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Tuesday, 26 July 2016

DIY centerpiece candles stones in vase

I'm still working on my living/dining room at the moment (it's so close to being finished!) and I wanted to share this super simple candle centrepiece that I've put together for my dining table. It's so easy and inexpensive to create and it makes a change from having the standard flowers in a vase on the table. It's actually so easy that it almost doesn't count as a 'DIY' but I thought I'd share the idea anyway in case any of you want to put together something similar. 

Now I have to admit I first saw the candle in vase idea in IKEA, so it's not totally from my own imagination, but I've put my own spin on it and without blowing my own trumpet, I actually prefer my own to the original inspo! I picked up the glass lantern vase from IKEA for just £7 and you can find similar ones on line - I love this vase with the wooden base from amazon. 

simple centerpiece stones and candles

I wanted to keep the style really simple so I went for some white decorative stones to fill the base of the vase. These were surprisingly difficult to find on line but in the end I found the perfect ones in Home Bargains for 49p each - how good is that? I highly recommend checking out the home discount stores before buying anything on line as for some reason, it's much more expensive on there. 

Once I'd set everything up, I felt like something was missing. When I (finally) post my living room update. you'll see how much I love to have plants around the house - I think greenery brings any room to life. Luckily my obsession came in handy and I made us of my ridiculous supply of artificial plants and cut some small sections to add into the vase. These are the small potted plants from IKEA that cost no more than £3 but. in my opinion, they're the best looking artificial plants out there.

candle and stones in storm lantern centerpiece

The end result is this simple but eye-catching centre piece that gives a clean, natural vibe to any dining area. Altogether, this should cost around £15 to make and you can put your own spin on it by adding different coloured stones, a more decorative candle like this one or by adding artificial flowers instead.  

Hope you liked this super easy DIY - have you ever made anything like this? 

Home | The Colourful Wishlist

Sunday, 17 July 2016
Although minimal and neutral is my go-to homeware style, I can't deny how much I'm in love with this seasons home colour trends. Blush pink, mustard yellow and blues are colours that I'd probably never have put together myself but when they're in a neutral setting with a muted background, it's a perfect combination. It's taken so long for me to get round to actually decorating our living room properly, that I've completely changed how I was planning to decorate it originally. I've added quite a few colourful pieces to the room so far, mostly mustard yellows and blues, and I plan on adding more colour through cushions and accessories. 

For today's post, I'm sharing some of my favourite homeware picks from Nest - a gorgeous homeware site with some cool, quirky pieces that can totally make a room. You can probably sense the theme here, I just can't get enough of these colours..

I'm obsessed with mustard yellow and I love how this cushion and area rug combine what's normally an autumnal colour with some fresher summer tones. The rug is definitely an investment piece but as it covers a large area, has a huge impact and looks extremely high quality, it's totally worth it. Statement homeware doesn't always have to be expensive though - this yellow chair is one that I've actually seen used in nurseries on Pinterest and I have to admit, it's made it's way into one of my secret boards for our potential baby room. It's such a unique and interesting shape ... and it's mustard yellow so it's a winner, basically. 

As someone with a total homeware obsession, it sometimes feels like I've seen the same styles a million times over but Nest really is a breath of fresh air when it comes to finding something a little bit different. What do you think of these picks? 

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Home | How to Update Your Garden for Summer

Wednesday, 13 July 2016
We've spent a lot of time over the last year decorating the new house (can I still it new?), but one place we haven't spent much time on is the garden. I suppose it makes sense - living in Scotland means that the garden is the place we probably spend the least time but for the Summer months, its good to have a place to hang out on a rare sunny day. I've been doing a few garden updates over the last month or so, and I'm excited to show a before and after when it's finally finished! 

Today's post is in collaboration with Cox and Cox , which is a site I discovered at the end of last year when I was looking for Christmas decorations. The homeware is exactly the style that I love - that modern, minimal look with lots of greys, neutrals and natural woods. Their garden and outdoor living range is just as dreamy, so today I wanted to show you some of my favourite pieces and give some tips on how to give your garden a make-over with a few simple changes. 

If you're on a budget, one of the quickest and easiest ways to update your garden space is to add a some simple accessories. Lighting is one of the things that will make the biggest impact - hang some fairy lights in the trees, drape some over the fence or add a few lanterns to create a cosy space. These teardrop outdoor lights would be perfect for lighting inside a gazeebo if you're eating outdoors on a summer night. 

Another easy step is to add some accessories. Garden bunting is a always a favourite of mine and I absolutely love this outdoor window mirror and it's cool, rustic vibe. Even adding some plant pots around the seating area can really brighten up a garden and there's so many cool ways of doing it too. This grey plant shelf lets you create a little garden display which is great if you don't have much space and these hanging bird cages are so unique. I love how they've displayed them on the site with potted plants inside - how Pinterest is that? 

