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

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.

 

 

watched

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

 

 

MAde

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.

 

 

heard

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.

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Have a fantastic weekend!

 

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71 Comments

  1. February 9, 2018 / 7:25 am

    Your the second person this week that’s said how good this book is, it’s on my list to read next. What a beautiful walk and that hotel looks gorgeous, I love the style of it. Have a wonderful half term with your girls x

  2. February 9, 2018 / 7:30 am

    Yay to half term!! Do you know I’ve never visited the Lake Districts, still on my list of places to go! I love Eleanor Ophiliant, read it last year and it was one of my fav books. #LittleLoves

  3. February 9, 2018 / 7:34 am

    That book is sitting in my Amazon basket. So many people I follow on Instagram have read it and have said it is a really good read.
    I’m jealous of your Lake District day out. It looks beautiful.
    I hope you feel better soon x

  4. February 9, 2018 / 9:28 am

    Sorry you aren’t feeling too well, really hope you are much better and can enjoy a fun filled half term with the family. We don’t break up until next Friday and I can’t wait. I’ve read Eleanor Oliphant this week too, I loved it so much. She is so funny with her interactions isn’t she. I’ve had to stop watching Jane the Virgin it was driving me mad x

  5. February 9, 2018 / 10:58 am

    Oh hope your cold improves soon, there are so many bugs around! I have seen several posts on the Eleanor book lately, it seems to be really popular. I have it on order from the library so I hope it comes in soon! xx

  6. Sue McCarthy
    February 9, 2018 / 1:05 pm

    My brother-in-law didn’t close the chicken run door when he went in to feed them yesterday and the young cockerel led The Great Escape! They had a great time exploring until I decided to round them up. Managed to get 5 back into their pen by myself, my sister, dad and brother-in-law herded to rest back while I guarded the door.

  7. Kim Neville
    February 9, 2018 / 2:07 pm

    Watching my son start his new gymnastics club and getting star of the week. He was very chuffed

  8. laura stewart
    February 9, 2018 / 2:20 pm

    looking forward to half term x

  9. February 9, 2018 / 2:37 pm

    I LOVE Jane the virgin!! Having tea with my auntie and uncle was the best part of this week for me. She’s really poorly so it’s nice to still get time out with them

  10. Tracy Nixon
    February 9, 2018 / 3:04 pm

    A Littleloves moment from our week was making a pan of broth to warm us up from the cold weather! We chopped up a range of our homegrown vegetables!

  11. February 9, 2018 / 3:21 pm

    I am just starting this book again as after Xmas I read 4 pages and just didn’t get round to reading again, but am making myself to not be on my phone before bed and take the time to read. Have seen so many great reviews of this book so decided to start again. Love the pictures from the lakes, looked beautiful xx

    Stacey | SimplyStacey.co.uk

  12. Lesley Bradley
    February 9, 2018 / 3:40 pm

    Mine was helping my son move into his first home- quite an emotional week for me!

  13. Andrea Fletcher
    February 9, 2018 / 5:38 pm

    The highlight of my week was collecting my grandson from nursery and having tea together.

  14. February 9, 2018 / 6:54 pm

    I love that statement from Sarah Bessey, and whilst I share a little more of George and our adventures on the blog and IG I do like to think that I hold some back, not all but definitely more than in the past. I hope you have a super half term, we don’t break until 19th x

  15. Lucy D
    February 9, 2018 / 6:57 pm

    Watching my son do “skibobs” at our local dry ski slope. He was really scared, but they let him start half way down the slope and then he managed it from the top.

  16. olivia Kirby
    February 9, 2018 / 7:28 pm

    My husband has been in Hong Kong all week (back Sunday) and I’ve had one child off with chicken pox (had one other off with chicken pox last month when he was away!) I’ve been working and my lift this week has been watching Psychoville on Netflix with a hot Ribena!

  17. Alice Dixon
    February 9, 2018 / 7:44 pm

    My son came home with a certificate, he i writer of the week and received a special present from the headmistress. So proud, it brightened my week

  18. Solange
    February 9, 2018 / 8:02 pm

    When I asked my son how his day was, he said it was brilliant. I asked him what made it so brilliant – his response was ‘because I wanted it to be’.

  19. Ashleigh Allan
    February 9, 2018 / 8:04 pm

    Watching my son’s school show

  20. February 9, 2018 / 8:15 pm

    Yay for half term! I’m so ready for a slower week. I really need to read Eleanor Oliphant, I keep going to put it in the trolley on the food shop but already have SO many books sitting on my shelf. Looks like you had a lovely time in the Lake District, gorgeous photos! Enjoy your week xx

  21. February 9, 2018 / 8:47 pm

    I hope you’re feeling better soon and get to make the most of half-term and your stay-cation… we have one more week to go! Very tempted to read Eleanor Oliphant as I’m having really difficulty with sticking with a book at the moment.

