1. Visiting the city of romance? Here are the Top ten things to do in Paris
2. If you’re in need of a pick-me-up just click here: 21 quotes from funny women that will make your day
3. The ultimate summer fruit in my opinion: 17 ways to eat more strawberries
4. Pearls have shaken off their fuddy duddy image and are being embraced by the fashion set. The modern way to wear pearls
5. Funny and probably very true: 13 things we Brits get completely wrong about the USA
6. This calorie laden sweet treat is on my ‘must make ‘ list: Potluck Oreo Bars
1. Best Workout Tips – 30 Fitness Commandments to Live by: Elle.com
2. I would love one of these in my house. Maybe I need to drop some hints before our next anniversary! Personalised First Dance Song Lyrics Print: Not on the High Street
3. I just booked my tickets for May 2015! Alexander McQueen Savage Beauty is coming to London next year: Victoria and Albert Museum
4. I’m seriously thinking about cutting my hair shorter for the summer. Here are the key questions to ask before going for the chop: Byrdie.com
5. How to Stay Motivated Around the House – Six Steps to Accomplishing Your Goals: Apartment Therapy
1. This Asparagus with Egg and Parmesan recipe is the perfect dish for spring
2. Thinking ahead to festival season and wondering what to wear? Actress AnnaSophia Robb (of The Carrie Diaries) gives the lowdown on her favourite festival looks
3. 17 Spring Projects for a Happier Kitchen, including making your own Grenadine Syrup
4. Calling all selfie aficionados and budding photographers: Find out how to look amazing in photos
5. Easter is fast approaching and as usual Pinterest is the best source of inspiration for yummy treats to make, including these cheesecake filled chocolate Easter egg
6. Or go along to Harrods and gawp at what must surely be the most luxurious chocolate egg ever, priced at an eye-watering £28,000. Made of chocolate and decorated with gold dust, inside the egg is a diamond pendant necklace by Swiss jeweller Shawish.
7. If you’re in London, don’t forget to also drop in to the Fashion Rules exhibition at Kensington Palace, showcasing dresses worn by HM Queen Elizabeth II, Princess Margaret and Diana Princess of Wales
8. Ever dreamed of writing your own book? Here are some tips on how to write and pitch a book proposal
There is a theme to this week’s Linked In post: Spring Cleaning. I don’t know about you, but each year when March rolls around I start thinking about decluttering, reorganising and cleaning up both the house and the garden. I have to confess that this week I have not accomplished much, in fact I have even been struggling to do the everyday tasks like cleaning the kitchen and keeping up with the washing (with five people there is a lot of washing!). Obviously I have my excuses at the ready: I have been working more hours than normal and also we took delivery of a new tumble dryer this week, which didn’t fit through the door to the laundry room so I couldn’t do any washing for two days. Ever the optimist, I’m determined to get on top of things next week so here is a bit on inspiration from around the web to help me (and you) do just that!
1. Find some tips on how to make a spring cleaning checklist
2. The starting date for this challenge to purge five items a day from your home may have passed but it is not too late to join in
3. Here is how to clean and still be kind to the environment
4. Need some help? Here are some tips to get the kids involved with the cleaning
5. Spring is also a good time for a digital declutter
6. Spring cleaning doesn’t have to be confined to the inside of your house: here are some tips for sprucing up your garden
7. Ever get the feeling that however much cleaning you do, it is never done? This article shows you how to look at cleaning as a practice not a project
Happy Wednesday everyone! Hard to believe that we are already halfway through the working week. I have had one of those (very rare) productive mornings where I managed to get loads done without being distracted by the Internet (Facebook is the worst – I can easily waste half an hour on there without even realising – although I’m a lot better now that I’ve deleted the App from my phone) or the pile of glossy interior magazines currently residing on the kitchen table. So far I’ve written an article for work, put all the washing away, hoovered upstairs and ordered a pair of new football boots from Cameron (Rather scarily his feet are now just one size smaller than mine.) I still have half an hour until I have to collect Clemmie from preschool so plenty of time to share some of my best finds from around the web this week.
1. Now that the children are a bit older I would love to start travelling a bit more. I found this list of 100 places to visit before you die and there are plenty of places on there that I have yet to visit.
2. We all have different food tastes in our household but one thing that we all love is a good bowl of pasta. Here are 25 best pasta recipes to try.
3. Tips on how to write the perfect thank you note – and even better if it is written on this gorgeous Smythson stationery
4. The secret of a happy marriage is apparently to tell your partner you love them ten times a week and go on at least three dates a month. Does dinner a deux at home count? Otherwise the babysitting bill could start piling up…
5. This is one that I really need at the moment as I’m trying to sort through all the stuff from my parents’ house as well as old and outgrown clothes, toys etc. I don’t consider myself to be a hoarder but sometimes I have a hard time deciding what to keep and what to throw out or sell. How to edit your wardrobe and avoid stuffocation
6. Finally, here is a collection of Fashion Quotes to inspire and amuse.
Still 15 minutes to go so I’m off to sit in the garden with my coffee and one of those tempting magazines. Have a great Wednesday. X