time for change

Do you ever get the nagging feel that you need a big change?  Do you listen to that feeling, that instinct? Recently I’ve been feeling this a lot and I knew it had to do with my blog.  I’ve spent a long time thinking about it and finally I have listened to my instinct and have decided to make some BIG changes to this blog. And when I say big, I mean big!

I’ll be taking the summer off to work on my blog.  I am very excited about what is to come but also nervous as I’m really shaking things up.  Since I started blogging, I’ve never made a change this big but this feels so right at this moment in time.  I can’t say much more right now but I can’t wait to share it all with you in September.

Once I had made the decision to make this change, I stumbled upon a podcast called Happier with Gretchen Ruben.  Gretchen and her sister chat on the podcast and share little tips to live a happier life. One of the episodes that caught my attention was ‘design your summer‘.  The idea is to to change things up over the summer – this could be a simple change in routine or trying a new project or making a weekly lunch date with friends or planning a weekly adventure with your kids or learning a new instrument.  It really could be anything that makes your summer memorable, different and enriches your life.

This idea of ‘designing your summer’ and spending the time with intention rather than letting the days drift by really resonated with me.  And inspired me even more to pursue my big change.  My summer will end up looking very different to my previous summer’s and I’m excited about that.  Listen to the episode and it might inspire you to switch things up for your summer.

For now, it’s farewell from me for the summer and I will see you back here in early September with some very, very exciting new stuff.  And remember if your instinct is telling you that you need a change, go for it – maybe even this summer.  Have a wonderful season whatever you do and I can’t wait to see you back here in September.  Make sure to sign up to my email list so that you will be the first to know when we are back – just enter your email address in the box on the left or in the popup.  

develop positive body image daughters

Hands up, who has daughters?

Why is it that when we meet a little girl we often comment on her hair, her dress or how she looks?  But when we meet a little boy, we almost never talk about appearance.  Instead, we will maybe ask them what sports they play, what their hobbies are or something along those lines.  For way too long, a woman’s appearance has mattered way too much and it’s ingrained in us.  I mean, how often do we still look in the mirror and criticise what we see?

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homemade Chinese crispy duck

Who doesn’t love a good Chinese crispy duck?  We’ve been making our own homemade version for ages and I thought it was about time to share the recipe here.  This homemade version of crispy duck is far healthier than the restaurant version as it isn’t deep fried.  But it’s just as delicious.  And unbelievably easy to make.

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easy DIY Cake toppers

If you’re anything like me and can’t decorate a cake to save your life then keep reading.  I marvel at some of the incredible cakes out there but I can’t even begin to dream of creating anything that looks even vaguely attractive.  Give me a piping tube or an icing gun and you can be sure that I will end up with a cake that looks something like this.  

If you can relate to epic cake fails, I have good news for you.  While we may never be able to create a cake that looks like some exotic animal from a faraway land, there are lots of easy and fail proof ways to decorate a cake yourself.  You could even get a supermarket cake and give it your own touch with some easy DIY cake toppers ideas.  

So here are 6 of my favourite easy DIY cake toppers that anybody can do.  Yes anybody:

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play area in a living room

Wouldn’t it be great if we all lived in extra large homes where we could turn one whole room in to a play room? Just imagine never having to see those toys strewn all over the living room.  Maybe some of you are lucky enough to have a dedicated playroom for your kids but for most of us the reality is that we share spaces as a family.  Living rooms and kitchens often double up as play spaces as well as homework spaces as well as entertaining spaces and so much more.  And actually, I love that.

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kids clothes sale

This is your last chance to buy from the Ebabee shop with (up to) a whopping 70% off.  But everything is at least 50% off!  As many of my regular readers will know, I am closing down the shop.  So now is your last chance to get some gorgeous clothes at huge bargain prices.  

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mother daughter matching looks

A few years ago I bought a beautiful dull gold top.  From the minute I first wore it, Anya insisted she had to have the same.  She was only 3 years old.  Since then, she has often wanted us to wear matching clothes when we go out together.  Her sweet, sweet sentiment of wanting to be like her mama gives me a warm and happy feeling all over.  While I adore this sentiment, I can’t do full on matching mama and daughter style. Can you?  I can do complementary style yes, but matching head to toe, no. So recently, when Pisamonas offered to send us both a pair of shoes,  I thought this was the perfect opportunity for some similar mama and daughter style.  Both Anya and I opted for ballet pumps – she chose the sparkly pink ones while I opted for the black leather ballet pumps. 

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garlic prawn rice with broccoli

Who doesn’t love a delicious garlic prawns recipe? While I love garlic prawns on their own, I wanted to turn the dish into a one pot meal and so I decided to combine it with rice and veggies.  The result was this garlic, prawn, rice and broccoli dish that is all kinds of yummy and so easy to make for a quick mid-week one pot meal.

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monochrome posters kids room

There are so many things that turn a house in to a home –  from books to souvenirs and everything in between. One of my must haves to make a house a home is art; lots of it and in every room.  I’m always looking to add to my collection of wall art and my latest find are these adorable black and white prints for a kids room.  How cute are they?

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Have you discovered my steal the look series yet?  In this series I share really cool, unusual and clever decor ideas that are easy to steal and re-create in your own home.  The last one I shared was a useful and really clever Ikea hack.  Today it’s about thinking outside the box with your lighting.

multi hanging pendant lights

How cool are these pendant lights?  A cluster of different light shades hanging from the ceiling with different coloured cords. How original is that?  Cluster pendent lights are a big trend at the moment but usually you see 3 or 4 of exactly the same light.  Not only does this idea use different (yet complementary) shades but they take it a step further with the colourful cords.  Such a playful and fun idea for a kids room. Even if you played with just two colours, it would be very eye-catching.

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