Journal

  • Sunshine & flowers

    If you've been following me on Instagram, you'll know that I was meant to have had a holiday in Spain in May. It would have been  my first holiday as a divorcee and travelling alone as a single parent with my boys. I booked it last year pretending to be braver than I actually was...
  • Flights of Fancy

    The new collection is here. Flights of Fancy has landed and is ready to buy.

    How we travel, stay in touch and how we plan or dream about our futures is something that I think about a lot. There's an inevitability about this new collection, which as it happens, was designed before the UK's lockdown began.

  • Parenting Pizza

    Without digging too deep, can I just say that homeschooling is throwing me some parenting challenges? I'm confident I'm not alone and, of course, everyone's experience is shaped by the nature and age of their children. 

    At least in food tech, we find common ground. The boy threw himself into documenting his pizza making - choosing traditional pepperoni and olive toppings. Is anyone surprised that I chose asparagus and goats cheese? 

  • All the good things

    This week I am practicising mindful joy. I'm creating the space and saying yes to the things that make me happy and get me out of my head (in the best way). Building friendships is top of the list. I'm not crazy or in denial. I know we can't party like we used to, but I can make strengthening bonds with old friends and making new ones.
  • Roll With It

    Rolling with the new normal doesn't mean it's easy of course. Making good bread rolls has always taken time and patience, so now is a time to discover the meditative powers of kneading and knocking back. I had to share them because eating 12 sweet potato & pumpkin seed rolls at one sitting is not a goal I plan on scoring.
  • Finding your inspiration

    Hello. I've arrived in the new normal. Are you here too? I've moved through that feeling of overwhelming worry and concern, and have largely accept...
  • What's getting you through the week?

    Today, I'm looking on the bright side. I've put on my loveliest clothes and spent time on my make up. I've made myself a delicious lunch and served myself an ice cold beer. These acts of self care are important - but they don't always achieve the feeling of confidence that I'm chasing.
    It's not easy to find the stories and news that will lift my spirits, which is a problem because I need some good REAL moments to reflect on, if I'm going to face the weeks ahead with resilience and mental fortitude.
     
  • Adjust, Reset, Renew

    Hands up if you are on an emotional rollercoaster. I have had dips of defensiveness and plenty of moments of fear and anger. Anxiety is running thr...
  • Life in a Pandemic

    The arrival of Covid-19 is attempting to put the dampeners on my joie de vivre. I'm signed up to the new lifestyle of social distancing but with particular attention to my mental health. So in the moments between looking at grant criteria (disheartening), fulfilling very welcome website orders (thank heavens for birthdays!) and updating my social media feeds, this is my new plan:
  • International Women's Day 2020

    Within the course of a single day, we can be kind, strong, smart, loving, funny, hench, vulnerable, demanding, impatient, persistent, brilliant, i...
  • Keep Your Friends Fresh

    In this month of relationships and meaningful moments... we ask the question, what are you doing to keep your friendships fresh? Here's our handy guide to understanding why your friends matter, how you can help your relationships to thrive and where you might find a treasure trove of new mates!

  • Fat-free Banana Bread

    Our best baking days are still ahead of us. This is my recipe for a fat-free banana loaf that will give you a tasty 'hug' and boost your energy levels at your favourite snack o'clock time of day.