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Last Thursday I had the great pleasure of spending the morning at Jo & Co Home in Wadebridge. Let me begin by telling you just how beautiful the actual store is in itself. It is so aesthetically pleasing with the dreamiest pastel shades throughout the store, the delightful waft of candles, wardrobe must haves, the cosiest sofa's and the most gorgeous pink armchair that you'll ever lay your eyes on. Its basically #interiorgoals and exactly how I want my home to look (if only my husband would just let me have free reign on the house......pink armchair be mine)

Now I must forewarn you, if you ever plan to visit the store BEWARE - YOU WILL WANT ALL THE THINGS!!

I was invited to the store to share my favourite fashion/style items and homewares. So lets jump straight into fashion shall we. I was in my element perusing the rails of beautiful spring clothing.

Now as much as I would love to reach for open toe sandals and little camisole tops, Spring is still very much a chilly season here in Cornwall so layers are essential but that doesn't mean you can't make them the prettiest layers. My style is very comfortable, casual and practical. I'm most comfortable in denim, pretty knitwear, t-shirts tucked into jeans, a pair of Vans and simple jewellery. You'll very rarely find me in a heel higher than 2 inches. Here are my top picks (i've linked the items that are available online, everything else is available in store providing it is not out of stock).

// 1- The most beautiful long white cardigan // 2 - Blush pink suede jacket (heart eyes) // 3 - Cosy knitwear in the dreamiest colour // 4 - Joy of Living 
// 5 - Pleased to Meet You // 6 - Navy Espadrilles // 7 - Cosiest trousers 

And here I am modelling some of the items because lets face it "dress up" never stops being fun no matter what your age.

OK so moving onto homeware. If I could have my way I would definitely have THAT duck egg velvet sofa with all the cream and blush pink cushions (i'm starting to think that divorce might be a good idea......just think how beautiful my home would be *Just kidding Dylan). But it's amazing what a lovely soft throw, some fluffy cushions, a mirror and a pretty little vase can do for your space. The little finishing touches can really make a room.

Here are my top homeware picks. Obviously I'm including the sofa because its just stunning also did I mention its velvet. Fortunately Jo is opening a furniture store this Spring so if you're on the hunt for beautiful furniture then watch this space.

//1 - Velvet Sofa // 2 - Hanging Planter // 3 - Wool Rug // 4 - Stripe Cushion 

And there you have it..... a few of my favourite things. I mean this list could just go on and on and on but I feel it would be easier if you just went straight over to the website because quite frankly I love everything. Better still if you're local or you're visiting Cornwall check out the store for yourself in Wadebridge, you'll get so much interior inspiration (envy) and the girls that work there are the loveliest bunch.

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*This post was sponsored by Jo & Co Home. All thoughts and views are my own and are 100% genuine.


This post has been a long time coming. So many people have asked how we did our fireplace makeover and what products/paints/sprays we used to get the end result so I am going to explain all in this blogpost.

We bought our house from plan back in December 2006, it's crazy to think that our new build is now 11 years old (and also that we've lived here for that long). The house came with a basic kitchen (which we changed a few years ago), basic bathroom/cloakroom (which we also changed and knocked into one larger bathroom) and a very basic fireplace..... don't even get me started on the internal doors, thats next on the list!
The following picture is how the fireplace looked when we moved into the house minus all the birthday balloons (I was celebrating my 25th birthday with my friends as husband was away on detachment). It was pretty hideous......almost as hideous as that artwork and the magnolia walls, also who remembers twigs with lights.
I'm not sure at what point we decided to paint the woodwork white but it was within the last 7 years. I remember I used Annie Sloan chalk paint and then after 3 coats of that I worked the wax into it because I didn't want a chalky finish. We also painted the chimney breast Dulux Warm Pewter which I still to this day think is  really gorgeous shade of grey. 
Then around Christmas time I decided I wanted to take down the picture of Fletcher and replace it with a large home made Christmas Wreath made out of a hula hoop (see this blogpost for more details) this then lead to having the brilliant idea of completely giving the fireplace a makeover (all because I wanted to make a wreath look pretty on the wall).  

Now I already had my eye on Farrow & Ball Hague Blue as I had seen it on so many gorgeous interior feeds on Instagram. I literally went out and bought a tub of it without even trying a tester first. I really had my heart set on it and it paid off because I honestly think it looks so sassy!  
We did a lot of research to look into whether we could paint the hearth, were not entirely sure what material it is made out of but it was a marble effect and was very smooth and shiny. After some extensive research we discovered that we could paint over it in any colour providing we used a primer first.  We used Zinsser Bulls Eye 1.2.3 as it sticks to all surfaces and was safe to use near a fire. I applied 2 coats of this using a small foam roller (which is life changing btw, not a brush stroke in sight) and allowed it to dry fully before painting over it in the shade Night Jewels 2 by Dulux  in an eggshell finish, again with a small foam roller. We discussed with our paint supplier whether eggshell would be suitable to use on a hearth and they confirmed that it was fine as it wasn't in direct contact with the actual fire.
Now all that was left to do was to spray the actual fire black. It is very important that you buy a spray paint specifically made to use on fires. We went to our local fire specialist and bought a tin of matt black fire spray paint. Unfortunately I don't have the name of it but it literally cost less than a fiver and there are loads on the market. I left Dylan in charge of this job (gotta give him something to do)

I hope you all enjoyed my little fireplace transformation and that it inspires you to maybe think of ways you can transform your own. We are thrilled with how it turned out.
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So in this blogpost I'll be discussing ways to really get the most out of your life and how little changes can make the biggest difference in your productivity and how you manage day to day stresses. Once again I will be referring to my hand out and also the personal notes that I made in the session. 

