June 26, 2017
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My bathroom renovation project – The “Finished” room

When I was writing my blog post about ways to spruce up your bathroom for summer yesterday, I remembered that I haven’t yet shared the “finished” photos of my bathroom renovation with you. I’ve put the word finished in quotation marks because, while all the plumbing, tiling and painting might be finished, I still need to get some essential accessories to really finish off the room. Do have a look at our before and during photos to see how the bathroom used to look – looking back at this reminds me just how far we’ve come even though it’s not entirely ‘finished’.Nonetheless, I wanted to share these photos with you so that you can see how the room looks now that the new bathroom suit and tiles have been installed. We bought the tub, sink and loo (with all taps and wastes included) from the Better Bathrooms sale back in January for £300. This has since more-than doubled in price, so I’m pleased we invested during the sales. The suite was delivered in February but we didn’t get a chance to start installing the bathroom until the Easter holidays. We knew we couldn’t live in the house without a look, so we took advantage of this time off to take out the old bathroom and start plumbing in the new one.This involved changing the layout of the bathroom completely, so all-new plumbing was required. The bath was a smaller-than-average size, which meant that we can fit it across the width of the room, creating that dreamy spa-hotel design that I’ve coveted for years. Even though the tub is shorter than a usual bath, it’s wider and deeper so it really is a little too big for me – I feel like I’m in a swimming pool! Continue reading “My bathroom renovation project – The “Finished” room” »

June 25, 2017
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Guest post – How to drop engagement hints

When you’ve been living with a guy for a while it’s easy to get used to the fact that you’re both around each other all the time. You can both become stuck in your ways and even though you might be waiting for him to pop the question, it might seem like he hasn’t even thought of it. So why not drop a few oh-so-subtle hints so you’re truly ready to become engaged? I’m not talking about leaving wedding ring catalogues lying around with post-it notes attached – maybe do something a little more sensible than that! Together with Angelic Diamonds, retailers of bespoke marquise engagement rings, I’m sharing this blog post to give you a few tips on pointing your husband-to-be in the direction of a big proposal.

Keep your friends close, but your married friends closer

If you know that your fella is slightly worried or anxious about getting engaged, make sure he hangs around with your married friends and family members who have children. This will make him realise that you’re comfortable with being around more serious relationships. Married friends will help show your other half that marriage has its ups and downs, but the commitment shown through other people will help him imagine what married life would be like with you.

Become his go-to guy

Sometimes when you’re in a relationship, you both have your assigned roles but that’s when you might start taking each other for granted. Never fall into a routine, and make sure that you can be your partner’s go-to friend as well as a girlfriend. If you’re constantly being left behind for the guys, this might put a strain on your relationship, so being his buddy is a great way to enjoy each other’s company more.

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June 25, 2017
by Cassiefairy
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5 Ways to spruce up your bathroom for summer

The birds are chirping, the bees are buzzing, and the sun is out in full force.  That’s right – summer is well and truly here and now is the perfect time to refresh your bathroom. I’ve been working on my own bathroom renovation project and will be sharing photos of the ‘finished’ room next week so watch this space. Just the smallest of changes can make the biggest of differences in the bathroom, and you can breathe new life into a washroom without breaking the bank. Whether you need to update your fixtures or want to work with what you’ve got, creating a bright and polished summer look is easy. Simply follow these easy tips and tricks.

1. Let there be light

Summer is all about making the most out of the sunshine. This is why it is important to bathe your bathroom in natural light with mirrored finishes and reflective surfaces. Placing wall hung mirrors on two adjacent walls will really bounce the sunlight around the room, and chrome fittings and accessories will reflect light better than their matt plastic counterparts. If you don’t have a bathroom window, then mounting sconces over your wall-hung mirrors will add depth to the room’s lighting and will free up valuable countertop space. With all this in mind, remember to invite nature in the bathroom too. Fresh flowers or shade-loving plants never fail to brighten up even the darkest of spaces. Continue reading “5 Ways to spruce up your bathroom for summer” »

June 24, 2017
by Cassiefairy
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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
by Cassiefairy
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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
by Cassiefairy
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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
by Cassiefairy
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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
by Cassiefairy
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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
by Cassiefairy
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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” »

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