Life Lately / Listening and Slowing down / Little Loves

Ok how did my two babies become two little people (or I mean Wilf looks like a teenager here right?!) I love seeing their little sassy personalities shine!

I wanted to share a few photos from the past couple of days. I've been asked a lot about what camera/lens/editing software we are using lately because our photography is looking a little different. The truth is that we've been using Tom's new Google Pixel 2 as our sole camera for the past fortnight and the quality is just so amazing. I mentioned a bit more about this on my IG feed but truth be told Tom has never massively been into social media or tech and his phone was about 5 years old and totally dying. It was always something I would nag him about because his phone was too rubbish to take pictures of us when I asked him to, ha!

Anyway since he got this new one (this isn't sponsored or gifted in any way btw!) I've been so impressed with it that I've switched sides too! My phone arrives today although I'm a bit terrified of moving to android over apple the camera really swung it for me.

So what else is new?


I recently dug out this book again which I bought when Wilf was about three years old. I have to say I found three SUCH a tricky age and having chatted to friends about it I think thats quite a common theme. I think as it goes we are fairly chilled parents, we have rules obviously and things that we have to enforce for their own good (bedtime, not eating too much sugar or staring at screen etc etc) but with most other things I'm more of the opinion that things can be a conversation and we're open to listening to their reasons for not wanting to do things or wanting to do things.

I think the trickiest thing we deal with as parents is the frustration of being 'ignored' a lot of the time we find that when we clash is when we're asking things twice, three times (or more) over. Or when we are asking questions and don't get a answer. If it can be helped, and I find it often can I want us to shout as little as possible. I hate shouting so much and I really don't want our kids to feel like they are being barked orders at that they have no choice over. Anyway, I found this book so helpful back then and I totally forget we had it so I'm going to dipping it some more as a reminder to stay on a track where we can both talk and listen to each other.


We've been watching Jessica Jones as the new season is back on, it's not the same as when David Tennant was in it *sigh* but it's still pretty easy watching. When I was sick last week I gave myself a day off and took myself to bed with Grey's Anatomy. I had no idea there were two seasons I hadn't watched so I'm rectifying that! Also - Queer Eye for the Straight Guy!


I've been loving the checked jacket I'm wearing in the last of the photos above, it's from Nasty Gal. I'd never shopped their before but I also picked up the flared cords and I love them both.

Check out my latest Wish List for some other things I'm loving!

This 'Little Loves' is a post set up by my friend Morgana, its a great way to find new recommendations!

Happy Friday! - Wish List

Free People Body Suit 
Boden Skirt 
Marks and Spencer Dress 
New Look Cord Sweatshirt 
Anthropologie Cardigan 
Skinny Polka Dot Jeans 

Hey guys! TGIF! I've had the worst cold for a couple of weeks now but I think I'm finally coming out of it. Anyway here are some of my favourite pieces I've spotted lately. I hope you like them!

Have a lovely weekend xx


Mothers Day 2018 - Just Living my best life!

Hey Guys! Hope you are all well and those of you that are mums had the loveliest Mother's Day. I'm so very conscious that its a hard day for so many for many different reasons. It's been a hard day for me for various reasons in the past too but I have to say that these little buddies just make it so joyful now. It's not lost on me how lucky we are, to be happy and healthy and not wanting for much in life then to spend as much time as we can together. I'm always grateful for this life we've carved out and don't take it for granted I promise you.

The kids have been pretty sick for the past week or so with this weird virus that seems to be going round. Mabli had it first which was hard because she couldn't really tell us what was up. Then Wilf got it and he could articulate better so we knew it was some virus that just zapped energy and left you with a nasty cough and feeling achey. Then I got it and I was like 'oh no! You guys have been feeling this poorly?!' Do you ever get that when you get whatever bug your kids just had and you suddenly realise how they must have been feeling?

Anyway Sunday I was still feeling pretty run down but I didn't want to hang around the house for yet another day so we decided to hop onto the city train and go the other side of Bristol for a change. We did the playpark then the city farm, then popped into one of our favourite toy shops to pick the kids up something for their pocket money (they got scratch and sniff stickers) before heading to lunch. We went to Oowee Dinner and oh my gawd it was the BEST vegan burger I have ever eaten. If you ever go there get the fake chicken, you wont regret it. Also deep battered cauliflower..I really want to eat that meal all over again.

When we got home we all watched Paddington 2 before the kids actually went to back without too much fuss (they must have known it was a special day) and Tom indulged me by letting me watch Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, ha! Kinda my absolutely perfect to be honest!

I hope you are had a great day too!


A practise run for Mothers Day and the prettiest homeware!

(This first photo makes me laugh so much, like mother like daughter hey Mabli)

We're fast approaching one the best days of the year, well for mums anyway haha! I love Mother's Day, I loved the excitement as a child of handing my own mum a fresh bouquet and our dad helping us bring her a pot of tea and her favourite breakfast in bed.

Now I'm a mum myself I love the day even more, it's all about being spoilt by my little gang. I feel so grateful and honoured to be a mum to these two. Whilst I always knew I wanted to become a mum I had no idea of the joy it would bring. I also had no idea about the amount of sleep deprivation it would bring too right? :)

I'm working with Sainsbury's Home in this post to showcase not only their lovely Mother's Day gift selection but also their amazing homeware range. All the items in this post from the bedspread to the coffee pot are from their Helsinki range. On that note can we take a moment to appreciate our PJ's? Also the fact that both kids got matching dinosaur flannel ones?!

Tom actually helped the kids create this lovely breakfast for me and I'm sharing some photos of that and some tips I have for cooking with kids (spoiler, just go with the mess!) so it you want to take a look at that then head over here.

This was one of the gifts the kids picked out from the range, I just love this laser print design and the message too.

