Coffee, Christmas and A Touch Of Sparkles #LittleLoves

Happy December! I am so excited for Christmas this year, our first one as a family of four and I love that I’m at home for the run up.  Normally I would be stressing about mock exams and drowning in marking so it’s lovely having nothing else to worry about.

We’ve been having a really relaxed week, which wasn’t quite what I was expecting.  We’re very lucky in that we have both sets of grandparents close by and they often pop round to see the kids or look after G so I can go to the gym but this week they’ve all headed off to Tenerife for a bit of winter sun and with my husband away too on Wednesday night it’s mostly been just me and the boys.  They’ve both been so good and as I haven’t been rushing to get to the gym in a morning G has been having a good two hour nap after the school run and then another at around one thirty so I’ve had time to tidy the house so the toys are neatly stacked instead of taking over the dining room floor and I’ve had time to get on top of some blogging things too.  Oh, and I’ve been catching up on my episodes of American Horror Story before pick up time!


I had an email from work confirming which days I would be working on my return (which is starting to feel a little too close now).  I didn’t specify which days I wanted but it has worked out perfectly.  I will be working Tuesday, Wednesdays and Friday which was just what I wanted.  I’ve had a Thursday off for the past three years and love it and the thought of a Sunday with no work the next day, yay!


Deep Impact is one of my favourite films ever, and we watched it last Sunday.  I can’t remember if I used to, but since becoming a mum it makes me cry every single time I watch it.  The scenes where Tea Leoni puts the toddler in the helicopter and gives up her seat, and where the couple hand over the baby to their daughter, they get me every time!


The best purchase ever with my new coffee machine, a Black Friday bargain buy.  I love it and it’s saving me a fortune in trips to Costa and Starbucks.


O and I made a lantern for our villages lantern parade tonight.  It’s the first year they’ve done one but there’s a walk through the village with the lanterns followed by the Christmas Lights switch on, and then a trip to the pub across the road.  Just one of the reasons I love living in our village, it really starts to feel like a community at Christmas time.


Last Saturday I went out out with the girls.  It was so good to be out without kids and, being brutally honest, without my husband.  We were going to a work friends wedding so a few of us went for a meal first before going to the venue.  As it had been quite a long time since I’d had a reason to get dressed up I treated myself to a new dress.  It wasn’t something I would normally go for but it looked lovely on the hanger and I love it on.

We also had the school Christmas fair last week so a bit of seasonal sparkle was needed.


O practicing his songs for his school nativity play, so cute!  He’s an innkeeper and we’re going to see him on Tuesday.  I missed his play last year at pre school as I couldn’t get the time off work so I can’t wait to see him.

And Lastly…

I lost three pounds at Slimming World this week.  I’d lost motivation for a while but have made a big effort this week and it made off.  I’ve still got a bit more to lose but I’m starting to feel quite good about my weight and my clothes are certainly fitting a lot better.  Hoping to get my lost a stone certificate next week.

I almost forgot, we got to see the plans that have been drawn up for our extension this week.  We’re not planning on doing it until 2018 but we want to get the planning permission in place as soon as we can.  Oh my days, it’s amazing.  One of the designers at my husbands work drew it up and it looks fab, and will make such a difference to our home.

Have a lovely week, see you next Friday!



  1. December 2, 2016 / 2:47 pm

    You’re so lucky having family close by. Our nearest are an hour away. I’d love someone to pop in for an hour. I also managed a night out with the girls this week. So much fun. Love your sparkly jumper. Enjoy the nativity next week. My preschooler is in her first nativity in 2 weeks.

    Enjoy the lantern parade tonight. Sounds lovely. We wanted to go to one at tatton park last week but illness stopped us. X
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  2. December 2, 2016 / 6:04 pm

    Well done for your loss. I’ve been a really bad slimming worlder recently but I’m hoping to have a few weeks back on plan before Christmas! I love the jumper and dress. Have a lovely weeks x #LittleLoves

  3. December 2, 2016 / 9:10 pm

    So envious of you not being at work this term, haha! I am indeed drowning in mock exams, assessments, parents evenings and rehearsals. Eek! I’ve asked for a Tassimo for Christmas (rock and roll right there!). Enjoy your weekend xx

  4. Amy
    December 2, 2016 / 10:14 pm

    Well done for losing 3lbs. I’m on slimming world too although my losses are small every week.. I’m determined to finally lose all this baby weight thats been stored for over 2 years 😉

    That dress is lovely and you look amazing! This year is our first Christmas as a family of four too – so exciting. ox

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  5. December 3, 2016 / 9:23 am

    A busy week in your house and even going out too – a major achievement without children AND a husband! Love that dress on you. Boo to going back to work but so pleased you’ve got the days you wanted. How are you feeling about it? Must be a big wrench for you 🙁 Have a lovely Christmassy weekend. x x

  6. December 4, 2016 / 8:32 am

    You look fab honey and how great are your return to work days. But for now let’s forget about them and think about that nativity play, amazing that you get to see it this year. Have a great time honey and I hope you’re having a lovely weekend x

  7. December 4, 2016 / 10:39 am

    Ahhh so glad you got the days you wanted to return to work. That can be a big stress for returning back. Looking fab and trendy on your night out. It’s great to get out without hubby and just be with the girls. I had the same this weekend while I had a cold it was still nice to chin wag all night. lol Hope you are surviving the week of parenting solo. Sounds like you are taking it smooth for the festive season I love that. I need that this week. Although I need to get back to the gym soon or christmas celebrations will go to my hips. hahaha Have a lovely weekend. #littleloves

  8. December 7, 2016 / 8:39 am

    Oh well done on your weightloss! I plan to join Slimming World at some point in the new year (obviously after I gain another stone over Christmas) so it’s nice to hear that it works. I love the lantern you made, and that sounds like so much fun. One of the reasons I’d love to move to a village. xx

  9. December 7, 2016 / 11:00 am

    I love a good girls night, I think we all need them every now and again.
    Well done with the slimming world progress! You are looking fab!
    The lantern parade sounds magical. I do miss living in a village for little events like that one, it’s so nice to feel part of the community especially at this time of year.
    Have a lovely week xx

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