Spring Blooms, Self Care and Planning for Half Term #littleloves

Spring Blooms, Self Care and Planning for Half Term #littleloves

I don’t know about you, but I’m so glad it’s Friday! The Mr has been working away again and I’ve finally succumbed to the sore throat and cough that’s been going around. Right now I’d quite happily curl up on the sofa and sleep until morning, but of course, there’s dinner to be cooked and the Mr needs picking up from the station on his way back from the airport. Needless to say, I’m dreaming of a lazy weekend ahead.

This week I’ve really tried to take the time to focus the positives and take a little time out for me. After I weighed in at Slimming World on Wednesday (another 3lb off), I treated myself to a chicken shish kebab takeaway. I may have still made my own chips, but it felt like a treat and I didn’t have to cook an entire dinner, which made a nice change. I’ve taken time to read, listen to podcasts and meditations, watch absolute trash on tv and made the effort to just slow down a bit. And it’s paid off. I feel that bit less rushed, calmer and more content. Here’s hoping it continues.

I also made sure I treated myself to some lovely spring blooms. This pretty bunch was only a fiver in Tesco and the colours just make me smile. I don’t know about you but I’m so ready for Spring to make an appearance. It feels like winter has gone on forever. Even more so because after we moved back to the UK from the sunny Med in July its been grey and miserable ever since, give or take about a weeks worth of sunshine. I miss the warmth of the sun, I really do. It seems the first signs of the coming season are creeping into view though, the woods are filling with snowdrops and there are daffodils and crocuses sprouting all around. Here’s hoping Spring won’t keep us waiting much longer.

Here’s what’s made it into my #littleloves this week:

Read

I finished The Hygge Holiday, which was like a big old hug in book form and have made a start on The Other Woman, which is a pre-release review copy I’ve been lucky enough to get my hands on. And so far so good. It certainly sounds rather interesting, if a little scary. Thankfully my mother in law is an angel compared to the she-devil in this story:

‘The Other Woman by debut author Sandie Jones, is a gripping psychological thriller, perfect for fans of Michelle Frances’s The Girlfriend and B A Paris’s Behind Closed Doors.

There’s nothing that this mother wouldn’t do for her son . . .

Emily thinks Adam’s perfect; the man she always hoped but never thought she’d meet.

But lurking in the shadows is a rival; a woman who shares a deep bond with the man she loves. A mother whose love for her son knows no bounds.’

The Simple Things Magazine

My school run reading this week has been a copy of The Simple Things. I’ve never read it before but after hearing such rave reviews I thought I’d give it a try. There’s some gorgeous recipes in there and an article on the basics of mindfulness which I enjoyed. I never buy print magazines anymore, I tend to read them online, so it was nice to flick through its pages and lose myself for half an hour before walking over to the school to collect the little one.

Watched

I caught up with the latest series of Grace & Frankie this week. I love that show! And I watched the 2nd series of One Day at a Time, which was even better than the first. It really is a brilliant watch, hysterically funny, heartwarming and relatable all at the same time. This series saw it tackle the aftermath of coming out as a teen, dating as a single mum, illness, depression and ‘having it all’. If you’re looking for something easy to watch on Netflix, this one’s a good one.

Made

Tom Kerridge Lose Weight for Good

My mum, my aunt and I have a new tradition. Each time the Mr goes away for work we get together at mine for a meal – Slimming World friendly of course. Last night we enjoyed Cajun chicken with wedges, salad and cheesy stuffed peppers. Followed by these gorgeous chocolate pots from Lose Weight for Good by Tom Kerridge.

Tulips

It’s nice to sit and chat over a meal, especially after being on my own all week. And my lovely aunt can always be relied upon to arrive with a beautiful bunch of flowers for me. She brought a huge bunch of tulips with her, which I added to my spring blooms and are currently brightening up my sideboard and my kitchen table.

Wore

I promise to make more effort with this one. I did buy myself a new top though, not that I’ve actually worn it yet – blue/white pinstripe with pink embroidered flowers on it. Another Tesco find this week.

Heard

I’ve mentioned this song before, but it doesn’t seem to be off the radio at the moment and I just love it (I may have a bit of a thing for James Arthur – when he isn’t wearing more eyeliner than I do).

