May’s Little Loves

It has felt strange not sharing my Little Loves each week, I have missed sharing and having a read of everyone’s posts but it’s also been rather freeing to have a little more space for other things. Now I just need to be careful not to make the post terribly long considering there will be a month’s worth of little things from now on! Don’t worry, I’ve kept it brief, you won’t need to block out an hour just to read through it. I don’t know how you’ve found this month, but for me it’s zoomed by! From first scorching bank holiday weekend right through to this one. We’ve seen the blossom bloom and then go, and all the while the sun has shone. It’s been a pretty darn, fantastic month.

Lets get started and onto the wonderful little things from this month, grab a cuppa (or a glass, depending on the time of day..!) and have a read.

 

  read 

 

Books

Little Fires Everywhere

This was my book of the month for sure. I was recommended Celeste Ng’s books by a friend and this one did not disappoint

Burial Rites 

I’ve started Burial Rites but found it a little heavy going for a summer’s day so I’m dipping in and out of it.

The Years She Stole

Instead favouring Jonathan Harvey’s newest book, The Years She Stole. I’m a huge fan of his books and clicked order on Amazon as soon as I spotted it had been released.

Blog wise I’ve read lots of content around coaching and marketing, but I won’t link them here, instead I’ll focus on lighter reads that I loved.

Elsie’s Office Tour – A Beautiful Mess

This is such a beautiful space, and has given me ideas for our shared office that’s still a bit of a work in progress!

11 Ways to Feel Beach Ready When You’re Chubby – Brummy Mummy of 2

Emma does it again with the brilliant post full of practical and funny advice. Most of all it’s a big confidence booster!

A Weekend Away With Friends – Tigerlilly Quinn

Fritha shares about her weekend away, and I feel relaxed just scrolling through the gorgeous photos.

Let’s not forget the gorgeous May edition of Elle Interiors!

 

watched

Safe

The mister and I really enjoyed this series on Netflix, with Michael C Hall (of Dexter) doing a rather wonderful English accent, not something that many American actors can do! It centres around widower Tom and his family living in a gated community. His daughter goes missing and her boyfriend is found dead, we watch events unfurl as we discover the secrets within the community. Great drama!

Schitts Creek

I do love this Netflix comedy series, it’s been such light relief and I binged the new season far too fast! David will always be my favourite.

 

Avengers: Age of Ultron

We risked doing a family trip to see the new Avengers film, I was worried that it might be a little too much for my seven year old, but she loved it. The ending however left us all open mouthed! I won’t say any more, don’t want to give up any spoilers.

 

The Royal Wedding

I cannot write up this section for May without including the beautiful Royal Wedding! My girls and I were glued to the television, from the guests arriving to the happy couple leaving the church, LOVED it ALL!

 

 

MAde

I might not have crafted anything, or baked anything worth sharing here, but I worked hard and hosted the second Coffee Work Sleep Creatives event this week, where we discussed Imposter Syndrome. Expect a full blog post on it very soon.

coffeeworksleep creatives meet up

photos by Christina – Fish2 Photography

I’ve also been making use of the project management platform Trello. Anyone else use it? With this blog, the creatives group, my coaching, consultancy, podcast and home life getting harder to juggle and keep track of this website is saving my bacon for sure!

 

 

I promised myself that if Little Loves changed over to monthly then I would definitely do better with getting outfit shots ready to share…. yeah, that didn’t happen! I have one. Hopefully, I’ll improve on this each month!

The belt is a weaved vintage leather one, which is why it’s not linked. The earrings are not exactly the ones linked, but they are similar.

Flat Hoop EarringsPETITE | Cropped wide leg jeansPetite spotty button blouse

 

heard

SO much music!! I’m definitely listened to more music than podcasts this month, here’s a few highlights.

Arctic Monkeys 

I’ve actually found their newest album to be a grower, I wasn’t sure at first, it’s definitely a move away from their previous stuff. I like Alex’s side project The Last Shadow Puppets with Miles Kane, and you can hear the influences of it in this album.  It’s not going to be a crowd pleaser of an album and has had very mixed reviews, especially considering they released their tour tickets before releasing it.

James Bay

Another new album, this time from James Bay. I’ve been listening to this one a lot with my girls and we all love it.

Just a couple we’ve been enjoying, making sure you check out my Instagram Stories Playlist highlight for more recommendations.

