Tuesday, 22 May 2012

Kids Interiors

How cute are these wall decals.These are by Macadamia Media who specialise in graphic design but they have ventured out into the world of decor.  They can personalise to whatever name, with a choice of colours and three sizes.  They are available to buy here and are so reasonably priced!

I'm such a fan of wall stickers, in fact at the shop we are slightly obsessed with Belle & Boo and not only sell them but have them decorating the shop walls as well as a couple at home.

I fell in love with Belle & Boo whilst hunting for beautiful products to stock at the shop.  They have a whimsical, timeless feel to them that I find so endearing.  The top image has got to be my favourite.  It's so large it looks more like a mural and creates such a wow factor in a room. Also it's so rare to find kids decor, suitable for a boys room which isn't your typical dinosaur/cars/sea creatures designs 

These are currently available to purchase here

See you soon

Friday, 11 May 2012

Help Raise Awareness

Amelie Lewi is a beautiful little girl who lives with her parents in South East London.  She was tragically diagnosed with Tay Sachs.
Tay-Sachs disease is a progressive neurological genetic disorder. To find out more READ THIS.
Her parents, Daniel and Patricia Lewi were told in 2011 that their little girl is suffering from the terminal illness which has no known cure.  They have started a campaign to raise £3million for a clinical trial into the rare disease.
The disease usually starts affecting children at six months old, and most victims do not live past five.
When I read their story I cried. I Cried for them and this cruel blow they’ve had to endure. Cried for this beautiful little girl who doesn’t deserve this.  But also when I imagined how I would feel if it had been one of my children who had been diagnosed.  I instantly felt the need to spread the word and I’m hoping anyone reading this will either let their friends and family know about this story or donate or both!
Anyone can be a carrier of this defective gene and it was only afterwards that Amelie’s parents discovered they were both carriers.
You can DONATE HERE and help them with their fight for a cure and for more research.

Friday, 13 April 2012

West Wittering

As the title of this post suggests, we are currently having a lovely family break in West Wittering in Sussex.  I cannot believe how beautiful it is here!  We usually go to Europe on holiday but decided to stick closer to home as husbands work is full on at the moment.  So glad we did though.  I'm ashamed to say that we haven't really travelled around England and always laugh when tourists seem to know more about the land I live in than I do.

We're renting a chocolate box cottage with a thatched roof and feel so lucky to be staying here.  The village itself is like something out of an Enid Blyton book, full of fairytale like cottages, quaint period features and beautiful countryside.  It also has the added bonus of being walking distance to a stunning sandy beach which hasn't been spoilt with lots of shops with just a beach cafe and surf shop.  There are beach huts, sand dunes, yachts in the distance and bright blue skies!

Internet service is not great here and photos are taking ages to upload so will finish this post when we get back to London.

Wednesday, 4 January 2012

I Love...


I've come to the conclusion that I could quite easily (if money or space were no object) buy all the contents of this gorgeous shop.

I have a thing for yellow, although I don't think it suits me to wear it, I just love the colour and if I could find an excuse to include it in my home, then these chairs would be it.

I'm not really the apron sort of girl but if I were, then it would be this.

And these tea towels...surely too pretty!

These bowls are so cute

and this vase...

Whilst surfing the Anthropologie website, I came across these cushions.

I instantly loved them, however they looked very familiar to me.  And then I remembered...I enquired after them to stock in my own shop but just hadn't got around to actually ordering them.  Thornback and Peel make gorgeous homeware and soft furnishings and exhibit their products at Cockpit Arts who are an award winning social enterprise and are the UK's only creative incubator for designer makers.  Check out their website for other great products and works of art.

Bye for now...

Friday, 30 December 2011

Nearly 2012!

So as we near the end of the year, I can't help but reflect on 2011.  It has been good to me and I hope 2012 will be just as good. There have been some changes at the shop, which after a little wobble at the beginning, I am so happy to have gone through with it. My kids have grown into even more beautiful kids (if that were possible), we have gone through some renovations at our house and are planning some more next year! After Christmas Day, I decided to become a fully fledged member of the vegetarian club, after 20 years of trying but being unable to give up chicken ( I'll let you know how that goes!) And my photo taking has become more enjoyable thanks to my love of instagram and here are some of my favourites from 2011

G looking very serious!

F eating a burger in Spain

C with his missing tooth

Groovy S

Me and hubby

Me and S

We're planning a New Years party at our house this year, wish us luck and
See you in 2012

Tuesday, 6 September 2011

New Beginnings

Well after a frantic few weeks, my shop has finally had its make over and official renaming. The new website is www.homeandkids.co.uk and I am so pleased to be selling beautiful interior items for the home as well as the traditional toys, Love Me Again was known for.  It was lovely going to the Denmark trade fair and we even made some orders that I'm vey excited about.  Ferm Living is one of my favourite brands we will be stocking.  I could have quite easily bought everything they had...but I had to restrain myself! Check out these gorgeous cushions...

On a personal note...

Today, my youngest daughter started reception.  I have four children, so you think I would be an expert.  The teacher had to peel her off me as she screamed her head off and as I was ushered out of the classroom by the teaching assistant, I couldn't hold back the tears any longer.  As soon as I was in the playground and in full glare of all the other parents, I started crying!  I was the only adult crying and my daughter was the only child crying.  We must have looked a sight!

Tomorrow, I go though it again, just as emotional... Although I won't be able to show just how much.  My eldest daughter starts secondary school.  I know she is scared as she is very pensive, when usually she is quite loud and always full of life.  I am nervous for her and feel her fear because I remember what it felt like to walk into a big secondary school with lots of adult sized girls.  Not knowing anyone.  She is the only one from her mixed private school going to this Roman Catholic girls school.

Luckily she is only going for two hours tomorrow with just the year 7's and then we can spend the rest of the afternoon together, just the two of us...

Friday, 12 August 2011

And the new name is...

I am aware that I haven't been very faithful to my blog of late, but this is only because I am very distracted! I thought I was coping well and not outwardly stressed at all but my dentists tells me I have been grinding my teeth (most probably at night) and it's severe enough that I need a mouth piece made that will cost £££'s. I will have to wear it at night - not a good look -  to hopefully stop the rapid decline of my tooth enamel.  The grinding of teeth will explain the constant jaw ache I have had for the last year!

Anyway, I have finally made some head way and come up with the new name for the shop, created a holding page for the new website, which is currently under construction (thanks to a brilliant website and graphic designer) and started making orders for some lovely home ware pieces that I can't wait to see.

My husband and I will fly to Denmark next week to attend THE Scandinavian trade fair of the year, which will double up as a belated anniversary get away as our actual anniversary landed smack bang in the middle of all the London riots! And in September I will be attending trade fairs in London and Birmingham just so I can  get the best in all things beautiful!

Speaking of Birmingham...I have a very exciting project coming up near the end of September related to the new shop and I can't wait.  All will be revealed soon.

This blog will also become a personal blog rather than one for the shop.  I'm looking forward to writing more about me and my family but I will off course reference the shop from time to time.  The shop will have it's own blog which will be under the wordpress format rather than blogger, but again I will keep you updated on that too.

Anyway bye for now...
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