2016 – What a Year! 

I know the blogosphere will be full of roundup posts, but no two will be the same (unless maybe for those of us whose partners also blog), so I thought I would summarise what 2016 has meant for me, in preparation for welcoming 2017 (aka the year Ed and I get married, eek!). Way back in January, Ed and I went to my work Christmas party (when you work in...

Foodie Friday – Homemade Chocolates & Hot Chocolate Stirrers

So, it’s New Year’s Eve tomorrow and for some this means a wild night out, lots of alcohol and partying until the small hours. But for some, especially parents, it means a cosy night in.  What better way to bring in the new year than from the comfort of your sofa with plenty of warm blankets, leftover Christmas treats and some festive TV to watch?  These homemade chocolates and hot...

What was in my Sanctuary Advent Calendar #3 

This post was a little delayed as I refused to open my advent calendar in advance as I loved the little surprise gift each morning (and totally miss it now) so I couldn’t schedule the post and then I took a much needed break over Christmas (which I’m technically still on).  I wanted to finish off my advent reveal post as I loved the last few products in the calendar...

Wedding Wednesday – Sit Down with a Supplier -Borrowed and Blue 

This week I spoke to Hayley from Borrowed and Blue.   Hi Hayley, can you please explain what your company does?  Here at Borrowed and Blue Design we specialise in creating beautiful wedding stationery and paper goods to set the tone for your big day. We offer customisable House collections and a full- bespoke design service.  Within our House Collections we have taken inspirations from stylish current design trends, with...

Quack and Field Book Series – Book Review

As I’ve mentioned before, the children love books, so when I heard about the Quack and Field series of books by Rob Foster I knew they would love them.  The books follow the antics of main character Quack accompanied by different characters for each book as they compete in different Olympic and Paralympic activities with the aim to educate both disabled and able bodied children about the world of sport. ...

Mummy Mondays- What I Miss about Being Pregnant

I’m the first to admit that I hate pregnancy. I’ve been through it three times now and I just can’t enjoy it, no matter how much I try. That’s not to say I’m not majorly grateful to be able to have carried all three of my children to term and given birth to them, I am really lucky, but that doesn’t mean I have to enjoy the pregnancy.  Saying that,...

Merry Christmas Eve! Our Plans for Today 

This Christmas Eve we have all three children so we will be spending the day as a family and really getting into the Christmas spirit.  I have plenty of craft activities stocked up and late afternoon the children will be opening their Christmas Eve gifts.  Then we will be snuggling up on the sofa in our new pjs with some chocolately treats, a Christmas story and their new Arthur Christmas...

Foodie Friday – Strawberry Santas

Christmas day is just around the corner. After a huge Christmas dinner you might not have room for much in the evening, but these super simple and quick to prepare Santa strawberries are the perfect sweet treat!  All You Need: -Pack of Strawberries  -Extra Thick Squirty Cream  What to Do: -Carefully slice the very top of the strawberries to remove the stalk  -Slice the end off (leaving around 2/3 the...

Soap and Glory Makeup Review 

What seems like a complete age ago, on Black Friday, I treated myself to the Extrava-Glam-Za makeup set from Soap & Glory. Over the past few weeks I’ve been using it and I’m pretty impressed.  Sexy Mother Pucker lip plumping glosses in Candy Queen and Plumsup  I already knew I loved soap and glory lip glosses. Some people complain about their slightly overpowering sweet scent and say they’re sticky but...

Tiny Tracks – Popular Music for Children 

The children take after me and love listening to music. A little while ago they started getting into the habit of listening to it before going to sleep, after their bedtime story. Until now I had just been using an old classical music cd for them as it was fairly relaxing and peaceful and long enough that I could just leave it to play out.  I heard about Tiny Tracks...