Home comforts, films and a finished book – #Littleloves

I so enjoy being away, but it is very lovely to be home again. I love (like really love) my house and I start dreaming about my own bed the day before I return home from anywhere.

Jared asked me what I was going to do as soon as I got home and I said: “Get my new bowls out, look at them and open my post”. I love opening post. An hour later, I was doing just that. Whilst I literally stared at my various new bowls (22 to be precise), ripped open all my post and fantasised about what flowers I would buy at the supermarket later that night, Jared was in the kitchen singing along loudly to some of his favourite music. I love hearing him sing and I felt completely overwhelmed with contentment.

I also couldn’t help wonder how my life got so wild…fantasising about what flowers to buy. Whatever next? A sign of ageing I wholeheartedly embrace!IMG_2351
On with #LittleLoves…


the clan of the cave bear

On holiday I finished the book I started a few weeks ago, ‘The Clan of the Cave Bear’. It’s the first time I’ve read anything on Neanderthals, so my eyes were opened to a whole new world – where they lived, what they ate, how they hunted, their culture, rituals and behaviour. Nothing short of fascinating. I really loved it and will be reading the next one in the series.

I returned home to Red and The Green Parent subscriptions on my doorstep – needless to say I’ve been reading those too!


I watched quite a few films on our journey – 12 Years A Slave, Selma, Still Alice and The Great Gatsby. All were really fantastic and ones that I’ve really wanted to see.

I’ve also watched ridiculous amounts of people taking pictures of our children – we were warned about it, but it was far more prevalent than we could have ever imagined. At first it was fine but by the end Win ignored everyone and Ru just hated it. On the occasion below I had literally just bent down to get something out of my bag. I couldn’t believe what I saw when I looked up and often I would find random people holding Rufus. They were all very lovely and kind, but it did get tiring. The Chinese people love children, that’s for sure.

IMG_1859 chinese


Lots and lots of songs on the radio. There are so many pop songs that I love at the moment. Particularly loving ‘Hold My Hand’ by Jess Glynne this week. The definition of feel good music.


I made some soya scented candles the other day but I haven’t managed to photograph them yet. Making them was very therapeutic and they smell divine – apple and pear, then apple and cherry. They were so easy to make.


Lots of skirts and sandals…followed my jumpers and thermal socks. I bought a jumper from Selfish Mother – I’ve seen them cropping up on Instagram and it’s such a fantastic cause.

And lastly…

I’ve written one post about our trip to China so far – I’m finding writing up the rest a little daunting but I so want to document it all so I can look back on it.

Have a really wonderful weekend!

E xx

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




  1. pottymouthedmummy
    29th May 2015 / 6:32 am

    Im not sure Id react well to people photographing H, he’s a blondey too. Can imagine it was tough work getting anywhere.

    I love coming home too after holidays. Back to my things and comforts and of course – my bed!

    Well done on the candals, they sound amazing xxx

    • 1st June 2015 / 9:42 pm

      They would absolutely love H! They’re obsessed with blonde hair – it is totally awkward when they take pictures. Celebrities must find it so annoying! Nothing in the world can beat your own bed – pure bliss! xx

  2. Natalie
    29th May 2015 / 6:34 am

    I’m exactly the same, home bird at heart and do the same with flowers! It is a sign of a contented life I say! Lovely photo of your home, loving the accessories!

    Oh the satisfaction of finishing a book, I’m yet to do this in recent times! Oh wow that would’ve really got to be having the photos taken, they must’ve thought it was bonkers!

