I am running a day behind 🤦🏼‍♀️ I keep falling asleep and not posting my photos. I’ll catch up today... This is #fresh. Getting out in the fresh air has been a complete dream over the past week. When you’re told you can’t do something, it makes you want to do it more. Like when Hubby said we have to be careful about the food we eat, I wanted to eat it all!

This photo was the kiddies playing football with Daddy whilst I walked with them with the doggies. It’s something that’s becoming a habit after we finish homeschooling.

It’s a shame as Daddy normal gets out all of the time. On a typical Sunday he’ll go out for a 3 hour bike ride in the mornings. Possibly go swimming with the kids too. Walk the dogs with us later in the afternoon. I think this “1 exercise” rule will be effecting him more than anyone else I know. It’s also makes family decisions hard, if Daddy goes out on his bike he can’t walk with us. It’s a shame. But necessary.

Just think how much we’ll all appreciate a long bike ride and driving to the beach for the day when all of this is over.

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Until tomorrow...

Until tomorrow...

I love Lush products, they smell good enough to eat (or #drink) and are amazing. They have a range of handmade soaps that come in all shapes and smells.

This particular soap is called “Parsley Porridge” and it’s packed with antibacterial tea tree infusion, antimicrobial fresh parsley and thyme. Crucially, it also contains fresh aloe gel which helps to soothe your hands and the anti-inflammatory fine ground oatmeal gently exfoliates your hands too.

It’s perfect at the moment, my hands are like reptile skin where I’ve washed them more than normal. This has helped to soothe them and my hands are starting to feel a lot softer.

All of the @lush soaps are self preserving. They are made with natural ingredients that keep the soap clean!

I have also got Karma (my absolute favourite smell) and Sea Vegetable. They all smell INCREDIBLE.

This is not an ad. I bought them all myself. I just think they are amazing products, the company has a good ethos and they even recycle their own pots in its own recycling plant!

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I was so tired yesterday I completely forgot to post, so this is a capture from our Day 4! That sky is just unreal. I have loved the sun so much, it looks glorious. I think it’s definitely helped get me through the week.

I found it tough yesterday, I think because it’s just non stop. Parent... homeschooling... work... parent. I need to space things out a bit I think so I can chill in-between tasks. The same for the kids. They seemed irritable and frustrated yesterday too.

People keep telling me the kiddies will be home until September, which I really don’t understand. But if that’s the case I’m definitely going to have to consider using some of my annual leave so I can break the weeks up. I can get the kiddies involved in some #diy, and we can spend the day doing fun things together.

How are you finding the homeschooling  and working from home juggle?

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I was so tired yesterday...

Its been lovely to get out and #walk after our homeschooling and working from home plans. I can imagine it would be quite a challenge if we couldn’t get out into the great outdoors.

It was especially nice to get out and make the most of the sunset. The sun has been glorious this week. It’s almost like Mother Nature knew we needed something positive and glorious to keep up our spirits.

Today has been quite stressful, I had to conduct 2 interviews and I was quite paranoid the kiddies would walk in half way through. Thankfully they didn’t! They have no idea what an interview is... 😂 Back to our normal homeschooling routine tomorrow. Phew!

How has everyone else got on today?

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We had PE in the garden this morning, following @thebodycoach #PEWithJoe. It was beautifully sunny and the perfect weather to get outside.

Albeit our garden isn’t finished (Daddy has 1 more day of laying the slabs) and he’s building a flower bed against the fence so it looks prettier... our outside space made me #smile.

It’s amazing how it’s all coming together and how absolutely essential this space will be over the Spring and Summer!

My first day of homeschooling will the kiddies and I’ve had a blast. Haha. I’ve marked their work, said “well done” 9,999 times and managed to get 2 washing loads done!

I am sure this positivity will diminish over the next few weeks, but I’m going to try my best to not let it.

My tips: 📖 Mix up the tasks frequently 🐈 Include the pets 🏡 Get out in the garden as much as possible 💭 Have some quiet time, alone, if you can

Hubby & I are co-homeschooling and working from home. I do homeschooling until lunch then work, and vice versa. It’s going to be tough, as I know already we’ve squealed and been loud whilst Daddy’s been on the phone. But, THIS IS LIFE now and there’s absolutely no point getting worked up about it. 👊🏻 We can do this!

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I wanted to reshare my idea of creating a little story corner in Isla’s room, just a different angle. Over the next few weeks, whilst home schooling, we are definitely going to need to find our own space.

Living on top of each other, under one roof, can be quite consuming if you do not break the day up. So we’re encouraging the kiddies to have time apart. This little corner is perfect for Isla to sit and read her Spring reading book, or play TT Rockstars for an hour.

Noah can also snuggle here too, if he wants as the space is perfect for both of them. For when they miss each other again!

I made this corner by simply putting the @vertbaudetuk floor cushion on top of an ottoman. It’s made the perfect space, raised off the floor.

Check out my blog post for more information on the products I used to create this #cosy space... blog link is in my bio!

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Happy Mother’s Day 🌸 It’s been a very surreal one. We normally cook a big Sunday roast (I obviously mean Hubby cooks this) and we have Hubby’s family over. We also visit my family and have cups of tea, hugs and chats.

None of this today. We had a chilled one this morning, I got a new dressing gown and nightie from the kiddies. The dressing gown is going to come in handy! 🤣 We sat in the garden with the beautiful Spring sunshine. It felt lovely warming up my cheeks.

This afternoon we went for a dog walk in the woods. There was a lot of people out but we made sure we distanced ourselves from walkers by. We kept together as a family unit (household unit) and gave the doggies their fresh air.

It felt sad not giving family hugs and kisses. I feel like we’re punishing people. But I know we’re not. The kiddies feel the same. Something so natural to hug their grandparents and they can’t. They are finding it hilarious to elbow goodbye instead!

Sending big, virtual, hugs to everyone whose feeling in need of one right now.

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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

After

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

Kitchen

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)

After

Hallway

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.

Before

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

After

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!

Before

After

Bathroom

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).

Before

After

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.

Before

After

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.

Before

After

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.

Before

After

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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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3 Comments
  • 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!

  • Carolyn E
    March 12, 2020

    That’s amazing – what a transformation in a year! I especially like the tiles in the loo, and the hallway. Hallways are so tricky to make stylish but this is fab!

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