 

and lastly

In the spirit of my CWS Creatives group, this quote is really inspiring me at the moment,

It sums up a lot of what we are about, community over competition – always!

 

I regularly share the things I’m reading, or listening to over on my Instagram Stories, I even group them into highlights so if you can’t wait a whole month then pop on over for a little snoop 😉

The next link up will be on Friday 29th June

 

 

Have a fantastic weekend!

 

 

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Two trips to Manchester, a workshop and a whole lot of planning #littleloves

Hello you, hope you’ve had a good week? As usual it’s been a busy one for me, but I really wouldn’t have it any other way. I did carve out time to tackle my children’s bedrooms this week so we can actually see carpet again in both their rooms. So there’s a win right there! It’s times like this I’m thankful I’m not a parent blogger that has to share their kid’s bedrooms with the world! Apart from my domesticity, I’ve had such a fun week from planning my podcast, to attending an Instagram workshop and even just sitting out in the sunshine and watching the girls play in the evening.

I do have a bit of important news, I’ve made the very difficult decision to no longer post a weekly Little Loves like this one but instead it will be monthly. With all the changes going on for me work wise I just don’t have the time for this to be a weekly post as well as hosting it and commenting on all the lovely posts. I want to go back to enjoying sharing my Little Loves and not worrying when and how I’ll find the time to do it. Thankfully the majority of the bloggers I’ve messaged about this change are on board with it, and some are relieved about the change too as it releases them from the weekly pressure too.

Right, lets get onto the wonderful little things from this week, grab a cuppa (or a glass, depending on the time of day..!) and have a read.

 

  read 

Sadly another week has gone by and I’m no further on with any of my fiction books. I’m doing lots of reading for work but none just for fun. It doesn’t help that I forgot to bring a book for any of my train journeys!

 

watched

This Monday saw the return of the epic series that is Westworld. We were rather obsessed with the first season and all its twists and turns and were ridiculously excited for the second season. I even did the geeky thing of watching vlogs that unpacked aspects of the complex storyline to refresh my memory. Thankfully it did not disappoint and had us on the edge of our seats. 

I watched an Instagram marketing pro at work on Saturday. The ever so lovely and crazy knowledgeable Sam Burgess aka Social Mouth Sam held a workshop in Manchester for small creative businesses on how to build your brand on Instagram. It was held in the most beautiful little shop in the Northern Quarter, 49 Hilton Street. Honestly I wish I could move in there, the owner’s taste is to die for.

I found the content of the afternoon incredibly insightful, it confirmed a lot of what I already knew but taught me a few hints and tips as well as giving me food for thought as I transition my business. The biggest thing I took away was to remember that Instagram is a marketing tool for your business (whether you are a blogger or shop owner) and not to get caught up in the numbers game but to look at conversions and click throughs as you build your community. 2k of engaged followers is better than 20k of passive likers that aren’t your tribe and don’t engage beyond Instagram. Obviously this is advice for those that use Insta for their business and not for personal reasons.

 

MAde

I’m in the midst of starting quite a few projects and I’ve been getting frustrated with my terrible task management. Time is disappearing and I’m left with little to show for it! In attempt to get organised I’m trying out Trello. It’s an online task management, um, thing – technical term right there – and it was recommended by lots of creative business owners in a Facebook group I’m part of. I’ve tried so many different systems, from bullet journalling to GTD to random bits of paper so I really want to stick with this one and get it to work for me.

I also, rather excitedly had another trip in Manchester this time for a podcast planning meeting. We’ve finally allocated tasks out ready to start recording in June. I cannot wait to start sharing more about this, but for now we are keeping as much under wraps as we can (it’s killing me!). Having a mammouth planning session requires coffee and food so it was the perfect opportunity to visit Mackie Mayor, the sister location of Alty Market.

 

I donned a pretty dress on Sunday for the gorgeous Jenny‘s baby shower! You can read all about it and see the cutest baby cupcakes over on her blog post -Baby Cupcakes Steal The Spotlight At My Baby Shower

Like at lot people I’ve been digging out my summer clothes for those hot sunny days we’ve had. I had a lot less than I thought, which I think is always the case, so I’ve been busy scoping out some new summer style picks. Sadly everything on my ASOS wishlist has sold out in my size! That’s the problem with being Petite, they don’t stock as many pieces and they fly out crazy fast. I’ve been hitting the refresh button daily to see if anymore have come in. Here are some of my wishlist favourites, and yes, I know, they’re pretty much all black.

