Embracing the End of Summer

Well September is well and truly underway, and summer feels like a lifetime ago! I don’t know about you, but I always feel that as soon as the September routine kicks in everything which has gone before seems to become a bit of a blur!

I know for some people the end of summer and the beginning of autumn can be a difficult time. It’s not hard to see why – we lose the warmth and daylight hours and for many of us with families, our days return to routine, clock-watching and generally spinning plates!

I personally love this time of year, and try to embrace all that it has to offer. For those of you who are less keen, here’s a few tips on how to ease that transition from summer into autumn and winter…

Embracing the End of Summer

Daylight

It sounds so simple but remember to savour and enjoy the daylight hours we still have! The nights are definitely drawing in, but make the most of the remaining daylight hours – whether it’s an early evening stroll or simply a quick walk at lunchtime when the weather is nice, get out there! Autumn is renowned for its’ ‘golden light’ – so catch it when you can!

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Routine

Embrace the opportunity to get into a new routine, and think critically about how you can plan your week. Learn from past mistakes and see this as a new opportunity to approach your week with a different outlook and different time frames to reduce pressure. What didn’t work last year, and what could de done to improve the way your week flows?

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Reflect

Autumn has recently be referred to as ‘the new January’. I can see the logic in this. It can feel like a fresh start and an opportunity to look at what you have achieved this year and what you want to achieve during the last part of the year. Don’t beat yourself up about what you haven’t done, celebrate where you are now and plan where you want to be by December.

Rejuvenate

Every season brings with it a certain necessity to update your home and wardrobe, so embrace that! I’ve just taken lots of pleasure from choosing a new winter coat – in a rich and cosy dark grape shade for something different, and a total contrast to my cream coat of previous years! I’m deliberating on a new shade for my Moshulu slippers too!

At home my light strings and Skye scented candles are really coming into their own, and I love creating a cosy, intimate environment! I’m going to be getting my hygge on too, as soon as opportunity allows!

Whatever your plans this autumn, look for the joy a change of season can bring. If all else fails, at least you can hope for an ‘Indian Summer’!

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The Rattan Revolution

When I think of rattan, I tend to think of decorative items such as baskets and plant containers. More recently rattan has been used for furniture, mainly due to its qualities. it is lightweight, durable, suitable for outdoor use, and (to a certain extent) flexible. Rattan is somewhat similar to bamboo, it accepts paint really well and does not splinter.

Interior designers have used rattan as an established and stylish material to add a natural and slightly rustic look to homes. This autumn it appears that our current love affair with rattan is simply growing stronger!

The Rattan Revolution

Many companies are featuring rattan in their autumn and winter collections, and also being as inventive as possible in the way it is being used. One of my favourite online retailers, Cox and Cox, have introduced a huge range of rattan furniture and decorative items for their new collection. Here are just a few of my favourites:

Rattan Cone Chair

Woven from natural rattan with a strong elegant metal frame, this new Rattan Cone Chair has been updated with a smoother, comfier shape and stronger finish. Perfect for a bedroom, conservatory or study!

Rattan Side Table

This stylish round coffee table is inspired by 70s Scandi, and will add a touch of bohemian style to any living space. Each piece features a flat top with gently curved sides and an open bottom for simplicity. This side table has a natural blonde rattan finish.

Rattan Table Lamp

With a Scandi inspired woven rattan base, this unique table lamp has a simple oval shape and natural cotton shade. It sits beautifully with a natural or white interior.

Rattan Christmas!

Apologies for mentioning Christmas in August, but it seems Cox and Cox are ahead of the game too! This year you can hide away those ugly tree stands with a rattan Christmas tree ring. Made from hand woven split rattan, this simple ring adds the finishing touch to any tree.

This year there’s even ‘faux Rattan’ light up stars made from weatherproof plastic designed to look just like real rattan! This large lit star decoration is perfect for creating a festive outdoor look. Each piece has a metal frame, woven with grey faux rattan and lit with 36 warm white lights.

To conclude, it would appear that every room and season is covered! Will you be joining the rattan revolution this Autumn and Winter?

Happy shopping!

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Introducing Home Monsoon

HOME by Monsoon is a new homeware collection that sets the tone for stylish, modern living with warmth, colour and personality. It’s exactly the kind of collection I’d expect Monsoon to launch, with super contemporary style and attention to detail. Designed exclusively in London, the range spans artfully-crafted furniture, plush textiles and thoughtful accessories. All of which will breathe new life into any living space.

