The Undateables, George Michael and Building Work #LittleLoves

This year I am hoping to take part in Little Loves every week. It’s a linky I have loved joining in with in the past and I love reading other bloggers Little Loves posts but it was the first thing I let slide last year when I was busy with blog work. This year I’m going to make Little Loves a priority and will share the things we’ve been getting up to each week as a little way to kick off the weekend.

So here we go with the things we’ve been loving this week:


I have been reading The Million Dollar Blog this week. It’s something I added to my Amazon basket a couple of months ago and have only just started reading. Now, don’t get me wrong, I never want to earn a million dollars from this blog – it’s not something I aspire to. But, I am always looking for ways to better myself and better this blog.

The Undateables, George Michael and Building Work #LittleLoves

The Million Dollar Blog has a lot of case studies and interviews form high profile bloggers – many who I know and respect. Having information and advice direct from the people you look up to in the industry definitely makes the book more appealing and I have definitely had a few learning points from it. Whatever stage of blogging you’re at I think this would be a worthwhile read.


Hubby and I started watching the new series of The Undateables this week which is always top of our viewing list but this week it actually featured a postman from our town so we got to point our familiar locations, making it even more entertaining!

Since the Christmas break Hubby and I have been having regular movie nights at home and I have been switching the laptop off a lot more. It’s been great for realigning priorities and making me appreciate us time a lot more.

Over the last week we’ve watched a few movies – the first being Independence Day which we watched purely because we had Independence Day: Resurgence to watch afterwards. Independence Day is a pretty epic movie and to think that it’s 20 years old it is still one of the best movies of it’s genre and definitely competes well with modern alternatives. The original was a lot better than the sequel too – but, they’ve left it open for another movie and I’ll be excited to see what happens next in the Independence Day franchise.


Coincidentally, having no knowledge of current affairs or pop culture, LP has decided that Last Christmas is her favourite song in the world and is still singing it almost daily. She doesn’t know who George Michael is, she doesn’t know he died, she doesn’t care that Christmas is over and she just loves the song. But, I love walking to school singing along with her each morning and I’m George Michael would be pleased that his music has resonated with a whole new generation.


We made a trip to Wales at the start of the week and it was a great way to start the year and finish the Christmas holidays. It was so nice to take just over 24 hours out of our typical routine, relax in a hotel, wander around Cardiff and spend some quality time together doing something different.

The Undateables, George Michael and Building Work #LittleLoves


I have been wrapped up in winter woolies all week – it’s suddenly got so cold. It’s all about wooly hats, chunky scarves, fluffy jumpers and furry boots in my life right now – the more layers the better! I bought the nicest jumper in the Matalan sale too (it’s in the photo above) – it ticks every box.

The Undateables, George Michael and Building Work #LittleLoves

and lastly…

We have made huge progress on our extension this week, with our old external wall coming down and the steel joists being put in. After a hiccup early in December and the builders not being able to progress with the work for three weeks this was a great way to start January and it’s now full steam ahead with the work.

The Undateables, George Michael and Building Work #LittleLoves

Well that’s it for this week – have a great weekend whatever you get up to and I look forward to checking out the other Little Loves posts to see what you’ve all been up to as well.



  1. January 6, 2017 / 10:36 am

    I’m glad your extension is finally back on track – that must have been so annoying, especially over Christmas. Loving those boots! #LittleLoves

  2. January 6, 2017 / 11:08 am

    Your extension is coming along nicely! It’s been awfully cold lately and there has been a definite cold snap.. Have a wonderful weekend. Popping over from #littlelove

  3. January 6, 2017 / 12:14 pm

    It’s so exciting seeing your extension pics, we are hoping to do ours in 12 months and I can’t wait. Our current living room is tiny and as the boys get bigger it will be a bit of a squash so we’re having a lovely big kitchen/dining/living space put on the back with folding doors to the garden.
    Love the new jumper, perfect for the cold weather we’re having. xx

    • January 6, 2017 / 1:43 pm

      This time last year we said we’d aim to have the plans drawn up by the end of the year. Look at us now! I love that it just went full steam ahead – I just can’t wait for it to be finished now! x

  4. January 6, 2017 / 12:42 pm

    Love those boots and what a gorgeous family selfie in the mirror. I try these and they turn out right hahaha. I have had the book in my basket too but didn’t know if it was worth it. Might read it now. hahah Not that I ever want to earn million from my blog but it will be nice to know where to go next step to take it. Feeling it needs that next bit after three years of going the same. lol Hope you had a lovely Christmas. Happy New Year, popping over from #littleloves!

    • January 6, 2017 / 1:40 pm

      I never want to make millions either but it starts with saying that it’s there to help whatever you blog for, and even if you don’t make money and just want to increase readership. I’ve learned quite a few things from it πŸ™‚ Definitely worth a read! x

  5. Halina Vie Choufleur
    January 6, 2017 / 1:09 pm

    Yay, great to see you here! Love that LP is loving Last Christmas. It really is a great song. And oh wow Donna THOSE BOOTS. Where are they from?! Really looking forward to seeing some more progress with the extension, and of course the finished article. Hope you all have a great weekend x #LittleLoves

    • January 6, 2017 / 1:37 pm

      I am so happy to be here! YAY! The boots are from Deitchman – I don’t know how to spell it. They were a review but only about Β£35! x

  6. January 6, 2017 / 1:34 pm

    Love that photo of you all! You are looking super skinny lady! I used to love the undateables but it’s not something hubby really watches and as I’m always half watching, half working I don’t get to choose! Glad the extension is going well, it will be wonderful when it’s finished.

