A Festival of Tulips at Standen House

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When I was looking at the best places to see tulips in the UK, I came across Standen House, which puts on a festival of tulips every year. We are big fans of the National Trust, and Standen isn't too far from us, in West Sussex, but for some reason is a place we'd not visited before, so I was keen to head down last year to see the tulips. Standen is an Arts and Crafts house, filled with Morris & Co wallpapers and prints, and really is worth a look round. We arrived a little before the house opened, so we took a stroll around the grounds, finding this beautiful cottage, and then at the back of the house, ...

Review: The Massage Company, Camberley | AD

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Disclosure: I was invited by The Massage Company for a massage in exchange for this blog post. When I think of massage, it tends to be something that I think of as a luxury and a bit of a treat. I love a spa day, and the massage is always my favourite part of that, but it's not something that I've ever done as a regular thing, and I suspect many people are the same. But The Massage Company want to change that, and encourage more people to make massage a part of their regular routine. There are so many health benefits to regular massage, including decreased stress levels, improved circulation, reduced muscle tension, reduce anxiety and depression, improved sleep, and increased ...

What I Learned From 30 Days of Yoga with Adriene

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I'm not a stranger to yoga, having started practicing about 6 months ago, and managing to practice at least twice a week. But I always tend to struggle with the month of January, so when I saw that my favourite YouTube yogi, Yoga with Adriene, was launching Home, a 30 Day Yoga Journey, to take you through January, I was in. I know how much yoga can lift my mood, so I was hoping that 30 days of yoga would have a positive impact. If you're not familiar with Adriene Mishler, I urge you to check out her YouTube channel, Yoga with Adriene. I love her videos, I think she cues really well, talks you into poses with enough information, and ...

The Pressure of ‘Self Care’

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Self care is definitely the buzzword of the moment isn't it. You read about it everywhere you go, and for so long it got my back up. Whenever I saw people talking about self care, it was all about long bubble baths, trips to the spa, getting your nails done, or your hair cut. All things that I just didn't have the time or money for, and it just felt like one more thing on the list that I didn't have time to tick off. One more pressure. One more thing that I wasn't managing to keep on top of, and one more thing to feel guilty for not doing. I've written a lot about how much I struggled in the ...

The Giant Houseplant Takeover at RHS Wisley

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Houseplants are tricky beasts. I'm pretty good in the garden, but when it comes to looking after plants indoors, I have something of a black thumb. When I saw RHS Wisley were putting on a their Giant Houseplant Takeover display in the glasshouse I was really keen to check it out and maybe get some tips. When you head inside the glasshouse, the main part of the exhibition is laid out straight in front of you. It's set up as a series of rooms inside an old Victorian house, as if it had been abandoned and taken over by the plants. I love the look of these kind of abandoned places, it's amazing to see how things can get reclaimed and ...

What I Read In January

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Back when I was younger, I was always such a huge bookworm. I remember coming back from the library with a stack of books piled high and I'd race through them. But having children definitely puts a stop to that, and I've found it very hard to make time for reading over the last few years. I started picking up the odd book towards the end of last year, and remembered just how much I loved getting lost in another world, and I've been determined to make more time for reading this year. So far I've managed to keep it up well, so I thought I'd share with you what I've read lately. _ Transcription - Kate Atkinson Kate Atkinson is ...

Our Favourite Children’s Books for Christmas

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Disclosure: This post uses affiliate links marked *. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases I'm a bit of a children's book addict and a huge fan of Christmas, so when it comes to combining the two, I'm right there! I have so many memories of Christmas books from my own childhood and I've loved creating our own family collection of children's Christmas classics. And there are new children's Christmas books released every year, with beautifully festive illustrations and always a touch of magic. We've enjoyed discovering lots of new stories the last few years and our collection has grown rather large now! Here are some of our favourites from our collection. Pick a Pine Tree - Patricia Toht This was ...

Bean Bag Bazaar ICON Classic Velvet Bean Bag review – and a Giveaway!

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This is an advertisement feature in collaboration with Beanbag Bazaar I've always been a bookworm, and love nothing better than cosying up with a good book. We've recently finished the boy's playroom, and despite being a large room, we actually have very limited seating space, so I knew that a beanbag would be the perfect addition. When Bean Bag Bazaar got in touch to ask if I'd be interested in one of their bean bags, I couldn't say yes fast enough! After a quick browse of their site, the ICON Milano Classic Velvet Bean Bag looked perfect for us. I'm a lover of anything velvet, so the soft-touch plush velvet looked beautiful, and the mustard yellow colour looked like a perfect match ...

What’s In Our Christmas Eve Box | AD

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This is a paid advertisement feature in collaboration with Sainsbury's When it comes to Christmas, I'm basically a big kid. I love continuing the traditions that I grew up with, and I love being able to create new traditions with my own children. One of my favourite 'new' traditions has been the Christmas Eve box, and it's something that we've done for the last 3 years. They originally came about from the German tradition of opening presents on Christmas Eve, and its a lovely way to start off the excitement of Christmas with the children (although if your children are anything like mine, they've probably been hyped up throughout the whole of December!). We tend to keep Christmas Eve as a fairly ...

Making our Christmas Wishes at Lapland UK’s Wishing Store at The Lexicon | AD

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We are lucky to have visited Lapland UK twice over the past few years and it really is a truly magical experience. When I was invited to visit their very first Wishing Store at The Lexicon shopping centre in Bracknell, I had high expectations and was really excited to see what they'd set up. The Lexicon is one of my favourite places to shop, with great stores and easy parking, and Lapland UK is just down the road from The Lexicon, in the beautiful Swinley Forest, so it's an ideal partnership. An extra touch which the LaplandUK Wishing Store offers is a storytelling session, which costs £5 per child. Of course, you are welcome to visit the store, and to write ...