off to see Trainspotting 2 on Saturday, we are in desperate need of a date night too!
    Your blueberry bars look yummy. xxx
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  • Kerri-Ann - January 31, 2017 reply

    I LOVED la la land so so much. Your night out sounds lovely and I hope you have been able to get some time this week too x
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