Little Loves: April 2017

Gosh this month seems to have zoomed by… again!  I feel like I say it in pretty much every post I write (and to be fair I probably do), but I just don’t know where this year is disappearing to.  April was a month of sunshine, family time and plenty of treats – it’s been really and truly wonderful.  Here are all the little things I’ve been loving lately…

Read

We escaped to Cornwall for the first week of the Easter holidays and I had every intention of reading at least a couple of books while we were away.  In reality, that didn’t really happen (though I did unplug from Facebook as much as I could which was actually really rather refreshing).  I did manage to read the whole of April’s edition of The Simple Things magazine in one afternoon which was nothing short of a miracle.  It normally takes me at least three attempts to get through the entire thing (I like to take my time over it and really soak in everything on each, beautiful page) and even then I’m normally a couple of months behind!

Book-wise I find it really hard to read more than one thing at a time, unlike my daughters who each seem to be able to have about five books on the go at once.  Last month for me was a fiction book, so that means this month was non-fiction.  As you may (or may not!) know, in my day job I work as a Cognitive Hypnotherapist helping people overcome issues in their lives that are holding them back.  As a consequence, I tend to read quite a lot of self-development books as it gives me ideas for my work with clients, keeps me up to date with the field and helps me move forward as ‘me’ as well.

This month’s choice was the newly released and highly anticipated ‘Grow’ by Trevor Silvester.  I’m proud to be able to say that Trevor is both a good friend and mentor – it was him that trained me in the art of therapy many years ago and we still have a close relationship now.  He’s written other books, all of which are brilliant, and I knew that this one would be no different.  I’m currently half way through it and it is even better than I expected – insightful, useful, inspiring and containing many practical ways that you can improve your relationship with yourself, create a better relationship with your kids (no matter what their age) and help them grow and develop into the resilient and happy little humans that we want them to be.  If you are a parent (or intend to be one in the future), this is a must read.

 

Watched

This month I have watched my girls seem to grow up right before my eyes.  Every morning when they come downstairs to the kitchen where I’m busily making packed lunches or sorting out breakfast they seem to be even taller, the tops of their heads reaching further up my body each day.  When I pull them onto my lap for a cuddle they seem to be all legs and arms, though thankfully they do still snuggle into me, curling their lithe bodies around mine for comfort.  I’ve had to buy them all new shoes and new clothes as they’re outgrowing everything we have (I pass down what I can from one to the other but they all have such individual tastes and personalities that sometimes that’s just not possible).

I know it sounds daft but I’m sure it happens even more when we’re on holiday.  And I don’t mean just growing physically.  They grow mentally and emotionally too.  They just seem to relax and bond with each other a bit more, thriving on the extra quality time they get to spend with us and each other.  Don’t get me wrong – there are still arguments – but overall we definitely come back stronger and more united than before we went.  I guess that means we’ll just have to go on more holidays!  Or at the very least figure out how to recreate the holiday atmosphere at home.  And as sad as I feel at the fact that they’re no longer my babies, I’m also incredibly proud of who they’re becoming.

 

Heard

I mentioned in last month’s Little Loves post that the girls bought me Ed Sheeran’s new album for Mother’s Day and it’s pretty much been on in my car non-stop on repeat ever since.  I get a *little* bit obsessive when I find a new album I love and it’ll be the only thing I listen to for months on end until I know the lyrics to every song backwards and forwards – before Ed Sheeran it was James Bay.  I think the husband might have got a bit bored of it by the end of our holiday in Cornwall as it was virtually all we listened to on our day trips and the four hour journey there and back!  Normally on most albums there are a couple of songs that I tend to skip past but this one?  Nope.  Every single song is brilliant and tells a story.  This one is one of my favourites.  I love the message – love, understanding and positivity.  I think he’s an awesome role model for kids – he got where he is through hard work, belief in himself and actual talent that he’s developed and built on over the years.

 

Made

It’s a little tradition in our household that we made chocolate Easter nests over the Easter weekend.  There seems to be great debate over whether they are best made with shredded wheat or cornflakes – in our family we are firmly on the cornflakes side of the argument!  It’s always a messy, fun and noisy affair, and I’m pretty sure more mini-eggs make it into the girls’ mouths than they do onto the nests but it really doesn’t matter.  It’s a lovely way to spend the afternoon together, the girls can do most of it themselves (which they LOVE as it makes them feel more independent) and the end result is really rather yummy.

Ella’s new topic at school after Easter is the Victorians.  Their holiday homework is always to do some research on their new topic and one idea suggested by her teacher was to make a traditional Victorian recipe.  Ella opted to make a Victoria sponge cake, so we found a recipe and I let her get on with it pretty much by herself, with only a little bit of guidance from me (and quite a lot of ‘help’ from her littlest sister!).  I’m not the best cake-baker in the world (just ask my husband!) but Ella has clearly inherited her big sister Sophie’s culinary skills –  it turned out to be delicious 🙂 

 

 

 

Wore

For once this section is more about what we didn’t wear… coats!  The weather has been just so lovely this month – lots of warm sunshine, a little sprinkle of showers and plenty of chances to get out and about without having to bundle up in big winter coats.  So it’s been short sleeved TShirts, sunglasses and a lightweight hoodie most days and it’s been wonderful.  Roll on summer!

