Thursday, 27 December 2018

This morning, with her, having coffee

The title of this post is the answer Johnny Cash gave to an interviewer who asked him for his definition of paradise. I think of it often as I live my life, day by day, hour by hour, minute by minute. As the time whizzes by. I think of his love for his wife, June, and of the bigger contrast for them as performers living life in the spotlight versus their private life alone together.


Monday, 17 December 2018

Christmas wishlist 2018

Christmas is coming! And after the quietest birthday ever (thank you to everyone who donated nearly £400!), I'm hoping for a few nice treats under the tree. But what? As my eldest said, you spend all year seeing things you'd like but when it comes to it you can't think of a thing! Turns out, when you set your mind to it, you CAN remember. Here's what's on my wishlist.


Tuesday, 11 December 2018

Ad | Zenflore review - Can probiotics help reduce everyday stress?

'Complete support for your mind and body during busy and demanding times.' That's quite the promise, isn't it? Especially in the lead up to Christmas. When I was asked to trial Zenflore probiotics for a month, I didn't hesitate. It's a crazy busy time, yes, but I've also been experimenting with my supplement intake throughout the second half of 2018. So how did Zenflore fare?

Friday, 23 November 2018

A birthday wish

In ten days, I turn 42. I’ve realised that adult humans will always be confused by the passing of time and how quickly it’s all rushing past. We say it to kids, we say it to our friends (especially those pioneers who hit the milestones first), we hear it from our parents and older relatives. Turns out, everyone feels 27 forever (or 19 or 32 or whenever you set yourself in amber, a line in the sand that delineates past, present and future).

Wednesday, 21 November 2018

Vegan-friendly skincare | DIY lip balm tutorial

One of my newest writing clients is Simply Vegan, the 'ultimate vegan lifestyle magazine'. In the December issue (on the newsstand now) is my beeswax-free lip balm DIY, which was so much fun to make.

Tuesday, 13 November 2018

Review | Cabot Circus Christmas lights switch on 2018

If you follow me on Instagram, then you'll know that last Friday night was pretty special. Somehow, I've reached this ripe old age never having experienced a Christmas lights switch-on. Time to right that wrong!

Monday, 5 November 2018

Event | Cabot Circus Christmas lights 2018

Now that Halloween and Bonfire Night are out of the way, we're quite happy to get going on Christmas festivities. And how are we going to kick off this year's festive season? You might well ask. On Friday night, we're heading to Cabot Circus, Bristol's shopping centre, for the event of the season. Cabot always seems to have something on to rescue even the most perfunctory of family shopping trips and Christmas is where it turns on the style.


Tuesday, 30 October 2018

Vegan recipe | Plum and rosewater crumble with almonds

Someone once said that there is no more beautiful colour in the world than the juice from a stewed plum. It falls somewhere between raspberry jam pink, sunset red and the orange of a glowing ember. The fruit's skin, too, is maddeningly beautiful - bruise purple and dusty.

Tuesday, 23 October 2018

Food | How to make homemade sourdough bread

For the past month or so, we’ve been baking our own sourdough bread. I know, I know, what could be more middle class boho hipster? But it’s so bloody delicious I’m prepared to take the flack (as I bite into a slice of crusty toast topped with roasted butternut squash and tahini).


Friday, 19 October 2018

A celebration of grapes at Dunleavy Vineyards | Recent work

That's me in the pic above, harvesting grapes. On an English vineyard. No, really it is. This time last year, along with my excellent friend and collaborator, Kym Grimshaw, I found myself with a pair of snips (technical term) ambling along the vines and filling crate after crate with plump Pinot noir and Seyval blanc grapes.

Wednesday, 26 September 2018

Travel | 24 hours in Munich

Our mission was a simple one. Get up. Reluctantly leave the gingerbread houses and terrifying peaks of GaPa. Take the reverse train of the one we took two days prior and make the best of less than 24 hours in Munich. A bit of a first world problem (hey, we could be doing a proper job) but a challenge nonetheless.


Tuesday, 25 September 2018

Monday, 24 September 2018

Travel | 24 hours in the Bavarian alps

The end of August might traditionally see holiday makers jetting off to a Mediterranean beach, but we swapped blue skies and cocktails for blue skies and pretzels, on a whistle stop trip to the Bavarian alps.

Friday, 10 August 2018

Better sleep for anxiety sufferers

Now that the heatwave's broken, many of us are looking forward to more sleep. Those sticky, still nights are behind us, right? We may even be looking forward to - whisper it - electric blanket season.

This post on better sleep for anxiety sufferers has been in my drafts for a couple of months as there didn't seem any point while the entire country was moaning about the heat. When we got back from our holiday in Crete, I made a decision to sort my sleep, something I had thought might happen naturally during a week of relaxation. But when it didn't? Here's what I tried.

Friday, 20 July 2018

A weekend adventure in Dorset with Plankbridge and Farmstead Glamping

You've heard of a man cave, I'm sure. But do you know what a men cave is?


Friday, 22 June 2018

How to exercise with an injury

Just before Christmas, I wrote a post about how I'd found a love of exercise. In that way the universe sometimes does when it's got half an ear on what you're saying, I woke up on New Year's Eve with the most incredible pain in my leg. I could barely walk.

Friday, 15 June 2018

Why Queer Eye is the most important TV show of 2018

QUEER EYE IS BACK! We’ve always loved a makeover show, haven’t we? From bossy Trinny & Susannah telling us what not to wear, to Gok Wan’s obsession with our bangers, makeover TV is an easy hour that feels faintly educational, vaguely useful and entirely entertaining. So what’s so different about Queer Eye?

