A Writing Milestone, Mad Men and Autumn Faffing #LittleLoves

Welcome to this week’s edition of #LittleLoves where things seem to have taken a decidedly Autumnal turn! We’ve been enjoying walks in the forest (is there any better place to be in Autumn?), cosying up with books, enjoying board games and of course looking forward to our school holidays in just under a couple of weeks. I have a lot of packing to get on with for our first (exciting!) holiday abroad as a family – although it does feel a little odd to be looking out shorts and sun cream just as the temperatures start to drop. Before all that, let me round up what I’ve been liking and loving this week. Any excuse really –  I have to admit I’ve never liked packing all that very much.


This week I’ve been finishing off The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena, another of those books I kept seeing people talking about on Instagram before hastily jumping onto the bandwagon myself. If nothing else, my ‘follower’ tendencies do just go to show how influencing social media and blog platforms are becoming. That insta-bandwagon is pretty good though – this was one page turner that kept me interested until the very end.

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It’s been all about Mad Men at home this week, with my husband and I binge watching our way through as many episodes as two children and our rock n’ roll bedtime of 10pm will allow. We’re currently in the middle of season 4 and it just gets better and better – the characters are all so well painted, so human, and so perfectly flawed. I’m torn between thinking Don Draper is the coolest guy ever and getting annoyed at him over his throwaway relationships with women. Whatever the outcome, I don’t know what we’re going to do with ourselves when we eventually reach the final show.


I know I keep mentioning this one on here, but I really enjoyed the last Hashtag Authentic podcast about navigating the rules and regulations of sponsored content online. A dry subject, admittedly, but I found it really helpful to hear about all the legal bumpf. As someone quite new to writing reviews for the odd brand etc., I’m really keen to make sure I keep everything in this area transparent. One for the other bloggers out there most likely – if that’s not your thing, though, feel free to skip ahead.


It’s been all about the cosy knits lately, and I was delighted for the excuse to dig out one of my old fair isle jumpers from the back of the wardrobe the other day. This one was actually from the teen section in Boden a couple of years ago (being a bit of a tiddler does bring benefits, you know, much cheaper!) Excuse my windswept hair though – it’s almost impossible to get a photo up here just now when it doesn’t seem to be blowing a howling gale.

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There was a lot of Autumn faffing going on in our household at the weekend – as far as I’m concerned, enjoying faffing about in life is pretty much a must. We went for a lovely walk in the forest and then made flatlay displays with all our treasures. Thankfully, it seems, my kids like faffing about as much as me!


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I achieved a little writing milestone this week, finally getting to 10,000 words on a book I’ve been writing now for a year or so – and after my last blog post on learning to go slowly I’m not going to berate myself for my tortoise-imitating technique. That said, if there’s a prize going for the slowest writer ever award, I think I might be in the running. You never know folks, at this rate, my novel might be done by 2022!

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That’s it for my round up of likes and loves for this week. Hope you have a fabulous week people – and hope to see you back here for more Little Loves very very soon!


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