Friday, 29 May 2015

Holiday Shopping - What we wore


We've been so lucky with the amount we've been able to travel over the past year and next week we are setting off to Copenhagen for a little under a week. It's a trip we planned months ago so we didn't realise I would be pregnant (and still feeling a bit worse for wear). That being said it's going to be a very chilled out trip and we are staying in another Airbnb place so we'll be able to cook at home and stay local to our apartment if needs be.

Debenhams asked if we would like to pick up some items from their holiday clothes shop so this is what we chose. I actually meant to post this post last week but I realised I would be linking to a maternity dress which would have given the game away a little!


We were also sent this Tripp suitcase which is perfect for our travels as we hardly ever check in bags into the hold (we travel light!) and this is the ideal size for carry on.

We picked up Wilf his first pair of sunnies which was pretty cute, although the poor thing had a bit of a cold in these pictures. I didn't realise how bad he was feeling until I came down with it too, isn't that always the way?

I think my favourite item from our shop were these brogues for Tom though. Such a brilliant colour (and on sale too).


You can find Tom's shorts and shirt here and here.
Wilf's t-shirt here and sandals here.

Thursday, 28 May 2015

The Psychology of the home

I was recently asked if I'd like to take part in a little project with Hiscox about the psychology of the home and what they way I design certain rooms in my house mean about me. 

After thinking hard about a space in my home that holds sentimental value I finally chose this section of my bedroom. I’m a hugely inspired by fashion and colour and my collection of vintage clothes is one of my favourite things to look at so I used open rails to display them. I up-cycled this dressing table and stool and the photos are a collage of some of my favourite moments with my family!


I submitted my picture to Dr Linda Papadopoulos and this is what she had to say after studying this section of my bedroom.

“Fashion is a big part of this person’s identity, the fact that it’s not hidden away in a closet but out on display attests to the fact that she sees fashion as art, something to engage with and enjoy aesthetically not just functionally.”

I took part of this project with a number of other bloggers who also submitted pictures of their homes and you can see the results over here

What do you think the way you design your living spaces says about you?

in collaboration with Hiscox 

Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Win Samantha George bedspread and curtain set for your kiddo


One of the things I love about being a parent is bringing fun playful designs into my home. If truth be told our home was already very bright and colourful pre-children but I love picking out fun designs for Wilf's room like new bedspreads that can freshen up a room so easily.

I'm working with Character Club this fortnight to give away a choice of these super cute Samantha George bed set and matching curtains in either the farm yard or pirate designs featured above. To enter just complete the rafflecopter form below and good luck!

Duvet cover sets come in 3 x sizes junior, single and double and the winner can choose which size they want, the curtains are 66" x 72" drop.

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a Rafflecopter giveaway

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

A week with friends in Bluestone


We spent another lovely few days at Bluestone again this year (take a look at last years post here) and wanted to share what we got up to with you guys. This time we got a larger cabin and invited friends which was something we've never done before and is the perfect place to do so.

Our friends have two little boys, one the same age as Wilf (we met at our NCT group) so it was perfect for the kiddos to have a playmate for time we were there. I have to admit I struggled a little bit being in the early stages of pregnancy and having to manage sickness spells but thankfully this was my easiest week symptom wise, must be that lovely Welsh air!

I wasn't the life and soul of the party because of this (sorry guys!) but we were super lucky with the weather and the rest of the grown ups got to enjoy drinks at the onsite tavern whilst we could easily watch the kids play around.

Being self catering accommodation we only ate out once (again at the tavern) which was really good and had an actual inventive vegetarian option which is always a plus point. The kids spent every day in the pool which is probably one of the best family friendly pools I've been to and the grown ups (apart from me *womp womp*) enjoyed the flumes. I was really happy just to sit and chill in the warm water and it made my already sizeable bump feel better.

Last year the only thing I regretted from our stay was not visiting the spa which I made sure to amend this time around. Myself and my friend Jules both went for facials (I almost fell asleep it was so good) and also spent sometime in the outdoor hydrotherapy pool in the sun. We had the whole place to ourself at the time which was bliss! I'd certainly recommend treating yourself if you are planning a trip.


One of our favourite parts of Bluestone is the woodland area and the cute 'Camp Smokey' where you can drink hot chocolate and toast marshmallows. 


We decided to get bikes again like last year which we love doing, I think we got less use out of them this time just because the weather was so stunning last year that we spent more time just cycling around and probably because we were with friends we stayed in one place and chilled out a bit more. Both Tom and I don't drive so a buggy wasn't an option although I think my friends would have enjoyed one, they do look fun!



The only thing that differed this year slightly was that last year if you pre-booked anything before your stay you got half back to spend on-site during your stay. I didn't think to check this was still running and just assumed it was which was a shame but tbh we would have booked those things any way.

Like last year we made a little video, this one is much shorter because I was sick we didn't get a huge amount of footage but you get the feel anyway.

If you'd like to see last year's video then you can watch it here (it's pretty cute if I say so myself) and last years posts here.

Until next year Bluestone! 

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