Swimming, brownies and early morning gym classes – #Littleloves

We’ve been out of the house a lot this week, dinner has been eaten later and the boys have both been shattered by bedtime. It has been fun to be a little out of routine.

I have managed to get to the gym twice this week for 6:30am, which I feel is a minor breakthrough. It has been brilliant to have our evenings freer.

This is quite random but I have started a book called ‘The Clan of the Cave Bear’ by Jean M.Auel. It is about a girl who is adopted into a Neanderthal tribe. Jean is respected by renowned scientists, archaeologists and anthropologists around the world for her extensive research. I don’t know much about how Neanderthals lived so I’m very intrigued.


I took the boys swimming one morning and they were both completely ecstatic when they saw the pool. Win jumped off the side hundreds of times and Ru was almost too excited to do anything else other than flap around. I always feel a tad stressed at the thought of taking them both swimming, but every single time it has been absolutely fine. I definitely need to do it more.


Random again, but I have rediscovered Peaches & Cream by 112 and Honey by Mariah Carey this week. The sunshine makes me yearn for songs of my youth.


We have been out a lot this week so we haven’t been getting our craft on, but I have made lots of bits from the Deliciously Ella book including sweet potato brownies, banana flapjack, houmous, bean chilli and peanut butter fudge. All were really tasty and incredibly simple to make.

Jared has problems tolerating gluten and sugar, and we finally feel that we have enough resources to remove both completely from our house. It’s something we’ve been contemplating for a few years, but we haven’t felt ready for it until now. It all went in a bag and out of the house. I felt nervous at first, but a week later I feel so good about it.

deliciously ella sweet potato brownies

Making a coffee with two sugars and milk for a workman this week proved a little tricky though…


My trench coat and my leather jacket – not together! but I have loved being able to wear lighter options.

photo (73)And lastly…

We are spending this weekend in Cambridge as one of my sisters is getting married there in August. I’ve not been before, so I’m delighted that we’ll get to explore it a little over the next few months.

Win and a couple of his cousins ate their first ice cream of the year. He ate every last bit!

yorkshire dales ice cream

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




  1. butwhymummywhy
    17th April 2015 / 8:38 am

    I really must get that Deliciously Ella book, those brownies look delicious. We could do with removing gluten as my husband finds it tricky sometimes, but I’m just too scared to do it. I love pasta and bread too much! xx

    • 18th April 2015 / 8:59 pm

      The brownies certainly don’t taste like the real thing but they definitely do the trick…if you forget what the real thing is like they are totally yum. I was really scared but I feel relieved that we finally made the decision to do it. It’s impossible for me to lose weight if I eat any pasta or bread, so it will be good for me too! x

  2. 17th April 2015 / 11:42 am

    I’m dying to get my hands on Deliciously Ella. Everything looks so amazing (and she does too, so it must do some good!!) Mind you, that ice-cream also looks delicious. My willpower is seriously bad! Have a good weekend lovely! Xx

    • 18th April 2015 / 8:59 pm

      I know what you mean – she is seriously stunning. So naturally so. Really impressed with it. My willpower is rubbish, but I’m determined to sort it out this year! It can’t go on! x

  3. anotherbun1
    17th April 2015 / 2:15 pm

    I’ve heard lots of good things about the DE book…on to the wish list it goes! I haven’t taken my two swimming together get….I fear it’s a 2 adult job

    Have a great weekend x

    • 18th April 2015 / 9:00 pm

      It’s really great! and I don’t think it’s very expensive on Amazon either. Taking two won’t be as bad as you think…as long as you have plenty of snacks for the changing rooms 😉 xx

  4. 17th April 2015 / 7:26 pm

    I definitely need to grab a copy of that book. Healthy snacks and treats are definitely something we could use around here (I have a serious cake and chocolate addiction) and those ice creams look divine! Have a great week! #littleloves

  5. Not A Frumpy Mum
    17th April 2015 / 7:40 pm

    Sweet potato brownies sound interesting, are they nice??
    I took my little boy swimming too this week, I’m a bit lazy at taking him and he loves it so I’ve made myself a promise to take him more xx

    • 18th April 2015 / 9:02 pm

      They are definitely nice and certainly do the trick…you just need to forget what the real thing tastes like momentarily. I’ve made that promise too! Kids just go crazy for a swimming pool! xx

  6. 17th April 2015 / 8:17 pm

    I have been meaning to make those brownies for ages – I must get round to it; I have made the bean chilli though and it was nice.Those ice-creams look lovely! Have a nice weekend! xx

    • 18th April 2015 / 9:02 pm

      You must – they are very lovely! The kids and I loved the bean chilli…hubs not so much! Thank you – you too! x

  7. 18th April 2015 / 7:51 am

    Aww it’s great that they feel confident and love the water. I’m also intrigued by Delicious Ella, well done for committing 100%, definitely the way to do it…hope it keeps going well! That book sounds really interesting, hope you have a lovely weekend 🙂 xx

    • 18th April 2015 / 9:03 pm

      I’ve done 11 days now – nothing to write home about but it’s a start. I want to do at least 6 weeks so I can break the habit of grabbing things. Thank you, I hope you have a lovely one too! xx

  8. 18th April 2015 / 8:36 am

    Ah man the peanut butter fudge sounds lush! I downloaded the Deliciously Ella app, I’m yet to make anything as I need to prep a bit but I’m so looking forward to clean eating again! Have a fab weekend in Cambridge 🙂 Kerry x

    • 18th April 2015 / 9:04 pm

      It definitely takes prep to clean eat doesn’t it? but it’s great once everything is ready. Does the app have loads more recipes? Thank you! x

  9. littlejampotlife
    18th April 2015 / 10:09 pm

    Oh my word, can I have your motivation for the early gym sessions?!?! love your boots and i really want that deliciously ella book! xx

    • 20th April 2015 / 10:50 pm

      I was scared to do it once, but it really makes me feel amazing! Let’s hope the motivation is here to stay 😉 Thank you! xx

  10. Aimee (@AimeeHorton)
    20th April 2015 / 12:08 pm

    That Deliciously Ella book looks amazing. I may just need to invest. So pleased you’re finding a way to deal with the sugar and glutton issues.

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