#LittleLoves – The Crystal Maze, Christmas Lists & Chav Boots

I was hoping that once the kids were back at School that I’d have a little more time to myself but other than having a quick brew and the banter with my bestie I’ve had very little time to do much of anything.

Although she has only attended afternoon sessions throughout the past week, E seems to have settled really well into School, she has one more week of ‘half-day sessions’ before she will be fully immersed into School life. Give it another fortnight or so and I’m hoping that we will fall into a regular routine which should allow for a little ‘me time’.

The words ‘me time’ sound seriously selfish but having spent the past few weeks running around like a blue backsided fly I’m beginning to feel the need for some serious R&R. Until then, here are a few of my #LittleLoves which I have managed to squeeze in whilst running here, there and everywhere during the past seven days.


Up until this year I’ve only ever received one bag full of letters, forms and such like but now that both the kids are at School it literally means double the paper work! I’ve found myself reading through endless letters, consent forms, lunch menus and learning grids. At one point earlier this week it felt as if I as a parent had homework to complete which I carefully carried out and sent back for approval.

It’s wonderful having two school-aged children but come 3.30pm when I arrive home from collecting the kids from School I then spend a further ten minutes emptying each of their satchel bags and making neat piles of letters to be read and tasks to be completed.

#LittleLoves - The Crystal Maze, Christmas Lists & Chav Boots

Thankfully J seems to have taken a little more interest in his reading this year which has made our job as parents far less arduous, here’s hoping that he continues to keep up the good effort and that we can somehow encourage him to do likewise with his spelling work.


It’s been flipping years since I last watched The Crystal Maze, although the presenter may have changed the format of the game show is still as it was many moons ago. It felt quite surreal introducing the kids to a TV show which was such a cult hit during my own childhood, they seemed to enjoy it just as much as us adults although J couldn’t understand why anyone would wish to save a member of their team in exchange for a precious crystal!

#LittleLoves - The Crystal Maze, Christmas Lists & Chav Boots


One thing that both I and the children look forward to about this time each and every year is the arrival of the ‘Smyth’s Catalogue’ or as I like to call it ‘Santa’s Idea Book’.

#LittleLoves - The Crystal Maze, Christmas Lists & Chav Boots

Having received our copy earlier this week the children have already made a start on their Christmas lists. Being in close cahoots with the big man, I too have started putting together lists of ideas on Amazon for each of the kids.


Whilst my choice of winter footwear may be seen as ‘chavvy’ by a few of my friends, it hasn’t stopped me from digging out the Ugg boots to keep my toes toasty when out and about delivering and collecting my children to and from School at various times throughout the day. The Uggs are out and they are here to stay!

#LittleLoves - The Crystal Maze, Christmas Lists & Chav Boots

And Lastly

Having felt the urge to give ‘mixing’ a shot, I’ve spent the past couple of months scouring eBay for a decent deal on decks. I’d almost given up hope as I’d lost almost twenty bids during that time but earlier this week I eventually became the proud winner of a pair of Traktor decks which I will shortly put into use once I get a pair of speakers and a little time to myself!

#LittleLoves - The Crystal Maze, Christmas Lists & Chav Boots

Thanks again for reading my blog and I hope that you enjoyed this weeks #LittleLoves. If you fancy sharing some of your own #LittleLoves then why not join in either through your own blog post or by leaving a comment below, I would love to hear what your #LittleLoves might be.




  1. September 16, 2017 / 7:25 am

    I’ve gone from one to three at school this year – it’s been quite a week paper and lunch wise!!
    I loved the Crystal Maze as a kid but I just can’t seem to get back into it this time around
    My uggs are on standby!


  2. September 19, 2017 / 1:58 pm

    I used to love the Crystal Maze, I need to watch the new one with my kids, I think they will love it! x

  3. September 20, 2017 / 8:33 pm

    My kids have already been asking to start there lists. I have already started shopping actually for them too! I love xmas time. The earlier it’s celebrated the long the magic last I always say. Although let’s get halloween and thanksgiving out first. Chav boots who cares ugg boots are the ultimate outdoor slipper I say school gates here I come with mine. #littleloves

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