A girls weekend in Fayence, France

A photo diary of a weekend in the most beautifully French villa, Les Terraces, just outside Fayence with the most wonderful group of girls. This was in fact a hen weekend but not as we know them…  Yes, there were games of pass the parcel and guess the knickers and an illuminating Mr & Mrs quiz but mostly this was…
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Simple ways to embrace an outdoor life

I have never spent so much time outdoors as I have in this past month (and I have had dogs, for over a decade, who get walked up to four times a day).  And what I have realised is perhaps not exactly groundbreaking but, boy, the outdoors is so good for your soul.  Sunshine helps for sure but that fresh…
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Why I quit the day job

First of all let me be honest…  There was no grand ‘I quit’ moment.  There was no walk out.  Rather more of a ‘me sobbing quietly into my boss’s very understanding arms’ moment and accepting that it was time for things to change. I started working with Fi at Bluebellgray just one month after launching the blog in 2011, wow… …
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Some thoughts on warmth

Weekends are spent here, by this fire, filled with warmth and laughter (and sometimes toasted marshmallows).  This room was what sold the house to us…  The previous owners showed us around and filled our heads with this vignette of cosy family life and whilst we’ve changed the superficialities of the space, the bones remain the same and this roaring fire the centre.  We…
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Five things I do every morning

I don’t know about you but I am always really interested to know what other people’s mornings look like.  So if you don’t mind I’m just gonna go ahead and share five things about mine…  they might surprise you and then again they might not.  I went ahead and skipped a couple of super obvious ones like waking up and brushing…
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2017 – a year of change

2017 was a year full of highs and lows – all at once the most wonderful and yet by far the hardest of my thirty-five years.  I like to keep Thankfifi as a space filled with positivity but behind the scenes this year was tough, it still is.  I was encouraged to assess what was really important to me and…
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Love from Santa

His first Christmas…  I asked for family, he asked for more hair.  I got my wish and he got his – in the form of a beautiful rocking sheep.  To be in this home with my boys and my mum today is just everything. Wishing you all the most wonderful Christmas.x … issa dress – House of Fraser   |   alexa…
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‘Tis the season to twinkle twinkle

Recently I was treated to a trip to the new Cath Kidston Edinburgh store at 99 Princes Street to finish off my festive shopping – first year in our new home and I am literally obsessed with Christmas so sorry (not sorry) that I am all about the sparkles and the pressies right now.  We took Cath Kidston floral taxis to the store (spy one around Edinburgh by the…
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Weekends with the Joolz Geo

So it feels like we’re getting the hang of this village in the country thing… I have been meaning to share a mini review of the Joolz Geo pram for some time but obviously I needed a little time to properly road test him and here we are, at four and a half months in (woah), taking a look at my typical…
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Keepers

Waiting for these photos was up there with waiting for the wedding photos to arrive – a moment in time that can never be repeated.  These were shot when Hunter was only 4 weeks old and already he looks so tiny – at the risk of being a complete cliché, they grow up so fast. In some ways it seems kinda crazy to…
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We’ve moved

We’ve moved.  Not domain name…  like an actual real life move.  To a proper house.  In the country.  We are grown ups now. And my life is in boxes – I mean, there was a full two weeks where I could not find my underwear and I still only have one dog leash (although thankfully two dogs).  My walk in wardrobe…
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His first haul…

It was only a matter of time before he had his first haul right?  And with a massive drop of kids clothing in TK Maxx at the moment, now was the time…  We’re burning through clothes at a rapid rate in the Thankfifi home at the moment with Hunter outgrowing outfits from one day to the next (I swear I shed a…
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Hunter

Never before have I felt a love like this…  Hunter arrived safely a week ago and, honestly, nothing can prepare you for the love you feel the moment you set eyes on the tiny person you’ve been growing for nine months – every time I look at him my heart is close to bursting.  Our little family is complete. … bassinet…
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Nine months

