The house plant appreciation society

 All images via pinterest

So with Christmas over it seems inevitable that we start looking forward to Spring, I know I do anyway. I do love this time, waiting and hoping for the brighter days and longer evenings, feeling the sun start to warm your face and coax all the flowers and trees out of hibernation ready to bloom. 

So because of this feeling, generally liking having greenery around and having our own home to finally decorate how we want I have become a little bit obsessed with house plants and flowers and have of course been looking towards pinterest for the ever growing source of inspiration. (Seriously what did we do before it?!) 

I've started a new board to go with my obsession, which happens to link closely with my obsession with shelving too! 

Follow Abigail's board House plant love on Pinterest.

Follow Abigail's board Shelf lust on Pinterest.

The house plant appreciation society

 All images via pinterest

So with Christmas over it seems inevitable that we start looking forward to Spring, I know I do anyway. I do love this time, waiting and hoping for the brighter days and longer evenings, feeling the sun start to warm your face and coax all the flowers and trees out of hibernation ready to bloom. 

So because of this feeling, generally liking having greenery around and having our own home to finally decorate how we want I have become a little bit obsessed with house plants and flowers and have of course been looking towards pinterest for the ever growing source of inspiration. (Seriously what did we do before it?!) 

I've started a new board to go with my obsession, which happens to link closely with my obsession with shelving too! 

Follow Abigail's board House plant love on Pinterest.

Follow Abigail's board Shelf lust on Pinterest.

bathroom envy

Our house renovation journey is going quite well, most of the rooms are liveable, we've managed to unpack the majority of our things and  most rooms are just awaiting finishing touches of shelves, pictures and knic-knacs. I need to get around to actually showing our progress! 

But the list of things still to do is very long, and I fear will span the next few years that we live here. Bottom of that list would be the bathroom. The previous owners had it refitted recently, and even though it's not completely to our taste, it's nothing that a new coat of paint won't fix for now. But that doesn't stop me dreaming! Over the past few years we've had the luxury of having big Victorian bathrooms, but our new house isn't so generous, and in fact our bathroom is on the ground floor, affording us a third bedroom yes, but it's a bit of a sacrifice. Therefore I eventually want our bathroom to be a place that feels bright, open and cosy at the same time. 

I long to re-tile, install a roll top bath, maybe wood panel the walls and put in a good shower. I'm definitely a bath person, but Rob is much more into his showers, probably because he doesn't entirely fit in most baths! I think his idea of heaven would be a separate open walk in shower where he isn't constricted by height or doors. But if we were ever to redo our bathroom, we're not likely to have a glorious walk in shower but a good powerful shower is still very much needed! I'd love one over a roll top bath, we'd probably look to view the Mira electric shower range for something that does the job. I can keep dreaming right?


All images via Pinterest 

This post contains a sponsored link, but all content is my own! 

bathroom envy

Our house renovation journey is going quite well, most of the rooms are liveable, we've managed to unpack the majority of our things and  most rooms are just awaiting finishing touches of shelves, pictures and knic-knacs. I need to get around to actually showing our progress! 

But the list of things still to do is very long, and I fear will span the next few years that we live here. Bottom of that list would be the bathroom. The previous owners had it refitted recently, and even though it's not completely to our taste, it's nothing that a new coat of paint won't fix for now. But that doesn't stop me dreaming! Over the past few years we've had the luxury of having big Victorian bathrooms, but our new house isn't so generous, and in fact our bathroom is on the ground floor, affording us a third bedroom yes, but it's a bit of a sacrifice. Therefore I eventually want our bathroom to be a place that feels bright, open and cosy at the same time. 

I long to re-tile, install a roll top bath, maybe wood panel the walls and put in a good shower. I'm definitely a bath person, but Rob is much more into his showers, probably because he doesn't entirely fit in most baths! I think his idea of heaven would be a separate open walk in shower where he isn't constricted by height or doors. But if we were ever to redo our bathroom, we're not likely to have a glorious walk in shower but a good powerful shower is still very much needed! I'd love one over a roll top bath, we'd probably look to view the Mira electric shower range for something that does the job. I can keep dreaming right?


All images via Pinterest 

This post contains a sponsored link, but all content is my own! 

blog hop!



