Christmas decorating with Laura Ashley

Winter wreath scene lit

We’re at the end of the first week of December and Christmas trees are going up in homes around the world – apart from ours that is! There simply is not enough room in the lounge for a tree at the moment, as the renovations are still going on in the garage/playroom conversion, and the contents of that room are hanging out in my once peaceful, serene living room. That doesn’t mean we haven’t made room for a few festive…

Read More »

  • Five under five festive edition 2016
    Five under 5

    Five under £5 for December 2016 – #fiveunder5

    Five under £5 this month can only mean one thing – festive five under a fiver! I love the challenge of finding these things that are little joy-givers on a budget, but I reckon this month will see a bit of competition going on between…

  • Me and the kids on Ilkley Moor
    Me and Mine

    Me and Mine – a portrait for November 2016

    It certainly was a bracing day when we climbed up on the Cow and Calf rocks last weekend. It’s Ilkley’s most famous landmark but oddly it was the first time we’d climbed up there together since moving here in July. It was Sunday afternoon, we’d…

  • Jules and Flo
    Family, Outings

    Big Fish Little Fish in Leeds

    We had our first taste of the Big Fish Little Fish family rave experience in Liverpool in the summer, so when we heard they were putting on another party in Leeds, we were in! If you’ve never heard of them, the events are like a…

  • Tatton Park in the snow

    Tatton Park at Christmas – win a family ticket

    Tatton Park in Cheshire is continuing its year of celebrations of the children’s author Roald Dahl with a special Christmas event at its Knutsford mansion. You might remember we visited the grounds in the summer to check out some of the events to celebrate the…

  • Cafe at Goose in Harrogate,
    Family life, Food, Outings

    Goose in Harrogate | Eat, craft, play

    Forget hanging out at the soft play, lunching on fish fingers and chips and bad coffee. Harrogate has a new place to take your little ones which is as much for grown-ups as it is for children. Goose is part play area, part cafe, and…

  • Flo sitting in leaves

    My little girl’s grief: ‘I miss daddy’

    ‘I miss daddy’, ‘I want daddy’ and ‘where’s daddy?’ are things I hear every single day from my little girl. When my husband died, my concern for how our children would cope was very much centred on my son. Sam was six and completely aware…

  • Julia in kitchen

    My photo shoot with Laura Hartley

    I’m always taking photos and one of the reasons why I love blogging is that I have the freedom to write what I like and take photos of what I like too. My camera memory card is full of photos of my children, flowers, close-ups…

  • Close up of toys in playroom

    A garage to playroom conversion

    Just over three months after moving into our new house and work has begun to convert our extremely cold garage – currently masquerading as a playroom – into a warm, useable room. The house is only a few years old and when it was built,…

  • Tangerines, flowers and a cactus glass
    Five under 5

    Five under £5 for November 2016

    This month I went from having nothing to include in my five under £5 post, to having far too many things, and all thanks to a cheeky midweek trip to Ikea. That haven of all things small-priced and wonderful, where you can casually walk round…

  • Me and Mine Halloween 2016
    Me and Mine

    Me and Mine – a portrait for October 2016

    Rather than the last minute rush for a family photo, this month I’m pretty much spoiled for choice as we’ve been away this weekend and had lots of opportunity to pass the camera to a friend and ask them to do some quick snaps of…

  • Grey bedroom wall

    Fifty shades of grey paint

    The Fifty Shades of Grey pun must have been used a million times before in posts about interiors, but it really does describe my hunt for the perfect shade for my living room wall. And my stair wall.. oh and my bedroom… because walls painted…

  • Strid Woods at Bolton Abbey
    Fashion, Outings

    A Welly Walk at Bolton Abbey with Joules

    Living in Yorkshire we’re spoilt for choice with places to go for walks, and the ones around Bolton Abbey are among my favourite. We headed there this weekend with our lovely neighbours and some of their friends, a gang of six little ones between us…

  • John Lewis Leeds

    A first look at Victoria Gate, Leeds

    Just when I was learning where all my favourite shops were in Leeds, a brand new and super amazing shopping centre opens in the city centre. I’m not complaining – the shops are fab and some of my favourite brands are in there. Step forward…

  • Slingsby London Dry gin and tonic

    Slingsby gin and the Spirit of Harrogate

    Gin is most definitely having a moment. With every pub worth its salt now offering a gin menu, it’s a long time since the choice of your G&T was limited to Gordon’s or for the more adventurous, Bombay Sapphire. Now I like both of those,…