If you're planning any garden updates this year, I'd highly recommend that you check out the outdoor living section on Cox & Cox.

What do you think of these garden ideas? 

Style: Summer Sales Wishlist 2016

Wednesday, 6 July 2016
This year has flown by so quickly that I actually didn't realise the summer sales had hit the shops already. How can it be July already, seriously? I've never been one for voluntarily going into the messy side of the shop to go through the sales rails but when I can go on line, browse by size or style and find exactly what I'm looking for at half price - it's perfect. 

So today, I thought I'd show you some of the best things I've found on line in the summer sales this week. summer sale 2016
Oversized Stripe Scarf: ASOS | Cut Out Heeled Sandals: ASOS | Suede Jacket: Mango | Patent Brogues: Jones the Bootmaker | 
Leather Dress: Zara | Skater Dress: Ted Baker at HoF | Grey shopper bag: Mango | Fringed Bucket Bag: Zara | Printed Bomber: Zara

There's something about grey suede that always catches my eye and I've been looking for a suede jacket like this Mango one for ages. When it comes to summer sales, it's always good to shop wisely and pick something that you can wear on the cooler summer days, that'll also take you right through to Autumn. This oversized grey stripe scarf ticks those boxes and so do these grey patent brogues from the Jones the Bootmaker sale. I always go for brogues, trainers or ankle boots if I'm shoe shopping in the late summer as they're perfect for transitional weather.

Another way to shop smart in the summer sales is to buy some staple high-end pieces to get the biggest savings. This Ted Baker dress is reduced from £139 to £97 (!) and a classic style that'll suit so many different occasions. House of Fraser have an excellent sale on their dresses just now - I'm wondering whether it's worthwhile for me to buy one just now in the hope that'll fit post-baby! This Zara leather dress is a style I'm sure I'll love next Summer too and for £19.99 it's probably worth taking the gamble on. 

Have any of you been to the summer sales yet?

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Style: Zara Denim and Espadrilles

Sunday, 26 June 2016
I find it so much easier to pick an outfit when it's sunny and dry outside. I'm so bored of maternity jeans so I get really excited when I can wear a dress and feel like I'm somewhat in style! By the way, you don't realise how basic maternity ranges are until you're forced to shop in them - there's like one rail of unorganised, last season clothes in every shop .. thank god for ASOS and New Look! I've managed to find a few pieces outside of maternity wear that I can still fit into, including this blue dress from Zara which I'm absolutely in love with. In fact, I'm in love with all of Zara at the moment! This dress was £29.99 and the softest material ever


I love the off-the-shoulder style that's everywhere at the moment, although the thought of a strapless bra totally puts me off. I love that I can wear this dress a bit higher up on the shoulders and get the same look but with a normal bra underneath. How perfect is the neckline on this though? I've worn this with sandals recently but as this was a day for shopping in Glasgow, I went for my espadrilles from New Look which are another recent purchase. They're the perfect every day style shoes for Summer and they were £9.99! I feel like the prices in the shops at the moment are so good, everything is cheaper than I expect it to be.


This has been a good week - I turned 27 on Wednesday (eek!), ate lots of birthday cake with my family, went out for dinner with my friends and got some lovely presents too which I might share on here later in the week. I'm eating one of my birthday cupcakes as I write this and it's like heaven! Baby is growing nicely too and my belly is looking bigger by the day - I should have taken a few side angle shots so you could see the difference in these pics - the front on view is deceiving haha! 

Hope you've all had a good weekend! :) 

Pregnancy Update: The Half Way Mark

Sunday, 19 June 2016
I've always said I wanted to document my pregnancy so I can look back on it in years to come. It's such an exciting time and I want to remember how it felt at each stage. I've managed to update my pregnancy journal every week and take weekly bump photos but have completely missed out the blog updates somehow. My first trimester update has now turned into my 20 week update, written by me when I'm 21 weeks and 4 days - let's just say it's baby brain...

21 weeks pregnant bump symptoms

From the beginning: The First Trimester (0-13 weeks) 

I got my positive test on 20th of February, when I would have been 4 weeks pregnant (FYI your pregnancy 'weeks' are counted from the date of your last period, even though you weren't pregnant for the first 2/3 weeks of those!). Even though I tested several times that weekend (and the next), it still felt like it wasn't really happening. A lot of that is probably down to my lack of symptoms at the start. I was on on line forums where other girls were complaining about sickness, food aversions etc. and there I was, feeling totally normal. It wasn't until I was 7/8 weeks that I started to feel anything at all actually. My main symptoms were: 

Extreme hunger: You know that feeling when you're hungry, then you wait too long to actually eat and then you end up feeling sick with hunger? Well, I'd go from feeling fine to that extreme hunger in an instant. If I didn't eat straight away, I would feel really ill and eventually be sick. This happened during the night too, so I had to keep biscuits by my side so I could eat at 3am if needed! 

