Unless you have been living under a rock for the past 18 months or so, you have probably noticed the influx of palm leaves, pineapples, flamingos and exotic plants that have been popping all over the place. Yes, the tropical trend is here and it seems like it’s here to stay.

I am not one for big bold designs. I do love colour but I very rarely wear prints or incorporate big prints in my home. I am a bit taken but the tropical trend though, I guess it’s the beautiful rich colours  and some of the  fun designs around.

You don’t need to go over the top to enjoy it, you can also do it in a subtle way, so here below are my tips to style the tropical trend at home.

For the garden

When it comes to tableware, for al fresco dinning combine tropical prints pieces with plain ones. I love La Selva collection from John Lewis and I like the mix of leaf printed plates with plain ones.

Tropical trend Interiors

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As parents are really busy these days, and with the added draw of mobiles, tablets and TVs it can be difficult to re-connect with our children in a meaningful way through play. I find my children spend a bit too much time sitting in from of the TV after school so we now do a no TV evening once a week. Our no TV day is great as we play together, do jigsaws, colouring or we play games together.

Dr Margot Sunderland is a highly respected child psychologist and psychotherapist, Director of Education and Training at the Centre for Child Mental Health, and author of best selling and critically acclaimed parenting book ‘The Science of Parenting’.

Best Relatinship DVD

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Sometimes as a blogger you get offered amazing opportunities, not necessarily of big financial value but of great personal satisfaction that makes blogging worthwile. Nothing makes me happier than having fresh flowers at home so I couldn’t believe my luck when OK Bouquet offered to send me one of their bespoke bouquets.

I always make sure I have fresh flowers around, they are really a nice way of brighten up rooms and they always create a great focal point.

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You wouldn’t estimate the quantities of the ingredients when baking so why would you estimate your household bills?  This was the idea behind an event organised by Smart Energy GB  I attended in trendy Hoxton.

A couple of weeks ago I received an invite from Smart Energy GB inviting me to a “baking event with a twist”. I was told Ian Cummings, one of the finalists from the Great British Bake Off,  was going to co host the event and that really roused my interest. I love the Great British Bake Off. I am by no means and expert, but I can bake basic cakes, so I was curious to attend.

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I can confidently say that my children are well travelled. We usually fly to Spain a few times a year, so they know what to expect and they are pretty happy on a plane. As you read this we will be sunning ourselves in the Canary Islands, so I thought I’d do a post about flying with children and what we take on a plane journey.

My boys have a LittleLife trolley bag each. These bags are very cute, they are not huge inside, but so far they’ve done a good job for us.  I always make sure they boys have these things packed in their bags:

Flying with children

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