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...

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 😂


#ad Prints are from @coulsonmacleod - so beautiful

Happy Valentine’s Day 🤍 A...

I love this new story corner I’ve created for Isla, with a little help from @vertbaudetuk. It is a gorgeous space and I couldn’t wait for her to get home and see it. She was so happy!

I love the large floor cushion, I want an entire room kitted out with them so I can just chill in the middle. It would be so cosy. Or even just #half a room! 🤍

Isla loves reading and so I thought this little corner would be perfect for her. She loves it.

I started with the floor cushion, I hung the coat rack for her monkeys and dressing gown and then I hung the shelves. They are so cute. I finished it all off with the mirror. I love all the colours and shapes. It really finishes off her room.

Who else wants the futon cushion? 🙋🏼‍♀️ #mummyphotoaday #ad

I love this new story...

I love trying new makeup, especially the vegan variety! I’ve recently discovered the fab range from @ex1cosmetics - you can grab them at your local @superdrug. So easy to find when you run out.

I’ve done a bit of a makeup tutorial on the blog using the EX1 Cosmetic products. Please forgive me, my skin is awful at the moment. Since I’ve been exercising more my skin has been really spotty. The spots that hide under the skin too!

If you swipe left then you’ll see the fab products I used. Then check out my stories for the swipe up link to my blog post.

I’m no make up artist haha. I prefer natural tones, that give my face #warmth. These products are perfect for that, especially the pink blusher! I wanted to show you what the products do and how they can be used together. Perfect makeup for your Valentine’s Day date!

#mummyphotoaday #ad

I love trying new makeup,...

A place to relax. A place to hide. A place to #doodle. A place to confide.

This place is my haven. It’s my safe space to relax and unwind. It’s absurd that at 37 years old, I just can’t wait to get into bed. When hubby goes climbing on a Monday evening; I’m in bed at 8pm! Is that sad?

Because it makes me happy, the bed is super comfortable and it is the only room in the house that the kids do not destroy, it’s nice to cling on to it. Keep it that haven.

If I need 5 mins to compose myself, I’ll hide in here. The kids drive me up the wall sometimes and hiding in here can calm me down. A technique I’ve developed over the years so the kids do not see Mumma lose it!

Anyone else love their bed? Or bedroom as a whole? I’m sure I’m not the only one haha #mummyphotoaday

A place to relax. A...

When you have a #favourite day with some great memories. Happy memories. It’s so nice to reflect back on it and reminisce.

This Winter Sun family day out at Norfolk still makes me feel happy when I think about it. These gorgeous smiles say it all.

However, you wouldn’t of thought this earlier before school. They had the most angry faces, shouting and being quite mean to each other. I’m hoping it’s just tiredness from the weekend. They’ve definitely come home happier than when they left!

It’s nice to look at photos that make you happy. Especially when you’re not feeling that happy, in that moment.


When you have a #favourite...

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.

Dining area

The only things we have changed so far, since moving in, is the light fitting and adding curtains. My ideas area to have a different door installed as this one is really difficult to open. I would love some patio doors that open up and so we can bring our new decking area in. If that makes sense. We also need to strip the wallpaper and paint the walls. We have a beautiful dining set from Noa & Nani, it’s the Hever Dining Table and comes with 5 chairs and a bench. We can therefore sit 8 around the table comfortably. Which we quite often do. We are rejigging the furniture around this weekend, so I will have an update on this space for you.

Before (the day we moved in)

Dining room before


Dining room after

Living room

As with the dining room we haven’t really changed too much in the living room yet. We stripped the wallpaper off on our first weekend. I have updated the wall lights, curtain pole and curtains. We have got a nice rug and soft furnishings. My ideas are to remove the fireplace and get a faux log burner, I love the idea of having a log burner but they are expensive to install.

Before (the day we moved in)

Living room before

After (excuse the birthday presents and cards)

Living room after


I feel like the kitchen is one of the major areas we have changed. We haven’t done renovation work as such, it’s more decor and cosmetic changes. We painted the yellow walls on Day 1. We have changed the flooring to Luxury Vinyl Tiles and I painted the cupboard doors with Frenchic AL Fresco range, the colour is Cool Beans. We still need to remove the wall tiles (as I despise them) and get new worktops. Lots to do, but it’s all fun.

Before (the day we moved in)



I laughed when we looked at the hallway, the rug was glued to the carpet so that it wouldn’t move. I get it – but it did make us laugh. We have changed the flooring, this is the same as the kitchen and I have painted all the woodwork. Dazzle me and City Slicker from the Frenchic Al Fresco range. We still need to strip the wallpaper, it’s a big job so we have been saving it. I am going to attempt to paint the door with Frenchic in the Spring too – currently thinking a Sage Green. Very excited.


I had installed the light fitting and curtains in this photo, this was before I painted the bannister.


Downstairs toilet

The downstairs toilet had a purple wallpapered pattern with purple tiles around the sink area. We updated the toilet roll holder and towel rail with a modern design and a new toilet seat. It’s amazing how just that can make a difference. I used tile stickers to cover the old designs, this worked well as a quick solution and I painted the walls a green colour. Family vote and green won!




This room was one that we made a major change. We knocked down a wall and created one large bathroom as opposed to having a separate toilet and shower room. We kept the shower as it was newly installed. We have literally changed everything except the shower! Painted the walls white, new wall tiles and floor tiles, new toilet and sink suite. Then, the focal point – my rolltop bath. There are more details in my bathroom post (link above).



Master bedroom

We are very nearly finished with the master bedroom and I will reveal all in a separate post in a couple of weeks. We have transformed this space by being a little creative on a limited budget. We stripped the wallpapers, changed the flooring using Carpetright Luxury Vinyl Tiles and painted the cupboards with Frenchic. I cannot wait to show off the room properly one year in.



Isla’s bedroom

This room looks completely different, you can see more in the bedroom makeover post. We stripped the wallpaper, changed the carpets (which we did ourselves) and got her a new bed with storage.



Noah’s bedroom

Noahs bedroom looks really different too, we stripped the wallpaper and painted the walls. We replaced the carpets and are trying to make the best use of the space with furniture.




Utility room

This space is currently unchanged. I have no before or after shots really. We are currently looking at floor tiles, to replace the funky 70’s tiles that we can have at the moment. I have a bit of damp on the walls in this room, so we need to treat this with a damp presentation paint. I am up cycling the units in here too so it looks nice. The brown units are useful but not the colour for me!

Before (the day we viewed the house)

Current floor

Back garden

When we moved in our garden had a fish pond, rockery, greenhouse and a pagoda area. All of which we have removed. We have decked the patio areas to cover where the fish pond once was. We still have to patio the area where the rockery was, my ideas are to have a rattan corner sofa in this space as its get the sun in the late afternoons. We have also painted the fences grey.

Before (the day we moved in)

When we got rid of the fish in the pond (February 2019)

After (once we had decked the garden)

This was before we painted the face, it shows the removal of the greenhouse and pagoda.

Front garden

We haven’t done a lot to the front garden, we have taken out some bushes so that we can both park next to each other on the drive way. Instead of behind each other. My ideas are to take away some of the shrubs and make the parking area better and making a real home for the bins.

We still have so much more to do but this is where we are one year in. It’s been an exciting journey and we have done so much more than I thought we would do. I wonder what another one year will look like.


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  • Ruth Amy Wollerton
    February 9, 2020

    Love your house, it’s so gorgeous xxx

  • Sarah Roberts
    February 9, 2020

    It looks lovely! so nice adding your own heart and soul to a new home!

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