Orphans, buttons, Lego and bears #Littleloves

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I’m sorry to say that I haven’t really picked up my book at all this week. However I have read some very informative and entertaining blog posts including 10 Facebook Groups to Help Your Blog by Aby over at You Baby Me Mummy – as always really useful information and so lovely of Aby to share so openly; and Nostalgia Jukebox: Getting into a Madonna Groove by Tim at Slouching Towards Thatcham which really re-ignited my (former) life-long obsession with the woman ending up with me on You Tube scouting her more obscure albums for forgotten favourites like ‘Don’t Stop’ from Bedtime Stories (FYI YouTube assures me I am mostly into ‘deep house’ music these days which is probably true as I have graduated from the garage 🙂 ).

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Bridesmaids, Vaccines and a Silver Necklace #littleloves

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Bit of a huge fail on this category this week as I haven’t really found the time to pick up my book all week (and to be honest after back to back chapters of The Girl on the Train I think my eyes needed a break!) although I have read plenty of blog posts, my favourites being Tim’s Wednesday Words of Wisdom based on the premise “If you want to succeed, double your failure rate” which has really made me reflect on how I’ve been approaching a lot of my life up to now, and A journey in June by Louise at Touchline Dad and Mother in the Middle who always writes so beautifully and made me cry a bit.

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Duck egg blue, Catastrophe and fuzzy buds #littleloves

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Home decor mags

After getting a little home décor boost by having the lovely Emma of Life at the Little Wood pick up on my idea for a Happiness Shelf (tm 😉 ) and spread the word, I have become slightly obsessed with home improvement and decided to join in Emma’s obsession by getting myself a copy of Ideal Home magazine and then going a bit more down market with Your Home (I was lured in by the promise of a tutorial on how to put up a floating shelf!).

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catastrophe

I’d watched the first episode of Catastrophe a couple of weeks ago and enjoyed it but I was at a loose end last Friday and returned to slightly obsessively watch the next five episodes back to back. It’s really funny – the main characters are likeable and relatable. As a mum you can only look on with a certain amount of pity for what is about to happen to their lives 😉

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Orange cake, floaty scarves and jam jar vases #littleloves

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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.

WATCHED

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…

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How to be a Woman, Uncle and Converse fakes #littleloves

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This week I finally stopped banging on about my new book by Caitlin Moran (How to be a Woman) and finally read chapter 1 and wow,  this really made me think back to a time in my life I haven’t thought about for a long, long time – the onset of puberty! Fortunately I will never have to guide a young girl through this time of blood and angst blossoming womanhood, but the boys are a completely unknown quantity (hopefully I’ll leave the guidance to their dad at that point!!).

I’ve also read lots of great blog posts and discovered a couple which are new to me too including Parenting Hacks (for parents who no longer give a crap) by Up the Spout and Round About which made me laugh (out loud!).

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#shelfies, Gorillaz and laying low #littleloves

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This week I have mostly been whistling through Sleep Tight which I have mentioned before. I’m having one of those problem weeks where everything I’ve done has just been a continuation of what I already started and posted about previously – blog fail!

WATCHED

Again I haven’t really discovered anything new this week – I’m keeping up with The Voice blind auditions, still making my way through Walking Dead Season 4 and actually, that’s about it.

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I am really loving Sugar by Maroon 5 at the moment – it’s cheesy but it makes me want to smile and sing along which can only be a good thing!
For some reason I also re-discovered my old Gorillaz album Demon Days this week – I still really love Feel Good Inc. I have also heard quite a lot of my own voice attempting to sing EJ to sleep at bedtime. I tend to scroll through the same four songs and I wanted to widen my repertoire a little with Amazing Grace and The Skye Boat Song but I can never remember the lyrics so I looked them up on You Tube. This version of Amazing Grace made me well up a bit! (I still can’t remember the lyrics)…

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A recipe for happiness?

Happy Snoopy

It’s happened before and it’s happening again. Instead of reaching January and writing a list of unattainable resolutions, I’ve reached January and began again to ponder the nature of happiness. I even bought a book, Happy This Year by Will Bowen, which falls firmly under the category of ‘self-help’ (after last year buying The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin). According to Bowen, the more you think about happiness and the more time you spend assessing your own happiness level, the happier you’ll become, because happiness is inherently a choice we make regardless of all life’s ups and downs.

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Getting back to the #LittleLoves

I have to admit to having been in a bit of a post-Christmas/January funk lately and forgot to focus on the little flittery bits in each day or week, but now I’m back and ready to focus on what’s important in life – being happy and acknowledging the reasons why. So without further ado I will re-join the Little Loves gang (missed you guys!) with my weekly rundown:

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I’ve taken quite a bit of a blog break lately which has been great time-wise as it means I’ve read two books recently – the first was Skios by one of my favourite authors Michael Frayn. I have to admit to being a bit disappointed, particularly with the ending – I felt that he had gotten bored with his own story and wrapped it up in a dubious fashion.

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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!

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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!

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Love the Little Things 26.09.14

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It’s been one of those weeks where I haven’t picked up a book or magazine at all. Best blog posts: What random searchy things people bring to my blog over on Hurrah for Gin. This one made me literally laugh out loud which is exactly what you need after the bedtime bunfight (that and a large glass of gin?).
I also loved Lucy’s Shine on you Crazy Diamond over on Put up With Rain. It’s a really lovely exploration of her daughter’s character (which sounds irrepressible!) and a heartfelt plea to her not to be ground down by the world – to retain her shine.
I’ve also read a lot of posts dissecting the MAD Blog Award experiences (as well as enjoying the Instagram pics on the night!) and I almost feel like I was there too so thanks to all who took the time to share and congratulations to everyone who was even nominated because you are all fabulous!

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