Blog Love, Table Manners and A Trip to the Beach #littleloves

Blog Love, Table Manners and A Trip to the Beach #littleloves

If only every Friday morning could start like this one. A lay in, lazy cuddles in bed with my boy (the little dude not the Mr incase you’re worried), a delicious breakfast and just a very slow start to the day. Don’t you just love Easter weekend? It’s the perfect time to relax and unwind after a busy start to the year.

Without further waffling, here’s what I’ve loved this week:


I’m STILL reading Letters to Iris and Still Me. Both of which I’m dragging out because I really don’t want them to end. So instead of telling you about what I’m yet to finish, I thought I’d take the opportunity to showcase a few blog posts I’ve loved this week.

Kayte from Simple and Season wrote this fantastic post – How to create an inspiring and engaging brand story. In a world full of acronyms, Kayte encourages us to go beyond the USP, exercise our creative muscle and weave a story encompassing our ‘why’.

Suzanne’s post – When the negative voices strike, was a revelation this week and a hugely popular one at that, with lots of bloggers admitting they felt the same way – is there really room for everyone in the ‘blogosphere’ after all? It’s funny, Suzanne is someone I’ve followed for years and one of those bloggers who have really honed their ‘voice’. Everything she writes is just so relatable and honest. So, hearing she has doubts about whether there is a place for her among all the noise, is both surprising and refreshing.

Morgana came up trumps again this week with another wonderful post. A weekend of little legacies. As you may have guessed from my #littleloves post last week featuring some of my old family photos, I’m all about the memories. The stories, people and places woven into the very fabric of our being. It’s something I love sharing with my children. So seeing how Morgana introduced her girls to so many of the places and things she loved doing and seeing with her own mother and grandmother was just beautiful.

And last but certainly not least is Jenny’s post on How to be self employed and part of a working community. Working from home can be seriously lonely and since I moved back to the UK I’ve been meaning to track down some local bloggers and social media managers. Perhaps arrange a working lunch, or even just a meet up. It would sure make working from home that bit more enjoyable.


I missed The Real Full Monty the other night, but last night I did catch The Real Full Monty: Ladies Night. And it really was a brilliant watch. I must admit I didn’t realise the reason behind the making of the show (breast cancer awareness if you too are in the dark like I was). I didn’t even know who was in it, but oh my was it emotional. There was one bit in particular which made me well up – when Ashley Banjo and some of the dancers from Diversity showed the women the dance they were going to perform. And of course they chose ‘This is me’ from The Greatest Showman. The words and the choreography could not have been any more perfect. If you haven’t watched it yet, it’s worth it just to see Ashley’s face when Colleen Nolan says ‘tits’.


Do reservations for dinner on Easter Sunday count? I’ve also ‘made’ arrangements to see my friend next week. I haven’t seen her for about two years so I can’t wait for a long overdue catch-up.


Did you hear I sent the little dude in to school yesterday wearing his own clothes? It wasn’t non-school uniform day. Serious mum fail right there. Not that he seemed bothered in the slightest. Nor was he bothered when I drove home to collect his uniform before dropping it at school, minus his school shoes, so he spent the entire day in blue trainers.


On Sunday we headed to the beach. As you can tell it wasn’t exactly the warmest of days and we narrowly avoided the rain, but we had a great time running up and down the sand dunes and digging for dinosaur bones. I mean when don’t we? This little dude’s obsession with all things dinosaur has been well and truly renewed. Dare I say it, Star Wars is almost forgotten – for now anyway. He is just brimming over with dinosaur facts, his knowledge of which grows by the day thanks to all the dinosaur books he keeps managing to persuade his nanny into buying for him (thanks mum). So while at the beach we were treated to a full-on lesson on the different dinosaurs found throughout the UK. As was everyone else within earshot. Yay.

Something else I’ve heard lately is the Table Manners podcast from Jessie Ware (whose songs I discovered last week thanks to Kerri-Ann and are pretty damn amazing too) and her mum Lennie. It’s something a little different in that they cook for and eat a meal with their guests during each podcast and the mother-daughter banter makes it all the more endearing. With guests like Will Young, Ralph Little, Ed Sheeran and Jay Rayner, it really is a great one to listen to.

And Lastly…

We have a lovely weekend ahead. This morning has been spent being as lazy as possible. I didn’t even bother dragging myself from my bed until 10.30. The little dude didn’t get up until 9am, so I avoided all talk of dinosaurs until then too which is always a bonus. And I’ll be following it by getting my work for the next few days out of the way, a quick trip to the shops for supplies and a spot of cleaning so I have to do the bare minimum for the next few days. Tomorrow we have my dad over for lunch and Sunday we’re heading to dinner at a local pub with my mum, my sister and her family. Who knows what we’ll end up getting up to on Monday, but whatever it is I plan on relaxing as much as possible.

Have a great weekend whatever you get up to.


