Win a Personalised Sweet Shop Box from I Just Love It!

Recently the lovely folks over at I Just Love It got in touch asking me to have a browse of their shop and choose a few things to review. Choosing was tricky, as they have a large range of products on offer, many of which I see as being great gift or treats ideas. They offer breaks and experiences, adult and children’s gifts and personalised products across the shop, such as original newspapers, engraved jewellery and personalised books. Oh, and so much more! I can see them being just perfect for upcoming Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day. It’s an easy website Read more >

I Just Love It - Fun Gift Ideas

Is Blogging the Best Job in the World?

Is Blogging the Best Job in the World?

Is blogging the best job in the world? Hmm, not that I’m biased or anything, but I think it comes close for me. The Ambition I read a survey recently about the jobs that the next generation are most keen to do. Being a blogger made it into the top five on that list. It’s funny as when I was little, this wasn’t even a thing, people barely even had computers back then let alone the World Wide Web! My kids see me doing this, but I have to say, they’ve not expressed any desire to be bloggers. Maybe they Read more >


Word of the Week 27/1/17

Hello and welcome to Word of the Week! If you’re new here, Word of the Week is a nice and simple weekly linky, with everyone welcome to pop by and share. You reflect back on the past week and sum it up in one word. Then share your word with us in a blog post, with as little or as much explanation as you like. It’s a fun and friendly linky, so please do be lovely and visit as many of the other blogs as you can and share with them your thoughts on their words and weeks. I do comment on every Read more >


5 Books Guaranteed to Inspire You

5 Books Guaranteed to Inspire You

Yes, today is a bookish post, as I share 5 books guaranteed to inspire you. I have been reading quite a lot this month, which always makes for a happy month for me. If you saw my To Be Read Pile video last week, you’ll know that I got plenty of books for Christmas and I have then since being buying more, and I’ve a vlog up this afternoon sharing my mailbox delights this month, including books, of course! As well as reading a fair smattering of fiction, I have found myself reading several non-fiction books this month, inspirational reads. Read more >


Fashion For The Husband

The Husband’s discovered a new shop and he’s so happy! It’s a menswear website selling designer brands and it’s totally new to us – Mainline Menswear. Have you shopped there? I’m not sure whether I’ve talked about this before, but the Husband does like his clothes and accessories. Whereas my wishlist is always based around books, stationery, candles and perfume (you’re surprised by this, I know), the Husband’s usually features t-shirts, trainers, watches and jeans. He’s always been like this for the nearly 20 years that we’ve been together. The brands that he likes have changed here and there, though Read more >

Mainline Menswear

Banana and Walnut Loaf Recipe

I don’t bake all that often, and when I do I have a handful of recipes that I am really comfortable with. One of them is my banana loaf which has never failed me and always goes down well with the kids. Well, as it’s so reliable, I thought I would try something a little different and throw some walnuts into the mix, creating a banana and walnut loaf recipe. I’ll be honest, I just guessed an amount and added them into the original recipe whilst crossing my fingers that it would work. And it did! There are a couple Read more >


Word of the Week 20/1/2017

Hello and welcome to Word of the Week! If you’re new here, Word of the Week is a nice and simple weekly linky, with everyone welcome to pop by and share. You reflect back on the past week and sum it up in one word. Then share your word with us in a blog post, with as little or as much explanation as you like. It’s a fun and friendly linky, so please do be lovely and visit as many of the other blogs as you can and share with them your thoughts on their words and weeks. I do comment on every Read more >

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Are We Ready?

My Little Man starts school this year. This year. How can that even be? When it was coming up to Boo starting school, I cried. A lot. I knew that she was ready for it, so that wasn’t a worry for me, it was more the feeling that she would no longer be all mine. That someone else would be teaching and showing her things. That I couldn’t be there all the time to protect her from anything life threw at her. That we could no longer do as we pleased, regardless of holidays and school runs. I wrote The Read more >


Getting Started with Brush Lettering

As I mentioned a couple of weeks ago, the Husband has decided to take up a new papery hobby, brush lettering. He’s always enjoyed typography, fonts, designing colour combinations, hand lettering and so on, so this does seem like a natural choice for him. For me, I admire it but I’m not a neat writer at the best of times so am not drawn to this one, though I have to say watching him practice and create does tempt me to have a go myself. Maybe when he’s out I’ll sneak a try! Anyway, if you fancy giving this a Read more >

Getting Started with Brush Lettering

Can Embracing Hygge Make You Happier?

Well, the Danes certainly think so. Having seen this book about Hygge all over the place in recent months, I was intrigued so it was at the top of my Christmas list…. Denmark is often said to be the happiest country in the world. That’s down to one thing: hygge. ‘Hygge has been translated as everything from the art of creating intimacy to cosiness of the soul to taking pleasure from the presence of soothing things. My personal favourite is cocoa by candlelight…’ I sat down to flick through it a couple of weeks ago and ended up reading it Read more >


Siblings January 2017

OK, to sum the siblings up this month is easy – they absolutely adore each other! Having two weeks off over Christmas has meant that they are the very best of friends. We had a wonderful break and the kids were just revelling in being together 24/7. Boo’s return to school has meant that every afternoon they try to cram in about a day’s worth of play in the couple of hours they have together, and they give it a good go! They have yet to come down after Christmas and as we were keen to keep the fun times Read more >


Word of the Week 13/1/17

Hello and welcome to Word of the Week! If you’re new here, Word of the Week is a nice and simple weekly linky, with everyone welcome to pop by and share. You reflect back on the past week and sum it up in one word. Then share your word with us in a blog post, with as little or as much explanation as you like. It’s a fun and friendly linky, so please do be lovely and visit as many of the other blogs as you can and share with them your thoughts on their words and weeks. I do comment on every Read more >


6 Ways to Improve Your Credit Score

Now that the fun of Christmas is becoming a distant memory, the treat that we have to look forward to this month is the credit card bill! I don’t know about you, but we tend to put a little away each month throughout the year towards Christmas, though we do then use the credit card for any extras. Fortunately, we tend to be in a position to clear it in January as I like to get it paid off monthly so it doesn’t add up. Credit cards are best used this way, of course, as they help you spread the Read more >

6 Ways to Improve your Credit Score

How to Use a Bullet Journal to Improve Your Health

Ah, the wonders of my bullet journal. Yes, I am now using it to help me get healthier as well as more productive and organised – if you don’t know what I am going on about, do check out my Getting Started with a Bullet Journal guide. I’ve been adding some new collections and spreads to it this month to support me in improving my health and fitness, so I thought it might be useful to share them here. At the moment, I already track my daily water intake and keep a food diary within my bullet journal, I do Read more >


Our 2017 Adventures Wishlist

I have said it before and I will say it again, I do not like January. I am a summer person, I like warmth, sunshine and pottering about in the garden. I am OK with autumn as I love the changing colours and the cosy evenings, I then have Christmas to look forward to which I love but when that’s all over and I’m left with cold January I am not happy! Knowing this, I decided to book a little weekend away for us all for this coming weekend and having that on the horizon is making this month and Read more >


Word of the Week 6/1/17

Hello and welcome to Word of the Week! The first of 2017, Happy New Year to you all! If you’re new here, Word of the Week is a nice and simple weekly linky, with everyone welcome to pop by and share. You reflect back on the past week and sum it up in one word. Then share your word with us in a blog post, with as little or as much explanation as you like. It’s a fun and friendly linky, so please do be lovely and visit as many of the other blogs as you can and share with them your Read more >

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