Bike riding, ‘courgetti’ and a wedding – #Littleloves

I intentionally missed out on #LittleLoves last week. A long weekend is precious and I wanted to keep it all to myself. Greedy of me, I know. All I will say is that we spent it with lots of friends and family and that we ate too much chocolate, of course! Over the weekend I was introduced to a new game called ‘Set’ that we played about 100 times. My family (including me) are all very competitive and it is great fun.


I have a stack of proper books waiting to be read, but I’ve been naughty and bought ‘Deliciously Ella’. I have been looking at it all the time and I am already a big fan. I feel ridiculous saying this, but I feel like my cookery book collection is complete. I wondered what could possibly be in there that is different to all of the others, but I was mistaken. It’s really, really fantastic and very simple. I have no plans to become a vegan though.


Last week I watched ‘Something’s Gotta Give’ when Jared was out one night last week. It’s very unlike me to watch a film. I probably wouldn’t watch it again but I definitely enjoyed it.

Another thing I have ‘watched’ is Winston riding his bike. He hasn’t been on it for a couple of months and I could not believe the difference. He rode the whole way to town (about 1.5 miles) without moaning. Absolutely unheard of. He usually rides it for about 10 minutes and then decides he is too tired. I could not believe my eyes, or ears! The t-shirt was a happy coincidence.

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This week I’m planning on watching, ‘The Truth About Fat’, ‘The Truth About Sugar’ and ‘The Truth About Calories’ on BBC iPlayer. Anyone that knows me will know how excited I will be about them.


A bit geeky but I have really noticed the birds in the evening. I’ve purposely been keeping the windows open so I can hear them chattering away.


We’ve made quite a few things this week which are detailed in ‘Activities to welcome spring‘. We’ve pressed flowers, planted seeds and made some spring flowers of our own.  

I’ve also been experimenting with ‘courgetti’ this week that I make using a Zoodle Chef spiralizer. We’ve had it on pizza and in stir fry. I love the Zoodle Chef one because it’s so small. All the other spiralizers seem to be huge and we simply don’t have the cupboard space.

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I decided to take all my winter coats upstairs and swap them for my lightweight ones. I’ve been living in a khaki green number with gold detailing. My Office pool sliders that I bought last summer have also made a few appearances – something I thought I would never ever wear! IMG_1168

Jared and I attended an evening wedding reception so it was nice to have the opportunity to dress up. I wore this ASOS skirt and a vintage white lacey top that I borrowed from one of my sisters. I love having fun with textures and colours. We got to spend the night at a hotel, which was such a treat. We stayed at Fantino’s in Sowerby and it was really lovely. The breakfast was particularly yummy and the staff were super friendly!

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And lastly…

On Wednesday night I met up with a very special friend of mine. We usually go out for a meal in Leeds or she comes to mine for lunch. We both had an amazing bento box at Little Tokyo in Leeds. It’s cosy, and oh so tasty! Another favourite of ours is The Corner Cafe in Headingley.

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




  1. Nat Jones
    10th April 2015 / 8:15 am

    Sounds like a fab week!! Love Winston’s I want to ride my bike t shirt! I know what you mean about the birdsong I’ve noticed it this week to…It suddenly seems so much louder. Have a fab weekend x #littleloves

  2. littlejampotlife
    10th April 2015 / 8:59 am

    Sometimes its lovely to keep things sacred to us right? love that skirt & we’ve also enjoyed bike rides! oh and the birds singing is something I love!

    • 12th April 2015 / 8:21 pm

      Sacred is exactly the word! We took lots of pictures that I want to keep to ourselves. I can’t wait to go on more bike rides and if it stays warm this week we’ll definitely be getting the trailer out. So much fun! xx

  3. A Little Londoner
    10th April 2015 / 9:17 am

    Sounds like ye had a great weekend! I get the bird singing… be honest I could literally ring their necks! I’m waking up once they start singing and that’s it for me, awake for the test of the day- obv body getting ready for the all might feeds! Love your skirt, have a lovely weekend xxx

    • 12th April 2015 / 8:22 pm

      Argh. Birds are totally awful if you’re a light sleeper. Thank you – the skirt is my sisters, but after realising it was reduced to £18 I bought my own! xx

