Rain, Rain, & more Rain, Suits & Baby’s Heartbeat #LittleLoves

I can’t believe we are already at the end of the first month and into the start of the second one of 2017, It is scary how quick January flew by, but then again I’m not surprised and glad to see the back of it with what has gone on throughout it. Just hope that February will be a better month.

Read

Not a lot really, other than process notes for new clients and systems I have taken on at work, I haven’t really read much. I am hoping to change that with the coming weeks.

Heard

I had my 16 week pregnancy check up with my midwife from the doctors to make sure everything was ok. To think I am 18 weeks now is madness, nearly halfway through my pregnancy. The midwife checked my blood pressure, took a Urine Sample and had a feel and listen to baby’s heartbeat. Baby was very active and kept moving away and wriggling so was difficult to listen properly but we got to hear it and it was incredible, so magical and can’t wait to hear it again hopefully at my 20 week scan and checkup.

Watched

My favourite TV series is back on the screen…SUITS, I wrote about it a little bit last year in some of these posts as well, but I can’t explain how happy I am to have this back on the TV to watch every Sunday evening.

Wore

The same 4 dresses over again every day for the week 🙁 because I don’t have any other decent clothes that fit me with my ever expanding pregnancy tummy.  I will certainly have to take a trip to the shops and get some new maternity clothes.  

Made

Not a lot really, we have been quite lazy with dinners and lunches. I did make breakfast though last Sunday. Scrambled Egg on toast, Bacon & Smoked salmon – was delicious and certainly made a change from just boring toast or cereals. It is so quick and semi-healthy too.

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How has your week been?

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Turning Modern Interior Design Into Modern, Superior And Sublime

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Whether you’re an old man or you’re young and idealistic, everything becomes confusing in the modern age at some point. As a kid, you only have worry about which phone is the sleekest, but when you get a little older and you start planning interior design for your own home, you start to realise the question of what is modern and aesthetically-pleasing is impossible to solve, given that the answer changes and evolves with each passing day.

If you’re looking to revamp an old home, or perhaps design a new one from scratch, there are some ways to stop feeling old and irrelevant. The technique to designing a home in a modern and contemporary way is to not overthink things. Here are some helpful tips and home hacks when it comes to interior design, so that you don’t have to worry about your home becoming outdated in a year or two.

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Colour is everything.

As humans, we react to beautiful combinations of colour. It’s how our minds work. We love vivid stimulation, and that’s why it’s so important to the interior of a home. Choosing the right colour is also imperative because, when it comes to painting walls or the surfaces of cupboards and cabinets, it’s going to take a long time. Most likely, this means you’re going to leave things in that shade of colour for a long time too.

Overthinking is the killer here. Whilst you’re deciding between two different shades of blue for several hours, you’re wasting time and forgetting the original gut feeling you had, which is usually completely spot on when it comes to something as bright, blunt and obvious as a colour theme. Trust your brain and your natural eye, because you won’t be spending hours contemplating the shade of colour present throughout your house on an average day. Go with your initial instinct, because that’s how your mind will be working as you walk throughout the house on a daily basis. If you’re struggling to think of design ideas alone, companies such as Kia Designs are experts when it comes to luxury design.

Practicality.

A word that many feel clashes with creativity, but the truth couldn’t be further than this. Part of what makes beautiful design so appealing is that you can serve a purpose in a home without going overboard. You can adopt minimalism, because every stunning piece of furniture has a purpose; to sit upon it, to store books on it, and every other practical purpose you can imagine. Decorative pieces are more than eye candy. Even if the purpose of a rug designed with all the colours of the rainbow is simply to provide a key focal point for the room, that is a practical use of a well-crafted, well-designed furnishing.

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Make it your home.

When people consider what’s missing from the design of their current home, the answer is usually “me”. Whether you live by yourself, with a partner, or with a whole family, it’s important that you live in something which you view as more than a house. This place has to become your home. It can be, once the interior reflects your personality or the personalities of your family. Quirky, traditional or modern furnishings all serve different purposes for different people.

