What an awfully sad week, I hate that it feels that I’m writing that at the start of a Little Loves post more and more. With the attack in Manchester, a city just down the road from me, it’s been hard to focus on even the smallest of tasks, let alone write a whole blog post dedicated to lovely little things and positivity. It’s just felt so very close to home with many affected being friends and their relatives. I don’t want this to sound trite but like I’ve said so many times before though, it’s at times like this that I need to focus on those things no matter how difficult or even how small they are.
Here we go then, are you ready for some positivity? Grab a cuppa and enjoy my Little Loves, don’t forget you can read lots of other bloggers’ Little Loves by clicking on the linky at the end.
Something unexpected really cheered me up and put a smile on my face on Wednesday. I was scrolling through twitter for news when I came across this trending hashtag #BritishThreatLevels I braced myself for the worst and clicked on it. Unexpectedly it was a British response to difficulty, a whole load of tweets about typically British awkward situations, for example ‘Saying “bless you” when someone sneezes only for them to sneeze again leaving you stranded in etiquette limbo’. Honestly, if you need a laugh then head over and have a read.
I’ve finally finished The Essex Serpent and started The Cows, it’s amazing how much reading you can get done when you don’t have any wifi at home! Both books are wonderful though wildly different, with The Essex Serpent* you are enveloped into Victorian Britain and drawn into an interesting dialogue of faith and science through such intriguing characters and the narrative of a mythical beast in the river. I found it fascinating and really loved it. The Cows by Dawn O’Porter* is an easy and engaging read following three British women, with one being a blogger! I’m half way through and enjoying so far. I’ll do a better review next week when I’ve finished it.
Kerry has written Part 2 of her series on Instagram props and hashtags and if you’re an Instagram fan it’s worth a read and bookmarking for future reference. You can read it here.
Last Friday season 3 of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt was released on Netflix, unfortunately this coincided with the day that our wifi switch off in preparation for our house move (that didn’t happen – don’t ask). Luckily I managed to sneakily download it while sat in a well known coffee chain. It was just the remedy for the frustration and disappointment I was feeling. You can’t feel blue while watching it, it’s impossible. Titus’ spoof of Beyonce’s Lemonade is just something else.
With my husband away on a Stag Do, and my youngest at a sleepover, my eldest and I decided to have a girls film night. Now, not having wifi did stump us for a bit but a quick trip to Sainsburys remedied that and we managed to pick up My Girl and Little Women, for just £3 each.
Armed with popcorn and dairy-free chocolate we had a movie marathon all tucked up in my bed. It made me so happy to see her enjoy each film just as much as I did when I first watched them. In fact, she loved Little Women so much she watched it again the next day! I’ve ordered the book for her, I mean just look at the cover!
My eldest daughter ‘made’ me proud over the weekend by competing in her second triathlon, 6 lengths of the pool, 4km bike and 1.2 km run. She did so well, and is looking forward to her next one – the crazy thing!
We are attempting to make vegan yeast free pizza’s this weekend, I really hope we find a recipe that works and a dairy free cheese we like. I miss pizza so much!
I don’t have any outfits worth sharing, to be honest, clothes have been the furthest from my mind this week. I did order a new pin from Veronica Dearly and got this badge with my order!
You can see the whole pin badge collection at Veronica Dearly. I love supporting independent brands, businesses and makers and have been so sad to hear of so many of my favourites closing down. I’ve written about how you can support small businesses, and as a long suffering online retailer myself I would urge you to give it a quick read. I think I need to write some round up posts of my favourite makers and shops, would that be something you’d read?
Podcasts wise I really enjoyed the final Blogtacular interview, Kat speaks to the founders of Tatty Devine, Rosie Wolfenden MBE and Harriet MBE. I wasn’t up for listening to any business coaching talks this week so this was a perfect replacement. You can listen to it for yourself here. The only downside is that it reminds me that I’m not going to Blogtacular this year, which I’m truly gutted about. Unfortunately the mister was quicker off the mark than me and had already booked the Leeds Triathlon. Honestly, they are taking over our lives, next year will be my year I’ll make sure of it… to go to conferences that is, not to do triathlons!!
As for music I’ve had such a mix on in the background, from the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, to Deathcab, to Royal Blood. Having no wifi has meant I’ve been listening to the radio more at home. I love 6 Music and wish I could have it in my car.
An update on the move: We had our mortgage approved, and as long as everything runs smoothly today we’ll be moving next Thursday. It’s been a long time coming! As we are hopefully completing today it means that we have access to the house from then onwards so keep an eye on my social media, especially IG Stories as I’m sure I’ll be doing some sneak peaks on there.
Normally I share a collage of nine of my favourites from the #littleloves community on Instagram but I’ve changed things up and now just choosing one each week. Partly this is because I don’t like having a grid photo on my feed (!!) but also I get bored easily and like to shake things up a bit! So head on over and see which photo is being featured this week. I’ll probably share a few more over on IG Stories. If you’re on Instagram and want to join in, 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 then share my favourites from the week on here and on my Instagram every Friday.
Fancy joining in?
Just copy the headings and use them as prompts in a blog post then link up below and let me know!
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. 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.
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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.