7 June 2019

Bathroom Styling with Garden Trading

Transforming our family bathroom has been one of most satisfying home renovations to date. Beforehand, the room was purely functional and was very dated as well as a bit botched by previous owners. Aesthetically it wasn't a very relaxing place to be, so creating a tranquil space in our busy home was 'the brief' when it came to designing the room. I wanted somewhere to retreat to at the end of a long day where I could find a moment of calm, light a candle or two and sink into a hot, bubbly bath and 'just be'.

Our finished bathroom renovation. Metal Farringdon Box shelves from Garden Trading with white metro tiles, a freestanding bath, freestanding taps and light grey paint

We went with a simple grey and white colour scheme with clean lines in the form of metro tiles and then added some fluidity with the bath and arabesque pattern of the floor tiles. We teamed modern with traditional and then added in some rustic accessories from Garden Trading Company to tie it all together and finish the room. We have lots of Garden Trading items in our home, they are classic yet contemporary, timeless and effortlessly stylish. They were my first port of call when it came to light fixings for both our bathrooms with their Ladbroke Ceiling Lights in Satin Nickel. The lights inspired a slightly more industrial look when it came to accessorising which has worked really well.

The Rive Droite Bistro table from Garden Trading is perfect for next to the bath to put a plant, drink, book, candle or phone so you don't drop it in the bath!

First things first.. I needed somewhere to pop a book and a drink while in the tub. I had spotted the Rive Droite Bistro Table (in Charcoal) on the Garden Trading website which is perfectly sized, folds up and is super versatile. When not in use in the bathroom it can be easily moved to other rooms as well as outdoors and I just love it.

Trailing plants in crackle glazed ceramic pots adding a tranquil touch to the bathroom

I knew I wanted to add a botanical element to the bathroom and bring a bit of the outside in as there is something so peaceful and fresh about plants. We chose two Farringdon Box Shelves along with some ceramic Ravello Pots for above the bath, which are great for displaying my plants, some flannels, candles and toiletries.

Bathroom shelving to store and display toiletries, face clothes, candles and trinkets

We've hung them offset to one another but they'd work equally well in other configurations and in so many other places in the house including the kitchen, utility room, garden room, hallway or boot room to name but a few!

A simple metal star adding interest and personality to the bathroom walls

Finally, I couldn't resist a Farringdon Star to add some simple interest and personality to the room and I think it looks great with the other Garden Trading items we have incorporated in the room. It would be lovely with some fairy lights or greenery wrapped around it to add further serenity.

Metal star with some greenery wrapped around it to add a bit of serenity

Garden Trading have kindly given me a 10% discount code to share with you. Simply enter 3LITTLELADIES at checkout. (Valid until Friday 14 June 2019, excludes last chance and delivery and can only be used once per customer.)

Me x

*This is a collaborative post. 
We were kindly gifted 2 x Farringdon Box Shelves, the Rive Droite Bistro Table,  
2 x Ravello Pots and Farringdon Star by Garden Trading* 

23 April 2019

Cookie Monster's Foodie Truck

We were very kindly invited to Sony Pictures last week to celebrate Tiny Pop's new show Cookie Monster's Foodie Truck, featuring none other than Sesame Street favourite Cookie Monster and Gonger from The Furchester hotel. I grew up watching Sesame Street and love that it's characters are still going strong and being enjoyed by children today with this year marking it's 50th birthday.

The girls having their photo taken at Tiny Pop HQ

Cookie Monster's Foodie Truck is a fun and educational show where Cookie Monster and Gonger cook a simple recipe and find out more about the foods they are cooking with and where they come from. The short episodes are just 5 minutes each and really funny and engaging with a catchy theme tune which had the girls dancing in their seats and giggling during the screening.

Cookie Monster's Foodie Truck Poster

There were lots of Cookie Monster themed activities to keep the girls busy either side of the screening. They made Cookie Monster masks which were really simple for them to do and looked great when they had finished and had their faces painted too.

Phoebe with her Gonger face paint!

An afternoon with Cookie Monster would not have been complete without lots of cookies! Lottie did her very best impersonation of CookieMonster and sampled them all!

Lottie enjoying Cookie Monster's Cookies!

We ended the day meeting Cookie Monster and Gonger and their puppeteers which the girls found amazing, they are such a great double act! The girls were very kindly given a special Tiny Pop goodie bag with their own little Cookie Monster Soft toy and t-shirt to take home thanks to Sambro, Character UK and Hype.

You can catch Cookie Monster's Foodie Truck on Tiny Pop now!

Me x

* This is a collaborative post. 
All thoughts and opinions are my own*

13 April 2019

Review: 'Where is Peter Rabbit?'

We were kindly invited to see 'Where is Peter Rabbit?' at the Theatre Royal Haymarket in London last week. The girls adore Beatrix Potter's timeless tales so I knew the show would be a hit with them. At just an hour long it is the perfect length for little theatre goers and it completely held their attention.

