Tapas, a Party and Harry Potter | My Weekly Favourites

Tapas, a Party and Harry Potter | My Weekly Favourites

We’ve had another great week, which culminated in the teen graduating from her NCS programme on Friday evening. With an awards ceremony and night on the rides at Dreamland in Margate once the park had closed for the day. She loved it of course. I on the other hand was relegated to cab driver for the evening, doing a two hour round trip – twice!

There’s been a meet the teacher session at the little dude’s school, gingerbread lattes, a few leopard print purchases and just a really relaxed feel to the week. Don’t you just love it when they’re like that?

Here’s hoping for more of the same next week. But in the meantime, here’s what’s made it into my weekly faves this week.

Nailing a Routine

I know I already mentioned loving being back in a routine now the kids are back at school and college. But instead this week I’m congratulating myself on getting through a week on my own with the kids while the Mr has been away working. What happened I don’t know, but somehow I managed to have uniforms ironed and ready in advance. Everyone got to where they needed to be on time and I actually quite enjoyed the week of it being just us three. I’m sure the kids behave better when it’s just me and them. There seems to be no answering back, no refusing to do things and just a general sense of calm that descends upon the house.

Of course despite enjoying the routine while the Mr was away, we were also glad to see him back on Friday. He’s away at least once a month, usually for a week or more and as much as I hated it at first, I’m used to it now. I guess it makes me appreciate him more when he is here – for the first week he’s back anyway!


We seem to be all about tapas lately. It’s the third time we’ve had it in two weeks. But, this time I actually cooked it myself. I guess I have to put my years living in Spain to use occasionally. My mum and aunt often come for dinner when the Mr is away. Usually I ensure our meal is Slimming World friendly. But that’s the one thing I’m having a little trouble getting back into a routine with lately. So tapas it was. And it was delicious if I do say so myself. Accompanied by a cheeky mid-week gin or two and lots of laughs, it was a great night – don’t watch Wanderlust with your mum and your aunt in the room, just fyi.

A Party

We headed to a fab kids party at the weekend. Yes I realise I actually just said that. And no, there was no alcohol involved. It was your normal, run of the mill, soft play party, but after everyone else had left they got out the laser guns for an hour of play and it was so much fun. The kids loved it, the parents got involved and were way more competitive than the kids. And we spent a few hours just chatting and laughing together while our children played. It really was a lovely afternoon. The little dude enjoyed it so much he asked to have his party there. We’ve decided to do a joint party with one of his school friends and split the costs. Holding it in November so as to separate his Christmas Day birthday from his party. Needless to say, we’re both quite looking forward to it.

Harry Potter

If you caught my stories on instagram the other day you’ll know I was contemplating reading my first Harry Potter book. The teen has been on at me for years to read them. But other than catching the odd few minutes of the films at Christmas, I’ve never watched or read anything ‘Harry Potter’. I’m halfway through the first book, which can only be a good sign. And so far, so good. It doesn’t feel like I’m reading a child’s book at all and I’m loving the story. I guess that makes me a convert.

The High Low

Stacie from Parker and Me got me hooked on The High Low. The fabulous podcast by Pandora Sykes and Dolly Alderton. This week I went back over all the episodes I’d missed and lost myself for hours as I listened to these two friends talk books, food, culture and news. If you haven’t given this one a go yet, I’d definitely recommend it.

What have you enjoyed this week?

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  1. September 16, 2018 / 2:39 pm

    You will live Harry Potter. I’m tempeted to read again! Routine is good and sounds like you have nailed it this week! I’m still settling into ours! Oh wanderlust!! Haha! Definitely something to watch on your own lol
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    • Mum Reinvented
      September 17, 2018 / 8:44 pm

      I’ve almost finished the first book, I’m loving it that much. Ha ha I think he actually hinders us when he’s here. Yeah I’d not heard of Wanderlust before my aunt suggested watching it. Then watched half of it through my fingers with my mum and aunt giving a running commentary. I felt 17 all over again and not in a good way x

  2. chantelle hazelden
    September 16, 2018 / 3:56 pm

    I’ve never managed to read more than a few pages of Harry Potter, just isn’t for me. Yay for nailing the routine and hooray for tapas, never attempted to make it myself mind.

    • Mum Reinvented
      September 17, 2018 / 8:47 pm

      I never used to be into anything that fell into the fantasy category, but I’m enjoying a little magic – so far anyway. We’re all addicted to tapas. Haven’t made it for ages though s it’s a bit of a faff with all those little dishes

  3. September 17, 2018 / 8:35 pm

    Omg Kat I am a total Potter Geek I literally bought every book the day it was released. And I have watched the movies so many times, I think so much so the boys roll their eyes when its on TV. The party sounds like so much fun. Chris used to work away a lot its so hard keeping that routine going isnt it? And we love Tapas here too xx

    • Mum Reinvented
      September 17, 2018 / 8:40 pm

      Ha ha I was saying to my sister earlier its only taken me 21 years to read the first book. Can’t say I don’t like taking my time eh! Only thing missing from the party was wine – they do wine at parties abroad so I may have to bring that little tradition to the UK x

  4. September 18, 2018 / 10:54 pm

    Oh wow I cant believe you haven’t read Harry Potter, I am soooo jealous of the fact you are getting to read the stories for the first time. I cant wait to be able to read them to the boys when the get older. xx
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    • Mum Reinvented
      September 19, 2018 / 7:25 pm

      Just finished the first book and absolutely loved it. Can’t believe its taken me this long to read them x

  5. September 19, 2018 / 4:35 pm

    Would you believe that I have never read or watched Harry Potter, my husband loves them but I just don’t fancy them. I love tapas – I would love a few recipes if you have any? Well done on the routine, We are three weeks in and Im proud to say I still feel like I am on top of it all!

    • Mum Reinvented
      September 19, 2018 / 7:25 pm

      Same here, I just never fancied reading them. I’ve never been into fantasy type stories, although I think Game of Thrones changed all that. I’m quite surprised how good the first book is though.

      Easiest tapas recipe would be chorizo in red wine. Chop some chorizo into rounds, fry until slightly browned and it releases its oil, add a cup of wine and reduce until the sauce thickens slightly. Serve with crusty bread to dip in the sauce. Or Padron peppers – Heat olive oil in a pan until smoking, add padron peppers (mini green peppers) and cook until the skin is browned. Sprinkle with sea salt. Made me hungry now! x

  6. September 20, 2018 / 1:39 pm

    I’ve only read the first book of Harry Potter, I enjoyed it, but never got around to reading anymore of them. We love tapas too, such a lovely easy meal.

  7. September 21, 2018 / 12:58 pm

    I love HP huge fan as a teen and growing up with it and now even as an adult can’t wait for my kids to be a little bit older and not scared to read all the books with them. It will be so fun.

    • Mum Reinvented
      September 21, 2018 / 1:53 pm

      I’m already half way through the second book and loving it. Can’t believe I didn’t give in to the hype sooner x

  8. September 22, 2018 / 8:41 am

    We’re huge HP fans here, although I’ve never read the books. Have a great weekend

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