Kisstory, Valentine’s baking and not being shy any more – #Littleloves

This week has been a good one. That usually means Winston and I have (mostly) seen eye to eye, and that Rufus hasn’t been ill. Hooray! The weather has been gorgeous – clear blue skies, bright winter sun, no rain, signs of Spring and the crispest fresh air. We’ve been surprisingly creative this week, I haven’t eaten lunch very often, I’ve not drank enough water and for some reason we’ve fed the ducks twice.

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I’ve not read much this week other than parenting books, craft books or recipe books. Gosh I sound so boring and mumsy. My new craft book is ‘The Homemade Home for Children’ and it’s basically amazing. I did come across this fantastically written review of the ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ film which I found really interesting. I wasn’t planning on seeing the film, but I was definitely curious about it. My curiosity has now been quashed – an abusive relationship is never sexy or desirable, and I love the angle the article has taken.

My sister received ‘Gone Girl’ by Gillian Flynn for Christmas and I’m next in line to read it.


Aside from my usual Call the Midwife (obviously), I watched ‘The Secret Lives of 4 Year Olds’ and thoroughly enjoyed it. I couldn’t stop wondering which child was most like Winston, where he would fit into the social group and how he would respond to some of the scenarios. It’s a series, so I’ll be watching this with interest. Some kids are such bullies. My favourite lines from it were:

Child 1: “The wall could be my boyfriend”.

Child 2: “Yes – at my school, I kiss the walls”.

I also stumbled across Rita Ora’s ‘I Will Never Let You Down’ music video, and she looks amazing.


I love Kisstory and I also have a problem with getting incredibly addicted to songs. I can listen to songs over and over again and not get bored. This weeks anthems have been:

‘Problem’ by Ariana Grande feat. Iggy Azalea

‘Flowers’ by Sweet Female Attitude

‘All My Life’ by K-Ci & JoJo

I’m very into them, so I’m not sure if I will have moved on by this time next week (!)


This week I got my crafting mojo back and made a planet mobile for the boys’ room. I need to make some adjustments to it, but I’m really happy with it and I so enjoyed making it. I also went a bit crazy with stamping one afternoon – I just couldn’t stop picking up random objects. My sister in law and I had an epic baking session yesterday. We made brownies, vanilla fudge, red velvet cookies, shortbread and pastry hearts…mostly for other people, don’t worry!IMG_0311


I seem to have worn my gym gear and my massage ‘uniform’ lots this week, but other than that I’ve been wearing my new Levi’s jeans lots and lots (that means every day). They are seriously comfortable. Graphic tees have made an appearance, as have my silver brogues and lots of layers.


And lastly…

I had a bit of a revelation this week – I’ve realised that I’m not shy any more and have started noting down my feelings about it. I’ve caught myself striking up conversations here, there and everywhere, then it just hit me and I couldn’t stop thinking about it. I feel liberated – it’s the end of an era and the start of a new one.

We are fans of Springwatch in our house, and Jared has bought his hedgehog house (with camera) and bird box (with camera) ready for the start of Spring. I know it’s geeky, but I’m rather excited to see what goings on we have over Spring.


How has your week been? I hope you’ve had a good one.

E xx

#LittleLoves is a chance to remember all the things that made up your week. Linking up with Morgana.




  1. lifeatthelittlewood
    13th February 2015 / 10:20 am

    I totally know what you mean about suddenly not being shy! I have got so much more confident in these last few years as well, and do just chat to people now. I still get a bit flustered or intimidated from time to time, but for the most part it is really liberating! 🙂 I loved your planet mobile Esther – I was reading about it last night. I might give it a go actually as my Noah is space mad – I think he would love it! Have a great weekend poppet xx

    • 13th February 2015 / 9:42 pm

      I certainly still get intimidated and flustered at times, but general day to day is fine! I’ve always described myself as shy so I’ll have to stop now! Oh thank you! I love looking at it and it was such fun to make! You too! x

  2. butwhymummywhy
    13th February 2015 / 10:22 am

    Lovely post E! I loved that bit in the 4 year olds programme too, where the girls were talking about boyfriends, and later when they were talking about how many toilets were in their house and what colours they were, so funny!
    Love the birdbox and hedgehog house with the cameras, my girls would be fascinated – so would I. Have a wonderful weekend xx

    • 13th February 2015 / 9:44 pm

      The toilet chat was brilliant too! I didn’t know about the programme until one of my massage ladies told me about it. So glad she did!
      I will actually be so disappointed if we don’t get any action in our box and house. Fingers crossed! x

