Delicious biscuits, a couple of good books and a weekend getaway #LittleLoves

Oh what a whirlwind of emotions Mothers Day weekend was. We had such a lovely family break in the Peak District but it was a day tinged with sadness without my mum. We made lots of new memories in places I went to as a child and it meant so much to take my children to them too. When we came home on Monday afternoon I must admit it took me a while to get back into work mode for the rest of the week! Thankfully I was back on track for Tuesday and ticking tasks of my to do list like a boss!

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 Good People

I finished The Good People earlier this week and was rather sad when it ended. Kent fully draws you back in time and makes it all seem so very really. She is a wonderful story teller and I’ll definitely be reading her previous book, Burial Rites.

 

The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock

Next up is this beauty which I must confess I mainly bought because of the cover art. I’m excited for an early night so I can delve into this new world, I think it will be a good book to follow The Good People.

Blogs and articles

Honestly, even for an introvert, listening can be draining – Introvert Dear

I’ve written a few times now about being an introvert, and I’m subscribed to a few collaborative blogs that discuss it. When I spotted this post on my Bloglovin feed I clicked on it instantly. The words really resonated with me and I felt almost let off the hook and no longer guilty for feeling drained after listening intently to emotional conversation. I end up feeling what the other person feels and take it on myself which in turn makes my mood rather low. Believe it or not I end up feeling like this when I’ve watched an intensely emotional film or television programme. Apparently this is rather common for people of my personality type, who knew? I feel my own blog post on this coming on now.

Mothers Day The Joules Way – The Ordinary Lovely

I am a huge fan of Rachel’s blog and have been ever since she started it up, if you haven’t visited it before then go and do it, well as soon as you’ve finished this post, obviously. Recently Rachel and her mum along with a few select bloggers and their mums were whisked away to Cornwall’s beautiful Watergate Bay hotel by Joules. It looks like the most perfect weekend away, but then I am biased when it comes to this location as we’ve stayed there a few times ourselves, for our anniversary specifically.

A Little Office Update- Amble and Ash

Oh Emma has the dreamiest home with the most impeccably tasteful interior style, and her new home office is no exception. It’s not even finished yet and already has me swooning!

 

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Love

This season has to be the best yet of the, now I hate to employ this overly used term, quirky television show. If you’ve not heard of it then do go and start from the first season. It’s created by Judd Apatow, Lesley Arfin, and Paul Rust, and starring Gillian Jacobs, and Rust himself. 

Season 3 of Love is now available on Netflix

 

Jessica Jones

Another Netflix offering, but this time one of the Marvel franchise. I really enjoyed season one but found this new season a slow starter. I’m about two thirds in now and enjoying it but not blown away which is a little disappointing after a rather long wait.

 

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In my baking cupboard I’ve got my mum’s old recipes, all handwritten by her on little index cards and stored in a green box. With it being Mothers Day weekend I decided to try my hand at an old favourite biscuit that I remember my making making loads when I was little. They are oat and coconut biscuits which my mum called ‘Irish biscuits’ , though I’m not sure of the significance. They are incredible moreish due to the chewy texture that comes from the clever way they’re made. 

I’ll have to blog the recipe soon.

 

While we were away in Derbyshire over the weekend which you can read about in a couple of days, we went on a very muddy walk to where I scattered my mum’s ashes nearly ten years ago. I honestly have never seen so much mud! We had to find ways to walk round it and added lots of distance and time to the walk in doing so! Still we had a giggle about just how much mud covered our walking shoes and travelled up our trouser legs. It was as you might expect a very emotional morning for me, but I’m so pleased I got to share it with my little family. 

So yes, we wore walking boots and our waterproof coats ready to face what the weather could throw at us!

 

 

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Music

Laura Marling

This popped up on my Facebook feed this week and subsequently sent me down a Laura Marling rabbit hole.

Yeah Yeah Yeahs

I do love singing along with Karen O while driving, much to the amusement of anyone that pulls up beside me!

 

 

Podcasts and Audiobooks

I’m continuing to enjoy Still Me by JoJo Moyes I honestly don’t want it to end. Podcast wise I listened to a few One Girl Band episodes while out running earlier in the week.