There are gorgeous splashes of colour and glamorous embellishments on cushions, curtains and rugs. Monsoon have also made a real nod to the latest trends from bedroom to living room with copper home accessories and geometric mirrors. Whether you co-ordinate your soft furnishings or curate an eclectic mix, I think you’ll discover something for every room in this exciting range.

Introducing Home Monsoon

There are many pieces to fall in love with in this new collection. However, most of us don’t redesign entire rooms all at once though, so I’ve chosen a few pieces to breathe new life into existing room decor.

Velvet Cushions

Combining colour-pops and textures, the soft furnishings from Monsoon Home will make a statement, whether it be in your living room of your bedroom. These cushions, throws, floor cushions and rugs showcase plush velvet, pretty embroidery and on-trend tassels in designs. New cushions are excellent for providing an instant pick-me-up. I love the simple decadence of their velvet cushions as autumn and winter approaches.

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Silver Velvet

 

Moroccan Candles

Candle create ambience, and their Moroccan candles are beautiful! I’m sorely tempted by these as we have a Moroccan light string at home, and I love the light patterns they create! Fashioned in a tinted glass jar, the Moroccan small candle has an inviting citrus vanilla scent.  It is topped with an ornate patterned metal lid – super pretty! 

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Silver Moroccan Candle

 

Straw Baskets

Finally, beautifully handcrafted using a traditional technique, the straw baskets make for a stylish and practical addition to any home. The stripe detailing lends another contemporary finish too. The baskets come in black, pink, blue and white too!

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White Straw Basket

 

There’s so much more to choose from, why not pop over and take a look! More items (including furniture!) are coming soon.

Happy shopping!

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Scents from Skye

I’ve made no secret of how much I love using candles and fragrances to create ambience at home. Whether it’s winter hygge comfort or summer freshness, there’s a scented candle for every season. I love the way scents evoke memories, there is very little in this world more memorable than a scent… With this in mind I was delighted to recently discover The Skye Candle Company.

Isle of Skye Candle Company

The Skye Candle Company

The Skye Candle Company have the most amazing range of scented candles and diffusers. After finishing a gap year in Canada, founder James Robertson started working for a soap company based in the main village on Skye, Portree. Discovering a flare for mixing scents and having a passion for natural products he started the Isle of Skye Candle Company.

Isle of Skye Candle Company

With help from family and friends, James then renovated the bothy based on his uncle’s croft in Braes, and turned it into his candle making workshop.It even had an authentic grass roof and wood burning stove! Since then the company has gone from strength to strength. Demand for Skye Candles is at an all time high, resulting in a new workshop being opened in Broadford, Skye. There are now 5 shops and a thriving online business!

Scents from Skye

I’m a great vanilla fan for autumn and winter. I love the warmth that the scent of vanilla brings to a room! This summer, however, I’ve been tempted by some new fragrances…The Skye Candle Company’s Scottish tumblers first caught my eye. I couldn’t resist the combination of Heather and Wild Berries  – currently my favourite scent at home! It’s the mix of blueberries, blackberries and raspberries that give it a distinctly warm feeling.

Next on my summer list is Scottish Bluebell followed by Raspberry and White Ginger for autumnThis rich fragrance marries the delicious scent of Scottish raspberry with the warm spices of white ginger and a touch of cinnamon bark. These scents are then balanced out with a hint of my favourite – sweet vanilla.

There are also some super cute travel containers and Air Freshners too, both of which now enable me to take my favourite scents with me when I travel!

Isle of Skye Candle Company

I love the authenticity of The Skye Candle Company as a brand, the gorgeous packaging and simply amazing scent combinations!

If you want to find out more, then do pop over to their website – there’s an awful lot to tempt you…

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The Art of the Natural Home: A Review

In our increasingly complex and fast-paced world, many people are seeking a simpler, paired down lifestyle. Interest in sustainability, natural products and mindfulness are now high on people’s agendas, and rightly so!

Time always seems to be at a premium, yet more and more people are taking the time to create their own homemade products using simple, natural ingredients. The Art of the Natural Home is very much rooted in these beliefs.

The Art of the Natural Home

Taking inspiration from her grandmother’s generation, Rebecca Sullivan has put together a beautiful guide to caring for yourself and your home. Traditional methods are brought alive with stunning contemporary illustrations by Nassima Rothacker. Nassima is an Australian photographer with a creative focus on food, travel, interiors and people. Her photographs bring to life each method, perfectly updated to suit the modern home.