I was invited to play along with this wonderful blog hop by my lovely friend, talented writer and awesome mother; Lori. Her blog Wild and Grizzly is definitely one of my first stops for inspiration! Thanks so much for tagging me, here are my answers! 


1. What have been the doings/makings/scribblings at your desk/making table in the last week? 

I don't really have a proper desk, and our dining room table is constantly littered with little craft projects and work from our 'Montessori at home' activities, I have however recently been scribbling away making lists and more and lists. I'm a planner, and my best way to plan is to make lists. Around my house you there are various scraps of paper with little notes about things I need to remember; shopping, chores, blog posts, photographs to make, general achievements. I find that as soon as it out on paper, written in neat little lines, my head clears a little and everything makes a little more sense.

As we are in the midst of a house renovation / move my list making has gone into over drive, and I've actually taken it upon myself to write in a whole pad of paper. They include detailed notes of what is in each room of our house and what needs to be packed then unpacked and placed in new rooms and places. There's a huge shopping list (hello Ikea) and an attempted schedule for work to do, which may or may not have gone straight out the window! 

Now if only I could actually begin to tick off half of the things on my lists, I'd be happy! 



2. Where are you currently finding your inspiration? (influences, heroes/who, sources of inspiration, paths exploring)? 

So everyone on Pinterest must have a dream home board, or more like a board for every room? Then yeh, that is my main inspiration source, as well as the various sites it leads you too. I've actually had to stop myself from looking at it as it's driving me a little crazy that our house isn't going to be instantly (or ever) Pinterest worthy! 

Our new house is from the 50s so I've been more and more drawn to beautiful mid-century furniture and design recently, and therefore spend quite a lot of time scouring ebay and researching local furniture and antique markets. 

Aside from the house (I can't actually think of anything else at the moment, it's an all consuming beast) I turn to my favourite blogs and magazines for visual relaxation and inspiration. I need inspiration a good old fashioned walk always does me the world of good or drive out of the city watching the buildings fall away and the countryside rushing by relaxes me and gives me focus once more. Visiting markets or taking a stroll down my local varied high street full of charity shops and independent shops always helps too! 




3. How important is being creative to you & how do you blend this with your work/life/family balance?


I think I've always struggled with making sure I keep creative and doing. I'm quite a practical, planning sort of person which sometimes doesn't instantly conjure up the image of a creative person, and I sometimes forget that I need a creative outlet otherwise it all just gets too much. I'm a very visual person and need to see things in real life, like making lists etc and I get a bit angsty and impatient when things don't become tangible quick enough! But I do need to remember that being creative is a massive part of my personality and I love the whole dreaming/planning/making cycle. 

Saying that I also find the pressure of being creative ALL of the time quite hard, and found that especially when doing an art degree, it was hard to maintain a constant level of inspiration and motivation to keep working and creating. Something that I still find difficult to this day, say with this little blog. But I feel it's important to admit that sometimes you don't feel like being creative all the time, and that's ok! 



Finally I would love to pass this wonderful hop onto two of my favourite bloggers and inspirational ladies out there! 

Firstly the lovely Alexis of Something I Made, because her house is certainly very swoon worthy and has given me lots of inspiration! I love seeing little insights to her family life and their adventures in London and beyond! 

Secondly, Lia from Tangerine Canteen, with whom I've had the pleasure of making a 'real life' friend! If I need to jazz up our weekly dinners hers is always my first stop for recipe inspiration, and ones that I actually do try out and make often! The weekly collection of internet finds are always inspiring too. 

All you have to do is answer these same questions, and post with your answers by next Monday the 14th, and tag two more bloggers to play along! 

blog hop!



I was invited to play along with this wonderful blog hop by my lovely friend, talented writer and awesome mother; Lori. Her blog Wild and Grizzly is definitely one of my first stops for inspiration! Thanks so much for tagging me, here are my answers! 


1. What have been the doings/makings/scribblings at your desk/making table in the last week? 

I don't really have a proper desk, and our dining room table is constantly littered with little craft projects and work from our 'Montessori at home' activities, I have however recently been scribbling away making lists and more and lists. I'm a planner, and my best way to plan is to make lists. Around my house you there are various scraps of paper with little notes about things I need to remember; shopping, chores, blog posts, photographs to make, general achievements. I find that as soon as it out on paper, written in neat little lines, my head clears a little and everything makes a little more sense.

