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My Perfect Family Country Kitchen

| October 29, 2014 | 0 Comments
My Perfect Family Country Kitchen

My style choices change from day-to-day. Honestly I love so many different interior styles I would be changing my home all the time, if I had the chance. When I think of a family kitchen though, I think of something homely, bustling, spacious and clean with a big table in the centre, that gathers the family all around it.   Continue Reading

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Oasis of the Seas : The Biggest doesn’t even cover it!

| October 18, 2014 | 16 Comments
Oasis of the Seas : The Biggest doesn’t even cover it!

Everywhere in the media has been coverage of the largest cruise ship in the world making its maiden trip to the UK and docking earlier this week in Southampton.  The Oasis of the Seas from the Royal Caribbean a beautiful and impressive ship, that you can see an aerial shot of below.  Yes its huge, and that’s impressive, it really is, but boy this ship is so much more than that.  Continue Reading

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Something for the weekend : Pumpkin Decorating

| October 17, 2014 | 15 Comments
Something for the weekend : Pumpkin Decorating

With Halloween just around the corner, we did a really easy craft after school, pumpkin decorating.  Using some vinyl pumpkin face decals that I cut out using my Cricut Explore, Miss A and I set to work.  This is so simple to do, and looks really effective, I think you’ll agree?  You can make the faces, as large or small as you need depending on how big or small the pumpkins are. Continue Reading

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How to Etch Mirror or Glass

| October 14, 2014 | 10 Comments
How to Etch Mirror or Glass

I’m really proud of this one, and I think I’ve mastered etching mirrors now.  The key is a little patience (not something I have lots of) and a little elbow grease at the end.  So if you remember my last attempt was for my youngest daughter, and it was a Disney crown (from the Cricut Design Space) etched onto a mirror.  So she could be a princess every morning when she woke up! Continue Reading

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Hotter Shoes

| October 9, 2014 | 14 Comments
Hotter Shoes

Don’t you just love crisps bright mornings, full of promise of the day ahead.  Kicking leaves, collecting conkers, long dog walks with the family.  I love this change of weather and autumn and winter, and I especially love the fashion that goes with it.  So every autumn and winter there are always two things top of my wish list – a new coat, and boots. 

I was invited to a fashion evening with Hotter Shoes, together with some other bloggers, to try out the new styles of the season. I’m  already sold on the brand, and I’ve written about my love of the comfort concept that Hotter Shoes is known for before. Last year I was torn between two styles that I loved, and well this year was exactly the same, but more on that later. Continue Reading

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Carpet Trends

| October 6, 2014 | 0 Comments
Carpet Trends

It’s actually incredible, the change to a room that new flooring can make.  A while ago I talked about the different laminate floors that are available from Carpetright.  In this post I wanted to highlight four trends in carpets in 2014. Traditionally changing your flooring is something we look at doing in the Autumn and Winter. Whatever room you are looking to carpet, and whether you have the budget for pure wool or need something more man made and hard wearing, carpet is known for adding comfort and warmth to a room. Continue Reading

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Getting the most out of a Soda Stream

| September 23, 2014 | 6 Comments
Getting the most out of a Soda Stream

Oh how we love our Soda Stream! We are all lovers of soda or pop, as we like to call it, at The Ana Mum Diary house.  Gone are the days when the pop man (do you remember him?) in an open backed truck would collect all of the empty bottles and deliver more pop for the week. I love that idea even now, having drinks available for when you need them.

We have been testing out the Soda Stream Play (£69.99) for the past couple of weeks, together with the new collection of Del Monte flavourings for drinks. Three new flavours of syrup each one £3.99 – Orange, Caribbean and Tropical, all really delicious. Continue Reading

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A Photography Workshop : Modern, Angles and Clouds

| September 4, 2014 | 12 Comments
A Photography Workshop : Modern, Angles and Clouds

I love photography, its a passion I’ve always had, but blogging has meant I get more opportunities to explore it, and I’ve also now been able to invest in a DSLR, my Nikon D5100.  So though I get more opportunities now, I don’t really ever find the time to experiment. So when I was invited to the Goodman Photography workshop in Birmingham city centre, I was thrilled, as it would mean I could have a day learning and spending time with other people passionate about photography.  DSC_0476

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A Weekend in Amsterdam : My Top Picks and Tips (photo heavy post)

| August 14, 2014 | 18 Comments
A Weekend in Amsterdam : My Top Picks and Tips (photo heavy post)

Earlier in the week I posted about my weekend in Amsterdam, we stayed at an amazing hotel (InterContinental Amstel Amsterdam) thanks to me using up some of my IHG Reward Club points, which even covered the flights too for both of us. You can read all about my experience using my 1 Million IHG Reward club points HERE.

Well in this post, I wanted to share a little bit more about what we got up to.  It took Tall Dad and I a while to get acclimatised, and if I’m honest, some parts of Amsterdam, weren’t really for me.  The red light district being the main thing.  To be so overtly there, at the turn of a corner I really didn’t like.  We even saw a nursery in amongst that area, I did struggle with that concept. We did however see so many other things that we absolutely loved, so here are the top picks! Continue Reading

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The weekly cost of pets

| October 30, 2014 | 0 Comments
The weekly cost of pets

Naturally the weekly costs of keeping pets depend on the pets that you keep; it is considerably more expensive to keep a horse than it is to keep a guinea pig, so if you want a pet that doesn’t cost too much money the choice is obvious. But for now we will concentrate the kinds of pets that can be expensive; namely dogs, cats and horses. We will also ignore the costs of purchasing the animal, which can range from nothing to tens of thousands of pounds. Continue Reading

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Journl : Organising a busy life…

| October 28, 2014 | 0 Comments
Journl : Organising a busy life…

So we are in the midst of half term now at The Ana Mum Diary house.  We were all really ready for the break, like most families, we’ve been juggling lots of balls, and I may have dropped a few this term. The last few days of the half term, were a struggle for all of us to stay motivated, and tiredness definitely had taken a firm grip on the household.

So this half term, I made plans for leisurely mornings, and hopefully a few lie ins, evenings chilling out together doing things that we all liked to do.  These would be woven expertly in between visiting family, friends, two sleepovers, and a coffee or two with friends. We also planned a trip to the the library, cinema and a visit to the local art gallery.  As much as we like to chill during half term, and slow down, my girls still like to do lots of things too. Continue Reading

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Five secrets to a happy family home

| October 28, 2014 | 0 Comments
Five secrets to a happy family home

Everyone has different opinions on what makes a truly happy home. There are the obvious ones, such as making each other laugh, being open and honest with each other, and cooking a great Sunday lunch, but what else makes everything that little bit better?

Here are my five secrets to a happy family home. Continue Reading

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