Giggling at Grace & Frankie, reading blog posts and not baking a cake #LittleLoves

After a busy, but lovely weekend of a birthday party and anniversary celebrations it’s actually been good to have a quieter working week. I’ve even managed to go for a run! When I say run, you’ll have to hold that term very loosely, it was more like a jog-walk. Either way, it’s a start and more than I’ve done in absolutely ages. I’m pleased I’ve eased myself into new routines this month doing a few little changes at a time. Hopefully this will mean more longevity and not ending up in a heap of failure like I do by the end of most Januarys!

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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Red Magazine

I bought myself a subscription to Red Magazine in the Black Friday sale last year and I’m so thankful that I did. I love reading blogs, as you can see from the links below, but I do still adore print. The glossy pages of magazines are just so relaxing and a nice break from a phone or laptop screen.

The Interestings

I’m over half way through The Interestings now but it’s looking unlikely that I’ll finish it this month, so the one book a month is going out the window already. Trust me to pick the longest book for the busiest month! I’m really enjoying it though and there’s no way I’m going to rush it to meet a self imposed deadline.

Blogs

I was really inspired by these this week – 

Oyster & Pearl – What Is Your Something Yellow?

I really enjoyed this post from Lottie. She talks about how after a particularly hard or overwhelming day we all need something comforting. I love the story she shares that’s behind the phrase ‘something yellow’.

Nicola Scoon – Five Reasons to Love Your Small Business

I know how hard it is running your own small business, especially when times are tough and you’re comparing your progress with everyone else’s via social media. This post can even be applied to bloggers, so if you’re a blogger or small business owner then give this a read and bookmark it for future reference.

Old Fashioned Susie – Ten Reasons Why I’ll Always Prefer White Walls

As a long term lover and advocate of white walls I must admit to being swayed recently seeing so many gorgeous rooms with dark painted walls. Thankfully this post has brought me back to why I love white walls, which is lucky really as being in a new build we’re not advised to paint our white walls for at least a year.

 

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Grace and Frankie

Words cannot express just how much I love Grace and Frankie. The only downside to it is that it makes me miss my mum, I just know she would have loved it and giggled away to each episode. If you’ve not come across it yet on Netflix here’s the premise;

‘Jane Fonda (“Grace”) and Lily Tomlin (“Frankie”) star as two women whose lives are suddenly turned upside down when their husbands reveal they are gay and leave them for each other. Both sparring partners and partners-in-crime, they form an unlikely bond to face an uncertain future together and discover a new definition of “family,” with laughter, tears and plenty of mood enhancers along the way.’

 

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Not a rainbow cake

If you follow my IG Stories you’ll have seen that I backed out of making a rainbow cake for my youngest girl’s party. In all honesty I was exhausted. I had been run off my feet all week with jobs and picking up the slack while my husband had been ill. I thought about feeling guilty but then so many people came to my rescue to tell me that Asda sell ready made rainbow cakes! I raced down there on Saturday before the party and found one, so all was not lost! Sure, mine would have tasted better…. *cough* but this one did the trick.

LoneWolf Gin

lonewolf gin

I have however made myself a couple of gin and tonics this week with my new bottle of LoneWolf Gin bought for me as an anniversary gift. It’s fast becoming my favourite!

 

 

Black clothes!

I wrote earlier this week about my desire to have a more minimal wardrobe. I don’t think I’d go as far as having a capsule wardrobe, as I just don’t think that’s attainable or realistic for me at the moment. However, I do want to be more intentional with my purchases and have a good old clear out! Have a read here if you’d like, My Simple Style.

Make up

I finally seem to have found a set of make up products that work and that I love. A mixture of Benefit, Maybelline and a couple of other brands. This is my daily-ish make up, it takes me about ten minutes in the morning, and like my clothes I do like to keep it simple. I’ve been wondering whether to share my make up routine, would that be something you’d be interested in? Let me know.

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Music

First Aid Kit – Fireworks

The sisters are back with a gorgeous new album. They’re on tour in the UK soon, I really must get tickets!

 

Podcasts

Blogtacular – Influencer Controversies

You’d have to have been living under a rock to have not seen anything about the recent blogger/brand hoo-haa between an influencer and a hotel. Kat does a great job of navigating this and gives such good insight into it. I found myself nodding along and wish I could make everyone listen to it!

