3 Ways to make your own no-sew handmade Christmas stockings

I’ve created a DIY video to show you 3 no-sew ways to make a Christmas stocking without ever picking up a needle and thread! Check out how super-quick they are to make – they’ll be hanging on your fireplace in no time..!

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How to deal with darker days for better physical & mental health

With the clocks going back at the weekend we’ve now got to deal with darker days and the impending winter. And when there’s not as much daylight it’s not particularly good for our mental and physical health. Here are some easy ways to take care of yourself…

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3 Home and garden maintenance tasks to tackle in the autumn

After a long summer relaxing at home and in the garden there will no doubt be a few maintenance tasks that need doing. Some can be added to your spring cleaning list, but others would be good tackle now to keep you safe & happy over the winter months…

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8 Handmade autumn and Halloween creations from independent makers

Many of us love to decorate our homes for the seasons, and Halloween is a great excuse for a pre-Christmas celebration. I’ve pulled together some of my favourite Autumn and Halloween items to help you get spooky while supporting independent makers…

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4 Autumnal hot drink recipes for International Coffee Day

Did you know it’s International Coffee Day today?? There’s nothing better than wrapping your hands around a steaming cup of something hot, is there? Here are 4 tasty hot drink recipes to keep you cosy and warm in throughout autumn and into winter…

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7 Easy ways to make your living room cosy for autumn (on a budget)

Our living spaces seem to get smaller during the cooler months, don’t they? I think it’s because we’re indoors more & can’t use our gardens as much if the weather is bad. Here’s some ideas to make your living room more cosy & liveable for autumn…

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3 Space-saving Christmas trees you can DIY from upcycled materials

Over the years I’ve lived in some rather small homes and it’s been difficult to decorate for Christmas in such a compact space. However, that’s never stopped me from filling my home with festive decor each December and, in fact, I’ve quite enjoyed the challenge of making my own DIY space-saving Christmas trees. Here are three ways to upcycle pallets, pipes and paint to create your own unique festive decor that doesn’t take up too much space…

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Why a DIY or vintage advent calendar is the best way to count down to Christmas…

If you’re as excited about Christmas as I am this year, you’ll be feeling ‘fizzy’ today – which is exactly how I felt when I turned on my laptop and realised that it’s the 1st December! My days just run together at times and I often lose track of the date, so it was a surprise and a joy to discover that today’s the day that I’m officially ‘allowed’ to get excited about Christmas!

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5 Places to shop for sustainable, secondhand & unique Christmas gifts

With Black Friday and Cyber Monday sneaking up on us, this seems to be the weekend that people really throw themselves into their Christmas shopping. And sometimes, when there’s a big discount on offer, it can be so tempting to splash the cash – and really difficult to stick your usual ethos of shopping ethically […]

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3 Ways to DIY a Scandinavian style star wreath for Christmas

If you want to add some festive touches to your walls but don’t want to go all-out with tinsel and garlands, today’s DIY star wreathes could be the solution. They’re a minimalistic, Scandi-style and look great in both contemporary or rustic homes so here’s how to recreate this simple Nordic look for yourself…

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Easy maintenance tasks to help save money on car bills – even unexpected ones

Simple maintenance tasks that to ensure that your car keeps running smoothly. Not only will these fortnightly, monthly and yearly checks help to keep your vehicle in good condition, they’ll also allow you to solve any problems as soon as they arise – and before they become bigger, more costly issues. Here are some vehicle maintenance tips that might help you cut the cost of car ownership:

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100 days to Christmas! How to prepare for the festive season (+ stay stress-free)

Ooh the Christmas countdown has really snuck up on me this year and now it’s just 100 day until Christmas! So? That’s ageeees away, right? Well, in the world of thrifty living and financial planning, it’s actually a great time to start thinking about Christmas and I’ve written a little something to get your festive preparations off to a flying start and help you stay stress-free this xmas…

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3 Ways to merge your summer living room decor style into autumn

Ahh it’s September. No sooner had the 1st of the month hit than my Pinterest and Instagram feeds became awash with autumnal colours and pumpkins. It’s like the whole online world was just waiting for summer to be over so that they could begin the wind-down into the cosy season. Here’s how to merge your decor from summer to autumn with the addition of just a few low cost accessories that’ll get your home ready for the changing season…

