Family, Social Media and Giggles #littleloves

It’s been another week of visitors this week, with yet more family coming to stay and we’ve had a great time catching up and just spending time together. Here’s my #littleloves for the week.


You won’t be surprised that I’m STILL reading the Game of Thrones books! But I’ve also had my head buried in the Mollie Makes Social Media mag – who hasn’t!?! Not to mention the latest issue of iBlog magazine, which coincidentally was also a social media edition.

mollie makes social media

I’ve saved loads of blog posts to reread on my Kindle this week too. Here’s just a few:

Blogging: Am I lucky? from You Baby Me Mummyย reminded me of how I used to obsess over blog stats and rankings in the early days of my blog. I was never as busy as Aby is now, but blogging does kind of have a way of taking over and leaving you with no time for anything else if you let it. I think it’s often easy to be jealous of other bloggers success and Aby is certainly taking the blogging world by storm, but this post just goes to show how much work, heart and soul people pour into their blogs and the toll it can take.

Too Honest, You Say?ย ย over on The Unmumsy Mum’s Guide to Motherhood is a response to the recent comments and blog posts surrounding ‘sweary warts and all accounts of motherhood’ as she puts it. I’ve got to say that I do like these blogs, swearing and all (I’ve worked for the police, I’ve heard it all believe me!), although I don’t actually know what started the backlash against them to be honest. I’ve seen a few blog posts from the other perspective but none of them have linked to any blog posts or articles that may have prompted their posts so I’m out of the loop as usual. In defence of these ‘honest parenting’ blogs I have to say I love reading them, they make me laugh and I’ve never seen any that directly refer to their children in a derogatory manner. In a sea of often sickly sweet parenting blogs (I’m sorry but there are a few these days, either that or they really do have perfect lives and good luck to them, I certainly don’t!) they are a breath of fresh air and something to take with a pinch of salt and not too literally.

21 Tips to Take Your Blog to the Next Professional Level. From journo to blogger, Hannah is a breath of fresh air. Young, gorgeous and with a collection of shoes to die for, not to mention some unbelievably sexy press trips she’s been lucky enough to go on recently, her blog is packed with stunning photography and down to earth commentary. One of her latest posts on upping your game blog wise is well worth a read.


Simply AMAZING. The C Word was uplifting and heartbreaking in equal measure. Sheridan Smith has always been a favourite of mine but oh my god how good is her acting! If you haven’t seen it already get yourself over to iPlayer! (And P.S Paul Nicholls is still rather cute!)


As we have family over I’ve been able to dress up a little for a night out and a lovely lunch too. Today we’re hitting the beach so it’s a cool maxi dress and sandals all the way. I won’t be taking any shots of my sandal unworthy feet – you really don’t want to see them trust me!


It’s been a week full of giggles from the little one and the constant ‘nanny’ or ‘grandad come see this/look at me’ etc as he enjoys spending time with our visiting family. I know baby giggles are supposed to be the best, but giggles from my 3 year old are right up there too!


Does giving my blog a makeover count? I dropped the more colourful blog theme I was using and have gone for a sleeker monochrome look and I must say that although it’s very simple, I really like it. I’ve still got a bit of tweaking to do before I make it my own but it’s getting there.

And Lastly….

We’ve got another few days left to enjoy with our visitors so we’ll be hitting the beach and feasting on yet more delicious food over the weekend. I’m really looking forward to starting on The New You Plan next week as I’m feeling like a right old lump at the moment and I’m hoping it’ll help get me into a better mindset to tackle my weight head on. Wish me luck!


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    • Mum Reinvented
      May 9, 2015 / 9:43 am

      Definitely watch it if you get the chance, it was absolutely brilliant. I may even watch it again if I can cope with balling my eyes out again! x

  1. May 8, 2015 / 7:49 pm

    Children laughing in general is fairly brilliant. Hope you keep enjoying all your visitors, and have a great weekend! Xx p.s. liking the new blog look ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Mum Reinvented
      May 9, 2015 / 9:42 am

      Thanks. Definitely still needs some tweaking but it’ll get there – then I’ll change it again ha ha! x

  2. May 8, 2015 / 8:18 pm

    The C Word really was something else – I’m sure her family were pleased with the way Lisa’s story was portrayed. I’ve read her book too and she was a remarkable woman.

