Little Loves

Happy New Year and welcome to my first little loves of 2015.  I can’t believe how fast the last year went but I am very excited for this new year and what may be ahead.

So how has your Christmas been?  We’ve had a lovely one, although it seems to have flown by and I’m wishing it could last just a little bit longer.  I always feel like I’m living in a little bubble over the Christmas holidays and I’m not ready for it to burst yet.  Well, there’s still 3 days to go before back to work.

So here’s what we’ve been loving over the festive period.

Read I started a book!  I’ve gotten into a terrible habit recently of starting books and giving up after a few chapters (very unlike me) but I am determined to finish this one.  A lovely friend of mine always buys me a book for my birthday and I took myself off for a bath and started this one.  A book about chocolate and Paris, what’s not to love?


Watched With no plans for New Years Eve we made a last minute decision to book tickets to watch the pantomime in Manchester.  We booked with about 5 days to go so were really surprised we managed to get some really good seats that weren’t too expensive.  It was Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, featuring Priscilla Presley and Warwick Davis.  Warwick was brilliant and for a 69 year old Priscilla looked amazing!  I know she’s had a bit of work but fair play to her can move around.  Hubby is a bit of a closet Elvis fan and couldn’t get his head round that he was seeing the King’s ex on stage, bless him!

Heard Other than Christmas songs I’ve not really listened to much over the holidays.  What I have heard a lot of O’s constant chatter and he has been making me laugh so much.  One of my favourite conversations came when we talking about names.  We were explaining that although we are Mummy and Daddy we also have other names (I had no idea how confusing a concept this would be for a 3 year old).  I asked O, “What does Mummy call Daddy?”

He replied instantly, “A Pig!”

Just to clarify I called hubby a pig once because he’d burped!  Better watch what I say!

Made With a bit of help from hubby (okay, okay, a lot of help, actually, I only made gravy) we made Christmas dinner for nine people.  It was pretty tasty if I say so myself although I was stuffed afterwards.


I did make a nice festive table though, I can claim credit for that!


And I may have made a few funny faces playing with O’s new games!


Wore The gold skirt has made a few appearances over the past couple of weeks, although it isn’t very forgiving at hiding a big meal! (Top Tip: grab a small child to hide post Christmas dinner belly)


And I did sort a gorgeous pair of orange ice skates for a trip to the Spinningfields ice rink.  I was a little bit nervous about going skating with a 3 year old, with justification as it would turn out.  O’s legs went everywhere as soon as he stepped on the ice, but luckily an orange seal came to our rescue and we all had an amazing time!


And lastly… Hubby has been hinting for the past 6 months that he had got me a big surprise for Christmas.  He’s usually rubbish at keeping secrets but he did manage not to blurt it out and on Christmas Day I unwrapped my lovely, shiny new MacBook Air!  And I’m a little bit in love with it, so pretty!  I’m slowly figuring out how it all works but it is so much quicker than my old one which died on me a few weeks before Christmas.  It was so sweet that when he gave it me, he said it should help with my blogging too!


There’s been so much more that we have loved too over this break but I think that’ll be another blog post, if I ever get round to writing it. I’ve quite enjoyed having a little blog over the festive period.

Thank you for popping over to read my first little loves of 2015.  I hope you all have a great one!



  1. Beth Twinderelmo
    January 2, 2015 / 9:18 am

    Ah your photos (and gold skirt) are lovely!! Glad you enjoyed the panto and had to giggle about the what does Mommy call daddy…!!! Kids eh?!?
    Happy new year lovely xx
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    • January 2, 2015 / 3:56 pm

      Happy New Year to you too Beth. We couldn’t stop laughing at him when he said it which only made it worse because then he just kept shouting “daddy’s a pig!” Little monkey xx
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  2. Mummy Hearts You
    January 2, 2015 / 9:33 am

    Love the gold skirt! Your table setting looks amazing! I absolutely love my MacBook Air! Definitely helps with the blogging 😉
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    • January 2, 2015 / 3:57 pm

      I’m still finding out how it all works, I just had to google how to get the # symbol to work but I do love it and I can already tell how much easier it is going to make blogging. My old lap top was so slow, everything was taking forever! xx
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  3. A Little Londoner
    January 2, 2015 / 9:59 am

    Love your pots! (How sad I know) I’ve started to collect the red Le Cresuet over the years! Would love as many as yours! You look great, sounds like it had a wonderful Christmas! Happy new year xxx

