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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adjustable wall shelves

As your kids move beyond the baby stage, life starts zooming by even quicker than before.  I mean it feels like one minute they’re learning their ABC’s and the next they’re reading to you!  That phrase – ‘they grow up too quick’ – that only parents understand, has never meant more to me than now.  Knowing this, I’ve realised when decorating your kids room, you have to keep in mind that they grow so quickly.  Keeping this reality at the back of your mind will save you money, angst and the headache of re-decorating every year or two.  A while ago I shared some ideas on how to design a room your kids won’t outgrow and today I wanted to share this great shelving system that has so, so many possibilities.  As far as changeable, practical and adjustable wall shelves go, I don’t think I’ve seen better.

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organic cotton dresses girls

Do you know Livly? Livly is a cool Swedish brand of organic cotton clothing for children and babies. What’s really great about them is that they make clothes like Anya is wearing which are comfy, soft and easy to wear, yet they are cool and stylish.  As soon as Livly sent us these clothes, Anya put them on and she didn’t want to take them off.  Since she’s had them, she reaches for either the leggings and tee or the dress every time they’re washed.  So it’s a good thing that these Livly clothes are designed to be washed and worn several times and they still look as good as new.

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letters to my future self

Whenever we have school holidays coming up, I always try and order at least one new book for Anya.  It’s just something I started doing a while ago but now it’s become a holiday habit.  The holidays have somehow become my prompt to get her some new books and with half term coming up next week, I went looking.  I don’t always get a story book but it can be an activity book, a joke book, an art book or anything that looks interesting and will keep her occupied for a while.

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cactus wallapper

Have you noticed the cool cactus home decor trend?  I don’t mean just the actual cactus plants, although they are pretty amazing too and a great option, if like me, you aren’t green fingered.  For now I mean the cool cactus prints popping up for all kinds of home decor stuff.  The almost sculptural shape of cacti lends itself so well to all kinds of things for the home.  When I finish decorating my home, I know I’m going to be adding a few cactus home decor touches and definitely some real cactus which make stylish indoor plants.  

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how to make worry dolls for kids

Do you know what worry dolls are?  I hadn’t heard of them until a few weeks ago when Anya came home from school insisting that she needed a worry doll.  I googled it and found out that worry dolls come from Guatemala and that they are tiny dolls that fit comfortably in the palm of a child’s hand. These tiny dolls are made to take away a child’s worries.  Whenever your child has a worry, they can take the worry doll to bed with them, tell the doll their worry and place the doll under their pillow.  The next morning the worries are gone because they have been taken away by the doll.  Worry dolls are especially for kids but adults can use them too. I loved the idea so much – what a sweet and simple way to help your child with their worries.

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Did you catch my new series ‘steal the look’ last week?  It’s all about sharing clever, stylish and useful decor ideas that are easy to replicate.  Last week’s was a really cute idea that will delight any kid!  For my second idea to steal, it’s this organised peg board which contains one of the best Ikea hacks.  Have you spotted the Ikea hack yet?

ikea bekvam spice rack hack

This kids peg board and desk space is organised with Ikea bekvam spice racks. What a clever idea.  They’ve painted the spice racks to match the rest of the look and used them to store bigger things that you wouldn’t be able to pin on to a peg board.  And the racks are movable so they can be switched around as your child’s needs change.  The result is a very organised desk space for a kid, that holds everything you need and will grow with your child too. Of course this idea isn’t just for kids.  This ikea hack would work so well in your own home office or crafting space too.  

kids pegboard DIY ideas

In addition, I also spotted that the desk they’ve used is an Ikea trestle table – they’ve just painted the trestle legs to match the minty green look they’ve gone for.  I’ve had my eye on this table for when I do up my own home office/study in the coming months.  But the star of the show is those spice racks – just brilliant!  

To see more details about this ikea hack visit Bondville where you’ll get the full details.  You can also check out a few more ideas on ikea shelving hacks that I shared a while ago.

roasted cauliflower and garlic soup

Soup is so delicious at any time of the year and is such a great option for when you want to shift a few pounds (like I am trying to do at the moment).   I can’t ever do diets that need separate meals to be made as realistically I’m not going to make myself a meal and then a separate one for my family.  So soup is my answer.  It’s a healthy and filling meal for all and everyone else can have some bread with it but I just stick to the soup.

I’ve recently become addicted to roasted cauliflower and have been experimenting with it so many ways. Last week I decided to try out a roasted cauliflower and garlic soup.  I wanted to add a bit of a twist to the soup so I decided to add some smoked cheese to give it a subtle smoky flavour.  Here’s my recipe:
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