14 Blog Posts You Need to Read Right Now


Way back when, I used to do a weekly round up of my favourite blog posts but that has rather fallen by the wayside. However, I still read blogs like they’re going out of fashion (which people say they are, but I don’t believe them) so I’ve amassed quite a few favourite posts over the past few weeks and months. Here’s fourteen great ones that I’m sure you’re going to love: 

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My Favourite Etsy Shops for Cute Gifts & Homeware 

I hate to say it, but Christmas will be here before we know it (#sorrynotsorry) and with so much time on my hands at the moment, I’ve already been browsing for a few gifts. Where possible, I always like to buy from independent makers and business owners and Etsy makes that so much simpler to do. As luck would have it, a good few of the shops I’ve stumbled across that have become firm favourites are also local to us in Yorkshire – which makes me even happier to spend my pennies with them. 

Modo Creative

If you’re looking for a personal touch, this is the place to find it. Modo Creative have a beautiful range of gifts and homewares that can be personalised with names, dates and other details to make them extra special. I discovered them when looking for bits and pieces for Ben’s nursery (we bought this Wild Thing cushion from them) and it turns out that they’re based in Yorkshire, which is a very happy coincidence. They currently have some beautiful Christmas stockings that I am very tempted by for Benjamin’s first Christmas, as well as a personalised oak letter that would look perfect on the gallery wall above his crib. I could go on, because they have so many gorgeous things that make me squee with joy, but I urge you to check it out for yourselves! 

The Lovely Drawer

You may recognise Teri from her blog of the same name, but she also turns her talented hand towards pretty paper goods, from invites and notebooks to prints and adorable baby milestone cards. Her style is sweet and simple, with hand-drawn lettering and simple ink drawings. I have my eye on a couple of her prints (this one and this one, in particular) for our spare room and I know they’ll really brighten up the place! 

Zeal and Heart

I recently bought this necklace from Zeal and Heart, their collaboration with blogger and author Laura Jane Williams (who you need to be following on Instagram Stories, by the way…) and I’ve barely taken it off since. The message is a great daily reminder, and the minimalist style is simple enough to go with pretty much everything I own. They have plenty of great phrases, so you’re bound to find one to suit you (or the person you’re buying a gift for). I’ve got my eye on ‘Courage dear heart‘ and I think we could all do with ‘I choose happy‘, don’t you? 

Joy Jenna Made

You may recognise Jenna from the beautiful wedding photos that she took for us, but she’s talented at more than one creative pursuit! She sells cards and prints with beautiful calligraphy and watercolours, and I absolutely love her style; it’s so bright and fun. The colours on her Find the Joy print bring me, well, all the joy and this flamingo print is just too cute. Plus 10% of all her profits go to charity, so buying a card from her is the perfect way to spread the love in more ways than one. 


This shop is every TV nerd’s dream, with t-shirts and sweatshirts featuring logos from all your favourite shows. Grab your Sunnydale High jacket, your Luke’s Diner sweatshirt, your Rydell High hoodie or your Knope 2012 t-shirt and find your tribe. I literally want all of the above, and that’s just the beginning. Whichever cult TV show is your favourite, I suspect you’ll find something to suit you here. They have a little shop near me, but it’s not always open so this is the best way to let your geek flag fly! (P.S. If you get all of those references, slide into my DMs because we should be friends!). 

What are your favourite Etsy shops?

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The Friday Five

[Photo by David Straight]

Do you know how some weeks you feel like you’re constantly chasing your tail? That is me, right now. But it’s all for good reasons – this weekend we attended the beautiful wedding of two of our wonderful friends in Sheffield, which was, as always, a lot of fun and, of course, I cried in the speeches (I wasn’t the only one!). However, I don’t think Pregnant Amy can do 1am bedtimes; I felt hungover all of Sunday even without touching a drop of delicious wine, which seems remarkably unfair to me. On Tuesday night we went to see the delightful Josie Long at The Wardrobe; I cried with laughter on more than one occasion. If you like leftie feminist comedy with a big dash of optimism and whimsy (which I certainly do), then you should definitely check out her work. On Wednesday it was down to London for a client meeting, and a little trip to Dishoom for dinner (oh my god, you guys, it was ruddy delicious). And then yesterday I convinced two colleagues to join me at The Blog Squad talk with Sara, all about Instagram. So, what I’m saying is that I’m very ready for a weekend of brunching and celebrating my baby sister’s 20th birthday! What have you got planned for your weekend days? 