What She Said – The Power of Creative Coaching with Jen Carrington

Most of you know by now how much of a fan girl I am of coach Jen Carrington, so when I read that Lucy would be interviewing her in this weeks podcast I listened straight away. Jen talks so much sense and I relate to so much of what she shares. If you’ve not heard of Jen and you’re a blogger/freelancer/creative business owner then this podcast is a great introducer.

One Girl Band – Belinda Love Lee // Heart over Hustle

Yet another podcast I’ve listened to this week that I found myself nodding along to and wishing I could make notes (I was driving at the time!). I’d not come across Belinda before but after just a few minutes I ended up following her on most platforms. I’m a huge advocate of heart over hustle and hate the glorification of busy that we seem to have going on in our culture at the moment.

 

and lastly

We’ve got a slow weekend ahead of us and I am so happy, especially after all the illness and busy time of it we had last week. January is one of our busiest months and this is the first weekend of the year so far that we’ve had no set plans.

 

 

Have a fantastic weekend!

 

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Beautiful books, birthday joy and a rather large bag #LittleLoves

This week has been one of those weeks where I feel like I just haven’t stopped. Busy work days have blurred into busy evenings ferrying both my children to their clubs, classes and training each night. Normally we split the responsibilities but with my other half struck down with man flu I’ve had to step up. I’m ready for the weekend now, that’s for sure. I better get a lie in on Saturday! In amongst the busy times I’ve had some lovely moments.

So 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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Little Women

Now that my eldest has finished all the Harry Potter series with her dad she was keen to find a book that we could enjoy together. After watching the film and then the Christmas television adaptation of Little Women together it seemed to the perfect idea for me to read the actual book to her. We’ve got the Puffin in Bloom edition which is simply beautiful.  

Typographic Specimens

I was gifted this book and as a fan of typography I found it’s premise really intriguing. Each animal is created with the use of traditional typefaces, numerals and punctuation marks. 

For the backstory of the book, as compiled by Andy Bainbridge a Senior Lecturer in Graphic Design, there is a rather magical tale that brings it to life. After renovating a farmhouse that had been in the family for generations Andy discovered ancestral belongs of his Great Great Grandfather Reverend Jackson Whitehead. The Reverend had been a chaplain on board various ships in the 1880s and created the fantastical creatures he came across on his travels. The Reverend himself bares a rather uncanny resemblance to his great great grandson.. and whether the stories of this book are what they seem is left to the imagination of the reader.

Typographical Specimens is available to buy here

 

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Dunkirk

Dunkirk has been on my ‘to watch’ list ever since it hit the cinemas but it’s only recently that I’ve had the chance to watch it. Oh my, it didn’t disappoint. I found it to be an incredibly moving film, I cannot even begin to imagine the horror and desperation those men felt on that beach.  Of course I cried towards the end when you saw all the tiny boats travelling towards the shore, if you’ve seen the film you’ll know the moment I mean.

Birthday happiness

Last Friday my youngest girl celebrated her seventh birthday and she was just as giddy and excited as I expected. Nothing beats the joy on children’s faces on their birthdays! She’s got her birthday treat on Saturday, a trip to our local Clip N Climb centre with a couple of friends and then out for tea.

 

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I finally made the announcement that I was shutting my store, Little and Fierce, this week. You can read all about my reasons behind it here, Why I’m Shutting Up Shop

This afternoon I’m attempting to make a rainbow cake for my youngest daughter’s birthday tea with friends. I made one for her first birthday and found it to be such a faff that I swore I’d never make one again. Sadly E’s obsession with rainbows coupled with the fact that she doesn’t remember the first cake, she is insistent in having one this year. Wish me luck… and a whole lot of patience!

 

A brand new bag

It’s a bit of a running joke in our house, my obsession with bags. I’ve got far more than I’d like to admit, and that’s with regular clear outs too! This is my most recent addition, the Mi-Pac Gold Weekender, that I can chuck everything in when I’m out and about. Including my laptop! It’s nothing fancy but it’s been a huge help already. 

 

heard

Highly Suspect

I’ve been trying to get myself out of the habit of just listening to the same bands, so I popped on the Dirty Rock Spotify playlist in the hope of finding some new bands similar to Royal Blood to listen to. It’s been a fantastic playlist and I’ve discovered loads of new bands through it, including this one, Highly Suspect.


 

and lastly

We’re got a busy weekend ahead of us what with E’s party as well as a mini family shoot with Robyn and not to mention my husbands birthday and our twelfth (!!) wedding anniversary! I came across this quote on Pinterest, and think it’s pretty apt really…

 

Have a fantastic weekend!

