New year, deadlines and karaoke #LittleLoves

New year, deadlines and karaoke

So, here we are, 2018. I have complete confidence that being an even year means only good things can happen. 

I’ve started the year hugging cups of lemon and ginger tea, ending the week with a voice completely hoarse but knowing the cold has been kicked into touch.

Hopefully next week I can return to mugs of coffee, for now, here are the week’s Little Loves.


I carried on my reading spree with American Assassin. I am struggling with it, but Mr J not only bought it for me, but raves about it so much- I really want to get into it.American AssassinBack to work and travelling means I’ve been reading lots of articles via twitter. I completely loved two this week. Firstly one from Not Another Mummy Blog about lessons learned, I wish I had learned these lessons.

Secondly, a fantastic article by Natasha Tripney, about power and leadership being less about what we’ve seen over the past 12 months… and forever, about the qualities of grace and lack of ego. I may not work in theatre, but for me this is true of everywhere I’ve worked.


Do I admit to watching the new series of Celebrity Big Brother? I was completely intrigued as to how the ‘women only’ environment would work, and whether it was just to create viewers. I suspect the lack of diversity means it was. And it has been a little entertaining, especially seeing a single gender household trying to create relationships. 

To offset this, I’ve had Pride and Prejudice with Keira Knightly and Matthew MacFadyen on repeat, any opportunity to watch has been appreciated. Beating School of Rock which seems to be the children’s film of the moment- which means of course I’m entertaining a trip to London with them to see the musical.


Sarah was promoting a bit of a bargain after Christmas. The Electric Jukebox was reduced from £199 to £99, but for a short-time it was going through online checkout at 99p! I wasn’t sure whether it would be honoured, but sure enough it was. With the added bonus it arrived in time for New Year’s Eve. 

I’m not a particular fan of karaoke – being tone deaf- but it’s so much fun watching the children. Especially as B and E are still struggling with reading, this gives them a bit of added momentum to grasp the English language. There’s nothing quite like B’s strops when he feels like he picked a song with lots of difficult words!


Deadlines. Thankfully. My first university submission of the year was due on Thursday. Due to a foggy head and little understanding of where this year will take me, my motivation has been low. Fortunately pride and stubbornness intervened, and I got to press the ‘submit’ button on my hopes for the next three years. Research proposal

And lastly,

I have so much excitement for the coming week. Firstly, it’s birthday week! Mr J starts the week and the boys complete it. I can’t believe it. Mr J and I will both be in the running for ‘big birthdays’ and my twins will be 7. I’m not sure how the latter is possible. 

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    Sarah | Boo Roo and Tigger Too
    January 7, 2018 at 20:00

    So pleased that you managed to pick up the glitch that I shared. The ROXI Electric Jukebox is so much fun and perfect for wet dreary days stuck indoors.

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    Janet Yarwood
    January 8, 2018 at 20:05

    99p wow what a bargain!
    Hope everyone has good birthdays

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    January 11, 2018 at 20:19

    What a bargain! It’s so good that they honoured it and it definitely sounds like it brought lots of fun with it, aside from the strops that is! 😉
    I hope the birthday week is going well, my youngest turns seven this week too!
    Thanks for joining in with Littleloves x

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