Adventures, Half Term and Finding my Style | My #LittleLoves in October

Adventures, Half Term and Finding my Style | My #LittleLoves in October

Happy Friday! I can’t believe we’re already at the end of half term week and by this time on Monday morning I’ll be back on the dreaded school run. Its been nice while it lasted though. I was even allowed maybe one lay in courtesy of the little dude. Here’s hoping he’ll let me steal a little extra time in bed over the weekend. Although I’m guessing he’ll be bouncing on the bed asking ‘where can we go today?’ by 7am yet again. I am feeling all the better for a night away (don’t get too excited for me it was just a Premier Inn near family) and a few days out though, so I can’t complain.

Onto this month’s #littleloves:


Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire was the first book I read this month. The teen warned me it was rather a long one and she wasn’t wrong. But it was definitely one of my favourites and despite having a little break to read a few non Harry Potter related books this month, I’m actually dying to dive back into the world of Hogwarts.

Codename Villanelle is the book Killing Eve was based on. If like me, you loved Killing Eve, you need to read this book. I literally could not put it down. Having watched the series, I did wonder if the book would be too samey but the story differs just enough to hook you in. If you enjoyed the series, you definitely need to read it. I’ve already pre-ordered the sequel No Tomorrow.

Ask Me His Name  is a book by Elle Wright, the blogger behind Feathering the Empty Nest. It tells Elle’s story as a mother who didn’t get to bring her baby boy, Teddy, home from the hospital. I won’t lie, it isn’t an easy read. I actually woke my partner up by sobbing into my kindle at gone midnight. But it’s beautiful, powerful and oddly enough quite funny in places (yes that sounds wrong when talking about a book such as this, but you’ll get it if you read it). It’s a story of courage and light in even the darkest times, fuelled by a mother’s love. Guaranteed to break your heart, but a must read that will stay with you long after you close the book.


Killing Eve was of course a highlight. Who didn’t love it? I missed out on The Cry having watched only one episode but it’s definitely one I want to watch in its entirety. And last night I found myself laughing along to Gordon, Gino & Fred’s Road Trip. Beautiful scenery, delicious food, crazy escapades and three men with mouths that belong in the gutter sure made for entertaining watching. I’m desperate to get to the cinema to watch A Star is Born and Bohemian Rhapsody. Here’s hoping I manage that in the next few weeks.


Despite being well into autumn now, I seem to have finally embraced dresses. Not one to actually go with convention and wear them during the summer months of course. But thanks to losing that 4 stone (still need to get cracking on the other 4 but cake keeps finding me) this year I’m wearing things I would never have considered before. Including dresses. I may have also fallen a little bit in love with M&S this year. My nan would be laughing at me now if she saw me shopping in her favourite shop at my age. But then M&S seems to have really started to move with the times lately and I’m loving their latest collections.

These are a few of the things I’ve been wearing lately, along with one or two I want to get my hands on. As you can tell my style is all over the place. I guess I’m still working out what I like now that I can actually wear pretty much whatever I want. The teen is of course horrified that I now wear dresses that finish above my knee. All the more reason to wear them!


We made memories. Don’t all throw up at once! I make food and a mess. That is as far as my creativity goes. But we have had a lovely few weeks, even before half term began.

We’ve visited the seaside resort of my childhood in East Sussex, had picnics on the beach, explored the ruins at Reculver, visited family up in Lincolnshire and stopped off at a farm in Norfolk on the way home. And yesterday we visited Wildwood, a British wildlife sanctuary with one of my little nieces in tow. Not to mention trying my first ever porn star and espresso martinis. Which rock have I been hiding under? They of course were followed by prosecco and gin. My faves at the moment are rhubarb gin and elderflower tonic or violet gin, what’s yours? At least it seems I still know how to party. Well, only just. Here’s a few pics from our days out this month (Don’t look too closely at what I thought was a cute photo of a squirrel, turns out he’s rather happy to be munching on that nut).

You’ll have to forgive the grainy photo but this one does make me laugh. My face shows just how delicious that espresso martini was. Either that or I’m thinking of conducting a relationship with that glass!


I’m still loving my podcasts. The High Low and Table Manners in particular. I listen to so many podcasts and have several blog posts drafted covering all kinds of genres. I really need to get a move on and actually start publishing them.

And lastly…

The kids are back at school and college on Monday. Unlike some of the kids round here they’ve only had a week off this October half term. It was a welcome break from the school run for me, but my little dude is already itching to get back to school again. He just loves spending time with his friends and learning new things. The teen on the other hand doesn’t mind the lack of college work so much, it’s the social side of it she misses when she isn’t there. We’re not planning much for Halloween, although I’ve been assured the teen will be going out that night. And the little dude wants to go trick or treating again. Looks like I’d better prepare myself to play mum.

Next month will see an early celebration of the little dude’s 7th birthday at his joint party with his little friend from school. And a trip to the theatre to watch Heathers in London as an early Christmas present for the teen. Needless to say they’re both very much looking forward to it.

Have a great weekend whatever you get up to.


