The Beacon

Magical Garden Restaurants

Ian and I have been doing recces of various places in our bid for finding a place to live.  Our voyages have taken us all over the southeast (and beyond) to some lovely places and some less lovely places.  It has been a learning experience, and we’re getting closer to making a decision and finding ‘home’. On a recent journey out towards the southeast corner of southeast England, we stumbled…

camping in Cornwall

Camping with friends in Cornwall

Back in May we went camping.  It was our first family holiday and first holiday for Ian and I since our honeymoon back in 2010. Being seasoned campers (well, not really, we’ve just been camping a handful of times), we were mentally prepared for the work and effort that goes into camping.  Not to mention the freezing cold nights and perpetual feeling of being unwashed. All of this with a…

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Garden Gamboling

This week we have had the absolute pleasure of having my parents’ house to ourselves.  They went on holiday on Sunday, leaving us with the burden of taking care of their house while they were away (did someone say party?). It has been over a year since we had our own space as a family of four, so whenever one set of parents goes away on holiday, it is always…

Palmer's Cocoa Butter

My Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Habit

*Disclaimer: This IS NOT a sponsored post* I know people who are loyal to a particular brand for their entire lives.  They’ll stick with the exact same cosmetics products forever, I guess with the philosophy that, ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t try and fix it’. I’m not one of those people.  I flit from brand to brand, trying out new products to see if the grass is greener.  But I…

Circus Mums guest post

Putting My Babies First

This week I had the absolute pleasure of guest posting on Tinuke Bernard’s excellent blog Circus Mums.  I’ve been a fan of her writing for a long time, and was honoured to be asked to guest post on her blog. I wrote about my story of leaving my nursing career to stay at home with my children.  This story had become totally unremarkable to me, but after writing it down,…

St. Bert's Clothing Company

St. Bert’s: Bringing fresh new unisex clothes for kids

My blogging pal Vicki recently brought to my attention this brilliant kids’ clothing company.  It was after I had a mini rant about gender-stereotyping of kids’ clothes – you know, the pink-is-for-girls, trains-are-for-boys mentality (jeez, are we really in the year 2015?). Anyway, the company was St Bert’s Clothing Company, and they had sent her out some clothes for her sons.  I had a browse through their online store, and…

Finley time

The Irreversible Reality of Time

Since when did time start speeding up? For years the years seem to have been passing by more rapidly than the last.  As a child, I remember adults commenting on how quickly I had grown, and how time was flying, but never really got it. As children, time is such a fascinating and sometimes frustrating concept.  As children, we’d clock-watch all day at school, waiting for the bell at the…

St. Bert's Clothing Company

One Weekend, Many Events

Last Friday I attended a two-day blogging conference called Britmums Live.  Held at London venue The Brewery, approximately 700 parenting bloggers attended the event, where they had the opportunity to connect with each other – live – as well as network with the selection of brands and PRs present. Luckily for me, you were probably either there, and if you weren’t, you’ve probably seen a lot of photos from others…