22

Oct

Real Homes: Before and After – Nickys Bathroom


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Halfway throughout the week already!  Can you believe it?  Today we have this lovely bathroom transformation from one of our regular blog readers, Nicky. Nicky totally renovated her bathroom recently and today is going to share how and what she did to make it look so fantastic.  I am totally in love with the tiles.  The bathroom looks so much bigger!

Real Homes - Before and After - Nickys Bathroom

 

I’ll pass you over to Nicky……..

We live in a 1930s semi and when we moved in 4 years ago, the bathroom was totally impractical for a family of 3 boys! The shower was tiny to the point that hubby couldn’t use it (and he is not a big man) and the floor which was just painted had not had the gaps between the floorboards filled in so the water would just seep between the them and down onto the ceiling of the kitchen below! Not to mention the hygiene issues.

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The first thing we did was to have a new shower unit fitted. I had originally wanted to go bigger but that would have meant moving the radiator and re-hanging the door to open out into the corridor so our builder suggested simply going for a square shower as this would give us more space straight away – which we did. We also took the opportunity to add a removable attachment to the shower so that it would be easier to clean the tiles down.

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21

Oct

Before The Baby: Binky Nixon’s Maternity Shoot


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On this cold and wet Tuesday we have the most gorgeous images to share with you courtesy of Sally Forder for Binky Nixon Photography. We are a big fans of Binky here at Boho, Kelly as worked with her personally on some fab weddings and we just adore her beautiful photography! Binky has been on the blog before talking about her family photography and now she is here today to introduce us to her own future family! When she sent us these images through we were so excited and with only a couple of weeks to go before her due date, we thought now was the perfect time to share them with you.  The gorgeous colours, the gender reveal cake, the huge smiles from Binky and Daz and the love and emotion is just beautiful!

I will hand over the blog to Binky to tell you more about her pregnancy and her shoot…..

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At just over 8months pregnant I can still remember so vividly the day I told Daz we were expecting a baby. The feeling of excitement, apprehension and happiness all rolled into one. I knew a new chapter of our lives had already begun and we were setting off on a journey of the unknown. Only going on what friends have told you about their own experiences, you start off not really knowing much at all. One thing I did know is that although its all fresh and raw in my mind now, time flies by so incredibly fast, and before you know it memories fade and you forget those little details that you otherwise want to remember.

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20

Oct

Recipe Love: 6 Ideas for Tasty Healthy Easy Dinners (Part 6 Salmon, Salad and Spicy Potato Wedges)


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Monday again already?  How did that happen? Both Kelly and I have had a lovely weekend and we hope you have too!  Today I am delighted to welcome back Becky to the Blog with the final instalment on the 6 part series of healthy dinners. Becky has already been on the blog talking about healthy breakfasts and healthy lunches. So far in this dinner series she has looked at Green SmoothiesFrittata, Roast Chicken and Roasted Vegetables,Fish, Rice and Greens and last week Slow Cooked Casserole.  This weeks healthy dinner is Salmon/Chicken, salad and spicy sweet potato wedges.  

Both Kelly and I would like to thank Becky for all her delicious recipes she has been sharing over the past 6 weeks.  I am going to try this recipe myself  this week!

 

I’ll pass you over to Becky……….

 

Salmon or chicken with salad and spicy sweet potato wedges

 

This is another favourite and it only takes about 10 minute maximum preparation time and 30 minutes cooking time. I prefer to use salmon as I think it goes really well with the spiced wedges, and it is full of good fats. However for those who prefer chicken, I’d suggest chicken fillets, or for vegans and vegetarians, this would go really well with a bean burger, either in or out of a bun.

Salmon/Chicken, Salad and Spicy Potato Wedges

 

Ingredients:

  • Sweet Potatoes – 1 per person
  • Salmon fillet/chicken fillet/bean burger – 1 per person.
  • Bag of seasonal green leaves – e.g. rocket, spinach, lambs, mixed, or gem/romaine lettuce
  • ¼ of a cucumber per person
  • Optional: Tomatoes, spring onions, avocado
  • Olive Oil
  • Cajun Spice / salt / pepper / Fresh Herbs such as parsley/basil/chives
  • Mayonnaise to serve
  • Lemon to Serve

 

Instructions:

STEP1) The first job is to quickly peel and chop the sweet potatoes into wedges. Sweet Potatoes are full of goodness and only take 2-3 minutes to prepare. Pop wedges in a bowl, add a dash of olive oil and Cajun spice mix, season with salt and pepper, stir, add to a baking tray (with a lip) and cook in oven (on about 200-220) for 25-30 minutes.