The Bedtime Tag Quiz

Bedtime – my favourite time of the day! Rachel from Coffee, Cake, Kids tagged me in ‘The Bedtime Tag Quiz’, where I’ve answered a few questions about my bedtime routine. Here goes!

1.Describe your usual bedtime routine.

I can’t really say I have one, Other than going upstairs getting into my pyjamas, brushing my teeth and taking my makeup off then snuggling up in bed I don’t have a routine as not one night is the same lol.

2.What are your favourite pyjamas?

I have lots of different pairs, winter ones which are fluffy and warm, I have summer ones, which are shorts & Vests, then I have ones that I never wear.  If I had to pick any it would have to be my new fluffy ones I got for my birthday from my mum & dad, they make me feel so comfy, snug and warm.

What is your current bedtime reading? 

It’s very rare that I actually read in bed as I tend to just fall asleep as I’m too relaxed when I get into bed.  But the book I am reading at the moment is called the Boss’s Son and is an office Romance, and has me very hooked.

What would I find on your bedside table?

Apart from all sorts of rubbish, you would find my make up & bag, my OH’s hair gel & Comb, tissues, hairbrush, My heart monitor recorder that takes reading every night at midnight and my watch & jewellery.

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What scent makes you sleepy?

I can honestly say no scent makes me sleepy, but that may change when I have my baby as I can’t resist that fresh, clean new baby scent, will have to wait and see.

What is your usual bedtime and wake-up time?

I usually go to bed anywhere from 9pm onwards but since been pregnant I could go to bed anything from 8pm and wake up between 6am and 10pm including weekends.

What are your top three bedtime products?

My face wipes, Tea tree cleansing lotion and my tea tree night cleanser.

What is your most common sleeping position?

I tend to sleep on my side or occasionally on my back and front – I do fidget in bed though!  It’s been hard trying to get comfy since been pregnant though as you are only allowed to sleep certain ways.

Do you have anything you like to take to bed with you?

No, just myself and occasionally a drink

What is your worst bedtime habit?

I can’t say I have any except I do tend to play on my phone a lot before bed.

I’m now tagging Serena from Ramblings of another uni student

Come Rain Or Shine: A Garden For All Weathers!

We all want a dream garden. Even so, it can be hard to use the outside space in the way we would like. Even if you have things looking the way you want, it can be hard to make the most of your garden! You won’t want to spend time outside when the weather is extreme, right? Whether hot or cold is the problem, the ideal weather conditions are hard to come by. But, why should the space go unused for most of the year? If you want to get the most of your garden, learn how to use it in all weathers! Here are a few additions that will make your garden work come rain or shine!

HEATER

Do you often neglect your garden because it’s cold outside? Investing in a garden heater is a fantastic way to get the most of the space through cold months! Knowing you can stay hot in a cold garden will leave you no excuses not to go outside. Take your pick from the many heaters on offer. From wood burners to patio heaters, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Pick one and stay toasty during cold weather! Make sure to spend plenty of time outside so you can get the most of your new buy.

PATIO COVERS

Whether it’s hot or cold, a patio cover could help you cope. Having shelter will protect you from the sun’s rays, or keep you dry when it’s raining! Patio covers are also useful for keeping your patio furniture protected! Do a little research into patio cover installation and don’t hesitate to get started. You may not be able to enjoy the garden when it’s pouring with rain, but a patio cover will ensure you can get fresh air!

SWIMMING POOL

When it’s scorching hot outside, the idea of jumping in a cold swimming pool is always appealing. If you live in an area that often experiences hot weather, it might be worth getting a pool installed. That way, you’ll be able to cool down without going inside! If you have a family to consider, a swimming pool can be a lot of fun. The children will spend much more time outside if you have one! Make the most of your pool by throwing a pool party! Bear in mind that there is some maintenance involved in keeping a pool running right. Do a little research before you jump in!

