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

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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! 🤣

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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!

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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

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#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 
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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.

Always. 
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...

Happy Valentine’s Day 🤍

A lot to be thankful for today. Love is a big word. I love these two quotes and perfect for today.

Yes it’s about celebrating your life with your lobster 🦞(mine is rather amazing) but it’s also about family.

Family is not just an important thing. It’s everything. So true.

I don’t know where I’d be without my lobster and my family... I hung these beauts in our bathroom and I love them. They make me smile everytime I clean my teeth! Which helps 😂

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#ad Prints are from @coulsonmacleod - so beautiful

Happy Valentine’s Day 🤍 A...

bizzybee – a modern mum

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bizzybee sent me some great products to review, they’re perfect for the modern mum – durable, fashionable and look fabulous! I was sent 3 pairs of rubber gloves to look at: ‘bizzybee multipurpose gloves with moisturiser’, ‘bizzybee multipurpose gloves’ and ‘bizzybee patterned gloves’ and I was also sent a groovy bizzybee scourer which just looks so pretty sitting on the kitchen sink and some funky bizzybee patterned cloths. I didn’t want to use the scourer it was too pretty! But I did, we gave it a vigorous test on the oily pots and pans, the products were really good. I love products that are a little bit different and fun, it makes me want to do more cleaning (sad I know) but it is true. A little fun makes anything more interesting, so here’s what I thought:

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 The Gloves

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Obviously the first gloves I tried were the patterned gloves, they definitely brightened up the cleaning chores and they made me smile. They aren’t too gaudy like some fashionable gloves can be, I thought they were quite stylish and not too over the top. They have a cottoned lining which meant that they were comfortable on the inside and they were tough on the outside. They didn’t let any water in and I had my hand in a very hot bowl of water whilst I washed up and I couldn’t feel the heat at all. They matched the spotty cloths perfectly which really made the kitchen sink look rather funky.

The multipurpose gloves are great because they have an extra grip on the fingertips which means that you can handle delicate items better in the slippy soapy water and they are also cotton lined, so really comfortable to wear.

My favourite gloves have to be the moisturised multipurpose gloves because not only are they durable, they are really comfortable. They are specially made and latex free (which is great for those with allergies to latex) and bizzybee call them their “glovelies”, which does sum them up nicely. They are silky soft on the inside and it really doesn’t feel like you’re wearing gloves at all. I would recommend these to anyone, they are pretty fantastic.

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The Cloths

The scourer and the spotty cloths look really fashionable, the spotty cloth is the worlds first polka dot cloth! They are really strong and one has lasted us a long time. We use a clean one for mopping up after the kids too – they are soft so I can use it to wipe down hands and mucky faces which is much nicer than a conventional kitchen cloth. The scourer is non-scratch and it is the best scourer I have used and guess what? It sparkles! I was really shocked at how durable and effective the scourer was, because it looked so pretty.

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Some fab kitchen cleaning tips from bizzybee:

  • Get your chopping boards sparkling clean – use half a lemon to wipe the boards. If stains are more stubborn, use coarse salt to help scrub the board clean. Remember to rinse well and dry to avoid salty food in the future.
  • Keep your fridge fresh by removing all the food once a fortnight and wiping down the inside using warm soapy water. Clean all the shelves and trays, then replace the food. Place an open box of baking soda in the back of the fridge to leave your fridge smelling lovely! As you work, check expiration dates and discard any old food. 
  • To clean your dishwasher, run a cupful of clear vinegar through a cycle of the dishwasher (empty and without detergent). It’ll remove grease, limescale and soap scum, leaving it clean and fresh. Wipe around the door seals and hinges with the vinegar. While you’re at it, clean the spray arms too. Most can be unscrewed and washed in hot soapy water. Give them a scrub with a nylon brush and empty the filter and wash in hot soapy water.
  • The acidic properties of cola will dissolve the burned mess and residue on pots so they clean off much easier. Pour a small amount of cola on the bottom of the burned pot and put it on the hob, switch to very low heat and leave it there for about an hour then clean.
  • Add some sparkle to your glassware, wash in a plastic bowl in your sink and add a little washing-up liquid. Give them a final little rinse with warm water and a couple of drops of vinegar then gently buff dry with a cloth.   

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You can check out all of the modern and stylish products on the bizzybee website: http://www.bizzybee.co.uk/. You can like them on Facebook, follow them on Twitter @bizzybeeuk. I would definitely advise looking at their website, it's really cool.
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1 Comment
  • Kirsty Fox
    April 29, 2013

    I have heard alot about bizzybee products, those gloves are fantastic, I will have to give them a go!

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