A New Year, Back to School and Lots of Books #littleloves

A New Year, Back to School and Lots of Books #littleloves

And just like that Christmas and New Year are over. The decorations are down, the kids are back at school and it’s almost as if it never happened.

We’ve had a busy but blissful few weeks off school. The lazy days between Christmas and New Year being my favourite. There’s a lot to be said for spending most of the day dressed in your pj’s, eating leftovers and barely moving.

On New Year’s Eve, we all went to the cinema. The teen to see Jumanji with her friend before heading to my mum’s to watch the fireworks over the bay from her hillside pad – they even had a cheeky glass of prosecco apparently. We took the little dude to watch The Last Jedi. He’d been begging to see it for ages, but for some bizarre reason, I assumed he wasn’t allowed to watch it as it’s a 12A. Needless to say, he was thrilled to be able to see it. The Mr and I found it a wee bit too long though. We followed it up with a trip to one of the little one’s favourite restaurants – Frankie and Benny’s, before heading home for a relatively early night. I may have got out of bed to watch the fireworks on tv at midnight – yes I’m THAT boring.

Here’s what’s made it into my #littleloves this week:


Lisa Riley's Honesty Diet

I picked up Lisa Riley’s Honesty Diet in Sainsbury’s the other day and read it from cover to cover pretty much straight away. I was blown away by Lisa’s transformation last year and I love her refreshing no-nonsense approach to losing weight. It’s a fab read, if only for snippets of advice and that little bit of extra motivation you need to get in the right head space to start eating better. But it does have some great recipes in there too.

On my Kindle is a pre-release review copy of The Sunday Lunch Club. It follows a group of family and friends as they meet at each other’s houses for Sunday lunch. Anna, pregnant with her first child at 40 and sitting in between her new partner and her ex-husband, her promiscuous sister, her brother and his gorgeous Spanish partner. Throw in a moody teen, a beautiful baby, an ageing grandmother and a mysterious letter from someone Anna scarred years ago and it makes for an interesting and heartwarming read.


I watched the first episode of Girlfriends this week. The moody teen noticed that three of the cast were in Harry Potter (I STILL haven’t seen all the films), so that means it’s a good watch according to her. While watching one of the main characters at 50+ being pushed out of her job as Editor in Chief of a bridal magazine because she’s ‘too old to be relevant’, I couldn’t help but wonder how long my career in social media will be viable. Is there a certain age you reach when experience just doesn’t matter anymore and youth is favoured, do you think? Hopefully, at 36 I have a few more years ahead of me yet.


I put together a shoe storage cabinet for our hallway this week(oh yes, my life is THAT exciting), so I guess you could say I ‘made’ that. I moved the bookshelf we’d been using to house our books and shoes into the playroom to house the 90 billion lego playsets a certain young man got for his birthday and Christmas. It makes the hallway that much tidier and of course, it makes a great surface for me to take random photos of books on. Like this one:

Fearne Cotton's Calm

It’s just a shame the hallway is so dark at the moment. Where on earth has the sunshine gone? So this is something else I ‘made’ – a purchase. See what I did there. I haven’t read any of Fearne’s books but thought I’d start with this one. Here’s hoping it’ll make me feel a little less stressed and a little more chilled going forward.


The kids donned their uniforms and headed back to school yesterday. I can’t say I’m delighted to be back on my 2 hour long, twice daily school runs again, but I guess we needed to get back into some form of routine. The kids had started to get bored cooped up at home – why is it always raining? Plus if I’d heard the words ‘can we build another lego playset?’ for any longer I may have had to throw my book of ‘Calm’ at the 6 year old.


Me and Orla Podcast

I did my usual and tackled the back to school ironing pile accompanied by Sara and friends as I listened to the Hashtag Authentic podcast. I caught up on episodes 33 and 34 and have one more to go until I’m up to date, which sounds like a good one as it’s talking about why being busy isn’t necessarily something to celebrate. Do you listen to podcasts? I’d love some recommendations (my ironing pile is THAT big!).

