I’ve been worrying all week that I’ll forget to write this post, this weird time between Christmas and New Year means I’m so lost with the days. I’m in a mince pie, crisp and general food haze! I hope you’ve all had a lovely Christmas week, here’s a little about mine.
I’ve finally managed to scrape some time together to finished Me After You. It was just what I hoped it would be, an easy read and an insight into Lou’s life in the wake of the loss of Will. While it might never get made into a film or win any awards I really enjoyed it, in fact it felt like spending time with an old friend and having a catch up. I do hope that this isn’t the last we hear of her.
When doing a pre-Christmas clear out and dropping things off at a charity shop I spotted one of my favourite books, The Night Circus. I read this particular book not long after having E and I was mesmerised by it, it fast became one of my favourite books. The copy I had was from our library so of course when I saw it on the shelf in that charity shop I just had to buy it.
I’m only a little way in but already I’m swept up in the intrigue and magic of it all over again.
On Christmas Eve Eve the girls and I went to see the much anticipated, Moana. E in particular had been desperate to see it after watching endless videos about it on US youtube channels. We all loved it, just as much as we expected too. The girls talked about how good it was to see a film that didn’t involve a love story in the traditional sense (I know, I’ve raised them well..! 😉 )
Of course it was a joy to watch my two opening their presents on Christmas Day. I don’t have any photos to share as I wanted to keep the day just for us and give the girls a break from my endless photo taking! They both got new bikes, with E being so excited with her yellow bike. All she wanted was a yellow bike and could we find one, no we could not! Then we had a brain wave, N had outgrown her bike and it was still in fantastic condition so we stripped it down and got it resprayed. We then bought new hand grips and accessories, put it back together and then got it safety checked at Halfords. I think it looks fantastic, and neither girl has a clue that it’s N’s old one.
Television wise we haven’t really watched much, of course the girls enjoyed Going On A Bear Hunt, and Revolting Rhymes as well as a few films, but that’s about it really.
I cooked a ham for the first time, using a Nigella recipe, nothing like making easy on myself, eh? It was presoaked and cooked and then on the day I glazed it and cooked it in the oven. I’m not a huge ham fan, but oh boy, it was yummy! Of course we had parsnips cooked in maple syrup and my Christmas dinner staple, brussel sprouts with pancetta.
A couple of weeks before Christmas I wandered past the Benefit counter in Debenhams while doing Christmas shopping and ended up chatting about eye brows with one of the girls working there. I’m a sucker for new brow products so loved being shown all the Benefit ones. The mister had been asking what I wanted for Christmas so while I was there I got her to show me, bronzers, concealers, highlighters the lot! She tried them on me and we took photos of the products I liked as we went along. I sent the mister everything to give him some ideas and of course told him the name of the girl that had helped me so that she’d get the commission if he bought any of it.
You can imagine my delight when I opened my present on Christmas Day and found that he’d treated me to all of it! I bet Ellie, the shop assistant was pleased too!
I’ve done very little sales shopping apart from a new Boden coat for N, I did bag a few things from ASOS though and can’t wait to try them.
I’ve come across some fantastic music this year through Spotify, here’s a playlist with a lot of my favourites.
Next year I hope to go to more gigs, live music is something I definitely miss from my pre-children days.
I want to take a moment and thank everyone that’s joined in with this linky this year, I love reading all your little loves and hope that you will join me in sharing the little things next year too. This year I’ve also introduced the #littleloves hashtag community on Instagram where anyone can share the little things they love. I’m blown away by how many people join in with this and have found so many gorgeous new accounts to follow.
Here are my favourites from this week’s #LittleLoves,
sundayharris // emilyandindiana // insideoabout
littlepaperswan // krist._ann._ // letstalkmommy
topknotanddaisies // ac_walchli // lifeasourlittlefamily
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 is of course the last Little Loves of this year, thanks for reading and I’ll see you next year!
Fancy joining in?
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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.
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