For the love of Coffee

Romantic coffee shop
Beautiful Coffeeshop (image)

I think I was fairly late discovering coffee having my first mug when I was around 19years old. I always use to drink Rooiboos tea which is the most popular hot drink in South Africa. I was introduce to coffee by a friend who loved going to a cafe in Cape Town called The Mug and Bean, I felt like something different so he suggested having a Mocha - you know the hot chocolate coffee combination, this was my first taste of coffee and after a month or two of drinking Mochas I found myself wanting a stronger coffee taste and switched to a Cappuccino which later turned into an Americano or an Espresso and that was it really I have been a coffee fan ever since. Although these days I have switched to Decaff it doesn't mean I don't like Artisan coffee, I still enjoy my Cafeteria daily at breakfast time and John and I are always on the search for the best flat white in Cardiff.


Coffee love
Coffee can be found on my instagram, thats for sure 


John has an old italian coffee maker at work which he is trying to perfect his version of the flat white on and which I hear about all the time (apparently he is very close to achieving perfection) and all he talks about is getting an espresso machine for the house, which of course I would love as well, maybe something like retro inspired like these ones from Currys. There is something very romantic and design inspired about kitchens with chic coffee machines and misted up coffeeshop windows while people chat to each other about their day. It's a relaxing pass time that can bring people together.


coffee machine in the home
Wouldn't mind something like this at home (image)

Being a busy mum you also learn that coffee shops can be havens as they often have a small play ares with a few games and nearly all do Babychinos now which children love and when you have had a long day there really is something lovely about relaxing into a comfy chair with a warm drink made by someone else and sipping your worries away.
Do you have a favourite drink?


Glamping with Cariad Canvas

Bell tent


At the beginning of the month we spent 2 nights glamping on the Welsh coast, while enjoying amazing stories at Beyond the Border International Story-Telling festival. We normally camp at festivals but since it was Johns birthday weekend we decided to treat ourselves to a more "luxury" experience of glamping in a lovely Bell tent with Cariad Canvas. Mr A loves nothing more than camping, seriously if he could he would live in a tent, we thought maybe he would be a little put out he didn't get to put up the tent which he has become rather good at but he was instantly taken by the bell tent, bunting and lovely interior.


Beautiful tent

Bell tent furniture

camping wellies


 So what are the Pro's and Con's of glamping rather than camping at a festival?

Pro's
1. No setup or take down time
2. Packing less and in turn carrying less from the car to the campsite - major bonus
3. The tents are usually located on nice even pitches
4. Spacious interior with a small table, pillows and rug

Con's
1. The extra cost. Camping is usually included in the cost of a festival ticket - but if you do want less stress than this could be worth the money
2. Our Airbed kept going down all the time which meant we actually didn't sleep as well as we normally do in our own tent - note to self take our own airbed with next time


family camping

camping fun

Canvas bell tent

father and son

I have joined in with Magic Moments


Thanks to Cariad Canvas who provided us with a discount for this review

Bedroom beautiful and Headboard inspiration

chic bedroom
Love the painted brickwork and headboard (image)

So I recently got back from a lovely short break in a beautiful traditional cottage in West Wales, every inch of was in keeping with it's age, which original floor tiles and exposed wooden floors upstairs, a large open fire place and original beams, exactly what I love. What really inspired me the most was the simple but super cosy bedrooms, each with a different style bed and all with the most comfortable mattresses and luxurious duvets, it truly was a treat for the soul. It made me realise how much we have been neglecting our bedroom, it's just been one of those things, with so much work to be done to the whole property, recently re-tiling our bathroom, painting throughout (still on-going), working on the garden, sorting out Mr A's room it's made me think how I need to put together a simple plan for our bedroom.

wooden headboard
Love the subtle colours in this bedroom (image)


We have made a start though and one of the first things we did was deal with the floor - when we purchased the property we were really hoping for decent enough floor boards to sand and bring back to life but unfortunately they are not is good enough condition and have been patched up with horrible plywood so we opted for a simple and fairly light carpet, which was a huge improvement on the dark and stained carpet that was originally in our bedroom. We are planning to sell the cottage next year so everything we do has to be thought out and budgeted for, luckily we had a large Carpetright 15min for the house and after looking at other stores and online they offered the most reasonable carpet in the style we were looking for. We are now repainting the walls in Jasmine White and rejigging the alcove to use it to it's full potential, but here is a list of small changes that I think would make a huge different to our bedroom and we are going for a simple and fresh Scandi look

1. Clean lines with a few personal touches
2. Making the most of natural light and the large window
3. Don't be nervous of colour, just balance it well
4. Rework our bed with a new stylish headboard and patterned bedding
5. Repaint our bedroom furniture in chalk white
6. Hang Artwork above the bed


stylish interior
Beautiful and simple bedroom, love the painted wardrobe (image)

Like I said we have been meaning to replace our bed for ages but with so many other things to budget for it's gone to the bottom of the pile, I mean we are in need of a bigger bed (it's only a double and we need at least a queen) but as it's not broken we simply going to have to make do, but it's surprising how a chic new headboard, of which carpet right has a huge selection paired with some simply but design orientated bedding, it can really change the feel of the room.

designer bedroom
Stylish bedding and a simple headboard are always a winner (image)



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