Happy New Year everyone!

I can’t believe we’re almost a week into 2018 already! Are you really excited about this year? I am incredibly excited about this year. I actually feel like I might burst I’m that ready for it. I’ve really hit the ground running this week and my motivation doesn’t seem to be waning yet. I have such an amazing feeling about 2018, one that I’ve never had before for any other year. I’m planning on grabbing my career by the horns and want to turn it into my most awe inspiring year yet.

Rules Of Magic, A Makeover And So Many Clothes

Although I haven’t sat down and set any resolutions yet, I do have lots of new habits that I’ve been seriously throwing myself into. I want to feel fresher, healthier and more awake, so I’ve been aiming to drink two litres of water every single day (I used to do this and it seriously helps with so much). I’ve also started doing a 5 Minute Morning ‘Wake Up’ Workout daily and I’m finding myself so much more productive and energised because of it.

One thing I am going to do is write a #LittleLoves post more frequently. It’s such a lovely, positive post to write every week and always encourages me to read more, listen to more music and to be more creative. So, lets get onto my #LittleLoves for this week.


This week has been all about hiding from Storm Eleanor, blogging makeovers, reading the most beautiful book, working out and sorting through oh so many clothes:




Rules Of Magic – The top of my Christmas wish list this year was ‘Rules Of Magic’. I’ve wanted to read this book for a little while now and kept seeing reviews of it crop up online. One of my favourite films of all time is Practical Magic which stars Nicole Kidman and Sandra Bullock. It was a childhood favourite and I loved the book equally as much as the film. Recently the beautiful author of Practical Magic wrote and released the ‘prequel’ called Rules Of Magic.

Rules Of Magic, A Makeover And So Many Clothes

I never seem to find much time to read, but this year I’m on a mission to shut my screen at least 45 minutes before bed time and to read a portion of a book. I finished this book this week and I cried like a complete baby at the end of it. It’s so incredibly written, in a way you feel so intertwined with the characters.

The characters are 3 siblings; two sisters and a brother, who are witches descendant from a long line of ‘Owens’ witches. You follow them from childhood right until they’re old and watch as they deal with the own family curse, the curse being, whoever they fall in love with will die. The book is beautiful, tragic, gripping, detailed, wonderful and so magical. It’s very much worth adding to your must read list. I’m so sad I’ve finished it and wish it went on for a lot longer.




Star Wars – I’m a freelancer so didn’t get much of a Christmas break. One thing my partner and I did try to do was squeeze in at least one date night during the Christmas period. We actually only managed to do that this week and both had a rare quiet evening where both our businesses had a down period. We headed straight out to the cinema to catch the new Star Wars.


If you haven’t seen it yet, I won’t give you too many spoilers. But I will say, it’s so much better than the last film. It’s slow in places but I love how they’ve set it up so the saga will continue, only with a new lease of characters. It was nice to see some old faces as well and I already can’t wait to see the next instalment.




Charlie Cunningham – I am so rubbish with music at the moment. I really want to discover some new playlists and artists. If you have any suggestions, please, please drop them below!

Rules Of Magic, A Makeover And So Many Clothes

I have been listening to a lot of Charlie Cunningham this week though.  I love listening to his music late at night. I normally lighting some candles, put on his playlist and spend half an hour writing a story I hope to one day release. I really adore Charlie Cunningham’s voice. If you’re looking for something emotive, but calming to listen to, definitely give his music a try.




Workout Routine + Blog Makeover – Life Unexpected has had a makeover. I am planning some HUGE things for this blog for 2018 including some amazing new features and brand collaborations. I really wanted to step away from my old branding and make Life Unexpected a fresh, bright place for busy mums to come to.

Rules Of Magic, A Makeover and So Many Clothes

This year I’m going to be focusing a lot more on helping busy mums to find more of a balance and to get a healthier, more fulfilled lifestyle. I’ll be featuring a lot more posts on style and health in 2018 and will also be a lot more prominent on YouTube.

I’ve started off the health section by creating a ‘5 Minute Morning Wake-Up Workout‘. If exercise is something you want to do a lot more of this year, but you just don’t have the time, then I really hope this will be helpful.