    I love that song by Jess gynne, and how lovely about making the candles, would love to read more! 🙂

    • 1st June 2015 / 9:44 pm

      I remember not liking flowers growing up and thinking they just got in the way but now I can’t get enough of them.
      I’m so surprised whenever I finish a book. I used to be a huge reader and now I am so rubbish. I do read a lot of crafty things though, so all is not lost! x

  3. Mummy Hearts You
    29th May 2015 / 6:51 am

    Oh China sounds amazing! I’m not sure I would of liked the photo taking bits though! Haha! Honestly though going to go and read you first post on it, sounds like you had a wonderful time! Have a wonderful weekend #littlelove

    • 1st June 2015 / 9:45 pm

      We had a really lovely time thank you – so different to little England and just so many people everywhere!!! xx

  4. The L's Mum
    29th May 2015 / 8:39 am

    China sounds amazing. I love how you have so much love for your home and thinking about your flowers etc, it’s just a sign of pure contentment. I also loved the Jess Glynne song Hold my hand, it’s featured in my little loves post to 🙂 #LittleLoves

  5. 29th May 2015 / 9:34 am

    Wow sounds like you’ve had an amazing time. I was once at an event in a hotel and a coach load of Chinese tourists arrived, they all stopped to take photos of my youngest who was a teeny white baby with a cute headband on. I felt like we were being papped. I don’t know if I could cope with that for longer than 5 minutes. It was cute at first but then I took her out the front of the hotel haha. I need to read how you made your candles when you post (I hope you post) xxx Great post #littleloves

    • 1st June 2015 / 9:47 pm

      That is hilarious!!! and I totally understand what you mean. It is pretty awkward – do we stay, do we keep walking, do we ignore them? Haha. I will be posting about the candles a little later this week xx

  6. 29th May 2015 / 1:48 pm

    Your trip sounds amazing… And I love the fasciation with your children… Bet they were loving it! Are you going to do a tutorial or your candles? They sound fab!! And as for daydreaming about pretty bowls, snail mail and fresh flowers? Sounds right up my street…!

    • 1st June 2015 / 9:48 pm

      I will be doing a tutorial! It will be up later this week. I know – who can beat pretty bowls, post and flowers! What more could a girl want? X

  7. mumreinvented
    29th May 2015 / 3:01 pm

    Wow seems your little ones were mini celebrities in China! Glad I’m not the only one who fantasises over my bed, a bit of snail mail and flowers!

  8. 29th May 2015 / 9:14 pm

    Ooh those candles sound lovely. My friend was constantly being photographed when she was in China..harder when it’s your kids! I look forward to catching up and reading about your trip 🙂 have a fab weekend xx

    • 1st June 2015 / 9:49 pm

      Thanks Alice for your lovely comment. Working my way through the photos but it’s taking ages! Hope you had a really great weekend! xx

  9. mummydaddyme
    31st May 2015 / 2:35 pm

    Gosh that photo is absolutely crazy, it must have been very surreal to watch. I agree there is nothing better than getting home after a trip away- I love travelling more than anything but I also love to come home and be in our happy place. x

  10. Lilian
    1st June 2015 / 1:24 pm

    I love coming home after trips away. How on earth did you get 22 bowls home?!

    • 1st June 2015 / 9:54 pm

      I know! We took a little case inside a big one in case we bought souvenirs and kept it with me as hand luggage. I probably bought the least Chinese-y souvenirs ever but I love them xx

  11. 1st June 2015 / 9:27 pm

    That’s just bizarre seeing them all so obsessed with your children. How strange?! It made me smile about the bowls, post and flowers because I’m just the same 🙂 And more of the same … my Selfish Mother t-shirt arrived at the weekend and on my agenda this week is to make some fig scented candles. I feel like we’re in parallel universes 🙂

    • 1st June 2015 / 10:06 pm

      We managed to work out from asking people that it’s because they are so close in age, their blonde hair and their blue eyes. Close age gaps are not usual in China even if they can afford to have two. I can’t imagine living in a country where everybody has black hair and brown eyes! I am wearing my jumper this second, I love it! Fig sounds gorgeous!!! x

  12. 2nd June 2015 / 9:07 am

    Your trip looked amazing, although it would completely freak me out seeing so many people take pictures of O.
    It is always so lovely to come home after being away, nothing quite beats your own bed, does it? xx

    • 11th June 2015 / 8:53 pm

      Completely agree! Nothing at all like your own bed! We started off polite with the pictures but by the end we would just keep walking and ignore them xx

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