Things I’m Loving (July 2016)

The Day Job

What can I say about those cute painted wooden animals?  By day I own and run an independent toy shop. When we moved back to The Midlands not only did I have a house move to contend with along with not feeling well but I also had a business to relocate.

As well as running an online business I also had a shop that needed to be moved too. It took some time to find premises here in the right location and at the right price. After much searching we found ourselves a new shop.

At the beginning of May we signed the paperwork and picked the keys up. Then the fun began; moving an entire shop just over 100 miles and starting all over again. We are now three months in to our new venture and I can honestly say despite the hard work I’m loving my job.

Meals Out

I was lucky to be invited to a restaurant opening in Birmingham st the end of June. During July I ate at the restaurant twice. On both occasions the food was delicious and the hospitality spit on. If you’re a fan of French food I can thou fly recommend Le Bistrot Pierre on Broad Street Birmingham. They also have a number of restaurants around the country.

Blogger Invites

Since moving back to Birmingham I’ve had the opportunity to go to some lovely blogger events. I especially loved the blogger evening at Farrindon & Forbes at Resort World Birmingham. Such a lovely boutique shop with amazing smelling candles and cute home decor items. The hanging hearts are just adorable.

Sunny Days At The Seaside

What’s not to love about a day at the seaside which is made even better by the sun shining down.

These are my favourite things for July. What have you been loving this past month?



  1. Nick
    16th August 2016 / 8:26 AM

    Wow, that food looks gorgeous I love to be sitting doesn’t and eating that tart. Is it Lemon?

  2. 16th August 2016 / 3:20 PM

    I love sunny days at the seaside too … sadly there have not been that many of them!

  3. 16th August 2016 / 4:49 PM

    Your shop looks amazing! Sea side day trips out are always the best in my books too. We’ve also visited the beach lots of times and had bbqs and beach parties too 🙂

  4. 16th August 2016 / 8:20 PM

    Your shop looks fantastic. If I was ever to be in your neck of the woods I would love to come in. I love that you seem to have lots of wooden stock.

  5. 16th August 2016 / 8:58 PM

    Your shop looks fantastic, all the types of things I loved when I was an early years teacher. The food looks so tasty too. Thanks for sharing such a interesting to read post.

  6. 16th August 2016 / 9:59 PM

    Wow I love the look of your shop, it’s a shame we don’t live closer! And I am also a craft lover, although my hobby also took a back seat in favour of children and writing during recent years. I want to get back into stamping, however, and have not yet used Stampin’ Up products, although I have seen them on the TV shopping channel. And yes, everybody loves the seaside! 🙂

  7. 16th August 2016 / 11:22 PM

    I love sunny days at the seaside as well its just a shame that I have not been able to go this year unfortunately x

  8. 17th August 2016 / 9:06 AM

    What a lovely list of loves.
    I love your shop, my boys would spend hours in there 🙂
    And definitely welcome time on the beach x

  9. 17th August 2016 / 11:08 AM

    Glad that the move went well and you are enjoying the job! Those candles look gorgeous.

  10. 17th August 2016 / 11:32 AM

    The restaurant looks really nice, I have a thing for food haha. It’s great you got invited to the opening. I also like the sound of the candles and home decor.

    Jordanne ||

  11. 17th August 2016 / 11:44 AM

    Can I work with you? Haha it looks like you’ve had a great month! It must be hard not only moving but relocating a business so well done you! Keep enjoying the food and the views!

  12. 17th August 2016 / 2:23 PM

    Oh wow, I love the idea of running my own toy shop, well done you x

  13. 17th August 2016 / 4:19 PM

    The shop looks fab and you can’t beat sunny days at the beach. I hope you’ve managed a few more this month X

  14. 17th August 2016 / 6:54 PM

    Wow what a busy month. The shop looks fab! I love the beach but my boys not so much, they hate sand

  15. 17th August 2016 / 11:02 PM

    Can I just say WOW at moving your toy shop 100 miles, that must have been hard work! Sunny seaside days gets the thumbs up from me. What I’ve been loving is cuddles with my newborn baby this month 🙂 xx

  16. Stephanie
    18th August 2016 / 12:00 AM

    oh wow, I wish your shop was closer, I adore wooden toys. x

  17. 18th August 2016 / 11:13 AM

    WOW – Your shop is literally my idea of heaven, so many beautiful toys! I think if that was my job, i’d be loving it too xx

  18. 18th August 2016 / 11:37 AM

    I really need a day by the sea! Hope you’re enjoying back in the Midlands. We are in Shropshire so not too far!

  19. 18th August 2016 / 6:53 PM

    Wow moving house is hard enough I can’t imagine moving a business as well! Well done for getting it all done successfully! I also love scrapbooking, such a lovely way to keep memories and make it all look pretty

  20. 19th August 2016 / 12:41 PM

    Such a shame for you to move away from the seaside, but the store looks great and the food looks fantastic! I am also from the Midlands and my fiance and his family were thinking of moving to the seaside. I’m a little apprehensive as here is my home. Good luck with everything.

  21. 19th August 2016 / 4:30 PM

    Wow your toy shop looks amazing! Do you sell online?

  22. 19th August 2016 / 7:01 PM

    We’ve spent a lot of time at the park… It’s more an August like, but I am going to miss the Olympics once they’re over, I’ve enjoyed watching them.

  23. 19th August 2016 / 8:11 PM

    Ooh great things for July. The shop looks fab. That food looks incredibly tasty x

  24. 20th August 2016 / 7:05 AM

    The blogger evening looks fab, I didnt reaslise you were in birmingham

  25. 20th August 2016 / 8:30 PM

    I can’t even remember July if I am honest but mainly because everyday is the same old story.

  26. 27th August 2016 / 6:55 PM

    How lovely does that shop look, and the seaside! Just beautiful xx

  27. Shauna
    30th August 2016 / 3:16 PM

    Your shop looking simply amazing making me to get real experience with at least a full week with you but sadly busy with student life and part time work so can’t lol, but reading your post and imagining everything is great fun thanks for sharing with us.

  28. Fionnuala
    18th September 2016 / 2:18 PM

    Oh my goodness your shop looks beautiful a real treasure trove! I usually detest kids shops (Smyths, Toys R Us = hell on earth) but your shop- looks beautiful and somewhere to explore. It’s great your taking time for yourself too we all need to do more of that. Xo

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