5 Minute Morning Wake Up Workout




So Many New Clothes – One thing I’ve never really mentioned before on Life Unexpected, is my complete addiction to clothes shopping. I’ve always been a little bit shopping mad but I’ve never been particularly stylish. This year I’m really challenging myself to step outside of my comfort zone and to really find my style and who I am when it comes to clothing.

Rules Of Magic, A Makeover And So Many Clothes

I’m launching a new weekly feature on Life Unexpected which will likely be titled ‘What Mama Wore’ or ‘What Chloe Wore’. I’m not saying that any of you are going to love what I wear, but I’m hoping it’s going to really help me to build my confidence.

I know I’m a blogger who puts my life out there, but in reality I am incredibly shy and conscious. I’ve always battled with what I look like and who I am, but in the last few months (maybe it’s because I’m approaching 30), I’ve really been working on trying to accept and love who I am. This year I want to stop hiding behind dark, dull clothing and step out of my comfort zone into bolder and brighter pieces, that I’ve always loved the look of but been too afraid to wear.





Rainy Day Activities – Storm Eleanor has given us a huge excuse to spend more time indoors this week. We’re very much an outdoors family and rarely spend days inside. But I’ve actually really loved doing just that this week.

5 Rainy Day Activities For A Pre-Schooler

I did see quite a few people online asking what people do with their kids on rainy days. I too often need a lot of inspiration and sometimes really struggle to find things to do when we’re bored or we’re stuck indoors. But, I did write a post called ‘5 Rainy Day Activities For Your Pre-Schooler this week. I really wanted to share some of the things we do, just in case they help others who might need a little inspiration. I’d love for you to check it out if you need a few more playtime ideas. Let me know if you have any go to activities as well!

Want to read more #LittleLoves and get some ‘positive’ inspiration? Here’s last weeks post: ‘Charlotte Tilbury, Unicorns and Some Christmas Giveaways‘.

What items have you been loving this week? What have you got planned for the coming week? Let me know in the comments below.

Little Loves Coffee Work Sleep Repeat


  1. January 5, 2018 / 8:20 pm

    Such simple yet personal post.. I love the curvy fonts <3

  2. January 5, 2018 / 9:01 pm

    Ooo exciting. I can’t wait to hear about your future collaborations. We have quite a few on already and I have no clue how we will fit them essentially into 11 months as 1 month will be in Florida. It sounds like you have some great plans in place

    • January 10, 2018 / 8:52 pm

      Oh wow, 1 month in Florida. I’m incredibly jealous! I always love reading about your travel adventures! You’re definitely inspiring me to go away more with my little one. 🙂 x

  3. January 5, 2018 / 9:27 pm

    Sounds like your blog is going to be on track in 2018. We wish you the best for the next year in all your endeavours x

  4. January 5, 2018 / 9:46 pm

    I too have a clothes addiction, I can’t help myself! I love that jumper, the colour is gorgeous. My husband went to see Star Wars and came back loving it, I never watched it (oops!) x

    • January 10, 2018 / 8:53 pm

      😀 Thank you so much! Haha clothes addiction is great for you, but not your bank account. I only recently watched all the Star Wars. I was made to watch them by my lovely partner, so I could go and watch the last film with him haha.

  5. January 5, 2018 / 10:21 pm

    I love the complete joy and happiness that screams out in this post. I do hope 2018 brings everything you hope it does. And I love all the changes you have made. Good luck x

    • January 10, 2018 / 8:53 pm

      Thank you so much Kerry! I hope 2018 brings everything you wish for too! 🙂 x

  6. January 5, 2018 / 10:24 pm

    I’ve heard of the book Rules of Magic but have never read the book! Witchcraft is something I’ve always been interested in. One of my must-do this year too, is read more! Something I’ve sadly neglected last year 🙂

    • January 10, 2018 / 8:53 pm

      It’s so gorgeous! It’s so hard to fit reading in when you’re so busy. I’m glad I’ve started to read more books though, I feel like I have a little window of me time again. It’s lovely! 🙂

  7. January 6, 2018 / 12:50 am

    Star Wars was the only film I managed to see this year. I was a bit disappointed

    • January 10, 2018 / 8:54 pm

      I hope you get to see more in 2018. It wasn’t the greatest was it.

  8. January 6, 2018 / 8:33 am

    Oooo i need a new book to read and the Rules of magic sounds perfect

    • January 10, 2018 / 8:54 pm

      It’s so beautiful!! It’s such an easy but engrossing read.

