Another month gone in the blink of an eye, and time for me to sit down and focus on my Little Loves for the past month. November is the month when Christmas starts to creep in, and of course I have had my first mince pie of the season. I am sure I will be indulging in a few more before the 25th December.

Costa Mince Pie

Read

I have read a good mix of books this month, and I’m really into reading at the moment. Everybody seems to be talking about This Is Going To Hurt by Adam Kay, so when I spotted it in a charity shop for 99p I grabbed it.… Continue reading

How have I not written a Little Loves post since July….. JULY. I have no excuse but to say that life has got in the way, and I know the whole reason behind Little Loves is to focus on the positives. So tonight I have taken a deep breath, switched on my laptop, and here are my Little Loves that have kept me smiling throughout the month of October.

Autumn Flat Lay

Read

I am loving switching off in the evenings and losing myself in a book. I am probably averaging one book a week, and I am alternating between psychological thrillers, and more easy reading.… Continue reading

Let’s all cast our minds back to when we had wall to wall sunshine, we lived on ice cream and BBQ food, and our summer clothes had never been worn so much. Coincidentally, the heatwave started just as my teenager finished school for 10 weeks. No revision, no exams and no school, just a summer of fun to look forward to which started with the National Citizen Service (NCS) at the end of June.

NCS

NCS is a Government backed scheme, and is aimed at children aged 16 to 17. Almost half a million teenagers have taken part since NCS launched back in 2011, and Morgan is now included in that number.… Continue reading

September is one of my favourite months, not just because the kids go back to school and we welcome routine back into our lives, but you get the joy of purchasing shiny new stationery. Being a blogger, I always have a few notebooks on the go, but September is a pretty good excuse to stock up on a few more. And not only do I get the thrill of buying new stationery for myself, but I also get the joy of ‘helping’ the kids buy their things for the new school year.

Stationery essentials for 6th form and college

Now my 12 year old daughter is always organised for her return to school, but the teen boy is slightly different.… Continue reading

I am a creature of habit, and when it comes to fashion I tend to stick to what I know, and what I feel comfortable in. My staple Autumn outfit will usually be a pair of jeans, comfy jumper, and my trusty boots from Hotter. But after returning from Mexico just under a week ago, I am not quite ready to start living in jeans again. Plus have you ever tried to put your trusty jeans back on, after a week of indulgent eating and drinking in an all-inclusive hotel.

Plus Size Autumn Dresses

So this Autumn I am going to throw caution to the wind, step outside my comfort zone, and order a few dresses that I can wear as the nights get darker and the days get cooler.… Continue reading

If you’re about to make a big move, be it relocating for a new job, moving to start a family, or retiring and looking for a calmer atmosphere away from the hustle and bustle of city life, there are many factors you should consider before making the move.

Relocating

Firstly, you should decide if the move you’re about to make will improve your life and that of your family. Will you be moving away from family and friends? Is the cost of living higher?

Answering these questions will allow you to make a strategic decision.

Location, location, location

On making your decision to relocate, one of the first factors you should research is the area in which you will be moving to.… Continue reading

Two weeks into the school holidays and so far so good. Though I must admit as the kids are getting older they make their own entertainment, and I am a glorified taxi driver and bank clerk. But I can’t complain as I am currently sat in Starbucks, with an overpriced drink and my laptop.

Little Loves

Looking back, July was a pretty good month. The teen finished his NCS experience, Katie broke up for the summer, we said goodbye to year 7 and year 11, there was a romantic night away with the husband, I went on a Spa night away to Ribby Hall with 2 girlfriends, meals out, catching up with friends, and of course wall to wall sunshine for weeks on end.… Continue reading

My teenager turns 16 in a few weeks, and I am well aware that over the next few years, raising him will get more and more expensive. Learning to drive, heading off to University, buying a car, getting on the property ladder, I can see the future and it’s not cheap.

Raising teenagers and how to save for their future

He has already started looking for a little summer job, but many places won’t take him on until he turns 16. Though I suspect when he starts to earn a little money for himself, his first thought won’t be about saving for a deposit for a house, instead opting to buy a book or the latest music.… Continue reading

I can’t believe the last time I wrote my Little Loves post was at the end of April, and life has certainly been a rollercoaster over the past 2 months. GCSEs have been and gone, the teen has finished High School, I left my job of 6 years, Prom has happened, and we have just returned from a chilled trip to Center Parcs which was very much needed.

Little Loves - June

Read

I am making the effort to read every night, as for me it’s the perfect chance to switch my brain off. I am currently about two thirds through The Keeper of Lost Things, and last week I finished Friend Request which my lovely blogging friend Angela from Adventures in Websterland lent me.… Continue reading

Today my teenager completed his penultimate GCSE exam. Exam number 23 out of 24, with his final exam being taken next Wednesday. 24 exams between the 14th May and the 20th June, 24 exams to revise for, 24 exams to feel anxious over, 24 times to walk into the school hall under exam conditions, and to remember everything you have been taught over the past 3 years.

Are 24 Exams too much for our Teenagers

I remember looking at the exam timetable a few months ago. I naively thought that the 2 page document in my hand was every single GCSE, not just the ones my son would be taking.… Continue reading