A Season of New… ǀ Little Loves

Jess McGlynnOctober 20, 2017

I have to admit that I haven’t managed to get up a  Little Loves post for the last three weeks because life has been so crazy busy.  We have had lots of new things going on which has thrown us all for a loop but in a good way, if that makes any sense at all?!

Of course I will go into all that in much more detail as I cover the things I have been loving this week (with a few bits stolen from the last three weeks as well!)


I finally finished Mad Ship by Robin Hobb in September and immediately picked up The Host by Stephanie Meyer which I was really looking forward to, having heard such great things and being such a fan of Twilight.  Unfortunately it threw me into something of a reading slump and took me an absolute age to get through.  I was in this strange situation where when I was reading it, I was really enjoying it, but as soon as I put it down I felt no inclination to pick it back up again.  So…the part that I LOVED is that I managed to finish it this week and despite all my feelings I actually cried at the end!  So I guess it redeemed itself.  Sort of.

When we had the house rewired a couple of weeks ago we stayed with some friends and were introduced to some fab new series’ on Netflix including The Good Place which stars Ted Danson and Kirsten Bell.  I think we managed to binge-watch around 5 or 6 episodes in one day!  Alongside this we’ve also been watching Timewasters which is just the most ridiculous show but has really made us laugh out loud and we found time to watch Wonder Woman as well which I enjoyed.


I have recently started a new part-time job which has meant being out of the house a lot more than I used to whilst I learn the ropes.  The kids have been in after-school club for four evenings a week since I began so I wanted to make them a treat on my day off and got some baking done.  I have this really nostalgic memory of the days my mum wasn’t working, walking through the door and being able to smell that she had baked and I wanted to do something similar for Meg and Eli, particularly as it has been a tough adjustment for them.  The cakes went down extremely well with all four members of the family if I do say so myself!


I am still loving the black pleather jacket I mentioned in my recent Lookbook vlog.  As long as it isn’t chucking it down it goes with just about anything and is so comfortable to wear.


I’ve been really enjoying the Mellow Pop playlist on Spotify this week.  Something about it has just seemed perfect for the truly autumnal weather we’ve been having and I’ve enjoyed not only working with it on in the background but also curling up with my book and listening to it quietly playing on.  I’ve found some new songs too such as Silhouette by Aquilo and Hoping by X Ambassadors which I’ve had on repeat a few times.

And Lastly…

We are in a real season of adjustment at the moment with the new house, new school (although I’m not sure I can keep saying that any more!) and now a new job.  It feels like we are constantly on our toes and although I am exhausted come the evening of every single day, I am also really loving it.  We are making progress with the house and Meg and Eli’s rooms should be done in the next week or two (we have a date for the carpets to be fitted so are working to a deadline!), we have some time booked away as a family in half term, and we are really just doing our best to embrace this season of new things!

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  • Let’s Talk Mommy

    October 20, 2017 at 18:16

    Wow that is a lot of new things to adjust to girl the baking would have really helped they look and sound amazing. I hate a book that you like but that doesn't pull you back in. I have been reading just ones I grab from tesco and loving them more than a few I had recommended. I want a sci fantasy one though any suggestions? I loved the Red Crown ones you had me read. Amazing. Currently on The People at Number 9. I did like the Kicking the Bucket List and Arrowood but your reading list must be a mile long already. So excited for new carpet I am trying to find someone to do our living room for us. The carpet needs burned. Hope you have a lovely weekend. Congrats on job! #littleloves

  • Emma Farley

    October 20, 2017 at 21:33

    I've heard a lot of good things about The Good Place. Might go for it next after Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.

  • Sarah Christie

    October 23, 2017 at 19:37

    Hope you are enjoying the new job and that is a lot of changes, its funny how these things always come together. The cakes look so good, I love baking and the fact that the boys just love it when I do x

  • Suzanne Whitton

    October 24, 2017 at 22:08

    I'm with you on the exhausted, I feel exactly the same at the moment, something about this season maybe? You certainly have had a lot on your plate. I hope everything is going well for you all. I like the sound of a couple of those Netflix series, I need something new to watch since all of the mainstream TV dramas have finished. Hope you have a good half term. x

  • Sonia

    October 26, 2017 at 08:43

    I've been watching The Good Place too, it is so funny but totally absurd! I think I might have to give The Host ago, Twilight are my favourite books ever so I am really intrigued to see what she has written.

  • Rainy Days Fun

    October 26, 2017 at 08:47

    Oh I know the feeling of being more or less captivated by a book but not quite feeling like finishing it 🙂 Those cupcakes look delicious!!

  • Krissy N.

    October 26, 2017 at 12:13

    Great blog Jess! I will have to check out mellow pop, sounds like I would enjoy it. I've heard great things about The Good Place, just haven't had time to check it out yet. Some of my friends have been enjoying The Good Doctor as well, I guess there's a lot of "Good" on TV right now. What are those little cupcakes you baked? They look delicious. Thanks for posting!

  • Mode Lily

    October 27, 2017 at 16:28

    I was thinking of buying the host so not sure what to do, I've heard mixed results but I love a good book. Autumn winter season is perfect for it 🙂

  • Katie Louise

    October 27, 2017 at 19:05

    Oh I am OBSESSED with The Good Place right now! It's sooo good, and easy to binge watch with the short episodes haha. I know exactly what you mean about The Host too!

  • Zarja from myTamarin

    October 28, 2017 at 06:48

    Thank you for your recommendations, I think I'm starting the Good Place 🙂

  • Nicolette Lafonseca

    October 28, 2017 at 09:24

    I really like posts that make me stop and think about little things in life

  • TheDaisyPages

    October 28, 2017 at 14:00

    Ooh, love this list of things. I do like to read other people's recommendations. The Netflix programme looks good, I'll add that to my watch list 🙂

  • Joanna

    October 28, 2017 at 14:05

    The cakes you've made look very yummy, no wonder your children loved them. It's nice that you have managed to book some time off during the school holidays, it's important to spend some quality time with your family.

  • Jordan D’Amico

    October 28, 2017 at 16:53

    Those cupcakes look amazing! I used to love it when I'd come home from school and my parents had baked for us. It was always a really nice surprise.

  • Stephanie Lee

    October 28, 2017 at 17:16

    I loved The Host. Great that you managed to get through it. Exciting to look forward to your upcoming trip with the family!

  • Laura Haley

    October 29, 2017 at 01:52

    Those cakes look fantastic! Good luck in the new job, you'll all get used to your new normal

  • Nicky

    October 29, 2017 at 13:47

    It definitely sounds like you've had a jam packed few weeks, but you're getting the balance just right! Keep it up!

  • MarvellousMrsP

    October 30, 2017 at 09:47

    I think you can call it 'new school' until they graduate 😂

  • Nicole Wi

    October 30, 2017 at 12:29

    I heard only good thing about The Host. It's also on my books-I-want-to-read list 🙂

  • Emma | The Mini Mes and Me

    October 31, 2017 at 12:42

    It sounds like you have so much going on! Congrats on the new job, what are you doing?
    I hope you had a great half term, I spotted the pics of Loch Ness on Instagram x

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