As we are in the midst of a house renovation / move my list making has gone into over drive, and I've actually taken it upon myself to write in a whole pad of paper. They include detailed notes of what is in each room of our house and what needs to be packed then unpacked and placed in new rooms and places. There's a huge shopping list (hello Ikea) and an attempted schedule for work to do, which may or may not have gone straight out the window! 

Now if only I could actually begin to tick off half of the things on my lists, I'd be happy! 



2. Where are you currently finding your inspiration? (influences, heroes/who, sources of inspiration, paths exploring)? 

So everyone on Pinterest must have a dream home board, or more like a board for every room? Then yeh, that is my main inspiration source, as well as the various sites it leads you too. I've actually had to stop myself from looking at it as it's driving me a little crazy that our house isn't going to be instantly (or ever) Pinterest worthy! 

Our new house is from the 50s so I've been more and more drawn to beautiful mid-century furniture and design recently, and therefore spend quite a lot of time scouring ebay and researching local furniture and antique markets. 

Aside from the house (I can't actually think of anything else at the moment, it's an all consuming beast) I turn to my favourite blogs and magazines for visual relaxation and inspiration. I need inspiration a good old fashioned walk always does me the world of good or drive out of the city watching the buildings fall away and the countryside rushing by relaxes me and gives me focus once more. Visiting markets or taking a stroll down my local varied high street full of charity shops and independent shops always helps too! 




3. How important is being creative to you & how do you blend this with your work/life/family balance?


I think I've always struggled with making sure I keep creative and doing. I'm quite a practical, planning sort of person which sometimes doesn't instantly conjure up the image of a creative person, and I sometimes forget that I need a creative outlet otherwise it all just gets too much. I'm a very visual person and need to see things in real life, like making lists etc and I get a bit angsty and impatient when things don't become tangible quick enough! But I do need to remember that being creative is a massive part of my personality and I love the whole dreaming/planning/making cycle. 

Saying that I also find the pressure of being creative ALL of the time quite hard, and found that especially when doing an art degree, it was hard to maintain a constant level of inspiration and motivation to keep working and creating. Something that I still find difficult to this day, say with this little blog. But I feel it's important to admit that sometimes you don't feel like being creative all the time, and that's ok! 



Finally I would love to pass this wonderful hop onto two of my favourite bloggers and inspirational ladies out there! 

Firstly the lovely Alexis of Something I Made, because her house is certainly very swoon worthy and has given me lots of inspiration! I love seeing little insights to her family life and their adventures in London and beyond! 

Secondly, Lia from Tangerine Canteen, with whom I've had the pleasure of making a 'real life' friend! If I need to jazz up our weekly dinners hers is always my first stop for recipe inspiration, and ones that I actually do try out and make often! The weekly collection of internet finds are always inspiring too. 

All you have to do is answer these same questions, and post with your answers by next Monday the 14th, and tag two more bloggers to play along! 

big things


So for the past few months, well since before Christmas really things have been a little crazy over here. I've started a new job, we've both been working overtime and our free time has been spent looking for houses to buy. But I'm so excited to share with you, that we found a house (about the fourth we made an offer on!) and all is going through smoothly (fingers and toes doubly crossed!)

I know perhaps I shouldn't share until everything is 100% confirmed, but its been ages since we've known and I'm just too excited by it all to keep it in any more. 

We are so incredibly lucky to be in this position, with very generous family helping us, because let's face it, there would be absolutely no way we would be able to do this without it. Hopefully this new start will mean that things from now on will be a little smoother and stable, in terms of finance and planning into the future. Owning our own home has been a dream of ours for such a long time, and to be honest we never expected it to come true! Not this soon anyway! 

Sometimes I just can't believe the way my life has panned out. If you'd told me 5 years ago that by 27 I'd be married, with a child and about to own my first home, I would have laughed in your face and gallivanted away over the Welsh hills, but here I am. And here I'll stay...(let the storm rage on, the cold never bothered me anyway) Sorry, what?

So anyway, back to real life. I've been busy dreaming, planning and of course pinning my way to our future home. Even though we're not going to have tons of money to throw at the new house and make it into our dream home, I'm just so excited that we can decorate it exactly how we want, and plan for changes in the future. Because we can, because it will be ours! 