    Hope you have a great weekend x
    Another Bun recently posted…#littleloves Mummy Wars and The Big VoteMy Profile

    • Mum Reinvented
      May 9, 2015 / 9:41 am

      Oh it really was amazing, best tv programme I’ve watched in a long time! x

  3. May 9, 2015 / 9:28 am

    I’m kind of sitting on the fence with the whole blogging wars! While I too enjoy reading some of these honest posts, I just think about the future and of the kids read back at their mum calling them “Little Sh*ts” and the like, it could really hurt their feelings and knock confidence! Aren’t grandparents the best, we would be list without them! Enjoy the rest of the time with your visitors and have a lovely weekend xxx
    Triona McKee recently posted…Thoughtful Gifts for Chelsea Flower Show LoversMy Profile

    • Mum Reinvented
      May 9, 2015 / 9:40 am

      I think I live in a bubble half the time, I haven’t seen anyone call their kids that on their blog. Although to be fair I have said a fair few things about my teen after she’s had an almighty hormonal meltdown, but although I might say it to my partner at the end of a long day I wouldn’t refer to her like that on the blog, incase she reads it and it’s something people will no doubt imagine me thinking anyway (imagine screaming, crying, throwing things, slamming doors, upsetting her 3 year old brother and you get the picture), it doesn’t need to be written down.

      I miss having my parents around as they’re in a different country, so visits from them are always great, especially for the kids who revel in the attention as you can imagine! x

  4. May 9, 2015 / 12:50 pm

    Oh I’m so looking forward to checking out those blog recommendations – they sound great. I also sobbed my way through The C-Word…I liked how they looked at how everything was affecting her family, as much as her. It was what made me cry the most…especially her parents. A fabulous programme that has stayed with me all week. Ax

    PS love the blog layout!

    • Mum Reinvented
      May 9, 2015 / 1:46 pm

      It has stayed with me too. It was so touching and you’re right, seeing how it effected her family too was rather emotional. I don’t think I stopped crying throughout! x

    • Mum Reinvented
      May 9, 2015 / 1:44 pm

      Definitely give it a watch, but have tissues at the ready! x

    • Mum Reinvented
      May 10, 2015 / 10:11 am

      Thanks Stacie. It really is fantastic, definitely one to watch! x

  5. May 10, 2015 / 12:34 am

    I’ve deliberately avoided the C Word- I fear is have the Kleenex crew in overtime! Must be something in the air health wise… Let the health kicks commence-on Monday!!

    • Mum Reinvented
      May 10, 2015 / 10:10 am

      I was going to avoid it actually as I thought I’d be an absolute wreck watching it. It wasn’t as bad as I’d imagined but still very emotional x

  6. May 10, 2015 / 8:23 am

    Oooh I’ve been meaning to get that issue of the Mollie Makes Social Media mag – is it any good?
    The C-Word is on my list of things to watch too, I totally missed all the hype on it but have seen it mentioned on a few #littleloves posts this week ๐Ÿ™‚
    Hope you’re enjoying a fab weekend at the beach,
    Kerry x

    • Mum Reinvented
      May 10, 2015 / 10:09 am

      It is good, aimed more at craft blogs but there’s still a lot of info that can be taken from it. The C Word is really good, definitely worth a watch ๐Ÿ˜‰ x

  7. May 10, 2015 / 7:30 pm

    I am used to having family staying and visiting, so I hope you are enjoying it – I always find it fun but tiring! I think I must be the only person without a Mollie Makes mag. I’m determined to get one someday! Hope you have a great week!
    Mel @mydaysni recently posted…#LittleLoves feat The MAC and a Birthday!My Profile

    • Mum Reinvented
      May 11, 2015 / 9:49 am

      Ha ha yep definitely fun but tiring! Surprisingly my dad was the least demanding visitor yet and was happy to do his own thing so I wasn’t on ‘entertaining’ duty like I usually am. Was a lovely few days. Ha ha that magazine seriously needed more print copies made! x

  8. May 11, 2015 / 1:50 pm

    I started reading this post on my phone the other day and forgot to come back to it! I love you layout, I was using this one actually before I switched a week or so ago ๐Ÿ˜‰ Good choice! I still haven’t read that Mollie Makes issue, even though I bought it weeks ago.

    Hannah Gale is fab isn’t she? I loved that blogging tips post. She always hits the nail on the head with whatever she writes.

    Have a great week xxx
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    • Mum Reinvented
      May 12, 2015 / 10:05 am

      Ha ha it looks like I’ve gone to 17th Avenue for my theme where your old one was from and you’ve gone to Pretty Darn Cute, which is where my old theme was from! Great minds think alike! I keep reading it and putting it down again. I work in social media so after a day sat on facebook and twitter etc sometimes reading about it gets a little too much.

      I love Hannah’s blog, she’s mad as a box of frogs. Makes me feel young again reading it, although makes me feel very much 33 at the same time ha ha.

      Hope you have a great week too x

    • Mum Reinvented
      May 13, 2015 / 10:11 am

      I honestly thought I’d be a wreck, especially as the subject matter is so close to my heart, but although I did ball my eyes out throughout, it was surprisingly uplifting as well as sad. The acting was fabulous too. x

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