Orange cake, floaty scarves and jam jar vases #littleloves


This week I have mostly just continued reading The Book of You by Claire Kendal. In blog world I have really enjoyed A Guide to Play with Preschool Children over at Eeh Bah Mum (he hee!) and How Living with Babies is Like Living with Students by Wry Mummy.


This week the hubster and I have started watching the first series of The Blacklist with James Spader. I know we’re way behind on this one but I heard good things about it from colleagues at work so we’re giving it a go. Four episodes in we’re interested but not necessarily hooked yet… In other news, I also watched Top Gear – the hubster’s favourite show (right up there with River Monsters – which reminds me – does that man have a death wish??) and since that viewing – shock news – Clarkson has been sent to the naughty step so it’s goodbye to stars in reasonably priced cars, tame racing drivers and the hamster in the Mazda – at least for a few weeks…


I have to admit that I didn’t listen to much this week so I thought I’d check out who was featured on Radio 1’s Live Lounge and discovered Jungle – another band I’ve never heard of before but really liked. They are described as a ‘modern soul musical collective’ and supposed to be brilliant live (performed at last year’s Glastonbury and this year’s 6 Music festival). They also feature the most amazing dance performances in their videos – check this out:


I seem to get inspired about a lot of things be it food, TV or fashion by my friends and colleagues at work – a definite trend there! This week I treated myself to a pretty scarf from Sainsbogs after seeing it on a colleague at work and admiring it. Don’t get me wrong I don’t tend to copycat the accessories of friends as a rule but it was just such a bargain and I love the way that the pattern makes it look a bit like pretty willow pattern bone china.

New scarf


As I mentioned I might last week, I tried my hand at a twist on banana bread and this time around I made an orange (and banana!) loaf. It was even yummier than the one before I have to say – the orange flavour was fab!

Orange loaf

I also had some spare flowers and wanted to split them up into little bud vases so I used some old mini jam jars I’ve been saving and I think they look really pretty:


JJ had his very first after school play date at our house this week which I have to admit to being a bit nervous about. Fortunately EJ was still out with our childminder for the first hour and they were very good and played with trains, balls and a couple of Cbeebies games on JJ’s tablet then later, after we’d picked EJ up I cooked them all spaghetti and meatballs for tea. The absolute best bit about it was JJ’s giddy excitement about the whole thing – even one of the teachers (from a different class) said she’d heard about nothing else all day. So sweet!

I was given my first Mother’s Day card and present – a little potted pansy – earlier in the week – EJ’s childminder had used the occasion for a bit of crafting. I have to say I will miss these little pre-school craft projects when they are gone – they may not really know what the occasion means or what the gift is for but I still treasure them nonetheless.

In other news – I treated myself to these biscuit mugs from Tesco that I have had my eye on for a while:

Biscuit mugs

They make me happy 🙂

Happy Weekend Little Loves!



14 thoughts on “Orange cake, floaty scarves and jam jar vases #littleloves

    • It’s more of an orange cake than a banana loaf this week Natalie! I save these little mini jam jars from Jusrol pizza kits – they come with the pizza base sauce in them and make the perfect little bud vases! X

  1. He he, I think my Mr is having a slight coronary about the Top Gear fiasco – he is trying to convince himself some other channel will save the day, and the show! The video – I liked the melody, not so keen on the dance. The scarf I do like, yet I never wear them, I don’t know why! The bread looks yummy and congratulations on hosting your first after school play date! The stresses of Motherhood eh! Hope you have a lovely week x
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  2. I love everything this week Sam! Orange and banana loaf sounds like a match made in heaven, and I really adore your jam jars and mugs and scarf too! So gorgeous! Hope you are having a good week lovely xx

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