Friday, 19 May 2017

#LITTLELOVES: Choc Shot Shortbread, The Unmumsy Mum and New Car

This has been a much more positive week of maternity leave, in fact I've managed to keep so busy I don't know where the week has gone! We managed to buy a new car last weekend, so I've been able to get around and see people. I met my friend's 5 week old baby at the beginning of the week, along with many mummy friends, which was so lovely. I had forgotten quite how small newborn babies are, mind you she was around 7lbs 1oz which is a lot smaller than Isabella ever was outside of my womb. So teeny tiny! I've ploughed through a lot of blogging work, ticked a lot of jobs off the to-do list and finally had carpet put into Isabella's new bedroom. Not long until she moves in there now; I can't believe it!


The Unmumsy Mum book. This isn't anything new and in fact after the release of that Daily Mail article The Unmumsy Mum has been hot news this week. But I've been reading her first book at every opportunity this week and been, quite literally, laughing out loud. In fact, crying with laughter as I read my favourite parts out to my husband. Especially the night feed 5 step routine...hilarious! We're laughing about it now, but with my due date only being two weeks away we'll be entering that tough newborn world again very soon.
Three Girls on BBC 1. It's a three part series based around the sexual abuse that happened in Rochdale. It's not an easy watch and is extremely emotional at times, but I feel like it's an important watch too. It was such an horrendous thing to repeatedly happen in Rochdale over many years and the tv programme does a really good job of making you feel like you're in the middle of both the police investigation and the girl's experiences.

The engine of my new car. As I mentioned I finally got a new car at the weekend and after a lot of initial panicking, worrying and feeling incapable of driving it I am starting to get there. It's only slightly bigger than my previous car, so although driving it is ok parking is what I'm still really nervous about. I don't understand why people want the really big cars, they take up the whole car parking space and you can barely get out of the car. Well, the fact I'm 37 weeks pregnant doesn't help either!
Choc Shot Shortbread. A friend came over for a play date on Wednesday, so I decided to make some kind of biscuit accompaniment to the inevitable endless cups of tea we'd be having. I had a go at adding Sweet Freedom Choc Shot into a shortbread recipe and they turned out really well. If you're not familiar with Choc Shot then it is essentially a chocolate flavoured fruit syrup that is only 14 calories per teaspoon (a lot less than it's chocolate counterpart!). It's delicious over fresh fruit, ice-cream, pancakes etc. or can be used to make a lower calories hot chocolate. By adding some to the shortbread mixture meant we had chocolatey shortbread without all the added calories.

I'm really struggling to be honest and with only two weeks to go I don't want to buy anything new. I ripped a dress by leaning down thanks to my huge bump, can barely fit shoes on thanks to ridiculous swelling and very much feel like a waddling beached whale (what a lovely image). I've never appreciated getting into my pyjamas quite as much as I have this week.


When my husband brings home goodies. Particularly when these goodies are baby related, it makes my heart melt. For some reason if my husband goes out of his way to buy either Isabella or the bump something it melts my heart. Perhaps it's because he doesn't do it very often or that I'm usually the person buying the clothes or that he doesn't really like shopping, either way when he came home with these tiny vests from H&M I welled up! Two words...pregnancy hormones. The addition of Krispy Kreme donuts was simply an added bonus.

What have you been loving this week?


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Helen x

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19 comments

  1. Aww how sweet of your hubby - I don't think mine ever bought anything for our little boy himself. Mmm choc shot in shortbread - shame it doesn't make the shortbread healthier or I'd be all over it like a rash, I hate dieting! I want to watch 3 Girls, need to stick it on catch up over the weekend I think. Glad you found a car you like. Have a lovely weekend x

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  2. Sounds like you've had a really productive week and those choc shot shortbread biscuits look (and sound) delicious! #littleloves

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  3. I've heard so much about three girls this week and I think I'm missing out having not watched it x

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  4. I've been watching Three Girls too, and agree that although it is such a hard watch it is so important. Those poor children, it was horrific.
    That's so sweet of your husband to bring home those treats. Mine never thinks of anything like that!
    Enjoy the weekend! xxx

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  5. I'm always the one who buys all of the clothes too! I hope you are enjoying the new car. I hope you get some rest for the remainder of your pregnancy.

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  6. My husband occasionly buys toys or books but never clothes. I'm glad your 2nd week went better and you have a car sorted now.

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  7. Three girls was awful and it's so scary to think that goes on more than we realise :(

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  8. I love the Unmumsy Mum's first book, plan on buying the second one this weekend. I think even Dads should read it just for the laughter. It helps in the early months! Pregnancy bump clothing issues are ways awkward, but on the plus side you can buy yourself a new wardrobe. I once split my work trousers when I no longer fit into them at 8 months gone. Embarassing to say the least! Good luck with the birth #ThatFridayLinky

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  9. Three girls was so good. I almost gave up after ep 1, it was so upsetting. I can't handle it, esp now being a mum. But gave ep 2 a go and glad I watched it to the end. Those girls were so so brave. Horrible.

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  10. Ooh the choc shot sounds interesting: I'll look out for it. Good luck for the next 2 weeks, the final countdown at last!

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  11. Lovely hubby! Not long now - even if it feels like miles away! I will watch the Rochdale docu, but I know it will be a difficult one. Important to watch, though!

    Kat x

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  12. Shortbread and Krispy Kreme...this post has made me hungry! I feel your pain (I'm just shy of 37 weeks) so I know how important little treats are. I've still not tried Choc Shot, despite it being mentioned practically every week at SlimmingWorld. I need to give it a go.
    #littleloves

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  13. Fab post. I need to read that book. Love me some Krispy Kreme doughnuts any day.

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  14. That shortbread looks AMAZE! hope the next few weeks fly by for you. Three Girls was harrowing yet amazing x
    #littleloves

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  15. Oh my gosh I could kill for a Krispy Kreme! And I have only ever used Choc Shot in drinks - I'll have to use it in cooking too! x

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  16. I think I'm probably the only person on the planet to say this, but I just couldn't get into the Unmumsy mum. Hurrah for gin, however, was funny. Thanks for linking up to #ThatFridayLinky

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  17. I missed the Three Girls series on BBC so I'll have to see if it is available on iPlayer

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  18. Three girls was awesome and u love Krispy Kreme Thanks for linking to the #THAT FRIDAY LINKY come back next week please

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