27 August 2014


As August slips away my thoughts turn to this growing boy and the absence of his laughter filling the flat as he returns to preschool in September. For most this might not seem significant, but F has only been in someone else's care a few hours a week until now. This will be the first time that actual school day routines will be set, with early morning drop offs and lunch away from home before I wait at the school gate for his face to appear and my heart to swell.

It's a double edged sword, for all those moments I wished for time alone, the reality is I will miss his belly laugh and alter ego, Tigerman, rushing around my heels. In preparation for the start of school we booked an in-store fitting appointment at Clarks to beat the rush and checked out their school range. He seemed thrilled by the modern approach of measuring feet with the help of an iPad and his chosen character, happy to comply as nostalgic memories of my school days bubbled up and F wiggled his toes into various shoes, proclaiming he'll take them all – a kid after my own heart.

We picked a pair of sturdy black velcro shoes, ready to take on the challenges of the playground while  promoting independence and some super bright green sports trainers, as I can't resist colour on the boy, before boxing them up and heading home. Clutching the complementary 'Let's Start School memory book' under his arm he seems so grown up all of a sudden. When I asked him what he might like to be when he's older – apart from saying a human which is a good start right – the answers such as painter, music player, dinosaur hunter and architect followed, and I look at this small boy who will one day be a man and a lump catches in my throat.

I'm sure next year there will be tears as he starts 'big boy' school, and most likely they will all be mine.

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*We received vouchers c/o Clarks for this post. All words and opinions are my own.

23 August 2014


"A portrait of my son, once a week, every week, in 2014."

F: Sheltering from the rain, with his 'I'm not impressed' face

There has been a slight shift in season this week as we slowly edge towards autumn. The rain has poured, an extra blanket has been needed at night and dusk settles in earlier, all reminders that summer is fading. I am still hopeful that September might bring more heat and outdoor play, and I'm praying to the weather gods for sun at End of the Road Festival next week.

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One of the best things about living in Bristol is how easy it is to pack up and take a mini break when the mood suits, whether it's a trip to the Cornish coast, a walk in the Cotswolds, a short train ride to bright lights of London or somewhere much closer to home, a fun night is never far away. This week paul celebrated his birthday and rather than let it slip past unnoticed – which he does most years – we decided to take a mini city break in Bath, leaving F with my folks for some child free time.

It's always a treat to head over to Bath, with its limestone facades, cobbled streets and World Heritage title, it seems worlds away from the bustle of Bristol and a perfect place to relax and unwind. We checked in at the Mecure Francis Hotel which sits grandly among the georgian houses lining Queens Square, and we relaxed in its luxurious interior before heading out into the city as dusk began to fall.

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20 August 2014


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Decorating your home can seem daunting at times – there is so much to do and consider! One of the best ways to start off is to pick a theme, and then base your purchases and other decisions off that. For some expert advice, specialist retailers like A-mart will be able to help you decide on what to include and perhaps even a colour scheme that will suit your taste. Before you even head into a store, here are five common home d├ęcor themes you might want to consider, use or modify.

A floral theme is cute and classic. Contrast light pastel colours with earthy greens, and add a rug or a wallpaper decal for some extra texture. This theme is perfect for bedrooms and lounge rooms, as floral quilts and throws are quite easy to find. You can even top it off with a vase full of fresh flowers if you want to bring some freshness to your room.

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19 August 2014


The reality of home is sinking in as we look back at the magical weekend spent at Just So Festival, three days of pure wonderment are now over but the memories created are etched in our minds and will last a lifetime. F can't stop talking about the fun he had romping in the woods, watching beautiful and curious performances, digging for gold and darting through the mirror maze dressed as a fox. It's so hard to sum up the fantastic work that Rowan and Sarah have put into making this festival so amazing, and I can only hope these photos can offer you a tiny glimpse of how fab it actually was.

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18 August 2014


"A portrait of my son, once a week, every week, in 2014."

F: Always a happy camper, relaxing with his cup of hot milk.

We're back from Just So Festival after a most excellent weekend spent camping under the stars, laughing with friends and romping around outdoors in the most perfect place – I can't wait to share it with you all. I've spent the last week making handmade gifts, choosing prints for the walls, enjoying good food with friends and soaking up the last rays of summer as the holidays wind to a close.

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15 August 2014


I have this thing about floors, where people might coo and aah over plush furnishings one of the first thing my eyes dart to is the floor beneath my feet. No matter where I am I can find beauty in the flooring below, whether it's a poured concrete floor on a staircase, parquet flooring in a hallway, tiles in a cafe, I love taking pics, pinning pics and making a mental notes of what looks good for future reference and when the day comes for me to lay my own.

In my previous flat I had old tattered floorboards with nail heads poking up and gaps between the boards, I longed for the comfort of a carpet, with a crawling babe it was what I craved the most and as much as I tried to cover the boards in rugs, F found a way to pour the contents of my purse through a crack or scrape his knee on a misplaced nail. So we moved to a flat with a sea of carpet, beige as far as the eye could see. F loved his new crawling space and the cosy underfoot in winter but to be honest I'm looking back at those floorboards with rose tinted glasses, the spills and pen scribbles of a toddler are a constant reminder as to why beige carpets are not the best idea.

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