June 24, 2017
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Ideas for DIYing the perfect personalised wedding gift

Giving someone a personalised wedding gift is a great way to show family, friends and loved ones how much they mean to you. Many people are turning away from traditional engagements and weddings, and asking for gifts from a wedding list is less popular than in recent years. Even though most people will already have the traditional gifts that used to be popular at weddings such as toasters, silverware and china sets, they’ll still love to receive a special gift from you on their big day. To avoid getting a rather impersonal and quite frankly boring gifts that many people end up giving during the wedding season, consider making a unique creations or giving a personal gift that someone will remember and truly appreciate. Be inspired by the following ideas to give someone special something special on their wedding day!

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Frame a special photo

This is a low-cost but unique way to show someone how much they mean to you. If there is a photo of either the bride or groom (or both) with you, perhaps when you were children, or during another memorable occasion that means something to you, frame it and give it to them as a wedding gift.  You can buy a quality frame from specialist sites such as Best4Frames and give it as a gift, or for an even more personal touch, you can decorate the frame as well. You can also choose to frame the wedding invitation they gave you or add the date of the wedding to the back of the frame.
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June 24, 2017
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How to keep your home-moving costs down

Moving home is a regular feature in the famous list of ‘most stressful events’ a person can ever endure, alongside divorce and having a baby. Part of the reason why it is so stressful is that there is just so much to think about and plan. However, the biggest factor in the stress game is the cost. It is just so expensive! There are just so many variables, big and small, and they all add up to create one giant, throbbing headache. But here are some little tips and tricks you can use to ensure that moving house doesn’t mean breaking the bank.

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The Matter Of Your Mortgage

Thanks to the power of the Internet, shopping around to see what the best deals are is now easier than ever, which is why this should always be your starting point. The bad thing about this is, well, this only tends to give you a skin-deep look at things. As such, make sure that you do some calculations and figure out the total costs, which means adding the fees associated with arranging the mortgage and the rate at which you’ll be charged. It is also worth doing your homework and knowing exactly what mortgages are out there, such as interest-only, fixed rate, tracker etc.

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June 23, 2017
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Pieday Friday – Lemony raw beetroot & quinoa salad + win a copy of Naturally Nourished

This week’s Pieday Friday post features some of my top ingredients and this salad is idea for summery days. When it’s super-hot (as it has been this week) and you just can’t face a stodgy heavy meal, why not try this light and refreshing salad? It was created by Sarah Britton and she has kindly allowed me to share the recipe with you all today. Plus, you could win a copy of her cookbook Naturally Nourished in my giveaway – read on to enter!Raw beetroot is one of my favourite foods. They are crisp yet tender, earthy and sweet. If you are one of the many people who have only tried cooked or pickled beetroot, be prepared to fall in love. The secret to the tastiest raw beetroot is to cut them very thinly. A mandoline is the best tool to create paper-thin slivers, but if you are confident with your knife skills, you can go the old-fashioned route. This salad is vegan, but if you are serving people who don’t mind dairy, feta cheese is really lovely folded in. Continue reading “Pieday Friday – Lemony raw beetroot & quinoa salad + win a copy of Naturally Nourished” »

June 22, 2017
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DIY new baby bundle gift basket

If you want to treat a new mum (and give some gorgeous gifts to the little one too) why not create a DIY baby bundle gift basket? This make-it-yourself gift shows your friend just much they mean to you, and gives you the chance to spoil her rotten! So shake up the spray paint and get to work…

DIY gift basket

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June 21, 2017
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My dream summer jacket – weatherproof, colourful and fun

Following on from yesterday’s timeless summer essentials blog post, I thought I’d share some quick pics of my new jacket. I’ve been searching for a suitable spring/summer coat for a while (mine are all too bulky for this time of year) and I finally found what I was looking for this month. My plan was to get a coat that’s light enough for those cooler-but-sunny-days that could be rolled up into my backpack when the weather heats up. I’m planning to spend a lot of my summer outdoors this year, so it the jacket also needed to be water resistant in case I got caught in a rain shower during a long walk (which has already happened to me one sunny day in May, hence the need for waterproofiness).Sure, it was easy to find low-cost thin cotton jackets for summer, but I knew they wouldn’t keep the drizzle at bay. And most of the more weatherproof coats I found were in darker colours and reminded me of going hiking in the winter. I didn’t want to feel like a professional mountaineer, I just wanted to wear something casual that would also be practical. Wow, I’m such a grown-up! Continue reading “My dream summer jacket – weatherproof, colourful and fun” »

June 20, 2017
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Tuesday Shoesday – Timeless summer classics

