Desenio is a Swedish company that provides high quality posters and fashionable prints online that are available in the EU, Norway, Switzerland, the US, Canada and Australia.
Wall art is the accessory that can change and lift an entire room and whether you choose abstract, minimalism, quotes or landscape Desenio have a vast range that is guaranteed to compliment your existing colour scheme or decor theme.
If you’re anything like me then visual aids are a must and help to envision and assist putting together ideas and images that are swimming around in your head. We are slowly decorating each of the rooms so the gallery wall tool is a perfect and simple concept that reminds me of an ‘online Pinterest’
Each gallery wall is categorised by room with no obligation to purchase the whole gallery as each wall art can be customised by poster, frame and accessory which amends and adjusts accordingly.
Here are the choices I opted for when using the wall gallery for myself:-
The bedroom is a place of calm and relaxation and the type of decor chosen helps to reflect this. Our colour scheme is white and grey which in my opinion is a perfect combination of masculine and femininity as my husband also shares the room and would definitely frown upon having lots of pink and floral.
Seeing this wall gallery immediately reminds me of how I would envision the finished result to be for our bedroom and allows colours to be added and changed without having to redo the whole bedroom decor all over again.
For both prints at sizes 50x70cm (without frames) totalling £45 and qualifying for free delivery seems very reasonable with the added bonus of how much time has been saved without the fuss of looking around at different prints and then having the daunting task of narrowing it down to the final choice.
We have a huge wall space on the upstairs landing which is directly next to our bathroom. These prints would go perfectly to substitute the lack of wall space we have both in the bathroom and downstairs in the hallway. The vibrancy of colours and fun illustrations reminds me of our recent holiday to Cyprus and would help to ‘kickstart our day’ as these would be positioned directly facing both bedrooms.
A little bit more pricier at £67 for four prints but still brilliant value as one print consists of a size 50x70cm and two prints at 30x40cm which again can be customised to your size requirements.
The kids will be sharingin the new year and this isprobably the hardest room to design as they are a boy and girl sharing and I would really like the decor in the room to grow withthem as well as be as gender neutral as possible but still have a youthful feel toit. There wasn’t as much choice in the wall gallery selection as Iwould have liked but Icame across these posters which wouldmake afabulous start to their wall decor but also giving me leeway to design their room without havingto stick to a ‘jungle theme’ but still have the earthy tones to complete the rest of the room.
I could also build on these wall posters by purchasing some of the individual prints from Desenio by adding some leaf prints which would also add a pop of colour.
Seeinghowthese prints work harmoniously together in each roomgives me a revivedexcitement about decorating each of these rooms and makes it feel less daunting when it will be time to add the finishing touches. The wall art gallery is a wonderfulinnovative idea that should be the future of all online print stores.
*This blog is sponsored but all opinions are my own*
It’s the most asked question from every new Mum but the one with many different answers for each of us:-
Do I go back to work or do I stay at home with the kids?
For myself this is still the question I am struggling with nearly 34 months later since having my first child.
Before children I worked in childcare as a nursery worker both in children centres and private nurseries and then decided that I wanted to become a Nanny where I could concentrate solely on the care and attention of the child and attend to the family’s needs and requirements. Making such a huge transition was a big step and with some advice from a few Nanny friends and soon having the opportunity to look after a mutual friends baby that needed full time childcare, I ventured into my first role as a Nanny providing sole attention, care, and daily activities until unfortunately the family no longer needed me. I was back to the drawing board with only one nannying experience. So what now??
Luckily one of my Nanny friends introduced me to a childcare app called childcare.co.uk which is the UK’s largest online community of parents, childcare providers, babysitters, nurseries and private tutors. I was able to set up a profile free of charge that was safe and secure where I provided my contact details, the childcare provision I was offering, my experiences, qualifications, availability and fee which would then be put in their database for access where other parents could view my profile and contact me if they were interested.
I was a little sceptical at first as this was something completely new to me and although I had many years of childcare experience, I wasn’t sure how people who had never met me would trust me enough to contact me regarding looking after their children but I found the app very user friendly and began searching profiles of potential parents that fit my requirements, while also sending out a number of secure private messages; with the odd phone call if a number had been left on the profile that gave access to call directly and have a chat about the position further. I soon started receiving messages from both parents whom I had reached out to and visa versa.
