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Frugally Beautiful: A Letter to my Daughter

frugally beauty 1 Dear Miss Daisy,

This month you have turned a whole One Year Old!  How time flies!  You’ve grown so much, from a tiny little smidge of a person to a lovely, funny and inquisitive little girl.  You love toy rabbits, you love organising things, you’re becoming quite a bookworm and I’m so glad, you seem to be becoming quite the little Elvis fan!

Recently, you’ve taken to watching my morning make-up ritual; something I used to love doing when you slept a little longer in the mornings.  You’re still so little, but I often wonder what you think – why the eye flicks?  Why the eyebrows?  There are people who think I over-do it, now I’m a Mum.  But this little ritual goes way way back before you were even a twinkle in my eye and, whilst we are bombarded with images of ‘beauty’ every day in our media (Christ only knows how it will be when you grow up), my image partially serves to teach you a strong message.  Image IS important, but not in the way you might think.

I believe that you should look at yourself in the mirror, every day, and see a representation of the person YOU want to be.  If that’s made-up, dressed down, fashion-addict, goth, sports-luxe, following the trend, bucking the trend – whatever it is, OWN it.  Far too often, in life, we look for justification in the opinions of others; ‘likes’ on social media, attention in an unknown place, the promise of notice from a brave stranger. The world, as we know it now, is a million miles away from what it was when I was growing up.  Everywhere, the message seems to be about being beautiful – ‘DREAM this, BEST EVER that’ – striving to be better, on the outside.  Don’t believe the hype.  Stars and models are airbrushed and made-up to inconceivable levels; the lines between the real and fantasy world grow ever more blurred.  These dream products don’t make you happy, they don’t complete you in any way.  What these people should really be teaching is how to have a happy heart and a healthy soul.

frugally beauty 2I wonder if you’ll remember Mummy took a lot of pride in her appearance.  If I have my way, I’ll be an embarrassingly cool old woman who will still be rocking a full fringe and a wing-ed eye well into my nineties.  It’s taken me a decade to get there but I’m happy with who I am.  I’ve learnt that the outer shell is just another layer guarding my little onion soul, and it’s your soul that needs to be nurtured the most.  The people in your life; friends, family, future relationships, who will want to peel away at those layers, will be the ones worth taking with you on your journey. 

The truth is, I don’t always like the little lumps and bumps, the dark circles, the telltale signs of long nights and early mornings.  But I do like how my body will always bear the scars of you.  I like how comfortable I am starting to feel in my own skin and how much I feel I can achieve in my new life, with you.  I’m not afraid to stand out, to dress-up like every day has a special occasion waiting for me.  Your image IS important because it should only ever say this; ‘I Answer to Nobody, I am Strong in Who I Am, What I Do and Where I Am Going.  I Will Never Be Anyone Else and I’m OK With That.’ 

DREAM BIG, seek out your deepest desires and go forth in the world to get them.  Let your outer shell bear the scars of all that you fight and conquer and never be ashamed to walk your own path.  Listen without judgement, laugh whenever you can and love without consequence.  Live the BEST-EVER life for you, not for anyone else and, most of all, learn to never compare yourself to a bunch of warped pixels that are just trying to sell you something.  

And if you can live your life, with or without make-up, without justification or agenda, with a happy and fulfilled soul, then you will have learnt one of the greatest and toughest lessons of all.

Lots of Love x

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Happy 1st Birthday Daisy May!

Wow….365 whole days on this planet!  I can hardly believe my little babe turns 1 TODAY!  And what a very special year it’s been – watching this little one grow!

I’m not hanging around the blogosphere today – there is tea and cake to be had and a couple of rather special presents to open!  Tomorrow, we are taking a wonderful family trip to White Post Farm to celebrate with both the Grandparents!  It’s business as usual next week – but I can’t miss this one for the world!

My Handmade Present

My Handmade Present

But I wanted to wish my very special little girl the happiest of 1st Birthdays!  Thank you for crashing into our lives and for making me very proud!

Love you very much

Mummy xx

Daisy Birthday Collage

#CraftBlogClub – I Re-Love You Challenge REVEAL!

craftblogclub badgeTuesday evenings are, undoubtedly one of my favourite times of the week!  Even if I’m not hosting, I love watching lots of crafty types getting together from across the globe to discuss all things craft and blogging!

One of things I love most about setting up #CraftBlogClub, are the challenges we do.  I always try and come up with interesting ideas that members can really challenge themselves on, or can ultimately show what they are capable of.  So, for our first challenge of 2014 and, of course, in keeping with my self-imposed frugality; I set an upcycling challenge on something you have around the house (or something you have purchased – if easier).  Wanna see mine???!!!

