SIMPLE CHILDREN’S BEDROOM

How to create a calm and simple children’s bedroom. Plus thoughts on how to make a tidy space whilst giving her the freedom to be the sort of six year old she wants to be? Here are some of the rooms I have been loving and looking at for inspiration. All photo credits are at the bottom of the post.One of the next projects with our house restoration is to create a calm and simple children’s bedroom for Bailey.

I have a few really clear ideas of how I would like the space to be, but there is still lots to decide.

Here are some of the rooms I have been loving and looking at for inspiration. All photo credits are at the bottom of the post. I have of course been using Pinterest lots and it’s still one of my favourite ways to work out how I want a room to look and feel.

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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 LETTER TO MY DAUGHTER: A MOTHER’S LOVE

A letter to my daughter: a mother's love... Both pure and powerful, simple and raw. What it means to love like a mother... read more on Geoffrey and GraceTo my girl who turned six….

Thank you for making me a mother, for allowing me to know the depths of a mother’s love.

Both pure and powerful, simple and raw.

My heart was sleeping until I held you in my arms. You awoke a new level consciousness, where all feelings are bigger than they were before. I have felt the soaring heights of happiness, the fiery heat of anger, the deeper shades of sadness.

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MONTHLY VOICE: SEPTEMBER

The Monthly Voice for September; what's been inspiring me, why moments of slow are as important as ever and how we make bedtime silly in order to help our daughter who has a habit of worrying.September has been and gone and brought with it all the wonderful golden hues of autumn. Fall is quite possibly my favourite season. The sunlight is particularly beautiful in September and October, as the sun gradually gets lower in the sky and seems to soften and glow as it goes.

As the days shorten and the nights get longer, there is a moment of equilibrium with the autumn equinox, followed a few weeks later by the harvest moon, which was particularly spectacular this year in the UK. I was in the car heading east, and as the moon rose and hovered just above the horizon it seemed so perfectly round and luminous.

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THE MAGIC OF THE JUST SO FESTIVAL

What a wonderful weekend we had at the Just so Festival in Cheshire. As soon as you walk under the Just So Sign and enter the festival site you feel like you are stepping into a magical world. A chance to forget about all the ‘normal’ day-to-day stuff and get lost in the most creative and imaginative place. Where you can dress up and where pockets of theatre and performance pop up from time to time. Where there are drawing workshops and you can try your hand (or should I say foot) at learning the Charleston or enjoying a silent disco. Everyone seems to be there for the same reasons; to kick back, connect with their loved ones and spread a little bit of love and laughter. I think they are some pretty good intentions to have for a weekend.

What a wonderful weekend we had at the Just So Festival in Cheshire. It was packed full of family fun. We made lots of great memories that there are almost too many to share with you in one blog post.

As soon as you walk under the Just So sign and enter the festival site you feel like you are stepping into a magical world.

A chance to forget about all the ‘normal’ day-to-day stuff and get lost in the most creative and imaginative place. Where you can dress up and where pockets of theatre and performance pop up from time to time. Where there are drawing workshops and you can try your hand (or should I say foot) at learning the Charleston or enjoying a silent disco. Where there are sing-alongs and stories being told by the campfire. Where you are allowed to do things that you might not usually be allowed to do at home; have a pillow or jelly fight, have a midnight feast, build a structure with jelly beans.

Everyone seems to be there for the same reasons; to kick back, connect with their loved ones and spread a little bit of love and laughter. I think those are some pretty good intentions to have for a weekend.

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