All I can think about are carpet free floors, white walls and lots of light. Our new house isn't huge, so we need to utilise space and light really well. Hopefully all we will need to do begin with is strip floors and walls and repaint and here's some my inspiration board on Pinterest: 

Follow Abigail Oliver's board Home sweet home on Pinterest.


But all I am really dreaming of is a new kitchen! We are going to be loosing a little bit of living space downstairs (but gaining a bedroom!) but the future plan is to extend out and create a lovely kitchen with a breakfast room which I would hope would be the main living space in the house. I've been lusting over big open spaces, with room for a large table, shelving for books, toys and crafts and lots of light. I would love to put in big roof windows such as these from VELUX online  to really make the most of the light and make it feel airy and big!)

I'm in love with this kitchen and living space from one of my all time favourite (and inspiring) blogs Junkaholique. I've also got a separate board on Pinterest just for all my kitchen lusting! 

Follow Abigail Oliver's board Kitchen love on Pinterest.



So there you have it, our big news. I'm so excited for the next few months, hoping everything goes well and ready to start making our first home. I can't wait to share our progress with you!



This post contains sponsored links

big things


So for the past few months, well since before Christmas really things have been a little crazy over here. I've started a new job, we've both been working overtime and our free time has been spent looking for houses to buy. But I'm so excited to share with you, that we found a house (about the fourth we made an offer on!) and all is going through smoothly (fingers and toes doubly crossed!)

I know perhaps I shouldn't share until everything is 100% confirmed, but its been ages since we've known and I'm just too excited by it all to keep it in any more. 

We are so incredibly lucky to be in this position, with very generous family helping us, because let's face it, there would be absolutely no way we would be able to do this without it. Hopefully this new start will mean that things from now on will be a little smoother and stable, in terms of finance and planning into the future. Owning our own home has been a dream of ours for such a long time, and to be honest we never expected it to come true! Not this soon anyway! 

Sometimes I just can't believe the way my life has panned out. If you'd told me 5 years ago that by 27 I'd be married, with a child and about to own my first home, I would have laughed in your face and gallivanted away over the Welsh hills, but here I am. And here I'll stay...(let the storm rage on, the cold never bothered me anyway) Sorry, what?

So anyway, back to real life. I've been busy dreaming, planning and of course pinning my way to our future home. Even though we're not going to have tons of money to throw at the new house and make it into our dream home, I'm just so excited that we can decorate it exactly how we want, and plan for changes in the future. Because we can, because it will be ours! 

All I can think about are carpet free floors, white walls and lots of light. Our new house isn't huge, so we need to utilise space and light really well. Hopefully all we will need to do begin with is strip floors and walls and repaint and here's some my inspiration board on Pinterest: 

Follow Abigail Oliver's board Home sweet home on Pinterest.


But all I am really dreaming of is a new kitchen! We are going to be loosing a little bit of living space downstairs (but gaining a bedroom!) but the future plan is to extend out and create a lovely kitchen with a breakfast room which I would hope would be the main living space in the house. I've been lusting over big open spaces, with room for a large table, shelving for books, toys and crafts and lots of light. I would love to put in big roof windows such as these from VELUX online  to really make the most of the light and make it feel airy and big!)

I'm in love with this kitchen and living space from one of my all time favourite (and inspiring) blogs Junkaholique. I've also got a separate board on Pinterest just for all my kitchen lusting! 

Follow Abigail Oliver's board Kitchen love on Pinterest.



So there you have it, our big news. I'm so excited for the next few months, hoping everything goes well and ready to start making our first home. I can't wait to share our progress with you!



This post contains sponsored links

oh the weather outside is frightful...

image via pinterest
...but the fire is so delightful!

I don't know about where you are but the weather has been a little bit wild this weekend! We've managed to get out a bit, but as it starts to get dark we rush home and then it's time to get cozy, put on a film and light the fire and listen to the wind howling and the rain against the windows.

I say light the fire, but we sadly only have a wall hung gas fire in our house and I long for a real open fire, fireplace or contemporary inset wood burning stove. I miss lighting fires, everything from the searching for wood, chopping, building the fire, keeping it going and sitting back and admiring your masterpiece.

image via pinterest
Image via pinterest
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image via pinterest
When I was growing up we lived in an old cottage which had a giant fireplace with a lovely traditional wood burner, I remember laying by it, toasting chestnuts and watching the flames. Later when I worked in a pub my first job of the day was to clean out and make the fire, and keep it stocked and going until the end of the day. Next my fire making skills took me to building open fires in tipis and then building them in a little stove to keep us warm in the yurt that I lived in through a very cold Welsh winter! I do miss it very much!

