A quick hello & our afternoon exploring Wyre Forest

Monday, 20 October 2014

Oh my its been a month since my last post, I am not doing very well with keeping up with regular posts. I am not going to lie I think I lost my mojo a little, I find it hard to blog in the evening as often I have orders to pack, there are other chores or I just simply flake out!! So here is a little update on what we have been up to.

Well,my little Tilly has been a bit of a handful, oh yes terrible tantrums and melt downs. I keep telling myself it will get easier but my goodness she has been testing lately.On the plus side we have been potty training  which apart from a few accidents she has got over that milestone, I am so proud of her, she has been a super star at adapting to it so fingers crossed it will continue to go well. I am relieved as I was not looking forward to it at all and I am so happy I am no longer changing nappies, yay!

George is absolutely loving his new school and everything it has to offer, he is enjoying a few after school activities and started rugby which he loves. He is doing so well with his swimming and his reading and writing has come on a bundle, he came home with two certificates last week, I am so proud of him.

We had a lovely family  afternoon a few weekends ago at Wyre Forest and enjoyed the Gruffalo Trail.

Great play area for the little ones.

They had so much fun exploring.

And they found him fast asleep!

After exploring in the woods we were ready for our tea and cake.

The forest cafe was lovely and we really enjoyed the  woodland area. I am  looking forward to visiting again soon, I would definitely recommend a visit as there was lots to do for all ages or you can check out other Gruffalo trails here

I do love to get outdoors with the little uns, we are lucky where we live with lots of wonderful places to explore. I am busy planning for half term and looking forward to lots of day trips and pumpkin carving! Hope you have a great week and as always thanks for stopping by,

Much love
Cathy xo

House Love

Sunday, 21 September 2014

Since my little ones have gone back to school and nursery, I have been able to spend a bit more time at home just pottering, which has been really rather lovely.

I have managed to grab a bit of time to enjoy my interior books,  I love nothing more than grabbing a quick cuppa and flicking through some of my favourites.

I have been updating my Pinterest board which has given me lots of inspiration, I am so happy our bedroom makeover  has almost come together. I also have a few ideas for some more changes around the home. I can't wait to make a start on George's room and plan to make a start pinning to have all my ideas in one space. For now here is a snapshot of my house love board which I will be adding too.

Follow Cathy's board House Love on Pinterest.

I have also had some time to clear out the clutter which always makes me feel better, I feel like I can focus and enjoy our home more when its a little more in order!

So have you been enjoying your home this September?  If you have a Pinterest page feel free to share.

Thanks for reading

Cathy xo

Bedroom makeover update

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Slowly but surely I feel like our little bedroom makeover is coming together. I really wanted to make this room feel less cluttered and calm so we repainted all the walls in a chalk white homebase paint. We have invested in a new king size bed, best thing we ever did especially when we need to make room for little visitors who want cuddles!!
We went for a matress topper for extra comfort and upgraded all our bed linen with a 100% cotton hotel quality range, I shopped around a lot for this, I do love the White Company but their prices are out of my reach, so I went to my local Home Sense and picked up some real bargains. I have to say having luxury bed linen does make a real difference. My main aim was to go for a boutique hotel style bed and I have to say I love getting to bed even more now and when we are not woken by little ones we both really sleep well! I also went for a white throw over the bed to give it a lovely finish, I am a huge fan of throws as it just gives the bed a finishing touch and also because I am lazy and I don't iron duvet covers so the throw saves me from looking at chreased sheets!
In terms of looking after the bed linen I always use Fairy as its soft and gentle and smells lovely too.
So our bed is sorted, we have started to add some more changes. We got some new curtains in a lovely pastel grey colour from Ikea they were a bargain and really good quality, the black and white cushion is also from Ikea.
Here are some other new accessories I have added to our room.
Picture wedge - Ikea
You've got style print - Tea & Kate website
Love my husband was a card to My Mister from - Not On The High Street
C & J letters are from England At Home
Dream banner was made up from a banner kit from - This Modern Life
You look lovely card - The People Shop
Varse - Junk shop find
The clothes sack which is really useful to put ironing in, is from my online store Simply Chic
I still have a few more finishing touches and here is my final wish list, some items have been ordered some I am still saving a few more pennies for!
Bedside Lamps - Habitat
Print - Tea & Kate
Wall Decal  - Etsy - Made Of Sundays
Radio - Amara (I wanted a pink radio My Mister wouldn't let me!)
So we are almost there! I am looking forward to putting the finishing touches together and I will take lots of photos to show you all. Next project -  George's room!
Cathy xo

Amara Blog Awards

Monday, 8 September 2014

I am so excited to share with you I have been NOMINATED in the Best Newcomer category for the Amara Interior Blog Awards You can pop over and read all about the blog awards here. Voting is now open and If any of my lovely readers would be kind enough to spare a few moments to vote for me I would be so, so grateful.