 

and lastly

We’ve got our rescheduled photo shoot with Robyn tomorrow, after having to cancel it twice I really hope nothing gets in the way this time! 

Before I go, have you entered my giveaway? It ends this weekend so if you haven’t then get clicking!

 

Have a fantastic weekend!

 

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A Big Hearted Business, The Bold Type and listening to Gossip (the band!) #LittleLoves

This is a week I celebrate the women in my life and those that have gone before me leaving their legacy for us to live in day to day. With International Women’s Day, my mum’s birthday and then Mother’s Day it’s the perfect week for it really. Mothering without a mum is tough but I know that she lives on through me and my girls and her strong legacy is something I am so thankful for. In light of this my LittleLoves is going to be dominated by inspiring women this week, whether they are bloggers, musicians or actors. Each Little Love I share has had a positive influence on me this week. I hope you enjoy them!

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.

 

 

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Uncover Your Big Hearted Business

On Wednesday my husband and I had a work date over at Ribby Hall Spa Hotel. It was lovely to work side by side on our own businesses in front of a roaring fire. I set aside the day to work through one of Jen Carrington’s mini books. Long term reader will know how much I love Jen and her coaching, and this ebook does not disappoint. It was so helpful to work through it with this blog and my other complementary income streams in mind, something I hadn’t done since closing my shop.

You can see all of Jen Carrington’s Mini Books here, you’ll need to subscribe to her mailing list to access them. 

 

The Good People

I’ve not given myself much time to read he Good People this week but I think with a weekend away in the Peak District ahead of me it will probably be finishing by the time we come home.

 

Blogs and articles

 

Amazing free resources all bloggers should know about – Kerry Villers

This is a fantastic and thorough post from Kerry and a must read for all bloggers. Pin it, book mark it whatever you need to know as you will definitely be referring back to it.

 

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Thor Ragnarok

This is a little exception to this inspiring female LittleLoves rule, Thor Ragnarok, though it does have two kick ass women in main roles- Cate Blanchett and Tessa Thompson. The latter of whom is campaigning for an all female Marvel movie.

So Thor Ragnarok is not a film that I would have personally chosen to watch, but being the ever gracious wife I let my husband decide on our Saturday night viewing. I was bracing myself for a lot of cheese and fight scenes.. yet much to my surprise I really got into it and enjoyed it! 

 

The Bold Type

Ok, so this series is a little Sex in The City meets the Devil Wears Prada with a whole lot of fun and feminism thrown in. Based around these three twenty-somethings living in New York and working for a women’s magazine. It’s perfect for an easy watch that doesn’t completely turn your brain to mush. I just need them to get on and release another season of it now! Available on Prime.

 

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Move along please, nothing to see here… !

 

 

 

With this week being my mum’s birthday I like to wear some of her jewellery as a little reminder. She collected these antique Narcissus brooches, finding them every now and again popping up in Tavistock market. They are so tiny and pretty, I’d love to try and collect more.

 

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Music

Gossip – Standing in the way of control

This song popped up on Radio 1 yesterday in the Throwback Thursday playlist. I turned it up so loud in the car on the way to school and sang along while my girls danced in their seats. I actually saw Gossip at Radio 1s Big Weekend when I was pregnant with my eldest girl. Beth Ditto is incredible live and my little baby danced away while she performed!

 


 

 

Audiobooks

I’ve not listened to any podcasts this week, and instead tried out an audiobook. I’ve been finding it hard to find the time to sit and read so this is the next best thing. I’m about half way through Still Me by JoJo Moyes and thoroughly enjoying being back with Lou and learning about this next bit of her life. She feels like an old friend now!

 

and lastly

We’re off to Derbyshire this weekend and I cannot wait to get away for a few days. If only the weather was a little better! I’m really looking forward to some quality family time, whether that’s cosying up and playing board games or braving a hike in the rain.

 

 

 

Have a fantastic weekend!

 

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Black Panther, Save Me and too much snow #LittleLoves

Just in case you missed it, we’ve had snow this week. I know! Who knew?

