30 October 2014

STYLING THE SEASONS // OCTOBER

I'm not quite sure where this month has gone, but somehow November is a few days away, my boy has tuned four, pumpkins have been carved for tomorrow's fun and I have realised that I've haven't got round to posting my Styling the Season for October – whoops! So rather than let it pass by and rock on with November's styling challenge, I was determined to document this month at home.


October for me is all about change, the leaves turn, F gets that little bit older, the nights draw in and the the cool breeze demands coats and chunky knits. At home it's all about baking biscuits and making heart warming soups, lazy mornings spent under blanket reading books and sipping coffee (when I can grab the chance) and collecting treasures from outdoors.

So I baked some woodland animal butter biscuits, printed an autumn inspired tea towel with F, got out my vintage coffee set and had some fun with this beautiful Herringbone throw. What do you think?




To get involved all you need to do is share your photographs of your styled surface on any day this month – use Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or your blog, if you have one. Please tag Katy and Charlotte and use the hashtag #StylingTheSeasons. You can also search the hashtag for styling inspiration from the other wonderful bloggers and creatives who are taking part.

You can check out my September post here. I can't wait to take a peek at your November.

28 October 2014

A GOOD BOOK // SLOTH SLEPT ON





It's been a while since I shared what we're reading and after thinking back to this little beauty and the in run up to Christmas, I thought it was time to share some more good books on the blog. So I'll be posting a super collection of reads for kiddos and adults alike every Tuesday to help you tackle those stocking fillers.

Our book collection is steadily growing and I'm finding our shelves are spilling over with various titles, but as soon as I saw this book I couldn't resist sharing it with you. Sloth Slept On is a fun tale of adventure with a sleepy sloth that's discovered snoring away in the garden. With quirky illustrations, we follow the children as they try to uncover what kind of creature their new companion might be from a ballerina to a space creature or even a swash buckling pirate.
The children soon realise they need to use their detective skills if they want to help their friend get home. The illustrations and text intertwine as they reveal fun facts about the sleepy sloth, which your little one will love to discover. Since reading this book F has taken a keen interest in the three toed tree huggers wanting to learn more about the animal and it's natural habitat.

This is a fun read for little ones and a great introduction into these gentle animals.

*We were provided with this book for review purposes. All opinions are 100% my own.

27 October 2014

WIN A BUG POUFFE FROM LOAF

I've got an exciting giveaway on the blog for you today from the brilliant Loaf.  I really love their selection of beautifully designed products and chic style which mixes a range of materials together to create the perfect look for your home. After browsing their website this Poste Coffee Table caught my eye with its industrial legs and reclaimed wood surface, I can't help thinking that this is the perfect place to rest my coffee and would look great in our lounge. 


With those autumn nights drawing in and my thoughts turning to winter, I'm all about making my home as snuggly as possible, think chunky knit blankets, home baked cookies, hot chocolates and feet up in front of a feel good film. So I am really pleased that Loaf are offering my readers the chance to win this beautiful Bug Pouffe worth £85. 

Loaf’s hand-knitted rope Bug pouffes are exceptional. Not only do they look cute, but they are hardy friends ideal for feet, bums and…children to leap from! Available in a choice of three colours with Raspberry, Rhino and Ash Grey. All you have to do is enter any/all of the options below for your chance to win. 

Good luck. x


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24 October 2014

STYLING A SMUG SHELFIE

A few weeks ago I was invited to attend a super fun bloggers breakfast co-hosted by the lovely Tiffany from Curate and Display and beautiful SMUG in Islington, where we were asked to take part in a little styling challenge. Ran by owner and founder Lizze Evans, this wonderfully curated lifestyle and homewares store is like a little slice of heaven if you're into pretty things. Filled with some gorgeous designers wears, I cooed and ahhed as I passed the threshold, mentally making my Christmas wishlist to take back to Paul.

We were met with the smell of coffee and pastries which is by far my most perfect way to start any day, and after a quick catch up with some lovely online ladies we were set our challenge: to create and style a SMUG shelfie in 30 minutes using products from the store. Always one for a challenge and eager to get my hands on the beautiful ceramics, I browsed the shelves and shop corners collecting pieces as I went along.

