Monday, 2 March 2015

IN LIKE A LION, OUT LIKE A LAMB



It is said that if March comes in like a lion, then it goes out like a lamb! It is certainly blustery here today, so I'm hoping this weather lore will be true and good weather is on the way.

I spent today outdoors on a nature reserve in the Wye Valley working in the sunshine and wind. It felt good to be out of the office and discover a rare heathland habitat that we work hard to protect and be rewarded with tea and huge slabs of cake!

Sunday, 22 February 2015

SPRING CLEANING

Follow Emma Bradshaw's board home on Pinterest.

As a family of hoarders our house is full of 'stuff' and it is really beginning to feel claustrophobic. I am drawing on my Pinterest inspiration boards to motivate me to have a proper spring clean once and for all and declutter for a simpler life.

I think I'm going to take it steady and aim to sort it out bit by bit, tackling one room at a time so as not to feel that it is such a massive task! I may even list some bits and bobs on here if I find anything worth selling. Please feel free to share any hints or tips that you may have or just give me the kick I need as I wasn't born with the 'tidy' gene!

Saturday, 21 February 2015

STYLING THE SEASONS: FEBRUARY


A simple, minimal Styling the Seasons post for February, using snowdrops in pots around the house. 


And we're trying to tidy up our messy house and get into a habit of putting things away!


Joining in with Styling the Seasons on Apartment Apothecary.

Friday, 20 February 2015

KUNG HEI FAT CHOI!

homemade chinese fortune cookies

To celebrate Chinese New Year yesterday we made fortune cookies and had a Chinese meal with friends. We followed this recipe and instructions and the boys made up our own fortunes that we popped inside the fortune cookies.

homemade chinese fortune cookies

Chinese new year

Chinese new year

Some of the children used chop sticks to eat their food and everyone brought a different Chinese dish to share, it was delicious! It's the year of the ram (or sheep or goat depending where you look) which is my eldest sons Chinese horoscope so it was lovely to mark the occasion with his friends that he's known since he was a tiny baby. 

Monday, 16 February 2015

HOME IS WHERE THE HEART IS



Following a serious bout of winter flu in our house we're slowly getting better and are thankful that this week is half term week and an opportunity to take things a bit easy. This weekend we covered the kitchen in flour and made heart-shaped shortbread for daddy. You can just make out my new rug in the kitchen, a bargain for only £14.99 from H&M!

Monday, 9 February 2015

LITTLE MOMENTS OF DAILY LIFE


The boys have all been struck down with the lurgy this past week, one by one, and now grandma and grandad too. The little man spent the whole day on Saturday just dozing on my lap and now it's my turn! I hate being ill and how low it makes you feel. How the house gets so untidy so quickly and all the things I'm not getting done at work. I've just slept for 12 whole hours but am still completely exhausted.


Saturday, 31 January 2015

A SPLASH OF COLOUR ON A WINTERS DAY



Stanley and I met up with our lovely friend Anna this week and her family, who provided a much needed splash of colour on a wet and cold winter day. I love Anna's coordinated bobble and gorgeous Ally Capellino backpack. It was lovely for Stanley to have children of his own age to play with, poor thing usually has to tag along behind the big boys!
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