I’ve also been listening to lots of podcasts over the last week. My old faithful Hashtag Authentic while I do my ironing on a Sunday night – I know how to live! And this week I caught up with a few episodes of the Blogtacular podcast, one on the recent controversy surrounding THAT hotel vs influencer social media spat and another featuring Lucy Nicholls who works in social media for Boden which I found really interesting seeing as it’s the field I work in too.

Something else I’ve been listening to this week is some guided meditation on the Headspace app. I’ve been toying with the idea of attempting to meditate for ages, but never got around to it. I saw Headspace recommended on instagram stories and thought I’d give it a go myself. I’ve only downloaded the free app and was pretty sceptical, but it somehow works. This little video is so relevant to the whole concept of #littleloves and pretty much explains how I’ve felt lately. So from now on, I’ll be taking a few minutes out of my day to relax and look for that blue sky.

And lastly…

Queen Mother's Garden Walmer Castle

Something else that’s had me smiling this week is getting out and exploring. Inspired by Stacie over at Parker and Me we visited Walmer Castle & Gardens on Saturday using our English Heritage passes. I was putting off visiting until half term, but I thought why wait. It’s only about half an hour away from us and I wanted to get outside and go for a walk. So off we went. The little dude loved the interactive tour and enjoyed telling us all about the rooms in the castle and who had lived there before we grabbed a quick bite to eat and explored the gardens.

We also visited a fantastic indoor play area which he’s declared his ‘absolute favourite’ and I’ve been making plans for a fabulous February half term. So far we have a trip to The School Witches and Wizards lined up, along with an escape room thing for the moody teen, dinosaur toy making for the little dude, a trip to the safari park and a trip on a little steam railway. I’ve decided to tell my clients I won’t be available during the day during half term week and make sure we really make the most of it. I must admit I’m actually looking forward to it – one more week at school left!

Have a great weekend whatever you’re up to.

#littleloves

7 Comments

  1. February 3, 2018 / 11:04 am

    I have not heard that James Arthur song, where have I been hiding?!? Gorgeous bunch of flowers, I think once Christmas is over with its nice to have some spring blooms about! I really want a English Heritage pass, so much to explore! Have a wonderful weekend lovely xx

  2. February 3, 2018 / 4:48 pm

    Oh I love this James Arthur song, it has been added to my Spotify playlist, he has such a comforting voice doesn’t he.

    I have been toying with the Headspace app too, perhaps will give the free version a try first. I have been doing EFT (Tapping) and following videos on Youtube to help myself to feel calmer and they have definitely helped x

  3. February 4, 2018 / 8:44 am

    Ahh, so glad you made it to Walmer Castle and Gardens! Isn’t it lovely? Perfect place to visit if you have an English Heritage pass. I know we will definitely be visiting again and again in the Spring & Summer months for a picnic, or two. Deal Castle is literally five minutes down the road! Sounds like you’re really on track with your Slimming World plan, spending the evening with your Mum and Aunt sounds perfect, a nice way to relax and catch up. We are really looking forward to half term too, me probably more so as I need a little break from work. Enjoy your Sunday xx

  4. February 4, 2018 / 2:45 pm

    Just listening to the James Arthur song as I type this as not heard it yet. I do love abit of James Arthur so it’s definitely going on the spotify list. Sounds as if you have had a lovely week slowing down, and well done on the weight loss this week. Have a great week #littleloves x
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  5. February 4, 2018 / 6:04 pm

    That recipe book looks amazing I have read a few things about it this week! I think i need to order it I too an full of a cold my second since Christmas. And I totally agree flowers make me smile I always have a bunch in the kitchen x

  6. February 4, 2018 / 6:58 pm

    It looks like you’ve had a lovely week. Taking care of yourself and having a bit of a reward in the form of food is definitely comforting. I love James Arthur’s Naked too and have been enjoying Grace& Frankie too much… Have a fabulous week xx

  7. February 7, 2018 / 8:16 pm

    You cannot beat a bunch of Spring flowers! I treat myself to a little bunch weekly this time of year, they always help lift my mood.
    I’ve seen that series pop up on my Netflix but I’ve not tried it yet, I’ll have to give it a watch. xx

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