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The Friday Five

[Photo by Veronika Homchis]

Hey pals! Hasn’t this felt like a really long week? It is weird how time is stretchy; some weeks just fly past and then others draaaggg along. This week I’ve been hanging out with friends and their tiny babies (so fun!), watching Friends with Better Lives (I’m weirdly obsessed with shows with James Van Der Beek in at the moment) and reading a couple of romance novels by Tessa Dare (A Week to Be Wicked and Any Duchess Will Do – loved them both). So it’s been pretty quiet, which is maybe the reason for time slowing itself down for me.

I think it’s also messing with me because our scan is in 12 days and I am entirely impatient to find out the sex of our baby. It’s hard to not make all of these weekly updates about being pregnant, but that’s the thing that is most front and centre in my life right now. I thought I felt the baby moving for the first time this week (it was a lot like being poked from the inside, which is a bit trippy) but nothing since so maybe it was just wishful thinking and my body playing tricks on me. Just tell me to shut up if the baby stuff is annoying you – I know it’s only really super interesting to me, the actually pregnant one! 

Other than that, I’m just looking forward to a lovely wedding in Sheffield this weekend (I finally found a dress!) – weddings are my favourite. How about you? 

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The Friday Five

[Photo by Brooke Lark]

Hey there! Hope you’ve been having a lovely week. I’ve been pretty busy with various bits and pieces, including a wonderful macrame class at Stitch Up on Tuesday night with my colleagues. It was easier than I thought (isn’t it always, when someone who knows what they’re doing shows you?) but it got me thinking a lot about my relationship with crafting and creativity. Which basically means, expect an introspective post about that soon! In pregnancy news (do I ever have any other kind nowadays?), I also had an appointment with the midwife – all healthy and fine for now – and my bump has popped out enough that I’ve just about grown out of all of my clothes (or at least, the important things like jeans and skirts and dresses – baggy jumpers I’ll probably be able to wear forever). As I write this, I’m having a bit of a nightmare finding an outfit for a wedding we’re going to next week – I’m too small for maternity and too big for ‘straight’ sizes, so I’ve ordered about a million things from ASOS in a variety of sizes in the hopes that one of them works for me. Pregnant pals (or previously pregnant pals) – how did you deal with this inbetweeny stage?! I’m surrendering to the leggings for the everyday, but that’s not always practical for work or events. Side note: maternity leggings are the best invention ever, and I will probably not go back to regular ones ever. Other than that, I’m looking forward to a lazy weekend with a pre-Valentine’s date night thrown in. How about you guys? 


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The Friday Five

Hey pals, how are you all doing on this fine Friday? I am currently hibernating indoors and planning my birthday brunch party. Yep, it’s my birthday this weekend and I want to eat French Toast to celebrate! Even if there will be no mimosas for me… 

This week I’ve been feeling a weird mix of super inspired (I have so many blog posts to write!) and super lazy (bring me a blanket!). I can’t tell whether that’s because I’m still feeling pretty wiped out due to this whole pregnancy/parasite living inside me (jk, gonna love my kid) or if it’s just a natural reaction to the greyness and coldness of January. Either way, my to do list is as long as my arm, and so is my Netflix queue. 

Here’s some lovely Internet things to distract you from your own to do lists (it is Friday after all): 


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The Friday Five

What a week! We started off by announcing our impending arrival, and we’re finishing up with the inauguration of a sentient cheeto. Highs and lows, that’s for sure. I’m not sure I can say anything here about today’s events that hasn’t already said before, but suffice to say that I had a little cry before I got out of bed this morning when I say a ‘goodbye’ Facebook post from Obama, and I don’t think that will be the only time I shed tears today. I’m hoping the second time might be a little happier, because I know I’m going to bawl my eyes out when I meet a friend’s brand new baby tonight. There is a lot of pain and evil in the world, but there is also so much good and so much hope. We have to believe in the latter to make it through. 

