School Reports, Chick Flicks and Amazing Reads #littleloves

School Reports, Chick Flicks and Amazing Reads #littleloves

It’s been one of those weeks when something happens to make you appreciate what you have that little bit more. We took some time out on Wednesday to absorb the news and chat over lunch in a new cafe not far from us. I guess that’s the beauty of both working from home, we can pop out for lunch if we don’t have any skype meetings lined up.

Without further waffling, here’s what’s made it onto our #littleloves this week:


I’m still reading Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine and it really has grown on me now I’m halfway through and has turned into a fantastic book. One that even makes me look forward to the 45 minutes between parking up near the little dude’s school and actually picking him up. Needless to say I’m glad I persevered with it.

On my kindle is Letters to Iris, another truly wonderful book. It’s beautifully written, thought-provoking and delves into such emotionally charged subjects, you can’t help but shed the odd tear, or seven. Here’s what the blurb says:

‘Tess has a secret – one which is going to turn her life upside down in just nine months’ time. The only person she can confide in is her beloved grandmother. But Iris is slipping further away each day. Then chance brings a stranger into Tess’s life. Gigi’s heart goes out to Tess, knowing what it’s like to feel alone. She’s determined to show her that there’s a silver lining to every cloud. As their unlikely friendship blossoms, Tess feels inspired to open up. But something still holds her back – until she discovers Iris has a secret of her own. A suitcase of letters from another time, the missing pieces of a life she never shared. Could the letters hold the answers that Tess thought lost for ever?’


I found an old favourite of mine on Netflix the other night. Bride & Prejudice. If you haven’t seen it, it’s a classic chick flick full of famous faces, catchy music and dancing. It’s brilliantly cheesy. Perfect when you want to watch something that makes you smile. And if that wasn’t bad enough, I watched Sweet Home Alabama the other night too. I love that film.


We’ve mostly made a mess. The little guy has been digging for dinosaurs in his excavation kits and we’ve been playing with kinetic sand, both things he got at Christmas and we were yet to put to use.


Moving swiftly along…..


Lovely things about the kids, in both the moody teen’s school report and the little dude’s parents evening this week.

We also heard from the local Beaver colony – they have a space for the littlest to start in two weeks. He isn’t really one for sport, so I’d been looking for an after-school activity he might enjoy and Beavers it is. I’m hoping he’ll enjoy the fact that it’s something different every week.

And lastly…

We’re yet to decide what we’re up to on Mother’s Day. Depending on the weather we may well end up at a zoo, where we can take advantage of the mums go free offer a few of them are offering on Sunday. The little one has been busy creating things at school for me and the Mr picked him up from school today and took him to choose a present, which he loved doing. Although I’m not too sure the Lego Star Wars playset he had to be talked out of buying me is quite what I had in mind for a Mother’s Day gift.

Have a great weekend whatever you get up to.

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  1. March 10, 2018 / 9:01 am

    Oh Letters to Iris sound great, I am half way through Eleanor too. Good book. I do the same park up at school and read before pick ups. Sounds like you have been busy love a messy play as long as it’s not at home hahahah Hope you have lovely Mother’s Day weekend. We are still undecided too. #littleloves

    • Mum Reinvented
      March 15, 2018 / 9:32 pm

      You’re right, messy play is so much better when it isn’t at home! Unfortunately pretty much everything my two are into seems to come under the messy play umbrella – well the teen’s bedroom isn’t really ‘messy play’ but that’s a polite way of describing it! I finished Eleanor this week, it’s funny I started out not liking it at all but absolutely loved it by the end x

  2. March 10, 2018 / 6:37 pm

    I will definitely keep a note of that book as I read alot of books you recommend (this is why I LOVE Little Loves, for finding things you wouldn’t normally watch/read). Well done to the teen and little dude on the reports, and I bet he will love Beavers. My 2 have both been a beaver, and my tween is a scout now. She loves it and has been there for over 6 years, time goes fast x

    • Mum Reinvented
      March 15, 2018 / 9:33 pm

      Ha ha I am the chick lit queen – although I am attempting to branch out into slightly less slushy ones these days. Both Eleanor Oliphant and Letters to Iris are worth a read though 😉 x

  3. March 11, 2018 / 5:57 pm

    Aw well done on the school reports guys, both our boys loved beavers and cubs, but I got roped into helping both times grrr! I do have fond memories of being involved with the cubs apart from the trumping, I kids you not, have you any idea how much 7 and 8 year old boys trump at that time of day some nights it was horrific! Ooh just went over to order the book but then say Things I would like to order my daughter for a pound so thought I would give that a go first x

    • Mum Reinvented
      March 15, 2018 / 9:37 pm

      Ha ha I got roped into helping at rainbows when my moody teen was younger, mind you they were at a cute age then, so it wasn’t so bad, I just remember them being rather shrill with all the shrieking and giggling. I think I’ll be leaving the scout hall pretty sharpish after hearing about the boys doing that! That’s another book on my list to read actually, I noticed it was on for a pound. I’m trying to stop myself from just buying ALL the books as I end up with more than I can read at any one time! x

  4. March 15, 2018 / 9:26 pm

    Hope you enjoyed your Mother’s Day, whatever you chose to do in the end. I am realllllyyy hoping for a kindle for my birthday in a few weeks time – I’ve dropped lots of hints. I’ve found that I read ebooks faster for some reason! So many books I want but don’t always have the pennies (saving for holiday etc) too. Hope your boy enjoys Beavers, I want to get Parker into that when he’s old enough. Hope your week has been a good one! xx

    • Mum Reinvented
      March 15, 2018 / 9:40 pm

      Thanks lovely. We went to Howletts in the end, was a lovely day. You don’t have a kindle! It’d funny, I resisted for years not wanting to give up my books, but I couldn’t live without my kindle now. I’m a nightmare, I just buy books all the time and then forget I have them stored on my kindle, so I buy more, then get review copies and I’m stuck with hundreds of them. If you get a kindle get yourself on and you’ll be able to download free pre-release books in exchange for a quick review. I get tons of my books on there 😉 x

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