Image via pinterest
Image via Pinterest
So I'm going into full hibernation mode, and as you may have noticed it's been pretty quiet around these parts. We've just been so busy and to be honest I've just haven't felt like blogging as much. I'm hoping the break over Christmas will give me a little space from the internet so I can enjoy it again.

It's my birthday tomorrow, and I'm going to enjoy some time off with family and friends over the next week or so. I will probably pop in with the final 52 post and to wish everyone a merry christmas, but I'd like to take this opportunity (in case I don't actually get round to it!) to say happy holidays to everyone, hope you all have a lovely, relaxing break! Thanks for all your support and love over this past year, and lets hope we're here for another year!

Happy Christmas!


This post contains sponsored links, but all words are my own! 

oh the weather outside is frightful...

image via pinterest
...but the fire is so delightful!

I don't know about where you are but the weather has been a little bit wild this weekend! We've managed to get out a bit, but as it starts to get dark we rush home and then it's time to get cozy, put on a film and light the fire and listen to the wind howling and the rain against the windows.

I say light the fire, but we sadly only have a wall hung gas fire in our house and I long for a real open fire, fireplace or contemporary inset wood burning stove. I miss lighting fires, everything from the searching for wood, chopping, building the fire, keeping it going and sitting back and admiring your masterpiece.

image via pinterest
Image via pinterest
image via pinterest
image via pinterest
When I was growing up we lived in an old cottage which had a giant fireplace with a lovely traditional wood burner, I remember laying by it, toasting chestnuts and watching the flames. Later when I worked in a pub my first job of the day was to clean out and make the fire, and keep it stocked and going until the end of the day. Next my fire making skills took me to building open fires in tipis and then building them in a little stove to keep us warm in the yurt that I lived in through a very cold Welsh winter! I do miss it very much!

Image via pinterest
Image via Pinterest
So I'm going into full hibernation mode, and as you may have noticed it's been pretty quiet around these parts. We've just been so busy and to be honest I've just haven't felt like blogging as much. I'm hoping the break over Christmas will give me a little space from the internet so I can enjoy it again.

It's my birthday tomorrow, and I'm going to enjoy some time off with family and friends over the next week or so. I will probably pop in with the final 52 post and to wish everyone a merry christmas, but I'd like to take this opportunity (in case I don't actually get round to it!) to say happy holidays to everyone, hope you all have a lovely, relaxing break! Thanks for all your support and love over this past year, and lets hope we're here for another year!

Happy Christmas!


This post contains sponsored links, but all words are my own! 

pin-pin-pin it forward!



I'm very excited to be part of the 'Pin it forward UK' campaign, where lots of bloggers have been invited to write about and share their love for pinterest! If somehow you've managed to miss what Pinterest is all about, then somehow you have missed out on the wonder that is the mecca of the interent for all things inspiring, useful and just damn right pretty! The beauty of it, is that it's so simple to use, you set up your own pinterest boards (like inspiration mood boards kind of thing!) of which you can have countless, for any subject you wish. Then you can pin images from the internet, follow your friends and re-pin their pins, or add your own work for the world of pinterest to devour. You can dip in and out very easily, but aware it is pretty addictive! But go on give it a go! Your life will be better for it! (note I can't actually guarantee it, so don't hold me to that...)

I've made no secret of my love for pinterest here on the blog, and use it for inspiration for pretty much every aspect on my life! Food, fashion, photography, travel, gardening, home, hair style and most importantly inspiration of how to entertain a toddler when stuck inside for weeks of rain! At the moment I've been pinning away like mad for all my wedding planning (how on earth did people plan a wedding before Pinterest I ask?!)



One of my favourite aspects about Pinterest is that you share boards with other people and invite them to pin onto it too. Which means double or triple the inspiration and it's always nice to share right? One of my favourite and most used boards is a board that my sister started for myself and Theo, and we both find fun, interesting, crafty, pretty things to pin to it.


I would love it if you came and joined in!

Finally I feel really honoured to introduce the next blogger taking part in the pin it forward campaign. Jennie writes a totally inspiring and honest blog about her children and her journey through motherhood, and has some great activities to do with children. Her Pinterest is also full of fun things to try!

pin-pin-pin it forward!



