Things have been a little quiet around here this week. I forget how much builds up at work when I have a couple of weeks off. Throw in a couple of late trains back from London and a Governors meeting. I’ve not had the time to focus on writing. Historically I would have beaten myself up about this but I’m trying to give myself a break. There are only so many hours in the day and this is meant to be my happy place!

On my 40 before 40 list I talked about wanting to try and find a new style. Move away a bit from my mummy clothes – anyone else live in skinnies and tees? So I’ve subscribed to Look. It’s weekly and thin – so I don’t feel like I have to make time to read it. It gives me an idea of what’s on the high street without me having to trawl websites. Which I don’t have time for! It’s also giving me an indication of what I like. What I am drawn to week after week seems to be flowers, jump suits and bright colours. Despite the majority of my wardrobe being monotone. So I treated myself to a flowery jumpsuit from Zara. It’s perfect for today’s predicted 23 degrees and smart enough for a day of internal meetings at work. Totally not what I would normally wear…. but it’s so comfortable and could well become one of my go to pieces this Summer.


I watched the boys bond in Great Yarmouth last weekend. I wrote all about it in my Siblings Post. The green wall was perfect for photos. Kipper enjoying playing on the steps and Monkey was a very attentive looking after his little brother.

Ive been listening to Monkey read a new book Brian the Lion goes into Space by Tracey Radford. The main character is bored with his life and dreams of going into space. Only when he gets into space he realises he missies his boring life and more importantly his friends. I like how it is teaching Monkey to be content and that the grass is not always greener. Something we can probably be well reminded of as adults.
It’s such a cute book full of bright colours. The type font which has been used is simple making it easy for Monkey to read the book himself. I love the rhyming sentences and that the illustrations are photographs. All the characters in the book have been made out of cardboard. At the back there is instructions to make your own Brian the Lion. Monkey has already asked if we could make one of our own. It’s a clever way to encourage a love of reading and furthering their imaginations after finishing the story. We all really love this book and will be looking out for other books written by the author.  If you would like the chance to try the book out for yourself then head to the bottom of this post for your chance to enter a giveaway to do just that.


I made a little video of our adventure to Norfolk last weekend with Haven:


Still sticking to the theme of what the kids wore, Monkey has been wearing his new shoes from Bobux. I’ve spoken about how much I love the brand before. Their new Spring Summer collection has lots of desirable styles for the kids. Monkey chose these extremely funky trainer like shoes called Aktiv Spekkel Printed Smoke casual shoes. They were really put through their paces while we were on Easter break and have stood up really well to all the rough and tumble. And because there are no laces he can put them on unaided.

I was meant to be going away with week but its not meant to be. So instead I am looking forward to getting outside and enjoying the sun! What are your #LittleLoves this week?
To win one of three copies of Brian the Lion goes into Space by Cico Books  then please enter via the gleam application below. Please note the T&Cs below. Good luck!

Brian the Lion goes into Space – Kids Book

  • There are three books 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 Brian the Lion goes into Space
  • The giveaway will close on the 15th May at midnight, the winners will be notified through Twitter
  • The Winners will be asked to provide a full postal address

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. Lindsey stuart Reply

    My #LittleLoves this week is the SUN 🙂 Yesterday I managed to cut the grass and enjoy the garden again, superb!

    Brian the Lion looks like a fantastic read 🙂
    Enjoy the sunshine.

  2. Andrea Fletcher Reply

    Brian the Lion looks like a good book. Thanks for the chance.

  3. anthony harrington Reply

    this looks a fab book, Lions and Space a deffo win-win with my little Grandson!

  4. Jessica Woods Reply

    My little ma would love this especially with a lion in it too

  5. Chris Andrews Reply

    jake loves to read and he loves space . . . .he would be delighted if l were lucky enough to win

  6. Lovely giveaway – my niece would love this – her Grandad’s called Brian !

  7. Love Zara for clothes with prints, I’m trying to break out of my comfort zone of black at the moment.. not having much joy though! xx

  8. Kerryn Johnson Reply

    My granddaughter would love this thank you for the opportunity

  9. JULIE WARD Reply

    Grandson would love this book because his granddad is called Brian (Grumps)

  10. My grandsons would enjoy reading this book as they love stories with animals in them!

  11. Theresa Thomas Reply

    Great giveaway, my Son is book mad and would love these

  12. Sarah Headen Reply

    What could be more fun than a lion in space? ?(and one called Brian to boot! ?)

  13. sharon stanley Reply

    Our girls love to read and with my little one being animal crazy at the moment I might just be able to get her to keep still during their bedtime story.

  14. Rachael obrien Reply

    This would make an excellent addition to my sons new book collection xx

  15. Niki Marie Wardle Reply

    My youngest daughter has just begun learning about space at school, and we’re always looking for our next story so she would absolutely love this!

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