Thursday, 10 September 2015

Throwback Thursday #1

New Jersey USA, January 2012. Skinny. With a fag in my hand!


Wednesday, 2 September 2015

A Country Cottage Garden

I admire my mother in law. She has an elegant and graceful flair for interiors. She resides in a cosy little cottage in a village which is always immaculately presented ( unlike my house with food and toys strewn everywhere). She has a real passion for making her home a home, and her garden is no exception.

Today, I thought I would share with you her wonderful little oasis.

Lots of plants and flowers border the edge of the garden, giving it some points of interest

Flowers and a little table and chairs to enjoy a morning coffee

A cast iron wine feature for the wall, because who doesn't like garden drinking!

A bit of humour!

A Buddha amongst flowers....Very Asia -Esque

A garden is the one place that is easy to neglect. We are in the process of renovating our garden and this has inspired me to take better care!

Love Ellie x

Home Etc

Wicked Wednesday #17


Have you seen this guy?

White caucasian male, about 3ft tall with ginger hair and green eyes. He was driving a Red Mini Cooper, last seen about 1pm GMT on 1st August 2015. He was rumored to be blasting Twinkle Twinkle little star but we can't be too sure...

Saturday, 29 August 2015

Autumn Fashion Picks for Mums

Since becoming a mum, there is something very fitting about 'mum' clothing. As much as I try to rock out the leather trousers, and heels ( in a desperate attempt to look stylish and get out the food stained clothes), it just doesn't suit my lifestyle anymore. I tend to sway towards practical clothing and favour looser styles more and more these days.

Next & Boohoo are my favourite places to shop. Their clothes are so reasonable in price and fit me really well.

As we approaching autumn ( or have been since June), I have picked out some of my favourite pieces I will be investing in.

1. Oversized Denim Shirt , Next £22

This compliments dark jeans, black trousers or a pencil skirt. Pair with a statement necklace and your on your way to instant glam.

2. Tunic, Bohoo £12

Tunics are so forgiving on mum tums, and the detailing on this one means it can be dressed up or dressed down.

3. Loose Tee, Boohoo £10

I am loving loose tee's at the moment. They are so comfortable and look so great with jeans or leggings. Boohoo have loads in the sale at the moment.

4. Converse £40

Everyone mum knows how great a pair of converse are! They look good with everything, and I wear mine daily. I have a white pair, but I am also thinking about investing in another pair.

5. Nude Loafers, Boohoo £15

Not ever worn loafers, but these look smarter than converse, and can be dressed up for work and dinner out, or worn in the day  with jeans and an oversized shirt.

6. Shift Dress, Boohoo £15

Gone are the days where I can wear a tight dress and get away with it. This shift dress is loose, stylish and can be paired with wedges for those late summer days, or worn with tights, boots and an oversized scarf for an autumn look.

7. Jeggings, Next £18

As all women know, it is hard getting the right pair of jeans! I find jeggings look better on me and Next's version fit me really well, and they are a great jean replica! I have about 4 pairs of these.

Do you have any other mummy fashion recommendations?

I would love to know!

Ellie x

Stopping at two


Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Wicked Wednesday #16

Nappy Free Time - You know when your child splashes around in their pee and gives you some lovely furniture art....

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Only Child A Lonely Child?

I have received some bad news of late. I may not be able to have anymore children. I will not go into details yet, but I may have to accept that Jack will be an only child.

I am aware of how lucky I am to have one child. I am besotted with my little boy and he makes me so happy, but I feel sad. I would love him to have a sibling. My husband and myself both have 3 siblings each, and we are so close to them all.

An only child has a bit of a reputation to be a 'lonely child'. You hear many things about them being spoilt and having issues as they grow up. This does frighten me slightly. It seems that society places a real  negative on only children. I must admit I don't really like the idea of it, but if that's our fate, then I will grow to accept it.

We have both agreed we wouldn't go through IVF or any other assisted conception.

I have been thinking lately about the positives in just having one child:

1. They can have all my attention without having to split my time.

2. I will not have to endure night feeds again.

3. I have a good routine and balance which will continue as he grows up.

4. We will not be as financially stretched and can have more holidays and days out.

5. If I ensure we are around lots of children, and especially at school, I am hoping he won't feel lonely. I also plan to ensure he does lots of extra curricular activities like football, and perhaps karate.

We really would love another baby, but I can't get my hopes up. I am going to learn to accept the situation, even though it makes me really sad, I am hoping I can still give Jack a good life, without a brother or sister.

I would love to hear your thoughts!

Love Ellie x


Sunday, 23 August 2015

Gratitude & Goals #1

I am linking up with the lovely Julie from Velvet Rose to list my gratitude and goals from the week commencing 17th August:

My Gratitude For This Week


  • Having lots of sunshine to enable me to enjoy the outdoors with my son. 
  • Having my hair coloured. I always feel so much better when it is fresh.
  • Starting a new work project. I love challenges.
  • Receiving some fab clothes I ordered online with £1.99 next day delivery offer.
  • My son learnt to hi five me!
  • Started reading a book
  • Having a family day out at Crystal Palace Park. It was so warm, and full of happiness with families everywhere.

My Goals For Next Week

  • Get working on my new project
  • Setting aside some time to do my accounts
  • As I am out working for 2 days this week, hoping on the other days to enjoy some quality time with my son
  • Save some money and stop spending
Thanks for hosting Julie!