A triathlon, making plans and my thoughts on GirlBoss #LittleLoves

Ever feel like you’re spinning lots of plates but increasingly feel like you are surrounded by broken ones all over the floor? That kind of sums up this week for me. There’s a whole lot of change going on and I’m feeling a little lost in it all right about now. It’s a times like these when Little Loves really helps me to refocus and step out of the negative. There are a lot of positive things going on and ultimately all this change and upheaval is very definitely for the better in the long term.

Are you ready for some positivity? Grab a cuppa and enjoy my Little Loves, don’t forget you can read lots of other bloggers’ Little Loves by clicking on the linky at the end.

 

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First off, lets get this out of the way, it’s not the positive little loves I was promising but again it will be in the long term. My eldest and I got the results of our food intolerance tests this week with dairy and yeast being the top two for both of us. We knew about the dairy for N but the yeast was a shock and bless her, she didn’t take the news well. I’d already started the process of cutting out yeast in my diet but now I think our whole diet as a family is going to have yet another overhaul. When I get some spare time *cough* I’m going to be reading a whole lot of blogs and recipe books to help with these changes. Let me know if you’ve got any recommendations.

At least I can still have these..

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How good was the Big Little Lies series finale? Even though I’d read the book I managed to remember the ending it didn’t take anything away for me. To me it was perfect, which is rare when it comes to adaptations of books. Can we all just take a moment and marvel at how well Reese Witherspoon is aging? I’ll have whatever she’s having, please and thank you.

Netflix wise I’ve binged my way through the new series GirlBoss. I’ve got mixed feelings about it if I’m honest. I enjoyed the book when I read it a few years ago, it follows the story of real life entrepreneur Sophia Amoruso and her ecommerce business Nasty Gal, which FYI recently went bankrupt. The Netflix adaptation has had a rough ride from critics and I’m inclined to agree with them. I found Sophia really grating, more so than in the book but I gritted my teeth and held on in there and as the series continues you start to get more of the back story that explains why she is the way she is. There’s got to be a comparison to GIRLS in there, in that it claims not to care what your opinion of the characters are or whether they are likable. On the plus side, the soundtrack is kick ass and the clothes are to die for but don’t be looking for a feminist icon to inspire you as it just doesn’t deliver.

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Over the weekend we travelled down to the New Forest to stay with family as the mister and his sister were doing a triathlon. It was the perfect weather for it and all the family turned out to support them. The children, however, were much more interested in running around the forest and hillside than watching people cycle past!

 

 

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This week I’ve been making plans and to – do lists to try and manage our move while juggling our businesses and the girls’ busy schedules. I’d be lying if I said it hasn’t all got a bit on top of me this week, my poor children have had to put up with a very shouty mummy.

On a more positive note we ‘made’ the most of the sunshine over the weekend while we were in the New Forest with family.

 

 

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I’m trying not to buy any more clothes before we move, but I just couldn’t resist this dress from Warehouse –

Tie Strap Pocket Dress – £39

I’ve been after a mid length denim dress for a while now and this one fits the bill perfectly. 

 

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When I’m stressed have a lot on my plate the only way I can get through it is by listening to very loud music. You’d think it would be quiet ‘relaxing’ music but that only annoys me, in the same way someone telling me to be calm and positive in a soothing voice annoys me! Ha! I’m such a weirdo.

So this week it’s been all about Royal Blood

They’ve even got a new track out, which I love, obviously.

When it comes to podcasts I am so thankful that Sara from Hashtag Authentic introduced me to Tara Swiger (in this podcast episode). I’ve been listening to her all week, these two podcast episodes have particularly stood out to me and I really could do with making time to process them.

Should You Work For Free – I’ve already shared this on social media and I think it’s a must for any creative/maker/freelancer/blogger

Long Term vs Short Term Thinking – This is something I often struggle with and find myself swinging between the two.

 

 

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It’s the Bank Holiday weekend woo! N has a swimming gala over the weekend but other than that we’ve got no plans. This gives us the perfect chance to crack on with packing, two weeks and counting until the big move!

Here are my favourites from this week’s #LittleLoves community on Instagram, 

 

ohjustmylittleblog | rainbeaubellerachelandhercoffee

seedkids | kerryvillers | tiredfromwhitstable

little.walchli.crew | justsayingmum | lyla_and_co

If you’re on Instagram and want to join in, it’s so easy just use the hashtag #littleloves on any photo that shows something little that you love – so that can be pretty much anything! I then share my favourites from the week on here and on my Instagram every Friday.