 

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The Greatest Showman, a new skincare regime and getting organised #littleloves

After a weekend of just me and my girls , playing board games, going for walks on the beach and watching films we were set up for the week ahead. The first week of school and work for the New Year, and it’s gone surprisingly well!

Today is actually my youngest baby’s birthday, I say baby, but she’s actually seven, so hardly a baby anymore. It’s thanks to this not so little one that I started blogging so it’s crazy to think just how many years have gone by since I started.

Now 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 

 

3 Tips to Make Yourself Attractive to Brands – Shiny Thoughts ~ I found this blog post incredibly insightful and helpful. There’s a lot to take from it and action if you’re a blogger that wants to work with brands and monetise your blog. Lucy works for Boden as their social media content producer as well as running her own blog so she can write from both sides.

Read here

 

The Interestings ~ I was definitely more on the mark with my book a month idea, there is no way I’d ever manage a book a week! As you’ve probably guessed I’m still reading [amazon_textlink asin=’0099584093′ text=’The Interestings’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’butwhymummywhy-21′ marketplace=’UK’ link_id=’38eb2943-f6f7-11e7-a86f-ffb66c350a69′] I’ve not read as much as I’d have liked this week, but being the first week back at work and with all the after school activity drop offs and co-ordination I haven’t really had much time.

 

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The Greatest Showman ~ I had a weekend with just my daughters last week so we made the most of it and went to the cinema to see this film. They absolutely LOVED it. Yes, it was cheesey in parts, it’s a musical though so you expect it to be a little hammy. It’s a lovely family film though so if musicals are your jam then definitely go and see it.

 

McMafia

The BBC drama McMafia has me completely hooked. Exploring the murky world of international crime, we see its impact from the bottom to the top stratas of society. It’s uncomfortable viewing but impeccably scripted and acting and shines a light on issues such as human trafficking. If you like gripping and thought provoking dramas then give this one a try. The first three episodes are on catch up, with a new episode airing weekly on BBC One, Sunday night at 9pm.

 

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Organised plans

With this being my first week back at work, so to speak, it’s been a week of reviewing last year and setting up plans for this year both personally and professionally. I wrote more about this on my Word For 2018 blog post earlier this week, but I want to start simplifying my life. I’m fed up of hustling but not achieving. With this in mind I’ve been a lot more organised with my daughter’s timetables and how that impacts us as a family. I’ve also been simplifying my work life, I’ll be sharing more on that in a blog post next week. For now though it means that I have cut my separate mailing list The Start Up Life and I’m merging it with my monthly Coffee Work Sleep Repeat mailer. With this blog becoming more of a resource for creatives and small indie business owners it make sense to merge them and not create twice as much work for myself!

If you’re not signed up to my monthly letter you can do so by clicking the pic below. You also have the option of just getting each blog post straight to your inbox.

 

Green People Skincare

 

I’m determined to start looking after my skin more though I’m fully aware that I intend to start doing that each year and it often falls by the wayside. Now I’m hurtling towards my mid-thirties I really cannot take my skin for granted! I’ve invested in some new Green People products that I’ve used in the past –

Firming Eye Serum

Vita Min Fix (24 hour anti-ageing moisturiser)

Ritually applying them in a set routine is so key, no more going to bed with a face of make up!

I’m keen on making sure what I use is organic and ethical as much as possible. My cleanser is from Lush, and I’ve used it for years and year – Angels On Bare Skin. 

 

 

heard

Blogtacular Podcast – Episode 028 Lucy Nicholls ~ I mentioned Lucy and her blog earlier up in my Read section, and in this podcast she is being interviewed by Kat and they talk about the relationship between brands and bloggers.

Listen here

Daughter

 

and lastly

We’re spending today and tomorrow celebrating our youngest girl. We’ve got plans to go bike shopping, swimming and have a games night with her favourite, ‘a picky tea’ (buffet style).

There’s also a HUGE sale over at my store, Little and Fierce and it’s a discount on everything, no code needed!

Have a fantastic weekend!

 

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It’s the first #LittleLoves of 2018

After a Christmas with extended family we’re now home. The Christmas decorations are down and safely packed away, and I’ve been having a New Year purge of clutter. Though not as much as I’d like, I seem to have given birth to offspring that love to hoard. Not ideal when you’re trying to have a more minimal home.

