Manchester Wanderings, Unicorns and Sofa Snuggles #LittleLoves

Manchester Wanderings, Unicorns and Sofa Snuggles #LittleLoves

It’s been a week of ups and downs for us. I’ve swung from full on overwhelmed panic mode to feeling like I’ve actually got things under control. Yes, I’m talking about Christmas. I gave myself a good talking to and got a bit of much needed perspective. Another down for this week has to be my youngest girl catching a sickness bug from school. Thankfully she’s on the mend now and as I’m writing this she’s dancing around while playing on her iPad! Got to love school’s 48 hours until they can come back rule.

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.



While in Manchester I of course had a wander around the Northern Quarter, one of my happy places for sure. I couldn’t resist popping into Magma, an independent book store with the most impeccable collection of books. I spotted this one on coding for children and added it to my list of books to get for my youngest girl. She is really enjoying learning to code and plays so many coding games, honestly I’m jealous of how much she just ‘gets it’ for someone so young.

I also picked this one up in the hope it might actually help me!

While at a soft play party on Saturday I survived by hiding in this book by Tara Mohr, Playing Big.

I’m only a chapter in, but with the first one being about you inner critic I just know this one will be a game changer.



I’ve not watched a lot this week. My favourite shows on Netflix have been on a break due to Thanksgiving in the US. The mister and I have been glued to Mindhunter though. It’s a fascinating, if rather disturbing look back to when the FBI worked on a study of psychologically profiling notorious murders. It’s fictional but based on true events and real criminals and it’s so interesting hearing terms and phrases coined that are part of our every day vernacular now, such as ‘serial killer’.

Lots of Cartoon Network! My youngest girl was off sick for two days and my husband and I took a day each to be off with her. A lot of time was spent on the sofa watching cartoons and a couple of Harry Potter films of course.

We popped along to our nearest garden centre after school one day this week, it’s my youngest girls favourite place and has been ever since she was tiny. I loved watching them looking at all the Christmas decorations and getting so excited. We even bumped into Father Christmas on the way to his grotto! I’m carrying on a tradition with my girls that my Aunty did with me as a child. She used to work in the garden centre in Chatsworth and each Christmas I would visit her and she’d let me choose any tree ornament from their collection and would buy it for me. My girls love doing this, just as much as I did, especially when there’s a unicorn…



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I love this time of year for the layers and layers you can get away with wearing. The long coats and miles of scarves equal perfection in my eyes.

My impulse buy long black coat that I picked up from New Look Petite last year is now my go to coat for a cold winter’s day for sure. Combined with a big scarf it was perfect for keeping me warm while I wandered around the markets and shops in Manchester on Wednesday.




I’ve put together a list of some of my favourite podcasts for female creative business owners and bloggers as a follow up to this one.


and lastly

Due to an inset day I’ve got a whole day with my girls today and we’re planning on spending it decorating the Christmas tree and the house, and I’m sure there will be Christmas movies involved too. After all it is December now, time to get officially excited for Christmas!!


Have a fantastic weekend!


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  1. December 1, 2017 / 7:09 am

    Sorry E has been poorly! Glad she has perked up! Happy 1st December! My tree goes up next week! I’m fighting to actually find a time to do it! We have so much on! But luckily we have decided for a mid-week decoration! Have a wonderful weekend lovely xx

  2. December 1, 2017 / 9:24 am

    Oh no we had that vomit bug too it’s awful more awful though the 48 hour rule where I had both of mine bouncing hyper around me while I threw up because I caught it from them. Go back to school already hahaha. It’s December and the festive period I am so so excited. I love Xmas although busy and stressful at times too. I put my tree up the last weekend of November feels less stress to do it in December that way as the weekends are packed. Love the black blanket scarf you are cozying up to there. I did listen to some of your podcast suggestions too. #littleloves

  3. December 1, 2017 / 10:34 am

    It sounds as though you’ve managed to have a positive week despite the illness. Love your Christmas decoration tradition. It’s interesting now that my kids are older they are so uninterested in putting the tree and decorations up. I am going to try to get it up tomorrow evening though when everyone is here – I shall guilt trip them into it! Have a lovely weekend. xx

  4. December 1, 2017 / 2:14 pm

    What is it about garden centres and Christmas? They are so often the best place to see decorations and lights. We like to visit one at this time of year as well.

  5. December 1, 2017 / 4:09 pm

    I happened to catch you Instagram post on long lasting lipstick and *need* to know which it is because it is beaut, especially in your mirror selfie! Sorry to hear your little one hasn’t been well, glad to hear she is over the worst of all. Hurrah for inset days on December 1st – pretty wonderful timing! Now I’ve finished Tin Man (I know!), I’m going to take another of your reading suggestions and try Playing Big! Thanks for hosting, as always x

  6. December 1, 2017 / 8:41 pm

    Sorry to hear your girl has been struck with the dreaded sickness bug but apart from that it sounds as if you have had a lovely week. I know what you mean about going from sheer panic to ‘I have got this’ about the Christmas season. I felt much better after having a mammoth shopping spree on Wednesday with the husband. I was a woman possessed ha x

  7. December 1, 2017 / 11:15 pm

    Oh wow this book looks awesome, our son is fancying learning to code. We are all such geeks in this house I may have to buy this too!

  8. December 2, 2017 / 8:24 am

    Sorry to hear your girl has been poorly – well done for managing to contain it and keep the rest of the household healthy! That little unicorn decoration is lovely – we always buy the girls a new decoration with their name on every year. I like having little traditions like that – it’s those things that they’ll remember as they grow up and have children of their own. Hope you enjoyed your festive inset day 🙂

  9. December 2, 2017 / 9:12 pm

    Magma is one of my favourite shops! I love looking at all the books and magazines whenever I go in there. Thunderegg next door is brilliant too. Hope you have a lovely week x

  10. December 2, 2017 / 11:01 pm

    I’m totally adding all of those books to my list. I’m a sucker for those kinds of non-fiction books at the mo. Cute giveaway too – I want to win for myself. 30 isn’t too old for unicorns, right?

  11. December 3, 2017 / 6:58 pm

    Ah I hope she is feeling better its awful when they are ill. And the Markets are so much fun aren’t they? I love just having a mooch and enjoying the atmosphere. I will have to check out some of those podcasts they look fab x

  12. December 4, 2017 / 8:45 pm

    Hope E’s feeling much better now and you haven’t all come down with it. Love all those books you got, they sound fab. That unicorn ornament is lovely. We do something similar each year, although this year it’s all about Harry Potter and Star Wars! Have a great week x

  13. December 5, 2017 / 1:02 pm

    Glad your daughter is feeling better, we had the same bug here a few weeks ago, it’s vile! I must pop over and have a look at your post on podcasts. And that time management book looks pretty good for me…! xx

  14. December 7, 2017 / 10:10 am

    LOVE the coat! Gorgeous. And love all your book recommendations at the moment. Thanks for sharing xx

  15. December 9, 2017 / 2:18 pm

    We really need to start watching mindhunter, I have heard so many good things about it. Love the look of the coding book, my son is learning code at school so I will definitely look into picking him a couple of books up. The unicorn ornament is beautiful! X

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