I was really amazed and encouraged just how easy the app was to use with an added bonus of the location of each parent showing on each profile which helped me to decide which potential family I could work for as travelling by public transport was the only option so I needed something local.
I found that there are 1300 local profiles in need of childcare from putting in my postcode on the website and by viewing each parents profile I can eliminate it down further, based on both sets of requirements until I find the perfect match!
Not long after creating my online profile I started receiving messages which was a prefect way of communicating until I felt secure enough to agree to any interviews. The website provides a safety centre with information about staying safe and not conducting any visits until background and checks have been completed. I’ve found this very helpful as it assists in both safe guarding myself and online users as online safety is a really big issue. With website options offering community reporting, platform monitoring and secure document validation and sharing, I know that if we are in need of childcare for even a couple of hours; correct procedures and measures have taken place that would help to put our mind a little more at ease.
As my home life changed this has also had an effect on my job requirements and availability; now having children the balance between work and home life isn’t an easy one but it makes it less stressful knowing that all I have to do is update the profile with my current situations and I can then go through the whole process again.
Currently I am not working as a childcare provider but I have recently updated my profile and will be using the app to actively search for local babysitting positions on Saturday evenings but with the aid of regular updates of potential matches sent straight to my email it will make searching so much more easy and accessible.
*This blog is sponsored but all opinions are my own*
We recently returned from our much anticipated family holiday to Cyprus and stayed at Venus Beach Hotel, a 5* hotel with a 5* service.
Prior to searching for hotels for our vacation in Cyprus, myself and my husband had only stayed either self-catering or bed and breakfast and hadn’t spent too much time looking for the ‘perfect’ holiday home as ‘cheap and cheerful‘ was good enough for us being a couple without children and we rather enjoyed exploring the country, food and scenery more than what the hotel could offer us.
Now with 2 young children, things were different and safety, comfort & great food were now our top priorities as we would be spending majority of the time at the hotel and only exploring during the day. Therefore we decided to go half-board and booked our holiday location and hotel with On The Beach
My first thoughts from the photos was that the scenery was beautiful and the hotel grounds clean and modern looking with a gorgeous overlook of the beach and hotel pool area. The hotel rooms looked well sized (as we needed a family room for the 4 of us) with modern decor and an added balcony with a sea view. I showed it to my husband who also approved and we booked with a deposit and paid weekly until the rest of the balance was finally paid off.
We arrived to the hotel after an hour delay at around 11pm (Cypriot time) and we’re all very tired from the journey but also excited to be spending our first night in our holiday home. We had been dropped off using a private taxi service (which I highly recommend as it only took about 15-20 minutes to arrive)
Once I had gone inside to let reception know we had arrived I was amazed by the beauty of the chandeliers, the high ceilings and the attention to modern art on the walls and staircase. Myself and my husband knew we had made the right choice in those split seconds and my optimism grew even further.
The man on reception (I didn’t remember to take his name) was very polite and called someone to come and take our bags and also offered us some cold orange juice, after sorting out all the paperwork they offered us a free ‘lunch voucher’ to use at any time during our stay as we had already missed dinner; after telling us our room number we eagerly went to our room with our bags following via room service.
We were greeted to a bright and spacious room with 2 single beds pushed together plus a separate single bed and a cot. Nia-Mae enjoyed having her own bed and I was glad that there was enough room for myself and Josiah without half my body hanging off the bed. I chose not to use the cot as I didn’t want to wake up throughout the night to give him night feeds. Even with all of the furniture around there was still space for 4 of us to move around without feeling too over-crowded. We had been lucky to get a sea-view and the night time scenery was magical with lots of lights and an array of a deep blue from the pool and sea. It was perfect and we all slept very well on our first night!
Breakfast was served from 7am-10am which was perfect for us as it gave us all enough time to be showered and ready in order to enjoy a good amount of time eating without feeling rushed.