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23 October 2014

F WEARS // AUTUMN TREASURES

Jumper: Mango
Jeans: Zara
Shoes: Clarks

I always get sucked in by summer, thinking this is by far my favourite season and then autumn quietly approaches and woo's me all over again. The leaves sing with colour with their flaming reds, earthy browns, burnt ochres, bright yellows and mottled greens as the they slowly change and fall.

Last weekend was one of those perfect days, mild and the sunlight streaming down, casting a magical glow in Clifton. Raring to get outdoors, F wore his new jumper kindly sent to us by the lovely folk at House of Fraser and played amongst the rocks and trees in search for natures treasure.
We spent a good few hours collecting conkers, playing with sticks, climbing and generally messing about outside with F happy to be free of a coat and wearing his favourite colour. I really love the teal detailing on this jumper, especially when paired with grey jeans. Eventually when F tired we headed for a hot chocolate and laid out our treasures. 




Have your little ones been enjoying the change in season?


22 October 2014

GET OUR CRAFT ON // PINECONE HOOPLA GAME

As nature is supplying such a bounty of conkers, sticks, pinecones and acorns this autumn, I thought it only right to share a quick DIY game you can play with your little ones. F is always asking to make toys, whether it's bows and arrows, stick men, Go fish game, swords, catapults, sensory boxes, the list goes on. So after a lot of talk about the Moscow State Circus before his birthday, I decided to reinvent the old fairground classic, Coconut Shy game, with things that can be found outside.

To make your Pincone Hoopla game you'll need:

1. A few pinecones
2. Glitter glue / OR loose glitter and PVA glue.
3. A hoop of some sort.
4. Paper.
5. Washi tape.

To make your game is super simple, place some paper down to protect your surface from any mess and let your kiddo get creative with the glitter glue. Try and encourage them to use different colours and place blobs on different parts of the pinecones to make them sparkly. 
Once the glitter has dried, decorate your hoop with washi tape. I used an embroidery hoop but any circular ring will work well, or you can even make your own hoop with bendy twigs tied together. Once everything is ready, find an open area and place the pinecones spaced out on the floor.The aim is to throw the hoop over the pinecones, the person who captures the most pinecones wins! Simple. F really loved playing this game and got quite competitive with me, and was thrilled when he managed to catch one. This is a great game for concentration, spatial awareness and gross motor skills, as well as the creativity involved making it. After you've finished playing the pinecones can also make a pretty nature display in the home.

20 October 2014

A CHRISTMAS COUNTDOWN


I know it may seem a little early to talk about the joys of Christmas – indulge me a little here – but last night as we sat down with our diaries and worked out what the next nine weeks would look like, it's pretty clear that Christmas will soon be on our doorstep.

As these darker nights draw in and a cool chill hits the air, I can't help but let my mind wander to the twinkly season ahead. F has already started asking when it will be time for us to get a tree as the shops start to stock advents and snow filled trinkets in the countdown to Christmas.

As a child the excitement was almost too much to bear, with everything geared around a visit from the big man himself. I remember all the years spent at my Nanna's house, where the neighbourhood children would run out of their doors at the first sign of snow. Even if it was past our bedtime we would emerge wrapped up, smuggling our PJ's out in the cold air for a quick snowball fight before our parents would call time and we were wrestled back inside to sleep.

Even thought we don't have much snow these days, I am still the same now as I was then. As the first flakes fall I am always ready and raring to go, no matter what time the clock says, I'm ready to leave the first impressions in a blanket of white.

And don't get me started on the tree! The annual hike to find the perfect Norwegian pine to sit with through the cold winter days, keep us full of cheer with its winking lights and nostalgic decorations, each holding a memory of its own.


There are so many elements that makes Christmas special for most people: the tree, the food, the presents, family and friends, but for me it's Christmas Eve that holds my heart, not the presents or indulgence of the day itself, but the magic that all children know and most adults forget. It's the belief that something wonderful is about to happen, that people hearts are warmed and a smile touches most faces, friendly hellos in the street and the togetherness the season brings.

I read this book to F every year, and every year I cry when I read it, nothing captures the spirit of Christmas so beautifully and if you ask me I'll tell you, I believe in the spirit of Christmas and the old man himself, and like an old fable carried down through the years, I will pass this on to F and hope he carries the magic in his heart.

In the hopes to make Christmas truly magical for F and give him wonderful memories to look back on, this is my entry for a chance to win a trip to Lapland with Transun for our little family.