My O bag makeover

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**Alert: there’s an O bag competition at the end of this post** With the expense of Christmas looming – I’m entertaining 13 people, more of that to follow soon – now is not the time to be obsessing about new handbags! But what’s a girl … [read more]

Blogging for beginners

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So far in this series about blogging, I’ve covered why it’s such a good idea to start a blog, and my personal reasons for hogging this tiny little corner of the internet. Let’s say you have ideas for your first few articles, but don’t know … [read more]

Unboxing the M&S beauty advent calendar

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It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas, although the kids reminded me this morning that they don’t have advent calendars yet. Well, I’ve got mine, so there! It’s from Marks & Spencer and it’s quite spectacular.* Jam packed with sample size and full size beauty … [read more]

How to Hygge

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We have invested a lot of time and money over the last five years, to create a welcoming house from our slightly drab, pebble-dashed 1930s semi. The Hubster did NOT love this house when we bought it. I could see the potential to make it … [read more]

Embracing the Christmas chaos

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Too soon? Not according to the retailers and advertising executives. The Halloween costumes are barely back in the wardrobe before the Christmas countdown begins these days. And this year I’m hosting 13 people on Christmas Day, so I do have to start thinking through my … [read more]