  9. January 6, 2018 / 11:08 am

    What an inspiring post – I can virtually feel your enthusiasm! Sounds like you have got a great 2018 lined up – best of luck!

    • January 10, 2018 / 8:55 pm

      Thank you so much! 😀 I am feeling so enthusiastic! 🙂 I hope it sticks!

  10. January 6, 2018 / 5:37 pm

    Love the makeover, I love how January has us all redesigning and starting with a fresh new page and look to kick start a new year. Love that outfit so chic. So pretty. Can’t wait to follow along another year with you. Happy New Year. #littleloves

    • January 10, 2018 / 8:56 pm

      Thank you so much Jenny! 😀 It’s such a nice feeling just to start afresh isn’t it. I always love the feeling of hope that January brings! Thank you so much. I can’t wait for another year following your beautiful blog either! 🙂

  11. January 6, 2018 / 7:06 pm

    Love the new look and it certainly sounds like you have lots of exciting things planned for the coming year. We watched Star Wars, I actually preferred the last one, this one seemed to drag in places, but the action scenes were amazing. That book sounds wonderful, have just added it to my wishlist. Have a great weekend x

    • January 10, 2018 / 8:57 pm

      Thank you so much! Haha my partner preferred the last one too. I do agree it did drag in places, but I liked how it rounded some things off. The book is so beautiful. I hope you get to read it! 🙂

  12. January 6, 2018 / 9:06 pm

    Your new blog layout looks fantastic. It sounds like 2018 is going to be a great year for you. I’ve never heard of that book before, another one to add to my (never-ending) list of books to read. Enjoy your weekend #LittleLoves xx

    • January 10, 2018 / 8:57 pm

      I have a never ending list too! 😀 I’m definitely trying to read more this year. Thank you so much!

  13. January 6, 2018 / 10:18 pm

    You really do sound like you’ve hit the ground running and your enthusiasm is evident. I’ve had a good start and am hoping I can capitalise on it and continue as I’ve started. Here’s to a great 2018!

    • January 10, 2018 / 8:58 pm

      Thank you! I hope my enthusiasm sticks! So far it hasn’t waned which is amazing. 😀 I hope you have such a beautiful year too! x

  14. January 7, 2018 / 2:53 pm

    Rules of magic sounds like a book I would enjoy, I used to love that film as well! I didn’t end up going to the gym in November or December so I plan on picking that habit back up as I used to feel so much more energised and slept better at night. You already have your stuff together this year, well done to you!

    • January 10, 2018 / 8:58 pm

      If you liked Practical Magic, you’ll love this book. You definitely do sleep better after a workout, I’ve really noticed in the last week how much better I’m sleeping. Thank you so much! 🙂

  15. countryheartdeb
    January 7, 2018 / 3:05 pm

    Oh i love the sound of Rules of Magic having adored the movie (Practical magic) since it came out – will have to add that to my list of books to read and find out how they are getting on! I meant to join in with this linky last week so will go do it now instead then im still up to date! lol

    • January 10, 2018 / 8:59 pm

      It’s such a gorgeous book!!! Definitely do! It’s the pre-quel so you get to find out a lot more about the aunts lives which is so good. I look forward to seeing your little loves post this week! 🙂

  16. January 8, 2018 / 4:22 pm

    Adore the new look Chloe, it’s so fresh and chic. You seem so together and on track for this year already, it’s super inspiring. I’m off to have a read of your 5 minute work out post, it could be just what I’ve been looking for to give me a boost in the morning. xx

    • January 10, 2018 / 9:00 pm

      Thank you so much Morgana! 🙂 I hope I can stay on track and not fall off. I hope the workout post was helpful! 🙂 x

  17. January 8, 2018 / 4:54 pm

    I have a bit of a shopping addiction too. And I’m now thinking I need those boots and that jumper!

  18. January 10, 2018 / 9:00 pm

    haha I’m glad you like them! 🙂 I’ve written another post featuring them. The jumper was from h&m and the boots zalando! x

  19. January 11, 2018 / 3:06 pm

    I love your positivity in this post. I hope this new year is everything you are hoping for.

  20. January 21, 2018 / 4:10 pm

    Exciting! Good luck on grabbing your career by the horns in 2018! xx

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