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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When it comes to a...

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

Ah it’s #loveyourpetday - what...

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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Sometimes I like to have...

I had a busy Sunday painting the dining room with @frenchicpaint. I think it’s fair to say I’m obsessed. I painted the radiator and skirting boards with Dazzle Me. It’s super bright white. I painted the door with City Slicker. It looks so much better than the dark wood it was before.

If you swipe left you can see the before photos. The radiator was a beige colour before. It’s amazing how much brighter the room looks, it’s easy to #transform a room with an hour or 2 of painting.

I styled up the dining room with this beautiful bouquet of Spring flowers (a very kind gift from a friend) and these items from @pricescandlesuk. They eliminate pet odours which is great as sometimes I worry my house smells “dog”. After an impromptu afternoon off work, looking after Isla who hurt her neck at dance club, I cleaned and cleaned. The house smells nice and clean now. The household candle and reed diffuser have added a nice citrus and thyme scent to the room.

It’s amazing what you can do to change the feel of a room with simple steps!

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I had a busy Sunday...

#Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. We aren’t all the same. Wouldn’t the world be a boring place if that was the case. Everyone has a viewpoint. Everyone has their own opinion.

However, I am a firm believer in “if you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all”. I think it’s really important to spread happiness, build confidence and support each other. Now my big cheesey smile isn’t like this everyday, sometimes I’m worn out and sometimes I’m feeling sad. But I’ve learnt how to offload, unwind and bring that smile back. It’s so important to be able to hit that reset button once in a while.

So, this week, try and do one of these things:
🤍 Make someone laugh, a big belly laugh
🤍 Tell someone they look amazing
🤍 Tell someone you love you are grateful for them

See how it makes you feel. To make someone else’s day. It’s euphoric. I will never forget the moment one of the Mums from the school run told me I completely picked them up out of a dark spot - just by telling them they looked amazing today as I walked past.

Take the time to appreciate. Honestly it’s THE best hobby!

On a little diverted note; I’m appreciating this coat and boots right now. So warm and comfy. Check out the details on my blog >>> #linkinbio

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#ad Coat & Boots from @idealworld.tv and they are @joebrowns 🙌🏻

#Beauty is in the eye...

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 
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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.

Always. 
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...

5 simple ways to keep your house clean with pets

We have three fur balls at home, two dogs and one cat, I find it really hard to keep on top of the house work at the best of times but even more so when you have to worry about muddy paw prints or cat fluff all over the carpet. Sometimes it just seems impossible to get rid of dog smells, but there are wonderful ways and simple ideas to help you keep on top of it all.

Snoopy

Here are my top tips on keeping your home clean despite the pet’s best efforts:

Stock up with handy cleaning tools

I have an indoor broom handy and a dust pan and brush. The thought of having to hoover twice a day to pick up the pet hair made me feel quite frustrated, so I now use the broom to sweep it all up and the crumbs that the children leave too – win win. Quick and easy.

A dust pan brush is great to get cat fur off the carpet too – wet it a little and rub the cat fur with the bristles. Watch the fur clump together, pick up the clumps and throw it in the bin. Rocky has a spot at the top of the stairs, which I think is where the pipes warm up the floor, he sleeps there all day and night. As you can imagine sometimes the beige carpet looks grey so this neat trick saves me a lot of time and I can just do that one area when I need to.

Use a steam mop with scented cleaning products

As you may have read in one of my previous posts, a handy tip is to put Zoflora in your steam mop. This not only cleans the floors with the steam getting rid of bacteria – but it also makes it smell devine! The good thing about the steam mop is it gets into the crooks of tiles, so where the pets might have dribbled their water or had an accident, the steam mop will give it a thorough clean.

Swap out the pet bedding

Buy a dog blanket for their beds, or a throw and buy it twice. Use one for a week and wash. Rotate the blankets whilst washing. This way the pets never go without their comforts. Washing the bedding weekly reduces the risk of eggs hatching if they have collected bugs on their long grass walks!

Rambo

Cover the sofa!

If the pets live in the house as you do it’s worth covering the sofa with throws. We all love sofa snuggles. Throws not only protect the sofa from dirt but it is also easier to wash. It works for the children too. The last thing we want is a chocolate stain or a felt tip pen signature. A tip for pets and children.

Keep a dog towel by the door

Big dog walks equals muddied paws and dripping wet from ear to tail. I find it really useful to grab the dogs towel at the front porch and wipe down the muddy paws. Otherwise they create a parade of brown paw prints throughout the house, which is a job to get that up from the carpet. So I use a preventative method before they get into the main house. I don’t want to ruin their fun by not letting them get muddy!

Do you have any useful tips on keeping the house clean with pets? I would love to hear them in the comments below or on social media @mummyconstant.

This post is brought to you by The Cleaning Wizard. Visit their website to find out more about household cleaning advice.

 

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5 Comments
  • Morgan
    July 5, 2016

    This is fantastic! Keeping your home home clean can be a humongous struggle when you have pets, but tips like this make it much easier! Thanks so much for sharing your advice!

  • Natasha @ Velamatta Blog
    August 18, 2016

    Hello, I really liked your idea of putting zoflora to my steam mop. i checked you other article and everything that you have posted there and here as well just makes perfect sense. my husband is a keen dog lover and i have had that problem with the dog smell for quite a lot of time. Now, I am going to implement some of the strategies that you suggested. Thanks for the article, it is very helpful!

  • Joyce A. Meehan
    August 27, 2016

    TWEET IT! LOVE IT…I KNOW WHAT A HELPFUL POST AS I DO CLEAN MYSELF TO SHINE MY FLOOR. SOME OF TOOLS IS MY COMMON HOUSEHOLD. HARDLY USED ANY CHEMICAL SOLUTION AS I USE STEAM MOP & IT WORKS FINE. KEEP CLEANING IS A SERIOUS MATTER WHO HAS A PETS. PETS HAIR ALMOST FOUND WHILE CLEANING. THANKS FOR SHARING NICE TIPS ALSO.

  • john
    October 13, 2016

    It is not an easy task to keep your home clean with pets.But cleaning is necessary to prevent unwanted diseases.These tips helped a lot in keeping my house clean.Thanks for sharing!

  • Brian
    November 1, 2016

    Great advice on keeping your home clean with pets. It really can be a difficult task as it always seems like dogs and cats are shedding. I’ll have to get a new dog blanket for the sofa, thanks for the reminder!

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