A little about me…

Welcome to the land of Laura… Thank you so much for visiting my site!

So a little about me… I am a laughter loving girl from Belfast who is always travelling, eating out, shopping (much to my husband’s dismay!), cooking (much to my husband’s delight!) or walking my wee dog Allie! Anything which is bright, bold, beautiful and flowery will always catch my eye so expect to see a lot of that in my blog!

Recently, I have discovered so many places, foods and fabulous finds that I wanted to share with you all. My little bits of sparkle to hopefully brighten up your day!

I would love to hear from you all with any ideas or questions at searchforsparkle@gmail.com or pm me on my Instagram.

Hope you enjoy!

Laura xx

Palma… We will be back!

Well where do I start with Palma?! The amazing food? Beautiful hotel? Picturesque streets? Marvellous wine? My brain is on overdrive trying to figure out a nice little ocd order so that I don’t miss anything out so I’ve decided to tell you it in a little diary! So here goes….

Day 1

We have landed! It’s warm, so warm (is it ok to complain about that?!). I’m so pale and Irish and I cannot hack the heat – its 34Β° aka about 10Β° above what I can handle! But we’re excited! We get a taxi to the hotel and as we drive through the winding, old cobbled streets its obvious that this isn’t the standard resort Spanish holiday that I was scared it might be! It’s beautiful, quaint and feels like we are going to have a lot of exploring to do!

Then we reach our hotel, Hotel Can Cera, and just wow! I mean, when we pulled up I thought “that surely can’t be it?!” just an archway into what looks like someone’s home. Then we walk through and are amazed. It’s stunning, ancient and immaculate. It’s so rustic and looks very traditional. Right up our street. With only 8 rooms it isn’t crowded but still has a nice vibe. We are warmly welcomed into the exposed brick garden with 2 glasses of prosecco and immediately feel at home. I always feel that you can tell from first meeting what the service will be like in a hotel and if this welcome was anything to go by, we knew it would be exceptional.

Then we are taken to our room BUT before we get there, we are led through several drawing rooms, balconies and libraries. It’s just amazing and already we are planning where to have our pre dinner drink! We have been upgraded! Yay!!! Its our 3 year wedding anniversary so as well as a wee room upgrade we have been given a bottle of local cava in the room! Yup, service is 10/10 so far! The room is stunning and immaculate with lots of lovely little touches including some delightful toiletries I cannot wait to use!!

Then we head out to explore the city! Although really, as its the first day, we head straight to a rooftop bar πŸ™ˆ and just wow! It has beautiful views out to the sea and the cathedral and has beautiful local wine for only 4/5€ a glass! With those views and prices it would be rude not to have 2 glasses right?! So that’s what we do. Relax, chat, take in the views and enjoy the sun β˜€ now time for dinner! So there is one thing I should say before I go any further – when we go away anywhere, we don’t plan the trip so much as the food! We pick out our food stops and work the trip around that! We love food. Simple. But also, we think that the best way to fully experience a new place is to immerse yourself into their culture and a huge part of that is the food. So that’s what we do. Tonight’s meal – Italian! We head across town to a local area called Santa Catalina. It’s got a very cool and hipster vibe, lots of little quirky restaurants, cafes and bars. The meal was delicious and hit the spot (we knew we would need a huge feed after travelling all day!) and we then went on to have a yummy cocktail in a wee bar where we sat and drank in the street. It was relaxed, it was delicious, it was perfect. The perfect end to our first day and it made us super excited for tomorrow!!!

Day 2

What a fab night’s sleep! That mattress 😍 first port of call – breakfast! Down we head to a wee continental hotel breakfast and it’s just lovely! Although the selection is small there is everything that you could possibly need to set you up for the day! Fresh fruit, yogurt, hams, cheeses, freshly baked pastries and fruit juices all waiting to be tried! I also ordered mallorcan eggs and a cappuccino – both were just perfect! Especially the cappuccino, perfect froth (any fellow cappuccino drinkers will know how crucial this is!)