  7. January 6, 2017 / 7:27 pm

    I was unsure whether that book is worth a read or not but I might actually check it out now that I’ve heard your views on it. Love the family pic, it’s my resolution to take more photos with Amy this year #LittleLoves

  8. January 6, 2017 / 7:28 pm

    Yaay! SO pleased to see your extension back on track – I bet you’re so relieved. Oh we LOVE The Undateables, it makes us feel all warm and fuzzy haha. Have a lovely week xxx

  9. January 6, 2017 / 8:33 pm

    Your extensions looks like it’s coming on – I hope it’s not too cold with that wall out! I caught the Undateables this week too and recognised the trampoline park! I love watching it, so glad there’s a new series on. Love that pic of you all – the gym is paying off Donna! x x

  10. January 6, 2017 / 8:57 pm

    Love the photo of all of you – I’ve vowed to get more family pictures in 2017. Glad your extension is coming along – I know that pain well, ours is complete but not decorated/furnished completely yet. Lots of little touches to do and we still need to get the flooring down! Happy New Year! Enjoy your weekend xx

  11. January 6, 2017 / 9:32 pm

    Ooh I love the sound of this linky, I’ll have to take a look in a minute and see if I can get involved.
    I’m so pleased for you that work has started on your extension again, I’m sure it’ll be done before you know it and then you can do all the fun stuff to jazz it up, yay!
    The blogging book is in my Amazon basket after you mentioned in the other day. Just waiting for pay day, I definitely need to swot up (so to speak) this year if I’m going to get in to the groove of blogging properly.
    It’s so sweet that she’s singing Last Christmas, I bet he’d be really chuffed. I’ve loved reading all of the positive stories that have come out since he passed away, what a kind heart!
    Loved reading this round-up, off to go and write my own πŸ˜‰
    X X

  12. January 7, 2017 / 1:22 am

    Sounds like you had a lovely time in Cardiff. I really want to visit again, haven’t been since I was in college! Also, yay to the extension progress! Hopefully it can get going now. I can’t wait to see your reveal! xx

  13. January 7, 2017 / 10:53 am

    Love the family photos and sounds like a lovely trip. Can’t wait to see your extension. That book sounds interesting. I can’t believe independence day is 20 years old either. I fell asleep watching the new one but that probably has more to do with how much sleep my baby is letting me have.

  14. January 7, 2017 / 11:01 am

    Happy New Year Donna – thanks for the book recommendation (and congrats on leaving your job!).

  15. January 7, 2017 / 6:46 pm

    Those boots look gorgeous, and so warm! I’ve been wondering about whether to order that book but now I’ve read what you have to say about it I think I may well have to buy it. Hope the extension work goes well, bet you can’t wait until it’s finished. Have a great weekend!

  16. January 7, 2017 / 7:01 pm

    It sounds like you’ve had a lovely week – I hope the weekend is treating you the same.

    The book you’re currently reading sounds really interesting, and I’m sure you’ll pick up some knowledge and tips from it. I don’t make anything from blogging, and don’t intend to either as it is just a hobby for me, but I’m constantly seeking out new snippets and expanding my blogging knowledge.

    I hope you enjoyed your trip to Cardiff – I’ve seen some of your posts from the trip and it sounds like you had a great time. Stepping away from the usual routine is great for your mind and wellbeing.

    Fingers crossed the rest of your extension progresses smoothly!

  17. January 7, 2017 / 9:05 pm

    I bought that book a few months ago, it’s currently 3rd in my to-read pile it sounds really good. That’s one of the things I love about blogging there is always something new to learn. I’m glad works resumed on your extension can’t wait to see it finished, hope it’s not too much longer for you now.

  18. January 7, 2017 / 9:10 pm

    So excited to see your extension Donna- not long now fingers crossed! That book is on my wishlist too, need to actually order it x #LittleLoves

  19. January 8, 2017 / 8:50 am

    Sounds like you’ve had a nice break over Christmas, we got back into watching movies too as I was switching off or not even switching the blog laptop on at all. Sadly with working full-time I’m back to blogging at night! I hope you’ve had a lovely weekend and welcome back to #littleloves

  20. January 9, 2017 / 9:47 am

    So lovely to have you joining in with #littleloves again Donna!
    That book sounds right up my street, I’m always on the look out for inspiring books so I must add this one to my wishlist.
    I’ve just caught up on The Undateables and fallen in love with the programme all over again. Have a great week xx

  21. January 11, 2017 / 11:40 am

    Oh I love your boots! I also love how well your extension is coming along now, excited for you and to see the end result!!

    Stevie x

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