SuzanneInsideOut

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Adding Bold Colours to a Neutral Living Room

[dropcap]I[/dropcap] always knew there was a good reason why I gave my blog a generic title like Inside, Outside and Beyond – I can write about mental health one week and brightly coloured cushions the next! Our living room/lounge/sitting room, has always been on the cusp of looking un-homely. With wooden floors, grey walls, pale grey leather sofas and white wooden…

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Parenting a Child with Mental Illness

Warning: some readers may find the content of this post uncomfortable or triggering. My eldest daughter turns 18 tomorrow. That sentence needs a paragraph all of its own, partly because I do not feel old enough to have an adult child in the home (does any parent?) but mostly because there have been times over the last three years when…

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5 Favourite Finds // April 2018 (& Giveaway)

The last time I wrote a post like this was almost a year ago. I’m not sure why I stopped doing them but suspect it might have something to do with my ongoing distraction issues. I love watching ‘Monthly Favourites’ type videos on You Tube (Brummy Mummy of 2, Katie Ellison and The Anna Edit being some of my most…

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A Gripping New Read, Preparing for Summer and Some Exciting …

[dropcap]A[/dropcap]pril, you’ve been an interesting month – weeks of torrential rain, then a sneaky bit of sunshine to trick us into thinking summer has come early. I can’t begin to explain how this has messed with my wardrobe planning! Anyway, enough of that; I think I start every Little Loves post with banal chatter about the weather. Have you come…

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Review of the SkinBase Microdermabrasion Facial

I like to think that I am pretty okay with the extra grey hairs and fine(ish) lines that seemed to appear overnight once I hit 40. Back to reality, they are often the first thing I see when I look in the mirror and not in a good way. I swing between trying to keep myself looking as youthful as possible…

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At Home With: Jess Soothill

I used to be a massive fan of home and interiors magazines. I would buy them simply to swoon over the pictures and gather ideas for my own home projects. These days I turn to social media for the swooning and last year I started my very own home series where I interview someone about their home and share some…

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On Being Intentional (without biting off more than we can …

Intentionality runs through my veins; I can be an incredibly focused/determined person and thankfully, my husband is the same (I’m not sure our relationship would survive otherwise!). In our early days as a couple, we would give each new year a title: ‘Project Wedding/House/Baby/New Business/Extension’. I’m aware that probably sounds a little sad to you but it worked for us…

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A Little Bit of Leopard Print Goes a Long Way

Leopard print or animal print has been around since the dawn of time (literally). After the cave man discarded it in favour of proper clothes, it seemed to disappear from the fashion scene for quite some time. I am reliably informed however, that the real out-there fashion icons would often be seen flashing a hint of animal print, even in…

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Favourite Podcasts, Embracing Cigarette Trousers and a Break Up #LittleLoves

[dropcap]M[/dropcap]arch has been an odd one in many respects; we’ve seen snow, rain, sunshine and hail. We’ve been skiing, celebrated Mother’s Day (probably the less said about that the better *grits teeth*) and have endured two weeks of mock exams. I always look forward to the last Friday of the month because it’s my opportunity to share all of the…

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