March 31, 2014

Floral Easter Party.

Happy Monday all!

I'm so excited to share this sweet Easter party with you because not only is it really beautiful and perfectly styled but you can buy the printables to recreate the same look!

I found this over on Kara's Party Ideas but you can buy the set from Sweet Scarlet Designs for only £6.17. This  would be a gorgeous idea for a baby shower or bridal shower too.


How gorgeous is this printable set of stationery!


Do let me know if you use these and please do share the pictures on my Instagram page. I would love to see them!

Rachie xo

March 28, 2014

Living Room Moodboard !

I've been trying to collect my thoughts on the re-decoration of the living room for a few weeks now and I'm not sure I'm quite there yet.  We've actually had the sofas delivered and already they look SO much better in the room (not being brown helps!) 

Anyway the things we have figured out are:
  • Wooden flooring - probably oak. Unsure of the colour yet but leaning towards a lighter colour I think. 
  • Shutters/blinds on the windows. We have these in the rest of the house and I love them and they will cover up the windows (that we are not yet ready to replace) nicely!
  • Some sort of rug - Probably a blue/grey colour.
  • Some kind of greenery in the form of house plants. I feel like this is lacking at the moment. 

What we are unsure about:
  • What kind of coffee table if any?  With Annie progressing to walking I'm not sure if we should keep some space for her to toddle. 
  • What colour on the walls? If we go with blue -what colour?
  • Lighting - would we want a free standing lamp or side lamps?

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What do you think? Any suggestions?  We are open to them!

Rachie xo

March 25, 2014

Seven Months Old!

Annie is seven months. Its such a lovely age. Her facial features seem to be changing as she looks more like a little girl. Her personality gets better every month and she definitely knows her own mind now.  We love her so much!

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This month Annie:

  • Is enjoying her food. She eats three meals a day now and I'm mostly following the Annabel Karmel meal planner. Her current favourite is Spinach, Leek and Pea purée and she loves to chew on toast and pineapple!
  • Has started swimming lessons with her daddy. We are doing the babyswimming.co.uk programme which teaches her to swim underwater. She seems to love it so far!
  • Babbles much more now and makes sounds and laughs lots ! She is such a happy little girl. 
  • Loves to play peekaboo with mummy.
  • Is sleeping much better now with only one or two wake ups! (YAY!)
  • Met her new little cousin Reuben 
  • Went to the farm for the first time! She was fascinated with the pigs!

Happy Tuesday!

Rachie xo

PS: You may have noticed that I photoshopped in the paper this month instead of using an actual piece. This is why! Uh oh!

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March 19, 2014

Online Delights - This Modern Life.

I'm going to start a little mini series where I share fabulous online shops that I have stumbled across.  I wish I had found This Modern Life when I was decorating Annie's room as it has some gorgeous finds for babies and some really lovely gifts.  They ship worldwide too! Here are a few items that I really liked!

1. Door knobs can change a bland piece of furniture into something really different. I love this giraffe one.
2. This metal pendant light will add a gorgeous pop of pink to your room.
3.This iron on appliqué would look great on a plain cushion.
4. This soulmate baby bedding set is adorable. I love how its unisex too.
5. This pear rattle is such a sweet gift for a new baby.
6. Think how much fun your little one would have in this tent!
7. A sweet birthday present for a little person!


Do click over to This Modern Life for a browse! It contains some gorgeous gifts!

Rachie xo

March 17, 2014

Peach Spring like baby shower!

Spring has sprung here and I adore this peach baby shower that I found on Grey likes Baby by Kayla Adams.

The beautiful blooms are my favourite here, I love how they have incorporated lots of different types to give it a soft eclectic look. The concertina decorations in the grey and peach colours look beautiful too and create a lovely backdrop to the room. Have you spied that stunning tablecloth with the flower pom poms on? So cute and I love the chevron one too. To see the full write up then click over to Grey likes Baby here.

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Happy Monday!

Rachie xo

March 12, 2014

Tuesday Tales from the Week! (On Wednesday!)

Spring has sprung. It was a quiet week this week as we all have the lurgie. Boo! Here's what I got up to:

  • Breakfast on the weekend overlooking the Aerodrome! What a beautiful day!
  • Had a long awaited pedicure ready for flip flops!
  • Impromtu trip into London and enjoyed Borough market and seeing the Shard up close!
  • Enjoyed browsing Debenhams homeware. I like the blue flamingos!


Happy Wednesday!

Rachie xo

March 10, 2014

House and garden update.

Sorry for the lack of posts. I'm aware that I have been MIA lately. Life sometimes just takes over and with the demands of a seven month old its sometimes hard to find the time or energy to blog!

Anyway lots happening on the home front at the moment! The back of our garden (which has a lot of use-able space) has been used as a bit of a dumping ground recently so we made the decision to get someone in to tidy and flatten it so that in the future it can be used for Annie's toys and a vegetable garden.  We're also having a bit of a tidy up in the front garden which has been sorely neglected over the past year. I should have pictures to show you in the next couple of weeks.Whoop!

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This weekend we also bought a table and chairs for the decking (remember that - long overdue!) and its being delivered on Thursday. We went with this classic set from Homebase which matches the wood and it was on sale too. I'll style it up with some fun homeware to make it pretty! What with the hubs being the BBQ king I know we'll get loads of use out of it and I'm glad we opted for six seater too so we can have friends and family round. Fingers crossed for a hot summer as I feel like I kind of missed it last year what with being so heavily pregnant.

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We're also in the process of getting quotes to redecorate the living room and hallway. I've talked about this before but this time we really are doing it over the next six months!!  I've started a Pinterest board to collect ideas and we've bought two three seater sofas to replace our (frankly hideous) ones that we bought second hand to tide us over when we moved in three years ago!! I don't think we ever thought we would still be sitting on them but hey that's life! Thank goodness we have new ones coming! We chose the MIRA sofa from DFS (Again I never thought this was where we would buy our sofas but the price was right and they were what we were looking for!) I wont be pairing them with those cushions below though as the proportions are totally wrong - don't you think? We also opted for fabric buttons instead of the (admittedly fun) coloured ones just for blending purposes. I like the clean lines and the retro feel which we hope to emulate for the room.

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Anyway that's all for now.

Rachie xo 

March 04, 2014

Tuesday Tales from the Week !

We made it to Spring! Welcome March! Here's what I got up to this week...

  • Cocktails on Saturday - just at home but still why not?
  • Getting decorative with washi tape for a present for a good friend.
  • Loving the new Collect app to take a picture of Annie a day!
  • Annie started swimming lessons!
  • We started shopping for holidays. I love this vibrant blue dress. 
  • Daffodils fior Spring. Yellow is such a happy colour!!

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Happy Tuesday!

Rachie xo