Luckily our town didn’t come to a stand still and the girls were still able to go to school. We’ve just had a few after school activities cancelled which meant we could get home and get warm and cosy for the evening. I don’t know about you but this weather has seen me making soups and stews and all things comfort food. Apart from one run that I squeezed in on Monday night before the snow, I’ve also wimped out of any kind of exercise. Oops. Hopefully the snow will go soon and we can all get back to normal!

Enough about the snow 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.

 

 

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After finishing How To Stop Time last week I raided the ever growing pile of books on my bedside cabinet and picked out The Good People.

The Good People

I’m only a few chapters in but already really enjoying it. Set in rural Ireland in 1825 we meet Nora and her Grandson whom the village believe is a changeling. The author, Hannah Kent, sets the scene beautifully and already I want to know more about the culture of the time they are living in and find out just who The Good People are.

 

Blogs and articles

 2018: The year of being authentic – Jess Soothill

I really enjoy Jess’s blog and regularly pop by and have a little read. It’s one of the few blogs I check in with consistently these days. This post particularly resonated as it’s something I’ve been thinking about recently. Being authentic is a huge draw for me, and unfortunately in a lot of the social media world it can be hard to come by. I really hope that like Jess says we are seeing the tide turning and more of an ethical and authentic movement within the blogging community.

How to come up with quality blog content ideas – Simple and Season

When you blog as part of your business it can be tough thinking about what to write and how to make it worthwhile. Kayte’s post is full of practical advice to help make your content consistent and work for you. I think it’s worth a read even if you don’t write a blog for your business, and blogging itself is your main income stream.

How to make Instagram Stories Highlights for free – Gen Y Girl

Lastly this is a post I found when I was trying to figure out the best way to make covers for my IG highlights. It’s a full, easy to follow tutorial that uses Canva. It took me about 15 minutes to make mine while reading the instructions yesterday. Definitely worth bookmarking for future reference.

 

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Black Panther

We managed to squeeze in a very rare date night on Saturday and got to go and see Black Panther. I’ve seen a few of the Marvel films but I’m not a huge fan, not compared to my husband anyway. Despite this I’d read rave reviews of Black Panther so was keen to see if it lived up to them. Just a few minutes in and I was hooked. Everything about this film is consistently good, and you don’t even need to have any Marvel knowledge to enjoy it as it can be seen as a stand alone film. I highly recommend it!

Save Me

I mentioned this series last week and now that the whole thing has dropped and I’ve seen how it ends I just had to flag it up again. I cannot even handle how tense the final episode was. It had me hiding behind a cushion and shouting at the TV! The acting is impeccable but like Line of Duty it can be difficult viewing at times as it delves into the underbelly of society. If you like your drama gritty and gripping and suspenseful then this is the show for you. It’s available on demand on Sky Atlantic.
 

Witless

A little more of a light hearted offering now! This programme first aired on BBC in 2016 but I must have missed it as I’d never heard of it before finding it on iPlayer earlier this week. The three seasons of it are all on there and you will soon binge your way through it as each season is only five episodes long. It’s such a funny British comedy that reminds me of The Wrong Mans in its style. Basically the two main characters have to go into witness protection after seeing a gangland shooting. What follows are the mishaps and scrapes they get themselves into. 

 

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World Book Day Costumes

I don’t normally share photos of my two online anymore but I couldn’t resist sharing their WBD costumes. My youngest decided completely off her own back to go as Emmeline Pankhurst and has even schooled a few parents on the Suffragette movement! Of course Harry Potter had to get in there somewhere, and my eldest went as ‘Harriet’ Potter. Making the Suffragette costume took a little creative thinking, but we managed to put one together with things we already had and only needed to go and buy the ribbon to make the sash and go around her hat. All in all £5 was spent. Bargain.

 

Jumpers and boots and big coats and wrapped up in a scarf or two! That’s the only way to roll with the weather we’ve been having!

 

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Music

Seeing Black Panther only made me love the music for the film more and more. In particular these two..

SO GOOD!!!

Podcasts

I’ve only managed a couple of podcasts this week, both really good though and well worth a listen.

What She Said – S02 Episode 9: Beating Self-Doubt in Blogging with Weekend Candy

Blogtacular – Episode 033 – Kayte Ferris

 

and lastly

There’s only a couple of days left to enter my lovely Rocks Design giveaway..

 

 

Have a fantastic weekend!