I'm very excited to be part of the 'Pin it forward UK' campaign, where lots of bloggers have been invited to write about and share their love for pinterest! If somehow you've managed to miss what Pinterest is all about, then somehow you have missed out on the wonder that is the mecca of the interent for all things inspiring, useful and just damn right pretty! The beauty of it, is that it's so simple to use, you set up your own pinterest boards (like inspiration mood boards kind of thing!) of which you can have countless, for any subject you wish. Then you can pin images from the internet, follow your friends and re-pin their pins, or add your own work for the world of pinterest to devour. You can dip in and out very easily, but aware it is pretty addictive! But go on give it a go! Your life will be better for it! (note I can't actually guarantee it, so don't hold me to that...)

I've made no secret of my love for pinterest here on the blog, and use it for inspiration for pretty much every aspect on my life! Food, fashion, photography, travel, gardening, home, hair style and most importantly inspiration of how to entertain a toddler when stuck inside for weeks of rain! At the moment I've been pinning away like mad for all my wedding planning (how on earth did people plan a wedding before Pinterest I ask?!)



One of my favourite aspects about Pinterest is that you share boards with other people and invite them to pin onto it too. Which means double or triple the inspiration and it's always nice to share right? One of my favourite and most used boards is a board that my sister started for myself and Theo, and we both find fun, interesting, crafty, pretty things to pin to it.


I would love it if you came and joined in!

Finally I feel really honoured to introduce the next blogger taking part in the pin it forward campaign. Jennie writes a totally inspiring and honest blog about her children and her journey through motherhood, and has some great activities to do with children. Her Pinterest is also full of fun things to try!

let's talk about weddings...

wedding planning floral people tree floral dress agnes and norman rifle paper invite


So I haven't really talked much on here about our plans for our up coming wedding in September, but fear not I have been squirrelling away planning, collecting and pinning away on Pinterest! So I thought I would just quickly share some things that I love! Our budget is very (very) small, so we are making, collecting and calling in people to help us with lots of different aspects of the wedding, so having a Pinterest board to collect all the ideas and inspiration has been a life saver. I'm getting pretty excited about it all, but keep on having bad dreams about it all going horribly wrong on the day and nothing was planned properly or we had the wrong table cloths etc...all pretty superficial stuff!

So my little list is as follows:

one : a sweet little floral crown DIY // two: beautiful Rifle Paper thank you cards // three: cute simple glitzy decorations..got to have a bit of glitz right? // four: the most perfect bridesmaid dress // five: some pretty tights for a late September wedding //  six: dessert table loveliness // seven: cute confetti idea // eight: the shoes that have stolen my heart

You can follow me on Pinterest here

let's talk about weddings...

wedding planning floral people tree floral dress agnes and norman rifle paper invite


So I haven't really talked much on here about our plans for our up coming wedding in September, but fear not I have been squirrelling away planning, collecting and pinning away on Pinterest! So I thought I would just quickly share some things that I love! Our budget is very (very) small, so we are making, collecting and calling in people to help us with lots of different aspects of the wedding, so having a Pinterest board to collect all the ideas and inspiration has been a life saver. I'm getting pretty excited about it all, but keep on having bad dreams about it all going horribly wrong on the day and nothing was planned properly or we had the wrong table cloths etc...all pretty superficial stuff!

So my little list is as follows:

one : a sweet little floral crown DIY // two: beautiful Rifle Paper thank you cards // three: cute simple glitzy decorations..got to have a bit of glitz right? // four: the most perfect bridesmaid dress // five: some pretty tights for a late September wedding //  six: dessert table loveliness // seven: cute confetti idea // eight: the shoes that have stolen my heart

You can follow me on Pinterest here

I want never gets...

well sometimes it does...

I've seen this idea floating around on pinterest and thought I'd share it here. It's a simple guide to follow when asking or thinking of what you would like for Christmas. When people ask me what I want, I have to think of what I want for my birthday too, and I honestly can never really think of things I want/need (which is why all you summer birthday people have a good deal!) I always need things at other times of the year, but around this time my mind just goes blank! But this idea really helped, and it's been really useful in keeping things simple and not going over board on presents. The idea is to think of one thing you want, you need, you can wear and you can read. I assume that the categories can be mixed, such as I need some knickers to wear as mine all have holes in (this is just hypothetical btw) haha...

