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…

Manifesto for Imperfection

I was clearing out some stuff recently and came across this manifesto for imperfection. This A4 sheet of paper is something I’ve kept for years (since 2001!). Through house moves and multiple clearouts. Not wanting to let it go because on each rediscovery, I find it more meaningful. It was written by Bruce Taylor, an artist and one of the tutors at Kingston University School of Art where I did my degree. He created this Manifesto…

Books I’ve Read Lately

Whenever I get asked about my hobbies I always include the fact I love to read. Carving out the time to read can prove tricky though. After popping on your phone to check your email, you end up spending half an hour down the rabbit hole that is the internet. Whether it is scrolling on Instagram or seeing what the latest news is, or even doing a quick search on eBay for that elusive piece of…

A Happy Bed for my Happy Girl

This is a collaborative post When you have kids it can sometimes feel like they don’t stop growing. Well, not until they’re about eighteen anyway. My eldest is now eight and she’s had a full sized single bed for around four years now. She has a Leesa mattress, which she and I love, but there was one problem; the bed constantly moved around her floor. She has bare floorboards with a rug (from Next last summer), and…