Advent, cooking and Disney #littleloves

Advent, cooking and Disney #littleloves

It’s been a tough week here. I mentioned last week that the tiny one had been ill. She’s been a lot better this week but she’s still waking every 2 hours at night, sometimes more. I started with a cold last Friday, thankfully it didn’t give me many other symptoms for more than a couple of days but I’m struggling due to how little sleep I’m getting. My eldest came down with it on Saturday and it’s hit her hard. She’s not been to nursery as she’s been so tired with it. Apart from a runny nose she was back to normal by Wednesday thankfully. Then yesterday my husband started with it and the baby has developed another cough! Roll on summer.

In amongst all the illness there have been some little loves though. Especially since yesterday was December 1st. I guess partly because I am off work this year so have more time, I’m really looking forward to lots of festive fun this month.


We started our book advent calendar yesterday (I blogged about it on Monday). The book was Betty and the yeti. I know it’s not got a Christmas theme but I’ve put a few snowy ones in there to stop us getting overloaded with Christmas too soon!


Lots of Disney with my eldest whilst she’s been ill. I’ve lost track of how many times we’ve seen Frozen this week. We’ve also watched The little mermaid which was my favorite from my childhood. I still love a bit of Disney.

My eldest got her first swimming badge and certificate on Wednesdays. Her little face lit up. she’s been telling everyone all about it every since. I also loved watching her reaction to our elf arriving. She loved the box of Christmas toys he brought. You can read more about our December box and elf here.


I watched this you tube vlog from one of my favorite bloggers Charlotte at Write like no one’s watching. This video couldn’t have come at a better time for me. Sleep deprivation is hitting me hard and I often doubt myself.



I don’t often listen to podcasts but I like the idea of doing so. This week I saw that A playful day’s podcast was an interview with Claire Thomson, author of The five o’clock apron. I got the book last year and have cooked a few recipes but it’s sitting a little neglected on the shelf. I’m a bit of a foodie and love spending time in the kitchen but I find I frequently fall back into a rut of classic family cooking (Bolognese, pasta bake, shepherd’s pie). I really enjoyed the podcast and it really inspired me.


Following on from heard, I have tried a couple of recipes from the 5 o’clock apron cookbook. One night we had broccoli pesto pasta. The ladybird declared she didn’t like it but requested seconds! We also baked a chocolate and beetroot cake yesterday, yummy.


One night, I didn’t follow a recipe and cooked this delicious chicken, chorizo, potatoes, courgette and peppers dish inspired by Claire’s instagram feed. If you enjoy cooking and don’t follow her on instagram go check out her feed now, you won’t regret it.


I’ve also been continuing to wean the baby. She tried lots of vegetable purees and also banana. She’s starting to eat and push far less back out. She’ll be 6 months later this week so I look forward to introducing much more variety into her diet and finger foods too.


I went out last night and wore my favourite Joules dress. I don’t get chance to wear it at the moment due to breastfeeding so it made a nice change. We went to a lovely restaurant which served small tapas style dishes. I had some gorgeous dishes like a lamb, feta and potato one, Toulouse sausage pigs in blankets in a cranberry chilli jam and risotto croquettes. It was also lovely to catch up with my friends as this was the first time in 6 months I’d gone out with them and we used to meet up one night a month. I see some of them a lot with our kids in the day but some work full time so I have only seen them a couple of times. The tiny ladybird stayed asleep until I got in to bed at 10:45, so never even noticed I was gone.

And lastly . …

My husband has requested we put our Christmas tree up tomorrow. I think this will be the earliest we’ve done it but the kids will love it so hopefully we can find the energy to sort it out. Let’s hope we’ve all been ill in one go and enjoy the rest of December illness free.little-loves-badge


  1. December 2, 2016 / 8:36 pm

    Sorry to hear you’ve all been ill – it’s tough when in a household because it does the rounds, despite how careful and cautious you try to be!

    Betty and the Yeti is in our Christmas advent too. I’ve put together a collection of winter and Christmas books also, with the more Christmassy ones closer to the time itself.

    So much yummy food! Have fun putting the tree up; we’re doing ours on Sunday!

  2. December 4, 2016 / 10:42 am

    We have all been ill here too. It’s tough isn’t it. Sleep is so needed. I love Charlotte she is so inspiring. Great video to share. Betty and the Yeti sounds like a good one to add to our christmas reading corner thanks. Love putting the tree up and having festive hearty food this time of year. Hope you are having a lovely weekend. #littleloves

  3. December 8, 2016 / 10:23 am

    Oh this time of year is so awful for all the bugs isn’t it? I hope you’re all better now.
    You’ve been busy with all your cooking and baking! It’s always good when you make something different and it goes down well with the children – it’s like the holy grail! xx

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