Hurrah for gin, new blog and hair cuts #littleloves

Hurrah for gin, new blog and hair cuts #littleloves

I mentioned last week that I has been blogging for 8 years this month. I also mentioned considering switching to self hosted. Well I’m pleased to say I’ve done it. I’ve also merged my previous blog, that I started when pregnant with F. I now have all my pregnancy and baby updates in one place. I also have a lot of work to do to make all the posts fit together better. Catergories needs a complete overhaul, as I know have far too many.

Recently my instagram account has been discovered by some family members and although I’m happy with them seeing it, the idea of more people I know finding my blog makes me nervous. So much so that I considered quitting. I decided that I either need to stop blogging or make my site one I’m proud of. Since I’ve been blogging on and off for 8 years, I know how much blogging means to me and quitting didn’t feel like the right option. Depending when you read this, my blog might not be looking at it’s best.

I nearly didn’t join in with little loves this week partly because my new site is so unfinished (and is taking up a lot of my free time) & partly because sadly my auntie passed away yesterday. It wasn’t unexpected and is a blessing as she has suffered a lot for the past 3 years. She would not have wanted to go through what she has. She was a big part of my childhood and I know she is partly why I enjoy creative hobbies. She taught me to sew and tried to teach me to knit. I have many happy memories of crafting, baking and days out with her to look back on.


We were early to rhyme time at the library on Tuesday. E was asleep (F was at nursery) and Hurrah for gin was sat on the just returned shelf. I read the first couple of chapters there and then. It’s so easy to read and perfect for short bursts of reading.

If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll have seen I’ve been sharing our bedtime stories this week.


Not a lot this week. We did enjoy last week’s No offence and I’m hoping we will catch up with this weeks over the weekend.


A new blog. Well almost. It’s a work in progress at the minute. I’m hoping to spend some time on it over the weekend and hopefully by next weeks Little loves post I will be happy with it. Please ignore he mess this week!

F made us a footprint valentine’s day picture at nursery this week. I love anything like this. It’s now stuck up on our kitchen/garage door of the children’s art work.


At almost 4 years old, F sounds so grown up at times but at other times she says the silliest things. Here are a few of my favourites from this week.

“Glow land, can you say that E?” (E is 8 months)

“You’re alright kid” (to E, I’ve no idea who calls her kid).

“My dinner’s cold, it’s shivering”


On Saturday, I had a rare couple of hours to myself at the hair dressers. I read magazines and got a much needed cut and colour.

And lastly….

Of course valentines day was this week. My husband spoilt me with beautiful flowers and yummy Hotel chocolates (still not started the diet).

Little Loves Coffee Work Sleep Repeat


  1. February 17, 2017 / 1:49 pm

    So sorry to hear about your auntie – I get what you mean about it being a blessing though. It is so hard watching a loved one be consumed by an illness or pain.

    It sounds like you have a lot of work cut out for you regarding working on the blog. I understand your feelings of wanting to quit with people you know in real life discovering it – very few people IRL know about my blogs, and I’m so cagey about them when mentioned. I like your thought processing of making them something you want to be proud of and share though. After 8 years of blogging, I definitely think that sounds like the best decision rather than quitting.

    I hope you have a lovely weekend ahead of you!

    • Claire
      February 17, 2017 / 2:18 pm

      Oh don’t get me wrong. I will not be voluntarily sharing it any time soon! Glad I’m not the only one cagey about blogging. Have a lovely weekend too.

    • Claire
      February 17, 2017 / 3:47 pm

      So far I’m loving it.

  2. February 17, 2017 / 5:37 pm

    Sorry to hear about your Auntie. Only my husband and one of my work colleagues know about my blog, and I’d like to keep it that way for now. It’s like my own private space and community, I want to keep it that way. Being a teacher, writing a blog is always risky, but I enjoy it too much to stop. Well done for not quitting, as you say making it something you’re proud of is better than chucking it all in. Enjoy your week! xx

    • Claire
      February 17, 2017 / 7:45 pm

      Thank you. Yes I enjoy the community too and think of it as my private space. X

  3. February 17, 2017 / 6:19 pm

    So sorry about your Auntie, sounds like you have some lovely memories of her and a shared love of crafting to treasure. Glad I’m not the only one with a ‘secret’ blog. I’ve been blogging for 8 years too and managed to keep it quiet for all that time – not quite sure how to be honest! Glad you decided to carry on x

    • claire
      February 17, 2017 / 7:44 pm

      Thank you. I had no idea so many blogs were secret! Well done on keeping it a secret so long. Instagram seems to be where people are finding me. I seem to becoming up as a suggested follow despite me not linking Facebook and instagram.

  4. February 17, 2017 / 7:39 pm

    I’m so very sorry to hear the news about your auntie. My thoughts are with you and your family. Not wanting to brush over it at all but I ‘My dinner’s cold, it’s shivering’ did bring a huge smile to my face!

    • admin
      February 17, 2017 / 7:59 pm

      Thank you. She had me in stitches when she said that.

  5. February 19, 2017 / 1:24 pm

    Oh babes so sorry to hear about your auntie. It’s so hard to lose the ones we love but when they are suffering it’s better to know they are at peace now. It’s great you still joined in and shared the lovely things you are loving in your life this week. Helps balance with a positive happy thoughts too. Hurrah for Gin was a fab book read it in days loved every bit of it. #littleloves

    • admin
      February 20, 2017 / 9:47 pm

      Thank you. Finding lovely little things can really help lift our mood, even just a little.

  6. February 19, 2017 / 9:54 pm

    I’m so sorry to hear about your Auntie. Your new blog is looking great. Can’t wait to see it next week too! I love Hurrah For Gin. Such a funny book and blog. New hair sounds like a lovely little treat for yourself <3 Don't worry about family finding your Instagram. I was so scared and felt so embarrassed when my family and friends found my blog and Instagram. But I love it so much and thats all that matters. Let people judge, but never be put off by it x

    • admin
      February 20, 2017 / 9:45 pm

      Thank you. Such wise words. I know the family who have found my instagram love it so you’d think that would give me confidence.

  7. February 20, 2017 / 4:54 pm

    So sorry about your auntie, I hope your ok? Love your new blog, I saw this template the other day and really liked it. Been meaning to read Hurrah For Gin! Have a lovely week xx

    • admin
      February 20, 2017 / 9:39 pm

      Thank you. I’m loving the template but still haven’t found time to sort a header. X

  8. February 22, 2017 / 11:00 am

    Oh Claire, I’m so sorry about your Auntie, what sad news. I’m so please you still joined in with LittleLoves though, I know it’s helped me to things of the little good things when I’m struggling. Your blog is looking lovely, well done – all your hard work behind the scenes is definitely showing. xx

    • admin
      February 23, 2017 / 2:15 pm

      Thank you for thinking of me and for complimenting my new blog. x

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