Making loom band bracelets

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Unless you’ve been living on another planet for the past few months, you will have heard about loom bands. If for some reason these two words mean nothing to you, then let me explain what I mean. Loom bands are small rubber bands that can be linked together to make bracelets or other items, depending on how adventurous you want to be. Even though they are aimed primarily at children I thought I’d join the craze and buy myself a couple of packets and have a go at making some. As you can see from the photos above, I’ve already made 6 bracelets using tutorial videos I’ve found on YouTube. This has really taken me back to my childhood when I used to be spend hours making friendship bracelets for me and my friends. I think activities like this are a great way to keep kids occupied, away from video games and tablets. Take a look at a few of my favourite tutorials below.

 

 

Stylish Camping Essentials

If you’re having good weather wherever you are, then I hope that you’re getting to enjoy it as much as we are. I’m not going on vacation this year as we’re saving for our wedding and honeymoon next year but we’re managing to get out and about as much as we can on the sunny weekends, getting to see some of the lovely places around where we live. If we were able to go away for a long weekend this Summer then camping would definitely be one of the types of trips I’d love to take, having never done it before. I’ve picked out a few of the things I might choose to take along if I were to take a trip like that, all stylish as well as practical!

Stylish Camping Essentials

1. Butterfly 2 Man Festival Pop Up Tent | 2. Enamel Camping Mug | 3. Exotic Crush Collection Blanket | 4. Lounger | 5. Lightweight Summer Striped Sleeping Bag | 6. Camping Picnic Set with Cool Bag Backpack | 7. Rose Flask And Cup | 8. Pink Fondant Set Of 12 Picnic Cutlery | 9. Small Stainless Steel Tealight Lantern.

Bright Floral Print Homeware

I’m not sure about you but when I think of summer, something that instantly comes to mind is flowers, so it’s lovely to make the most of being outdoors amongst all the bright and beautiful colours. Thankfully, so far this summer, we’ve had lots of lovely weather, but when we’re not so lucky, it’s nice bring some of the outdoors indoors by adding a bit of floral print to any room you choose.

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001. Cath Kidston | 002. isme | 003. Sass & Belle | 004. Next | 005. BHS | 006. Asda |

Seaside Summer Sunsets

My boy and I are lucky to live pretty near to the sea – we don’t get to appreciate it all that much when we’re working on when the weather is bad, but at the start of the past weekend we decided to take a late evening drive down to the sea front and take a leisurely stroll while it was warm and the sun was going down. It was a gorgeous evening, and it was lovely to really appreciate the light summer nights and the sounds of the water against the rocks. We had a cheeky cone of chips and took some photos before heading home for a glass of wine to start the weekend off right. There won’t be too many more Summer weekends left once August comes around, but I really do hope we make it back there a couple of times before it gets dark and cold once again.

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Photo Credit: Lucy

Photo Gift Ideas

Personalised gifts are my favourite and you don’t get more personal than incorporating a photo you’ve taken into a gift for another person. You can create a unique, one-off  present that any recipient will love. There are so many companies these days that print your photos or Instagram pictures on to various different items including cushions, cases for your phones and tablets, and some even create jigsaw puzzles.

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001. Cushion – Asda | 002. Jigsaw Puzzle – Photobox | 003. iPad Case – Sticky 9 | 004. Tote Bag – Tesco | 005. iPhone 5 Case - Jessops | 006. Mug – Zazzle