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From parent blogger to lifestyle blogger making the transition

When I first started blogging back in 2011 I was definitely a parent blogger, or more specifically a ‘mummy blogger’ as much as that term makes me cringe. Having my own little corner of the internet to blog about my baby and toddler, chatting through weaning and potty training and late night feeds was just what I needed. I joined Twitter and spent the small hours of the morning talking to other mums that were also feeding their babies at stupid o’clock while everyone else slept. Twitter and blogging were lifelines for me, they broke the isolation that you can feel as a mum with young children and they opened up a whole new career for me.

When my eldest daughter started school in 2012 I started to think long and hard about blogging and where I wanted to go with it. Up until that point I wrote whatever I wanted, took on a few product and days out reviews but I didn’t see it as a career.  I continued blogging as a ‘parent’ blogger but started to blog less about my eldest girl and as time passed I started to worry about the content I’d put online about her. How would she feel about me telling ‘the world’ about how I potty trained her? Even though I’ve never used my girls names (first or last) while blogging I still felt uncomfortable about it all. I noticed that with the exception of those I’d call friends, I was no longer reading ‘mummy’ blogs. Potty training posts, tips for weaning and parenting was no longer interesting or more importantly, relevant to me anymore. With my youngest daughter growing fast and approaching Reception class in 2015 I knew I had to make a big change, and that’s when I made the decision to leave parent blogging behind.

At the end of 2014 the year before my youngest started school I launched Little and Fierce, my online store, (there’s a whole different blog series to come on that process!) and with this change blogging was definitely on the back burner while I wrestled whether to even bother continuing with it. I attended the blogging conference Blogtacular and talked through my thoughts and ideas about no longer blogging as ‘But why mummy why’ with my friends and fellow bloggers. Just being at the conference reminded me what I loved about blogging and that I still wanted it to be part of my life and that I was right in thinking that I needed to move out of the ‘parent blogging community’. All that summer I started to plan what I wanted my new blog to be and I started to research just how to do it and whether I would I need to completely start from scratch.

By the end of October 2015 I was here in my new place on the internet Coffee Work Sleep Repeat and I’ve never regretted it for a second. 

I don’t have technical tips about redirecting traffic, setting up new websites, and all that jazz as I’m just not that way inclined and have to rely on people to help me whether paid or through favours! What I can help with though is with tips about thinking through your changes and what you want from your new blog. Basically all the things I pulled together and thought through, and in a few instances things I wish I’d done.

So, in light of that if you are a parent blogger thinking of making the change into another blogging niche, whether it be lifestyle, business, food, interiors or even if you don’t know yet, here are some ideas and tips I found helpful.

 

MY TOP TIPS 

 

  • If you’re not sure which direction to take your blog in then think about what you enjoy most about blogging in your current form. Is it reviews? Sharing recipes? Home and interiors posts? Or have you fallen out of love with all of it and want a complete change?

When some people want to make the leap out of parent blogging they have a clear vision of their new direction and others might need to take the time to consider it more. It’s also worth thinking about whether it will be a hobby or a business. If it’s a business think about how you’ll make money from it, the parent blogger sphere may be over saturated but it’s where a lot of big money lives and that may not be the case for your new niche.

  • Think about your new audience, is there enough of an overlap with your current and future one to keep your current social media accounts and just manage the name changeover or is it a completely different audience? Do people follow you as a person or as a blog?

If you are making a complete change from being a ‘mummy’ or ‘daddy’ blogger to say, for example, writing a blog on technical woodworking then I would consider starting afresh but telling your current audience about it and promoting your new direction so any interested parties can follow you over. If you just make the switch by changing your handle you could be left with disgruntled followers and even reported for spam.

As I was still writing my blog from the perspective of being a parent and writing about my life juggling running a business, and the family there is a sufficient cross over so I managed the change by rebranding but kept the social media profiles with the followers built up and saw very little drop off after.

  • Be certain of your new niche and own it.

What kind of blog are you now? Are you following relevant blogs and businesses and networking with the right people? You can’t just rely on parent bloggers being loyal to your new venture, they might not actually be the audience that you’re looking for. How will you get your new content to your new audience? Before you make the leap put together a plan, follow and observe how bloggers in your chosen niche do it. Check out the relevant hashtags, link ups, etc.

  • Use everything you’ve learnt from parent blogging.

