Eureka, cake baking and new opportunities #littleloves

Eureka, cake baking and new opportunities #littleloves

If you don’t count Wednesday, we’ve had a lovely week. Wednesday, however, was not great. I attended my great Auntie’s funeral and spent the evening in A&E with E. The funeral whilst sad, was a lovely tribute and celebration of her life. Once back at my parent’s house I took my eye off E for a second whilst changing her nappy and she rolled over and brushed her leg against the radiator pipe. I still don’t know how I let it happen. At home, I always watch her near radiators and put things in her way to stop her going near them. I don’t think I’d even registered that the heating was on as we had only just got back. I put her leg straight under the cold tap for as long as she would tolerate but unfortunately, it started to blister. We took her to A&E where after a wait of several hours, the blister was popped and a dressing applied. They said it looked fairly superficial and should heal well. We have an appointment to go back this morning to get it rechecked and the dressing changed. She’s not been in any pain since so I’m hoping for the best but like any mother, I can’t help worrying and also beating myself up for letting it happen. Anyway enough of the bad. Here are the things I’ve loved this week.


I finished Hurrah for gin (loved it) but I have not picked up another book since. I think I want to continue with A year of living Danishly next.


I don’t think I watched much TV or even youtube this week. Two evenings have been taken up by travelling to my parent’s and our A&E trip. I’ve loved watching F play this week. On saturday, we visited a local ice cream farm (which I shared on Monday in this month’s Home life project post) and F loved playing in their outdoor play area. We’ve had a few milder, almost spring like days this week which I have been loving.


It was my parent’s ruby wedding anniversary last Sunday so I made them a victoria sponge cake. I don’t bake cakes very often and rarely Victoria sponges as I tend to think of them as a little plain. However this was at my mums request and actually, I enjoyed the simplicity of the bake. It tasted delicious too.  


I heard this week that I have been chosen as a brand ambassador for the clothing company Piccalilly (E’s dungarees in last week’s little loves are Piccalilly). We love their clothing and I am very excited to be working with them. I almost didn’t apply for the role as I thought I had no chance so I was very pleased to be chosen (I think there are 4 or 5 others). I also got approached by a children’s book publisher to review their latest releases. It feels nice that the changes I am making to my blog are getting my little piece of the web noticed.


We went to Eureka yesterday and F had a fantastic time. I’m sure I’ll end up writing a full blog post on it soon. There were lots of opportunities for children to dress up. F dressed up as a bee, ladybird, nurse, postal worker and construction worker. She was in her element dressing up, exploring and playing. Tickets are valid for 12 months so I can’t wait to take the girls again very soon.

And lastly….

We have another busy day ahead today with another trip to A&E, visiting my grandparents and shopping for new glasses for me and new shoes for F. Hopefully we’ll fit it all in and I really hope E’s leg is healing well. Hopefully, next week will be less stressful.

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  1. March 10, 2017 / 9:08 am

    Ruby anniversary – wow, how lovely! That cake is perfect. I wish I could bake.
    Sorry to hear Wednesday was a bit rubbish for you all though. Congrats on being chosen as an ambassador #LittleLoves

    • Claire
      March 12, 2017 / 3:49 pm

      Thank you. I’m sure you could bake if you have the time. I can only do simple bakes. I’d love to be able to do beautifully decorated cakes.

  2. March 10, 2017 / 9:30 pm

    Wow that cake is so impressive and it looks delicious, hope it tasted as good as it looks. I hope you’re okay after the accident. I think we’ve all been there with you, Little Man fell head first off a door step and we ended in A&E, I remember feeling so bad about it, lots of whys and blaming myself, please be kind to yourself. Take care x

    • Claire
      March 12, 2017 / 3:50 pm

      It tasted lovely. Thank you. I’m trying to be kind to myself.

  3. March 11, 2017 / 8:48 am

    Mum guilt is awful but don’t be too hard on yourself! Glad all is ok and hope the dressing change goes well. Your cake looks amazing! Have a wonderful weekend, popping over from #littleloves

    • Claire
      March 12, 2017 / 3:52 pm

      It went well thank you. She has another one tomorrow. Thankfully they don’t think it will scar.

  4. March 11, 2017 / 10:15 am

    Oh bless you that must have been horrible! We’ve had a few moments like that where you take your eyes off them for a minute and there’s a crash-the guilt sucks! The cake looks lovely I wish I could bake. Have a wonderful weekend x

    • Claire
      March 12, 2017 / 3:53 pm

      It only takes a second unfortunately. Thank you. It tasted good.

  5. March 11, 2017 / 11:48 am

    Oo that cake looks incredible – can’t beat a classic! Also, congratulations on becoming a brand ambassador 🙂 #LittleLoves

    Helen x

    • Claire
      March 12, 2017 / 3:53 pm

      Thank you.

  6. March 12, 2017 / 7:08 am

    That cake looks gorgeous, sometimes the classics are the best! Eureka looks brilliant, my little one would love all that dressing up. Hope E’s leg is healing ok. Have a great week x

    • Claire
      March 12, 2017 / 3:57 pm

      Thank you. Her dressing change went well and the nurse was happy with the healing. Eureka is amazing. We got an annual pass so will be back soon.

  7. March 12, 2017 / 8:14 pm

    Mum guilt really sucks, but try not to be too hard on yourself. Hope E is healing okay now. Your cake looks delicious, I’m really keen to get into baking once my kitchen is finally finished! Enjoy your week xx

  8. March 13, 2017 / 7:57 pm

    Oh that cake is fab ruby anni that’s huge. Love her coat and wellies she is adorable. Mum guilt is hard we all have it. I hope you had a great weekend. I am just catching up #littleloves

    • Claire
      March 17, 2017 / 7:52 pm

      Thank you. The cake was delicious.

  9. March 14, 2017 / 2:40 pm

    That cake looks lovely and congrats to your parents on their anniversary.
    I hope E is ok now lovely. Try not to be too hard on yourself, unfortunately these things do happen. xx

    • Claire
      March 17, 2017 / 7:51 pm

      It’s on the mend thank you.

  10. March 14, 2017 / 5:22 pm

    Wow, two trips to A&E? Sounds like you’ve been keeping them busy! So glad that the burn was only superficial, it’s so easily done though so don’t beat yourself up. Loving the look of that cake, nothing beats a Victoria Sandwich in my opinion. Yummy!

    • Claire
      March 17, 2017 / 7:50 pm

      Thank you. We certainly did keep them busy last week. The cake was yummy.

  11. March 16, 2017 / 2:19 pm

    That cake looks amazing! I love a Victoria Sponge. Congratulations on becoming a Piccalilly ambassador, I’ve seen some of your pics on Instagram and the clothes look lovely. xx

    • Claire
      March 17, 2017 / 7:43 pm

      Thank you, it tasted good too.The clothes are lovely. We had some of their clothes already so I already knew I would love them.

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