HOT TUB

If it’s often cold where you are, a hot tub could serve you better. There’s something special about soaking in that warm water when there’s frost all around! Again, hot tubs also offer the perfect party opportunity. Hot tub party, anyone? If you’re not keen on the idea of getting a tub installed, you could opt for a portable one instead. That way, you won’t have to worry about installation. Plus, you can get rid of the hot tub if you find it’s not getting used! Although, there’s not much chance of that, is there?

Everyone loves freebies – My Top Tips

Everyone loves a good freebie…right? Well, I know I certainly do, whenever I get a spare 10 minutes or so I like to search the internet.  In the past, I have had all sorts of freebies through the door, fabric conditioner, makeup, food, perfume, nappies and much more.  The type of freebies changes on a regular basis so you get lots of different ones.

There are so many sites out there for freebies now but one of the ones I use is gratisfaction. Gratisfaction is the UKs fastest growing freebies site. They bring you the latest free offers throughout the day, every day to bring you the very best free stuff for you,  your family and even free pet stuff for your furry friends.

You can request lots of different sorts of freebies, from perfume, food, nappies, cosmetics, laundry tablets and much more, you’ll be silly to miss out but you must be quick as they go super fast.

My top tips for 2017

  1. Use cashback sites such as Quidco and top cashback more often to purchase good and get money back for spending.
  2. Check your Gas & Electric company see if you can switch and save some money
  3. Look out for freebies on freebie websites such as Gratisfaction, and much more
  4. Any leftovers from Christmas or meals such as meats, cut and freeze and use it in curry’s or various meals later on to save food waste.
  5. Try and sell and unwanted gifts or unused stuff on facebook or eBay.
  6. Do a freezer and cupboard inventory and organise meal plans from that.
  7. Check supermarkets for their reduced sections, you can get some products at good prices that are still fresh.

For more tips, you can read my previous post of my Top Money Saving Tips

*I was compensated for writing this review, but all thoughts & opinions are my own. 

Baby It’s Cold Outside, So Keep Your Home Warm!

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It’s starting to get very chilly out there, isn’t it? Soon ice will be covering the driveway like frosting on a cake. The snow will fall blanketing the world in white and we’ll be left shivering under our sheets trying to keep warm. I love winter but only if I can make sure my home stays toasty when the weather outside is frightful. Here are a few tips if you feel the same way.

Check Your Fuel Supply

Before winter kicks into high gear, it’s always a smart move to check how much fuel you have. This is a particularly smart plan if you have gas oil heating your home. As oil users will know, it can be difficult to get the supply that you need when you want it. So, by checking early, it will give you lots of time to get that tank filled up before things get too desperate. It’s worth getting a digital reader for your oil supply too. Otherwise, you’re relying on a manual reading, and that can be irritating to get, to say the least.

Extra Appliances

There are plenty of additional appliances that you can use to heat your home through the winter months. For instance, you can purchase a portable gas fire that runs on cylinders. You’ll usually find these mini fires are on wheels. That means you can move them from room to room with no trouble at all. The best part is that they allow you to keep your heating bills low. Rather than turning the thermostat up, you can just turn on the portable fire for an hour or so to heat up the room. If you have good insulation, one hour of heat from these fires can last a whole evening.

Ensure You Are Insulated

Does your home have great insulation? If it doesn’t, you’ll find that your heating bills are high and your house doesn’t even stay warm. There’s an easy way to check the insulation in one of the rooms of your home. Hold your hand about ten inches away from the window. If you can feel any cold air, there’s a good chance you need an upgrade. You can get new triple glazing, guaranteed to keep cold air and even noise outside. If you don’t have the money for an upgrade like this, you might want to think about thicker curtains and blinds. It won’t solve the problem completely, but it will help you trap the heat inside.

