City of Stars, Choosing Life, and Sweet FA #LittleLoves

Hurrah! It is Friday and Ava has already broken up as she has an Inset Day today. I’ve said this before, but I could never quite understand how parents were happy about it being half term. That sounds horrible – I love spending time with my daughter – but to me it meant not having time to get anything done, or having a clue about when I would be able to work, and not getting a break from my lovely daughter, nor her from me.

But now – my goodness – I am always desperate for a break by the time they roll around. We both need a break from the school runs, from her being so upset about school and not sleeping, and some days to do fun things together. I am slightly ahead with work, and I am looking forward to us going out together lots, as well as hopefully spending plenty of time with my step-brother and my niece (whom I’ve never met!) who are over here from New Zealand for a few weeks. I’m so excited for her and A to spend some time together (and hopefully get along!), and I haven’t seen my step-brother for seven years which just seems crazy, so I’m so happy they’re here.

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Welcome to this weeks Little Loves!


I LOVED this post by my friend Zara ‘The Sweet Art of Doing Fuck All’, about Hygge and how she’s been doing it for years – it really made me laugh and is so true!


La La Land! I took a couple of hours to myself on Tuesday (after having a pretty shitty time of it lately and not coping too well with that and no sleep), so I ventured to the cinema (after a little spree in Lush!) by myself for the first time ever and I really enjoyed it. It’s so nice to feel a little bit independent and doing things alone sometimes!

I really enjoyed the film too – I wasn’t sure how much I would like it but I really got into it after a while and embraced the whole idea of it. I think it’s one of those films that I will fall more and more in love with every time I see it. I absolutely love Emma Stone.

I’ve also finished Shooter on Netflix since my last Little Loves, which I really enjoyed and really liked Ryan Philippe in it. Then I also finished the very last season of Hart of Dixie, and I really loved the end (except for the very giant ‘newborn’ baby – I mean come on! Surely there was a less than six month old that they could have borrowed).

Now I’m watching Scandal and loving it. I’ve started watching it twice before and never been gripped enough past the first ten minutes to keep going – but this time I’m really enjoying it and flying through it. I never realised how incredibly beautiful Kerry Washington is – oh my word those cheekbones. I really love hers and the president’s relationship with each other, even though it’s wrong. They’re so good together.


I have made sure that I have some blog posts ready to go for the next week or two.

I did make this for my lunch when I was feeling greedy and very cold yesterday – would anyone care to guess what it is? It was yummy.


My new ‘Choose Love’ t-shirt – they are being sold to raise money for refugees. Ava has one too and I love it. Clearly this is a crap picture and a half, and more about the wine, but I forgot to take a proper one.

I also wore a choker for the first time in about twenty years, and also wore my hair up now that it’s grown a bit. I’m so bored of it short, so I want to grow it a bit again.


The La La Land soundtrack has been on repeat in my house this week, particularly City of Stars. It’s lovely and positive and what I need right now. It always makes me spend most of my day dancing around the house rather than walking.

I’ve been listening to loads more music since getting an Amazon Echo Dot, and I’m loving it.

And lastly…

I had my usual scan and consultant check up appointments a couple of weeks ago, and they weren’t really as positive as I’d hoped. My blood test levels are still raised and my consultant seemed a lot more concerned this time and was going to send me for an MRI scan but they’ve decided just to keep an eye on me for now. I know that all probably seems like a lot of nonsense without explaining all of it, but what I’m trying to say is that I’m trying to use it as a kind of inspiration to be positive until my next check up in three months and just carry on with my life. It’s one of those crappy times where I just kind of feel in limbo, but I just want to use it to embrace life a bit more, forget about what could happen, and really live. When I don’t have a great appointment, I get upset for a while, and then try not to let it be in my head all the time, and use it to motivate myself instead. So that’s what I’m trying to do now.

I hope you’ve had a grand old week xx

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  1. 10th February 2017 / 9:37 am

    Oh man, I’m with on needing a week of no school runs and stressy bedtimes. I am so so pleased that you took the time out to watch La La Land and that you enjoyed it. I agree with you, I think it’s a film you’ll just keeping falling more in love with.
    I’m inspired by your outlook and positivity, just embracing life and living to it’s full rather than living in the shadow of what could happen xxx
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  2. 10th February 2017 / 4:02 pm

    Sorry your consultant appointment didn’t go to plan. You sound very positive though. Enjoy your half term. Your lunch looks delicious.

  3. 11th February 2017 / 3:28 pm

    I love half term and cant wait, also love the idea of going to the cinema by myself too – think that will be on my list to do this coming month! #littleloves

  4. 15th February 2017 / 8:35 pm

    Everyone is raving about La La Land I should have went to see it I choose a different movie last minute instead. Ooops. Will have to go now. Loving your shirt girl. Sorry to hear your appt didn’t go to plan but good for you to stay positive about it all. Hope you had a good past weekend #littleloves
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