July babies are the best babies // hint it’s my birthday!

July! The month of heat waves, stormy nights and thunder claps. School term endings, the start of the summer slow down, boozy pimms in the garden whilst watching Wimbledon… and, and, most importantly its my BIRTHDAY month. So, if you are feeling you want to celebrate my birthday with me, buy yourself a gift or one for me if you are feeling flush – I do accept all presents with the eager hands of a small child.  Here is my

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Seasonal Rituals // replenishing the herb garden…

Spring!  Time to get out in the garden and feel the earth between your fingers.  My plants are starting to stir, and buds are already opening.  Tulips and daffodils are reaching for the sunshine, and everything is so green. One thing I do need to do is replenish my herb garden.  I can never over-winter my herbs, I think my small back yard just doesn’t get enough sunlight during the winter to keep them alive.  So one of the first

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We wish you a merry christmas….

Just a quick post to wish you all a very Merry Christmas!!!  Thank you for all your wonderful support over this past year, I fully appreciate your comments and social love for us and all that we do. I’m signing off now for the holidays, and shall be back towards the end of 2016 for a little round up of Christmas and of 2016.  But in the mean time, have a wonderful love filled sparkling Christmas. See you on the

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Seasonal Rituals // Christmas movies & coping with the school holidays…

School finishes today!  Yes!  Two weeks with my guys at home, we are all getting super excited!!!  But, it also fills me with worry and dread, with the finishing off of my freelance work, and juggling entertaining my boys too. By now, I should have this situation sorted, Charlie is 10 and I’ve been freelancing now for 4 years.  So this juggle during school holidays is always present.  This Christmas I am planning a few ways of dealing with the

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Seasonal Rituals // Advent calendar 2016…

Gosh time is surely running away with me!  I’ve realised I haven’t shared this years advent calendar with you!  I know you have probably already in mid-swing with yours, but if you fancy making one for next year, here it is. Our sparkling night advent…. Lou ArchellLou Archell, a writer, photographer, stylist and founder of Littlegreenshed.  A UK lifestyle & travel blog Lou is also a busy mum of two amazing boys and the founder of Sisterhood Camp – an annual

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Seasonal Rituals // Christmas gift wrapping…

I love the wrapping of presents, a glass of mulled wine and a Christmas movie – it’s a lovely thing to do. This year I have decided I wanted a change from my usual Kraft paper wrapping.  It’s everywhere now, and I must admit I am a bit bored of it, having wrapped my gifts in it for the past 4 years it’s time for a change.  So I’ve been searching for alternatives, wanting something that has a rich warmth to

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Seasonal Rituals // Christmas Gift Guide for Him…

GIFT GUIDE FOR Him. There are only 2 weeks til Christmas!  I know!  I haven’t bought a thing yet, so if you are like me and a bit behind in your present buying I’ve made a little guide for your mister – or any man in your life., I’ve been trawling the web, looking for beautiful items to be included in your present buying this year – I’ve done all the hard work so you don’t have to worry!  I always find

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Seasonal rituals // making a fire…

This weekend we lit our first fire of the season.  I love the ritual of making a fire, scrunching of the paper (or making twists), stacking the kindling on top in a tipi shape, then lighting the paper from below, watching the flame roar upwards. We have a log burner in our lounge,  A little treat with some redundancy money I received from a job that I hated, many years ago. I love how now our beautiful log burner brings

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