Swimming, Dinosaurs and Mornings at the Beach #littleloves

Swimming, Dinosaurs and Mornings at the Beach #littleloves

Oh Friday how ready I am for you this week! I had some bad news about my grandad this week, he’s terminally ill and as he’s reached the grand old age of 95, they can’t offer him any treatment or operations because he just won’t recover from it at his age. It’s at times like this all I want to do is be with my family, not 2000 miles away, which has inturn made me question what on earth I’m doing not living near them in the first place. It was a week where the teen decided I didn’t have enough on my mind and decided to test my patience aswell. A note for parents of future teens, take away their electronic devices. Once they get over not having them they actually turn into functioning humans capable of conversation and even the odd nicety. I’m doing a little better than I was now we’re coming towards the end of the week. I’ve done enough feeling sorry for myself and as always having this linky to focus on always manages to show me that even when things get tough, there’s still lots to be thankful for.

So onto my #littleloves:


I finished The Midwife’s Confession, which was a bit of a slow burner to start, but turned into a fantastic read. Why would a respected midwife and beloved friend commit suicide? As her friends begin to piece together what happened, they begin to wish they hadn’t. It’s another mysterious read, uncovering secrets that were never meant to be told. And another book I might not have ordinarily picked up, but I’m glad I did.

I’m onto The American Girl, which is about 17 year old Rose, who falls pregnant in Boston in 1968 and is shipped off to Ireland, where her parents were born, to have the baby in a home run by nuns. Her baby is adopted and it springs forward to the present day, when her daughter and grandaughter attempt to find her. I’m about half way through and so far it’s a great read. Sad and heartwarming in equal measure.


I may be a little late to the party with this one but I recently discovered The Last Kingdom and I’ve binge watched all the episodes from series one up until the penultimate episode of series two this week. It’s based on a series of novels written by the creator of Sharpe (I remember my mum swooning over Sean Bean in it in the mid 90s) about one of his ancestors back in Saxon times, who he created a fictional life for set against a backdrop of historic events of the time and boy is it good. It doesn’t hurt that Alexander Dreyman, who plays the lead is HOT either!

I also watched caught up on Little Boy Blue and watched 2 episodes last night. It’s brilliantly done, the acting is so good it’s like you’re there with them, but oh how I cried. It’s just so heartbreakingĀ to watch.


dinosaur lego

My dinosaur obsessed 5 year old decided he would make a family of diplodocuses (no idea if that’s the plural of the word, although he could probably tell me!) from lego and he’s so proud of his creations. There is a baby somewhere but I couldn’t find it when I went to take a quick snap of them. He is so obsessed with dinosaurs he can tell you their names just by looking at a picture in a book and he can tell you all kinds of things about them too. He’s absolutely fixated on them and asks to look things up on the internet. He heard (no idea where) about a dinosaur fossil recently being discovered in China, so I had to google that for him and print all the details out so he could save it. Funny how they become obsessed with things when they’re little like that.


I actually have something to share this week in the ‘Wore’ section – gotta be a record! I was sent some clothes from Simply Be to review and one of the things I got was this gorgeous top. Don’t get too excited, that’s not me wearing it, I made the teen be my model for the photos I took because I don’t do photos (another reason for her hatred of me at the mo). Maybe when I’m thin!

The crazy 5 year old and I have also braved the pool for a swim a few times. I have a gorgeous new swimming cossie from Simply Be too in a lovely bright blue, which is a mile away from the black I usually hide in. But I thought who cares, no one else will see me in it in our pool and just the colour of it is enough to make me smile. I won’t lie it takes me about 10 minutes to fully submerge myself in the freezing cold water of the pool (I’m not brave enough to get straight in until at least July), but once you’re in it it seems to warm up and it’s absolutely dreamy.


I heard this on the radio the other day on the way home from dropping the kids off at school and couldn’t help but look the video up.

And lastly…

The weather has definitely perked up here. There’s certainly no need for coats or jumpers on the school run anymore and this morning it was a balmy 16 degrees when we got into the car at 7am, so we’re hoping to make the most of it over the weekend. More dips in the pool are in order and here’s hoping we get to the beach again early one morning. The beach is our new weekend morning hangout. We’ve been up early the last few weeks in a row and headed down there, the 5 year old and his dinosaurs in tow (we even persuaded the moody teen on one occasion) and enjoyed a bacon sarnie on the sand. It’s the perfect way to start a weekend morning.

Have a great weekend whatever you’re up to!


