Quick Interior Updates To Refresh A Bedroom
I’m in the mood for a change, a change of the house type. But moving right now simply isn’t an option so my only way to fuel my urge for a change in scenery is to make a few little updates to what I’ve got. Which leads me onto my other quandary, any changes I make to my house need to be portable. I’m still in the throws of no-man’s land with regards to my house, the joys of divorce mean I’m still uncertain whether I’ll still be in my here post D-day so it’s all down to changing the accessories.
It’s actually quite refreshing having the decision making put on hold. Usually I’ve got a project in mind, but not at the mo. Plus a change in season is the perfect time to jazz up a room and put any urge to move to rest for a few months.
So where do I start?
Curtains. That’s where I’m kicking off. Something as simple as changing your curtains can give a whole new feel to a room. With a blank canvas on the walls, you can really go to town on bringing a whole new colour scheme in. I fully embraced the grey trend last year with gumption and still hanker after the fresh yet warm tones, it’s become more of a habit than anything. My default, safety blanket if you like.
Staying in the stunning boutique hotel,  The Gannet in Cornwall didn’t help much either. With it’s  brown leather, greys and fresh whites I’ve been hankering to copy that style in my home ever since. (Hotels are always a great inspiration starter, incase you didn’t know) To get the look think grey checks like theses from Julian Charles  and warm wool throws on crisp white bedding.
Once you’ve got the theme set, you can go to town with accessories, a quirky light fitting and wall art in one of your three chosen shades help give it some personality. I always try to stick to 3 main colours, so in this case it’s a grey, brown and white and that’s pretty much all I’ll be doing….
Hey presto! I’ve updated my bedroom and created a room to relax in, and put that nagging urge for pastures new to bed.
(I’ll be sharing my finished look over the next few weeks)
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A Review Of The Cosatto Hug Isofix

The new car seat laws have completed confused me and I know I’m not the only one, since February 2017, manufacturers aren’t allowed to introduce new models of backless booster seats for children shorter than 125cm or weighing less than 22kg.(existing booster seats and cushions are not affected by new rules.) The states that children must normally use a child car seat until they’re 12 years old or 135 centimetres tall, whichever comes first, so all is worth taking into consideration when buying one so you don’t find your having to keep replacing them, which is my main reason for the Cosatto Hug Isofix  being top of our choice.

Having a car seat which will see my son through to the next 6 years means I can relax and not worry about having to start my research once again in a few years. Next on my must have list were isofix fittings. To me, it’s a much more safer way to travel and so much easier when moving between vehicles as you don’t have to faff around removing seat belts. The Cosatto Hug Isofix also has a top tether for extra stability, and it certainly feels a lot more locked in with that top tether in place.

And then there’s finding something which my son will like. I’m very lucky t have quite an articulate toddler, but I’m also rather unlucky to have such an article toddler sometimes, as he will quite happily tell you if he doesn’t like it. And when you have a child with an opinion, then Cosatto designs are a blessing. I’ve been drawn to their fun and funky patterns for years. You can spot them a mile off! After a process of elimination we settled on the cutely named Cuddle Monster, with extra-cushioned Side Impact Protection and 5 point safety harness it looks the business too.
When being used as a stage 2 and 3 carseat (usually around age 3 or above 15kg) you can use the adult car seat which saves even more time getting in and out the car. Although my son is only just 3 and has a habit of moving his arms out the straps or an adult seat belt so I’ll be sticking with the 5 points harness for as long as is comfortable. Plus the unit wriggle system helps stop that happening even more.

5 point harness & anto escape set up (under the arms)
There’s 5 recline positions and an adjustable head rest as well as super squigy, padded seat (our old booster seat was rock hard and the kids hated it so shouldn’t have any problems this time.) And the removable seat liner is a great potty training protector, not that I imagine that’s what it’s for, but pop a plastic bag underneath and hey presto, you’ve don’t have to worry about an accidents.

A review of the Cosatto Hug isofix

padded seat and arm rests

Proof in the pudding is what my mini precious cargo thinks of it…….the smile says it all really!

