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Breakfast with Laura Ashley

 

How do you like to start your day? Every morning, without fail, we gather around the table for breakfast, mix and match bowls, messy hair and sleepy conversation, it is one of our favourite times of the day together. During the week it is, more often than not, a rushed affair as we usually have something to get up and out of the house for, but at the weekend we take our time without the need to rush.

Breakfast here, this weekend was a real treat as we took our time, I pottered in the kitchen making our favourite granola recipe with our tiny boy sleeping in the sling whilst my husband and little boy played with lego. When the granola was in the oven I made a coffee and set the table with our new Laura Ashley china mugs and bowls. I love this mix and match set of blue and white china, it is an eclectic collection consisting of three different traditional designs each with a contemporary twist. Mixing and matching tableware is a great way of creating a relaxed look and to add a rustic touch I have also used the round Kubo woven baskets, great for holding bread or croissants. To keep us all cozy I added the herringbone striped throw to the backs of the chairs (you will always find a throw in arms reach here)

Oats and mixed nuts granola

A bowl of homemade granola is a great way to start any day, I have a simple recipe that can be made within about half an hour and tastes so delicious. I love making it as much as I love eating it, it gives me a real sense of warmth and comfort. I also love that I am providing my family with something homemade and wholesome to kick-start the day. Combined with fresh fruit and natural yoghurt it makes the perfect breakfast. Here’s how to make a tasty granola:

Ingredients:
3 cups rolled oats
1 cup chopped mixed nuts
2 tbsp honey
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
125ml maple syrupMethod: Combine all the ingredients and pop in the oven on a medium heat for about 20

Method: Combine all the ingredients and pop in the oven on a medium heat for about 20 minutes

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After a long grey winter

It has been so long since I last popped over here to write, my energy levels have been low and my enthusiasm has been lost, a long and very grey winter has passed but thankfully tiny signs of spring are beginning to emerge and with it I have found my enthusiasm again.

We began this year with some sad and worrying news for our family, my dad has been diagnosed with cancer, it has knocked us all and has of cause been a worry for my dad who is dealing with it. He has recently received the best possible news that the cancer is small and slow-growing and so we are hoping and praying that with the help and care from the doctors he will make a full recovery.

I have also been caught in the middle of an emotional mix of anxiety and pure joy over the past few months – we are expecting a baby and utterly thrilled to be extending our little family later this summer. Pregnancy after loss is a tough journey to navigate, the fear of losing another child grips me so tight, leaving me feeling frightened and unable to trust my body to do something that should be so natural and so joyful. However, with that said, the weeks do seem to be flying by this time, with each day and each tiny movement that I feel I am trying my best to put the worry aside and enjoy the journey towards holding our littlest member of the family in my arms safe and well.

Despite this winter feeling like a long and hard slog, we have managed to make plenty of lovely memories along the way and have some good times to look back on, here are some of the things we have been enjoying:

  • Clearing the garden, collecting seeds ready for the year ahead and planting winter flowers to brighten up the grey days
  • seeing the bulbs we planted back in November emerge from the ground
  • Winter walks
  • Visiting National Trust gardens (look at these snowdrops!)
  • Hot chocolates a plenty
  • An impromptu trip to the Cotswolds (how very sweet is the blue shepherd hut I spied in the garden above)
  • Seeing the newest member of the family at our scan 12 and 20 week scan

A winters Tale #DifferenceMakesUs

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Gather up the season into your favourite basket, red and green, berries and fir, soft leafy twigs and all the things that smell as fresh as a winters morning. Sit a while and twist what you have into a simple wreath to hang on your door. This is one of the ways I love to welcome the festive season ahead.

A couple of weeks ago I got together with my sister to make our Christmas wreath, eat chocolate and listen to Christmas music – it has become a lovely little tradition over the last few years and one I look forward to with great joy. Do you like to make your own Christmas wreath?

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I also wanted to share my new dress with you, it is the most perfect shade of pink, gorgeously floaty and I love it so. Etsy, an online marketplace, asked if I would like to join them with their #DifferenceMakesUs campaign, celebrating our own individual style. I jumped at the chance and went straight to one of my favourite Etsy sellers, Son De Flor, to purchase this dress that I have lusted after for a long long time.

I love this smock dress, handmade from beautiful linen with its loose fit and timeless style. And, I also love what it represents too:

“Son de Flor is about slowing down. Coming back home. Sharing laughs around the dining table. It’s about feeling comfortable in our own skin. About not needing to be better nor faster. Son de Flor is about You, not fashion, not even style. It’s about a modest dress outstanding in the crowd with no need for explanation. No chase of the seasons, no new nor old trends. Time-less. Feminine. Charming. Subtle.” Son De Flor.

Doesn’t that sound perfect? Do pop over here to see their collection of beautiful dresses, you may also like to read their blog too.

Love Laura x

A cozy bedroom with Soak&Sleep

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I was thrilled when Soak&Sleep very kindly asked if I would like to share their new bedding range with you. It is all really beautiful and honestly priced making it perfect for a little seasonal spruce. I chose the navy blue Artisan bedlinen with matching pillowcases. I love the subtle pattern and mid-century craft look, with a thread count of 220 woven in unbleached cotton it feels so very soft and every bit luxurious. To add to the feeling of comfort and warmth when the evenings are really chilly I have also added a vintage style quilted bedspread in soft stone which I absolutely love.

One of the things I love to do, when I can, is decorate our home with small jars of flowers from the garden, we have plenty of fading hydrangeas at the moment and I have added them to various jars to brighten up our bedroom room, I feel, bringing nature into our home throughout the year is really important, it connects us with the season and adds a sense of life and spirit. I have also bought my very first little succulent, I love its sage green leaves with purple tips.

Do you like to make little changes to your home to welcome a new season?