Pizza, journey sticks and spanish #littleloves

Pizza, journey sticks and spanish #littleloves

How was your bank holiday weekend? Ours didn’t really go to plan. E started being ill in the early hours of Friday. She had a fever and just wouldn’t settle. As Friday went on she started to develop a rash and was sick all over us both (I think it was more because she got worked up as she hates having calpol). The rash lasted until Monday but other than losing her appetite, she was a lot better Sunday. I think it was a virus that no doubt she picked up at the nursery.

Once E was better we’ve had a nice week. On Monday the weather wasn’t great and rain was forecast from lunch time onwards. We wanted to go out for a walk though as other than the garden, I’d not be out since Wednesday! The beauty of being National Trust members and having a couple of woodlands close by is we could go out for a walk and not worry about having to cut our visit short. We packed a picnic anyway and were very lucky and the rain never arrived. Wednesday was another nice day that we spent in the garden and at F’s swimming lesson. I thought it was going to be the last one I would get to watch for a while (as I will be working Wednesdays) but I’ve moved it to Thursday afternoons, slightly later in preparation for September when she will only be able to go after school. Yesterday was another dry day and I took the girls on a picnic on my own (not something we often do). Anyway, here are my little loves from this week.


I can’t think of anything I’ve read for myself but F’s favourite bedtime story is currently a lovely story called Ella who? I shared my review of it on Tuesday.

ella who? book review


I watched the second to last episode of Grey’s Anatomy at the weekend. It had me on the edge of my seat all the way through. I can see why they delayed showing the final episode of this series after the Manchester bombing. I haven’t watched it yet. Perhaps this weekend.


It was my dad’s birthday on Sunday and my parents were over for the day. E was a lot happier too. We had a nice day in the garden and got a lot of gardening done. I made my homemade pizza for tea as I know how much my dad loves them.

F would prefer every trip out to be a park trip so we do have to try and entertain her if there is no slide involved. This week we made a journey stick. Basically, we found a stick and used sellotape to stick fallen flowers and leaves to it.

E had another nursery settling in session and I had 2 hours to myself, I used it to blog. I had hoped to have a few drafts in place before next week but this hasn’t really happened! I don’t know about you but I find the more time I spend blogging the more ideas for things I need to add or improve happen. It’s never ending. One example, this week I started a tailwind tribe for UK days out and holidays! If you want to join this is the link – UK days out and holidays tribe. Please let me know if this link does not work as I have had problems joining tribes in the past. It’s worth mentioning that you can join tribes without having a paid subscription to tailwind. I only discovered this last month. Tribes are such a great way to find content for your pinterest boards.


My mum bought the girls these matching t-shirts from Sainsbury’s. F loves being matching with E. I’ll have to make sure I’m not wearing the t-shirt I showed you last week at the same time!


How well E did at her second nursery session. She did painting and sand play. I forgot how messy babies get at nursery!

F does Spanish at preschool and I’ve heard her saying things I don’t understand this week! It’s lovely to hear her learning and developing but I wish I knew enough Spanish to know what she’s remembering and what she’s making up!

And lastly …

And just like that my maternity leave is over. I’m back at work on Monday and E will be one a week today. I still can’t believe how fast it’s gone! On the one hand, I feel lucky to have had a full 12 months and I’m only doing 3 days a week but still it will be a big change for us all. I hope I can find the time & energy to continue blogging though. When I went back to work after F, I didn’t blog for 12 months! Since going self-host in February I’ve put a lot of work in and I’m actually starting to feel proud of this blog. Hopefully, I’ll be back next Friday with more #littleloves!

Little Loves Coffee Work Sleep Repeat



  1. June 2, 2017 / 5:29 pm

    Sounds like a lovely week. I have never seen an episode of Greys Anatomy, but I think I’m going to start watching it because everyone says it is brilliant. The homemade pizza looks delicious, we love a good homemade pizza too. Hope your first day back at work goes well #littleloves

    • Claire
      June 2, 2017 / 6:48 pm

      Thanks. I hope you enjoy Grey’s anatomy.

  2. June 2, 2017 / 6:43 pm

    Love the pink flamingo tops they are so cute matching outfits. Sounds like you had a great time with birthday celebrations. Oh that first year goes way too fast for us all. Weep! We made pizza this week too so delicious and fun for the kids to get involved. Have a fab weekend ahead. #littleloves

    • Claire
      June 2, 2017 / 6:49 pm

      Yes my eldest likes to help too.

  3. June 2, 2017 / 7:48 pm

    Good luck with the return to work! I went back three days a week just over a year ago and I’m glad I didn’t go back full-time. I hope you manage to keep up with the blog. I found it to be a great break and release from working mum life.

    • Claire
      June 3, 2017 / 7:49 pm

      I hope I can squeeze it in because I do enjoy the break.

  4. June 3, 2017 / 7:30 am

    Sounds like you’ve had a lovely week together. Love those cute little flamingo tops! Hope you have a lovely weekend and your return to work on Monday goes well x

    • Claire
      June 3, 2017 / 8:05 pm

      Thank you. We have had another lovely week. I hope it does too.

  5. June 3, 2017 / 9:45 pm

    It sounds like such a lovely week apart from a poorly E. I love their tops and I also adore that yellow coat as well. Where is it from? That pizza looks so delicious, you really can’t beat a good homemade pizza. Journey sticks are such a sweet idea to put together on a walk, I need to remember that one. So sad your maternity leave it over. I hope all goes well going back to work and you don’t lose your blog. I love reading your blog! #littleloves x

    • Claire
      June 10, 2017 / 4:26 am

      It’s from M&s. It sold out though. Thank you for saying you love my blog. It means a lot. I’m sure your daughter would love making a journey stick.

  6. June 5, 2017 / 9:01 am

    Oh my, love the flamingo tops!!! I am hooked on Greys and this season was so good! Pizza looks amazing! Hope you have had a lovely weekend x

    • Claire
      June 6, 2017 / 6:55 pm

      The tops are gorgeous. I keep expecting to like Grey’s anatomy less each season but it’s so good.

  7. June 8, 2017 / 5:50 pm

    Oh I love Greys, I need to make sure I’m up to date with it once we get our tv and wifi back up and running. The journey stick is ingenious! I wish I’d thought of that when mine were little! xx

    • Claire
      June 10, 2017 / 4:28 am

      I can’t take credit for journey sticks. It was from another blog I think. I hope you enjoy catching up with Grey’s.

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