Recent Reads & my Growing TBR Pile

You may remember back in frozen January, I made a pledge to read more this year. A lot more. In an effort to be accountable for my reading I thought I’d share the books I’ve read. These are all since May, and as you can see my TBR (to be read) pile is rather large. To see what I read from January through April click here. Books I Have Read (since May 2018) The Exit by Helen Fitzgerald.…

The Bohemian Floor

this is an advertorial post in collaboration with Kersaint Cobb The eclectic, bohemian look is something that comes quite naturally to me. I’m a bit of a collector and love to bring things back to use in my home from my travels. These two traits make it easy for me to curate that bohemian style at home. One of the key elements of this look is texture. The layering of textures creates a warm, interesting and…

How I Started Writing a Novel

Writing a novel had been in the back of my mind ever since being a young girl playing with my Grandma’s typewriter. I’ve been getting a lot of questions about how I started writing my novel. Despite being far from finished (I’m currently editing the first draft) I thought I’d answer a few of the questions I’ve had as a blog post. It is also a great way for me to mark where I’m up to,…

Creativity Podcasts

Listening to podcasts is something I really love to do. Sometime when I’m out walking, or sitting in the garden but more often than not I’ll be emptying the dishwasher or making packed lunches whilst I listen. I wanted to share with you some podcasts I enjoy. They have themes of creativity, writing and being online, I hope you find something you like. Some of the shows I’m been listening to for a while, others are…

The Nora Mattress and a Kids Bedroom update

this post is in collaboration with Wayfair, all opinions my own obviously  Hello dear readers! How are you? I’ve had a little writing break and I’m back feeling revived. Today I’m sharing an interiors post. Something I feel like I haven’t done for ages.  (I got a tad distracted by my novel, more on that soon.) I’m collaborating with Wayfair on this post, a brand I’ve worked with in the past, and bought from independently. They are somewhere I often…

A Photoshoot at Home

Recently I had the pleasure of being the subject of a photoshoot at my home. Today I wanted to share a taster of the shots. I’d known of Alex‘s work through the Manchester blogging scene and could see he held himself to a high standard. I love the tones and the earthiness of his images. He seems to capture a faraway, dreamy vibe whilst still being very much in the moment, grounded in realism. If you…

On Taking a Break

Hello! I’m taking a break, a moment away from what the last part of a marathon must feel like. The novel writing is taking over my life! Let me explain; This weekend I was forced, willing so really, to leave my strict writing schedule and jump in the car with one of my best buddies’ and head to Wales for the weekend. And you know what? At the time I didn’t think I needed a break. I…

Great Gifts to Give a Writer

Hello, hello! There are some changes going on around the place at the moment here. I feel like I’m in a chrysalis stage. Sometime soon I’m going to burst forth with a new and improved version of myself 😉 One of the small things I’ve started doing of late is that when I get asked what I do, I say I’m a writer. A writer is someone who writes, right? (groan) It felt weird at first to…

Four Days in Rome

Hello! Buongiorno! I wanted to share with you what we did on our recent child free holiday to Rome, Italy. Before I get into the details of our city break to the Italian capital, I’m going to give you a little backstory. My husband and I first went to Rome together in February 2006, we’d known each other only six weeks. It was most definitely a whirlwind romance and I suppose you could say it sealed the…

Collected thoughts on blogging/writing

Today I’m sharing a few blog posts I’ve loved recently. I’ve been thinking a lot about blogging, writing and creativity. On my quest to write a novel, and it be imperfectly perfect, I’ve found it hard to avoid online distractions. As my work (blog stuff) is basically on the internet and creative writing is on my laptop; temptation is waiting, just a click away. Lately, I’ve been feeling rather torn between the two things and these articles have…

Tracks of my Years

Writing last weeks post and alluding to my Greek sailing adventures got me thinking about an album I was listening to a lot at the time. So I made a note of other moments in my life which I could map out through music. Particular songs or albums that bring back vivid memories, I think we all have these, don’t we? A particular song/album acts like a time machine.Instantly transporting you back through your life to that…

Comforting Roast Chicken

Or, reasons I love roast chicken. Vegans look away now. What is it about cooking a roast dinner that feels like a real accomplishment? For me, it’s a roast chicken. I think it must stem from childhood. A roast chicken dinner was always my mums Go To roast. Now I have two kids of my own, I get it. I get the fact that it is no easy feat to put a meal like that on the…