Can you believe this heat? I’m not sure I’ve ever experienced anything like it in the UK before. It’s meant that I’ve been to the coast pretty-much every day this week, just to cool off with the sea breeze. It’s got me thinking about summer holidays, so I thought I’d share a post about the thrifty way to shop for summer accessories…The thriftiness here comes from the fact that you’ll be buying timeless classics so, even though trends come and go, these summer essentials will stay in your wardrobe year-in, year-out. For this blog post I’ve combined some sandals from 5th Avenue and a shove-it-all-in backpack from Deichmann, as well as my favourite sunnies, and I’m pretty sure that I won’t need to buy anything more this summer. First up are the sandals. When I was shopping for a ‘timeless’ pair of summer shoes, I knew that they needed to meet a few criteria before I could invest. Firstly, they needed to be flat; I love to stroll along the promenade in the summer and there’s no way that I could enjoy a long walk in any kind of heels. Continue reading “Tuesday Shoesday – Timeless summer classics” »

June 19, 2017
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Four simple ways to make a second income from home

I don’t know many people that aren’t looking for more ways to make money. The cost of living isn’t getting any cheaper, and unfortunately, wages aren’t always going up accordingly. So being able to make a second income is always handy – I call it my ‘side hustle’! You can, of course, start to sell things of your own that you no longer need, but I think that this kind of thing can be quite short lived. Sure you’ll make space and a little extra cash, but you’ll obviously run out of things to sell at some point! So looking for some more long-term ways to make money is key. Here are some ideas that I have been thinking about – hopefully, they’ll give you some ideas to get creative and make some more cash from home too.

Writing

Being a writer is a good way to make a second income. There are lots of opportunities through things like copywriting or ghostwriting. Many blogs and websites need people to create content for their sites and are more than willing to pay for it as, in the long term, it saves them time and money. So look online for different opportunities as a freelance writer; there will be more than you think! My first port of call is always LinkedIn so be sure to get yourself a profile on there, and always update your publications section to show off your writing achievements!

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Make Money From a Hobby

If you have got a hobby that can be turned into a way to make money, then looking to pursue that is a really good idea. I mean, you must already enjoy it for it to be your hobby, so wouldn’t it be wonderful to make it work for you?You might be quite crafty and want to make and sell things as gifts or be commissioned to create custom-made items. You just need to get yourself out there on platforms like Instagram (or a shop on Etsy perhaps) to get your name out there and known. You could also turn your photography hobby into something more lucrative by going on some photography workshops to hone your skills and can then start taking newborn portraits or some wedding photos for friends to make some extra money. Continue reading “Four simple ways to make a second income from home” »

June 18, 2017
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Amazing architecture – the Sunlight house

When I read about this building earlier in the week, I knew I wanted to share this inspirational project with you all. The Sunlight House was built in January 2010 in Austria, and was the country’s first ever carbon-neutral house. It was the result of a contest for young up-and-coming architects to design the ultimate energy efficient home, and this stunning design was created by the competition winner Hein-Troy Architekten. Since completion, the building has been awarded the Austrian State Prize for Environment and Energy Technology. With its sloping roof and large picture windows, the house maximises the use of natural daylight to heat and light the house. As a result, the energy output of the building is less than zero and it therefore has minimal impact on the climate. Continue reading “Amazing architecture – the Sunlight house” »

June 17, 2017
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Saying “I don’t” to engagement traditions

So, you’re getting pretty serious in a relationship. Perhaps you’ve been with one another for quite some time now. You’re a serious couple; you know his family, he knows yours. It’s time to think about taking the next step. A lot of ladies might worry about the pressures and traditions surrounding a wedding and all the steps they’re expected to take along the way. However, if you want to say “I do” to the man, that doesn’t mean you have to say the same to a traditional relationship! Here a few rules worth breaking on the way.

Tradition 1 – You can’t talk about getting married before he’s popped the question

This is one of those head-scratchers. There are some women that would be put off a guy who broached the topic of marriage instead of trying to surprise her with the question. But that puts a lot of pressure on your fella. And not just because he might not entirely be sure that you will say yes! When you talk about marriage, you talk about the future. You talk about a lifestyle. You talk about careers. You talk about kids. You figure out what you truly want from life, which is often more important than the big question itself.

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June 17, 2017
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Affordable kitchen updates for decorating on a budget

Renovating a whole kitchen space can easily be an expensive and time-consuming process. This may be the reason why many people end up neglected their kitchen interior, which can end up looking tired and shabby. I’ve been putting off tackling the kitchen so far, even though it’s definitely the most dated room in the house. The good news is that there are plenty of things you can do to your kitchen, even if you’re on a budget, that will update and refresh the room, and give it a new lease of life. 

My mini kitchen makeover – seaside stripes

A Fresh Coat Of Paint

When the thought of re-tiling a kitchen fills you will dread, or if it’s simply not a feasible option for you, there are a few things you can do to achieve an updated interior space. A fresh coat of paint on the walls will go a long way and can lighten and brighten the environment. Think about using clean neutral hues – or stick with white – which will open up the space and breathe new life into a tired wall. A light backdrop will also allow you to add accessories and artwork of any colour or design, making it a versatile choice for your kitchen. Continue reading “Affordable kitchen updates for decorating on a budget” »

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