How to Grow a Baby, Chocolate Chip Cookies and a Backpack #LittleLoves

We’ve spent the last week of the holidays in a little cottage in Cumbria exploring the Lake District and the Derbyshire Dales. Its been lovely to have some time away to properly relax, without feeling like we should be doing things around the house and to spend some time together just the two of us.

This week I…


I’ve made the most of lots of down time this week by dipping in and out of several books. I usually only have one book on the go but as these aren’t novels I’ve enjoyed picking up whatever takes my fancy at the time. Despite saying I would wait until I reached each of the week milestones in How to Grow a Baby and Push it Out I caved this week and read way ahead. I’m finding it really useful and informative as well as being a really good read! I like knowing the best way to care for myself and baby during this pregnancy as well as being clear about my options around maternity care and birth choices. I’d really recommend this book for anyone expecting a baby.

I’ve also been loving The Little Book of Lykke from the author of The Little Book of Hygge which was so popular last year. The new book is published on 7th September but I was lucky to receive an early copy to review. Its all about the search for happiness in the everyday and I’m loving it so far.

I also finished Always With Love, and while I love Giovanna Fletcher I have to say it was distinctly average.

And then I started The Things We Keep by Sally Hepworth and I have not been able to put it down. I’m loving it. I’ve had to drag myself away from it to finish this post and despite only starting it yesterday I’m pretty sure it will be finished tonight. Its the story of Anna who has to move to a care home at only 38 due to early onset Alzhiemer’s but here she finds the love of her life. It’s really thought provoking and sad and just such a good read.


The Great British Bake Off over on Channel 4. I was pretty nervous about not liking it with all of the new people, and although they felt like they were just standing in I’m sure I’ll get use to them. I do miss Mel, Sue and Mary though. I was pleased that the format was the same and I still really enjoyed it. I thought the ad breaks would be annoying but my pregnant lady bladder appreciated the break and I was also able to pop back to the kitchen for more snacks!


We’ve enjoyed cooking together this week in our holiday cottage, it feels like a novelty since we don’t have a proper kitchen at home at the moment (have you read about our home renovations and kitchen plans?), although all we’ve really done is warm up pre-prepared things from the farm shop!

The big kitchen here also gave me the urge to bake and I’ve made pancakes a couple of mornings and some chocolate chip cookies to eat while we watched Bake Off. I always like to bake for Bake Off, last year these cookies were a firm favourite.


A backpack! Although Tom laughs at me and calls me two strap Jack! Its actually my sister’s and I borrowed in when we went away together to Scarborough and she said I could hang on to it for a bit. Carrying a bag on one shoulder was really hurting my achy pregnancy back so this bag has been a lifesaver this week. (Excuse my £1 Primark sunglasses, I’m terrible for dropping and breaking sunglasses and these are my emergency pair!)


The happy news of the safe arrival of a new baby girl in the family, I can’t wait to meet her!

And lastly…

We’re having such a lovely time I’m not ready to go home tomorrow. I can’t believe its September already and its back to school on Monday. The work emails have already started coming in! This summer has been perfect and I feel so lucky to have had such a long break from work during my pregnancy. I’m going to try and relish this term with my new class as next year I wont be welcoming in 30 new faces and having the privilege of being their first ever teacher!

I’m linking up with the lovely Morgana at Coffee Work Sleep Repeat for this week’s #LittleLoves and am looking forward to reading about what everyone else has been loving this week too.

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Thanks for popping by,

Kimberley x

9 thoughts on “How to Grow a Baby, Chocolate Chip Cookies and a Backpack #LittleLoves

  1. Sounds like you are having a lovely break. I love the lakes. All those books sound great. I love my little nook of hyyge so I like the sound of the new one. I need to find time to watch the bake off.

  2. The Lake District looks lovely and just the right place to relax in the sunshine. You may get used to a back pack, I find it really useful for days out with the children, I can keep hold of both of their hands and still have all I need on me! I have a lovely Kipling rucksack, expensive initially but its lasted years and can easily go into the washing machine. Your baking looks lovely, those cookies just seem to melt in the mouth. I’ve ordered the Lykke book this week, and am due to get it on Thursday, that’s my day off so I’m looking forward to a little read. Good luck with the new school year.

  3. Loooove the Lakes. Hope you enjoyed the Dales too! I’ve been super stubborn and still not watched the new GBBO precisely because I know I’ll miss Mel & Sue too much. I might give it a go. The cookies and pancakes look great and now I’m soooo hungry! Hope you had a good trip home and a great weekend 🙂

  4. Yum, you can’t beat pancakes and cookies! I was dubious about the GBBO, but I really enjoyed it and so glad they didn’t change it up! Have a wonderful weekend. Popping over from #littleloves

  5. What a beautiful place you’ve been staying in! I’m actually catching up on the first episode of GBBO as I type, so far so good, but I get what you mean about the ‘stand in’ thing. Those pancakes and cookies look gorgeous! Hope your first day back at school went ok. Have a great week!

  6. What a lovely break! Definitely worth while having time away from house renovations and some time as a couple before baby comes along.
    Enjoy your new class! xx

  7. Aww I hope going back to work has gone okay, I bet they’re loving seeing your bump! I think I definitely need to invest in that pregnancy book – despite this being my third pregnancy I LOVE all things pregnancy and baby! xx

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