Then we head out for a cycle tour of the old town. When I was researching what to do in Palma I wanted to do a short tour (around 2/3 hours) that would give us a good overview of the city so that we would have a good idea of our bearings and know where we wanted to head back to! So I found this cycle tour on Get Your Guide that was led by a local, you explored the old town and only lasted 2.5 hours so we still had all afternoon to ourselves! It was fab! The guide was knowledgeable and witty. Full of lots of suggestions on what not to miss in Palma! And if, like me, you aren’t a fan of sports of any description, do not fear! It was in no way strenuous! I also have a huge fear of cycling anywhere near traffic but our guide was excellent and we covered so much ground that, if we had of been going by foot, would have taken us all day!

After this we went to a little local tapas bar for lunch (recommended by our guide) and not only was it delicious it was super cheap! Win win!! The rest of the day was spent meandering, nibbling and siestaing (not sure that’s a real verb, but hey, it is now!). Oh and also spent some time at this wonderful rooftop bar at the Boutique Hotel Calatrava – those views 😍

That evening we stumbled upon a very cute local wine bar nestled on the corner by our hotel called La Vinya de Santa Clara. The wine selection was incredible and the waiter was super friendly and knowledgeable. What I loved most about it was how authentic it was and how it was full of locals, always a good sign! Then we headed on to a tapas extravaganza at Fabiolas. Firstly, walking there was just delightful, down cobbled side alleys with local apartments and doors adorned by plants. The dream: to own one of these one day 😍 and then we reach Fabiola Gastronomic Garden. It was a modern, creative and yummy take on tapas. The complimentary olive oil bread was, in my humble opinion, the star of the show! I mean, who doesn’t love bread right?! And when it was combined with their incredible local olove oil giving it a lovely crisp edge I mean, wow, perfection in carb form!!

Day 3

So today we decided to not have a plan (very unlike me, I know!). Andrew had researched some foodie hour spots and so out first stop was the market, Mercat d’Olivar. This was the highlight of Palma. Food glorious food EVERYWHERE 😍 It turns out that this is where the locals go for their weekly cheese, meat and vegetables and so the atmosphere was busy but buzzing. We bought so much sobrasada and manchego to take home that I think we gained about an extra 6kg 😁


Then onto…. More food! A little local bodega. The Spanish love their “Menu del Dia” where we got some of the most delicious authentic Majorcan cuisine for only €12 each! Yet again, the place was full of locals and buzzing. We had to wait 20 minutes for a table in the middle of the day – although starving (don’t know how!) it’s always a good sign when a place is queued out!

By the time we had finished we had walked 22000 steps and so there was only one thing for it – siesta!!!! We were so full that evening that all we could manage was a wee charcuterie and cheese board with some wine at our favourite little wine shop. The perfect way to spend out last night in Palma.

Day 4 (leaving 😭)

Time to leave this wonderful city. But not before we fit in the infamous chocolate and pastry cafe of Can Joan de S’Aigo. Here we ordered hot chocolate and ensaimadas (aka the most delicious pastries EVER) and I would highly recommend using the hot chocolate as a dipping sauce for the pastry. This place was such a find!

So as we were driving through the city and up into the mountains to our next destination of Deia, we both said to each other “Palma, you have been fab and we will be back!”

My lesson I learnt this trip…. don’t always judge a book by its cover! Or in this case, a holiday destination by its reputation. I thought Palma was going to be full of tacky tourist shops, huge hotels complexes and British tourists. What I found instead was a beautiful city full of boutique hotels, unique shops and INSANE food. The best little surprise of 2019 so far ❀️

Thank you for reading ❀️

Laura xx

When the teacher becomes the student….

And just like that… Back to school I go! Today marked the start of a new adventure for me! Floristry school here I come πŸ’πŸŒΈπŸ΅οΈπŸŒΉπŸŒ»πŸŒΊπŸŒ·πŸŒΌ This last year has been a difficult one. But with the leaves falling off the trees and ready for a new season, I’m also ready (albeit a little nervous!) for a new season in my life. Ready for a new challenge. Ready for something new. Ready for a fresh start. Ready to follow my passion.

