Well this week was certainly interesting. I totally thought Evie broke up from nursery this Friday (today). Cue my big shock when we turned up this week, only to be sent away again because her holiday started on Monday. How have I missed that its Easter weekend already? I kept thinking it was next week.
As I work from home, I have the benefit of not having to worry about calling into work, however when you have stacks of deadlines and suddenly an unexpected toddler to entertain, things are not very fun at all!
I’ve tried so hard to balance everything this week and the Mum guilt has been very, very real! I feel so bad that I haven’t been able to entertain Evie as much as I normally would and I’ve felt pulled in all directions. Every time I opened up my laptop to get things done, I felt awful and Evie complained a lot. To say I want to curl up in a ball and cry would be an understatement. I want to be the best Mum, but I also have to make a pay check every month. Sometimes it is so scary being self-employed and taking unexpected time off can be really costly.
I’m glad I have this #LittleLoves post to write though. It’s always my little beacon of light and it helps me to see the positives at the end of every week.
Easter Biscuits, Blogosphere And Flexible Working #LittleLoves
This weeks Little Loves is all about spontaneous Easter baking, new make-up, embracing having a four year old and catching up with Blogosphere magazine:
Blogosphere & Uprooted –
Reading has taken a bit of a back seat because Evie’s been home more. All my spare time has been thrown into work, so I just couldn’t justify reading much. I did finished The Bear And The Nightingale last week and I quickly ordered up a book to replace it in the form of ‘Uprooted’ by Naomi Novik.
This book has got tons of amazing reviews. I haven’t had a chance to read more than a chapter but I am already hooked. I’ll tell you all about it next week! It’s on my ’24 Books To Read In 2018 list, which I’m slowly working my way through!
Any 5 minutes spare I’ve had, I’ve used to flick through Blogosphere magazine. I’ve been subscribed to this for a while now and if you are a blogger, I really recommend it. It’s not great for getting blogging tips, because most of those you can find online, but I find it really good for discovering amazing bloggers you haven’t heard of. Especially ones that write in different niches to you. I also love seeing what other bloggers are doing and just how varied the blogging industry is.
If you haven’t watched the new Baywatch film. You have to see it. It is hilariously awful and is officially the best worst film I’ve ever seen. It is cheesy, so funny, ridiculous and amazingly good. Oh so good.
Not Another Mummy Blog Podcast –
I am really falling in love with Podcasts at the moment. I’ve mentioned once before that I love the ‘Not Another Mummy Blog’ podcast. This week I listened to her podcast featuring Anna from ‘Mother Pukka’. You can listen to it here:
She talks all about working from home, flexible working and juggling babies and business. Pretty much what I needed to listen to this week. It was such a refreshing insight into another work at home mums life, especially as her daughter kept running in and interrupting the podcast. It was so real and lovely to hear her tips and advice. If you’re not a fan of podcasts yet, these are so great just to have on in the background, while you’re getting ready in the morning, while you’re cleaning the house or whatever.
Easter Biscuits –
These were such a spontaneous make yesterday. The Mum guilt ate away at me so much I shut my laptop down and asked Evie what she wanted to do. She said baking, so we whipped to get some ingredients and rustled up these amazing Easter cookies.
I am by no means a good baker, but I have to say these are incredible. They are the best things I’ve ever baked and they taste better than biscuits I’ve had from specialist biscuit shops, which is saying something. If you want to make them, I did jot down the recipe for them in my blog post yesterday; Easy Iced Easter Biscuits.
New Make-Up –
I’ve mentioned quite a few times on Instagram stories that I really don’t wear much make-up and that my make-up bag is tiny. I literally only own a handful of products and I’ve been umming and ahhing about whether or not I should experiment with more make-up and trying out new looks.
I did a poll on Instagram Stories and everyone unanimously agreed that I should keep the natural look, which I was really shocked by. I’ve been asked by quite a few people to share what I do wear. I might do a blog post about all of this, including my skincare regime, this week. But, this is literally my entire make up collection, bar a couple of lipsticks and my skincare products. How much make-up do you own? Do you agree that natural is better or is it fun to play around with different looks?
Evie Turned Four –
Evie is four! We had such a great day last Saturday. We went for breakfast at Porthminster Cafe and then took our annual balloon picture on the Island in St.Ives. Evie then had a play date with her cousins, followed by a little party/friend gathering at Paradise Park. It was so much fun and such an exhausting day. We spent it all together and I love that I still have such a close relationship with Evie’s dad, that we can all hang out together without any issues (if you are co-parenting, check out my post all about our situation here).
I cannot believe that she is four! She’s really seeming older to me now and I’m trying so hard to clutch onto the baby days, before she starts school in September. I wrote an annual milestone letter to her this week, which you can read here: ‘Happy 4th Birthday Evie‘.
Want to read more #LittleLoves and get some ‘positive’ inspiration? Here’s last weeks post: ‘Easter Egg Hunts, Clothing Hauls and a Fourth Birthday‘.