My girls aren’t back at school until next week so I’ve been squeezing in a little work here and there but I’m definitely not in work mode yet. I’m actually looking forward to putting lots of things into motion when the time comes, though I’m not looking forward to early starts and school runs!

Now onto those wonderful little things from this first week of a New Year, grab a cuppa (or a glass, depending on the time of day..!) and have a read.

 

  read 

I’ve just started [amazon_textlink asin=’0099584093′ text=’The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’butwhymummywhy-21′ marketplace=’UK’ link_id=’d940309d-f18b-11e7-b2e3-2fce9ec0930c’] and I’m really enjoying it. I found it on Amazon after a few click throughs on the links for ‘other people bought this’, you know the recommendations for similar books. I’m so pleased I found it, and I have a feeling I’ll be ordering more by these author.

For now though, I do have rather a lot of books to be getting on with..

 

watched

Black Mirror! I know this is a Marmite sort of series but we LOVE it. Charlie Brooker and Annabel Jones are so innovative and it always leaves me thinking, and often rather freaked out!

Have you watched any of this new season on Netflix?

 

MAde

Before heading home last Saturday we had one last play and walk at Moors Valley. We always go there whenever we stay with the inlaws as it’s only down the road and is so much fun. We had such a lovely time with my husband’s old school friends and their families.

The astute among you might have noticed that this site has had a little refresh. I’ve put up a static homepage and had a rejig around of everything. There’s still more to do, but with the girls still off school, those new little projects will have to wait a little longer.

 

I’m fully embracing my black, grey and white clothing, after really trying to give colour and pattern a try. Rather than buying things I’m realistically never going to wear. I’m working on more of capsule wardrobe that can be easily mixed and matched. So much so that I’m going through a big wardrobe clear out and putting loads on ebay!

I did make a few little purchases in the sales though, namely this jumper and those wide leg jeans both from Topshop.

I finally ordered myself a pair of Vans too after wanting them for so long!

 

heard

I’ve not listened to much music this week, I have however, listened to my children talk. A lot. Children talk a lot. All the time. It’s not all been arguments and shouting, thank goodness, we’ve also had a lot of fun. Old school board games like Cluedo and Game of Life have provided hours of entertainment. We had a really low key NYE with friends and none of us even saw the New Year in, that’s how rock and roll it was! After a busy Christmas an evening with food, talking and board games was was we all needed. I put on an Indie Party playlist to at least give us a few party points.

 

 

and lastly

The mister is off with friends in Scotland this weekend, all right for some, eh?! So it’s just me and my girls, I think Lego building and film watching will be a big part of the next couple of days.. oh that and a whole load of school uniform ironing for me!

There’s also a HUGE sale over at my store, Little and Fierce and it’s a discount on everything, no code needed!

Have a fantastic weekend.. and HAPPY NEW YEAR!

 

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Christmas and the best of 2017 #Littleloves

I hope you all had a lovely Christmas. Ours has been full of family and of course, a whole lot of food. We’re staying with the inlaws for a few days before heading home. Instead of writing a post just about Christmas, I’ve put together a round up of all my favourite Little Loves of 2017.

To make things easier, I’m going back to hosting the linky in this post rather than on a separate one. I’m glad I tried it, but it was extra faff that just wasn’t really needed.

Now onto those wonderful little things of 2017, grab a cuppa (or a glass, depending on the time of day..!) and have a read.

 

  read 

I didn’t think I’d managed to read that many books this year, and compared to most years I haven’t really. I was surprised though when I scrolled through, it’s more than I’d originally thought.

My favourite books of the year

[amazon_textlink asin=’150531349X’ text=’Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’butwhymummywhy-21′ marketplace=’UK’ link_id=’e163e53d-ebf3-11e7-ac6c-53de1356e61b’]

 

[amazon_textlink asin=’0670919969′ text=’The Power by Naomi Alderman’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’butwhymummywhy-21′ marketplace=’UK’ link_id=’127f272c-ebf4-11e7-8099-09cffb9436b6′]

 

when god was a rabbit

[amazon_textlink asin=’0755379306′ text=’When God Was A Rabbit by Sarah Winman’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’butwhymummywhy-21′ marketplace=’UK’ link_id=’364d69b2-ebf4-11e7-9347-23c96eabc567′]

 

