Love the little things #48

Last updated on March 4th, 2024 at 08:24 pm

Happy Friday Everyone! How am I even saying that again already? The weeks are flying by I still can’t believe it’s December. I don’t think I have ever been so busy and so ill at the same time. I am still battling that horrible cough for those that have been reading and probably sick of hearing about me moan about it. Sorry. But this leads me to my next apologies that I was too busy and too ill to join in last week for the #littleloves. I really missed sharing the little things I loved so much too. So I will be doing a double feature today and catching us all up on what the LTM family has been up to these past two weeks. Buckle your seat belts and here we go!

Read

I haven’t had a chance to buy a new book for this week. I am hoping Santa brings me a few new ones to get my nose into at Christmas. It’s no excuse to be too busy not to keep up with all your amazing blogs that I love so much so a huge apologies coming from me that the past two weeks I haven’t been able to keep up with every single one of them. My “to read” list is longer lately than my “to do” which never happens.

While I haven’t had much reading time I did get a chance to read some posts from the lovely Charlotte Taylor from Write Like No One Is Watching. I have met and read her blog before but we really got to know each other at BlogFest which was amazing. She is so inspiring and such a strong lady. So I have been trying to go back and catch up on some of her amazing posts of the past and some of her new ones. She writes more than anyone I know and so beautifully if you haven’t ever read her blog before STOP and go have a peak. You will get sucked in for a while so make sure you have a cuppa with you!

Heard

I love Ellie Goulding’s voice, I had never heard of her until a friend invited me to her concert and I have been hooked since. 

 

 

Watched

Have you heard the news? I am so honored to be one of six fabulous bloggers collaborating on our new YouTube channel called Mum Talk TV! Every Wednesday and Sunday at 7pm one of us will be sharing a video from parenting, cooking, home decor, crafts, bargain shopping, beauty and lots lots more. Tune in each week and don’t forget to catch our first round of videos 25 Facts About each one of us to introduce you to the team!


Also, I have started a mini series on my own YouTube channel The Let’s Talk Mommy Show called “Bloggers Insight” where I will be interviewing an inspiring blogger at the end of each month. My very first interview was with the lovely Lisa from Hollybobbs on Vlogging. Each month will be a new topic and next month I can confirm our very own #littleloves host will be interviewed for “December’s Bloggers Insight”

Wore

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Excuse the grainy photos the winter light is never good at any time of the day for selfies and I clearly need to wash my downstairs mirror next time before I take a photo. 🙂 haha The dirty mirror looks like something is all over my face. Nevertheless if I am not strutting my new Christmas sweaters (yes I have a few) I am dressing up in my new leather skirt and white snowy blazer both feel so Christmasy.

Made 

The kids and I whipped up a yummy batch of BKD-London Little Monster cupcakes and they did not disappoint. Usually I struggle with letting the kids dive right in but once I did we all had a ball. Besides the mess we left behind it was great baking with the kids and I hope we do a lot more of it soon.

BKD London Monster Cupcake Baking Kit

We went to Center Parcs for a pre-celebration for Thanksgiving and since I didn’t get to share with you all last week my feast of a dinner, here is what I made that week. I am not the best cook but that’s why I love Thanksgiving food so much it doesn’t have to be fancy. Turkey, stuffing, mash, gravy, dinner roll, veg, and I even threw in a Yorkshire pudding to make it a bit more English for the Mr.

an expat thanksgiving dinner

And lastly…

I have numerous giveaways going on right now for Christmas and a new one will be added each week. Get your entries in for some fab prizes that could really be amazing Christmas presents too!

LTM GIVEAWAYS

In true double feature style, have you seen our Center Parcs experience yet? We only stayed three days as it was our first time and we didn’t know what to expect. We were really pleased with the accommodations and how much stuff there was to do even for two small tots. I can’t wait to go back again and definitely stay longer next time. And even though it rained the entire weekend we made the most of it… come see.

Whinfell Forest Part 1

Whinfell Forest Part 2

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83 thoughts on “Love the little things #48”

  1. Oh Jen. Thank you so much for the mention here. You know I think the world of you. That chat we had in the taxi made me feel so at ease about my family and how things are and that is all thanks to you. You’re a gem, and as much as you miss home, I’m glad you’re here because I get to have you as a friend. Is that selfish? Maybe. But you’re a superstar. xx

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    • Ahhh bless you your comment just made my day! Love back to you. I really meant what I said. You enjoy your amazing mixed family as I do mine and your child will never know anything different but your amazing love! I swear. I had the best upbringing in a huge mixed family as you know. Selfish away, its good to finally have good friends in the uk and blogging brought me that.