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BEHOLD!  This is one of my first attempts at furniture upcycling!  As Daisy turns One this month, I had the brainwave a while ago that I wanted to do something memorable for her.  I love traditional wooden toy boxes and, after a bit of Pinteresting, decided that I wanted to paint a toybox for her Birthday.

After searching the length and breadth of eBay and Gumtree – I FINALLY managed to find a blanket box, going locally, for £20.  It was a little smaller than I originally hoped for but, upon arrival, it looked ideal for Daisy’s bedroom.

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Being a little rusty with furniture painting, I took myself to Homebase to find the sort of paint I felt would work easily on the box. Paint brushes I found some gorgeous Dulux Satin Wood ‘Willow Tree’ green furniture paint, priced £14.99 and supplemented with a primer – priced £6.95.  My paint choice apparently needed no undercoat and, while the box wasn’t antique, I wanted to make sure the ‘mocha’ colour would cover easily.

I painted one coat of primer and two of the green to get an even, covered result and I am pretty happy with the colour!  I toyed around with different ideas and colour ways – D’s nursery is a pale pink Beatrix Potter theme; but I felt I wanted to paint something timeless, that she would continue to use as she gets older.  So, along with the decision to ‘go green’, came the decision to scrap my original idea of scripting her name on the box, replaced with tiny dotted vintage-inspired daisies instead.

Now, I don’t claim to be an artist or painter of ANY description, so this was the part I was most worried about!  To aid in my questionable cack-handedness, I decided to use the other end of two paint brushes to make my yellow and white daisy dots to make firmer, striking dots. toy box close up The result was pretty good, they aren’t perfect, but I think that’s part of the charm.  I decided to create the daisies in the corners of the lid, rather than cover it completely.  Once this last pain-staking part was done, all that was left was to give it a quick clear varnish.  The box came with the lovely horse paper inside, which I decided to keep, in keeping with the ‘vintage’ feel.

What started off as one idea, has become something simple, sweet and hopefully a lasting memory for D as she gets older!  I’m pleased with my handy work AND from a frugal point of view – I used less than a third of both the paint and primer, meaning this Birthday make totals in at £27.31 for the box and paints plus a little extra for brushes.  Compared to a personalised toy box price of around £70 minimum, I’d say we’ve done pretty well!

I’ve definitely got the bug and I’m eyeing up my next piece of work that I really think will suit the colour of my paint.  But you’ll have to stay tuned to see how that turns out!

For now, let me say a huge thank you to all the lovely #CraftBlogClub tweeples who tirelessly take part in my challenges and produce such gorgeous work!  I’m always truly inspired and I can’t wait to see what everyone has come up with.  I’ve popped the Linky below and I’ll be sharing these great posts in the coming weeks!  Fear not, if you haven’t quite finished – the link will stay open for two weeks!

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The question is…..are you ready for another challenge??


In true Spring style, I’ve suddenly had the urge to have a huge clear out and get to grips with some of those left over crafty projects that have been building up!  So…due to the success of our Secret Santa, I thought we could do a ‘Spring Clean Gift Swap’ – make a gift using only products and materials you already have or by finishing off an old project you’ve left.  Fancy it??  Here are the rules..

1. To sign up – please drop me an email at missemmaberry@gmail.com to be added to the swap list.  All entries must be in by Wednesday 12th March.  I will then pair up gift swaps and email everyone with their swappees name, address and Twitter handle.

2. As this is a little more complicated, we will run the challenge over a two-ish month period.  All gifts should have been received by their recipients and posts ready to go by Tuesday 22nd April.

3. Unlike the Secret Santa, you only have to write a post about the gift you RECEIVE and it would be wonderful to link back to your gift maker’s blog!  You CAN tell you recipient who you are or even pop a little letter in there for them – it’s up to you!

I thought this would be a great way to see in Spring and, perhaps, all get to know each other a little better too!

I really hope you all want to take part – be sure to email me your full name, address and Twitter handle so I can pair everyone up efficiently!

And, in the mean time, don’t forget to link up your ‘I Re-Love You’ post below!

Stay Crafty x

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Hello ‘Memories March’!

Hello MarchWell…two whole months of my Frugally Fabulous Year have passed!  Hello March indeed!  How is the weather doing where you are?  I’m sat typing this as blissful sunshine seeps through my kitchen window and the babe naps – nursing a teeny tiny cold!  Spring is in the air..well sort of, I always mourn Winter, I’m quite like that!

March, for me, is a very special month this year.  This month, little D turns a whole big 365 days old!  This time last year, I was sat twiddling my thumbs as we passed our due date and I became ever more tired and immobile.  Snow was on the ground when D was finally born – I can’t say for sure but it’s looking slightly warmer for our planned trip to White Post Farm to celebrate.

