Monthly Archives: August 2016


Following from my post yesterday, here are some awesome lavender DIYS for you guys to try!

Epsom-saltsLavender epsom bath salts, a great way to relax and detox in the bath. If you mix them with a little olive oil they makes a great exfoliation scrub too!



Lavender Cup cakes, these are so moreish and overpowering at all! Great for a girly evening.

Lavender-fresh-latteLavender Lattes, super good! It’s so easy to make the simple syrup below, and you can add it to pretty much anything to give a little lavender flavour!


Here’s the recipe for the simple lavender syrup. Add a bit of purple food colouring to get the nice colour! lavender-vodka-cocktail-woodenflamingo

This is one of my favourite recipes, lavender and vodka cocktail…so so so good. And a must for a dinner party!

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Lavender-Lemonade-3-768x576Lavender lemonade which is on my list to try next, because this looks super good!



Make everything smell like lavneder…I mean why not? Lavender linen spray. A great idea for your bed sheets.


There are so many uses for lavender. The possibilities are endless!


So we recently went to a lavender farm in Hitchin, which has been one of the best days out we have had. We try to do a day out, each set of rest days that Richard has off, as a family, then Richard has an afternoon where he takes out Arch to give me a chance to chill…or work and clean..

I think it’s important for mummies to get some time off. Richard suggested him taking out Archer for a few hours once a week to help me out..when you don;t have family around close by, watching over a little person 24/7 can drain your energy pretty quickly. I love being a mum, but it’s the little things like being able to go out past 7, or go to the loo without an audience. Archer is at that curious age where he’s interested in everything. Especially anything mummy is doing. Which makes blogging, housework or commissions very hard to do while he’s awake. So I’ve been burning the candle at both ends. Working while he’s asleep, doing commissions and housework until midnight, then starting again at 5 when the little guy wakes up…

It’s taken its toll, especially with the move, as I have found myself being struck down with every illness going. Colds, virus, stomach bug. You name it I’ve had it. So  Richards stepped in and we have worked out a plan, to try to give me a few hours to get some work done. Plus we are thinking of putting Archer into nursery, just 1 morning a week to help me out too. Mummies need help sometimes!

Anyway back to our lovely day at the lavender farm. The colour and the scent were breathtaking…this would be a lovely place to get married…if your getting married in July/August as that’s when the flowers bloom the most. Check out the Lavender farm here.


We walked all the way up to the top of hill, I didn’t even mind the little hike, as it was just amazing walking through all that colour. So it costs £4.50 per adult, children under 5 go free. You get given a paper bag and scissors to cut as much lavender that you can fit in your bag. For an extra bag it’s £3. When the sunflowers are in bloom you can cut them too at 50p a stem! Sadly they weren’t ready to be picked when we were there.



It’s not great for pram access, so we ended up carrying Arch, but he enjoyed it, especially watching all the bees.


So me and richard each had a bag, and we filled those beauties to the brim. If you don’t know all ready, I have a deep love for lavender, and like to use it different ways! Using lavender to make lavender sugar syrup opens you up to lavender cakes, coffee and cocktails! So I’m looking forward to putting all my lavender to good use. The beauty being, it dries really easily, and you can use dried lavender for all the things I mentioned above!

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Arch ended up having a little munch on lavnder…not sure he was a fan, but it kept him occupied for a good couple of minutes.Lavender-fields-hitchin-letchworthSo id you find yourself in the area of Bedford or Hertfordshire take the trip out to Hitchin Lavender. I’ll do a post tomorrow on some awesome ways to use lavender, just incase your lost for ideas..


Ok, so as I mentioned I’ve given myself until the end of October to find a venue. So far it’s not going so a viewing in a couple of weeks which I’m feeling really positively about, will let you know how it goes. Fingers crossed. 

I guess planning a wedding is meant to be fun, I’m expecting it to be. But until I find the venue, it’s stressing me out. I know that once the venue is sorted, I can have fun doing all the little bits. But let’s be honest. Planning a wedding is stressful. Because no matter how much we say we won’t let people ruin it or get involved…we end up doing things to please others…so let’s see if we can find ways to please everyone and us too! 

No matter how wonderful or expensive your wedding, if there are lots gaps where people are left around to do nothing they can get bored quickly. This is going to negatively affect their view of the day, so make sure that you have plenty of activities on hand to keep all your guest out of mischief.


One good way of doing this is to provide fair ground and lawn games for the guests to do while you have your photos taken. Or do a DIY photo booth for your guests, or have a sweet cart or a decorate a cupcake. Something that’s fun that can entertain them for a while. 


 Providing something for the kids like a  colouring book is also a good way of keeping the little ones entertained during the speeches and the meal.

