Decorating the Christmas Tree with the VQ Christie Radio

Since my boy and I have been together, fetching the Christmas tree has been one of the highlights of my year. We have always bought a real tree and the tradition of choosing — and decorating it — is one of my favourite things in life. We’ve collected a number of decorations over the years and I love seeing them again each December. I was lucky enough to also be given my Granny’s old decorations too — beautiful and unusual ornaments from the 1950’s. For the first couple of years, when we owned our first home, we themed the decorations. Blue and silver the first year… Read More

Home Etc #80

Welcome to the last Home Etc of 2016! My co-host Jess — mummy of boy girl twins — and I have decided to wrap it up for Christmas (no pun intended) and give ourselves a little break until the second week of January. The last couple of  weeks have been a little quiet; everyone’s been knuckling down for the festive season and there have been fewer linkers — which is to be expected at this time of year — but not so good for the lack of comments on the lovely blogs that have linked up. Come on guys — share the love! If… Read More

Holiday Inn Express ‘What Matters Most’ campaign

Christmas — the most wonderful time of the year. Not sure about anyone else but, for me, Christmas literally starts on December 1st. There is a frisson in the air — almost like a light being switched on — that happens the minute the calendar moves on from November. But as I’ve got older I’ve realised that the anticipation of Christmas is sometimes better than the real thing. And I don’t mean I don’t enjoy the day itself — I really, really do — but I used to look forward to Christmas day so much, I almost wished away the time leading up to it.… Read More

The GLTC Fix It Workbench | {Siblings November}

Recently, as part of their Great Little Trading Testing Team duties (literally the BEST job ever!) my little man-cubs were asked to try out the GLTC Fix It Workbench. A cool bit of kit for handy little boys and girls; especially ones like mine who regularly see their daddy using a big grown up version. The workbench is made of chunky wooden pieces, that easily fix together. It took around 20 minutes to assemble. You don’t need to be a structural engineer — or have a degree in joinery — to put it together either. Nice and simple! That said, if… Read More

How to make edible Christmas decorations

Happy December everyone! We’re in the home straight now, just one month away from a brand new year. Silly season is properly underway. Following the success of the iced biscuits I made for our Halloween party, I thought I’d have a go at making some edible Christmas decorations this year. Discovering Aquafaba — egg free royal icing — is literally one of the best things I’ve come across recently. Having a child with an egg allergy is pretty restrictive when it comes to certain foods. Royal icing is top of the ‘banned substances’ list for Bertie, as it’s made with raw egg… Read More

Home Etc #79

It’s feeling decidedly festive this week! I was browsing through the Home Etc hashtag on Instagram last night and there are some really gorgeous shots on there, with a decidedly Christmassy flavour. I’m definitely feeling that sparkly season is now well underway; particularly after being treated to the HomeSense Christmas bloggers party last week. theordinarylovely / lazydaisyjones / georgia_coote / lifeasourlittlefamily / lizzie_woodman  /acupfullofglitter / letstalkmommy /aaamylouxo  /three_sons_later It’s so lovely to see that folk are using the #HomeEtc hashtag on Instagram! If ever you post  anything home, interiors, DIY, craft & garden related please do join in – we love seeing your pictures — and it’s a really fantastic way of keeping up to date with… Read More

194 weeks and 6 days {HomeSense Christmas party}

Last week I met up with one of my blogging besties, Sarah, for a night away in Birmingham and the HomeSense Christmas party. I’ve barely been at home over the last few weeks — there have been press days and workshops — and I feel as though I’m thoroughly behind on everything. That said, it was really lovely to get away, despite the fact that Sarah and I had a bit of a nightmare with our hotel booking. It could have been utterly disastrous, if it weren’t for the lovely staff there. I’m not going to dwell too much on it — other… Read More

Home Etc #78

Last week was so busy — full to the brim of new and lovely products for me to share with my Home Etc community — in the form of press days! I went to Laura Ashley a couple of weeks’ ago but on Thursday and Friday of last week was lucky enough to get a sneak preview of Joules, Primark and Habitat’s spring and summer ranges for 2017. We had a quieter week with people linking up, I think everyone’s gearing up to Christmas at the mo, but here are a couple of favourites. Home Etc Favourites First comes from lovely Kara… Read More