#TheEverydaySpruce – a collaborative project between lapinblu & growing spaces – | SIMPLIFY | CLARIFY | BEAUTIFY | Last week I caught up with an old friend, and it got me thinking about how dreadful I’ve become about keeping in touch with people. I think when the twins were born I went into survival mode,  all my focus went on home life, and I’m not sure that I’ve managed to really break out of that mindset. Of course it’s important to prioritise my family, but time with good friends makes me feel so much happier, so I think it’s about… View Post

#TheEverydaySpruce – a collaborative project between lapinblu & growing spaces –Image: Sarah-Lou Kimmer at lapinblu Sarah-Lou has combined three of my favourite scents – lemon, bergamot and eucalyptus – in her DIY linen and room spritz for this week’s #TheEverydaySpruce idea. I love how Spring has suddenly sprung, and I think that filling our home with these refreshing scents is just what our rooms need (along with throwing open the windows at long last, of course). Find us here… IG Lapinblu | HeatherYoungUk Twitter Lapinblu | HeatherYoungUk Pinterest board The Everyday Spruce

#TheEverydaySpruce – a collaborative project between lapinblu & growing spaces – | SIMPLIFY | CLARIFY | BEAUTIFY | Never one to resist a bandwagon, I ordered my copy of the best-selling The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying by Marie Kondo once I’d seen a couple of people mention it on Instagram. I bought Happier At Home by Gretchen Rubin a few months back (about when Sarah-Lou and I started The Everyday Spruce project), after reading her earlier book The Happiness Project a couple of years ago. And then The Year Of Living Danishly by Helen Russell has been recommended to me… View Post

#TheEverydaySpruce | SIMPLIFY | CLARIFY | BEAUTIFY | Sarah-Lou has fallen hard for the Danish concept of Hygge. “Originating from a Norwegian word meaning ‘well-being’, the definition of Hygge issomewhat open to interpretation – at it’s simplest, it means a sense of cosiness, but this is only a fraction of it’s entirety. In practice, Hygge is a far more holistic approach to creating a sense of community, connection, and warmth; inviting closeness, and caring for ourselves & each other – it’s a feeling of balance cultivated in the spirit of ‘being’ not ‘having’, and an ethos that life should be savoured… View Post

#TheEverydaySpruce | SIMPLIFY | CLARIFY | BEAUTIFY | #TheEverydaySpruce isn’t just about things to do around the house. Last week, Sarah-Lou focused on making little improvements to your bedtime routine – life always feels so much better when you’ve had a decent night’s sleep – and this week I’ve been looking at my relationships. Obviously romance is a hot topic this month. Valentines is pretty low key in our house, but it did get me thinking about my relationship, and how easy it is to fall into a pattern where you actually don’t make a lot of time for your… View Post