And just like that the nine month mark is here…  what seemed like it would forever be far away in the future is now and our world is about to change more than we can imagine. Honestly I never thought I’d be one of those girls who feels ‘ready’ but the past two weeks have been spent with baby feet…
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The hospital dash

It’s the strangest thing knowing that something so huge is on the horizon…  and yet not knowing when.  Much to the husband’s relief my hospital bag is finally packed, save the going home outfit which proves to be somewhat elusive – online searches reveal that something loose and comfortable will be best and yet I can’t get images of Kate…
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Last minute mama

If you know me at all you know I am not the most organised girl in the world…  but I have been getting my last minute mama on with a little help from Collectplus (picking up deliveries at 9.30pm on a Sunday evening from the shop round the corner – now that’s more my style!). Head over here to see the…
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Eight months

Hey little one…  I’m not sure there’s any space for you to grow any bigger. My belly is tight like a drum and someone is playing that drum day and night from the inside, with gusto.  I get feet in my ribs and my belly button looks like it could just pop right off – in fact I’m pretty sure this…
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Seven months

Time is like a steam train right now…  (or maybe galloping horses – the midwife tells us that a baby steam train heartbeat is a boy and a baby galloping horses heartbeat is a girl). I look back at that six month baby bump, which seemed so large there and then, and now in just one short month it’s transformed…
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Bedtime rituals

In this house we are all about bedtime.  As soon as dinner’s done the pyjamas are on (ok, sometimes before dinner).  I remember when bedtime was something you went out of your way to avoid but as grown up life takes over bedtime, or rather the time you get to bed becomes less reliable, anything before midnight is a high…
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Six months

Just like that. And all the awkward and awesome things that come along with it.  Like feeling all those little fluttering movements turning into body popping dance moves in my belly that literally fill me with all the warm fuzzies (even when it’s 5am).  Like standing on the scales and weighing a pound more every single week, 10lb so far, which…
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Christmas for him – the custom fit tee

And then all of a sudden it’s December and the decorations get pulled from boxes under beds and dusted off and it’s finally socially acceptable to play Christmas tunes (even though, clandestinely, you have been for weeks).  And the list of gifts is looming… For the man in your life, at least, I have found the ideal gift – a perfectly fitting, custom…
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How to win at LFW

I’ve been doing London Fashion Week for four years now and along the way there have been highs and lows – I can’t honestly say I feel like I’ve cracked it yet but there are a few things I’ve picked up along the way and, after chatting with so many of you on social media, I wanted to share a few tips, honest thoughts…
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Shop my Depop

Maybe it’s a sure sign of growing up (or old?) but this week I’ve been in full on ‘home mode’.  Sometimes, I won’t lie, it’s all a big sea of shoes and bags swimming around my head but this past while I’ve been pretty set on realising my dream home (within the realms of reality obviously, not my Pinterest dream home…
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Shop my wardrobe

After spending a few hours (ok, more like days) raking through my closet, it’s happening.  The Scottish Blogger Shop is opening it’s doors on Sunday 21st August. I know I’ve got bags and bags of… well bags.  Clothes, shoes and other bits and pieces on top of that.  Probably even a bargain bucket at this rate…  We’re setting up camp…
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48 hr city break – capsule wardrobe

I’ve done my fair share of travelling and packing this year and I always fall back on that saying, ‘Failure to prepare is preparing to fail (especially when your luggage allowance is one tiny carry on)’.  I teamed up with Zalando to share my ultimate suitcase for a 48 hour minibreak which I tried and tested in Berlin and I…
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Down time favourites

As much as I live for travel, it makes time at home all the more special – moments to read magazines and paint toenails and take extra long showers…  I’ve been slowly but surely decorating (it’s only been a decade since we moved in) so here’s just a peek at some of the finished bits and the things making me…
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On dogs and chips…

If you know me at all you’ll know that these guys are everything to me.  They spam up my instagram feed and are the reason I change from heels to flats about 4 times a day.  They keep me healthy and happy and make me laugh every day.  Life without them, quite honestly, would suck. I try my very best…
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