Self-Care in a Pandemic

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Plymouth

A pandemic is never a situation that any of us ever expect to find ourselves in, relegated most commonly to science fiction books and films. However, 2020 is the year that a virus caused and continues to create havoc. In the middle of it all our social connections are fractured, we miss our families and friends, and have to deal … Read More

Easy Garden Living

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Delicate cosmos flowers

Garden living has become an all important hobby across the UK, this year more than ever before. Did you know that 87% of households in the UK have some sort of outdoor space? With many of us in need of some calming distraction, and using our gardens more than ever before to find that, it’s no wonder that we are … Read More

Lockdown Silver Linings

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Pause for thought - Albert Einstein

As we inch towards a second national lockdown, whether imposed all as one or through separate areas going into the so called ‘Tier 3’, I have to say that my heart is heavy and I am filled with a certain amount of dread. I, along with so many others, am ready for this pandemic to be over. I’m ready to … Read More

Interior Design – why you need a professional

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Living room painted

A flair for interior design is something that many of us feel we have in ourselves somewhere. We know what we like and don’t, and can dabble with options. When it comes to our homes, the place where we spend most of our time outside of work, we can all throw colour on the wall and hang a few pictures, … Read More

Navigating To Your Next Adventure

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Caravan, Camping and Motorhome Show NEC Birmingham

You might recall that I recently shared this post about seeking inspiration for adventure at the Caravan, Camping and Motorhome Show. After a thrilling and exhausting day I’m delighted to bring you our review and top tips! Set across five halls at the NEC in Birmingham, the Caravan, Camping and Motorhome Show (organised by the Caravan and Motorhome Club) is … Read More

Climate Change and the Hedgehog

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British Hedgehog

As I was sipping my morning coffee, looking out over our frost kissed lawn, fog lingering as it touched the tops of the hedge, I wondered about the impact of climate change on creatures that hibernate. Specifically, I wondered about hedgehogs. What if they woke, roused by mild temperatures, only to find themselves plunged into a cold snap days later. … Read More

Clean Air – Or Is It?

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Aloe Vera

When we think of pollution, it is so easy to conjure up an image of exhaust fumes and factories. When we move house and think of air quality it is often statistics outside the home that interest us. It may then come as a surprise that increasingly the air pollution risk is actually indoors, not out. The World Health Organisation … Read More

Restyling My Home

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Parquet flooring option 2

Many of you will know that we moved house two and a half years ago. We went from living in a cosy but spacious old dairy built in 1835 to a modern feeling, incredibly light and airy early 1960s build. Whilst the house and style may have changed considerably, one thing that has not is our view towards styling it. … Read More

Repaving our information super highway

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Embracing the internet with Cup of Toast

  I could go into one hundred reasons why a connected world is a good thing. Education is possibly at the top of that list. Learning new languages; finding out about cultures around the world; having access to facts and figures at the touch of a button in the comfort of our own homes. I love tapping away into my … Read More

Decisions, Decisions

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Cars

We’ve made some pretty big life decisions over the past few years. Having children, moving house, changing career, that kind of thing. It feels as though we’re up for another one now though. Buying a second car. Jacob and I have been back and forth on this subject for such a long a time. The train station is about 25 … Read More