Jingle bells in July: The White Company Christmas list

White Company Christmas 2014 CollageDefinitely the first time I’ve enjoyed mulled wine in July surrounded by decorations, presents and crackers; I was lucky enough to have a preview of The White Company’s Christmas range recently.

Some beautifully decorated rooms dressed almost entirely with White Company products (I didn’t know they even did sofas – very Continue reading

Tips for turning your blog into a business – a Vonage Workshop

Blogging in a coffee shopEvery now and again I go to events which give me real food for thought and also practical advice. Last week’s was a ‘Blog to Business’ sponsored by Vonage – the business phone company which gives one man bands or small businesses a dedicated business line over the internet, via their home phone. Vonage offers plenty of clever and helpful tools (more

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Building a sandpit – in three easy steps

IMG_8365We promised Scrip a sandpit after the gardeners moved out and the mess and the dust sheets were all gone (although to be honest, she seemed pretty excited by all of that, not to mention the frequent tea rounds). Towards the end of the work she started asking when they’d be finished building her sandpit, which we gently tried to Continue reading

It’s about time

Child's clockAs much as I continue to hone my multi-tasking skills (and I still believe they’ve got a lot better since I had a baby), they’re still not going to magic me any more time. This week I’ve spent a lot of time wishing I had more time.

We talked about having no time in a (great) Vonage Workshop about blogging as a business I went to yesterday (write up to follow, when I have time…) and again at work today. In fact I often seem to find myself Continue reading

Murad: travelling light but beautifully

Murad Discovery KitsSo, Cannes was an experience. Not wholly a bad one (the 30 degree temperatures wear you down after a while) but leaving Scrip and my husband for a week was very tough. I can honestly say I’ve never been so excited to leave a beautiful, sunny country behind me and head home. And the first cuddles at Heathrow were lovely.

I’m pleased to say the weather here hasn’t disappointed and we’ve had a lovely few days as a backdrop to my welcome home. That also means that I’ve kept my suncream with me, rolled out all the sundresses and also Continue reading

Memo from Cannes

View of CannesAm in Cannes, part way through a frenetic work trip. The scenery is beautiful but so far I’ve been inside most of the time (and am anything but serene). Luckily, I’m too busy to think about home too much, which is good. So here’s my memo:

Miss Scrip and my husband a lot. Missing sleep (the irony). Love Facetiming and love little voice messages, pictures and round ups from my husband (highlight of each day). Pleased I can still remember my A-Level French (it helps SO much when trying to get a table on the Carlton Terrace at 7pm). Love the sunshine in the background, even though it’s just in the background.

Love the fact Scrip’s doing really well and is a happy little soul still. Love the fact she still thinks I’m in an aeroplane, 3 days later. Can’t wait to see them both at Heathrow on Sunday.

A tout a l’heure.

Sunday snacking: new Sensations Popcorn

Sensations Popcorn collageSomeone at Walkers is thinking about my waistline – which is nice to know! I reviewed Walkers Sunbites earlier this year (they were very nice) and this week I was sent some new Walkers Sensations Popcorn to try. Being a mad time at work with a few late nights thrown in (lucky me) the packs came in handy at home and in our office, with all my colleagues enjoying the Sweet Cinnamon & Salt flavour. Scrip also had her beady eye Continue reading