My First #LittleLoves {01/2018}

In 2018 I have decided to regularly write a #LittleLoves post where I talk about the things we have been doing in the last week or so. A place to share whats been important to us a family or to me as a mum. This week its a little more about me too as I start to work through my 40 before 40 list:


So confession time here… I don’t read much. In fact I could not tell you the last time I actually read a fiction book. Although this is something I would like to change in 2018 I can’t see it happening anytime soon, not with my current workload. Although when we visited the Highlands I did get a chance to catch up on the inflight magazines. I also picked up a travel magazine at the local supermarket as I am also looking for inspiration for our travel bucket list which I am hoping to write soon. I feel like there is a theme here… dreaming of sun, sea and sangria perhaps?


Right so time for confession number two… I missed out on Friends last time round. Yes despite being a child of the 80s (just about) Friends pretty much passed me by – shock, horror… I would just like to apologise for all those Friends fans shaking their heads in disgust. I watched the odd episode of course and the ones where Rachel and Ross where on/off, Monica announced her pregnancy and something about a ginger cat? But I haven’t watched it from the start. Something which I am rectifying thanks to Netflix, being part of their Stream Team has meant Ive been lucky enough to have Friends at my finger tips. I am hoping to understand why it has become such a cult classic to my generation.


I am trying to become more effective all time especially when it comes to work life balance. I wrote a little post all about the things I heave learnt to date. I spend a lot of time in the car so I have decided to start listening to POD casts. Although I am only stating out on my journey and would like to build a POD cast subscription list at some point. This week I have been listening to some episodes from Darren Rowse – Problogger Podcast. He’s done a lot so you need to flick through to find the ones most relevant to you. I want to write more evergreen content in 2018 so I started with 209: 7 Types of evergreen content for your blog. Its just over thirty minutes long.


Monkey has a school project over the half term holidays so we have been putting the finishing touches to his snake. He could choose any animal which he wanted to do his project on. I was expecting an elephant which he normally cites as his favourite. But for some reason he decided on a snake. Which has subsequently lead him to want a snake of his own.. I suppose its more practical than an elephant? Parenthood does silly things to you I’m sure of it, as I never thought I would agree to such a pet. Yet somehow I have done just that! Eek.


I was lucky enough to be sent a gorgeous new watch from Charles Conrad , I opted for their Black & Gold Mesh Watch. Its stainless steel with black plating. It has a beautifully sharp black analogue display with gold details, which really stands out. The watch face is quite large at 40mm but I really like it. The strap is 19cm long and has a deployment clasp which can be a little fiddly to alter to size. But it does mean that it will fit all wrist sizes. I am really taken with this watch, its classic and stylish. Yet the best thing about Charle Conrad is that if my mood changes and I want to move away from the mesh strap I can simply buy an alternative strap. They have lots to choose from so there is bound to be something that takes your fancy or matches the look you are trying to achieve.

And Lastly…

As part of our retreat to Eagle Brae I arranged for us all to have a new toy to try out. The GripTight PRO Video GP Stand from Joby which I must say I am very impressed with. Not having a tripod for my phone before I have suddenly realised how much easier live streaming and video is with one! I particularly like the gorillia-pod as it can be set up in both landscape and portrait mode. With its flexible legs it can be put pretty much anywhere too. I have traditionally used my camera for video but I upgraded to a new iPhone X just before we went away. Over time I can see me using the photo and video functions more and more on the phone since the portrait mode is amazing. Although I am still getting use to not having a home button.

What are your #LittleLoves this week?

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  1. January 11, 2018 / 9:46 pm

    What a lovely post and so lovely to have things to aim for without too much pressure from n yourself! I am in the camp of friends fans who can’t believ you have never watched it haha! But excited for
    You to
    Hopefully it as much as I still do! ??

  2. January 12, 2018 / 9:43 am

    You have a such a treat in store with Friends, it’s such a feel good show. I often find myself re-watching my favourite episodes over and over again. I just started reading regularly again in November after years of not picking up a book much, I started with one chapter a day and I’ve stuck to it, I’ve rediscovered my love of reading doing it this way. That’s an awesome snake ! Have a lovely weekend x #LittleLoves

  3. January 12, 2018 / 11:06 am

    Lovely round-up. Your watch is gorgeous! Love Monkeys homework! I have seen those tripods around and its now on my wish-list! Looks so handy!!

  4. January 12, 2018 / 11:06 am

    Lovely round-up. Your watch is gorgeous! Love Monkeys homework! I have seen those tripods around and its now on my wish-list! Looks so handy!! Have a wonderful weekend..Popping over from #LittleLoves

  5. January 12, 2018 / 2:42 pm

    I need to read more. I read and teach reading at work, which leaves me no time to read for myself quite often.

  6. January 12, 2018 / 4:30 pm

    What – no friends? Oh my goodness. I love Joby, I actually need to pick up a bigger one as mine is too small for my phone now. Your break looked lovely, I am only sad I couldn’t make it. Lovely to have you join in with #littleloves

  7. January 12, 2018 / 7:49 pm

    Eek! How exciting that you get to experience Friends for the first time! I’m quite jealous. As I’m sitting here catching up with #LittleLoves posts it’s on in the background. Love it! Also, very jealous that you have an iPhone X, looks like your new tripod will be great for capturing memories and adventures. The watch is gorgeous too! Enjoy your weekend xx

  8. January 13, 2018 / 10:02 pm

    I’m not sure we can be friends anymore! You didn’t watch Friends, how did this happen???? I love the Joby, it was brilliant on our trip away and I know I will be using it a lot x

  9. January 14, 2018 / 2:42 pm

    Oh yes I have a tripod for my phone I use it for all my videos now. It’s great to attach to anything. Love the watch too great combo choice. Can’t beat rose gold. Hope you had a great weekend. #littleloves

  10. January 14, 2018 / 3:00 pm

    I live my life using FRIENDS quotes – I’m so cringe! Enjoy making your way through it
    I saw so many beautiful images from the Eagle Brag trip. It sounds wonderful up there x

  11. January 15, 2018 / 8:12 pm

    What a great little round up. I love the watch. Hope you had a good weekend.

  12. January 16, 2018 / 7:28 am

    Amazed that you missed on Friends when you were younger! It was on all the channels in Belgium when I was a teen! I loved it! I’m also dreaming of sunnier destinations where I could enjoy cocktails in my bikini… have a lovely week, x

  13. January 16, 2018 / 3:19 pm

    I actually was nodding my head ! Ah you will love watching them all, I love friends it has to be my fave show of the 80s and still makes me smile when I watch it now. Also HUGE congratulations on your ambassadorship so well deserved lovely lady xxx

  14. January 17, 2018 / 10:15 am

    Oh I really need to get one of those tripods! I’ve a mini one but it doesn’t grip on anything or bend, yours looks so much better and much more useful.
    You will love Friends! I’m a bit jealous that you get to watch them having never seen any before, you’ve got lots of laughs ahead of you.
    Lovely to have you joining in with Little Loves, hope you’re having a great week x

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