Friday, 24 October 2014

Love the Little Things #31

Hello, hello! How was your week?
Here it has been one of dodging showers, bolting things down to stop them taking off, and straightening up after a brilliant weekend spent with our gorgeous guests.

So, on to our little loves from this week!
As always, I'm linking up today with the sweetheart that is butwhymummywhy.

This week, the little things that we have:


This week I was delighted to discover that I'd made it in to the top 500 of registered UK parenting blogs. This poll (conducted by Tots 100) is measured monthly, and there are over 8000 blogs who take part. I'm quite comfortably in there and, whilst it will never be the reason why I write, it is still a little boost to find yourself moving up the scale, and amongst a lot of your favourites too!


Grey's Anatomy - now, we are on the US schedule, and I think a couple of weeks ahead so I'll not give any spoilers, but this week's episode was so good! I love how, even 10 or 11 series in, we are still learning things about Meredith's relationship with her mother. I'm hooked once again!

These little guys play together (photo c/o The Adventures of a Potty Mouthed Mummy). Oh, we had such a brill weekend! I'm going to mention more about it in my Ordinary Moments post on Sunday, but to watch our kiddos all play happily together was just the best thing! Annie and little H really hit it off!


Not quite as epic as last week, but I did manage:

Some Caramel Apple compote - delicious in porridge or on scones, and a real taste of Halloween!

Some room prep for our guests! Sian joked that she was going to write a review on her stay, and Mr M enquired as to whether they'd be leaving a comment on Trip Advisor.
Never let it be said that I don't go the full hog, lovely readers. In for a penny...


Cosy greys...

Leather-look leggings for a girls' night out...

And Mr M was modelling his new blazer, gifted by the lovely people at Joe Browns...


New fox pj's...

Getting up close with dinosaurs (Rawr!)...

Cosy afternoons with blanket, tea and my loves...

And that was our little week!
This weekend we have a sleepover, a ballet class, a birthday party and a lot of baking to do. Next week it's half term with us, and I am so looking forward to it. I think we are all limping a bit, towards the end of this term. It has been such a busy one, and the next one will be even more so ( Am I the only one who waits all year with dread for the Nativity costume list??)
Anyhow, we have lots of fun things planned for our Halloween week - I can't wait!

Have a great weekend everyone!

E x


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Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Suited and booted with Joe Browns...

When it comes to men and fashion, I think there are two sorts. The ones that love it, that look at the labels and take lots of interest in what the latest trend is, and the ones that, frankly, couldn't care less.
Mr M is most definitely the latter.
People are always surprised when I tell them this as he can be a snazzy enough dresser when he puts his mind to it, but I'll let you into a secret peeps. I do all his shopping.
Now, you know me, and therefore you'll know that this is no great chore. I don't discriminate in my catalogue flicking process. I love a browse through the Men's and Children's sections just as well.
When Joe Browns contacted me a while back to have a look at their Autumn collection, I immediately thought of Mr M. And the Menswear really didn't disappoint.
Autumn/Winter is always my favourite fashion season, and I'm a total sucker for a bit of tweed or tartan, so when I saw this jacket I thought it would be perfect for him.

Mix it Up Blazer in blue check (c/o Joe Browns)

Thankfully he agreed, in as excited a manner as he can muster when it comes to clothes.

It is a beautifully made piece, and the little details like the burgundy buttons on the cuff and feature lining, make it that extra bit special.

I think he looks so dapper, and it has proved a great transitional piece. He has worn it both casually and as part of his work get-up, and something that can do two jobs for the price of one is always a winner in his book!
Perhaps that's why he married me, eh? :)

E x

** We were provided with this item for the purposes of review, but all opinions are entirely our own. **
Mr M would also like to point out that he is available for all manner of modelling posts.
But only if they involve a trip to the Seychelles. And the wife can come too. ;)

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Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Breakfast with Next...

Last week I was invited to an event hosted by Next, in order to promote their Christmas range and their new next day delivery service.
Anyone who knows me, or more regular readers, will know that I have long been obsessed with Next for Homeware. Every season there is something I lust after, and a significant amount of Little Wood is dressed in Next finery. So to say I was excited was an understatement.

The press breakfast was held at Robinson and Cleaver in Belfast, and I met up with my lovely friend Avril from School Gate Style.
As a relatively new blogger, these events can be a bit daunting, but she really looked after me, and it was so nice to spend a sunny morning in the city with her.

Next absolutely know how to put on an event and we were met with the most beautifully presented food. I mean - Mini Ulster fry canap├ęs, and smoothies in little milk bottles! Breakfast heaven!

