Holidays, Books Galore and Giving Up #littleloves

Holidays, Books Galore and Giving Up #littleloves

A bit of a bumper edition this week after missing last week’s #littleloves. I’ve been in one of those moods where I’ve needed to remind myself of the good things in life. Whether that’s reading a billion books in quick succession, or just switching off and chilling out infront of the tv.

One thing to ‘love’ this week is giving up smoking. I promised myself that March would be the month I quit and so far so good. I’ve managed a week without them and despite coming to the conclusion that they’re probably the reason I haven’t committed murder over these last 2 years I’ve been smoking, it hasn’t been quite as hard going as I imagined. Obviously I’ve got a long way to go, but here’s hoping I can stick to it. Wish me luck!


I’ve been lucky enough to get an advance review copy of Secret of a Happy Marriage. I’ve seen it pop up in numerous magazines lately, all singing its praises, so I couldn’t wait to dive in. Its told by various members of the same family, all fighting their own demons and springs back and forth in time as it delves into the hows and whys of them becoming who they are today. It really is a wonderful story and you find yourself really invested in the characters.

Next up was The Summer of Impossible Things. I can’t actually review it properly as it isn’t released for a while but you seriously need to buy it. It’s magical. This is what it says on the cover ‘ Thirty years ago, something terrible happened to Luna’s mother. Something she’s only prepared to reveal after her death. Now Luna and her sister have a chance to go back to their mother’s birthplace and settle her affairs. But in Brooklyn they find more questions than answers, until something impossible – magical – happens to Luna, and she meets her mother as a young woman back in the summer of 1977. At first Luna’s thinks she’s going crazy, but if she can truly travel back in time, she can change things. But in doing anything – everything – to save her mother’s life, will she have to sacrifice her own?’

I devoured this one within one sitting. It’s the third part in a series of short stories I’ve enjoyed reading. It follows Beth as she runs from her old life with her violent and controlling ex and seeks to make a new life for herself and her son. This book was every bit as fab as the previous two and I can’t wait for the next one already.

And I’m half way through this one, which is of course my usual chick lit with a travel twist. So far so good!


I started watching Big Little Lies on catchup yesterday and binge watched the first 3 episodes. Definitely one to watch!

Land Girls is a new discovery on Netflix for me. After I finished watching Gilmore Girls (again) this week, I was looking for something else to watch and thought I’d give it a go. It’s such a lovely series and I’m hooked already just a few episodes in.


We’ve ‘made’ our flight reservations for the summer when we’re off home to stay with my mum for 2 weeks. And I put the application for in both the Mr and the 5 year old’s new passports. Its cost a small fortune as you can imagine, but I’m glad to have it booked. Next on the list is car hire, a few nights in hotels when we visit family and friends in Manchester and Wales and maybe even a night away for my birthday too. Can’t wait to get planning!


The gym clothes actually made an appearance last week. Bit of a miracle for me. Don’t worry I’ve not gone mad and joined the gym. But I’ve had a go on our cross trainer and attempted an exercise dvd, so I’m getting there. I lost 10lb last month just focussing on eating better, so it’s time to step things up a notch and get into a routine with exercise too.


I was sad to hear this beauty fell into the sea below on Wednesday morning. If you’re not familiar with Gozo’s Azure Window, you may well have seen it in the Dothraki wedding scenes in Game of Thrones. I’ve lived half an hour away from it for almost 2 years and do you think I’ve ever been to see it? Nope! Needless to say as sad as it is that this natural wonder has gone forever, it has made me all the more determined to get out there and see the things I want to see before it’s too late. Time, and nature it seems, waits for no one after all.

And lastly…

The Mr has decided it’s time we put the teen’s babysitting skills to the test and head out for a meal tomorrow night. We haven’t been out since Christmas so I can’t wait to throw off my school mum uniform, pick some make up on and indulge in some cocktails before getting back on the diet next week.

Have a great weekend whatever you’re up to!



