August 30, 2019

It’s the end of the month and Its Fri-yay, which means a Little Loves round up. I cannot quite believe just how quickly this month has gone. We are nearing the end of the summer holidays and I feel quite sad that I just a few short weeks, we will be back to the school routine! I am not quite ready just yet!

We have had a lovely August. Weather wise it was hit and miss, a few weeks of solid rain but we are finishing it with a glorious heat wave. We had a wonderful week away with family and we are spending the weeks leading back to school with not much planned.

I am back to work and this is the first summer in 10 years I ave felt the struggle on working parent. Its been hard, and I hate dropping the children of here, there and everywhere to be looked after. But saying that, they have had a blast and have been spending it doing lots of fun things!

Without too much waffling, here is my Little Loves for the month of August


I started a new book this month. Its an easy read, but I just have not had time. I think I maxed 5 chapters when I started it last week and since I have read a few pages here and there. I really enjoyed Shari Lapena’s novel The Couple Next Door. This has the same vibe, dark, twisty, thriller esque. Definitely worth a read if you like easy going books.


Deep Water (ITV) – The six-part series is an adaptation of the novels by Paula Daly and the script has been written by Anna Symon. Set in the picturesque Lake District, Deep Water follows the lives of three ‘complex and vibrant’ women, Lisa, Roz and Kate, who are brought together by their daily school runs, thanks to having children of the same age. I really enjoyed it, was a bit cliche, I kind of knew what was going to happen without reading the book.

I downloaded all six episodes from the ITV Hub. Its still currently airing once a week I believe, once I started one episode, I had to know what was happening.

Lion King (Cinema) – This was just amazing. At the beginning of August we took a trip to the cinema to watch the Lion King. Everything I remembered, which was a relief as I hate change when it comes to remakes. I thoroughly enjoyed it and loved the new take on the music.

Jade: The Reality Star Who Changed Britain (C4) –  This was just divesting to watch. Wrong on so many levels. The press were just awful to Jade. Although very clever in how she dealt with it all. I remember watching the original series of Big Brother and then watching her enter the Celebrity version. It was just so painful to watch back. Such a tragic ending. She has left a legacy for all women. It’s so important to have your smear.

Great British Bake Off (C4) –  Its back! Love this program and it always makes me want to eat cake!

Romeo & Juliet (Theatre) – I was lucky enough to go to the theatre this month. My mum and her husband took me and Gracie. I really did not know what to expect. I was thinking I would find it a bit boring, but I absolutely loved it. Gracie was transfixed from the get go. I definitely want to go back and watch something else! I am officially a ballet convert!


Element of Freedom – This album has been playing constantly this month. I remember when Alicia Keyes released it and I had it on repeat constantly.

Higher Love – This song is so over played, but one I am loving this month.

Late Night Feelings – Mark Ronson has done it again and produced another great album. I have been listening to this non-stop throughout August. Currently really loving Truth feat Alicia Keyes, hence me digging out Element of Freedom!

Lover – Taylor Swifts new album dropped this month and I adore this song. Bit of a Christmas vibe going on, but we will go with it!


Harness – I did something I would never normally do. We had our holiday to Center Parcs this month and I signed myself up to do the tree top climb. Gracie wanted to do, so I thought I would go along for the ride too. I really enjoyed it, not a fan of heights, so was a bit dubious of how I would actually get on. Gracie smashed it. The zip wire over the lake was pretty amazing too!

Sun Hats – This bank holiday was the hottest August bank holiday on record. We spent it out with family on our annual trek to Haleigh Castle. The sun hat made an appearance as well as several sun umbrellas. We must of looked a right sight, shielding ourselves while everyone was enjoying the sun. Was so hot!

Blisters – I managed my longest training walk this month of 16 miles. It was hard, and my feet are sure paying for it. I have a fair amount of blisters in the most awkward of places. Thankfully they are starting to heal ready for another walk this weekend. I have 4 weeks till the big 26 miles and I cannot wait to not have to think about it!

School Shoes –  Technically they have not been worn, but Henry did try them on. How adorable are these Dr Martin Boots? School shoe shopping is normally really stressful, but we were in and out within 10 minutes! Parenting win!


Memories – This summer has been so lovely. We had a lovely week away with family. Gracie and Henry have done so much! I have still been at work but the memories I have made whilst spending time with them has been magical.

Flat Pack Furniture  – We decided our rather large lounge needed something to break it up. We’ve been eyeing up coffee tables for sometime. Ikea have quite a nice range and we didn’t want anything fancy. We had a mooch round and found one we both liked. Works really well. We ended up with a side table as well. All I need now is some coffee table books!

And lastly

This is our last weekend of the summer holidays! It has flown by and I cannot believe I have a child heading into year six! Only feels like yesterday we were getting all her uniform ready to start school! This year is going to whizz. I need to start thinking about senior school next month! I mean, what the actual? Time just needs to slow the hell down!

I am looking forward to seeing you all link up! Have a wonderful month ahead.

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  • Reply Rachelswirl August 30, 2019 at 09:31

    Oh my gosh I’ve never seen nor heard of Deep Water yet live in the Lake District Lol… I’ll be sure to download and to watch that.
    We also have a child heading into year six (eeek) so it won’t be long before big school applications begin!

    • Reply Anna-Marie August 31, 2019 at 12:35

      Cannot quite get over how quickly the last 6 years have passed! The pressure of senior schools is just too much! Give Deep Water a goblet me know what you think!

  • Reply Lauren Woodward September 13, 2019 at 11:30

    I loved ‘A Stranger in the House’. It was the first book I’d read of Shari Lapena and I really enjoyed it.

    • Reply Anna-Marie September 15, 2019 at 17:44

      I must finish this book as I’ve not picked it up since writing this blog post! I would highly recommend other books by Shari Lapena! Thank you for popping by xx

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