Merry Christmas…

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And a happy new year!!! I hope Santa brought you all everything you wanted. I know I’ve been very spoilt! Especially as the lovely Dan got me a pretty new iPhone for Christmas!! As ever, Lillee had lots of presents and now has them spread out all over my floor!

Hope you all have a magical holiday and I’ll see you in the new year!!

Emma-Jayne xx

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It’s beginning to look a lot like christmas…

We’re finally starting to get the house Christmassy! We still need to put the main tree up, but we thought it would be nice for Lillee to have hers done. She spent the afternoon helping me sort all her toys out in the cupboard, change her bed sheets and then we got the tree out. She helped wrap the lights around and hung the baubles on herself before telling me where to put the tinsel! It was a lovely afternoon, and every night since it went up she’s asked for the snow-globe to be put on (it plays music) and the lights on her tree keep mysteriously getting turned on…I wonder who that could be?

Emma-Jayne xx

Wedding Planning…

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So, Tonight I have a night of wedding planning all ready for me to do! I’ve got a selection of magazines, a glue stick and some scissors and I’m all ready to get stuck into making some mood boards in my wedding notebook…

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Emma-Jayne xx

Owls in the Kitchen…

A few months ago I was reading a magazine and saw something on wall decals. Looking more closely, I thought I could do that and it’d be perfect for my kitchen with some hooks in for my tea towels and oven gloves! So I grabbed a pencil and some acrylic paint and got to work…

It was really easy, just a little time consuming to put together. First, I sketched out the design onto the wall in pencil. I pretty much just copied the one in the magazine but you can do whatever you want! Then I filled in the design with different colours of acrylic paint. You could use leftover emulsion for the walls but I didn’t have any so I just used what was in the house. Then when it was all coloured and completly dry, I went around the edges with a black permenant marker although you could use paint. Finally we drilled holes into the wall, added wall plugs and screwed in the hooks. And its done!

I love how it brightens up my kitchen!

Emma-Jayne xx

Look what I found…

  • Food in a jar? I’m loving the idea and I keep pinning different ideas… So, what better than chili and cornbread with the cooler weather we’ve been having this week?

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  • As we are now in August, and the “back-to-school-feeling” is upon me I’ve been trying to make things a little more organised around here…

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  • I LOVE this potato salad, every time we go on a picnic, Dan asks me to make it!

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  • I’m lusting after these right now, so hopefully when we go shopping at the weekend I’ll be able to nab them!

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  • I really like the smell of vanilla, and I love beauty products and making things…mix it all together and you get this yummy looking body scrub!

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  • I’m in the process of updating my wardrobe, so this fab shoe storage would be a really good thing for me to try out!

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Hope you enjoy browsing them! I certainly did and I can’t wait to try some of them out!

Emma-Jayne xx

Meal Planning Update…

it worked! well pretty much…we swapped the chicken to wednesday, and had the shepards pie on monday and tuesday as we were busy tuesday and had the chicken curry sunday because we were at my moms for her birthday on friday. but other than that it worked really well!!

sooooo this weeks meal plan is:

saturday- steak, mash, cream and mushroom sauce and vegetables

sunday – Roast chicken, dauphinoise potatoes and veggies

Monday – chicken dinner

Tuesday – filo parcels

Wednesday – beuf bourginon

Thursday – Leftovers

Friday – chicken soup

Emma-Jayne xx

Menu Planning…

 

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So, every few months i take it upon myself to plan the weeks meals in advance. However, it always fails. we either dont want what ive planned, we run out of something, or i make too much stuff so we cant eat it all. As we usually shop on a friday/saturday im going to start it from there, and to begin with im only going to plan the evening meal before hopefully bringing in lunches as well in the near future. In theory, meal planning should help us stick to a budget and in order to help me with this im going to buy one big joint of meat, roast it and use it over a few days in different ways. So, im going to try again, and this time i hope you’ll all try it with me so here we go…

Week 1

Saturday… Lamb pitta breads.

Sunday… Roast lamb

Monday… Garlic chicken and salad

Tuesday… Shepard’s pie

Wednesday… Roasted vegetables and sausages

Thursday… Leftovers

Friday… Chicken curry

Now the plan is to make and stick to my shooping list…fingers crossed lets see how it goes next week!

Emma-Jayne xx

House Tour! The Living Room…

I live in a two bedroomed flat. Unfortunatly, we have cracked tiles around the edges of the rooms so for now we dont have carpet (except in Lillee’s room). However, we have been promised that the issue will be addressed A.S.A.P. Therefore, none of our pictures have any carpet and not very amazing tiled floors.

This aside, I wanted to share my home with you. So lets start with the living room…

 This is the view from the door as you enter the living room. It’s the main area, with Lillee’s toys hidden in the leather effect ottoman. this is one of my favorite pieces of furniture, because it hides her toys at night so I can have an “adult sitting room”, creates extra storage which I can use for other things when shes older, and it is also a seat for when I have visitors! Multi-use at its best.

This is pretty much just showing you the other way from behind the settee. I have my DVD shelf, and a place to display nick-nacks and keep my table linen.

I adore my pictures. we purchased them from Ikea, but we lived with an empty wall for months. It makes me happy to know I finally have some homely touches! My lamp is an attempt at some atmospheric lighting…however we need more yet as the one on it’s own doesn’t create enough light for the room.

This is my “art gallery” on the kitchen door, I put a seection of Lillee’s artwork up for display. It means I can interchange it as necessary, and it dosen’t take away anything from the other decor.

The “dining room” or should I say dining corner… Luckily for us, we found the perfect size table for our little space, It was given to us by a family member who no longer needed it. We can comfortably seat four but at the moment we only have three chairs so that there is space for the high chair. Above the table is my cupcake picture, although it hasn’t shown up very clearly on the picture. I really like it here, with it being quite styleised, it dosen’t look out of place in the living area, but cupcakes tie in perfectly with the idea of food and dining.

Finally, this is my “study” we have a computer and printer with a comfy chair that my dad gave us. The chair only just fit behind the settee!. Above the computer, is a shelf for all the household paperwork and office supplies. And to add a little colour, the Calender that Lillee made at nursery.

So thats my living room/dining room/study! I hope you like it. I’m hoping to post pictures of the other rooms in my house soon.

Emma-Jayne xx