Simple Living // 7 ways to fragrance your home…

7 ways to fragrance the home littlegreenshed blog

During Spring and Summer, we love to fling the windows wide open to let the cool fresh air into the home.  But the change in air can sometimes highlight that the home is less than fragrant, especially if you live with animals and kids like I do.

So much of our emotions and memories are linked to our sense of smell, so why not think about creating a signature scent for you home.  Much better than sweaty trainers or wet dog smell, right?

Here are seven great ideas on how to get your home smelling divine in next to no time.

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Simple living // Restoration by Sainsburys…

restoration range sainsburys littlegreenshed may 2017
water jug | wooden calendar | wooden picture frames | desk tidy | waffle blanket | filing cabinet | wall clock – all Sainsbury’s

The very word ‘Restoration’ brings to mind two things.

1. doing up wrecked buildings and transforming them into beautiful homes (very George Clarke)

2. Restoring oneself to a place of calm.

Although my home, probably could do with a team of cleaners, it doesn’t need a restoration to save this old house.  But I, on the other hand, could do with some looking after – a definite restoration project here.

I believe that a shift in habits and mixing up the home with new products can give positive effects.  A plant on the desk, with a jug full of water as I work for starters.

So when Sainsbury’s asked me to try a few products from their new Restoration range I thought, why not? I need a bit of that.  The Restoration product range has taken elements from industrial living, think New York loft apartment with wire baskets, minimal design and cool colours.

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Simple Gardening // The RHS Malvern Spring Show…

RHS malvern show littlegreenshed

I’m green fingered through and through. Loving plants of all manner, from spiky cacti to blousey roses to rows of cabbages.  All plants bring out a nurturing passion in me, a yearn to make a beautiful green oasis even in my small back garden.

I get my passion for gardening from my mum, and her from my nan, and her from Elsie, my great grandmother.  It’s an inherited green gene, well I like to think of it like that anyway.

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Simple Living // Krups bean to cup…

A friend of mine from school owns Bristol’s best coffee place.  The scientific method he uses to extract the best flavour from his artisan coffee beans will boggle your mind.  My word he makes a good brew, something that has eluded us in our own home coffee making for years.  Until now. 

We’ve recently purchased a new Krups ‘Bean to Cup’ coffee machine and now I fancy myself as a bit of a barista.  However, if you are the proprietor or employee of a third-wave coffee shop, look away now, as I’m about to overly simplify all that you value highest.  

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Travel // Bluedot festival + ticket giveaway…

We have been festivaling (not a word, but I’m going with it) with the kids since they were small.  Feeling that a festival or two over the summer is an important part of their education as well as ours.  It’s a chance to kick back, soak up some great music and learn new skills.

This year, we decided to look further afield than a kids festival, something a little different to broaden their young minds, and discovered Bluedot Festival. Bluedot is an intergalactic festival of music, science, arts, culture and the exploration of space.  Perfect for my gang of budding scientists.

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Travel // Ferrari Land opens in Port Aventura, Spain…

My eldest, Charlie, has an effortless understanding and appreciation for all things engineering and mechanical.  When he heard we were going to Ferrari Land, he was over the moon.  His drawings and Lego creations have a wonderful aesthetic and he loves to ask questions about the way things work.  I’d like to think he is like me, but to be honest I’m finding it harder and harder to answer his technical questions. Lou and Rufus are less into vehicles, but we all had an absolute blast at the amazing Ferrari Land theme park.

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Simple Travel // Bath Independent tour…

Bath independent tour littlegreenshed blog 2017

A few weeks ago I was invited along to Bath for the Independent Bath tour for local social influencers and foodie journos to see what Bath has to offer.  The tour was organised by the whirlwind Bath power house, Silvana de Soissons of The Foodie Bugle.  It was set to be a day not to be missed.

We all met in Silvana’s own beautiful shop / cafe in the centre of Bath, in a pretty square behind the old spa baths.  Sitting there, chatting with fellow bloggers and journalists from London, we all knew that Silvana had organised an exciting day ahead – cramming in the best of Baths independent retailers and food establishments.  I couldn’t wait to get started…

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Simple Style // Spring style edit…

littlegreenshed spring edit 2017So Spring is upon us, even though it seems not have got the memo, where has the sun gone??.  It’s still quite cold in the shade, and that teamed with biting winds and sharp showers, Spring is a season where we still need to wear layers.

I’m desperate to wear just a breton, floaty skirt and sandals again, but sadly this April weather still means some days call for skinny jeans, boots and jumper!  But a girl can dream… and dream I have.

This Spring I’ve been coveting oversized breton tops, teamed with white plimsolls or wine coloured sandals.  Botanical print dresses and denim jackets.  Bringing the sense of adventure and comfort all together.

I think that says it all.  I need clothes that are timelessly classic, yet fun, and above all comfortable.  That’s the middle aged woman in me HA!

See below for some of my this seasons favourites…

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