 

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Reading How to Stop Time, discussing Smart Phone Addiction and making healthier choices #LittleLoves

It’s been a funny old week. Last Friday night my youngest girl fell badly on her ankle which led to a middle of the night A&E trip! No bones were broken only very bruised. This of course meant our weekend plans were cancelled and we played nursemaid to a very fed up seven year old. Thankfully we were lent a pair of crutches so she was able to go back to school on Monday. Fast forward to Thursday and she was healed enough to still take part in an athletics competition! 

So then 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 

 

How to Stop Time

Second book of the month – done!

I’m afraid that after loving Eleanor Oliphant so much, this book had a tough act to follow meaning that I didn’t love How To Stop Time quite as much as I thought I would. Don’t get me wrong it was an enjoyable read and when I made proper space to read it I was captivated by the premise and story. It’s such an interesting idea, to have characters that live hundreds of years but ages so slowly, and the implications of that on his lives and those that he loves.

Blogs and articles

Smartphone addiction made me restless, anxious and muddled – Sali Hughes, The Pool

I mentioned on Instagram Stories that I’ve been feeling a bit blah and on edge recently, and after reading this article I can definitely see the link to that and the use of my smart phone. I’m working on a post inspired by this and what I’m trying to do to address it. Obviously ditching my smart phone and staying off social media is not an option in my line of work (!!) so I need to be more creative and intentional about it.

Wardrobe Edit – February – Life As Our Little Family


This fits under the Watched category too, as KA includes a vlog that talks us through the winter to spring transition. I love Kerri Ann’s style so found this really interesting and picked up loads of top tips too.

 

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Baywatch

By the time Saturday evening rolled round I was exhausted. I even had to cancel plans I had to go out, with being up so late due to my youngest girl and then up at 5am to take my eldest to swim training, I was beat. We ordered take out and I requested a film that would make me laugh and require zero brain power – we went with Baywatch. It was perfect, and exactly what I needed. I like that it doesn’t take itself seriously and there are plenty of laughs in there. 

 

Save Me

I’ve been lucky enough to watch the first five episodes of this brand new series before it airs on the 28th of this month on Sky Atlantic, and oh boy, is it good. It’s from the makers of Line of Duty, so if you liked that this is a must watch. It had me gripped from the start, and I am DESPERATE to find out how it ends. Centred around the investigation of a missing teen, the daughter of Suranne Jones and estranged father, Lennie James (who is also the creator and writer of the series) it follows the investigation as well as the lives of all involved. The acting is impeccable but like Line of Duty it can be difficult viewing at times as it delves into the underbelly of society. If you like your drama gritty and gripping and suspenseful then this is the show for you.
 

The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Feeling a bit blah always leads me to comfort viewing, last week it was Parks and Rec and this week Kimmy Schmidt. I’ve seen all of the episodes before but decided to go back to the beginning and I’m loving it.

 

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Healthier choices

So originally I’d planned on ditching the scales… but after feeling that my clothes were a little tight I hopped on the sad step.. and it lived up to its name. I weighed more than I was expecting, but on a positive note it was the wake up call I needed. I am no gym bunny or yoyo dieter, I’ve never been interested in being thin or getting to a certain weight or dress size and that won’t change. I’d just like the clothes I own to fit me properly again! On reflection I have been reaching for the biscuit tin more than I should recently and been sat on my bum all day every day and that has consequences – especially at my age. I’ve got back into running two or three times a week, pre-prepped my lunches for the week and steered clear of the biscuit tin! I picked up some iron and vitamin supplements too and all of that combined has had a hugely positive impact on my mental health, not to mention my physical wellbeing. Now I just need to keep it up!

 

 

This is a section I need to work on. The week rolls on by and I’ve nothing prepared for this at all. I need to dig out my camera tripod and take some photos. I think my clothes feeling a bit tighter and not feeling particularly great has impacted on this, and made me less likely to make an effort and photograph it. Who wants to see me rocking a mum bun and sweat pants?! 

