Home & Garden

Washing, Washing And More Washing

I have spent most of today working. I have been sorting through this month’s pen pal sign up and matching everyone up. It has taken hours! And in between that I have been ensuring that the kids have been fed and watered (they’ve been quite content as they have spent their time building and playing in a den) and getting two loads of washing done and then ironing all of it. Such thrills. You see, we’re going away for a few days tomorrow morning and that means that my mind’s presently on washing. Whenever we’re off on holiday, washing preoccupies Read more >


GardenSite Garden Bench Review & Competition

It’s been a little while since I talked about the garden. This is no doubt because IT HAS BEEN THE LONGEST WINTER EVER!!! But, I am hopeful that spring is now emerging as we have had a handful of warmer sunnier days, which has meant that we have managed to spruce up a little area of the garden with its newest addition, a lovely garden bench thanks to the folks over at GardenSite. GardenSite has over 12,000 home and garden products available to buy online, from greenhouses to ponds, and from swing sets to planters, they have a huge range Read more >

Interior Projects for 2018

I always get itchy feet in January so I am already anticipating feeling this way soon. At least I know it’s coming now, so it won’t sneak up on me and have me making hasty trips to buy random ill-thought out purchases just to assuage the need for change! It’s not that I ever want to move house or anything quite as significant as that, but I do tend to find myself looking around at my home and wondering how I can freshen it up. There’s normally a room or two that hasn’t been altered for a while that starts Read more >

Why A Betta Fish Is The Perfect First Pet For Kids

Why A Betta Fish Is The Perfect First Pet For Kids

  Fish are awesome creatures to have in your home, which is true even if you aren’t a big fan of animals. Well, maybe your child has been begging you for their first pet, or maybe you think that a pet will do them some good. You may have thought about getting a dog or cat, but those can be boring and overplayed. So, what is the right first pet for your kids? It’s been suggested that a great first pet to get for your kids is a Betta fish. So let’s talk about why a Betta fish is the perfect first Read more >

The Best Flooring For Your Child’s Bedroom

If you have children then you know that having carpet around the house, especially in their bedroom, can be a very dangerous game. Now, don’t get me wrong, carpet can be a great option for a child’s bedroom, it’s lovely and soft which is ideal if you have little ones tinkering about who are prone to taking a tumble! Carpet is also good for cushioning space, thus resulting in less noise – handy if your little ones like to stomp about like baby elephants. If you’re not sold on getting rid of the carpet, that’s fine, but what if I Read more >

8 Things You Didn’t Know Your Plants Can Do

I am something of a latecomer to the wonders of gardening, but I am now very keen. For so many years I paid no attention to what was happening out there, but over the last 3 to 4 years I have found myself increasingly excited by seeing what the seasons will bring, planning the garden, spending time out there and choosing new seeds, plants and shrubs. Yes, I am a full convert, and one of my annual highlights is now visiting Gardener’s World Live with my mum – seriously, my twenty-something-year-old self would not believe it! My favourites are roses, Read more >

Can Embracing Hygge Make You Happier?

Well, the Danes certainly think so. Having seen this book about Hygge all over the place in recent months, I was intrigued so it was at the top of my Christmas list…. Denmark is often said to be the happiest country in the world. That’s down to one thing: hygge. ‘Hygge has been translated as everything from the art of creating intimacy to cosiness of the soul to taking pleasure from the presence of soothing things. My personal favourite is cocoa by candlelight…’ I sat down to flick through it a couple of weeks ago and ended up reading it Read more >

Different Ways to Add More Living Space to Your Home

The main reason why most people end up moving home is because they need more space. If you buy a home as a couple, there is a good chance that sooner or later children will come along and your one-bed flat will start to feel a bit cramped. The obvious solution in this instance is to upgrade to a two or three-bed family home, but what happens if your home is too small but you can’t afford to move? The next best solution to a lack of space is to look at ways of adding extra room. If you need more Read more >

