Friday, 31 March 2017

Our dream lounge

Now that life has started to settle down a little bit after the arrival of the baby I've started to think more about the house and how I'd like it to look. I can't even begin to tell you how much I've missed lusting over home accessories, prints, throws and furniture!

I love scrolling through Instagram looking at people's living spaces and imagining what our living room could look like with a bit of styling.  I'm trying my very best to keep our lounge as baby-free as possible and as time goes on I hope it stays this way.. I want a room to escape to in the evenings that makes me feel relaxed and cosy.. even if the dining room is covered in dried up porridge, plastic toys and washing waiting to be hung up to dry! I want a room I can add nice accessories to and somewhere that I feel has a touch of our personalities. At the moment we've kind of still got a blank canvas.. the walls are rather bare, the bookcase needs replacing and we are in desperate need of a new TV unit.

I've been lust listing bits and pieces for a while now and wanted to share a mood board on my blog.. maybe by the end of the year I'll have made some progress with it all... fingers crossed!

The only piece of furniture I love in our lounge is is our French Connection Zinc sofa so I'd like to find a few more pieces that compliment it and make the room feel a bit more finished. 


French Connection 4 Seater Sofa (DFS) £899- This is the sofa we already have in the lounge.. I love the simple design as its easy to fit into any space.. just change the throw cushions to match your colour scheme!

Renee Wood Chest (Oliver Bonas) £650- This would be perfect to have our TV on.. I cant stand being able to see all the wires around the back of the unit we have at the moment.  In this unit theres space for the games console we have and enough draws and sections to hide away bits and pieces we currently have on show. 

Macrame Rope Artificial Terrarium (New Look) £14.99- I'm crap at looking after real plants so this artificial terrarium would be perfect to hang up in the corner of the room... just a bit of dusting needed now and again!

Nevio Tufted Wool Rug (La Redoute) £259- Ohhh I love this rug.. it would go with the sofa beautifully. 

Stretto Large Shelves (Made.com) £399- I'm a lover of organised pretty clutter; I've got loads of random antique pieces I'd like to display on this unit plus it would also look good with some storage baskets in to hide away some toys if needs be. 

Retro Celling Lampshade (Marks and Spencer) £49- A room isn't complete without a nice lampshade is it? This coppery one would be perfect to add a bit of shine. 

Scandinavian Minimalist Poster (Inky Gorilla) £6- Simple yet so on trend!

White Artificial Cactus Plant Pot (New Look) £5.99- Again, love a good artificial plant to add a bit of green to a room. 

Jacob Accent Chair (FishPools) £399- I love this chair; I've always wanted an armchair to sit in and read a book.. simple things eh! If you'd like to have a browse through some more sofa's and armchairs then check out the range available at Fishpools here and here

Have you bought any homeware pieces recently? 
Where do you find the best bargains?

XOXO

*This post contains collaborative links but my selection of products is totally honest. 



Thursday, 16 March 2017

Mother's Day Gifts- £30 or more

Earlier on this month you might have seen my post on gift ideas for Mother's day for less than £30 (if you didn't you can read it here) This post is going to be the gifts I'd recommend if you want to spend a little more...why not treat that hardworking mama a bit eh!?



First up are these Topshop Rain macs (£49-£60)-  Whether your buying for a new mama who strolls through the park with the babe, a mama who does the school run or a mama who takes the dog out at the weekend, a nice practical coat is a godsend. I have the red mac and love it to bits. It's lightweight enough to wear on warmer days but spacious enough to wear over jumpers in the colder weather. I honestly cant recommend this jacket enough!



Fancy treating mum to a nice box of biscuits? Well, Biscuiteers are THE most beautiful ones I've seen! I first heard about them on one of Zoella's vlogs and although I haven't tried them out for taste yet I cannot get over how visually appealing they are...nearly too lovely looking to eat right?! This Mother's Day Bouquet box  is £39.50 but what a treat it would be to receive this.

Of course no Mother's Day gift guide would be complete without including a Selfish Mother top. Perfect for the warmer weather this 3/4 length sleeved tee (£35) would be ideal to chuck on with a pair of skinnies and converse.

