Weekend, oh, how I have longed for you to get here. How I have begged the hours and days to pass where I can once again sleep in and not have to go out into the windy, dark, rainy school drops offs. The dark days didn’t help any of us get back on UK time last week at all and so it’s finally been a week and we have slowly got our routine back. However, our mojo still seems to be lacking. I can’t wait for spring and the lighter days to help with this. I even caught myself begging for snow which is rare people.
Many of you would have read last week’s #littleloves was full of Fresh Starts and new year’s goals/resolutions whatever it is you want to call the. While most people hate January, I love have an empty diary (for a moment) and to begin with a new page in the year. Plan out where we want the year to go and what we want to get out of it too as a family. I am ready to put more time aside for myself as the kids get older I think this is fair and necessary too. Not to do anything major but maybe read a bit more than I have in previous years and chill out. I was far to high strung in 2016. Bye, bye 2016. I won’t miss you.
In the midst of all the chaos of last year and horrific sadness it ended on I like to think I can pull myself off the floor and that positivity that’s in me can still shine. Especially when the house if full of fresh flowers… anything to make it feel like Spring sooner.
THIS WEEK I AM LOVING…
I have been reading nonstop this past few weeks. I started Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult that everyone is raving about. My mother-in-law let me borrow it. It is captivating from the start. I have always loved her books. I like diving into different genres of books from thrillers to family to adventure to sci-fantasy. It’s probably why I want to write a few books of my own one day in various genres. For those that don’t know, a few years ago I wrote a book called When Love & Culture Collide. It’s a chic-lit type novel for the beach or a good holiday read but my second book I have been working on is more sci-fantasy. I also have a second in the series after this one below. It’s hard to just pick one genre when I want to write so many different things. It’s also hard to find time to finish them all too with this blog/work/family/vlog etc.
I have been hearing a lot of, “I want to go back to America” from the kids. I hate when we first get back to UK and I hear them begging to go back to the US. It’s more to do with how much fun we have and it’s always nice weather for them and more to do with family for me but man, it pulls on the heart strings. It’s hard enough moving away, being away and visiting and leaving my family but to have the kids now at an age where they love being there too, it makes it even harder to come back each and every time. If we were in a position to move, we would but we won’t be for at least another good 5 years if not longer which is longer than we planned to stay in the UK. That’s hard to swallow but fine as we have a life here. But you ever hear of vacation blues I get those ten fold when I return, for about a week it last and then I get on with it. Suffering this week badly from them with this dark, cold snap too.
Have you watched my Christmas 2016 in America. We had such lovely weather and you can even see all the adventures we got up to including going to the largest Aquarium in the US for my birthday. I loved the dolphin show, it was amazing.
I have been living in my new crochet snood and suede pink jacket and silk top. I love pastels. No, I don’t care that it’s still winter out and everyone is still in their black attire. This is me, pink, white and grey are my wardrobe staples. I have paired these with grey skinny jeans too. (Need longer arms for a full selfie). I have been wearing my hair straight alot lately which someone commented the other day on. I find I go through moods where I have it wavy/curly everyday for months and then straight for months. It really throws people off, I love it. I keep thinking I need to change it but I have done the short bob hair and the dying it brown hair too. None of it works for me. Any suggestions?
It’s been all about crafts and painting in my house lately despite the fact that I am absolutely crap at it and doing it with the kids even worse. I can’t stand messy play or mess period so then I go into control freak mode while they are painting, crafting, gluing, cutting etc. But MM has this new passion for painting so much that’s all she wants to do. She puts her apron and gets her paints out and wants canvas instead of paper. I know, a painting diva has been born. But I am also loving watching her make things and be creative in her own way. She is very different from me in that perspective and it’s amazing to see. Although anyone know anywhere I can get cheap canvas for her to paint these get spendy and not many about?
I also made a birthday cake this past week. It’s not pretty but hey, it turned out delicious. I made it from sweet potatoes and flaxseed. Very healthy minus the sugar, I added which is what the hubby ordered for his celebrations. We had a great time celebrating.
My hashtag community has been growing nonstop this past few months. I am absolutely loving everyone joining in with their zoomed in captures of life. It can be of your home, kids, food, fashion, beauty, landscape and travels. You name it, we share it. I also showcase my favorite #lifecloseup instagrammers here each week as well as a grid on my instagram tagging them in so others can find them and follow too. It’s such a lovely community to engage in and find support too for your feed. Come join us!
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