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A New Book, Discovering Foundation and the Difference a Year Can Make #LittleLoves

It’s Friday again? Wow, that week went fast! I have a pretty full diary today (I’m writing this on Thursday) and tomorrow has become rather chocka too what with an unfortunate roots (of the hair kind) incident that needs sorting asap. However,  I always have time for that special moment in each week when I get to share some of my Little Loves with you. So here goes…


The Breakdown by B A Paris

Well, I finally embarked on a new non-fiction book. ‘The Break Down’ by B A Paris has been easy to get into (a must for me with any book) and I am enjoying reading it in bed whilst the OH watches the snooker *yawn*, in the bath, anywhere I can really!  It’s quite a short book so hopefully I will be finished by the end of the month, just in time for the #bookclub140 twitter chat.

I can’t tell you how thrilled I was to read that my lovely blogging friend Claire, has had her fourth baby this week. She’s had such a traumatic pregnancy (and birth by the sound of it) but is always smiling and this little chap is so loved already. Congratulations to Claire and the rest of her little family.


We simply cannot move on without mentioning ‘Broadchurch’ this week. If you guessed the outcome, then 10 points for you because I had absolutely no idea! Broadchurch has always loved the shock element and this season was no exception. It’s actually left me feeling slightly disturbed! But more than anything, I am wondering what exactly I will be doing with my Monday evenings from now on. Also, what happened to Jim and his wife? Did I miss that bit?

‘Car Share’ is back! I’ve really enjoyed getting into this new series but am not giving into the temptation of watching every episode before they are officially aired on TV. I know we are very much living in a ‘now’ culture but that’s ridiculous! Perhaps I’m just old-fashioned…(don’t answer that).


I’ve been listening rather obsessively to Sarah Tasker’s Hashtag Authentic podcast. I love everything about Sarah’s podcasts – the content, her chatty relaxed nature and most of all she has such a soothing voice! I often listen to it in the gym which isn’t conducive to a lively workout but it does help to stop me from clock-watching.

This week I listened to her interview with Kat Molesworth entitled ‘Is Blogging Still Relevant?’ but the one I would highly recommend you listen to is Finding your right people online with Tara Swiger. If you’re trying to get a brand out there or you’re simply trying to promote your own blog (but have lost your way a little) I promise that these pearls of wisdom will help.

One of the things I really like about this Little Loves linky is picking up tips and great recommendations from other people. Last week Morgana shared a band that she had been listening to – Amber Run. As soon as I played it, I knew that it was my type of music. If you like Bastille, you will love Amber Run. Their new album ‘For a Moment, I Was Lost‘ came out in February of this year. I found it really hard to pick out just one song but this will give you a flavour…


Still ploughing on with my ‘No New Clothes’ month, I have nothing very exciting to share with you this week. Other than make up that is. Not being one who has a particular penchant for a brand, I enjoy discovering new ones. A friend of mine recently became a Younique representative so I’ve been wearing some of their cosmetics this week.

I particularly like Younique’s Mineral Touch Liquid Foundation because it’s light, non-greasy and leaves no trace of a tide mark even when applied by the least skilful amongst us (that would be me). The brush is also a must-buy; beautifully soft, it helps to apply an even amount across the face. I’ve pretty much worn this every day since I bought it and as I don’t normally wear foundation it’s been a pleasant surprise.


As soon as the sunshine appeared, we turned our thoughts to the garden. I think every man and his dog was at the garden centre last weekend!

Of course no sooner had the fruits of my labour gone up, than the weather forecasters predicted an overnight frost. But hey, they brighten up the garden no end.

And lastly…

It’s amazing how much can happen in 12 short months isn’t it? This time last year we were reeling from the shock of our eldest daughter being admitted to hospital and later an adolescent psychiatric unit. She was there for 5 months but has now thankfully been home for 7.

It’s been a difficult journey, one that isn’t over yet, but listening to her play the piano this week – something that she hasn’t touched for over a year – reminded me just how far she has come. Definitely a ‘Little Love’ that needs a mention.

By sharing my Little Loves on a Friday, I hope that you are reminded of the simple pleasures in your week. I always enjoy hearing from you, so don’t forget to stick one or two of your own in the comment box below ⇓.

Inside, Outside & Beyond




  • Wow, what a year you’ve had! So glad you are all in a much better place than you were this time last year.
    I certainly didn’t see the Broadchurch ending coming. I can’t imagine anyone did. We cheated and watched all of the Car Shares, one after the other! 🙂
    I’ll be interested to find out what you think of that book. I read a B A Paris and it was probably the scariest book I’ve ever read!

  • Sounds like a good week, the weather has really been all over the place though hasn’t it, hope your hanging baskets survive!! Here’s to more progress being made as the months go on as well xx

  • Jill

    Tried not to read the stuff about Broadchurch as have not seen it for three weeks whilst in Scotland and will have to binge watch when I get home Monday. I wept when I heard she is playing the piano again. It will be therapeutic for her to get back to her music I’m sure. Podcasts are still a mystery to me – except for The Archers!

  • Natalie

    Oh lovely your last paragraph made me weepy, such a tough year and I’m praying the worst is behind you all. Well done to your lovely girl.

    I have also downloaded that book although haven’t read it in a while. Have a lovely weekend x

  • Plutonium Sox

    Oh car share 🙁 I’m so sorry, I’m not going to ruin it for you but I was SO disappointed with the ending. It just sort of stopped, I felt like he’d got bored of writing it. Literally the most disappointing thing about our week for my husband and I. We kept discussing it on holiday and shaking our heads. Fabulous news about how far your daughter has come and it sounds like you’ve had a lovely week.

  • Stacie

    How wonderful that your daughter has been playing the piano again, sounds like a really positive step. Sounds like you’ve had a fab week. I’m nearly done with the #BookClub140 read now too, interesting but not sure what I think just yet. Enjoy your weekend xx

  • Emma

    Your ‘and lastly’ is lovely. What a tough year with a happy ending <3

  • Caroline Carter

    Yep I thought summer had arrived too. I’m going to check out that podcast I’ve really got into podcasts at the minute thank you for the recommendation.

  • Mum Reinvented

    So glad things are that bit brighter for you and your daughter, the last year has been so tough for all of you. You reminded me I want to get some hanging baskets sorted – not that I expect them to last of course as I kill everything, but I can try! Hope you’re having a lovely weekend x

  • Thank you so much for the mention lovely lady… You are too kind! Loved hearing your thoughts on Younique… I may need to investigate; I hadn’t realised they had made it across the pond! And as for Hashtag Authentic… Isn’t it awesome?!

  • Morgana

    What a year you’ve had. I’m so pleased that 12 months in things look a lot more positive for her and for you and the rest of the family – such fighters!
    Broadchurch was shocking wasn’t it. I made me feel rather sick to be honest. So well written and expertly acted though. xx

  • Not A Frumpy Mum

    I’m so pleased your daughter is doing well, it must have been such a difficult time for you all!

    I’ve been loving Car Share too but like you am watching an episode at a time on BBC1, it would ruin the surprise if I watched them all in one go! xx

  • Jenny

    Oh I know I am so happy for Claire she has really had a tough time feel for her. But worth it and a bundle of joy! We have done the same turning our thoughts and efforts to the garden. We are having it all ripped out and done properly end of May I wish it was sooner for all the time we have off but I am just as excited too. #littleloves (sorry for late reply).

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