So back to Christmas, as it's getting eeeeeeven closer, how on earth did that happen? Isn't only 5 weeks away now? I know it's silly because after all it is just one day, but I have to say I'm so excited this year! Rob for the first time has the WHOLE of Christmas off, which means we can visit family together, spend time together as a family when everyone else is spending time together as a family too, which is very VERY unheard of round here! (f you retail! So glad Rob's not working retail anymore)

I don't know why I'm so excited this year, perhaps it's because it's the first year when Theo will maybe understand a little bit of what is going on and we've got him some pretty good presents that I'm excited for him to play with. We also get to see most of our family over a few days, and we're taking a little trip just before Christmas to visit my dad and my hometown. Every year when we were little we would visit a little miniature railway which runs a little steam train, and we would take it round the track to Santa's grotto! I really want to take Theo on this and relive some of my childhood through him. It's really important to me for him to experience things I did as a child, since we live so far away from where I grew up, and I had a really lovely childhood looking back. We're also going to be visiting London on my birthday on the 23rd which is a little bit of a tradition as we used to go when I was younger to look at the lights on Oxford Street and have a look/play in Hamleys toy shop...I'm so excited to do the same this year!

We're not doing any more travelling than that, and staying put in Bristol. We are spending Christmas day with Rob's parents and grandparents, and the next day my Mum, Andy and one of my sisters and boyf will be coming to us in our new house for a second Christmas. I've got a little bit over excited about this, and am collecting quite a stash of Christmas treats! So basically roll on Christmas!

It's going to be a stressful time running up to it though, as we move next week and have been busy packing and sorting and trying to get our head around all the things we need to do, but I'm ready to move and to relax in our new home.

Sorry it's been a bit quiet over here, I've been busy tipi making (weeeeeeee!) and then getting ill (booooooo). I spent all day yesterday in bed not being able to move with a horrid stomach ache/headache/tiredness and feeling sick which wasn't fun at all. I'm feeling a little better today and even managed to venture outside. And we've been busy packing boxes. I'm sorry if it is a little quiet around here over the next week, as we're going to be super busy, but please hang in there with me and don't forget us! 

p.s on that note, please remember to vote for us on top baby blogs when you can! that would be much appreciated and very Christmassy of you!! (link on side bar....)


I want never gets...

well sometimes it does...

I've seen this idea floating around on pinterest and thought I'd share it here. It's a simple guide to follow when asking or thinking of what you would like for Christmas. When people ask me what I want, I have to think of what I want for my birthday too, and I honestly can never really think of things I want/need (which is why all you summer birthday people have a good deal!) I always need things at other times of the year, but around this time my mind just goes blank! But this idea really helped, and it's been really useful in keeping things simple and not going over board on presents. The idea is to think of one thing you want, you need, you can wear and you can read. I assume that the categories can be mixed, such as I need some knickers to wear as mine all have holes in (this is just hypothetical btw) haha...

So back to Christmas, as it's getting eeeeeeven closer, how on earth did that happen? Isn't only 5 weeks away now? I know it's silly because after all it is just one day, but I have to say I'm so excited this year! Rob for the first time has the WHOLE of Christmas off, which means we can visit family together, spend time together as a family when everyone else is spending time together as a family too, which is very VERY unheard of round here! (f you retail! So glad Rob's not working retail anymore)

I don't know why I'm so excited this year, perhaps it's because it's the first year when Theo will maybe understand a little bit of what is going on and we've got him some pretty good presents that I'm excited for him to play with. We also get to see most of our family over a few days, and we're taking a little trip just before Christmas to visit my dad and my hometown. Every year when we were little we would visit a little miniature railway which runs a little steam train, and we would take it round the track to Santa's grotto! I really want to take Theo on this and relive some of my childhood through him. It's really important to me for him to experience things I did as a child, since we live so far away from where I grew up, and I had a really lovely childhood looking back. We're also going to be visiting London on my birthday on the 23rd which is a little bit of a tradition as we used to go when I was younger to look at the lights on Oxford Street and have a look/play in Hamleys toy shop...I'm so excited to do the same this year!

