Tote of the Week: Allotment Mud by Betty & Walter

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Allotment Mud Tote Bag Via Betty & Walter (£48)

Do you think this tote bag from Betty & Walter can count as part of my five-a-day? No? Oh well.

There are many other reasons why the Allotment Mud Tote is Tote Of The Week! Firstly, its design is inspired by the illustrations from a 60s cookbook (I love old recipe books). Aren’t the vegetable silhouettes charming?

Secondly, next year we’re sharing a greenhouse and allotment with our neighbours so we can officially begin growing our own veg! I have so much to learn but it’s really exciting that we’ll be soon growing our own, with the help of our lovely green-fingered neighbours.

Finally, because Uncle Monty from Withnail and I would highly approve of it, don’t you think?

Happy Friday!

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Christmas Gift Guide 2014 #5

One week to go my friends! One whole week till I neck a couple of glasses of Bucks Fizz for breakfast and prance around the living room to Fairytale of New York. I’m a classy bird.

There’s still time to buy gifts online and in the shops, and plenty of time to wrap them beautifully too. So ignore all the smug folk who bought everything last summer and have a gander at this week’s finery from Boden, Howkapow, Gap and lots more!

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From left to right: Orla Kiely Mug (£8.50) from Dotmaison | Cushion Cover (£4) from Ikea |Leather Loafers (£21) from Boden | Earrings (£12) from Howkapow | Kate Spade Pencil Case (£12.99) from Gap | Festive Jumper (£49.95) from Joules | Mulled Wine (£4.85) from Ikea | Set of 3 Pens (£6) from Paperchase

Check out my other gift guides for more seasonal inspiration!

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At Home: Christmas, Home and Port

Can you believe it’s almost a week till Christmas? Seriously, let’s all stop and think about that for a second. I know, right?!

The week before Christmas is always my favourite part of the festive season as it’s full of gatherings with friends and family, and nights in front of the fire wrapping gifts and eating mince pies. I’m a little bit behind with my to do list but seeing everyone with a festive skip in their step is enough to keep me going with a smile on my face. Here’s lots of lovely things that are making me happy right now!

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Firstly, the presents under the Christmas tree. I’ve made a start wrapping gifts for the OH (before he finds them!) but I’m going to do the rest this week with mulled wine and The Muppet Christmas Carol for company. Ah, there’s no finer sight than presents under a tree.

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If you ignore all the empty cardboard boxes behind me in this photograph, the spare room is almost complete!

This room has been a dumping ground for the past three months so when Mattress Next Day contacted me to see if I wanted to review a mattress it felt like the right time to begin sorting the room out. I was sent a Silentnight Memory 3 Zone mattress and at the same time I bought a bed frame from them as they had a great selection of affordable frames. As the title of the brand suggests, they provide next day delivery too, plus we managed to get free delivery.

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The mattress is really comfy (jealous it doesn’t fit our king size bed upstairs!) so I’m hoping our first guest will get a decent night’s kip, a big step up from the couch we used to offer in our last home!


A new diary! I love shopping for a new diary, and this year I kept it simple and neutral with this beauty from Paperchase. I may have added a new polka dot pen to my shopping basket too. Oops.


Now we have a drinks cupboard (I’m officially a grown up) we’ve decided to use the a proper decanter that the OH was left from his grandad. Its contents? Porty port port, of course. Paired with a good cd or record and I’m in heaven.

mince pies

Hurrah for festive bakes! I’m not going to lie, last week was one of the hardest week’s I’ve had in a very long time. So when Sunday came around, I chose to make some Christmassy treats to help me relax. Mince pies, ginger shortbread and a batch of limoncello did wonders for my sanity!

french bedroom companyPauline’s Pretty Throw and Ombre Quilted Cushion c/o The French Bedroom Company

Another Sunday activity was watching Sense and Sensibility (Emma Thompson’s final scene gets me every time!) with my new my mink throw and ombre cushion. The throw and cushion are from The French Bedroom Company, and they’ve been living on our sofa ever since; they’re a cosy and comfy pair!


The neutral colours are pretty calming too, exactly what our lounge needs to distract from all the Christmas decorations! Yes, that’s more port. Hiccup.


Fire! We’ve had lots of problems with our chimney, but finely we have lift-off! Our open fire is one of my favourite things about the house and I’m so, so happy we can now use it. Just in time for Christmas – joy!

Are you counting the days till Christmas and having a break?


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5 Positive Things To Do This Week #113

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  • Add floral and festive joy to your computer with this Poinsettia desktop wallpaper from Design Love Fest.
  • Give any leftover festive bakes to your neighbours…I always bake far too much for just the two of us.
  • Feed the birds. Here’s 10 lovely bird feeders and houses for inspiration!
  • Take it very easy on the roads this week – everyone is in manic Christmas mode.
  • Tell the one’s you love how much you love them. Soppy, yes. But very, very important.

Brew up and see my previous 5 Positive Things To Do posts here.

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Tote of the Week: Metallic Dipped Tote Bag from West Elm

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Via West Elm (£39)

This metallic dipped navy striped tote bag from West Elm has put a big smile on my face, after having a not so fun week. So of course I needed to share it, isn’t it splendid?

Fill it with mince pies, stollen and a bottle of advocaat and head to your friend’s house for festive chat and Christmas films.

Going forward, I think everything should be dipped in gold. Who do I talk to about this?

Happy Friday!

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Christmas Table Decor Ideas

Table Decor Ideas

On Christmas day we’ll be enjoying our dinner with family in the afternoon, which means we have the morning at our house to have breakfast, open gifts and listen to Christmas songs. Eep! We usually start the morning with Eggs Benedict and Bucks Fizz, followed by good coffee and a few Christmas chocolates. This year, and to celebrate our new home, I’m going to set the table too.

To help people get inspired to decorate their Christmas table, Yorkshire dwelling Furniture Choice have launched a blogger competition giving away a new Dining Table Set ready for entertaining. We don’t have a dining table (I’m using my desk here!) so I was really keen to enter this one. All of the entries will be shared on Furniture Choice site, which I’ll link to soon. Please wish me luck!

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My ‘Merry and Bright’ table consists of Cable and Cotton lights to add warmth, character and colour, handmade crackers using the wrap I made at the Christmas craft workshop last week, tea lights wrapped in washi tape (just because), pegs securing personalised stars onto wine glasses (you could add guests names to the stars). Finally, to add colour and cheer I decorated the table with candy canes and cocktail umbrellas!

Merry & Bright christmas dinner table Candy Cane Christmas Table Decorations

I’m a little bit excited for Christmas breakfast now!

Disclosure: In collaboration with Furniture Choice

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