Interiors: Kitchen envy

I daydream a fair amount about what my future house will look like, and share a lot of those dreams on my blog, but one thing I’ve not written about really is what sort of Kitchen I’d like. It’s odd, I used to look at peoples outfits and handbags on instagram and pinterest etc, now it’s interior shots that I swoon over!

The kitchen is the heart of the home, as the saying goes. Currently we have a joint kitchen living room, which is great when you have small children as you can keep an eye on them when you’re making dinner etc, but in the future I would love to have a nice big kitchen with a dining table for dinner parties, and more likely the kids to sit and do their colouring and painting at. I’d also have a central island for quick meals and breakfasts, I’ve found an ideal breakfast bar on the Betta Living website, imagine lazy brunches sat round that with fresh croissants and a pot of tea!

I’d love a tiled floor (with underfloor heating, of course) and a big range cooker for all the roasts and baking I’d obviously be doing on a regular basis! A double sink wouldn’t go amiss for soaking the roasting pans and the odd bit of washing up. Cupboards galore for storing all my pots, pans and cooking equipment in, because at the moment they are stacked up willy-nilly and there is almost an avalanche every time I open the door! A few shelves for displaying our ‘best china’ on, and a nice DAB radio would be given a home too, for company when cooking and background music when entertaining.

 

A walk in larder would be an essential, so I can see everything at a glance and grab the ingredients I need when I need them because in this fantasy world my cupboards would be fully stocked at all times! In terms of colour I’d like a nice warm feeling kitchen, with terracotta and earthy tones and either dark stained wood doors or black matt ones… I’m not overly fussy! Lastly, a nice big double fridge freezer, which would be full of tasty food and covered with the kids pictures more than likely!

So if your kitchen looks anything like what I’ve described here, I envy you! Tell me about your dream kitchen…

This post was written in partnership with BettaLiving, all words and opinions are my own. Pictures from my Pinterest board ‘for the home’

What Athena wore: Like father, like daughter

I love to get Athena dressed, and try to dress her nicely on days when we are together (As opposed to nursery where I send her in old leggings and a top!) but when I am away next week I am already cringing at the getups that Sam will have her in. I am tempted to lay out an outfit for each day for him in fact! Thinking about it I just might, as I swapped her clothes over to the 18-24 months size last weekend, so lots will still be on the big side which will confuse him!

So Sam may not know how to dress Athena nicely that often, but when House of Fraser got in contact and asked if we wanted to take part in a challenge to dress Athena in an outfit ‘Inspired by Dad’ he jumped at the chance and then spent a good half an hour browsing through all the categories to find something Sam-esque. He finally settled on a brushed cotton checked shirt-dress and gorgeous little red suede-feel jodphur boots. Sam would call his style ‘lumberjack chic’ and he can mostly be found wearing a shirt over a T shirt and chunky boots, so I approved of his choice for Athena! Girly, but sort of lumberjack!

Both items are from the selection at Pumpkin Patch so they’re made from good quality materials and are well put together. In fact I want the boots in my size! This is the outfit Athena wore to The Baby Show and we got SO many compliments on her little boots, from the guy that scanned our ticket on the way in to the lady at the crèche!

I particularly love the detail on the sleeves of the dress, they can be work down, or rolled and held up with the button tab, such a cute little addition and perfect from the autumn to winter transition! The gathered skirt is super cute too, lots of room for running and rolling around (on hills in our case!) but comfy enough to sleep in too, as you can see!

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Cutest boots ever, right?

Fore more kids style go and check out the Trendy Thursday link up over with Alex.

House of Fraser kindly let us choose an outfit to take part in the ‘Inspired by Dad’ challenge, however all opinions are my own.

Win a Samsung Microwave worth £65 with Birdseye

Much as I love to cook from scratch there are days when I just want to sit down and eat once I’ve got in from work, and spend some time as a family. Birdseye are launching some new varieties of their Steam fresh range, which we use a lot! On nights when I’m eating dinner alone if Sam is working a late shift and Athena was been at Nursery, preparing cooking vegetables from scratch means time, effort and then washing up!

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Last night’s dinner, Philly chicken wrapped in streaky bacon with hasselback potatoes and veg!

To celebrate their new range Birdseye are running a competition with a whole host of prizes including a foodie escape to the countryside, and have kindly offered up an amazing new Samsung Microwave worth £65 to a reader of this blog too!

 Samsung Microwave

All you need to do is head over to Birdseye facebook page (opens in a new window) to play the game and find the answer to the really simple question… and then pop back here and enter using the rafflecopter widget below! Please read the T&Cs too.

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