Little Loves | A Week Of All New Things

I’ve just about scraped through this week, I’m not really sure what’s happened. It all seems to have gone in a blur but I have had enough happening to write a Little Loves update. And it’s a week of new things!

Read

This week I’ve been reading through a new cookbook that I bought last week. It’s the Hemsley Hemsley Good + Simple Cookbook and oh my are there some recipes that I want to try. It’d cropped up on Instagram a few times and I thought this would be a really good way to try some new recipes and to also eat a bit more wholesomely.

Watched

So this week I took the kids to soft play, paid £7.20 for the privilege of going in, sat down and started letting them roam around to explore a bit. The next thing I know they’ve spotted the big Peppa Pig electric toy that literally sucks your purse dry because you can guarantee the kids will want a go on it at 50p for a 20 second ride. But guess what? I didn’t give in! And so I watched my kids throw themselves on the floor having a paddy because “mummy has run out of all her pennies”. The best bit is when they throw their heads back. I mean they’ve got like 4 slides, a ball pit and heavens knows what else for them to do in that huge area, but no, they wanted to suck the last couple of quid I had in my purse for a really pants ride. Oh no boys, that £1.95 in my purse is for my hot chocolate. They finally realised I wasn’t giving in and went off to play while I sat and had a small hot chocolate and it was nothing a packet of Pom Bears couldn’t fix. Mummy – 1, kiddos – zero.

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Made

I’ve been making lots of decisions about what do to with my blog and how to go about making it a sustainable and regular source of income. With that came the ‘ums’ and ‘ahs’ about the design, theme and layout and so I made the decision to invest in a much better theme and have spent the last few days tinkering. I guess you could say I’ve made progress this week. I’m moving in the right direction and hopefully I’ll be heading for some good opportunities! What do you think?

Wore

Well, since you asked! I’m now one of those people who wear glasses. I wore glasses for a short spell back in year 9 and I thought I was the bee’s bloody knees when I first got them. Now I realise how much of a pain in the arse they are, but it’s also made me realise that actually I can’t bloody seen so I’ve been sporting two new sets of glasses over the last week or so. How do they make me look?

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Heard

This week I’ve heard from a lot of PRs who have approached me with some opportunities, which is always really lovely. However, I’ve been turning a lot of them down for various reasons. I really love it when they ask you to do something, or if you’d like to be part of a campaign, but it’s so disheartening to hear some of their responses. Sometimes I don’t feel that valued as a blogger and that’s something I want to work on this year as a whole. I’m having the confidence to say ‘no’ a lot more in the hope that something more suitable will land in my inbox because I really have to know my own worth. I don’t have the time to blog 24/7 and so my time is so precious and I want to fill that with things I’m excited about!

And lastly..

Keeping with the theme of ‘new’ I thought it might interest some of you to know that we are looking at moving this year – potentially! The market where we are at the moment isn’t moving that much and we don’t have very many properties to choose from but hopefully we’ll find something that works for us as we have, kind of, outgrown where we are at the moment. I’m so excited to be house hunting but I’m absolutely not getting my hopes up that we’ll find anywhere this year. I really want our next house which will be ‘new to us’ to be our family home for a good few years. It might be perfect and not need anything doing to it, or it may be an ongoing project!

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8 Comments

  1. January 26, 2017 / 10:32 pm

    Ooh I love the glasses and the new theme. I’ve also been saying no more and it’s so liberating! My boys always want to go on the rides at soft play too, you would think at 9 and 6 they would know by now I’m going to say no but they still whinge ask! #littleloves

  2. January 25, 2017 / 10:25 am

    Well done you on not giving in at soft play! It drives me mad that they have those machines as the kids always make a beeline for them don’t they?! So annoying.
    Loving your blog layout and completely agree that you need to value yourself as a blogger and be clear about what you will and won’t do. It’s so important to accept the opps that are right for you and right for your blog. You are on the right track for sure. xx

  3. January 24, 2017 / 9:53 pm

    Always good to politely turn down things that aren’t suitable or to try and find a middle ground that suits both parties as it proves you know your worth and doesn’t fill your blog with random item posts! Good choice with glasses, they suit your face shape and look really trendy as well. I was chuffed to get glasses as I have very narrow slanted eyes (not necessarily a bad thing) and the shape of my frames made my features work together much better.

  4. January 22, 2017 / 9:15 pm

    It sounds like your blog is doing well for PR to contact you, good luck in finding things which you feel are up your street x

  5. January 21, 2017 / 7:30 pm

    Loving the glasses! Also, your blog layout is fab. Chic and stylish, love it. Well done for not giving into the tantrums! #MumWin Enjoy your weekend xx

  6. January 21, 2017 / 8:57 am

    Your new theme looks fab, and I’m glad you haven’t changed your blog name, I love it! You go mama not giving in to the tantrums. Also, how bloody expensive is soft play with two?! haha! xx

  7. January 20, 2017 / 11:09 pm

    The new look blog looks amazing, I’m sure it will lead to many new collaborations. I always wonder why they put those rides in soft play centres – I’m sure they must get a percentage of the money as there is always a child on them.

  8. January 20, 2017 / 4:01 pm

    Love the new look blog and you really suit those glasses too! I completely agree about being undervalued as a blogger sometimes and its going to take some doing to stick to my guns and say no but it needs to be done! Good luck with the house move, i hope you find something you love :)

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