Back to School, Fakeaways and Weight Loss #littleloves

Back to School, Fakeaways and Weight Loss #littleloves

Ah Friday! Here at last, yet gone too soon. This week has been an absolute whirlwind. So much so that it’s gone 10pm and I’m just finishing off this week’s #littleloves post. Where on earth has the time gone!?!

We’ve been busy with the whole getting back to school routines. Made more difficult by having two children at two different schools, in two completely different directions. But we’re getting there. Ironing out a few kinks in the plan as we go. I’m sure ready for the weekend. I feel like I’ve been running around in circles. And both the teen and the little one are exhausted by their new routines. The teen was in bed by 9pm – that’s unheard of on a Friday night!

Despite the tiredness and the hectic feel to the last few days, it has been a good week. There’s a potential new work project in the pipeline (because I’m clearly not busy enough already). I’ve been out walking again. Exploring the nearest town to us, wandering down the pretty high street and watching the world go by from a cafe window, coffee in hand.

But enough waffling and onto this weeks #littleloves:


After devouring The Break by Marian Keyes, I started reading Secrets of the River by Jess at Catch a Single Thought. It’s one of those I’ve had on my kindle for ages and hadn’t got around to reading yet. I’m a few chapters in and it already has me intrigued. Have you read it yet?


I managed to catch up on the episodes I’d missed of Victoria this week. I loved the first series, and I have to say I’m equally as enchanted by the second series. There’s very much a sense of Victoria being a woman who had to prove she should be allowed to rule. That she could do it as well as a man. That she didn’t need her husband or her parliament to do it for her. It seems it’s a theme carried on throughout her life, with even her own children questioning her sanity when she befriended one of her servants in her later years. Something which the new film Victoria & Abdul highlights – another one to add to my ‘must watch’ list.

I’m loving anything about women throughout history at the moment. Perhaps my Philippa Gregory novel addiction is to blame.


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I’ve been cooking up a storm in the kitchen again this week. A seriously delicious donner kebab ‘fakeaway’ and a gorgeous Greek souvlaki have both been on the menu. I’ve got my eye on a few things from the latest Weight Watchers magazine for next week – this Thai green curry in particular.


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Of course, this one has to go to the kids. Although the moody teen isn’t in this one – she’d strangle me in my sleep with her tie if I dared show a photo of her in school uniform! This is, of course, one of those annoying first day back at school pics everyone on facebook has been groaning about all week. But, I don’t care.

This gorgeous boy started year one this week. And as I said on instagram, he’s been to school and nursery in three different countries now, yet he takes everything in his stride. He walked right into his new classroom with a confidence I could only dream of. And I could not be more proud of him. And thanks to a new haircut the day before, and of course a new uniform, my baby is fast disappearing before my eyes.


A few things stick in my mind this week. Last Friday was my grandad’s funeral and while it was obviously a very sad day. It was also a really lovely day. And one of the reasons for that is the things I learned about my grandad and what he accomplished in his 95 years. Not only during the service itself but afterward when I looked into the things he’d done. Both in the army and throughout his life. He really was a truly special man.

Today I ‘heard’ I lost 3lb this week. I’ve been going to Weight Watchers for the last 7 weeks and in that time I’ve lost 18lb. Which, as you can imagine, I’m absolutely thrilled about. I’d already lost a bit of weight so I’m just a pound away from having lost 2 and a half stone. I’m really ‘on it’ right now, and despite a ‘treat day’ each week after I weigh in, I’m giving it my all. Not quite sure what on earth has gotten into me, but whatever it is, here’s hoping it lasts!

And after a little ‘meet the teacher’ thing at school this afternoon, the little one’s teacher took me aside. She told me how pleased she is that he’s settling into his new school so well. And what a lovely little boy he is. Guaranteed to make your heart fill with pride on a Friday afternoon!

Last weekend didn’t quite go as planned. It ended up with a trip in an ambulance and a 12-hour stint in A&E. Thankfully, not me or my brood. But my sister who injured her back. It wasn’t quite the re-introduction to the NHS I’d planned. And one I certainly don’t want to repeat any time soon. But as you can imagine it kind of messed with my weekend. And we didn’t get to do anything we’d planned. Then, of course, I spent most of Sunday buried under a pile of school uniform frantically labeling and ironing it all. But, my crazy sister is resting up and has no plans to injure herself again this weekend, or so I’m told. Leaving us to attempt to enjoy a day out. If we don’t get rained on of course!

Have a great weekend whatever you get up to!

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  1. September 9, 2017 / 2:45 pm

    Wow it sounds like you had a really busy week and weekend. That school run sounds like a nightmare! Hope this week is more settled for you x

  2. September 9, 2017 / 3:57 pm

    Oh goodness, I am so sorry to hear about your grandad.. Such sad news. Sending you lots of love your way. How cute does your little one look in his uniform?!?! Adorable! Well done on the weight loss! Your doing so well. Gosh, hope your sister is recovering well and you managed to get out and about this weekend.

  3. September 10, 2017 / 2:56 pm

    OH it’s all back to school everyone in uniforms now. I love it. Such a cute photo. Not seen Victoria but a few have been mentioning it for sure. I need something after finishing GOT with hubby. And GG on my own. Hope you have had a good weekend despite the weather. #littleloves

  4. September 11, 2017 / 9:05 pm

    Gosh sorry to hear about your sister, hope she is recovering now. And also about your granddad too, but I know what you mean when you hear lots of interesting stories about your grandparents. I was the same at my nans funeral. Ah your son looks lovely in his uniform and sounds as if he is settling in just fine x
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  5. September 13, 2017 / 9:12 am

    Ah I’m so pleased that your boy trotted into his new classroom without a second glance – sounds like moving around the world has been good for me! You made me laugh with your comment about being strangled with a tie by your teen – mine would do the same lol! I watched Victoria too, in fact I’ve watched so much TV this week I think I could fill a whole Little Loves post with it! xx

  6. September 13, 2017 / 10:30 pm

    Wow! What an eventful week. I hope this one is a little more routine? I can’t believe you got so much achieved and dealt with so many curve balls. I really need to catch up with Victoria, I think I saw the second episode and loved it but need to find the time to watch without the distractions.
    I’m glad you were able to celebrate your grandad’s life, loss has so many words but life stories can be held for so long. #LittleLoves

  7. September 14, 2017 / 9:54 am

    Your ‘fakeaway’s sound fab, and I’m screenshot-ing that WW thai gree curry recipe to try for myself!
    I hope your sister is ok and recovering well.

  8. September 14, 2017 / 7:49 pm

    Oh wow what a busy week! I can’t imagine how chaotic your mornings are with the schools in opposite directions, but glad you’re getting into the swing of things. I’m loving Victoria atm too! It’s so well cast, and I love how sassy Victoria is haha x

  9. September 14, 2017 / 8:38 pm

    Certainly sounds like you had a busy week. Hope your sister is now ok and then you manage to get out and about this weekend.

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