We finally went on holiday hurray!!! Paul has wanted to go to New York as long as I’ve known him, but he really didn’t want to take Miss L while she was little so we’ve waited until now. In hindsight, New York is a great city for kids so we could have done it earlier. Here are my top tips for travelling to New York with kids… Flight We flew on Virgin from Heathrow, as a 12 year old L was treated as an adult so we couldn’t reclaim her air tax which you can sub-12 and from 12-15 next year! Seat Guru is THE most useful site, I discovered that the 747 Virgin planes have an economy section upstairs near […]
I really like BHS Home website, there are some quite wonderfully eclectic and cool things on there. They asked me if I’d like to review one of their items. I didn’t have enough budget for one of the massive beautiful bed throws, and there was some gorgeous bedsheets, but super king size had run out! I had a wander round the house, and had a good think about what I needed and then it came to me! I bought an ‘on trend’ black and gold light shade for our bedroom and it just doesn’t go. Paul hates it with a passion and Miss L doesn’t like the light it throws out. But as I bought it 4 months ago I […]
I am a nightmare for loosing my keys, I’ve found them in the fridge and when I was pregnant even once in the oven! Gigaset asked if I’d like to try their G-Tag fob which you can either attach to a set of keys, or chuck it in your car if you can never remember where you’ve parked (handy for Disney! I’ve lost so many cars there). If Miss L still had those ‘doll’ Clarks shoes I’d pop one in there, we can NEVER find her shoes in the mornings! It works with the Bluetooth on your phone and it has an iOS and android app. You register with Gigaset pair your phone with the tag, and then off you […]
I needed to make some non alcoholic drinks for my BBQ. I had a quick look on Pinterest and found some lush looking recipes and went with Strawberry Lemonade. I found this great recipe on an American Blog, but it was American products in American sizes and I never understand them! So here’s my lazy British Version, this is enough for a large Kilner drinks dispenser, warning that’s a LOT of lemonade!. Take the amounts down for smaller containers. You will need: A large drinks dispenser or punch bowl 1 carton of Tropicana Lemon and Lime Juice 1/2 Carton of Innocent Strawberry and Banana smoothie 1/2 Carton of water – I reused the Tropicana carton 1 Large Bottle of Sprite […]
It’s not that I don’t like my friends, I do a lot. In truth my main reason for moving is to have a bigger house so we can host gatherings, BBQs, and have friends and family to stay. I would LOVE that. However this past Saturday when my lovely husband, tipsily suggests that the 9 people there, come to our house for a BBQ on the 1st August…well frankly I could have strangled him. Our house is a bomb site, there is stuff which I was going to put into storage *everywhere*. You can’t get into the dining room, the office is now piled to about my height and more importantly for 9 people to come to a BBQ, you […]
My Dad took some pictures of my parent’s garden this week and it’s absolutely glorious! So I thought I’d share them with you, in case they give you any planting inspiration for your own cottage gardens?
I spent about three months looking for a new lounge from rug , and bought one about a month ago. Then I had an email from Carpetright asking me if I’d like to review their new range of rugs, I didn’t know they did rugs and it never occurred to me that they would!. I have bit of a soft spot for Carpetright, all the carpets from our first two houses came from them and they are cheap and hard wearing. So I was quite interested to see what they had one offer as finding a nice stylish rugs is much harder than you’d think, especially having wasted hours looking for one! I was sent a pretty decent selection to […]
I have now been to see 10-15 houses in the last 6 months and I’ve still not found one we want to buy. House buying/selling is incredibly expensive now, so as a buyer I’m thinking twice but third and forth times too! I’m not saying a house has to be perfect, that would be dull but there are certain things that trigger warnings in my head. So here’s what I’ve learnt in my 6 months of house hunting…. 1. Let the estate agents show it, don’t do it yourself. A) you’re paying them a LOT of money, make them do some work. B) It’s beyond awkward walking around a house with the owner trying to be enthusiastic about anything you can […]
As most of you know hay fever is the bane of my life, every April to September without fail my life becomes a snotty, eye itching misery. It came to a head three years ago where bog standard hay fever started to morph into food allergies, hives and seasonal asthma – fun times!. I made some radical changes to my garden, I can’t get rid of all the grass and trees but I could alter what I planted close to the house. Then last winter I was flicking through my phone and I came across a picture of my patch testing and I remembered that apparently I’m as allergic to milk as I am to trees, shrubs and weeds….but I’ve […]
My parent’s very kindly bought Miss L (and us!) tickets for the Harry Potter Tour for doing well in her school exams. To be honest none of us knew what to expect, everyone I knew who’s been said it was ‘good’ but no more that that really. We headed down to Leavesden where Harry Potter was filmed, and it was horrible! Driving rain, freezing cold your average British Summer, ick! From what I could tell, you need to book in advance. We had to show our booking confirmation to the parking lady, and then she told us to park right next to the main building which was a god send as we then didn’t get utterly drowned running to the […]
I have a competition for you all today. abodent.com would like to give one lucky reader £30 voucher to spend on their website! All you have to do is a leave a comment below *saying what you’d buy and I’ll run a lucky number generator to pick the winner. Abodent.com have a wonderful collection of drawer knobs, coat hooks and home accessories on their site. I’ve picked out a few of my favourites below. I really need to find somewhere to use those bunny knobs! You can see more of their collections on their Facebook Page , Twitter and on their Instagram pages. Looking forward to your comments and announcing a winner! Rules: 1. Competition runs from 2nd June 2015 – 9th June […]
Not that I’m planning ahead or anything, but viewing new houses has made me think about changing up my style a bit. I’m rather liking the serenity of blue bedrooms, and I’ve found some fun ideas for spare bedrooms. Here’s some of the bits I’ve found so far, imagine these with some crisp white sheets… The map is in fact custom canvas from wallpapered.com they made this image especially for me and it’s where I met Paul! Love it! You can get it from wallpapered starting from £38.95 I love love love this Arne Jacobsen The Egg Chair with Ottoman from Italia Designs, isn’t it the most gorgeous colour? However it’s a budget busting £731.00 so I can dream. And this cute lamp […]
May is I think my favourite time in my garden. The Clematis and Lilacs are out, peonies just about to bloom and roses just budding. This is my front hedge, which has taken years to be full of clematis, roses and lilacs. Clematis’s scrambled up the trees in the back garden. Apple blossom in the sunlight New lavender’s and sweetpeas ready to go in the ground. What’s your favourite month in the garden?