My favourite view 🌷

Wild flowers from my walk

And some more…. I love making use if what nature has to offer!

My little helper 🐢

My absolute faves – picked straight from the garden 😍

Throughout this last year, when times were difficult and getting up each morning seemed an impossible task there were a few things that brightened my day. Family (especially my husband @aiedwards90 for putting up with me, never giving up on me and always encouraging me), friends, Allie, yoga (@yogaloftcarrickfergus ) and flowers. Flowers. They always brighten my day and lift my mood. They remind me that even the most beautiful things need loved and taken care of.

Beautiful sweet pea from a lovely friend ❀️

An assortment of everything… πŸ™ˆ

Yet again… What a view πŸ‘€

My new obsession… Indoor plants! How long can I keep these ones alive?!

A wee mix from a friend’s dad’s allotment 🌺

All the colours in one vase πŸ™ˆ yolo! Or should I say you only turn 30 once so why not?!

Stunning selection from bloom and wild ordered by my husband for my 30th, just lovely ❀️❀️❀️

So with that I decided to take the leap, go for passion, trust my heart! I love to create (what I hope are!) pretty arrangements and I love to just walk into my garden and potter away. It is both therapeutic and rewarding. And so here I am. Starting this next stage and although yes I am nervous and worried I will be absolutely awful, I’m excited for the challenge!

Just before the hydrangea took bloom! I love this wee spot in the garden β˜€ 🌸

My favourite spot in the kitchen, vase and ink pot courtesy of nook living in Carrick ❀️

Allie keeping watch of my fuschia 🀣🌺

I love using some of the lower stem flowers for my wee table vases, love making use of all parts of my flowers πŸ’

My happy place 🌸 ❀️🌻

Our wedding day rose (which has just started to bloom again 🌹😍)

Peonies 😍 if only they lasted longer!

I can’t wait to see what the next year brings and I’m ready to make lots of mistakes and hopefully some pretty things too 🌹🌼🌷

#floweraddict #flarrs #newbeginnings #backtoschool #flowerarranging #herewego #freshstart #readyforachallenge

Last day in my twenties…. Someone is getting OLD!!

I spent the last day in my 20s in the best way… cuddles my girl, dinner with my guy and lots of pretty flowers!

So thankful for the last 30 years and excited to see what the future has in store! It’s safe to say that this last year or two hasn’t quite worked out how I thought it would but I’m so grateful for my amazing family, friends and faith who have got me through it all and I am super excited to see what the next 30 years has in store! If I was to give any advice? It would be to be thankful for what you do have and smile and enjoy every minute with the ones you love – no matter how hard things get. Bring those people closer and don’t push them away. And remember, it’s ok to not be ok sometimes, just remember to share that with someone you trust and love. Try not to dwell on the past but instead focus on the future and the exciting journey that God has planned for you! 😘❀️

#birthdayflowers #familyandfriends#faith#looktothefuture#remembertosmile#lifeisprecious#enjoyeveryminute#godisgood

Confessions of a shopaholic πŸ›’πŸ›οΈπŸ‘™πŸ‘ πŸ‘›

Well where do I start?! It’s safe to say that I LOVE shopping! I wish I could say that there is just one thing in particular that I love more than anything else but unfortunately, much to my credit card and husband’s dismay, there is not πŸ™Š Some weeks it’s shoes, the next handbags, then earrings, dresses….. You see the dilemma I’m in?! My brain is getting tired just thinking about it!

My love of shopping and buying pretty things started as a little girl. I remember going shopping on Saturday mornings with my Mum and Nan so really this obsession is there fault right?! I remember my first velvet dress and I remember looking back a few years ago thinking why oh why did Mum choose that?! Then, this Christmas I bought a velvet jumpsuit and my love of velvet has been kick-started again! So thank you Mum – I can now see your thinking!! I think that’s why I love fashion, it’s always changing but there is something for everyone and everything comes back in fashion someday! My favourites as a little girl were always dresses, frills and all things pink and I still love these things to this day!

