So with wedding planning in full swing, I didn’t manage to get my July favourites posted (face palm) so I’m doubling up this time.

First off is this Jo Malone Room Spray in Pomegranate Noir. A few weeks back, the Jo Malone website had a ‘Just Because’ game running, where you could win a free gift with any purchase. I treated myself to a new perfume for the wedding and this was my free gift! Ordinarily, I would struggle to pay £44 for a room spray, but I can see the fuss over these. I keep it in our bedroom and one spritz manages to make the entire upstairs smell incredible.We had a lovely day out at Hendrewennol Fruit Picking Farm at the beginning of August and it’s definitely going to be a day trip staple. I wrote a post about it here if you’d like a read. It was such a fab day out for children and we made pancakes with berry sauce out of our pickings too. If you’re local to the area, I’d highly recommend it.img_0731Something for my fellow blondies now. I’m forever trying to rid my hair of any brassiness and have tried lots of different purple shampoos and treatments. The Charles Worthington Colour Enhancer Ultra Violet Shampoo is absolutely the purple shampoo I’ve ever used. After one wash it made a massive difference and I now use it once a week, just to keep my colour in check. It does leave your skin with a tinge of death-like colour, but it washes off easily with a good scrub and it’s totally worth it for the results.For my hen party back in July I knew I wanted a white/cream dress for the evening but really struggled finding something I liked. I wanted a floaty boho number but they were all a little too casual or way out of my price range. I spotted this maternity dress and thought I’d chance it. Best, decision, ever! It’s from the Rochelle Humes range on Very and is completely stunning. Well designed for pregnancy and breastfeeding, it’s fantastic for before and (long) after baby. There wasn’t any excess bump material so it hung straight down and you’d never have guessed it was a maternity piece. I’m even planning on wearing it for our garden party after the wedding in September (cross your fingers for good weather!).A few weeks back, the lovely Erica Davies posted on her Instagram something that her son had said to her when he was learning about bees in school. I’m always looking for nice quotes to make prints for around the house and as soon as I read it I made this little print. I sent one over to Erica too and you can download it here if you’d like.Bee1Just in time for autumn, I’ve got Candice Brown’s gorgeous book, Comfort. It’s jam packed with the most delicious recipes and is honestly worth it just for the images alone. I loved everything Candice made on last years Great British Bake Off which she went on to win; and deservedly so. I can’t wait to get stuck into this and am particularly looking forward to making Peanut Butter and Marshmallow Blondies… and Cherry Amaretto Bakewell Tart…. oh and Stilton Twisted Straws….. okay, they’re all incredible and I don’t know where to start! A must for anyone looking for some scrumptious comfort food.Lastly, I had our holiday photos printed out with LALALAB a couple of weeks ago and I couldn’t love them more. I love polaroid style photos and being able to add text to these was brilliant too. I’ll be getting these prints regularly for any trips or holidays we have in future.img_1016I’d love to know if you’ve tried and liked any of the above; let me know in the comments.

Emma  x

 

 

 

 

 

 

We’ve been living in our house four and a half years now and all the while, living with a kitchen which I hated. With so many things to change though, we knew it would be a while off before doing anything as it would have to be gutted and replastered. Our conservatory runs off the kitchen, but even with this much sunlight, the room always felt cold. With black floor tiles, blue wall tiles and a navy worktop (?!) it was a far cry from my dream kitchen. I’d searched on Pinterest for a long time to get ideas on how to change it but never bothered, thinking I hated the cupboards so much, nothing could salvage it. That changed a few months back when I decided to try and paint the wall tiles to brighten the room a bit. What a difference! I used Wilko tile paint, making sure to scrub the tiles with sugar soap first. Once they were completely dry, I used a gloss roller and was really shocked as how easy it went on (it’s quite gloopy). Two coats later and I was feeling pretty pleased with myself.While this was a huge improvement, the worktops were still the awful faded navy and the room really craved some warmth. I toyed with what colour to paint the walls and settled for a dark grey (also from Wilko’s own range). This made the cupboards seem whiter and cleaner straight away.I read lots online about using sticky back plastic for worktops and was really dubious. I didn’t think it would look convincing at all but at £5 a roll, I figured why not? The only why I was asking later was ‘why haven’t I done this sooner?!’. This stuff is amazing! I used a wood effect from D C Fix and the results speak for themselves. Again, I scrubbed the counters down with sugar soap, waited until bone dry and then using the application pack, started sticking it on. If you mess up, you can just peel it off and start again. The whole kitchen took me 3 evenings and cost a total of £25! Here are my top tips for trying either of the above updates:

1. Be careful of paint drips on the tiles. Go back over where you’ve painted a few minutes later and brush over any runs in the paint.

2. If you’re using masking tape around any edges, use a Stanley knife to cut it away from the paint before peeling away, otherwise you risk peeling the paint off too. 

3. The smell will go. It’s very strong so I’d suggest ventilating the room as often as possible. You’ll definitely think you’re going to smell paint for the rest of your life but trust me, it does fade and eventually disappear. 

4. Have patience with the sticky back plastic. There was an area of our kitchen that I did towards the end and I swear, if I’d started there I’d have never done the whole thing. Just stick with it and gently pull away if you make a mistake.

