A Little Bit Lately 34

February 8, 2018

Please read my first A Little Bit Lately post to find out what these are all about. This is my first one of 2018 – I’d intended to pop one up in January but I ended up with flu at the end of the month and it’s set me back a little. Still, here is what I’ve been loving lately.


I set myself quite a high target on Goodreads this year and I’m beginning to regret it as I only read two books in January! Trying to do a little better this month and I’ve already finished a couple – my husband bought me A Shiver of Snow and Sky as a Christmas present which I’ve just finished and really enjoyed. It’s written by a book blogger but I really loved it as it’s so different to anything else I’ve read; part Nordic folk tale, part magical story and totally captivating. My Nana lent me The Missing Wife by Sheila O’Flanagan which isn’t something I’d usually pick up but I devoured it in a couple of days. I’m currently reading The Tenant Of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte, it’s one of those books I’ve always meant to read but never got around to and it’s started out just as good as I hoped it would. 


I’m currently binge watching shows on Netflix, we’ve both really got into Atypical, Love Sick and The End Of The F**king World. When we finish a series is a couple of days it must be good. I wasn’t very well the end of the month so I made my way through a few old rom-coms films like When Harry Met Sally – still as good as I remember. I also started Dawson’s Creek again when I was housebound as it is my ultimate comfort TV! I’ve had to start at the beginning so I pop it on in the background in my child free afternoons but really I’m just waiting for Joey and Pacey to get together. Sorry for the spoiler but seriously, everyone must have seen Dawson’s Creek!


After figuring out that I can put the Amazon Music app on my phone and listen to music with my prime membership I’ve been listening to a lot more music round the house. It’s mostly been old indie music at the moment or Disney soundtracks for the kids. I bought my husband a Shed Seven album for Christmas and I’ve been loving listening to them again. We were talking about how there were so many albums we had in our teens that we got rid of but wish we had kept.


I wanted this year to be a bit more about saying yes more and trying new things so when a friend asked me if I wanted to join a netball team right at the start of January I said yes! I’m not a particularity sporty person but I always enjoyed team sports in school, however it’s been about 18 years since I last played and we went to our first game without any training or practise. Needless to say we were thoroughly beaten but I still had so much fun. It was nice to get out and spend time with other women, it really did feel like a good work out and I think I’m going need to try and get my fitness up before our next game as I was exhausted. I read an article about how women in their 30’s are getting back into netball, hockey and rounders as a fun way to keep fit and have fun whilst doing it – I  would definitely recommend it if you’re thinking of giving it a try. 


Another book I’m dipping in and out of is The Little Book Of Lykke – I know these books aren’t everyone’s cup of tea but I really enjoy them. The author talks about mealtimes being so important for our happiness and spending time with loved ones. I know this is true as growing up we always ate together and I loved it but I must admit we have never mastered family mealtimes in our house – it’s something I always imagined we would do but practically it’s difficult. My husband is a teacher so doesn’t have a set time he’s home every evening and often it’s gone 6pm which is a little late for the children so we tend to eat when they’re in bed. However, now they are a little older I’m determined to try and set aside one evening a night where we can all eat together and hopefully I’ll be able to work up from there. I’ll let you know how we get on!

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  • Helen C

    Fabulous blog post Hayley, I enjoyed this format, it was pleasing to read. I love reading books also and hearing different recommendations on the blogosphere, I read The Little Book of Hygge in January, and loved it. I really want to try The Little Book of Lykke, so I was pleased to hear you found it enjoyable. You seem to have a lovely Instagram feed too, I noticed that Morrison’s tea myself on their official website before. Hope you have a great week! 🙂 xx

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    February 8, 2018 at 5:56 pm Reply
    • hayleyfromhome

      Hi Helen, thanks for your comment. You should definitely check out the Morrisons tea, it is so nice and quite reasonable too! I’ve nearly finished The Little Book of Lykke too and have so enjoyed it, worth picking up especially if you liked the Hygge one! xx

      February 15, 2018 at 1:15 pm Reply
  • Jenna Richards

    Do you know what? I’ve never watched Dawson’s Creek! I’ve just got Netflix myself though so maybe I’ll give it a go!

    Well done for getting back into netball. I was never much into sports at school but I do remember enjoying hockey (not that I was any good at it)! I’m always nervous about joining a team in case everyone else takes it super seriously. Do you know what I mean?

    We struggle with family meal times too as my husband finishes work just as the girls are getting ready for bed. Although now that he works from home, we can often all have lunch together. We also try to make more effort to eat the same meals at the weekends too.

    Lovely to ready your catch up post. xx

    February 8, 2018 at 7:06 pm Reply
    • hayleyfromhome

      Thanks for commenting Jenna, lovely to hear from you! I think Dawson’s Creek probably seems very cheesy now, I don’t really mind though as it’s just so easy to watch I find it so comforting, one of my favourites!

      I know exactly what you mean about sport and even though the team we played against were really good and totally thrashed us they were also really nice. I was worried they’d be competitive but they were great, helping us out as it was the first time we played and even cheered us on when we eventually scored! It is a nice way to get out and chatting to others and I’m sure there are hockey teams out there 🙂

      Still haven’t managed to eat all together but it will be happening soon! xxx

      February 15, 2018 at 1:13 pm Reply
  • Gail Brown

    Love these posts Hayley, you’ve really got me in the mood for a re-watch of Dawson’s. I think I’ve told you this before but I must have been one of the few people who wanted a Dawson/Joey love match in the end. It would be interesting to see if I still felt like that watching it again! xx

    February 9, 2018 at 11:03 am Reply
    • hayleyfromhome

      Haha, yes, one of my friends wanted Dawson/Joey and you are the only other person I’ve come across who felt the same! It is so funny to rewatch it but very comforting too, it’s so easy to watch. You should definitely hunt it out again and see if we can convert you to Pacey 🙂 xx

      February 15, 2018 at 1:09 pm Reply
  • Tracey Williams

    Love these posts Hayley and I am always amazed about how many books you set out to read every month. I am on my third book this year and I am pretty pleased with that. Plus I am trying to read different genres and always look to you for inspiration. I am sure you will get to have family meal times together as the boys get older. I am a stickler for having ‘tea at the table’ especially when the teen lives in his bedroom most of the time x

    February 11, 2018 at 6:07 pm Reply
    • hayleyfromhome

      I know, I really want us all to have our tea at the table especially as they get older – I think it’s so good to have that time all together. I hope we’ll get there in the end. You’re doing so well with three books, I think the first year I started reading again I managed just over one a month and then I just got into it more and more – I find it’s the perfect way for me to take some time out! xx

      February 15, 2018 at 1:07 pm Reply

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