Ancestry DNA, Disneyland and Carnival #littleloves

Ancestry DNA, Disneyland and Carnival #littleloves

How is it almost the end of February already? This month seems to have flown by in a blur. Its been a month of new jobs (for the Mr), exams (the teen) and getting back into a routine for me.

We’ve been talking about Disneyland Paris at Christmas again, or rather just before Christmas. And I’ve found an even better price than I originally did thanks to their 4 for 2 night offer. I’m seriously considering just booking it, although the Mr is keen to book our trip back to see our families in the summer first. One thing I’m stumped about is the meal plans at Disneyland Paris. I’d love to hear from anyone who’s been about what worked for them. Do you recommend the meal plans and which option should we choose?

Anyway enough Disney ramblings, onto this week’s #littleloves:


preschool workbook

preschool workbook

The little one brought some of the workbooks he’d completed at school home this week and proudly showed them off. Considering his reluctance to have anything to do with letters before moving up from nursery to infants, he’s doing so well. I love how enthusiastic he is about school. He’s always so happy to go every day, waking up with a big beaming smile on his face and skipping into school. Here’s hoping it’ll continue as he gets older.

I’m almost finished reading First of the Tudors. It’s such a good book and you almost can’t help falling in love with Jasper Tudor a little bit. Is it even possible to fall in love with someone who was alive hundreds of years ago?


After balling my eyes out to the latest episode of This Is Us the other day I found another series on tv which sounded funny. I’m a few episodes in and I haven’t stopped laughing.


Ancestry DNA results

The teen ‘made’ the discovery that she isn’t quite as English as we thought thanks to her Ancestry DNA results. Having seen the videos doing the rounds on facebook and tv last year, she asked for the DNA kit for Christmas. She was so excited to find out the results when they were emailed through to us on Saturday morning. I may have been a little excited too. I even woke her up so we could look at them together.

As you can see from the results above she isn’t quite the English rose we’d suspected. And is infact more European than English, which she’s thrilled about. Especially the 5% Iberian Peninsula bit seeing as we used to live in Spain. Having compiled our family tree a few years back the results renewed my interest in it. Especially as within an hour of receiving the teen’s results I had an email from someone who she appears to be related to via her DNA.

I’d previously managed to get back to around 1600 on one side of my family but only the 1890s on the other. Since the last time I looked, the 1911 census has been released. And there’s a lot of electoral roll information available too. This time around I’ve concentrated on more recent family history, rather than trying to go back further. Confirming things I’d assumed, with a few surprises along the way. I’ve been able to see my great grandfather’s handwriting on the 1911 census. Find photos of where my grandparents and their parents lived. Find out more about how they were affected by World War II. And so much more. I’m addicted again. With only one living grandparent now, it really is a lovely way to remember my grandparents and find out about their families.


It’s Carnival party time today at school so I have a little Spiderman and a Harry Potter-esque teen heading to school this morning.


I’ve been revisiting a few of my favourites from when we lived in Spain. Enrique Iglesias is probably the one singer both my daughter and I agree on. We used to blast his songs out whenever they came on the radio in the car.

And of course there’s this one too, which I maintain sounds so much better in Spanish than English. Give me Enrique, Ricky Martin, Jennifer Lopez, Marc Anthony, Pitbull etc singing in Spanish over English any day.

And lastly…

It’s Carnival weekend here so the kids get next Monday and Tuesday off school. No getting up at ridiculous o’clock to get them to school for 7.30am. Always a relief, even if it is only an extra two days. The teen is celebrating the end of her exams with a day out with her friends at the weekend. And if the weather holds out we may take a trip to the beach.

Have a great weekend whatever you’re up to.

little loves



  1. February 24, 2017 / 6:46 am

    I can’t believe it’s the end of February either. Crazy isn’t it ? The ancestory dna packs sounds brill. Going to keep a not of that my oldest would love that very interesting to find your true roots.Carnival time sounds great fun we don’t have that here bit my sister is celebrating that this week with her daughter they live in Germany. Have a great weekend and thank you for sharing your #littleloves. X

    • Mum Reinvented
      February 24, 2017 / 10:43 am

      Time seems to be flying lately – I must be getting old! The ancestry thing is great, I was really surprised my daughter asked for it for xmas but she loved it. Hope you have a fab weekend too x

  2. February 24, 2017 / 9:02 am

    Carnival time sounds amazing! Bonus of an extra two days off too!! We have dress up next week and I would of preferred H to go as Harry Potter but he insisted on a Storm Trooper! It’s wonderful how quickly children adapt to school work, I am always so amazed at cheat H can do now compared to last year! Have a wonderful weekend xx

    • Mum Reinvented
      February 24, 2017 / 10:45 am

      Ha ha my little spiderman ended up being one of five in his class alone this morning! I was trying to persuade him into his Paw Patrol outfit as it’s really cute but he was having none of it x

  3. February 24, 2017 / 9:35 am

    Those DNA results sound really interesting. It must be lovely to see your little one enjoying school. I hope my little one takes to it so well in September. #littleloves