If you’ve been successful in parent blogging (whatever success looks like to you, ie review opportunities, paid projects, high profile, hightraffic, etc) you’ll probably have a whole lot of transferable skills at your finger tips. You know how the social media platforms work and what kind of content to share to them. You can probably make pinnable images for Pinterest, use tools like Hootsuite to plan and schedule your social media promotion and much, much more. This gives you such a headstart and is so beneficial to many blogging niches.

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I hope you’ve found these tips helpful?

If you’ve got any questions the do leave a comment or grab me on social media, I’d love to have a chat with you.

 

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My Dress Moments

With the summer fast approaching we know that wedding season will soon be upon us. This can cue a mass panic when it comes to choosing the right outfit, and let’s face it, it won’t just be one, but many. Not to mention all the summer parties and even Graduation ceremonies. Personally I’ve got four wedding invites already! The lovely people at Marks and Spencer have come to my rescue and asked me to choose dresses from their new summer range for those all important summer events.

 

Wedding

Floral Print Prom Dress

One of my favourite dresses in my wardrobe is a vintage 1950s prom dress, so I when I spotted this floral print prom dress in the same shape I knew I had to have it. The nipped in waist and high neck halter are so flattering and with the billowing skirt it is such a comfortable and stylish dress. I’m often drawn to dark colours, that just aren’t really suitable for a summer wedding, but the fact that this has a floral print makes it so on trend and perfect for a special summer event. I styled the dress with nude peep toe court shoes as I didn’t want anything to take away from the dress.

 

Graduation

Striped Slip Dress with belt

This dress was a bit of a gamble for me, it’s a straight cut and I’m petite and curvy but the detail at the back hooked me and I was desperate to give it a try. I like that it’s a formal dress but also fashion forward and not too traditional. I enjoy finding something a little different for formal events and I think this dress fits that brief. It feels so soft and I love that it has pockets – something I think all dresses and skirts should have!

 

 

Summer Party


Cold Shoulder Swing Dress (blue)

For a summer garden party you cannot go wrong with this kind of dress, it’s comfortable and stylish and the colour is beautiful! It is so versatile and can be dressed up for a more formal party but also teamed with flats for a relaxed beach party. I particularly like the cold shoulder detail and the flattering sleeves that cover the tops of my arms. I can imagine wearing this dress a lot in the summer and I’m really tempted to go and buy it in another colour. For my garden party look I teamed it with M&S gold mules and a straw basket bag. It would look great with a wide brimmed straw hat too.

I was really impressed by the range of summer dresses at M&S, I must admit that I often buy clothes for my children there but rarely for myself. There is so much choice online and it’s so easy to get it delivered to your local store. Top tip – it’s worth trying a few different sizes as I discovered that I needed to size down on all my dresses. 

Have you got any summer events that you need to shop for?

What kind of dress do you prefer?

 

You can see these dresses and those chosen by a few other bloggers over on featured on M&S Dress Moments 

 

Photos by Hannah (Teacups and Pearls)

A huge thanks to Bartle Hall for letting us shoot the dresses in their gorgeous hotel and wedding venue.

This post is written in collaboration with Marks and Spencer

 

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Yorkshire Sculpture Park, The Princess Bride, and far too much chocolate #LittleLoves

What a lovely Easter break we’ve had! I must admit I was rather sad to wave off the girls back to school on Tuesday. Normally I can’t wait to drop them off but not this time, I think we managed the work/fun juggle well, not sure how the summer holidays will pan out though. I hope you had fun over the Easter Bank Holiday and didn’t eat too much chocolate, who am I kidding, I bet you ate loads, I know I did!

Are you ready for more? Grab a cuppa and enjoy my Little Loves, don’t forget you can read lots of other bloggers’ Little Loves by clicking on the linky at the end.

 

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I’ve decided to give The Portable Veblen by Elizabeth McKenzie another try from reading a few reviews I thought I’d really enjoy this book but I’m finding it hard going. If I’m still struggling with it after the weekend I think I’ll have to let it go and move on.

I’m so excited to share a campaign I worked on with M&S, you can see the feature on their site here and my blog post here. If you follow me on Instagram you might remember that last month I shared behind the scenes of this shoot on my Instagram stories. Hannah and I enjoyed a day at Bartle Hall as they very kindly let us use one of their rooms and venue to take the photos. 

 

 

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I remember watching The Princess Bride after borrowing the video from my cousins and adoring it. It’s the perfect mix of humour, adventure and romance and such a fun watch. Of course it’s aged, the special effects are laughable and it’s very much part of a genre of ’90s family films. I decided over the Easter weekend to introduce my girls to it and they loved it just as much as I did, despite the fact that it’s now thirty years old!