The Cosatto Hug Isofix is currently on special offer at selected retailers check their stockists page to find out more

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I have been sent this car seat in return for my honest thoughts, all photos and words, unless otherwise stated are my own 

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An Fathers Day Gift Guide & Giveaway

While socks and golf themed novelty gifts are the norm, Fathers Day is a time when you can try raise a smile from even the sternest of dads. I’m lucky to have a soppy old soak of a dad who asks for very little out of life and is probably one of the least materialistic people I know, but that doesn’t mean I don’t put any effort into showing him how much I care. I’m also fortunate enough to have a step dad who is pretty awesome too, both of which I owe a lot of thanks to for practical and moral support.

So it’s away with the traditional and in with the thoughtful in a post I’ve created to inspire you to spoil your dad, just like a dad, husband, partner or all the above!

a gift guide of ideas for thoughtful fathers day presents

  1. Kicking off is this keyring engraved with a significant date from Maria Allen Boutique , I’d personalise it with the day he became a dad if you have siblings or just go all out ego with your own date of birth to make sure he’ll never forget your birthday! Or if he’s a sporting fan, why not go for a pinnacle sporting moment he always remembers. Either way, it’s on his keys so he’ll have something to treasure and remind him of all those late night taxi journeys he had to do during your teens.
  2. As an already proud wearer of my MAMA Selfish Mother sweatshirt, I can wholly recommend the dad or grandad version currently on their website. I personally think that there is no age limit to showing off how well you’re Dadding It!
  3. I’m not ashamed to admit that I’m bringing up my boys to look after their skin, gone are the days of being macho about using the odd aftershave balm and one which is a favourite of my elder teenager is the Oleo No 9 aftershave balm. It conditions the skin and helps reduce discomfort from shaving while  leaving it soothed, moisturised using natural ingredients and essential oils so limiting the chemicals which enter the blood stream topically. My son has quite sensitive skin and swears by this for helping the post shave burn. Team it with the No 9 Shaving cream and you have yourself a gift set.
  4. Ease the aches and pains with a massage. I know that this is something my dad would never do for himself but is also something which he could probably do with. Try seek out somewhere which offer specific men’s treatments and go along with him on the day.
  5. Finally, if your dad is the adrenalin junkie type then how about a day out doing something a little different? Groupon always have some great deals and ideas if you’re at a complete loss as to where to start. There’s a virtual reality session for 4 available locally to me right now, how’s that for modern quality family time with the kids! Or maybe a flying experience or supercar driving?

Hopefully there’s something here which will float his boat, if not then socks and whisky flavoured chocolates it is.

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5 Family Instagram Accounts You Should Be Following 

I’m a huge fan of Instagram, it’s like a quick snippet into people’s lives in picture form.

While reading blogs helps gives a real insight in people’s lives and ideas, Instagram is the quick fix when you haven’t got time to read a full post. Whether you just want to oooo and arrhhhh at the photos or stop and read the captions you still get that nosey parker fix. Perfect for a busy mum like Yours Truly, where time is of the essence.

I’ve been playing around with my own account lately, it was always a mini tribute to my camera loving toddler but I finding I write less and less about kids on here nowadays so have started showcasing my Instagram as more of lifestyle account. But I’m still drawn to the family Instagrammers out there and I’m in the mood for sharing my current favourites.

There’s quite a few I check on regularly but these are the ones which I love snooping on, they don’t all have huge followings but that means nothing to be fair. I love them for their no frills take on Instagram and each for differing reasons.

 Little paper swan

It’s the fresh, perfectly composed photography and variety of images which draw me in every time. Take a look at Cathryn’s life through a lens and you’ll see what I mean.

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Grace and Blaze Yoga

I’m a yoga newbie and absolutely love it and while Jo’s account is primarily about pregnancy and post natal yoga, you also get to see a little snippet of an ex pat’s life in Barcelona. It’s like a 2-4-1 deal in Instagram where you feel instantly calmer just by being a passive observer.

