Mr A was a bit grumpy after Mister G got his great value, new cabin bed from Time 4 Sleep. At first I thought it was because he had spent the morning constructing it, while I went shopping. Nope, turns out it was easy enough to build, a fun thing to do together, and there was even time to go out and get a builder’s burger.
It turns out Mr A was sad to think it might mean the end of his most popular posts on facebook, those of G sleeping in weird places. They’ve become quite popular among his friends: Continue reading →
Homebase have three key new trends this Autumn. I know which is my favourite. I’ve fallen head for heels for Anthology. Rich reds and deep plums are colours that always make me feel at home. What really enticed me was the way travel, nature and history inspire the range. Old maps, globes, artefacts, butterflies, collections. Here are my favourite elements. Continue reading →
My demure ‘looking’ daughter modelling the beautiful Hotter Shoes Cheshire Boot I have been invited to review.
This is part two of our mother and daughter shopping trip. After spending the morning trying on clothes, we focussed the afternoon on shoes. L chose some studded suede ankle boots, then it was my turn. Continue reading →
M and S challenged me to choose one of their sleeved dresses and style three looks. I love dresses with proper sleeves, and M and S research reveals most women do. I applaud M and S for increasing sleeves by 80% in their dresses. Here’s how I got on with my new jumper dress. Continue reading →
As a mum to a curly headed child, I know it is tricky to find a decent detangling spray and conditioner geared to children. It is even harder to find natural haircare for kids who have wild and curly hair.
Love Boo is free from parabens, sulphates, TEA petrochemicals, synthetic colours or DEA. Continue reading →
My favourite television programmes are crime ones. I’ve never really questioned why until a conversation I had recently with friends about burglaries.
As Mr A and I sit there watching the third or fourth back to back episode of Breaking Bad (I know late adopters) or The Mentalist, or whatever crime narrative we can get our hands on for the evening, it never makes me feel particularly unsettled. All this goes on beneath the happy suburban bubble I inhabit. Continue reading →
Miss L and I had a fab time at Nottingham John Lewis, with Amanda from The Ana Mum Diary, Jen from Love Chic Living and Lucy from Mummy Lish, and their girls. We were invited to preview, and even try on, the new Somerset by Alice Temperley Collection for John Lewis, ahead of it hitting the store this week. Continue reading →
Before I offered to share this guest post I had no idea what fibromyalgia was. Having read this I realise that isn’t unusual, even among the medical profession. It is a condition we should all make an effort to understand better.
Though it’s thought to affect 1 in 20 people worldwide, there are no conclusive tests to diagnose – or even a consensus among medical professionals on – Fibromyalgia.
Can you imagine suffering constant fatigue, disorientation and all-over pain that seems to have no cause? With no visible, outward symptoms and nothing, such as an accident or injury, to pin the blame on, would you be likely to be taken seriously by your GP? Continue reading →
Today’s house fantasy is all about the bedroom. A bedroom is an escape. My dream bedroom would combine the luxury of a boutique hotel with the romance of the movies. So I decided to combine hotel chic with the silver screen, to create a room that is like stepping into a black and white movie.
I’m trained as a drama and film teacher, so it is hard not to see designing a room as being like creating a set.
The black, white and silver palette connotes the age of the silver screen. There are less subtle clues in the tripod camera lamp and camera table lamp. A bedroom that truly sets a scene.
The crisp white sateen stripe sheets, faux fur throw, metallic cushions and L’amour lampshade all scream night away in a boutique hotel. The service bell wouldn’t be out of place in reception, but in the bedroom, well, it just made me giggle.
The cushions continue the cheekiness, but also take me back to silent movie age, when well chose typography replaced the need for speech.
All the items were chosen from the Debenhams bedroom collection, I am taking part in the Dream Bedroom Blogger Competition. We have a lot of antique furniture which I would never replace, so I have used very little of the £5000 fantasy budget. But if you wanted to add furniture, I love the Walnut Lyon bedroom range. Amazing how you can make your dreams come true for relatively little isn’t it?
Camera table light £50, wood lamp £225, fauxfur throw £50, clapper board £13, 5 cushions £100 in total, white sateen stripe bed linen £57, 2 L’amour light shades £100, bell £9.
Jen over at Love Chic Living is judging, I think it is clean and fresh enough for her tastes and I am hoping today’s house fantasy theme appeals.
What would your dream bedroom consist of? Hop on over to Jen’s blog to enter.
We’ve been thinking about getting a dog for a while, I have been dreaming of re-homing a greyhound for a lot longer. Last weekend we met some via the Greyhound Trust at our local National Trust place, Belton House, Grantham. The rest of the family were sold, so we’ve started to do a bit more research, today’s no nonsense guest post from Laura Potts was very well timed.
Pets make a brilliant addition to any home, but make sure you’ve covered all the bases before welcoming Spot or Fluffy into the family
They’ve been hassling you for years, making the kind of Charlie-and-Lola-style promises that are irresistible if unrealistic and now the time has finally come: you – and your kids – are getting a pet. Continue reading →
I kind of have to tell you the story here, and hope it translates as well to the page.
I was at my friend Amanda’s house having coffee, she told me she had a Halloween candles from Yankee candle, in fact she had two. Amanda is a bit of a candle fan, she has a gorgeous home full of beautifully placed vintage vases, candle holders and scented candles. Really lovely, you can sneak a look at The Ana Mum Diary blog if you want to see more. Actually she is an authority on candles.
So, I started to tell her about my Yankee Candle Happy Halloween candle. How it smelt like Black Jacks and black licorice. She was…a little jealous. Continue reading →