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April 6, 2016
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My friends and I were discussing our obsession with interiors recently. Akin to our love of fashion in our early twenties, our preoccupations with cushions, wallpaper and lampshades has over-ridden our desire to buy the latest dresses and shoes. We all wondered why, until we came to the conclusion that EVERYTHING looks good in our homes, whereas not everything looks good on our pregnancy-ravaged bodies any more ;) There’s no scary strip-light changing room moment when shopping for a new lighting…

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Mecca Has Landed | HomeSense Milton Keynes

March 22, 2016
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Everyone remembers their first TK Maxx experience. My local store was in Cheltenham, a quick hop and a skip away (i.e. a 1hr 20 minute bus) from the village where I grew up. As a teenager it was a veritable treasure chest. My school friends and I would spend hours digging through the rails, searching for bargains to wear to the next school disco. Finding big names for small prices in there still gives me a real thrill, only a…

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A Faux Easter

March 22, 2016
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My children are usually with their dad over Easter, so I like to celebrate with them the weekend before. I let them have one Easter egg – chocolate nazi that I am – and buy for them an otherwise special treat that we can play with together. We dress up nicely, have a glass of wine (me, not them) and feast on spring treats like lamb and strawberries. It’s like Christmas, just slightly warmer. I had grand plans for our…

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The Art of Hygge

November 24, 2015
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When winter comes I really get into the whole hibernation thing. You know what I mean? Scented candles, blankets, red wine, pillows, Netflix, stew with dumplings. Think of the inside of Father Christmas’s house crossed with a Diptyque x Habitat x Le Creuset concession and you’re just about there. Until this year I thought the big love I had for hibernation was laziness more than anything. Like, really Alice? You spend your evenings in leggings and big socks cuddling up…

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The Numinous x Selfridges Astrolounge

October 30, 2015
The Numinous x Selfridges Astrolounge

Ever since my marriage broke down nearly three (!!!) years ago I feel like I’ve been on something of a spiritual journey. It’s been very much an unconscious thing, as if I’ve been hunting down my position in the Universe. I’ve never been religious at all but it’s become important to me to work out why things in life happen, what our purpose is on this planet and what I can do to be a good person in this life.…

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MTT (and Elfie) Goes Camping

September 5, 2015
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I’m going to give you some news that may shock you. I went camping. And enjoyed it. One of the things I love most about Elfie’s school is how social it is and once a year they hold a local camping expedition. Everyone’s invited – brothers, sisters, grandparents, dogs – and this year we all took off five miles down the road to our local country park and camp site. I was a total novice this year with a tent…

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Who Wants To Be a (Boots Points) Millionaire?

July 31, 2015
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I must go in a Boots store at least once a week. I remember it from when I was spending my very first wages from my very first job as a pot washer in the pub in the next village. I earned the princely sum of £3.00 an hour – I can still see the orange eyeshadow palette I bought from No7 that autumn. It ROCKED. My tastes have moved on a bit since then but my Boots loyalty has not. It’s one…

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A Bit Of Bling: Diamonds By Vashi

April 27, 2015
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I love diamonds. What’s not to love about a beautiful diamond? When I got engaged I found a whole appreciation for the world of diamonds. Cut, clarity, colour… I think there is something just so amazing about them and other precious stones – both in engagement rings and other jewellery that you can pass down through generations. I’m still planning on eventually transforming my engagement diamond into a beautiful piece that I can give to Elfie one day. Despite now…

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My 1st Years – Gifts For New Babies

April 15, 2015
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What’s one of the best bits about having babies? The talcum powder smell, the love and joy they give you, the fun you have with them? Noooo, one of the best bits about babies is shopping for them! Unfortunately my two just keep growing and growing (grrr – but my gosh weren’t they gorgeous?!) so Baby Gap is no longer as exciting as it once was, but a girl can dream. I don’t think that ‘shopping’ is enough of a reason…

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Shoe Shopping For Kids With Dr. Martens

July 25, 2014
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We love shoes in our house. I love them because, well, I just do. Flats, heels boots… I’ll take ‘em all. Elfie loves shoes as sparkly as she can get; pink monstrosities that I always vowed I’d never buy a daughter of mine until I was won over by the sensibilities of Clarks. Damn you, Clarks. Hux loves shoes, but mostly mine or Elfie’s shoes, his particular favourite being a pair of tartan wellies with bows on. We’re an interesting…

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#MorrisonsMums and a Paleo Shepherd’s Pie

May 10, 2014

Last week we did our supermarket shopping a little bit differently; thanks to the lovely ladies at BritMums I was sent £80 to be a #MorrisonsMum and do my weekly shop at my local Morrisons. Morrisons have recently cut the prices on thousands of their products, they say not temporary reductions but new everyday low prices on things we buy every week. They claim we’ll notice the difference with every shop so I was really keen to test their claims. For the…

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