What a grey and murky week it has been here. Believe it or not, this photograph does not have a black and white filter on it, this was actually the weather on Monday morning. I don’t know about you but when the sky is grey I tend to feel a bit grey in my mood. Thank goodness for lighter evenings!
Other than dodging the huge rain clouds, ‘we’ (you know who I mean here, don’t you?) have been checking out the snow forecast in Les Gets again all week. Yes we will hopefully be indulging in more of the white stuff at half term. Forecast looks good so fingers crossed eh? Can’t be worse than it was at new year!
I love Fridays on my blog, a chance to record all of the lovely things that I’ve been enjoying this week. But I will admit to having to dig deep this week folks so I hope you’ll bear with me…
My Facebook timeline has been full of mental health articles this week. Thursday it was Time to Talk Day, pioneered by the charity Time to Change and next week marks the beginning of Children’s Mental Health Week, run by a charity called Place2Be. As you can imagine, I’m passionate about both of these topics. My daughter spent 5 months in The Priory last year being treated for various mental health issues and one of her main struggles has been talking about it. It really is vital to recovery and something she has had to learn the hard way.
I’ve actually been writing an article for much of this week, which should be published on Mumsnet at the start of Children’s Mental Health Week. It’s kind of consumed my thoughts and I’ve read it over and over again until I think I’m now finally happy with it. It’s a sensitive subject and although so personal, I think we need to share our stories in order for the stigma to be broken. I hope that it will help somebody out there.
As you can see, along with my post on ‘Things I’m Too Old For (but will be embracing anyway)‘ that I shared yesterday, I’ve spent a lot of time writing this week and very little time reading. Sorry folks!
At last we managed to watch Bridget Jones’s Baby on DVD this week. My youngest daughter was desperate to watch it at the cinema when it was first released but unfortunately didn’t turn 15 until after it had finished airing. When I spotted it for £9.99 in Boots earlier this week, I HAD to buy it.
Verdict? I’m sorry to say that it only gets 3 stars from me. Yes I know, I’ve disappointed myself too. I so wanted to adore it but really struggled to get past her face. It just looks weird! And the plot line seemed too familiar. However, I am thrilled that she finally bagged her Mr Darcy (sorry if that spoiled it for anyone) and did enjoy a bit of light-hearted viewing.
I forgot to mention Apple Tree Yard last week. So much suspense in one hour! I was on the edge of my seat and can’t wait to watch episode 3 this Sunday. I literally have no idea what’s going to happen. If you missed it, the first episode is a bit graphic but it’s worth a watch on BBC iplayer.
Trump, Trump and more Trump. I’ve been sick of hearing this man’s name this week so will move swiftly on.
I tend to listen to the same albums over and over again so often struggle a little with in this section of Little Loves. I did however listen to an excellent podcast whilst at the gym the other day, called Forging Stronger Families. I love listening to podcasts when I’m working out, it makes the time go much faster and I actually look forward to it.
The talk was by an american pastor called Bill Hybels. If you fancy spending 40 minutes constructively thinking about your family life and how you could be doing it better, it’s so worth a listen. Don’t be put off by the fact it’s got a Christian or biblical stance, the message is practical and totally accessible to everyone. I honestly think I learnt more in this 40 minutes than the last 4 sessions we’ve spent in family therapy (don’t ask)!
As I mentioned before, the weather has dragged me down a bit this week and I seem to have subconsciously aligned my wardrobe accordingly. This was my outfit on Tuesday. Could there be any more grey?!
I’ve attempted to make red velvet cake three times now. The first time it wasn’t red enough, last time it was too dense (and probably overcooked) but this time? These red velvet cupcakes were just right! You wouldn’t think it would be so hard to get this right but after a few tweaks to the Hummingbird Bakery recipe I think that I’m finally there. I intend to share the joy on the blog next week so watch this space.
I consumed two of these bad boys last night and they were worth every last calorie!
I always think there should be a ‘purchased’ section in here so I’m going to share a little bargain that made me smile this week – these cute mugs from Robert Dyas for the bargain price of £2.99! I bagged a fox, an owl, a sausage dog and a pug. What’s not to love? Sometimes it’s the little things in life that bring pleasure.
I hope you all have a lovely weekend and that the weather picks up a bit. Enjoy those longer days and think of Spring – it’s mind over matter people!