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Nursery Makeover: Nautical Themed Canvas Pictures

 

We have decided that the theme for the nursery is going to be a nautical one which immediately set me off creating Pinterest boards to get some fab ideas. After having recently updated Jake’s room and adding my own personal touch of digger and trucks canvasses I knew I had to do the same for the baby. Continue reading “Nursery Makeover: Nautical Themed Canvas Pictures”

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So You Reckon Your Garden Can Only Be Used In The Summer? Think Again

The floral scents of the blossoming spring perennials and the fruiting apple trees coming into their own in late August are two of the many things that you adore about your garden. The outdoor space that you’ve lovingly created is a haven for relaxing, a peaceful alfresco dining area and a place where your kids can frolic on hot, balmy summer days. Now that the cooler days have descended and you’re looking forward to winter time huddled up around a roaring fire with your family, you may think that you are saying goodbye to another season of garden usage. However, that’s where you’d be wrong. Take a look at these incredible ways that you can utilise your garden this winter. Continue reading “So You Reckon Your Garden Can Only Be Used In The Summer? Think Again”

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Nursery Makeover: Upcycling Pine Furniture

So, baby number 2 will be here in January and I just know these last few months will fly by what with lots of birthdays, Christmas, Jake turning 4 all to come in between and as I am usually a super organised person (Jake’s room was completed as soon as we found out we were having a boy) so I am slacking a little here with the new nursery but I have plenty of ideas. Trying to find the time being a Mum of one, working from home and having the usual housework to do has been a tough task but I can very happily report that I have now made a start on project nursery! Continue reading “Nursery Makeover: Upcycling Pine Furniture”

Enjoying Your Garden This Autumn

Can you believe that the summer has been and gone already? All that time spent making sure that you have a picturesque garden that’s the envy of your neighbours and already the leaves are starting to turn from green to rust. Soon the trees will be bare and your once lush and verdant lawn will be a veritable quagmire of mud. But, don’t worry! All that time spent cultivating the perfect garden wasn’t wasted. There are plenty of ways to make sure that your garden can be just as beautiful and enjoyable in Autumn. Just because the skies are getting a little greyer and the leaves are growing more sparse that’s no reason to retreat indoors and let your beloved garden wither. Continue reading “Enjoying Your Garden This Autumn”

Garden Glam: Taking the Designer Approach

Have you ever watched a gardening show and wished that you could have a garden like that? Maybe you’ve redesigned your garden before, but things tend to turn out a lot different when you don’t have a professional and creative landscape artist at your disposal. You might not be able to have Monty Don come and help you out, but that doesn’t mean that a designer garden is out of the question. You could create something stunning that’s not only fun to use but beautiful to look at too. If you’re ready to go beyond a lawn and some flowering borders, here are some tips for creating your designer garden. Continue reading “Garden Glam: Taking the Designer Approach”

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Making the Most of Your Small Garden

Most new houses now come with very small gardens and ours is no exception. It was the compromise we made to have a house we wanted in the right location but it is still something I struggle with even 6 years on. When I sit and watch gardening programmes I dream of having the space to be able to recreate some of their looks, to be able to have a pond or water feature and the land to have a separate play area away from all my plants. One day, when I win the lottery eh! So, for now, I have had to learn how to make the most of our small garden all whilst keeping it functional for all of us as a family.  Continue reading “Making the Most of Your Small Garden”

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Re-Discovering Yourself After Becoming a Mother

I have always been a worker. I started out doing a paper round after school, went on to have a Saturday job at 16 and after leaving college I decided that working was for me and not studying. I worked my way up in a well-known retailer and had such a passion for it that you would have thought I owned the shop myself. After leaving this job to pursue a new career as a teaching assistant I unexpectedly fell pregnant very quickly (we had tried the year before but after 4 months nothing had happened. Just goes to show what a new job can do for you!) I went on maternity and had planned to return to work but my new found motherly attachment had other plans! I knew I had to be at home with him and I knew I wouldn’t have been happy going back into full-time work.

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