ASOS PETITE Plisse Short in Spot Print with Lace Hem
ASOS PETITE Plisse Short in Spot Print with Lace Hem
£20
TOPSHOP PETITE Square Neck Jumpsuit
TOPSHOP PETITE Square Neck Jumpsuit
£36
TOPSHOP PETITE Lola Duster Coat
TOPSHOP PETITE Lola Duster Coat
£49
TOPSHOP PETITE Black Spot Pinafore Dress
TOPSHOP PETITE Black Spot Pinafore Dress
£55
Petite Nude Button Front Boxy Shirt
Petite Nude Button Front Boxy Shirt
£15
New Look Petite Button Through Playsuit
New Look Petite Button Through Playsuit
£14.99
Boohoo Petite Denim Jacket
Boohoo Petite Denim Jacket
£25
ASOS DESIGN Petite easy spot tie waist culotte
ASOS DESIGN Petite easy spot tie waist culotte
£28
ASOS DESIGN Petite linen button through maxi dress in stripe
ASOS DESIGN Petite linen button through maxi dress in stripe
£38
ASOS DESIGN Petite off shoulder popper front midi dress in rib
ASOS DESIGN Petite off shoulder popper front midi dress in rib
£20
ASOS DESIGN Petite maxi skirt with button front and split detail
ASOS DESIGN Petite maxi skirt with button front and split detail
£18
ASOS DESIGN Petite wrap jacquard midi skirt in mixed floral and spot print
ASOS DESIGN Petite wrap jacquard midi skirt in mixed floral and spot print
£35
ASOS DESIGN Petite tab back drape hareem maxi dress
ASOS DESIGN Petite tab back drape hareem maxi dress
£22
ASOS DESIGN Petite Pocket Stripe T-Shirt With Contrast Binding
ASOS DESIGN Petite Pocket Stripe T-Shirt With Contrast Binding
£16
ASOS DESIGN Petite Deep V Strap Back Jumpsuit
ASOS DESIGN Petite Deep V Strap Back Jumpsuit
£22
ASOS Petite | Design Ditsy print maxi dress
ASOS Petite | Design Ditsy print maxi dress
£55
ASOS Petite floral maxi dress
ASOS Petite floral maxi dress
£40
PETITE | Cropped wide leg jeans
PETITE | Cropped wide leg jeans
Petite spotty button blouse
Petite spotty button blouse
ASOS Petite Ruched Waist Jumpsuit with Embroidery
ASOS Petite Ruched Waist Jumpsuit with Embroidery
£32
ASOS Petite Ultimate Maxi Tshirt Dress
ASOS Petite Ultimate Maxi Tshirt Dress
£18
ASOS Petite Minimal Jumpsuit
ASOS Petite Minimal Jumpsuit
£35
Rib Popper Midi Skirt
Rib Popper Midi Skirt
£16
City Maxi Tea Dress
City Maxi Tea Dress
£30
Washed Black Mom Jeans
Washed Black Mom Jeans
£40
Blossom Leather Look Jacket
Blossom Leather Look Jacket
£49
‘Got Your Back’ T-Shirt
‘Got Your Back’ T-Shirt
£16
Mini Faux Leather Pencil Skirt
Mini Faux Leather Pencil Skirt
£25

 

heard

I’ve been loving listening to Lucy chat with Sas Petherick on a What She Said episode this week. Sas is just so full of wisdom when it comes to working on confidence and tacking self doubt.

Music wise I’ve been keeping it chilled and sticking with Ry X. His stuff never fails to relax me

 

 

and lastly

We’ve got a fantastic weekend of family ahead of us with my sister and brother in law coming up to stay with their kids. I hope we get some sunshine, I’ve been refreshing my weather app like a crazy person so I can properly plan what we’re doing!

Remember this is the last weekly Little Loves post so the next one will be at the end of May, the 25th to be exact. I look forward to sharing all my May Little Loves with you then.

 

Have a fantastic weekend!

 

 

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A swimming meet, networking and enjoying a little bit of sunshine #LittleLoves

What a whirlwind of a week! From a busy weekend at a swim meet in Harrogate to hitting the ground running on Monday and not stopping. Apologies to the lovely bloggers that linked up their own Little Loves last week, I’ve not got round and commented on all your posts this week. I will do better this coming week and make it a priority!

