• Me and Mine in March 2017
    Family, Me and Mine

    Me and Mine – A Portrait for March 2017

    March was a big month for me because it was – wait for it – just in case you hadn’t heard – my birthday! I turned 40 just a few days ago and am in the middle of at least a week of festivities, including…

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    Why turning 40 maybe isn’t so bad

    I have a big birthday coming up. Forty is fast approaching to the point where the final week of my 30s has been a daily countdown to when I move on a decade. Tuesday: ‘One more week ’til my 40s!’ Wednesday: ‘I’m 40 next week,…

  • Daffodils - Rainbeaubelle

    Those dates again | Happy Anniversary to me!

    Milestone dates. Don’t you just love them? When they are reminders of things to celebrate they’re great, but when they’re hanging around reminding you of something you’ve lost, not so great. My husband Roger died in summer 2015 so I’m into the second year of…

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    Interiors style crush | Cox & Cox

    Since moving house I’ve stepped up my level of interiors obsession a notch and the one catalogue I love dropping through my letterbox is the Cox & Cox one. Their style is a perfect match for my own, it’s one of those stores where you…

  • Five under £5 March 2017 - Rainbeaubelle
    Five under 5

    Five under £5 for March 2017

    I am so late with this month’s Five under £5, I usually post on the 5th of each month but time is just flying so far in March. Apologies to all my regular fiver under fivers! I had to include daffodils in this month’s round-up,…

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    Our outfits for World Book Day 2017

    My children have always loved dressing up, so World Book Day to them is a pretty exciting thing – being able to go to school looking like your favourite character is a cool thing to do when you’re seven and three. I know it’s not…

  • Me and Mine sitting in Hoylake Rainbeaubelle
    Family, Me and Mine

    Me and Mine – A Portrait for February 2017

    February feels like it has been a pretty slow and grey month, but it ended on a high with some down time for half term and a few days away visiting family and friends. We packed our bags and went on a little road trip…

  • Roast peppers for Veganuary - Rainbeaubelle

    Veganuary – how did it go?

    For the month of January I was a vegan. Well – I was mostly a vegan. With the month behind us now, I think it’s time for a debrief on how the so-called ‘Veganuary’ was for me – what I liked, what I found hard,…

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    Five under 5

    Five under £5 for February 2017

    My monthly Five under £5 posts are published on the 5th of each month, so I hope you will forgive me if the 5th January one went unpublished. Like most of you, I was still in semi-hibernation mode at the start of the year and…

  • New Year's Walk 2017 Me and Mine Rainbeaubelle
    Me and Mine

    Me and Mine – A Portrait for January 2017

    January, you have been long, cold and brutal. I had to dig way back to the start of the year to find these sunny photos, as it just feels like it has been a really grey monotonous month. I suppose you always get the post-Christmas…

  • Shredded paper in my office

    Continuing the life detox and declutter

    One of the things I wasn’t prepared for when Roger died was the masses of paperwork that needed doing in the weeks that followed. At a time when your mind goes to pieces and your concentration is lost, as a widow you’re expected to focus…