A paper snowflake tutorial

Snowflake styling

I know it's still only November, and I imagine it will be a couple of weeks at least until I put up our tree, but I thought I'd have a go at making some of these lovely paper snowflakes for a simple, minimalist festive look. Yes I did just say that - I mean the tinsel and baubles will come out, I'm sure, but for now this is a great craft activity ... read this

How to find time to write – notes for busy parents

Laptop at work

If you'd asked me five years ago if I had time to write a blog, I would have told you I didn't have time. In fact, two of my work colleagues suggested I start blogging and I said exactly that. The idea was great in theory, and it did appeal to me, but just when were they imagining I'd do that? With a full-time job and a toddler (just the one, back ... read this

Soup for the soul – two veggie recipes for autumn


The weather is definitely getting colder now and it's just the right time to start making some hearty, healthy, homemade soup. I have to confess I'm a bit of a comfort eater, and if I'm feeling down or just tired I always reach for the chocolate, wine - or both! I'm trying to rein it in a bit before I have to admit defeat and buy myself a ... read this

Poppies and birthdays – The Ordinary Moments

Sisters and Flo

It was my sister Katie's birthday last week and we marked it by having a day out in Liverpool with my little girl, the only one of our children young enough still not to be at school. So much has happened since I wrote about her birthday last year and I was reminded of this by Facebook, which likes to bring out the photos and memories we posted ... read this

Five under £5 for November

Paperchase reindeer

This is the third of my Five under £5 posts, and I have to say I've become quite addicted to shopping around for them. What started as a bit of fun has turned into a great excuse to spend more time browsing - and buying - little treats, and although they won't solve the world's problems they might just cheer you up a bit. This month I have been ... read this

Happy by Pharrell, the book and the party

Happy by Pharrell Williams

We all know the Pharrell tune Happy, and singing 'like a room without a roof' can't fail to raise a smile for most. It's an infectious song which kids love, and now the singer has launched a book all about it. Using the lyrics to Happy, the book is full of gorgeous, joyous photos of children dressing up, playing, having fun and just, well, being ... read this

Happy and sad, the two sides of grief


I read through some of my old posts this week, the ones which were all about Roger going into the hospice and how we felt and kind of dealt with it at the time. I can't lie, it was not easy reading at all and it made me cry. Looking back, I feel really proud that I was able to get those thoughts down on paper and share them on my blog. Writing it ... read this

Letters from Elfie from the North Pole


We have a few Christmas traditions in our house - festive music while we trim the tree, a family trip to a the singalong at the Liverpool Philharmonic, plenty of sloe gin for me - but this year, we'll have a new one to follow. It's an advent calendar with a difference, a box of 24 letters from one of Santa's elves, just for Sam and Flo. Now ... read this

The Bath House, Bowness

Lights in The Bath House

Sometimes you visit somewhere and you find a little gem of a shop that you just have to go in. I'll admit I'm a bit of a product junkie and when I peeked through the window of The Bath House in Bowness-on-Windermere I knew I needed a bit of time to have a nosy round - and luckily thanks to my mum and dad I managed to get a bit of child-free ... read this

Updating your dining room, Scandinavian-style

Luigi Bormioli wine glasses from Wayfair

Our kitchen/dining area has come a long way since we bought this house six years ago. The kitchen and dining room were separate, and both were very dated with 70s style patterned carpets, anagylpta on the walls and one beautiful - but rotten - wooden window frame. We knocked the wall down between the two rooms to make one big dining area, ... read this

A Lake District autumn


We spent some time up in the Lake District last week, staying with my parents in a house in Bowness-on-Windermere. It was such a breath of fresh air and felt like a real chance to take a bit of time out as things have been, well, just a little bit hectic lately. I've never stayed in the Lakes before and it was such a great place to explore for ... read this

Hello November and Sunday Stars


Good morning and welcome to November, officially deep into Autumn and full-on winter coat and central heating on weather. So how was your Halloween? We had a great time at my cousin's house, where we had a surprise party for my auntie's birthday. It was really good to see everyone and we still managed to get some trick or treating in between the ... read this

Me and Mine – A portrait for October

Family portrait October

Well with October being the month of Halloween, and Sam loving fancy dress as much as he does, our family portrait really had to be like this, didn't it? My son likes to pretend that he's a cat, so he decided to ditch the vampire look he's sported for the past few years and go feline. Thing is, the shops seem to think that only girls like to ... read this

Autumn skincare favourites

Autumn skincare

As the weather gets colder and the nights draw in, our skin can sometimes suffer as central heating dries it out and we see less daylight - I know my skin has started to look a bit sluggish and in need of a bit of a boost. Most of us adjust our skincare with the seasons anyway, using richer moisturisers in the autumn and winter and maybe adding ... read this

A visit to Peter Rabbit’s garden

Hidden mouse

We've just come back from a lovely long weekend in the Lakes with my parents. Despite the weather forecast predicting biblical rain, we got away with just one or two moments of light drizzle and most of the time it was dry, not too cold and sunny - the perfect weather for autumn adventuring. We packed so much into those four days that I'll ... read this