Thursday, 30 September 2021

Halloween Edit at John Lewis

Get your Halloween fix at John Lewis. Halloween is slowly becoming has decorative as Christmas and I am here for it. My Mum, from living in the US has an entire box dedicated to Halloween décor and I have two measly gold  pumpkins so this year I need to up my game.

The pumpkin casserole dish and spooky bat goody bags are a true favourite. Head here for the full edit.

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Wednesday, 29 September 2021

Three Artists to invest in for Christmas

These are not pocket change prints but art that you need to spend your hard earned pennies on usually more than a months pay check but in the hopes that you not only have a beautiful piece of art for home but something that is going up in value and not just stuck in a bank.

These are three artists I would love to invest in.

                                          DOUG HYDE

Doug or the man behind 'the smile' was one of the first artists I really fell in love with, I remember spotting it at a  house when I was at university and thinking one day I will buy one of those. Doug has recently launched his new collection and each print just makes me smile.

If you are based in Lincoln you can meet the artist at Trent Galleries on 16th October.

sophie tea


The most important thing you need to know about Sophie Tea is you can pay per month with only £100 deposit required. She is an instagram sensation and all about body positivity and loving yourself. Her Nudie era has just come to an end but I for one cant wait to see what's next from this gem. 

Also if your looking for a great insta background visit her Carnaby Street store. 

Prices from £1,000. Have a look here.

Photos credited from @sophieteaart instgaram

sophie tea


This hyperrealister Canadian painter grabbed my attention last year with her pieces centred around food and fashion. With fun 'art' treasure hunts and mystery boxes I cant wait to get my hands on one of these for my kitchen. 

Prices from $300 and you can purchase here.

Photos from @erinrothstein Instagram.

erin rothstein

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Monday, 27 September 2021

What to do in West Sussex with your kids

Having struggled to find a good list of things to do in West Sussex and Surrey for kids I thought I would start my own list and build on it over the next year.

I have highlighted which ones I have been too and really this will become a list of places I can use to plan day trips.

Thinking of things to do with kids can be difficult so hopefully you will find this useful.  

I really want to fill this up with as many exciting activities as possible so please do email me:

rogate pumpkin picking

1. Rogate PYO Sunflower | Rogate Pumpkin Picking

Location: Petersfield

Cost: Entry free, £5 for 6 sunflowers. £4 pp for pumpkin patch and free for under 2s

2. Little Street | Imagination play in its finest - if you can get your child off the cars! 

Location: Rudgwick, Surbiton

Cost: £5.95 per person

3. Drusillas | W had a ball here, a Zoo and then your first taste of a theme park - we never knew W was such a thrill seeker.

Location: Alfriston, East Sussex

Cost £32.50 per person - under 2s go free 

4. Bluebell Woods | You need to hunt for these yourself - only took us a 5 minutes in Cranleigh

Location: Cranleigh (Bookhurst Wood) or Horsham (Leechpool Woods)

When to go: April - June

Cost: Free


5. Fishers Farm Park 

This Family run park offers a full day of activities with indoor soft play, farm animals, rides, theatre a mini disco and even a bar! 

Location: Wisborough Green

Cost: £18.95 (3-59) Free for under 2s

6. Riverside Nature Reserve | 30 hectares of beautiful wildlife in Guildford walking along the River Wey with meadow, wetland, open water and woodland. .

Location: Guildford

Cost: Free, also free parking

7. Petwork Park | Nestled in the South Downs you have Petworth Park, part of Petworth House which belongs to National Trust. With lots of hills to climb and deer's rambling around, you could spend all day rambling around the 700 acres of land and have a glorious picnic..

Location: Petworth

Cost: Free - Parking

8. Airhop Guildford - The 'Mini Hoppers' sessions is so much fun, after we dodged all the play cars on display, W was jumping about with plenty of space, a visit from Paw Patrol and bubbles you couldn't ask for any more. It suggests you get there 30 mins before i would suggest 5/10 mins. 

Location: Guildford

Cost: £7.50 - you don't need to pay for adults (score)

9. Trundle Hill | Poppy Fields which are a spectacular sight  and beautiful family photo spot but oh god the journey to get down to the car park was a nightmare so I would not go to the main car park and instead go for a nice walk from the other side of the hill.

Location: Goodwood

When to visit: May / June

Cost: Free

10: Frensham Great Pond and Common | A beach and common all rolled into one , on hot days the car  park is filled up by 10am so be quick

Location: between Farnham and Hindhead

Cost: Free (car park)

11. Devils Jumps | A series of Three Small Hills - I have not been but pictures look beaut.

Location: Churt

12: Dinosaur Island in Southwater Country Park | The park is beautiful in its own right, with a cafe offering picnic boxes for little ones and Dinosaur Island is the icing on the cake with a large play park for kids of all ages. 

Location: Horsham

Cost: Free

14. Jungle mania golf with Jungle Safari | This caught my eye as your child can ride a land rover around a 'Safari' unfortunately for W you have to be at least 3 years old.

Location: Farnham

Cost: From £7.50

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Monday, 2 August 2021

The Pig Hotel finds a new home in Arundel

I have a new neighbour and its one of my faves, say hello to The Pig Hotel in the south downs. 

The Pig actually is a really special place for me, we even considered getting married at The Pig on the Beach down in Studland.

the pig in the south downs arundel

The locations are always beautiful, the kitchen gardens are dreamy and the food is insane - I had half a pigs head last time and the crackling was the best I have ever had! So when I heard a new site was opening on my doorstep I wanted to share and also be first in line to book for the September opening.

You cant see much yet I only have access to this one picture of the 1770s house which will also house the classic greenhouse restaurant.

Rooms: Rooms comprise a collection of traditional brick, flint and timber clad Sussex stable yard buildings plus a selection of Field and Garden Wagons. All of these have been lovingly restored and nestle together around original courtyards.

When does it open: 6th September 2021

Prices: From £200 up to £400 

Booking open: NOW

Key features: 

  • Snug with open fireplace 
  • The Pig’s signature greenhouse restaurant. 
  • Stunning views across the South Downs. 
  • Private dining room
  • Bedrooms, some with freestanding baths
  • Separate from the main building is the Stable Block and stable cottage housing further rooms, some of which can be joined together for larger groups.

For more information visit here.

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