Right, lets get onto the wonderful little things from this week, grab a cuppa (or a glass, depending on the time of day..!) and have a read.

 

 

  read 

I took my book with me to the swim meet but ended up chatting to other parents the whole time. Trying to concentrate on reading when it’s so hot and noisey is near on impossible so I put my book down and enjoyed the chance to get to know some new people. I managed a few snatched moments in the sun in between drop offs and cooking dinner yesterday evening, but wish I could have stayed out and enjoyed it more. 

Like I said in my intro I’ve not even managed to read the Little Loves posts from last week, let alone any others. I’ve not even written a blog post of my own!

 

watched

As I mentioned earlier, my weekend was spent in a hot and sweaty leisure centre watching my eldest daughter compete in a regional swimming gala. It was fantastic to see how much she’s improving and that she managed to beat are her Personal Best times. All the hard work is definitely paying off. 

Television and film wise there’s been very little I’ve actually watched apart from my usual weekly watches like Greys Anatomy and Jane the Virgin and other such highbrow shows..! I did catch the Walking Dead season finale which did not disappoint, a very good, and intriguing end to the season. I’ll say no more in case you want to watch it but haven’t had the time this week.

 

 

MAde

I’m currently making a lot of changes work wise, in fact you might have even noticed that there’s been a few changes on here blog content wise. I’ve always been passionate about working with people to reach their goals and build their confidence, from working as a youth worker, training in social work and being a parenting worker and now I’d like to use this platform partly for that too. So many entrepreneurial women suffer from ‘imposter syndrome’ or are struggling to grow their businesses or are generally feeling overwhelmed. I recently set up a local networking group with that kind of thing in mind. I was forever getting invited to events in London that I had to turn down and feeling jealous of not being in a city that had creative female networking events. So I decided to make the move myself and Coffee Work Sleep Creatives was born! We had our first informal meet up this week and I loved every second. I’m really excited about the future of this group and have so many ideas for it.

 

So pleased that Robyn, managed to snap a few pics in between chatting.

 

Sunglasses and summery clothes!

 

heard

With their fantastic new album The Wombats has been my band of choice this week, we listened to it on our road trip to Harrogate and I’ve had it blaring in my car ever since. 

 

and lastly

Another busy weekend ahead, I meant what I said when I told you we don’t have a free one until July! It’s full of lovely things though, I’ve got an Instagram workshop in Manchester tomorrow and then the gorgeous Jenny’s babyshower on Sunday.

 

Have a fantastic weekend!

 

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Watching the Commonwealth Games, working hard and starting a new book #LittleLoves

I’ve had such a productive week work wise and it’s been really enjoyable to get back on it after the Easter hols, but I feel that all I’ve really done is stare at my computer screen tap tapping away. It’s been good to write this little loves to remind me that I have done a bit more than that this week. It’s also shown me that I need to get my camera out more – I’ve hardly taken any photos at all. Enough about what I haven’t done, lets get onto the wonderful little things from this week instead, grab a cuppa (or a glass, depending on the time of day..!) and have a read.

 

 

  read 

I decided to give myself a break from Mrs Hancock and The Mermaid and instead I’ve picked up Little Fires Everywhere. I’m a couple of chapters in and definitely feel that I’ve made the right decision.

 

Blogs and articles

Sex should not be an Extension of a team sport – The Pool

Creating Mindful Content Online – A Considered Life

If you’re always feeling overwhelmed it’s time to declutter your life – Introvert Dear

 

watched

The Commonwealth Games

As long term readers will know we are quite a sporty family (correction, my family play it, I watch it!) and so we’ve really been enjoying following the Commonwealth Games. Of course paying particular attention to the swimming! My eldest loved pointing out the swimmers that she met and it’s really inspired my youngest to work harder in her lessons. We giggled so much when we saw this particular interview..

 

Seven Seconds

Now for something a little more serious, we finished Netflix’ Seven Seconds last weekend and I must say it’s one of the best things we’ve watched so far this year. It’s a US drama and deals with a corrupt inner city police force and a hit and run. It is so tense and at times gut wrenching, it gives such insight into the racial tensions that are in America today. If you’ve seen it and liked it then I really encourage you tweet about it, series like this rely on support to get re-commissioned for more seasons. You might even get RTs from cast members like I did – fan girl moment right there!