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  1. October 26, 2018 / 8:09 am

    What a lovely monthly round up! Sounds like the perfect October! That squirrel picture is so funny! haha! Love the M&S leopard print skirt. We are one of those that have another week off! The school switched it to a two week half term this year. Ive not taken advantage of it as Ive been working everyday but G and H have managed to get out which is good. Visiting different family members! That beach picture os beautiful. One for the wall!! Have a wonderful November lovely x

    • Mum Reinvented
      October 26, 2018 / 6:44 pm

      Bloody squirrel! I only saw it when I blew the sodding photo up. I thought it was a lovely sweet autumnal photo before I saw that but then couldn’t resist keeping it in as it did make me laugh. That skirt is gorgeous isn’t it. It’s one of the things on my list of things to buy. I have pretty much everything else – oops! Hope your new job’s going well x

  2. October 26, 2018 / 4:47 pm

    Lovely. It seems like you got up to lots! You’ve been really packing it all in. We only had a week off here too, it goes too quickly. Can you believe I’ve never been to Wildwood?! Parker has been with his childminder a few times. Love the picture of the squirrel – hilarious! I NEED to watch Killing Eve, but as you’ll see from my Little Loves I’ve been watching LOTS of TV – just not got to that one yet. I also love a Pornstar Martini! xx

    • Mum Reinvented
      October 26, 2018 / 6:46 pm

      Bet you wish you could have another week off! It’s a lovely little place, a bit more simplified than Wingham, but lovely all the same. I know what we’ll be drinking when we get around to meeting up 😉 x

  3. October 27, 2018 / 4:07 pm

    It sounds (and looks) like you’ve drunk a lot of alcohol anyway – good job! Half term seems to have zipped by doesn’t it? Well done on that incredible weight loss, did you actually buy all of those outfits in M&S?! I know what you mean though, I popped in the other day, for the first time in about a year and was drawn to quite a few items. x

    • Mum Reinvented
      October 28, 2018 / 8:06 pm

      Ha ha there was a fair bit of booze involved these past few weeks! Half term really has gone by at the speed of light, I could’ve done with a few more lay ins, but we’ve had a lovely week off. I can’t believe it’s less than 2 months to Christmas now! Aww thanks. Still got a way to go, but I’ll get there – if I can put down the cake! Ha ha I did indeed buy all of them in M&S, well all but 2 which I still have my eye on. I’m really impressed with their clothes at the moment and thought it was time to actually buy something ‘nice’ rather than any old rubbish that just so happened to fit which I’ve been guilty of for way too long x

  4. October 28, 2018 / 9:26 am

    I think Joe is looking forwards to getting back to School too although we have had a fab half term. He has one day left so I am wondering what to do? I need to watch killing eve there just seems so much to watch at the moment. And The Order Of The Pheonix is my fave Harry Potter book I just love it, although I love them all and am loving watching all the movies again at the moment. Oh and I do love a cocktail x

    • Mum Reinvented
      October 28, 2018 / 8:10 pm

      I’m so glad to hear Joe is looking forward to get back to school, that’s fantastic. I honestly can’t believe it took me so long to watch and read Harry Potter, it really is brilliant! Hope Joe enjoys his last day off x

  5. October 29, 2018 / 1:13 pm

    How funny as I have also written about wearing dresses this Autumn on my Little Loves. I ordered the longer navy patterned dress, but typically it is still looking at me from where it is hung on the wardrobe door. I MUST wear it soon. Love the sound of the Killing Eve book, as the series was amazing wasn’t it. I have never watched anything like it before, but definitely one of the best things I have seen this year. And you can’t beat a night away, even if it’s in a good old Premier Inn x

    • Mum Reinvented
      October 29, 2018 / 1:36 pm

      I was always guilty of leaving dresses in the wardrobe just looking at me waiting for me to wear them. I’m done with saving things ‘for best’ now, I might look a little overdressed for the school run, but at least it gives me a confidence boost. The book is fab. If you liked Killing Eve, watch Informer which is another brilliant tv show. x

  6. October 29, 2018 / 1:52 pm

    What a lovely month! My kids only had a week off too so they went back today – the week absolutely flew by.
    I’m definitely going to order the Killing Eve book, I really enjoyed the television series.
    My youngest is slowing making her way through the Goblet of Fire at the moment and some nights I read a little to her and it reminds me how much I enjoyed it when I read it the first time many years ago. She wants to read all the books before we go to the studio tour in January… I think that might be a tall order though! x

    • Mum Reinvented
      October 29, 2018 / 2:00 pm

      The book is brilliant, definitely worth a read!

      Aww bless her. She’s ambitious trying to read them all before you do the studio tour. My daughter absolutely loved it when she went this January – think it’s still all decorated for Christmas then actually so it’s something a little different that not everyone gets to see.

      Hope the girls enjoy their first week back at school x

  7. October 31, 2018 / 9:34 pm

    I wasn’t too convinced about Killing Eve to start with – controversial I know – but it did grow on me and I loved it by the end of the series. I’ve heard they are making a second series, can’t wait to watch it. I didn’t know it was based in a book, will need to check it out.
    I’m also embracing dresses this autumn after wearing them non stop this summer.

  8. November 1, 2018 / 9:12 pm

    I loved the Cry, I would definitely recommend watching the series. I’ve heard good things about Killing Eve, we really need to watch it x

  9. November 2, 2018 / 8:19 am

    It sounds like you’ve had a brilliant month with lots of family and solo adventures 🙂 I’m desperate to see A Star Is Born and Bohemian Rhapsody too though due to lack of babysitters I have a feeling I’ll have to wait until they’re both out on DVD. That squirrel photo made me spit out my hot chocolate with laughter – not what I was expecting to see! Hope November is full of fun for you and your family.

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