Easter, Half Term and Taking it Slow #littleloves

Easter, Half Term and Taking it Slow #littleloves

A very late #littleloves after a lovely week taking it slow and spending time with family and friends. Today we’ve been digging for dinosaur bones at the beach, followed by lunch at a gorgeous cafe and a trip to the bookshop for yet another dinosaur book.

We haven’t really been up to much this week. Although I did drive up to where I used to live (well the Mr did anyway) before we moved abroad to see one of my friends. We enjoyed a cheeky Nando’s, several glasses of wine and lots of laughs. Definitely something to be repeated more often. The weekend was spent catching up with family. My dad was over on Saturday for lunch, we enjoyed a delicious lunch out on Sunday with my mum, sister and nieces and nephew. And Monday the inlaws popped over too. I’ve been out in the garden trying to keep on top of the weeds now Spring is (sort of) here. And making the most of the lighter evenings. Aren’t they lovely?

Anyway, without further waffling, here’s what I’ve been loving this week:


Letters to Iris

I FINALLY finished the brilliant Letters to Iris, which really is a lovely, albeit tear-jerking in parts, story. It’s fantastically written and delves into the relationship between a pregnant woman and her grandmother who suffers from Alzheimer’s. Intertwined in the story is her fraught relationship with her own mother. A family secret and her relationship with her unborn child’s father. And of course, a new beginning which comes from the most unlikely of places. A wonderful book to lose yourself in if you get the chance.


I started watching The Last Kingdom on Netflix again. Based on the books of the same name by Bernard Cornwell, it follows Uhthred, a Saxon boy born into what would have been Northumbrian aristocracy. He’s kidnapped by the Danes and eventually welcomed into the family of a great Viking warrior, but an attack on his new family by fellow Danes sees him returning to his Saxon roots and to King Alfred of Wessex. For a history geek like me, it’s the perfect watch. The battle scenes would make Game of Thrones directors proud and Uthred is HOT, so I guess that helps. I’ve binge watched series one this week and am about to make a start on series two. With series 3 premiering on Netflix in the autumn, at least it’s a bit quicker off the mark than Game of Thrones is this time around. On that subject we STILL have a whole year to wait for the next series to start!


On Saturday I made a delicious lunch for my dad and his wife. Does that count? I made balsamic steak, which I sliced up and served with roasted veg, salad and potatoes and gluten free garlic bread. Followed by gluten free Victoria Sponge. We aren’t gluten free, but my dad and his wife is, and I think my picky lot were surprised when I told them everything they’d had was infact gluten free – not to mention diet friendly.


I wore a dress on Sunday AND got my legs out for the first time in years. Yes, I lived abroad and still managed never to get my legs out apart from when I went in the pool. I was constantly in leggings, maxi dresses and jeans, hiding away and I just thought sod it. I’ve lost 3 stone and despite being nowhere near where I want to be I’m just not prepared to hide away anymore. No more of this ‘I’ll do it when I’m thin’ attitude. Life is for living and I’m not going to spend my life waiting for it to start anymore.


Yep, I’ve been listening to yet more podcasts this week. I honestly don’t even bother with much tv anymore. Instead I’ve downloaded acast on my phone and have added several podcasts I already listen to and have discovered loads more along the way. This week I’ve been listening to Jen Carrington’s podcast. It’s full of tips for bloggers and creatives and the latest few episodes feature some fab interviews with the likes of Sara Tasker and Kayte Ferris.

And lastly…

We have another week of half term left and this coming week will be a little less slow lived than the last. The moody teen has more study days at school to look forward to. As well as a quiz night in the run-up to her NCS trip in the summer.

If you have a teen and don’t know what NCS is all about, they get a week at a residential activity centre. A week in university halls and two weeks back home working on a community project nearby. All for the ridiculously low cost of £35! It’s said to boost resilience, lowers anxiety and helps them get used to working as a team. Allows them to meet new people from the area they live and form new friendships. As well as providing them with the skills they need to live independently, including learning how to budget their money. And of course, they get two weeks worth of volunteering to put on their cv and is something universities suggest applicants complete before going to uni. Needless to say, the teen can’t wait to spend a few weeks away from home. And I’m relieved she’ll be doing something valuable with her time before she starts college.