  3. Louisa
    13th February 2015 / 11:00 am

    The handmade home for children sounds like something I would love to read. I envy you your crafting this week. I just can’t seem to find the time lately.I wish I could overcome my shyness, it must be so liberating. Have a fab weekend x #littleloves

    • 13th February 2015 / 9:47 pm

      The book is really fantastic. The variety of projects is so good and they are really beautiful too. Some weeks I don’t find the time to craft but once I start I can’t stop. Shyness is something I’ve really struggled with but my husband has really helped me realise what’s normal and what’s not. Thank you – you too! x

  4. 13th February 2015 / 2:27 pm

    I loved the four year old programme- I was hooked. I would love to see Mads in nursery without her knowing, I would find it so fascinating! x

  5. Vikki Holness
    13th February 2015 / 4:04 pm

    I suffer from a bad case of social anxiety so don’t often put myself ‘out there’ but so glad to hear you’ve overcome your fears, like the others have said, it must be very liberating for you. I have that programme saved on my planner ready to watch this evening, by all accounts it was rather amusing and i always love the things kids come out with. Houses with cameras for hedgehogs and birds? I don’t think that’s geeky at all, can’t wait to hear and see how you get on! Have a fab weekend xxx #LittleLoves

    • 13th February 2015 / 9:50 pm

      It is so hard to put yourself ‘out there’ when it’s the last thing you want to do. I used to be so worried about what people think or dread awkward situations occurring. I hope you enjoy the programme! I hope we have some action with the hedgehogs and birds, I’m really hopeful! We’re going to set them up properly over the next week. Thank you – have a wonderful one too xx

  6. 13th February 2015 / 5:38 pm

    Love this post. Absolutely love the sound of all that baking – yummy! I’m watching The Secret Life of 4 Year Olds on catch up right now as a few #littleloves people have mentioned it! Have a great weekend x

    • 13th February 2015 / 9:52 pm

      We didn’t realise how much we’d made until we started bagging it all up. We put 20 packages together and still had leftovers! Thank you so much. You too! x

  7. lifewithmunchers
    13th February 2015 / 9:09 pm

    I’m going to have to watch this programme, if just to hear that line! lol!!
    Hope you share pics of your bird watching. Looks like a great thing to get little ones involved in. Have a great weekend x

    • 13th February 2015 / 9:53 pm

      There are plenty of lines like that! I just love how she admitted to kissing the wall. So innocent. I hope we get some birds to watch! 🙂 xx

  8. 13th February 2015 / 9:23 pm

    Wow all your baking looks amazing – so yummy! I’m with you, I absolutely loved ‘The Secret life of 4 years olds’ and couldn’t help wondering who all the different characters were at Lucas’ nursery. Hope you have a lovely weekend xx

    • 13th February 2015 / 9:55 pm

      I loved how they separated the dominant and the quieter children to see how they coped differently. I really can’t decide where my son would be. He’s pretty easy going but he’s also a stickler for enforcing rules (not on himself though)! Thank you – I hope yours is lovely too! x

  9. 13th February 2015 / 9:40 pm

    I think our TV viewing has been the same this week! x

    • 13th February 2015 / 9:57 pm

      Oh! I love Call the Midwife. It just melts my heart. I’m also rather into Revenge – even though it frustrates me greatly! x

  10. 13th February 2015 / 10:30 pm

    Ahh that’s so cool with birdboxes and cameras! My Dad would love to put a camera on his beehive. So much creativity, amazing. Hope you have a great weekend xx

    • 15th February 2015 / 5:46 pm

      A camera on a beehive would be incredible. Bees are fascinating! We would love to have one in the future. We may have got our hopes up a little too high though! x

      • 15th February 2015 / 7:34 pm

        You could always start with a bee hotel? A bit like a birdhouse with tubes in it for a solitary bees xx

        • 16th February 2015 / 9:11 pm

          Great idea! I will need to plant some flowers to attract the bees in the first place. Our garden is a blank slate at the moment xx

          • 16th February 2015 / 9:15 pm

            Budlia is fantastic, my mum has some and there are loads of bees in summer. Have fun choosing your flowers! Xx

          • 18th February 2015 / 10:16 pm

            When we have a garden, it’ll be the first thing I plant 🙂 xx

  11. Not A Frumpy Mum
    16th February 2015 / 8:46 pm

    I didn’t watch The Secret Lives of 4 Year Olds but I must view it on 4OD. I love sneaking in to pick up my 3 year old form nursery and getting a few seconds to watch him without him realising I’m there. xx

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