Sunday, 10 June 2018

Why ‘I couldn’t do what you do’ isn't enough | How to really help parents with autistic children

A month or so back I was interviewed by Kate of A Playful Day podcast alongside fellow blogger and autism mum, Vicky from Owl and Accordion (you can listen to it here). On the day of recording we talked for hours about issues around parenting autistic children – what it’s like, the tough bits, and also how those around you talk about it.

I couldn’t do what you do’ was a comment we’d both heard many times, and it’s easy to see why many people say it.

Friday, 8 June 2018

Inspired by... / 10 Charlie Fowler of Magic Organic Apothecary

Today, I'm interviewing Charlie Fowler - the brains behind MOA (Magic Organic Apothecary), one of my favourite green skincare companies. I think I first found out about MOA a few years back thanks to a sample in a Lionheart goodie bag. Since then, I've become pretty much obsessed with these incredible products thanks to their intense fragrance, magic results and beautiful packaging. And the story behind the company is just as magical...


Tuesday, 29 May 2018

Why I’m a Bupa Health Assessment convert

This glorious weather we’ve been having has meant no one is in the house and everyone is in the garden, all the time. It’s great – screens are off (as well as tops) and the sound of footballs thunking around the yard is probably annoying the neighbours as much as our endless (vegan) barbecues.

Saturday, 12 May 2018

Summer fashion picks | Holiday blues

Summer must be coming back soon, right? I'm throwing things into online baskets from holiday shops willy nilly, so it'd better be. Wanna see?

Thursday, 10 May 2018

Vegan skincare review | Green People Organic Youth Oy!

Following on from yesterday's post about our burgeoning tweens, today I'm handing over the keyboard to Arthur, ten years old, who was sent some products by Green People to try out. Their new range is called OY! which stands for Organic Youth, and every product in the range is formulated for teenage skin. Over to Arthur...


Wednesday, 9 May 2018

Family home | Bathrooms and preening teens

In a household with five children ranging from seven to eleven years old, the teen grooming years are looming dangerously close. The house we live in now has two bathrooms and a downstairs loo, which is just about sufficient when we're at full capacity. But I'm not sure this'll be the case for long.


Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Real life self-care

We all like bubble baths and scented candles, right? A cheeky spa day here, a lie in there... These are the things we've come to know as the go-to breaks from our lives, designed to take our energy banks back into the black. Yes, they are nice things that make us feel good, no question. But are they really the ultimate in self-care?

Friday, 16 March 2018

Inspired by... / 09 Sas Petherick and the My Courageous Selfie project

Sas Petherick is a coach, mentor, writer and podcaster whose work is all about helping people to transcend self-doubt. Sas and I first met earlier this year after she moved to Bristol. Although we haven't known each other long, we instantly clicked and I'm thrilled to share her work here on my blog, including her new charity venture.

Over to Sas... Introduce yourself!


Wednesday, 7 March 2018

Travel | Food and drink in Dubrovnik, Croatia

My recent trip to Dubrovnik, Croatia, has converted me to this wonderful country – read about Croatia as a luxury travel destination here as well as what you can expect from a Dubrovnik city break.

But one of the most important aspects of any holiday is the quality of the food and drink. I had two questions: 1. What is it like to travel in Croatia as a vegan? And 2. What do Croatians drink? Here’s what I discovered.

Monday, 5 March 2018

Travel | A city break in Dubrovnik, Croatia

I’ve never been to Croatia before. A good friend of mine is half Croatian and her enthusiasm for the country always had me intrigued… In October, I got to experience wonderful Dubrovnik for the first time and here’s what I discovered on my city break.


Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Eurocamp France review | What we did on our holidays (and lived to tell the tale)

children on a french family holiday
Holidays are amazing.
Holidays abroad are completely amazing.
Holidays abroad with kids…

Tuesday, 27 February 2018

French family holidays 2017 | All aboard the ferry to Brittany (and back)

Sandy beach | family holiday in france
(Our destination! But first, read how we got there...)
Anyone fancy flying with five kids? Us neither! Time to take to the waves…

Last summer, we took our massive brood to France via Brittany Ferries Plymouth-Roscoff sailing. Want to hear about our crazy adventures? Course you do. And I cannot let the opportunity sail by without publishing this extraordinary photograph of Mike aboard a ferry a million years ago, so read on for his review of our French family holiday.

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

On the medicinal benefits of BBC Radio 4

For the past month, I’ve been on a course of medication that requires me to inject a syringe into my stomach each morning. Yes, it’s as horrible as it sounds. I’m not hugely needle-phobic but even so, I’ve developed a little ritual that helps me to manage it all. And it revolves around BBC Radio 4.

Monday, 12 February 2018

Bristol | Pizzarova vegan pizza review

Pizzarova vegan sourdough pizza Bristol review Oyster Pearl blog Lottie Storey

When I came to write this review it occurred to me that pizza falls at the very centre of a rather large Venn diagram. Do I categorise this under Bristol? Big family stuff? Or vegan? Well, all of the above. But most intriguingly the last.

Monday, 22 January 2018

What is your something yellow?

Photo by Hybrid on Unsplash
What’s your something yellow?

After a particularly hard day at the office, my boyfriend comes home and requests something yellow. He’s not after a bowl of custard. Or a bunch of daffodils. What he means is this.

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