 

 

 

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Music

It’s been a mixed back music wise for me this week, from the heavier Royal Blood to bands like Wolf Alice and Arctic Monkeys


 

Podcasts

I’ve flitted around Podcast wise this week, I caught up on the new one from The Liturgists while running on Wednesday and listened to Janet Murrary talk about running Facebook Groups. If you’re a blogger or small business owner Janet has a wealth of knowledge on PR and a huge back catalogue of podcasts on so many useful topics. Definitely head on over and have a browse – Soulful PR with Janet Murray 

 

and lastly

I’ve got two fantastic giveaways going on so be sure to click and enter! There’s only a couple of days left on the Green People one.. Just saying!

 

Have a fantastic weekend!

 

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Half Term fun, BeNinja and Dashboard Confessional #LittleLoves

It’s been half term for us this week and oh boy, was it needed. We had originally hoped to go away for this week but in the end we’ve had a bit of a ‘staycation’ instead. Just having some slower mornings and family time together has been really lovely. 

So then 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.

 

 

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How to Stop Time

I’ve not been quite as taken with this as with Eleanor Oliphant but I’m still enjoying it. I think I need to make a bit more time to sit down and really get into it. With it being half term this week there’s been no time for reading really!

 

 

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Coco

We’ve finally been to see Coco, and it didn’t disappoint. The girls and I absolutely adored it and to all the people who told me to take tissues, to you I am eternally grateful!

Parks and Recreation

I had the glorious surprise of finding out that there was a series of Parks and Rec that I had no idea existed. It must have recently been added to Amazon Prime. So I had the joy of watching bits and pieces of that this week. It’s so funny, if you haven’t seen it you really are missing out.

When the hearts came to Fishergate

On Valentines Day we popped into Preston to do some shopping and the pavements were covered in hearts. No one seemed to know who did it, until this facebook reveal.

 

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Day trips

With it being half term we had a few days out including a trip to the snowy North East to visit my dad as well as things like the cinema and the most exciting one – BeNinja.

 

I shared loads over on IG Stories on Wednesday which if you follow me you might have spotted! Honestly, if you’ve ever wanted to try Ninja Warrior then this is the place to come! It’s full of challenges and my kids LOVED it. The food was fantastic too. Definitely worth checking out if you live in the North West – BeNinja Bolton

Pancakes

I mean, who didn’t?!

 

 

As soon as I spotting this t-shirt online I clicked buy! 

I’m working on a shop section to my blog where you can shop the things I share, such as clothes and home ware. I’m going to be putting together a Petite section in particular, take a look what I’ve got so far.

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

Shop My Style

 

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Music

 

When I was an older teen I was obsessed with Dashboard Confessional, I had so many of their CDs including Imported versions. The perfect soundtrack to an angsty broken heart! They’ve been on ‘hiatus’ for a few years but are back with a new album. While neither they nor I are angsty teens anymore, the music is still good.

 

and lastly

I’ve got two fantastic giveaways going on so be sure to click and enter!

 

Have a fantastic weekend!

 

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Eleanor Oliphant, Another Place and a trip to the theatre #LittleLoves

You’ll have to bear with me a little this week, I have a heavy cold that I just can’t seem to shift. I’ve even been falling asleep on the sofa in the evenings or going to bed ridiculously early. Well I did say that after a such a busy January I’ll need to sleep through February! Thankfully, half term is now in sight and I’m planning on taking a little break from work to have some family time. We’re not going away but have lots of days out planned, there will of course be some slow starts and brunches in there too.

Enough about next week 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.

 

 

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Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine

I struggled with my reading last month but one week in to February and I’ve already finished a book – that’s much more like me! I adored Eleanor Oliphant, she is such a peculiar character and one that makes me cringe when I read her social interactions but as the story unfolds and you discover more about her you cannot help feeling such warmth towards her. I really recommend this and it definitely deserves all the recognition its received.

 

Blogs and social media

I was really inspired by these this week – 

Our Slow Home – Geoffrey and Grace

Our home is anything but slow at the moment. We are hustling and bustling and heading here, there and everywhere. I was talking to a friend yesterday about this current family season we’re in and reflecting on it. When you are a parent of tiny ones you are very much in survival mode, there’s the sleep deprivation mixed with always having to be on high alert. Then you hit an easier stage, your children are pre-school or early Infant school age and things seem to settle, there’s routine but you also have sleep and you might even get out for the occasional date night. I loved that stage. We are now onto the next one where we our taxis and PAs to our children! There are so many clubs, hobbies and commitments – all good things and of course we’ve chosen to support and pay for them (!) but it means there is very little rest and time to ourselves. Date nights have become few and far between as often neither of us our home at the same time! Anyway, before this turns into a separate blog post I was really inspired by Melanie’s post and although her life is very different to mine it’s got me thinking of how we can adopted a slower pace in our home.

