A month in our new house

Sam in his bedroom

We've been in our new house for nearly a month now, which sounds strange when I write it down because I feel like we've been here no time at all. That's probably owing to the fact we went on holiday to Portugal about a week after the move, so have had less time to really settle in and get organised. If I'm honest, because the children are at home ... read this

Our holiday in Carvoeiro with James Villas

Carvoeiro beach with kids

We've just come back from a wonderful week on holiday in the Algarve, and I must admit I am suffering a bit of the post-holiday blues. Who wouldn't after seven whole days of sunshine, relaxing by our own private pool, discovering gorgeous new beaches, hanging out with my oldest school friend, watching our kids become great friends, opening the ... read this

Holiday Hand Luggage for Kids

Florence's luggage tag from Coconutgrass

I started writing this before we went away, but you will all know how hectic things are the few days before a family holiday (especially if like me, you moved house a week before and can't find anything you want to pack!). So I'm just finishing it off while I am away in Portugal, I've just managed to grab a bit of time to myself as everyone is ... read this

Me and Mine July 2016

Me and Mine in July

How busy was July? Honestly, I feel like it's been a whirlwind and I can't really believe I have packed so much in! I was just looking through my photos thinking I haven't taken any nice family shots this month and then realised the ones from Florence's birthday were actually in July, it just feels like such a long time ago! So, where do I ... read this

Kids Activity Books from B Small Publishing

Books from BSmall publishing

The start of the summer break is always a good time to stock up on activity books for the kids; I usually invest in a couple before the holidays to keep the kids entertained on long journeys, or just to give them something to do while they're at home. These three are amazing quality, original books from an independent company called B Small ... read this

A tassel bunting tutorial

Tassel garland tutorial

You might have seen some pictures of the tassel bunting I made for my daughter's birthday party on my Instagram feed or blog post about the day. It's something I'd saved to my Pinterest party board several times and when I looked into how to do it, I thought it looked pretty easy so gave it a go. Let's ignore the fact it took me a few hours to ... read this

Our house, changes and saying goodbye

Lounge close up

It might be a bit late to be writing this but a few days before we move house I seem to be getting sentimental about the old place. We moved into this 1920s semi in May 2010, just after Sam's first birthday and after an intense six weeks of building work and renovations. When we were looking to move house, I was the one eyeing up the finished ... read this

Scattering ashes at our special place near home

Red Rocks

Today marks a year since I lost my husband. A year without the person I thought I couldn't live without. A year which seems to have passed quickly for others, but very slowly for me. It's a date I don't really want to mark but at the same time it's a date that has crossed my mind every single one of the 364 days that have just passed. I wondered ... read this

Florence turns three

Florence party dress

Three years ago my little girl came into the world and brought so much love and joy to our family. She was a ray of sunshine in a very dark time, born two months after her daddy had been taken into hospital and we were told we might lose him. Of course we didn't know then that on her third birthday her daddy would no longer be here - and thank ... read this

Holiday shopping for kids at Debenhams

Sam and Flo modelling their new holiday buys

My children are pretty easy to shop for, but both have very different views on what they will wear. Sam, my seven-year-old, will pretty much wear whatever I want him to - as long as I lay it all out on his bed for him so he doesn't have to find it himself. In the past year he's started to like wearing shirts, which is cute as he always asks to wear ... read this

Five under £5 for July

Five under £5 for July

I've been putting together these five under £5 posts for a while now and never have I been so late or disorganised as I have this month. I think most of my posts start with a line about the chaos of life at the moment so I'll keep that to a minimum, but I will say that I only really had two of my five things by 5pm today. Oops! I haven't been ... read this

When the days were sunny and the BBQs were fired up

Sam Flo bbq

Looking at the weather outside you might be forgiven for thinking barbecue season has passed us by. We've had a typical few weeks of British summer where the summer dresses have been accessorised with jumpers, leggings, waterproofs and some days even socks and boots! It does feel like summer has gone but I'm being optimistic and hoping for many bbq ... read this

Me and Mine June 2016

Me and Mine June

The end of June and that means there are only a few weeks left of the school term, and only a few weeks (hopefully) until we move house. Sam just told me there were 16 days left until the holidays and I have to say it brought on a mild sense of panic. This summer is going to a busy one but as well as having to sort out lots of practical stuff, the ... read this

Life lately

Roses in my garden

Dear readers, I feel I owe you an apology. My blogging game is poor and I feel I am neglecting you! Actually, I think it's more like I am neglecting me, as life is just so busy at the moment there just hasn't been the time to sit and take the odd hour to myself to write my blog, or do much else for that matter. Life is feeling intense at ... read this

A Year of Family Portraits

Portrait - May

Our first Me and Mine photo - May 2015 Last May, on the first weekend when Roger was well enough to come home from the hospice, we had some family photographs taken by a friend. I wanted to make sure we had some pictures of the four of us that we could look back on, and see there were moments of happiness when life was so tough, remember what we ... read this