Well the end of the school holidays certainly came around quickly didn’t they? August has been a month of sunshine and adventures – mostly dinosaur related of course. A 40th birthday and those long awaited GCSE results. Plus a fabulous weekend spent with my friend and her children, laughing, staying up late, hanging out at the beach and enjoying the rides.
Here’s what’s made it into our #littleloves this month:
My Sisters and Me is hailed as a feel good novel about sisterhood and second chances and it certainly lives up to that description. It joins Willow Lane’s three daughters as they head back to their home town to renovate their childhood home. With their mum away on a cruise, they set about sprucing up the house and clearing out their teenage bedrooms. Among all the memories, there are a lot of wounds that need healing, not least because most of the town believe they’re trouble. It’s a fab story I couldn’t help but get drawn into.
Dinner Party is one you need to pre-order if you fancy a giggle and you definitely have to read it if you yourself host dinner parties. It follows three couples as they take it in turns to host their regular monthly dinner parties. But with an unexpected guest thrown into the mix things soon take a turn, leading to a reexamination of friendships and relationships.
Body Confidence and Why it’s More Than Wearing a Swimsuit – Extraordinary Chaos – I loved Sarah’s post on body confidence. There’s so much content about body confidence/positivity/image floating about on the internet right now, the majority of which seems to involve wearing a bikini. But this post is about more than that, it’s about embracing yourself for who you are and what you’re capable of, regardless of what you look like in your cozzie.
Instagram: Should You Be Liking More? – Me & Orla – Insta Queen Sara was back with another fab post about how and why we like content on instagram. I don’t know about you but I often feel like I’m not taking photos that are ‘perfect’ enough for my feed. I’ve therefore gravitated towards using stories instead for a bit of real life behind the scenes craziness. I know that’s stopped me scrolling through my feed as much as I did previously and inturn haven’t been engaging with posts as much as I used to. This of course, has a knock on effect in terms of who engages with what I post on my feed (when I get around to it). To which end, Sara suggests setting aside ten minutes a day to go through your instagram feed to like all the posts that make you smile for a week. Sounds like a plan to me.
Like most of the country we headed to the cinema to watch Mama Mia 2 and I absolutely loved it. My mum, sister and aunt joined me and the moody teen for our trip to watch it. Not one of us didn’t laugh, sing or ball our eyes out at some point during the film. I’m actually contemplating going again before it comes out on dvd, although not sure I can face that ending again – anyone else just recover from sobbing only to start all over again!?!
After watching the Netflix documentary on Dr Dre and Jimmy Iovine, which made brilliant watching. I came across another amazing Netflix original. Unsolved: Tupac & Biggie. Featuring an all star cast and of course covering two of the most notorious murders of all time.
Having spent my teens listening to their music and remembering the media storm surrounding their deaths, I didn’t realise the case was reopened ten years ago. This series looks into both the original and subsequent investigations into their deaths and is one of the best things I think I’ve ever watched. Even if you’re not a fan of their music, it is a brilliant, fast moving, crime series and is absolutely worth watching. Infact I may even watch it again I loved it that much.
We ‘made’ the dino dude’s day/week/month/year with a trip to Roarr! Dinosaur Adventure near Norwich this week. After a visit to see his great grandad in Lincolnshire we surprised him with a visit to this fab dino park. He was so excited when he realised where we were he almost exploded in the car park. If you have any little dinosaur fans at home I’d definitely recommend it.
You know on your school report when your teacher used to write ‘could do better’? – this #littleloves section is the equivalent of that part of my school report.
We did of course hear the teen had passed her GCSEs on the 23rd. Because of the new grading system, we knew she’d passed, but didn’t actually know by how much. Once I got home and could compare the new system with the old A-C one, we realised she’d actually done much better than we initially thought. And one of her papers is being sent back to be remarked as she was just 1 point off getting a A, which is pretty amazing.
I can’t tell you how proud I am of her. She had six months to choose her GCSE subjects, some of which she’d never done before. Before cramming 2 years worth of learning in to catch up with her peers, revise and take her exams. All thanks to us moving back to the UK last year and that’s on top of missing year 10 completely. Needless to say there has been much celebrating and she’s looking forward to starting her course at college next week.
I still can’t believe I’m old enough to have a 16 year old, let alone a 16 year old starting college on Monday.
Anyone else looking forward to school going back next week? With the moody teen starting college on Monday and the little dude counting down the days until he sees his friends on Tuesday, I think my two are looking forward to it more than I am. We haven’t had a holiday or done very much at all really this summer, but the weather has been all kinds of dreamy. We’ve enjoyed days out and general pottering about and it has been quite lovely (most of the time). And while I’m not looking forward to turning my alarm on, the endless piles of ironing and homework, I am looking forward to a little bit of routine again. A little time to myself after six weeks with two kids in tow won’t go amiss either.
Have a great weekend whatever you get up to.