Disney World wardrobe sorted

Thursday, 10 March 2016

If ever there was a range of kid's clothes that was perfect for a trip to Disney World, the new Mini Rodini Fantasia collection is it.

Bold, bright and full of personality, I'm absolutely in love with every item. And, as luck would have it, we happen to have a trip to Florida coming up in the not too distant future. Fate...?

The unicorn print is my favourite from the collection. Obvs. I can imagine Meryn and Ayden wearing different items in this print. I particularly like the sweatshirt and the little shorts for Ayden. Meryn would love the skirt and the dress in green.

I can see Meryn in this amazing rainbow swimsuit now. I love the shape, colours, print, everything! It's perfection. And I'm tempted by the rainbow tank tops too... and the jacket. Oh god. Stop Mini Rodini, STOP!
This tivoli toy print is too cute to resist. It reminds me of Looney Toons. I'd put this t-shirt with a pair of simple grey, jersey shorts for Ayden.
There's even a Mickey-esque, monochrome print on leggings and the most adorable tank top. Ayden would look amazing in both. This is probably the only print that Dylan would be happy to wear. At nearly nine and a half (that half is very important apparently), he's getting more conscious of what he wears. A couple of years ago, I would definitely have put him in the cartoon animal print, but he'd be having none of that now!

Mini Rodini isn't the cheapest brand of kid's clothes, but the quality is excellent and the designs are so unique. I'm really struggling to pick my favourites, as you may have noticed! What are your top picks from the collection?

Grass-less garden inspiration

Tuesday, 8 March 2016

You'll never guess what happened this weekend. The sun came out! I know, right? For the first time in what feels like years, I could see hints of spring. And I'm ready. I'm done with winter. So naturally my thoughts turned to dinner al fresco, evenings sat outside with a glass of wine, picnics and BBQs in the back garden.

But there's one small problem. We live in a swamp. For the past couple of years, the grass in our back garden has been deteriorating to the point where it's more mud than lawn. We've tried to rescue it, but the combination of relentlessly rainy months and a clumsy old labrador who has a penchant for chasing cats, means that it never really stands a chance. So I've turned to the internet for grass-less garden inspiration. At first I wasn't keen to get rid of the grass, but I've found so many garden ideas online which show that you can create pretty outside spaces that feel green, without grass.

These are some of my favourites so far.

Bowden House : Minimalist garden by Aralia
Moule : Mediterranean style garden by Rupert Till
Garden In The Sky : Industrial style garden by Cool Gardens Landscaping

I always felt like you needed grass in the garden to make it feel inviting and for the kids to play. But actually, our manky old grass has stopped us from using the garden in the way we'd like. 

I like the idea of mixing different textures and materials to create interesting areas outside. We've never really used much exterior lighting before and I think it can make the world of difference, so I'd love to use lights in trees and along borders. Plus, I can't wait to get rid of our old beat-up Ikea garden furniture. We've had it for years and it's beyond tatty! I'm picturing a stylish seating and dining space, that's beautifully lit and feels like an extension of our home. 

For once, the kids would be able to really use the back garden. To ride their bikes and scooters, run around and play without getting really muddy. 

I'd love some more garden inspiration, so if you've decided to ditch the grass or can point me in the direction of some cool garden Pinterest boards let me know :)

* This is a collaborative post. All words and opinions are my own.