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{August Gratitudes}

For beach dinosaurs...

For summer at it’s best and a dinosaur for a daughter.

For ...

For food so good you have to remove left overs from your armpits.

For...

For mischievous sisters that know when they’ve been caught!

For...

For the incredible interior design skills of my very own two year old.

For new reading material and a book worm in the making.

For new reading material and a book worm in the making.

For afternoon tea with my two sweet girls and cups as big as your head!

For afternoon tea with my two sweet girls and cups as big as your head!

For rainy bank holidays and completed sewing projects.

For rainy bank holidays and finally completing that sewing project.

For babes so sleepy they can't stay awake for milk.

For babes so sleepy they can’t even stay awake for milk.

These are some of the inserts from our family gratitude journal during August, reminding us that God is good and that we are blessed!

What have you been thankful for this month?


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{Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Projects} #1 Bathroom Mirror

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Confession… I actually only heard of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint this past year. I know, I know, what planet have I been living on? Anyway I’m making up for lost time and now have about 10 projects in the pipeline and not just furniture either, but tiles, kitchen cabinets, a fireplace and even some flooring!

I decided to start small with my first project, however and worked on our bathroom mirror. The cream mirror was kinda nice as it was but it just didn’t fit anywhere in our current home colour scheme and I didn’t want to have to spend on a new mirror when I had the paint ready and waiting in the shed.

I simply covered the actual mirror with paper, did two coats of Annie Sloan’s paris grey on the frame, followed by a coat of soft wax (using some cut up old pj’s) and then a coat of dark wax (using some clean toothbrushes). And voila! We now have a bathroom mirror in situ and I no longer have an excuse for my bad hair days, of which there are plenty.

Oh, and as you can see from my final “in progress” bathroom shot, there is another Annie Sloan Chalk Paint project on the go – the blue tiles. The cabinet is also on my hit list too, but before that I need to seal the tiles and crack on with our new TV unit.

To say I only discovered this chalk paint in the last year I am pretty pleased with the success of my first project, it was much easier to use than I had imagined.

(For all my Guernsey based readers you can pick this stuff up from the lovely little home decor shop, Abode in the Lower Pollet. The girls there are wonderfully helpful and full of advice on what tools and techniques to try, they really will fill you with confidence.)

Have you ever used this Chalk Paint? What is your favourite colour? I’m loving the Napoleanic Blue with a Graphite mix, basically a deep navy colour.


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{Daughter Diaries} #17

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Dear Blossom, I love lazy days at home with you; pottering around the house, snuggling under blankets and rolling around together on the floor (despite having no curtains) as we sing yet another rendition of “row, row, row, the boat” or whatever the current days favourite may be. I will always cherish these sweet toddler moments with you. Dear Bubbles, you are currently full of snuffles and all bunged up with your very first cold. For this reason I shall continue to give you mummy milk in the night as you so desire, but know this, your days (or rather your nights) are numbered little one, there is only so much sleep deprivation this mummy can take. Enjoy those sleepy snuggles whilst you still can, I know I will. Dearest Daughters, simple moments like these may be hard to capture on camera but they are forever captured in your mama’s heart.

What are your favourite nursery rhymes? “Ring a Ring o Roses” is another favourite in our house.


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{Ten on Ten} August 2015

It’s the tenth of the month and I’m linking up with Rebekah Gough for Ten on Ten.

It’s been a quiet old day really, mainly filled with chores around the home, running errands and an epic gardening session. Here are my ten shots trying to capture the beauty in today’s ordinary…

A happy way to start the day. Breakfast with this cutie.

Breakfast with this cute one is always a happy way to start the day.

Some sweet smelling offerings from my own back yard.

Some sweet smelling offerings from my own back yard. Lovely buddleia.

I've been dawdling on deciding what to put inside our new cabinet. Blossom finally made a decision!

I’ve been dawdling on deciding what to put inside our new cabinet. Blossom finally made a decision!

Our Monday lunchtime ritual - a fresh, still warm baguette.

Our Monday lunchtime ritual – a fresh, still warm baguette.

Loving Blossom's pretend play these days. Here are Boo and Baby Benedict going shopping.

Loving Blossom’s pretend play these days. Here are Boo and Baby Benedict going shopping.

Not sure who lead whom astray in this game of hide under the cabinet!

Not sure who lead whom astray in this game of hide under the cabinet!

Blossom's trademark yellow wellies always make me smile, especially when they're on the wrong feet.

Blossom’s trademark yellow wellies always make me smile, especially when they’re on the wrong feet.

The newest addition to our garden. A sweet little olive tree.

The newest addition to our garden – a sweet little olive tree.

Blossom at the end of another fun filled gardening session.

Blossom at the end of another fun filled gardening session.

Finally decided what to put on display on the shelf in the understairs WC - vintage family tree photos - starting with my Grandpa, aged 7.

The start of my vintage family photo display in the understairs WC – starting with a photo of my much loved Grandpa.

What beauty did you find in the ordinary today?


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{Daughter Diaries} #16

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Dear Blossom, watching you tenderly support your wee sister in this rickety old trolley was really the cutest thing. You have a tender heart and bossy nature that really does make you the perfect big sister. You make your mama proud. Dear Bubbles, trips to the DIY store are always eventful with you. You suck your toes, befriend little old ladies, get money knocked off plants and turn even the toughest of tradesmen into cooing softies. You really are a little ray of sunshine. Dearest Daughters, may you always have each other to lean on.

What DIY projects are you working on at the moment? I’m going through a painting craze!


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{July Gratitudes}

For play dates with cousins and a friend to grow up with.

For new life, new cousins, new friends and more play dates!

For alfresco summer snack times and a dump truck that make the perfect serving dish.

For alfresco summer snack times and a dump truck that makes the perfect serving dish.

For the French - they make good bread.

For the French – they make good bread!

For my humble hairdressing skills that are good enough for her.

For my humble hairdressing skills that are good enough for her.

For grannies and grandpas and snuggles before bedtime.

For grannies and grandpas and snuggles before bedtime.

For a Husby to miss and sweet reminders of love that arrive just when you need them.

For a Husby to miss and sweet reminders of love that arrive just when you need them.

For moments like these that fill my heart with joy and my home with laughter.

For moments like these that fill my heart with joy and my home with laughter.

These are some of the inserts from our family gratitude journal during July, reminding us that God is good and that we are blessed!

What have you been thankful for this month?


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{Daughter Diaries} #15

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Dear Blossom, your ingenuity and bravery never ceases to amaze me. Finding you sat in the porch like this did tickle me somewhat but unfortunately it didn’t last long before the buggy soon capsized. Mummy to the rescue! Dear Bubbles, you have grown so fast into a bouncing, babbling baby. I miss seeing your sweet face as we stroll around, it made hiking back up the mount all the easier. Dearest Daughters, I love walking through life with you two, I’m your loudest cheerleader and promise to always pick you up when you fall.

What have your little ones done to make you laugh lately?

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