Saturday, 20 February 2016

A Belated Valentines Day Treat

Allan and I don't make a big deal of Valentine's Day. We buy each other the best cards and make a nice meal at home but we don't really go to town on eating out, trips away or even gifts.

This year we did get a gift though, albeit belated (thanks DPD!) from Matalan Direct of all places! They were running a one-off campaign for Valentines Day and asked us to #BedspreadTheLove, that is to create personalised bedding for V-Day. Although it was suggested we could use photos of us and our memories, I decided to go all vintage chic on it...

...and I am in LOVE with how it turned out! This has got to be the cutest, most adorable bedding I've ever seen!

I'm going to be honest, before this I didn't even know existed but I'm so glad I do now! With just moving house it gives me more options of where to shop for furniture and finishings!

Written in collaboration with Matalan Direct


Friday, 19 February 2016

Review: Karen Davey's Luxury Soy Candles

I love a good candle, and by good candle I mean one that smells great, burns well and looks nice! I want it to fill the room with an amazing scent and burn evenly so I'm not left with a doughring of wax! I can't tell you how much money I've wasted on cheap, poorly made candles and over the last few years I've stuck to a few well known brands to avoid that.

But by doing that I've missed out on loads of great candles! I know that now that I've tried out Karen Davey's candles. How idyllic does this sound? Karen makes her candles in her kitchen at home in Cornwall from soy wax.

So what is soy wax? It's made from the oil of soybeans, so it's a completely renewable and sustainable resource. So good for the environment as well as burning well and smelling good!

Karen sent me the Mediterranean Garden candle to try and my first impression was that it had a beautiful fruity smell which is exactly the kind I'd go for! She describes it as "oranges, green apple and zesty bergamot with ginger and musks" and it's such a nice sweet fragrance.

I didn't hesitate to light it and left it burning for the maximum 4 hours as stated. It had burned evenly and the tin was warm but not too hot to touch.

If you'd like to try Karen's candles for yourself you can buy them in her online shop. There are some delicious sounding combos on there like Lemongrass and Ginger, Peppermint and Eucalyptus, and I'd definitely like to try Pink Sparkles!

Written in collaboration with Karen Davey

Monday, 15 February 2016

Life - An Update

Hiya! As you may know we moved house 11 weeks ago and it's been a bit quiet on here since then. Well, apart from our big announcement!

Firstly, I have to say thank you to the lovely ladies who wrote guest posts while we moved, so thanks Jen from Jenstar Knits, Rhian Westbury, Lins of Boo & Maddie, Heather from Of Beauty And Nothingness and Codie from Codiekinz for writing fab posts!

So here's what we've been up to:

Moving house, obviously! We've moved into what should be our forever home, a beautiful place in the country to raise our family.

We're expecting a baby! Yup, we didn't waste much time but we were keen for Sorsha to have a sibling close to her age to play with and be friends with and grow up with!

We had an epic battle with the internets. When we moved house at the end of November I fully expected we'd be offline for about two weeks. Long story short, we've had a nightmare and three different providers but we're finally online!

We lost one of our cats, Meg, after she was run over and killed. Luckily she was noticed by a local lady and she and my neighbour were fantastic, coming to find me and holding onto Meg until Allan could collect her the following day.

A few days later Allan surprised me with two tiny kittens! I was so happy because Jack (Meg's brother) had been so lost on his own and they're getting on really well. We've renamed them Beau and Sebastian (they were Oreo and Gizmo) and they came from a home where the 4 year old daughter was allergic. Doesn't Seb have an amazing moustache?!

Sorsha loves the new kittens and is settling in really well. She has her own room full of her things and is sleeping better. We started swimming classes in the local pool and made some new friends there. Her first Christmas was more exciting for us than her and we're looking forward to her first birthday in 3 months!

So we've been pretty busy and I have a lot of catching up to do with blogs and emails! Expect to hear a lot more from us from now on!

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