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My Interior Styling

I would describe my ideal interior style as cosy minimalist; I say ideal because I have children and therefore any chance of things actually being uncluttered and clean are, frankly, non-existent right now.  I realise that “cosy minimalist” probably sounds like a contradiction, throwing up wildly different visions, so I’ll do my best to elaborate – I like clutter-free, I like empty space, I like clean lines and functional furniture; I like the objects I own and display to serve a purpose BUT that purpose may only be to look pretty.  Instead of the stark white of traditional minimalism, I prefer textures and colour.  I love throws and cushions, succulents and tea lights, picture frames and shelves, deep coloured woods and rich, dark fabrics. I like a place for everything and everything in its place but I also like to have beautiful things and plush home comforts (hello, luxury bed linen from Julian Charles!).  A smart, minimalist bedside table is an absolute must, but so is a crate of books waiting to be read (of course, …

The Most Iconic and Creative WW1 Posters

  2018 marks 100 years since the end of World War I. From 1914 to 1918, this conflict embroiled most of Europe — along with Russia, the US and the Middle East — and is considered one of the bloodiest ever, with approximately 35 million casualties. In the UK, people from all backgrounds pulled together to contribute towards the war effort, from fighting on the frontline to working in munitions factories. But with communications far less efficient and slower than what we know today, advertisements became an essential component of mobilising morale and letting everyone know how they could help. Here, Where The Trade Buys, a UK outdoor banner printing company, has put together a guide of some of the most creative and iconic World War I posters — including how successful or unsuccessful they were! See if you know any… The Women’s Land Army Women’s Land Army (WLA) recruitment posters are some of the most remembered wartime memorabilia from World War I and II. By the end of the first year of World War …

The Beauty of Travel in Italy with Kids

For as long as I can remember, Jasmine expressed an interest in visiting Italy.  We don’t have any connections there and she didn’t really know much about it so it seemed quite a random request, but we always said we would try and make it happen.  Then last year Eurocamp approached me to work with them and, despite the parcs in France being a lot easier for us to get to, we opted instead for Portofelice camping village in Eraclea Mare, near Venice. The Eurocamp parcs are, of course, perfect for children as they are designed for families, but we took care to travel outside of the camping village to get a feel for the place as locals too, to see just how family-friendly the Adriatic coast is.  We also drove down from Calais, taking full advantage of the route suggested on the Eurocamp site, which meant we were able to show the children Geneva, Milan and a small portion of Lake Garda along the way.  Lucky children! We always find that when we travel …

5 Ways To Entertain the Kids in Bristol this Summer

Whether you’re local to the area or simply visiting for a few days, Bristol has so much to offer for families and children.  Today, I’ve rounded up some of the highlights the city has to offer this summer; we plan to do most of these ourselves! Bristol Zoo Always a fun day out, our zoo has a multitude of things to interest children, including daily animal talks and feeds – my two love these. Kids’ holiday clubs As a teaching assistant, I am lucky in that I do not need to find childcare over the summer holidays.  However, it is nice to book them into a club once a week – it gives us all a break and enables me to actually clean the house, which rarely happens during the holidays!  We also arrange childcare swaps and sleepovers with friends, which the children love as well.  Being the vibrant city that we are, there are vast arrays of clubs to choose from, though this one at Clifton College caught my eye recently: Clifton College Kid’s …

The 5 Types of Bras Your Teenager Needs

So, the time has come to take your teen bra shopping. When you have a daughter, it’s an inevitable milestone—and an exciting one. Once your teen has started developing breasts, it’s your responsibility to step in and help find the right undergarments for her. Part of this requires getting professionally fitted. After all, since she’s never worn bras before, you’ll want to make sure you know her correct size before investing in some new undergarments.   But, beyond knowing her measurements, you’ll also want to know which styles will be essential in her collection. While the right bras for your daughter may depend on her lifestyle and personal preferences, there are some that basically any growing girl will appreciate having on hand.  As you embark on your first bra-shopping experience together, consider adding the following types of bras to your cart.  Training Bra Let’s start with the basics. If your teen’s bust has just begun developing, she likely doesn’t need elaborate bras with a lot of support. Training bras are phenomenal for some light coverage—while they …