A few of my favourite things #93

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Well, that’s my last week of annual leave gone for the summer. In true Emma fashion, I managed to spend the whole time nursing a cold. But, also in true Emma fashion, I didn’t let it get me down. Much. We had a full seven days together as a family (well, Jenson had his usual nursery sessions except for his sick day – yep, so well timed!), including a pretty fun weekend. Here’s a look at what I loved last week.

Amazon Prime

I caved and signed up for Prime so I could watch Station 19 and Good Omens. And that’s not all – New Girl is on there too! I’ll definitely be getting stuck into that when I’ve finished The Mindy Project. If you’ve not tried this awesome service before, you can sign up for a 30-day free trial via my affiliate link. Free videos for you and a little summin-summin for me. Everyone’s a winner ;)

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Confession time: I haven’t read all of the Harry Potter books. I’m reading them all for the first time courtesy of the new Hufflepuff 20th anniversary editions. I’m enough of a fan to have seen all of the films on release and know which house I’m in but I avoided the books growing up. Such a snob. Obviously I have no problem reading children’s books or young adult titles these days. You can buy it on Amazon for £5.73.

Harry Potter Hufflepuff 20th anniversary editions

Mojito popsicles

Oh my gosh, these taste so good! I spotted them in Iceland for £2 and had to try them. I’ll certainly be stocking up next time I’m passing because they’re my go-to dessert at the moment. The alcohol content is super low but they taste like real mojitos. GET IN MY BELLY!!!

Mojito popsicles

A new Big Boy Bed

Jenson recently turned four and still sleeps in our bed for the most part. In case you’re new around these parts, this wasn’t something we did from birth. We started when we moved house when he was about 16 months old, to help him settle, and he never really went into his own room. He falls asleep in our bed, gets moved to his if I’m still awake, then wanders back in when he wakes up in the night.

We hoped that buying him a traditional single bed and allowing him to pick out his own bedding would be exciting and encourage him to sleep on his own  – which it did, until it was time to go to sleep. We’re a few days in and have been able to do stories in his bed, with his toys and night light, but he still likes a cuddle while he falls asleep. To be honest, I’m happy to oblige. He starts Big School soon and I’m more aware than ever of how fast he’s growing up. He won’t want these cuddles much longer.

Plus, by not falling asleep in my bed, it means I stay awake and actually manage a good two or three hours in the office before he wakes up and wanders back to my room.

PJ Masks duvet set

Family weekend

Last week, Luke had his first weekend off of the year and, while we spent more money than we would usually do over the course of a weekend, we had a load of fun.

We took Jenson to the fair on Saturday, where he rode on a train and a fire engine, went down a massive slide, and ran through a fun house, before going to The Happy Meal Shop to get some more Max (aka Secret Life of Pets 2) toys. He was a very happy bunny and was absolutely shattered.

On Sunday we went swimming as a family, instead of the usual one of us accompanying him for his lesson. Jenson was so excited to show Luke the slide we went on a couple of weeks ago and he even swam a couple of times unaided. I can’t wait to tell his swimming teacher on Thursday and see what we can do to further encourage this development.

We also met my brother and his family at the park in the afternoon. Jenson doesn’t get to see his big cousin as often now that he’s started school so it was great to have this time together.

Mum guilt well and truly eased ahead of the next working week.

What are you looking forward to this week? I’m looking forward to taking Jenson to see Toy Story 4 (or Potato Head 4, as he calls it) at the weekend.

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