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  2. Your poor little family have not had a break from sickness recently. Hope everyone is finally on the mend! I’m loving your you tube channel, as you know!
    Those cakes are to die for!
    Oh and I really want that pink jumper!!! x

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    • Thanks babes sweater is asos saw little wood emma have it. Beautiful. Yes we have all been ill i am so sick of being sick. Hard going not sure what it was like to be normal.

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  3. Oh my, your Thanksgiving dinner looks gorgeous Jenny! Christmas dinner is my absolute favourite meal of the year, and this is getting me even more excited for it! You look so fab in your Christmassy outfits too. I haven’t worn my reindeer jumper yet – this weekend could be the one! 🙂 Have a great weekend lovely xxx

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  4. Oh I’m sorry to hear you’ve still had to battle the horrid cough, I hope it leaves you alone soon, especially because I’m really enjoying all your YouTube videos!

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    • Oh thank you for being so supportive. Yes i was too but can barely talk at the moment. Had to do a video for Mum Talk TV for Sunday night and you can hear how bad I sound.

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  5. Loving this weeks little love! Your food looks amazing and your cupcakes look so cute I would feel bad eating them! Love your videos, you are so sweet! I am with you on Ellie Gouding! She is amazing.. Have a lovely weekend xx

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    • Thanks hunny lovely comment. Oh who doesnt love a bit of monster cupcakes. Lol i really didnt want to eat them but they tasted so good it wasnt hard after the first one.

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  6. Jenny it really sounds like you are making headway with your dream of being a talk show host! Brilliant! I hope you feel better soon, and I love your tradition of Thanksgiving. I’m tempted to start it here just for fun x

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    • Ahhh bless you I have a long way to go and many more interviews to donand practice with. I get too nervous still. Thanksgiving is great. Start your own why not!!! Lol

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  7. Honoured to be your first vlog feature and congrats on Mum Talk TV again. I love where vlogging and blogging has taken us all and who we’ve had been able to meet. I am so happy to be able to call you a ‘real life’ friend too now and I hope to see lots more of you xxx

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  8. Jenny, I get tired just hearing all that your are up to. I honestly don’t know how you fit it in.
    Your Thanksgiving dinner looks yummy and I love your black and white outfit. I do love a leather skirt 🙂
    Have a lovely week and I hope you’re back to being fully fit very soon xx

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    • At the moment being so ill I don’t know how I cope but maybe this is why I am not getting any better? hmm. Can’t wait to take Christmas week off! lol Thanks hunny, I am trying to do better about getting nice for the festive season my new leather skirt is a favorite.

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    • Yes center parcs was absolutely amazing. I had to shout about it in three different posts I loved it so much. hahaha Can’t wait to go again. I am testing it out for a girlie holiday in February too so we will see how friends or family vacations there compare!.

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  9. So sorry to hear you have still been feeling unwell and hope that cough goes away soon and you feel back to your normal self. Sounds like you have been really busy – love that Christmas jumper and glad that you had a wonderful time at Center Parcs. Those cupcakes look amazing and along with the Thanksgiving dinner have made me feel very hungry! 🙂

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    • Glad you liked it all. It was either share a post or just catch everyone up on our chaos life at the moment so I thought the latter. Its hard to get anything done when I have been so sick for so long now the kids have it. I just hope we all have a healthy christmas.

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    • I know it’s hard for me to let the kids bake because of said mess. I am really good at cleaning while we are doing each step so it’s not too bad. Until MM grabbed the bag of powdered sugar and did a swing dance with it all over the kitchen floor. Still cleaning it up days later. :0

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    • Oh yes come christmas you will! I love that I get two feasts two months back to back. I know how greedy am I? lol I have been wearing my sweater for like a week. So cozy.

