At the age of 16, both my girls have requested a bedroom makeover as their birthday present. This request is generally made every five years, when tastes have changed and bedrooms have been suitably trashed. Unfortunately, once they hit the teenage years, there really is no persuading them out of their own ideas. When this particular daughter requested a blush pink bedroom with a dark blue feature wall, I had my reservations; don’t the so-called experts advise against dark colours in a small room? But after whiling away hours on Pinterest, I discovered that these two colours, combined with a bit of rose gold, could actually work quite well. But could we pull it off? As usual, we covered the… View Post

Can you believe it’s November already? Quite scary how fast this year is zipping by. My month of craziness has been and gone so I’m intending to spend November getting excited about Christmas and planning ahead. I am determined to enjoy Christmas this year, rather than endure it. Stress tends to sap the joy out of it for me so I know that getting stuck in early really does help. I think I’ve received three Christmas catalogues through the post every day this week so that should give me some inspiration! We have another family birthday before Christmas planning can officially begin. This week has been about preparing for my youngest daughter’s 16th birthday on Tuesday. I am finally planning… View Post

If we’ve met in real life then you will know that I’m vertically challenged (another way of saying I’m a short arse). I come from a long line of short people; in fact at 5 ft 2.5, I’m one of the tallest females in my family – go figure! I can’t tell you how pleased I was when high street stores began making clothes designed for the petite population. I think that Next was the first store to actually recognise that not everyone is of model proportions. Nowadays every shop seems to have a petite section – no more buying children’s clothes at the age of 40! Like most people, I’ve made the odd faux pas (just because cropped jeans… View Post

Despite my best efforts to have a relaxing half term, I seem to have spent most of it being a taxi driver to my offspring. In fact I don’t think we’ve managed one lazy day all week; I definitely wouldn’t profess to feeling recharged! One week isn’t long enough is it? It was my birthday at the weekend so we did manage to do lots of fun things including our first encounter with an Escape Room. Have you had a go? Sadly we didn’t manage to escape within the hour (largely due to too much inter-family squabbling) but I reckon we solved about 80% of the clues. We had friends round for dinner on Saturday and on Wednesday, I hosted… View Post

Tell me I’m not the only person out there who obsesses about something forever before actually buying it? I’ve analysed myself with regard to this little ‘quirk’ and have come to the conclusion that it’s a healthy way to be. Let me explain… Firstly, there is no money wastage because I know that I will definitely get a lot of use out of said item. Secondly, I could never be described as an impulsive buyer – far from it! My latest obsession, is the cross body bag. This versatile little number has been on my radar for about 6 months now but I only seriously began feeling the need to purchase one recently, something to do with my new-found love… View Post