However, it is safe to say that I love to be organised and I hate to faff around so I am not a very good browser. I need to have a plan. What do I need? (Or more accurately, what do I want?!) Where will I get it? How much will it cost? Those are the types of things I think. There are just so many options out there now, too many! So I have decided to help you guys out and break down my favourite shops for you.

Laura’s little shopping loves…

1. The online one (at least over here in Belfast!) ~ BODEN

It is safe to say that it is on this website I lose most of my monthly data, my monthly salary and my general time! I just absolutely love their whole range! From casual bretons and jeans to smart workwear and pretty going out clothes, it pretty much has all bases covered! My favourite thing about Boden is how they will do a certain style, whether it is a pair of trousers, a dress, a shirt etc and they will do it in several patterns.so once you find the style that suits you, you don’t then need to waste time looking around elsewhere – just buy one of their other pretty colours or designs. And on that note, I think that this is another unique thing about Boden. Their patterns are all unique but yet classic and they have something that suits all. As I am a fan of flowers and colour, I always go for the bold prints but thy do so many beautiful subtle prints and colours too so there really is something there for everyone. The only downside is that as they don’t have a shop in Belfast it can sometimes be difficult with sizes BUT their customer service is incredible, they respond quickly to any issues and they make returning clothes so easy. I guess I will just have to plan a London trip just to see one of their shops?! (PS please come to Northern Ireland!)

Beautiful jersey jumpsuit. Comfort + stylish = winner!
Just in a bit more detail… Lovely low V back and a cinched waist πŸ‘
Velvet jumpsuit love! (Can you tell I like jumpsuits?!)
Prettiest shoes ever 🀩

2. The supermarket ~ TESCO

I think that this one is perhaps the most dangerous for my bank balance for 2 reasons.1. I’m in Tesco several times a week and sometimes the temptation is just too much!

2. Everything is so reasonably priced that I struggle to say no… 🀫

Without doubt, my favourite thing about Tesco is their clothing brand Florence and Fred. For clothes for my walks/yoga I would not go past them. The selection is great, the prices are fab and I always get compliments on all the patterns on my leggings! And the other thing I absolutely adore from their is their PJ’s and dressing gowns! They do so many pretty ones in lots of styles that suit everyone (I don’t know about you but I’m super fussy about what PJ’s I have, they have to be super comfy!!! And also respectable as I often water the garden in them πŸ˜†).

However, don’t be thinking that’s all they have to offer because the amount of little dresses and tops I have bought from there (too many to begin to count…. πŸ™Š) that people think are way more expensive than what they are is incredible. Which I think just shows you how great the quality of their clothes are.

So next time you go shopping to Tesco make sure to bring a few extra pounds!

Pretty summer dress! And a bargain at Β£18!!!
Time for yoga in style!
This denim jacket is fab! So versatile! And yet again another bargain at Β£20! (PS Shirt is Boden in an amazing lipstick print and these earrings are Marksies!)

3. The quirky one ~ OLIVER BONAS

This shop was my favourite find of 2018. I just love absolutely everything about it! I love how beautiful the displays are, the unique and bold prints and the stunning but quirky jewellery.I tend to get quite a lot of little tops and blouses from here and then just put them with a pair of jeans or wide leg trousers. The prints are so bold and unique that I often find I like to keep the bottom half neutral to let the top half do the talking. I also love how regularly they update their stock and have new things in. Their jewellery is just WOW. They have everything from chunky to fine and have so many colours its unbelievable.

Another thing I love about it is the staff. They are so smiley and helpful and I think that makes a huge difference. I find it is a great shop for presents, something a little bit different and special. And finally, the home stuff is just beautiful. Always so in trend but yet with their own little touches added.