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Add warmth to your interior with these thrifty wood decor ideas

It’s easy to add warmth & autumnal vibes to your home & today’s blog post is all about using more wood in your decor. Just imagine the rustic, cosy look you can achieve with just a few low-cost items – here are 4 ideas to help you get the look for less…

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3 Low-cost (or free!) places to take the kids during the summer holidays

The school summer holidays are nearly upon us so it won’t be long before those chants of ‘I’m booooored!’ become a regular occurrence. So, if you want to entertain your youngsters during the school holidays but don’t want to spend all your savings on costly days out, here are three places you can go where you’ll find low-cost (AND FREE!) activities for kids…

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Meaningful gifts that mum will enjoy way beyond Mother’s Day…

Mother’s Day is coming up on 31st March so I thought I’d blog some gift ideas in advance to give you time to head to the shop or put in your orders online. There’s something for all tastes and budgets in my gift guide so I hope you’ll find something that your mum will love…

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Autumn decor projects to light up your interior this November

Autumn is here, so that means it’s time to get out the kids’ winter clothing, mow the grass one final time, and fill your home with festive decor. But if you’re not quite ready to go full-on Christmas just yet, here are some easy and low-cost ways to decorate your home for autumn using things you already have…

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Food For Thought recipe – Sirloin steak with boulangere potatoes

Did you know that on average Brits take just 26 seconds appreciating their recipes before tucking in? That’s probably how long it takes to take your plate from the kitchen to the dining table and pick up a knife and fork. Today’s blog post is all about slowing down and appreciating our meals more, including a delicious steak recipe to get you started…

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How to make the ultimate vegetarian mezze platter with 3 chickpea recipes

If you’re planning a party this autumn, constructing a platter is a great way to cater for your guests. There’s no need for you to be running back and forth from the kitchen and dishing up plates of food when you can lay out an enticing selection of snacks so that visitors can help themselves.

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Settle into the season with The Suffolk Resident

What do autumn interiors mean to you? It’s all about the texture people! I’ve shared my tips along with some amazing bloggers including Stacey from endoftherow.co.uk, Emily from asliceofsuffolk.com, Hannah from logburnersandlaughs.co.uk and instagrammers Emma @fromacountrycottage and Sarah @slowlivinginsuffolk. Their tips and photos are really inspirational and it make me feel so cosy just reading the article! 

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How to maintain your water heater this autumn

The good news is that your tankless water heater will work to its optimum ability if it is well maintained and taken care of. There are many things that can be done to ensure the smooth running of your water heater this autumn. Follow the manufacturer’s maintenance guide for the best results and here are 4 more tips to help you maintain your tankless water heater:

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Making your money go further this Christmas

The decorations and mince pies are already on sale in many shops around the UK now and, with the nights starting to draw in, thoughts turn to Christmas. And also to the expense associated with the festive season, which for some is a stressful time of year. Here’s how to plan your budget ahead and keep yourself feeling happy about ‘the most wonderful time of the year’…

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4 Things you need to style your home for autumn

If you enjoy scrolling through Instagram or pinning inspirational interiors, you can’t have escaped the interiors trend for styling up your home for autumn. No sooner had September hit than my feed was filled with pumpkins and autumnal vibes – inspirational stuff. But those beautifully styled interiors had 4 things in common, so here’s my cheat-sheet of essential items you need to bring that autumnal feeling into your home…

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What is friluftsliv & why is it the new hygge?

For the past few years we’ve all be striving to get that hygge feeling in our homes. But this autumn, a new scandi style is influencing our homes and lives: friluftsliv. But what does this mean? How can friluftsliv improve our living environment and make us feel happier? Read on to find out more…

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5 Pom-pom projects that anyone can make!

