I cannot believe that it is Friday yet again, seriously where does time go? As always on a Friday, here are my #LittleLoves from throughout the week.
This week there are two words which have cropped up continuously whilst I have been reading other blogs (as I do on a daily basis) and those are ‘BritMums Live‘. BritMums is apparently “the UK’s buzziest social media conference and blogger event, where lifestyle bloggers and social influencers gather to meet and socialise, network with brands, improve their skills, and fire their creativity. BritMums Live has grown out of BritMums, the UK’s largest parent blogger community, made up of nearly 8,000 influential bloggers who create content about lifestyle, crafting, food, health, travel, education, tech, style and more.”
I want to go, OH MY GOD, I SOOOO WANT TO GO!!! Whilst you may have gathered that I would LOVE to attend this amazing event, I am still fairly new to the blogging circuit (is it a circuit?) and haven’t quite got myself ‘out there’ just yet. I guess if I am honest, that I am not really ‘there yet’ in terms of attending BritMums, not only in terms of followers but also in terms of finances. We are in the middle of spending big bucks on extensions, planning summer holidays and other random house related fodder, so really a blogging conference isn’t really up there on our priority list, although if I had the spare cash or a sponsor perhaps, I’d be on it like a car bonnet.
I hope that come next year, I will be one of the many bloggers counting down the days to the BritMums Live conference posting endlessly about anything and everything Brit Mum related from outfit planning to my schedule for the day. It is a huge event and quite rightly, anyone and everyone is talking about it, thus this week I have been bombarded by posts based upon the BritMums Bash. I will continue to read with a green-eyed wince and hope that everyone attending the event has a great day.
If you do perhaps fancy being so kind as to sponsor and send me down to the Big Smoke to attend ‘BritMums’ for the day on your companies behalf, then please send me an email and it’s a done deal!
One of the many series that my hubby and I really got into last year was Kay Mellor‘s BBC Drama ‘In The Club’. The first series followed the lives of six pregnant women and their fella’s who all meet regularly at antenatal classes. Whilst it may sound as if it was all about bumps and babies, it wasn’t at all. Each character had their own tale to tell and from the very first episode we were both gripped!
I was aware that they were planning a second series but I didn’t realise that it had started on Tuesday this week, that was until we saw a quick advert for it after watching a catchup episode of the latest Walford Square Woes. I quickly flicked onto BBC IPlayer and got the first episode downloading. I was planning to watch a few minutes of the first episode then save the rest for the following night when I had more time. Once again though, just like the first series – I was hooked. There was no use in me even trying to press ‘stop’ as I was totally sucked in and ended up staying awake till well past my bedtime (which has never been early so it hardly mattered) to finish watching.
I was worried that the second series of ‘In The Club‘ might introduce a completely new cast but that wasn’t the case. I was delighted to see the familiar faces of much-loved characters back on my screen to continue their stories. I have a particular fondness for Kim, played by Katherine Parkinson who is also well-known for her role in The IT Crowd. I love Kim’s character purely because she is a blogger and I love that blogging is now being portrayed to be ‘the norm’. I just wish that Kim’s blog was real so that I could read it myself!
I tend to grab a few CDs for the car journey before heading off out to work. This week I have greatly enjoyed revisiting my early twenties through the media of Music. I have mainly been listening to Korn’s MTV Unplugged album, that and a bit of System of a Down because who doesn’t like a bit of Violent Pornography? Before you worry, I am 100% referring to Music!
Korn is my husbands all time favourite band and whilst I didn’t particularly mind a bit of ‘Blind’ and ‘Got The Life’ prior to us being together, I now have a particular fondness for many of their tracks, mainly because they take me back to that time when the sparks were flying. Don’t get me wrong, Paul and I still have ‘the spark’, but you know how amazing that ‘new relationship’ phase is, it’s when the magic is made and so I love listening to anything which reminds me of ‘way back when’ as it reminds me of just how b****y lucky I am!