  1. May 6, 2017 / 8:33 am

    A bacon sandwich on the beach is the perfect start, enjoy your beach mornings! I’m sorry about your sad news, but he has enjoyed such a long life, filled with some magical memories I am sure. I hope you have a lovely weekend #littleloves

    • Mum Reinvented
      May 6, 2017 / 10:13 am

      Thanks lovely. He certainly has bless him, he’s full of the most amazing stories x

  2. May 6, 2017 / 9:39 am

    So sorry to hear about your Grandad, they are truly special people in our lives. Lego is a huge hit in our house so loving the dinosaur creations.

    • Mum Reinvented
      May 6, 2017 / 10:14 am

      Thanks Sarah x

    • Mum Reinvented
      May 7, 2017 / 11:23 am

      Thanks Angela. Definitely watch The Last Kingdom if you can, it’s brilliant!

  3. May 6, 2017 / 10:04 pm

    I’m sorry about your grandad. Love the lego dinosaurs. I’ll remember your top about teens. I’m dreading that stage already!

    • Mum Reinvented
      May 7, 2017 / 11:26 am

      Thanks Claire. Ha ha yeah teenage girls are definitely a curious species that’s for sure!

  4. May 6, 2017 / 10:38 pm

    I am so sorry to read your news- distance is so difficult- I thought 200 miles was challenging, so I can’t imagine what you’re going through- but I do hope you find resolution.
    It sounds like your children are the perfect remedy- who could ever not love dinosaur lego, and I am mentally noting your tip about devices- thank you.
    I hope the beach has brought you needed respite. #Littleloves

    • Mum Reinvented
      May 7, 2017 / 11:28 am

      Thanks Debbie, escaping to a nice quiet beach (bar the noise from the loopy 5 year old) is just what I needed!

  5. May 7, 2017 / 10:44 am

    Oh 16 degrees at 7am is just lovely! Can’t wait for it to warm up here!! Little Boy Blue is brilliantly portrayed. I have to admit I stopped half way through episode one as I found it really hard to watch, so heartbreaking. I have since watched the rest and episode two. Hope your having a wonderful weekend xx

  6. Mum Reinvented
    May 7, 2017 / 11:30 am

    It is brilliant isn’t it. I just sat there with tears in my eyes and in complete disbelief the whole time. Just such a shame it’s based on an event that actually happened and not a work of fiction šŸ™

  7. May 8, 2017 / 10:06 am

    Such sad news about your Grandad, it’s so hard when you aren’t near to family at times like this.
    I’ve not watched Little Boy Blue, I really struggle with watching real life dramas like those. I couldn’t watched the one with Sheridan Smith in recently either. I can imagine they are well written and brilliantly acted though.
    I LOVE that Ed Sheeran parody, she’s a clever mama! xx

    • Mum Reinvented
      May 10, 2017 / 9:40 am

      Thanks lovely, we’re working on trying to get back there asap – fingers crossed. I loved the Sheridan Smith one. I think Little Boy Blue is actually better though. It is so emotionally charged it’s unreal. I watched the 3rd episode last night and you just sit there with your heart in your mouth the entire time, it’s so sad but so brilliantly acted it’s almost compulsive watching. x

  8. May 8, 2017 / 6:13 pm

    I’m sorry to read of your sad news and you are right that this linky enables us to see there is light amongst the darkness. That top is a sheer delight and it’s good to have pieces that put a smile on our face. #LittleLoves

    • Mum Reinvented
      May 10, 2017 / 9:43 am

      Thank you, it definitely does help me see the good things when I need to!

  9. May 9, 2017 / 5:41 pm

    Do you know what? I think all teenage girls hate their mums from time to time (or often!) – it’s just part of being a mum sadly. I’m often in the same camp as you so you’re not alone! I love that top! I did think it was you wearing it but I’m sure you like equally gorgeous. Why won’t you take photos of yourself? I really think you should. The book sounds great – I haven’t got the motivation to read at the moment so would need a gripping read like this one. xx

    • Mum Reinvented
      May 10, 2017 / 9:51 am

      I knew you’d understand the teenage girl thing! They’re a nightmare sometimes aren’t they. But then they do something and you see your sweet little girl again. She’s away on a school trip at the mo, so I’ve had a night off from the teen hormones at least! Ha ha I wish that was me, if you pretty much double her size you get me – hence why I’m never in any photos. I think the last time I actually had a photo with my kids my 5 year old was a baby, which is pretty shameful really. It’s a weight/confidence thing and I’m getting there as I’m losing weight – you never know I may end up doing a few ‘transformation’ type posts when I do eventually lose the weight and then I’ll be infront of the camera showing off all the time! Thanks for your kind words about my grandad, we’re working on trying to get back at the moment, so fingers crossed x

  10. May 9, 2017 / 7:12 pm

    And I’m so sorry to hear about your Grandad. We had the same a few years ago, also at 95. Very sad, however old they are. I hope you get to see him. xx

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