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Recovering garden cushions, I Quit Sugar and a new podcast… #LittleLoves

by Clare Mansell
Recovering garden cushions, I Quit Sugar and a new podcast… #LittleLoves

This week I’ve been running around trying to do all the things I didn’t achieve last week while it was half-term – I think a few of us know that feeling! Still I managed to squeeze in some holiday preparations, social media education and summer planning. Here’s what I’ve been up to…


Like Morgana I also recently bought the I Quit Sugar book and did so for three reasons. Firstly we have an amazing Paleo/Vegan/Sugar Free pop up cafe that runs once a month near us and the cakes and treats they make are amazing and I could happily eat them forever without missing sugar. Secondly I have always suffered from terrible sugar crashes after eating sweet stuff and thirdly because I was starting to question how much sugar I should be giving Theo.


We constantly hear about “middle class mums” who give their kids too much sugar and I never thought I was one of them, but after reading the book and looking very closely at our sugar consumption I now realise that if you let you kids drink fruit juice and have a yoghurt in the same day even that’s too much sugar (yikes!) As for my own sugar free journey, I did not stick as rigidly to the plan as the book dictates and allowed myself fruit, the occasional biscuit and the very occasional solitary piece of small dark chocolate. What I began to realise is that sugar is in a whole bunch of stuff we don’t want it in like mayonnaise, fish cakes and crisps and that I could quite happily live without those things in order to have a small bit of something sweet occasionally. I will do a post at some point about my whole sugar free journey, but it has been a very eye opening journey.

Also on my reading list for this months is The Versions Of Us which I am making slow progress with (my fault, not the books!) but very much looking forward to reading properly when we go on holiday later this month…



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I’m sure I’m not the only one who loves Springwatch? If you’ve been following the programme this week you might know that yesterday they shortlisted some suggestions of common names for a hermit crab, including “Pheonix Crab” and I don’t wish to brag, but I was the first one to tweet that in last night. It didn’t win, but quite exciting to see Michaela Strachan championing it on the show.



This week I’ve mostly been making bread (I bake several times a week just to keep up with my family’s consumption!) and recovering the cushions for our garden furniture. It’s a very cheap and unglamourous job as I’m just using old curtain fabric and unpicking the old cushions in order to reuse zips.


Last year Jim revarnished the wooden furniture the cushions go on and I’ve been REALLY slow doing my side of the job, but when it’s finally done the whole set will look as good as new. I’m quite motivated to get it done as we have three parties lined up this summer and I’ve already had to apologise to most of our friends about the old ones which are “only temporary cause I’m recovering them”



I don’t have any exciting outfits to share this week, but I have been trying on a a lot of things in preparation for a French holiday we are taking in a few weeks. I found a fab longer length shapewear swimsuit from Simply Be (the first time I have ever shopped with them!) and a couple of great Boden toweling pull-overs for the kids to wear poolside.


I’m desperately hoping that we have warm weather to enjoy lots of pool time. It’s nine years ago this summer that we had our brief (3 night) honeymoon in France and it was



This week I discovered the Social Media Marketing Podcast which is not only a very useful listen, but also a really enjoyable one. I’ve already discovered two great apps from it and enjoyed listening to how Instagrams new features might rival WhatsApp. It’s really worth downloading to have a listen while you have a few minutes. You can find out more at the Social Media Examiner website or just subscribe via iTunes.



Whilst we’ve been thinking about what we want to do this summer we’ve been thinking about how to make the most of our Merlin Annual Pass. We are ambassadors this year and visited Legoland a couple of months ago. Next month we plan to do an overnight London trip to visit the Coca Cola London Eye, Madame Tussauds and The Dungeons and we still have to squeeze in the Sea Life Centre in Brighton and Thorpe Park!


If you fancy having a fun filled summer. Merlin annual pass have just announced a summer sale for the whole of this month with prices starting from £109 per person, giving you access to 32 top attraction sin the UK. If you want to know more head to www.merlinannualpass.co.uk

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1 comment

Morgana June 10, 2016 - 10:05 am

So pleased I’ve had someone to chat to about the whole no sugar thing! Even if that usually just means me having a good old moan, haha!
The Boden towelling cover ups are fantastic aren’t they/ My girls have them and they are perfect for the beach. N even just throws her’s on after her late evening swimming lessons and goes home with it just over her swimming costume!!
Have a fun weekend xx


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