Ok so next let’s talk about the food. You aren’t going to please everyone because let’s face it that’s an impossible target to meet. So go for something you and your other half would want. Have fun with it. 


Regarding your food, most venues like you tinier their chefs. But if you tell them what you want. More the often they will do what you want. I love the idea of mini food. Like burgers or mini jacket potatoes. 

Most people expect to see the ceremony, have some food and drink and then have a bit of a dance at a wedding. Click here for some fab DJS or use the internet to find a suitable band


If you really want everyone to have the best time possible supply at least some alcoholic and nonalcoholic drinks during the day. Many venues make most of their money off selling drinks to guests. Which can be pricey. So why not offer a drink to go with the canapés, a drink to toast and some wine for the table. A subsidised bar is a nice idea if you can afford it.


Add a sweetie cart, DIY of course, and your guest should be happy. 


Moving out of your parents house, and going off into the big wide world to live independently is an exciting milestone for any young adult. But the chances are (unless you’re very lucky or have spent a long time-saving up) your first home will be in the form of a small rented apartment, or a house share with others.  Which often comes furnished, or your sharing furniture.  Problem is, before you know it you’ve moved several times over the years and have ended up with a mismatch of things that no longer make sense.

When you eventually buy a house (or move into a home where you know you’ll be staying long-term) you can finally start thinking about the kind of furniture you actually want and like. You can upgrade, create your rooms to look exactly how you want them and a design a space that genuinely makes you happy. However furnishing a home can be expensive, and so it’s worth knowing where you should hunt for bargains and where you should splash the cash.

So what are the pieces worth investing in?
Since we spend almost a third of our lives tucked up in bed, a bed is a good place to invest a little money in. A good sleep each night will make you a happier and more productive person. If you don’t fancy spending a fortune on a bed, at least go to a mattress store and try out lots of different levels of firmness. We brought a new mattress when we found out we were expecting. Best idea ever, it meant that even though I was stupidly uncomfortable most of the time due to being massive, I was still able to sleep without getting backache. Ok so I have found 3 bedframes in different price ranges, that are super cute but functional!


Ok so fitting with a metallic theme that seems to still be a super popular trend. I mean I’m still loving the metallic. Anyway. This bed is from Made and costs £399 which isn’t too bad, especially as its so cute. rubens_bed_with_storage_toffee_brown_lb01


So I’m kind of in love with this bed, it just looks super comfy…plus I kind of feel like I belong in an episode of Mad Men.. This is from Made too and cost £1099..yeah a lot more pricey…but look how stunning it is. jonah_double_bed_med_blue_high_footboard_lb_1

Keeping with a pastel theme, this gorgeous bed from Made is our calm medium regarding price coming in at £599. Beds don’t have to cost a bomb, but maybe spend a little more time trying out mattresses.


A sofa is such a feature piece in your living space. It needs to be comfortable, look good and be practical and hard wearing. It also needs to be a colour and design that will still work with various decor changes over the years, so it’s a big decision to make and worthwhile spending the extra. While a sofa is never going to last you forever, you’ll get quality that lasts much better with a more expensive model. So the variety of sofa’s is never-ending. Material, pattern, shape size…so best idea is to measure your room, take a picture and try out different sofas in your room. EIther in a software like Photoshop, or just print and cut out. Get an idea of what sofas will look like with your decor etc. Ok so a round of 3 sofa’s of different prices and styles.



This is cute and compact and would look great in a studio or small apartment. This is from Ikea and costs £149. Not too shabby hey.



I’m sort of in love with this sofa, the colour the style, love it! Anyway this is from Made and costs £999.tidafors-corner-sofa-with-arm-left-grey__0240024_PE379607_S4

For those looking for corner sofa’s, Ikea do a great range like this one which costs £850.

The dining table is a place for family meals each morning and evening, and a place to entertain family and friends. Somewhere for your children to sit and do their homework, and a place for you to chill out and sip your coffee or glass of wine with a magazine. Your dining table is a well used piece of furniture and is at the very heart of family life. Invest in a good one, a solid piece with good quality chairs the will stand the test of time. But these don’t have to cost a bomb. A solid wood table can be picked up for free from places like freecycle or gumtree. Or buy one from your local charity shops and do it up. Mix match some chairs and you have a quality piece of furniture and a conversation piece. But if you’re not up to doing a big DIY piece, take a look at these 3 sets.


Perfect contemporary piece for your family dinning room. Who doesn’t love a good bench? This is from Made and costs £499. Bargain right?



I love the white and wood contrast of this table, it’s so fresh and contemporary. This is from Made and costs £349.docksta-table-white__0449402_PE598843_S4

Something a little smaller for studio or small apartments. Or even for a little breakfast area in your kitchen. This is from Ikea and costs £130. Chairs not included.


So hope this helps if any of you are in the market for big pieces like the ones above for your home!


