Staycations – Where to Go in the U.K.

 

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Holidays are important to relax, recharge and get away from the every day. A break from routine which can help you come back fresh. Whether you go for a couple of weeks or a couple of days. 

But you don’t need to board a plane to ‘get away’. Staycations are not only becoming increasingly popular, they can also be a lot more relaxing then travelling far away, especially if you have animals or children. (NB we are using the UK term of staying in the country, rather than the American term of staying in your home. Unless you are close enough).

Here are some ideas are places to visit without getting on a plane. Read more

Garden Time – May

Our tips for looking after your garden in May. Including getting your vegetables ready and what to plant. Happy Gardening lovely people.

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How To Start Your Day Right

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Nour Luxury


Waking up right can settle you in for a good day. Having a good nights sleep is important too, but when we start our day right it sets the tone for the whole day. We have asked how you prefer to spend your mornings and had some wonderful answers, which has got us thinking about ways to start the day in a positive way. Here are a few of our suggestions, and we would love to hear more of yours: Read more

In Conversation With Fable & Matter

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One of the amazing things about magazines and blogs is the voice they give; not only the writers and editors, but also the people who see the world in the same way. They allow the spread of knowledge and understanding and creativity. We spoke to Valerie one of the editors of Fable & Matter to find out more about her online platform and see what it is like running a start up:

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In Conversation with Ara Living – Organic Bed Linen

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Each May we concentrate on the things that make us (and you) happy. One of these things is a good nights sleep. Everyone feels better when they wake up after sleeping well, and one of the things that helps you sleep well is a comfortable place to lay your head. Sleeping well is even easier when you know you are laying on bedlinen which has been fairly made from natural, sustainable cotton. Ara Living are a relatively new brand with beautiful, modern designs who have wonderful ethics surrounding the production of these wonderful pieces. We were lucky enough to catch up with one half of Ara Living’s leadership team, Himanshi.  Read more

Nature Inspiration – Ceramics

 

 

Ceramics are something that often crosses the divide between useful and beautiful. This is definitely true of Lynn’s elegant pieces. All are hand thrown and hand painted in her home studio. These piece’s are all microwave and dishwasher safe. They also look lovely on display, as shown by some of the images we have been sent by happy purchasers. The fact they are handmade means that each piece is unique and special. We spoke to Lynn about how she makes these gorgeous jugs, mugs, and bowls; and where she gets her inspiration from. Here is what she had to say:

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Wild and Wool

 


There are a lot of things that make us happy, one of them is making things and the creativity involved. People use creating as a method of relaxing, a way to learn new skills, or a way of spreading joy. We spoke to Susie, the lovely creative behind Wild and Wool (One of our favourite Instagram accounts, which always makes us happy, with the lovely photos of creatures created and of wire-haired Daschund Mille.

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Growing Happiness

One of the responses we have had most, when asking people what makes them happy, has been gardens. Whether it is working in the garden or just sitting in your outdoor haven, gardens bring joy. And anything that brings you joy should be nurtured. Our work with BBCT bumblebee charity (registered Charity No 1115634 Scottish Charity No SC042830) has made us realise the importance of growing a garden that exists peacefully with nature. So we have gone to the BBCT to see if they have any tips on creating a bee-friendly garden. Read more

In Conversation with a Wedding Photographer



Weddings are one of the happiest days of your life. A day when you declare your love to the one you love, infant of the people you love. Usually at these occasions there is someone in the background, someone present at some of the most important parts of the day- from the bride getting ready until the sun is setting and the wedding party starts dispersing- the photographer. Creating beautiful images for you to remember your day with. We have managed to get a little inside information on what it is like to be professional wedding photographer, by talking to the lovely Kathy at Katherine Ashdown Photography : Read more

The Colour of Happiness

 

As part of our ‘Happy May Month’ we have taken a look at colour and how if affects our mood. Obviously there isn’t simply one colour that causes happiness, but it has been well documented that colour can affect mood.  Read more