Fear the Walking Dead

Speaking of intense programmes I’m on season 3 of Fear the Walking Dead and I think it’s the best one so far. I’m enjoying this a lot more than The Walking Dead, which I feel has definitely run its course. Fear the Walking Dead is available on Prime and if you have an Amazon Prime subscription you can stream all three seasons as part of your package.

 

MAde

This week has seen me really work hard on my blog and the career direction I want to go in. There’s still a lot I need to do but I’m feeling so positive about the direction I’m going in and hope this momentum continues. If you missed me most recent post you can have a read here, You are the expert – respect your value

 

I love that I can bring out my lighter jackets now, this one from H&M is such a favourite that I actually wear it most days, and of course I’ve got to have a few pin badges. These are from Veronica Dearly and Sugar & Sloth*

 

heard

Podcasts

I’m getting back on track with my podcasts now that the girls are back at school and I was particularly excited when I spotted that Jen Carrington had uploaded new episodes of Make It Happen. I’ve only listened to the first one so far but I was hugely inspired by it and nodded my way through the whole thing

Staying the Course With Kayte Ferris – Make It Happen – Jen Carrington

 

and lastly

I’m off to Harrogate tomorrow for a swimming gala with my eldest. We’re both excited to be spending the weekend away together as swimming is usually something she does with her dad. He’s got a triathlon on Sunday so I get to be the swimming parent for once.

 

Have a fantastic weekend!

 

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The Easter weekend, Cedar Farm and a little bit of baking #LittleLoves

Did you have a lovely Easter? Feeling so full of chocolate that you can’t even look at it right now? This has been my first Easter being aware of my dairy intolerance and do you know what dark chocolate-no-milk eggs, they just aren’t the same! Boo. In spite of that little disappointment we’ve really enjoyed having some family time together and spent a day at Cedar Farm over Easter weekend. I used to go quite a bit when my eldest was a toddler but haven’t been back for years. It’s a beautiful place full of small independent businesses, cafes and a gorgeous little florist. We even saw a baby goat and these little chicks.

 

The main part of the week has seen me juggling work, holiday clubs and time with the kids. Just finding the time to write up this post has been tricky! Anyway, here we go lets get onto those wonderful little things from this week, grab a cuppa (or a glass, depending on the time of day..!) and have a read.

 

 

  read 

I’ve done very little reading this week, we’ve had lots of time together as a family, playing games and watching films, but not much reading. I’m still slowly making my way through The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock it’s not grabbing me though, so I’m considering giving it a break and picking up something else. Like with books I’ve done very little blog reading, in fact I only just managed to read all the LittleLoves posts from last week. Oops!

Blogs and articles

Five Tips for Caring for Fiddle Leaf Figs – A Beautiful Mess

My poor fiddle leaf fig plant has been looking rather forlorn recently so I’m on a mission to find out where I’m going wrong. I think from reading this I need to give it some more sunlight. I do wish I’d read this post before I re-potted it too.  Ah well. Hopefully with a little TLC I can revive it.

 

How to be self employed and part of a working community – Lets Talk Mommy

Loved this post from Jenny (and not just because I’m in it! ha!), about navigating being self employed and still finding a sense of community. 

 

watched

Peter Rabbit

Thanks to how much we spend at Tesco I was able to convert some of our points to cinema vouchers and take the girls to go and see Peter Rabbit. I actually enjoyed it way more than I thought I would, though James Corden’s voice as Peter is a little distracting at times. 

Youtube

I’ve tried to get back into watching vlogs on Youtube this week and give Netflix a little rest. I’ve watched a few of The Michalaks but I really loved Fritha’s video of their trip to Watergate Bay Hotel. You know just how much I love it there!

 

MAde

Baking

As if we didn’t have enough chocolate over the Easter weekend I decided to make a dairy free chocolate cake! It was scrummy though and used up the left over Betty Crocker icing that my youngest hadn’t finished with her butterfly cakes.

Interiors

Home wise I’ve been getting stressed out at all the clutter than ends up in our hallway. Everyone has gotten into the bad habit of dumping their stuff where they stand as soon as they enter the house and it’s driving me crazy! This has set me on a mission to rethink where we keep our stuff and plan how I’d like the hall to look. You can read about my chances and inspiration here – Hallway Inspiration for Our New Build Family Home

 

 

No exciting fashion photos from me this week. I’ve lived in my dungarees and Vans – not very inspiring!

