How pregnancy has surprised me

After waiting and hoping for so long to become pregnant, it's surprised me a little bit how casual I feel about it most of the time. We've got about three months to go, and we've now had the serious scans which showed - thankfully - that everything seems to be healthy. (Oh, there is one thing. It looks like ...

Ideas for decorating the nursery

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I'm currently entering the 'just how much sh*t is this tiny human going to need?' phase of preparation for parenting. One thing that's not in dispute - even though arguably there are more practical things to be doing, researching and buying - is that I want to get started on the nursery soon. The baby's room will be the smallest of ...

Some big news…

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I have some very big news to share today, and I'm just going to get straight to it. I'm about four months pregnant, we're having a baby in the spring. To say that we're happy - while we are, of course, over the moon - is to simplify the full range of emotions we're feeling. I'm sure every parent-to-be feels ...

10 reasons to love October

Coniston, Lake District, Cumbria, England, UK

I'll be completely honest with you. I don't love October. At all. I'm a spring-summer girl, through and through. But in a effort to improve my outlook amid the darkening nights and lowering temperatures, I decided to think about all the positives this month is set to bring. // Coniston Water, Lake District, from this post // 1. It's ...

How I got better with money

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A couple of years ago, I wrote this post about how I'd begun taking seriously the need to save and be sensible with money, in the hope that one day I'd fulfil a big dream: to have a holiday home in France. I thought it'd be good to revisit this subject, to update you on how I'm getting on and ...

Amara Interior Blog Awards 2015

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Guys, something great has happened again. I've been nominated for the 2015 Amara Interior Blog Awards! You might remember I was nominated last year, in the best DIY blog category. This year, I'm up for best fashion-inspired blog, which is for "sartorially savvy bloggers" who "effortlessly" combine the worlds of interiors and fashion. Awesome, right? There are 25 of ...

Life lessons from Derren Brown

Derren Brown selfie during show at Grand Opera House, York

I've been pretty mesmerised by Derren Brown since he hit our TV screens years ago. So I booked tickets for us to see his latest show 'Miracle' at the Grand Opera House in York. Beforehand, I was excited and intrigued: we all know by know what his act usually entails but I didn't know what he ...

New Quay, Ceridigion, Wales

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Boy, were we in need of the break. In the end, we didn't need to be away for long. Just a few days, with fresh air, open sky and nothing in particular to do. Just a little time like this - after just one day of lazing and reading in fact - and I felt my ...

Life lately and finding space

Anderby Creek, Lincolnshire

My blog has been neglected of late. Letting go and accepting I wouldn't update for a few weeks - that I couldn't - wasn't easy. I haven't really had a dry spell since I started blogging more than three years ago. The first five months of this year have been demanding and non-stop at work, but now ...