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  10. This is such a nice post- you have been busy! Those monster cakes are fab! I love Mum Talk Tv – such a lovely group and great to get to know you all and I haven’t watched your Bloggers Insight video yet- but I will such a great idea. How on earth do you find the time to do all this? #sharewithme

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    • Honestly, hunny I don’t know. I feel very busy all the time and with two little ones it’s hard to keep up while they nap or after they go to bed and up late nights because I want to spend time with mr p as well. So life is just busy right now. lol

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  11. Wow that Thanksgiving dinner looks amazing. I have quite a few American friends and they always have marshmallows with sweet potatoes at their dinner – so bizarre to me! #sharwwithme

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    • Hahaha Yes we do the marshmallows but with fruit salad. Wonder if they are southerners? They do the marshmallow in sweet potato. us northerners keep it in our fruit. hahaha Either way my hubby finds weird too! Taste great both ways though.

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  12. It sounds like you had a great two weeks, despite the being ill part. Those cupcakes look spectacular, I love the eyes on the cocktail sticks. That thanksgiving dinner looks delicious as well, I’m sure you all enjoyed finishing that off!

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    • Oh yes nothing is better than having an excuse to stuff my face. lol I love eating. lol It’s been a crazy two weeks indeed. I feel like I can’t keep up with it all but come Christmas time it will be nice to relax and take time with the family.

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    • Thank you hun sorry to hear you are sick as well. I don’t wish it upon anyone this long. Horrible. Thanks for the support yes I feel like I am drowning at the same time as loving it all too.

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  13. Looks like you’ve been pretty busy! Well done with the YouTube gig, looks like it is going well 🙂 #sharewithme

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  14. I loved your 2 videos on Mums Talk TV, you come across so well and I love watching an expat as my Mom is American so we have some similar traditions to you.

    You look amazing in that Monochrome outfit, I love you with your hair up xx

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    • Ahh thanks Kara you are so sweet! Such a lovely comment, it made my day. Thanks for watching. I also have my own youtube up to just haven’t had time as we have all been so ill. Want to do more in the new year. Oh yes I love a bit of white and black together.

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    • Ahh thank you. I live in my sweater and wish I had been vlogging a while ago and haven’t had the chance to do more because we all have been so ill. Boo. Sniffles and coughing doesn’t do well for vlogs. hahaha

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    • Thanks hunny. Always great to take time off for family and rest. I am doing the same soon for Christmas and it will be my very first big break from blogging since I started which feels weird. Don’t worry there will still be a share with me. lol Appreciate the support.

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  15. I agree with you about getting sucked in to Write Like Noone’s Watching! You could easily lose a whole evening. x

    #sharewithme

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    • Thank you so much hunny they were fun to make. Living in my christmas sweater. Hope it makes it till xmas. It’s great vlogging just need to get rid of my cold so I can catch up on it all.

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  16. Mmmm Thanksgiving dinner looks good and those cupcakes are amazing!!!
    You look gorgeous in both those outfits!
    I’m a fairly recent Elle Golding lover too…her voice is so beautiful!!

    I’m sorry I’ve not yet been able to watch any of the YouTube stuff….silly internet limitations here! When we get to Sri Lanka most of the places have free wifi so I’ll do my best to catch up then 🙂 xxx

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  17. All of that AND you’re battling a cough?! No wonder you’re not getting better lady – relax! Loving your Christmas jumpers, especially that gorgeous pink number. So cute 🙂 x

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  18. Another busy month for you……………. Loving the new you Tube TV channels – fantastic viewing 🙂 #sharewithme

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  19. Wow, you have been so busy!
    I love your Christmas jumpers and you really do pull off the look!
    I need to check out Mum Talk Tv, I’m so behind with the times. Super impressed with anyone who can get in front of the camera, I’d go to pieces!!
    Great post!
    Xx

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  20. Gorgeous as ever even with muck on your face – sorry mirror 😉
    Hope you have a fab xmas 🙂 #sharewithme

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    • Oh gosh thanks babes but I am the newbie vlogger no idea what I am doing quite yet. I need more practice if only I could stop coughing to get a few videos in. lol I could get lost in Charlotte’s blog. Amazing. Thanks for hosting my lovely.

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  21. Love these posts. Keep meaning to join in but haven’t managed it yet. Also, loving mum talk TV – congratulations on this. I know it’s going to be a massive success!

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    • Oh thank you so much I was so nervous about Mum Talk TV as well as my own channel. #littleloves is great to sum up your week if readers don’t get a chance to read each day its sort of an overhaul of what’s gone on. 🙂

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  22. Loving the christmas jumpers Jenny! I succumbed and purchased a couple on the weekend too! Also, I am now a subcriber to Mum Talk TV, so looking forward to watching a few of those clips! Hope the cough gets better soon, they’re so nasty.

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