 

 

heard

Music

Janelle Monae

 We LOVE this song and always turn it up loud when it comes on the radio. Very Prince!


 

Arctic Monkeys

You know me, I can’t resist a bit of indie, and these boys are still favourites.

 

Podcasts and Audiobooks

Blogtacular – The ASA and CAP

I think this should be required listening for any influencers. It clearly explains what we should label as an Ad and how to declare affiliate links and gifts. It annoys me when I see other bloggers/instagrammers not declaring what is clearly an ad or something they’ve been asked to promote. I always aim to be as clear as possible when I work with brands and this podcast with the ASA and CAP gives even more clarity.

I’m looking forward to getting back into listening to more podcasts when the girls are back at school next week.

 

and lastly

We’ve got a quiet weekend ahead of us before the girls are back at school on Monday. This is the last weekend where there’s nothing booked in until June, so we’re planning on making the most of the slow pace. I hope we get some sunny weather so we can be outside for some of it and not just stuck in the house.

Have a fantastic weekend!

 

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Altrincham Market, butterfly buns and A Wrinkle In Time #LittleLoves

This has to have been the fastest week ever. I’ve found it so hard to write this post as I can hardly think what I’ve done each day! I do remember last Saturday though, we had a great time exploring in Altrincham, especially Altrincham Market. It was a foodie’s paradise. We feasted on sourdough pizza and Oreo vegan brownies, and came home with a fresh sourdough loaf and more dairy free and egg free treats. We will definitely be going again!

This week has seen the beginning of the Easter holidays for my girls and oh boy, were they ready for them. From 1.15 on Tuesday they’ve been loving the down time and freedom. 

So, here we go lets get onto those wonderful little things from this week, grab a cuppa (or a glass, depending on the time of day..!) and have a read.

 

 

  read 

The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock

Still struggling to find the time to get into this book to be honest. The bits I’ve read I’ve enjoyed but to be honest, I keep forgetting to pick it up.

Blogs and articles

With it being the start of the holidays I’ve been really busy and not had much time for blog reading, I did love this one though!

Five Favourites: Nineties Icons – Modern Mummy

I love a little nostalgia, especially when it’s fashion and trend focused. This post by Katy, definitely got me remembering the clothes and accessories that I wore in the 90s. Platform trainers, bubble backpacks and so much more!

 

 

watched

A Wrinkle In Time

I read A Wrinkle In Time when I was a child and adored it, the fantasy created by Madeliene L’Engle was spellbinding. When I found out it was being made into a film I was beyond excited, especially when they announced who they had on board with it. The girls had a half day on Tuesday and we continued out little tradition of a a cinema trip after I picked them up. I’m not going to say I didn’t like the film but I was a little disappointed with it. While parts were incredible overall it just didn’t quite come together. It has made me want to re-read the book though!

 

The Santa Clarita Diet

The Santa Clarita Diet is back on Netflix with a second season. It’s just as silly as the first one, and so enjoyable! The perfect easy watch after a busy day.

 

 

MAde

My littlest girl has expressed an interest in doing more baking so I let her loose (while I kept a watchful eye) and she made these beauties!

butterfly buns I have a feeling she’ll be doing a lot more baking from now on!

 

With the lovely sunshine we had at the start of the week I cracked out these bad boys. 

I only wish the sunshine and warmer weather had decided to stick around a little longer.

 

heard

Music

Everything Everything have been a favourite of mine for ages now and they don’t disappoint with their latest release

 

Alternative 00s

 LOVED having this as my working soundtrack this week.

 

 

and lastly

We’re not going away this Easter but we are taking the long weekend off work and plan to have lots of quality family time. Enjoy your Easter Bank Holiday weekend in whichever way you choose to celebrate and spend it. 

 

 

Have a fantastic Easter weekend!

 

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Crying at Queer Eye, listening to Still Me and singing along to Haim, (not simultaneously) #LittleLoves

I’ve had a busy working week juggling blogging and setting up a new venture which is nearly ready to be properly revealed on here. Despite collapsing on the sofa each evening when the girls are asleep… and then falling asleep myself! There’s been a few lovely moments with my daughters, from dancing in the kitchen to Michael Jackon while waiting for our biscuits to bake, to singing loudly along to the radio in the car on our many trips to evening clubs and practices. These are the little moments I’ll store up and remember for sure.

