When it comes to a #horizon, I couldn’t not share this. Back from our trip to the Peak District. It was meant to be Summer. It felt like this week: windy, raining and unpredictable.

The views went on for miles at the top of his peak; Mam Tor wedged in between Castleton and Edale.

It was a beautiful area, picturesque and a treat for your eyes. I love places like that. It’s a shame we didn’t get to stop & enjoy the local beer gardens and cafes due to the weather.

We go on lots of adventures throughout the year: weekend trips camping, staycations and holidays abroad. Our next adventure is pretty epic too and every time I think about it I get butterflies! 🥰

We are off to Dubai soon! 😱😱😱 it must be real I’ve said it out loud. I’m so excited I might explode and I’m pretty sure the views will be nothing like this Peak District. Because the views we will have will be extraordinary. It’s our biggest adventure yet as a family. Biggest as in flight time, cost, special and unplanned. We’ve booked our flights and we’re super lucky to be staying with friends. Other than that we have no idea! What are we going to do in Dubai? Anyone been? Any ideas?


When it comes to a...

Ah it’s #loveyourpetday - what a great way to see each others furbabies. Well these are mine:

Photo 1 = Rambo the Jack Russell & Snoopy the Cockerspaniel. As many of you know, Snoopy is blind and partially deaf which is challenging. However, he is such a happy pooch and loves a snuggle. I think Rambo has lost a little hearing too as he’s getting old. He will be 13 on April 3rd! It’s gone by so quickly.

Photo 2 = Rocky. He’s my Tom cat fluffbag and I like to call him Rockstar! He was my engagement present from Hubby. He’s the best cat. He snuggles with me every night, under the covers, he’s very set in a routine.

It’s funny how furbabies get their own little #pattern to make it through the day. All the pets sit by the bed at night for a treat. And I think Rambo is very cat like and Rocky is very dog like too. They definitely have those characteristics.

Rambo is 12, Rocky is 11 and Snoopy is 10. Noah is 9... then we broke the pattern as Isla is 7 🤣 (it wasn’t intentional). #mummyphotoaday #dogsofinstagram #catsofinstagram

Ah it’s #loveyourpetday - what...

Sometimes I like to have fun with images. I don’t do it very often but it is amazing what you can do with a photo using filters.

The first image is the edited version, I’ve added a #bokeh filter on it. I’ve used @pixlr for this. It adds an orangey colouring to the photo and enhances the sun rays.

The original, swipe left, is still good and has its own bokeh and sun rays shining on it. But is less orangey and doesn’t seem as bright. It’s still a good photo though.

I took this with my iPhone. Sometimes when I need a quiet moment, one where I can play with the filters and change the feel of a photo it helps me to unwind. Gives my brain 5 minutes to regain itself and then I’m ready to crack on with whatever it was!

Which one do you prefer? Just out of curiosity - there’s no right or wrong answer! 🤣


Sometimes I like to have...

I had a busy Sunday painting the dining room with @frenchicpaint. I think it’s fair to say I’m obsessed. I painted the radiator and skirting boards with Dazzle Me. It’s super bright white. I painted the door with City Slicker. It looks so much better than the dark wood it was before.

If you swipe left you can see the before photos. The radiator was a beige colour before. It’s amazing how much brighter the room looks, it’s easy to #transform a room with an hour or 2 of painting.

I styled up the dining room with this beautiful bouquet of Spring flowers (a very kind gift from a friend) and these items from @pricescandlesuk. They eliminate pet odours which is great as sometimes I worry my house smells “dog”. After an impromptu afternoon off work, looking after Isla who hurt her neck at dance club, I cleaned and cleaned. The house smells nice and clean now. The household candle and reed diffuser have added a nice citrus and thyme scent to the room.

It’s amazing what you can do to change the feel of a room with simple steps!


I had a busy Sunday...

#Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. We aren’t all the same. Wouldn’t the world be a boring place if that was the case. Everyone has a viewpoint. Everyone has their own opinion.

However, I am a firm believer in “if you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all”. I think it’s really important to spread happiness, build confidence and support each other. Now my big cheesey smile isn’t like this everyday, sometimes I’m worn out and sometimes I’m feeling sad. But I’ve learnt how to offload, unwind and bring that smile back. It’s so important to be able to hit that reset button once in a while.

So, this week, try and do one of these things:
🤍 Make someone laugh, a big belly laugh
🤍 Tell someone they look amazing
🤍 Tell someone you love you are grateful for them

See how it makes you feel. To make someone else’s day. It’s euphoric. I will never forget the moment one of the Mums from the school run told me I completely picked them up out of a dark spot - just by telling them they looked amazing today as I walked past.

Take the time to appreciate. Honestly it’s THE best hobby!

On a little diverted note; I’m appreciating this coat and boots right now. So warm and comfy. Check out the details on my blog >>> #linkinbio


#ad Coat & Boots from @idealworld.tv and they are @joebrowns 🙌🏻

#Beauty is in the eye...

This might seem a little random after the sentiments in my last post. But bear with me... cleaning & #diy can help me with my mental health.

I’m not sure why but when I’m anxious, need to think or cross I clean. Like the deep clean stuff, it’s almost as if I get adrenaline from somewhere to give me the strength to scrub things that I wouldn’t normally. Or tackle something I wouldn’t normally.

On Thursday, whilst anxiously waiting to find out what was wrong with my grandma, I was shaving millimetres off Isla’s bedroom door. It was hard work but I didn’t want to just sit about.

