10 Things I’m Loving Lately {April 2016}

It’s that time of the month again where I join in with Stevie’s Ten Things linky. . So here are a few things I’ve been loving in April…

1 – Time with the Children

With work, school, blogging and everything else it’s often hard to have quality time with the children – at the same time. This month we have had so much time together and the children have loved making crafts and baking.

10 Things I'm Loving Lately {April 2016}

We also spent a weekend at Alton Towers which gave us such a great amount of family time and it was lovely to see how well the children got on together – as well as what a great time they had too!

10 Things I'm Loving Lately {April 2016}

We went to Disney on Ice with the children too and this has to be a highlight of their year so far. They absolutely loved it and I can’t wait to take them again in the future.

10 Things I'm Loving Lately {April 2016}

The last part of time with the children is all about 2p machines. They are one big love of mine when we go anywhere and I love introducing the children to the pastime too. LP and Little Man loved playing on 2p machines whilst we were away – although we didn’t win any plastic tat from them this time.

10 Things I'm Loving Lately {April 2016}

2 – Evening Hot Chocolate with Friends

My bestie and I have started a new thing. We have a big Next store close to us that is open until 10pm and has a Costa in it. We have decided to visit there regularly for hot chocolate, a good catch up and a shopping fix too. I’d recommend this to anyone who doesn’t see their friends as often as they would like.

10 Things I'm Loving Lately {April 2016}

3 – LP Growing So Fast!

Last week LP had her very first school disco and it has made me realise just how fast she is growing. Soon she’ll be having friends round for dinner, sleepovers and everything else. She has already had a letter home about her first school coach trip – she’ll be a teenager before I know it!

10 Things I'm Loving Lately {April 2016}

4 – Gardening

I have started to get back into gardening this month with the brighter weather and the children have loved helping me in the garden too. We have started tidying up the vegetable patches and pruning back last year’s strawberry plants ready for the new season. I can’t wait for a summer full of home grown fruit again!

10 Things I'm Loving Lately {April 2016}

5 – A New Mattress

Getting a new mattress is like getting a whole new bed and this month we have enjoyed sleeping on a mattress that isn’t as old as our marriage! I hadn’t fully appreciated how lovely a new mattress would be and having one is just pure heaven!

10 Things I'm Loving Lately {April 2016}

6 – Running

This month I have got back into running thanks to a little challenge. It has been so nice to get outside, to feel healthier and to get into a bit of a fitness routine. It’s also great to have some ‘me time’ which doesn’t happen often.

7 – Brunch

Brunch is easily my favourite meal of the day but one we don’t have often. You can’t easily have breakfast, brunch and lunch so brunch is often forgotten. Little Man and I went into London earlier this month for a lovely blogging brunch and it has definitely made me make time for brunch in future.

10 Things I'm Loving Lately {April 2016}

8 – Peanut Butter on Toast

For me, there is no indulgence quite like peanut butter on toast. It’s something I have for breakfast, for lunch, in the evening or any other time when I’m feeling peckish. Crunchy or smooth? Crunchy every, single, time!

10 Things I'm Loving Lately {April 2016}

9 – Meals Out

This month we have had a few meals out – we went to review Harvester and has one of the best family meals we have ever had. The food was great and it was just such a lovely atmosphere with the children.

10 Things I'm Loving Lately {April 2016}

We also had a pizza making party with Pizza Express that the children loved – Little Man couldn’t have been happier making his own pizza and it was such a lovely experience for the children – especially getting to eat it after!

10 Things I'm Loving Lately {April 2016}

We also had a meal at Handmade Burger Co which was lovely! Little Man only ate corn on the cob – his favourite thing in the world – but the rest of us filled up on burgers and chips a plenty! If you go I would recommend their Sunday lunch burgers, not just on a Sunday. They have roast style burgers served in two Yorkshire puddings instead of a traditional bun. The lamb one I had was immense!

10 Things I'm Loving Lately {April 2016}

10 -Lamb Stew

I made lamb stew this month for the first time in maybe forever. It tasted just like meals from my childhood and may well be my new favourite home cooked meal. A big bowl of hearty goodness served with crusty break. What’s not to love?

10 Things I'm Loving Lately {April 2016}

You can read more of what people having been loving lately over on Stevie’s Ten Things linky. I’d love to hear what you’ve been loving this month!



  1. April 25, 2016 / 8:37 pm

    I am so jealous of your hot chocolate night out! I wish we had a Next shop that opened that late with a Costa, that is like my idea of heaven. Lovely to see you have had lots of lovely time with your little ones, we love Disney on Ice too. x #TenThings

  2. April 25, 2016 / 9:14 pm

    Lovely way to reflect on the month. Getting time for myself away from the kids can be a challenge, I love the idea of late night shopping and drinks; options might be a bit limited near me but I will seek them out! Exercise too. Thanks for the inspiration. #tenthings

  3. April 26, 2016 / 8:08 am

    I’m loving the evening hot chocolate idea! Running would be on my list too.

  4. April 26, 2016 / 1:37 pm

    I LOVE 2p machines. I am dreadful and will stand at one for aaaaaages just to win some crummy keyring haha!! I really want to take mine to Disney on Ice – if not just so I get to go 😉 xx

  5. April 27, 2016 / 7:38 pm

    Love the idea of meeting up with your bestie for a shop and a hot chocolate. I might make this suggestion to my best friend. I love reading all your meal out reviews Donna, and we have only been to Harvester once which was years ago. Must try it again soon x

  6. May 3, 2016 / 6:55 am

    What a lot of wonderful things! I especially love the evening date with your bestie! Fab! xx

  7. May 4, 2016 / 12:50 pm

    Great round up! It’s my first time taking part in #TenThings! What a fab linky! Love the baking shot of A and T! So lovely! Noah loves to bake too!

  8. May 5, 2016 / 11:36 pm

    Oh you have so tortured me with all the carbs here…. I always love your round ups, we love 2p machines and I’m working on my running at the moment. Glad you had a well deserved brilliant month 🙂

    Stevie xx

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