Regaining my mum style and my sense of self

Mum style. It’s a term that gets bandied around a lot these days doesn’t it? Women pushing against the ‘frumpy mummy’ stigma and trying to remain cool and fashionable, with little ones in tow. Personally, I don’t feel as though I’ve ever been particularly ‘fashionable’ — even when I was in my teens and twenties. I… Read More

Home Etc #104

Welcome to this week’s Home Etc! Such beautiful weather this week — I hope you’re enjoying this mini heatwave and not melting in the sun. I’ve been loving it but wishing I could work outside. Sadly, Apple haven’t perfected a non-reflective screen yet and all I can see in my Macbook is the garden! But… Read More

Bringing Up Men and Positive Body Image

Over on Instagram last week there was a flurry of inspiring posts on ‘positive body image’— my favourite being from my blogging buddy Alison who posted a pic of herself and her daughter in matching swimming costumes. When I saw it I literally did a double take and thought— ‘Wow — she’s so brave’ — and then had to… Read More

Home Etc #102

It’s Home Etc day and normal service has resumed! Hurrah! The girls and I have been promoting our amazing giveaway that’s been running over the last couple of weeks. We’ve had over 10,000 entries but if you haven’t entered there’s still time! The competition ends tonight at midnight. Just pop over to the Home Etc birthday post… Read More

Happiness is: {An embroidered top from Zara}

Fashion. It’s a funny old thing isn’t it? These days, there’s so much choice. When I was younger, we were limited to what the shops on our local high-street had in stock. Or — if my mum was feeling generous — we’d take a trip to the city and I’d browse, wide-eyed, through the rails of garments there. Nowadays, if… Read More

A night at the Bath Spa Hotel

What a difference a week makes. Last Friday evening, my boys and I had just checked into the Bath Spa Hotel; courtesy of our lovely friends at Joules. We’d had such a fun day with them at Badminton Horse Trials and they’d kindly arranged for us to stay at the Bath Spa Hotel for the night, to save… Read More

Home Etc #98

One of the things I love the most about Home Etc is our little online community and the fact that — after almost 2 whole years — it really is much more than just a blog linky. I was chatting to a couple of my blogging friends about it, last weekend, and saying that the ‘linky’ part… Read More

Home Etc #96

A warm and toasty welcome to this week’s Home Etc! We seem to have slipped back into winter again; yesterday gave us snow and hail and the temperature have dropped massively. Definitely a cause to cosy up indoors and lkeep the home fires burning. And talking of home. Back to this week’s Home Etc link-up. Home Etc… Read More

Home Etc #94

Welcome to this week’s Home Etc! We’re on the countdown to the long Easter weekend and I’ve already started feeding my face with mini-eggs. Easter — along with Christmas — is one of the few times of the year when it’s perfectly acceptable to eat chocolate for breakfast. It is isn’t it? Not just me? Anyway.… Read More