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Cycle Centre very kindly agreed to sponsor my kit for Nottingham’s leg of the #teamhonkrelay. I might have looked like a complete amateur on the day, but underneath that Robin hood costume from Joke I was fully equipped and prepared for anything. It was a good job really as we suffered 8 punctures on the day, so lots of waiting about in the freezing cold. Continue reading

2014 – My year of the Great British Outdoors

2014 is going to be a year of getting outdoors more. That’s despite adopting the world’s biggest couch potato in the form of Mr Moo the retired greyhound (not his real name, but greyhounds require anonymity on social media too) . Greyhounds, its turns out, are seriously chilled out dogs. Adopting Moo was all part of my desire to get outdoors more, not that I need a dog to be my passport to that, but having a running and walking companion was one more on a long list of reasons to adopt a greyhound. Greyhounds don’t really need a lot of exercise, but they certainly enjoy a good walk and even a jog.

2014 kicks off with Team Honk’s Lands End to John O Groats blogger relay. I can see me doing a big stint of mileage here, and as always I am up for a challenge. I hope you are signed up? If not why not?

So, fitness, outdoors, dog walks, all we need now is to make sure we truly make the most of the caravan next year. I’ve promised myself this will be the year I get myself properly kitted out for the outdoors.

After an outdoor party for Mr G’s 5th birthday, at a farm, my friend told me how trendy my Dad was looking, he really does rock the outdoorsy look, whereas I tend to look like a jumble sale crossed with a snowman, and still feel the cold.

Jacksons of Old Arley are the largest stockists of camping, caravanning, outdoor clothing and spares and accessory equipment here in the Midlands. They are a family-run one-stop camping and caravanning shop, but you can also buy online. Here’s what I am lusting after for my new, even more outdoorsy life, from Jacksons of Old Arley, over on Polyvore.

Here’s to the great British Outdoors! What about you, what have you got lined up on the horizon for 2014?

Shop Local: British Seaside Clothing and Gifts from Gone Crabbing


It has been on my agenda for a while to focus on hunting down some cool, clever and UK based businesses offering fun stuff to families. You know the sort of businesses, the ones that start from a kitchen table or a conversation in a pub?

This week I want to tell you all about Norfolk based Gone Crabbing. Seaside memorabilia has come a long way since Kiss Me Quick hats and saucy postcards, thanks to mumpreneur Susie Mason. She began her business five years ago at the kitchen table of her small cottage. The range of cosy clothes, homewares and small gifts beautifully captures the spirit of Norfolk and is perfect for the seaside lover in your life. Continue reading

Hotter Shoes Review: You can take the girl out of Cheshire…

My demure ‘looking’ daughter modelling the beautiful Hotter Shoes Cheshire Boot I have been invited to review.

This is part two of our mother and daughter shopping trip. After spending the morning trying on clothes, we focussed the afternoon on shoes. L chose some studded suede ankle boots, then it was my turn. Continue reading

One M and S jumper dress, 3 different looks

One Drama Queen M and S dress, three looks

One Drama Queen M and S dress, three looks by penny-alexander 

M and S challenged me to choose one of their sleeved dresses and style three looks. I love dresses with proper sleeves, and M and S research reveals most women do. I applaud M and S for increasing sleeves by 80% in their dresses.  Here’s how I got on with my new jumper dress. Continue reading

Dressing up: Somerset by Alice Temperley at John Lewis

Miss L and I had a fab time at Nottingham John Lewis, with Amanda from The Ana Mum Diary, Jen from Love Chic Living and Lucy from Mummy Lish, and their girls. We were invited to preview, and even try on, the new Somerset by Alice Temperley Collection for John Lewis, ahead of it hitting the store this week. Continue reading

Buying Bracelets – Silver or Gold?

One of my favourite pieces of jewellery was an amber set, bought for me by my parents for my 16th birthday and inspired by reading about a boy in a book I’ve since forgotten, who liked to stare into his mother’s amber pendant. Today’s guest post has some great tips on buying bracelets to suite your skin tone, from a jewellery expert.

Using stones is a great way to make silver jewellery suit any skin tone. The higher the stone to silver ratio, the better the jewellery is for warmer skin tones.

We all have a preferred metal, regardless of whether we suit it or not. Maybe we secretly feel like a princess when we wear our silver and diamond or necklace, or we like the suggestive bohemian/pirate look of some big hooped earrings, but do you want your skin to really glow and look its best? Here are my tips for choosing the best metal for your bracelet and your skin colour. Continue reading

Spotlight on Hobbs cocktail dresses

This week Hobbs asked me to preview their cocktail dresses. I first discovered Hobbs NW3 range at a champagne evening in store in Nottingham with my good friend D. We spent rather a lot in one go on day dresses, but I go back to them over and over again, and receive a lot of compliments when I do. Continue reading

New H and M Kids on the block

How cute cool are this lot? The new H and M kids on the block. I caught Mister G busting some moves in a shop the other day and It made me think I should really get both mine into street dance classes. Every kid needs a secret talent!

The new H and M kids range looks to be bright, colourful and fun, with a hint of grown up about it. But without being inappropriate or overly gender stereotyped. Take a look for yourself.

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