Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Spring & Summer Home Inspiration with Fishpools*




I love nothing more than browsing online stores and making a 'wish list' of all the gorgeous pieces id love to put in my home. Since renovating our bungalow a few years ago now its been so nice to put our own stamp on the place when spend the most time in.

Although if i had it my way id probably switch up each room seasonly, Graham on the other hand likes things as they are, but i still enjoy bringing the odd 'spring' like ornament in to the home from time to time.

I wanted to share with you some Spring & Summer items I've found recently that i adore. 





1- I spotted the gorgeous Sofa from Fishpools. I love anything retro and this extra large 'Poppy' sofa is definitely something id have in my living room. I love he chic shape, velour fabric and i fins grey is nice and neutral so will go with anything. Fishpools definitely have a lot of gorgeous sofas if your in need of one!

2- I don't actually even have a rug in our living room however this one really caught my eye, the flamingos on it bring a summery feel with out them being a harsh bright pink. John Lewis.

3- I have a friend with a similar Pouffe. Although it doesn't seem to look comfy it truly is! These are super handy for the extra seat and also resting the tea tray! Again i love the grey and knitted effect.

4- I do love a good vase, and have many, i spotted these pretty ones in NEXT i think they add a really lovely of colour and its handy to have some different sizes also.


5- The one thing i do enjoy switching up in my home each season is cushions, i love this retro print cushion from NEXT. Super colourful and they have a few other matching ones also.


6- Everyone needs a floor lamp. This very chic and sophisticated grey lamp is from John lewis its so thin to so doesn't take up much space.

7- Lastly again with the cushions, pictures can really help with sprucing up a room and changing a theme without spending a small fortune. I love this Coastal canvas from Matalan the colours are beautiful and subtle.

I really hope you've enjoyed this post and it may have given you some ideas if your bringing in some colour to a room or renovating!






In collaboration with Fishpools*




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Imaginative Play | Climbing Frames





I don't know about you, but as a child i did nothing more then play outdoors, my whole childhood was based around being outside and getting dirty and creative! I have very vivid memories of building dens and making 'potions' with my older siblings.

Climbing frames are great for creative play you can practically come up with any idea to turn your climbing equipment into something out this world with just your imagination. My children very much enjoy the freedom of exploring nature and getting their hands messy.



Do your children like to play outside and what do they enjoy doing the most?

Alister and Violet both enjoying making tents and dens around the climbing equipment, imagining they are both trapped on a desert island surrounded by sharks, or if Alister is taking on Violet role of creative play he does like to pretend he's the knight climbing to save princess Violet in the tower which is quite amusing!

They both also love nothing more then helping me plant every year, they are very hands on with the beginning of planting the little seedings inside and watering them and now were just about ready to find the plants new homes and continue to grow them into vegetables. Its so great for the children to know exactly where their food comes from and i find this the best way. For them both to actually do it hands on themselves.


Why do you think its important for children to spend more time outside?

I think its so important for children to get as much fresh air as possible not only is it good for them, the vitamin D on their skin but also it really wears them out to which can be useful if its evening time, sometimes just letting them run free in a field for 5-10mins can really help settle them before bedtime, at least thats what really helps my two.

Also getting away from the 21st century of technology is great for everybody not just the children. Turning off the tablets and TV can help with family bonding time, pulling out the bat and ball set or just taking a trip to the park to play on the swings or climbing equipment.

I must admit my two children are probably the most behaved when outside theres no bickering over who's got what. I do notice a great bond between them when they both have their imaginative heads on creating a new game to play together.

Do you think Tablets and TV are stopping children from socialising and being outside more?

I personally think that as long as there is a time limit and the tablets/ tv aren't used excessively. Everything in moderation is fine as long as there is boundaries. There are some great learning apps available on tablets these days so they can also learn a lot from the odd usage.

My son Alister enjoys his Nintendo DS but he is only allowed on it for 30mins /1 hour after school once his homework is complete, id say its kind of a reward to him which is a good way of looking at it.




Don't forget to check out my video on Imaginative Play





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Friday, 20 May 2016

Meal Plan For the Week 16th-22nd May



Back for another meal plan, i haven't felt too inspired this week, kind of sticking to what we really like and had available. Sometimes simple dinners are the best!




MONDAY- Pies from the farmers market with steam veg.


TUESDAY- Graham made beef burgers with homemade potato wedges and a little side salad.


WEDNESDAY- Baked Camembert with crusty baguette, olives/ grapes.


THURSDAY- Homemade Pizza with corn on the cob.


FRIDAY- OUT


SATURDAY- Mussels with Homemade Chips , steamed broccoli and birthday cake since its Alisters Birthday!


SUNDAY - Roast Dinner.


Don't forget to check out my grocery haul.
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