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Bullet Journal Monthly Set-Up for May

I’ve been using a bullet journal for the past few years. A bullet journal helps my mental health as it allows me to be more organised, which combats my anxiety. But it also provides me with a creative outlet. (I don’t think of myself as very creative but my bullet journal lets that small side of me out). However, over the past few months, I haven’t been so good at using my bullet journal. And I have really noticed a…

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Books & Bakes

Giant Chocolate Button Cookie Recipe

A photograph of three giant chocolate button cookies - Giant Chocolate Button Cookie Recipe - Mrs H's favourite things

I’ve always found baking hugely therapeutic. And so I love the fact that Little Miss H likes to bake with me. One of our favourite things to bake is cookies. They are easy to make and once you get the basic recipe down then they can be adapted – smartie cookies, Oreo cookies, Malteser cookies and chocolate chip cookies. I even have a  delicious rocky road cookie recipe that you may like to try. This recipe includes my basic cookie recipe…

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Books & Bakes Mental Health

Taking ‘Time To Read’ With Little Miss H And The BookTrust

A photograph of a mother reading the Time To Read book Little Monkey to her daughter in bed - Taking Time To Read With Little Miss H And The BookTrust - Mrs H's favourite things

Reading is a big part of life in our house. Lately, I’ve fallen back in love with novels thanks to the Bookish Mamas book club which I run online with two other bloggers (Jess and Naomi). We’re also helping Little Miss H with her school reading (which is really coming on). And bedtime involves reading at least two stories to Little Miss H and at least another two to Little Mister H (their book preferences are quite different and we haven’t…

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The Secret To A Perfect Coffee

A photograph of a cup of coffee on a marble table with dappled lighting - The Secret To A Perfect Coffee - Mrs H's favourite things

This is a collaborative post. Our morning coffee might just be the most important drink of the day. Many of us wake up and look forward to that first sip of sugary, caffeine-filled goodness to give us the energy for the rest of the day. Everyone has a different way to make coffee, however, if you want the perfect cup every time here are some of the rules you need to stick to. The Secret To A Perfect Coffee Buy…

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Books & Bakes

From Their Belly Right To Their Heart

A photograph of a neon light saying love - From Their Belly Right to Their Heart - Mrs H's favourite things

This is a collaborative post With Valentine’s day around the corner, the year’s first round of gift-giving is about to be upon you. Whether you have a particular person in mind, finding something which will capture their attention can be hard to achieve, and you might need to do some research to get the best options. To help you out with this, this post will be exploring one of the best ways into someone’s heart; through their belly. From Their…

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Books & Bakes

For The Love Of Books – Introducing Bookish Mamas

A photograph of a brunette lady holding a hardback copy of the book "Northern Lights" by Philip Pullman - She is peeking from the side of the book - For the Love of Books - Mrs H's favourite things

I love books. I always have. As a child, my books were one of my prized possessions. I once leant my friend my pristine and treasured Anne of Green Gables collection. Only for them to be returned dog-eared, torn and covered in tea stains. I was heartbroken. Snuggling down for an early night with a good book and a cup of tea is high up on my happy list. Life is always better when I’m lost in literature. I used to…

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Baby Loss Books & Bakes

“Saying Goodbye” by Zoë Clark-Coates – A Review and Interview with the Author

A flat lay photograph of the book Saying Goodbye by Zoë Clark-Coates on a piece of blue felt surrounded by white rose petals and blue pom pom flowers - Saying Goodbye by Zoë Clark-Coates - A Review and Interview with the Author - Mrs H's favourite things

There were moments when I was reading Zoë Clark-Coates’ first book, Saying Goodbye when I felt like Zoë had captured all my emotions about our four miscarriages. There are words and feelings that I still struggle to vocalise. Yet, Saying Goodbye has managed to capture all of these emotions and so much more. For sadly Zoë Clark-Coates understands baby loss. In Saying Goodbye she shares her personal story of baby loss. And how she and her husband Andy faced the loss of five babies. Shocked by the lack of…

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Books & Bakes

The Ultimate Apple And Blackberry Crumble Recipe

A photograph of the ultimate Apple and Blackberry Crumble in a white china dish on a wooden board and with a sterling silver serving spoon - the apple and blackberry crumble is filled with beautiful and succulent apple and blackberries and covered in a yummy crunchy crumble that is topped with porridge oats - The Ultimate Apple and Blackberry Crumble Recipe - Mrs H's favourite things

The recent odd weather has meant that the hedgerows near us are already filled with ripe and juicy blackberries. And ever since I spied them, on a recent walk down to the woods, Little Miss H and I’ve been desperate to make apple and blackberry crumble. Last Saturday, when Mr H was at football, I thought that we’d take advantage of the sunshine and go blackberry picking. We had so much fun. And Little Miss H loved pointing out the…

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