Extra Add Ons

Alternatively, if you do have some money to burn there are other add ons that will make your home more pleasant through the winter. A personal favourite would be heated floor panels. If you install these in your kitchen, you can keep your toes toasty early in the morning. If you’re like me and hate stomping around on cold tiles in search of breakfast, this will feel like heaven.

I hope you survive the winter weather. Don’t worry, spring isn’t that far away now.

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Top tips for saving money when you have a new baby

You can never be prepared financially for a baby but there are steps you can follow to help you save some money.

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There seem to be millions of things you feel you need to buy ready for your baby, but are they really essential and could you possibly get them cheaper elsewhere?

With a few small steps, you could make some big savings.

Average costs of a new baby

The first step to saving money is to know what the average person spends on their baby, this may vary but this way you can get an idea and plan ahead. Breaking this down this is what you’re approx spends maybe:

  • Clothes- up to £4000
  • Pushchair- up to £400
  • Car seat- up to £300
  • Furniture- up to £1,500
  • Cot and bedding- up to £300
  • Food- up to £6,000
  • Nappies- up to £1,200
  • Childcare- up to £30,000

Have a budget and make a plan

A great way to stop overspending and buying things you don’t actually need is to create a plan and make a list. Monitor your spending habits and see if you are able to cut down on items which you don’t particularly need and save yourself some money.  I would also look out for offers in the shops or online.

Know what you need to buy and not what you want to buy

Don’t go for a trip to Mothercare without a list, you will leave with a trolley full of items that you really didn’t need. Here are some essentials that you’re most definitely going to need to stock up on:

  • Clothes: all in one suits, vests, cardigans, coat or an all in one suit and a hat.
  • Nappies, Nappy sacks, wet wipes and nappy cream.
  • Nursing bras, breast pads, bottles, teats, bottle brushes, steriliser and bibs.
  • A mosses basket or a cot, bedding sheets, a mattress and bedroom furniture.
  • A baby bath or a newborn bath support, towels, baby cleanser and wash.
  • A pushchair with a rain cover and a sunshade.
  • A rear facing car seat and sun blinds.
  • A changing bag with a changing mat.

Though a few of the essentials need to be brought new especially the rear-facing car seat, which must always be brought from a reputable retailer to ensure it is safe and in working condition, Halfords always have offers on, so have a look around different shops and find the best offer. Other items such as clothing can be brought second hand. Ask friends and family if they have anything which their children have grown out of and could be passed down onto you, also try having a look at local sites such as gumtree or facebook pages for bundles of clothing and furniture being sold.

Other ways of saving money are:

  • Buying own brand nappies and wipes instead of well-known brands such as Pampers or Huggies which they charge a lot more money for.
  • Buy items when they are on offer as you will save money
  • Buying before the baby has arrived, add a few items to your shopping basket each week to reduce the overall cost.

Exotic Furnishings To Spice Up Your Home

Many of us dream of getting away from home to somewhere more exotic. But that shouldn’t mean that the home is a place of routine and non-adventure. Why not bring a touch of the orient home by adding in some exotic features to your everyday life. Whether you’ve done some globetrotting in the past or are yearning your first adventure, these features ought to soothe your travel bug.

Build a beach-like bathroom

Make every bath feel like a trip to a faraway coast by adding some tropical details to your washroom. Exotic plants such as ferns, orchids and bamboo grow perfectly in a bathroom environment where there is little light but a lot of humidity. Add these to your bathroom and you will immediately feel transported away. Other little touches such as exotic soaps, sponges, shells, wooden towel rails and tiled beach scenes can also help to build this setting.

Connect to the world with maps

Feel connected to the places you’ve been and places you want to go with world map posters and globes. You can combine this with memories such as photos and postcards to create a more vivid representation of your travels. Alternatively you can mark out a bucket list of future locations, ticking them off on your map as you go. Immediately transform an empty wall, cupboard or fridge door.  