  22. February 9, 2018 / 9:17 pm

    I’m sure my teen has that book in her room, will have to give it a read! I’m with you on not sharing it all, I’m still relatively anonymous in that no one in my family even knows I blog still (its been almost 10 years you’d think they’d have noticed by now), so although I’ve relaxed a lot and even have a profile pic of myself on my blog now, I still don’t share anything that would draw attention to my blog from people I know. It’s restricting in a way, but at the same time I don’t think everyone needs to know everything about everyone all the time.

    That hotel looks absolutely gorgeous. I love how it doesn’t look bland and corporate and has a real individual style. Yay for half term, I’m so ready for a few lazy days and lots of fun exploring. Have a good one x

  23. February 9, 2018 / 11:12 pm

    Jane the Virgin is one of the shows that has been on my list forever. I wonder if I should go for that or The Good Place next… That book is popping up everywhere too and I’m dying to see what all the fuss is about. The paperback is super cheap in Sainsbury’s at the mo so I might have to pick it up when I do the next food shop.

  24. February 9, 2018 / 11:49 pm

    I’ve been following Sarah Bessey for years too! Such an encouraging woman. Her book “Jesus Feminist” has been on my Christmas list for a few years and no-one has bought it for me, I may have to buy it for myself. I’m also planning a weekend away in the Lakes for this year, it will be great.

  25. Heather Haigh
    February 10, 2018 / 10:38 am

    I finished knitting a pair of socks, and I have been struggling with them for ages.

  26. Amanda Norwood
    February 10, 2018 / 11:53 am

    I’ve just got the Elemis Superfoods range and I’m loving how it’s making my skin look and feel

  27. Lucy
    February 10, 2018 / 1:10 pm

    I’ve really enjoyed Celebs Go Dating being back on TV this week! 🙂

  28. February 10, 2018 / 2:01 pm

    It certainly looks as if you had fun in the Lakes, we are hoping to get out and about in the Lakes (where we happen to live) over the half term.

  29. Michelle Smith
    February 10, 2018 / 3:31 pm

    I had lovely meal with hubby to celebrate my birthday.

  30. February 10, 2018 / 3:50 pm

    My mum has just bought me that book, I am eating patiently for her to drop it round! I am really looking forward to reading it. The lakes looks gorgeous, sounds like it was a lovely break! Hope your having a wonderful weekend x

  31. February 10, 2018 / 4:11 pm

    Your trip to the lake district looks wonderful. I keep meaning to organise a trip there when I visit my Dad who’s in Lancashire… this Summer definitely! I love the idea of the Shop my Style section – will be keeping my eyes open for inspiration! x

  32. February 10, 2018 / 4:27 pm

    Oh I just love the lake district! Your photos are really making me want to go and visit again! I really hope the cold goes soon, those things just seem to linger and linger don’t they xx

  33. February 10, 2018 / 4:45 pm

    I’ve just popped that book in my Amazon basket to treat myself to next week, I’ve heard such good things about it. I totally agree with the not sharing everything thing. There’s so much I would never write in my blog or tell everyone one via Facebook as it’s just not me. It looks like you had a wonderful time in the lakes x

  34. Hannah Wallington
    February 10, 2018 / 9:03 pm

    Hearing my daughter proud as she climbed her highest in PE.

  35. Margaret Gallagher
    February 10, 2018 / 9:41 pm

    Loved the book – thoroughly recommend
    My little love = having my 15 month old great neice for the day – boy am i tired after trying to keep up with her – BEAUTIFUL day

  36. iain maciver
    February 11, 2018 / 11:10 am

    seeing my family

  37. February 11, 2018 / 12:21 pm

    This book is definitely going on the to do read list – everyone seems to be saying how great it. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity we love green people here too as my kids have very sensitive skin its perfect. Your weekend away looks beautiful and like a real adventure on that walk. Hope you enjoy your staycation. xx

  38. Samantha O'D
    February 11, 2018 / 1:20 pm

    Having a little time to myself, its pretty rare these days

  39. cheryl hadfield
    February 11, 2018 / 5:14 pm

    looks a good read

  40. February 11, 2018 / 5:54 pm

    I love Jane The Virgin! I didn’t know there were new episodes, hooray xxx

  41. Carol W
    February 11, 2018 / 9:13 pm

    My twin boys and I have spent the week planning their 7th birthday party. They want a “Battle Party”, with a cake shaped like a tank, and flinging Barbie “princesses” into a dragon’s mouth. Should be interesting. Got to love Pinterest!

  42. JULIE WARD
    February 11, 2018 / 10:07 pm

    Watching grandson get a strike at bowling, also he beat his dad

  43. February 11, 2018 / 10:24 pm

    I thought I recognised some of those shots, we visited Aira Force at the end of last Summer and had an amazing time, the children all fell in love with the Lake District and have been asking when we can go back. Will definitely look up the hotel, it looks amazing! Hope you enjoy half term xx

  44. Aimee Rogers
    February 12, 2018 / 5:59 pm

    My son handing me an early Valentines card at the weekend, written by himself ❤️ Really enjoying catching up on the first season of This Is Us as well, it’s my new favourite TV series! So heartwarming and sad at times but always brilliant!

