Friday, 28 April 2017

#LITTLELOVES: 13 Reasons Why, Desk Organisation and Homemade Soup

This was my last full working week, thanks to the bank holiday next week, prior to maternity leave. I seriously can't believe I'm almost starting my second maternity leave, in some ways it feels like last time yet in others it couldn't be more different. I'm certainly a lot less prepared this time, as soon as I properly start my first job is to shop for and pack my hospital bag! Time is ticking and it would truly be a panic if I don't have it ready in time. I'm also excited to start booking in for a couple of pampering treatments and getting my hair cut - that's the hope anyway :)

Things I want my sons to know by Laura from Five Little Doves blog. I loved reading this blog post about the thing Laura wishes her two sons will learn as they grow up. Though I don't have any sons most of these messages I'd also like my daughter's to grow up knowing too. Especially be kind, learn to have fun without alcohol, look after your siblings, it's okay to make mistakes, be proud of yourself and love with all of your heart to name a few.  
13 Reasons Why. I started watching this after seeing it pop up on quite a few #LittleLoves posts and I'm so glad I did. It's truly gripping and does leave you asking questions. If you've not heard of it before it's a series on Netflix about a teenage girl who committed and the reasons why she did. At first I had to persuade my husband to watch it with me, he wasn't convinced it would be any good. Oh how wrong was he?! It's now him suggesting we watch it and moaning if I dare talk throughout it. I think we're on episode five, so still plenty to go.

I know I've mentioned this before in this section, but the most magical thing I heard this week was our baby's heartbeat again. I had my 34 week midwife appointment on Thursday, which went well other than baby being back to back. So lots of kneeling on all fours to try and get baby to move around is now on the cards.

Sweetcorn Chowder. This soup was inspired by the recipe Cathryn published over on her lovely blog, Little Paper Swans. I didn't have any leeks, so I used red onion instead and it was really delicious. I made the soup using low salt stock, which meant Isabella could enjoy it too. I'd not really made a sweetcorn based soup before, but the addition of couscous makes this a pretty substantial lunch choice. Also, can we take a minute to appreciate how cute this bamboo penguin plate is? It was an absolute bargain at £1.50 from Aldi, just wish I had picked up more now.  

Over last weekend the weather was just beautiful, the sun shone but it wasn't too hot. My perfect kind of day! Isabella was given this pretty floral sun hat for her birthday and the weekend was the first time she had worn it. Last year we spent the whole summer constantly battling with Isabella to keep her sun hat on, straps or no straps she'd somehow get it off. Yet so far this year she has loved having it on, so fingers crossed that this attitude continues.



As I now only have two more day left at work before maternity leave starts I have started to get organised. This started with tidying my desk, which I haven't worked at for months. Sitting on the sofa is seriously uncomfortable these days, as the baby sits right under my ribs. So in an attempt to be more comfortable I'm going to sit at my desk to work from now on. It makes me feel so much more productive, organised and like I can attack my to-do list head on.

What have you been loving this week?



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Helen x
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23 comments

  1. I've seen so many people mentioning 13 Reasons Why, it sounds so gripping - I may have to give it a go. How exciting that you're almost on maternity leave! It's so exciting getting everything prepared. I remember it always made me realise just close we were to having a baby though haha xx

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  2. How exciting that you are almost on maternity leave. I've started watching 13 reasons why its so addictive. I recently found out its based on a book which I'll definitely have to check out.

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  3. I've just finished watching 13 Reasons Why and loved it! It's so sad, but addictive. Best of luck with your maternity leave xx

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  4. Ooooo maternity leave and a new baby on the way. How lovely. I just love your desk area. I really need to sort mine. I sit on the bed and I really shouldn't. I love your 13 reasons why.

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  5. That sweetcorn chowder looks gorgeous! Will have to give that a go. And I DEFINITELY need to give 13 Reasons Why a go, given how many people are talking about it. Hope the time goes fast before maternity leave, and have a great weekend :) #LittleLoves

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  6. Enjoy your leave. My eldest has got me into 13 reasons why although I've only seen parts of episodes as I walk in on him watching it. I want to read the book after just to see how they adapted it! The sweetcorn chowder looks delicious too.

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  7. Your desk looks lovely! That penguin plate is so cute, might have to send my mum to the Aldi near her to see if they have any left. Hope you manage to put your feet up and enjoy a bit of pampering during your maternity leave. Enjoy your last week at work! #littleloves

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  8. My to watch list is getting longer, I have heard so many good things about 13 Reasons Why.. Netflix always air the good-uns! Will have to add it to my favourites to watch! Have a wonderful weekend.. Popping over from #LittleLove

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  9. Oh your desk looks gorgeous. Love the colors and tidyness. I need to rework my work space soon. I had it all clear and organized and work happened. Everyone is talking about 13 reasons why I must check it out. Happy bank holiday weekend #littleloves

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  10. I have not heard of 13 reasons, will have to look it up

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  11. Thank you for including me in this, that's so kind of you. I've never seen 13 reasons why but I'm going to watch it tonight!!

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  12. Snap on 13 Reasons Why! We're about half way through now and we are gripped! I need to try that sweetcorn chowder, I've never made anything like it before but it looks so good (And that plate is so cute!!) Have a lovely weekend xxx

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  13. Your little loves always take me back to 12 months ago when I was in your position. Love your desk. I got the apple shaped plate from Aldi but I paid full price. The penguin is so cute. Love the sun hat. I now have two girls who don't want to wear hats!

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  14. I keep hearing about 13 reasons why... I'll add it to our televisual schedule :)

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  15. Its always amazing to hear your babies heartbeat isn't it <3
    I also used to listen to it when I went to my appointments!

    LOVE the idea of this post

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  16. How exciting that you heard your baby's heartbeat! Amazing. It makes everything so real doesn't it?

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  17. Yay good luck with maternity leave and how amazing that you got to hear your baby's heartbeat. That sweetcorn chowder sounds tasty!

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  18. Hope you have a fab maternity leave, even though you say you aren't that organised you seem it. Love your desk space and hope you can retreat to it soon to write between feeds. x

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  19. I've not heard of 13 reasons why but it sounds great - off to investigate further!

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  20. I've just finished 13 reasons its so addictive. Yey to maternity leave and that penguin tray is so cute! #littleloves

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  21. Yay for maternity leave! Not long now until baby comes, so exciting! I hope baby moves around for you.
    13 Reasons is so addictive isn't it? xx

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  22. Love your desk area, I have to keep mine organised or it drives me mad else! Exciting times ahead with a baby on the way and maternity leave. Wishing you all the very best :) x

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