Rebecca Sullivan’s journey began with a mission to master and preserve the skills of her Grandma Lil’s disappearing generation. Her Grandma won medals for her Victoria sponge cake and Rebecca was determined that the recipe, and her Grandma’s skills would not be lost.

As Rebecca points out, Lil’s generation cooked from scratch because they had to. They ate local, seasonal food and abhorred waste. Our processed foods and supermarkets have made life easier but they also resulted in the loss of Granny Skills. Convenience therefore won the day and people no longer learned how to cook. What followed was not only a loss of recipes and technique but, sadly, a loss of confidence.

The Natural Home

The first part of the book is dedicated to the Home, and covers cleaning products for every room, ideas for pickles and preserves, and tips on everything from natural laundry treatments to how to grow your own cocktail garden. I am already drying rose petals for a potpourri, and am tempted to try the infused flower salts!

Natural Health & Beauty

The second part covers Health & Beauty, and includes bath salts, make up, serums, perfumes and even beard oil, as well as healing remedies such as burn salves and herbal teas. The coconut and orange shampoo sounds divine!

To conclude, The Art of the Natural Home is quite simply an inspiring book! It is therefore a must for anyone interested in living a simpler, more ‘natural’ and holistic approach to life.

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Top Tips for a New Start-Up Business

These days more and more people are getting into ‘start-ups’, and they are becoming an increasingly popular way for individuals who want to take control of their own financial and employment destiny. As a blogger/writer and photographer I’ve had a lot of experience of start-ups in the last 5 years, and wanted to share with you some practical advice which I’ve certainly benefitted from along the rocky road of business start-ups!

Top Tips for a New Start-Up Business

New Start-Up Business

Start with an Idea

If you’re thinking of starting up a business, you’ll first need to come up with a realistic idea which you can turn into a product or service. As your idea develops you’ll need to research, research, research! Find out who else is doing something similar, and research as much as you can about your potential competitors! How are you going to stand out and be unique?

Get Feedback

You may have an idea for a business or have created something you think people will want to purchase. Once you have identified who your potential customers are, start talking to them about your idea. You need to get as much feedback as you can. Listen to the feedback and adapt your ideas before you launch your business concept.

New Start-Up Business

Write a Business Plan

This needs to clearly show the results of the above feedback and explain in much more detail how you can turn your idea into viable business. You need clear objectives and time frames, and need to plan every aspect of your business from suppliers, to retail outlets and marketing.

Collaborate

Even if you intend to be a ‘sole trader’ and work alone, your business is likely to involve working with others including partners, suppliers and distributors. Source people with relevant skills and knowledge, and don’t feel you need to be an expert at everything.

New Start-Up Business

Working Space

A clear and well-organised working space is essential for helping you stay in control of every aspect of your business. It’s especially important if you are working from home. If home working isn’t a viable option, look to rent some office space once you’re in a financial position to do so. There are lots of online sources such as Instant Offices.

Pallet Racking

It may well be that you want to carry stock. Good advice is to never carry more stock than you need, and to be especially careful when you’re starting a new business, as no-one wants to store or purchase lots of stock which might not sell! If, however, you sell a lot of large items and need fast and efficient storage then look at warehouse storage solutions, where a professional team can set up pallet racking for your business. Pallet racking is the ultimate solution to arrange and re-arrange stock in customised pallets specifically tailored to your business type.

Finances

You need good financial advisers when you are handling complex issues such as finances, tax and business law. Some people like to do their own accounts, but it’s always best to ensure you seek proper advice for tax and other business related issues. It will cost, but this is nothing compared to the piece of mind which comes from knowing your finances are in safe and efficient hands.

Finally, remember that no business owner can be good at everything, but all successful business people have someone close to them who is!

If you have any top tips for starting up a business, I’d love to hear from you!

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Living on the Wild Side with the Leckford Estate

I have made no secret of my love of the outdoors, and of gardening! I would love a cut flower garden so that I could grow and enjoy flowers all year round! This is an achievable goal, if I plan it properly! Maybe one day, if we have a bigger garden, I’ll be able to fulfil that dream!

In the meantime I’m having to remain content with bringing flowers into the home as often as I can. I’m also embracing the recent trend for all things botanical in home decor ranges!

