Apologies for the lateness of this post as I got struck down with a migraine on Friday. All my plans went out of the window, and I ended up sleeping for most of the morning. Anyway let’s focus on the positives, which is what Little Loves is all about.

Little Loves

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It took me less than a fortnight to read The Couple Next Door (which is pretty good going for me), and what a gripping read. To be honest I didn’t have a clue what the book was about prior to starting it, and I would never have guessed the storyline. Definitely a good read, and I now have my next two books lined up.… Continue reading

With little glimpses of spring on the horizon it can only mean one thing…. DIY jobs around the home and garden. We have been in our house for 18 years this year, and each spring we make a list of the jobs that need doing. I have my eye on decorating our bedroom, though the husband doesn’t know this yet.

With many people choosing to stay in their homes for longer with the increasing cost of moving and mortgages predicted to rise again, it’s always worthwhile adding value to your home. Balustrade Components have compiled a great infographic on how we can increase the value in our home.… Continue reading

Ipoh city guide

You are surely going to fall in love with Ipoh, a city that is fast becoming popular with the local and international tourists in Malaysia. Loved for its tropical rainforest climate, delicious food and the abundance of artwork and cave temples, you are sure going to miss a fantastic historic spot if you don’t visit Ipoh on your trip.

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The pleasant city is definitely a welcome break which provides an exciting place for an urban interlude. Just browse Traveloka Malaysia and see how you can reach the convenient gateway for travel to the Cameron Highland. Ipoh lies at the heart of the world’s richest tin-producing field, the Kinta Valley. … Continue reading

I thought I had better update this post, as Ikos Olivia can no longer say it’s the 2nd best all inclusive hotel in the world. It has been voted THE BEST all inclusive hotel in not just Europe, but THE WORLD too. When I heard the news, which was announced on TripAdvisors 2018 Travellers’ Choice Awards, I was thrilled for all the staff at Ikos Olivia.

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When I wrote this post last year, we had only been to the hotel once. We returned last April and the service, as you would expect from a hotel that is crowned best in its category, was impeccable from start to finish.Continue reading

Phew what a week that was. When you have 2 birthdays to celebrate in one week, it is always going to be filled with lots of fun. What I didn’t factor in was the husband getting the flu. Not even man flu, but the real deal which has seen him signed off work for over a week. It has been a real mixture of a week, but plenty of positives and birthday celebrations.

Little Loves

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I got this book for my birthday and can’t wait to start reading it. This year I have set myself a challenge to push my boundaries and read books that I wouldn’t normally pick up.… Continue reading

If you follow me on social media you will know that we went to Bath just before Christmas. As soon as I realised the kids were breaking up on the 15th December, I knew it would be the ideal time to get away for a little festive break. A chance to escape the chaos of the Christmas build up, and reconnect as a family.A festive break to Bath

Bath was top of our list, having enjoyed our trip to the city back in February. We returned to Bath Mill Lodge retreat, which is the perfect place to come and unwind. The kids had had such a busy run up to Christmas with mock exams and rehearsals, they were longing to kick back and relax.… Continue reading

I think I am slowly emerging from the Christmas bubble and getting back to normal life. I am one of those strange people who love January, as we celebrate not one but two birthdays this month. But before the birthday celebrations we need to take our decorations down this weekend. Christmas has been brilliant this year, and even though the kids are 15 and nearly 12, the magic and excitement is there but just in a different way.

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It was my mission to read two books over the Christmas period and I failed miserably. However I am very nearly at the end of this book, and it has been a brilliant read.… Continue reading

I love writing this post which gives me the chance to look back at our travels for the past year. In 2017 we managed 14 trips of 1 night or over. 2 of the trips have just been myself and the husband, 1 has been a girlie night away, 9 trips with the family, and the kids have enjoyed 2 school trips.

2017 - Looking back at our year of travel

February

Our first trip of 2017 was to the beautiful city of Bath. Staying in a luxurious 3 bedroom lodge at Bath Mill Lodge Retreat, it was the perfect base to explore the city. We enjoyed visiting the Roman Baths, wandering around the stunning Bath Cathedral, and enjoyed a bus tour around the city.… Continue reading

We all know how important getting our 8 hours of sleep is every night, but sometimes the reality is very different. Whilst I don’t struggle with getting to sleep, it is very rare that I will get a full 8 hours. Over the years my bedtime has got later and later and that is down to one thing….. older kids. Of course having a teen and tween means they are not tucked up in bed by 7pm.

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When the last child has disappeared up the stairs around 10.15pm, husband and I tend to watch television for an hour. At 11.30pm I head upstairs, to indulge in my 30 minutes of ‘me time’ before the husband comes to bed.… Continue reading

What a busy but thoroughly enjoyable fortnight it has been. We have all finished work and school and we are ready for the Christmas holidays. The past fortnight has been filled with Christmas get togethers with my mum, afternoon tea with 2 of my bestest friends, Christmas dinner day in work where I get to sit on a toddler chair surrounded by 40 kids, Winter Wonderland in Manchester, School Christmas Fairs and lots more fun.

Dining and Activitiesat Q Lodges Slaley Hall (44)

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I have very nearly finished Summer at the Little Beach Street Bakery (yes I know, reading a summer book in winter), and it has been a lovely read.… Continue reading