The kids also picked out this beautiful floral wash bag and coral purse. I love the colour blocking and also the gorgeous botanical style illustration. Both the tray, coffee pot, mug, bedspread and throw are from the range too as well as the calendar I have on my side table. Although the kids keep changing the date on it haha!

We also chose out a couple of square picture frames so I have one of me and each child in each frame just by my side of the bed. The lovely vase is also from the range which matches the tray. I actually think its more to store thing in the kitchen as it comes with a lid but I'm using it as a vase here ;)

Motherhood isn't always the easiest ride, I not going to lie there are times of the day that I'm counting down to bedtime or a glass of wine (or tub of ice-cream) that I can enjoy alone without being asked questions or playing Lego or Duplo but those moments are tiny in comparison with the absolute joy being with them gives me. I know that right now in these moments I am living out my best days and I'm so thankful to them for making me a mum!

Thanks to Sainsbury's Home for working with us on this post and don't forget to check out their brilliant Mother's Day and Homeware section. 


My new work space & decorating it with Snapfish

(photo Nell Mallia)

One of my very favourite photos of all us was taking in the summer just before Tom quit his job. It felt like such a momentous time for us and a real milestone moment, I'm so glad we have this photo as a snap shot of that time. I also think it really depicts us as a family and what its like to have two young kids (having a pushchair full of items for every eventuality for a start!).

We're working with Snapfish in this post who asked if we'd like to choose one of their home decor items in which to personalise with an image. I knew straight away that I would use this image and I wanted to have something that I could use on my newly designed workspace. 

We created this space recently as I really needed somewhere to work from that wasn't the sofa. As we currently live in a two bed with no real opportunities to create an office area we made me a little area on the landing! I currently have my desk and little shelves and it's all the space I really need to take my laptop and notepad. I wanted to make the area a bit more personal though so when I saw that Snapfish did wooden canvases I knew that it would look lovely above the desk.

We're so guilty of not printing out our photos and the kids have rarely seen images that aren't on the screen. So for them to see us all on this lovely wooden hanging was a real treat and has reminded me to get more printed out.

(photo Lauren Jayne Hall)

My family are always my biggest inspiration in my life and my job so being able to see us on this beautiful wall art every day really gives me the motivation to plough through my emails! Whilst I was on the site I also took the opportunity to get round to putting all our Instagram pictures for the year in this photo book too!

Using the Snapfish project builder it's super easy to create your wall art in minutes. If you wanted to get a bit crafty you can use all sort of different graphics (and chose from fun items like blankets and cushions) and add multiple images if you want to. I love the idea of letting the kids design one of these in the future, it would make for a great Mothers or Fathers Day gift too I think!

Snapfish's home decor section has some amazing ideas for way you can be creative with pictures of your loved ones. You can get pictures on cushions or even blankets (I kind of love the idea of us all having cushions with our faces on them, the kids would think there were so funny!).

I also have a huge 50% off voucher for you guys to use (until May 31st) which is off all products and works worldwide so its a great chance to get those photos printed that you've always meant to get round to! Use TQHOME50 at checkout!

What do you think of our wooden wall art? Have you used Snapfish before?

In collaboration with Snapfish

In the snow for ten minutes

I'm sure you are all super bored of snow pictures but whilst Bristol escaped any snow for the first three days that the rest of the UK seemed to have covered we FINALLY got some snow fall just before the weekend. It was a bit of an anticlimax because first Mabli and then Wilf got struck down with this terrible viral thing that has totally knocked them for 6. In fact Wilf is still really poorly and barely eating anything, I hate to see my babies like this!

Still on Saturday we managed ten minutes in our backgarden even if we were still our PJ's. Like most schools ours was closed for a couple of days which seemed even more unfair (who wants to be poorly when it's snowing and you have an extra long weekend?). We also had booked to stay with friends over the weekend and that had to be cancelled to of course so without moaning on and on the past few days have been tough.

Whats made it even harder is that Wilf has had three days of really heavy nose bleeds. Brought on by I'm not sure what, maybe the weather or being run down I'm not sure. I have to say they scare me so much. Tom and our GP assure me its normal and he will grow out of them but as I've never experienced a nosebleed myself I find it hard to relate. They come on so fast and take a really long time to heal so I'm always trying to remain calm whilst my brain is telling me we need a trip to A&E!

Anyway else have any experience of this?

In a more happier moment Tom picked up a few magazines for Wilf to read and I popped my head around the door to see him giggling at the Beano. Such a joyful sound after he has been so weak and quiet.

Our snowman would win no prizes but he was funny to make. Tom wrote up this wanted poster the next morning that made the kids laugh and Wilf wrote up his description Seeing him write 'poops sweets' made me smile much more than it would because it was a sign he was feeling more like hisself again. Please tell me your six year olds are still obsessed with everything poop?

So that's been the last few days! I am manifesting good health by the end of the week, pleeeease!

Did you guys get a lot of snow where you where? 


Wish List - With a Revamp!

Hey pals! I hope you like the new design of the Wish List! I'm working with my fave Laura Redburn to create these posts and I just LOVE her style of graphics. On that note I've revamped the monthly newsletter to include an exclusive 'positive printable' which will be a quote thats resonating with me and then made pretty by Laura! You can sign up to the newsletter here if you fancy it :)

OK back to the wishlist

1, This ASOS jumper is my new fave, I even picked it up myself (you can see my wearing it in this IG pic)
2, This Jumpsuit from a new-to-me favourite brand. I'm saving up the pennies
3, These New Look 'mom jeans'
4, Good ol' Boden know how to create the perfect polka shirt dress
5, Lastly another ASOS number, I feel like this dress is a little bit skatery a little bit sixites and most of all the perfect shade of green.

Which outfit do you like the best?
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