We had a selection of buffet style food that served fruit, yogurts, cereal and fried breakfast. The choices were amazing and there was something for all of us (including Josiah who was recently BLW) Everything tasted wonderfully especially my selection of fruit and strawberry yogurt for starters followed by my fry-up of eggs, sausages, beans and crepes drizzled with maple syrup. My husband loved the same fried breakfast with added omelettes and Nia-Mae & Josiah rotated between fruit with strawberry yogurt and crepes with maple syrup. The drinks were bottomless which served either orange, apple or grapefruit juice as well as water. There was also a selection of Cypriot flavoured teas (but I found this tasted differently to what I was accustomed to and I missed my English breakfast – which they didn’t serve or my regular herbal teas)
Dinner was served from 7pm-10pm and was additionally just as delicious as the breakfast buffet choices; served in the same way there was so much to choose from with a different theme each night. My favourite theme was Cypriot and Italian and I loved getting food from the ‘live kitchen’ where you choose from a variety of pastas, toppings and sauces that are fried right in front of you by a chef! It was fantastic to see the flames of the pan rise in the night sky and the aromas from the delicacies being prepared for your impatient taste buds.
If we ended up having rooms in our bellies from all the food we demolished, we again were spoilt for choice from a buffet selection of desserts. My particular favourite was a strawberry cheesecake that was served on Italian Night (which I regretfully didn’t get extra servings off!) I could talk about how delicious the food was throughout the rest of the blog and writing this just takes me back to eating all the different flavours with the gorgeous palm trees blowing in the cool breeze with the sight of the all the oranges and yellows from the slow sunset which then turned into night sky accessorised perfectly with the bright shining diamond-like stars.
I definitely ate lots while we stayed the week there and even put on half a stone because I just couldn’t resist going back for more! Along with the gorgeous weather, this was definitely my best thing about the hotel and we are very grateful to the hard working chiefs, waiters and waitresses for their excellent service.
There really isn’t enough words to describe the scenic views that we saw for the week. Pictures don’t do it justice to how beautiful it looked and the atmosphere around the pool was so fun and inclusive. From families and wedding parties, to couples and individuals the hotel catered for everyone. The smell of sun tan lotion, the sounds of splashes from the pool and the taste of dripping ice-cream and ice cold bottled water will always be my happy memories of Venus Beach Hotel!
The staff and service was 10/10, they always went the extra mile for you and always greeted you with either a smile or hello. This really was a bonus to our stay as sometimes the lack of customer service can let the stay of accommodations down but all the staff were so hard working and helpful, it made the stay with young children that tiny bit easier. Especially on our last day when our checkout was 12 noon but the flight wasn’t until 10:45pm! Once breakfast was over we were given another room to stay in until it was time to leave free of charge, this definitely helped with that final prep before departure. We also used our free lunch voucher at around 2:30pm which came in very handy as it carried us over (with the addition of snacks) until our private taxi arrived to pick us up for the airport.
We would definitely recommend staying at Venus Beach Hotel if coming to Cyprus, they are even opposite a Lidl which we often visited for our munchies around the pool or balcony seats at the bar area.
I would say that the only thing we expected more of was evening entertainment (especially for younger children); even though they had a Kids Club, Nia-Mae was too young for this and I didn’t feel comfortable leaving her alone without anyone she knew. My feelings are that it would have made our evening meals a lot smoother with young children having evening hotel entertainment on our sides.
Despite this thank you so much to all those that helped to make our stay the wonderful experience it was and we can’t wait to revisit again in the near future!
*This was not an ad and I genuinely wanted to write a review about the positive stay myself and my family had. All opinions and accounts stated are my own.
So anyone that knows me will know that I love a sweet dessert so when I came across Letterbox Bakery at a Market Night and had luckily bagged a ‘Caramel Box’, my tastebuds were delightfully thankful. I then recently managed to bag another 2 boxes at another Market Night and these tasted just as good as the first time (if not even better as I had a double portion this time)
I was then kindly gifted one of their new bakes the ‘American Box’ to review and I am happy to say I have found an online bakery that I will be continuing to order from!
Each box has around 6 bakes each of assorted flavours and are beautifully wrapped in tissue paper and then covered in a cardboard box with a label clearly stating flavours, allergen advice and shelf life instructions.
These bakes contain gluten, peanuts, soya, dairy and eggs so anyone that has food allergies these unfortunately are not for you but they do come with a gluten free option when requested on the website. There is also a ‘Vegan Flapjack Box’ and a ‘Build You Own Box’ so lots of other alternatives to choose from!
