5 tips for growing vegetables with children

One of my biggest parenting flaws is my reluctance to be in the same house as my children. I know, it’s a pretty big flaw. But when we’re indoors, everything is just so difficult. They get bored, watch too much television, start bothering me and we drive each other mad. But all that changes as soon as we step out into the garden. I have big plans for my garden over the next 12 months. We’ll be fencing off an area that we’re currently unable to use. It will become the children’s play area and we’ll have a little vegetable patch too.…

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Making best use of my time

Since booking Lia into preschool, I’ve been thinking about the extra time I’ll have from September. From Monday to Wednesday, I won’t have either of the girls for five hours a day. Much as I’ll miss them, I’ve been looking forward to taking on some extra work. But last week, I realised that work really couldn’t be my priority. Reassessing my priorities It might seem a bit strange to say that work isn’t my priority. But at the moment, things are ticking along fine in that respect. I’ve always been relatively driven in terms of my career, so it seemed like a…

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Look out monochrome colour is fighting back

This is a collaborative post. For what seems like an eternity, trendy interiors have been rocking the monochrome look. White walls. Black and white tiled floors. Inkwell prints. Even the soft furnishings have been black and white. At last count, #monochrome had been tagged #11,278,092 times on Instagram. And I for one have had enough of it. Mercifully, it seems some interior companies feel the same. Embracing colour In our home, we’ve never fully embraced interior trends. Let’s face it, I’m a work from home mum. It’s never going to be a show home. We do have monochrome in the bathroom and…

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Rocket Gardens – Review

Last week, we were lucky enough to be sent a Large Vegetable Garden (Autumn Winter) to review from Rocket Gardens. The idea behind Rocket Gardens is that they take the hassle out of growing your own food. They do the tricky bit for you – growing the plants from seed into a small seedling that is ready to go straight into the ground. When our large vegetable garden arrived, it consisted of hundreds of tiny plants. They each had their own little bit of compost but they weren’t in pots. Instead, they were all packed into a cardboard box full…

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Creating a dream home

Since buying my house over 12 years ago, I’ve never managed to do all the things I’d love to do to make it my own. I’m hoping that 2016 will change all that and that by the end of the year, I will be creating a dream home. Kitchen We desperately need a new kitchen. And I don’t mean just a few new units or white goods, I need a whole new kitchen. The thing that puts me off getting that done at the moment is the fact that to really get the kitchen the way I want it, I’d…

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10 must-haves in a dream kitchen

It’s no secret that our house is in desperate need of a significant amount of TLC. Now that the bathroom is done, the kitchen is next on my list. I’ll really be starting from scratch because our whole kitchen will have to be ripped out. So, I’ve been researching the current must-haves in a kitchen. Here are my top ten. 1. Flooring Because the floor in our kitchen is so flipping awful, this is the item that takes pride of place at the top of my list. With the exception of the kitchen, the rest of our downstairs has wooden…

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Creating a focal point

Tick follows tock follows tick follows tock. Every day the world around us is changing endlessly and irreversably. My little world is no different. The children are growing, learning and developing. Their personalities are starting to shine. One day a tiny baby, the next a toddler. One day a shy little girl, the next a confident child marching off to school without looking back. Pets are a key and treasured part of our family. Sadly they come and go but they are never forgotten. And all the time, there’s the camera. Capturing memories, immortalising that moment in a visual reminder of laughter, light,…

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