And just like that, it’s the end of the half-term holidays and the final Friday of October 2022. Whilst I’d love to share that we’ve had an action-packed month filled with fun and frivolities, it’s been far from it. Rather than dashing here, there, and everywhere like most half-term holidays, we opted to save some pennies and enjoy the week as a family resting and relaxing with a range of crafts, games, and a trip to the local swimming baths.
Despite having been an incredibly difficult month, I’ll do my best to look for the lighter and brighter aspects of what was October, and so without further ado, here are a few of my #LittleLoves from the past month.
There’s no better distraction from reality than falling into a good book, especially one which raises a smile. Whilst I’ve already watched each and every episode of ‘Clarkson’s Farm’ at least twice if not more, I’ve really enjoyed reading J’s copy of Jeremy Clarkson’s Diddly Squat – A Year On The Farm, it’s a laugh per page and that’s precisely what I need right now.
With Halloween just around the corner, our daughter has been playing ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’ soundtrack on repeat throughout the house, though I’m not the biggest fan of the Music, it’s nice to see the kids making the most of the season.
We’ve spent the majority of the half-term holidays streaming spooky films and shows including Disney’s Hocus Pocus 2, BBC’s latest series of Ghosts, Coraline, The Curse of Bridge Hollow, and The Addams Family. Paul and I have also enjoyed watching the latest series of Channel 4’s TaskMaster, The Great British Bake Off, and BBC’s Ralph and Katie (a fantastic followup to The A Word).
With the endless wind, rain, and wet weather we’ve been wrapping up warm in our autumn clothes, and keeping ourselves cosy whilst indoors with our fluffy slippers, blankets, and home comforts.
The kids have been kitted out with various freaky fashion items and are looking forward to dressing in their awesome outfits for an evening trick-or-treating come Halloween – let’s hope the weather stays on our side!
Given that we’re spending more time indoors, we seem to be spending more time crafting: Paul and E built and painted a cardboard Viking ship as part of E’s school project, J’s been busy making his own music tracks on his PC, we’ve also done plenty of cooking and baking including making our own pizzas, gingerbread cookies, fresh cream cakes, and other sweet treats such as iced doughnuts.
E’s made a start on her new paint by numbers unicorn and whilst I had intended on joining her at the kitchen table as I learned how to crotchet, I was disappointed when the kit arrived without any instructions and thus put the wools away for the time being. We’re planning on carving pumpkins with the kids tomorrow and I’m hoping, if I have the time, to throw together a sticky toffee pudding and a fresh batch of sauce together for the freezer… we’re certainly keeping busy!
I’ve been on the hunt for a larger dressing table ever since I purchased what turned out to be a tiny dresser that didn’t really fit nor was much use in our room. This week, however, I found a beautiful, seventies-style dressing table for an absolute bargain on Facebook marketplace.
My husband very kindly went to collect said dresser and having put it together and lugged it up the stairs, we found that it fits perfectly in our bedroom and it looks gorgeous! I later discovered we had managed to bag ourselves a Meredew original piece and though we plan to change the handles/ knobs at some point for a more modern style, we will most definitely be holding onto this dresser as it’s not only gorgeous but it’s super sturdy and has tonnes of storage. Even better – my daughter E was delighted as she was given our previous dinky little dresser, with Hollywood-style lighting around the mirror, which as you can imagine suits her down to the ground.
Thanks again for reading my blog and I hope that you enjoyed this month’s #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.