Fatigue: At the time I was working 11 hour days which soon became impossible when I realised I was a completely zombie by 6pm every night. I'd get home at 8pm and sleep all the way through until the next morning. And then wake up feeling tired.

Sore boobs: From 7 weeks onwards, I could only wear a sports bra and the thought of even getting into the shower filled me with dread. They were swollen and felt bruised and so sensitive. Luckily, this faded by about week 12 which is when the placenta starts to take over everything. Although I'm still two cup sizes bigger than I was at the start which I'm not too pleased about! 

Food/Smell Aversion: When I was about 9 weeks, the smell of chilli in the fridge downstairs (I was upstairs) made me so ill that I had to cancel a night out for my mums birthday. Actually, almost any food with a strong smell would make me ill. My senses were so heightened that even the smell of someones clothes/breath/car could make me feel sick. I am so glad that symptom's gone! 

20 week pregnancy symptoms bump
(this is my pregnancy journal - it's a great little book to keep a note of weekly symptoms, birth plans and memories!) 

Then until now: 16-21 weeks

Me and Andy went on a family holiday to Portugal when I was 16 weeks and luckily by that point, most of the above symptoms had faded. This is when I've really started to enjoy being pregnant! Even though I have some bad days, I think overall I've been quite lucky so far in my pregnancy and my symptoms now are much more manageable. 

Headaches: I've had some of the worst headaches ever since being pregnant. It's common and due to hormones apparently (isn't everything?) and all I can do is drink lots of water and when it gets really bad, I'll take a couple of paracetomol although I only do this if it gets unbearable. At a time when you're alcohol free, it's pretty frustrating to feel like you have the worst hangover ever!

Indigestion/heartburn: This is something I've never really suffered from so I'm not even sure which one it is. Basically, it feels like everything I eat is stuck in my throat all the way down to my stomach. I've found that milk or ice cream helps, and there's been days where I've skipped dinner in favour of Vienetta or a Cornetto! (if you can't do that when you're pregnant then when can you?)

Now onto the exciting stuff

The last few weeks have just been so exciting for me and Andy. We're starting to plan the baby room, watching my belly grow every day and spend time every night watching the baby kick and move around in my stomach. 

The Bump: I started to notice a difference in the shape of my stomach around 9/10 weeks. I looked normal from the belly button up, but my lower abdomen had started to point outwards! I was really aware of my growing belly, but it wasn't properly noticeable to other people until about 15 weeks. I've taken pictures every week, and the biggest difference was from 15 to 16 weeks. At 21 weeks, my bump now feels huge although I'm sure I'll look back on it in a few weeks time and think it was tiny!

Movement: I felt my first kicks at exactly 16 weeks. I was lying on a sun lounger by the pool in Portugal and felt a few little 'pops' really low down in my belly. I didn't know if that's what it was, but when it happened later that night, and then again the next day, I realised it was my little baby kicking around! I was around 18 weeks when Andy first felt a kick from the outside of my tummy. As I'm writing this at 21 weeks, my belly is doing somersaults right now! It's the best feeling ever and I still can't get my head around the fact that it's a little person in there making that happen. 

The Scans: We've actually seen our baby 3 times so far. My first was at 7 weeks, when the baby was little more than a little blob on the screen with a flickering heartbeat. At that stage, other than the pregnancy test, it was the first confirmation that I was pregnant and it was so exciting! I couldn't believe the difference in the baby by the 12 week scan, he had arms and legs and was wriggling around on the screen. The main excitement of the day was knowing we'd made it to this stage and everything looked good, and knowing we could now tell people our news! 

Our 20 week scan was on Friday 10th June, and it was the most exciting day ever. Most importantly, the nurse said he was measuring well and very active and also told us we were having a little boy! I've been on a high ever since and absolutely I love that I can now call him 'he' and imagine what our lives will be like when he's here. My best friend even got us a little outfit for him, which almost had me in tears - could this be any cuter!?

pregnancy blog symptoms bump

Feeling him move around in my belly, and talking about him as a real person has been such a turning point in this pregnancy - it feels like it's actually happening now and I just feel so constantly excited about everything! 

I hope you've liked this post - sorry it's so incredibly long but that's what happens when you roll 20 weeks into one post! Hope you're all doing well! :) 

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