Interiors: Bean Bag Chairs

Last year we redecorated the living room. Freshly painting the walls and wallpapering two of them. I’d bought lilac sofas the year before the replace our huge old black lounger which made the room look so much bigger! We have a corner of the living room that has a small alcove under a stained glass window that I’ve always struggled to know…

Toad Diaries Review & Giveaway

Everyone starts off the year being organised, right? Not me – I dabbled with making a bullet journal over the Christmas holidays and stopped using it by the 4th of January. Thankfully I hadn’t bought a specific notebook for it but was using a little school-style exercise book. Anyway – I’m generally so bad at keeping on top of diaries…

Sunday Scrapbook – A catch up

I’ve not done a Scrapbook Sunday post for absolutely ages and feel a bit bad about it… for the uninitiated they are basically diary/chatty/catch up style posts where I waffle on a little about what we’ve been up to. When I was doing a lot more ‘commercial’ blogging up to about this time last year I felt like they helped…

Interiors: Bespoke & Unusual Wall Murals

Redecorating  is not a task undertaken easily, but I think a lot of us have an idea about what each room in the home could look like next.  Furniture, flooring and wallpaper are all huge elements in how a room comes together  and  Wallsauce   has a great way to  update a room in a unique and easy way! Firstly  they…

Travel: 3 Winter destinations in the Lake District

This is a collaborative post. In a world where we’re made to feed bad about taking flights  (understandable) or  simply can’t afford too many   there is still hope for fun holidays in beautiful places – all without even leaving the UK! As a family we’ve always been big fans of the  ‘staycation’ – awful name but great holidays!  Generally we…

Style: Scaramanga Backpack

I’ve been a fan of backpacks since  my  youngest was born – it suddenly seemed so much easier to pop all the stuff I needed for two kids under 2 years old in a backpack than a proper changing bag that was always swinging off my shoulders and bashing into things, or making me walk lop-sided. Even now I don’t…

Mammoth Maths from Orchard Games review

Orchard Toys: Loopy Llamas and Mammoth Maths educational games

I am always looking for fun activities to keep the boredom from edging in after school as I find if I can keep the kids busy and happy and spend some time with them for an hour or so when we get it that they will be happy to chill out after that and let me cook diner in peace!…

tips for visiting new york city

25 Top Tips for visiting New York City

Exploring a new city is one of my favourite things to do, and my recent visit to New York City was no exception. I  think it’s probably the holiday I have researched the most in terms of what to do and how to get around – partly  because it’s a pretty big city compared to many and also because I wanted to make the most of  our four  days and nights there! I’ve put together a list of things that will be helpful for anyone planning a trip to know before you go – any trip to NYC will be a blast I’m sure but I think knowing a few of these in advance would have helped!

Scrapbook Loves January 2020

All I’m seeing on social media is memes about  how January was 1387  days long, oh and also  Harry & Megan moving and brexit chat. Anyway for me  the month seems to have  flown by probably because we were on countdown to holiday, getting the kids and the house ready for Grandma who  was looking after them, then actually away,…

NO SPEND YEAR RULES

Planning a No Spend – our rules

After Christmas    Sam and I decided that we would  try a ‘No Spend’ year. Yep – not spending anything for the entire of 2020.  However there have to be some rules to follow, and exceptions to be made  – because of course we need to eat! So here is how we think it will work: No Unnecessary Spending Unnecessary…

Slumps, wishes and plans

A little update for my first post of the year

10 reasons Chilled in a Field Festival rocks

Chilled in a Field really does live up to its name.  Chilled in a Field is a small family friendly festival that takes place in the grounds of Bentley estate in East Sussex, not far from Lewes. Here are ten  reasons to spend a weekend the Chilled in a Field Festival, though of course there are so many more! You can…