Go bohemian with your bedding

Your bed is where many of your dreams of past and future voyages takes place. Give your bedding an exotic feel by embracing mandalas, oriental symbols and faraway scenes. Collect cushions and pillows or buy a decorated duvet that envisages your travels.

Get exotic with your pets

If you’re an animal lover, you could go the extra mile and buy an exotic pet. You don’t have to go all out and try and raise a monkey – there are many exotic pets that don’t take too much work such as geckos, terrapins and chinchillas. Braver pet-owners may even consider snakes, spiders and cockroaches. Tropical fish are perhaps the most popular choice of exotic pet. These are very easy to look after and very easy to obtain – in fact, you can get fish delivered to your door through some aquatic companies.

Show off your souvenirs

Don’t hide your souvenirs away in a drawer. Remind yourself of the good times by boasting them around the house. You can use a drawing board instead of a scrapbook for putting tickets, wristbands, leaflets and postcards gathered on your travels (as discussed already, this can be excitingly combined with a world map to give a scale to your travels). Give room to ornaments and hang masks and hats on walls. You can also get certain photos framed and blown up. Don’t let all your travel snaps go unseen on a computer hard-drive. Give them pride of place reminding you of your adventures and offering a talking point to guests.

You’re Invited! Why You’ve Got To Get Yourself To Canada’s Biggest Ever Party

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We all know that Canada is a vast, unique and naturally beautiful country home to amazing wildlife, friendly people, and wicked extreme sports. However, we really think you should visit Canada this year. Why? Well, it’s not because Lonely Planet just named it the number one country in the world to visit, although they did, neither is it because you should stock up on organic maple syrup, although that’s good too, nope it’s because this year all of Canada’s celebrating!

Canada’s Big Birthday!

This year marks 150 years of Canada being a united confederation, instead of separate provinces and territories that were ruled by different governors. Current Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, has promised that throughout the year the country will be marking the occasion in some wicked ways. What could be better than being in Canada, getting involved in all the celebrations and, of course, taking advantage of some excellent 150 Canada deals?

It’s A Year Round Party

Canada’s a great place to visit in both winter, or summer so please don’t feel like you need to wait until July, or August to enjoy all the excitement. In the winter months head to the spectacular snowy slopes of Whistler to check out their latest runs, new chair lifts, and 150 special ski competitions. When summer comes it’s time to put your hiking shoes on, hop on a mountain bike to explore the forest trails and even, yes in Canada, head down to the beach! However, due to the impending birthday celebrations, you may want to book your hotel, sort out your flights and any excursions beforehand. Check the rules on flying while filling in the

Official Canada Eta application and sort your hire car now if you plan on driving around as demand is going to be extremely high.

Already shops, restaurants and all kinds of local, and national businesses have been talking about rewarding visitors, offering special ‘birthday’ perks and freebies so if you’re looking save money on your Canada family vacation it’s the perfect time to go. Numerous large scale parties are being planned at some of Canada’s resorts, including Whistler, Sunshine Village and Lake Louise while various concerts, film festivals, historical reenactments, art competitions, sports shows and theatre productions are in the works.

What About Canada Day?

There’s stuff going on all year round but if you really want to experience the party atmosphere summer’s going to be your best bet. Most of the coolest events, such as family fun days, fairs, parades and food festivals are going to be happening around and ,of course, on July 1st or Canada Day. Ottawa, Canada’s multicultural capital, is going to be a key destination for celebrations and is already promising eager citizens, and excited visitors, a fantastic calendar of events like skating shows, firework displays, pop up stunts, mass free picnics and even a giant culture village. Plus all of Canada’s national parks, monuments, and heritage sites are offering free entry this year, so if you’ve been dying to visit Banff Island but been worried about the park fees now’s the time to book those tickets!

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Sunsets #MySundayPhoto

I love a good sunset and this one is a throwback from a few years ago when the OH and I went away for a weekend – Little did I know he was going to propose to me.  We went to Suffolk for the weekend, it was beautiful and I couldn’t resist snapping this when we were walking along the pier.

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