My grand ideas for a ‘Grand Design’ style home

Grand design style house

It feels like starting the work on our dream  kitchen has taken an eternity. We’ve been in our ‘forever home’ now since last June, so almost a year. We began the renovations upstairs starting with Rose’s little room first in the hopes that having a child-friendly space of her own would encourage her to spend the whole night in there-still working on that one!

We live on the edge of a forest and our house backs onto an old quarry, the quarry wall is enormous and dwarfs the back of the house making the rooms in the middle quite dark. We have a flat roof so something like a flat skylight would be a perfect solution to brighten the room up. I’ve kept the decor really light in there with cheerful primary colours fingers crossed after a few more weeks she’ll feel more at home in her own room and we can finally get our bed back.


Making posies with flowers from Bloom & Wild

three posies made with pink peonies

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #bloomandwild #CollectiveBias

When I was a young girl my sister and I would cross the old railway line, hop over a gate, creep past the cows into a field with a hedgerow full of wild flowers and pick a bunch to take to our Grandmother. This is probably one of my oldest and fondest memories of my childhood and I remember the excitement I felt in presenting our beautiful bounty. My love for flowers has remained well into my adult life; I love photographing them, making flower crowns for my girls and decorating cakes with flowers, they are truly one of my favourite things.

Oh and it transcends that both my girls have flower names so you can really tell I have a floral affinity!

Pink peonies from Bloom & Wild


The List #89

Profile pic holding a pen!

Hello, Happy Friday!  A very warm welcome to ‘The List’ from Aby and I. this is the place to link up all your list posts :)

The idea of The List is super simple, link up any post that is in list/bullet point format (a couple of bullet points in a post is fine too!). I link up my weekly blog/life round-up and quite often a recipe or a how-to. Yours could be a ‘top ten’ list or anything else you fancy.

Posts can be old or new, and all are most welcome.


Get on your Instagram ‘A’ game (and how I went from 5K to 10K followers in 5 months)

A collection of shots from a styled Instagram taken with a canon 7D

I thought quite hard about what to title this article, on the one hand, I don’t want to come across as boasting but on the other I am proud to have seen such quick growth over on Instagram (my happy place) I also know I need a good post title in order to hook readers in <winks> Anyway, you’re here now and the truth is: I have doubled my followers in 5 months but how did I do it?

If you’ve ever read any of my previous posts on Instagram then you might have heard me say

‘there is nothing instant about my Instagram’

Instagram snapshot


Brand new Harvester flavour combinations plus win a £25.00 voucher

Harvester salad flavour combinations

I’ve been a fan of Harvester restaurants for many years, it’s a fab place to take the kids to and we all enjoy the salad bar, who doesn’t?!

The fresh and quality ingredients used are what Harvester are famous for and they really do, do it better than anywhere else.  Every main meal comes with free unlimited salad you can pile your bowl high and take as many trips to the salad bar as you like, there are thousands of combinations.