  45. Jessi
    February 12, 2018 / 11:53 pm

    Highlight of my week was my two little ones playing nicely together, I absolutely love watching their sister bond grow

  46. Debra Shanahan
    February 13, 2018 / 1:07 pm

    Having some peace and quiet…the kids are with their grandparents for half term…I do miss them ( but don’t tell them that)

  47. amanda w
    February 13, 2018 / 1:46 pm

    weve been painting rocks and hiding them around our area to put smiles on other peoples faces!!!

  48. EJ Dunn
    February 13, 2018 / 8:46 pm

    My mum looked after my 2 month old whilst I got 2 hours of sleep. I’m so grateful as she only slept for 2 hours that night!

  49. February 14, 2018 / 2:55 pm

    Such a lovely Little Loves. I’ve started reading that book and it hasn’t grabbed me yet, but I’ve heard endless great reviews of it that I’m pretty sure I’ll get into it once I get a bit further. That hotel looks lovely and I’ve also always wanted to go to Watergate Bay – it looks amazing. I love the sound of the piano playlist before the girls’ bedtime – Ava has been a big pain with going to sleep recently so I might try that! I came across Lucy’s podcast the other day and I love her blog so I subscribed, but I haven’t listened yet – that sounds like a great episode. Hope you’re having a lovely half term week, ours isn’t until next week! xx

  50. Laura Walker
    February 15, 2018 / 3:11 pm

    My son had made a Valentine’s card at nursery then they all walked to the post box with it. I didn’t know so when it arrived yesterday it was so lovely and my boy was so excited

  51. CAROLINE WATSON
    February 15, 2018 / 3:14 pm

    my yoga class i have just started yoga and i’m in complete awe of some of the ladies they are so flexible and at least 20 years older than me They are my inspiration!

  52. February 15, 2018 / 9:48 pm

    I’m loving Elanor Oliphant at the moment – it’s been quite a while since I was last sucked in to a book, but this has definitely done it. #littleloves

  53. February 15, 2018 / 9:54 pm

    I hope you have had a lovely half term and had some family time. Exploring the Lake District looks fun, your photos are beautiful xx #LittleLoves

  54. rebecca Beesley
    February 15, 2018 / 11:46 pm

    i made my own granola this week! #littleloves

  55. February 16, 2018 / 8:10 am

    I’ve got Eleanor Oliphant arriving from Amazon today. I’m hearing such good things I can’t wait to get started.
    Hope you’ve had a lovely half term

  56. Keri Jones
    February 16, 2018 / 8:47 pm

    My son tried so hard in his swimming lesson this week it made me & my husband smile from ear to ear. Such a proud moment for us both x

  57. karen hill
    February 17, 2018 / 4:04 pm

    We had a great start to last week wit just a little bit of snow, was able to take my son out , Rory is 2 years old and was his first ever snow, he loved it , was so cute in his little wellies x

  58. Carole Nott
    February 17, 2018 / 5:38 pm

    the highlight of my week was attending my nephew’s wedding – a lovely day

  59. MANDY DOHERTY
    February 18, 2018 / 11:33 am

    Making some protein bars for my son & he actually liked them!

  60. Christine Reid
    February 18, 2018 / 7:33 pm

    The highlight of week was going to Jungle Mania Play Area, the children do love it there.

  61. Diane Carey
    February 20, 2018 / 5:08 pm

    Spending time with my 9 month old granddaughter this week put a smile on my face. Everytime I see her she is doing something new

  62. Tasha
    February 20, 2018 / 5:29 pm

    We made some gruffalo paw biscuits I am very impressed with them

  63. Rebecca Hart
    February 20, 2018 / 11:24 pm

    The highlight of my week was going on a long stroll with my partner and our son. We also fed the ducks and played on the park for a little while.

  64. Amanda Graham
    February 22, 2018 / 10:50 am

    Just enjoying half term and a chance to relax a bit!

  65. carol boffey
    February 23, 2018 / 12:44 pm

    Decorating my bathroom

  66. mel temple
    February 23, 2018 / 4:27 pm

    found modus a swedish crime drama on the iplayer and have become addicted. Love these subtitled series hoping to pick up the lingo from watching so much 🙂

  67. Rebecca Powell
    February 23, 2018 / 7:34 pm

    Meeting up with friends

  68. Alastair Pert
    February 24, 2018 / 12:26 pm

    Had a late shift last Monday and was too tired and hungry to cook when I got home, so ordered out for a pizza; that was the best pizza ever.

  69. Natalie Crossan
    February 24, 2018 / 5:56 pm

    I finally made an amazing low carb pizza – and i’m very pleased with myself because it’s keeping me on my diet!

  70. Olga carpenter
    February 24, 2018 / 7:43 pm

    A lovely meal with hubby to celebrate his 60 th

  71. AdrianBold
    February 24, 2018 / 11:41 pm

    The highlight of my week was a party we went to for a friends 40th.

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