Lots of Films, Bowling and Poetry #littleloves

Lots of Films, Bowling and Poetry #littleloves

We’ve had a great few days with my mum, despite the coughs and colds that have plagued all of us over the last few weeks. We seem to have finally seen the last of them though, so that’s definitely one for the #littleloves list.

Normally when my mum comes to stay we seem to do so much more and the man and I get a night out on our own, but we all felt so rough we couldn’t really face doing much. But with the teen’s birthday, a trip to the little one’s favourite indoor play area and bowling, along with lots of nanny cuddles, we had a great time and the 5 days she was here went really quickly. I wish I could just pop round to my mums sometimes instead of having to get on a plane, but such is life I guess.

Onto this week’s #littleloves


I’m still on My Sweet Revenge but the little one is all about Julia Donaldson at the moment. The one he always goes back to is Room on the Broom and I have to admit I love it too.


I watched Jackie this week and while it wasn’t my favourite film of all time, Natalie Portman was brilliant as Jackie Kennedy and I’d definitely watch it again. Set in the days and weeks that followed her husband’s assassination, it’s based around an interview she did with Life Magazine for it’s December 1963 issue. Featuring flashbacks to the assassination, a restaging of the 1962 tv tour of the White House, which Jackie Kennedy famously led as she showcased the $2 million restoration of historic pieces she had completed and post assassination scenes with her children, the film takes you behind one of the most famous moments in US history.

I also watched La La Land and I’m going against the grain here by saying I thought it was naff. Perhaps it’s a grower and I need to watch it again, but I really couldn’t get into it at all. And the teen and I watched Moana which we loved and had the teen in fits of giggles throughout. Gotta love a Disney film. I love the fact that she will still sit and watch them with me, despite being too cool for school these days.


Does making the effort to have a look around one of the local gyms count? The Mr and I headed to a hotel near us today to have a look at the gym and indoor pool as they have a really good joint offer that works out at just £17 a month each. I really need to do something about my fitness levels this year, and inturn my weight, so joining a gym together could well be what I need. It even has a kids club the little one can use while we’re there and of course it’ll be nice to be able to use the pool as a family and get the teen into the gym too.


Bowling shoes. We went bowling with my mum at the weekend and had a great time. The little one has only been twice before and absolutely loved it, even if his bowling skills were limited to pretty much throwing the ball into the next lane. My mum proved herself to be a bit of a secret bowling maestro though and beat the rest of us hands down.


The teen reading poetry. She’s revising for her half yearly exams and finds it so hard. So we’re trying to find ways to help it all sink in. I had her read me one of the poems she has to know for her English Literature exam and you could tell how much she loves the subject. She came alive reading that poem to me, which when you have a teen that barely shows any emotion about school or tells you what she’s doing/how her day went, it’s a real joy to watch. Its been a long time since I read any poetry. I think my last English Lit lesson was in 1997 (yeah, feeling my age here) but I actually managed to give her a tip on what the poem was actually about, so it seems I haven’t completely lost my touch.

And lastly…

We bought the teen a new zoom lens for her (that should read my) DSLR for her birthday and shes been busy practicing all week. I’m definitely going to have to recruit her to take some photos for my blog as I’m a nightmare for taking photos. I really need to get into the habit of taking them. I’ve been looking at backdrops from the lovely Lucy’s backdrop store. Both the teen and I have our eye on the scratched metal one, but I may well splurge on a few over the coming months. Which ones are your faves?

little loves

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    • Mum Reinvented
      January 29, 2017 / 11:15 am

      Ha ha that’s as far as I’ve got with the gym, need to motivate myself to actually sign up now – that’ll take another month x

  1. January 27, 2017 / 9:40 am

    We love room on the broom. That gym deal sounds great. I love that even teens love disney. #littleloves

    • Mum Reinvented
      January 29, 2017 / 11:18 am

      It’s funny when I saw the yearly price I thought it was expensive, but when you work it out, it’s brilliant value! x

