Sympathetic Decorating: It’s All About the Light

Tiffany Hummingbird Lampshade

"Stories are light. Light is precious in a world so dark. Begin at the beginning. Tell Gregory a story. Make some light.” ― Kate DiCamillo, The Tale of Despereaux My love affair with Tiffany lighting started many, many years ago, pre-motherhood, when I first purchased this lamp.   It has sat in the corner of our lounge ever since and, come winter, I often cannot wait for the evenings when I can curl up on the sofa under a blanket and spend an hour or two reading in the warmth of it's glow.  I love the colours, the dragonflies, the 'twirly' base.  It has almost become an ...

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Guilt Free Flapjack: The easiest recipe you will ever find!

Guilt Free Flapjack

As regular readers will now my belly-busting days are now back in full swing. Regular circuit training is now back on the agenda and I am trying to eat clean at least 5 days a week. What I have struggled with most is the concept of eating more, but smaller, meals throughout the day. This still doesn't totally gel with our routine but we are getting better at it. Increased exercise though automatically leads to increased appetite so I have been trying to come up with some clean-ish snacks. This is my favourite night-time treat with a cup of herbal tea. It is a bit of a hybrid recipe taken ...

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Monday Parenting Pin It Party #114

Ice Science and Art For Kids

Bonjour bonjour. This week I am proud to be hosting another monday #pinitparty.  I do hope you will come join us this week and link up any family/parenting/craft/recipe posts you might want to share.  They don't even need to be recent.  maybe show some old classic posts some love. As host I get to choose two of my favourites from last week's entries to feature. The first completely appeals to the inner geek in me and cannot wait until my kids are old enough for games like this.  I have pinned to several boards for future reference.  Thank you Mini Monets and ...

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“It’s Murder On the Platforms…

FGW strike Reading July 2015

...but you better not kill the groove." Yep, it was chaos on the railway platforms in both Reading and Bristol Parkway today and yesterday.  I had, crazily, agreed to commute to and from Devon to cover a clinic in Reading both today and yesterday and the traffic chaos was evident each time.  Although the RMT strike had yet to begin on First Great Western (FGW) trains until 6:30pm yesterday my 3:30pm train was standing room only for virtually the entire 2.5 hour journey. This morning I headed for Reading via Bristol Parkway, this now being the only route available unless I ...

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Wasabi Tuna and Sesame Greens

Clean and Lean Wasabi Tuna and Sesame Greens

After a very over indulgent summer holiday Mr B and I are now on a mission to get back into shape and start eating more healthily. Regular BeachBody workouts are back on the schedule at Casa B and we are aiming to 'eat clean' 70-80% of the week.  As my fitness buddies keep telling me, abs are not made in the gym, they're made in the kitchen. We tried this recipe for the first time last week and it was AMAZING.  It also made the kitchen smell incredible.  It is a slightly adapted version of a recipe by James Duigan whose Clean and Lean Diet Cookbook I would thoroughly ...

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Monday Parenting Pin It Party #111

A very happy Monday folks and welcome to another Monday Parenting Pin it Party. Hope that you had a great weekend.  This week the party is being hosted by the wonderful Helen from Kiddycharts/Mummy's Little Stars.  Please do pop by to see who she has chosen to feature from last week's fantastic pins. If you are new to the party, welcome, and here is what to do: 1. Link up one, or more, of your own parenting/family posts. This can be anything you like but below are some examples: A family friendly recipe A child friendy craft Parenting tips or advice A post about a ...

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Three Little Words

Ralph Lauren Dress

Just three little words. Not one of them longer than four letters. Bite-sized words if you will. Three little words that can immediately issue a rush of adrenalin, install joy and passion in so many ladies. Three little words that can symbiotically install utter dread in the soul of many men. LOOK.........A SALE! *Watches Mr B disappear hastily claiming a heart-attack/loo emergency/wow look dinosaur moment.  Delete at will.* But I love a good sale and it just so happens that there is currently an AWESOME summer sale over at Sadly, nothing for the adult ...

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Sympathetic Decorating: 1930’s Kitchen Cool

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As regular readers will know we moved late last year from the suburbs of Bristol to beautiful, rural Devon.  A huge change in lifestyle for us and also an entirely different house style. We left behind our (damp) Victorian terrace and have moved into a (thankfully not yet damp) 1930's semi.  We chose this house in part because it does not need a huge amount of work doing to it but one room we do wish to change is the kitchen. Whilst we are fairly happy with the layout of the current kitchen it is not of great quality.  The flooring is chipped, the cupboards are peeling ...

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Monday Parenting Pin It Party #110

Egg box ice-cream cones

Welcome, welcome lovely pinners.  I am hosting this week's party again so come on in, grab yourself a drink and we'll get started. My first pick from last weeks links is a lovely summery craft, egg-box ice-cream cones from Treading on Lego.   I know the boy and I will have fun having at go at making some of our own. And with the 4th of July looming I could not resist featuring these patriotic fruit kabobs from Christianity Cove as my second pick.  Another way to try and sneak some healthy stuff into the smalls! Thanks so much to everyone who linked up.  I ...

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Monday Parenting Pin It Party #106


Welcome, welcome lovely pinners.  I am hosting this week's party so come on in, grab a drink and let's get started. It was a quieter week last week but I still found it hard to pick my favourite two posts.  This wonderful sew-your-own-rattlesnake though immediately caught my eye.  It is definitely time to dust off the sewing machine I think.  Thank you Sew Travel Inspired. My second pick was a great sounding Summer bucket list from While I'm Waiting.  It has motivated me to sit down with the smalls and make on of our own.   Thanks so much to ...

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