    • Mum Reinvented
      February 24, 2017 / 10:47 am

      I’ve been so lucky with him, he’s always gone straight into school without a problem and loved every second of it. He even asks if he can go in at weekends and gets so bored during the holidays. Hopefully your little lady will love it just as much x

  4. February 24, 2017 / 11:19 am

    I am totally with you on the Jasper Tudor thing, he’s often my favourite person in any historical fiction novel of the time haha. The DNA thing sounds so interesting, I might have to look into that for my own curiosity! #littleloves

    • Mum Reinvented
      February 24, 2017 / 8:46 pm

      Ha ha glad I’m not the only one! He’s often quite overlooked but played such an important part in history. If you’re fond of Jasper definitely give the book a read, it’s really good and is told from his point of view and that of his mistress. Bit of embellishment of course being historical fiction, but a really good read 😉

  5. February 24, 2017 / 11:25 am

    My husband got one of those DNA kits for Christmas too, he got quite excited that he was 5% scandanavian, apparently that makes him viking lol #LittleLoves

    • Mum Reinvented
      February 24, 2017 / 8:50 pm

      Ha ha bless him! My daughter is definitely happy with being from all over rather than just one place. I’m intrigued to see what mine will say, although I might just make my mum do hers and my dad his and then I’ll be a mix of both.

  6. February 24, 2017 / 4:00 pm

    I love the idea behind the DNA stuff – I imagine it can be quite eye opening. Also, getting them to school for 7.30am?! How do you do it!!!

    • Mum Reinvented
      February 24, 2017 / 8:52 pm

      I probably find it harder to drag myself out of bed and to school by then than they do to be honest. Was so much nicer with a nice 9am start that’s for sure!

  7. February 24, 2017 / 7:47 pm

    Wow! That DNA test sounds really interesting. My mum has done lots with our family tree- although it just seems we’re Welsh to the core. I hope you all get to enjoy the carnival weekend- coming with two days off school, it sounds wonderful!

    • Mum Reinvented
      February 24, 2017 / 8:55 pm

      I was really surprised there was no Welsh in my daughter’s results as my dad’s family are all Welsh on one side going back hundreds of years so I’m wondering if it’ll show up in mine – unless it’s the British part, wondering if mine will be any different if I get mine done. 4 days of lay ins – can’t wait!

  8. February 25, 2017 / 8:29 pm

    I would love to visit Disneyland Paris, we are going to wait until Parker is a little older. I have a family member who is really into Ancestry and finds information for people, putting together and researching family trees. It is fascinating! Enjoy your lay-ins! Have a great week xx

    • Mum Reinvented
      February 26, 2017 / 8:29 am

      Ha ha my mums asked me to trace one of her old friends ‘because I’m good at that stuff’ – not sure if she means by stalking her on facebook, using family trees or my old police contacts! I’d love to go to Disney World in Orlando but the teen’s 15 now and by the time we save up she’ll be about 20, so I’m hoping Disneyland will do as she’s still adament she’d like to go. Fingers crossed I’ll be able to pull it off as it’d be lovely to go just before xmas x

  9. February 25, 2017 / 10:13 pm

    Oh I think it’s so amazing to learn about your history of the family. WOW. We have been talking about Disneyland Paris too. We really want to go but we also always go back to my family in the usa for the summer. Its hard making that decision. Hope you are having a great weekend. #littleloves

    • Mum Reinvented
      February 26, 2017 / 8:33 am

      I’m the same, we always prioritise going back to see family rather than having a holiday ourselves and we never end up going anywhere anymore because of it – plus it’s not relaxing as we only get 2 weeks and we’re constantly rushing around trying to see everyone. We’re doing the 2 weeks back home in again the summer but as we spent Christmas there last year too I’m thinking we’ll do it here this time and spend a few days in Disney beforehand. Plus my mum lives nearish to the channel tunnel so if they fancy popping over to see us while we were there that’d make it even more special x

  10. March 1, 2017 / 10:05 am

    I would love to visit DisneyLand but think that we are better off waiting until Olivia is older so that she can get more out of the experience. I think you should definitely book it up.

  11. March 1, 2017 / 2:24 pm

    That’s so fascinating about your daughter’s ancestry and DNA, you’ve got me wanting to do mine now!
    We did Disney in October and went for the half board standard and I’d 100% recommend it. You get breakfast and dinner and an afternoon snack. We took extra snacks with us for lunch (as well as smuggling some breakfast out!) and it was plenty and such good value x

    • Mum Reinvented
      March 1, 2017 / 7:10 pm

      Thanks for the tips, was completely thrown by the various choices on offer. Now I know how you found it I think you’ve made up my mind. Now I’ve just gotta get saving! x

  12. March 1, 2017 / 7:15 pm

    We have just come back from Disneyland Paris and had the premium meal plan. The vouchers tell you on them where they can be used, although make your reservations for the whole trip on your first night at your hotel or City Hall (places get booked up quickly)

    • Mum Reinvented
      March 2, 2017 / 10:04 am

      Perfect thanks Sarah 🙂

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