Life Unexpected

Fellow West Country blogger and Instagrammer, Chloe, gives you travel, Cornwall, quotes and stunning photos in one manageable lump sum. As a single mum with a toddler she’s quite an inspiration, nothing seems to hold her back!

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Sparkles & Stretch Marks

Who wouldn’t be inspired by Devon blogger Hayley and mum to 3 boys under 4! I know I’m biased also being a mum to 3 boys, but her photos show life at its rawest yet cutest at the same time. You really get the sense that your seeing the real Hayley and not the perfectly primed Instagram mum.

This Enchanted Pixie

My final share is Polly at Enchanted Pixie. Aside from the amazing multi coloured hair which I adore but would never be brave enough for,  she also shares a life as it is. We have quite a similar ethos on parenting and I always take time to stop and read how life’s treating her which accompanies her posts each time.

Bonus! 

Busy Mom Hungry Boys

I’m sneaking one more in as a bonus one…….. love food? Busy mum? Then check this fab account which shares snippets of family life alongside her digital campaign combining delicious meals family meals and family life. Her quotes show real sisterhood of mum’s / moms (in keeping with Margo’s Irish tones.) 

So there you have it, please do share any of your favourites in the comments. I’m always on the look out for people to follow.

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Super Styling Your Freelancer / Blogger Life

I’ve been a blogger and freelancer for a few years now and since graduating from the Digital Mum’s Social Media training recently I’ve decided to up my game and kick my jumbled, chaotic way of working into touch. It’s time to get organised and I thought I’d share some of my plans with you should you feel the need to join me.

This isn’t a new idea mind, it’s been on my must do list for some months now and a regular feature in my Goal For The Week check list. The lack of ticks a telling sign that it’s yet to be completed.

BUT NOT ANYMORE!

Historically I’ve always been good at making a list and checking things off, even my lists had lists. But ‘winging it’ closely followed by ‘flying by the seat of my pants’  has been more of a life motto.

So what’s the plan?

I've been colour streamlining my blogger and freelancer accessories with some mint and gold products from the new Kate Spade range

Get yourself a fancy notebook, asap. And make it large one.

First off, as the title suggests you need a note-book. Everyone has a planner, my Pirongs  one is awesome. But I also need a place to mind-map, store my ideas and plans for world domination. I also like pretty things. And gold. Gold’s good. I have a rather fancy Kate Spade one which is pretty AND has the trademark Kate Spade spots along with an inspiring quote so make me smile. It’s also spot on for someone going through a major life change and needs a little reminder not to take life so seriously every now and then.

I've been colour streamlining my blogger and freelancer accessories with some mint and gold products from the new Kate Spade range
I’ve found mine on the luxury living website Rooi . It takes pride of place on my Welsh dresser and my handbag for when I’m out and about. One thing I find as a freelancer is that every second counts. When you have deadlines to meet and especially trying to work around family, if I can grab 20 minutes being productive when having a coffee in town then its happy days. And when an idea pops into my busy little head, I can write it down pronto.

You never know when that moment of inspiration is going to hit. I’ve lost many a good idea by not having the means to cement it in a note-book.

GET YOUR SELF A JUMBO NOTE BOOK! ASAP! FAN

Add The Little Freelancer Extras

A nice pen helps too, along with a matching travel cup. Total colour streamlining going on right now in mint and gold. Even my camera bag, which doubles as my handbag is in there, rocking the mint theme. Which also happens to be the name of my new social media business. <I’ve just clocked into to the fact that the word mint is a dominant feature in my life right now. Crikey, how did I miss that one?>

In blogger mode I often have to take my DSLR camera out and about. I invested in a lush Jo Totes bag which is large enough for my notebook, iPad and all the other essentials which I need when out and about. It’ absolutely no coincidence the style shares my name, none what so ever. Honest. (Love that it’s called Allison!)

I've been colour streamlining my blogger and freelancer accessories with some mint and gold products from the new Kate Spade range
Right, lets recap. Choose a colour you like, by some really nice stationary and bags in it and you’ve pretty much super styled your freelancer / blogger tool kit.

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