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.
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.