Little List of Sunshine #2

April 17, 2017


I only went and somehow locked my neck a couple of weeks ago! Ekk! Did it hurt? Yes. Yes it really did. I used to poop-poop Mr Button if he ever complained of aches and pains, but let’s just say… now I know! #Sorry.

I’ve had quite a bit of a writing break as a result, but it’s still been all go behind the scenes.



Little List of Sunshine #2

This little list of sunshine is pretty late so it’s going to include the last few weeks.



What we have been doing


1. Stuffing our faces at Tinsel Town restaurant, London. I have been wanting to check out this fab American dinner for ages. But you know what it’s like when something is on your doorstep. It’s typically the last thing that gets ticked off your list! I am so glad we went because it was brilliant. The food was plentiful and the atmosphere was buzzy, perfect for a grown-up 4 year olds ‘night out’.


Little List of Sunshine



2. Heart shaped sandwiches. Little Buttons playgroup put on so many lovely end of term events, we are quite spoilt by their efforts. This term was no different with an Easter fayre and bring and share lunch get-together. For some bizarre reason I thought it would be a great idea to make mini heart and star shaped jam, cheese and ham sandwiches. #NotAGreatIdea. It took hours! But they did go down a treat so the effort was worth it in the end.


3. Beach faces. We had our first trip to the beach this year over the Bank Holiday weekend and like always, as soon as our noses smelt the salt air, it was like being home. Little Button is sure it’s because we are destined to be mermaids, but there’s a pull at the beach which keeps us coming back every chance we get.


“Beach faces” *ridiculously happy beaming faces which are glowing with sun kisses and salt spray. We spent yesterday in Sunnysands #beachhut – a gorgeous new addition to the @milliesbeachhuts family. #happylittlebuttons

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4. Learning to drive again. My refresher driving lessons are well under way now. It’s so embarrassing to admit I passed my driving test (easy peasey!) some years ago, and then just didn’t drive, lost all confidence and didn’t want to step foot in the driving seat again. It’s all change now and I can’t recommend my driving instructor Dean from Batch Driving enough if you are based in North London. There’s something extra reassuring about having a fellow parent as a driving instructor, and Dean has been boosting my confidence and helping me to confront all the little driving worries I have.




What we have been watching


5. Little Button has been watching Trolls and Moana on iTunes. She’s mad about the soundtracks and when she’s not talking, she’s singing movie mash ups! I don’t know how we lived without iTunes now we have it hooked up everywhere in the house.


6. I have been watching Riverdale on Netflix. I LOVE this original series and can often be found sneaking off to the kitchen to ‘cook’ with my iPad tucked under my arm on a Friday, in attempt to watch the latest episode undercover.






7. My latest BritMums Happiness Round-up has gone live and features some brilliant blogging talents from across the land. I still can’t quite believe that I am a BritMums round-up editor. Someone pinch me, because this was something I could only have dreamt of doing. Yet, somehow, here I am.


8. I have been working with Author Gary Sheppard and Maverick Publishing house on a book review, interview and giveaway for Gary’s debut children’s book ‘As Nice As Pie’. Apart from this book being an absolute gem, hands down, Gary and Maverick are up there with the loveliest people I have worked with. Ever. Thank you Gary and Maverick.


As Nice A Pie, Gary Sheppard



9. Something new for the #DreamTeam is on its way. Bridget, Dawn and I have been cooking up a plan for something a little bit special for the #DreamTeam bloggers. We still have a bit to go with getting everything ready, but very soon all will be revealed.


10. What a treat to review a brand new beach hut! There will always be a special place in the Buttons hearts for Millie’s Beach Huts. And so we were delighted to be invited by Vicky to review Sunnysands, one of her new additions at Walton-On-The-Naze in Essex. Review coming soon!


‘Beach dreams.’ We’ve had the best time ever visiting @milliesbeachhuts new beach hut ‘Sunnysands’ yesterday. Thank you for having us Vicky! We can’t recommend Millie’s #Beach Huts enough. #happylittlebuttons

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11. Finally, a huge shout out to my pal Jo from Mind The Mummy for her and her partners invaluable advice over this last week. It’s amazing how supportive the blogging community is, and I feel so lucky to have met so many lovely people.


What have your highlights been this week?



35 responses to “Little List of Sunshine #2”

  1. Thanks Annette!! The feeling is mutual 🙂 Hope it helped!!

  2. Aleena Brown says:

    Wow, aside from your back (ouch!) there’s so much positivity here! Like you guys, Ameliabisbcurrently obsessed with the Moana soundtrack and I have just started Riverdale! Live reading your lists #DreamTeam

  3. Heather Keet says:

    #9 is so mysteriously exciting!!! #DreamTeam

  4. Well done for learning to drive again! It’s been about 10 years since I’ve been behind the wheel, and that was in America. If I’m ever going to drive in this country, I’ll need to book lessons and start from scratch! #DreamTeam

  5. Bespoke Mama says:

    I am 100% where you are re driving! I passed 9 years ago with 1 minor, but haven’t driven since! Need to get some lessons, as now we have baby twins and driving would be SO freeing…

