#LittleLoves – Superworm, chocolate eggs and China

I’m a little late with this weeks Little Loves. I was going to leave it due to time, but it is so nice to reflect on the little things that make up our week.

We filled in our visa application forms for China this week. The next step is to book an appointment at the Visa Application Centre in Manchester. We only have 6 weeks to go and I can’t wait! We planned our itinerary too and have been looking at places to stay on Air bnb. I really want Rufus to be walking, but it doesn’t look likely.


Winston chose ‘Superworm’ when we popped into WHSmiths this week. It’s no denying that Julia Donaldson is brilliant. Super worm is long, strong and helps all the bugs, bees and beetles out. It’s really fun.

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A morning at Fairburn Ings

Have you ever imagined an outing with young children that hasn’t gone to plan? I think all parents know that feeling well, but we also know how amazing is it when something imagined to be perfect, turns out to be just that. It is the best, and it happened on Monday.SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

Winston goes to football first thing on a Monday morning and twice in the last month we have gone straight from football to a Wildlife Reserve close to our home. We haven’t been since October due to the cold weather, but it has been so nice to be back. It’s a place where the signs of each season are so vivid, and the workers are so passionate and knowledgeable.

Each time we visit Fairburn Ings I get asked if we’re going to join The RSPB – on Monday I finally decided to join!

I planned on staying an hour or so but we ended up staying almost three. I don’t know how – they were both just so content. Thankfully I had a huge bag of snacks. Continue reading

My favourite looks with dungarees

I am loving the return of dungarees.  I admit that going to the toilet is a tad annoying, however, that can be overlooked because they are so comfortable and easy to wear. I bought a black pair last May but I usually play it quite safe with stripes and flats. Dungarees are so versatile and it would be a shame not to take advantage of that. I would love to be a little more adventurous. Here are my favourite looks from Pinterest. The looks are all very different but I’m in love with every single one.

1. With trainers – I love the mixture of white tees, leather, jumpers and a cap.

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Felt party hat tutorial and birthday bunting

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I love felt party hats. They’re long lasting, fun and colourful. I thought I would have a go at making my own after realising how expensive they are to buy. Winston and I loved deciding on all the colour combinations and I’m hoping they will last a life time. I found this felt hat tutorial which was great for ideas and the provision of a template, but in the end I made mine quite differently. Think of mine as a more ‘British’ tutorial. Continue reading


sleepy head on the bed“A portrait of my boys, once a week, every week, in 2015″.

Thursday and Friday last week were out of the ordinary which meant the two of them were very tired by lunchtime on Saturday. After a morning of sports the two of them slept for almost two hours on our bed…I managed to join them for one. A very happy accident!

W: Win has never taken an interest in soft toys. Until now that is. ‘Rhinokey’ comes with is everywhere and is half monkey, half rhino. He was Jared’s as a child. Winston has been taking care of his every need for the last two weeks – it has been so lovely to watch. He puts him to bed, encourages him to have a nap, makes sure he is happy and has toys to play with. I’m reliably told that Rhinokey is a one year old boy that is starting to say a few words. Sound familiar?

R: Ru’s personality is coming out more each week. He pulls the saddest faces to try and get us to pick him up – seriously good at acting this one. A boy tried to steal a toy from his hand at playgroup this week and he wasn’t having any of it. Winston would have just given it up straight away at his age. I wonder if it’s because he’s the second child, or just because he has a completely different personality? I’d love to know.

E xx

Linking up with Jodi from the wonderful Practising Simplicity.