Thursday, 17 April 2014


... weeks 15 & 16, 2014

 Exploring natural playdough with William.

Loving the 30 Days to Transform Your Play series over at An Everyday Story.

 Road-tripping to the coast.

 Attending a beautiful, Spring wedding up north.

Waiting for a dinosaur egg to hatch.

Watching Game of Thrones.

Reading Antony Gormley by Martin Caiger-Smith.

Pinning all things Spring.

Looking forward to getting back into regular blogging after this Easter weekend.

Sunday, 6 April 2014


...week 14, 2014
Making little cards ready for Easter.

Enjoying meals out with amazing friends.

Saving this idea for making the most of left over fresh herbs.
Eating jerk chicken.

Watching The Voice UK final.

Disagreeing about curtains.
Loving that William won his preschool's 'design an egg competition' with his dinosaur nest creation.

Needing to do a couple more finishing touches to William's bedroom and then his room is done.

Having a little blogging break whilst William's on his Easter holidays.

Thursday, 3 April 2014

loved it, pinned it, did it

There's no denying, I love a bit of Pinterest. Here's a few of my favourite crafty tutorials which I have pinned and made recently.

Washi Tape Monogram Art from Lia Griffith, Handcraft Your Life.

Super Cute Animal Pouches from Handmade Charlotte.

Homemade Journal from A Beautiful Mess.

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

an organised kitchen

One of my actions/resolutions for the year was to be more organised in the kitchen. More meal planning, more healthy options and less pulling something together at the last minute.

So far, it's not been going great. So far, home cooked meals have been few and far between, takeaways and meals-out have been plentiful and the weekly shop hasn't been happening weekly at all.

Not a great start for a resolution made three whole months ago... so this month, I'm making a pledge to be more organised in the kitchen.

Here's the plan...

One of my biggest issues, with being organised in the kitchen, is meal planning and my failure to do it. We too often get into a rut and end up eating the same thing over and over. I recently found a blog post which recommended using a theme for each night of the week (you can find it here) and I'm opting to do something similar. I've chosen very general themes which will be the same every week but which I can easily change if they stop working for us. Our week currently looks like this...

Pasta night.
Rice night.
Something to go in the oven.
Experiment (with new ingredients or recipes).
Pizza night.
Easy night (I'm allowing myself one night a week to have it easy. This will be the takeaway, family meal out or something from the freezer night).
Roast night.

I've decided to do my meal plans every two weeks so I only have to really think about it fortnightly. I will however continue to shop on a weekly basis.

I'm hoping the addition of a meal plan will naturally lead to more healthy choices without us really having to think about it. We're quite lucky in that William loves fruit and vegetables and we already include them daily so we have no issues here.

Waste is however a very big issue and is certainly something I want to deal with during the month. We throw far too much food away at the end of each week and I plan to tackle it head on. More freezing of home cooked meals, more using up leftovers and less buying of fresh food in bulk.

Other points to consider include getting William helping in the kitchen more often, planning his packed lunches more efficiently (I love doing his lunches but possibly spend  too much money when I could be more frugal), using up and working with what's in my dried goods cupboard and buying more locally.

This is a big challenge for me. It's been hard to get myself into a meal planning mind set and overcome my recent reluctance to spend time in the kitchen. All advice, links and thoughts on this topic would be incredibly welcome.

Wish me luck :)

Tuesday, 1 April 2014


Above: Tuesday 1st April 2014

April... one quarter of a year has been and gone and Andy has been home for a month already!

This month, I'm looking forward to getting the finishing touches done upstairs... I am so pleased to finally be saying 'there are only finishing touches left'.

The main house project, for the month, will be our front garden (if you can call it a garden). Over the years, this little area has been the centre of a few headaches but we are finally getting it sorted once and for all.

Andy and I will be attending a wedding in the next couple of weeks, meaning a couple of nights on our own whilst Mum & Dad stop at our's. I'm sure William will keep them very entertained.

I'm planning to get on top of my New Year Resolutions. A lot of birthdays to remember in April and I 100% intend to start making an effort in the kitchen from now on (promise).

Easter is, of course, on its way. William has already made his design for his preschool's Easter Egg competition (it's a dinosaur nest) but I can't wait to do lots more Easter crafts and activities when he breaks up for the holidays.

I must mention that as of yesterday, Andy and I have been together 11 years so Happy Anniversary Mr Carr but a massive Happy Anniversary must also be said to my in-laws who have been married 40 years this very month!

All in all, April is feeling pretty full and I'm feeling good about what's to come :)

Saturday, 29 March 2014


...week 13, 2014
Beginning to feel like we're getting somewhere with the upstairs 'to-do' list. Only a couple more jobs left.

Looking forward to the house feeling less chaotic.

Thinking I really need to crack on with some paintings.
Reading  The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out The Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson.

Listening to Andy reading dinosaur books to William.

Pinning ideas for our home office.
Eating crumpets.

Having our parenting skills tested to the max.

Loving the work by artist, Elise Wehle.

Thursday, 27 March 2014

sketchbook challenge update

February, Windows
 I tried a couple of ideas for this theme but everything with actual windows wasn't really working for me. After spending a few days procrastinating I came across a quote on pinterest and fell in love with it. So, I based February's theme around the quote and kept it simple with a few ink stamped stars.

March, Warm and Cool
Last night, whilst Andy watched football, I sat punching out circles from magazine cuttings and formed them into patterns. I think he's finally decided I've officially lost the plot.

It took a while for me to come up with a concept for the March theme. I knew I wanted to include both warm and cool colours but I was initially being drawn to colour wheels. I eventually settled on this pattern as it blends the colours from cool to warm.

You can find out more about The Sketchbook Challenge here.