Winter picture books, sensory play and Delicious #littleloves

Winter picture books, sensory play and Delicious #littleloves

I mentioned last time that im now joining #littleloves monthly rather than weekly. It’s a lovely way of documenting our month. January feels to have been a long month. Little E has been ill twice (on top of being ill at Christmas too). I know I’m not alone in finding it tough when my kids are ill. Looking after them, working, keeping on top of the housework and then add in blogging it can all get a bit much. She seem to be on the mend from this latest bug so I’m hoping she gets a longer gap between illnesses this time.

Let’s put the tough parts to one side and focus on the positives from January now.


As usual, I’ve not found time to read any books this month. I don’t even think I’ve read my The simple things magazine yet. I have been continuing to read plenty with the girls. We’ve been reading lots of winter books but also some other picture books that we have loved in January. E particularly loves this gorgeous one with felt flaps.


I loved sky one’s Delicious this month. I do hope they make a third series next year. I love the storylines, the Italian food and the stunning Cornish scenery. It makes me want to visit Cornwall and Italy in equal measures. I’ve missed my weekly Grey’s Anatomy fix this month, I’m hoping the new series continues soon. We joined Netflix this month so I’ve started watching Suits. I’m only a couple of episodes in but enjoying it.


E’s language really seems to be developing this month. She’s 19 months and is constantly babbling away (when she’s well at least). Most of the time we can’t understand her but she does have about 10 words we can understand (Hiya, bye bye, car, cheese, yes, no, baby, mine, Peppa, baa). Yes and no are her current favourites, sometimes she uses them correctly but sometimes not. It is clear she understands us a lot of the time though.


Inspired by my new guest post series “In my kitchen” I’ve been trying a few new recipes this month. They were received with mixed success by my fussy eaters. The biggest success was a really simple chicken and bean slow cooker dish.

I baked banana bread a couple of times too. We all love it but a loaf never lasts long!

Willow and wild subscription box review

F has been testing out some craft boxes that we have been sent to review. She’s really enjoying them. We also had the play dough out one wet weekend and introduced E to it. Thankfully she didn’t try to eat it.

I set up a winter sensory play tray a few weeks back which was really well played with by both girls.

Winter Sensory Play


It’s been a typical wet and cold January here so we’ve been wearing winter coats, hats and wellies a lot.

And lastly………

I’ve really been making an effort with this blog this month. I’ve maintained daily posts on weekdays and have found a schedule that works for me. I’ve been trying some new linkies too and was thrilled to be a featured post on #sharingthebloglove last week. It seems to have been worth the effort as my page views are up 50% on my best month and I’ve earnt a little bit too which is going in our holiday fund. I’m really happy with the content I’m putting out too.

If you’ve enjoyed reading about our month, pop back on Tuesday to read all about our days out and adventures in January.

Little Loves Coffee Work Sleep Repeat


  1. January 26, 2018 / 10:08 am

    We love those felt flap books too. You’ve got a lovely winter book collection.

    • Claire
      February 2, 2018 / 8:54 pm

      Thank you.

  2. January 26, 2018 / 8:09 pm

    Glad your little one is one the mend, mine has been ill SO much over Christmas and New Year – looking forward to the warmer months now. Loving the kids winter book shelf! Enjoy your weekend xx

    • Claire
      February 2, 2018 / 8:54 pm

      Lets hope we both get a break from bugs!

  3. January 26, 2018 / 8:55 pm

    Poor little E being so ill, hope she gets better soon. You always feature such gorgeous kids books. Sounds like you’ve been very busy blog wise. I’m barely managing 2 posts a month at the moment, which is pretty pathetic. Have a great weekend x

    • Claire
      February 2, 2018 / 8:55 pm

      Thank you. She’s all better now thanks.

  4. January 27, 2018 / 9:46 am

    Oh sorry to hear E has been ill it’s really been making the rounds. Love these kids books we have so many kids book I hate ever getting rid of our favorites even if the kids out grow them. lol Sounds like you have been busy. Have a great weekend. #littleloves

    • Claire
      February 2, 2018 / 8:56 pm

      We’ve not got any books yet that both girls have grown out of but I imagine it will be hard to part with favourites.

  5. January 27, 2018 / 11:02 am

    Hope little E is better soon. I love banana bread, I just never make it! Have a wonderful weekend xx

    • Claire
      February 2, 2018 / 9:05 pm

      I make it regularly. My family love it.

  6. January 29, 2018 / 8:03 pm

    Those books look great. Hope E’s feeling better soon, January’s been rubbish here for illnesses too! #LittleLoves

    • Claire
      February 2, 2018 / 9:11 pm

      Let’s hope February is better for everyone.

  7. January 31, 2018 / 11:27 am

    I loved Delicious too, I wish they would make more episodes in a season though, not much seems to happen. At least I get my Cornwall fix from it though! It’s filmed in the Tamar Valley which is where I grew up. Lovely to have you joining in with Little Loves again this year xx

    • Claire
      February 2, 2018 / 9:13 pm

      I find that most British series are never long enough!

  8. February 1, 2018 / 10:50 pm

    Im so glad the blog space is working for you, sounds very productive. I don’t get the chance to read much myself and I always have a challenge when it comes to that element of #LittleLoves. We have been living in wellies too x

    • Claire
      February 2, 2018 / 9:14 pm

      I’m glad I’m not alone in not finding enough time to read!

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