Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Siblings {september}

Even if you were upside down
I would be beside you
And your world were a strange thing found
I would be beside you

In my symbolised world I'm a beautiful girl
In my house on the hill there is room for you still

When there’s nothing but darkened sound
I will be beside you
When there’s nothing but the long way round
I will be beside you

In my simplified world we're a boy and a girl
In my house on the hill there is room for you still

I’ll be everywhere you go, you go, you go
I'll be everywhere you go, you go, you go

When there’s nothing but roaring sound
I will be beside you
When there’s nothing but the long drop down
I will be beside you

When your fears are a swarm in the hive of your mind
When the tears of your life and your loss are entwined 

I'll be everywhere you go, you go, you go 
I'll be everywhere you go, you go, you go 

(Beside you - Phildel)

"Siblings" is a monthly link up where myself and 9 other bloggers all share a photo of their children and then we each send you off to look at another blog. You can then go around in a circle, viewing all of the wonderful photographs and then why not link up yourself if you have two  children or more! This month, i am sending you over to Chloe over at Sorry about the mess who has the sweetest little boys. You will want to stay on her blog all day!

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

At home with habitat

                                              (Sofa/lamp/vase/cushion/wall print all from Habitat)

Creating mood boards is something i love doing. I have a very specific style and sometimes i like to broaden my search and find pieces that i wouldn't normally look at. When i was younger, my late grandad had a little flat in Bristol and everytime i visited, i remember it having such a retro feel. There were a lot of browns and wood and it always made me feel happy and safe being in there. He also had an apple tango phone which i thought was the coolest thing ever as well as a whole room dedicated to spice girl memorabilia, but that is a completely different story altogether!!! I just remember the lovely earth tones and feeling like you had stepped into another world. Even though my own style is much more light and airy, i love putting pieces together that make me feel calm and inspired and falling in love with that one item that you wouldn't have normally picked out.

(This post is in collaboration with habitat. All opinions are my own)

Wednesday, 3 September 2014


It is the last day of the school holidays. Elle has spent most of this afternoon lying on the sofa with a "poorly tummy". She is nervous i think. I remember the day before school last year, she had the same funny tummy and i just asked her now if she was nervous and she said she was but excited too. The holidays have gone so quickly! Mia starts preschool next week and Elle is going into year one. I just wish we could go back to the end of July and have all those weeks ahead of us again. It will be nice to be back into a routine though and to sort out this house a little! From next week, i will have two days a week at home without the girls whilst Mia is at preschool which gives me time to work more on my photography and other little crafting projects.

The summer was pretty great to us. We had a lovely holiday in Norfolk followed by another day trip back to there a few weeks ago with my mum. We have met up with friends and been blackberry picking and "fishing" in the stream with rods of sticks and string. We have been on many walks and adventures. A favourite of mine was last week when i took the girls and my younger sister to the forest and we made a teepee and played amongst the fir trees. I love that place as we went nearly every week when i was younger, so it was very nostalgic for me. We have also had a few days at home were i have introduced Mia to some workbooks for preschoolers to help her with counting and her numbers etc. I did this with Elle also and it means i can help and encourage her alongside the learning she will be doing at her preschool. We have shapes, colours, the alphabet and counting to 20 down but now i want to help her start recognising numbers and letters and she is enjoying learning and "being like her big sissa".

So, i am excited and nervous all at the same time to see what these next few months bring. Elle is going to start doing structured lessons in her new school year and Mia will be learning more and more everyday. I also have my two days free time where i can challenge myself and start ticking off little goals and achievements that i have set myself!

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

In the heather

Two weeks ago, the girls and i went to norfolk with some family for a holiday. My favourite place in the world is Holkham beach and my mum suggested that we have a day trip back there to take the girls, so yesterday, we did a road trip back to the beach but on the way, we went back to the heather field that i found a few weeks back. It had stopped raining and the clouds were clearing and the sun was starting to shine through. We walked to the heather through the woods and the girls started walking through and saying they were on an adventure. I followed them around and took photographs and then the ponies all came over. We were amazed and the girls were so excited. We made sure that they were still and quiet whilst the ponies came straight up to us and the girls got to stroke their noses.

On the way back to the car, we all picked blackberries. I haven't seen blackberries that big ever! The girls loved them and tried to pick the biggest ones they could. I was so happy being there. As soon as i saw the heather field in the distance, i was so excited to get back to it. Holkham beach and they heather field are very much my happy places! And i think they are the girls too!

Friday, 22 August 2014

Friday, i'm in love

I have mentioned Love Mae many times on my blog over the years and they have just added a brand new forest animal dinner set to the website! It is the sweetest dinner set ever and i am sure the girls are going to just have to have one!

Another of my favourite websites, Belle and Boo, have just released some new mugs and i LOVE this new "together" mug. I hope to be able to get one and it will be my hot chocolate mug to sit in front of the fire on cold winter evenings.

When i was in London two weeks back, i found some lovely watches and have been looking online at getting one. I really love simple traditional ones like this one from watches2u and i have just found the most amazing fairytale watch from Market cross jewellers.

The most perfect little coat for little girls. I just love the peterpan collar and the bow on the back!

Next week, i am heading out with my sister to ger her little girl and Elle their school shoes! I have been looking around at designs and i just love the traditional t bar buckle shoes and finding it hard to find some in black. I love these brown ones from Startrite and just hope i can find similar in black!

We are going to the apple orchard on monday and we are hoping to make these amazing apple pie pops!! It will be such a great recipe for the girls to try and i cannot wait to try them.

Each year, i have an advent calender for the girls where i add little notes for them to tell them what fun things we will do that day. I bought one from the shop when Elle was two and told myself that the next year i would make my own one. It never happened but now i have started gathering ideas together to start making the girls their own adventure advent calender! I am giving myself plenty of time and i cannot wait to get started!!!

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Artful blogging feature

I am so very excited to share my Artful Blogging feature which came out at the beginning of August. Many many months ago, i had an email from the magazine asking to feature my photographs of the girls and asking me to write an article. I wrote the article based around how i am bringing up the girls and how having my blog and inspiring sites and aps such as pinterest and instagram have really helped inspire me to be the best mother i can. I put my heart and soul into the article and i am so very proud of it. I am just honoured to have been asked and excited for others to see and read my words. Oh, and to have my name on the front page of a published magazine is pretty much a dream come true!!!