October 18, 2018

The garden, the last part of our home renovations, went through some serious transformation earlier this year and we finally have an outdoor space that we absolutely cherish. We've had an amazing Summer in the garden from BBQs to tuff-tray messy play, to hanging out in the garden studio.

Chinese Char Siu Chicken | Halogen Oven Recipe

October 12, 2018

Over the Summer, I had many opportunities to marinade meats for the BBQ and in particular, one that went down really well was this char siu style chicken, after a self-made-recipe tip off from my good friend Kelly. I used the marinade for chicken wings and drumsticks, and both came out utterly delicious and addictive.

Toy Rotation | Hape Checkout Register/Strictly Briks/Toddle Bike

October 08, 2018

Toy rotation is so important to keep things fresh and interesting without the need to keep buying new toys - a brilliant handy tip passed onto me from my friend Mandy, who always has so much great advice on all things baby/toddler related.

Mee Market | Soho London

October 02, 2018

Deli style cafes and markets are nothing new but a Korean one most certainly is. Mee Market is an all day Korean cafe with a deli counter/market shop/homeware store in the midst of Soho. I really like the concept of being able to pick up hot, freshly made food to go or eat in, and well as doing some authentic Korean grocery shopping. The set up reminds me of Japan Centre, which I love hanging out in. Mee Market is a part of On The Bab and Koba, both Korean restaurants I think highly of and would recommend in a heartbeat. 

Watches Gift Guide

September 25, 2018

One present that never gets old to receive or to gift has got to be a watch.

As a teen, I loved spending my Summer holidays in Hong Kong wandering around the bustling markets. I picked up so many cutesy cartoon adorned watches and stop-watches on these market runs; Hello Kitty being firm a favourite and would always buy extra to give to friends as a souvenir. Once I went off to college and later on uni, I bought my first Fossil watch and also started to buy watches for friends and family birthday presents.

Japanese Style Pepperonchino Pasta

September 18, 2018

It has been a while since I posted a recipe and I feel terrible for it. One of the main reasons for starting this blog was to share lots of recipes, so I will be re-focusing on this a lot more for the rest of the year and beyond - stay with me!

How To Get Into Child Modelling (UK)

September 11, 2018

After I shared photos of Isaac modelling for Next a few weeks back, I had lots of messages and general curiosity asking me how I got him into it. I had always liked the idea of seeing him on print for brands on the high street and luckily for me, I had a couple of friends who already had their babies doing some modelling and were generous enough to take me through the steps. 

Isaac had quite bad baby eczema when he was born which didn't disappear until around 4 months, so prior to that, modelling would have been out of the question. 

Viet Food | Chinatown London

September 04, 2018

Viet Food was one of those unassuming restaurants in Chinatown that looked somewhat of a tourist trap and one that I had walked past many times without ever having the urge to venture into. That was until I was craving Vietnamese one day and looked up for one near to Chinatown where I'd be near to for the day. It turned out to be one of the tastiest Vietnamese restaurants I'd ever been to, one which I now rate very highly and have since been to a couple of times. 

Nursery Prints + Decor

August 30, 2018

Strictly speaking, Isaac's room is no longer a nursery since he is already a toddler, but I'd really like to call it that since I never had the opportunity to decorate one when he was a newborn.

Window Shutters In Our Home

August 27, 2018

I had long been a fan of window shutters way before we installed them in our home. Whenever we've holidayed in the UK, all the cottages we've stayed in seem to have them and it I just love the character it adds to the space.

When we moved into our house in 2014, G instantly said he wanted shutters for all the windows in our home. I was hesitant and had thought about curtains or blinds instead since it was a cheaper option and we'd already had so many outgoings for the house renovation. But I am glad he won me over because 4 years down the line, we both still love them and they have kept in excellent condition.

Our shutters were from the Shutter Studios, a family run business based in Shirley, Croydon in South East London and they stood out to us as soon as we walked into their shop with their exceptional customer service.

We were recommended to get MDF shutters as our budget was tight. MDF shutters are manufactured from engineered, off-cut timber that is bound and laminated to give a finished shutter, and they are so much more affordable than the solid wood options. The pricing was something like 3 times the difference!

Once they were installed, cleaning couldn't be easier. I just use a feather duster to run along each shutter and it's clean in an instant. They never really get that dirty and have stayed brilliant white in all these years we've had them.

If you guys are thinking of renovating your windows, I can't recommend shutters enough. They look modern and sleek, yet moulds in well with a rustic/farmhouse look and best of all, so easy to clean and open/close on a daily basis. 

Do you guys prefer shutters or curtains?

*This is a collaborative post

Garden Renovation On A Tight Budget

August 23, 2018

We have been spending all our at-home days in the garden this Summer, and I can't tell you how joyful it has been to watch Isaac run around on the grass and having a blast on his tuff tray. Our garden needed so much work done to it when we moved in and it has taken us a few years to do bits and bobs to it.

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