Keeping a World Map log of our family travel

Keeping a World Map log of our family travel

When Hubby and I got married, I said I would travel the world with him and that we would do it with the kiddies too. Hubby took a year out and travelled before we got together and I wanted to explore it, we just had jobs and then kids. It got harder to do. We are still on a mission to do this, it's just a lifelong event. We keep a log of our adventures on our World Map. It's such an inspiring canvas to have on the wall. VIEW the POST

Adding luxury touches to our bed

Adding luxury touches to our bed

During lockdown our anxieties have been heightened, our need for a safe place has never been more vital. The need for a comfortable place to sleep, or just take 5, has become really important to us. I have focussed on sleeping better to help my immune system stay strong but also to help me not feel too overwhelmed with everything going on. So I found some luxury touches to add to our bed, to make it the perfect relaxation space. VIEW the POST

My top tips when doing DIY at home

I have had a lotttt of feedback about our kitchen worktop makeover. It’s been so lovely to see everyone commenting and asking questions, it has been a popular post in the Frenchic Facebook Group, I posted it in there as I painted my cupboards using Frenchic first. Here are some other tips I have discovered whilst doing DIY at home, that you may find useful.

Making our family home – Kitchen worktops

Making our family home – Kitchen worktops

I posted my kitchen worktops makeover on the Facebook Frenchic Group and I have received so many questions I thought I would answer them here. We had a quote for new worktops, it was £1,000 and we simply do not have that right now. So, I found a vinyl covering called DC Fix that covers our old worktop perfectly and creates a new look. All for under £50. This post details how I did it and what you will need. VIEW the POST

Hygienic bedding that is perfect for Summer with Night Owl

Hygienic bedding that is perfect for Summer with Night Owl

Are you one of those families that has a Winter duvet and a Summer one? We used to be. However, we recently discovered Night Owl by The Fine Bedding Company. They are coverless duvets that look stylish on your bed and are easy to keep clean too. It’s great for Summer, but also great to keep on top of bacteria in your home during lockdown. It is a great cleaning hack. VIEW the POST

Keeping on top of the laundry during lockdown

Well, with all this wonderful sunshine I have loved keeping on top of the laundry. This is my biggest weakness when it comes to the housework. Usually, Hubby does all the washing (because I forget) and I put it all away. I have some great tips on keeping on top of the laundry, even the washing machine, especially during lockdown and instantly making you feel happier! I love an empty laundry basket, don’t you?

Decorating our house with happy memories from Colorland #stayathome

Decorating our house with happy memories from Colorland #stayathome

Coming back to pictures and memories can definitely help everyone survive this lockdown and keep positive. I recently discovered Colorland and they have really helped to brighten up my home and seeing these wonderful memories every day, is certainly bringing a smile to my face. Colorland have also offered my readers a special discount too! So, we have added some finishing touches to our home, to get us through lockdown with a smile on our faces. VIEW the POST

The top 5 Mrs Hinch cleaning hacks

The top 5 Mrs Hinch cleaning hacks

I love Mrs Hinch, it's so inspiring to see such popularity about cleaning, I love her Instagram account: @mrshinchhome. I have always been a lover of cleaning, I find it de-stresses me, so if I am feeling cross you will find me scrubbing the kitchen cupboards! I also have to keep on top of it as we have young children and pets. Lots of people are cleaning, more so than normal, during lockdown and some of my favourite cleaning products have been named the number one products. These are the top 5 cleaning hacks: VIEW the POST

Zoflora cleaning hack for your Spring clean

Zoflora cleaning hack for your Spring clean

I love Zoflora, I have been a big fan for years. My most popular blog post is using Zoflora in your steam mop actually, if you fancy a read of it. So I thought I would share another Zoflora cleaning hack. It is quite a versatile product that means cleaning your home is really stress free and it lasts for a very long time. The new Zoflora Springtime fragrance is coming out very soon and perfect for this time of year. VIEW the POST

How to clean your mattress for a better night’s sleep

How to clean your mattress for a better night’s sleep

We have a new mattress and keeping it clean from day 1 is essential. Did you know the quality of your sleep hugely depends on your sleeping surface. So the below tips on how to clean your mattress will be great if it is new or old. Deep cleaning around the house will never be complete without tending to your bed. When it comes to maintenance of your mattress, most people assume that changing the sheets and rotating the mattress is enough. But you need to do a TLC on your bed now and then. Besides, it is an important investment, and you want it to last for years. VIEW the POST

Win a prize package with Astonish to deliver #AstonishingResults

There are few things more fulfilling than having a lovely clean home and that is why choosing the right products for each task is so important. Choosing a range that is cruelty free, suitable for vegans and vegetarians and will deliver #AstonishingResults is at the top of the list for many shoppers. I have loved trying out the Astonish cleaning products and so I thought what better way to celebrate than to run a giveaway. Cleaning also helps my mental health as it gives me some time to park away my thoughts and process what I am thinking. I often finish cleaning with a list of things to do or people to speak to!

