Friday, 19 January 2018

Certificates, Waffles and Keeping Warm #LittleLoves

I think I'm finally getting into the swing of things this year now. The early wake ups aren't bothering me half as much now and dare I say it, I'm starting to enjoy exercising again although I could really do with the temperatures warming up because I'll admit, I've taken to working out in my pyjamas most mornings because it is just far too cold to wear the exercise gear thatI'd prefer to put on.

The kids are in a routine with school, the youngest two have started a multi-sports club at school on a Thursday afternoon so they're doing their bit to stay active too, not that they're ever really that still when at home any way. Although my eldest would of course prefer at least an extra hour in bed every morning.

But here's what else I can share with you this week:


The first thing I read was actually from late last week. I got a letter in the post (and it wasn't a bill), what I found inside was a certificate for my eldest daughter and a letter of congratulations informing us that a poem her school had submitted for a competition had been chosen to be published in a book next month. This topped off her week as the same day she'd also been chosen for a part in her class play that she'd been desperate to get.


Now onto actual book reading. I'm a person that used to read at least three to four books a week. I was always in a rush to grab the next novel. But the problem with that was that I wasn't really taking in the stories properly. Not like my eldest that can tell you every character and every detail from all of the tales that she decides to read. So, I made the conscious decision this year to slow down my reading pace.

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Star Wars: The Last Jedi Toy Review

My first question to you as I begin this post has to be have you seen Star Wars: The Last Jedi yet? I have and I have to admit it didn't rate in my top three Star Wars films but it was seeing Carrie Fisher on screen again and to have a few questions answered. My youngest on the other hand really loved it and honestly that's the opinion that counts isn't it.

Now of course with any Star Wars film comes an abundance of merchandise and that includes some fantastic toys for kids. We were kindly sent a huge bundle of toys to coincide with the release of the movie and the You Tube mini series, Star Wars Forces of Destiny. The bundle included:

Force Link with figure
Interactech Kylo Ren 
Path of the Force Lightsaber 
Forces of Destiny figure
Rey of Jakku Extendable Staff

Monday, 15 January 2018

Read With Me 2018 #2

Hello you lovely readers and welcome to another Read With Me. It's been a good start to the year, some fantastic posts linked up last week, thank you. 


I got around to setting up my Good Reads challenge for this year, this will be my 5th year of doing it. My magic number this time, 52. I have decided to keep it low and opted to read one book a week. I think this will give me a chance to actually enjoy the words on the pages more instead of rushing through them.

Sunday, 14 January 2018

My Sunday Photo 2018 #2

This is the second year running where I have bought a Poinsettia a couple of weeks before Christmas and I have managed to keep it alive well into January. I think it really has become my favourite plant because I really have to make very little effort and the vibrant colour of it brightens up my dining room table nicely.

Are there any other plants like these that are low maintenance? I'd love to be able to have more like this all year round rather than just during the festive period.


Friday, 12 January 2018

Coursework, alarms and the January Blues #LittleLoves

How many people actually like this time of year. Despite my birthday falling in this month I always end up with what I like to call the January blues. Trying to get back into a routine after Christmas seems so much harder than any other holiday, I think more because of how dark it is in the mornings and the general bad weather that goes with it.

This week has been somewhat of a struggle for me. Kids are back at school, which means I too am back to work, back to volunteering and on top of that, this month I really need to finish off my last assignment for my teaching assistant course otherwise I'll have to pay for an extension which I definitely don't want to do. But despite the deadline I'm finding it difficult to get motivated. 

One thing that I've done though, I have managed to come up with another #LittleLoves post for you to peruse at your leisure.


I think it will come as no surprise after beginning this post that the majority of my reading matter has been textbooks and reading through my own work to edit my answers in a bid to get them correct. I've always been rather academic so the silly thing is, once I actually get going I can get a lot of work done in one time but at the moment I'm easily distracted by social media. Scrolling through Twitter has not helped me this week.

In the midst of coursework I've set myself a mini goal of reading one book a week. One novel I've been wanting to read for a while is The Girls by Emma Cline, this was after reading someone's review last year after linking up with my Read With Me linky. This is a great thriller, one that really manages to pull you into the pages, it will definitely get you excited about reading if you're having a hard time finding your reading mojo.