Friday, 31 October 2014

Love the Little Things #4

It completely fell off my radar to write a Little Loves post last week, I can't believe how quickly the time is going by.  Just one week until I fly off to Uganda now (excuse me whilst I have a moment of panic!)

This week has been a toughie in particular and I think it has made me more determined to hunt out the good in our lives.  Sitting this morning with my cup of tea and thinking over what I was going to write certainly brought a smile to my face, so for me it worked!

This will kind of be a double-whammy as I play catch up from last week:

It took me a while longer than I thought to get through The Blackstone Key; it was a bit slow-going in places but overall I liked it.  I followed that up with The last Runaway by Tracy Chevalier, author of Girl With The Pearl Earring.  I've watched the film but never read the book but if her latest one is anything to go by then I will be hunting out everything she's ever written.  Love, love, loved it and she has definitely earned a spot on my favourite author's list.  Recommend picking it up if you can.

I'm currently reading Daughter by Jane Shemilt; I was a bit dubious about this one as it's the story of a 15 year old girl who is 'abducted' (*spoiler* I flicked to the end and it turns out she's not) but it's actually been quite intriguing so far.

I haven't really watched much television this week as we've been so busy.  As Wednesday was a particular crappy day, we decided to watch our old favourite 'Pitch Perfect' with a glass of cava (naturally), I know it's sad but I can't wait for the second one to come out next year!

I am a huge Pentatonix fan and I saw on YouTube that they have released a new Christmas Carols album.  As I'm also a huge fan of the festive season that will definitely be going on my iTunes list.  It reminded me of one song they did last year, 'Carol of the Bells' which just gives me goosebumps every time I hear it.  I am totally ignoring the fact that it is still October and am going to share it with you.  


Last week we organised a surprise party for my mum's 50th.  She had absolutely no idea that it was happening which was a small miracle in itself.  I sorted the decorations which included these fab printables which came from here, and also made a cork photo-frame which I think looks quite good if I do say so myself!

Is it bad to say I can't really remember what I've worn this week?  My head has kind of been in what I will be wearing as I try and hunt down summer clothes in autumn.  

And lastly...
We went to the National Forest Adventure Farm yesterday and got to visit their pumpkin patch.  I was thrilled as every single pumpkin patch in the North West appears to have run out and I had promised the kids we'd go.  They loved it, as well as all the other great stuff the farm has to offer, they had decorated it up for Halloween and we had to visit the Spooky Hotel twice.  The second time some kids, who must have been about 12/13, asked me to go round with them as they were too afraid.  I had to smile, if my 3 and 5 year old could handle it, I'm sure they could have!

What have you been up to this week?


Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Join Us For Nickelodeon's Dora & Friends Twitter Party

If you have little fans of Nick Jr, you will no doubt have spotted the very catchy advert for the new Dora and Friends TV show which starts on Monday 3 November; Dora and Friends: Into The City.

Dora and Friends: Into The City sees Dora a few years older and living in the city of Playa Verde. She has a new group of friends: Alana, Kate, Emma, Pablo and Naiya who join Dora as she not only explores her new city but also as she is transported to various magical worlds to face different challenges. In this show Dora is armed with an ancient magical charm bracelet and a handy Map App to help guide her and her new friends on their adventures.

We are very excited to be hosting a Twitter party on Monday 3 November at 4pm-6pm to celebrate the release of the show and Eli has also invited a number of his friends to come over to join in the fun with food and games, and of course, to watch the first episode of the show which will air at 5pm.

During the Twitter party there will be competitions and lots of fun and games so make sure you join us, and keep an eye out for the #doraandfriends hashtag. 

 We'd love to see you there!