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Any more Princess Bride fans out there??

Netflix wise I’ve binged my way through Jane the Virgin over the past few weeks. Someone recommended it after reading my Top 5 Netflix Comedies post and I wasn’t disappointed. It’s perfect for a binge watch and a remedy to the more difficult watch 13 Reasons Why that I watched previously! Also Pretty Little Liars is back after the mid season break, so I of course watched the first episode and still don’t have a clue what’s going on!

 

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On Good Friday we made the trip to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park. It’s a place I’ve wanted to visit for absolutely ages and lets just say it didn’t disappoint.

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yorkshire sculpture park

As you can see it was rather windy!

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yorkshire sculpture park

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yorkshire sculpture park

yorkshire sculpture park

yorkshire sculpture park

yorkshire sculpture park

On Easter Sunday we enjoyed the traditional homemade roast lamb dinner, followed by a ridiculous amount of chocolate eggs!

 

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This week my girls have been back at school and in their summer dresses. I love this time of year, no more ironing shirts and pleated skirts! My favourite summer dresses are from M&S and are the more traditional style ones.

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I’ve been catching up with the Hashtag Authentic podcasts, first with Kat Molesworth, that you can find here and with Xanthe Berkeley, that you can find here

As for music, I’ve been enjoying Jack Garratt again this week

 

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Things are moving forward with our new home, we managed to get in and get blinds and shutters ordered ready for when we move in. We should have a confirmed moving date soon, but it looks like it will be mid May! I can’t wait to show you our new place. This weekend we are heading down south to the New Forest where the mister and her sister are running a triathlon. I’m so looking forward to seeing family and I’m crossing my fingers for a bit of sunshine too!

Here are my favourites from this week’s #LittleLoves community on Instagram, 

 

mymodelmummy | rachaelkellett harybeau_andi

kellyanngoyetteseasonaltales | melfarnell

treasureeverym | hayleyfromhome | lifeasourlittlefamily

If you’re on Instagram and want to join in, it’s so easy just use the hashtag #littleloves on any photo that shows something little that you love – so that can be pretty much anything! I then share my favourites from the week on here and on my Instagram every Friday.

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Holiday club, a baby shower and the freelance juggle #littleloves

The second week of our Easter Holidays is almost over, but we’ve got the lovely Bank Holiday weekend ahead of us first. This week has been split between working and family fun, with my two going to a holiday club each morning. They’ve had a blast and I’ve been able to put a few hours in before picking them up and spending time together. We’ve squeezed in a shopping trip, they’ve been on a bike ride with their dad and we’ve had a big baking session.

Are you ready for more? Grab a cuppa and enjoy my Little Loves, don’t forget you can read lots of other bloggers’ Little Loves by clicking on the linky at the end.

 

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I’ve finished The Bricks That Built The Houses and after struggling to get into it at first I completely fell in love with the lyrical prose of Kate Tempest. Spinning a tale around several twenty-somethings in London it was a lifestyle that lots can probably relate to, though for this country girl it was a different world. 

We love going to Manchester as a family and I’ve shared our favourite places to go to in this alternative family guide on the National Rail Cards blog – Manchester – An Alternative Family Day Out

 

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Line of Duty.. I mean, there are no words. I promised I wouldn’t put any spoilers on here, so I’ll just leave this here.

As for Netflix the mister and I were happy to see that season 2 of The Get Down is now on. We’re trying not to just binge our way through it. As a music fan AND a Baz Luhrmann fan this programme is a big favourite of mine.

The Get Down

The Get Down

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We had a big baking session last weekend for a friend’s baby shower. We made a huge dairy free chocolate cake and of course while we had everything out on the table we just had to make some biscuits, oh and some cupcakes! The girls had a friend over later in the day so they had a great time decorating all the biscuits, of course unicorns and rainbows featured heavily!

The girls came along with me to the baby shower while their dad went to the pub for the father to be’s shower! It was lovely catching up with friends I hadn’t seen in a while and the weather was simply beautiful. The highlight for my two was getting to design baby gros. I’m sure you can guess which two are theirs!

 

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No fancy outfits shots from me this week, instead I’ll share about my girls. Look at this sparkle-tastic H&M dress that E bought with her Easter money from her Grandparents. She’s desperate to wear it, I’ve managed to put her off until Easter Sunday, if she had it her way she’d be in the muddy back garden with it on!

