Reflections on 2017 and planning ahead

Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash Hello and a belated happy new year! I had been all set to start the new year with a bang. However, in my post Christmas haze I totally lost track of the…

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Christmas at Calke Abbey

We love visiting large country estates whenever we get the chance. There is always something to appeal to everyone and plenty of outdoor space for the children to explore. Last weekend we used our National…

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Autumn in Powis Castle gardens

Last weekend we visited to Wales on a mini break. We used our National Trust membership to visit Powis Castle gardens. The multi layered gardens, which are over 300 years old, are arranged over a…

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Traditional fitted wardrobe Ikea hack

When we first first moved into our house we knew we wanted to embrace its period features. However we soon realised that traditional styling doesn’t always compliment modern living. When we tackled our bedroom we…

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Ways the sunk cost fallacy can impact your life

I have spent the last few weeks thinking about my productivity and how I manage my day. I waste far too much time investing in habits that no longer benefit me. To improve my day…

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Apple day at Calke Abbey

Apple day is an annual celebration of apples and orchards held throughout October. Apple day aims to highlight and celebrate this versatile fruit and to raise awareness of the varieties we are in danger of…

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Busy doing nothing

The children seem to be under the impression that as a SAHM I drink tea and watch tv all day. When they get home they ask chirpily if I’ve had a good day but never…

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