Flamingo Love, Harvest Festival and New Boots #littleloves

Flamingo Love, Harvest Festival and New Boots #littleloves

You know those ‘Thank god it’s Friday’ kinda memes? I could be one of those in human form this week. It hasn’t been a particularly bad week by any stretch of the imagination, but I will be cracking open the wine tonight that’s for sure. We kicked off the weekend with a day off school on Friday and joined my niece for an impromptu birthday celebration. Saturday we went to her party at a pottery painting place, where the dino mad 5 year old painted a T-Rex, of course! After the party we jumped in the car and drove three hours to Lincolnshire, to see the Mr’s grandad. We had a lovely time catching up and taking him for lunch. If only we lived closer so we could do it more often. We will be making it a monthly thing now we’re back in the UK though and hopefully turning it into a bit of a holiday while we’re at it too.

Anyway, onto this week’s #littleloves:


Dinosaur books for young children

We headed to the library last week and picked out some dinosaur books for the dino crazy boy. I desperately tried to steer him away from the reference books and towards something he could try reading himself (he’s such a cute little weirdo and loves dino facts). And I’m so glad that I did. He has absolutely adored reading about dinosaurs by himself. And that’s reflected in his choice of school book this week too. Do you ever feel like you’re learning about things with your kids?

I’ve been sent a beautiful book this week. IKIGAI – The Japenese Secret to a Long and Happy Life. Described as a refreshingly simple recipe for happiness. It promises to show us how to leave urgency behind, find our purpose, nurture friendships and throw ourselves into our passions. Sounds pretty damn amazing to me!


Let me set the scene for you on this one. I was sat in a Brewer’s Fayre on Saturday night waiting for our food and watching the crazy 5 year old throw himself around in the soft play area (my Saturday nights rock!), when I received a tweet. That tweet told me a certain crazy flamingo lady had just added a video about her love of all things flamingo to YouTube. I may have squealed a little. This is a video I’d nagged Anna-Marie to do (I wanted to see the extent of her flamingo obsession for myself). And yet here I was surrounded by people, watching a lunatic 5 year old throw himself off things, so I couldn’t watch it. After dinner, we arrived at our Travelodge for the night and there was no wifi, so again I couldn’t watch it.

Infact I only managed to watch it on Monday night! But it was worth the wait. And I couldn’t help but giggle as I saw the flamingo-fest unfold before my eyes. If you love flamingos, or like me are kind of intrigued by the extent of Anna-Marie’s flamingo ‘problem’, you need to watch this.

TV wise it’s been more of the same. Liar, Outlander, This is us, Victoria, Cold Feet. Please don’t let this amazing season of tv come to an end!


Banana bread

Taking a leaf out of Donna‘s book, I’m going to attempt to bake with the little dude once a week after school. We kicked the week off with this delicious banana bread, which bar putting it in the oven, he made all by himself. And boy is it good! He even made an extra one for his cousins, which we delivered to them at school the following morning.



My gorgeous new furry boots. They’re sooooo comfy and the furry bit just adds extra cosiness. I’ve been desperately trying to keep them clean and dry – seems not very well! What’s with the grass on my boot!?! Argh!

I may have also bought yet more new pyjamas. A girl can never have enough, right?


The dulcet tones of an entire primary school full of children singing songs at Harvest Festival yesterday. The poor little things braved the driving rain to walk through the town and up the hill to the church. Before treating us to various songs I’d never heard before. I’m pretty sure songs about conkers, allotments and cabbages weren’t part of the Harvest Festival repertoire when I was a child. But it was so sweet. The little one loved standing at the front of the church with his class belting out a song. It was his first Harvest Festival, as they didn’t tend to do them in Malta. And he’s loved learning about why it’s celebrated and picking out what he wanted to donate himself.

And lastly…

Right now we don’t have any plans for the weekend. We’re heading to the park with my sister and my nieces and nephew after school to let off some steam and then we’re playing it by ear. A visit to the in laws is well overdue, so we’ll no doubt be paying them a visit and perhaps having a day out too. I’m just happy to be turning off the alarm!

Have a great weekend whatever you get up to.



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  1. October 6, 2017 / 2:46 pm

    Oh you are funny! Thanks for the mention! We had our harvest festival performances today, my ears were ringing by the end of it! But still very lovely to watch. Hope you have a wonderful weekend xx

    • Mum Reinvented
      October 6, 2017 / 9:22 pm

      I haven’t been to a harvest thing since I was in one! Was cute watching all the kids though, they sing their little hearts out don’t they! Ha ha how could I not mention THE video. Best thing I’ve seen in ages x

    • Mum Reinvented
      October 6, 2017 / 9:44 pm

      Ha ha it is rather fabulous isn’t it. They’re from Evans (I have hideously wide feet), they have black ones too. Think you can get them with some money off in the Debenhams sale though 😉

  2. October 6, 2017 / 8:56 pm

    I think I need to watch Anne-Marie’s vlog too. I love that your son is enjoying reading dinosaur books. I love banana bread too. I wish we could bake after school one night a week but I only have 2 days where I pick my daughter up and on one of those we have swimming.

    • Mum Reinvented
      October 6, 2017 / 9:48 pm

      We haven’t enrolled in any clubs yet, although with a teen doing extra lessons 3 nights a week, it’s a bit of a juggle fitting anything else in. He’s asked to make an apple pie or crumble next – I won’t be complaining that’s for sure! I need to find a good supply of reading books about dinosaurs! x

  3. October 9, 2017 / 11:01 am

    We had Harvest Festival the other week too. I normally duck out of going but both girls were performing in the choir this year so I was under strict instructions not to miss it! It was actually a lovely service ans really rather funny.
    I love that Donna bakes with her two after school and want to do it with mine but evenings are so busy for us. We only have a Monday with nothing on, so maybe I should try it then. I think banana bread is the perfect one to start with.
    Have a lovely week xx

  4. October 9, 2017 / 1:54 pm

    Love the boots so Autumn. I need new pair desperately. Love that flamingo love video. Mine has to be pineapples. lol Too funny. Hope you have a good week. #littleloves

  5. October 12, 2017 / 11:02 am

    Oh yes, isn’t it bliss when you get to turn the alarm off for two whole days! Mind you, we now have various sporting activities at the weekend so it’s far from all relaxation. Absolutely love banana break so well done to your little man for mastering that one all by himself. I miss Harvest Festival. With all 3 children at secondary school they just don’t do lovely things about donating items and what harvest is all about, it’s more how to achieve in your exams! xx

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