Well, I’m a working Mum. I never thought I would be and in all honesty didn’t really want to be, at least not straight away and yet here I am and it’s sort of just happened. People keep on asking how I do it all with a teeny baby and how do I seem so productive so I thought I’d share my experience. Having said that, as always I’ll add in the disclaimer that I’m no expert and I’ve only had one newborn but within that I still have a story to share. I also want to add before we begin that although I’m very positive about the experience so far, there have been tough parts, particularly when work and Maggie are throwing me curveballs at the exact same time…double trouble! I really have come to grasp the talked about notion of the ‘juggle’ and I’m sure I will get to know it even more as she grows up. I’ve split this blog post into two halves as once I start writing these kinds of posts I never stop! Rather than bombard you with a short novel as I have in the past I’ve broken it down into ‘The Prep’ and The Reality’.
A key trend for interiors this season is a playful mix of textures, with an emphasis on a hand-crafted look. I’ve found myself drawn more an more to furniture with a natural feel like rattan or wicker, tactile pottery and ceramics along with a mix of textured textiles, whether it’s tassel, woven, knotted, macrame or tufted details. Some of these things have been popping up in my home over the last year, as I feel it makes a space a bit more homey. If you keep the colours muted then the focus is on the mix of textures and won’t make a room feel too busy. I love the pieces in my home to look handcrafted even if I can’t actually afford them to be but that’s not necessarily an issue when the high street are offering all sorts of lovely options to suit smaller budgets right now.
This post has been a long time coming! For a while I’ve had a lot of very sweet people asking where Maggie’s clothes are from on Instagram and whether I’d do a blog post on her style. It has to be said I have a lot more fun dressing her than myself and I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t one of the first things on my mind when we were told we were having a girl. Ooo the outfit possibilities!
Well what d’ya know, Valentine’s Day is around the corner and I’m not sure how but I thought I’d use it as a good excuse to share one of my favourite recipes with you all. I’m honestly sat here racking my brains, trying to remember how we spent last Valentine’s Day but I really can’t. We often cook a nice meal for each other but I would have been in the dark, nauseous first trimester abyss, so I’m sure a big meal was the last thing on my mind. Anyway this totally doesn’t have to be for Valentine’s Day or even Galentine’s day. I tend to find any excuse to whip up these delicious treats but they do happen to make a nice alternative to shop bought chocolates for feb 14th. Did I mention they take barely any time at all to make?
Its been nearly 5 months since Maggie left my tummy and it has to be said I’m really enjoying not being pregnant! People have such mixed experiences of pregnancy but I thought I’d be open and share the low points as well as a small, select list of the few things I kind of miss. I was truly just so thankful to be growing a healthy baby that everything paled in comparison to the joy that brought but it really was quite a challenge. It’s a challenge I wouldn’t change for beautiful Maggie but not the most fun all the same. I know lots of women who loved pregnancy and looked and felt like their best selves but I kind of just felt like a hot mess rather than glowing.
So here’s the thing, I bought a blush cushion cover in Ikea a good 4 months ago, simply because it was the most perfect shade of blush anyone could wish for (not too pink, not too dark) and it was a bargain £3! I wasn’t sure I needed another cushion in my life but I vowed to put it to use in some yet to be decided way.
There are so many excuses to gather together and share food in the run up to Christmas. To be honest I don’t really even need a green light as it’s one of my favourite things to do anyway. So many memorable moments are shared over food so it’s nice to create something memorable on the table to match. We don’t often get much of a chance to enjoy brunch these days but it’s the meal I love the most and one that’s so fun to make special. When I was introduced to ‘Gather’, Denby’s new collection in collaboration with Monsoon, I thought it would make the perfect companion for this meal and add a bit of pizazz as after all, Christmas is never about traditional red, greens and golds for me!
This Christmas we move into a new season as we’re no longer celebrating as two but as three. Little Maggie is barely three months old and lacking much clue of what’s going on, still far more interested in the milk bar but we obviously wanted to make it a special year and start new traditions together. I can’t think of many people who don’t love the evening the decorations go up in their home, over a mince pie and a bit of Micheal Buble for good measure, maybe a tacky Christmas film in the background too. We wanted to create our own little, festive haven in our living room where we could cosy up together under blankets with spiced teas and the seasonal aromas of flickering candles or welcome people in to laugh over pretty drinks and sweet treats. As much as I love Christmas trees, I wanted to create a Winter wonderland without one and that meant without all the faff of falling over branches to thread the fairy lights and without the endless pain of pine needles in a patchy green rug on the floor! We kept things simple and effortless, which was a good thing as we left it all pretty late this year and who has the time to do anything that’s not effortless, with a three month old?
That time of year is upon us and this Christmas we are no longer two but three! It’s Maggie’s first Christmas and while she ain’t going to remember a single thing, I still want to make it special and start new traditions. One of those has to be her very own stocking to fill. I remember being very protective over the stocking my mum made me whilst growing up. Oh the glee each time we got them out each Christmas Eve! It was the very same one each year, right through my childhood, with my name glitter glued on the front if i remember rightly. It has to be said it was enormous, in fact it was probably bigger than me for the first few years of using it.
Most photos by Sophie Carefull Photography
You may well remember my post about the last Weekend:IN event I went to back in Summer. I was heavily pregnant and more than exhausted by the time I got back from Somerset but I loved spending the day in a gorgeous setting, being introduced to so many lovely independent brands and so jumped at the chance for another opportunity a few weeks ago! This time it was set in the stunning and highly instagrammable, Leman Loche. You can only imagine the pure, giggly joy that comes from a group of bloggers locked in a room with powder blue walls, pink sofas, retro bottled drinks and cute straws along with a whole wardrobe to play ‘dress-up’ in. In each room we were able to discover a different brand and I thought I’d give you a little peek and share them all with you, especially as Christmas is fast approaching and I love how more and more people are deciding to shop independent!