International Blog Swap Day

IBSDToday I have the privilege of sharing my blog with Annwen from Ramblings Of A Suburban Mummy in England as part of International Blog Swap Day:

Digital Parents are excited to have teamed up with Tots100, UK’s most exciting network for Mum and Dad bloggers to create the first ever International Blog Swap Day – a fab opportunity for Digital Parent bloggers to step into the shoes of a UK blogger for a day – and host a UK blogger on your own blog.

I am thrilled to host Annwen’s post with you all today.  Enjoy …

Hi, I’m Annwen,  I’m visiting from Ramblings Of A Suburban Mummy blog in the depths of Yorkshire in the UK.

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I’m featuring here on The Poppy Files as part of the International Blog Swap Day event. My blog tells tales from suburbia, I like to describe it as almost but not quite living the suburban dream. We live in a beautiful village near enough to big towns but still enjoying lots of countryside – for me it’s the best balance of both, I wouldn’t want to live somewhere too rural because I like having access to good nights out and shopping too much but I love that we can walk out of our front door and be in fields within two minutes.

Ramblings Of A Suburban Mummy BlogOur family consists of myself, Annwen, I’m an Office Manager in a teacher training office, I work part-time so I still have lots of time with the kids. I work because I like my independence and I need to be challenged. Being at home with the children is fantastic but I love my job and can’t imagine not working. I do find the balance of working, running a home and raising a family can be tough but I think I muddle through ok most of the time!

My husband, known as R, is a Bank Manager, he works really hard to look after our family and is my best friend. We’ve been married nearly 8 years now and it’s flown by, we got married in Orlando, Florida and it’s one of our favourite places in the world. I can’t wait until the children are old enough to take them for a visit!

We have two children, C, our son, is 5. He is a very loving child, always thinking of others and putting people before himself. He loves to be outdoors and will happily play in the garden for hours on end. He loves Angry Birds, Lego and sticker books, give him anything to do with those things and he would be happy for hours! Our main trouble with C at the moment is that if he could he would play on the iPad all day long, we’ve had to ration him to half an hour at most because otherwise we’d never see him! Summer time helps with that because he’d much rather be playing in the garden and he forgets about the TV or iPad when he can spend time outdoors!

LissyLou is our 3yr old. She is the bossy one of the family. She likes things done her way and will tell you very quickly if you get it wrong. She is also a sweetheart, cute as a button and she wraps her Daddy around her little finger. She recently started Ballet Lessons and I love how hard she is working to practice her steps and moves. It’s very sweet watching her dance with her teacher, Miss Ruth, she loves her and always behaves beautifully at ballet class. She is madly in love with Harry from One Direction and can spot pictures of him from miles away, it’s a strange obsession for one so small but it only seems to grow!

If you would like to know more about our lives, our ups, downs and all the in-betweens I hope you will visit over at Ramblings Of A Suburban Mummy (

Annwen xx


Sneaky Peek : Sleep Deprived Surfing

Hopewell QuiltHmmmppphff!

Nick and I have had another sleepless night with our James.  Luckily he is so cute because I would have put him on eBay months ago (only joking).  Grrrrrr!

So rather than focusing on the negatives (oh boy I could rant about how little sleep we are getting at the moment) I thought I would focus on the positives and share some lovely things that have been piquing my interest during my sleep deprived web surfing moments.


Il Bisonte Bag

UNIQLO Cashmere

Print Bebe Pants


Abode Linen


Nike X Liberty ♥

Nike X LibertyToday I am loving the collaboration between Nike and Liberty.  I am always partial to a good Liberty print but what a marriage!

Nike X Liberty

For Spring/Summer 2014, Nike and Liberty have once again collaborated to create an on-trend collection for summer.

The new collection sees some of Nike’s most celebrated footwear and apparel styles transformed with an array of timeless Liberty London floral prints.

Anoosha, a 1930’s print featuring blossom and bell flowers; Lora a print based on a 1970s version of William Morris’ ‘Willow’ pattern; and Crown a design based on various paisley block prints from Liberty’s Merton print works from the late 19th to early 20th Century adorn the Air Max 1, Air Max 90, Roshe Run. For the first time, vintage running favourite the Internationalist receives a Liberty makeover as do basketball classics, the Blazer and the Dunk Sky Hi.

I am not really a sneaker kind of girl, favouring more left of field choices but these I could happily wear.

Nike X Liberty





Coco Flip ♥

Coco PendantI have been loving the fabulous Coco Flip Pendant for quite some time.  I just love the shape – oh so beautiful.

Coco Pendant is handcrafted in Melbourne from turned Victorian ash timber and powdercoated spun aluminium. The smooth timber surface gives way to the aluminium shade, creating a delicate contrast between these two very different materials.

Coco Pendant won three awards at Fringe Furniture in 2010 and the lighting category of the Home Beautiful Product of the Year Awards 2010.

Coco Flip LogoCoco Flip Pendant


Sophie la Girafe

Sophie la Girafe

Everyone loves Sophie la Girafe including little James.  Poppy and I bought one for him last week and Sophie has been chewed, squeaked, squashed and loved since then.  They even have matching outfits:

James & Sophie

Poppy has always loved her Sophie since she was a baby and her little giraffe still takes pride of place in her bed, along with all of her other toys.


The little giraffe was born on 25th May in the year 1961…Saint Sophie’s day!

