Half Term, Conjunctivitis and The Girl on the Train… #littleloves

This week has felt oh so long, despite only being in work Monday-Wednesday; those last few days of term dragged, as they always seem to, and I felt like I was crawling to the holidays! I had a sore and irritated eye for a couple of days, and was in no way surprised when I woke up with conjunctivitis this morning (children sure do love to share their germs don’t they?). Thankfully, due to two late-night training evenings, which I resented at the time but feel really grateful for now, we have a whole two extra days of half term to enjoy, and my time off started when I finally made it home at 7.55pm on Wednesday, luckily just in time for Bake Off! Anyway, the weekend is here, and these are the things I have been loving this week. This week I have…


So many blog posts about pumpkin patches. I love them! They make me want to find a pumpkin patch near here, but is it acceptable to go without children, or is it weird to be so excited about picking your own pumpkin as a 27-year-old? Here are some of my favourites…

An Autumnal Afternoon At The Pumpkin Patch – Life With Mrs Lee

Pumpkin Patch – Miss Betty and Me

Pumpkin Picking at Farmer Copleys – Emma Plus Three

A Visit to the Pumpkin Patch – Milk and Nappies


All of the TV programs that my husband hates while he was away at the weekend! Well mainly 23 episodes of Coronation Street… My mum refers to this binge watching of Corrie as a ‘coronatiathon’. I didn’t actually get through them all, and mostly just had them on in the background whilst I had a big tidy up.

Yesterday my husband and I had a rare mid-week day off together so I dragged him to watch The Girl on the Train. I read the book whilst on honeymoon and LOVED it, despite it not being the kind of thing I usually read. I enjoyed the film (and so did Tom, despite thinking it was going to be a ‘girl film’!) but it was no way near as good as the book. I was pretty disappointed that the film was set in New York, after the book being set in London, and some of the plot was changed slightly too. I really should have learnt my lesson by now and not expect a film to be an exact re-telling of a book, and as a stand alone film it was enjoyable to watch. I felt a little smug knowing the ending while Tom was whispering guesses next to me, and despite knowing what was coming, I still felt the suspense.



A huge mess! But I did clear it up again. As I mentioned earlier, I had a weekend home alone and used it to have  a huge clear out. After DIYing things for our wedding, the house was still full of lots of bits and pieces and boxes everywhere. I made a start of tackling these at the weekend and am loving the house being more tidy.

I also made another huge mess in my classroom, clearing away from this first half term and setting up ready for our next topic, which will be dinosaurs! Any dinosaur activity suggestions very welcome…


These new boots from my trip to Primark in Manchester the other week. I was very much sold by the gold trim when I randomly came across them abandoned in the middle of the jumper section! I love the colour and think they’ll go with most things, they also feel a little smarter than the boots I have already, and I’m enjoying having some boots that are just for the weekend not for school (and therefore not covered in paint, pen and play dough).


A child saying he got his sticker for ‘Unicorn Work’ when actually he meant Numicon (a great maths resource for children in case you were wondering). Unicorn Work does sound like fun though…

And lastly…

I’m finishing this post off before heading out for an afternoon at a lovely spa with some friends from work. We got an amazing deal on Groupon, a day in a spa, one treatment each and cream tea all for £49 for three people! A perfect way for three tired, stressed teachers to unwind after a busy half term settling our new reception classes into school. Ahhhhh.

Don’t forget to head over to see what Morgana and the other bloggers who have linked up have been loving this week too.

Thanks for popping by,

Kimberley x


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0 thoughts on “Half Term, Conjunctivitis and The Girl on the Train… #littleloves

  1. Ooh the spa sounds like the perfect treat for a teacher! Hope you all have a lovely time. I haven’t watched or read The Girl on the Train yet, I’m just debating which way round to do it but I do always prefer to read the book first if I can 🙂

  2. It seems there is a theme this week on #littleloves I love it Girl on the Train, Boots and Pumpkin Patches. Btw you can totally go on your own I would. lol Book is fab too I can’t wait to see the movie. Hope you have a lovely weekend ahead #littleloves

  3. LOVE those boots, will have to keep an eye out for those in my local store. I need to find a local pumpkin patch too, I’m desperate to take my little one. I read Girl on the Train last year and really didn’t like it, thinking I might prefer the film (although will probably wait until it’s available to rent on SKY) #LittleLoves

  4. Hope you had a wonderful time at the Spa, and you can’t beat a day with friends can you. We also watched the Girl on the Train this week, after both of us reading the book. I must admit I didn’t really enjoy it, but loved the book. Lesson learnt I think, either watch the film or read the book. Have a great week #littleloves x

  5. I’ve yet to see Girl on a Train, I think I might have to wait for it to come out to rent at this rate!
    Loving the ‘unicorn work’, it’s so funny what they come out with isn’t it? My little one came out of her class with ‘hardworking bear’ yesterday and said it was because she ‘blowed Mrs B’s socks off’ with her super good work! So funny!
    I hope you had a blissful time at the spa xx

  6. I love your Chelsea boots – the gold trim is pretty cool! All my friends have said I should read Girl on a Train, so I will add it to my Christmas wish list. #LittleLoves xxx

  7. I’ve just ordered The Girl on the Train as I haven’t read it yet, and everyone talks about it, so I want to get in on the hype! I loooove your boots! And thank you so much for mentioning me 🙂 hope you’ve had a lovely week xx

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