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My Weekly Round Up And Little Loves, Routine

Hello happy 2018, I hope you had a fab New Year? We had a wonderful time celebrating with friends. And now its all about getting back into a much needed routine.

I didn’t write a round-up last week as I was feeling a little overwhelmed. It’s frustrating how your life can be happy, you work hard and do all the right things. Yet an external influence can upset the apple cart. Well that is sort of what is happening here. I don’t really want to talk about it too much, but I write a parenting lifestyle blog, how can you not talk about issue’s such as cyber bullying. It’s a tough one?

Pendle Hill in the Winter www.extraordinarychaos.com

The benefit of living in such a beautiful area, is that I can get out for a spot of fresh air, clear my mind and put things in perspective. There is always someone worse off! We are  so lucky and a happy family with great people around us. What I refuse to do is take on someone else’s negativity. Negativity makes you unhappy, brings on self-doubt and who needs that in their lives?

Anyhow on to My Little Loves!


OMG did you watch Kiri, I was rolling my eyes a bit as the hype went on forever, it felt like that was all people were talking about on the TV and Radio. But wow Sarah Lancashire was amazing, and its clear already this is not cut and dry. The hype was worth it!

I also watched Jimmy and Jamie Friday night. Being a family who love to cook its a show we all love. This week particularly struck a chord with the #NotForKidsCampaign as energy drinks were a huge issue when I was a teacher.

Whilst I totally agree adults should be free to choose what they consume (although these drinks are not for me).  Kids and teens should learn to manage their energy levels naturally and not use artificial substitutions. Whatever happened to eating a piece of fruit or a biscuit. Some of these drinks have the equivalent to 2 shots of espresso and 12 teaspoons of sugar!!!

If you saw the show you will have seen that some of the children and teens interviewed were becoming reliant on these drinks to get through the day. This is outrageous and needs to stop for our children’s sake.


The main album I am currently listening to is Liam Gallagher’s As You Were. It’s fantastic, and amazes me how multi generational he is. Oasis were THE band when I was in my 20s and yet the boys think they are so cool now. If you haven’t listened the album is great.


Over Christmas I finished A Year Of Marvellous Ways by Sarah Winman. I loved this book all the way through and found the characters so engaging, but  last chapter was so hard to read, I don’t think I could actually tell you exactly how it ends. I think I need to go back to it? This is maybe more due to what was going on around me and my concentration levels.

However, I then went on to read Wonder by R.J Palacio omg I read it in 5 days, and it takes me forever to read a book. It the most inspiring story about August a child with facial disfigurement, it had me laughing and crying all the way though. (I never cry at books)

I can’t wait to watch the movie now! Although god only know what state that will get me in if I cried at the book?  But it’s not a sad story, it’s inspirational and focuses on bullies and bullying, but also human kindness and how kids do overcome it and can shine.

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Mostly snuggly jumpers to keep warm. I am still on camera strike mostly, I need to get using my camera again, I think I have had so much on my mind that it has felt odd to wander around taking pictures. It has felt like the internet is the enemy lately and that has to change I am taking the internet back, and plan to use the camera much more next week. And make the internet my friend again!


Lots of comfort food to make my little family smile, the focus has been very much on keeping cozy at home, enjoying family time and snuggling up watching movies.


A new MacBook case, I know I need to get out more ha ha. But actually I love it! As I frequently travel on trains, my lap top has to go with me to enable me to keep up on work. My previous case was very pretty but so unpractical, I cant tell you the amount of times I have had to wrestle my lap top out of the case and hit someone with the case  or elbowed my neighbour on the train.

My shiny pretty new SPECK case simply clicks to my MacBook case thus offering protection but without the faff. Oh and lets not miss out the fact that I now have a shiny pink MacBook.

And I am so pleased to be able to offer one of my readers  chance to get hold of on of these beauties too which come in a choice of colours and sizes to fit a MacBook.

Speck MacBook case www.extraordinarychaos.com

Speck I Pad Cases www.extraordianrychaos.com

Pink MacBook Protective Case www.extraordianrychaos.com


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  1. iain maciver
    13th January 2018 / 12:15 pm

    everywhere possible

  2. Kath
    13th January 2018 / 1:21 pm

    Happy new year sarah all the best for 2018 great little post to start the year ,but I have to say I did not read the early holiday post haha it January blues I might read it about march ??? I hope you get whatsoever on your mind sorted But I’m sure you will x

  3. Danielle Spencer
    13th January 2018 / 1:43 pm

    My partner takes his Macbook to work with them and when we go away.