So my advice, if you haven’t been yet – GO. But just warn your credit card in advance as you will struggle to come out empty handed!

All about the pinky lilac shimmer times here! Top and jewellery is all OB. Love their style!
Please excuse the horrendous face I am pulling 🀭 but thought you could see the earrings well. So many compliments – LOVE
Another wee OB earring love story! Yellow flowers! Pretty!!
New holiday bag! Quirky, practical and obviously so pretty!

4. The pretty one ~ CATH KIDSTON

This one I think is my one true love. From pretty girly prints to beautiful feminine cuts it is just so so hard to go wrong. I mean no, I couldn’t go in here and buy my whole wardrobe but what I can do is find one off stand out pieces that set any outfit apart from the rest. To a flowery shirt dress to a Disney patterned blouse. The quirkiness and girliness is endless! And I love how versatile their clothes are. One top can be dressed up or down in so many different ways! And that is part of the fun of it, being creative in creating your fashion masterpieces!

I also absolutely love how their shops are laid out in lovely little sections, not crammed together, and therefore easy to spot what you love! My favourite thing that they have done recently is their collaboration with Fearne Cotton. The prints that they created with her were just stunning and I can’t wait to see what she designs next with them!

βœ…birds βœ…flowers βœ…pink βœ…cinched waist for a flattering fit – literally ticks all of my boxes!!!
Anniversary gift from Andrew for our cotton anniversary – boy did good!!!
Such a versatile wee top! So comfy and yet so pretty 🌸

5. The all rounder ~ MARKS AND SPENCER

This is the one I have had the longest relationship with. This is a relationship has evolved and changed over the years but it has still always been there, the one I can always depend on. The range of clothes here means that there is something for everyone. It is one of the few shops that I can go shopping with both my nan and mum and we all come out with something we love!

The quality of their clothes is always fantastic. I genuinely would go nowhere else for my underwear, they are just the best and also so pretty!

I know that there may be some of you doubters out there that think it’s a granny or a mumsy shop but oh contraire! Yes they may have a fee collections with more classic looks but they also have some amazing totally in trend options too! Their latest collaboration with Holly Willoughby is fab!! I mean who doesn’t want her wardrobe?! If my credit card limit allowed me too I’d buy literally every outfit she wears 😍 so I guess it’s good my limit isn’t that expandable! The amount of compliments I have had from clothes I have bought from here and then the shock that went with the “Oh thank you, it’s a marksies number!” is unbelievable. So get down there! Get searching and find something amazing ❀️

Love, love LOVE this t-shirt ❀️ absolutely fab for which is so hard to get in a t-shirt I find!
Patterned jeans – beautiful dressed up and down! Adore!!!
My favourite trousers of 2019. Fitted at bum, flare out, comfy, pink, just wow 😍 again can be dressed up or down! Bought in navy too! Think Allie was getting bored of me taking pics πŸ˜†
Heel LOVE! And so comfy!!!!! Match everything too!
Heel love take 2! And in a fabby mustard yellow! Marksies you are on point with your shoes this season!!

6. Unusual one off pieces of jewellery ~ WOLF AND MOON

This I discovered locally even though it is based in London. But this is what I love about local shops that source unique products – it opens my eyes to new and beautiful things that I otherwise wouldn’t have found. So thank you Nook Living (little gift and homeware shop in Carrickfergus, near Belfast).

Their jewellery is all handmade and is just absolutely stunning and so unique. I could genuinely buy every single pair of earrings they sell (I think it’s safe to say I have an earring obsession…) as they are just all so beautiful and versatile!

Another amazing thing about them is their customer service. I had to get in touch about an order and they were incredible. So quick at responding and so friendly! And their packaging is just oh so pretty! I love it when I know I have an order coming in the post – the goal is to get to the post before Allie, she is also a fan of the packaging and likes to chew it and the produce inside 🀭

So honestly guys, if you love earrings then check them out! And yes, a lot of their earring may be bigger and a statement piece, but they also have some lovely wee studs. Something for everyone. I’m currently waiting on a pair to wear to my 30th party and I think I’m more excited about them than the party!