All of the bakes should be covered and kept out of direct sunlight and last for around two weeks at room temperature, three weeks if stored in the fridge and can also be frozen for up to 3 months which is wonderful news if you want to ever buy in bulk or for a special occasion.
The boxes all fit easily fit through the letterbox so even if you aren’t at home for delivery you’ll have a lovely surprise waiting for you once you arrive home which personally is an added bonus as I would hate to have my food parcel outdoors for long periods of time if I’m not around.
Peanut Butter Tiffin
Peanut Butter Tiffin consists of a chocolate crumble base but soft at each bite with chewy centre bits. There is a taste of peanut butter but nothing overbearing which I found really nice as although I can manage the taste of peanut butter it’s not a flavour that I always have so to have a mild flavour of it with the addition of chocolate tasted amazing!
PeanutButter Jelly Flapjack
Peanut Butter Jelly Flapjack consisted of a classic taste of flapjack covered with a sweet jelly topping. Again there wasn’t an overpowering taste of peanut butter which I loved! I think this bake is lovely for all flapjack fans but I personally find them too chewy so although these were baked to perfection (and I still ate it all) this wasn’t one of my favourites.
Salted Pretzel Brownie
Salted Pretzel Brownies consist of a taste of a soft chocolate centre that mouth-wateringly crumbles in your mouth. If you are a lover of all things chocolate then hands up this will be your favourite. This bake actually surprised me as although I like chocolate I don’t really eat it too much and can only have it in small portions but this was so gorgeous, rich and soft but not too chocolaty, that this was definitely one of my favourites. I loved having this with a nice hot cuppa!
Pop Tart Tiffin
Pop Tart Tiffins are a biscuit base covered in chocolate with a crumbly centrepiece and a sweet jelly pop tart on top. The mixture of chocolate and the pop tart work really well together as they are sweet but not a sickly type of sweet. This was my next best favourite!
Toffee Popcorn Flapjack
Toffee Popcorn Flapjacks surprisingly worked well together as it has a chewy centrepiece with a slight hint of a chocolate taste with popcorn pieces on top. Although it still has the standard chewy flapjack taste I found these less chewy than the Peanut Butter Jelly Flapjack but still not really to my liking (although of course I still ate it all!)
S’mores Brownie ￼
S’mores Brownies are a wonderful chocolate brownie bake with a crumbly base that is also soft and melts in your mouth once bitten. Again I loved this as the chocolate wasn’t too overpowering and was something that you could eat more of without the sickly feeling you get afterwards.
Overall all the bakes tasted so delicious and left me with a moreish feel; now they have all gone I am pining for my next box!
Thank you so much Letterbox Bakery for gifting me with these wonderful treats, these make delicious gift ideas, wedding favours or dessert buffets and you can purchase your own box here
Letterbox Bakery have kindly gifted me with a discount code that gives you 15% off your order using:- ‘gracehasfoundme’ on the website at checkout.
Although I was gifted these delicious treats everything written and all opinions are my own!
Social media has taken the masses by storm and is seen as unusual if you aren’t a part of a social network whether it be Instagram, Facebook or Twitter; communicating to others through photos and statuses is the new norm and for many of us as mothers can be a helpline in a sometimes very lonely journey.
For me Instagram started out as a platform where I mostly connected with friends I knew in ‘real life’ but a new world was opened up when I started my business Picture This Decor just after giving birth to Nia-Mae. It was wonderful to be surrounded by like-minded mumpreneurs that seemed to emphasise with the daily battle and balance of building a small business, raising children and taking care of a home. I soon found a tight knit community and grew my account with many loyal customers that have helped keep my small business standing and growing from strength to strength.
Not long after opening my Instagram business account I was introduced into the world of ‘Brand Reps and Enthusiasts ‘ and this concept was so foreign to me but something I definitely wanted to be a part of. I had already started an Instagram account for Nia-Mae, with the sole purpose of posting photos as a visual diary but there were so many lovely ‘Instagram handmade shops’ that while being on maternity leave baby clothes shopping was the only logical thing to pre-occupy my time (along with Netflix bingeing)
We were soon part of a few brand rep and enthusiasts teams with some beautiful handmade clothes and bow shops. Myself and Nia-Mae found it fun and a special way to bond dressing up and taking photos while I also formed many friendships as a result of this which is so reassuring that you can have that support without judgment.