  4. Linda king
    13th January 2018 / 1:50 pm

    It would be nice to find a macbook case which fits perfectly. The last one I got just wasn’t a good fit at all.

    • Linda king
      13th January 2018 / 1:52 pm

      I forgot to say I only travel with my MacBook when I really need to otherwise I use my iPad

  5. pete c
    13th January 2018 / 2:42 pm

    tend to leave at home when I travel away

  6. Lynne Manton
    13th January 2018 / 3:29 pm

    I mainly take it when working or visiting family and friends but leave it at home and take my iPad when travelling further afield.

  7. Solange
    13th January 2018 / 4:22 pm

    No. I’m too scared of it getting broken or stolen.

  8. Karen Barrett
    13th January 2018 / 4:50 pm

    Usually only at home

  9. Dean T
    13th January 2018 / 5:25 pm

    Just on the train so I can make use of the wifi!!

  10. Hazel Rea
    13th January 2018 / 5:35 pm

    It is my son who has the macbook and he’s taken it to America and numerous places in Europe.

  11. Rena Plumridge
    13th January 2018 / 5:56 pm

    I take mine on holiday

  12. leanne weir
    13th January 2018 / 7:16 pm

    I take mine on holiday with me

  13. 13th January 2018 / 7:24 pm

    Oh Sarah I hope the cyber bullying is getting sorted, I am so sorry your family is having to go through this. I am also living in jumpers at the moment. The lap book case looks great and I love the colour very pretty. I hope this week is kind to you xx #LittleLoves

  14. mo downie
    13th January 2018 / 8:43 pm

    i always take mine when going on holiday

  15. john prendergast
    13th January 2018 / 11:50 pm

    When i go on holiday or stay at a hotel

  16. Graham Ross
    14th January 2018 / 9:06 am

    tend to leave at home when I travel away,but take it to work

  17. 14th January 2018 / 12:49 pm

    I do hope the cyber bullying stops soon, sounds awful. Yes, you can put it in perspective as you have so many other lovely people in your life, but it’s still going to weigh on your mind and you’ll be anxious to sort it. I hope it goes away soon so you can all get back on track. In the meantime, family cozy time sounds perfect to me x Thanks for sharing with #WotW

  18. 14th January 2018 / 4:17 pm

    Oh love the new case I need a new one so badly mine cracked. Looks so pretty styled here too. ๐Ÿ™‚ Motivation for work I call it. Sounds like a busy week. Hope you had a great weekend. #littleloves

  19. Michelle Ferguson
    14th January 2018 / 4:51 pm

    Only take it if I am going away in the UK

  20. Judith Lightfoot
    14th January 2018 / 5:30 pm

    I always have to take my Mac to my elderly in laws to sort out their shopping order.

  21. Violet Phillippo
    14th January 2018 / 11:05 pm

    I usually keep it for use at home as I’m worried about losing it or breaking it when I’m out of the house!

  22. ZARA
    14th January 2018 / 11:29 pm

    I take it everywhere with me whether it’s local or abroad on a plane so this would be perfect to keep it safe! ๐Ÿ™‚

  23. 15th January 2018 / 12:40 pm

    Sorry to hear you have been having a rough time lately, I hope the situation improves soon, always here if you need to talk x You definitely need to get your camera back out, I love your photography it inspired me to try a different style on my blog. Hope this week is much better for you x

  24. June Lord
    15th January 2018 / 4:52 pm

    I take mine on holiday with me so I can edit my photographs as I take them rather than waiting for a pile to do when I get back home.

  25. 16th January 2018 / 9:42 am

    Iโ€™m impressed with all your reading! And yes I take my Mac everywhere, from days in London to the edge of a volcano! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  26. 16th January 2018 / 10:46 am

    I do! It’s a brilliant way to keep up with travel writing on the plane especially!

