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Halloween Home Décor Photo Tour

Halloween Home Décor photo tour - witches

Happy Halloween everyone! Well, in a few days anyway. I’m still in shock that we’re in October. However, over the weekend I decorated our entrance, hallway and kitchen with a few Halloween knickknacks (I love that word)! As we live in the UK I always feel we’re a bit half-hearted when it comes to Halloween decorations, parties and celebrations. However, over the last few years I’ve definitely seen an increase in merchandise available and more and more people are hosting parties...

Watergate Bay Hotel – A Child-Friendly Sanctuary

Watergate Bay Hotel

If like me you trawl the internet for child-friendly holidays, you’ll know how exciting it is when you find somewhere that really caters for your little treasures (and not at the expense of adult enjoyment either). Watergate Bay Hotel in Cornwall, is one of those places. I’ll say straight away that I’m a hotel snob. I’m a very fussy customer because hotels are not cheap and they have a fairly simple service to provide – bed and breakfast as a...

When Is ‘Just One More Photo’ One Too Many?

Camera - photos

Last week we had a fantastic time in Cornwall. We stayed at the beautiful Watergate Bay Hotel and only left its glorious confines for a day trip to Padstow. We were taking a few days to relax and had no agenda apart from breakfast, lunch and dinner. Rocket man enjoyed the hotel’s kids zone on a couple of mornings and we walked on the beach, went swimming and generally chillaxed. One thing we didn’t do was take a million photos. We...

My Inspirational Day At Christmassy Blog On

Blog On MSI Gingerbread

A couple of weeks ago I told you I was attending my first bloggers conference. Well, Sunday was the big day! After six short weeks of blogging I rolled up at Blog On in Manchester. To say I had butterflies would be putting it mildly. Having devoted the last year and a half to looking after a tiny person and spending most of my days repeating, ‘Be gentle,’ ‘Be careful,’ and ‘Mind your head,’ I wasn’t even sure I’d manage to...

Decisions Decisions #2

life is the sum of all your choices

Welcome to my second decision list, where I keep a record of some of the never-ending decisions we make every day. As days come and go so quickly, I’ve decided to compile regular decision lists, so we are able to look back on all the little things that crossed our minds. It will serve as a lovely reminder of what life was like during these crazy child-rearing years. My decision lists will be a mix of all sorts because that’s...

Note To Self: Go At Your Own Pace

Roses - Note to self: Go at your own pace

The last couple of weeks have been full of revelations for me. I don’t know why, but something has clicked in my mind. Last week I began seeing the benefits of my new mantra, ‘Done is better than perfect’ and this week I’ve realised whether in blogging or everyday life, I should go at my own pace. This is new to me because I’ve always been quite ambitious and worked hard to move up the career ladder, get our home looking lovely...

My First Bloggers Conference – Eek!

Blog On Conference

Call me foolish or a risk-taker, but I bought a ticket to attend Blog On in Manchester before I’d even registered a domain name!  For anyone that hasn’t heard of this super-friendly event, it’s a bloggers conference full of fantastic speakers, interactive sessions and an opportunity to connect with brands. I’ve read such positive things about Blog On that I just knew I needed to attend early in my blogging life. To be honest, I also knew that having the deadline...

My Decision List #1

Decision List - be happy always

What they don’t tell you about parenting is you’ll make more decisions in the first few years of your child’s life than you have during your entire existence. The questions come thick and fast before you even give birth…What type of delivery? Will you breastfeed? Do you have a name? In the pre-baby excitement you relish planning and choosing all these things, but further down the line you realise that the questions, and ultimately your decisions, are never-ending. From choosing the...

‘Done Is Better Than Perfect’ – A Mantra To Live By

Sunflower - 'Done is better than perfect'

‘Done is better than perfect,’ was famously said by Sheryl Sandberg, the Chief Operating Officer at Facebook. When I first heard it I remember thinking, no, I totally disagree. But this week I’ve been pondering the pressure I put on myself to reach the heady heights of perfection and what it means to be perfect. So it was very timely to read one of Aby’s posts over at You Baby Me Mummy – The Truth About Being Successful. In it she writes,...

Teddy Bears’ Picnic 1st Birthday Party

A few months ago it was Tutti’s first birthday and we chose to celebrate it with a teddy bears’ picnic in the garden. As with all outdoor occasions in the UK, there was a certain amount of trepidation on planning an entire event around it not raining. In the run-up to the party it rained every day for a week. I thought we were doomed. But when Saturday arrived the sun shone and we had the most glorious afternoon. As I’ve...