Sun, Sand, Sangria and… Skipton – Our little loves in May

And just like that, another month has been and gone and I’m writing my second Little Loves look-back post. I think this is such a lovely way to document the months as they whizz by. In some ways the days feel longer than ever – I maintain that life with a toddler can be pretty exhausting and those 05:30 starts make the days feel loooonng. Like really long. But nevertheless the months are whizzing by and so I’m writing to remember the big and little things from each month.

May brought us endless golden days, a new health and fitness kick (natch), a girls trip to Spain, end of year exam stress for the boys, a gorgeous day trip to Skipton and a new approach to blogging and social media.

Pull up a pew, pour a glass of something and let’s chat all things May shall we?

Read

One of the gorgeous things about a few days away with the girls, was the chance to really get stuck into a good book. Up until this May, I’d only read two books since January and in large part I blame this on my addiction to social media. Anyway, social media aside this is probably not a literary masterpiece but ‘Why Mummy Drinks‘ is a perfect holiday read. A Sunday Times bestseller and a hilarious yet searingly honest look at the life of a very average working mum – I really think most mothers could relate and laugh along with this one.

Blogs I’ve loved

I recently polled my Instagram followers to see how many people are still reading blogs. There’s been so much talk that blogging is a dying industry, that the gram and YouTube are really where the future of content creation is hanging and so I just wanted to gauge a real opinion from real people. The results were pretty evenly spit between the readers and non-readers so I went in search of some brand new blogs to see if I could reignite my own appetite for blogging.

Here’s a few that I’ve found, read and enjoyed:

Who is making these blogging rules up anyway? 

Keep Marching: We Can Close the Wage Gap for Working Moms

Watched

Well I’d love to say I watched the Royal Wedding but I only caught ten minutes of it on live stream as that was the day we went to visit family in Skipton. We have however started watching Suits – a bit late to the party I’ll admit!

It reminds me so much of a modern day Mad Men – there’s even a Don Draper and a Joanie lookalike! It’s addictive – maybe even more so because our new princess features heavily in it.

Speaking of which, didn’t she (Meghan) look absolutely beautiful on her big day? Dreamy.

Visited

Spain!

My friends and I took a three night break to the Costa del Sol for sun, sea and sangria. We stayed at the Sol Don Pablo in Torremolinos and if I were reviewing, I couldn’t think of one negative to say about it. Everything was modern and clean. The food was great. The price was great. The pool areas were lovely and the hotel is sat right on the beach front. I would definitely go back with the family without a shadow of a doubt. In fact we are looking at booking something soon.

 

Skipton

Ahh gosh this was the loveliest day. The weather was literally so perfect, the kids all behaved themselves and we got to explore a new and rather gorgeous town with family. If video is your thing then I’ve captured it all in our weekend vlog.

If you don’t know much about Skipton, then it’s a market town in North Yorkshire with loads to do for a family day out. There’s a big old castle, lots of lovely cafes and ice cream shops, lots of places to enjoy a picnic, a canal with boat trips and one of the most beautiful parks I’ve ever seen.

Definitely worth a trip if you’re in the area.

Avenham Park, Preston

Just one of those off the cuff, shall we grab a coffee moments led my mum and I into one of Preston’s best loved parks and wow oh wow is it beautiful with the River Ribble running at it’s foot. It’s completely hidden from sight if you are in the shopping district but probably one of the worst kept secrets nonetheless!

Made

We have finally started work on the garden renovations. It’s a massive job and taking weeks but I hope that it will finally be ready in June. I can’t wait to show you all the finished look!

Equally exciting is that this month I’ve been let loose with my favourite Farrow & Ball paint to transform the dining room. Hague Blue is a bold colour – not one for people who love a neutral that’s for sure but oh em gee I love it soooo much!

It’s taken such a long time to decide what to do with this space and I’m made up with how it’s coming together. I’m not sure whether I want to keep that picture frame in this place on the wall but it’ll do for now!

Listened to

This could be a long list as May was basically the month of the podcast for me. I love popping them on in the car, listening whilst I’m doing makeup or distracting myself on a run. Faves coming up…

  • The High Low podcast. A weekly pop-culture / news podcast brought to you by Dolly Alderton & Pandora Sykes. They discuss anything from the news and hard hitting journalism right through to their favourite guilty pleasures of the week.
  • Outspoken Beauty. Outspoken Beauty is the UK’s most honest, straight talking beauty podcast featuring interviews with an array of celebrities, editors and influencers in the beauty industry. Hosted by beauty journalist and broadcaster Nicola Bonn and beauty novice Rachel Jones. Expect fierce debate, candidness and the very best product recommendations.
  • The mustards. A podcast about everything that ‘the mustards’ aka Jenny and David find interesting. Minimalism, travel, love, food, health, interior design, movies, politics, fashion – and everything hygge of course.

And lastly…

I should have mentioned that I finished reading the semi-patronising ‘How to break up with your phone‘. Despite the fact the author presents her opinions as researched facts on a far too frequent basis, she has a really good point. We are all addicted to our phones / screens and it isn’t healthy. May was the first month I’ve made a conscious effort to leave me phone alone at certain times. I try to read a book at bedtime instead of scrolling, although I’ve let this slip a little recently. I also try not to check social media first thing in the morning or at meal times. Just reading this sounds ridiculous, this should all be easy right?! Wrong. And that shows just how far the addiction has come. Definitely still work to do!

And that’s May! Pop over to Instagram to see what we are up to on a daily basis if you’d like to see what we get up to.

xxx

 

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3 Comments

  1. Julia
    June 1, 2018 / 1:21 am

    I always enjoy reading your blog!

  2. June 7, 2018 / 8:44 pm

    It sounds like it’s been a brilliant month for you! The sunshine makes such a difference doesn’t it? How lovely that you managed to have a mini holiday with your friends – I have family in the Costa del Sol and used to visit regularly, though it’s been about five years now since I was last there. Love the colour of that wall – I’d never be brave enough to do it in my house (white literally everywhere!) but I do love seeing it in other people’s homes. Hope June is as fun as May has been for you!

  3. June 21, 2018 / 10:59 am

    What a fabulous Little Loves round up! Your holiday in Spain looked gorgeous, I’m trying get too jealous right now!
    Loving the colour you chose for your dining room, it really suits the space so much x

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