Here are some of the Instagram shops we were honoured to rep for:-
Nia-Mae loved putting on her outfits and modelling in front of the camera
Motherhood and life are generally busy enough but also adding Instagram in the mix and it can get pretty chaotic and stressful (if you allow it) I was getting busier in my business and growing another play mate for Nia-Mae which became so exhausting that social media and the love of taking beautiful photos was the last thing on my mind so I rightly prioritised and concentrated on my business and personal page and took a step back from Nia-Mae’s page and the world of brand repping.
Although I would still scan through the page to keep up with the latest trends from Insta handmade shops, time went really quickly and before you know it over a year had passed since being active on her page; Josiah was here and I wanted to get back to what I’d loved and missed which was taking photos of my babies. So with a new name change along came Grace Has Found Me and I concentrated in trying to engage with my followers that had remained loyal in my absence plus find new accounts to interact with. But how so much had changed in that space of time and along with Instagrams new algorithms it was so hard for me to see the pages I wanted to see and for others to see mine. I quickly had to learn that it was now the world of ‘Pod and Engagement Groups’ for you to really be noticed and although accounts were still active in brand reps and enthusiasts there was something new called Influencing where Instagram accounts that have good reach and engagement rates are given the opportunity to work with various brands to advertise everyday products that are used while also promoting them to their target audiences; resulting in better awareness and marketing for that brand. In exchange for the advertising of a brands product or service these will be ‘gifted’ to various accounts which acts as a payment for promoting the product/service on their page or likewise some brands actually pay accounts in exchange for advertisement and promotion to ‘real audiences’.
Since being active I have managed to work with some wonderful brands and have been so grateful to receive gifted items that I would have most likely bought (or wanted to buy) in assistance as a Mum or generally in my lifestyle.
Here are some of the brands that we luckily have managed to work with:-
These items are things that are used in our every day life and routine and although the items were gifted all opinions and reviews are my own.
Instagram has created so many platforms and new opportunities that I’m really grateful and blessed to have and although it can also be access to ‘keyboard warriors’ and ‘internet trolls’ I have aimed to focus on the positive outcome. As we continue to grow as an account, a family and myself as a wife and mother I aim to use Instagram as a positive platform and evolve to be the best version of myself!
Thank you for taking the time to read my blog and look out for future exciting collaborations coming from Grace Has Found Me!
Lack of sleep for a new mother is something that is all too familiar and relatable but with the added worry of not being able to hear or see if your baby needs attention once they are asleep is something I experienced with both children.
I would have just settled Josiah and be in the shower or washing dishes and could clearly think that I have heard him cry only to rush upstairs and still find him soundly sleeping. And then there are times when he would be crying and I didn’t hear it straightaway until it got to that unmissable volume or Nia-Mae comes and gives her reports.
We had never used a baby monitor with Nia-Mae but instead used a movement detector that is placed under the mattress of the crib so to monitor her breathing and when she wakes with the additional audio monitor. It ended up being too sensitive so this was quickly removed and instead we depended on listening out for her cry. Doable with one child but having 2 children I quickly realised that I needed a monitor to be able to check on JJ and put my mind and ears at ease when I am carrying on with my other daily activities along with spending quality one-on-one time with Nee.
While being pregnant I had looked around for monitors and couldn’t find any that fit our requirements which was to wrap around the crib instead of being laid flat on a surface as JJ was still in our room in his crib. I had given up looking as there wasn’t any on the market until I came across Lollipop Baby Camera
We were kindly gifted our Turquoise Lollipop Baby Camera which is a toxic-free silicone baby monitor that provides smart intelligent video-based captures with added true crying detection. It has so many added features that are so helpful whether supporting newborns, toddlers or siblings.
• Night Vision- The infrared lens gives a clear image not just during the day but also at night.
•Instant App Alerts- You can choose which notifications get sent to your phone letting you be in control when you attend to your baby’s need. Simply view the live feed or event videos to check out what is going on.
•Cry Detection- The Lollipop can tell the difference between ambient noises like the wind or traffic and when your baby is actually crying and needs attention. If your baby is crying when your out of the room, you’ll receive an alert that lets you know.