5. Don’t worry about any little mistakes. I had a meltdown over that piece towards the end when I big crease formed in the middle. I tried a few times and eventually started with a new piece of the roll and the same thing happened; maybe I just have dodgy worktops? But after admittting defeat and just going with it, I popped a chopping board over it. 

6. Nobody is going to scrutinise your counters, even if you do. When someone walks into your kitchen, they’re taking in the whole thing. Once you’ve got some accessories in there, you won’t notice any little marks or bumps that just wouldnt go. 

7. If you hate your worktops as much as I did, it’s absolutely worth a try for just £5 a roll. 

I added a few new accessories in here and now I absolutely love this room. The cupboards don’t bother me anymore and while there are still things I would change eventually, it’s now a cosy room that I’m happy to sit in long after dinner has finished.I’d love to know what you think or if you’re thinking of giving it a go yourself. 

Emma  x

So considering it’s summer, I’m sat here with all the candles lit, warm pjs on and thick socks. I’m feeling very cosy, but that may also have something to do with the lovely weekend we’ve had and a belly full of pancakes. 

Yesterday, the forecast was pretty good for the morning so we headed out to Hendrewennol Fruit Farm. It’s only a 30 minute drive for us and is great for little and big people alike. You can pick strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, red currants and blackberries during summer and we’ll be going back for pumpkins later in the year. They’ve had lots of visitors and strawberries were running low when we arrived, so we headed straight for Daisy’s favourites…blueberries. With basket in hand, she ran off to fill her boots (or punnet!). After we’d picked what we wanted, we headed to their cafe for some gorgeous homemade ice cream and a sit in the sun.Today’s forecast was not so good, so we made use of our delicious fresh fruit and made American style pancakes, with bacon and berries. YUM. YUM. We loosely follow this BBC Food recipe and it’s a great base for lots of tasty toppings. For the sauce, we just brought the berries to the boil, with some caster sugar and a splash of vanilla extract. Stirring well and crushing the berries up gives you a lovely, thick sauce to drizzle over your fresh pancakes. It was brilliant to see Daisy picking her own blueberries and then using them in the kitchen at home. I’m sure she’ll love doing this more and more as she gets older. A definite staple to the summer bucket list. 

Emma  x

If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll know that I’m a major lover of a weekend breakfast. I don’t have breakfast through the week and work Monday to Friday too, so weekends are a real treat in our house, even more so if Jon is off. img_9236I love sitting around the table for meals and think it’s a really important part of family life. No distractions, just each other. I think that’s why weekend breakfasts are my favourite time to sit around the table; we rarely have to race off anywhere, most of the time Jon will be home and who doesn’t love breakfast?img_9237I always set the table nicely (I have a real problem with serve wear / table wear / pointless pretty utensils etc), turn the Motown music up high and we usually have a dance around the kitchen while whatever we’re having is cooking. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy and is normally store bought frozen pastries that you pop in the oven – I do make a pretty mean American pancake though!img_8818This is one of my favourite things to do as a family and I honestly get excited mid week knowing we have nowhere to go, nothing to do, just plenty of good food and smiles. Here are a few of the breakfast set ups we’ve had over the last few months, each as good as the one before. img_9898img_7807img_8668.jpgimg_8712img_8556I hope this gives you a little inspiration to have a tasty weekend breakfast of your own.

Emma  x

Hi, my name is Emma and I’m a bit of a control freak. My two beautiful best friends are my bridesmaids, but I planned my hen party. Not because I don’t trust them, but because I just enjoy doing this kind of thing and admittedly, like to be in control of what’s going on. I didn’t have much say in ‘Derek the Dick’ mind, a 90cm inflatable penis, who absolutely made the weekend.I wanted to keep it relatively small, so there were twelve of us in total; just my close friends and family. We had a day/night out in Cardiff, which is just half an hour away from where we live. Lots of drinking, dancing, food and even a bit of karaoke.

As soon as I saw the ‘Team Bride‘ range over at Ginger Ray, I knew I had to get some of their stuff. Blush pink and rose gold? What’s not to love? I’ve got a few of their decorations for our wedding and everything is so pretty and well made. I’d really recommend checking them out!After settling on the sashes and glasses from Ginger Ray, I made some little hen party bags for all the ladies, with a few essentials and some fun bits and pieces. We had some of the trashy hen party stuff  (it’s not a hen party without a willy straw) and then used the sashes and glasses for a prettier look in the evening – although ‘Derek’ did bring our ‘classiness’ down a fair bit! Haha!Here’s what I included in everyone’s bags:

  • Team Bride Sash
  • Team Bride Glasses
  • Shot Glass Necklace
  • Willy Straw
  • Tiara
  • Team Bride Temporary Tattoo
  • Chewing Gum
  • Plasters
  • Bobble
  • Paracetamol
  • Water
  • Printable list of contents

Everyone also had four of the little cocktail cans and a strawberries and cream shot. Ugh! I’m reliving it now! We had such a good time and I’m still suffering now; this could definitely be the dreaded three day hangover. The sign of a good night eh?

Emma  x