Dinosaurs, a Birthday and Podcasts #littleloves in July

Dinosaurs, a Birthday and Podcasts #littleloves in July

Well July has certainly passed us by in the blink of an eye. It seems as though I was only writing about what I was looking forward to in July the other day. We had a whole host of school events and activities to get through, a fabulous school report at the end of the little dude’s first school year in the UK after our move back last summer and the moody teen has been off enjoying herself with the NCS in Suffolk and Kent. Not to mention all that sunshine. I feel like I’ve finally defrosted after our move here from Malta.

Onto my #littleloves for the month:


June was a fabulous month for books. July not so much. It certainly seems as though I’ve slipped back to my go-to genre with a bit of chick lit overload this month. There were some good ones though, all of which seem to have a second chance/finding yourself kind of theme to them:


The Getaway Girls is the sequel to The Runaway Wife, which I read last month. It didn’t take long for me to devour it. I fell in love with Connie and her bravery and determination to start over after years of putting up with a marriage which didn’t fulfil her needs. This book just made me love her even more as she took to the road in a beaten up old camper van with two new friends in tow. With numerous scrapes and surprises along the way, it’s a fabulous read about starting over and second chances.

Escape to the Country was a fab read. It follows journalist Eleanor as she heads out of the city and back to her home town after her personal and work life implodes. Once back in the pretty village of Cranley, she finds herself drawn to pop star Tom who’s hiding out in the local manor house – where her best friend just so happens to live. But with a menagerie to look after at her mums, a job to find, not to mention helping to renovate the manor and organise various charity events, will life get in the way of the connection they seem to have?

Poppy’s Place in the Sun transports you to France as Poppy makes the move to her ramshackle new home with her rescue dogs in tow. With a lecherous solicitor, deranged goats, a giant dog who knocks on her door at 6am every morning and a brooding neighbour who doesn’t seem to want her around, things get off to a bumpy start. But Poppy doesn’t give up that easy. This is a really lovely story, perfect to read on the sunlounger this summer.


Instagram Photography Tips: How to Compose Your Photos – Simple & Season – A fab post from Kayte which does what it says on the tin, guiding you through capturing the stand out instagram shots.

Why We All Need Something to Look Forward to – Hayley Hall – I couldn’t agree more with this post. I’ve found that by recording the things I’m looking forward to each month helps lift my mood and gives me something to aim for when the month is otherwise on a bit of a downer.

10 Creative Ways to Use New Instagram Story Questions – Me & Orla – Insta Queen Sara shared how to use the new questions feature on stories. Have you tried it out yet?


I’m loving Good Girls on Netflix. I only found it the other night after yet another Gilmore Girls binge, but even after a few episodes I’m hooked.

dinosaur forest

The Mr and I watched this dinosaur crazy child sprint around Dinosaur Forest at Port Lympne looking for the latest additions to the park. We managed to choose the hottest day of the year for our trip so we knew the majority of the animals would be hiding away inside, but it is of course the dinosaurs this one wanted to see. I left my big camera at home and instead just let this little dude show his daddy around the park.


Plans? It was my birthday this month. I turned 37. Drank a LOT of gin. Then cancelled some of my plans due to a bug I’d picked up from the little dude. I was supposed to be being treated to a slap up meal by the Mr and a meet up with friends I know from when we lived in Spain, so I was a little disappointed but at least I got a swanky afternoon tea thanks to my sister. And I managed to meet up with a friend at Nandos before the bug took hold.


As little as possible if I’m completely honest. While I won’t wish away the warm weather we’ve been having, it’s not quite the same when you no longer have your own pool to cool off in.

I must get better at this section….


Podcasts. Podcasts. And more podcasts…..

Lucy Sheridan on Comparison – Not Another Mummy Blog – I loved this episode. They say comparison is the thief of joy and that could not be more true. How many times have you looked at a photo on instagram and wished you had a smaller bum/better house/something more than you already have? Lucy will tell you how to identify your comparison triggers, how to react when that niggle of comparison creeps in and lots more.

I also loved Table Manners with Jessie Ware and Alan Carr which was hysterical as you can imagine. And I’ve been loving the Goal Digger podcast lately as well as Grow with Soul.

And Lastly…

Life is short quote


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  1. July 29, 2018 / 11:07 am

    So sorry you were ill thats awful on your birthday, out two were dinosaur mad when they were little too. I miss things like that as they grow up, every age is fab but there are some things I do miss about them being small. And life is too short I agree. Hoping the sunshine comes back soon xx

  2. July 29, 2018 / 8:38 pm

    So sorry your plans were disrupted due to the bug! But glad your all better, and you managed to get out. Im going to check Good Girls out as the trailer looks fab! Love that quote at that end!! Hope you have a wonderful August xx
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  3. July 31, 2018 / 8:46 am

    I’m so glad you managed to enjoy some of your birthday! I love Jessie Ware, if you haven’t seen her live then I would highly recommend it x
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  4. August 1, 2018 / 10:12 pm

    Sorry to hear you were poorly for your birthday, that’s rubbish! I need to take a look at Good Girls, this looks great x

  5. August 2, 2018 / 1:53 pm

    Oh that quote at the end! It’s fab. I’ve not used insta stories questions yet. It’s taken me a while to get into stories and even now it tends to be sporadic. Although I will read that post. And listen to the podcast you mentioned about comparison triggers. I really suffer as it’s a hobby for me and I forget that I can’t put the hours in others can (I think the issue is I secretly want to lol!). happy belated birthday and I hope you get a chance to reschedule the plans you had to cancel x

  6. August 7, 2018 / 3:48 pm

    I loved that podcast by Lucy Sheridan too – so important to remember isn’t it? I am devouring ‘how to’ blog posts and read another good one recently about Instagram, by Not About the Kids. Sorry you got sick and had to cancel some of your birthday plans 🙁 Hope you had a good one anyway. Someone else recommended Good Girls so I’ll go and check it out. xx

  7. August 9, 2018 / 10:26 pm

    I love that quote at the bottom. Wow so many great reads impressed I will have to make a note of these when I finish the series I am reading now. Off to catch some of these blog posts you recommended thanks for sharing.

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