Lykke, Blogosphere Magazine and Shopping #littleloves

Lykke, Blogosphere Magazine and Shopping #littleloves

Ah Friday, how glad I am to see you! I’ve been flying solo this week while the Mr has been working away. Something which happens way too regularly for our liking, but we’re hoping this month it’ll be just this week long trip, rather than last month’s three trips abroad. In truth, it hasn’t been that bad. Even if I may have shouted ‘will you just stop talking for five seconds’ slightly more often than usual.

I’ve had a great week though. It started of course with that 3lb loss (by the time you read this I’ll hopefully be celebrating another one). We visited Dover castle and the little dude went swimming with the Mr while I tackled the mountain that is our ironing pile. And I had a lovely day shopping with my mum. We had breakfast, shopped til we dropped, dragged our bags home and then went for lunch before picking the kids up from school. We chatted and treated ourselves and it really was just what the doctor ordered.

Anyway enough rambling from me and onto my #littleloves:


blogosphere magazine

I treated myself to a subscription to Blogosphere magazine this week. And both the latest issue featuring one of my blogging faves Hannah Gale and the previous issue arrived within days. I’ve been dipping in and out all week. Even resorting to reading it on the school run and it’s one HUGE magazine!

the little book of lykke

This little beauty may have jumped into my shopping trolley when I was in Sainsbury’s this week too. So I’m dipping in and out of it as well. I’ve STILL not read the Hygge one, but I’m loving this one so far.


I binge watched series 1 and 2 of Outlander (again) before catching the first episode of series 3. It definitely didn’t disappoint. Is anyone else totally in love with Jamie?

exploring Dover castle

And I watched this little one explore Dover castle. He loves a castle. We used to live practically opposite one in Malta, but until last year he’d never visited an English one. Queue a trip to Hever castle last summer. He absolutely loved it and keeps asking to go back to see the ‘princess’ (someone was dressed up as Anne Boleyn).

Now we have an English Heritage annual pass we’ll be ticking off some of the castles in Kent and Sussex. And maybe even further afield if we’re on our travels visiting family. Dover castle was the first on our list and he had a whale of a time. We saw a falconry display, medieval cooking demonstrations, sat on the throne, explored medieval tunnels and ‘fired’ an anti aircraft gun. We still have the World War 2 tunnels and the rest of the grounds and buildings to explore. I didn’t realise it was so huge.


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I must admit to being a little lazy in the kitchen this week. With the Mr being away with work, I can’t be bothered to knock up anything for me once I have the kids sorted. I did make some of my favourite banana pancakes this morning though. They’re so easy to make. You just whizz up a banana and an egg with 40g oats and cook in healthy oil, like you would any other pancake. Filling, naughty (or not when served with jim jams chocolate spread like I do) and delicious. I still can’t believe I’ve lost 2 and a half stone eating pancakes pretty much every day!


coffee cup

My favourite nail varnish. It’s black currant by Barry M, which I thought was called black cherry for the last few years! It’s a gorgeous deep purple, so dark it’s almost black. And I love it. I don’t usually wear it until winter, but as I’m not used to the so called British ‘summer’, I’m cracking out the dark polish and cosy knits.

Speaking of which, my mum bought me this gorgeous jumper from Next. You can just see it peeking out in the corner of this photo. It’s a gorgeous monochrome check and oh so soft. And it’s 2 sizes smaller than the clothes I have been wearing. So that 2 and a half stone I’ve lost is definitely starting to show *does happy dance*.

I may have also bought this coffee mug (a £3 Primark bargain) as I can’t function without coffee. Especially after sitting in the car for an hour every morning during the school run from hell. The coffee definitely makes the school run more bearable though.


I found my White Ladder album just after we moved and put it ‘somewhere safe’. Two months later I’ve FINALLY found it and have been blasting it out on the school run. I love this album. It reminds me of being young. Saying that it also reminds me of being pregnant as it was out when I feel pregnant with the moody teen.

And lastly…

I’m so looking forward to a lazy weekend. After a busy week negotiating the school run from hell again, a break from early mornings and hanging around is just what I need.

The Mr is back tonight so I’ll be collecting him from the station, grabbing a takeaway and putting my feet up. Maybe he’ll even treat me to a lay in – I can live in hope!

Have a great weekend whatever you get up to!

little loves

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  1. September 15, 2017 / 9:41 am

    I’ve heard mixed reviews about Blogosphere magazine so I’m unsure whether to give it a go or not. Dover castle sounds like it was lots of fun to explore. Well done on your weight loss, you are doing so well. Have a lovely weekend x

    • Mum Reinvented
      September 16, 2017 / 7:59 pm

      I may have some downloadable copies of the first few issues if you fancy a read, I can always email them over to you if I can find them 😉 x

  2. September 15, 2017 / 10:34 am

    You are doing so well with your weight loss, I’m so impressed!
    I love that Barry M shade too. I think I need to rebuy it as mine is looking rather gloopy now.
    I really hope you do get your lie in tomorrow xx

    • Mum Reinvented
      September 16, 2017 / 8:00 pm

      Aww thanks. I’m ‘on it’ now big time. Think moving back to England is the kick up the bum I needed – plus it helps I can get my hands on diet friendly food I actually enjoy eating now too x

  3. September 16, 2017 / 2:17 pm

    I’m wondering about this book too and the magazine sounds good. Sounds like a great day at Dover castle. I hope you enjoy your quiet weekend.

    • Mum Reinvented
      September 16, 2017 / 8:03 pm

      I may have a pdf of the first few issues of the magazine if you fancy a read, I can always email them over to you 😉 x

  4. September 16, 2017 / 4:05 pm

    Wow that’s an impressive weight loss are you following a programme or creating your own? Its nice to see the autumnal colours all around, I like that nail varnish a lot, I may have a little look for something similar, does it stain your nails? We like a castle too, its a great place to have lots of imaginative play!

    • Mum Reinvented
      September 16, 2017 / 8:09 pm

      Thank you 🙂 I’m kind of doing Weight Watchers No Count, but I’m not very good at actually sticking to it! I seem to have worked out what I can get away with eating each week though and the embarrassment of having someone else weigh me seems to be spurring me on to do well each week. Long may it continue – I have loads to lose!

      I’m sure this is my nail varnish—Black-Cherry/p/555806 (in the name I originally thought it was, but looks the same to me!). It doesn’t stain, which for the colour I was quite surprised with and it seems to last ages. Love it! x

  5. September 16, 2017 / 6:59 pm

    I’ve been wanting to grab a copy of the blogosphere magazine! Love Hannah {thanks to you!} You’ve got to love a good castle, I really don’t think you are that far from me?! I am literally just over the QE2 bridge. Hope you got your lay in and enjoying a chilled weekend xx

    • Mum Reinvented
      September 16, 2017 / 8:15 pm

      I can always email you pdfs of the first few issues if you fancy a peek. You can get it in WH Smiths though if you want the latest copy 😉 We’re on the coast now but I used to live near Dartford so sounds like we would’ve been neighbours (bar the river thames getting in the way of course) if we’d moved back to where we were originally from x

  6. September 18, 2017 / 8:04 am

    Two and a half stone is incredible, well done you!

  7. September 20, 2017 / 8:16 pm

    Oh I love the blogosphere magazine it’s amazing isn’t it? I was honored to be featured in it a few issues ago and haven’t stopped reading it since. Great treat. This book is fab too I just finished mine and need to now apply some of it to my everyday life. Sounds like you had a wonderful week despite solo. #littleloves

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