• Close up of my desk space Kit Out My Office
    Interiors

    Styling my work space with a Kit Out My Office desk

    I haven’t had my own desk space for years but since I had the garage of our home converted into a playroom, I’ve managed to claim a corner of it for myself and create my own little work space. The renovations were finished about a…

  • Roger in France
    Loss

    Reminders and 18 months gone

    I was reminded this morning, thanks to Facebook and those little notifications that tell you what you posted on this day in the past, that it’s been two years to the day that Roger was admitted to intensive care. Not for the first time but…

  • Vegan chocolate from Raw Chocolate Pie
    Food

    Going vegan for January – Veganuary

    I have been vegan for four days now. It’s not a permanent lifestyle choice, more something I wanted to do to satisfy my curiosity. I know a few vegans and they seem to be happy, healthy souls who eat nice food with a clear conscience.…

  • Me and Mine on the sofa Christmas 2016
    Me and Mine

    Me and Mine – A Portrait for December 2016

    It’s the last day of December and I think I’ve forgotten how to write. I’ve been trying to put into words how I felt about this month for the past few days and I can’t quite put my finger on what I want to say.…

  • Brass Band at Kirkstall Abbey
    Outings

    Hidden Christmas Market at Kirkstall Abbey

    The last few days before Christmas and I think I’m finally starting to feel festive; my house is back to normal after the renovations, the tree is up and decorated, I’ve finished my Christmas shopping and put my ‘out of the office’ on at work.…

  • Ollie and Leila snuggle sacs
    Family, Interiors

    Snuggling up for sleepovers with Ollie and Leila

    My kids love sleepovers – or should I say they love the idea of sleepovers. Both Sam and Flo have beds that pull out and transform from singles to doubles (the IKEA Hemnes day bed) and they’re always asking to stay in each other’s rooms.…

  • Christmas shelf
    Family, Loss

    Take Two – My Second Christmas as a Widow

    Last year I wrote a post about how I felt approaching my first Christmas as a widow. I can’t lie, it was not easy; it was the run-up to the holidays that I found hard. Christmas is meant to be all about sharing good times…

  • Flo in the playroom
    Interiors

    A playroom conversion update

    Project playroom is coming along nicely and I’m hoping that by this time next week we’ll be in there and enjoying our new space. The last time I wrote about my plans to convert the garage into a playroom the work had only just begun.…

  • Winter wreath scene lit
    Interiors

    Christmas decorating with Laura Ashley

    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…

  • 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
    Outings

    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, http://rainbeaubelle.com
    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
    Loss

    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…