It’s Wednesday again. I’m not sure how. But it is. I love this shot of the kitchen in our #home. We’re renovating a 1960’s house that had, from what I can gather, original kitchen, bedroom carpets, the oven looked original when we moved in too. You can see the before and after images on my blog, under the our home category.

I love that we’ve made the kitchen space brighter. Painting the doors have made a huge difference. We need to get the tiles off the wall, get a new worktop and splashback for our lovely oven. It currently has an old orange extractor fan and it looks horrendous. I’ll show you the awful sight in my stories!

We’re starting work on the utility room soon too, our new floor tiles have been ordered from @harveymaria. They are beautiful and I’m 100% sure they’ll do the original 70’s style tiles justice! Can’t wait to see it all.

Do I go for white walls or colour?

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The kiddies requested a Maccie D’s style breakfast for dinner 🥞 - so I made American style pancakes, with sausage and maple syrup.

They had 6 pancakes each and demolished the lot. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing.

I wish they ate all meals with such conviction but peas and parsnips clearly don’t float their boat!

Not the best photography! 🤷🏼‍♀️ I had no time to take them as the kiddies couldn’t wait any longer.

Who else has pancakes only for their meal on Shrove Tuesday? I have to have pancakes. Happy to have a savoury one as long as I get a sweet one too! 🥞

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The kiddies requested a Maccie...

I love this photo from half term. It’s whooshed past so quickly. I can’t quite believe it’s gone already. The 6 week countdown to the Easter Holidays has begun.

We always fill our weeks with lots of things to do, it just means they zoom by. The kids go from one #activity to the next. They have after school clubs, boxing, football, swimming, drama and cubs after school. Friday is the only day they do not have anything booked in. It’s so manic.

Before I know it Saturday is here again and I’ve not done anything significant. I guess I’ll have to make my Saturdays full of significant things 😂. Who else thinks the week go by too quickly at the moment?

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We had a lovely day today. No plans whatsoever when we woke up. Which felt marvellous. I stayed in my PJs until 11am 😱. Sunday is the only day that’s possible, so I like to make the most of it. Not sure why, but it feels like you’re winning when you have extra hours in bed clothes!

We then arranged an impromptu dog walk with Nanny & Grandad. Which was lovely as the kiddies have missed them. The weeks are flying by at the moment and we’ve not seen them for 5 of them! It’s terrible as the kids saw them twice a week, every week up until a year ago. It must be hard for them all not having that regular routine.

Isla often cries her heart out for Nanny & Grandad. On Thursday evening, after a long day she was so emotional and cried for them. It breaks my heart, as at 8pm I can’t really do anything about it.

When I was growing up I stayed at my grandmas once a week. It was slightly different as I lived in the same town, which helped with school and my normal routine. But I had that closeness with my grandparents that never goes away. It’s my safe place.

I really want the same for my kiddies too! I guess it was a kick up the bum to make sure I plan that time in and not let the weeks get on top of me! #familytime is just perfect. 
We had a nice walk in the mud. Everything was thick and gooey. The kids, of course, loved it. I asked them not to get muddy: do you think they listened? Nope! Covered!!
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Hope everyone has had a lovely Sunday 🤩
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I’m off to watch @callthemidwife.official finale now 😫😭 I hate it when it gets to the final episode. 
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It’s been a day of fun and #games today. Noah had a football match this morning, Daddy said it was a good game and very close. Whilst Noah was slide tackling everyone, Isla and I took some soups to Grandmas. Hubby made some carrot and coriander soups for her this week as fresh ingredient soup is just the best!

Isla then went climbing with Daddy. They love going to Big Rock in MK. Isla is so brave. She climbs right up to the top of the really tall walls. It amazes me.

We then snuggled to watch the final Harry Potter. We’ve now watched them all. We have waited 5 years for this moment and we all loved it. I got a little confused with Snape’s memories but I think I’m back on track. I must finish the books now 🤣

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When it comes to a #horizon, I couldn’t not share this. Back from our trip to the Peak District. It was meant to be Summer. It felt like this week: windy, raining and unpredictable.

The views went on for miles at the top of his peak; Mam Tor wedged in between Castleton and Edale.

It was a beautiful area, picturesque and a treat for your eyes. I love places like that. It’s a shame we didn’t get to stop & enjoy the local beer gardens and cafes due to the weather.

