Friendships, the simple thing and outdoor fun #littleloves

Friendships, the simple thing and outdoor fun #littleloves

I can’t round up my week without mentioning the terrible terrorist attack in Manchester. I switched on the radio on Tuesday morning and I could instantly tell by the tone of Chris Evans that something bad had happened. Then I heard Manchester, panicked and did a quick Google search. At the time my husband was in the middle of his daily commute into Manchester. I don’t know if it’s living so close or because so many children were involved but it hit me hard. I know I’m not alone in feeling like this. It’s at times like these that looking for the positives in my week is so important.


June’s The simple things magazine came through my letter box this afternoon (I’m writing this Thursday evening). I’m looking forward to having a flick through it tonight after I’ve written this post. I don’t think I’ve finished May’s issue yet though. I love my subscription but I struggle to make time to read it each month. I always get there though and I know that one day E will sleep better and I will get my evenings back (and more sleep!).


I watched Dear beautiful‘s Dubai blogs this week. They made me really want to visit.

On Sunday, we had a trip to Hare Hill (a National Trust garden and woodland) to picnic and play with our friends. I made a really good group of friends four years ago when F was a baby. The children all have their birthdays within 6 weeks of each other so we usually have a joint party of some sort. I loved watching F play with her friends. She doesn’t see some them that much so it took her a while to find her confidence to join in. I loved watching them run around the woodland spotting the wood carved hare sculptures.


I’ve been making extra portions of meals this week so we have some quick freezer meals on my working days. I made a lasagna, lamb and aubergine and a chilli con carne. I also baked soda bread with F on Saturday.

We spent thursday in the garden and F enjoyed water play, painting and drawing with chalk on the patio.


I went shopping on Monday morning and bought a couple of tops. The one on the left is for work and the one on the right for my days off. I love them both and I have been wearing them this week. I also wore a skirt yesterday since it was so hot.

The kids have also been in their summer clothes some days. I love this little romper of E’s despite it not being as bright as my usual taste. It used to be F’s so it has lots of memories.


How well my youngest did at her first nursery settling in session. She went for 2 hours on Monday afternoon and I left her for 90 minutes. During the 30 minutes I was there I watched her explore. She didn’t look for me once. She has seen some of the staff briefly every week when we pick up or drop off F and we’ve done a few baby yoga sessions together in the baby room. I was still surprised to hear she didn’t bother at all when I wasnt there. She played, explored and ate the beans and toast they gave her. The staff commented on how well she did and that it was nothing like most first sessions. My eldest was just the same. I’m hoping her next session goes just as well.

And lastly ….

We’ve not made plans for the bank holiday yet but I’m still looking forward to the extra day with my husband off work. Next week is also my last week of maternity leave. This last 12 months has certainly flown by.

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  1. May 26, 2017 / 8:19 am

    Love the simple things magazine too! Always so inspirational! Good luck on your return to work!

    • Claire
      May 26, 2017 / 8:23 am

      You too! Perhaps i’ll find time to read in my lunch break.

  2. May 26, 2017 / 10:30 am

    Love your Flamingo Tee! 😉 I love the sound of Hare Hill! We have a national park with the Gruffalo and friends scattered round and also another park with Peter Rabbit! We love exploring and finding all the carvings. I’ve watched Lucy’s Vlogs too and it looked amazing! Hope you have a lovely weekend xx

    • Claire
      June 1, 2017 / 5:28 pm

      I thought you might 😉 love the sound of your local trails.

  3. May 26, 2017 / 10:44 am

    So pleased that your littlest girl is settling so well into nursery, such good news, and one less thing to worry about when it comes to starting back at work.
    Enjoy the bank holiday weekend lovely xx

    • Claire
      June 1, 2017 / 5:29 pm

      It does make it a bit easier.

  4. May 26, 2017 / 1:12 pm

    Hare Hills looks like a lovely place to explore and picnic – the pictures you’ve shared are lovely. Yay for your little one doing well with her nursery session; one less thing to worry / stress about when returning to work I’m sure! I’ll have to look into The Simple Things magazine! I hope you and the family have a lovely weekend ahead #LittleLoves

    • Claire
      June 1, 2017 / 5:39 pm

      Thank you, it’s such an easy place to take good photos.

  5. May 26, 2017 / 8:01 pm

    Oh glad to hear your littlest is settling into nursery well. Look at all these amazing beautiful summer clothes and adventurous walks too. Beautiful. Happy weekend ahead. #littleloves

    • Claire
      June 1, 2017 / 5:37 pm

      Thank you. It makes my return to work a little easier.

  6. May 26, 2017 / 9:39 pm

    I’ve never even heard of the simple things….I may need to go check it out as it sounds fab! It’s amazing how the little one’s adapt isnt it?! #LittleLoves

    • Claire
      June 1, 2017 / 5:36 pm

      I love the simple things. It really is amazing how some babies adapt so well.

  7. May 27, 2017 / 8:19 pm

    This weather has been so, so lovely hasn’t it? Your tops are gorgeous and I really should start making batch meals again and freezing them. I have Lucy’s blogs to read and videos to watch asap! x

    • Claire
      June 1, 2017 / 5:35 pm

      I couldn’t manage without batch cooking and freezing. I hope you enjoyed Lucy’s vlogs as much as i did.

  8. May 31, 2017 / 8:47 pm

    There’s a lot of things here I like the sound of from the magazine to Hare Hill which looks a fantastic place to visit. I also love the romper so beautiful. #LittleLoves

    • Claire
      June 1, 2017 / 5:31 pm

      Thank you. I’m glad you enjoyed it.

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