Back in the UK, DIY, and preparing for school #littleloves

Last updated on November 19th, 2023 at 12:24 am

We are back in the UK, landed a few days ago. Jetlag has been hard this time than I ever remember it. The kids adjusted faster than their dear old momma. It’s great to be back in my own house, with the hubster and my own bed. The kids are loving having their own rooms again and all their toys. Although B keeps asking me to take him to Grandma and Papa’s house for swim. “It’s only three planes Mommy,” he said yesterday, like it was around the corner. I am missing the hot weather though and my family of course already. It’s always hard to get back into the fast pace life style that we live here. I promised I would ease back into it but who am I kidding there are things to be done.

Bakery in the Bellagio Las Vegas foodie treats desserts

 The Bellagio Bakery treats I couldn’t eat.

This week we have…


We got home to A Collection of Nursery Rhymes in the mail from the great Parragon Books. We love their stories and at first glance I thought it would be just a few main ones but it is actually packed full of all the ones I have ever heard and a few new ones to me. I have been reading them to the kids in the afternoon and they are loving it. I was just talking to Mr P the other day saying how I had forgotten half of all the main ones and couldnt’ teach the kids properly and then it showed up. What luck. It would make a great baby or christening present too. With over hundred nursery rhymes there is one for everyone to love within. Available at Easons, Tesco, TK Maxx, and The Works if you fancy a copy.

Parragon Books A Collection of Nursery Rhymes



I am almost finished with season 3 of Orange is the New Black and funny enough while I was watching last night episode I realized the new girl is Ruby Rose the winner for Australia’s Next Top Model whom I was sitting next to while she was drumming away in a Las Vegas nightclub. Small world! lol I thought I recognized her. I will be starting Pretty Little Liars when I finish as I have heard a few great raves about it. All the shows I am loyal to are starting back up, Unforgettable, Ray Donovan, and Scandal. Sadly I won’t be finishing Grey’s Anatomy as I read too many USA magazines and know the entire last season and it’s been a total let down. Boo.


It’s weird to be wearing pants again after two months of dresses, shorts, skirts, and swimsuits pretty much every single day. But one thing I missed was having my nails done. My parents live in the mountains in the deep country of the north so a nail salon is about two hours away for a good one. I missed my lovely Abbie so much and her creativity. It felt good to get them done this week.

nails, overalls kids fashion wore and preparing for school uniforms

MM got her very first pair of overalls ever. I have to say I adore them on her. The floral patterns on the straps are so cute and they match any top. MM was also so proud of herself when she got to pick her very own pair of shoes out. I went into to Clarks to get her some that fit as she only fits into her summer sandals now. I told her she could pick a pair out herself and I would pick a pair out. I was surprised that she picked the glittery blue ones out. I asked about twenty times, “are you sure you want these?” She was persistent. She hasn’t had them off all week. It seems so grown up that she can pick her own things out now and has her own likes and dislikes. Growing up way too fast.


We also have been trying tons of uniforms on for B. Some of the things I bought before we left for America are cutting it close on the too small size but it will have to do for the first month or so. Sadly I was going to share a photo of all his new gear as he is so excited and proud of it all but his school logo is on EVERYTHING. Minus the first day of school picture that I will definitely take and have to blur out, I won’t be sharing much of his school uniform for safety reasons. I see instagram flooding with all the kids in their gear which is so cute but in B’s school the name is even on their backpacks and t-shirts and shorts and pe gear and coats. Apart from his grey pants that’s the only thing logo free which makes shopping a little hard. The more we get organized for B’s school the more excited and sleeps he is counting and the more nervous I get. I am not nervous for him starting he is more than ready but I feel like the new kid on the block. All the other mom’s have other children already in the school so they all know each other and I am the new one and the expat.  It’s like a double nervous twitch I have and hope they will be nice to me. I was made fun of so much as a kid and I just don’t want that to be the case for my kids or to have to deal with all that again with school moms too. EEEK. Preparing for school has so many aspects to it. I look forward to getting into a new routine and feeling comfortable with it all.


I have no patience for waiting for things to get done so as soon as I got home and saw our downstairs tile had all been laid while we were in the states, I was ready to finish the job. I immediately built our three new bar stools to put where I had ripped out our shelves in our kitchen island to create a breakfast bar space. I got out my paint brush and painted the entire kitchen a light grey to pull from the speckled grey in our new tile. While I was jetlagged and SO tired I love getting a project done. Sadly our inside of our breakfast bar back panel won’t be in until next week but other than that my new kitchen and laundry room look amazing, I love them. Hard work paid off for sure. Who needs a man?DIY home Ikea bar stools

I have the honor of judging the Renshaw Baking Mini Bake Off. If your little ones like to bake in the kitchen share their mini creations with @RenshawBakingUK #MiniRenshawBakers for the chance to WIN £50 Toyrus Vouchers. I love encouraging kids to get in the kitchen and experiment more. So let’s get our little bake on!

Renshaw Baking UK Bake Off Mini Bakers #minirenshawbakers

14 thoughts on “Back in the UK, DIY, and preparing for school #littleloves”

  1. Those desserts, my word. I can’t eat them too if that helps 😉

    I’m so like you, I get impatient to make everything perfect straight away ha ha. Looking good though. Oh good luck to B for his starting school and hope you settle into the new routine.

    Have a lovely weekend x

  2. Welcome back to the UK. I absolutely love what you’ve done in the Kitchen and you’re inspiring to have done it whilst jet lagged. I’ve never been any further than a 4hr flight so have no idea what it feels like, but extreme exhaustion must be a killer.

  3. You bought the same bar stools I have. They are so cute, aren’t they? I do not know how you resisted those cakes, thankfully there are no cake shops like that near me! Love MM’s dungarees and shoes. Good to have you back in the UK Jenny 🙂

  4. Love your nails Jenny, the colours are gorgeous! And I have recently become obsessed with Orange is the New Black, we are on season 2 and just loving it. Can’t wait to see you in a couple of weeks lovely lady. xx

  5. YAY for being back! I love your nails – you look like you have such dainty hands! Your breakfast bar looks lush too, I think my kids would love to climb up there! LP has her logo on all her school things too so I may also be doing the blurring! Have a lovely weekend x

  6. Your nails look fab! Well done on putting the stools together too, I love a bit of flatpack DIY, Mr C hates it so I usually end up doing it although there have been times when I’ve not been strong enough and ended up going to beg him for help! x

    • I can’t believe how many of us there are in the blogging world as first time school parents. lol We are hashtagging #newschoolkids for us all to stick together over the next few weeks hahaha Come join us. I have a twitter list too. It really came up so quick.

  7. I can’t believe you did all that when you just got back from the States and while still jetlagged! You crazy lady! Looks gorgeous though! Love the little ones outfits, the look adorable as always. Your nails look fab. I seriously need mine sorted out. I haven’t had a manicure in ages! Good luck to B in his new school, bet he’ll look gorgeous in his new uniform. I have the same problem in that my kids uniforms both have logos all over them – well I will have when my little one starts in the schools kindergarden in October – I’ll be having a nervoud breakdown by then! Have a great week x

    • Thanks hunny for your lovely comment. So sweet of you to say. It feels good to get the nails done again after a long summer of beach sand and water logged. hahaha Yes I am known for never stopping it’s a thing I am working on. lol

  8. Your kitchen is looking absolutely gorgeous! We have those stools too and we like them very much! Loving your nails too – they look so good. I hope you recover from jet lag soon. Good luck for all of you with B starting school. I know I will be feeling nervous in a years time xx


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