Redecoration, Cold Spells and Scarves… Little Loves

Jess McGlynnNovember 10, 2017

I have to admit to being a little gobsmacked to realise that my last Little Loves post was on the 20th October.  I know I sound like something of a broken record but I honestly don’t know where this half of the year is disappearing to.  I think between house renovations, new jobs and just trying to keep trucking away until Christmas, I have blinked and lost entire weeks!

This week, as it goes, has been a pretty darn good one.  Although we’ve struggled with getting up and out in the morning after the half term break (doesn’t it suck to be getting ready in the dark?!) we’ve been really on top of things and the kids bedrooms have finally started to come together.  I am feeling very confident that this weekend we will be fully unpacked and have them in their own spaces which will just feel miraculous.

But anyway, more of what I’ve been loving this week:-


I finished Dark Matter this week and picked up Peace Like A RiverDark Matter is a soft science fiction book about quantum physics which has been doing the rounds over the last year and I thought I’d give it a go as it’s meant to be a good read for people who don’t get all the ‘sciencey’ parts of normal sci-fi books.  I’ll admit, there were still entire paragraphs which had me scratching my head but overall it was a good read.


I caught up with the latest episodes of The Good Place on Netflix this week as well as the new series of Modern Family.  I don’t know what I’ll do with myself when Modern Family closes its doors as it’s just one of those staple programs which we know we will love when the each series airs.


I know I mentioned it above but I’m going to tout it here too; REAL – LIFE – HOUSE – PROGRESS.  I don’t think you can understand how stressful it is to live out of boxes for months on end unless you’ve actually done it.  It’s a great lesson in living with what you actually need but it’s also a whole lot of chaos and brain-ache.  To actually be able to finish unpacking boxes is going to feel like a small miracle indeed.  It doesn’t look like much from the photo but believe me, it’s a real step forward.

I’m also really thrilled that we are giving Meg and Eli their own unique spaces.  We’ve never really been able to do that before as we were living in rented houses and there’s only so much you can do.  So it has felt like something really special to be able to design and create a space that they will love.  Now onto finishing the kitchen and starting on the play room (and ignoring the other 5 or so rooms we haven’t touched yet…)


I don’t know whether it arrived with the beginning of November but up here in the North West the weather has turned.  I’ve had to scrape ice off my windscreen for the school run more times than I’d like but it has been the perfect opportunity to bring out my favourite tartan scarves.  Scarves are my absolute favourite and I love that I’ve got the excuse to wear them out now.


I popped into school for an open morning this week and got to hear how the kids have been doing over the last half term.  It’s always nice to hear that your children are doing well; obviously there are area in which they need to work (Eli and good, quiet behaviour is just something which doesn’t go hand in hand!) but overall they got a pretty good report.

And Lastly…

I shared this week about our trip to Scotland over half term and I’d love it if you could hop over and take a read.  I’m currently wading through hours of footage but I will have a vlog up shortly too so if you’re interested to see it then do keep your eyes peeled for that.

Have a great week all.

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  • Krissy N.

    November 16, 2017 at 13:22

    Great post Jess! I am still trying to get through The Chemist, but once I finish, I will be picking up Peace Like a River too! I agree that the last couple of months have flown by, but I have been extremely busy as well. I can't wait to see the kid's rooms and kitchen finished! I'm sure they will look great! Once you finish renovating the house, you should do a before and after vlog since you filmed when you first moved in. That would be so neat to see! Have a great weekend!

  • Rebecca U

    November 20, 2017 at 05:40

    oh I have been loving 'The Good Place' on Netflix too! Genuinely unique and makes me laugh so much. I need to see Modern Family next, me thinks!

  • Katie Louise

    November 22, 2017 at 04:48

    Oh I am obsessed with The Good Place right now! Sad that it's on a little break haha. I've been pulling out the scarves too – it really has gone super cold all of a sudden!

  • Tanita Taylor

    November 23, 2017 at 04:57

    Oh how exciting being able to give them their own spaces. I cant wait to do that for my two. WE have been watching Peaky Blinders its our favourite series. I have been having to scrape the windscreens here in Kent too I quite like it… looking forward to this time of year. xx

  • Jenni Grainger

    November 23, 2017 at 04:57

    I really feel like I’m missing out not having Netflix! Your trip to Scotland sounded amazing. It definitely has gone to winter scarf weather in the North West too x

  • Nadia/Scandi Mummy

    November 23, 2017 at 04:57

    I agree time seems to be flying at the moment! I haven’t watch either of those two but sounds like I could be in for treat if I start 😊

  • Victoria Hatton

    November 23, 2017 at 04:57

    It sounds like a great week with lots of progress made. So glad the children are making lots of progress at school x

  • Hello Beautiful Bear

    November 23, 2017 at 04:57

    Loving your photos from Scotland. We've not been since 2009, it was our first holiday together as a couple! We're in the NW too and you're right, the weather has definitely turned all of a sudden! x

  • Laura Haley

    November 23, 2017 at 04:57

    I bet it's a huge relief finally getting to unpack those boxes! I'm packed up ready to move (and then lost my job and went freelance and so can't move yet, but have left things packed so I can sort through every so often, see what I've missed and chuck the rest!) and I just can't wait to be in a position to buy and move.

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