One of my happy memories from ‘way back when’ is when Paul had his dreams come true, and by that I am not referring to anything kinky. We were lucky enough to meet Korn, the entire band in fact following a gig in Manchester at The Apollo.
Anyhow, getting back to the point. Korn aren’t an Unplugged kind of band, not in any shape or form. When they produced the Unplugged album for MTV I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect. It was an experiment for Korn themselves never mind their fans. That being said, both my husband and I were completely blown away by the results and whilst I know that acoustic isn’t really what they are about, I utterly adore Korn’s Unplugged album. Whilst you may assume that being unplugged would show a softer side to a ‘heavy’ band, I actually think that this particular album is far more gritty and soul bearing than their usual work.
Last week whilst at work I was introduced to a revelation in food. I am a huge lover of cheese probably more so than the average mouse. I always go for the ‘cheesy starter’ whenever we visit a restaurant, this usually tends to be a goats cheese tart, bake or something or other. However, whilst taking a break from pulling pints during the bi-weekly pub Music night, I was lucky enough to sample an alternative take upon Ainsley Harriott’s recipe for ‘Roasted Butternut Squash & Gorgonzola Tart’ from the ‘Feel Good Cook Book‘. Rather than using Gorgonzola, my boss had opted for good old goats cheese and oh my word, it was the most amazing cheesy thing I have ever tasted.
I instantly asked for the recipe and the following weekend went out to buy the ingredients to cook up a treat for Bank Holiday Monday. Following a fantastic afternoon in the newly revamped ‘Little Subs Soft Play Centre’ my kids were zapped from their usual Duracell Bunny like energy. Whilst they ligged out on the sofa soaking up The Secret Life Of Puppies I managed to whip up a carbon copy of the cheesy wonder I had chowed down upon at the pub. I was really pleased with the results of the now newly named ‘Goats Cheese Quiche’, which I served with a smile knowing full well that it would be devoured within minutes, as it was.
I haven’t really worn anything of great difference this week. I have however had the chance to slip on the summer shoes, those being, my good old reliable Sketchers. I have worn Sketchers since I was a teenager, remember those platform trainers? I loved mine and wore them with pride for years on end. Following that I converted to a regular trainer and later moved onto the ‘Shape Up’ shoes. Sketchers have always made a sturdy yet stylish set of shoes to wear but never before has there even been such a comfortable pair of shoes as the ‘Sketchers Go Walk 2‘. I love my slip on Sketchers, they are soft, breathable, soooooo comfortable to wear and even better, they can be washed and dried within a few hours.
You know me, I am a stickler for ‘sets’. If there are twelve of something in a box, then there should always be twelve of whatever it is in that box, unless of course it’s a box of chocolates or fig rolls. I cannot cope with ‘missing pieces’ and so I was delighted this week, when after four months of searching and finally giving in, we found Mr Potato Head’s missing ear!
Whilst watching some random program on CBeebies the other morning, E pointed to a wooden farm set which a young girl was playing with. This particular set which I am referring to is an ELC farm set and one which we have but which has been boxed up, sat on top of my sons wardrobes for a few months as it remained in pieces after falling apart endless times. I didn’t expect E to remember it really, but once she had been reminded there was no hope, the sodding farm set was coming down and I was just going to have to fix it somehow, in other words pass it to the husband and hope for the best.
After emptying the farm set onto the table, I opened the box of farm animal figures for E to get stuck into playing with. After a few moments E turned back to me and passed me a piece of pink plastic, I couldn’t blinking believe it, there it was, Mr Potato Head’s missing lug! I had looked under every unit in every room and had literally turned the sofa upside down looking for that b******s missing ear and all along it had been hidden with the farm set. How? Why? I don’t care, I am just pleased that Mr Potato Head has made a lucky escape from being binned (I tend to skip things with missing parts purely for sanities sake) and has regained balanced hearing, Lucky Little Spud!
I must also give full credit to the hubby as he managed to fix-up the farm and it’s just like new!
So, there we go, that’s this weeks #LittleLoves from me. If you fancy sharing your #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.