Back to half term. The little dude has requested a trip to the farm, the amusements, the beach (again), the zoo, the library and the park. So it appears we’ll definitely be keeping busy.

Hope you’re enjoying the weekend!



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  1. April 8, 2018 / 11:07 am

    I love the sound of that podcast. I’m definitely going to give that a listen today. It sounds great. Podcasts have completely taken over my tv watching too. I love that you can learn so much from too and I normally have them on in the background while I work. That book sounds so good. I’m going to add it to my must read list. It sounds like you’ve had a really lovely week.. xx

    • Mum Reinvented
      April 9, 2018 / 5:30 pm

      I can’t live without podcasts now. Considering I hadn’t even listened to one until about 2 months ago, I’m addicted now x

  2. April 8, 2018 / 6:46 pm

    We have another week too so are off to Liverpool to see Disney on Ice once day we might bake tomorrow ! But I also have a week of deadlines grrr, but i cant moan as at least I am able to work from home. I am off now to bookmark this book it looks so good, I think I was on the hunt for it after your recommendation last week but then Things I Want My Daughter To Know caught my eye. Have a fab week and lets hope the sun shines x

    • Mum Reinvented
      April 9, 2018 / 5:25 pm

      I’d love to see Disney on Ice, it’s one I’ve always fancied. Ha ha I’ll have to start sending you all my old books at this rate x

  3. April 8, 2018 / 9:40 pm

    I still need to order that book it sounds right up my street. I’m so loving podcasts at the moment too and will definitely be listening to that one. The ncs scheme sounds fab and something i hope is still available when my two are a bit older, it sounds like it teaches then great life skills thankyou for sharing xx

    • Mum Reinvented
      April 9, 2018 / 5:28 pm

      It’s such a brilliant scheme, well it sounds like it anyway! She heard about it years ago when we lived abroad so she’s thrilled we’re back in the UK now so she can finally take part. x

  4. April 8, 2018 / 11:36 pm

    Gorgeous flatlay for your book pic ❤

    • Mum Reinvented
      April 9, 2018 / 5:23 pm

      Would love to lay claim to it, but it’s from Amazon 😉

  5. April 9, 2018 / 10:34 pm

    Oh I love the sound of ‘Letters to Iris’ I am going to check it out. I used to work for a company who ran NCS and they always talked about how amazing it was for young people. Have a great week lovely #littleloves

  6. April 11, 2018 / 11:43 am

    Sounds like you’ve had a great week! I think the NCS programme is fantastic – I always urge my students to do it. I wish I’d been able to do something like that as a teenager. Hope she has a brilliant time. I feel like I’ve really gotten back into reading since I got my Kindle Paperwhite, I’m completely converted. It’s so easy to just pick up and read a few pages – I feel like I read quicker on it too?! Podcasts are just great aren’t they? I’m really into them too – listened to Homo Sapiens last night and was giggling away. I also love The High Low (although they are on a maternity break right now). Enjoy the rest of your half term xx

  7. April 11, 2018 / 12:09 pm

    That meal sounds so lovely, I could eat it right now! Yum
    Jen’s podcast is my hands down favourite. I listened to her epsiode with Kayte Ferris yesterday and felt so inspired! x

  8. April 12, 2018 / 6:40 pm

    That meal you cooked sounds delicious! Adding the book to my list to read, sounds like one I would enjoy. Hope you have had a lovely week xx

  9. April 12, 2018 / 9:19 pm

    The NCS programme sounds really good and what an incredible price! Good for you on getting your legs out. I am totally guilty of waiting until I am thin again after having the boys. I may need to accept that its probably never going to happen and move on. Hope you have had a lovely week of half term xx #LittleLoves

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