Fun, Friendship and Theatre | Our #littleloves in May

Fun, Friendship and Theatre | Our #littleloves in May

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

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.

Bella Figura

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.

Reinvent Me

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

Marge in charge book set

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.

WIn a Set of 4 Marge in Charge books by Isla Fisher


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.

And Lastly

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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  1. May 26, 2018 / 11:15 pm

    I my goodness, I bet you’re hanging out for Friday – how fabulous! Thank you for sharing my post, I didn’t know you were going through the same thing. I’m glad your daughter has come out the other side too. I think I’ll always be wary from now and I watch my other daughter like a hawk but she’s a totally different person and I have to remember that. Sounds like your daughter is working hard for her GCSEs too, we can’t ask for more than that can we? xx

    • Mum Reinvented
      June 8, 2018 / 12:57 pm

      Last Friday was absolutely wonderful. Even better – we got a free room upgrade to a HUGE suite. We seem to be out the other side. I was worried her GCSEs would be too much for her, especially with only having had since September to learn all the subjects she was taking exams in thanks to living abroad, but she has taken it all in her stride and there’s only been one exam she hasn’t come out saying it was ‘easy’ or ‘good’, and that’s history, which she hasn’t done since primary school, so not losing any sleep over that one. Good luck to your daughter with her exams x

  2. May 27, 2018 / 9:21 pm

    It seems like your girl is coping well with her GCSE’s – good for her! It’s so stressful for young people (and parents!). Wishing her luck (downtime is just as important as revision!). Glad you got to see Hairspray, wasn’t it amazing? I cannot believe that it was Tracy Turnblad’s (Rebecca Mendoza) debut performance! Incredible. Enjoy your half term – sounds like you have lots planned! My husband is on nights for most of it! xx

    • Mum Reinvented
      June 8, 2018 / 1:02 pm

      I LOVED Hairspray. I’ve got a long list of shows I want to go and see now. The moody teen wants tickets to War Horse for her birthday in January – looks like theatre tickets will be featuring regularly in birthday and christmas wishlists from now on! She seems to be doing ok with her exams. She stays every night after school and they’ve had no exam leave, which to me is all kinds of weird, but at least it keeps them focussed and they’re revising at breakfast time in school (they get free food to entice them into school at 8am before an exam apparently), before the afternoon exams and often after school too (accompanied by pizza – the local takeaways are doing a roaring trade). She’s trying so hard bless her, but she’s also been out quite a bit – to the beach, shopping with her friends and even just to the park or to sit on the beach with her books instead of in her room all the time. Definitely going to treat her to a nice day out once she finishes school x

  3. June 7, 2018 / 8:36 pm

    I read both of those blog posts too and thought they were both excellent. Your daughter is beautiful and well done her for going into school to revise during the holidays. MY stepdaughter did the same and I think it’s making a difference – she seems to be feeling positive about her exams. Fingers crossed for results day on 23rd August! May sounds like it’s been fantastic for you – I hope June brings more of the same.
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    • Mum Reinvented
      June 8, 2018 / 1:03 pm

      May really has been my favourite month. We had so much fun. So far June is pretty good too – although a few bank holidays would be nice! Good luck to your step daughter!

  4. June 19, 2018 / 4:42 pm

    Thanks so much for mentioning my blog post, I’m sorry it’s taken me so long to pop over and read your May Littleloves, I honestly don’t know where the time is going!
    I’d love to see Hairspray at the theatre, both my girls love the film version so much – I’ll have to take them one day.
    Hope June is treating you well so far xx

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