In a world before Ettie, Stuart and I liked nothing more than to jump on a plane and explore a new continent. Often no sooner had our feet touched the ground, I’d be back on my best friend Google, planning out our next adventure and booking it before we really had enough money in the account to pay for it! I will admit it was a frivolous life and not very ‘grown up’ of us! But we loved it and it took us on many great adventures so we ain’t complaining! Now as you might expect, since the arrival of our little darlin’, that care free and fancy lifestyle has taken hefty leap into no mans land and we’ve had to start spending our money more wisely on grown up…

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Shortly before Christmas I ran a fantastic giveaway in conjunction with Gulliver’s World, Warrington where two lucky readers won tickets for their whole families to enjoy the  New Years Eve Celebrations taking place there (Congratulations Sarah and Lucinda!). The competition was a real success and I am delighted to tell you that I’ve teamed up with Gulliver’s yet again to provide an eggstra special day out this Easter, however this time the prize will be a little closer to home. To celebrate Easter this year, Gulliver’s Theme parks will hosting an Easter Extravaganza with rides, shows and attractions all devised for children aged 2 to 13.  The parks will be open daily and the Extravaganza will run from 24 March – 15 April. In Milton Keynes visitors can enjoy over 70 attractions including…

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Good afternoon everyone! You may have seen my Instagram stories over the weekend where I was getting a little bit giddy with a package I received from Orelia Jewellery. Following the launch of their new spring / summer collection it contained four items for me to try and I was absolutely over the moon with every single one of them. Adding in a bit of a disclaimer here, I am a real jewellery lover! I love the way a certain piece can totally transform an outfit. To me jewellery falls into one of two categories. It has to be either something dainty and delicate that can be worn every day, or something which is more of a bold statement than can turn a simple outfit such as jeans and a T-Shirt…

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A few of you may have seen my Instagram stories recently where I’ve been talking about trailing a ‘Meat Free January’. Don’t worry this isn’t a national movement that you’ve somehow missed out on*, like Stoptober or Movember (*although I have discovered Vegananuary since writing this). Being Vegetarian for a month is just something I’ve been meaning to trial for a long time, so jumping on the tried and tested ‘new year, new me’ bandwagon I’m using January as an excuse to do it. Buy whyyyyyy I hear so many of you ask? My husband is mortified and my Dad dumbfounded? Why would you choose to give up precious burgers and steaks when you’ve always been such a big meat eater all your life?? I must admit I do understand…

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Magic Monthly Squares is a new monthly hashtag series for Instagram where participants identify their top five Instagram from the previous month using the hashtag #MagicMonthlySquares. I’ve been running this for a few months now and have found that doing a monthly roundup is a really fun thing to do. If you’re a blogger and choose to make you’re selection into a blog post (like me) a round up is a great way to provide a little insight to the thinking behind your squares. Often a lot of thought goes into planning your Instagram feed and sometimes the stories behind the photos are just as interesting as the captions! If you’re not a blogger but still want to look back over the previous months photos, then a round up is…

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Shortly before Christmas I was introduced to Bookabees a lovely new book club for children and asked to try out one of their monthly subscription packages. Similar to a library, the idea behind Bookabees is that your child can enjoy 1, 3 or 5 new books each month before returning them to be replaced by more beautiful books. However better than a library, the Bookabees books are delivered directly to your door in a fabulous personalized pack containing all sorts of other goodies such as stickers and interactive activities to grab your child’s attention. All books are handpicked by educational experts based on your child’s age, reading stage and interests and there’s an option to specifically select books which you think your child will enjoy if you so wish. At the end of…

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Apologies I’ve been a little late sharing this one with you. I couldn’t wait to put pen to paper at first and have had a half written blog post sitting in my drafts for weeks, but alas life just got in the way and I have’t had the time to finish it off! Until now!! (Yey for Christmas!!) :o) About a month we took a little trip to Stockholm to celebrate my birthday and we had the loveliest of times. Jumping on a plane and navigating my way around a new destination has always been my absolute favourite things to do, but our travelling adventures have taken a bit of a back seat since our little Miss came along and the pins on our travel map haven’t been multiplying as quickly…

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If like me you’re one of those people who gets carried away with the thought of Christmas, but forgets to do any Christmas shopping until the last minute! Well fear not for I’m about to bring you a series of Christmas Gift Ideas which are going to save your bacon (there’s still 12 days to go, we can do this!!) Kicking off the series is my Christmas Gift Guide for those Interiors Lovers in your lives. You know the ones that are ridiculously hard to buy for but always have an immaculate home! Well this list is for them and as a bit of a heads up, (Stu if you’re reading) I’d be happy with every one of these gifts, thank-you very much. £25 and Under 1. Cox and Cox…

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