    16th January 2018 / 10:11 pm

    I haven’t got one, my grandaughter takes hers everywhere

  28. Morgana
    17th January 2018 / 1:05 pm

    Definitely go back to the Year of Marvellous Ways and re-read the ending. Sarah Winman’s books are ones that need a whole of time and concentration – something it’s hard to have as a busy mum though!
    Hope you’re ok lovely xx

  29. Ruth Harwood
    17th January 2018 / 1:42 pm

    To the cafe is as far as we get together lol!!

  30. 17th January 2018 / 3:41 pm

    I want to read A Year of Marvellous Ways, I loved When God Was A Rabbit. I’m sorry to hear you’ve been having a hard time – Little Loves always helps me to focus on the positives x

  31. Lucy Barlow
    17th January 2018 / 6:30 pm

    Lots! My MacBook is my office at home, in my home from home in Scotland. And every event I dj at!

  32. 18th January 2018 / 8:58 pm

    Glad to hear that a bit of fresh air helped you to clear your mind and refocus on being positive, hard though that must be if you’re dealing with cyber bullying. Loving snuggly jumpers at this time of year too. That MacBook case is so pretty. I’ve occasionally been known to borrow my husband’s one but he could probably do with a decent case for it when he is taking it to and from events. Hope that this week has been a good one for you x #WotW

  33. Charlene Merrall
    20th January 2018 / 7:38 pm

    I used to take my Macbook to Uni but it doesnt tend to get out much nowadays!

  34. janine atkin
    21st January 2018 / 10:18 am

    i take mine on the train

  35. Colin Gault
    21st January 2018 / 12:36 pm

    No don’t have one

  36. Kim Neville
    21st January 2018 / 4:27 pm

    My daughter has a Macbook and takes it to riend’s houses when doing research and assignments together

  37. Thomas Buchanan
    21st January 2018 / 7:05 pm

    i travel with it in the uk but dont take it abroad incase it gets broken

  38. Sabrina Baldock
    22nd January 2018 / 2:33 pm

    i travel with my mac to many places but don’t tend to take it abroad

  39. Allan Fullarton
    22nd January 2018 / 4:48 pm

    I leave it at home usuallly.

  40. Sarah Parker
    22nd January 2018 / 9:40 pm

    I take mine everywhere ๐Ÿ™‚

  41. Lauren Jeffs
    23rd January 2018 / 8:38 am

    Always take the macbook! It’s my pride and joy.

  42. Jayne Kelsall
    23rd January 2018 / 10:03 am

    No, I leave mine at home, if I am on the go I always have my phone ๐Ÿ™‚

  43. Carol Boffey
    23rd January 2018 / 1:32 pm

    only at home

  44. Rich Tyler
    23rd January 2018 / 3:05 pm

    Train / Bus ๐Ÿ™‚

    23rd January 2018 / 6:03 pm

    My daughter takes for MacBook every where with her

    23rd January 2018 / 7:22 pm

    I take mine everywhere with me..

  47. Adrian Bold
    23rd January 2018 / 11:47 pm

    Only at home as I use my phone when out and about. Thanks for the competition.

  48. Karl Borowy
    24th January 2018 / 2:06 am


  49. Rachael Sexey
    24th January 2018 / 6:14 am

    I only use mine at home, I use my phone if I’m out and about ?

  50. Sally Johnson
    24th January 2018 / 9:55 am

    I always take on holiday ?

  51. Kelly Cooper
    24th January 2018 / 10:06 am

    I leave my Mac book at home most of the time but with a case I would like to take it out more when waiting for kids to finish clubs etc

  52. Pauline Dring
    24th January 2018 / 10:36 am

    If I’m going to be away from home for more than a couple of days in the UK, I usually take my Macbook with me, but not abroad.

  53. Kat Allinson
    24th January 2018 / 3:31 pm

    Only if I’m going away visiting relatives for more than a couple of days

  54. laura stewart
    24th January 2018 / 3:47 pm

    i dont take it aboard but take it with me most places i go x

  55. Simone Griffin
    24th January 2018 / 5:31 pm

    I pretty much take it with me everywhere!

  56. Helen Swales
    24th January 2018 / 9:18 pm

    Yes I take it everywhere, it’s the best for keeping in touch with family and friends either via email or Skype.

  57. Natalie Crossan
    24th January 2018 / 9:55 pm

    I take mine on the bus!

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