Next up is a practical but I'd say pretty luxe gift to be given.. the GHD hairdryer (£99). I've had mine for a few years now and it really has changed by hair drying experience. It takes me about 5 minutes to dry my hair and the ionic technology built into the dryer leaves my hair feeling sleek and soft. I don't think I could ever go back to using a standard hairdryer now after having this magic tool!

Buying for a mama who's still doing nightfeeds? Well this is THE perfect gift. Buying a torch for someone might seem a bit odd but trust me, she will appreciate this. I use my Meemoobaby Meelight (£39) every night when tending to the baby, navigating around the bedroom trying to find my phone charger or even just going to the loo. I blogged about it here earlier on in the year too.


Last but by no means least, some chocolate! This Hotel Chocolat Prosecco and Chocolate Collection (£70) is the ultimate gift for a sweet toothed mother! It contains caramel and milk chocolates, strawberry and white chocolate puddles,chocolate batons, chocolate almonds and a bottle of Prosecco. How many sittings would it take you to polish this lot off?! me? Probably just one...!

Hope you've found some inspiration in my Mother's Day gift guides; I love browsing through and picking out the gifts I think would work for other mums out there.

What are you planning on buying this Mother's day?

XOXOX

Saturday, 4 March 2017

Mother's Day gift ideas- under £30

I've recently been lusting over some mama related products that I'd love to receive for Mother's Day (hint hint Aria/Mr) so I thought it would be nice to  share my top gift ideas.

Maybe your looking for inspiration for your mama, your baby's mama, a mama friend in need of a treat or just some inspiration to hint about in the run up to Mother's Day on the 26th March

First up, gifts under £30....

1. The (not) #Babyspam pin £6
Does your baby mama/mama friend apologise for posting pictures of their beautiful babe?  I see so many parents still hashtagging their photos of their babies with #babyspam but lets stop it; we are proud of our creations and they shouldn't be put  in the same category as annoying PPI emails and junk mail.  This #notbabyspam pin by Mother Merch is perfect for Instagram loving mamas!

2. Mother Like No Other T-shirt £19.99

Totes love a statement slogan piece and this Mother Like No Other raglan t-shirt is perfect for the spring/summer paired with jeans and converse. As well as being super stylish part of every sale is donated to the Panda Foundation, a charity who provide support to women suffering from pre and postnatal depression. 

3. Nobody Told Me by Hollie McNish  £10.49
Whether you breastfeed, bottle fed, co-sleep, don't sleep, sling your baby or use a pram...all mothers out there will in some way relate to this book. I was given this book in the first few weeks of being a mother and have loved every page of it. It even inspired me to write my own little bit of poetry; check it out here. I've recommend this book to so many people I just couldn't leave it out of my gift guide. Hollie writes about her experience of adapting to motherhood, her difficulties of going back to work and many more of the worries all us mamas go through. Its witty, tear inducing, comforting and just simply amazing.  Available from Waterstones

4. Thanks I Love it Mothers Day Gift Box £25.50
Looking for a luxurious collection of items for a mama who loves a good pamper? Well, Thanks I Love It (Tili) have created this cute gift box especially for Mother's Day! It includes a bar of Doisy & Dam chocolate, a pomegranate and pear candle and bath bomb both by Yorkshire Soap. It also comes with a Lydia Meiying card and Tili will hand write your message inside so the box can be sent straight to your mama.. perfect for those who are short on time to organise a gift!

5.Oh Sew Bootiful Embroidery kit £16.50
Sometimes buying for a mama is tough if they have everything they want/need! So, why not go for something a bit different, like this Love Heart Oh Sew Bootiful embroidery kit from Etsy. Either order in advance and sew it yourself and wrap it up for them or give them the kit so they can spend some time working on a needle craft project.  If I had more time on my hands I'd love to do something like this!

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Next week's gift guide will be on gifts ranging from £30 to £50.

Which is your favourite of the five items I've featured this week?

XOXO

Thursday, 2 March 2017

Mama wear OOTD

You've probably noticed I love this coat right?! Well, to go along with my trusty Topshop rain mac I've been sent a couple of new wardrobe additions.. yay!