And Lastly…

I’ve been busy filling in my calendar and diaries (yes plural) with birthdays and such, much as I do every year. Then it occurred to me I don’t actually have any plans for the year at all. There’s no holidays booked. No weekends away. No parties. No blog plans. Just a big old blank calendar to fill up. And I almost find that quite refreshing as well as exciting – the possibilities are endless.

I’ve just downloaded Susannah Conway’s Unravel Your Year workbook which I plan to make a start on over the weekend. But that, other than committing to a 12 week Slimming World membership, is as far as my plans and commitments for the year ahead goes.

Have a great weekend whatever you get up to.


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  1. January 5, 2018 / 8:07 pm

    I got Fearne Cotton’s Happy Journal for Christmas and I’m already in love with it. I feel so peaceful and optimistic when I write in it every evening and I hope the feeling lasts and intensifies through the year.

    • Mum Reinvented
      January 6, 2018 / 6:02 pm

      I’ve just been eyeing it up again. Definitely tempted…

  2. January 5, 2018 / 8:28 pm

    I caught up with Girlfriends this week too, was good!! I’ve got Fearne’s first book, Happy, and it’s a really good book, more of a table top book you pick up every so often. I can imagine Calm being similar to her first. Hope you have a wonderful weekend lovely xxx

    • Mum Reinvented
      January 6, 2018 / 6:05 pm

      You’re right definitely one to dip into every so often. Hope you’re having a good weekend too x

  3. January 6, 2018 / 5:31 pm

    You are the second person to write about the unravelling your yearbook so I am off to have a look now. Also love the sound of the Sunday Lunch Club, I think we have very similar taste in books as I am always writing down your recommendations #littleloves

    • Mum Reinvented
      January 6, 2018 / 5:34 pm

      It’s a great way to review the past year before planning for this one and it’s free, so can’t argue with that! Make sure you grab How to be Happy by Eva Woods, it’s absolutely brilliant 😉 x

  4. January 6, 2018 / 5:41 pm

    Oh I do love a new year and new start to begin those goals, challenges and projects each year. Keeps me motivated and inspired reading everyone else’s too. Sounds like you had a good holiday. Happy New Year. #littleloves

    • Mum Reinvented
      January 6, 2018 / 6:06 pm

      Was lovely, kind of glad it’s over but sad too. Thankfully the 2 days back at school this week has eased us back into a routine gently. x

  5. January 6, 2018 / 8:16 pm

    It sounds like you’ve been busy. It is sometimes refreshing to get back into a routine, although it can certainly be a shock to the system. I’ve still got Fearne’s ‘Happy’ on my TBR shelf – eek. Your NYE plans sound lovely, we stayed in and watched Beauty and The Beast – and it was glorious. It was great to just be in each other’s company. Wishing you a happy 2018! xx

  6. January 8, 2018 / 5:30 pm

    I’d not heard of Girlfriends but I’ll definitely be watching it on catch up. Thanks for sharing it!
    We did a lot of Lego playset building over the holidays too, and yep, I was pleased when my kids went back to school on Monday. Being cooped up for the week and then having daddy away for a long weekend nearly pushed me over the edge!! 😉
    Hope you have a great week and and thanks for joining in with LittleLoves! x

  7. January 8, 2018 / 7:07 pm

    Sounds like you’ve had some lovely books. I especially like the sound of The Sunday Lunch Club so I may have to treat myself.

  8. January 10, 2018 / 4:18 pm

    I need to see Girlfriends! I love listening to podcasts in the car. I usually listen to Young House Love has a podcast and Happier with Gretchen Rubin. Have you listened to Serial? I was obsessed for a while! I definitely will give Hashtag Authentic a try! x

  9. January 15, 2018 / 8:24 pm

    Thanks for the podcast recommendation! I’ve been listening to it for a week, I’m hooked. I find it very interesting and inspiring! x

  10. February 3, 2018 / 10:09 am

    Wow! What a busy and interesting time for you. Thanks for sharing.

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