We're not doing any more travelling than that, and staying put in Bristol. We are spending Christmas day with Rob's parents and grandparents, and the next day my Mum, Andy and one of my sisters and boyf will be coming to us in our new house for a second Christmas. I've got a little bit over excited about this, and am collecting quite a stash of Christmas treats! So basically roll on Christmas!

It's going to be a stressful time running up to it though, as we move next week and have been busy packing and sorting and trying to get our head around all the things we need to do, but I'm ready to move and to relax in our new home.

Sorry it's been a bit quiet over here, I've been busy tipi making (weeeeeeee!) and then getting ill (booooooo). I spent all day yesterday in bed not being able to move with a horrid stomach ache/headache/tiredness and feeling sick which wasn't fun at all. I'm feeling a little better today and even managed to venture outside. And we've been busy packing boxes. I'm sorry if it is a little quiet around here over the next week, as we're going to be super busy, but please hang in there with me and don't forget us! 

p.s on that note, please remember to vote for us on top baby blogs when you can! that would be much appreciated and very Christmassy of you!! (link on side bar....)


theo's bedroom

So Theo's been in his own room for a month or so now, and even though we've moved some furniture around and put a few things up on the walls, we have yet to make his room really his space.

When Theo was born or actually before he was born we never went through that whole decorating his nursery thing. Mainly because we were either planning to live at Robs parents house, or eventually moved to our own one bedroom flat where we planned on Theo staying in the same room as us for at least 6 months. Even when we moved to a slighty bigger flat with supposedly two bedrooms, we never moved him into the second bedroom because as time went on it became apparent the room wasn't suitable. And then even when we moved to the house where we are now, which has a lovely second bedroom, that was previously a toddler boy nursery too, we still didn't move him into his own room. I just didn't feel right, until one day it did. Theo adjusted pretty well to the move, and it's been great to have our bedroom back.

But now I really want to decorate it, sort it out and make it fun (and a little bit pretty...) All of his toys are still downstairs in the house, and they are slowly taking over all of it, so it would be great to move some of them upstairs and get some nifty sort of storage, as well as moving the tipi upstairs to make a proper den.

So of course I've been scouring Pinterest for the last few days, and you can see my bedroom board here. But I've picked out some of my favourites to share with you.













I love the grown up feel of these bedrooms, with light airy spaces but with splashes of fun colours. I love shelves of trinkets and books, and interesting vintage frames on the walls. I want to get Theo a sweet small little desk and chair too, to sit and read or draw. Soft furnishings, toys and rugs add a cozy element and still keep it a little childish.

I'm not sure how long we'll be in our house (as you know we love to move...) but for now I want to make Theo's space fun, interesting and his, and if we eventually do move I would love a room which could grow and change with him.

Do you have ideas or inspiration to share? Please do!

theo's bedroom

So Theo's been in his own room for a month or so now, and even though we've moved some furniture around and put a few things up on the walls, we have yet to make his room really his space.

When Theo was born or actually before he was born we never went through that whole decorating his nursery thing. Mainly because we were either planning to live at Robs parents house, or eventually moved to our own one bedroom flat where we planned on Theo staying in the same room as us for at least 6 months. Even when we moved to a slighty bigger flat with supposedly two bedrooms, we never moved him into the second bedroom because as time went on it became apparent the room wasn't suitable. And then even when we moved to the house where we are now, which has a lovely second bedroom, that was previously a toddler boy nursery too, we still didn't move him into his own room. I just didn't feel right, until one day it did. Theo adjusted pretty well to the move, and it's been great to have our bedroom back.

But now I really want to decorate it, sort it out and make it fun (and a little bit pretty...) All of his toys are still downstairs in the house, and they are slowly taking over all of it, so it would be great to move some of them upstairs and get some nifty sort of storage, as well as moving the tipi upstairs to make a proper den.

So of course I've been scouring Pinterest for the last few days, and you can see my bedroom board here. But I've picked out some of my favourites to share with you.













I love the grown up feel of these bedrooms, with light airy spaces but with splashes of fun colours. I love shelves of trinkets and books, and interesting vintage frames on the walls. I want to get Theo a sweet small little desk and chair too, to sit and read or draw. Soft furnishings, toys and rugs add a cozy element and still keep it a little childish.

I'm not sure how long we'll be in our house (as you know we love to move...) but for now I want to make Theo's space fun, interesting and his, and if we eventually do move I would love a room which could grow and change with him.

Do you have ideas or inspiration to share? Please do!