 

Sarah Bessey

Long term readers will know how much I love the writer and speaker, Sarah Bessey. She speaks so much truth and I find her so very real and inspiring. While scrolling through Facebook I spotted this and honestly could not agree more.

I’m an introvert and quite a private person by nature, I don’t share everything with everyone in my ‘real life’ so to speak and so it makes sense that I don’t do that in the online world too. It’s not about being fake or only showing the highlight reel, for me it’s just about being wise and mindful of what kind of things I share and with who. I’d love your thoughts on this.

 

 

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Finding Alice

Friday evening last week I was invited along to watch a production by Manchester ADP. Written by local writers and performed by a small hand picked cast, Finding Alice, was a captivated piece of theatre. Based around the historical Alice Network, a often forgotten group of women that gave their lives in WW1 it was an incredibly powerful and moving play. The standard of acting was incredible and you were really transported back in time and feeling the plight of these women locked up in Germany. There are still a few performances left on their tour so if you’re North West based and like this kind of thing then I implore you to grab a ticket and go along.

Sat 10th Feb – Oldham – Tickets and info here
Thu 15th Feb – Oldham – Tickets and info here
 

Jane the Virgin

Much to my delight two new episodes of Jane the Virgin have popped up on Netflix at the weekend. It’s such a fun and easy to watch programme that doesn’t take itself too seriously

 

 

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A trip to the Lake District

   After a much needed slow start and a lazy breakfast, that was probably more like brunch, we ventured further north to Ullswater in the Lake District. We had a lovely walk around Aira Force Waterfall, the girls loved exploring and getting to climb up and see the waterfall. It’s a walk I’d do again and would recommend for families – it’s not buggy friendly though. It’s a National Trust walk so you can find out more here.

   

Before heading home we called into Another Place, this is the sister hotel to my favourite, Watergate Bay in Cornwall. We’ve watched and waited for it to open and finally we had the chance to see it for ourselves. It does not disappoint and of course I’m even more desperate for us to book a stay there now!

 

Another Place, The Lake

 

 

I’m working on a shop section to my blog where you can shop the things I share, such as clothes and home ware. I’m going to be putting together a Petite section in particular, take a look what I’ve got so far.

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

Shop My Style

I’ve just received these little beauties from Maybelline UK and I’m excited to put them to the test. Keep a eye on my IG Stories for the verdict.

 

The girls have been trying out their new Green People, Organic Children products. If you know us, you’ll know how much we love this brand.

Make sure you scroll right to the end of this post for a fantastic giveaway of Green People products.

 

 

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Music

Most nights when my youngest is settling down for bed we put on this Peaceful Piano playlist to her calm her ready for sleep. She used to suffer from nightmares so would do anything to distract herself from getting to sleep and this one of the methods we’ve put in place to help. Hearing this music from about 8pm-9pm each night has become part of our life now!

One of my favourites is by composer Max Richter, and if you watched the TV drama The Leftovers, you’ll probably recognise it.


 

 

Podcasts

The only podcast I’ve managed to listen to this week is The What She Said podcast and Lucy is chatting with Kayte Ferris (Simple and Season) on ‘Diversifying your income streams‘. I found it so helpful and timely as I’m working on a few projects at the moment to run alongside my blog to generate extra income. Well worth a listen!

 

 

and lastly

It’s half term! Woo!

I’m excited for a slower pace and our ‘staycation’. We might not be going away but we’ll be having a few family days out as we all take some much needed time off.

 

 GIVEAWAY

Thanks to the lovely folk at Green People I have a bundle of their baby and children range to giveaway! All this is now stocked at JoJo Maman Bebe.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

Have a fantastic weekend!

