In the Frame

Taking family photos…. The idea of getting professional baby photos done has always seemed a bit cheesy to me. I am proud of our little babies, but the thought of putting them in a cabbage with an oversized bow on their heads and their arms neatly crossed seemed faintly ridiculous. Equally, the weeks post-birth are…

Home & Heart

New house, new babies… This is a rather belated post, being as we moved into our new house in June. But hey, we’ve been just a little bit busy…! On New Year’s Eve last year, R and I went out for dinner at our fabulous local pub, while our grandparents babysat. We chatted about the…

The Love Edit…

Valentine’s Gifts for busy parents… R has bought me a hand-blender for Valentine’s Day. I know this because I saw it when he tried to hide it in the car after we’d been to the supermarket. “But..but…I bought you the more expensive model…” he protested. It’s ok. I bought him a novelty mug, so I…

The Five Year Trees

Planting trees to celebrate our fifth wedding anniversary… It was our fifth wedding anniversary just before Christmas. The fifth is ‘wood’ – and we decided to buy each other fruit trees, which we can plant here, and take with us when we move. Hopefully our simple apple and plum trees will be the start of slowly…

The Weekend Edit

Seven wonderful things from the week that was… Granddaddy and Munchkin, playing with a vintage (ie used to be mine) multi-storey carpark/garage…kids really will play with anything (1970s Fisher Price Garage, now worth £70(!), ebay.com) 2. Tete a Tetes in a pot, finally feeling like spring… (£4.50 for three, Market Garden, Cirencester) 3. Lunch outside, even more like…

The Weekend Edit

Seven wonderful things from the week that was… Out and about on our trike (SmarTrike, £59,99, Argos) 2. Sleeping beauty (Pyjamas, £5.99, Gap Kids; Amber anklet for teething pain, £35, The Amber Shop, Suffolk 3. Anthropologie loveliness (Cup, £12 , Anthropologie, sold out, similar here) 4. Springtime scented sols… 5. Making friends by the bay tree…

First Frost…

As temperatures drop, winter’s icy presence makes itself known… I love the first frost, it’s always such a special time – a  bitingly cold morning, the sun streaming through and everything covered in that crisp sprinkling of white frosting… I remember taking photos of this last year, and thinking how amazing it was that the seasons…

Perfect pumpkins…

Little twists on old favourites… I was recently sent some of this amazing copper paint from Crown Paints. Actually designed for walls, it’s incredibly striking stuff, and with a few leftover pumpkins and squash from Halloween I thought I’d give them a metallic makeover. The process of painting them is actually incredibly quick and easy,…

Stay well this winter…

Natural ways to stay well and keep healthy this winter…. As the colder months arrive and you start to feel the inevitable onset of the sore throat, snuffley nose and aching head, don’t reach straight for the Beachams and bravely soldier on. You owe your body more than that. Sometimes a good night’s sleep and…

The Weekend Edit…

Seven wonderful things from the week that was… Splashing in puddles (Boots, £14.99; Coat, £16:99; Hat, £3.99) 2. Baby in red (Coat, as before; Shoes, £18, Clarks) 3. Three little ducks card, from Tante Laura…. 4. Just the morning mist… 5. Office angel (Jumper, £19.99, Gap) 6. Cobwebs and morning dew.. 7. Beautiful seasonal quinces…  

Luxury to love…

Five things that cost the earth, and are absolutely worth it… I tend to swing between wanting the best and being delighted with a bargain. And it usually has something to do with my bank account – which is no bad thing, working in luxury lifestyle does rather skew your concept of what’s ‘too expensive’….

Gorgeous gourds…

Aren’t these just so cute…? I’m loving these seasonal gourds, in all their wobbly, nubbly-shaped, colourful brilliance, they feel so autumnal and very rustic. Try a few arranged around a pumpkin or nestled in a basket….available for £1 each, Waitrose.