Alternative Advent Calendars For The Whole Family

If you're looking for a non-chocolate alternative advent calendar this year, then look no further as I've put together a list of my favourites. There is sure to be something for all the family.


A Tour Of Sophie's New Toddler Bedroom

After moving into our new home earlier in this year, I couldn't wait to get started on Sophie's new bedroom! It's very similar to her old bedroom, although I have made a few changes. It's finally complete and I just couldn't wait to show you all!


Family Photoshoot - November 2014

In November last year, we had a photo shoot at Capture, a local photography studio based at Cedar Farm. We had taken Sophie there for a Cake smash to celebrate her first birthday and loved how the photos turned out. But we wanted some family photos taken which we could display around our home. The prints also made great Christmas gifts for family members too!


How To Create A Cosy Home For Winter

We're now nearing the end of November and the days are suddenly a lot colder and shorter. If you're looking for ways to create the perfect home for Winter, then look no further as I have put together a few little tips for you.

I think low lighting and lamps are the perfect way to create a cosy setting, I tend to switch the main lights off, or dim them right down and turn my lamp on. It instantly makes the room seem warmer and more welcoming.


Sophie's Winter & Christmas Books

With Christmas fast approaching (less than 5 weeks!), I thought it was time to switch around the books on Sophie's bookshelf. I couldn't resist ordering her some new Winter/Christmas themed books which we can read every year in the run up to Christmas. All of the books have now arrived and I couldn't wait to show you all!

Sophie absolutely loves her books, especially recently, as she has been asking me to read books to her which I think is lovely! So, if you're looking for some new books, I have listed below the ones above and where you can buy them from. 

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Christmas Gift Guide 2015: For Him

In this instalment of my Christmas Gift Guide, I have put together a few gift ideas for the men. If you're anything like me and struggle to buy for the men in your life; whether that be your Husband, Boyfriend, Dad or Uncle.. I'm sure there will be something they will like here!


Sophie's Christmas Eve Basket 2015

With Christmas less than six weeks away, I thought I would share what's in Sophie's Christmas Eve Basket. I came across the idea last year and thought it would make a lovely family tradition. Sophie really enjoyed going through it and I can't wait to give her this one on Christmas Eve! Since I've had a bit more time to think about it and Sophie is obviously a bit older this year, there are a few more items which I could include. I hope this gives you some ideas!


My Sunday Photo #2 - Guess How Much I Love You

I took this photo during the week of Sophie quite happily sat on her bed reading Guess How Much I Love You. 


Winter Bucket List

With Autumn almost over, I thought I'd put together a little bucket list of things I'd like to do throughout Winter. Who knows - maybe if I write them all down, I'm more likely to complete them.

1. Go for a long walk
We don't really go for walks very often, but we should do really as there's some lovely places to visit near us. There's nothing better than wrapping up warm on a cold Winter's day and going on a family walk.

2. Take more outdoor photos
I love taking photos, I'm certainly no professional but practice makes perfect and all that! I like capturing moments, so it would be nice to go out somewhere and take some photos that we can look back on in years to come.


Christmas Gift Guide 2015: For Her

In this instalment of my Christmas Gift Guide, I'm going to share my picks for her. Whether that be your wife, girlfriend, best friend, mum or sister, I'm sure there will be something that catches your eye which will make the perfect gift this Christmas.


Christmas Gift Guide 2015: Toddlers

If you're shopping for a little girl or boy this year but you're a little stuck for ideas, then don't panic, as I've put together a few of my favourite items which you might like. Some of the items we have bought ourselves and others I have found while searching online.

So to start, here are some gift ideas for the girls..


Autumn Walk

I love Autumn. It's such a beautiful season with all the different colours. We've been stuck in the house for a while now, as Sophie hasn't been very well but she's much better now. So yesterday morning, me and my mum decided to go for a walk with Sophie to one of our local parks. The fresh air did us all good and Sophie loved playing in the leaves and spotting squirrels!


Count The Kicks Baby Movements Awareness Week 2015 | #KicksCount

If you haven't already heard of Count The Kicks, they are a UK charity who aim to 'empower mums to be with knowledge and confidence throughout their pregnancy' and to help reduce the number of women who go through the tragedy of stillbirth.

This week (2nd - 9th November 2015) marks the start of Baby Movements Awareness Week which is a campaign to raise awareness about babies' movements in pregnancy. There are many myths surrounding this, for example how many times a baby should move in 24 hours and that 'babies movements should slow down at the end of pregnancy', which is false. All babies' movements are in fact different but they advise you to get to know the pattern of your babies' movements and if you notice a change, seek advice from a medical professional.

Christmas Gift Guide 2015: Baby's First Christmas

With less than 8 weeks to go, the countdown to Christmas is officially on! So, if you're still doing your Christmas shopping but you're a little stuck for ideas, then look no further! I've put together a series of handy little gift guides which may give you some inspiration. So here are my picks for baby's first Christmas.

There's something so exciting a baby's first Christmas and even though they will most likely be more interested in the fairy lights on the tree and the wrapping paper, you will want to make their first Christmas special.


Christmas 2015: Dressing Up Outfits For Babies & Children

If you didn't already know, Christmas is by far my favourite season! I wanted to share a few Christmas outfits for babies and children as it just makes Christmas a bit more fun! I mean, when else can you get away with dressing your little one as an elf or a penguin?!


Instagram | October 2015

For the past few months, I have done a round up of my favourite snaps which you may (or may not) have seen if you follow us on Instagram. Here are some of the photos I have shared throughout the month of October.

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