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How to Have a Vibrantly Beautiful Garden All Year Round

When we moved into our house the garden was very plain: a blank canvas on which to make our own mark. We (by which I mean my husband) has worked tirelessly to make the space easily maintainable whilst also being attractive, and when we move we’ll miss it almost as much as the house itself. Not least because we’ll be back to a clean slate which  ...

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Lifestyle, Reviews

VIONIC – My New Favourite Shoe Brand

VIONIC Review – I was sent a pair of shoes in exchange my honest opinion. I’m really excited to be partnering with VIONIC for a review of their Cambridge shoe. If you’ve not already heard of them, VIONIC are a specialist footwear brand offering so much more than stylish pumps and boots: their innovative podiatrist-designed shoes come  ...

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Lifestyle

An Update on Our Move: This is Happening!

This week I popped into the estate agents for a little update, and I received some most surprising news (which I’ll come to in a moment). But first, a piece of advice: if you want the estate agents you’re dealing with to respect you as a professional adult who has their shit together, don’t attempt to drop in on them with two  ...

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Lifestyle, Reviews

Finding Time to Cherish Memories, Featuring Cheerz

I need a new mobile. I’ve made mine sluggish by filling it with photos, because when we have children and especially since the invention of camera phones, that’s what we do. But what we (by which I mean I) do not subsequently do, is anything with those special photographs; unless of course they’ve been taken specifically for IG – in  ...

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Lifestyle

5 Ways to Make the Outside of Your Home More Visually Appealing

Time is marching on and despite no longer feeling like this move is ‘meant to be’ (we lost the house we felt was fate), it does seem that this is going to be The One. I can’t help feeling a little despondent because it’s not the one that felt right from the beginning. But, onwards and upwards – and it has many positive aspects. One of  ...

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Lifestyle

Buying a Home – Third Time Lucky?

I’m probably crazy doing this, but since I’m not actually superstitious I’m going to update you on our house situation. Why crazy? Because the last two times I’ve done this, our house has fallen through; most recently within two hours of the post going live. Surely – surely – it can’t happen a third time? The last I updated you  ...

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Lifestyle, Reviews

Making a House a Home, Featuring Desenio

…Dare I say it?! If you’ve been following along with the saga then you’ll know that not too long ago we were gazumped. But what I’ve not updated anyone with (because I’ve completely lost all faith and confidence in the process) is that we’re back on! We are now partway through the complexity of buying our dream home, and when (if) we get the  ...

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Lifestyle

Making a House a Home: Attractive Alternatives to Standard Radiators

I’m full swing into the idea of moving home now, and just keeping everything crossed that the process continues smoothly from hereon in. I’ve given myself permission to, if not start getting excited, at least start thinking about plans for our new home. It may seem a bit random, but one of the things I’ve been giving a lot of thought to is  ...

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Lifestyle, Opinion

The One Thing All Work at Home Parents MUST Do To Be Successful

I recently published a post about the fact that I struggle to find the time to fundraise, and mostly it’s because I’m also trying to maintain a business behind the scenes. One of the difficulties work at home parents face is that when you work from home, people tend to forget that sometimes, you have to work. This can apply to  ...

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Lifestyle, Reviews

Crux 15 Bar Espresso Coffee Machine Review – The Perfect Coffee?

This Crux 15 Bar Espresso Coffee Machine review is in collaboration with Lakeland, and I was gifted the product in exchange for my honest opinion. As a busy WAHM of two, one of my few vices is coffee. Arguably a bigger vice connected to that one is wasting money on getting a fix when I’m out and about. But at the moment while I’m still feeding  ...

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