So, here we go lets get onto those wonderful little things from this week, grab a cuppa (or a glass, depending on the time of day..!) and have a read.

 

 

  read 

The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock

I must confess I’ve barely read the first chapter of this. It’s been one of those weeks where I’ve run ragged and collapsed in front of the TV rather than reaching for a book. 

Blogs and articles

Dear Social Life, it’s not you, it’s me – Kerry Villers

You know when you read a post you can completely identify with (and wish you’d written!) this is one of those. Having a social life seems such a difficult task when you’re in your thirties with kids. There are times when I’m more than happy to curl up with a book all cosy in my dressing gown in the evenings, but then at times I do miss the spontaneity of being able to go out to a gig or club last minute as I would have done pre-kids. I think I need to embrace my season of dullness and enjoy my nights in, after all it won’t last forever…. will it?

Mindful Habits for Your Home – A Considered Life 

I love posts like this that talk you through ways to be more mindful and create a more minimal and functional feel to your home. I just wish my family read them and took it all on board too!!

 

watched

Queer Eye

I honestly cannot tell you just how much I enjoyed this series. I binged the lot in days and was left feeling bereft. Did you watch the orginal Queer Eye for a Straight Guy that was on years ago? I did, and I loved that one. This re-boot however is a million times better. It has a similar premise, five gay guys ‘make over’ a man that has been nominated. What I love most about this one is there’s no snarkiness, judging or stereotypes, it’s all about investing in people and showing them they are worth it. I cried so much at the transformations and connections. Not the physical changes but the way in which the guys’ self belief and understanding of who they are developed. A must watch!

Also, to lower the tone slightly, how hot is Antoni (the one in the middle), he’s got a young John Mayer vibe going on. As you were.

Now available on Netflix

 

Unreal

Now for something completely different and definitely not uplifting! The ugly side of reality television is magnified in the drama Unreal. No boundaries or integrity here, that’s for sure! We see behind the scenes of a fictional ‘Bachelor’ style show and the production that goes into it. It’s such a good watch though, and you will be sucked in. Season three is now on Amazon Prime and being released an episode a week. The first two seasons are on there too.

 

 

MAde

We braved the bitterly cold wind on Saturday and had our family photoshoot with Robyn. I have never been to cold! Luckily the sun was out so in the photos you can’t even tell just how cold it was. Here’s a little peek –

I won’t be sharing many from it on here as I try and keep my family off the internet.

I also made the time to have some phone catch ups with some of my best (but far away) friends. I’m not a fan of talking on the phone and rarely do it. You’ve got to be a very close friend or family member to get me to pick up the phone, ha! It felt so good to check in with them and have a catch up as well as talk rubbish to each other. I might not get to see these friends that often but I do love spending time together, even if it’s just over the phone.

 

Last Friday night I got my hair cut into a long bob. It feels so much better than my long hair and much easier to manage. So yes, you could say I’m ‘wearing’ my new hair style.

 

I also treated myself to a little Primark haul* and bought this tshirt, black culottes and a blazer.

(*urgh, I actually hate myself a little for using that word)

 

heard

Music

George Ezra

 We love George Ezra and always turn up the radio whenever he’s on. This new song of his is so good!


 

Haim

Speaking of singing along, another sure fire hit in our household is Haim

 

 

Podcasts and Audiobooks

I’ve finished Still Me by Jo Jo Moyes and I’m bereft. I think I might end up buying the physical book and read it for myself at some point. I enjoyed being able to ‘read’ a book while out and about but I don’t think I’ll be replacing my books for the audio version any time soon.

 

and lastly

 

We’ve got a family weekend ahead (and a rare date night!) before a couple more days of school and then the Easter Hols. The countdown is officially on!

 

Have a fantastic weekend!

 

If you’re on Instagram and want to join in with the Little Loves community on there, 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’ll share my favourites on Stories each Friday.

coffeeworksleep instagram

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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 – especially if you’ve linked up a post. 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:

Little Loves Coffee Work Sleep Repeat
 
 

*This post contains affiliate links

 

morganaCrying at Queer Eye, listening to Still Me and singing along to Haim, (not simultaneously) #LittleLoves
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