So what’s on for Frugally Peachy this month?  Well, as you can imagine, I’ve been working through a few Birthday projects that I think are great (and frugal) ideas for Birthday presents.  We have our #CraftBlogClub big unveil tomorrow evening of the I Re-Love You challenge, so I’m looking forward to showing you my progress here and I can’t WAIT to see what everyone has come up with!

Paint brushesAside from that, the knitting needles have been clicking again and I’m FINALLY starting to get over my fear of the Sewing Machine, which is just as well – because I’m bored of my clothes and I’m ready to inject some new life into my wardrobe!  One of my toughest challenges, so far, has been learning to re-imagine new ideas with fabrics and get to grips with sewing basics, but I’m determined to get there!

With talk of Spring and, of course, my Frugal Kitchen, Mr J and I have started looking at growing our own fruit, veg and herbs.  In truth, we have the tiniest garden known to man – so look out for some posts and projects on making the best of a small garden space!

With Spring, always comes the need for a huge de-clutter!  I try to keep our house free of clutter as often as I can – but I’ve been clearing out a whole host of D’s old bits and a few of mine and I’m planning to do a couple of blog sales!  So if you’re looking for new baby bits or even thinking of treating yourself to something – I could have JUST the thing!

I think, as each month goes on, I’m getting more and more used to not spending money.  Even last month’s Waterstones issue has got me thinking about how I can move forward – and I will need YOU, fellow bookworms!  Here’s what else I’m up to at the moment…

Book shelfCurrently Reading: ‘The Power of Now’ Eckhart Tolle –  I’m quite into spirituality and I had been wanting to read this book for ages, after it was recommended in a magazine by Boy George, of all people!  So far, though I think the premise and ideas are good, I remain unconvinced by the writing itself.  But I do think it challenges a very ‘modern’ way of forward thinking and planning and perhaps there is much to be had by simply taking in the present world around you!

The Power of nowCurrently Watching: Sense and Sensibility – Since my Thursday night Dracula treat has finished, I’ve been struggling to find something on TV that I actually enjoy!  I do like a programme to sink my teeth (ha ha) into.  I stumbled across this on the Drama channel and thought I’d tuck right in!  I love the story of Sense and Sensibility and with actors like David Morrissey and Dominic Cooper in this adaptation, it’s a really strong re-telling, though doesn’t quite beat the Emma Thompson and Kate Winslet film of the 90s – nothing like a wistful hour wishing you were flouncing around in Austen period!

Currently Blog Crushing – I suppose not shopping means I can live vicariously through other bloggers who like to show their reviews and purchases!  I recently came into contact with Naomi from Style Face Beauty – a local lass who loves to shop!  Her blog is lovely, great product reviews and some wonderful advice on healthy eating, I’m totally coveting the Lemon and Chia Seed Tea right now!

Made Peachy – look out for my post about fellow Peachy Person Laura Strutt’s book, The Sewing Manual, this month – time and time again I head over to Laura’s blog for a bit of inspiration and, of course, craft porn!

Daydreams and Sunshine – Jenni’s blog is so crafty and creative, I am particularly loving this post about making her own knickers – I’ve already suggested a bra-making competition!!!

Currently Working On: I’ve become a little obsessed with mini-bunting!  I’ll be posting some more on this later in the month, but it seriously makes everything look so damn cute AND hardly costs a penny!!!

So let me wish you the happiest of March’s, filled with Pancakes, Mummies and weird weather – as I finish this, it has started hailing!!

Stay Peachy x




Frugally Mummy

DaisyandmeOK, so I don’t often take part in some of the tagging posts that I see going around my Blogging Tweeples, but when I was tagged TWICE in the recent Mummy Tag; once by the lovely Blogger Mumma and again by Caroline, I thought I ought to put my best mummy-feet forward!  So here’s a little bit about my life as Frugally Mumma Peachy!  I do hope you enjoy!

1. Are you a stay at home mum or a working mum?

So I’m lucky enough to say I’m a bit of both!  I left my old job to concentrate on both being a rock ‘n’ roll mama and also fulfilling my own dreams of becoming an author/freelance writer.  It’s tough juggling everything as D is so much bigger and aware now, so most of my work is done either in the evenings or on a rare day when Mr J takes her for the day.  I’m busy beavering away on a piece for submission at the moment and I’ve started making some more exciting plans for expansion too – watch this space!

2. Would you have it any other way?

Nope, definitely not.  I think each family works very differently, I can’t stand this ongoing battle between working mums and stay-at-home mums. My previous industry was not geared up for ‘family-friendly’ working hours, neither did I enjoy it – I saw having D as a chance to re-focus my own direction and also enjoy being a Mum – I’m very grateful for the way things have worked, so far.
3. Do you co-sleep?