To vote for My Sweet Things in the best newbie category click here
And to catch up on my Interior posts click here.

Thank you so much lovely readers and wish my luck! 

Cathy xo

Goodbye summer............

Friday, 5 September 2014

Well blogging has really taken a back seat over July and August!! I kind of knew it would but if you're still with me and reading this then thank you, I promise to get back on track and have some great posts to share with you.

So welcome September, you're here already! I can't quite believe the summer holidays are over now. All in all we had a lovely summer it was a little bit of a juggle at times and I detailed this in my previous post but our last little holiday in Wales was just what we needed. it was quality time, and no internet to distract us!!

The cottage where we stayed was called Mountain Lodge in Pembrey, Carmarthenshire it is very much off the beaten track but so peaceful and there was plenty to do close by.

The cottage where we stayed was so sweet and has been renovated to a high standard it was so homely and cosy.

The weather was a bit hit and miss but it didn't matter we still got outside lots and George and Tilly loved the outside space, we haven't got a huge garden at home so to have this much space to just run around safely and freely was great for them,  they played outside for ages.

Getting up to this view every morning was pretty wonderful.

Right outside the front door there were some lovely walks, George and Tilly loved it especially the blackberry picking.

I would definitely recommend  Mountain Lodge as place to chill out for a long weekend, here is the link if you want anymore information, the owners are really friendly and relaxed tell them Cathy and John from Worcester sent you! Also here are a few places I would recommend visiting if you're in the area.

Saundersfoot - Lovely unspoilt seaside town,  it was very windy when we were there but we had a lovely little mouch round some shops, a great lunch and flew our kite on the very windy beach!

Pembrey Country Park -  Another windy day while we were there but we still managed a picnic, the quickest picnic in history!! And an hour or so on the beach. On a sunny day I can imagine the beach would be wonderful, it was very clean and lovely soft sand. Despite the weather our little ones still enjoyed it and they had great fun at the adventure play ground.

National Botanical Garden Of Wales - We all fell in love with this place, it was such a great day out, we were blessed with lovely weather and the scenery and views were amazing and there were some great family activities. George enjoyed picking herbs from the garden and learning about how herbs were used as medicine many years ago, Tilly stuck to the croquet! Again we took a picnic and there was lots of space to sit outside and enjoy the scenery, we went to the cafĂ© for tea and cake before we left and it was very nice.

It was a super relaxing break and our little ones loved it, to be honest I didn't want to leave but fortunately we had a day at The Big Feastival to look forward to which really does round up our summer holidays its like going out with a bang!

It's our third year attending this festival and as always Jamie Oliver and Alex James know how to show grown ups and little ones a good time we had such a fantastic day!!

So now its back to school this week, George started at his new school today and is now in year one, he had a great day and was a very happy little chappy at pick up.  I didn't get that much out of him in terms of what he did, but he said it was fun and the lunch was good!  They are off to a farm tomorrow which he is very excited about.  Tilly is starting at her new nursery tomorrow and has the cutest little uniform although she took some persuading to try it all on, so getting her dressed should be fun tomorrow morning!!

I have all the best intentions to be a bit more organised  this year and have a series to share with you I found this post really useful, so for parents of children who have started school  I can definitely recommend it The School Series - a guide for mums by Jodi.

I have found this whole school melarky a shock to the system!! I really beat myself up about choosing the wrong setting first time round for George and I totally felt like I was going back to school myself!! Don't get me wrong I loved my school days and made friends that I am still close to today, but they are tough years and at the time feel like a life sentence and its harder now for little ones and teachers too.

