• Two images of stationary subscription boxes you can get in the UK
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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…

  • 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,…

  • Blue Coffee Box Subscription and my coffee cup with coffee brewing in my cafetière and my notepad
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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…

  • Kids plasters always come in handy on days out when you have a little one as clumsy as Spike
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    Being prepared on a day out – dealing with the inevitable with a little help from Safe and Sound Health

    This post was written in collaboration with Safe and Sound Health , but all words and pictures are my own. Spike is so accident prone. She falls on also every day out we have. So in addition to the standard lunches and water bottles, I like to be prepared with the essentials like kids plasters whenever possible. Our trip to Grizedale Forest Last week we made the most of the sunshine and headed to our nearest Forestry Commission Forest, Grizedale. We’d spent New Year’s Day here and loved it. We spend a lot of our weekends travelling out to places like thi. Spike loves to explore and me and T…

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    Midweek cocktails and flower arranging with Moonpig – Spending time with other bloggers from the comfort of home!

    Last week I was lucky enough to be invited to the Moonpig Virtual Blogger Event. And man am I glad I attended! It was so nicex to see other bloggers faces live again. Instagram is great but its not the same. And the team at Moonpig did an amazing job of catering to our needs too! Over the few days prior to the event some big boxes appeared, which contained flowers, cocktail making kits, balloons and gifts from Moonpig. Exploring the moon pig app The event started with Jasper walking us through the Moonpig app. I didn’t realise just how good the Moonpig app was. I’ve used the website a…

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    Taking her dreams with her – a Dreamimals Daydreamimals review

    Spike was lucky enough to be gifted a Dreamimals keycharm a few weeks ago. She’s always writing and drawing and I thought it would be a great little gift for her to take her dreams with her to school every day. The Dreamimal Dream Pillow  The Dream Pillow was the original Dreamimal. A large, soft pillow with a pillow opening where your child can place pieces of paper. Your child is encouraged to write or draw what they want to dream about on the pillow then they take the pillow to bed with them. It helps build a positive attitude towards sleeping and has helped many children form a lovely…

  • Keeping the 3rd bedroom from turning into a junk room - finding the right storage solution with Wayfair
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    Keeping the 3rd bedroom room from turning into the junk room! – Finding the the ideal storage solutions with Wayfair

    In our previous house we had two reception rooms, and a separate kitchen, as well as an outside room that was perfect for storing bikes, chest freezers etc. The understairs cupboard houses all our Christmas decorations, the hoover, our mounds of memory boxes. There were 3 bedrooms, and a huge cupboard on the stairs for towels, bedding etc. The new house, lets just say its much, much smaller. However, the front reception room was literally a junk room… Being smart with our space  We have moved to a new build.  There is no understairs storage (It’s a toilet). The living room and kitchen are open plan. There’s two grass filled gardens,…

  • Find our favourite Paw Patrol Character in the Brickburn Trail
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    Finding our favourite Paw Patrol characters – The Brickburn Paw Patrol trail

    This bank holiday we were lucky enough to spend time with our friends in the sun. Looking for something exciting to keep the kids entertained we thought the ‘Brickburn’ Trail would be fun!  What is Brickburn?  Featuring Lego built statues from kids hit show Paw Patrol, the World’s First Paw Patrol Brick Trail takes place this week, for one week only, in Blackburn town centre. Pick up a map, and head to the 15 locations, following the trail to answer the questions about the statues. Submit the answers, along with the Paw Patrol Quiz, and be entered into a prize draw!  What the kids thought  With our group we had…

  • A Day at Coral Island in Blackpool for Spike’s Birthday
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    Pirates, 2p machines and a fun filled birthday – Our trip to Coral Island Blackpool

    Blackpool holds a special place in my heart. For many people images of hen and stag dos, and cheap holidays when they think of Blackpool. But I don’t. I think of amazing things. Things like quiet, foggy, windy days on the pier in February. The special memories made with T for our 6 month anniversary just before I went away for 3 weeks and missed him so much that I knew that would be the longest time we’d ever spend apart. The first zoo trip Spike ever made. The first time she saw the circus. And multiple day trips spent at the 2p machines after watching the aeroplanes at the…