Cast of Peter Rabbit live/ Where is Peter Rabbit?
Image copyright 'Where is Peter Rabbit?"

The audience are taken on a musical adventure to find Peter Rabbit with a retelling of five of Beatrix Potter's famous stories along the way. With the help of music, puppets, songs and dance the Tales of Mr Jeremy Fisher, Mrs, Tiggy Winkle, Jemima Puddleduck and Mr Tod are brought to life finishing with the most loved tale of all -  The Tale of Peter Rabbit.

The cast were incredibly talented and the detail and movement of the puppets was wonderful - it was like they had sprung out of the pages of the book. The set was inspired by Beatrix Potter's beautiful drawings and there were guest voice overs from Miriam Margoyles and Griff Rhys Jones.

Beatrix Potter's stories really do translate beautifully in this production and have been very thoughtfully adapted. The show evoked many feelings of nostalgia from my own childhood; it was wonderful to share the tales that I enjoyed with my own children and in their enjoyment of the play.

Where is Peter Rabbit show advert
Image copyright 'Where is Peter Rabbit?'

It's a great show for young children and made for a perfect Easter treat. You can see it up until Sunday 28 April and find more details HERE.

Me x

*We were kindly gifted tickets for the show with no obligation to share anything. 
All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Images used with permission and copyright of 'Where is Peter Rabbit?' *

1 March 2019

February Half Term At Sands Resort Hotel Cornwall

We were kindly invited to spend three nights at Sands Resort Hotel in Cornwall during February half term -an unbelievably family focused hotel situated in North Cornwall between Newquay and Watergate Bay.

Cornwall is a great year round destination

Cornwall may not be somewhere you would think of visiting in February, but Sands Resort Hotel have got family breaks covered all year round and there is just so much to do in the region, meaning it most definitely isn't just a summer destination.

A spot of paddling on Fistral Beach

Having visited Cornwall several times before, including the summer, this was actually one of our favourite trips. We were blessed with beautiful winter sunshine and blue skies but without the crowds, which was so glorious. Whether you have a baby, toddler or older children, Sands Resort Hotel is somewhere we would definitely recommend for a family friendly break in the UK, read on and watch our video below to find out why:

Accommodation that accommodates us!

Admiring the view of the ocean

Finding a hotel to accommodate us as a family of five can be super tricky and as the girls are still little I'm not quite ready for adjoining rooms. We stayed in a Contemporary Sea View Suite which was perfect for us as it had two sleeping spaces in one room joined by a small corridor also leading to the bathroom.

Well thought out accommodation allowing us all to be in one room
with separate sleeping spaces

The girls were delighted to have a sleepover together in their section sharing a set of bunk beds and a single bed, while we had a huge double bed in the other section. The room was clean, comfortable and very spacious with a seating area, TV and tea/coffee making facilities and had plenty of storage for all our things.

The girls loved having a 'sleepover' in their room
and the novelty of watching TV in bed in the morning

We absolute adored waking up and opening the curtains to the spectacular view of the Atlantic which seriously made me want to relocate to be by the sea! The only downside was that we could hear other guests in nearby rooms but it wasn't a huge problem as everyone was in bed early because they had young families.

We miss waking up to this view!

Lots to do on site

There is plenty to keep the family busy during a stay at Sands Resort both indoors and out. The beautiful weather we had meant that the children adored the outdoor play areas complete with zip wire, maze, mini golf and even a bouncy castle!

The girls loved the bouncy castle

You can also play basketball, tennis and football and enjoy the outdoor fun pool during the summer months. Indoors there is a swimming pool, spa, gym, games room and small soft play area which can be used outside of kids club times and several lounge areas to relax in.

We couldn't get the girls out of the maze, they had hours of fun in there!

Kids Clubs

You receive a complementary kids club session, per child, for each day of your stay and can book additional sessions should you wish. We booked the girls in for the morning session on Saturday morning to coincide with some spa time in the Moroc Spa which was divine.

Relaxing at the Moroc Spa

The staff were so friendly and put the girls immediately at ease. The girls had loads of fun playing, singing karaoke and crafting and making friends with other children in their groups. The kids clubs can accommodate babies, toddlers and older children meaning parents can have a moment to recharge their batteries or simply get organised for the day ahead, or pack up the car on departure day as we did!

Entertainment Programme

During the Cornish school holidays there is an additional entertainment programme each evening at 6pm that the girls were really keen to join in with. at 7,5 and 3 they all really enjoyed the magician and party games evening and it was lovely to sit and watch them have fun.

Waiting patiently for the evening entertainment to begin in the reception area

Flexible Dining

You can enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner at the hotel. Meals are timed to accommodate all members of your group with a wide time frame in which you can eat. The girls adored the self serve breakfast each morning, with fresh warm pastries and a cooked breakfast on offer alongside cereals, yogurt, toast and fruit, fresh juice and tea or coffee.