Since moving into our very first home (owned) I’ve found my Pinterest addiction has only escalated. I have so many ideas for our house that’s there’s a high chance we might end up with a home resembling a drunk multicoloured unicorn trapped in a geometric maze. 

This is where a small budget, and a active 1 year old is strangely a blessing. I can only do decorating and DIY-ING when arch is either in bed, or the grandparents are over helping. So it’s giving me that time to really think how I want our home to look and feel, and how to make or create items that really we want, but don’t want to spend a fortune on. Anyway I thought I’d give you a sneak peak into my ever growing mood board. And I’m hoping to start showing you room updates soon! 










Ok so these are just a few images from my mood board, the idea being each image has an element or feature I’d like to try and portray in our home. It’s going to be a long process because of how the last owners left the house. But exciting none the least! 


So our garden needs a lot of work, and I’ve come to piece with the fact that I’m not really going to have many flowers and plants this year, as by the time we have sorted it, it will probably be the end of the year…and not the best time for sowing seeds. So let me give you a rough idea of our garden. 

When we moved in we had no grass anywhere, just paving slabs decking and stones. So many stones…it’s so annoying. But we decided to put some turf down over some of the paving, which was probably the best idea we have had as arch crawls in and out of the patio door, and generally loves being outside. So the turf is much softer on his little knees. 

Anyway. To our main plan. We will end up painting the decking, and my idea is to do a vertical garden on the garage to cover up the ugly pebbledash effect! So here are some awesome ideas of vertical gardens.

I love love love this one. It just looks amazing, I’m wondering how much care it would need though? 


Although effective, I can imagine this costing a bomb, and being hard to maintain.. Awesome though no? 


And we have the simpler route like these three above. Having vertical planter boxes, is a great way to do this idea on a budget. Filling the boxes with different flowers, herbs or plants and spotting them around where you like! 

Now regarding our decking, you might be thinking why paint it? Well apart from the fact I spilt a ton of white paint on it already, it’s needs freshening up. But I want our garden to be awesome..somewhere to chill on those fees day we get good weather! 


I love the idea of having a really cosy outdoor area. This is where living somewhere warm like LA would be more appropriate, then our little old rainy England. 


Another way to enjoy your garden in the summer is to have a barbecue in it. They are ideal for social gatherings and family get-togethers. Plus, it means you’ll enjoy your food more if it gets cooked over an outdoor fire!

We brought a BBQ in the end, but Richards has always wanted to build one. If you do build one make sure you get the right logs for a strong continuous flame. 

Infographic Credit To Certainly Wood


Gift-giving is symbolic and meaningful. It can be both personal and indulgent. Gifts can be home-made or pulled from someone’s ultimate wish list and they show that we care and that someone is in our thoughts. So I thought I’d look at gift ideas for specific occasion. I’ve become the most organised version of myself, from buying  bunch of 1st birthday presents for all of Archer’s friends, to already starting my Christmas shopping. Oh yeah you heard me right..i’ve started already!


Your wedding, where should we start regarding gifts. Gifts for the wedding party, Mothers, possibly a gift to your other half…and the favors. Take a peek at or below for some cute wedding favors that will go down a treat.


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First home; Even if your friend rents or has bought their first home, a new home gift is a great idea, it could be anything from a plant or candle, to a food parcel to get them through the dreadful unpacking living in boxes for the first week ( or 5 months like us) stage.


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Big birthdays, like 21st,30th or 60th you could do a journal filled with photos and prose about your time together, something rather cute, and meaningful.

Last but not least teacher presents. At the end of every school year, instead og getting the standard wine, chocolate of flowers, why not try some of these ideas.

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So the house is getting there. I mean there’s a lot of stuff left to do..but I’m seeing the light and it’s starting to look quite homely. My livingroom has the basic structure, I just need to sort the details out. So I’ve done a mood board of how I’d like/love my living room to look. It’s a basic one but hopefully you will get the jist.


  1. Pillow, Urban Outfitters. 
  2. Clock, Trouva
  3. Pendant Light, Trouva
  4. Wall Light, Trouva
  5.  Plant Box, Trouva
  6. Sofa, Arhaus
  7. Rug, Urban Outfitters
  8. Plant Stands, Trouva

So sadly due to stupid spotlights, my pendant light will probably be a wish that will never come true. I might be able to get in some wall lights though! 

I picked the sofa, which is way more fancy than mine, but similar colour and shape to give you an idea. It also looks much more comfy too, so be sure to check them out. Because sectional sofas like this one, act as a great centerpiece to inspire a whole living room! Moving on. I like the idea of having a blank canvas with white on the walls, then adding colour with the accessories and furnishings. It’s not on the mood board, but I’m pretty sure some neon pink would go amazingly well with this layout too…just a little here and there.