No.  There is the odd occasion during particularly tough teething episodes or rough nights, when D has stayed in with us for a couple of hours, but we are very lucky in that her sleep pattern developed fairly quickly and she’s always been very comfortable in her own nursery – she moved in there at 4 months.

4. What is your one must have item for your baby?

That’s a very difficult question!  Aside from the necessities I would always recommend a bouncing chair or Jumperoo when they are a little older.  We were bought a bouncing chair, which we used all the time when D was tiny.  cotThe Jumperoo was borrowed and practically saved our lives when D got a little more active!  They can be quite expensive though, so in true Frugally Peachy fashion, I’d recommend a good hunt on Gumtree or eBay, as the payout for a brand new jumperoo can’t be justified for the amount of time they are using them!
5. How many kids do you plan on having?

Ummmmm I’m not sure.  I’m in no rush to have any more, mostly because I want to enjoy the first few years of D – babies grow and change at such a rate, it’s important to me that I don’t miss out on all the little things.  I am an only child myself, so I think a brother or sister for D would be lovely eventually, but I’m in no way ready for any more at the moment!

6. Date night? How many nights per month?

Up until recently, 0 nights per month!  Mr J works full time and also works as a musician on several projects.  With that in mind plus the work I’m doing, time together is scarce!  I think spending time together is very important, it’s just hard to come by in our household!

7. Your child’s favourite show?

We don’t watch a lot of TV, but D really seems to love Pajanimals!  She really reacts to them and it’s become part of the wind-down night time routine.  I, however, find them irritating!
8. Name one thing you bought before having your baby that you’ve never used?

You’ll be pretty unsurprised to hear that we took the advice of lots of other parents and didn’t go mad with gadgets and gizmos before D arrived!  The only thing I notably spent a lot of money on was her 6-9 month wardrobe – far too many clothes and not enough hours in the day to wear them!

9. Your child’s favourite food?

I’m lucky that D will eat pretty much anything and has a HUGE appetite!  She loves pasta, fish pie and casserole.  As a snack she loves raisins too – but never, EVER try to open the packet for her – she’s Little Miss Independent!

10. How many cars does your family have?

Technically one, but it’s a run-around for Mr J’s gigging – I can’t drive so I tend to walk anywhere I need to go!

11. Weight gain before, during and after pregnancy and now.

I gained a few pounds through my pregnancy and I’ve worked hard to try and lose the weight since D was born.  I do, however, love food and I try not to get hung up on it.  All I will say is that I have a vintage 1960s black leather pencil skirt – an eBay bargain, hanging up outside my wardrobe to keep me motivated!
12. Dream holiday with your kids?

Have I mentioned my dream family road trip to Sweden yet?? No??? Oh…pull up a chair!
13. Dream holiday without your kids?

I’d love to go to Las Vegas – purely for the surreal-ness of it all…and the Elvis-mania

14. How has your life changed since having your baby?

In just about every way possible!  It’s the strangest thing having a little person completely dependent on you, but the best at the same time.  My lifestyle has done a complete 360 degree turn in the last two years – I’m excited to see where it goes in the future!
15. Finish the sentence.. ‘It melts my heart to see..’

That’s difficult to narrow down – right now I love watching D start to interact with other babies and children, as her awareness grows she’s really becoming her own person and that’s lovely to watch.

16. Where do you shop for your kids?

Well, now I’m completing my Frugally Fabulous Year challenge – I tend to find some excellent bits on eBay and also our local charity shops.  H&M are probably my favourite shop for children – such great quality and good prices!

IMG_20130510_13210417. Favourite make up and skincare products?

At the moment, I’m using a some fab Weleda products, given out at our #midsblogmeet but I think my must-have make-up items are probably Benefit High Beam, Mac’s Cockney Red Lipstick and Bourjois concealer and powder.

18. Huggies or Pampers?

Neither – I find own brand products work exceptionally well!

19. Have you always wanted kids?

Yes, I didn’t really start feeling maternal until I hit about 22 – they have always been in my plan but I very much enjoyed the career girl/party girl years first!

20. Best part about being a mum?

What’s not to love about having a lovely little human to hang around with – Daisy is an absolute joy and I love being her Mum!

Did you enjoy reading this?  Well…let me tell you, I’ve been lucky enough to be nominated in the MAD Blog Awards!  I’m super happy as it came as a real shock BUT I still need your nominations to make it to the final of each nominated category.  If you like reading Frugally Peachy – then you have until March 14th to nip over and cast your votes, should you think I’m worthy!


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Stay Peachy x