A Trip to the Zoo, Cupcakes and Hairspray #littleloves

A Trip to the Zoo, Cupcakes and Hairspray #littleloves

It’s been one of those weeks when everything has just run like clockwork. Don’t you just love it when that happens? And hasn’t the weather been lovely – well maybe not the actual weather, bar a rather sunny Wednesday, but the rising temperature has been a welcome relief from all that bitter cold of late. I’m sure it’s put me in a better mood this week, well that and my tulip addiction.

We had a lovely day for Mother’s Day on Sunday, visiting Howetts Wild Animal Park thanks to their mums go free offer before heading to see both the Mr’s mum and mine. The kids spoiled me rotten with presents and cards galore and I genuinely had a really nice day. There’s been more dieting success with another 1.5lb off this week, leaving me just 3lb away from losing 3 stone. Here’s hoping I can achieve my mini goal of losing 3 stone by the end of the month. And I had a lovely morning with my mum, complete with a leisurely breakfast and lots of laughs.

Anyway enough waffling and onto my #littleloves:


Still Me

I bought Still Me when it was first published but only got around to actually making a proper start on it this week. Now I’ve finished Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, which I absolutely fell in love with by the end of the book – so much for my complaining it was ‘too weird’ for me, Still Me is my new in car read for when I’m waiting for the little dude to leave school each day. And so far so good. It’s like returning to an old friend. I’m so enjoying immersing myself in Lou’s world again.

On my Kindle I’m still reading Letters to Iris, which is just such a lovely story and I’m so enjoying watching it unfold. It’s one of those that is completely relatable. No ‘fairy stories’, no slushy chick lit. Just real life. And I also downloaded Aby from You Baby Me Mummy’s new book Blogs Change Lives. I’m a few chapters in and it’s an interesting read, combining both info and advice on blogging along with anecdotes and personal stories.

Blog-wise I found Sara’s post on ‘How to talk to the camera on instagram stories (without feeling hideously awkward)‘ to be a great read. I may have even signed up to her #TalkToCameraChallenge. Having been an anonymous blogger for years, it was only last year I added a photo of myself to my blog, but I’ve started adding silly (filtered of course – that cat filter does wonders for your eye bags by the way) photos of myself to my stories in the last few weeks. So I guess it’s about time I actually pluck up the courage to actually talk on camera too.

Does anyone else hate the sound of their own voice? It’s funny I used to have such a posh telephone voice it was kept on the answerphone at the police station I worked at for about five years after I left. These days the telephone voice is long gone and I was often told I sounded like I should be in TOWIE when I lived abroad (can’t say I wasn’t mildly insulted – I’m not even from Essex!). Who knows if I’ll end up chatting away on stories. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see if I brave it.


I finally got around to watching The Greatest Showman. And of course I loved it. It really is such a brilliant film and now I can’t wait to watch it again.

I discovered a new tv show to binge watch on Netflix called Chesapeake Shores. It follows single mum Abby as she returns to her home town following a panicked call from her sister and ends up staying. Dealing with fractured family relationships, divorce, army families and second chances, it’s a great watch and not too heavy. And Jesse Metcalfe is still oh so pretty.


We made Easter cakes for a bake sale today at the little dude’s school. Now when I say we ‘made’ cakes, that’s not entirely true. What with being out last night until 6.30pm at the teen’s school, I didn’t fancy getting my bake on so I grabbed a pack of 12 plain cupcakes and a pot of chocolate fudge frosting and we set to work transforming them into Easter themed fairy cakes. Covered in thick frosting, dipped in crumbled flakes and topped with Easter bunnies and mini eggs, we’re rather pleased with how they turned out. They won’t win any prizes of course, but they should be a hit with the kids and they’ve helped us to tick off an activity from the little dude’s homework chart as well as helping to raise money for the RNLI.


Is it sad that the most exciting chance I had all week to even slightly dress up was a meeting at the teen’s school last night about her GCSE revision? I really do have such a dazzling social life. On the plus side, I got to wear my gorgeous feather print dress from Tu at Sainsbury’s again.


I started listening to the What She Said podcast this week from Lucy at Wander Luce. It’s packed full of information and advice for bloggers and creatives with loads of great guests. Definitely one to add to your ‘to listen to’ list if you haven’t already.

And lastly…

I bought tickets this week for me, my mum and the moody teen to see Hairspray in May. It’s the teen’s favourite musical and she’s been wanting to see it on stage for years, so as a little pre GCSE treat we’ll be heading to the theatre for a night of singing and dancing. I can’t wait.

Who knows what we’ll get up to this weekend. We don’t have any plans at the moment, although we’ll be preparing for the Mr to head off to work abroad for the week again. But at least that means snuggles with my boy as he practically moves into my bedroom when the Mr is away and my regular movie and dinner night with my mum and aunt. Not to mention the teen’s college interview.

Here’s hoping the ‘Beast from the East Part 2’ misses us and heads somewhere else. I’m all for a bit of snow, but it’s mid March. What on earth is up with this weather? Says the repatriated expat (is that even a thing?) who keeps wistfully eyeing up holiday brochures featuring actual sunshine and swimming pools (I just realised I’d be in my pool in about 2 weeks if I still lived in Malta – I may be crying bitter tears). Needless to say, I now appreciate why English tourists spend so much time frying themselves to a crisp when they go abroad, they’re literally packing a years worth of vitamin d  and uv rays into their 2 week holiday.

Have a great weekend whatever you get up to.


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  1. chantelle hazelden
    March 16, 2018 / 7:52 am

    The greatest showman is such an entertaining film isn’t it!! I adored Still Me, much better than After You. Fingers crossed for no snow #LittleLoves

  2. March 16, 2018 / 11:04 am

    Almost 3 stone ! that’s amazing, well done. I loved reading Eleanor Oliphant, it’s such a wonderful read. I’ve still not seen the Greatest Showman, I really must change that. Love the bunnies in those cakes, I can’t believe it’s almost Easter ! Have a lovely weekend x

  3. March 16, 2018 / 12:25 pm

    Sounds like a busy week for you! Well done on the weight loss! I’m trying to get my bum back in gear and eat a bit healthier! That cake looks amazing! xx #littleloves

  4. March 18, 2018 / 8:06 pm

    Oh I really want to read Still Me, JoJo Moyes is such a brilliant writer. I’m currently reading her Paris for One and other short stories.
    I have bookmarked How to talk to the camera on InstaStories because I feel like a complete numpty. I remember watching my wedding video thinking “I look like a Wallace and Gromit character” I hadn’t realised how many silly faces I pull when I am talking.
    Hope you have a great time at Hairspray, I think it’s time I booked more show tickets too x #LittleLoves

  5. March 19, 2018 / 2:11 pm

    I’m loving Still Me! Like you said it’s so lovely to be back in world of Louisa. It feels like she’s a friend I’m catching up with. I’ve nearly finished it now and honestly don’t want it to end. x

  6. March 21, 2018 / 9:37 pm

    I am going to see Hairspray too I am so excited as I have never seen it. Wow I cant believe how much weight you have lost that is incredible, I need to get back into good habits lately as I have slipped lately. I love Elenor Oliphant now and I like you didn’t get it at all ! And good call with the cupcakes xx

  7. March 22, 2018 / 1:19 pm

    Your Easter cakes look delicious, I could eat one right now! I have yet to watch The Greatest Showman but I’ve just found out that’s the theme for my little boys school carnival float this year so I’d better get my research in! x

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