Nature inspired prints and accessories are everywhere, and it’s a trend I love! I’m not overly confident with big and bold prints, so have been searching for some more delicate floral accessories…

Clean and Fresh Looking Leckford Duvet and Pillowcases

 

Living on the Wild Side

John Spedan Lewis (Mr ‘John Lewis’ himself!) purchased Leckford Estate in 1929 and it remained his home throughout his life. John Lewis and Waitrose have farmed continuously at the estate for over 87 years. The estate produces the very best quality food, with the sole aim of working in harmony with the environment.

in addition, the Longstock Park Water Gardens were added to the estate in 1942, and since then the gardens have been nurtured and developed to become famous water gardens. John Spedan Lewis spent much of his later life in these gardens and whilst the gardens remain true to his time, the landscape has evolved so that it remains a vibrant, tranquil and beautiful place to visit.

Super Pretty Longstock Curtains

 

The fresh, airy and colourful surroundings are captured in the new Leckford Country Collection, a fresh and updated take on classic florals. The colours are inspired by flowers – neutrals, darks and brights working seamlessly together in a modern delightful way.

Contemporary and Stylish Leckford Tableware

 

So to sum up, I’m a complete convert and tempted by both the Leckford tableware and Longstock home furnishings too! I can feel a shopping trip coming on!

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Up, Up and Away: A Review

What does it take to build your very own planet? Orson is about to find out… He takes:
A cup full of rocks
A dash of water
A sprinkling of metal
A lot of nothingness
A big bang …
And before long, BOOM! He has it – a tiny planet with rings around it, right there in his bedroom!

Building a planet is the easy bit…

 

Up, Up and Away

Up,Up and Away is a heart-warming story about life’s possibilities and disappointments with an uplifting ending that will resonate with all fans of Oliver Jeffers’ work. For it seems that BUILDING a planet is the easy bit; taking care of it is a different thing altogether. Over time, Orson realises that his planet needs to be free and that sometimes you have to let go of the things that you love the most …

The author, Tom McLaughlin, is the author and illustrator of the fabulous books The Story Machine and The Cloudspotter, and his third book, Up, Up and Away does not disappoint. As with his previous books, it shows off Tom’s incredible talent and unique style of drawing and storytelling. I always enjoy the understated gentleness of Tom McLaughlin’s work. He always approaches challenging or sensitive issues with gentleness and positivity. Another uplifting read and which we’ll enjoy returning to again and again.

Many thanks to Bloomsbury Books for sending me a copy of Up,Up and Away to review.

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The Joy of Fresh Bedding and Bed Sheets

I do love fresh bedding! There are many evenings when I literally can’t wait to slip into bed, especially if I’ve had a hectic day! I always think that one of the best things about returning home from a holiday or weekend away is getting to sleep in your own comfy bed again, surrounded by familiar objects.

Slipping into a freshly made bed is guaranteed to provide comfort, soothe the mind, and help with a restful night’s sleep – whatever kind of day you’ve had!

Refreshed and relaxed!

 

The Joy of Fresh Bedding and Bed Sheets

Here are a few top tips I’ve picked up to ensure I keep my bed feeling fresh and inviting…

Mattresses

Invest in the best mattress you can afford. A mattress with proper support will mean that you automatically sleep better and avoid potential back and hip discomfort. If you can’t afford a new mattress then add a mattress topper to increase comfort and transform the way your bed feels.

Duvets and Pillows

Spend some time searching for the right duvets and pillows, there are so many types to choose from! A little research and a good deal of prodding and testing in shops is essential to find what works for you in terms of support and comfort! I’ve already extolled the virtues of my climate control duvet from Slumberdown, and I wouldn’t be without it now!

Keep it simple!

 

Bed sheets

Buying new bed sheets or simply changing them is akin to giving yourself an instant present! Smooth, fresh, clean sheets; combined with ambient lighting and a good book/magazine can help your day end on a brighter and more relaxing note. Email

There are lots of options for bed sheets, from Egyptian cotton, to brushed cotton flannel and linen. Choose the one that feels best on your skin and be willing to experiment! I love the colours of the Egyptian Cotton bedsheets which can be found at Yorkshire Linen.

Throws

A throw adds a touch of softness to the foot of the bed, and can be especially useful when you’re sitting up in bed to read on a chilly night! You can also swap throws according to the season to give your bed and bedlinen an instant fresh update!

A Few Treats…

If you have wooden or laminate flooring, invest in a soft bedside rug. Comfort is essential when you need to get up in the night or early morning, and there’s nothing nicer than stepping onto a soft, warm rug!

