The Friday Focus 05/06/15

A combination of hubby having been away in Germany since Sunday morning, several unsettled nights and bedtime struggles, getting the monthly church magazine put together for printing plus some much-needed updates to the website and trying (and mostly failing) to keep on top of blogmin has left me feeling rather knackered this week. I’ve been mostly surviving on copious amounts of coffee, sneaky chocolate scoffed whilst hiding behind kitchen cupboard doors and not enough sleep! On the plus side, the sun has been shining and there have been a lot of fun moments this week to make up for the overwhelming to-do list!

The Friday Focus 05/06/15 - Little Hearts, Big Love


Out and About:

We’ve been making the most of the lovely sunshine with a walk along the canal and afternoons exploring various local parks, including Langley Park which is very pretty at the moment with all the rhododendrons in full bloom.

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Fun at home:
We’ve been doing a lot of crafts at home this week. Jessica had fun making herself a bracelet using a pipe-cleaner and foam beads and we have been doing a lot of sea-themed craft activities – making various fish and sea creatures. There’ll be more about our sea-themed crafts next week on the blog.

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We’ve also been enjoying time out in the garden in the sunshine and I’ve made a little more progress with trying to clear out some more of the shrubs in the garden.

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Time for me:

I had a little time for myself on Saturday before hubby went away and went clothes shopping for the first time in ages, treating myself to a few new things with my birthday gift cards.

On the blog:

I’m co-hosting “In Honour of Father’s Day 2015” – a linky for posts about dads – with Christina from Ladybug Home & Designs and Vicki from Ellibearbabi. It’s open throughout June and old and new posts are welcome, so if you’ve been writing about dads, please do come along and link up.

Next week will see the launch of my new guest post series “Parenting Pep-talk” which is all about sharing helpful tips and giving positive encouragement when it comes to parenting. I’ll be sharing a post from a different guest blogger every other Thursday and if you’d like to get involved, do feel free to email me at



My happiest moment:
Watching the girls together just before bedtime – Jessica standing in the hallway, arms outstretched and waiting for cuddles while Sophie kept running away to the end of the hallway and then running back to give her sister a big hug. It was so lovely to hear them laughing and then watching them have a big cuddle.


Next week I would like to:

Spend some time with my mum and my family and get back on top of the blogmin! I’m looking forward to hubby being back home again on Monday.


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43 thoughts on “The Friday Focus 05/06/15

  1. Hugs hon! No wonder you’re knackered! I know what you mean about keeping up with the blogmin, sometimes it feels like an impossible task. Love the girls giving bug cuddles, Monkey and I play that game and I so look forward to the day where he and LM play it together xx

    1. Thanks Caroline – hopefully I’ll get a chance to relax and/or catch up at the weekend! The big cuddle game is so much fun, isn’t it? 🙂

  2. Aaaah the girls giving cuddles are the sweetest. I’m sure the wipe away some of your tiredness. Hugs to you, too. xx

  3. No wonder you’re knackered! Sometimes it does feel never ending doesn’t it, the admin on top of routine generally. But as you say, at least the sun has been shining for most of the week.

  4. Sounds exhausting! Good job we’ve had sunshine, too, to lighten the load. Love that little video, very sweet 🙂 Hope next week’s an easier one for you. Thanks for sharing with #WotW x

    1. Thank you Jocelyn – sunshine always makes things better doesn’t it? Lovely to link up with #WotW again 🙂

  5. Sounds like you’re squeezing in ever so much lovely, no wonder you’re so knackered! Hope things calm down once hubs is back. Hugs to you 🙂

  6. Aw what a lovely little video, its lovely to see them laughing and the lovely bond. The weahter has been so much better hasn’t it, although it has been rotten today again grrr lets hope it picks up again. My hubby is away too this weekend so hard work isn’t it, we were meant to be going with him butJoe had an accident so we couldn’t go x

    1. So sorry to hear about Joe’s accident and hope he is better now. It is hard when the hubby is away isn’t it?

  7. Oh what a busy week you had with your husband away!! The girls are precious in the video. I love watching my kids hug and be kind to each other, such special moments. I’m looking forward to your craft post 🙂 #HappyDays x

    1. Thanks Sherry – I enjoyed having that time to myself and always lovely to have some new outfits 🙂

  8. Hi Louise, there is no sound quite like the sound of giggling children, is there? It’s full of innocence and mischief! And isn’t the summer the worst time for keeping on top of blogging…Or is that just me?


    1. Thanks Debbie – I think you’re right about summer being the worst time to keep on top of blogmin – getting out and about enjoying the sunshine is much more appealing! 🙂

  9. Ive learnt a new term today – blogmin! my evenings are full of it too and its tough when the other half is away, can relate to that. Hope next week is better for you. Looking forward to hearing about your sea themed week :). #HappyDays

    1. I love the word “blogmin” – can’t remember where I first heard it. It’s just a good way of describing it!

  10. Oh Louise!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Langley park is where I went to meet Aby the other week! We shall have to get a group of us next time!! Thank you for joining in with #HappyDaysLinky x

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