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?


  • Nick

    16th August 2016 at 8:26 AM

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

  • Nikki

    16th August 2016 at 3:20 PM

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

  • Dean of Little Steps

    16th August 2016 at 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 🙂
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  • Lyndsey O’Halloran

    16th August 2016 at 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.

  • Angela

    16th August 2016 at 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.
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  • Catherine Green

    16th August 2016 at 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! 🙂

  • Ana De- Jesus

    16th August 2016 at 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
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  • Fashion and Style Police

    17th August 2016 at 8:58 AM

    I have been loving the sun and the fact that my hay fever symptoms have reduced.

  • Jayne @ Sticky Mud and Belly Laughs

    17th August 2016 at 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

  • Chantelle Hazelden

    17th August 2016 at 11:08 AM

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

    17th August 2016 at 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.

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  • Shannon Bryson

    17th August 2016 at 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!

  • Rachel

    17th August 2016 at 2:23 PM

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

  • Laura @dearbearandbeany

    17th August 2016 at 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
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  • Toni | Gym Bunny Mummy

    17th August 2016 at 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
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  • Sabrina & The Mummy Stylist

    17th August 2016 at 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

  • Stephanie

    18th August 2016 at 12:00 AM

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

  • Vikki Holness

    18th August 2016 at 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
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  • Beth @ Twinderelmo

    18th August 2016 at 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!
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  • Anosa

    18th August 2016 at 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

  • Nikki | Nikkipedia

    19th August 2016 at 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.
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  • Rachelswirl

    19th August 2016 at 4:30 PM

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

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      19th August 2016 at 11:08 PM

  • Rachel

    19th August 2016 at 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.

  • Jenni

    19th August 2016 at 8:11 PM

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

  • Kara Guppy

    20th August 2016 at 7:05 AM

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

    20th August 2016 at 8:30 PM

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

    27th August 2016 at 6:55 PM

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

    30th August 2016 at 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.

  • Fionnuala

    18th September 2016 at 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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