Three years blogging

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Last month marked three years since I started this blog. Three whole years. It doesn’t seem like very long really, but when I sit and think about it I realise how much has happened in those three years.

What has happened in your life since you started blogging?

Here’s what has happened in mine:  Continue reading »

Her finest glad rags – introducing Their Nibs London

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Their Nibs London

A couple of weeks ago a beautiful parcel arrived through our door. It’s the kind of PR sample I love, all wrapped up in soft tissue paper and presented in a swish fabric tote. This was my first experience of Their Nibs, a brand specialising in vintage style children’s clothing.

To be honest, it’s the kind of brand that I regularly drool over on other blogs and in swanky magazines, but only actually buy from for special events. Having had no special events to prepare for until recently, Their Nibs had completely passed me by.  Continue reading »

“Is it a pet Mummy?”

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So it looks like Frog has fully embraced the notion that, around the end of September, she is going to be a big sister.

She has the “big sister” part nailed. She also seems to understand the fact the baby is in my tummy, although her constant, “Your tummy is a bit fat now Mummy” this morning hasn’t done anything to assuage my insecurities over the alarming rate my waist is expanding.

Judging by a couple of her questions before heading off to pre-school though, there are still a few issues we need to iron out.  Continue reading »

Keeping in touch with old friends

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When we first moved to Devon last summer, I remember being worried about losing touch with all the friends we’d made in Berkshire. Frog had plenty of little friends she’d regularly go on play dates with and I’d made new friends in our village too. The (self-proclaimed) Northern Love Machine had his own mates from teacher training days, work and the pub, so we were leaving quite a few people behind.

The truth is though, that since the age of eighteen, I’ve never lived in one place for very long. I went to university in Cardiff, then spent a year working and travelling, before doing my journalism training for a year in Falmouth in Cornwall and then heading over to Brighton and then up to Hull for respective jobs. I arrived in Reading a year later, before moving to the countryside a couple of years after that. Continue reading »

What type of Bingo player are you?

Are you a bingo player? I’ve never experienced the thrill of bingo (apart from family competitions in a rainy caravan where the only prize was sweets) so I had no idea there were different types of bingo player. I consider myself educated.

Costa Bingo has brought out a new interactive quiz to help bingo fans discover what type of player they are. If you’re in the bingo club, you can see the quiz below.

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Lunch date

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Cafe in Ashburton

On the spur of the moment, I decided to take Frog to our favourite cafe for lunch yesterday. One of the things I love about working from home is that I get afternoons off and I can be (mostly) flexible about when I work. On a whim I made my mind up to treat us both to a slap up meal, making the most of those flexible hours.

Despite moving to a village just before December, Frog still goes to pre-school in the town we lived in for a few months when we first moved to Devon. The town – Ashburton – is only a few miles away and the pre-school there is really lovely. It’s a cute town, with a plethora of vintage, antique and second hand shops, along with a posh bakery (“artisan” don’t you know) and a couple of tasty delhi’s.  Continue reading »

The intelligent way to heat your home

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OK, I’m going to be honest. Central heating isn’t top of my list of fun house things to talk about. I’d much rather get stuck into a new upcycle project or plan what colour of paint is going to go in my hallway. But, aside from running water and my kettle, central heating is probably the biggest thing I’d miss if we didn’t have it in our home.

We live in a Victorian terraced cottage. It has high ceilings and the windows at the back of our house are the originals, without double-glazing. It means the house can get drafty. Lighting the log-burner downstairs helps, but it can take a while for the place to heat up on a really cold day. Which is where the Hive from British Gas comes in.

Victorian windows

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Days before school

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Days before school

As the spring draws in and the sun teases us with hints of summer, I’ve become more aware than ever of my three year old’s impending fourth birthday and first day at school. Frog’s growing up.

It’s evident in her speech – some of her sayings leave me speechless (“I can’t POSSIBLY do that!” and “It’s too rubbish!”) being my least favourites of the moment. It’s evident in her growing limbs – suddenly she doesn’t fit into her favourite pair of tights or leggings. And it’s evident in the fact she chatters non-stop about when she starts “Primary school like the big boys and girls Mummy”. Continue reading »

On becoming obsessed with interiors

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We’ve been in our new home now for just over two months. The boxes are all unpacked and, as the weather improves, we’re starting to plan a few DIY projects. I have eight years of pent up DIY frustration at living in rented houses, so it’s all I can do to stop myself running amok with a drill and a hammer.

First on the list is a new sofa for the living room. I love the mixture of old and new in a room, with vintage or pre-loved pieces alongside newer furniture. This suits my limited budget too, which is handy. I’ve got my eye on a grey or charcoal sofa to go with a new black and white striped rug, which would look lovely against my grandma’s old Danish teak sideboard. A recent trip to the home department at John Lewis has had me salivating over much of their furniture. The Barbican Sofa in Charcoal is my absolute favourite… Continue reading »