My Tips for a Stress-Free, Magical Christmas

My Tips for a Stress-Free, Magical Christmas

After years of sharing snippets of advice on Instragram, I've finally compiled my top tips for a stress-free, magical Christmas. Although this is a much requested post, I'm having a bit of a wobble about publishing it. I think it's hard to write about being organised...

My weekend has mainly been spent…

My weekend has mainly been spent…

Slowly waking up. I really needed that lie-in. Listening to the sound of rain lashing outside our bedroom window. Wondering why we'd waited until the weekend to enjoy a BBQ. Good old British weather! Heading downstairs for a cup of tea. Curling up on the sofa in front...

My weekend has mainly been spent…

My weekend has mainly been spent…

Sleeping in and waking up very slowly. Heading downstairs for a cup of tea. Writing Carl a short shopping list before he raced off to Asda. Watching Alice in Wonderland with Izzy. Warming chocolate croissants in the oven. Eating a toasted bagel topped with Marmite for...

My weekend has mainly been spent…

My weekend has mainly been spent…

Sleeping in. I've been struggling with this lately as our room gets so light in the mornings, so Carl suggested I try a sleep mask. It worked a treat and I felt a little bit like Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany's. Win, win! Snuggling under the duvet for a while...

My weekend has mainly been spent…

My weekend has mainly been spent…

Sleeping late. Giving Jesse a cuddle when he climbed into bed with me. Early morning snuggles are a rare occurrence these days. Heading downstairs to find Carl. Sipping tea and making pancakes for breakfast. Waving Carl and the kids off as they went on their daily...

My weekend has mainly been spent…

My weekend has mainly been spent…

Sleeping in. Drinking numerous cups of tea in quick succession. Toasting bagels for breakfast. Pulling on my scruffy painting clothes and cracking on with some DIY. Sanding, cleaning and priming the old kitchen cabinet doors from the laundry room. Listening to Stanley...

My weekend has mainly been spent…

My weekend has mainly been spent…

Sleeping late. Lying in bed and listening to the rain outside. Discovering Carl and Jesse downstairs on the Xbox. Sipping tea on the sofa while Carl cooked breakfast. Tucking into veggie sausages, hash browns and baked beans. Working my way through a mountain of...

My {Easter} weekend has mainly been spent…

My {Easter} weekend has mainly been spent…

Waking up slowly. Sipping tea beneath a blanket on the sofa. Eating a toasted bagel for breakfast. Throwing doors and windows wide open. Enjoying the sight of our Easter decorations in the dining room. Wishing I had some fresh flowers for the table. Putting up the...

My weekend has mainly been spent…

My weekend has mainly been spent…

Sleeping in. Heading downstairs for a cup of tea. Finding Izzy already awake downstairs. Watching Moana on Disney+. Cooking and eating fried mushrooms and spinach on a toasted bagel. Pottering at home while Carl took Jesse to an empty field for a quick kickabout. As...

My weekend has mainly been spent…

My weekend has mainly been spent…

Waking up after a very long sleep. I think I went to bed at 8.30pm on Friday. I'm feeling even more tired than usual at the moment. Heading downstairs for a cup of tea. Savouring the peace and quiet while everyone else was still in bed. Curling up beneath a blanket on...

My weekend has mainly been spent…

My weekend has mainly been spent…

Sleeping in. Remembering everything all over again. For a few split seconds each morning it all feels like a bad dream. Padding downstairs for a cup of tea. Curling up on the sofa with a good book {The Salt Path* by Raynor Win}. Hugging the children when they appeared...

How to Read More

How to Read More

For as long as I can remember, one of my new year’s resolutions has always been to ‘read more’. In 2018 I read 27 books, last year I read 36 and this year I’m aiming for at least 40. Although I enjoy keeping track of the numbers, my focus isn’t overall volume. I...

Hello 2020

Hello 2020

I've been writing a version of this post every January since 2010. Reading through each entry in quick succession provides a wonderfully detailed overview of the decade. This time ten years ago, Isabel and Jesse were 4 years and 6 months old respectively. We were...

Notes on Perfectionism

Notes on Perfectionism

In Ep.13 of Friends With Business Benefits, the podcast I co-host with Charlie Swift, we shared an in-depth conversation about what it means to be a perfectionist. When the show went live in July, I hopped on Instagram Stories to discuss what we'd learned from our...

Our Summer Bucket List 2019

Our Summer Bucket List 2019

The summer holidays are upon us. I survived day one, and as I write I'm halfway through day two. So far, spirits are high. The sun is shining, the children are delightful and I'm enjoying the relaxation of our usual routine. I love this time of year, but it can be a...

10 Years of Love Audrey

10 Years of Love Audrey

Before it was a business, Love Audrey was ‘just a blog’. Today, that blog is ten years old. I can’t imagine what my life would look like now if I hadn’t claimed a corner of the internet for myself back in 2009. Blogging has been the catalyst for so many amazing things...

My Morning Rhythm

My Morning Rhythm

One of the first books I read last year was Destination Simple - Everyday Rituals for a Slower Life by Brooke McAlery. It's a quick read packed full of practical advice designed to help you live more simply. Brooke's description of her morning rhythm and the thinking...

Hello 2019

Hello 2019

I'm writing this on the first Saturday of 2019. It's bitterly cold outside, so I've got the fan-heater running as I type. The constant whir of its motor muffles the sound of Sigur Rós playing from my new Echo Dot on the floor below. The light in our attic-office is...

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