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School’s back, Peaky Blinders and Delicious New Recipes #littleloves

Well the first week of January has come and gone pretty quick hasn’t it! The kids went back to school yesterday and as terrible as it sounds I was ready for them to go back, as were they. By the last few days of the holidays they were missing their friends and the routine that school brings and despite having to get up at 6.30am on weekdays, I think I was missing the routine too.

Onto my #littleloves for the week.


Put a spell on you

On my kindle at the moment is Put a Spell on You. Another bit of chick lit, the likes of which I’m pretty much always found with on my kindle. When things at work look like they’re about to implode, your boyfriend leaves his job as an ad exec and disappears to a donkey sanctuary at every possible opportunity and your best friend has baby brain, you might want to cast a spell to put things right. Josie actually has the ability to do so however, thanks to inheriting a book of spells on her 27th birthday. Of course she doesn’t believe in her ability to cast spells, until some rather odd things start happening.

I’m about 2/3rds of the way through and although I’m not absolutely gripped  by the book, like I have been with others, it’s escapism when I need it.



Thanks to Jess I’m pretty much obsessed with Peaky Blinders. I’m sat here this morning watching the last episode of Series 2 as I type this and I’m gutted that Series 3 isn’t finished/available yet. I might have fallen a little bit in love with Tommy Shelby, the Brummie gangster at the heart of the show, despite his horrendous haircut. Vicious, calculating, clever and a bit of a softie at heart, the ultimate bad boy. (Did I mention I’m a real sucker for bad boys?) I haven’t missed that Tom Hardy is in it either – I know how you all love a bit of Tom Hardy! And I must admit I’m becoming a bit of a convert to him too – it’s the bad boy thing, gets me every time.

Other than the fact I spend 90% of my time watching Peaky Blinders drooling (and the other 10 hiding behind my hands), it is a brilliant series. The acting is absolutely fantastic, the storyline brilliant (and based on a gang that ran the streets of Birmingham in the 19th and early 20th Century) and it’s unmissable. Can you tell I like it?


Chicken with bacon in mustard sauce

Chicken and bacon in mustard sauce. This stuff is pretty much amazeballs, even the kids like it! It’s Slimming World friendly too so I’ll definitely be making it some more as I attempt to shrink my rather rotund rear end over the coming year or so. I’ll write the recipe up and pop it on the blog soon.


Quite possibly the best cardi in the world. I treated myself to some new knitwear in the sales and I got a big black and white chunky knit from Tesco that goes down to my knees and is perfect for throwing on as a coat when it’s dry and snuggling up on the sofa on cold nights.


A Knight of the Seven KingdomsI got a free audible book from Amazon recently and chose A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms  which is the prequel to A Song of Ice and Fire, otherwise known as A Game of Thrones.

I’ve never listened to an audio book before and as ridiculous as it sounds I wasn’t quite sure what to do with myself while it was playing. If I listened to it in bed I drifted off and missed some of it, but if I listened to it while I was awake I felt like I should be doing something else and again ended up missing bits of it.

It’s a great story actually (I did hear most of it in the end) and starts about 100 years before the time everyone is familiar with in A Game of Thrones and follows ‘Egg’ and ‘Dunc’, aka Aegon Targaryen and Ser Duncan the Tall. It’s in 3 parts, but nowhere near as long as the 5 books currently in the A Song of Ice and Fire series and is a great introduction to Westeros and its inhabitants.

And lastly….

Although I was kinda glad the kids went back to school yesterday, I’m rather grateful it’s only a two day week. Those early starts are never something I relish, so I guess it’s a case of easing ourselves in gently this week and I can’t wait for a bit of a lay in (does that even count when it’s only an extra half an hour?), some baking and hopefully heading to the beach to fly the little one’s new kite.

What have you got planned this weekend?



  • Anna-Marie

    January 9, 2016 at 8:44 am

    The early starts are not fun, are they? Over the holiday G and H were sleeping in till gone 8! Getting up in the dark is so depressing! Roll on spring!! I really need to get into a good book, my reading has slacked and currently all I read is blogs {not that, thats a bad thing!} Will have to try out some chick lits I think! Lovely round up, have a wonderful weekend x
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    • Mum Reinvented

      January 9, 2016 at 4:18 pm

      Ha ha too right! I hate getting up in the dark. Saying that it’s dark early as well so it never seems to be light for long at the moment does it!? I think my kindle is the only reason I read so much as I pick it up at night if I can’t sleep. I was always so anti kindle, much preferring ‘real’ books, but now I couldn’t live without it x

  • Tracey Williams

    January 9, 2016 at 8:07 pm

    My hubby listens to lots of audio books. He puts them on doing the washing up as he too would drift off listening to them. Liking the chicken and bacon in mustard sauce and bonus if the kids like it too. Must admit I have never seen Peaky Blinders but I have heard lots of good things about it. Have a good week xx
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    • Mum Reinvented

      January 11, 2016 at 5:55 pm

      I might have to start doing the washing up instead of using the dishwasher! What a great idea! It’s a brilliant series. Can’t wait for the next one x

  • Gemma @ gemslittletreasures

    January 10, 2016 at 10:29 pm

    Early starts are definitely the worst bit though i must admit to liking the routine i feel more productive and in turn that makes me feel mor positive-though i miss little B. Never listened to an audio book but i can imagine feeling the same as you in what should i be doing! I must get reading more this year-i love it but never do it enough! Hope you had a lovely weekend x
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    • Mum Reinvented

      January 11, 2016 at 5:58 pm

      I’m a bit like that today actually Gemma. The first two days were horrible getting up early and dragging ourselves kicking and screaming(literally in the teens cae!) back into a routine, but this morning everything fell into place and I got loads done.

      I only ever read in bed these days on my kindle. I was a late convert to kindles, but I couldn’t be without it now. Doubt I’d get the chance otherwise. Although I’m one of those who has to keep reading until the end, which doesn’t help when you have to get up at 6.30! x

  • Morgana

    January 11, 2016 at 11:04 am

    Urgh, so not loving the early starts. I’m hoping that this week I can get back into the swing of it all again.
    I really must watch Peaky Blinders, it’s been recommended by so many people. And well Cillian Murphy and Tom Hardy are just a bonus, right? haha
    Have a lovely week xx

    • Mum Reinvented

      January 11, 2016 at 6:00 pm

      It’s brilliant. Cillian Murphy is another one I’d never heard of before I saw it, but he’s rather yummy along with Mr Hardy too and both such good actors!

      Think I’ve just about cracked the getting back into a routine now we’re 3 days in. Far more productive today than I have been, although I may have hit the snooze button when my alarm went off this morning 😉 x

  • Alexandra | I'm Every Mum

    January 11, 2016 at 3:21 pm

    I love Cillian Murphy, he’s never played a role that’s not interesting, I will have to check out this programme, with such high end cast it must be great. As if that dish is Slimming World friendly? It looks amazing, I think we need to look into this Slimming World malarkey. I read so much chick lit when I was pregnant with Eden. I read like all the Jill Mansell ones haha. I’d love to find time to read now, but I’m too busy getting hooked on series’ haha. So happy to have found your blog lovely. Looking forward to lots more reading over the year xxx
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    • Mum Reinvented

      January 11, 2016 at 6:03 pm

      Thanks Alexandra, same to you 😉

      I’d never heard of him before, but he’s an amazing actor. I’m going to look up the other roles he’s played and see if they’re on Netflix so I can get my fix of him before Peaky Blinders starts again.

      It is soooo scrummy! Slimming World is a great ‘diet’. I lost 4 stone in 3 months on it before, it’s just I have zero motivation to get back on the wagon again at the mo. x


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