Butterfly Shoes, Pasta and New Friends #LittleLoves

Its been a busy week in the Mudpie Fridays household, albeit a short one work wise for me. The boys have both been ill which has resulted in sleepless nights and early mornings. Needless to say we are both looking forward to the weekend, hopefully an opportunity to catch up on some sleep too.


I had  lots of good intentions to read another blog related book this week but failed miserably. I just don’t seem to be able to fit reading into my life! Although I do read a fair few blog posts. The one which really stood out for me this last week or so is Five Little Dove’s post – Dear Pregnant Stranger. Although Laura’s post takes a different angle. It really resonated with me because I am still struggling with the fact that we will not have any more babies of our own. I am not quite ready to close that door of my life yet, although it does get easier as the boys get older. I also know mainly for medical reasons it would be far from sensible to have another. But that doesn’t stop the jealously! I would recommend grabbing a cuppa and a tissue and heading over for a read.


This week I have been watching the Oddsockeaters. Its based on the bestselling Czech book series and is a fun animated cape set in Prague. It follows an exciting and unusual story of adorable creatures who eat socks. They are small invisible creatures that live amongst humans and are responsible for the socks that go missing…. sound familiar?

They eat socks, but only one from each pair leaving the odd sock for us. The story focuses around the main character Hugo. He looses grandpa (which was a tab upsetting for smaller viewers) and so seeks out his uncle and two cousins who live in the house of their biggest human adversary, the Professor.  Hugo draws his courage from the rules that his grandpa taught him; love towards family, good manners and always following the Oddscockeaters’ ten commandments. Hugo and his cousins are kidnapped by a rival gang so he must dig deep and use this courage to get home.

I really enjoyed the film, it teaches the right lessons about family and behaviour. Its funny and heart warming at the same time. If you are looking for something which is not your normal run of the mill animation then this is a must.

The DVD is due to be released on the 27th March. But if you cant wait until then, the good news is that I have two DVDs to giveaway! If you would like the opportunity to win then please see the bottom of this post!


Monkey reading. He has moved up yet another level of books which is this third since returning to school in September. To say we are proud is an understatement. I really struggled with reading as a small girl, in fact its one of my first memories at school. I was worried he may follow suit, but it appears thankfully that he takes after his Daddy in that department.


I had a little craft project that I hoped to get round to this week but the hours have been swallowed up with work. So it will have to wait until next week. Yesterday I attended an Italian Cookery Masterclass which was great fun and I learnt to make all manner of Italian dishes. I also gave making ravioli a go. It was actually very straight forward although I didn’t make the actual pasta sheets! Plus I also had a tendency to put a little too much filling in the middle.

I also made a new blogging friend at the event – Sarah from Surrey Mama – check our her Youtube and Instagram feed, they are both beautiful and provide plenty of inspirations for others.


I treated myself to some new shoes in the sale these beautiful butterfly pumps from Sophia Webster. They are strictly no children shoes! But I love them. In my 40 before 40 post I wrote about trying to find my style more, so this is my first step in that direction. I use to wear flat pointy shoes all the time. Yet since having the children these have been replaced with anything but!

I have also been wearing my new Rose Gold Heart Pendant everyday. When I can get hold of it of course, as Monkey has also become quite attached to it. Classic and simple it goes with almost everything and I have a real thing about rose gold at the moment. I am also running a Valentines Giveaway where you can win your own and other gifts worth £325. You can enter here: Valentines Gift Guide Giveaway for Her.

And Lastly…

For those of you that read Mudpie Fridays a lot you may have noticed that I have a new header, one which now incorporated Kipper. There is also a couple of subtle nods that we are writing more and more about travel and adventures. I would love to know what you think!


What are your #LittleLoves this week?

To win one of two copies of the Oddscckeaters DVD then please enter via the gleam application below. Please note the T&Cs below. Good luck!

Oddsockeaters DVD


  • There are two DVDs available
  • Competition is open to residents of the UK aged 18 and over
  • There is no cash alternative offered
  • Each winner will be drawn at random and will receive a copy of Oddscckeaters on DVD
  • The giveaway will close on the 4th March at midnight, the winners will be notified through Twitter
  • The Winners will be asked to provide an email address and full postal address

Please note that items will arrive separately. I have some other giveaways running at the moment so please check them out in the Blog Giveaways Page above.


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  1. Ursula Hunt
    February 9, 2018 / 10:23 am

    Great article and I think the film sounds fun

  2. Chris Andrews
    February 9, 2018 / 2:16 pm

    any insights into where all the odd socks disappear to l wonder

  3. Susan B
    February 9, 2018 / 2:20 pm

    What a brilliant name for a film. I was always sure there was a little creature eating one of each pair of socks …..

  4. February 9, 2018 / 7:11 pm

    I love that necklace and the Italian cookery sounds so much fun. Have a great weekend #littleloves

  5. Solange
    February 9, 2018 / 8:07 pm

    Looks like a great DVD to watch with the kids.