 I know its a long stretch ahead for my children now and that's why its so important to treasure times like holidays and weekends when you can kick back a bit and enjoy the chaos that little ones bring to the home! I love both the hustle and bustle of family/home life, outings and holidays but its equally great to get some head space and enjoy a quiet cup of tea, so that's what I am going to do  now, the house is so quiet...................... I am going to grab five minutes and then start the dreaded cleaning! Oh and yes I started my blog post last night and didn't finish it! I am trying to be quite strick on getting to bed before 11pm these days as I need to get rid of the suitcases under my eyes!

Hope you have had a great summer everyone, what did you get up to? I would love to hear from you and thanks again for sticking with me.

Oh and do check back soon as I promise to be back with a little update on my bedroom makeover!

Thanks for reading,
Cathy xo

August so far..............

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

I wish I had a lovely collection of photos to share with you but I have to say I have been rushing around so much trying to make sure my little ones needs are full filled I have hardly picked up my camera which I feel a bit sad about. The summer holidays are flying by and its been a bit tough since we got back from our holiday in Devon. Tilly is at a difficult stage she is desperately trying to be so independent  and she wants to do everything herself and whilst I am so proud of her it takes time she can even have a meltdown if I help her into her car seat at the moment, do you feel my pain!!  I have had to take lots of deep breaths and try and be patient oh so very patient and I keep telling myself its a phase!

But when we have afternoons like this together it makes it all worth while my two love a bit of baking! So glad I managed to get these few photos of them.

I have been muddling through with my on line shop  and working in the evenings packing orders so I don't feel like I have had much time to myself.  However last weekend we had a day to ourselves just the two of us, lunch and  a spot of shopping in Cheltenham, we also squeezed in  a cream tea at Cowley Manor

with a mooch around The Hambledon. Which was rather lovely, it helped to have a day off mummy duties!! We totally fell in love with Cowley Manor and hoping to book a few nights during half term as it was lovely to see lots of children there and the spa looked amazing.

Photo credit The Hambledon at Cowley Manor

We have a few fun things planned for the rest of the summer holidays and another little break away, but I know September will be here before we know it, so I am going to make sure we enjoy the rest of our time together before its time to go back to school!

I will try and get back on track with blogging it has been very inconsistent through the holidays ( I knew it would be!) oh and try and host another giveaway soon I failed miserably at my last one, it was the wrong timing and I wasn't around to promote it, I need to make sure the next one I do is shouted from the roof tops to try and make it a success.

Back soon and as always thanks for reading.
Cathy xo

Oh Devon how I love you....................

Friday, 1 August 2014

I have attempted to write this post a fair few times, with the summer holidays in full swing I seem to have very little free time. I have been so tired by the time my little ones are in bed, orders are packed and all the other chores are done!! The list goes on!!

So back to Devon, a few weeks ago we headed down to Woolacombe for a week. Every time we holiday in North Devon I fall in love with it a little bit more and this time we were blessed with amazing weather. We had  really lovely times filled with slow mornings, trips to the beach most days, BBQ's in the evenings and we injured the kiddy disco a few times at the holiday park where we stayed, the things you do for your little ones hey! So here are a few photos of our time spent at Woolacoombe and Saunton Sands beach. 

And a trip to Croyde with a walk to Baggy Point.

 Where we found a sweet little National Trust Cafe which serves the best cream tea I have ever tasted and Tilly loved exploring the garden. 

After our lovely week in Woolacoombe we headed to Westward Ho and stayed with Johns brother and girlfriend who made us so welcome in their lovely home. We had a fabulous but slightly challenging day at Somersault Festival (quite a few meltdowns from our little ones!) This kind of sums up their mood when we got there!! They were both tired, Tilly hates the buggy at the moment. I have to say it was tough to deal with thankfully the day got better and we were able to put the challenging start  behind us!

We entertained them in the Kids Camp and after lunch they had lots of fun playing in they hay, so grateful to my lovely brother in law for taking these amazing photos I love how he captured them having so much fun they soon snapped out of their grumpy mood!

They had so much fun, but they were both so tired we booked some time with  Mortimer Nannies and John and I were so grateful for the time together and our little ones got to chill out on the bean bags and play in the sand pit, It was lovely to collect them and we all loved watching the head line act Jack Johnson.

After a long walk back to the car, we headed headed back for a much needed shower and a cup of tea and a comfy bed. 

So the next day it was time to head home after a lovely week. 

I promise to be back soon and as always thanks for reading. 


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