Deer spotting, paella and sunshine #littleloves

Deer spotting, paella and sunshine #littleloves

How was your week? wasn’t it lovely to actually get a sunny bank holiday weekend? We had a day out on Saturday and Monday and a quiet day at home on Sunday. We used our day at home on Sunday to check on our family tent. It’s not been used in two years so we were worried it might have gone mouldy. Fortunately, we pitched it to find it still in great condition. F loved playing in it all afternoon and we spent a bit of time planning where we could go in it next summer. The other good thing about a bank holiday weekend is one less day in work. For me that meant a 2 day working week. It has been a 2 day week for my husband too as we are having a long weekend with family before F starts school on Wednesday and we have less opportunities to go away.

Here’s what I’ve loved this week.


We’ve been reading a book I was sent to review called World pizza. F seems to really like it. Watch out for my full review coming soon.

I took the girls to the library on Friday so that F could finish the Summer reading Mini challenge. She was really pleased with her medal and wore it all day. Of course, we picked up some new library books for the girls and I also picked up one for me. I couldn’t resist Bridget Jone’s baby when I saw it on the new in section. I never got round to watching the film either. I’m not going to lie though, I’ve not picked it up yet!

I also read Me & Orla’s monthly email this week where Sara mentioned my hashtag #mycolourfulkids and linked to my Instagram account. I’m sure you all know what a big deal this is. I got very excited when I read it!


Not much tv or vlog wise. We had a day trip to Dunham Massey on Saturday and I enjoyed watching all the deer. F couldn’t believe it the first time she saw one right in front of us on the path. They are everywhere and are not bothered by people. They seem to like sitting in the sun in front of the buildings.


Over the bank holiday, I made Paella (I forgot to photograph it though). I used to make it regularly but I don’t know about you but I often get stuck in a rut of making the same meals that I know my kids will eat and some recipes get forgotten about. E loved the paella but F refused to eat it. She used to love Paella but we are finding the older she gets, the fussier she gets.

I haven’t done many crafts with the girls this week as we have been spending most of our time outside. I did set the chalk easel up outside for F on Friday afternoon. She lost interest in it but E took the chalk out of my hand and started tapping it on the board. I don’t know why it hadn’t occurred to me to encourage her. I’m fairly certain I would have tried something like this with F at this age. I think I’m just too used to focusing activities of F and keeping E entertained/happy alongside. When F starts school next week I will have to use some of my time with E on Thursdays and Fridays to do age appropriate activities.


Summer clothes! I even put E in her swim suit as it was hot and it seemed like the best thing for her to wear whilst splashing in the water table on Sunday. A bank holiday weekend with plenty of sunshine was very much appreciated. Monday wasn’t as nice but we still enjoyed a family walk in the peak district.


Yesterday we stopped off at Penrhyn castle on the way to Anglesey. There was a lovely storytelling session on that F loved. It was based on the Oliver Jeffers book The great paper caper. A lovely book that we’ve not read before.

And lastly….

I think I might be in denial about F starting school on Wednesday. I’ve still got lots to do but we have all her uniform (it just needs labelling). We are going to make the most of our long weekend and then I am off work next week. E is still going to nursery Monday and Tuesday so I’m going to spend some time getting F ready for school and some time focusing on just her (not that I’ve decided what we will do yet).

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  1. September 1, 2017 / 6:58 pm

    Hope she enjoys school! And hope you survive the day!

    • Claire
      September 1, 2017 / 8:26 pm

      Thank you. I think she will enjoy her first day. If she struggles at all I think it’s once shes midway through her first full week. She’s only used to two days at preschool.

  2. September 1, 2017 / 8:44 pm

    Congratulations on the library challenge. My son has nearly finished it, although I find the stickers a bit confusing this year but that might just be me! I can’t believe how close you were to the deer, they look amazing and so majestic in the photo. Good luck with school on Wednesday, I hope it goes well for all of you, its a big day for everyone.

    • September 2, 2017 / 7:11 pm

      F did the mini challenge, just 6 books. The deer are veey majestic. Thank you for the good luck wishes.

  3. September 2, 2017 / 6:27 am

    I didn’t realise that was your hashtag! It’s already been put on my list to use in the future 🙂 Mmm, I love paella. Good choice of meal! My son is starting school next week too -eek! I hope F enjoys it and you don’t feel too bereft once she’s there. Have a great weekend x

    • September 2, 2017 / 7:12 pm

      I love paella too. I hope school goes well for your son too.

  4. September 2, 2017 / 5:03 pm

    The bank holiday weather was glorious wasn’t it? We spent the day in the garden making the most of it! Well done to little F for completing the reading challenge! I say it every year that I will get my two involved but I always forget! Have a wonderful week Popping over from #littleloves xx

    • September 2, 2017 / 7:13 pm

      We lost the challenge card once! Thankfully they keep a record in the library.

    • Claire
      September 3, 2017 / 1:22 pm

      Thanks. I’m sure we will.

  5. September 4, 2017 / 9:13 pm

    Well done on the hashtag thing! Sara’s newsletter audience is HUGE! Loving E’s chubby little arms and her little bunches in that pic, sooooo cute! Hope F has a great first day at school on Wednesday x

    • Claire
      September 4, 2017 / 9:42 pm

      Thank you. The pigtails are a novelty here. F had such curly hair I couldn’t get a bunch in until she was 3!

  6. September 5, 2017 / 12:26 pm

    I was so excited for you when I spotted your hashtag in Sara’s email! I hope you got even more people joining in with it after that lovely mention.
    Hope F’s first day goes well for her (and you!). Big hugs xx

  7. September 12, 2017 / 11:41 am

    mmmmmm I love paella!!! That deer is so beautiful. I really love deers. They look so majestic and proud. I love F’s garden toys. It looks like you could get hours of fun out of those. xx #littleloves

    • Claire
      September 12, 2017 / 7:44 pm

      They do, it’s a privilege to see them close up. We do have some nice garden toys.

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