• Spike, a six year old girl, on a boat on Lake Windermere and Stood in the Bluebells in Skelyghyll Woods in Ambleside
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    Heading out onto the water – A family day out at Lake Windermere

    We love family days out and over the last year we’ve done our best to enjoy what we could. While we’re still missing museums and indoor activities, we thought we’d take advantage of some things opening up over the bank holiday weekend and head up to Windermere for a family day out in the Lake District. Getting into Windermere and parking up We headed out early, thats my biggest tip for travelling to the Lake District with kids. Head out early. Windermere in particular gets busy later on and you can be sat in traffic for a while. We headed to Bowness to park in the car park next to…

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    Pretty monthly doorstep drops – Stationary subscription boxes I just can’t live without

    I’m a stationary addict. I always have been. When I was in my teens I used to go into town with my friend and we’d hit up the shops in order of importance. First would be Ottakers – which some people won’t even remember but was a book shop chain. Then it was WH Smiths and The Art Shop for the stationary goodies. Thats if we were feeling flush. On the less pocket money days it would be Woolworths and Boyes – I’m showing my age with Woolies but I’m showing my northern-ness with Boyes as much people won’t be aware of that shop! But I digress… This post is…

  • Two images of me and my 5 year old daughter, in the first we are inside, we both have dresses and a head band on. Hers is a black dress with a black space headband, mine is a green cam dinosaur dress with matching headband. In the second photo we are outside, Spike is stood on a wall higher than me, I have a fake leather jacket on with a blue mexican inspired lindy bop dress and snag tights in the beach bum blue colour and my doc martens on. In between each photo is a blog graphic with the blog title 'expressing myself with clothes I love' written on it and an illustration which is an outline of a dress
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    Expressing myself with clothes I love – My quest to completely revitalise my wardrobe

    I used to have a strong sense of my own style. I have always worn what I want and not cared what other people thought of me for it. When I was a teenager I was a full on goth – black baggy cords, chains, hot pink stripes on my shirts, the lot. Then I went to uni and again I had a strange style, it wasn’t mainstream, it was what I could find in the shops that I loved. Losing the strange styles I started getting more mainstream when I graduated and started working. My ‘strange’ clothes were reserved for nights out. I have never worn ‘Smart’ clothes for…

  • Arnside Knott at Twixmas - walking with kids in the Cumbrian countryside. Photo shows me and Spike under the giraffe tree at Arnside Knott and a photo of Spike walking away from the camera towards pretty tree
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    Arnside Knott at Twixmas – a December day looking over the Bay

    We spent a lot of time between Christmas and New Year out and about in nature. But lets face it – there wasn’t much else we could do was there? Those few days were some of one of the few recently where were weren’t in strict lockdown. Therefore, technically, we were able to travel slightly over the county lines to enjoy a walk. So we headed to Arnside Knott. Finding Arnside Knott Arnside Knott has been on my walking wishlist for some time. Its only about half an hour or so from our home so it was easy enough to get to. What wasn’t so easy was finding the route…

  • Image showing Photowall Print on the wall of our bathroom, and close up of the print we chose form Photowall, with blog title in between them
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    Brightening up the house – Giving a bit of colour to a tiny space with Photowall

    We live in a new build, its rented, and that means that every wall is white. Every carpet if beige and every space feels very minimalist. Now don’t get me wrong, we love our minimalist home. But we like living somewhere homely and not like a showroom. Which is why I was happy to partner with Photowall to bring some colour to a tiny space in our home. Is there anything more depressing than a tiny colourless space? We quite quickly made our mark on the living area, and the kitchen has bright accessories. So the only downstairs space that wasn’t making me happy was the downstairs toilet. Its tiny,…

  • Homeschooling life in lockdown, working with Spike homeschooling alongside me
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    Comparing our experiences in lockdown 1 and 3 – How we’re coping with homeschooling this time round

    January has been so long hasn’t it? Like I swear its lasted about 16 years. Except I still have a 5 year old, not a 21 year old, and I’m still in the probation period of my new job. Both these things are adding extra stress to my life daily. December was so full of news about vaccines, about the end of the sh*t that was 2020. There was so much hope for the new year. But that hope hasn’t been realised yet, as we were plunged into another lockdown. This time it seems so much worse than the last too. The colder weather isn’t helping. Our Previous homeschool experience…

  • Me and T on a walk at Arnside Knott, and on our maternity bump to baby photoshoot 6 years ago
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    Almosts and what ifs – 12 years on

    Do you ever wonder ‘what if?’ I do, I love finding those little ‘almost’ moments that might have resulted in something completely different. T is the same. If something goes wrong and we leave the house late, he’ll even say that maybe its stopped us being involved in something scary on the motorway. He was about 20 seconds behind a pile up on the M6 last week and that shook him too, thinking about the what ifs. What if I hadn’t moved…. Today, me and T have been together 12 years and there are so many what if’s about our story. We met on a random night out in Preston,…

  • Looking back on 2020 and goal setting for 2021
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    Looking back on 2020 – and goals for 2021

    That was a year wasn’t it? I’m not sure if anyone can really say that they enjoyed 2020. It was a pretty rubbish year. But journalling nearly every day and keeping a gratitude journal helped me realised that in amongst the rubbish, some good stuff did happen. My highlights from 2020 So I’m going to focus on the positives first. And in all honesty, there were quite a few. I didn’t smash 2020, but I’ve learnt to take the positives from the every day, thats what the whole pandemic taught me. This year I got a new job, a job in a field that I have wanted to move into…

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    Opening my door to the world of coffee – Blue Coffee Box subscription review

    Now that I’m working from home, I thought it’s about time I used some of the appliances I’ve gathered over the years. I’ve had a cafetière for years since being bought it as a gift. But haven’t used it since I ran out of the last bag of coffee I had. Partly because rushing out of the house on a morning didn’t offer me enough time to brew it. And partly because I kept umming and ahhing over what coffee to buy. When Blue Coffee Box got in touch to ask if I wanted to give one of their boxes a go, it came at the perfect time. I’d just…

  • Blog title graphic with two images, first image is Kato the Alpaca looking out over the Lake District, second picture is Raimy, a 32 year old woman with purple hair and glasses, with Kato on my alpaca walk
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    Taking Kato and Dougal for a walk – Our morning alpaca walk with Alpacaly Ever After

    Me and T prefer to get each other birthday gifts that are experiences rather than material goods. It fits in with the more minimalist lifestyle we’re hoping to create. Meaning that theres less gathering dust around the house. We’re still waiting (two years on) for my hot air balloon ride that he got me for my 30th, but never mind! This years gift was the amazing experience of an Alpaca walk in the Lake District with Alpacaly Ever After and I managed to get that one booked in quick! Alpacaly Ever After’s options Alpacaly Ever After is an awesome company that rehouses alpacas, and a few llamas I believe. They…