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A Cosy Living Room At Christmas

Sponsored post During Winter our living room is the heart of our home.  I love making it look as warm and cosy as possible. It becomes my cosy retreat away from the world.  Some might say it's my cave where I hibernate from November through to March in order to escape...

Prosecco Princess Gift Guide

This Prosecco Princess gift guide is going to help you find something very special for those people who love nothing more than a cool, crisp glass of prosecco. I do love Prosecco and I had so much fun compiling this list. These are some of the best gift ideas I could...

Style Your Halloween This Year with Etsy UK

Every year our children get more and more interested in Halloween. Last year we made a few decorations and dressed-up at home for the little ones.  My eldest did go trick or treating for the first time with a friend. I went along to ensure we only...

REVIEW: The Z Hotel Shoreditch

Having attended an evening event in London a few weeks ago I decided to stay overnight in London rather than travel back late to Wiltshire. I chose to stay at The Z Hotel in Shoreditch.    As with most good hotels in London, it's not a cheap stay. Most...

Get Creative With Bamboo Spark

I was recently approached by Bamboo Spark after they saw my doodle I did here to mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare. They wondered if I would like to try out their exciting product that can transfer handwritten notes and drawings from a notepad onto your...

Celebrating Beatrix Potter’s 150th Birthday

On my children's bookshelf is a collection of Beatrix Potter books that I had when I was a little girl. They have a well worn, off-white tinge to them. I remember lying in bed as a little girl studying these books. The text was a little hard for me to navigate but the...

Christmas In July with NotOnTheHighStreet

'Twas five months before Christmas, in a large London house, Festive spirits were stirring, Christmas was beginning to rouse. NotOnTheHighStreet.com hung decorations with care, In hopes that some bloggers soon would be there;   The place looked...

Outdoor Living at RHS Chelsea Flower Show

Our home seems to grow bigger in the summer months as we spend more time (English weather permitting) in our garden.  What a difference it makes to move some of our living space outside. Whether it's cooking on the BBQ, kicking a ball around the garden or having...

Inspired by Shakespeare

This year sees the 400th anniversary of the death of Shakespeare. To join in the celebrations of his life and work I was asked, by Viking, if I would like to create something featuring one of Shakespeare's quotes.   Rummaging through my memories of what I knew...

Homewood Park Spa in Bath

Get pampered like a queen and relax for a day at Homewood Park Spa and Hotel. If you're after relaxing treatments, modern spa facilities and charming country hotel surroundings, head to Homewood Park Hotel and Spa near Bath.  Set in 10 acres of mature parklands...

Amazing Children’s Educational Magazine

If you said educational magazine to me a few weeks ago I would have immediately thought of a slightly flimsy comic which earnestly tries to disguise it's educational content with brightly coloured reward stickers.  The sort of publication that I...

Valentine’s Day and Heart Shaped Chocolate Box Giveaway

Valentine's day is nearly here. Do you have any plans? My lovely man and I are so tired mature old that our Valentine's day will probably include watching a film, diving into a big box of chocolates, a glass or two of wine and perhaps swapping...

Six Family Things To Do In Wiltshire This February Half Term

After my last post talking about the speed at which January has flown by it seems February half term is nearly upon us. Now don't panic! Before your mind goes blank and you can't think of anything to do other than the dreaded soft play, take a look at what...

Crazy January Days

I'm still here. 2016 has got away to a flying start and this blog got a little left behind. Work, house, and sickly kids have me galloping along trying to keep up. Jumping from one washing pile to the next. And tapping away on the computer late into the night. I...

Christmas Flowers From Appleyard London

I was recently sent a beautiful Christmas floral arrangement from Appleyard London to help celebrate this festive season.  They are quite simply stunning.  Beautifully packaged, fresh, and stylishly arranged. This is most certainly going to be the perfect...

Christmas with George Secret Santa

The life of a blogger can be quite a solitary one. You generally work alone. Tapping away in our own little world. Our only contact with other bloggers is generally through the occasional meet-up or online through social media. At Christmas there are no...

How To Make A White Christmas Wreath

One of the things I love making at Christmas is a wreath for our home. This year I was challenged to make one by Turtle Mat.  They're the people who sell those really handy washable dirt trapper doormats. With a big hairy dog, 3 kids, and lots of...