Keep some extra pillows on hand! Extra pillows can be used to ‘dress’ your bed once it’s made for the day, but they’re great when you want to read in bed too! Use a spare seat or basket to store your extra pillows during the night, before climbing into bed. I love Cox and Cox Occasional Chairs, and dream of buying their Grey Woven Tub Chair for my bedroom!

Grey Tub Chair

 

Finally, dust and declutter your room. You need to relax free from distractions, and the area around your bed should only feature what you want close at hand while you’re in bed!

Your bed really can be a please of retreat and relaxation! What are your ideas for fresh bedding and a relaxing bed and bedroom? I’d love to hear your tips and tricks!

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Inexpensive Solar Garden and Patio Lighting Ideas

With spring in full bloom (or should that be blossom?!) and the nights getting shorter, thoughts inevitably turn to sitting in the garden of an evening.

From dusk until late evening, it’s easy to transform your garden or patio with the right lighting. Here are a few ideas which will help spark your imagination to plan that perfectly lit summer garden. As they are solar lights they don’t require an electrician or a big budget either!

Inexpensive Solar Garden and Patio Lighting Ideas

Solar String Lights

For quick and instant appeal, nothing can beat the soft chic light of solar café-style lights strung overhead, and they are so inexpensive, you can use them generously for very little expense. They work draped around conservatories, sheds and outhouses – or strung across a defined area.

Solar Cafe-Style String Lights.
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Available in various shapes, sizes and lengths, they are a great way to sprinkle a little light across your outdoor spaces. Smaller string lights, like these by Sarah Raven, work beautifully too!

Solar Stakes

Solar landscape lighting can ramp up the ambience of your garden or patio. Generally not enough to light up an outdoor space on their own, solar stake lights and solar crooks work well in conjunction with string lights. Use bushes, a patio or a pathway to provide the focus for your solar stake and crook lights.

Solar Crook Lanterns
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Decorative Solar Lights

Decorative solar lights, including colourful blown glass lights and decorative lanterns, are often not as bright as solar path lights. However, used in clusters and groups they can provide a warm ambient glow and create a stylish decoration for your garden areas.

Solar Cornish Lanterns
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Solar Spot Lights

The brightest solar lights available are spotlights, and some can provide light roughly equivalent to a 40-watt bulb. Motion-sensing solar spotlights can be placed in the garden, with the beam of light directed at a tree or landscape feature.

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Finally, remember all solar lights are powered by the sun! Whatever style you choose, they must be placed in an area that receives full sun — preferably eight or more hours per day.

Solar lights are on my shopping list for this year! I have had lots of  inspiration from Ethical Superstore  – do take a look!

Do you use outdoor solar lighting? Which styles do you use?  I’d love to hear your ideas and tips in the comments section below! You can also visit my Pinterest board for more styling ideas.

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Town and Country Garden Style

Spring has finally arrived (even if the weather still seems a little undecided on certain days!) and I’m on a mission to get ahead with our garden this year.

We’ve already had a major tidy of certain areas, and our garden path, patio and flower beds are looking much neater and tidier. I’ve moved a few plants around and tidied and moved some of our pots too! At the moment it’s so far so good!

Town and Country Garden Style

Gardening, especially at the beginning of the gardening year, can be physically tiring and challenging. I’m now on a mission to get fitter and keep on top of the weeds! A few tools of the trade really help me too! So here’s my guide to some super stylish yet very practical garden aids…

1. Garden Gloves

Town and Country aim to bring the very best in style, quality and performance. As well as talking to their customers about what they want from certain products, they look to the fashion arena for inspiration. They keep a close eye on the latest trends in colours, patterns and designs. Their garden gloves are the best I’ve used, and I’m a big fan of their Master Gardener gloves, which I have in several colours!

Master Gardener Gloves | Pink

 

They offer protection against thorns and other sharp objects and have an excellent grip both in wet and dry conditions. The outstanding fit and snug wrist means there is no loss of touch. Therefore, they are now officially ranked the UK’s best selling gardening glove – with one pair sold every minute.

2. Garden Tidy

I absolutely love their Limited Edition Garden Tidy. It is ideal for collecting grass cuttings, weeds and other garden waste. It pops up to full size (69cm high by 58 cm diameter with a capacity of 182 litres) and folds flat for easy storage. As a result, it is light and easy to carry, even though it is made from a tough water-resistant material. I now use it all the time and wouldn’t be without it!

