It’s been a funny old week. My husband has been at home after being away in Norway, so we have been going out and eating WAY too much whilst the kids are at school and nursery. I’m not looking forward to the scales, but sometimes it’s good to let loose and stuff your face. So onto this weeks #LittleLoves and I have to say it’s been a funny old week.
I found a copy of Little Women in the kids book section of a charity shop. Obviously it was a condensed version but it made me determined to dig out my Mom’s copy. It was her absolute favourite and despite her denying it, she has daughters called Amy and Beth so I’m thinking it was a large influence on her choices. It’s such a brilliant read despite my namesake dying!
I have been reading and researching all the local National Trust sites close to us. We went to Shugborough Hall last Sunday when the weather was utterly amazing. It was so beautiful there and the kids loved playing hide and seek. They literally played for an hour no interruptions. I am so glad we got the passes and am looking forward to finding more sites. I am thinking of going to Croome next – any tips?
Late as always, I have joined in with the Broadchurch bandwagon. I have to say after Line of Duty, I was looking forward to watching something that had been so hyped up but after finishing the first series I was really disappointed by the ending? I felt it was going to have a real shock twist and was just left a bit flat. We have started on series 2 but it definitely doesn’t have the same addictive pull that Line of Duty did.
We also watched the Anthony Joshua documentary. I think I am rapidly falling in love with him! He is just so humble and down to earth despite being a pretty amazing boxer who has shot to fame. It’s nice to have someone decent as a kids role model too.
There’s been a lot of talk about Disney World. We still haven’t booked and it’s starting to bug me. I am going to pin everyone down and get it sorted ASAP. I have been getting lots of tips from Pinterest and YouTube. Emma at Brummy Mummy’s videos look utterly ace and make me so excited. My friend Kerry from All About a Mini Norris was also capturing her trip on IG stories so I was stalking her when she was out there. It just looks beyond amazing and I cannot wait to go.
I have been rocking my second hand and charity shop bargains this week. I even dared to brave my long maxi skirt which has had lots of lovely compliments. I am really struggling with the weather as despite losing weight, I am still so conscious about my tummy. I feel like I look pregnant and often wonder if people glance and think “is she?” I know I’m never going to have a flat stomach but I don’t like anything to cling. I also hate my shoulders and feel they are SO wide so strappy tops make me worry a LOT, especially with my bingo wings. I definitely need to look closely at my summer wardrobe.
I went shopping yesterday with my friend Sammie and got WAY too much from Primark that I didn’t need including three pairs of exactly the same shoe, just in different colours. I got the red, denim and leopard print – just because they were £4 each!
I made some decisions about my blog this week. I have been feeling somewhat despondent about my blog and have been putting ridiculous pressure on myself for no real reason. I haven’t blogged consistently for some time and obviously my stats have taken a hit from it, but does it REALLY matter? I chatted to my friend Lauren who gave me a pep talk and made me see that it really DOESN’T matter and I don’t need validation from anyone. I was also feeling a bit sensitive about the whole followers equal stats talk and got a bit upset that it was insinuated that I possibly could have paid for followers. I can categorically say I have never and would never buy followers (that’s Disney saving money right there, I ain’t going to waste THAT!) I have worked really hard on my Instagram, probably at a detriment to my blog, YouTube and other social medias purely because I love Instagram. I felt it was unrealistic that your blog stats should equate to the number of IG followers. Who on earth follows someone on IG to read their blog?! Instagram is a completely different network and I feel it’s completely separate to my blog and not an extension. Just like my YouTube is separate. Anyway, I got my knickers in a right old twist about a few remarks and Lauren reminded me that this all belongs to me and no one else. I’ve put in a lot of effort and research into times, audiences etc and I am going back to basics. I don’t need someone to tell me if my blog is good enough and I am lucky that I blog for me, not to support my family. It’s a hobby and I am taking it back to being that/ I want to get the fun back instead of worrying because my stats have dropped. I’m rambling now but it feels good to write it down. I love Instagram and always will – it’s just so damn pretty!
Massively ballsed up by going to soft play when the weather turned out to be SO gorgeous. ☀️ Remembered why I’m not a big fan of soft play as it really does open your eyes to what other kids/adults deem as acceptable behaviour. GRRR. Definitely opting for outdoors play dates like this next time – for my sanity! So glad it’s Friday tomorrow as my husband is home from Norway 🇳🇴I’ve seen him for about 5 hours in the last 2 weeks so I’m excited to have him back
It’s my oldest friend’s (not literally!) 30th birthday party tomorrow and I am SO excited. We lived next-door to each other since we were babies and ironically, she moved back next-door to me last year. I am looking forward to having a catch up with her family and also enjoying a night out with my husband and my Dad. Not so looking forward to the hangover though…! Have a good week. only one week until Blog On – yay.