 

And finally…

As you can tell, our week long family holiday in Cornwall has been the absolute highlight of our month!  We don’t go away very often, so when we do we really try and make it special.  I love having the opportunity to spend some proper quality time with my husband and the four girls, exploring new places, revisiting old favourites and making magical memories together.  If you fancy seeing a little bit more about where we stayed you can check out this little house tour video I made.  And if you want to find out more about all the fun things we got up to, the first part of my blog about our little holiday can be found here.

I’m already looking forward to finding out what little things I’ll be loving in May – we’ve got a busy month ahead with two birthdays, two bank holidays, visits from friends and family AND half term all squeezed in!

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18 Comments

  • Reply April 28, 2017

    Helen

    I really need to listen to the whole of Ed Sheeran’s new album, he’s such a talented artist! Wow that Victoria sponge looks amazing – hello new pregnancy craving 🙂 #LittleLoves

    • Reply April 29, 2017

      Chloe Ridgway

      Haha Helen, there are worse things to crave during pregnancy 😉

  • Reply April 29, 2017

    Halina Vie Choufleur

    Your family is beautiful. As are your photos! I enjoyed reading through this post so, so much. That Victoria Sponge looks especially amazing. Hope you have a great weekend 🙂 #LittleLoves

    • Reply April 29, 2017

      Chloe Ridgway

      Aw thank you Halina! That’s such a lovely thing to say 🙂 I hope you have a wonderful weekend too.

  • Reply April 29, 2017

    Mum Reinvented

    Lovely photos of your girls. That Victoria sponge looks delicious too! Rather jealous of your time in Cornwall, I used to go all the time as a child and it’s one of those places I’ve wanted to go back to. Have a lovely bank holiday weekend! #LittleLoves

    • Reply April 29, 2017

      Chloe Ridgway

      Thank you! Get yourself back down to Cornwall pronto – I’m convinced it has magical, soul-healing properties 🙂

  • Reply April 29, 2017

    Jenny

    Ahhh Chloe look at your little bakers they are adorable. I love baking with my kids. I have so many memories of doing it with my own mother too growing up. Wish we lived closer down south always looks better weather and the beaches omg! Everyone is always talking about Ed Sheeran can you believe I only just heard of him. Where have I been hiding? lol Happy bank holiday weekend #littleloves

    • Reply April 29, 2017

      Chloe Ridgway

      Aww thank you Jenny 🙂 I have fond memories of baking with my Mum too – that’s why I love doing it with my girls. And hey, if you can drive all the way to Brighton for a meeting you can definitely make it to Cornwall for a week-long holiday! It’s so beautiful down there – your kiddos would absolutely love it 😉

  • Reply April 29, 2017

    Donna

    Your holiday looks and sounds wonderful and I am so impressed with that cake! I have Ed Sheeran’s album on in the car and love it x
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    • Reply April 29, 2017

      Chloe Ridgway

      Thank you Donna – it really was a lovely holiday. We always have a wonderful time there 🙂

  • Reply April 29, 2017

    Anna-Marie

    Wow! What a great round-up! Cornwall sounds like it was amazing! Gorgeous photos! I can’t get my head round when people have two or more books on the go! I would get confused as to what I was reading!! Haha! Have a wonderful weekend.. Popping over from #LittleLove

    • Reply April 29, 2017

      Chloe Ridgway

      Thanks Anna-Marie 🙂

  • Reply April 29, 2017

    Claire

    Looks and sounds like a fantastic month. I enjoy the simple things magazine and am always behind too. I love baking. My 4 year old isn’t that interested yet. I hope she grows to enjoy it more. #littleloves

    • Reply April 30, 2017

      Chloe Ridgway

      Thanks Claire! I’m sure your little one will find a love for baking when she sees how much you enjoy it 🙂

  • Reply May 1, 2017

    Helena

    What gorgeous photos you’ve taken of your family. Loving the girls Easter makes in particular. The Simple Things magazine sounds intriguing as does the book Grow. #LittleLoves

    • Reply May 2, 2017

      Chloe Ridgway

      The Simple Things magazine is wonderful – firstly it’s so very beautiful and secondly it really helps me slow down and appreciate the little things more. I always feel so calm and serene whilst/after reading it. And ‘Grow’ is well worth a read – I really can’t recommend it enough.

  • Reply May 4, 2017

    Morgana

    What a beautiful family you are and such gorgeous captures too! Your girls look so close in age, how old are they? Loving all the baking going on in this post and that Victoria Sponge looks divine. xx
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    • Reply May 4, 2017

      Chloe Ridgway

      Aww thanks Morgana 🙂 It’s 3 years and one month from the eldest to the youngest – 17 months between the eldest and middle one and then twenty months between the middle and youngest. The eldest two often get mistaken for twins though. At one point I had all three in nappies for about 6 months! Chaotic and stressful of course but fun too and I wouldn’t have it any other way – I know they’re only going to get closer as they get older (I hope so anyway!)

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