Sophie la girafe®, who looked exactly the same then as she does today, went into production on a Thursday 25th May, hence her name.

She was an immediate success. Young mothers immediately saw that she was a must for their children… When the first signs of teething appear, Sophie la girafe® helps babies stop crying!

The organic Sophie la Girafe Cosmetics range has just been released as well:



Director’s Chair ♥

Il Bisonte Directors ChairToday I am loving the Il Bisonte Director’s Chair.  Il Bisonte is one of my favourite brands as I have a very soft spot for beautiful leather goods and have acquired quite a collection of their gorgeous handbags over the years.

Il Bisonte

I first saw this chair in the New York store several years ago where I was hyperventilating over all the beauties and now for a cool $1590.00 you can pick one up from Hunt Leather in Australia.  Mmmm … I think I will just admire from afar.

Iconic, classic and stylish this Director’s Chair by Il Bisonte is an absolute object of desire.
Will make superb addition to any interior, or make a fabulous camping or picnic companion.
Included is an adjustable leather magazine holder with numerous pockets and pouches to store all the bits and pieces you may need whilst relaxing in style.
The combination of the vegetable dyed leather and untreated ash wood means that the piece will age with you, creating memories rather than just being another piece of furniture.

This piece features;
Vegetable dyed cowhide seat, back rest and magazine holder
Untreated ash timber and brass structure.

Il Bisonte Directors Chair



Le Creuset ♥

Le CreusetFor the past fifteen years I have been loving Le Creuset cookware:

Le Creuset began producing its first porcelain enamelled cast iron pots in 1925 from its foundry in Fresnoy le Grand, France. It is from this base that Le Creuset continues to produce its world-famous cast iron pots.

While Le Creuset has expanded the types of products it offers and has taken advantage of many technological advances since its beginnings in 1925, some things have not changed in the manufacture of Le Creuset’s cast iron.

Le Creuset has continued to use the hand-crafted techniques and the original process of forging and casting in the manufacturing of its cookware. This attention to its heritage is also characteristic of the design. The Cocotte, or French Oven, was one of the first cast iron items produced by Le Creuset and is still the most popular item sold in a range of bright retro colours, with Volcanic (orange) the company’s trademark.

I have the cobalt blue range which I have just recently heard is being phased out.  Shock horror!  These pieces are such a staple in my kitchen that I appreciate them every day, long after I have forgotten the price tag.

Le Creuset

Le Creuset


Raw Hide ♥

Reindeer Hide

Today I am loving my new reindeer hide that I recently purchased from Rhubarb for Gifts in Launceston.  My old school friend Ruth owns this store and she posted photos of the hides (which are ethically sourced) on Facebook.

RhubarbLuckily the Christmas money I had tucked away, came in very handy as I have been coveting a hide for quite some time.  This beauty has now made its home on our bedroom floor next to the Moosey doona.  Ah Nordic love!

James even loves doing his morning yoga on the hide – he he!

Reindeer Hide

Reindeer Hide

Reindeer Hide

Reindeer Hide

Reindeer Hide


Quack ♥

Georg Jensen QuackToday I am loving my new Georg Jensen Quack Serving Jug that I picked up for a song on eBay and arrived in our letterbox this morning!  I have been coveting this little beauty for quite some time and so it pays to be patient:

QUACK serving jugs: winner of the 2003 Red Dot Award, a prestigious international award for excellence in design

The designer’s motto is that “a thing should never be just a thing.” Rather it should inspire emotion. Whether it makes you smile or think of a long-buried memory, good design tells a story. For the practical pieces that we use every day, this is just as important.

QUACK is fun. Leaning forward, it resembles its namesake animal, though only in an abstract way. It is a compact jug but manages to hold up to 0,9 L. It can be used for hot or cold drinks. While it is not officially a thermos, the polyurethane foam insert and stopper enable it to keep liquids warm or cold for 1-2 hours.



Sneaky Peek : Gro Clock

Gro Clock

It is no secret that I love my sleep and I was always so relieved that Poppy was ‘good sleeper’ where she would sleep solidly from 7:00 pm to 7:00 am each night with a good two hours after lunch!  We put in the hard yards early on and I was quite over the top with her routine, but it did pay off.  Thankfully James also seems to like his sleep (so far)!?

However since Christmas, Poppy has been quite the challenge at bedtime, she battles with her lunch time sleep and is now waking up early!  What happened to my ‘good sleeper’?

In the evening every excuse under the sun is given for why she can’t settle into her bed:

Mummy, I need some water

Mummy, I want another story

Mummy, why don’t we play a game?

Mummy, where are my pink rings?

Grrrrrr …. just go to sleep!

I was getting frustrated so resorted to the Gro Clock:

How do you get your children to understand when it’s time to get up? SIMPLE “stay in bed until you see the sun!” This updated version of the Gro-clock uses fun images of the stars and sun to communicate when to go back to sleep and when it’s time to get up.

So far we have had limited success with it – Nick and I both became quite frustrated with trying to set the initial times and then the next morning Poppy pulled the plug out and brought the clock into my room to show me (and of course it needs a power supply).  But yesterday morning she did wake at 6:30 am but went back to bed until the ‘sun came up’.  I will keep persevering with it, but she still is a good sleeper and I should thank my lucky stars!

Sleeping beauty

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