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The Friday Five

I always forget how tough January is. I go into it thinking I will try to enjoy rather than endure this month (especially since my birthday falls at the end of it!) but the constant cold weather, the dark days and the lack of Christmas sparkle have already started to get to me. What’s the answer? A better winter coat so that I don’t dread going outside so much? One of those light-up alarm clocks? Mulled wine?! If you’ve got ideas, then let me know. That said, this week I’ve finally been feeling better after weeks of colds and sickness, and I have some fun plans for the weekend – hen dos, friends staying and brunches are all on the cards. It’s not all doom and gloom (is it ever?) despite what the weather and the news cycle might insist. So here’s a bonus list of five things that have been saving my life this week: 

  1. My new water bottle infuser thing. Feeling virtuous about drinking more H2O now it’s on my desk. 
  2. Fresh orange slices. Like delicious, delicious sunshine. 
  3. My favourite sausage and bean casserole. Cannot get enough. 
  4. Giant blanket scarves. Stylish and good for huddling under in our freezing office. 
  5. Nest. Being able to turn the heating on/off from bed/the office/the car is a dream. 

And now on to the Friday Five… 

  • Two lovely Vogue interviews that I enjoyed this week: Victoria Beckham and Roxane Gay
  • Pretty sure that this chicken wonton soup could cure anything that ails you. 
  • Newly obsessed with the Buffering podcast – a new-ish podcast on Buffy the Vampire Slayer that you’re going to want to get involved with. There’s a lot of love for Cordelia, regular mentions of the patriarchy and an original song in each episode. It’s pure gold. 
  • I need this recipe for happiness right now (also, if you’re not following Sophie’s blog, you’re not doing it right). 
  • Interested in where blogging might lead in 2017? I think Hayley’s predictions will be spot on. 



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The Friday Five

[Photo by Kai Oberhäuser

I’ve been writing my Weekend Link Love posts for years now, so I’m thinking it might be time for a little shake up! So this year, I’ll be sharing much of the same stuff, with just five of my favourite posts from the previous week – all on a Friday (hence the name, of course!). We’ll see how it goes, shall we? 

I hope you’ve all had fantastic first weeks of the year! I started off with a rather nasty cold that left me useless for three days, but now I’m back to almost full health and getting ready to get stuck into all my good intentions. I haven’t eaten a vegetable in weeks (or at least, it feels like it) so I’m ready to get back into the kitchen, for sure. I’m quite glad all the Christmas decorations are down, and the presents are put away – it’s time to get back to a little bit of normalcy. And to start planning what I want to do for my birthday at the end of the month! 

  1. Gem’s Halloumi Rainbow Salad is exactly what I want to be eating right now. 
  2. 2016 might go down as the year that the feminist bubble burst. God, I hope not. 
  3. 10 blogger bedrooms to give you serious interiors inspo. 
  4. Ghosbusters ‘failed’ because of angry men. Passengers is failing because women are sick of misogynistic storylines. We need to talk about that
  5. As someone who has lived in Yorkshire for five years now, this list is pretty damn accurate

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Weekend Link Love


[Photo by Kristofer Selbekk]

Hey pals! Happy Sunday, as always. I’ve been most lax on the blogging front this week, but things have been rather hectic. After a lazy Sunday with friends walking their puppy, having tea parties with their kids and eating a delicious roast dinner, it was all systems go for the rest of the week. And yesterday we helped some different friends move house; they got the keys last minute on Friday so it was all systems go! So I’m glad of that extra hour of sleep, for sure. Today I’m going to bake some bread, knit a blanket and go on a run in anticipation of the Abbey Dash next weekend. I’m not sure I’m going to be able to run all the way around but it’s the participation that counts, right? Right? Let’s hope so. 

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