•Audio Monitor- You can have the option to turn on the audio only and use it as a traditional sound monitor which is perfect for when I’m using my phone and can’t always use the video monitor at the same time.
•Sound Machine & Microphone- The Lollipop also comes with the additional feature of white noise and you can choose from either the Music List or Sound List. Josiah’s favourites are ‘Water’ and ‘Sea Wave’.
These are the main features that stand out to me and the ones that we regularly use having had the camera for a couple of weeks. I love how even if I’m not at home I can still check that Josiah is sleeping ok.
Eventually the kids will be sharing a room and the Lollipop Baby Camera will definitely be a necessity them as I’m sure it will be another battle getting them both to settle at the same time! Along with the camera I’ll most likely be using the microphone feature telling them to ‘Get back into bed’ or ‘Stop making so much noise and go to sleep’.
I can’t emphasis just how amazing this monitor is and I think that it’s a must in every home.
Thank you so much Lollipop Baby Camera for gifting us our stylish monitor that has changed our bedtime routines for the better!
*Although this item has been gifted all opinions are entirely my own.
On Saturday 6th April we had a family day out in Greenwich to visit the Maritime Museum. It was lovely to be able to spend the day out as a family with the kids as this is something that we tend to struggle balancing with our busy schedules but definitely intend to do more often.
The Maritime Museum is a place where you can discover the history and treasures behind the associations with the sea and navigation which helps you to understand how these events help shape and change the world we live in today.
The museum itself is free entry and consists of 2 floors with lots to see with the layout being split into various wings allowing easier navigation. It is very child friendly including those with babies and buggies; with easy and spacious access to lifts.
We didn’t get to see everything (as we were with extended family members so had to be sensitive of their time) but was fascinated and entertained by all the painting, figures and activities that we participated in. We walked around and visited 3 main areas which was The Cutty Sark Figure Heads, Sea Things, Polar Worlds and lastly The Great Map/Great Map Café.
Cutty Sark (Figureheads and Decoration)
Cutty Sark is home to the largest collection of Merchant Navy figureheads in the world.
Figureheads are the carved wooden sculptures that decorate the prows of sailing ships. It was thought to be that the figure heads were the spirit of the vessel and offered the crew protection from harsh seas and safeguarding their homeward journeys.
The superstitions of the figurehead meant that the crew would go to great lengths to protect it with most figureheads being ‘females’ probably because of ships being referred to as ‘she’ and as women were not often allowed to board the ships, the figurehead could have been a representation of the sole company on a ship.
We enjoyed leisurely walking around and looking at all the different types of colourful figureheads. There was lots of space for all of us so it didn’t feel overcrowded with a buggy and Nia-Mae also had room to explore.
Sea Things allows the experience of visual spectacles of over 600 objects, where you can also get involved in hands-on-activities such as a maritime personality quiz and interactive share and discovery Maritime memories. Many of the objects are open display so you get to observe and touch close up.
We didn’t get to experience everything in this gallery as there was so much to see and everyones attention span was different with it being a larger group but this is definitely something we would want to participate in at a future date and would recommend for a family with children especially the interactive part.
The Polar regions have been a focus for British exploration and scientific enquiry for centuries and continues to do so especially with the era of climate change. This also paved the way for mythical characters and hero’s, where some were lost and some carry on today.
It was lovely to see all the paintings and videos capturing the cold and dangerous climates that explorers bravely faced. Yet being amazed how communities survive in freezing conditions and observing some of the Arctic and Antarctic wildlife.
The Great Map
Lastly we visited the Great Map area where there was a huge floor atlas which you can explore the world, join in with events and play interactive games for children of all ages with it all being free!
Nia-Mae enjoyed using the tablet that allowed her to explore different parts of the world while going on her voyage searching for requested treasures.
There was also 3 toy ships where children could play around on them independently or assisted by an adult by being pushed on the floor atlas (like Nia-Mae was by her daddy)
It was also a way for us all to relax, and for me to feed Josiah with lots of space for his buggy as the Great Map is located next to the Great Map Café where you can sit while kids play all within eyesight.
There was so much more to explore and experience and this is something that can easily be a whole day out. We would definitely want to come back and look at the other areas that we didn’t get a chance to see.
Greenwich Maritime Museum is definitely a place worth checking out!