Posted on September 11, 2015

Lots of books, great films and family time #littleloves


I missed last week’s #littleloves so this week it’s a combined two weeker. In those two weeks we’ve moved into our new home, I’ve enrolled the teen in her new school and enjoyed a bank holiday with the man (he never used to get them off in his old job, so it’s great for us as a family).

Anyway enough of my ramblings, here’s my #littleloves for the last two weeks:

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I’ve read loads these last two weeks. We haven’t had any tv since we moved from our old house a month ago (so not good with a three year old who’s also waiting for all his toys to arrive from the removals company) so when I haven’t been working I’ve been devouring books and magazines.

The Great Village Show book cover

I read The Great Village Show last week. It’s a follow on story from The Great Christmas Knit Off (although you don’t have to read that one to enjoy this book) and is a real feel good read. It started off a little slow but once I got into it, I loved it. Romance, crafting, strong women and just life in general. A believable and heart warming read. Plus it makes me want to move to a quaint little English village.

The Cherry Tree Cafe book cover

I’m in the middle of the Cherry Tree Cafe at the moment and it’s one of those that grabs you from the beginning and makes you want to read on. Heartbreak, cakes, sewing, friendship (and there’s an inevitable romance on the cards if I’m not wrong) makes for a book you can just lose yourself in and chill out.

Blog Life Ecourse

I also ordered myself the Blog Life Ecourse from A Beautiful Mess which Natalie from Little Jam Pot Life mentioned a while back in one of her #littleloves posts and I’ve been meaning to buy it for ages now. I made the most of our limited internet connection at the beginning of the week to download it onto my kindle and have been dipping in and out ever since. It’s a great read, even when you’ve been blogging for 6 years like I have and packed full of inspiration and ideas. I even managed to get it in the sale so that’s always a good thing!


We have had some really weird TV here since we moved. We have a satellite dish but the only thing it has been picking up is Dubai TV and some random Korean channel. It’s pretty horrendous but there have been a few good films on.

Outlander is one that is completely out of my comfort zone. As you can tell from my choice of reading material I’m all about the romcoms, so this alien/action/sci-fi kinda film isn’t something I’d normally watch, but it was really good.

Another brilliant film was Stop-Loss, which again was something I wouldn’t normally have watched. It’s about soldiers who serve in the American army and portrayed some of the most horrendous things they go through. Family and friendship also featured heavily in this film and it was a brilliant and moving watch. Needless to say the fact that Ryan Philippe and Channing Tatum were in it (and topless) also helped.

Lastly I watched The 100 Foot Journey on Amazon Prime on Wednesday night and it was brilliant. It’s particularly poignant at the moment as it features a family who fled India and set up a curry house in a little village in France opposite a posh restaurant with a rather haughty owner played by Helen Mirren. The villagers don’t take well to change or having people they feel don’t respect their values in the village, but over time and with the help of the amazing culinary talents of one of the family, they make their mark on the village and become an integral part of it. It really is a lovely film and I’d definitely watch it again and again.


My swimming cossie every day for over a week, because of this little beauty on the roof.

Swimming pool


‘The internet is working now’. Any blogger who has moved will know how much joy that phrase can bring and it certainly did in this house! We now have internet and ‘proper’ tv since Wednesday and it’s wonderful. How sad does that sound!?!


An effort to spend quality time together. The teen is still with her nan (no school for her until the end of the month – alright for some!) so when the man has a day off (he’s never had weekends or bank holidays off before) we’re making sure we spend it doing something together. We’ve hit the pool, swam in the sea, built sandcastles on the beach, visited a really cool kids play area, hit the shops and enjoyed a few meals out too.

I won’t lie, being stuck in a new house with no car and a bored 3 year old (we need to find him a nursery or preschool to start next month) while trying to work hasn’t been fun at all. But spending time together as a family has been really lovely and not something we’ve been able to do unless on holiday for years.

And Lastly…….

Happy Quote

This is so me right now. Things haven’t been perfect but they’re certainly looking up and I’m happier than I imagined I would be at the moment. Long may it last!

Hope you’ve all had a great week.


  • Reply Louisa September 11, 2015 at 10:23 am

    I’ve just watched the trailer for the Outlander film and it looks like just my thing, I’ll get hubs to download it. Thank you! When we moved we had either none or patchy internet for several weeks so I feel your pain. You don’t realise how much you rely on it until it’s gone. Have a relaxing weekend x
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    • Reply Mum Reinvented September 16, 2015 at 8:37 am

      Ha ha tell me about it. We even have internet tv so without it we were pretty lost. Outlander was really good. I think there’s a tv series too but more historical rather than ‘alien’ – might have to give that a watch too. x

  • Reply Anna-Marie September 12, 2015 at 9:41 am

    That roof top pool looks amazing! Oh I fully understand the whole moving an don internet thing, I hated every minute of not being without mine! Have a wonderful weekend x
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    • Reply Mum Reinvented September 16, 2015 at 8:38 am

      It is rather lovely if I do say so myself! It’s a nightmare with no internet. Thankfully they sorted it out quite quickly x

  • Reply Debs @ Super Busy Mum September 12, 2015 at 11:34 am

    That roof and view…WOW! You lucky lady! x
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    • Reply Mum Reinvented September 16, 2015 at 8:39 am

      Ha ha I am indeed x

  • Reply Morgana September 14, 2015 at 11:55 am

    Check out the roof top pool!! How fantastic is that? Such an amazing view too.
    Love that quote at the end too.
    Have a great week xx
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    • Reply Mum Reinvented September 16, 2015 at 8:40 am

      It’s lovely up there. Will be even better when we get to use it for the whole summer next year. Forgot how much I love swimming and the little one has come on leaps and bounds after going in every day x

  • Reply Esther @ Inside Out and About September 14, 2015 at 9:04 pm

    Errrr….how amazing does that pool look? Dreamy!!! So good that you’re making the most of it. Bored three year olds are no fun at all. Hoorah for internet…when I have it again I feel like I accomplish a million things in a the space of ten minutes! xx
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    • Reply Mum Reinvented September 16, 2015 at 8:41 am

      Ha ha as soon as I got the internet back the tv went on (we have internet tv) and I placed a food shopping order – little things we take for granted and make life so much easier when we have the internet. It’s a gorgeous pool, so lucky to have it x

  • Reply Nicola Young September 14, 2015 at 10:12 pm

    Some great movie suggestions there. I didn’t know the Beautiful Mess girls had a book. I like their blog though, particularly some of the hairstyles.
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    • Reply Mum Reinvented September 16, 2015 at 8:42 am

      I love their blog too, full of great info and how to’s. They have several ecourses and downloads, well worth a look 😉

  • Reply Natasha Wiening September 25, 2015 at 11:37 am

    The place looks absolutely stunning! I have to admit, I can’t go without internet either, It’s sad how much we rely on the net and “need it” these days. Love reading your blog, thanks for sharing
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