    • January 2, 2015 / 4:01 pm

      Not sad at all, I used my Christmas vouchers to buy the first 3 pans on the year we moved into the new house, a couple were wedding presents and we bought a new one this Christmas. I do love them! xx
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  4. Kerry
    January 2, 2015 / 10:37 am

    Love your gold skirt! And a Macbook Air – Yay for men who buy great gifts! Looks like you had a lovely festive season – Happy New Year to you! Kerry x
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    • January 2, 2015 / 4:03 pm

      Thank you, Happy New Year to you too. I still can’t believe the skirt was from M&S, they did well!! xx
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    • January 2, 2015 / 4:05 pm

      Thank you, Happy New Year Laura, hope you’ve had a lovely holiday time xx
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  5. Louisa
    January 2, 2015 / 2:40 pm

    You sound like you’ve had a lovely Christmas. My mother in law got me a macbook for Christmas but it’s not compatible with the scrapbook software I’ve spent the last 5 years collecting so I’m sadly swapping it for a windows laptop and she’s having the macbook. Happy new year! #littleloves x

    • January 2, 2015 / 4:09 pm

      Wow, lucky you getting a MacBook from your mother in law, even if it does need to be swapped. We have and a lovely Christmas, hope you have too xx
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  6. January 2, 2015 / 9:59 pm

    A pig … LOVE it! They are so funny aren’t they and take in so much. I know what you mean about the legs going everywhere on ice, G’s did. Thankfully he steadied himself but bambi on ice sprung to mind. You can’t manage without a seal can you really. x
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    • January 3, 2015 / 11:47 pm

      We really couldn’t have managed without a seal, I don’t think he’d have managed any better with a penguin. I’m glad we went in the morning as although it was busy, it wasn’t rammed! xx
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  7. January 2, 2015 / 10:07 pm

    Oh wow a macbook! Lucky thing!
    I love that gold skirt, although the game that looks like a clown….ahhhhhhhhhhhh!
    Those Christmas crackers are adorable!
    Hope you have a great NY 🙂 x
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    • January 3, 2015 / 11:51 pm

      We had a panic on Christmas Eve when we realised we didn’t have enough crackers for everyone and then managed to pick those up half price in Marks and Spencers (and maybe 2 more boxes for future years!) xx
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  8. January 3, 2015 / 12:16 pm

    That sounds like a lovely 2 weeks..another Le Creuset fan over here, what a fab collection 🙂 hope all goes well on Monday! Xx
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    • January 3, 2015 / 11:52 pm

      Thank you, I think it’s always better when the first day is over with! By Tuesday I’ll have forgotten I had a 2 week break! xx
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  9. January 3, 2015 / 8:29 pm

    Oh wow, a macbook how awesome!
    Oh my your conversation had me in stitches =D hehehe, I can imagine it would be confusing though!
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    • January 3, 2015 / 11:53 pm

      We couldn’t stop laughing at him, although now he thinks he’s a little comedian! x
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  10. January 3, 2015 / 11:06 pm

    I hope you get stuck into that book! That’s something I really need to do too, I miss reading! I am taking part in this linky this year too, for the first time! It’s so exciting.

    PS: I love your cooker! Wow!

    • January 3, 2015 / 11:55 pm

      Thanks, I do love it.

      It really is a lovely link, you’ll be hooked. xx
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  11. January 3, 2015 / 11:20 pm

    Oh yay! I want to be like you in a few weeks and write that I started reading a book! I want to get back into reading. I love that you went to a pantomime too and cooking Christmas dinner for 9 is a good job done – your cooker is immense! Love the Le Creuset pots too x
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    • January 3, 2015 / 11:57 pm

      I hadn’t been to a pantomime in years and to be honest was expecting it to be a bit naff but I loved it! We’re planning on making it a bit of a New Years Eve tradition xx
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  12. Morgana @ butwhymummywhy
    January 4, 2015 / 9:27 pm

    Looks like you’ve had a wonderful Christmas Jo. Check out all your Le Creuset pots! I’ve only got one that I got as a wedding present, I’d love to have more. Loving your gold skirt and your MacBook obvs! xx
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  13. Sam - Up All Hours
    January 5, 2015 / 7:15 am

    Hubby did do well! I am excited for you with the new Macbook Air – I love mine. So much lighter. Really enjoyed looking at your festive photos, the table looks amazing! Sam x
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  14. Sona
    September 6, 2018 / 2:40 am

    Check out all your Le Creuset pots! I’ve only got one that I got as a wedding present, I’d love to have more. Loving your gold skirt and your MacBook obv download snipping tool windows 7

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