Welcome to #mamamondays…George at Asda Nativity, Baby London Magazine & Joules Mugs

On #mamamondays I always try to include anything that is making us happy – and hopefully you – even though it’s a Monday. And, I have to say it really making me try to make the most of this often ‘depressing’ day  It has been anything from what we’re doing or planning to what we’re eating, watching or reading. I’ve even included items I’m lusting after or buying and anything else that has been inspiring me to make Mondays – and the rest…

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The Alphabet Collection – an A-Z of initial Christmas gifts ideas

As lovely as personalised items are – and truly they are – it’s sometimes not an option when last-minute  Christmas gift buying; Especially for the disorganised, time poor or spinning plates mamas amongst us. Therefore, I am championing the humble initial gift. Making ‘personalised’ gift buying a whole lot quicker and easier this Christmas. Letter collections are appearing all over the high street some of the best ranges I have seen are in Marks & Spencer (candles, cushions, mugs and door hooks), Next (doormats, wash…

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Casa La Siesta & how to get Spanish farmhouse style at home {Staycation Style #3}

Have you ever been to a hotel and thought ‘oh my, I could soooo live here?’ That’s exactly how I felt when I first stayed at Casa La Siesta. Casa La Siesta is in a little village called Vejer de la Frontera and a traditional style ‘cortijo’ or Spanish country house. Beautifully restored to offer a tranquil stay in a rural setting it stylishly decorated with reclamation and vintage pieces –  and it immediately feels ‘homely’. We visited pre-parenthood – Casa is an adults only retreat…

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Seaside Style – and my 10 favourite things do in Cornwall {Staycation Style #2}

Print from Holly Francesca When Mr VIB and I first got together nearly 21 years ago his parents retired to Cornwall – so the area has been a big part of our lives. We’ve spent many a holiday and long weekend there – and often try and tie in a visit to the in-laws with a stay in a nice hotel or B&B too.  One place we stayed in several years ago was such a find – Botelet Farm.  A storybook…

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Babington House 15 ways to create the look at home {Staycation Style #1}

What is it about luxury hotels that can instantly ease away those everyday stresses? Is it the elegant décor, plush bedding and soft lighting? Or, is it the coffee tray, room service and luxury bathrooms? Or, is it just the fact that you can escape your day-to-day routine, eat and drink at all hours and indulge in some quality ‘me or couple’ time? In fact for me it’s all of these things and more.  But, of late my weekend getaways…

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