Lifestyle | An impromptu beach bbq…

clevedon beach with pier in the distance beach bbq

Sometimes, on a sunny day, we surprise the kids and take tea to the beach.  Ladye Bay, near Clevedon, is one of favourite places to go.  A sheltered bay, with views of Clevedon Pier and over to Wales in the distance.

We love to make a fire on the pebbles, and cook something on the grill, Dan busy tending to the fire, while the kids play in the rocks.  The sound of the waves rushing against the pebbly beach.

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Interiors | Nature in the home…

If you have been a long time follower of this blog, you may remember many years ago I started a series called ‘Nature in the Home‘.  The series showcased how plants and natural objects can be used as styling props within rooms, to create an ‘outside in‘ sense of calm. Back in 2012, when I

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Style | Favourite new shoes & dress…

Dreaming of summer holidays and wearing simple dresses all day long.  Since loosing 2 stone in weight, my wardrobe of summer clothes no longer fits.  I’m reluctant to get rid of everything, but instead choosing simple items to incorporate into my summer wear.Looking through, I realised I didn’t have a little black dress.  I know!  I’ve spotted several I liked, this one from Arket and this one from Cos – but wasn’t prepared to pay that kinda money. Until I saw this cheaper version from Zara.  At half the price, it was a winner!

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Beauty | Current beauty favourites – Spring…

This season I’ve taken to using a light, barely there, foundation and concealer, a dusky taupe blush and boufing my hair with some powder at the roots.  Sounds a bit Dolly Parton right, well that’s not the look I was going for, but hey.Spring is here and I’m wanting to give my grey old skin a bit of a glow with some sun kissed products.  Gone are the days of sunbathing til I burnt, now it’s all about factor 50 and make-up to ‘fake-up’ my skin.If you are wanting a gentle glow rather than a perma-tan, then read on to discover my beauty favourites….

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Interiors | Zara Home, Summer Days….

It seems like I can’t get enough of pink plaster walls and the heat in these interiors edits.  This time it’s the latest campaign from Zara Home – Summer Escape. Inspiration has been taken from those amazing holidays in the Med, lounging by the pool, shopping at local artisan markets.  Cooling off in the shade

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Interiors | 10 essential items from HM Home for the new bathroom…

I seriously cannot wait until our bathroom is done.  It’s way off from being started, as we’ve decided to swap the two rooms, Rufus’ bedroom at the back of the house, and the bathroom in the middle, giving both rooms more space.We are having to wait until the half term holidays until we start, and after Rufus’ sats are finished.  Then, we will start with the structural changes to the house, which means moving over a door frame, and putting Rufus up into Charlie’s room whilst we moving everything around.Easy it isn’t.  But, when done it’s going to make such a difference to our lives.  I personally can’t wait!

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Travel | Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield…

During the Easter break, and our trip to Yorkshire & Cumbria, we stopped off at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park before driving home.  YSP is in Wakefield, just south of Leeds, where Dan’s brother lives, so it made a brilliant place to meet up with family before heading home. The sun was shining and it felt

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Recipe | Rhubarb Cordial & Gin cocktail…

I think rhubarb is considered to be a bit of a ‘marmite’ ingredient, you either love it or hate it.  I’m firmly in the love it camp, and will readily devour crumbles, pies and salads with it in.  Rhubarb is one of the crops that just keep producing, causing gardeners to have a ‘glut’ come

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