Coupled with that, the new Christmas range is a bit stunning. I had a browse of the fashion rails and the homeware, and picked out a few pieces for my wish list.
Grey and silver seem to be the prevailing colours this season in homeware. This pleases me no end as we used a lot of dove grey in our interior design, and I particularly loved the Owl themed ceramics and all the mercurised glass.

It seems grey was a theme for me!

Next are now promoting their new service of next day delivery to home when you place an order before 10pm. I can vouch for the dependability of this, even in our relatively remote postcode, and will definitely be availing of it as the Christmas shopping season begins.

It was a really fun morning in a beautiful venue, and I left with a gorgeous goodie bag and a million more ideas for my Christmas list!

E x

I placed my order at 9pm and my package was delivered the next morning at 10am. Thirteen hours from checkout to door. Even to our remote postcode. Really impressed!

**I wasn't asked to write this review, I just genuinely loved the new range, and the new delivery service and wanted to fill you in on my glamorous outing (there are so very few of them these days! Sniff! ;) ) **

Friday, 17 October 2014

Love the Little Things #30...

This week has been such a busy one at Little Wood. My head is spinning a bit! I'm so looking forward to relaxing this weekend with our special visitors, the lovely Potty Mouthed Mummy family. We have lots of fun things planned, I'm just really hoping the weather is kind. Keep your fingers crossed for us!

Anyhow, as always on a Friday, I'm linking up today with gorgeous butwhymummywhy for #littleloves. Hop over and take a look at the other little lovelies too!

This week the little things that we have:


Not an awful lot! It has been so busy that I have even got behind on my blog reading this week. This causes me mild anxiety, much in the same way the Sky planner does when it drops below 50%.
I know - weirdo.
I'll do better next week!

Oh, but does Pinterest count? Can we say that counts? I love it. You can check out how much in the Made section!


So we binge watched Peaky Blinders and are all up to date. Still loving it!

And The Apprentice too, naturally.
I'm maybe completely naive and backward, living over here in the sticks, but are people actually like this in the corporate world?? I thought Mr M was going to internally combust at one point over the total dick-i-ness (a new word of my own creation) of those male candidates. I know they ham it up for the cameras but it's so alien to us here in Ireland to be like that.
We're more likely to tell you why you shouldn't give us the job.


Right, it's been 30 weeks but finally, FINALLY I have something of note for here. You can thank Pinterest (and Mr M for facilitating wood cutting procedures!)

We made:

A Thankful Tree - you'll find all the details here.

Log chalkboards - really prettying up our fireplaces!

And I put together this little floral gift for a friend who had asked me for lunch...

There's a creative spark in there somewhere lovely readers!


Cosy knits and bobble hats...

Muted colours and faux fur..,

Autumnal shades and a new fringe for a fab press event (more on this next week!)


Time outdoors and beautiful sunny days...

Decorating for Autumn...

This blanket! Cable knit on one side, fleece on the other. Is that not blanket perfection?

I hope that you have a really great weekend whatever you are up to.
Our PottyMouths at LittleWood adventures will, no doubt, be appearing on Instagram and Twitter over the weekend if you want to keep up to date with them. Fingers crossed for sunny selfies rather than soggy ones!

See you next week!

E x


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Tuesday, 14 October 2014

The Thankful Tree...

A month or so back my gorgeous friend Karen from Making Memories in the Chaos posted her Autumn Bucket List. One of the ideas on it, that really caught my eye, was to make a 'thankful tree'. with the kiddos.
Now, you'll have gathered that I'm not a great one for the old mother/child crafts. Playdough has not yet found its way to Little Wood, and I have to frequently sit on my hands to stop myself taking over with painting/drawing/cutting out activities.
Tell me I'm not the only one? Please??
But this seemed like something we could do with minimal mess, and something that might just look a bit pretty into the bargain.
(Side Note: *there's a reasonable chance that I have 'fixed' the finished arrangement before photographing it. Baby steps lovely readers, baby steps.)

I guess the notion of a thankful tree is an American one really, coming from the idea of Thanksgiving. But I love the concept of writing down the things we are thankful for, and that even someone as small as Annie can take a moment (between Doc McStuffins and Barbie going to the hairdressers) to appreciate some of the things she is fortunate to have.

Here are some pictures from our craft adventures, and the finished article too!
Warning: There are lots of pictures - it may take a while to load!

And me?
Well I'm thankful, so very thankful, for days spent with these people, in this beautiful place.

E x

To make a Thankful Tree:

  • Collect twigs and branches
  • Display in a jug or bucket
  • Add artificial leaves if you like - ours are Oak and Maple ones, and are from Amazon
  • Cut out some leaf shapes from plain cardboard
  • Punch a hole and add string or ribbon to tie
  • Write your message and hang them on!

Easy Peasy, even for this non-crafty Mama!

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