We go on lots of adventures throughout the year: weekend trips camping, staycations and holidays abroad. Our next adventure is pretty epic too and every time I think about it I get butterflies! 🥰

We are off to Dubai soon! 😱😱😱 it must be real I’ve said it out loud. I’m so excited I might explode and I’m pretty sure the views will be nothing like this Peak District. Because the views we will have will be extraordinary. It’s our biggest adventure yet as a family. Biggest as in flight time, cost, special and unplanned. We’ve booked our flights and we’re super lucky to be staying with friends. Other than that we have no idea! What are we going to do in Dubai? Anyone been? Any ideas?

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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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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!

When we first moved into this house the bathroom was two rooms. We had a toilet room and a shower room, with a huge vanity cabinet in it. You can see our week 1 progression to see just how different it looked up here when we moved in.

When we started this project, it was very much a feel as we go – I had no drawings, no major plans drawn up. It was literally stage by stage to get to what I wanted which was a roll top bath and my wonderful grey floor tiles. It didn’t matter what bath, toilet or sink we bought – my objective was to have the roll top and the grey feature floor tiles.

Stage 1 – Knock the wall down

The first thing we had to do was to make the 2 rooms into one room. This was a case of taking a wall out, which left quite a mess in-between the toilet room and shower room. We had it like this for some time as we had to wait for the plasterer. It was very exciting though.

Stage 2 – plastering the walls

In order to get the bathroom plastered, so you wouldn’t know that it used to be 2 rooms, we had to do a lot of work: removed all of the wall tiles, take the toilet, sink and vanity unit out of the room and get rid of the old pink carpet (it was the same one we have in our master bedroom).

Stage 3 – wall and floor tiles

I loved this stage as the plaster had dried, which was a lot lighter. When it was first done the room looked so dark and felt claustrophobic, but it soon lightened and felt happy again. We chose our beautiful floor tiles from Tons of Tiles, the Dorset feature grey, they are commented on by everybody and I absolutely love them. I love how Tons of Tiles have used my photo on their website too – feeling very honoured!

The Swave wall tiles are from Topps Tiles, I wanted something plain and I really liked the letterbox style tile design. These tiles are textured and in the right light have a beautiful glittery shimmer – they are really pretty. I think they compliment the bathroom really well. It’s funny as they look grey in amongst everything else but they are white. We used these tiles to create a boxing around the pipework too – so it looks nice and neat around the bath.

Stage 4 – our bathroom suite

We made our bathroom suite up from different places. I was advised to get a shorter bath than normal as we couldn’t be sure the larger one would fit. So I found a 1500mm roll top bath on bathrooms.com, it was a brilliant price and it’s acrylic which means it’s light. There was no worries that the bath would be too heavy for our floorboards.

We then took a trip to B&Q, where we found a toilet and sink that worked with our mix of contemporary and traditional styled bathroom. I love that it’s a mixture. I also found the bath taps and sink taps from here, matching too!

We left the shower as it was- it was brand new when we got the house back in January and it was the best on the market. It’s a huge shower and takes up pretty much a quarter of the bathroom, but it works for us. It’s very powerful too.

Stage 5 – the finishing touches

This was a fun part as it was putting everything together and it looked fantastic. We had the under basin cabinet from VonHaus which gave us storage and it looked great against the floor tiles too. I absolutely adore our mirrored bathroom cabinet from Illuminated Mirrors, it has battery operated lights so I didn’t have to get an electrician to install it. It fits perfectly in the corner of our bathroom and is a great place for my make up and morning routine items. The light that comes into the bathroom is fab, so I like to make the most of it.

I love the bathroom. It’s my favourite room in the house. It has such a beautiful light in the daytime and the wall tiles make really reflect the candle light – and that floor! WOW. I love sitting in the bath with my bath caddy, its from Dunelm and probably the thing I get asked about most. We got our bathroom accessories from ADDIS housewares, the matching toilet brush and bin look great in the bathroom.

The next steps for our bathroom

So next things are: we need to finish painting the woodwork around the door frame. I painted the skirting boards and windowsill grey – not sure what colour to do the door frame. We need some bathroom blinds or something to finish off the window frames and we need some light fixtures – I am not sure what though. Then it will be finished up there!

Our budget for the bathroom wasn’t big. We had to improvise and I think we have been really lucky to have a super family who wanted to help us too. What would you do next with this bathroom, I would love to know in the comments below or on social media: @mummyconstant.

You can see our bedroom tour from the IGTV video I created, it gives the pictures a bit of perspective!

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1 Comment
  • Diane Wood
    January 6, 2020

    Wow, what an improvement! I love that mirror, how have you found it, now you’ve had it a while, with it being battery operated?

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