Delicious, fresh breakfasts are served from 7:30-10am every day

There is a family supper served from 4.45-6pm where you can either feed just the children or dine with them. There was plenty of choice on offer for everyone and the food was fresh and nutritious. This is such a great option if you have babies and toddlers. Family dining is also available from 6:30pm - 9pm which great for us as the girls were keen to go to the evening entertainment. We would never normally take them to a restaurant at this time so it was really special to be able to share an evening meal with them. A baby listening service is available should you wish to enjoy the adults only dining space once your children are in bed. We tried both the family supper and family evening dining and enjoyed both options.

One of the adult meal options from the early family supper menu

Helpful and Enthusiastic Staff

The staff at the hotel are lovely and only too happy to help or point you in the right direction. We were always greeted with a smile and they often went out of their way to engage with the children which I thought was great. The Sands Resort team made sure we relaxed the moment we walked in the door.

Lots of Helpful Extras 

The hotel have thought of pretty much everything to make sure that your holiday is as near to a holiday as possible. Travelling with a young family can sometimes mean packing everything including the kitchen sink, but at the Sands Resort Hotel there are off road pushchairs to borrow in the hotel foyer if you want to walk down to the beach, as well as buckets and spades, body boards and wetsuits in the surf shack. In the restaurant, there are plenty of highchairs, plastic cups and cutlery for children and I'm pretty sure if you'd forgotten anything the team would be able to help!

Golf clubs and balls are available to borrow from reception for mini golf

Great Location 

The location of the Sands Resort Hotel makes it extra special. It's perched on the clifftops with amazing views of the ocean within walking distance of Porth beach. If it wasn't for the fact that Cornwall is so beautiful with so many wonderful places to visit you wouldn't need to leave. If you do want to venture out and about we would recommend The Eden Project and The Lost Gardens of Heligan for family days out exploring and Mawgan Porth, Fistral and Hollywell Bay are favourite beaches of ours.

A view offering a huge dose of vitamin sea!

In summary, a stay at Sands Resort is a great holiday option for children and parents, we really felt like we had a break and were able to focus on just spending time together. Sands Resort Hotel is a place that will grow with you as a family and we'll definitely be back!

Me x

This is a collaborative post. 
We were kindly invited to stay at Sands Resort in exchange for an honest review. 
All thoughts, experiences and opinions are my own.

20 January 2019

Phoebe Is Five

To Phoebe

This year has hurtled by at an alarming rate. It's been a big one for you with you starting school in September, but it's safe to say you totally love it and have really come into your own. I think it's made you feel really grown up and your lovely little school gives you such confidence. You love learning and are keen to read and write us little notes. You've also become quite the little artist with some wonderful creations coming home. Things like dance and PE have are a revelation to you and I can tell you're enjoying discovering the new things school has to offer. You're not quite sure about school dinners, or fire drills, although we've settled on jacket potato's with beans most days which is fine with me. I'm not sure you'll ever get over the disappointment that there wasn't an actual fire when the fire bell went and you had to stand out in the playground!

Phoebe on her 5th Birthday

You're cheeky and lots of fun to be around, always cheerful and super loud when you want to be for someone so dinky. A wonderful example was your reinvention of the inn keepers wife role in the nativity this year - so much feist and comedy with a 'no room at the inn I say' delivered in a way that could win you a role in Eastenders and made everyone smile.

You're showing such kindness to your classmates, including them, championing them and fighting their corner and we're unbelievably proud of you for that. You're great at being a friend, a sister and part of a group. People say that being the 'middle' child can be a tricky place in the family but I think having a big sister and a little sister has taught you how to interact and play with children older and younger than you.

As much as you're thriving at school I'm really missing having you home on my days off and Lottie is too. You and Lottie still play for hours with your babies at weekends and you're the first out in the garden to make a mud pie or a fairy garden. You and Ellie have grown closer now that you're at school together, you really look out for each other there which is just lovely.

You are so speedy on your balance bike, we now just need to convince you to get on one with pedals - but as with everything, you'll do it when you're ready! You are such a little magpie, a collector of treasures and all things sparkly and have little bags and boxes of things squirrelled all around the house. This birthday all you asked us for was some clip on earrings and jammy dodger cupcakes and were thrilled with both.

You continue to amaze us with your very clear fashion choices and attention to detail... only recently you asked us to have your hair cut into a bob and it really suits you. You know yourself so well and are confident in your decisions and I absolutely love that. Despite your confidence, you're still quite a home bird and like familiarity meaning new things can be daunting for you. You come to my side and take my hand for reassurance and I love that you know that I'm always there to give it. Bedtime stories are my favourite as you snuggle right in and make sure my arm is around you as we read, a moment of still that I really treasure every day.

You're happy and loving, you share and you care and are generally awesome.
Keep being you little lady because there is no one quite like you.

Love you lots 

Mummy x

You may also like to read:
Phoebe Is Four
Phoebe is Three
Phoebe Is Two