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16

Oct

Real Travel: Australia – Canberra, Sydney and Melbourne


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On this rather dull, rainy day we thought here at Boho Life we would share some very sunny pictures with you from Australia. Australia looks totally beautiful and Paloma from Photography by Paloma has captured the true essence of this beautiful place. Paloma has also kindly shared some links for places to eat, drink and visit in Canberra, Melbourne and Sydney. Please do check them out if you are thinking of visiting Australia in the future. I will hand over the blog to Paloma to tell you all about her travels.

Australia – Canberra, Sydney and Melbourne 

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We visited Australia at the end of April and beginning of May to attend the wedding of one of my dear friends. It was their autumn, so I believe it was a great time to go as it wasn’t too hot, but still warm enough.

Neither of us had ever been so we tried to squeeze as much as we possibly could; we decided to visit Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne; as we were traveling with a 4 month old, we rented a car to go from one place to another as this seemed much easier than getting into more flights or endless train/bus journeys. We rented ours via Budget and it was all very straight forward, they provided with a car seat for the little one, and we could pick up on arrival to Sydney airport.

We had 1 night in Sydney to recover from the trip before we set off to Canberra; we stayed at the Vibe Hotel in China Town.

 

Canberra

We arrived in Canberra on AZNAC day (April 25th) which is like Remembrance Day in the UK, after a long drive, we stayed at the Best Western Garden City, which was about 15 minutes’ drive out of the town centre, but it was lovely and clean and had a very much needed launderette (3 days’ worth of bibs and baby clothes!).

The first day we took a drive to Lake Burley Griffin, which is in a beautiful setting, even more so with all the lovely trees changing colours (more…)

15

Oct

Real Homes: Before and After – 4 Bed Victorian House, The Study


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Today we are back with Ruth and the fantastic renovation project of her 4 bed Victorian house. So far Ruth has shown us round her Blue bedroomher stunning Kitchen her gorgeous Bathroom and her open plan lounge and dinning room, all of which have been quite amazing.

Today it’s the last room in the house to look at, the Study! Ruth has done a truly wonderful job on the whole house I’m sure you will agree.  

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Background on the house itself…

When we first viewed what is now our home, we fell in love with its original Victorian features, huge rooms and high ceilings. It needed some love and attention as well as work in every room so we purchased this, our first house, in July of 2011 and decided to take it room by room doing everything we possibly could ourselves! Mike even did a plastering course before we moved in so he was then able to plaster every room which probably saved us a small fortune!

The Study

This room is at the very top of the house so we left it till last. Since it was the final room we refurbished, we had stored everything in it over the past two years so there were things like bits of wood and skirting, all of Mike’s tools, plaster, buckets, cloth, dust sheets, all the decorating gear..you name it, it was all stored in this room so it took ages to go through it all and clear out!

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Once it was clear we got someone in to board and plaster the ceiling as it was covered in chipboard. It then took us a couple of weekends to plaster and paint the walls, repaint the skirting, replace the door and doorframe, paint around the window, affix and plumb a new radiator and finally put the carpet down!

We loved the sky window and it was in good condition so it didn’t need replacing. We felt that a blind wasn’t needed for the window and it was a good choice because you go just go up to the room at the top of the house and gaze at the stars through the window, it’s lovely. I bought Mike a telescope recently so we can take a proper look at the stars from this room! (more…)

14

Oct

Real Families – Birth Photography by Jay Emme


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Today we have a lovely post for you from Jay Emme Photography. Jay photographed Roz’s baby sons birth back in August and caught every emotion in the room. The images are so precious and so beautiful. Thank you so much to Jay and Roz for sharing these images. I will pass the blog to Jay to tell you all a little more.

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‘I’m always one for life experiences. It’s rare I’ll turn down an opportunity to do something new and if that involves helping out someone else, it’s almost a dead cert that I’ll be there. So when I saw Roz’s discussion on Facebook, I thought it sounded like an incredibly amazing opportunity. I had my first kiddo at home in a birthing pool, my own mother and my mother in law are both midwives with 60+ years between them and I had done serious investigations in becoming a doula a few years ago. So, I felt confident in being able to do the “job” just right.’

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