I’ve also taken the time to look through the girls wardrobes and realised they’re both in need of some new clothes. Thank goodness for Ebay and the pre-loved Mini Boden FB group. I think I’ll be stashing the 11-12 floral dungarees for a while though, even I could probably squeeze into them – they’re huge!

 

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I came across Amber Run on one of my Spotify Daily Playlists and I’ve been enjoying them all week.

We’ve also had the Moana soundtrack playing a whole lot too and I don’t think we’re alone on that one!

 

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We are another step closer to our new home and should be moving in a few weeks time! I guess I better get started on the packing!

Here are my favourites from this week’s #LittleLoves community on Instagram, 

 

dearlittledaisy | _shellyloves | jmcglynn

charlotterawles | thetwinklesmama | little.walchli.crew

pennywincer | mrsmilkywilky | 3littleladiesandme

If you’re on Instagram and want to join in, it’s so easy just use the hashtag #littleloves on any photo that shows something little that you love – so that can be pretty much anything! I then share my favourites from the week on here and on my Instagram every Friday.

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 HAVE A WONDERFUL EASTER WEEKEND

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The Jam Tart’s Start Up Story

Sharing Start Up Stories is one of my favourite features, and this month I have a gem of a new business for you. Creative entrepreneurs Emma and Tom are behind the Instagrammable swoon worthy children’s brand, The Jam Tart. They create custom prints, wall art, stickers and banner kits, helping to create colourful, engaging spaces for children to play, grow and thrive in. Their ever expanding range of products includes flash cards and colouring books.Emma and Tom’s passion for design and typography shine through in this fun and creative business, and I loved chatting with them about how they started and what spurs them on. 

Hello I’m Emma, a ‘creative ‘thinker and do-er’ here at The Jam Tart. I’m a graphic designer who loves sharing good design. I enjoy tea by day and Prosecco by night.

Hello I’m Tom, the other half of The Jam Tart. In-between cups of tea I’ll be found watching some sport with friends, taking in some live music, walking the beaches or ‘tinkling the ivories’.

Tell us a little bit about your business 

The Jam Tart is a graphic-led children’s brand with a passion for designing typographical delights. Our products feature whimsical animal letters that ooze character and charm. We aim to make little (and big) people smile. We feel proud that we’ve had a small hand in creating colourful engaging spaces for children to play, grow and thrive in. We launched Winter 2016, no big party, we just sort of tip-toed in.

Once you had the idea how did you go about turning it into a reality?

I’m a self confessed ‘typ-o-holic’ and since becoming a Mama thought it was time I combined my love for type with the world of children’s design. As a Mama I set about designing colourful and educational interiors for my daughter that were an extension of our contemporary home. These have since grown into The Jam Tart typographical delights for design loving parents everywhere.

What’s been the hardest part of your journey so far and how do you overcome those kinds of hurdles?

Designing comes naturally, but sourcing suppliers has proved exhausting. To date we have built up a collective of uber talented UK based manufacturers, many of which are literally on our doorstep.

I run on black coffee and chocolate biscuits when I’m working, what couldn’t you live without?

We are both share a love for Suki tea, Emma’s loves hers with a crumpet and Tom, a cheese scone. 

I know from running this blog and my own online store that when you’re a primarily online based business you need a strong social media presence, which is your favourite platform and do you have any tips for running it?

We are Instagram addicts. Be honest, be yourself and stay true to your brand.

Emma, has being a parent influenced the way your business works?

If I’d not become a Mama then The Jam Tart probably wouldn’t be here now. Children are wonderful and a constant inspiration, who would have thought there was so much fun to be had with 26 letters and a set of animals, the possibilities are endless, my daughter Orla has taught me that!

What is your favourite part of running your business?

Choosing our working hours, work hard, play hard.

What’s your favourite product?

Emma – I don’t have a specific favourite product as such, but I do love ‘A is for Alligator’, he was the start of wonderful things.

Got any new products or projects in the pipeline?

We are currently woking on extending our archive of typo delights to numbers and colours. And we are working on a clothing collaboration for a baby charity, we’ll keep you posted.

Whether practical or inspirational, what is your top piece advice for anyone out there wanting to take that leap and start their own business?

Only work with those that have great pride in what they do. Stay true to your brand and it will reward you in many ways.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed this month’s Start Up Stories feature getting to know Emma and Tom and their gorgeous business. If you’ve got any comments or questions please leave them below or come and have a chat on social media.

Head on over to The Jam Tart and take a look at their products… and get shopping with our discount code!