Being well rested and generally taking care of yourself is the best thing you can do for your mind, body and soul. 

Ahhh how I love sleep. That feeling you get after a really great nights sleep is like no other and it really sets you up for the day ahead. Did you know we are sleeping 2 hours less than we did 50 years ago. That works out at a whole nights sleep over a week!!! People that sleep for less than 7 hours at night are more at risk of diabetes and obesity.....so sleep more and stay slim :-)

The perfect nights sleep starts long before you go to bed though. General advice is:

  • 6 hours before bed - stop drinking caffeine 
  • 3 hours before bed - stop drinking alcohol / finishing eating your dinner
  • 1 hour before bed - turn off electrical items / stop studying/stressing 

Set the Scene - Your bedroom should be quite, calm, tidy, relaxing, comfortable and a cool temperature. I like to use a pillow spray on my pillow, turn the lights down low and read a chapter of a book before hitting the hay.

Evening Ritual - Any parents reading this will know the importance of having a bedtime routine for your children. Why should it be any different for adults? Have a wind down period before bed,  reflect on your day. What went well? what did you achieve? What did you learn? take a bath, prepare yourself for the following day, read a book and go to bed around the same time every evening.

Keeping active and living a healthy lifestyle not only improves your physical health but also has a massive impact on our stress levels. Exercise helps reduce muscle tension and calms the Automatic Nervous System. Keeping active also improves your mood and your ability to cope with problems.
Regular exercise (30 minutes 5 x per week). Simply going for a walk can have so many benefits. A research study found that walking for 30 minutes a day boosted the moods in depressed patients faster than antidepressants.

  • Reduces cortisol (the stress hormone)
  • Improves sleep and makes you feel more alert
  • Boosts thinking
  • Resilience to stress - Those who get more exercise may be less affected by the stress they face
  • Slows ageing - reduces blood pressure, strengthens cardiovascular system, reduces blood sugar levels, boosts immune system, improves bone density, slows onset of dementia

Now this is a big one for me. I absolute hate being stuck indoors all hours of the day. Bright natural light moderates your body clock and effects brain chemistry. It has a big impact on our mood and behaviour and exerts an antidepressant effect and most importantly stimulates the production of Vitamin D (the happy hormone) which is essential for us to survive. I love spending an hour or so either in the woods or at the beach, both have a really positive effect on my mood. I've actually recently started taking Vitamin D as advised by Public Health to try and keep me in the ideal range throughout the winter months.

Mindfulness is something I've been practicing for just over 5 years now. I was going through a bit of a tough time and needed an outlet and stumbled upon a mindful yoga group....it was the most liberating thing I ever did. I won't go into the ins and outs of mindfulness, instead I will just point you in the direction of the most used app on my phone - HEADSPACE and you can try it out for yourself. 

Other great mindful apps/sites
Don't forget to do something for yourself, something you love to do, something that brings you joy. No matter how big or small. It can be as simple as enjoying a cup of coffee each morning or spending an hour listening to waves crash (one of my personal favourites). Get a manicure, put a bit of fake tan on, wear your best dress do anything that makes you feel fabulous.

Having values is completely different to having goals, however values should form the basis of our goals. Values are what is important to us, things that mean a lot to us or how we want to be, they are ongoing patterns of behaviour. Goals on the other hand are specific things we want to achieve along the way to achieving our values.  For example your value may be to be a supporting, loving mother and provide for your family and your goal may be to get a job that pays more.

My personal values are:

  • To be a loving & caring mother, wife, daughter & sister - love, laugh and live
  • Live a healthy lifestyle - exercise, dance, eat well, get outside, sleep well
  • Appreciate the time I have - do things I enjoy, sing, bake, take photographs, travel, socialise

To quote Monty Python "Always look on the bright side of life". Life isn't perfect, everyone has bad days but its how we react to it that has the biggest effect. Our brains are hardwired to pick up on the negative. For example you may be wearing a shirt that you love and you may receive lots of compliments on how lovely it is and then one person may come along and say it looks awful on you. Which comment is going to stay with you??

Something thats nice to do each evening is to think of 3 things you are grateful for or that made you feel good. It can be as simple as breathing in the fresh air, a nice warm bed, a delicious meal to completing that huge task that you've meaning to do. Write them down each night in your diary and keep it up for a week and see how your feel afterwards.

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