[amazon_textlink asin=’0755390954′ text=’Tin Man by Sarah Winman’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’butwhymummywhy-21′ marketplace=’UK’ link_id=’50bbc5fa-ebf4-11e7-bc0b-116e508011bd’]

 

[amazon_textlink asin=’1784873187′ text=’The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’butwhymummywhy-21′ marketplace=’UK’ link_id=’63804e4f-ebf4-11e7-830d-479716ab2b95′]

[amazon_textlink asin=’0091955033′ text=’Rising Strong by Brene Brown’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’butwhymummywhy-21′ marketplace=’UK’ link_id=’7c092148-ebf4-11e7-ae02-2fae31a8d149′]

[amazon_textlink asin=’0008259577′ text=’What is the Bible by Rob Bell’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’butwhymummywhy-21′ marketplace=’UK’ link_id=’95dee62a-ebf4-11e7-a27a-416fbd81b7bc’]

 

[amazon_textlink asin=’B01C3NCZQS’ text=’Swing Time by Zadie Smith’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’butwhymummywhy-21′ marketplace=’UK’ link_id=’b302769b-ebf4-11e7-bf3e-a932343039de’]

 

[amazon_textlink asin=’B01AWUTMHY’ text=’The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’butwhymummywhy-21′ marketplace=’UK’ link_id=’d274d94e-ebf4-11e7-bee3-497d373e56e8′]

 

The Cows, Dawn O'Porter

[amazon_textlink asin=’0008126038′ text=’The Cows by Dawn O’Porter’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’butwhymummywhy-21′ marketplace=’UK’ link_id=’ea8ebcff-ebf4-11e7-8be7-ffdaf2cb40d8′]

 

[amazon_textlink asin=’1447250974′ text=’The Muse by Jessie Burton’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’butwhymummywhy-21′ marketplace=’UK’ link_id=’030b81a0-ebf5-11e7-a02f-29492c102dad’]

 

kate tempest book

[amazon_textlink asin=’1408857332′ text=’The Bricks That Built The Houses by Kate Tempest’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’butwhymummywhy-21′ marketplace=’UK’ link_id=’17bb11f6-ebf5-11e7-8ff3-4b7ccb4f0124′]

 

watched

The highlight of my year when it come to this category has to be La La Land. It was my favourite film and then made even better when I saw it with a live orchestra. Heavenly. You can read all about my love for La La Land here – 5 Things I Loved About La La Land

As for TV programmes a few of my favourites would be…

 

Netflix

Stranger Things, Dark, The Good Place

TV (and Sky)

Game of Thrones, Line of Duty, Cold Feet, Peaky Blinders

Amazon

Outlander, Parks and Recreation, The Marvelous Mrs Maisel

 

MAde

This year saw us make the move into a new home, a brand new house just for us.

It was not without its stresses and what seemed like endless delays but in May we were in, and extremely happy about it!

 

I’ve had a fun year teaming up with brands and finding my fab photographer friend, Robyn.

 

heard

Spotify has put together a playlist of my most listened to tracks, and it’s rather an eclectic mix! From Royal Blood, to Trolls, to worship music..!

The Maccabees has to be my band of the year though, and I was so happy to get to see them on their last ever tour along with fellow blogger, Kerry.

and lastly

I’m hoping that this coming week I’ll get the time to finish tweaking and making the changes I want to the new look Coffee Work Sleep.

There’s also a HUGE sale over at my store, Little and Fierce and it’s a discount on everything, no code needed!

Have a fantastic weekend.. and HAPPY NEW YEAR!

 

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Counting down to Christmas with carols, mince pies and um, The Last Jedi #littleloves

It’s finally the last morning of school today for my girls, it’s been a long time coming, that’s all I can say! I’ve had two very moody, exhausted kiddos on my hands this week. I’m very much looking forward to a bit of a Christmas break. The out of office is now on!

Like last week I’m continuing to try something a little different by doing two separate posts, this one jam packed with my Little Loves and one with the linky for bloggers to link up their posts, you can see that one here.

Now onto those wonderful little things, grab a cuppa (or a glass, depending on the time of day..!) and have a read.

 

  read 

I can’t say I’ve had much time to read anything this week. I’m looking forward to getting into some books over the Christmas holiday.

 

watched

My Christmas tradition of watching The Holiday happened last Friday night with a group of friends, food and Prosecco. It’s such a great festive film with a wonderful cast, I already want to watch it again.