Favourite earrings of 2019 😍😍😍
Pretty packaging !
Simple, beautiful, different but classic. Just wow.
Necklace take 2 – please don’t eat this one Allie 🐢

7. The creative small business ~ ADORNMENTS BY ROSHEEN (via ETSY)

Oh how I adore Etsy. I mean absolutely ADORE! There are so many reasons why including finding unique products, supporting small and local businesses and finding individual products from all around the world! However, I normally head to Etsy for gifts for others but recently I decided I wanted a nice little patterned hairband. I looked in so many shops but I couldn’t find any that were both pretty and comfortable. So that’s when I headed to Etsy and I found the adorable little shop of Adornments by Rosheen and boy am I glad I did!

Firstly, she is just amazing to deal with! I had a question for her and not only did she reply super quick, she was so friendly and helpful – I felt like I’d known her my whole life! I think that sometimes nowadays we are so caught up with big brands that the personal touch is lost and so I love it when I can connect with someone and know that there is a real person behind a product.

Secondly, I know that hairbands are the in thing right now and I did buy a couple of cheap plain ones from a standard high street store but you just cannot compare to these ones on so many levels.

1. Comfort – They are literally so comfortable! And trust me, that is no easy task! Fellow hairband lovers will back me up here!

2. Style – The amount of patterns and styles that Rosheen does is insane! Some really amazing quirky prints and also some very versatile everyday ones.

3. Custom – And if you don’t find something you like…. do not fear! She also does custom orders!

So get yourself to Etsy and in particular check out this wee shop and support a small business that is really selling some absolutely delightful products.

So super comfy!
To say I love this print is an understatement 😍
Genuinely just so pretty! And I have now discovered so many new hairstyles!!!

So enough about me and what I like. They were just a few wee insights into what I have found and been thinking recently. BUT – and it’s a big but – fashion is so personal and unique to each and every one of you. As long as you are wearing something that makes you feel confident, happy and beautiful then you are onto a winner! However, there are a few key things I want to say that I think apply to everyone…

1. Mix and match from different shops. And dare to be different while you do that! Get creative!!

2. Don’t wear something that’s “on trend” just because it’s “on trend”. Wear what actually suits you, your style and your shape!

3. Most importantly, don’t worry about what other people think. Everyone is beautiful and unique and as long as you love what you are wearing, then that is all that matters 😘 there is no point trying to please everyone as that is an impossible task so instead please the most important person – YOU ❀️

I hope you’ve enjoyed this wee post. Any questions just leave them below or message me 😊

Thanks for reading.

Love Laura xxx

Uplands Treehouse 🌳🏑

If there is one thing that I love more than anything, it has got to be travelling! Especially when it involves staying in somewhere unusual and beautiful with all of your home comforts plus a few wee extras ❀️

Oh but here wait…. I lied…. There’s another thing I love just as much as travelling and that is to plan!!! Understatement of the century! Ask any of my friends or family and they will confirm that I’m a little (*cough*massively*cough*) bit ocd in my organisation of anything and holidays are no exception!

So when I can combine these 2 things together I am absolutely in my element! And so I take all opportunities to plan as many little trips as I can. And trust me, I go on many little and big trips as I can afford and fit into life!!

So when it came to organising my husband’s birthday trip this year (we opt for holidays/experiences over gifts now!) I decided to try somewhere a little bit different…. πŸ™ˆ

And that’s when I discovered this amazing little travel company called Canopy and Stars. It has lots of amazing and unusual places to stay in the UK and further.