Clanger and Picket Woods in Wiltshire

Clanger and Picket Woods today after a recommendation from a friend. Just me, the kids and our dog. The weather was perfect - sunny, warm and still. We parked the car and started exploring the wood.  A noisy band of clumping welly boots,...

Take 50 Photos Exercise

I am currently working on improving my amateur photographic skills.  I love taking photographs. I love the geekery of it and the creative element. I've recently tried a great exercise where you find different and interesting ways to photograph a single...

Hunter Norris Field Wellington Boots Review

I do vaguely remember a time when I used to wear high heels and a nice suit to work. However I have reached a stage in my life where I am happiest wearing my jeans, hoody, and wellington boots.  It's just so easy to slip my feet into my...

Simple Things: A Log Fire

Our log fire has been lit this week. The sound of logs crackling and the deep warm glow of the flickering flames has brought our living room to life.  To sit by the fireside with a good book or a mug of hot chocolate fills me with a deep sense of contentment. No...

Learning to Use Adobe Lightroom

I am slooooowwwwllllyyyy teaching myself to use Adobe Lightroom.  Having tried and failed to get my head around Photoshop, I am pleasantly surprised at how user-friendly it is.  I've already seen an improvement in the look and feel of what my finished...

Instagram Love

I can't believe I have only started using Instagram in the last year.  For so long I just didn't get the attraction and now I wonder why I didn't. It's exactly the sort of thing I like. It's visual and inspiring. It's generally a pretty friendly place...

Happy Birthday

Birthday celebrations today. It's been a day filled with excited children, hugs, cards, pressies, a civilised lunch out with my folks and husband. Then home for cake, fizz and Chinese food. The sun shone and the day was pretty calm.  I genuinely could not...

Unsplash. Photos for free

Thanks to the Mammasaurus blog I was introduced this week to a delicious new website called Unsplash. It's a place full of exquisite images that are completely and utterly FREE to use. And the biggest attraction is the look and feel of these photos....

Autumn Days, When the grass is jewelled

Autumn Days by Estelle White Autumn days, when the grass is jewelled And the silk inside a chestnut shell Jet planes meeting in the air to be refuelled All these things I love so well So I mustn’t forget No, I mustn’t forget To say a great big thank you I mustn’t...

A Sunny Autumnal Day In Bath

We popped into Bath today to have lunch at The Cozy Club. Just me and the husband and some good friends. We don't often get to go out together without the kids. What a rare treat.  The sun shone, the air was warm and the sky was a striking blue....

Luxury Flower Delivery and discount code

I am a flowers girl. I love growing them, smelling them, photographing them and generally enjoying their beauty.  When I have a bunch of flowers in my home it feels very special.  Flowers just make me smile and raise my spirits whether it be a small...

DIY Ribbon Wreath Tutorial

Before I started Grubby Little Faces I had a craft and sewing blog where I recorded the creations I had made for my family or friends plus I sold a few hand-sewn pieces through it.  Grubby Little Faces has subsequently grown and grown and I now spend...

Learning how to use manual mode

After eight years of messing around with my digital camera I finally took a beginners in photography course a couple of Saturdays ago.  I feel like I have been taught to ride a bike properly.  I am slow, very slow, a little bit frustrated...

Loneliness as a New Mum – My Story

I stared at the clock. 9.10am. I stared back at the moses basket. 9.10am? It had only been an hour since my husband had kissed us both goodbye and gone to work. I was cheery then. Full of positivity and a can-do attitude. I had a mission to go to the library. Me and...

Update Your Blog With Etsy

From time to time I get the urge to spruce up the look of my blog. Like a room in your house that you use everyday, I have grown a little tired of my blogs decoration and wanted something a little different. So I've been busy gathering ideas...

Slow New Year

Happy New Year to you all and thank you for all the lovely words about my last post.  I enjoyed putting all the Christmas photographs together and getting back to the sort of blog post I used to do.  More reflective.  More like a journal....

Thrifty Homemade Christmas Gift

We made these Thrifty Homemade Christmas gifts for the children's teachers this year.  They were well received and very easy to pull together.   Also the final cost for making each one came to around £1.29 each if you use supermarket prices.  ...

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