  4. Life as we know it
    10th April 2015 / 1:13 pm

    I’m loving listening to birdsong at the moment too, which is weird because birds scare me so much! Winston did well on his bike ride and is rocking his lovely t-shirt, I should get one for my mom, she’s just learnt to ride a bike!
    Your courgetti looks beautiful, its a great way to make your dinner more interesting. 🙂

    • 12th April 2015 / 8:24 pm

      How amazing that your Mum has just learnt to ride a bike? That is fantastic!!! I hope she loves it. Courgetti is great! I’m going to be doing it lots and lots, which I’m not sure the hubs will like. Too bad, hey? xx

  5. Emma Kershaw
    10th April 2015 / 1:29 pm

    I really want to try making courgetti! It looks yummy, fab little loves 🙂

  6. Mummy Hearts You
    10th April 2015 / 3:49 pm

    You cannot beat listening to the birds.. I sat outside most of the day on Thursday and it was such a lovely sound… Loving the print of your Asos skirt! Have a lovely weekend #littlelove

  7. 10th April 2015 / 3:40 pm

    Aww Winston’s so cute on his bike. Courgetti looks fun, I’m intrigued by spiralizers..can you use them for other things too? Xx

    • 12th April 2015 / 8:25 pm

      Yes! Anything that is slim enough to fit into it – carrots, sweet potatoes, cucumbers, parsnips I guess? Can’t vouch for successful recipes with any of those though – haha. They are quite fun to use and I love that mine is tiny! x

  8. 10th April 2015 / 5:41 pm

    We have a wedding tomorrow, we aren’t staying but it’s the first day we have had without the kids since having Cherry over four years ago! I really want the Deliciously Ella book, I have the app but I think there is more in the book. I hadn’t thought of letting Cherry ride her bike into town but it’s a good idea, our garden isn’t very big and she ends up going round in circles! x

    • 12th April 2015 / 8:28 pm

      I hope you enjoyed the wedding together. It feels so weird when it is just the two of us these days! The Deliciously Ella book is really fantastic and because it’s vegan too I usually have most of the stuff in our cupboards. I find her recipes so much simpler than other ones I’ve used…maybe I’ll get the app too 🙂 xx

  9. 10th April 2015 / 8:06 pm

    What a lovely week. Well done Winston for doing so well on his bike! I’ve never been any good at riding a bike but I kind of wish I had one now.
    The Deliciously Ella book is top of my wishlist at the moment, and a similar one called Eat. Nourish. Glow. (or something like that!) Haha. I need to spring clean my diet for sure.


    • 12th April 2015 / 8:29 pm

      I can’t believe he made it! So much more confident than last time we attempted it. Definitely recommend Deliciously Ella. The recipes are really simple and I made 3 or 4 over the weekend – they were all totally yum! xx

  10. Not A Frumpy Mum
    12th April 2015 / 2:51 pm

    How sweet is Winston on his bike? I’m very jealous of your night away, I would love a night in a hotel and to be kiddie free (just for one night) xx

    • 12th April 2015 / 8:32 pm

      You so need a night away! Waking up and having breakfast in peace does wonders for the soul. It doesn’t happen often but it makes it so special! x

  11. 14th April 2015 / 7:00 pm

    Oh I love hearing the birds sing when it is still light in the evening; it just feels so summery and lovely. I love the Deliciously Ella book too, and thanks so much for introducing me to the Zoodle Chef! I’ve wanted a spiralizer for ages but didn’t want to spend at least £30 when I might not use it and like you we haven’t really got the space. But I bought one the other day after reading this post and used it today to make carrot and parsnip crisps and I love it – so thank you! Happy I’ve found your blog 🙂 xx

    • 14th April 2015 / 9:28 pm

      Yey! I am so happy that you like the Zoodle Chef. It is definitely ‘no frills’ but totally does the job. I hate having lots of cupboard-filling appliances. I have gone a bit mad making everything (just about) in the Deliciously Ella book. I can’t believe how easy everything is. Enjoy your crisps 😉 xx

  12. butwhymummywhy
    17th April 2015 / 8:28 am

    What a great week! Your boy looks so cute on his bike, he sounds like he’s getting on really well with it. I’ll have to check out the Zoodle Chef, I’ve been looking for something to make courgetti xx

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