We have a new arrival in Casa Young! Allow me to introduce Lyra, our nine-week-old Hungarian Vizsla puppy, who joined us just a couple of weeks ago. She’s gorgeous, has ears that feel like velvet and loves cuddles. What’s not to love?! The decision to get a family dog has been nearly 20 years in the waiting, as Ben has wanted a dog ever since I first met him. Every so often he’d bring it up, but the conversation has been getting more and more frequent over the last couple of years. Then earlier this year I offered to dog-sit… View Post

Well we are home from our holiday that was pretty much as close to perfect as you can get. After my last post, I got a message from a wise friend instructing me to switch off and just enjoy the break, and once I’d got over the initial cold turkey stress at being without wifi and 3G I found that switching off (apart from sharing pics on IG when I could, which I love to do), was really rather lovely. I can’t remember that last time I’ve come back from holiday feeling this rested and refreshed. Anyway, this is just… View Post

We’ve had some exciting guests staying with us for the last few weeks as part of B&Q‘s new partnership with wildlife charity Butterfly Conservation. The aim of this collaboration is to encourage people to plan butterfly and pollinator-friendly plants in their garden to help create a better home for insects. I thought this was a great project for the kids to get involved with, and we’ll be looking out for butterflies throughout the  year as part of the Garden Butterfly Survey – we’ll enter any sightings of butterflies in our garden online. And our guests? Five Painted Lady caterpillars… We… View Post

Image: Thomas Sanderson When we first moved to our house we looked into adding a conservatory, and although the project had to go on the back burner, I do often find myself imagining that room, and how nice it would be to create a brand new space that I could enjoy all year round. The use of ‘I’ is important here, because in my dreams the conservatory is my personal space – somewhere peaceful and full of light that would be my own haven to retreat to. A garden room where I could surround myself with plants, curl up on… View Post

It’s my birthday today, which gives me full dispensation to be as sentimental as I want (it’s my birthday and I’ll cry if I want to!). Today is also the last day of this month’s 30 Day Minimalism Game that I’ve been playing along with a clutter-busting gang of friends, including Jeska, Katy, Melanie, and Hannah. While I’m super-proud of how much I’ve got rid of, I came across a bag of things that made me stop and pause. It was a shopping bag that my mum dropped off on a recent visit (my parents’ version of decluttering basically involves… View Post