I was so excited for May and everything it had in store for us. I haven’t been disappointed. The weather has been beautiful, the blossom spectacular and we’ve packed so much in. It’s been a month for fun and friendship and I almost don’t want it to end. If I could hold up a month as my perfect month, May would be it. The perfect reason to celebrate and round it all up in this month’s #littleloves.
Why Mummy Drinks
I picked this up ages ago, read a few pages and ended up bypassing it for Still Me. I’ve started reading Why Mummy Drinks again however and I’m so glad I did. It really is laugh a minute funny, capturing motherhood perfectly.
I really enjoyed this book. Bella Figura is all about finding pleasure in every day, making every aspect of life as wonderful as it can be. From your morning coffee, right through to bedtime, it demonstrates how to achieve a little of that Italian La Dolce Vita for yourself.
This short and snappy ‘self-help’ book by Camilla Sacre-Dallerup, of Strictly fame, is a great read if you’re looking to make changes in your life. Whether it’s in your professional or personal life Reinvent Me delves into why we put barriers in the way of change and tells us how to forge ahead with whatever change it is we want to make.
Marge in Charge
The little dude has been glued to these fab books by Isla Fisher – remember her from Summer Bay and Confessions of a Shopaholic? They follow Marge and her charges on their crazy escapades, turning the every day into a riot of fun and laughter. They’re aimed at children age 5 – 8 and you have the chance to Win a Set of 4 Marge in Charge Books right here on my blog.
Inside Outside and Beyond
When my daughter was struggling a few years ago it was so hard to know where to turn. As it happened Suzanne was going through something similar with her daughter around the same time and it helped no end just reading about their experiences and knowing that I wasn’t alone. Thankfully it seems both our girls have now turned a corner and Suzanne has written about her experiences in this post – Parenting a child with mental illness.
Coffee Work Sleep Repeat
The lovely Morgana has done it again with the relevant and thought-provoking Are you at information and influence overload? If you feel like you’re taking on other people’s thoughts and opinions, allowing them to cloud your judgement and affect your thoughts and plans, this one is for you.
At the beginning of the month, we headed to the theatre to watch Hairspray. It was a pre GCSE treat for the teen. She loved the film and was so excited to see it live on stage. She certainly wasn’t disappointed. It was absolutely amazing. I wrote about our night at the theatre if you want to find out more about Hairspray. And if you get the chance to see it at a theatre near you, I couldn’t recommend it more. It’ll have you dancing in the aisles.
We also watched the little dude make his Beaver Scout promise this week. He learned the promise off by heart and was so excited to become an ‘official’ Beaver and receive his neck scarf as he can start earning badges now. He’s already picked out the ones he wants to try to get. Shame there isn’t a palaeontology one as he’d get that in seconds.
I’m not going to lie and say I was a domestic goddess this month, nor will I say I crafted with the kids. Nope. I made reservations. At a fabulous restaurant on the harbour in Folkestone (if you know this area I can’t believe I actually just said that sentence either but it seems Folkestone has seen somewhat of a regeneration over the last few years) with the most amazing views (my phone is in the repair shop and the Mr wouldn’t play ball in allowing me to instagram the shit out of the place using his phone. He so would not make an instagram husband) and delicious food.
I had high expectations seeing as it’s owned by Mark Sargeant, former head chef at Claridge’s, and I wasn’t disappointed. Everything from the service and the cocktails to the dessert (salted caramel tart with cardamon ice cream) was amazing. It was the perfect date night destination, our first since we moved back to England almost a year ago. And when we came home the teen and the six year old hadn’t murdered each other so that’s always a bonus.
The moody teen and I reviewed some clothes for Fashion World this month. I even braved having my photo taken, which is a first for me. We had loads of fun doing it and got some lovely photos, especially of this one. She’s a natural poser that’s for sure.
On the subject of what I’ve been wearing, I’ve made it to the losing 3 1/2 stone mark (still got that and more to go but I’m getting there) and all my clothes no longer fit. It’s nice to be able to buy new clothes and experiment with what suits me as my body changes, but it’s proving expensive too. I also bought four bags last weekend. Four. Not quite sure what possessed me but I know I need each and every one.
I discovered yet another podcast this month. Yes, I’ll be checking myself into podcast rehab very soon. It’s all about being yourself and building your brand around you. Definitely one to check out for bloggers and creative business owners.
It’s half term! My eye bags and I are so glad to see the back of that evil school run alarm for a week. The lazy day we’d planned today went up in a puff of smoke after the moody teen requested the services of mum’s taxi. So making the most of being out already, we headed to a town about half an hour away to visit the museum which the little dude had requested thanks to its fabulous dinosaur displays. We’re meeting up with friends tomorrow for a day at a castle. But Monday I’m determined will involve a day of putting my feet up and relaxing.
Next week the teen is heading to school to take part in revision for her GCSEs – voluntarily, in the school holidays. I’m veering between being ridiculously proud of her and wondering if the child I brought home from the hospital 16 years ago was actually mine. The little dude has requested a visit to Port Lympne Wildlife Park to see the dinosaurs. And I’m sure we’ll fit a visit to the beach in at some point too.
On Friday I’m checking myself into a hotel with a friend and enjoying a dip in the jacuzzi, copious amounts of Prosecco and an evening of entertainment. I cannot wait.
Have a fabulous half term whatever you get up to.
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