Sushi for Beginners with Yutaka

Have you tried sushi? Probably. But until now, we hadn’t, not one of us in our house. So when YUTAKA got in touch offering us the chance to give it a go, I jumped at it as I like us to try new things and I thought it would be fun to get the kids involved in making it. Leading UK-based Japanese food company YUTAKA, have all the ingredients, without all the additives, to make authentic and healthy sushi at home. OK, so first up, this is how you actually do it… How to Cook Sushi Rice (for 2) Put Read more >

Batavia Maxxheat: Electric Hot Air Gun Weed Killer Review

I have a new gadget and it’s a garden gadget, my favourite kind. May I introduce to you the Batavia Maxxheat: Electric Hot Air Gun Weed Killer… From Batavia this is a useful 3-in-1 combi-tool that can be used as a Weed Killer, a Hot Air Gun and a BBQ Lighter! The Maxxheat package includes a telescopic pole that is ideal when used as a weed killer. The pole can be easily removed for the other uses of the Multi Heater; the Hot Air Gun and BBQ Lighter. It does it all! Now for me, this is all about the Read more >

Life with Guinea Pigs

It’s been a little while since our furry friends featured here so I though an update on how we’re getting on with them would be useful… As you may know, we bought our guinea pigs during the summer holidays last year, and they are officially the kids pets. Boo has Jessie and Little Man has Leia. Ah yes, the kids pets. I clean them out, play with them, cuddle them and feed them twice a day. So as I suspected when I wrote my 5 Things to Consider Before Getting Guinea Pigs post, they really are all my responsibility. I Read more >

An Easy Way to Brighten Up A Room

I don’t know about you, but we don’t have much wallpaper in our house. We have the living room papered, but all of our other rooms and hallway are painted. I like the flexibility that this gives us with decorating as we can easily change the look and feel of a room repainting, which tends to be a relatively inexpensive option and quite fast to do. Well, a seemingly ever more popular option than that to give a room a fresh look is to go for wall stickers. I’ve been having a little browse, and I do like this one for Read more >

I’m Loving…My Furry Balls!

Yes, that’s what I said. Now I should point out here that initially the balls are not furry, just very scratchy, but then the fur comes… I’m thinking I should probably explain! As you may know, we have two guinea pigs here. Our little piggies live inside with us, and as such, their cage is fleece lined and all of their ‘furniture’ is also fleece. Here’s a little look at some of their bedding and furniture so that you get the idea… They have a good old variety of fleeces, from shelves, to snuggle sacks and they now even have a Read more >

8 Quirky Kitchen Treats You'll Love

8 Quirky Kitchen Treats You’ll Love

Last year we gave our kitchen a makeover by having it all repainted and buying some new accessories. It feels a lot lighter and brighter in there and we enjoy spending time together in the kitchen. Last month we bought some new dinnerware, so this month I’m thinking about kitchen accessories to bring little dashes of fun to the room, so I’m sharing 8 quirky kitchen treats you’ll love. Hopping on over to Red Candy, they have a fabulous range available, for every room in the house, let alone the kitchen. These would be my top kitchen picks… First up, it’s one Read more >

Strawberry, Apple and Chocolate Crumble

I have long been a fan of crumbles, yet I rarely make them myself. My mum used to make them all the time for my brother and I, so we’ll still eat the odd one there every now and again, but I don’t think to do them at home. It’s probably because the Husband doesn’t like them, so I don’t want to spend time cooking something that one of us won’t eat. But now I have found a super fast and easy recipe that is just so tasty, meaning I can have my crumble fix whenever I want it! This Read more >

Plans For The Home This Year

At the start of each year, I like to look around the home and plan little projects in to spruce it up and change things around. Last year’s plans were the kitchen makeover, freshening up the bathroom, we redecorated the hall, stairs and landing, got a new shed and re-landscaped the top of the garden and my daughter’s bedroom got a complete new look. So we did a fair bit looking back! In fact, as we redecorated the lounge, our room and Little Man’s bedroom the previous year, it means we’ve given pretty much every room in the house an overhaul recently. Which Read more >