Sisterhood magic

Half term is over and the kids are back at school (well, apart from one who’s off sick today), but there’s something that’s just keeping me back from the edge of real life, and that’s the gold-drenched memories of a very special weekend away. If you follow me on Instagram you’ll have already been inundated with my snapshots from Sisterhood Camp #sisterhoodatloveland, but if you don’t, here are three videos I made over the weekend to whet your appetite before I pull my flyaway thoughts together to write a proper post. They’re only 15 seconds each, so in less than…

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The Monday reset

I’ve fallen into bad working habits. Back in September when the twins started school I vowed I would fix my working days and leave the other days free for keeping on top of housework, blogging and some time for myself. The biggest benefit of freelancing is the flexibility, but that flexibility can be both a blessing and a curse. The freedom it offers is a blessing – I can do the school drop-off and pick-ups, I can meet a friend for coffee, I can help out on school trips, I can go to the gym – but if you’re not…

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Family-friendly cycling: The Kennet & Avon canal cycle route

Today was one of those incredible days when you’re just engulfed by this feelgood wave of joy and contentment. We took advantage of the beautiful weather to head out on our first proper family bike ride. Ez’s confidence on her bike has rocketed in the last month and so we felt we could tackle a longer outing. I checked out the National Cycle Network, and discovered that there’s a highly-rated family-friendly route that follows the Kennet and Avon canal, less than 30 minutes drive from our house. We parked at a picnic site next to the canal in Theale and…

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#TheEverydaySpruce Read your way to a happier home

#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…

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#TheEverydaySpruce Hygge away winter blues

#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…

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