  2. January 27, 2017 / 6:51 pm

    £17 for a gym membership is awesome! We love Room on the Broom too, and Moana. I’m thinking of sneaking off to see La La Land at some point in the next week…it’s funny, as everyone either says that they love it or hate it! Hope you have a great weekend #LittleLoves
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    • Mum Reinvented
      January 29, 2017 / 11:20 am

      I thought I was the only one who didn’t seem to like it, glad I’m not the only one by the sounds of it. I think I’m definitely going to have to drag myself to the gym. Considering it’s £6 a time if you’re not a member, it works out really well as I’d only need to go once a week to get my moneys worth and even I could probably haul myself down there that often x

  3. January 27, 2017 / 7:39 pm

    We love Julia Donaldson books too, although we don’t have that one. Sounds like you had a lovely time celebrating with your mum, it’s nice to spend time together – no matter how short. I really want to see La La Land although you’re the first person to say that you didn’t enjoy it. Enjoy your weekend xx
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    • Mum Reinvented
      January 29, 2017 / 11:22 am

      It’s probably my favourite Julia Donaldson book now, the little one loves it and even I enjoy it and get into it when he makes me ‘do the voices’. Ha ha Think I’m the only one in the world who didn’t like La La Land. It’s odd because I love musicals. Think I might have to give it another go x

  4. January 28, 2017 / 9:08 pm

    I love the white floorboards backdrop! I’m trying to decide whether or not to invest too. I haven’t yet convinced my husband to see La La Land. A friend saw it this week and loved it but it’s not my usual kind of thing so I’m interested to see what I made of it x #LittleLoves

    • Mum Reinvented
      January 29, 2017 / 11:23 am

      I usually love musicals, so was assuming I’d love it, maybe it’s the more modern angle that didn’t work for me. I’d probably watch it again to see if I just wasn’t in the mood for it at the time. I love the white floorboards one too. Was thinking of a marble backdrop too, but perhaps that’s a little to blogger cliche x

  5. January 29, 2017 / 2:45 pm

    Sorry to hear that you were all so poorly when your mum came over – what a shame 🙁 I hadn’t thought about taking my teens to see Moana – I will now! There are loads of films out that I would like to see, Jackie being one of them. Even though you didn’t rave about it, I think I will still go and watch it. I’m trying to avoid looking at Lucy’s back drops because I know that I will want one lol! x
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    • Mum Reinvented
      January 29, 2017 / 4:06 pm

      Moana was great, glad I can rely on good old Disney to have something to watch with the teen as we definitely have very different tastes in films these days. It’s funny I expected to prefer La La Land to Jackie, but it turned out the other way around. Ha ha I need all lucy’s backdrops. Think I’ll go with the one the teen and I both picked out as our favourite then maybe treat us to one every so often and build ourselves a little collection x

  6. January 29, 2017 / 3:47 pm

    Lucy’s backdrops are amazing. I have a few on my wishlist but one just arrived today. So excited. Oh a new zoom lens. I need a new lens on my camera so badly too. Need to up my photography game for sure too. I haven’t been bowling forever we used to go a lot growing up I loved it. Happy Weekend #littleloves

    • Mum Reinvented
      January 29, 2017 / 4:03 pm

      I think we definitely need to bowl more, considering the little one has only been twice before and was only a few points behind me. My mum seriously put us all to shame though! Next up on the teen’s lens wishlist is a macro lens, although she’s having loads of fun with the zoom at the mo. Can’t wait to see your pics using your new backdrop, I do love your photos – I need to finish the photography course I started months ago as I barely even pick up the camera these days x

  7. January 29, 2017 / 5:21 pm

    I love a good fact based film, especially if it’s based on a historic event I must give it a watch. It’s lovely that your teen is enjoying English literature out of all the subjects it’s probably the most interesting and imaginative. I’m off to ogle the backdrops in Lucy’s store now. Have a lovely weekend x #littleloves
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  8. January 30, 2017 / 9:47 am

    Sounds like you had an amazing week. I love bowling and the cinema and Room on the Broom is one of my absolute favourites from Julia Donaldson.

    The trailer for Jackie looks so good. I adore Natalie Portman, she’s so so talented #littleloves x
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