Garden Tidy | Limited Edition Grey

 

3. Master Gardener Bypass Secateur

No gardener can be without a good pair of secateurs! These chrome plated carbon steel blades have a comfort grip handle for ease of use, with built in safety catch. They easily cut branches and stems up to 2cm thick.

4. Eva Cloggies

Perfect for when you want to pop out into the garden for a few minutes but don’t want to get fully changed into your wellies! I love these cloggies, perfect cushioning, comfort and surprisingly lightweight!

Eva Cloggies | Pink

 

Happy gardening!

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A special thank you to Town and Country who kindly sent me their Garden Tidy for review. 

Bloomsbury Children’s Books – New Titles Spring 2017

I love March, it’s the first month in a new year when I really get a sense of spring’s imminent arrival! Everything seems to come into life, and new interests and hobbies seem so much more attractive as the days get longer and slightly warmer!

My children both love books, and whilst they have old favourites which they return to again and again, it’s lovely to inject a few new titles into their reading repertoire at this time of year.

Bloomsbury Children’s Books – New Titles Spring 2017

Bloomsbury Children’s Books have some great new titles which I thought I’d share with you…

The Naughty Naughty Baddies

Once there were four Naughty, Naughty Baddies. And each one was as naughty as the next. When Four suggests a cunning plan to STEAL all the spots off the Queen’s Little Doggy Woof-Woof, they all grin fiendishly and chuckle evilly! What will the Queen do? Will the Naughty, Naughty Baddies get away with it? This is a very funny and deliciously naughty story from the bestselling pen of Mark Sperring and the bestselling brush of David Tazzyman.

The Butterfly Dance

Caterpillars Dotty and Stripe do everything together. They play, they eat leaves and do all sorts of caterpiller-y things, and then one day, after spinning themselves into snuggly cocoons, they wake up as beautiful butterflies! But soon they realise that, for the first time ever, they look different. Should Dotty only play with butterflies that look like her? And Stripe only play with butterflies that look like him?

The Butterfly Dance is a stunningly illustrated story about friendship and and being happy with who you are, from the author/illustrator of Waterstones Children’s Book Prize shortlisted The Dawn Chorus.

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We’re Going on an Egg Hunt – Activity Book

Can you find all the Easter eggs and help the Easter Bunnies get through the maze to escape from the wolf? Join in the fun with the Easter Bunnies and shout ‘Hooray for Easter Day!’ This super activity book is bursting with colouring, puzzles, games and over 100 lovely stickers.

Based on the bestselling We’re Going on an Egg Hunt, the little ones will have plenty to keep them occupied over the Easter holidays. Laura Hughes’ beautiful illustrations jump off the pages of this adorable activity book.

A Beginner’s Guide to Bear Spotting

Do you dream of seeing some real, live bears? Then this essential guide to bear spotting, filled with offbeat humor and quirky illustrations, is for you! It’s now out in paperback too!

In this perfect read-aloud, a young aspiring bear spotter ventures into bear country . . . But coming face-to-face with the furry creatures themselves, whether black or brown, can be dangerous, and our protagonist–accompanied by a trusty teddy bear–might need to use some unconventional means to stay out of trouble and avoid being (gulp!) eaten.

This book has been a family favourite since we received the Hardback copy last year!

I Don’t Want Curly Hair

NO! I do not want this BIG CURLY HAIR!
It’s messy and silly and just plain unfair.

All Curly Haired Girl has ever wanted is straight and luscious locks, but when she meets a little girl with the smoothest, silkiest hair, who says all she’s ever wanted is spirally, squiggly hair, they are BOTH confused!

A hilarious tale about loving what we have. And hair, lots and lots of hair.

I Don’t Want Curly Hair! is glorious new picture book for little people who always want what they can’t have! From the brilliant Laura Ellen Anderson – illustrator of the bestselling Witch Wars series. This book is visually stunning and the striking illustrations and colour palette used throughout are gorgeous!

Henry and the Yeti

Another superbly and simply illustrated picture book! Henry is sure yetis do exist, and he sets off on an expedition to find one. He has packed everything he needs, including a camera to take photos for evidence. But can he find a yeti? And will anyone believe him when he returns home?

A funny story about believing in yourself (and yetis) from a bestselling illustrator who has turned author too. (Titles include The Witch’s Children and Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs.) Children will love the twist ending in particular.

Happy reading!

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A special thank you to Bloomsbury Publishing who kindly sent me copies of the above books for review. 

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