Dickens, Bieber and a Christmas Jumper…#LittleLoves

Jess McGlynnJanuary 8, 2016

Happy New Year to all the #LittleLoves folk…I hope that the first week back to normality hasn’t been too difficult.  I have swung between sadness that the kids are back at school and I am back at work and happiness that the house has remained tidy now there aren’t two small people tearing around causing havoc everywhere!

I’ve been back to work this week but it’s been quite gentle, although I have pushed myself to get some writing done as well which has been good.  I find it so easy to get lax about sitting down and writing 1,000 words every day but I always, always find that actually just pushing myself to grab a pen and start really gets my writing juices flowing and I often end up going way over that 1,000 mark.  I just have to make myself sit down and do it.

But onto this week…


It has been ages since a book has grabbed me so much that I’ve finished it in less than 24 hours but this week I picked up The Ice Twins by S.K. Tremayne and I absolutely raced through it.  I thought the ending let it down a bit but up until that point with all the twists and turns it really kept me turning the pages.  After reading such a spine-tingling thriller I needed to pick up a more lighthearted book so I’ve opted for Appleby Farm.  Hopefully it will be a lovely heartwarming read.


I recorded the first few episodes of Dickensian over Christmas but I only sat down to watch them this week.  I am HOOKED.  I love that they have so cleverly woven the different characters and their storylines and as a huge fan of Dickens I have been listening out for mention of some lesser known ones too which have also been featured.

We also watched the first episode in the new series of Sherlock.  Was anyone else totally bewildered about 20 minutes before the end?  I had literally no idea what was going on and the following day I saw this on Twitter.  I nodded along with every single one of these!


My Christmas jumper.  Unashamedly.  Well, maybe a little bit ashamedly.  It’s just incredibly comfortable and it seems such a waste of a comfortable jumper to only get to wear it a few times before it has to be put away.  Probably won’t get away with it for much longer though.


I got given both Justin Bieber and Adele’s album for Christmas and I am loving them both.  I’ve even converted the kids into little Beliebers haha.


A number of New Year’s resolutions?  Myself get on the yoga mat and work out?  Lots of tenuous links for this one this week I’m afraid!  I had hoped to bake now that the kids are back at school but it’s all just run away with me a bit trying to get back into the swing of things.

And Lastly…

I’ve had a funny old start to the year.  I was quite disappointed with the end of last year; after trying so hard to be a normal school mum and fit in and be sociable and make friends (when I’d much rather be sat at home in my PJ’s reading a good book…) it all kind of blew up in my face and something sad and frustrating happened to fragment the delicate relationships I had started to build (that’s not the ‘love’ part of this by the way…)

Then I came across this quote and it made me smile because let’s face it…I can only be myself.  People can either like it or not but that shouldn’t make me change the person I am and I am very much going to hold onto this as my mantra for the year.

So here’s to less ‘normal’ and more ‘being who you were created to be’ … Now, anyone for a night in with a glass of wine and a good film? I promise I won’t wear my pyjamas…


  • I’m Every Mum

    January 11, 2016 at 13:59

    Aww bless you, I've never fit in haha. I always try to make friends but just fail miserably. Hard for us at the children's school as they go 10 miles away from our home to a little village school, it was the best fit for our older girls who were very unhappy at their last school. I need to get into reading, I'm terrible with it, I will always choose sitting infront of a good series over a book everytime. When I do read though, I can never put the book down until it's finished, oops! I'm listening to some Adele now as whilst reading your post I realised I hadn't heard any of the songs other than 'Hello'. Hope you enjoy your week. That Maya Angelou quote is fabulous xx

  • Not A Frumpy Mum

    January 11, 2016 at 13:59

    I'm really sorry about what happened at the end of the last year, I'm a bit nervous about becoming a school mum in a few months time, it's all a bit cliquey (sp?) where I live and I'll be stood at the school gates with them all! Glad I wasn't the only one who was confused by Sherlock, I was starting to think I was being a bit thick! xx

  • Louise Fairweather

    January 11, 2016 at 13:59

    Am I a bit odd then for thinking you are normal? The whole school Mums bit is an odd one. I have had them defriend me on Facebook and I have no idea why. Then one re friended me. I think as I'm shy I may come across a bit cold. I don't care any more. If people speak to me great – if they dont, who cares. Your quote is a good one x

  • Mum Reinvented

    January 11, 2016 at 13:59

    Fab quote and very true too. I hate the school run. We've moved so much over the last five years that as soon as I make any friends I lose them again and have to deal with a new set of parents that usually speak a different language than I do so I'm the outsider from the start. Ha ha I think everyone has been converted into a Belieber, I know I have! Have a great weekend x

  • Tracey Williams

    January 11, 2016 at 13:59

    It seems that everyone is loving abit of Bieber at the moment, and I don't just mean 12 year old girls lol. I think that is the best Christmas jumper I have seen. No wonder you don't want to take it off. #littleloves x

  • Natalie @memeandharri

    January 11, 2016 at 13:59

    Everyone is talking about Justin Bieber this week, I'm loving his songs! Lovely quote and so true who knew the school gates would be so tough!! I felt like I was starting school as well as my little girl. Us mums put so much pressure on ourselves! Have a lovely weekend x

  • claire

    January 11, 2016 at 13:59

    I need to find a good book to really grab me. It's been too long. I love that you are still wearing your Christmas jumper. Sorry about the school mum problems, I've yet to experience that (mine is only 2). But you are right it's best to be yourself.

  • Let’s Talk Mommy

    January 11, 2016 at 13:59

    Oh I agree I have the same christmas jumper it's so cozy. I think you can get away with it at least until Feb. lol It's acceptable. lol Hope you had a lovely happy new year darling.#littleloves

  • Morgana

    January 11, 2016 at 13:59

    Love that your 'made' was tenuously exercise related too!
    That quote at the end is perfect, and something to always remember. There's no point trying to be something we're not. A night in with a glass of wine and a film is my kind of night… especially if I can wear jamas! 😉 xx

  • Anna-Marie

    January 11, 2016 at 13:59

    Sorry to hear about the school run woes.. I really struggled when G was in YR 1 and I would feel so rubbish about it all that I would cry most days about having to go to the school! Its got so much better now and I now know who I can trust… Its a huge adjustment for both child and parent! Totally with you on Bieber, love his songs at the moment.. Have a wonderful weekend #littlelove

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