  6. February 9, 2018 / 8:34 pm

    Gorgeous new header – love Ellie Illustrates designs. It must be lovely to hear your little one read. Parker memorises his favourite books, and can read paragraphs back to me from memory (it amazes me!). Enjoy your weekend xx

  7. February 9, 2018 / 8:59 pm

    What an exciting week, the Italian class looks brilliant. Italian food is my favourite I would love to learn to make it properly. Loving the new header and those shoes are gorgeous x

  8. February 9, 2018 / 9:50 pm

    Love the new header. That film sounds so sweet, may have to give it a watch with my little one. And those shoes are absolutely amazing! #littleloves

  9. February 9, 2018 / 11:22 pm

    Those shoes are super cute! <3

  10. Graham Ross
    February 10, 2018 / 4:08 am

    What a great looking pair of shoes

  11. Ashleigh Allan
    February 10, 2018 / 10:09 am

    Looks a great dvd

  12. Pam Francis Gregory
    February 10, 2018 / 11:39 am

    Looks fun!

  13. Tracy Nixon
    February 10, 2018 / 5:02 pm

    Great post and I think my kids will live the movie!

  14. maria
    February 10, 2018 / 10:13 pm

    love the butterfly shoes x

  15. Tee Simpson
    February 10, 2018 / 10:45 pm

    Love those shoes!!

  16. Hannah Wallington
    February 11, 2018 / 12:07 pm

    This sounds like a great watch

  17. Laura Pritchard
    February 11, 2018 / 3:38 pm

    Sounds like a great family film!

  18. Claire Noke
    February 11, 2018 / 7:11 pm

    FINALLY !!! I may get an answer to where all those oddsocks get to !! 🙂

  19. February 11, 2018 / 8:41 pm

    I am a teeny bit envious of the Italian cookery classes, I saw some of it on Instagram and they look wonderful! I also read Five Little Dove’s “Pregnant Stranger” blog and found it moving. #littleloves

  20. Sarah Austin
    February 13, 2018 / 8:51 pm

    Great competition!

  21. February 14, 2018 / 6:12 pm

    Love the sound of the Italian Masterclass, I bet it was loads of fun.
    Those shoes are so pretty. I know just what you mean about pre and post children clothes and shoes! x

  22. jackie curran
    February 14, 2018 / 8:56 pm

    a great family film, would love this

  23. February 15, 2018 / 8:55 pm

    I know what you mean about not having another baby. My ‘baby’ turned 5 this year and yet still I struggle to get my head around never having another baby growing in my tummy. I definitely have my hands full with my four and I wouldn’t change them for the world. I guess now I just have to make the most of my friends’ babies and grandchildren in the (far) distant future xx #LittleLoves

  24. Katie Skeoch
    February 15, 2018 / 11:44 pm

    Oh my gosh I’m in love with those shoes! I’ve sacrificed fashion for comfort while ‘parenting but I may just have go buy these

  25. February 16, 2018 / 9:00 am

    That film sounds great. We definitely have some oddsockeaters in this house! #littleloves

  26. Ruth Harwood
    February 20, 2018 / 2:23 pm

    wow, what a fab prize – that locket would look just awesome round my neck!!

  27. Stevie
    February 21, 2018 / 7:05 pm

    I always wondered where missing sock go to.

  28. Iris Tilley
    February 22, 2018 / 9:20 am

    Great post with lots going on. Video oddsocks sounds hilarious lol

    February 24, 2018 / 6:17 pm

    I like the sound of this dvd, will be searching the house now to see if I can find any of these little creatures

  30. Lynsey Buchanan
    February 25, 2018 / 3:47 pm

    We would love to add this DVD to our collection.

  31. Margaret Clarkson
    February 26, 2018 / 7:55 am

    Thanks for the article the film sounds such fun.

  32. Carrie Talbot-Ashby
    February 26, 2018 / 12:36 pm

    Another great review – the movie does sound quite good, I know my little ones would love it. I do often wonder where all the socks go though….

  33. Jenny Rogers
    March 1, 2018 / 12:46 pm

    You had a busy week! The film looks great.

  34. sheri Darby
    March 2, 2018 / 8:03 pm

    This DVD looks great fun

  35. Jeanette Leighton
    March 3, 2018 / 10:52 am

    Love to win this for my little ones I think they’d love it

  36. Rachael Sexey
    March 3, 2018 / 11:53 am

    This film looks amazing ?

  37. Adrian Bold
    March 3, 2018 / 11:49 pm

    Thanks for the great prize and competition. I’d love to see this.

  38. Sarah Haynes
    March 4, 2018 / 7:28 am

    This dvd looks fun, my children would love this

  39. Emma Kinsey
    March 4, 2018 / 11:17 am

    love this dvd

  40. janine atkin
    March 4, 2018 / 12:32 pm

    id love this for my nephew

  41. gemma raines
    March 4, 2018 / 5:44 pm

    looks like a good movie I often wonder about where the odd socks go and gloves too nothing comes out as a pair in my washer lol

  42. Laura Lee
    March 4, 2018 / 8:52 pm

    Necklace is stunning and the kids would love the DVD. Fingers crossed 🙂

  43. Kayleigh Watkins
    March 4, 2018 / 11:28 pm

    This looks like a funny family film my children would enjoy watching, we do a movie night every Saturday this would be great xxx

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