Recipe // festive boozy mince meat…

After posting this image on Instagram this morning, I was asked by several of you for the recipe.  It’s really really simple, and makes about five jars, which is ample if your family has a slight mince pie addiction like mine.  If you pot the mixture up in pretty jam jars, they make great edible gifts too. I have searched for a recipe which doesn’t contain suet, so this is perfect for vegetarians and vegans. Also it is gluten free

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Seasonal Rituals | Oh Christmas tree, with Balsam Hill…

Oh Christmas tree Oh Christmas tree How beautiful are your branches… It goes something like that, I think.  Anyway, yes I know it’s early but I couldn’t wait to share with you my Christmas tree for this year.  This season we have gone for a monochrome look with white and glass baubles, white stars and white feathers.  With a little touch of gold with gold dipped white feathers and gold chocolate mice.

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Seasonal Rituals | wrapping gifts…

Gifting season is upon us!  I’m busy curating my annual gift guides full of thoughtful gifts from our favourite makers and indie shops, plus a handful of cool tech gifts from larger brands.  But I thought I would start off this festive season with my a gift wrapping post. To me Christmas gift wrap doesn’t need to be all about traditional colours of red or gold, but instead use what you have and have fun.  This year I have chosen

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Seasonal Rituals | Advent calendar…

This year time has slipped away from me :( and I haven’t been able to make the boys an Advent Calendar.  But I’m not going to sweat it, my boys have lots of great things lined up in the next month, so not having a ‘handmade’ advent calendar isn’t going to be a disaster. In fact, letting that pressure off myself has made me feel so much better.  Honestly, as a woman and a mother we have enough bloody guilt

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Seasonal Rituals // Christmas with Ikea…

Last summer I was invited to preview the IKEA winter decor range. It felt wonderfully weird to be viewing Christmas decorations in the middle of flaming June, but I couldn’t help to feel a little giddy with Christmas excitement at the sight of a sparkling tree. The space, in central London, was bedecked with candle light and baubles, with a table laid ready for a Christmas feast.  During the event we were treated to a decorating masterclass, sharing some valuable

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Travel // Artist Residence, Oxfordshire…

Last Friday, we left the boys with their Grandparents and travelled to the Cotswolds for an overnight treat at the newly opened Artist Residence hotel.  Passing through honey coloured villages in the traditional Cotswold stone we reached the village of South Leigh, Oxfordshire. The hotel is small and cosy, situated in a thatched country pub.  With only 5 rooms in total, you really feel like you are hiding away from the world at a country retreat.  Surrounded by countryside for

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Travel // Sweden part 2, Lund and the Skissernas Museum…

I’ve finally found time to edit some more of my Swedish adventure.  In particular focusing on the City of Lund and the Skissernas Museum.  Lund is situated about 30 minutes drive North from Malmo.  It is a large University town and reminded me very much of Oxford, with it’s grand buildings, and bicycling students flocking the streets. On our little tour, Lund was our second overnight stop, staying at the aptly named The Grand Hotel.  Very Wes Anderson-esque in style,

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Health & Wellness | The perimenopause and me…

I’ve thought about writing this post for the past couple of months now, wondering if you wanted to know about my personal struggle with my hormones. I know many of my readers are nowhere near this point in their lives, but many of you are, so I hope to help with this post. Here goes. The Menopause, for some reason, is still an unspoken word. A ‘thing’ that women go through hidden struggling in silence. Although I am still a

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