💙💚 This weather is just beautiful. I can’t wait to spend more time with nature. Evening walks through natures routes and paddling under the sunshine.

I haven’t seen much of the sunshine this week; I’ve been quite unwell and going to bed early to give myself energy for the next day. I’m hoping it will pass soon, so I can enjoy some sunshine over the weekend.

How has your week been?

#mummyphotoaday ~ nature & route

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🎂 Yesterday we had a very successful family party for Isla’s birthday. 🥳

Isla and I made her watermelon themed cake, we baked scones and a zillion sandwiches. It was so nice to have everyone around, as we haven’t done that for years. I think there was 16 of us in total!

I love decorating the table for an Afternoon Tea. It always looks so pretty. I used the Garden Party in a box from @lucydarlingshop.

All the sandwiches went down a treat. We had cheese, ham, chicken, egg mayo and tuna mayo! I’ve rekindled my love for a cheese & pickle… 

What’s your favourite sandwich? 

#mummyphotoaday ~ family

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🍉 Watermelon cake recipe from @cakesbylynz (it didn’t work out the same but had a similar effect).
🌳 I would love to live in the countryside, by vast woodlands & coastal paths. It’s the dream. However, I forget just how much beauty there is just outside my door.

This little woodland, for example, is full of life & only a 30 second walk from my house. I find it calming & I just love taking slow walks through here. Listening to the birds!

I’ve promised myself to get more steps in, and appreciate natures little pockets that I live near. After all, it can only make me appreciate the countryside whenever we do find our dream home.

Do you forget about the pockets of nature near you?

#mummyphotoaday ~ steps

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Making memories 🥳

This was Isla’s first family selfie using her birthday present. She loves taking photos and I can see her following in Daddy’s footsteps when she’s older. She’s very creative.

We’ve managed to spread out Isla’s birthday celebrations over an 8 day period. Perfect if you ask me. She’s loved it!

Anyone love taking photos? Of everything? All the time?

#mummyphotoaday ~ memory

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And she’s jumping into her birthday like…

💙💗 We had a super fun time at the trampoline park tonight, hot dogs and slushies. Cupcakes and sweets. Then to the park to burn off the sugar high and cool them down a little.

It was lovely to see them all playing and having fun… Isla loved it. I learn so much from her, how to let go and how to have fun. She’s my little ⭐️.

I cannot believe my baby is 10 tomorrow 😭 I want my baby girl back with her diddy feet.

What’s your favourite memory of the newborn stage?

#mummyphotoaday ~ learn 

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My favourite skies are deep with blue and white fluffy clouds scattered about too. I visualise patterns and shapes in the clouds just for fun… it’s amazing this planet that lives under the sun!

I’m doing my bit to look after the planet; walking where I can, compost, I don’t eat meat or fish, using less water and getting rid of single use plastic.

I want to keep seeing the beautiful views and making cloud patterns and shapes. Do you do that when the sky is full of white fluffy clouds?

#mummyphotoaday ~ skies & pattern

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With it being my little babies 10th birthday in one week, it’s making me reflect on all the fun adventures and activities we’ve had over the years.

This is one of my favourite photos from April 2015. Isla was not quite 4 here and Noah is 5. They’re soo tiny. I remember Noah trying to explain to Isla what they’d be doing back at the holiday cottage.

They’ve always been very active. In fact I think they were more active when they were younger! 😂

Do you go through photos of your little ones when approaching their birthdays? 💜

#mummyphotoaday ~ activities 

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Spring clean the air for allergy sufferers with Hoover

Spring clean the air for allergy sufferers with Hoover

As some of you know I am allergic to dust and cats. Yes, that is right! I have a house full of dust and a fluffy cat. Since working from home, permanently, I have noticed the difference in my breathing and chest. Hoover have the perfect remedy: an air purifier. It’s perfect for people like me, allergy sufferers who cannot really escape it. VIEW the POST

Our affordable office conversion – before and after

Our affordable office conversion – before and after

So, back in January of this year we were told that an extension to add a new bedroom to the house would be tens of thousands of pounds. It was only when our mortgage advisor said "Why don't you do a garage conversion it's a lot of cheaper?" that we considered renovating our garage. So, this is our before and after for an affordable office conversion for Hubby to work from home. VIEW the POST

Top 5 tips for amazing clean white bedding

I absolutely adore my new crisp white bedding from DUSK, but keeping it nice and clean is something I am really desperate to do. I am the sort of person that will make them pink by washing them accidentally with something else. So, in doing my research I put together this checklist for keeping clean white bedding. I love that fresh bed feeling; like getting into a freshly made hotel room.

