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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Have a fantastic weekend!
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Morgana is a social media coach for small businesses and entrepreneurs, specialising in Instagram and Pinterest. Based in the North West of the UK, where she lives with her husband and two daughters. She particularly enjoys a Netflix binge watch and cannot function without black coffee and dark chocolate digestives.