Use the code EASTER17 for 20% off your order

www.thejamtart.co.uk

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Industrial Inspired Interiors

See what I did there? Like my alliteration? Industrial Inspired Interiors, I just couldn’t help myself. Seriously though I’ve been looking for ideas for our new home and fallen in love with the industrial inspired furniture and accessories that I’ve seen and keep coming back to. Whether it’s flicking through a magazine, or wandering through Homesense my love just keeps on growing! I’ve even got a Pinterest board up and running, so you know it’s serious.

My interior decor taste has changed so much over the years, from shabby chic, to minimalism it’s always evolving. Starting afresh with a new build and it’s white walls and clean lines is so exciting. My husband has to keep reminding me that we’re not chucking away everything and starting again. I’m just itching to get in and figure out what to do with the space. Industrial inspired furniture will definitely feature, probably most in the dining room and living space.

I’ve had a trawl over the internet and put together a few ideas.

DINING SPACE

I’d really like to get benches for our dining table and I’m on the look out for a industrial style table that also extends. Our kitchen it white and grey (obvs) and I think dark grey and wood will work really well with it. I don’t want the space to become too white and clinical which is the fear when you go down the minimal route. I like the clean lines but also want it to feel like a relaxed family space for hosting too.

Both Next and Made.com have got some great options for dining sets. I like these benches but I think I’d prefer a chunkier look (expert technical term right there..!).

 

I still haven’t found a set that ticks all my boxes, but as I said at the beginning we won’t be buying everything new straight away so I’ve got plenty of time to look.

 

HALLWAY

Made.com had some fantastic industrial inspired pieces and honestly I’ve lost hours on that site. We’ve got a small hallway so I need to storage to be functional but not to big and cumbersome. I love the hall way stands that have hanging space and shoe storage.

 

SHOP THE LOOK

Wire basket – H&M

Layne Hall Stand – Made.com

Hanging Pendant Light – Violet and Percy

Industrial Luggage Rack – Cox & Cox

Wire Magazine Rack – Cox & Cox

There are so many industrial inspired smaller homewares, like lighting and storage. I’ve even spotted a couple of bar stools that would work really well for our breakfast bar.

What are your thoughts on this trend?

Spotted any must haves?

 

 

Find more inspiration and shop the style via my Pinterest board

 

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13 Reasons Why, the start of the holidays and fun at the park #LittleLoves

The Easter holidays have begun! Goodbye school runs and hello lazy mornings! Goodbye time to work and hello fun-work juggle! We’ve had a lovely couple of days together but as you can see from two Little Loves posts in a row I haven’t had much time to blog. I’ve got lots of good posts in the pipeline, I just need to make some time to finish them all off.

Are you ready for more? Grab a cuppa and enjoy my Little Loves, don’t forget you can read lots of other bloggers’ Little Loves by clicking on the linky at the end.

 

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 I’ve really been enjoying The Bricks That Built The Houses and I’m sadly coming to the end of it. Thanks to the girls happily playing together in the park on Thursday I had a good couple of hours to read (while glancing up every couple of minutes to check on them obviously). It’s just a shame it was so cold!

Thankfully the cafe serves great coffee, so that kept me warm.

Blog post wise I came across a post by Digital Mums that I really related to,

10 Holiday Hacks for Working Mums

It’s great post full of tips from mums that work from home, definitely worth a read if you fall into that bracket. Have a look here.

 

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We finally saw Beauty and the Beast last weekend! Of course it was just as good as everyone has said it is, my two were mesmerised.

Television wise we gave The Good Fight a try, it’s a spin off from The Good Wife and if I’m honest I wasn’t sure what to expect. I didn’t know how it would work with out Alicia, but I was pleasantly surprised and found myself drawn into the storyline. I have a feeling that this could be a good new series.

As for Netflix, 13 Reasons Why has been my complete obsession. I’ve squeezed in moments to watch it whenever possible and binged my way through the whole thing. I blame this for why I’ve not blogged at all! It is absolutely gripping, if rather depressing!

 

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I’m afraid that this section is woefully under represented, but then, that’s not unusual for me! All I can say really is that I ‘made’ the house clean and tidy for the viewings we’ve had this week. I know, such a ropey link. Oh and I did make these cinnamon swirls at the weekend, when I say ‘make’ all I really did was slice the dough and pop them in the oven!

 

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I picked up a couple of bits in Topshop this week, I know Topshop! A place I’ve hardly been in since hitting my thirties. I’ve been in desperate need of some jeans so I ventured in and browsed the Petite section. I was elated to find that I could fit back into my pre-children jean size! So of course I had to buy said jeans, and a top fell into my hands on the way to the till too.

