Tuesday, 16 October 2018

Your Autumn 'To Do' List

I'm on the mailing list for a certain DIY chain that sends out emails telling me the jobs I need to do in my garden that month... and I must admit, I usually cast them to the bin. I mean, I don't really need to be told I should be out raking up leaves or top dressing the grass - especially when I'd much rather be doing pretty much anything else!

So, I thought I'd create my own 'Jobs to do this Autumn' list, but something a bit more fun - full of things we'd all enjoy ticking off!

Top 12 things to do this Autumn, simple, cheap, fun and cosy
Top 12 things to do this Autumn, simple, cheap, fun and cosy

Top 12 fun things to do this Autumn

  1. Re-read an old favourite book - got a book that you read many moons ago, that you remember fondly? One that you've read a few times already perhaps? This is the time of year for sticking your nose in a good book, so why not dig out an old book that you know you loved the first time around? I'm planning on revisiting 'Wuthering Heights' again - I loved it when I read it in my teens, so it will be interesting to see if I still do!
  2. Get the blankets out - it's all about being cosy at this time of year. It may not be quite cold enough to turn on the heating properly yet, so having a couple of gorgeous throws in the living room that you can snuggle under will be perfect.
  3. Candle Power - we had a power cut here at home last weekend, which meant we had to dig out the candles and it was so cosy! It was actually secretly disappointing when the power came back on... maybe we should schedule in a pre-planned power cut every now and then? No telly, the low glow of candles, and a card game with the family, or swapping ghost stories!
  4. Leaf kicking - I mean, who doesn't enjoy kicking the leaves about at this time of year?! Fun for all the family!
  5. Fall down a Pinterest rabbit hole - figuratively speaking! Anyone who's ever spent so much as 2 minutes on Pinterest will know how easy it is for one click to lead to another. Why not plan an evening or afternoon of pinning and creating a few new boards? Ideas for the garden for the spring, storage ideas, gorgeous bathrooms, a new haircut, creative things to do with toilet rolls, whatever - you'll be inspired! Make a start by visiting my own Autumn inspired board on Pinterest by clicking here.
  6. Bake a cake and have some hot chocolate - we've been good, we've spent the summer eating salads and drinking plenty of water, so why not take a day off and do some baking? Coffee & Walnut, Lemon Drizzle, Brownies? Dig out the recipe book or have a Google and get your mouth watering...
  7. Start (casually) thinking about Christmas! It might be a bit early for some, but if you have a few hours spare why not grab a notebook and start planning? Get ahead of the game with gift ideas, recipe planning, dates for your diary, and a spot of online shopping!
  8. Watch an old movie - something black and white or in glorious technicolour! An old favourite that isn't demanding, doesn't bear any relation to modern life, and will whisk you away to a different world for a couple of hours.
  9. Invite friends or family round for Sunday lunch - stick a joint in the oven, get everyone to bring a side dish or dessert (and bottle of wine), and have a relaxing time full of good company and banter.
  10. Visit your local park - the trees look amazing at this time of year, full of colour. Go for a stroll or a bike ride and enjoy the colours. Head to your nearest city and have a wonder around the park. Or failing that maybe you have an arboretum or some woods near you, or perhaps a stately home with grounds open to the public?
  11. Visit the seaside - I know it sounds weird, but in my opinion the BEST time to visit the seaside is in the autumn and winter! Wrap up warm and go for a bracing walk along the prom. You might be lucky and find a kiosk that's still open and selling freshly made hot doughnuts rolled in sugar...
  12. Go stargazing - the earlier nights are perfect for star spotting. You may need to head out into the countryside to get away from the glow of lights, but pick a clear night, bundle up warm and take a flask of something warming - and maybe a slice of that cake you baked in step 6...
Sarah x



Monday, 15 October 2018

Now a favourite blogger on MyBump2Baby!

If you're a parent to a pre-schooler or expecting a baby, I'm sure you'll love MyBump2Baby - it's a website and free app packed full of support and reviews from other parents, advice, events, directories, news and information. Lots of features to make a parent's life a little easier! A great resource that's completely free to use, the site is the UK’s fastest growing pregnancy to pre-school directory.

...and I'm delighted to announce that my blog has been chosen as one of MyBump2Baby's favourite blogs, and is featured on the site and app too!



Sarah :)

Monday, 8 October 2018

WIN a free personalised handmade baby board book worth £28.50!

I'm working on a brand new design to add to my range of personalised handmade board books for Christmas - and I need your help!

The new design will have a Christmas theme, and I'm looking for suggestions for a book title. The person with the winning suggestion will will their very own laminated board book, worth £28.50!

personalised baby board books

For full details on how to enter just click the Competitions, Discounts & Giveaways tab above!

Sarah x

Saturday, 29 September 2018

Brand New: Personalised Fork & Trowel set - new look!

If you know someone who loves their garden (and you're starting to turn your mind towards Christmas perhaps?!), I just know that they'll love this: their very own personalised garden fork and trowel set!

Personalised Garden Fork and Trowel Set | gardening gift from PhotoFairytales

This ever-popular gardening gift has just had a makeover too, and it's now available in these gorgeous green colour. The handle of each tool can be personalised with any wording of your choice, and you can have a different message on each handle if you like too. The garden tools are made from tough quality carbon steel, and the handles are wood and are strung with twine so that they're ready to hang up tidily in the garden shed!

Personalised Garden Fork and Trowel Set | gardening gift from PhotoFairytales

Personalised Garden Fork and Trowel Set | gardening gift from PhotoFairytales


The personalised garden tool set is presented in an organza gift bag, and of course, UK delivery is free of charge. At just £17.95 any keen gardener is going to love this smart and practical garden gift - perfect for your green fingered friend or loved one! See full details on the PhotoFairytales site now.

Sarah x


Wednesday, 26 September 2018

Personalised Gifts for Bakers & Cooks: it's GBBO time!

Where were you at 8pm last night? I know where I was: sitting in front of the telly watching the Great British Bake Off, that's where (bye bye, Terry & Karen). Biscuit? Chandelier? What on earth...!

With all these gorgeous bakes passing before my eyes (did you see all that chocolate last week: heaven!), I've been getting in the baking mood. It's a bit tricky as we're trying really hard to be low carb and sugar free here at PhotoFairytales towers at the moment, so living vicariously through GBBO is about as close as we get to a slab of cake! We can be strong, we will (hopefully) resist!

I've put together a special page on the PhotoFairytales site full of great gift ideas for all those keen cooks and bakers - so if you have a star baker in your midst, or just a very keen 'fling it in the oven and see if it works' type cook, there are some brilliant gift ideas here that they'll love.

Here's a little round up - but visit the new page on the PhotoFairytales site to see everything on offer:

Personalised Cook's Conversion Chart | temperature, weight, liquid conversions | gift for cook baker from PhotoFairytales
Personalised Cook's Conversion Chart | temperature, weight, liquid conversions
Personalised Ceramic Mixing bowl | traditional china cake mix bowl | gift for cook baker from PhotoFairytales
Personalised Ceramic Mixing bowl | available in two different designs



Personalised Kitchen wall sign plaque | gift for cook baker from PhotoFairytales
Personalised Kitchen wall sign plaque | available in a range of colours

Personalised Cooking Baking Wooden Plaque Sign | gift for cook baker from PhotoFairytales
Personalised Wooden Plaque Hanging Sign | personalise with any wording of your choice


Sarah x



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