Creating a story corner with Vertbaudet

Creating a story corner with Vertbaudet

We were super lucky to work with Vertbaudet and create a wonderful story corner in Isla's bedroom. It was a little upgrade to her bedroom makeover that we finished last April. Isla loves reading, she reads to all of her soft toys and even reads Daddy a bedtime story in the evenings. It was a natural upgrade in her bedroom and I think it looks gorgeous... and cosy. VIEW the POST

How to make your cups sparkle like new with Cup Clean

How to make your cups sparkle like new with Cup Clean

You may have seen on my Instagram Stories that I featured the Cup Clean product that cleans your cups to make them look brand new. As part of a new campaign with Astonish, I am going to be showing you some fab cleaning hacks and not only that: keep an eye out for my fab Astonish competition coming soon. VIEW the POST

Making our family home – our master bedroom

We have loved doing up our home over the past year. One of the major spaces we have changed is our master bedroom and obviously it is the space that not many people see. It looked completely different from when we moved in; vibrant pink and a 40 plus year old carpet. We have truly given it a makeover and some love.

Making our family home – one year on in photos

Making our family home – one year on in photos

It's been a whole year. I cannot believe it. This time last year we had painted the kitchen (we did this on day 1) and spent the first 4 days stripping wallpaper from the bedrooms and painting them. We wanted to get the bedrooms painted as soon as possible. Since then we have done so much and we have so much to do. Here's a report of our year in before and after shots. VIEW the POST

Adding a little comfort and luxury to your garden

Adding a little comfort and luxury to your garden

We have been working hard on updating this house over the past 8 months, I still can't believe we have only been here 8 months. What with all the work that needs doing, including the garden, it is nice to just have a place to sit in comfort and relax. We have been adding a little comfort here and there, including a bean bag armchair. VIEW the POST

Making our family home – Kitchen makeover

As you know we moved into our family home on January 10 of this year, 2019, we have done a lot of work to the house and more recently we have up-cycled the kitchen cupboards. What a difference it has made? I wanted to go through the steps we have made in the kitchen makeover to make it what it is today: a journey through the 8 months! I think we have transformed the kitchen with very little budget and it’s a great family space.

A rug can make all the difference

A rug can make all the difference

It's amazing how much difference a bright, fresh rug can make to a room. We haven't really done much to our living room yet, we have been focussing on other rooms, so when we were offered the chance to review a rug from Land of Rugs, we jumped at the chance. VIEW the POST

Making our family home – Our new bathroom

Making our family home – Our new bathroom

Well, this is the most exciting project I have ever worked on - it started on day 4 of moving into our house! We finished the kiddies bedrooms last week and I did a reveal of Isla's bedroom makeover in time for her birthday. This week it's our bathroom. It is not 100% finished but enough to WOW at it! VIEW the POST

Making our family home – Isla’s bedroom makeover

As you know we moved into our new home back in January and it has been a very busy time making our family home. We finally, thankfully, managed to get the children’s bedrooms carpeted over bank holiday weekend and this kicked off a trail of events. Once the carpet was complete, we could build Isla’s new furniture and make her bedroom just right. I absolutely love her bedroom; it would have been a dream bedroom for me growing up. Isla is 7 tomorrow and what a perfect time to finish off her beautiful space. 

Styling up our diner for under £600 with Wayfair

Styling up our diner for under £600 with Wayfair

We have been doing a lot around the house since we moved in, we are really making it our family home. When Wayfair said they wanted to help us to style up a room, for under £600, I loved the idea of a challenge and instantly thought about the diner in our kitchen as it had been neglected. Here are my before and after pictures with the diner and what we have done. VIEW the POST

Month 2 of making our family home

Month 2 of making our family home

We seem to have done a lot this month, month 2, we have changed a lot. Some things just a little and some drastic changes too. The bathroom is coming along. We have about another week to go until I can have a bath in my bathroom. So excited. You can see what we did in month 1 in my previous post. Since then we have done the following: VIEW the POST

Week 7 of making our family home

Since the update last week, we have booked in to have our kitchen floor tiled and also our bathroom is being plastered. So this weekend we have to get all the tiles off of the bathroom wall. We have spent our time doing a bit of gardening and sorting over the past few weeks. I have also made a start on my test kitchen cupboard door with an undercoat layer.

Month 1 of making our family home

Month 1 of making our family home

I cannot believe how quickly this month has gone. It is absolutely crazy. I keep forgetting to log what we have been doing with just before photos. That's the bit I needed the most. So, our first month in our new home and we have decorated main rooms, have the cooker installed, started the bathroom and nearly finished the dining room. We have done a lot since our last weekly update. VIEW the POST