Love the Little Things 07.11.14

I haven’t linked up with Little Things for a while – Thursdays and Fridays are always so manic both in and out of the blogosphere! But I think it’s time to slow down and, in the spirit of Thanksgiving, appreciate the good things that I’ve been up to lately so I’m back!


My current book, Skios by Michael Frayn has been on hold for a while now as I just haven’t found the time. However, I started up my very own (Tuesday) linky last week, The Truth about… offering the chance to share some of the unvarnished truths of parenting and life in general that, essentially, gives both writer and reader the reassurance that they’re not alone, a good laugh, a fascinating insight, support and encouragement when the going gets tough. I’ve been able to share some brilliant posts this week including The 20 Week Scan by Louise over at Little Hearts Big Love (made me cry a bit!) and On Highwaymen by Michelle over at Learner Mother which really made me laugh!


I’m really only watching two things right now: Strictly and The Apprentice (although I absolutely love ‘The Apprentice: You’re fired’ makes me laugh out loud every.single.time). They’re both kind of at the beginning of the middle right now but my favourites are Jake in Strictly (although Alison is bloody brilliant to watch 🙂 ) and Aussie Mark in The Apprentice. Anyone with me?


New single Real Love by Clean Bandit/Jess Glynne – another good’un.


Me in new scarf

Because it’s suddenly got so bloomin’ cold this week I’ve actually managed to get a wear out of my beautiful new scarf.


Pumpkin soup

Roasted pumpkins

Ever since I took the boys to Manydown Farm during half term for some Halloween fun I have had these two pumpkins rolling around in the boot of my car (we never did carve or decorate them). My mum has also given me a butternut squash from the crop on my dad’s allotment so I decided to turn my hand to a simple spiced roasted pumpkin and butternut soup. It’s actually really tasty and really low fat (I stirred some greek yogurt through instead of double cream) – win win! On the down side I still have one entire pumpkin knocking about – there’s only so much pumpkin soup one person can eat.

And lastly…

Tomorrow is (*lets out tiny excited squeal*) my first ever blog conference – Mumsnet Blogfest!! I have to admit to being kind of nervous and excited in equal measure. I’m particularly discombobulated about the fact that I’ve signed up for a ‘techie-tips’ round table discussion because frankly, I don’t have an awful lot to share (but I’ll be making frantically scribbled notes no doubt!). More importantly, I’m looking forward to the gin-based Fever-tree drinks reception 🙂 , and even more importantly than that, I’m looking forward to finally meeting some of my lovely friends from the world of Blog.
Happy weekend Little Loves – hope to see some of you girls there!



15 thoughts on “Love the Little Things 07.11.14

  1. Aww, so sad I’ll not get to meet you this time Sam. Maybe BritMums? Hope you have a brilliant weekend anyway! I love the Apprentice too, and Mark is definitely emerging as a strong contender. He’s so cool and calm when the others are flustered and irrational! Enjoy Blogfest luvvie xx

  2. I tried pumpkin soup for the first time this year, it was surprising lovely, although I agree you couldn’t live on the stuff! Hope you find a use for the other one! I am also an Apprentice fan, though to be honest, I wouldn’t like to go into business with any of them! Enjoy Blogfest! #littleloves
    Mel @mydaysni recently posted…Love The Little Things #3My Profile

  3. I’m loving the scarf! The cold weather caught me out and I wasn’t as prepared as g should’ve been-yet to buy myself some new winter woollens!
    Like you I LOVE the apprentice, the double/triple firings have been great!
    Enjoy Blogfest, and look forward to learning all from your techie update!! Hehe!!
    Ps thnx so much for comment you left on my blog. Really appreciate it xx
    Tracey @ mummyshire recently posted…Smoking GunMy Profile

    • No worries Tracey. Unfortunately I didn’t take too much techie stuff in (the advanced social media guy rattled through his presentation at 100 miles an hour!) I just know I need to get a plugin to back up my blog! The multiple firings have definitely been entertaining! X

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