I also love plants, and strongly believe you can never have too many plants, or different ways of displaying them..add a massive bookshelf, which I do in fact have in our living room (but which isn’t on the mood board) and you have all the staples for an awesome living room. All that’s left are soft furnishings in a variety of patterns and colour. I mean why not go bold? and an awesome clock to be a centre piece on your wall..amongst all your artwork, and you have a homely yet eye poppingly stylish living room..not sure that sentence works but let’s go with it.

On a last note, check out Trouva too, I recently came across this site, and the handpicked beauties they sell…well I could spend a fortune.

I’m hoping to have Archer’s room tour up this week which will be exciting. As soon as it’s on the blog, in my mind that’s it finished. 1 room down, just the rest of the house to go.

Hope you all had a god weekend…yay it’s Monday…


The hunt for our venue still continues..but now im up my game. I’ve given myself a deadline. End of October we need to have at least a choice of venue, even better a deposit down on one. But as my mother looks forward to our big day, she loves a good wedding, this will be the first time for her being the mother of the bride. Unless my sister gets hitched within the next year..which is possible as we all know how god I am at planning. Anyway here are some tips I’ve learnt from experienced mothers of the bride when it comes to the dress.

When it comes to mother of the bride dresses, choosing the perfect one and picking the right style, there are a few things to consider. Let’s discuss colour. The bride will already have her colour theme in place and have chosen the bridesmaid’s dresses. Why not pick a complimenting colour to the theme? Here’s a great colour wheel to work out complimentary shades, if you don’t know where to start. A good rule is that pastels match pastels, jewel colours go with other jewel colours and rustic shades match other rustic shades. If you pick a shade on the opposite side of the colour wheel, it will complement the bridesmaids. For example, if the dresses are a vibrant pink, you can wear a vibrant blue/green. If they are a pale yellow, you could choose a complimentary muted violet.

Perhaps you would like to add a little something to your outfit, that is the same as the colour as the bridesmaid’s dresses. A corsage is an elegant way of doing this. And with your complimentary coloured dress it will work perfectly. Choose something frivolous and fun. It’s also a good idea to let the mother of the groom know you are going to do this so that she can join in too. After you choose your flowers, consider adding eucalyptus too for a glorious scent.

Consider floral prints for a summer wedding, and rich colours for a winter wedding. You could choose frills or stripes for added drama. Or add texture with organza, silk or taffeta. And if you are asked to entertain any of the children at the wedding here are some top tips to keep them happy too.

The most important thing to remember? Smile, cry, have a tissue handy and enjoy your daughter’s special day.






Saying that planning your wedding is stressful is the understatement of the century. But, when it comes to planning an outdoor wedding, those stress levels are often on a whole other level. The idea of having a wedding outside is absolutely gorgeous, but it can often fill you with dread. When your entire big day is spent outside, there seems to be a higher risk of things going wrong – thanks to the weather. But that shouldn’t put you off. Outdoor weddings can be absolutely incredible, and if you want to enjoy yours outside, then here’s how to plan for just about anything happening.


Choose A Secluded Spot


First of all, when it comes to choosing the location or venue of your outdoor wedding, you need to make your choice count. One of the best ways to ensure that you are somewhat covered is to literally be somewhat covered. By being in a secluded spot that is surrounded by trees or even a kind of awning or roof trellis, you will keep any wind and most of the rain away should it hit. When you’re largely covered over anyway, you should be good to go.


Have A Covered Area


If you’ve found the perfect location for your wedding, but there is no natural cover in sight, don’t panic. You can still make it work. You’re going to want to look into cover options that you can put up. A traditional marquee company should definitely be able to help with that. Dressed up in the theme of your wedding, they can look great too. Plus, having somewhere secure to serve food and host the majority of events will keep your mind at ease should the weather make a turn for the worst.


Have Umbrellas Ready


Another backup plan that can help you with your planning (and to ease off any stress) is to have umbrellas at the ready. Yes, it would be handy to have large golfing style umbrellas for your guests, but that’s not all. You could get some large umbrellas for any tables that you have outside, just in case. Then, should there be a shower or two, quickly put them up and your guests can go on with their fun.


Be Practical


It will also help you to deal with any bad weather reports nearer the day if you’re able to be practical with your decor. There are so many gorgeous outdoor wedding ideas that you can go with, but some will leave you disheartened should bad weather hit. So be sure that you’re not choosing decorations that are likely to ruin in the rain. Instead, sturdier options would work best.


Be Prepared


Lastly, the final piece of advice involves you! If you want to make sure that bad weather doesn’t ruin your outdoor wedding, don’t let it. Prepare yourself and your mind for the worse. And don’t let yourself get worked up about it. The weather isn’t something you can control, so try not to let it stress you out before your big day.