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Sunday, 29 July 2018

Mud & Bloom


With forest schools and mud kitchens, outdoor play is becoming more and more popular. Getting outside in the fresh air can help you get active and encourage creativity in your little ones. 

What if though you struggle with activity ideas? Maybe your outdoor play activities only go as far as mud pies and jumping in puddles in the winter and sandpits and paddling pools in the summer! 

This is where Mud and Bloom can help. 

All the fact sheets laid out, nature brushes, summer vase instructions, planting guidance for radishes and lettuce, leaf and tree spotting sheet and craft box leaflet


Friday, 27 July 2018

Sizergh Castle


Nestled in the Lake District, Sizergh Castle is a stunning medieval home and estate maintained by the National Trust. With the Strickland family still resident the property offers a mix of modern and old.


Exterior of Sizergh Castle


Thursday, 26 July 2018

Picking The Perfect Rug


There's lots of finishing touches when decorating a room that can really complete it. Pictures, photographs, candles, cushions and rugs can all help set the scene for a warm and welcoming home. 

Picking a couple of cushions and framing a few photos is easily done and doesn't involve a huge amount of money but picking something like a rug takes much more consideration.


A pile of rugs


Wednesday, 25 July 2018

Rose Gold Letters


After the results of JJ's Marvel letter I've been really tempted to try a more grown up version and with the bedroom makeover on the horizon (yes, its actually happening!) now seems a good time!

As always I'm sharing this with you so you can try it for yourself! These are so easy you will definitely want to!


Wooden letters that have been spray painted rose gold next to some small wicker hearts


Monday, 23 July 2018

Penwizard Personalised Books



We love books, but I'll admit that we love TV too! Combine the two and what do you get?

Well, the team at Penwizard have the answer!

A super cool personalised book with your little one featured in the book as a main character, alongside their favourite TV star! There are lots of characters to choose from including Paw Patrol, Peppa Pig and Ben and Holly! 

I chose Blaze and the Monster Machines! 

Cover on the book showing Blaze and two boys


Saturday, 21 July 2018

5 Family Friendly Things To Do In Lanzarote


Holidays. Summer Holidays. Laying by the pool with the sun on your skin, chlorine in your hair, relaxing, may sipping a cocktail (or 3) can be amazing. 

One of my favourite holidays was doing just this and is also happens to have been our honeymoon! Our two weeks in Lanzarote were so blissful and holds many happy memories for us.  

We'd love to go back as a family and see what Holiday Gems Lanzarote has to offer. So I've done a little research into the top 5 places to visit in Lanzarote as a family!

1. Aqualava Water Park



Thursday, 19 July 2018

Tidy Stuff - The Cupboard Under The Sink!


I don't know about anyone else but the cupboard under our sink is a dark and dreary place. There's things in the wrong place and you can guarantee when you open the cupboard something will fall out and land on your foot!

I've recently mentioned on Instagram stories that I've been getting organised in the kitchen. I've joked that cleaning out two food cupboards has changed my life. I realise this is a little over the top BUT we are no longer routing through the cupboard looking for snacks we haven't got and disappointing the four year old, and we don't find ourselves missing dinner ingredients when we were sure they were there, somewhere behind the 5 bags of flour!

With those now done I decided to tackle the cupboard under the sink and as someone who pours over home organisation on Pinterest, I thought I share what I used and how I got organised!


Printed labels along with containers containing candles, dishcloths etc


Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Grofresh Kitchen Garden - Setting the seeds


Ever since we took part in a sustainable living program we've been very conscious of waste. We've also wanted to grow our own veg, fruit and herbs but having very clay soil brought that hope to a swift end.

We've just managed to grow some rosemary in a pot but there's been little more success. So, when I was offered the chance to try the Grofresh Kitchen Garden I jumped at the chance!


The boxed Grofresh unit


Sunday, 15 July 2018

Hill Top


Regular readers will know that I love a day out! Especially a National Trust one!! On our recent holiday to the Lake District we put our membership to work and visited three places in five days!!

My favourite though has to be Hill Top, the former home of Beatrix Potter. The 17th century farmhouse is a time-capsule of her life and gives a true insight to both Beatrix and her home.


Exterior of 17th century farmhouse


Friday, 13 July 2018

Flower Wreath


Visit any homewares or interiors store, or even an interiors blog, and the chances are you've seen a wreath similar to this one.


Rattan wreath with pink and white flowers down one side


Wednesday, 11 July 2018

The No More Worries Kit


Growing up should be worry free and full of fun but for more and more children this is simply not the case.

More and more children are suffering from anxiety and have too many worries for their little selves. 

To help children deal with their emotion and worries, and to also open up conversation between parent and child, The Irish Fairy Door Company have created The No More Worries Kit.


A colourful box containing the kit, including a mini plaque, cards and journal

Sunday, 8 July 2018

Fabric Decoupage Letter


Ever since I first came across Pinterest I've wanted to try decoupage. I've had friends try it with some success but I was really concerned that I'd end up with a Pinterest fail! 

After spotting some wooden letters whilst out shopping and knowing I had the fabric at home, I decided to give it a try, and it was a success!! So I'm going to share with you how I did it. 


Wooden letter with a Marvel fabric front and Spider-Man and Captain America toys either side


Friday, 6 July 2018

Preparing Your Child For School


I know people say time goes quickly, even more so when you have children, but where have the last 4 years gone!

It seems like yesterday that I waddled across the hospital car park, as Daddy carried out new born in his car seat, yet here we are preparing our little one for school!


A folded school uniform with crayons, pencil case, pencil and ruler laid on it and around it


Wednesday, 4 July 2018

CanvasChamp


Photos. We taken them at any and every opportunity, but how often do you print them off? Frame them?

So many of our memories are stuck on our phones. How many do you flick through and feel a rush of emotion when you see a favourite. I know I do!

We still have pictures from our 2016 trip to Disneyland Paris that we haven't printed off! After our most recent trip I wanted to make sure to print off some of our favourites.

Regular readers will know we've had work done to our house and redecorating our bedroom is the next job. I planning a photo shelf and Disney photo is a must for us! In preparation for our newly decorated room, and as a reminder to the husband to get the paint brushes out, I decided to start picking which photos I wanted.

One of my favourite photos of our latest Disneyland Paris trip is this one.


Donald Duck with a little boy


Tuesday, 3 July 2018

Fair Squared


Soap, shampoos, gels and creams are just some of the toiletries we use everyday. Their daily use is probably something we take for granted, unless of course, you have a problem.

In November of last year, and again this January, I was the person with a problem! On both occasions I had an allergic reaction to shampoo, with each being well known leading brands that I'd used before and boasted about new formulas!

My face was a horrible red colour, like I had severe sunburn, swollen and tight. I was prescribed steroid cream by my GP and swigged antihistamines from the bottle! Not one of my finest moments!

Since then I've avoided anything with a massive amount of chemicals or a formula change and more natural products have become my go-to.

So I've recently tried Fair Squared shampoo, along with their shaving treatments. Fair Squared products are made using fairly traded natural ingredients and are suitable for vegans.


One box marked shampoo and two smaller boxes containing shaving oil and balm, with a small tin of lip balm