Today I’ve painted the radiator and woodwork in our dining room with Frenchic. I now have a white and bright radiator and grey door. It looks so much better. Again, it’s something I can do whilst being lost in my thoughts.

Does anyone else do this?

Whilst promoting cleaning and mindfulness, check out my blog for a competition to win some goodies from @astonishcleaners #astonishingresults 

This might seem a little...

I’m sure I don’t need to tell you what beauty shared this on her instagram before Christmas:  @carolineflack you’ve broken my heart.

She was funny. Caring. Kind. Absolutely beautiful and that smile lit up the world. Not perfect. But who is? No one.

I can’t comprehend how someone of such radiance and sparkle can end their life. But I only assume her mental health was suffering. She felt so trapped that was her only way out. A way of ending the pain that nobody could see.

Mental health is invisible; yet mental health is all consuming. Mental health is complicated; yet mental health can be helped with a simple cup of tea and chat.

Smile on the inside and on the out.

Make time for yourself.

Love yourself.

Make time for others.

Be kind.

In a world where you can be anything, be kind  #bekind #ripcarolineflack

I’m sure I don’t need...

This is sheer appreciation. This man. My lobster 🦞. Who made me the scrummiest meal last night & dreamy Vegan brownies. Showered me with thoughtful gifts & my cute note (in my stories) I recieved in my lunch bag.

However, I was a complete emotional wreck yesterday as my Grandma was taken into hospital. She was distressed, confused and sounding a little slow. It was scary.

So the Valentine’s Day love went all to Grandma from my family; wishing & hoping they find out what’s wrong.

We’re currently waiting to find out if her BP has reduced. It was sky high. Hoping she’s better & I can bring her home today.

This photo was from last Summer when we went to @carluccios in Cambridge. I love it. Happy memories. I’m lucky to have these. Noahs a people watcher, he was distracted with the crowd. Incidentally Carluccio’s have the offer on again: kids eat for a £1... #appreciation #family #love #mummyphotoaday

This is sheer appreciation. This...

5 Common mistakes to avoid when buying appliances

Whether you’re purchasing new appliances as part of a remodeling project, or need to replace a stove, refrigerator, or other appliance that’s outlived its usefulness, the process can feel overwhelming. With thousands of options to choose from, you may be tempted to just choose the least expensive model, or the one with the coolest bells and whistles. 

Because appliances are a major purchase, though, it’s important to take time to do your homework before you head to the store, and know exactly what you need, want, and can afford. Avoiding some common mistakes will help you get the most for your money and ensure that you have all the features you want and you’re happy with your selections for years to come. 

Here are a few mistakes to watch out for:

Mistake #1: Not Knowing Your Space

Perhaps the most common mistake people make when buying new appliances is not considering the space where it will be placed. Measuring the height, width, and depth is obviously important, but you need to look at the entire room and consider all aspects of the appliance placement and use. For instance, you may wish to place a front-loading washer and dryer in the bathroom, but if the model you select is too big, the doors may be blocked by the toilet or vanity, necessitating the purchase of a base to raise the machine up. Or maybe the item is too big to fit through the doorway. Before making a purchase, look closely at your space, measure carefully, consider where doors and drawers will open, and what type of hookups are available for power and water and whether they can accommodate the machine. Doing so can save a lot of aggravation and disappointment. 

Mistake #2: Going Trendy

Don’t think that appliances can be trendy? Ask all of the people who purchased harvest gold and avocado colored stoves and refrigerators back in the 1970s. While appliance trends may not be as “in your face” as those colors, there are still fads that come and go, and you need to decide what is worth spending money on. For example, many appliances are equipped with Wi-Fi, but do you really need an app to tell you that the laundry cycle is complete? Do you love your cabinets enough that you can live with an appliance face that matches them for the next 10-15 years? Before you spend extra to buy something trendy, ask yourself if it’s worth the extra money, or whether you’ll be regretting the purchase in a few years. 

Mistake #3: Overlooking Maintenance Costs

While your research should include determining which appliance brands and models are most reliable, even when you purchase quality machines things can go wrong. Therefore, you need to account for the warranty on the appliance, and the costs to fix items that aren’t covered by the warranty. Home warranty companies can help reduce some of those expenses through plans that cover the repair or replacement of appliances, but it’s still important to think about how much you’ll spend keeping your appliances in good shape over the years. 

Mistake #4: Not Considering Energy Efficiency 

Many consumers assume that all new appliances are energy efficient simply because they are new. However, many appliances on the market are not Energy Star rated, meaning that they don’t meet the guidelines for reduced power consumption. That being said, don’t assume that buying new appliances will automatically lower your power bills, either. The older your current appliance, the more savings you’ll see, so if you’re replacing a fairly new appliance your electric bill won’t go down significantly. 

Mistake #5: Paying Too Much 

Many consumers overpay for their appliances because they don’t do enough research before shopping. Before going to the store, research the manufacturer’s suggested price, prices offered in local stores, and the sales and discounts available. Don’t be afraid to haggle over a purchase price, either. Many stores will price match or offer a discount if you mention you’re planning to buy elsewhere. If you can, wait until the end of the year when stores heavily discount appliances to make room for the new models. Avoid buying on impulse; it’s easy to be seduced by a shiny new washer and dryer while you’re in the home improvement store but doing your homework ahead of time will ensure you get the best deal on appliances that fit your needs and your home. 


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1 Comment
  • justine meyer
    January 24, 2020

    These are good tips here I admit I usually just go and buy and don’t weigh anything up beforehand

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