BIRTHDAY TEA PARTY AND HOMEMADE PARTY HATS

A birthday tea party and how to make these liberty print homemade party hats.I thought I would share a few photos from Bailey’s Birthday party and how to make the homemade party hats. She turned 6 back at the beginning of February and we had a small tea party for her at home.

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A SLOW AND NATURAL CHRISTMAS WITH DENBY

Christmas can be such a busy time of year. With all the festivities and all the extra things to do, it’s easy for it to pass by in a festive blur. Here's some of things we do in order to have a slow and natural Christmas...I find it’s really important to stop, take a breath and remind myself to be really mindful about what we commit to as a family, and make sure I am able to enjoy all the special times that December has to offer.

Christmas can be such a busy time of year. With all the festivities and all the extra things to do, it’s easy for it to pass by in a festive blur. I find it’s really important to stop, take a breath and remind myself to be really mindful about what we commit to as a family, and make sure I am able to enjoy all the special times that December has to offer.

Here are some of the things we do in order to have a slow and natural Christmas…

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ROOM REVEAL: SLOW AND SIMPLE KITCHEN

How we created a slow and simple kitchen on Geoffrey and Grace... Nearly everything is restored and renovated, and we completed most of the work ourselves.

Hooray, our slow and simple kitchen is finished! And it feels so good to have it done.

It has taken us a little while to get to this point, but that is the reality when you are renovating your victorian house yourself whilst raising a family, working and making space to enjoy life a little too.

We wanted to create a really simple and natural space that would be easy to cook in. The kitchen is small, so everything needs to be organised well. Luckily we have a big larder and the kitchen joins on to a breakfast room where we are able to keep most of our serving dishes.

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HOW TO KEEP WARM & SAVE ENERGY THIS WINTER

How to keep warm and save energy this Winter. A simple DIY for a homemade draught excluder.

It’s been one of the coldest Winters in a long time here. For months I have been wearing two cardigans and drinking lots of hot tea. Our old victorian house is pretty draughty, and it’s really noticeable at this time of year. I have been thinking about all the things we can do to make sure we save energy, and I decided to make myself a draught excluder for the front door in order to keep us all a little warmer.

I recently heard about smart meters, which show you exactly how much gas and electricity you are consuming. They’re a great way to help you be more mindful about your heating and the appliances you use. Plus they also tell you exactly how much energy you use in pounds and pence. That means no more estimated bills, you pay for what you use. It will be so useful to be able to identify times when we are using lots of energy, so we can cut back – a visual reminder that is bound to motivate you to turn that landing light off!

The draught excluder was super simple to make, and no doubt I will be making a few more for the back of the house. I also decided to add some dried lavender to the filling so it will smell lovely too.

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INSPIRED BY NATURE: NO BAKE CHRISTMAS CAKE BY NURTURING KITCHEN

For all of you that are yet to make your Christmas Cake, this recipe is perfect - a 'No-Bake Christmas Cake'. Jo from Nurturing kitchen shares one of her favourite seasonal recipes. Inspired by Nature Series - on Geoffrey & Grace

Back today with Jo from Nurturing Kitchen for her second post of the Inspired by Nature Series (if you missed post one, you can read it here).  Jo would like to share with us one of her favourite seasonal recipes, a ‘No-Bake Christmas Cake’. For all of you that are yet to make your Christmas Cake, this recipe is perfect.

Over to Jo…

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