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  1. March 30, 2018 / 2:25 pm

    Oh I love the sound of that podcast – I’ll add it to my ever-growing list! Thank you so much for sharing my post and for those lovely words, I so appreciate all of the support and encouragement. We really do need to keep at it! I think you’re a great writer and there aren’t many of those around any more. I love the mix of content you provide every week so keep on doing your thing too 🙂 Thanks for sharing your #mumfail, it certainly made me feel better lol! xx

    • Mum Reinvented
      March 30, 2018 / 8:54 pm

      It’s a really good podcast! I’ve literally just listened to the Ralph Little one and it was brilliant, my favourite yet. That post was brilliant. I’ve seen so many people commenting on it, sharing it etc. Bless you, but my writing is terrible on this blog. I tend to keep the ‘good stuff’ for my clients and never seem to have enough time to write what I want or dedicate enough time to develop my ideas for this blog. I need to give the blog a little makeover and then perhaps I’ll feel like dedicating the time to really writing. Ha ha how I didn’t notice every other child on our walk into the school was in their school uniform I’ll never know! x

  2. chantelle hazelden
    March 30, 2018 / 3:50 pm

    I didn’t want still me to end, such a good book! Happy #LittleLoves

  3. March 31, 2018 / 8:11 am

    When I read about your #mumfail my heart went out to you, but I did have a giggle as it’s so something I would do!! Are you local to Bluewater? It’s aboyt 30 minutes from me so we should definitely meet up if you are! Hope you have a wonderful weekend lovely XX

    • Mum Reinvented
      March 31, 2018 / 4:43 pm

      Ha ha I still have no idea how I could walk past 100+ kids all in school uniform and not notice! I used to live 10 mins from Bluewater, I’m right down on the coast now though, so about 1 1/2 hours away I think. I’ve not braved the drive back up there yet. Infact when I go up that way on Wednesday it’ll be the first time I’ve been back up there for about 5 years. Will definitely have to meet up one day though x

      • April 12, 2018 / 6:41 pm

        Definitely!! I actually want to meet the person behind the blog!

  4. April 1, 2018 / 11:04 pm

    I love the full monty programme too, so emotional especially the womens one. Those sorts of programmes always make me feel humble and lucky for good health. But also make me think how i shpuldnt take it for granted. Life change for anyone at anytime. Xx

    • Mum Reinvented
      April 7, 2018 / 10:17 am

      That’s so true! Still haven’t watched the men’s one – I need to watch it on catch up. x

  5. April 2, 2018 / 3:10 pm

    I laughed out loud at your mum fail, sorry! It just really made me chuckle. I always mean to ask whereabouts you are – because I wonder if you are close to me now? It would be lovely to meet up! Looks like your boy had a fab time at the beach, glad his dinosaur fascination is still going strong! Hope you’ve had a lovely Easter weekend xx

    • Mum Reinvented
      April 7, 2018 / 10:26 am

      Ha ha it could only happen to me! I’ll message you where I am in a mo. We must be quite close, especially as we’re both kind of near Wingham – think it’s about 30/40 mins from me.I’ve just been informed we’re off to dig for dinosaurs again today, drives me mad as he’s completely obsessed, but it’s endearing in its own way I guess – if you buy ear plugs 😉 x

  6. April 3, 2018 / 8:49 pm

    Hope you enjoyed your weekend it sounded a busy one, I cant believe you took little dude to school in his clothes that is so so funny! Sometimes we just have to much going on in our brains don’t we? I loved Suzanne’s post it really hit the nail on the head. I am really good at not comparing but sometimes it’s the brands perception of an age that frustrates me, especially when we represent a huge chunk of society x

    • Mum Reinvented
      April 7, 2018 / 10:34 am

      You’re right there. I felt so guilty because I had so much going on in my head and as we walked into school I was obviously away with the fairies because I didn’t even notice the kids were in their uniforms. He couldn’t have cared less though, infact I think he would’ve enjoyed being centre of attention all day little monkey! You’re right about brand perception, especially when they have a load of 20 year olds working for them who haven’t a clue what anyone above 25 wants – says me who’s 36 and works for a company aimed at the 50+ market. x

  7. April 4, 2018 / 1:51 pm

    I really must get into podcasts as everybody seems to be listening and raving about them at the moment. Your Easter weekend sounded the perfect mix of family time, meals out and relaxing. I hope it was as good as it sounded. I will have to have a read of Jenny’s post as I agree that it can sometimes be lonely if you work from home x
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    • Mum Reinvented
      April 7, 2018 / 10:54 am

      Ha ha I’m listening to a podcast now! I’ve put an app on my phone called acast and added some of the podcasts I like to it and found some more that way too. They’re great to listen to when you do the ironing. Not that I iron much, but they make it that bit more bareable x

  8. April 4, 2018 / 8:16 pm

    I love looking at old photos and sharing memories so I’ll definitely have to check out that legacies post. Yourmum fail made me giggle more than I should but only because it’s the kind of thing I’d do myself.

    • Mum Reinvented
      April 7, 2018 / 10:56 am

      Ha ha glad I’m not the only one! Morgana’s post is lovely and such a nice way to remember her family members.

  9. April 5, 2018 / 4:38 pm

    I need to get those Full Monty programmes on catch up, I’ve read such good things about them. Thanks so much for mentioning my post. I don’t write personal ones much anymore so I wasn’t sure if anyone would enjoy it.
    Hope you had a lovely Easter weekend x

    • Mum Reinvented
      April 7, 2018 / 11:03 am

      They’re so good, well the ladies one was anyway. Your post was lovely Morgana. Such a nice way to introduce the places and things you shared with your mum and nan with the girls x

  10. April 5, 2018 / 9:59 pm

    I didn’t even realise there was a female version of the full monty. The uniform thing is totally the sort of thing I would do and almost did do on the last day of term! I hope you had a relaxing weekend xx #LittleLoves

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