Outdoor summer parties are often easier to host than indoor parties, and the casual atmosphere of entertaining al fresco means you can get away with being a lot less fancy than you might strive for with an indoor dinner party. I’m hoping to bring my garden up to scratch in time for some entertaining this summer, so here are my tips for budget garden parties: Continue reading “Organising an outdoor summer party on a budget” »
As a freelance blogger and writer, I often find myself with time at home alone. Sure, I have a home office and should be getting on with my work, but when the evenings draw in and I’ve done all that editing, I need to step away from the computer and unwind. Otherwise I’d just carry on working until bedtime – I know myself too well. But how can you keep yourself entertained when you’re home alone? What will stop me from turning that laptop back on and checking my emails for the next 4 hours? I’ve come up with a few ways to liven up my evenings and not really be alone at all…
After about 5 months of decorating on-and-off whenever we had the time (and, most importantly, whenever we had the money!) the bedroom is finally finished. Of course, I use the word ‘finished’ lightly because there are still more things I want to add to the bedroom, such as and a dressing table. But for now, I’m really happy with the room and I couldn’t wait any longer to share some photos of it with you.After stripping off floral wallpaper to reveal bright orange walls, the original room was rather far off the calm, minimal space I had in mind. Nonetheless, we happily filled holes, peeled off borders and painted layers (and layers) of cheap white emulsion on the walls and ceiling to create a crisp white box. The next step was fitting a new radiator – one that would be big enough to heat the space. The original radiator’s BTU rating wouldn’t have heated the window about it, let alone the rest of the room in the winter. And considering that we were starting work in January, heating seemed to be a priority at the time. That, and because I didn’t want to lay a new floor only for it to be ruined when we changed the radiator. Continue reading “My minimalist bedroom – the ‘finished’ room” »
Hi guys, I’m back in my home office today after a thrilling weekend at Latitude Festival here in Suffolk and, now that I’ve finally got back into the swing of everyday life, I figured that now would be a good time to share my photos of the event with you. It was a jam-packed weekend of fun and I needed that Monday off to recover, I can tell you! The weekend kicked off with a very chilled out arrival on Thursday. We breezed onto the site with no traffic trouble at all and, in fact, we were able to come and go throughout the weekend without one single hold-up. The transport arrangements have improved immeasurably since those early years of tailbacks and parking problems, and we even hitched a ride on the very convenient shuttle bus to the festival on the Sunday. The festival arena was almost empty when I arrived (I’m the kinda girl who always turns up early at parties) so I grabbed some shots of the festival field before everything got too hectic. It must be lovely to be one of the early arrivals and spend a stress-free afternoon setting up camp and getting your bearings. As we weren’t camping, I had even more spare time to wander around the site, taking in the artwork and installations as I worked my way around the arena. Continue reading “Latitude Festival 2017 review & photos” »
While the high rate of technological advancement we’ve been enjoying over recent years has made life easier (and more fun!) us all, these developments are not without negative impact on the environment. The use of machinery, fuels, the increase in population and corruption of natural resources like water have eroded quality of the atmosphere. I think it’s important for each of us to be aware of the impact our actions have on the environment and do our best to choose the eco-friendly option whenever possible. ‘Living green’, conserving energy and preventing pollution as much as possible is something I’m passionate about so I thought I would blog about a few things that we can all do to improve the quality of our environment… Continue reading “Be more eco-friendly at home” »
There are a number of different types of damp that can occur in the home. This includes condensation, rising damp, and penetrating damp. Having lived in my fair share of rented properties over the years, I’ve experienced quite a lot of these first hand, and it becomes upsetting after a while, I can tell you. That’s why I’ve done my research on the problem; I definitely don’t want to have damp now that I have my own home. No matter what type of damp you are experiencing at your property, it is important to deal with the issue, as it can cause health problems. With that in mind, I’ve decided to blog the things I’ve learnt about dampness, and how to spot it in your home. Continue reading “Household DIY – How to spot damp in your home” »
Well I think I can safely say that wedding season is well and truly upon us. As soon as July kicks off, so do the celebrations of love and it’s a time of year I look forward to. Ceremonies like weddings are such landmark events in our lives and memories are there to be made during weddings – and, of course, bonds that last for a lifetime are made too.
That bond? It’s sealed with the ring placed on the finger of your ‘to-be’, which is why the ring itself is incredibly important. It’s not just because it plays a large part in the ceremony of a wedding, but also because a lot of focus is placed upon it. It needs to be special, unique and meaningful. That said, many couples leave their ring search until the big day starts drawing near. After all, there are so many other things you have to plan far in advance – the venue, catering, dress etc – so rings tend to get overlooked until most of the details are already planned. So if you’re still ring hunting and need some inspiration, you’ve come to the right place. Here are some his ‘n’ hers ring ideas so you can find your perfect wedding rings.Continue reading “How to choose his ‘n’ hers wedding rings” »
Today sewing blog post is a step-by-step guide to sewing sleeves and fitting zips. These handy projects have been extracted from Jules Fallon’s brand new book Complete Dressmaking (published by Quarto Press). I’ve started reading the book this month and I’ve already learnt a thing or two about sewing that I never knew before. It’s perfect for beginners and hobbyists alike, and explains in detail all the technical terms and sewing techniques (that might otherwise put you off making a dress!) to makes it super-easy to get started. And the great news is that I have THREE copies of the book to giveaway so read on to enter!
Today’s blog is is something that I’ve started to do some research on since moving into my new home. Sure, it might not be the most exciting subject but it can make a huge difference to the cost of energy bills so the thrifty gal in me just can’t help but share this information with you all. One of the main ideas behind the roll out of smart meters was that they would help make bills better by avoiding overcharging due to estimated bills. And, while the government has stepped back from making it compulsory to have one, many customers are still opting to have the new technology installed. But is it making the situation better or worse? Continue reading “Are smart meters making bills better or worse?” »
When it comes to sleep, there is no joking around. I’m what you’d call a ‘good’ sleeper now (although apparently, as a toddler, I was a right pain & wanted to stay awake all night to chat) so I really feel it when I don’t get a good night’s sleep. Health professionals cannot stress enough about how important sleep is for your mind, body, and overall health in the future. So I want to help those of you who struggle to sleep by sharing a few tricks of the trade to ensure that your body gets the beauty and health rest that it needs daily.
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