It’s The Little Things 2/52

It’s only the second week of It’s The Little Things, and I’m already amazed at how much preparing for this post has made me slow down and notice things.  The reason slow is my focus word for the year, is my complete lack of patience and inability to stop filling my days with to do lists.  I’m the queen of multi-tasking, never really fully giving my attention to one single thing.  Going slow has to be a conscious decision for me, I have to really work hard at it.  Having this post to write every week, helps me focus, and forces me to pay attention to the little things.

A Little Solidarity

As a family, we joined millions of women and men around the world marching for the protection of women’s rights.  It was very important to me, not only as a feminist, but as a mother, to stand up and fight for the future we will make for our children.  My little town in the north of England turned out an amazing 1500 marchers.  I was so proud to be a part of it.

A Little Family Time

Nana has come to stay and Bee is loving all of the attention.  Just having that extra adult in the house makes things a little bit easier, especially when wrangling a teething toddler.  It’s been lovely for me to have a bit more breathing space.  To just sit and watch Bee laughing and playing with her Nana.

A Little Patience

For a long time, Bee has been rather un-adventurous with her exploration of some of the more out-of-bounds areas of the house.  Not anymore.  I think we’ve done pretty well to get to 18 months without having to put any locks on the kitchen cupboards.  This week Bee has been into everything.  But I remembered an article I’d read by Patricia at White Camellias.  One of her top tips for being a patient parent was stopping and taking a photograph.  So that’s what I did.  And you know what, it actually works.

girl reading a book in woman lap little things

little things patience girl with cutlery everywhere

Dilan and Me



  1. January 25, 2017 / 9:47 pm

    Patience is a good thing! But can be very hard at times… Lovely that Nana came to stay and that you got breathing space too! #itsthelittlethings

  2. January 26, 2017 / 2:51 pm

    Nana’s are the best for giving us mummas that little bit of space we need sometimes! #itsthelittlethingslinky

    • catherine
      January 28, 2017 / 4:42 pm

      Most certainly they are.

  3. catherine
    January 28, 2017 / 4:39 pm

    Thank you, it’s the first thing I do now to keep my cool when chaos erupts. And it means I take more photographs – so win win.

  4. January 28, 2017 / 11:07 pm

    I’m genuinely so pleased that our linky has helped you to slow down and find joy in the little things, nearly had a tear in my eye reading that! Gorgeous post, lovely list as always, and the tip from Pat is a brilliant one! Thanks for linking up, I always look forward to your posts xx #itsthelittlethingslinky

    • catherine
      January 29, 2017 / 9:47 pm

      Even when I’ve had a bad week, the exercise of looking for small things to be grateful for gives me a brighter perspective, and whatever it is getting me down, loses its darkness.

  5. January 29, 2017 / 11:19 pm

    Thanks so much for linking up again! I love reading your blog 🙂 So glad to have discovered it. Go you for attending one of the marches! I wish I had! x

    • catherine
      January 31, 2017 / 9:45 pm

      Thanks Jodie. I love your linky.

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