As we drove through the beautiful countryside to get to our home for the weekend, we knew we were gonna have a peaceful escape and decided that we would do a digital detox – so no social media! We got dropped off at the main house and then walked up the lane to our treehouse. As we pulled our cases through the farm (stony paths – my workout for the weekend!), we passed fields of horses, sheep and alpacas and I knew I was in heaven 😍

Then we got our wee treehouse and all I can say is WOW!!! It was amazing! The views out over the fields of animals and surrounding countryside was incredible. And we got those views all from our own balcony that had a tree growing right up through it!


Once inside the adorable treehouse we found that we had a fully kitted out kitchen, living room with lots of games, bathroom, outdoor shower and bunk beds that we had to climb up into. And boy we could not wait to look at the sunset and sunrise from the viewpoint up there! Oh because yes, how could I forget the best bit – there was one wall that was solid glass looking out over the countryside 😍 those views!!!! The hosts had even provided us with home baked bread, crossants, jam, eggs, chocolate and milk! It was just perfect for our idyllic escape.


We spent most of the weekend dandering around the local countryside, wandering into the village (15 minute walk), making jigsaws, having food and a pint in the village pub and of course eating chocolate and drinking wine whilst sitting by the fire and looking out over the beautiful fields.

It was the perfect mix of tranquil and idyllic without being too far out of things. The hosts were also nearby and always at hand with helpful tips without being on top of you.

It is safe to say that we will most definitely be using Canopy and Stars again (in fact, Andrew has booked us a little stay in one for my 30th in a few weeks!) and can highly recommend this particular location, Uplands Treehouse.


So with all that said, look up their website, it has some amazing spots and truly has something different for everyone ❀️

Love Laura xx

My happy place πŸŒΈ

My first “little love” that I wanted to share with you all is my garden. My happy place 🌸

After yoga this morning (don’t worry, a post will come soon on this!), with the sun shining through the studio windows, I felt so calm and energised at the same time. I left knowing I wanted to spend some time in among the flowers in my own wee garden.

I don’t think that there is anything more relaxing and therapeutic than just taking some time out with nature and allowing yourself to relax and quite literally smell the roses 🌹

When I was a little girl I used to always watch my Dad spend literally hours in the garden and I would always wonder how on earth is he still out there – is there still more to do?! Now as an official grown up with my own house and garden, I understand! There is always more to do and that’s exactly why I love it! Each day there is something different I spot, something new to focus on or some new wee plant budding. I love watching my garden grow right before my eyes and I just love the satisfaction of knowing that it was me who first planted that seed.

I’m by no means a Mrs Green Fingers as I always have to take my Dad with me on any plant shopping spree (ps plants are EXPENSIVE – my husband hates it when I say I’ve spent the morning at the garden centre!) but I love love LOVE learning about all the flowers, what to plant when and where, pretty wee pots to plant up (yes I am most definitely a girly girl!) and just discover something new about the pretty world around me. I always look forward to that time with my Dad as he shares his knowledge and stories with me over a cuppa in the coffee shop (if you aren’t from Northern Ireland, ALL garden centres have a coffee shop and so it’s essential to stop and have a scone and coffee, it would be rude not to?!). Family is everything and I love any opportunity that I get to sit and chat with Dad (minus football chat obviously!) and my advice to you all, take every little chance you get to spend quality time with the ones you love, even if just for a cuppa and bun as you just never know what life is going to throw at you.

Pretty pots ❀️

My wee daisy tree – always makes me smile ☺

But back to the garden!! So if there are any of you out there who thinks that you can’t grow things, think again!! You can! I promise its easy! Just get yourself down to your local garden centre and just ask someone for some advice, they are always super friendly. Pick a pretty pot, choose a colourful plant and then get home and just spend some time in your garden. Then sit back, relax and watch it grow. And if ever you have had a stressful day, things aren’t quite going to plan or you just need some ‘me time’ just take yourself outside with a cuppa and breathe in the roses for the best pick me up straight from nature ❀️

Allie smelling the “roses” (Well fuschia but hey, it’s pretty!)

Love to you all ❀️🌹

Laura xx

Ps if you head over to my Instagram have a look at my #s for my regular northern Ireland garden centre haunts!