29.7.16

Books, baseball and blogging goals #littleloves


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Things have taken on a whole new level of crap this week. I had an accident playing softball last weekend, took a line drive from our best hitter to the shin while I was stood at third base. No break, thankfully (though my mother-in-law is convinced it's a stress fracture) but I have a big ol' haematoma that looks like the ball might still be inside, which is slowly spreading round my leg. As long as it's elevated I'm okay, if a little uncomfortable, but I can't put any weight on my leg so I've been using crutches to hobble to the bathroom and the garden and back to the sofa again. Which, to make matters worse, has started to bruise my hands. I'm slowly going completely insane, I can't do anything, it is so frustrating. Thankfully my amazing parents have been here every day, practically waiting on me hand and foot and entertaining the boys while I lie around feeling sorry for myself.

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Books. I've had a lot of time to kill, being bed bound and all, and reading takes my mind off the pain. I have a library full of books upstairs but I couldn't remember without looking which ones I hadn't read. so I took the chance to order a couple more. I had an amazon gift card burning a hole in my pocket and I still cannot get over their 3 paperbacks for £10 deal. I've also reserved a few from my local library, my Mum took the boys to the library to start the summer reading challenge - I love that they love books like I do.

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Well, this part has been a little tricky this week. I keep trying to think of something useful I can do while I sit around, but the most productive I have got is being completely up to date with all my social media and even (dare I speak to soon) this blog. I guess that counts, right?

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I've nearly finished the first season of Gilmore Girls and series 8 of Criminal Minds. I just cried over Rory and Dean, which may indicate I need to take a break but I don't think I can bring myself to. We've also been watching baseball - Daniel is now officially a Cubs fan and was thrilled at their win last night! It's adorable watching him figure out all the rules, my Dad is a big fan and is constantly quizzing him on numbers and lingo. They've gone to the park with my parents now to practice with a little bat my Dad got them, I can barely handle it.

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Nothing but shorts and pyjamas, and my brother's hoodie (which is the softest thing on this earth). I long for the day I can wear normal clothes, and wash my hair, again! I did make a little H&M order to cheer myself up, which I shared here.

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Every time I sit down to write, I start with all the ideas and then while I'm actually writing it all disappears! I end up getting distracted and only writing the bare minimum, wanting to get it finished quickly. I love this little blog of mine and I don't want to give it up, I'm hoping to chalk it down to writers block, because that's what happens to creative types. I want to take a break from social media in August, at least when I'm not on bed-rest, so maybe September I'll be back with a bang. Notebooks, cameras, goals, the works.

LittleLoves

28.7.16

H&M Sale Picks.

I am an absolute sucker for a H&M sale. Their prices are always good, but their sale prices are incredible! I recently placed a cheeky order, to cheer myself up after a softball injury has left me sofa-bound for the best part of two weeks! I thought I'd share what I'd bought, I was going to take photographs but that isn't going to be easy in my current condition! In case you hadn't noticed, H&M are offering an extra 10% off their sale prices for 24 hours. Ending 29th July, 2pm online or closing time in store, showing the discount banner from the website.

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01. Cold shoulder dress, striped
02. Playsuit, black
03. Hair elastics, 5-pack
04. Toe-post sandals, snakeskin print
05. Ribbed vest top, grey
06. Ribbed dress, black
07. Sweatshirt shorts, black
08. Ballet pumps, coral
09. Flounce playsuit, navy
10. Short off-the-shoulder blouse, floral

I love a playsuit for summer, so easy to throw on and dress up or down, perfect for chasing the boys around and keeping cool. The off-shoulder trend is one I have been admiring, and at these prices you can't go wrong! A cute sporty outfit, for softball, and a black midi dress for any occasion! The sandals will hopefully match anything with the mixture of browns and blacks. The coral pumps are a bit wild for my usual taste, but when I go out I like to wear something a little different from my everyday work shoes and heels aren't always suitable - I fell in love with the colour and the pointed toe, they will make any outfit a bit special.

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26.7.16

Strawberry Picking.

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We took the rare opportunity of some sunshine to go strawberry picking after school last week. Turns out it's the time of year for it, because photos popped up on my time hop that day too! The was an abundance of red, juicy berries this year, no hunting involved. Joshua had fun carrying the basket and shoving as many as he could in his mouth, Daniel only selected the best strawberries, my little perfectionist. Another thing crossed off the summer bucket list, though no doubt we'll be back soon! 

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Weekend in the Isle of Wight.

We recently travelled to the Isle of Wight for the weekend, with my parents. They found a great deal at a caravan park on the island, so we decided to take advantage of a rare softball-free weekend and take a little trip! We were really lucky with the weather, despite a chilly wind the sun graced us for most of the weekend, meaning we could spend our days on Shanklin beach. The boys were amazing, happily pottering around, building sand castles and throwing stones into the sea. Our campsite had a swimming pool, crazy golf and an arcade, which kept us entertained on Sunday morning when the skies were grey. It was nice to get away, to explore somewhere new despite the fact we revisited a few places we'd been to last year! We didn't do any of the touristy things, because we did quite a few before and just wanted to relax. We found some amazing family friendly restaurants (including the Wight Mouse Inn) & the best ice cream along Shanklin sea front - it took us an age to decide from the huge variety of flavours available! We'll definitely be heading back to the Isle of Wight again, I'm drooling just thinking about that ice cream! 
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8.7.16

#littleloves

This week has absolutely done me in, I'm not sure whether I'm coming down with something - Joshua has been waking with a pretty nasty cough in the mornings - or if it's my comeuppance for burning the candle at both ends for the last six years or so. I thought the break from Uni might give me some more time to relax but with the never-ending housework and mountains of washing, I literally haven't stopped! I'm completely fed up with reading blog post after blog post of moans and 'keeping-it-real' negativity, so on to the good stuff. There is cold wine in my hand and mozzarella dippers in the oven so I'm hoping to bust out a few posts tonight.

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The boys and I have just started reading Harry Potter and words cannot explain how excited I am about it! I loved reading these books when I was younger, you can't beat a bit of magic in my eyes! The illustrations are absolutely beautiful too, Daniel is loving this book.
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I am re-watching Gilmore Girls, as if you weren't aware that it is available on Netflix now, goodbye social life.


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Productivity is at an all time low round here, luckily Duplo building doesn't take much effort. Joshua's getting really good at following instructions and copying pictures, while Daniel is happy to create something new and use his imagination. Chalk and cheese these two.
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Embracing the nice(r) weather, though it's been alarmingly cool in the morning, sending me into a wardrobe meltdown. Jumper, no jumper? Skirt, no skirt? The evenings have been beautiful though, and we've spent a few afternoons outside too.
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I moan about this time in our lives but I do realise how lucky we are. Lucky to have our families to spend our time with, lucky to be able to afford to do the things we do. Lucky to feel safe wherever we go, my heart goes out to all those in Dallas right now.


LittleLoves

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