Simple living // A late summer picnic and Scan As You Shop with Tesco…

Summer is having a final hurrah, with temperatures this Bank Holiday reaching heady highs… what better way to celebrate the end of summer holidays than a picnic in a field.  Grabbing a picnic blanket, plates and cutlery we headed to the countryside for a quiet afternoon of eating and climbing hay bales. But what about the food?  Before leaving Bristol, we headed to our local Tesco Extra store to pick up a few delicious picnic essentials.  Our nearest Tesco Extra

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Travel // Center Parcs Longleat and the new Tropical water slides…

We love Center Parcs.  As a family we are pretty late to discover the joys of these holidays, car free cycling, hundreds of activities and the most amazing swimming pools EVER!  After being a couple of times to different locations this year, we are well and truly hooked. A few weeks ago, we visited our nearest parc, Longleat.  Only an hour away from home, this parc now has two new water slides which we were keen to try out.  Typhoon and

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Seasonal Rituals // How to transition your home into Autumn…

These past few days I’ve felt autumn in the air… the scent of the earth, the liquid hazy light, the colour of the hydrangea in the garden…. it’s coming, the golden hush. I love Autumn.  It’s mellow musty smell, the abundance of harvests, orange pumpkins, kids scurrying for fallen conkers. The colour of the hedgerows, slowly, slowly turning through all the shades of rust until they fall, lying there waiting to be kicked and thrown by laughing kids. But before

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Travel // Crane 29 with Canopy & Stars…

With all the excitement of the Summer holidays and getting away, I realised I haven’t shared with you our stay at Crane 29.  The most beautiful and unique crane house in Bristol, built by the team at Canopy & Stars. Bristol has a maritime heritage and central to the City sits the harbour.  Once a busy trade harbour with ships docking from all over the world, it is now home to restaurants, pleasure boats, art galleries and museums, one of

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Travel // Long distant road tripping with kids…

Over the past few years we have taken the kids on various holidays in both the UK and Europe, driving down to France, even down as far as Northern Spain.  Spending long distances and many many hours in the car.  It’s boring, tiring and a total drag as a parent, but what is it like for the kids?  10 x worse. BP Ultimate has recently looked at what keeps us Brits moving and what makes a car journey run smoothly,

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Life Lately // A new Instagram project…

Instagram is slowly loosing it’s appeal for many people.  I hear on forums, twitter chats and on the app itself that people are fed up with the ever changing algorithm.  Not only that, people are increasingly feeling stifled with the need to ‘curate’ their feed.  To live an ‘insta’ worthy life, and to only post their very best. Why? Well to ensure that their likes are up and growing followers, to monetise their feed as a micro influencer. Oh yes

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Simple Interiors // Ikea’s a/w lookbook…

You may remember a few months back I was invited to take over Ikea UK’s Instagram stories, showcasing some of my favourite products from their upcoming A/W launch.  If you missed it… then let me walk you through the new product range. This upcoming season, Ikea have identified four key trends that will dominate the interiors space. You will see dark blues and greens mixed with luxurious metals in the trend Midnight Tropics alongside a continuation of the Scandinavian trend which has

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Simple Living // Studio tour with Flora Jamieson…

Last week I spent a wonderful few hours visiting my pal Flora Jamieson in her studio in Bridport.  After having seen her home on Instagram for many years it was an absolute treat to be sitting in her kitchen drinking coffee and looking at her beautiful space. Flora Jamieson has been designing and making stained glass for 20 years.  She makes contemporary decorative windows, panels and free-hanging stained glass pieces, which she sells online and in selected shops and galleries.

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