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The National Railway Museum at York

I know that many of you will be enjoying a little bit of time off this week for the school holidays and I wanted to share my experience of visiting the National Railway Museum with you to give you inspiration for something to do with the little ones during half term (including my tips for surviving the visit!). I visited the museum during the last half-term holiday and was surprised to find that I actually really enjoyed the day out. national railway museum york half term school holiday trip ideas and tips-6My husband and I were taking a break in Yorkshire and even thought we didn’t have any children to take with us to the museum we still really wanted to visit Paddington bear make the trip into York to see Paddington the trains so we drove into York for the day. Having no prior knowledge of the National Railway Museum, I was totally surprised by the scale of the exhibits – those trains are huge! national railway museum york half term school holiday trip ideas and tips-3 Continue reading “The National Railway Museum at York” »


A new attraction in Blackpool & tips for a school holiday trip

With the school holidays approaching with 9 whole days of entertainment needed for the children, I thought it would be a good idea to share a series of blog posts with you this week to give you some ideas for days out during half term. On Saturday I’ll be sharing my tips for surviving a bank holiday trip to the National Railway Museum in York but today I’m tackling the North West, and where better to start than Blackpool?blackpool tower ballroom and afternoon tea_-41I recently revisited the North West during the February half term and despite living, studying and working in the region for around 8 years, now that I have moved away I have returned with tourist eyes. And I could not believe what I saw – plus there’s a new attraction at the Pleasure Beach – more about that later..! Here are my highlights for a day trip to Blackpool:schol holiday ideas for half term summer 2015 blackpool travel trip Continue reading “A new attraction in Blackpool & tips for a school holiday trip” »


Dream a little dream – 50 sheets of grey

Please excuse the predictable title, but what else would I name a blog post about grey bedding?? As you may have noticed from my previous blog post about choosing a new paint colour, I’m giving my bedroom a bit of an overhaul and picking out some much-needed new bedding is the next step in that process.bedroom interior design decorating with grey bedding

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Tuesday Shoesday – Summer sandals

It’s finally here! The time of year when it becomes perfectly acceptable to take your socks off in public and show your pale toes to the world. It’s the season of sun, seaside and, inevitably, sandals. So this Tuesday Shoesday I wanted to show you my new favourite summer shoes and to challenge you to guess what brand they are.tuesday shoesday shoe fashion ideas for summer 2015 crocs sandalstuesday shoesday shoe fashion ideas for summer 2015 crocs sandals from flip flop shop-10I wrote about the jelly shoes trend last year after WGSN predicted an increase in rubber footwear and have reminisced about really wanting a pair when I was a child. Now that the trend has come full-circle, jelly shoes are finally in fashion again and I’ve seen hundreds of styles available on the high street. The only problem has been that modern jelly shoes are not quite as comfortable as I remember them being in childhood. In truth, all the ones I’ve tried on have been rather plasticy and unyielding so they will inevitably rub my toes and blister my heels. Which is why I have resisted buying any. Until now.tuesday shoesday shoe fashion ideas for summer 2015 crocs sandals-2tuesday shoesday shoe fashion ideas for summer 2015 crocs sandals from flip flop shop-6 Continue reading “Tuesday Shoesday – Summer sandals” »

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5 Biggest mistakes people make with interior design

Today I wanted to share a really interesting article that I stumbled across last week. I asked designer and artist Chris Ramensky whether he would be willing to share his tips on interior design with you and he kindly sent over a guest post on the biggest (yet most common!) mistakes that people make with their home design. I know I’m guilty of some of these things and I’ve already made a few changes to my home after reading this. By simply taking out a few items I’ve made more space, and a new lampshade has made a world of difference in my living room. I hope you too will be able to gain some inspiration for your own home and please let me know what you think by leaving me a comment below.small room space interior design grey home

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Tips for getting the perfect fitting bra

Is there a bra ‘season’? A particular ‘time of year’ for underwear? If there isn’t then why am I seeing bra promotions wherever I go? I’ve bought no less than three bras in as many days and I think it’s down to the weather. summer fashion - underwear tips for getting a perfect fitting bra_-12Just the thought of last-year’s bra strap poking out from under a stappy cami top has sent me running to the shops to buy some new summery sets of underwear. Do you find you start thinking about new bras when the sun comes out too?

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Pieday Friday Recipe – Smarties & Maltesters cookies

I’ve been baking treats again this month and seeing as it’s World Baking Day on Sunday 17th May, I couldn’t help sharing this particularly naughty cookie recipe with you. I first made these cookies as a birthday gift and I’ve made them a few time since, as they are so simple to make and deliciously moreish. In fact, they don’t hang around long enough for me to snap a decent photo of them – they are usually scoffed by my guests the minute they come out of the oven!cassiefairy pieday friday blog recipe chocolate smarties cookies diyIngredients: 150g self-raising flour, 100g butter, 100g light brown muscovado sugar, 1 tablespoon golden syrup, plus a tube of Smarties. For the Maltesers recipe you’ll need 25g cocoa powder and a packet of Maltesers.cassiefairy pieday friday blog recipe chocolate smarties cookies diy-3

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Dream a little dream – A new bedroom colour scheme

I’ve been thinking about decorating my bedroom. Ever since the ‘spring clean’ of 2015 I realised that the paintwork on the walls is not in the best condition and although the room looks nice overall, it definitely needs freshening up. It would be simple enough to buy some magnolia paint and give it the once over but I figured that all the effort of decorating should at least yield an interesting result! So I’ve decided to switch up the colours and redecorate – so now comes the hard part; choosing the colour.natural textures and colours in this bedroom makeover-5 Continue reading “Dream a little dream – A new bedroom colour scheme” »


Fun ideas for a girls’ night in

We all love the chance to get together with our friends, even though it can be difficult when we all lead busy lives to find a window to have a night with the girls. I had a fantastic night in with my pals last weekend and we chuckled our way through a few cheeky games while snacking on tasty nibbles. Afterwards we all wondered why we don’t do this more often and although it might not be possible to get together regularly, it’s always worth the effort of finding a date that suits so that you and your closest friends can have some quality time together.cassiefairy ideas for a girls night in pampering games reading book clubSometimes, it’s not just the time that makes it hard to find the opportunities for a girls’ night. It’s also the expense of a night out that can be off-putting. So what about a girls’ night in? There is far less stress as there’s no need to get to a venue, or spend time and effort getting dressed up for a night out. It can be as cheap as chips. All you need for a night in with the girls is to decide whose turn it is to be the hostess and for everyone else to turn up. Here are just a few ideas of what to do on a girls’ night in.cassiefairy ideas for a girls night in pampering games reading book club-3

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Tuesday Shoesday – DIY shoe makeover using spray paint

This week I’ve been out in the sunshine spray-painting my shoes. Yes, completely on purpose. That sentence would have previously been due to an over-spray while tackling some kind of interior design project (which happened when I spray painted my retro desk!) but this time, it was with good reason and a completely welcome transformation.tuesday shoesday cassiefairy diy shoe makeover using fabric spray paint from rustoleum-14tuesday shoesday cassiefairy diy shoe makeover using fabric spray paint from rustoleum-7 Continue reading “Tuesday Shoesday – DIY shoe makeover using spray paint” »