5 Tips for Taking your Baby on a Ski Holiday

If you’re mad like us (!), then you may find that you take your little one on a ski holiday fairly early in their lives. We took our little one up the slopes when she was just 7 months old. Not skiing obviously, we’re not that mad!

Obviously being on the mountains in the snow, is probably not your everyday activity with your baby and completely alien when you’ve been used to your routine.  Continue reading

Lunch at Vapiano Manchester

on April 1, 2016

Those of you that read this blog will know that I love pasta. In fact, it probably is my favourite food. If I had to be stranded on a desert island with one food, it’d be pasta. Bold statement, but probably true.

So when I heard about Vapiano at the Corn Exchange, Manchester, and saw that they make their pasta fresh, from scratch every day, I knew I had to go and sample their delights.

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5 Tips for Flying with a Baby

Our little lady is quite the jet-setter already, having been on 4 flights in her short 7 months on this planet. I hate flying anyway and find the whole shenanigan a right faff and quite stressful. Add a baby to the mix and I was full of anxiety. And guess what, it actually wasn’t that bad and flight number 4 was even, dare I say it, quite relaxed.

So it got me thinking, what steps did we take to make this so? And I came up with these 5 tips for flying with a baby… Continue reading

Lunch at Australasia Manchester

on March 28, 2016

Now the indulgences of Easter Weekend are over, you’re probably looking for somewhere to have a lighter, yet equally indulgent lunch this week? I know I am! Well look no further than Australasia, on Deansgate in Manchester.

I’ve been to Australasia a few times now, usually for birthdays or date nights and it never disappoints. But I’ve always been in the evenings for dinner and cocktails. It hadn’t even occurred to me that they’d also do a lunch menu. I don’t know why it hadn’t, but I’ve been missing out all these years!

The lunch menu is served Monday to Fridays before 5pm, so perfect for those leisurely business lunches (or those leisurely non-business lunches) and is in the same tapas-inspired format, where you choose three to four dishes from a list and they are served as soon as they’re ready. I love eating like this, as it gets rid of the food envy sometimes experienced when you’re forced to choose one dish and you secretly want at least a bite of what your friend ordered! Continue reading

My Wow Kitchen

As you may know by reading this blog, I am into interior design and we’ve enjoyed doing-up our Victorian terraced house over the last two years. We completely re-vamped the kitchen and the bathroom, making them more modern but still with nods to victorian design. We re-decorated the living room and bedrooms too, with a fresh lick of paint in blue/grey hues and some cool lighting. We also added a basement conversion, which was the biggest (and most stressful) project of them all, but makes the world of difference as we now have a self-contained ensuite spare bedroom (which doubles as an office when it’s just us).

Our terraced house is limited on space though and there’s no room to extend in any way. So sometimes, I do find myself day-dreaming about a bigger house and the one thing that always comes to the forefront of these day-dreams, is a big family kitchen. A wow kitchen! So in collaboration with Homify, I’ve been thinking about what my wow kitchen would actually look like.  Continue reading

My Mother’s Day Wishlist

Ok so **spoiler alert**, this post is going to contain some major cheese for Mother’s Day.

As you know, this week I’ve been compiling a series of Mother’s Day Wishlists, to help anyone out shopping for their mums. Today is Day 5 of that series, which culminates in what I want most for Mother’s Day…and it’s this crazy bunch above ^! Continue reading

My Mother’s Day Wishlist from Amara

Continuing the My Mother’s Day Wishlist series this week, I thought I’d turn to the home for my next spot of window shopping, with Amara – Luxury gifts and designer homeware.

If you follow this blog, you’ll know I love a bit of interior design and have been doing-up our Victorian terraced house for the last two years or so.  Continue reading

My Mother’s Day Wishlist from Isabella Oliver

It’s Day 3 of my Mother’s Day Wishlist series and this one’s for all you mums-to-be out there…that was me this time last year (crazy to think!).

It’s weird when you’re carrying your child and you are already a mum inside, but your little one isn’t with you yet. So Mother’s Day is an exciting day and what better excuse than to treat yourself to some new maternity wear. I loved Isabella Oliver when I was pregnant. The clothes are fab quality, stylish and super comfortable and don’t make you feel frumpy.

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My Mother’s Day Wishlist from Pandora

So to carry on the theme of all things that I want (spoiled, moi?), I thought I’d do another post in the lead up to Mother’s Day, focusing on another brand that I love. Honestly, I don’t expect or want all these things to myself, it’s just sometimes nice to window shop isn’t it?

I was bought a Pandora bracelet years ago and have slowly collected a few charms, all of which mean a great deal to me and signify a special moment in my life, from our engagement to leaving an old job. It’s actually become a lovely keepsake. Now I’m a mother, a whole new world of charm loveliness is open to me and I’ve also bought charms for my mum and mother-in-law in the past too (always a winning gift!). Continue reading

My Mother’s Day Wishlist from Anthropologie

My love affair with Anthropologie started many a year ago, back when I was 21. Back before they had a store on Regent Street in London and before anyone in the UK had even heard of it. So I consider myself a true and loyal fan of their unique designs and beautiful textiles.

I have quite a few Anthropologie pieces in my wardrobe, mainly dresses, as I find their styles flatter my curvy shape more than other brands on the high-street. My hubby also likes the unique designs, which is always a bonus. Continue reading