Here is a crib sheet of all things insta. There is this mysterious thing called the algorithm, no one has ever seen it or knows what it does but we need to obey it at all times and we must keep it happy. Just when you think you understand it it changes. You must postContinue reading “Insta rules”
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The heart of our home
We have just taken delivery of a brand spanking new dinning table, it was gifted to us from made.com (https://www.made.com/iona-large-dining-table-solid-pine-and-pebble-grey) It is a beauty; it seats six, eight at a push and the four chairs and bench we were given too means at last we can all fit around the table comfortably. When Easter rollsContinue reading “The heart of our home”
The bond of motherhood is the strongest thing in the universe, stronger than a hypernova. It follows then that the pain when that bond is broken is unquantifiable. I have been motherless for more years than I was mothered. I have been a mother for more years than I was a daughter. I was goingContinue reading “Mothers’ Day”
Me and Tim.
This was first published in May this year. It’s my wedding anniversary tomorrow. Twenty one years since the day poor Tim was so nervous, he’d had a large glass of Brandy, had to have his Uncle Colin fasten his tie and had forgotten his name and address by the time he met me in theContinue reading “Me and Tim.”
Advice to my daughters.
Don’t scrimp on haircuts or shoes, always spend as much as you can afford on them. You can be anyone or anything you want to be and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. Find someone who adores you just as you are and loves you just as much as I do, like I did withContinue reading “Advice to my daughters.”
What was your interiors game changer, the moment you found your style? Our first house was a little cottage and it was tiny. It was the nineties and it had quite a look, very ‘Changing roomsesque’ with lots of bright colours, stencilling and lime washed wood. We had a blue checked sofa, a plump yellowContinue reading “Game Changer”
This is me; a house in days.
A relaunch of my blog, using the daily prompts from a house in days
Have we really only got eighteen summers with our children? School holidays, summer holidays when they were young and now.
Letting go of your rainbow baby.
Babies who are born following loss are called rainbow babies. “A beautiful bright rainbow follows a storm and gives hope of things getting better. The rainbow is more appreciated having just experienced the storm”. (Kicks count.org.uk) I’m not saying I love my babies any more than other people who haven’t experienced loss, but it’s anContinue reading “Letting go of your rainbow baby.”
My Bathroom revamp
You can’t failed to have noticed that we’ve recently had a new bathroom fitted. As is the same as when every new room is finished it’s my favourite room ever and I love it. Whenever I post any bathroom pictures I get asked lots of questions so I thought I’d write a little blog aboutContinue reading “My Bathroom revamp”
Parenting through the exam season.
Yesterday marked the beginning of our fifth exam season in this house. It’s such an emotive time watching your children work so hard, much harder than we ever did back in the day. The pressure on them is immense and it’s hard to know what to do for the best. I have two very distinct,Continue reading “Parenting through the exam season.”
We are a fostering family.
I still forget that not everyone knows this. It’s something we’re not really allowed to talk about on social media, so that part of our life is very carefully edited. We are actually a family of five and have been for almost three years now. I didn’t give up work to become a lady ofContinue reading “We are a fostering family.”
My home style
I think it’s more than obvious how much I love my home. There’s nothing I enjoy more than faffing around, rearranging things and planning the next big protect, and trust me there’s always the next job looming. My style is my own. Some call it quirky but I’m quite liking the phrase ‘eclectic glamour’ atContinue reading “My home style”
Being a SEN mum
I’ve thought long and hard how I’d tackle this subject because the last thing I want to do is expose my daughter and make her more vulnerable than she is. This is about MY experience of being her mum. There are some things I’ll never be able to share, because It’s her story and notContinue reading “Being a SEN mum”
When I became a mother
My mum died suddenly, two weeks after my seventeenth birthday. It was a pretty horrific time, my dad was weak and selfish and basically jumped ship. My brother and I were left to our own devices and, looking back, the way I coped was to lock everything deep inside and build a wall of armourContinue reading “When I became a mother”