Liked and Loved {January 2018}

Last year I did Little Loves every week and also joined in with Liked and Loved every month but I felt like I was duplicating a lot of things. So this year I have decided to just do one long post of all the things I’ve loved that month. It’s a great way of focusing on the positives and realising that any negatives are thankfully few and far between.

So here are the some of the things I’ve loved in January:

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Every couple of years, without fail, I read the Harry Potter books from start to finish. It takes me about six weeks and for that time I am completely absorbed in the books – I love them.

But, for Christmas Dave bought me Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. I had put off buying the book myself as I didn’t know how I’d feel with the book being a script rather than a novel. And the idea that the book would never be a movie, purely a stage show, made me a little sad.

Putting that aside, I started reading the book on Boxing Day evening and had finished it by the following lunch time. It was gripping and, as it’s the script to a play and not a standalone ‘book’ it cut out a lot of the scene setting that takes time to read. The book was just blow by blow, important dialogue and exchanges between characters making it not only easy to read but it meant every single page was so relevant and part of the story. It was SUCH a great read and I now really want to go and see it on stage.

Grown Up Chocolate

Oh I love chocolate. It’s a bit of a guilty pleasure. But sometimes there is nothing nicer than a really good quality chocolate bar – not a simple everyday chocolate bar but something a bit more decadent and indulgent. Something like Grown Up Chocolate.

The Grown Up Chocolate Company have created a range of chocolate bars reminiscent of the chocolate we enjoyed as children, but reimagined for grown ups only. It’s all handmade in Harlow and uses only the highest quality ingredients with 41% of pure cocoa solids!

The range includes flavours like Superb Salted Peanut Caramel, Crunchy Crispy Toffee Trilogy, Glorious Coconut Hocus Pocus and Very Naughty Nutty Nougat. The flavours work really well together and after having a bar you feel so satisfied. We don’t have that ‘eat all the chocolate’ feeling and instead just want to eat one bar and really enjoy it.

The Grown Up Chocolate Company even have the option to create your own chocolate bar using a whole host of ingredients which means you can make the perfect chocolate for your tastes – or the perfect gift too. It’s a range I will definitely be buying from again.


Oh I love Brighton – hence why it’s on this list. I haven’t been to Brighton since the children were tiny but we had a weekend there at the start of the month and it made me remember how much I loved visiting before the children came along. It was just so nice to see them love it as much as me too.

The Runnymede Hotel

We had such a lovely weekend at The Runnymede Hotel which is pretty local to us – only about twenty minutes away. It’s one of the most family friendly hotels we have ever stayed in and we loved relaxing, swimming, playing – and all the great food!

Kite Flying

I loved kite flying as a child. It was the ultimate simple please. But this month we introduced the children to kite flying – and they loved it. We were only out for an out on a bitterly cold morning but the children had a great time.


Last month I got braces fitted at The Dental Studio and it’s only really this month that I have felt completely comfortable with them. They now don’t really hurt aside from when they get adjusted each month and I can eat and talk with them without a problem. I have already seen such a change in my teeth and it’s great to start seeing movement so soon – I’m so happy with the progress so far.

Garden Work

Work on our garden started this week and it is just so exciting! The garden has been a mess since the extension was finished and it’s really needed sorting but winter put us off starting anything. But, now Christmas is out the way we are ploughing on and you can read about our plans here. I can’t wait to share the finished garden with you!

So there you have it. A month full of treats, adventures and getting stuff done. I love being productive and this month has been a very productive month. I wonder what February will bring?

A Cornish Mum
Disclosure: I was sent the chocolate featured above for inclusion in this post and my braces are part of an ongoing collaboration however all opinions are my own.


  1. January 27, 2018 / 12:31 pm

    The chocolate sound really nice. And I can’t believe how quickly you read that Harry Potter book!

  2. January 30, 2018 / 2:55 pm

    I am the same with the Harry Potter books, I have just re-read them all over Christmas. I haven’t read the Cursed Child so I will have to get a copy. I have never been to Brighton but keep hearing how nice it is xx #likedandloved

  3. January 30, 2018 / 9:23 pm

    Oh that chocolate sounds amazing! I feel like such a outcast for saying this but I just can’t get into Harry Potter (much to my husbands dismay) – my daughter has just started reading them and loves it. Sounds like a good start to the year! #likedandloved

  4. January 30, 2018 / 9:49 pm

    My goodness you are a fast reader!!! My hubby has read all of the HP books too, I don’t know how you find the time, Donna, you must never sleep!! x

  5. February 2, 2018 / 9:20 pm

    I loved The Cursed Child but I reckon I’d be a wreck if I ever saw it on the stage!

  6. February 4, 2018 / 5:27 pm

    Totally agree with the love of being productive just not the dust that accompanies it. #likedandloved

  7. February 5, 2018 / 12:15 am

    Ah, I LOVED Cursed Child, I need to read that again, and getting tickets for the show is a new years resolution.
    Those braces look great on you, Donna!

  8. February 6, 2018 / 10:25 pm

    I really want to read the Harry Potter books again – I haven’t read them again since the first time! I’ve not read The Cursed Child either – I’ve been avoiding it for the same reasons as you but maybe I should give it a try! The plans for your garden sound ace – I bet it will be lovely when it’s finished. Our back garden needs so much work but we just don’t have the money to do it at the moment. One day 🙂 #LikedandLoved

  9. February 17, 2018 / 10:43 am

    What an ace month, although obviously this one is better already since you’ve seen me ha! That chocolate sounds amazing and I am so happy for you with how your braces are going, as I know how long you had wanted them for. I’ve just seen the photos of your almost completed garden on Facebook and it looks amazing!

    Thanks for joining in with #LikedandLoved again,

    Stevie xx

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