  1. March 10, 2017 / 8:15 pm

    I didn’t realise big little lies had started yet. What a lot of books you’ve read. Good luck with quitting smoking. It will be worth it.

    • Mum Reinvented
      March 12, 2017 / 8:58 pm

      Big Little Lies is definitely a grower. I’m quite enjoying it and of course the actresses in it are brilliant. i can’t quite believe the amount of books I’ve read either!

    • Mum Reinvented
      March 12, 2017 / 9:00 pm

      It’s a really lovely story, definitely one to read if you can

  2. March 11, 2017 / 9:24 am

    I am going to have to give Big Little Lies! Looks like my kind of thing! How awful that a beautiful piece of wonder Gozo’s Azure Window has fallen.. It looked absolutely beautiful. Have a wonderful evening out out with the Mr xx

    • Mum Reinvented
      March 12, 2017 / 9:02 pm

      It’s quite funny and plain odd all at once. The whole school mum rival thing is brilliant and the cast are amazing too. It’s sad it collapsed, did make me laugh though as the following day they were all like ‘it’s ok we have another window’ – apparently there’s a smaller one they’re going to promote instead to the tourists – so funny! x

  3. March 11, 2017 / 10:28 am

    You’ve read all of those in 2 weeks oh my goodness! Big little lies looks fab, but as I’ve now discovered it’s a book I want to read that first. I heard about Gozos Azure Window-what a beauty but I like the way you’ve looked at it! So many things get put off but really must do before it’s too late. Have a wonderful evening tonight! X

    • Mum Reinvented
      March 12, 2017 / 9:04 pm

      I didn’t realise it was a book too, I’ll have to hunt it down. It’s true isn’t it, so many things we want to do or see and there’s always an excuse not to do it. It’s another one of those things thats made me think I need to grab life by the balls and stop making excuses all the time x

  4. March 12, 2017 / 8:32 pm

    How have you read that many books in a week?! Go you! I like the look of Big Little Lies, one for me to watch when I finally get round to finishing Revenge. That photo is gorgeous, so serene. Keep going with your no smoking mission, you can do it. Enjoy your week xx

  5. Mum Reinvented
    March 12, 2017 / 9:07 pm

    Ha ha I read them over 2 weeks, so not quite as impressive. I’ve been reading a lot since I gave up smoking, think escaping into a book is helping me forget all about the fags. So far so good, I’ve not had a sneaky fag since I gave up just over a week ago, fingers crossed it’ll continue x

  6. March 13, 2017 / 3:11 pm

    I’ve been on a reading mission too last week. I’ve finished two box sets and I have started another book. Where does you mum live that you need a passport? It’s so handy to have family abroad for holidays 🙂 Have a fab week #littleloves x
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  7. March 13, 2017 / 8:46 pm

    Wow you have read so many books that’s amazing. I wish I had more time to read I love it. Nothing better than a good book. hope you had a great weekend #littleloves

    • Mum Reinvented
      March 14, 2017 / 9:45 am

      Ha ha I did read a few didn’t I! I have half an hour each day in the car waiting for the kids to come out of school so I manage to do a lot of reading then 😉

  8. March 14, 2017 / 5:15 pm

    Gosh you really have been ploughing through the books – amazing! I’ve heard so much about Big Little Lies this week I’m just not sure the OH would like it and the evening is the only time we really see each other. Hope you had a good night out – can’t beat dinner and cocktails!

    • Mum Reinvented
      March 14, 2017 / 5:57 pm

      It’s not a really girly thing, so you might get away with watching it with OH there. There’s quite a few dark scenes, flashbacks, the odd sex scene and of course the women interacting and the kids at school. I’ve been watching it on catch up but I think I’d probably get away with watching it when my OH was around – he ignores everything I watch anyway!

  9. March 16, 2017 / 2:08 pm

    I watched the first Big Little Lies last night and loved it. I’ve read the book and although I really enjoyed it I can’t remember the detail thankfully.
    The Summer of Impossible Things sounds like my kind of book, I’ll have to keep an eye out for it xx

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