 

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Hidden Figures, getting to the end of a book and listening to Porcelain #Littleloves

It’s been a funny old week this week. Halfway through Monday morning I received a text from the Junior school asking us to pick up our kids because the boiler had broken! This turned into having my eldest daughter at home for that afternoon and for the following day! It’s a good job I work from home, though it did scupper plans for my Tuesday morning run. I loved getting out last week and trying to get back into the routine of exercise in the morning. The fresh air did me so much good.. though I was aching for days afterwards!

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

 

 

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The Interestings

 

I DID IT! I actually managed to finish this book before the end of January, I honestly didn’t think I was going to do it. Usually reading one book in a month is more than manageable for me but January is a busy beast and I’ve hardly had a moment to stop and get into a book, let alone more than one. I did enjoy The Interestings, it’s completely character driven and not plot led at all, so if you like gripping story lines then this kind of book isn’t for you. I enjoyed the depth and the way the characters grew over time. It’s a book that will stay with me, as you kind of think of the characters as being people you know.

I’ve just started two books (!), the first being Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine and Matt Haig’s How to Stop Time. I have a feeling I’ll move through both at a much quicker pace than The Interestings.

Blogs

I was really inspired by these this week – 

(Mostly) Yummy Mummy- Mostly reading in January 2018

I’ve followed Sarah’s blog ever since I started reading blogs back when I was on maternity leave seven years ago! If I’m ever in need of inspiration for what book to read next I’ll always check in and see what Sarah’s recommending. January’s round up is no exception, I’ve already adding a couple of them to my Amazon basket.

Mummy Daddy Me – Our Modern Conservatory Extension

Like Sarah’s blog, I’ve been following Katie’s for years too. In fact we started out in the blogging community at the same time and I’m so very pleased seeing how Katie has made her blog such a huge success. Katie has great taste when it comes to homeware and styling rooms and this post shows that off so well. 

Tigerlilly Quinn – A House Tour

Another home related post from another longstanding blog love. Fritha’s home is gorgeous and full of personality and colour. Go have a virtual nosey around.

 

 

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Hidden Figures

I absolutely cannot recommend this film strongly enough. My eldest and I watched it together on Saturday afternoon and found it incredibly inspiring. The way that these women worked so hard in the face of such prejudice and made sure that they were indispensable is some we can all learn from. My girl was appalled with how differently people of colour, and specifically women of colour were treated in society only fifty or so years ago. If you’ve not seen it, then definitely add it to your list.

and now for something completely different…

I Made My Shed the Number One Restaurant in London

If you’ve got a spare ten minutes, you absolutely must watch this video. 

‘The Shed at Dulwich was the number one rated restaurant in London, with foodies, celebrities and bloggers trying to get a table. The main obstacle for them, however, was that it didn’t exist.’

 

 

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Cookies

With my eldest school being off school I had to work around her a little and I squeezed in some time to do some baking with her and my neighbour’s daughter. The chocolate chip cookies didn’t even last the day!

 Plans

I’ve been working hard this week on the Start Up Life section of this blog and more specifically the Start Up Stories interviews. There are so many exciting and interesting stories lined up for this year, I can’t wait to share them with you. The first of the year comes from Robyn Swain, you might recognise the name as she’s been doing a lot of my photography over the last few months. Robyn shares what it’s been like setting up her photography business and reflects on what she’s learnt since starting out.

 

 

Um.. move along.. nothing to see here

 

 

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Music

The other day a video of the live version of this song popped up on my timeline and it brought back so many memories. I absolutely loved Moby and had his album Play on so much as a teenager.

 

Podcasts

Not going for a run earlier this week means I’ve not had my usual podcast fix, though I’m hoping to change that today (Friday) as I catch up on a couple of my favourites, including finishing off the Hashtag Authentic epsiode ‘Using Pinterest to Make Your Work Go Viral, with Megan Auman’

 

 

and lastly

Tomorrow we’re heading off to the Lake District for the day, my husband has planned a surprise family day out for us.  I’ll definitely be taking my camera and hopefully I’ll get some nice shots while we’re there. I don’t know exactly where we’re going or what we’re doing but I’m sure it will be fun. Here’s hoping it doesn’t rain too much! No doubt I’ll be all over IG Stories that day 😉

 

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.

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