Talking of films I want to watch again we went as a family to watch Star Wars, The Last Jedi over the weekend. It was truly epic and in my opinion the best film so far. It subverted so many fan theories and was a complex look into light and dark, good and evil. Adam Driver is stunning as the tortured Kylo Ren, I’m desperate to say more but I don’t want to ruin it for anyone.

Netflix wise I’ve been enjoying the second season of The Crown, what a phenomenal cast. They will be a tough act to follow that’s for sure. Though I am keen to find out who will be alongside Olivia Coleman’s Queen for the next seasons.

 

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I’ve been doing some festive baking ready for taking with us down south.. though the first batch of mince pies didn’t make it past the first day!

We had fun making gingerbread using a recipe passed on to me from my mum, I’ve blogged it before and you can find it here – Festive Gingerbread Biscuits

We also constructed a rather dilapidated gingerbread house from a kit, it’s not our finest work. You might have had the joy of seeing it on my Instagram Stories earlier this week, all I can say is it better taste good!

 

I actually when ‘out out’ on Saturday night! A few of us got together and went to Manchester’s Northern Quarter for a drink and a dance. I stayed over in a hotel with a friend and we dubbed the night our works do, with both of us being self employed we don’t get the works night out anymore so this was our remedy. I didn’t get any outfit shots and the photos I got from the night are the standard tipsy selfies that are more at home on my private Facebook than on here! I wore a dress from H&M and went for a bit of a 90s look, teaming it with boots and a Nirvana tshirt.

The rest of the week I’ve been in knitwear and jeans. Standard.

 

 

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It’s been another week of Christmas productions, first we had the one at church which was spectacular. I know a whole lot of hard work and time went into it and it massively paid off. 

Then it was the turn of my eldest with their junior Christmas Carol Service. Each year it’s led by year 5 so that means that she got a speaking part, hurrah! They acted out the Nativity, but it was really fun and I could tell the children were enjoying themselves.

 

and lastly

My eldest and her dad are off to a football match tomorrow. She came second in a design a Christmas card competition for Preston North End so she’s been invited to a match and even gets to go on the pitch at half time! She’s super excited. We’ll be heading down south in the next couple of days ready for a big family Christmas.

 

Have a wonderful Christmas!

 

And don’t forget, you can link up your own Little Loves post here

 

 

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#LittleLoves Linky 22/12/17

It’s the last Little Loves linky before Christmas and the second to last of the whole year! I’m going to share a round up of my Little Loves for the whole year next week. I’m actually looking forward to reading over my posts from this year and be reminded of all the little things that have made it special.

I’m continuing to try something a little different by sharing the link up and my own post separately. If you’re a blogger that links up each week then link up as normal below (just scroll all the way to the bottom) but if you just want to see my post you might want to click here instead – Counting Down to Christmas with mince pies, carols and, um, The Last Jedi

I can’t quite believe that it’s nearly the end of the third year of Little Loves posts! Some of my fellow #Littleloves bloggers have been joining in all that time too. It’s so lovely to have such a variety of bloggers join in, whether monthly or each week.

If you’re new to my blog and haven’t the foggiest idea what I’m wittering on about then here’s the general gist.

Basically the idea behind the posts is that they are a weekly (or monthly, if you’d prefer) chance to remember the little things you’ve loved that join up to make your week. You can even vlog your answers and share them on your YouTube channel and then link up as you would do with a blog post.

Here are the headings and ideas..

This can be anything you’ve read this week that you’ve enjoyed or found interesting, a blog, article, book or even a quote

What have you watched this week that you’ve really loved? Can be a film, youtube video, tv programme, even a play or a sports game!

This can be music, a talk or podcast or even some thing funny that your child has said (if you have one!).

Are you particuarly craft-y? Or have made a yummy meal? Lots can fit in this category if you feel a bit creative.

This can be a full outfit post, or highlighting an accessory or make up. You can even put children’s outfits here if you’d rather.

This heading is for anything you want to share that doesn’t fit in a category!

 

Fancy joining in?

The usual rules apply, just copy the above headings and use them as prompts in a blog post then link up below and let me know!



Please make sure that you comment on my post, it’s easy to find as it’s the one labelled as ‘HOST’ on the linky. 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. You don’t have to comment on them all but linkies are a great way of supporting others and finding new blogs that in turn will find you too! After all it’s cool to be kind. 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
If you’d rather you can just use a text link instead. 
 

 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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morgana#LittleLoves Linky 22/12/17
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