  6. Devon Mum says:

    Those beach huts look gorgeous!
    And Trolls and Moana have both been on in our house too. (when my little girls not watching Monster High that is!) lol x

  7. RawMum says:

    What lovely memories you are building #dreamteam

  8. Tinsel Town looks like somewhere my teens would enjoy. Lovely, happy pictures! #DreamTeam

  9. Mum & Stuff says:

    Hope you are well and truly on the mend! Your list has me longing for the seaside! It’s such a happy place for the whole family, will have to start planning a trip! Xx #DreamTeam

  10. You seem to have had such an incredibly few weeks and that beach hut looks so inviting.
    This week we have had lots of Easter fun with more to continue and for the first time, my 14-month-old has slept with a duvet and pillow. She looks so grown up. 🙂 x


  11. Well done on your driving lessons! It’s easy how quickly you can lose confidence when driving. It’s nice to have the option though isn’t. Sounds like you’ve had some very happy moments in spite of the pain-in-the-neck injury you’ve had. Hope that’s all cleared up now! #DreamTeam

  12. Chloe says:

    Hi, I love the idea of heart shaped sandwiches. We to were at the beach over the weekend, you just can’t beat it even it was cold. Looking forward to the developments of point 9, Chloe #dreamteam

  13. Heart shaped sandwiches – love it! #dreamteam

  14. Super jealous of the beach hut – just gorgeous! The refresher course for driving is such a great idea, you shouldn’t feel embarrassed, it’s so responsible of you to do the refresher course and get your confidence back! Lovely round up list! #dreamteam

  15. Ooh intriguing 🙂 can’t wait to find out what evil genius plan you have! #dreamteam

  16. Jaki says:

    Awe hope you’re feeling better now. Those beach huts look amazing by the way and it’s still a Trolls frenzy in our house. I think it may last a while!! #dreamteam

  17. We’ve been watching Trolls non-stop too! #DreamTeam

  18. Chloe Wood says:

    Oh that restaurant looks lovely! We’re obsessed with trolls here too! #dreamteam

  19. Hi Annette, gosh you have been busy! Hope your neck is better now? Great that you’ve found a good driving instructor! It makes such a difference. What’s Riverdale about? I’m always on the lookout for my next Netflix binge fodder! #dreamteam

  20. I love this. What a lovely way to keep everyone up to date. Sounds like everything is great besides the neck. Hope it’s better soon #DreamTeam

  21. fridgesays says:

    #dreamteam how much do you and your daughter look alike! (i realise genes play a role BUT) Also, did someone say beach hut! I’m in…

  22. Jane Taylor says:

    Lovely round-up here and congratulations on your Britmums round-up editor role! So much to love about your sunshine moments…I love beach huts! I love American Diners, and I love the beach. Your beach faces photo is gorgeous! #Dreamteam

  23. How fab to look back at all the best things! Such a great idea! And those beach huts look AMAZING!

  24. My little babe loves trolls!! It’s her absolute favourite. Can’t wait to see the dream team surprise #dreamteam

  25. mainy says:

    Ouch, poor you for locking your neck, that must be sooo painful. How you managed to put together such a happy filled post is beyond me but you have and it’s great. Beautiful little heart shaped sarnies sound great and perfect with a beach hut!:)
    Great roundup

  26. Emma says:

    Ooh, sorry to hear about your neck – I hope it’s better soon! Sounds like it hasn’t stopped you having some fun though – the American diner looks fab, as does the beach hut! #dreamteam

  27. Oh I can’t wait to find out what the #DreamTeam Linky surprise is! I love surprises and I love the Linky so I’ll be keeping a look out!! #DreamTeam P.S Thea beach hut looks amazing!!

  28. melissa abel says:

    You’ve had lots going on! I hope your neck is better now, that is horrible I’ve done that myself. Looking forward to hearing what you have in the pipe line for the dream team.

  29. It sounds like I really need to watch Moanna! I did the same with driving, don’t worry. I now drive an automatic as I could never get the hang of a manual again #dreamteam

  30. The Easter bunny brought us Moana and Trolls too and I think they have been on a loop ever since. We’ve also just had to invest in the soundtracks. (Possibly more for me than the kids?) Both amazing films. So many exciting things in Button world at the mo! Love that pic of you and Little Button. Thanks for having me along to co-host #DreamTeam with you x

  31. Nicola says:

    There’s lots there to be happy about! Your heart shaped sandwiches made me chuckle. My other half always does fun shaped sandwiches for the kids when he does their tea (you can tell he doesn’t do it very often!). #Dreamteam

  32. Helena says:

    What a lovely line up it’s great that you’ve reached one of your dreams and I’m intrigued about what you gals have lined up for us. #DreamTeam

  33. wow busy busy busy. weve been watching moana back to back on repeat since it arrived. get the feeling my little one likes it!

  34. that restaurant sounds amazing! and i am so intrigued as to what is cooking for the #dreamteam linky! ooo a chat? oooo possibilities are endless! #dreamteam

  35. Ouch sorry you hurt your neck. It sounds like you’ve been busy – we love the beach too. And I’m intrigued about what’s coming for #DreamTeam people! #DreamTeam x

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