I hope everybody had an enjoyable Christmas and has eaten and drank far too much, played countless board games and had lots of lazy days. Or has that just been us. Here is what we have been up to over the festive period.

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Despite receiving 2 books for Christmas and promising myself early nights to read them, nope not even started them. I blame the ‘watched’ section for this.

Christmas books

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GILMORE GIRLS. Yes after a month of hearing all about the show on Little Loves, we have started watching it from the very beginning. Yes I said WE, as my husband has been watching it with me.… Continue reading

Tis the season for giving, and I have teamed up with L’Occitane and Hotel Chocolat for a festive giveaway. This time of year always seems to be a blur of shopping, wrapping and endless to do lists. And we often forget to relax and look after ourselves.

L'Occitane and Hotel Chocolat

If you follow me on social media you might know that I was a very lucky lady on the 1st December. My wonderful husband surprised me with the L’Occitane advent calendar, and every day I have been using the products behind each door. It has been my chance to relax in the evening and pamper myself with hand creams, shower gels and divine smelling soap.… Continue reading

Hurrah for the last day of term. As always with this time of year it has been filled with parties, film days, end of term tests, carol concerts and more. The kids (and I) are knackered and we are looking forward to a full week of chilling out before the big day arrives. In amongst the craziness of the week, I did manage Festive Afternoon Tea out with my best friend. It was the perfect opportunity to catch up, chill out, and of course eat lots of yummy cakes. So what else have we been up to this past fortnight.

Festive afternoon tea

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Since finishing Summer at Shell Cottage last week, I haven’t picked up another book. … Continue reading

Last night we were invited to the Press Evening of Winter Wonderland in Manchester. As it was our 4th visit I have shared with you our 10 top tips for visiting Winter Wonderland this year. You can also read my review of last years event here.

If you have older kids make your way towards the back of Winter Wonderland. Here you will find the bigger rides for older children (and 45 year old husbands).

Fairground ride

Wear layers as I find it gets quite warm inside Event City. If you have coats there is a cloakroom at the entrance to Winter Wonderland.… Continue reading

What do you buy the child who loves Bratz Dolls ? From the funky clothes to the huge shoe collection they seem to have, my 10 year old loves everything about her Bratz dolls. So when I was offered a Bratz doll on a HOVERBOARD, I knew she would be jumping up and down with excitement.

Bratz Hoverboard

Cloe and Yasmin can be found whizzing around on their hoverboards, that not only light up but can also do some seriously cool 360 moves. We were sent Yasmin who is dressed in a cool cropped top, checked skirt and some funky shoes which my daughter loved. … Continue reading

Back in September I visited Birmingham for the very first time with girlfriends. I fell in love with the city so much, that I took the husband on a mini break last weekend. One thing about Birmingham is that you will never go hungry. The city has such a vast and diverse amount of restaurants, ranging from your high street chains to independent ones. Having eaten at the Handmade Burger Co back in September, I knew there was only one place to take my burger mad husband.

Handmade Burger Co

Handmade Burger Co

The Handmade Burger Co have 3 restaurants in the city, and we dined at Grand Central.… Continue reading

I am pleased to report we finally have heat back in the Williams’ household. We survived just over a week with a broken boiler, and thankfully it was before we had the really cold spell. We now have a shiny new boiler, and ok it cost the same as a decent holiday, but everybody needs heat right. So what else have we been up to this past fortnight, apart from hugging warm radiators, and a little trip away with the husband.

AC Hotel Birmingham

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I have been making the effort to go to bed before 11pm and getting stuck into my book, Summer at Shell Cottage.… Continue reading

The husband and I are fairly lucky. We have always been on regular dates since meeting in 1999, and with the addition of the kids my mum has always been happy to babysit. However at home we are guilty of spending far too much time on our phones, or watching different programmes on Netflix. Add in blogging work during the evenings, and the only conversation we can sometimes have is ‘do you fancy a cuppa’. So when I was offered the chance to review a Date Night box, I jumped at the opportunity.

Date night subscription box

Date Night is a subscription service that offers ‘A surprise date in the post every month’.… Continue reading

We have now survived one week without our central heating, after our boiler decided enough was enough. We knew there would be a chance that it wouldn’t survive another winter, and in true ‘boiler fashion’ it packed in as soon as the weather turned colder.

Temperature device

We had been one step ahead though, and had already started the task of sourcing plumbers and obtaining quotes (all the cost of a decent holiday I might add). When your husband records and sends you a video of how to turn the heating on, you know it’s time to replace it. Funnily enough, on the day we booked the plumber in, it gave up the ghost completely.… Continue reading

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So another fortnight has passed, and I am currently sat in a cold home as our heating has completely packed in. But I won’t dwell on the negatives, as this post is about the little things that have made me smile. So among the doom and gloom of a frozen house, here are this fortnight’s Little Loves.

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I finally started Summer at Shell Cottage last night. Mainly down to the fact that I promised I would make a start in my last Little Loves post. I have a read a few of Lucy Diamond’s books now, and I am sure this one won’t disappoint.… Continue reading