Can we just pause things for a while and stay in June? The weather has been lovely. Not unbearably hot, like I’m used to having moved back here from the Med almost a year ago. But not too cold either (I won’t lie I was worried I’d freeze while trying to blend in with everyone else when I finally braved peeling off a few layers). I’m fully embracing the whole Great British Summer thing. There’s been ice cream, trips to the beach, floaty dresses, sandals, nights out and so much more.
Without further waffling, here’s what’s made it onto my #littleloves this month:
I mentioned on Instagram recently that I’d fallen back in love with my local library. I’ve read some fantastic books over the last month, which would have cost a fortune to buy and I still have a whole stack of them to get through. Here’s what I’ve read this month so far:
Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less
This is one of those books you read and just go ‘oh yeah’ as you nod along to every word. If you want to simplify your life without the guilt Essentialism is for you.
The Runaway Wife
The Runaway Wife is a wonderful read about second chances, friendship and lots of laughs. It proves you don’t have to put up with ‘just ok’ and stepping outside of your comfort zone is sometimes just what you need to do to find yourself.
How to Keep a Secret
What happens when a secret tears a family apart only for them to be thrown together again years later? How to Keep a Secret sucks you in, keeps you guessing and above all makes you smile.
The Rules of Magic
Having never seen the film Practical Magic, this prequel to the book and film of the same name, is just brilliant. The Rules of Magic follows the Owens siblings as they discover who they really are, embracing their magical talents, learning to love and overcoming heartache along the way.
Talking as Fast as I Can
If you’re a fan of Lauren Graham aka Lorelai Gilmore, Talking as Fast as I Can is the book for you. You discover the similarities and differences between Lauren and Lorelai as she takes you on a whistlestop tour of her life, including both times she played Lorelai. But does she answer the question on everyone’s lips? Is it the end?
You know when you read a book that has you on the edge of your seat, barely able to breathe? The Ex-Wife is that book. You don’t know what or who to believe, keeping you gripped from the very first page.
I’m completely addicted to the latest series of The Handmaid’s Tale. I watch pretty much every episode from behind my fingers, but I can’t not watch.
The teen is being blamed for getting me into Love Island. I’d never seen it until this series and it really is car crash tv at its finest. I spend each episode shouting at the tv.
We also enjoyed a fabulous trip to the circus with my mum and nieces. Even the moody teen and her friend tagged along. It was the little dude’s first time at the circus and I snapped a photo of him literally on the edge of his seat, mouth open, totally in awe of what he was seeing.
We’ve been to the cinema to see Jurassic World too. Our dino-obsessed boy loved every second as you might imagine.
And yesterday the Mr, the moody teen and I headed to the little dude’s school to watch his class assembly. It was so cute and he was absolutely thrilled they joined me to watch him this time.
I ‘made’ reservations. Again. I’m way better at doing that than actually making anything, so we’ll roll with it. I took the Mr, my stepdad and my mum out for lunch on Father’s Day for a combined Father’s Day/Mum’s birthday treat. We had a really lovely day and the gastropub we went to is fast becoming a firm favourite of ours.
The other ‘reservation’ I made was to see The Greatest Show Live at our local theatre in August. Unfortunately, there’ll be no Hugh Jackman. It’s a tribute to The Greatest Showman and we’re pretty much guaranteed to be singing and dancing in the aisles. They originally only released one date which pretty much sold out in seconds, so when they added a further date I was quicker off the mark and managed to bag us some pretty good tickets. It coincides with the moody teen’s GCSE results week, so we’ll be heading out for a little celebratory meal prior to watching the show.
I’ve had two excuses to dress up this month. On the 1st my sister and my best friend headed to a Ladies Night at a local hotel and had such a wonderful time. I’d booked a room for the evening as my friend lives miles away and it was the perfect opportunity to treat ourselves. Little did I know when I walked into the room we’d been upgraded to a huge sea view suite. We drank ridiculously expensive cocktails, realised eating while ‘Butlers in the buff’ have their rear ends on show doesn’t do much for your appetite and just laughed all night long. Definitely a night to be repeated.
We met up again just a few weeks later to go to a psychic evening before heading for a meal in a gorgeous Turkish restaurant. One sex on the beach fishbowl and several glasses of wine later, we giggled all the way home again. I think I’ve been out more in the last few months than I did in the entire time I lived abroad and I feel so much happier.
Has it ever taken anyone else almost 2 hours to walk around Primark before? I may have slimmed down into their clothes now and it certainly took a toll on my bank account the other day. I wouldn’t mind but I only went to buy the moody teen a few bits for her prom.
It’s all about the teen’s prom playlist. The teen went to her Year 11 leaver’s prom last night and we’ve had the 17-hour long playlist (the prom was 4 hours long so they had to make quite a few ‘tweaks’) on repeat pretty much all month long. Luckily as it’s sooooooo long it hasn’t got irritating – yet.
She chose a gorgeous short sequin and tuille black dress from Chi Chi London in the sale a few months back and paired it with some gorgeous black and purple glittery converse which she laced with sparkly laces. My sister did her hair and makeup before we snapped a few photos in her garden. I wasn’t allowed to take too many of her and I certainly wasn’t allowed to make her pose on the beach or in a field of flowers. That’s way too embarrassing – apparently.
I can’t quite believe my first baby is old enough to have done her GCSEs, let alone left school. We’ve been making the most of it this week though with a trip to a wildlife park so she could see wolf pups (she’s obsessed with wolves), as well as hitting the shops. Next week we’ll be off out practising her photography skills so she’s ready to hit the ground running in September when it comes to her college course.
This weekend we’re taking it easy. We headed to soft play this morning – it’s always empty when the sun is shining. Before I filled the little dudes paddling pool and he jumped in with his dinosaurs while I read a book in the sun. The Mr is off abroad with work again next week so tomorrow will be about getting him packed for his trip, but we’re still hoping to squeeze in an ice cream at the beach and perhaps a haircut for the little dude.
Have a great weekend whatever you’re up to.