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Love The Little Things Week // 40

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This week I’ve had my brain fried with a phonics lesson. The boy has started reception this year and parents were invited to hear about how and why the children are taught phonics in the methods the school use.

It was very interesting but wow. My head was spinning afterwards reading through our handouts with Trigraph, Segmenting, Grapheme -ness.

WATCHED //

While the little one was at pre school Thursday morning, doing some blog planning with a coffee to my right, I watched This Is 40 … In the middle of the day. A whole film. Get me!. It was hilarious! One of my favourites. I’ve a total girl crush on Leslie Mann, so,SO funny!

WORE //

“Big clunky stompy boots” according to the top knotted tinker.

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HEARD //

The soundtrack to the eagerly awaited new Hunger Games film. LOVE this Trilogy. Love Lorde.

MADE //

Some business cards on Moo.com , get me!

AND LASTLY //

I’ve now officially declared it Autumn. I’ve had the wood burner swept and it’s now raging good guns. Bring on winter…

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Join in with this linky from the ever lovely But Why Mummy Why

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Living Arrows

It’s been a ridiculously long time since I joined in with Living Arrows through the ever fabulous I Heart Snapping Blog.

2 Linky’s in 1 weekend…you lucky bunch!

Anyhoo, here’s a snap I took when back from the school run and realised how the little dude had been playing before I whisked him out the door.

 

The apocolypse

 

I’m enjoying watching how much the boy has grown so far with his confidence, writing and conversation in the short time he’s been at school. The quiet house when the tinker is at pre school takes a little getting used to, but having the time to invest into blogging is appreciated and is bringing exciting times for me in the blog front.

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Love The Little Things // 39

A bit slow off the mark the last couple of weeks to join in, so am jumping in this week with my little loves through But Why Mummy Why ‘s fab blog.

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I’ve been re-reading some of my favourite issues of these magazines. Although already read from cover to cover, I still like to go through them from time to time and drink them in all over again. The styling is second to none.

 

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WATCHED //

Getting totally absorbed in the Saturday night trash tv. Tumble, Strictly and X Factor. I’m a total sucker for the lot.

 

WORE //

Earlier this week I got my haircut to a crop after a gruelling year or so of growing it, to then not liking it longer at all. Boring everyone within earshot of do I, don’t I. I did and have no regrets.

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HEARD //

Trawling through my iTunes compiling a playlist, to run to as I continue with my Team Challenge 10 journey. I came across some Death In Vegas albums I’d forgotten I’d had. As a result Dirge is on repeat. A lot.

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MADE //

Beef Bourginion, with mustard mash potato and a fruit crumble. Gordon Ramsey’s recipe kicks ass!

Screw this 25 degree nonsense. I’m in full autumn mode.

 

AND LASTLY //

If I see anymore friends Facebook status updates about Christmas Shopping, it’s likely to tip me over the edge! Enough of the ‘I’m super organised’ bragging please.

If you’re not frantically elbowing old dears to get to the stocking fillers area in john lewis the day before Christmas Eve, it’s just not Christmas for me.

 

Be sure to hop over to Morgana’s blog and link up you lovely lot.

 

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Dragging Myself ‘into the zone’

After yesterday’s running debacle I was adamant I.Was.Running.

I dragged my lovely friend along who encouraged me Rocky style from the comfort of her bike, kitted out in full ‘keen mum’ mode in my running gear I dropped off the little people and headed straight off.

I can’t lie, it wasn’t easy, it’s been a couple of weeks since I went for a run and I’m finding unless I go a couple of times a week it’s really tough for me to get going again.

I go to bootcamp at least once a week, and although I feel fit through doing circuits there, running I’m finding is a totally different ball game.

I need to build my stamina, endurance. Im making a plan.

#TeamChallenge10

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Team Challenge 10

School run complete in pouring rain and with farewell tears from the top knotted tinker, left me walking home with that stomach churning feeling. Despite a lovely call from the pre school to reassure me she is  having a great time, it wasn’t the start of the day I’d hoped for.

So many things I have to do and lists to write, I thought I’ll take some time out and run it off. Some headspace.

I get home, changed, psyched up. Log into Map my Run, get Nick Grimshaw on Radio 1 iplayer and set off to do the 3.8km route in a good time, my plan to work on a rhythm, settle my breathing and pace. Not start to fast, in preparation to build up the distance at the weekend.

A gentle jog into it, my phone is too big for the zip pocket in the back of my trousers, so I have to hold it, which makes me nervous, my ear phones keep falling out, I lose signal so I have no music and map my run has no idea where or what I’m doing.

I get frustrated. I try to push on irrelevant but I just can’t find my rhythm. I can not get into it. At.all. I’m so out of the zone it’s ridiculous.

And so, I huff. Turn on my heels and walk home feeling deflated.

Should I have carried on and tried to snap out of it? Probably.

Am I determined to do it tomorrow irrelevant of technical hiccups. Abso.bloody.lutely!

Team Challenge 10

Has this ever happened to you? Can you snap yourself out of it, or do you just put it down to some days your body and mind are just not up for a run?

#teamchallenge10

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Knitwear of Deliciousness

Beef Bourguignon and mash potato served up to the brood… And it’s 20 degrees with the bi folds wide open.  Promptly dismissing the confused glance from the husband I declared, it’s September. It’s autumn.

I was excited by some leaves on the ground, a few chilly days I’d got the coat out… And then summer decides to get just one last word in and it’s thrown me.

so I’m ignoring it and carrying on with autumn irrelevant.

I’ve been out into Cambridge getting a feel of what’s around this year I want to layer up and it’s knitwear I need to invest my pennies. I’ve scoured the internet and pottered around the shops to get a feel of what’s taking my fancy.

I’ve compiled my favourite finds in a Pinterest board and split them into price points to give you some shopping direction, read the comments for some inspiration on how to wear yours….

£10-£25

£25-£60

£60-£100

£100 +

…. Here for knitwear deliciousness ….

 

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Challenge 10

There was a time when doing the school cross country meant a slow meander around the course catching up on who’s snogging who. When the Sweaty Betty catalogue would have me checking it was addressed correctly and emails from the local Gym of which I joined a decade ago having me chuckling to myself.

….. and now?, 6 months into my ‘get fitter’ journey, I’m a stone lighter, have made closer friendships and I look forward to getting my kicks on and getting out to do something just for myself a few evenings a week, having that headspace of a run or smashing a bootcamp session has left me feeling less, well, ‘meh’

When I started it was to feel stronger, fitter, to lose weight, of course, but not in a thigh gap obsessive kinda way, but to feel happier about myself, less self conscious. A few months ago a run just shy of 3 miles it would take me almost 40 minutes, I’d stop and walk some of it. Which is fine. I was doing something. I can now do the same run in 20 minutes without stopping, but at the end my legs are like jelly and I hit the wall of wanting to stop.

And so, when I read about My Two Mums Challenge 10 starting 1st September I wanted in. 10 Bloggers, 10 miles, and 10 Months to achieve it. A brilliant idea!

This will be a personal challenge to me, to achieve that run in a good time, without stopping. I really want to do it. For myself.

Ill be posting about my progress and our journey as a team on here we’re also on Twitter follow myself and the other bloggers taking part #TeamChallenge10
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Tweet us running tips, good sound tracks to motivate you on a run, show us your support… Why not join us? Want to challenge yourself, get in touch!

….. In the mean time I’ll be turning page corners on the latest Sweaty Betty offerings

 

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