How to remove stains from a sofa

How to remove stains from a sofa

Sofas constantly keep getting dirty because they are used a lot during the daytime. Also, if you are a fan of eating on the sofa like most other people, then they are bound to get stained a lot. It is important to keep the sofas clean because they are the centerpiece in the living rooms of most people. For this purpose, I explain in this article how to remove stains from a sofa in the most efficient and easiest way possible. Below are 5 most common and stubborn stains that you may want to clean from your sofa. VIEW the POST

How to re-organise your home after home schooling

How to re-organise your home after home schooling

After setting up our home school last year; pencil pots and reams of paper at the ready we need to regain our home back. The dining table is for eating on after all, not a school table. So here are some tips on how to re-organise your home after home schooling, we needed to sort everything out anyway in preparation for our new offices which are starting this month. Also, we don't want to get rid of everything as there is still that lingering worry that another lockdown could happen in the future! VIEW the POST

How to update your cloakroom on a DIY budget

Yes I know a cloakroom is a polite way of saying the toilet room. When we moved into our first home, we knew there would be a lot of work to do as it had been occupied by an elderly couple and the interior was possibly over 30 years old. We did a lot of work in the bedrooms and main living spaces initially, our cloakroom was not so much a priority. So, I managed to update it and this is what I did to redecorate our cloakroom on a DIY budget.

Noah’s amazing boy bedroom makeover – before and after

Noah’s amazing boy bedroom makeover – before and after

It has been over 2 years since we moved in to our first family home and we finally got round to adding a splash of colour to the walls. We started in Noah's room and I thought I would give him a boy bedroom makeover. He loves his blues and greens, football and LEGO. So I tried to think of all these things whilst I styled his room. I still cannot believe what his room looked like when we first moved in, see the photos below for the before and afters! He loves it though and it's nice for him to have his space, even if it is a little on the small side. VIEW the POST

Cleaning hack for your old kettle with BRITA

Cleaning hack for your old kettle with BRITA

So this cleaning hack is how to AVOID a little cleaning in the future. No more scrubbing the kettle or using harmful chemicals to get rid of that flaky limescale that sometimes escapes into your tea. BRITA Filter Jugs are designed to help with this and they will reduce your cleaning time. It makes the water taste better and stops the build up of limescale. Win win! VIEW the POST

Finding the most suitable flooring for family life

We just love our new utility room floor; it is the most stylish pattern and I just love walking into the room. It’s funny how a new floor can make you smile so much. Choosing suitable flooring for family life can be tricky as it has to be durable and easy to clean. That’s why we chose this design from Harvey Maria, Lattice Tarn LVT designed by Dee Hardwicke. 

Hate cleaning? Try these hacks for keeping your home tidy

Hate cleaning? Try these hacks for keeping your home tidy

Cleaning the home is something we all cannot do without. Regardless, it may not always be a fun chore for many people. Therefore, anything to help clean easier and faster is very welcome. Are you wondering how to keep your home tidy without too much stress? Below are a few cleaning hacks you surely want to try! VIEW the POST

The best luxury Christmas fragrances for your home: Sensory Philosophy

The best luxury Christmas fragrances for your home: Sensory Philosophy

One thing I have loved during lockdown, is getting to know the fabulous local businesses around me. Sensory Philosophy is one of them; they make homemade luxury home fragrances right here in Cambridgeshire. And not only that, it is their 1st birthday tomorrow! It has been so lovely bringing in a little Christmas over the past couple of weeks, starting with these gorgeous fragrances. VIEW the POST

5 amazing family garden tips to be ready for Autumn

As Spring taught us that our gardens can be a safe haven during a pandemic, I believe that this will be no different during Autumn. As we all know, Autumn is my favourite season. I am starting to think about getting the garden ready for Autumn and ensuring everything is tidied up and put away, ready for the colder months ahead. Here are some of my top tips for getting your family garden in tip top shape and adding a little luxury along the way.

How to remove pet urine and unpleasant smells from the carpet?

How to remove pet urine and unpleasant smells from the carpet?

All dogs, without exception, have a specific smell. Their skin produces a secret, wet hair also emits a not very pleasant aroma, so it is recommended to bathe the animal regularly, treat it with tick and flea repellent, and wipe it dry.  I'm not going to go on about how we need to train and treat an animal, because every pet owner already knows about this. Today we have prepared several carpet cleaning tips on how to remove pet urine from the carpet, as well as the natural animal smell. VIEW the POST

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

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.

My top tips when doing DIY at home

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. VIEW the POST

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

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.

Keeping on top of the laundry during lockdown

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? VIEW the POST

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

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:

Making our family home – adding the finishing touches

Making our family home – adding the finishing touches

You may have seen our Master Bedroom reveal recently, well it needed some finishing touches to make it complete and that's exactly what we did. I love our bedroom, it's amazing how different it looks from a year ago when we moved in. You can see the before and after photos in the original post. 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

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.

Win a prize package with Astonish to deliver #AstonishingResults

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! VIEW the POST