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.’

 

 

MAde

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!

 

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  • Chantelle Hazelden - February 2, 2018 reply

    Hidden Figures is something I still want to watch. Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine is a really good book hope you enjoy it! Have a fantastic family day.

  • jenny - February 2, 2018 reply

    Oh I haven’t seen or heard of HIdden Figures. Must check it out. Enjoy the lake district hope the weather is very nice for you. We need some around here. We are deseperate to get out of the house and play outdoors again. Roll on spring. #littleloves

  • Angela Webster - February 2, 2018 reply

    Wow two books at once, I’m hoping I can get to that point some time this year. There are so many books I want to read it’s so hard to decide which one to pick up next. Hidden Figures sounds fantastic, I remember seeing it advertised when it was first released. Have a wonderful time in the Lakes this weekend x

  • Joanna - February 2, 2018 reply

    I love that video about The Shed. Lost count of the number of people I sent it on to when I saw it!
    Enjoy the Lakes and hope the weather is good for you.

  • Kerri-Ann - February 2, 2018 reply

    Oh wow sounds like a great weekend ahead, very jealous of your trip to the lake district – we never made it at Christmas due to the fire. I hope you manage to get back into your your running x

  • Stephanie Burroughs - February 2, 2018 reply

    Oh my gosh. I must have been living under a rock as that’s the first I’d heard about The Shed at Dulwich! What an amazing video! Though I did watch some of it through my fingers as I kept cringing!! The power of social media and online influence is amazing. If a little scary. haha!

    I can’t wait to read your post on Robyn Swain too. Sounds great.

    Have a great weekend – will watch out on stories and keep my fingers crossed for good weather too xxx

  • Mum Reinvented - February 2, 2018 reply

    Love Sarah’s reading lists, she always has some fantastic books to take inspiration from. I’m going to get my moody teen to read your latest start up story. She wants to do photography at college when she leaves school this year, so it’ll be a great read for her. Have a great time in The Lakes x

  • Joanna Bayford - February 2, 2018 reply

    Hope you have a lovely time in the lake district! I loved Sarah’s post for some fab reading inspiration and I love the video about the shed. #LittleLoves

  • Emma - February 2, 2018 reply

    Ooh, I’m about to read How To Stop Time too. I’ve heard so many good things and I’m really looking forward to it.

  • RachelSwirl - February 2, 2018 reply

    Have fun up here in the Lakes! I hope you don’t mind me saying but I’m really struggling on your site at the moment as it seems incredibly slow for some reason?

    Hope all is well
    Rach
    x

  • Sabina Green - February 2, 2018 reply

    I am joining in for the first time this week, fingers crossed I will remember to do it each week?!

    I have Hidden Figures on DVD but haven’t watched it yet, you have reminded me so I think that could be Sunday evening viewing sorted!

  • Stacie - February 4, 2018 reply

    I’ve been meaning to watch Hidden Figures since it popped up on Sky Movies, heard so many great things about it. Eleanor Oliphant is a book that’s on my TBR too, looking forward to hearing your thoughts on it. Hope you had a lovely time in the Lake District, believe it or not I’ve never visited – but I’d love too! Enjoy your Sunday xx

  • Kim - February 4, 2018 reply

    I loved Hidden Figures! Joining in for the first time!

  • Tracey Williams - February 4, 2018 reply

    How lovely of your husband to arrange a surprise day to The Lakes, hope you had a fantastic day. I have just started reading Eleanor Oliphant last night and it seems a very intriguing book.And funnily enough my mum has just started reading the Matt Haig book. We will have to swop when we have both finished. Have a lovely week x

  • Jessica - February 4, 2018 reply

    I really want to watch Hidden Figures! Hope you had a lovely time in the Lake District x

  • Clémentine - February 4, 2018 reply

    I hope you had fun on your Lake District outing! Hidden Figures is on my to-watch list, glad to see you enjoyed it. I also went out for a run and it felt so good to be out in the fresh air. Hurry spring! Have a lovely week xx

  • Sarah Christie - February 4, 2018 reply

    We are so lucky to be able to work form home, it makes it so much easier when disasters like this happen, I have been slow on the reading front to this month but have been so tired. Hope you had a lovely day out too I havent been to the Lake District for sooooooo long x

  • Kara - February 4, 2018 reply

    I love Sarah’s blog too, I keep forgetting to check out her monthly read post I must as I really want to get to books under my belt this year.

    Oh thanks for the podcast link, I shall save that for later x

  • Lauren - February 5, 2018 reply

    Oh I heard about The Shed but will definitely watch that video. I loved reading Robyns start up story, I found it really interesting after seeing the photos she has taken for you x

  • Gail - February 5, 2018 reply

    Oh, both the Eleanor Oliphant and How to Stop Time books are on my to-read list. I agree about Sarah’s blog being fab and I always get a lot of reading inspiration on there too. I must watch Hidden Figures, it sounds really interesting. Hope you had a lovely time in the Lake District, it’s beautiful there xxx

  • Laura - Dear Bear and Beany - February 7, 2018 reply

    I hope you had a lovely time at the Lake District, I’ve never been before. I really need to start listening to Podcasts more, I love it when I do. They are really inspiring. x

  • Sarah - February 9, 2018 reply

    That film sounds like just the sort of thing I’d like – I’ll have to have a look for it. I hope you had a good day in the Lakes – we love it up there 🙂 #LittleLoves

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