I went for a pair of black high-waisted ‘Joni’s, £36

This is the top I bought and if you follow me on Instagram you’ve probably already spotted it.

 

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With the sun making more of an appearance I’ve noticed a change in my music and I’m definitely going for lighter and more fun tunes. 

I saw them in London a few years ago and they always remind me of summer days.

Of course I’ve still been loving podcasts and Hashtag Authentic continues to be my favourite. Something that really struck me in this weeks one about imposter syndrome and feeling the fear was thinking more about the feeling of self doubt and recognising it. What I took away from it was the two forms of fear – the fear of stepping into something big and the ‘monster under the bed’ kind. The first kind is as Sara says ‘excitement with a different dress on’ and I loved that expression. It definitely pin points how I feel about moving house.

 

and lastly

 

Here are my favourites from this week’s #LittleLoves community on Instagram, 

 

kellyanngoyette | harrybeau_andi | littleladiesbigworld

mollyjforbes | jesslathan | thetwinklesmama

littlejampotlife | theordinarylovely | _jessarose_

If you’re on Instagram and want to join in, it’s so easy just use the hashtag #littleloves on any photo that shows something little that you love – so that can be pretty much anything! I then share my favourites from the week on here and on my Instagram every Friday.

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The Start Up Life, Kate Tempest and sunshine #LittleLoves

It was so sunny last weekend where we live and it felt good to get out and enjoy the sun. I’m sure we weren’t the only ones to make the most of the dry weather to get out in the garden and have a tidy up. It’s just a shame that the sun didn’t stick around and we’ve had grey rainy days from Monday onwards. I think I forget how much it rains in Spring! I’ve had my head in my laptop for much of the week so I don’t have many lovely photos to share with you but stick with me, I still have Little Loves to share.

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I’ve really struggled to get into any books this year, which is so very unlike me. I’ve started three books and put them all down with out finishing. I decided to give The Bricks that Built The Houses a try, a book I picked up on a while in Waterstones earlier in the month, and I absolutely love it. At first I worried the lyrical detail might become a bit too much but actually it’s that very specific style of writing that has drawn me in. You might know Kate Tempest as a spoken word poet, if you’ve not heard of her she’s worth a Google.

 

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Line Of Duty is back and it is as spectacular as ever. We have been huge fans of this series since the first season back in 2012 when it was still on BBC2 and we were so excited for its return.

I have binged my way through the brand new season of Netflix comedy, Grace and Frankie. I adored every second of it and was gutted when it came to an end. If you’re looking for some comedy to watch on Netflix have a read of my post My Top 5 Netflix Comedies You Have To Watch

 

 

 

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I’ve been working on The Start Up Life section of my blog this week and I hope to grow it more over the next year. I’m going to be sharing monthly Start Up Stories from businesses set up and run by parents and also look to add more posts about running a creative business, social media tutorials and much more. I’m really excited about this new project and hope you will be too. 

wore

I spent much of the weekend in clothes covered in paint and dirt from the garden! We hired a van and had a big clear out of the garage and the garden and I was so impressed with how much we got done and how good it all looks now. I also finished off painting the woodwork in the hallway and stairs. It looks so much brighter now.

I did get to have a rest on Sunday for Mothers Day though and enjoyed lunch out with the family. Wasn’t the weather glorious too. Loved wearing my sunglasses (as did my girls!) and having fun outside without having to wear coats!

 

E especially loved that she could wear her dress without tights or leggings!

 

 

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I’ve been loving Sara Tasker’s podcast Hashtag Authentic, especially this one with Tara Swiger about finding your tribe and focusing on who your audience or customers are rather than trying to please everyone. I found it so helpful and freeing to be reminded not to stress about people unfollowing and unsubscribing but to just focus on your content and attracting your people.

 

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Thanks for all your kind wishes last week about the house valuation. I’m excited to share that we are going ahead with a part exchange on a new build, one that is already built and ready to move into. As you can imagine I’m very happy but trying to rein it in until we actually have all the paper work done and the keys in hand. It’s going to be a few busy few weeks!

Here are my favourites from this week’s #LittleLoves community on Instagram, 

#LittleLoves 

photojennic | brickdustandglittermum_in_brum

jess_soothill | gingerlillyteaclarina1985

midlifemummy | littlepaperswan | littlelikelylads

If you’re on Instagram and want to join in, it’s so easy just use the hashtag #littleloves on any photo that shows something little that you love – so that can be pretty much anything! I then share my favourites from the week on here and on my Instagram every Friday.

