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The Mill Restaurant at Millbrook
The Mill Restaurant at Millbrook

Last month I had the pleasure of attending a special event to mark the official opening of The Mill Restaurant at Millbrook Garden Centre in Gravesend. There were a few celebrations that evening, including a celebration of Millbrook’s 40thanniversary – but more on that in my next blog post! Situated in the beautiful surroundings of the Garden Centre plant and…

Lottie Murphy Designs
Lottie Murphy Designs

As a self-confessed stationery addict, I was absolutely delighted recently to discover Lottie Murphy, a wonderful artist with a background in fine art and classical portraiture. Lottie’s cards are a delight to behold and I was really disappointed that I didn’t discover her before Christmas. Lottie Murphy Designs I struggled to find Christmas cards I liked this year, and Lottie’s…

Petersham Nurseries – Underwhelming Mondays
Petersham Nurseries – Underwhelming Mondays

Having previously visited and loved Petersham Nurseries I decided that a quiet Monday during half-term provided the perfect excuse for a return visit. We had a couple of errands to do in the area and were very much looked forward to returning to this emporium of home and garden design. There were some benefits to it being a wet and miserable…

IKEA Greenwich
IKEA Greenwich

Last weekend we went on a visit to the new IKEA Greenwich. We wanted to see for ourselves what this celebrated store had to offer Londoners, and to find out if the rumours of traffic/travel chaos and huge crowds were true! IKEA Greenwich Designed with Londoners and the environment in mind, IKEA Greenwich is their most sustainable store. It really…

Recycling Gift Wrap
Recycling Gift Wrap

Hello, I hope you have all had an amazing Christmas! I’m just surfacing and am amazed by the amount of gift wrap and general packaging we seem to have acquired over the festive season. It seems Christmas mayhem does lead to compromises when it comes to our generally green ethics, and I for one want to do more next year…

Tom Fletcher Book Club 2
Tom Fletcher Book Club 2

Bestselling (and current Jones family favourite) children’s author Tom Fletcher is back with his second book club exclusive to WHSmith. Tom has selected 10 more brilliant books for 7 to 11-year olds to get them excited and inspired to read, by offering a wide variety of titles by both established and debut authors. When the books arrived both my children…

The Soap Co: An Ethical Brand
The Soap Co: An Ethical Brand

Every so often you find a company with inspirational products and an ethical stance to match. The Soap Co is one such company, and I was thrilled when I found them profiled in a recent copy of The Simple Things magazine.   The Soap Co. is an ethical luxury brand that creates sophisticated body care products to nurture and care…

Kitchen Cooker Style from Everhot
Kitchen Cooker Style from Everhot

Some time ago I wrote a blog post on the gorgeous Teal Range Cooker from Everhot. It’s still an amazing colour and definitely a real statement piece. It’s one of these cookers which sits happily on my wish list! I love the retro yet very contemporary feel, and therein lies the appeal for me! At the moment though I’m rather…

Word of the Year 2018
Word of the Year 2018

I am one of those people who find New Years Resolutions extremely difficult to keep! I start with great intentions and real resolve, only to find that once back in my post-Christmas routine other things seem to take priority! Word of the Year 2018 For two years now I have been using the idea of a word for the year,…

10 Tips to Survive Christmas
10 Tips to Survive Christmas

The weeks of preparation are finally behind us, and Christmas is here! I’m sure lots of people love Christmas, but for many it can be a time of stress, worry and exhaustion! For my final post before the big day, I thought I’d share some very simple tips to help you survive Christmas… Here goes…   10 Tips to Survive…

Little Silver Leaf
Little Silver Leaf

Well, the Christmas shopping is well underway! Presents are being bought (and hidden!) and cards are being written. We’re writing lots of lists to make sure we don’t forget anything – or anyone! I love this time of year, especially shopping for something special for family and friends. I’m a stationery addict, and this extends to Christmas cards and gift…

Christmas Colour with Kali Stileman
Christmas Colour with Kali Stileman

With Christmas fast approaching (yes, I’m finally blogging about Christmas!), my thoughts are turning to Christmas cards. This year I’ve fallen in love with the gorgeous range of Christmas cards by Kali Stileman! I have long been a fan of Kali’s work, I love her bold and fun use of colour, and her distinctive style which sets her apart from…