What is Bonfire Night & Why Celebrate 5th November?

I can’t believe it’s coming around to bonfire night again. It just seems 5 minutes ago that I was 7 months pregnant this time last year when it was bonfire night.

I first learned about bonfire night and the history around it when I was in primary school many moons ago. Guy Fawkes tried blowing up the houses of parliament with 36 barrels of gunpowder. But he was not the ringleader in the gunpowder plot. He was just the poor guy who got caught trying to ignite the explosives!

Today in the UK we celebrate 5th November by letting off fireworks having massive bonfires and throwing straw dummies called ‘guy’s’ onto the bonfires. The fireworks are let off to represent the explosives that were never used by the plotters.

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JORD Wood Watch Review & Giveaway

I was jumping up and down flapping my arms when I was asked if I wanted to review a JORD watch!

These watches are something else! JORD specialise in sophisticated wooden watches. Beautiful timepieces made from various types of wood. So with the graining you can use each piece is truly unique. They have a fabulous men’s and women’s section. With lots of different and unusual watch designs.

I honestly still can’t believe I’m reviewing such a cool watch.  I didn’t know you could get actually wooden watches.

The Frankie series which is the one I’m reviewing, are stunning watches on your wrist with all the links made from Zebrawood and even the face casing. The watches internal workings are a Swiss Movement which of course one of the best in the world.

JORD Watch

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A Christmas Wish: Coffee Machine

For ages I have been wanting a coffee machine at home. You know one of those ones that you can just push a button and your steaming freshly made coffee is right in front of you.

I have been hinting to my husband for Christmas. I wonder if he gets the hints! Over the next couple of months I have decided to post a series of blogs called A Christmas Wish. Basically it’s all the lovely things I would love for Christmas so it’s my very own wish list!

coffee-machine -Christmas Wish list

Recently we popped into our new local Caffe Néro that has just opened up. It’s our Saturday morning treat. I love the smell of freshly ground coffee. It’s the perfect wake-me-up. Especially since becoming a mum, when you cannot survive without coffee after being up all night.

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What can parents do to unwind around the home?

Ever since I became a parent, I appreciate the odd spare moment I get to unwind around the home. Those moments are precious I can tell you! To relax and unwind I love to read. I can read anywhere. The bedroom , living room, bathroom and garden. Even the kitchen if I’m reading a magazine. Ultimately it’s the living room on the comfy sofa with a hot chocolate at this time of year.

In the Summer I find a shady spot in the garden or under the parasol to do my reading. Rattan Direct have some lovely garden furniture to unwind in the garden. Next Year when we move house I want to treat us to new garden furniture.

Reading in the garden - unwind, relaxing

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Top European Islands for a Wonderful Family Friendly Holiday

The beauty of Europe will never cease to amaze many. It will always be in the long list of preferred traveling destinations in the world. This magical place offers a lot of attractions which makes it difficult to narrow the choices for that family tour you have been planning to do. So, to make things easier, we are suggesting a few of the most beautiful islands you might consider visiting.

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Bedding Tips: To Be Fall Ready & Sleep Better

We are now leaving the Summer behind us and heading into Autumn. With the evenings beginning to cool it’s time to think about changing the bedding for having a better nights sleep. I love this time of year. With fall beginning, leaves falling from the trees, colder nights. It’s time to dig out the Autumn and Winter duvet and prepare the bedroom.

I have put some tips together to help you get Fall ready:

Cosy Bedding

I absolutely adore warm snuggly duvet with gorgeous duvet covers. You can get some really lovely duvet covers which can compliment your Autumn bedroom. A relaxing atmosphere in the bedroom can make for better sleep.

Here are some of my favourite Autumn/Winter duvet cover designs.

This stunning stag design gives your bedroom that toasty log cabin feel.

Stag Duvet Cover Design - Autumn Bedding

The Innsbruck Grey Duvet gives you the Winter and Christmassy feeling.

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You can also add bedspreads and throws to your bed for extra warmth. I love rustic colours and country patterns for this time of year for the bedroom. It really freshens up the whole room, yet keeping it warm and cosy.

Adding a patterned duvet with geometric shapes adds another dimension to the theme of your bedroom.

Curtains

Why not invest in some lovely new curtains for your Autumn bedroom to update the look. I think pretty designed curtains make a room that extra special.

These latte coloured curtains are the perfect shade of colour for Autumn. Curtains are great for keeping out the cooler air for this time of year, leaving you to have a better nights sleep.

latte-curtains

If you are planning on updating your bedroom for the fall season, why not also take a look at the children’s bedrooms.

Kids need to have the perfect sleep-inducing environment. A room that is quiet, dark and cool can help to promote better sleeping habits.

To achieve this environment, thick and heavy curtains or blackout curtains are key. There are a fantastic range of children’s curtains for Autumn on Yorkshire Linen.

I have to say that my favourite are the moonlight navy blackout curtains. Perfect for that dreamy kids bedroom, yet blocking out the light.

 

moonlight blackout curtains

Accessories

There are some wonderful accessories out there that you can find for the bedroom. Lovely pictures, cushions and a thick warm cosy rug are great additions to your Autumn bedroom to add colour and style.

 

autumn-bedroom-mood-board

Are you ready for Autumn yet? Do you plan to give your bedroom or your children’s an Autumn makeover?

I would love to hear your ideas.

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