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My Top 5 Netflix Comedies

Looking for something funny to watch but not sure where to start? Don’t worry I’ve done the hard work and research for you and put together a list of my favourite top 5 Netflix comedies that you just have to watch. It’s such a hard job, but you know, someone has to do it.

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Grace and Frankie

In Grace and Frankie, Jane Fonda (“Grace”) and Lily Tomlin (“Frankie”) star as two women whose lives are suddenly turned upside down when their husbands reveal they are gay and leave them for each other. Both sparring partners and partners-in-crime, they form an unlikely bond to face an uncertain future together and discover a new definition of “family,” with laughter, tears and plenty of mood enhancers along the way.

To be completely honest, I started Grace and Frankie with rather low expectations, but five minutes in and I was hooked. It is laugh out loud funny and has definitely made me face up to what it’s like to be an older woman in our society. The whole cast is fantastic and you’ll find yourself trying to work out if you’re a Grace or a Frankie.

Watch if you like… your comedy to have a lot of laughs but more depth than a sitcom

Watch with… your mum

 

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

crazy exgirlfriend

Rebecca Bunch is climbing up the career ladder in a big city but feels unfulfilled, after bumping into an ex-boyfriend from camp when she was a teen she ends up changing her whole life and moving to his town. The things she does force me to watch through my fingers and cringe while laughing along. She is by definition a ‘snowflake’, very self involved and on the pursuit of ‘love’ whatever that is and whatever the cost. Oh and did I mention there were musical numbers? These are the jewel in the crown of this programme but also they will either make you love it more or realise it’s not for you. It’s similar to Kimmy Schmidt in that way… though Crazy Ex-Girlfriend songs are a little more risque… like the one about Period Sex. (I KNOW!)

It took me a few episodes to full get into this series and then I was hooked. Once I got used to them breaking into song every now and again I really enjoyed it.

Watch with…. your best friend

Watch if you like… ‘GIRLS’, ‘LOVE’ and musicals (what a combo!)

 

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

After living in a cult for fifteen years or more specifically in an underground bunker, Kimmy (Ellie Kemper) decides to reclaim her life and start over in New York City. I LOVE this programme, which is weird because I probably shouldn’t. It is bright and fun and ‘nice’ and has musical numbers, I’m fairly serious, critical and wear a whole lot of black, but it is so endearing and just so funny you cannot help falling in love with Kimmy and rooting for her as she finds her way in New York. The supporting cast are excellent and provide just as many laughs as Kimmy. 

Watch… on your own or with a group of friends who love it as much as you

Watch it if you like… musicals

 

Santa Clarita Diet

Santa Clarita Diet

Now this is an odd one and you will either love it or hate it, it’s the marmite of Netflix comedies. Yes, Drew Barrymore is a zombie, and yes, it’s gross at times BUT it’s also really funny and even heart warming! Be warned though, my husband and I are long standing Walking Dead fans but even I retched in a couple of the scenes. Don’t be put off though, as beyond the whole Drew Barrymore people dead and needing to eat people thing it actually has stronger themes of discovering who you are and pitching together as a family and making things work. It’s not joke after joke kind of funny but definitely has plenty of hand on mouth, laugh out loud moments.

Watch with.. your partner or good friend

Watch it if…. you don’t mind gore and like a laugh

Odd Mom Out

Oh, this mom is my spirit animal for sure. During a couple of scenes I nearly stopped them so I could play them to my husband. Living on the Upper East Side in New York, Jill navigates her way through the wealthy mommy clique, that includes her sister in law. Sure this comedy relies on some played out stereotypes, but for me it’s no less funny because of it. I found the first episode a little too ‘try hard’ with too many jokes shoe horned in making it feel a bit like a stand up act. It definitely relaxes into itself as the season plays out and I cannot wait for the next season to be available.

Watch with your… mum friends

Watch it if… you’re a mum that rejects the whole ‘perfect’ mummy drama 😉

 

There you have my top 5 Netflix comedies, not all are Netflix orginals but you kind find all of the on Netflix UK. I would have added in Community which I LOVED but unfortunately Netflix no longer has it. I’m so relieved I managed to finish the last season of it in time before it went. Next on my list is Jane The Virgin, I watched a couple of these ages ago but I’ve heard such good things about it recently I’m going to dip in and give it another go. I must add that I watched most of these on my own so my watch with are obvs just suggestions! Feel free to binge away on your own.

Have you seen any my top 5?

Got any you would add to my list?

 

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