Garlands, jewellery, party decorations, blankets, fashion accessories, gift wrapping, homewares. There are so many things you can make with a humble pom-pom. Did you ever make pom-poms as a kid? Whether you’re a seasoned pom-pom maker or a total newbie today’s blog post will show you how to create a use pom-poms to decorate your home and wardrobe…

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Summer festival fashion inspiration from Latitude

If you’re heading to a festival this summer and are wondering what to wear, you’ve come to the right place! Today I’m showcasing the colourful outfits of the creative folk at Latitude festival to give you some inspiration for your own festival looks so read on to find out what to add to your backpack…

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How to keep your pets safe & healthy during BBQ season

If you’re a pet owner, it’s likely that your dog or cat will be present at your summer BBQ. But is it safe for them to attend your event, or to nibble on something cooked on the BBQ? If you’re considering firing up the grill today to celebrate the World Cup, here’s how to look after your pets today and throughout BBQ season…

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My cat is more famous than me..!

My two little bundles of fluff, Cookie and Muffin, have got themselves quite a profile these days. Not only are they the real stars of my blog (let’s be honest) but they’re actually getting more features than I am these days – here are some of the publications that have made them famous…

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Brighten up your wardrobe for summer (on a budget!)

For many women, colour in an outfit can be a scary prospect. But with summer around the corner, it’s time to brighten up your wardrobe. With these handy tips it won’t be long before you feel confident finding the colours that you love wearing, all without costing a fortune…

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How to make a DIY pallet bench for your garden

Ahh isn’t it nice when the sun shines? Don’t you just want to sit out in the garden and watch the world go by? Here are some ideas for making your own bench (using pallets – a big win for upcycling!) and finding lovely garden furniture if you’re on a budget…

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5 Things every fun outdoor party needs

Hosting a big outdoor party is what summer is all about for many people and I can’t wait to get into the garden this year. Here are 5 easy ideas to help you plan a fun outdoor party…

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Weddings on a budget – How to find a low-cost cake

A wedding cake is an important part of a traditional wedding reception, but that doesn’t mean you have to spend a small fortune on something you’re going to eat! Here’s how to find a low-cost cake for your celebration…

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My home office makeover – Alcove bookshelf

If you’ve got alcoves in your home, even the smallest space can be turned into a handy storage area. Here’s how I added shelves to a corner of my home office to create a cute bookshelf…

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Thrifty nursery makeover & DIY mountain wall mural

Remember when I shared a video on painting a mountain mural for a child’s bedroom? Well today is the finished ‘room tour’ with all the little bits and bobs that turned a spare room into baby’s haven…

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My Thrifty 50s Kitchen Renovation: The coolest lighting ever!

There have been some big changes in my kitchen this week and it’s made a huge difference to the feel of the room. Yes, I’ve installed some new lighting and I honestly think they are the coolest mid-century style lights you’ll ever find…

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Lamb shank Sunday roast recipe with redcurrant & rosemary

Oooh I had a lovely Sunday lunch last weekend. Can you guess what it was?? I shopped ethically and sourced some fresh, local lamb to make this delicious lamb shank recipe with sticky redcurrant gravy – here’s how to make it yourself…

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How to stick to your health & happiness goals in darkest winter

The dark days of winter can really drag on, can’t they? I’m starting to feel like January will never end! Even though we start the new year with the best of intentions, it can be hard to feel motivated when it’s another drizzly, grey day. So how can you achieve your health and happiness goals […]

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How to maximise daylight to beat the winter blues

We all know the importance of daylight, don’t we? It’s key to our mental wellbeing at this time of year and many people suffer with Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), caused by lack of daylight. It can be easy to wake up in the dark, work indoors all day and then return home at dusk. In […]

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DIY video – How to paint a mountain mural wall for a child’s nursery

If you’ve got a little one on the way and want to decorate their nursery in a creative and non-gender specific way, why not try this mountain wall mural? It’s a project that you can complete in a weekend – which includes drying time – and gives you an impressive feature wall in your child’s […]

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How to decorate your rented home without breaking the #RentingRules

Today’s blog post is all about renting and what you can – and can’t – do in terms of decorating your rented home. I’ll be sharing some #RentingRules to ensure that you don’t upset your landlord or end up losing a hefty chunk of your deposit. This blog post has been inspired by HomeLet, as […]

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DIY improvements to make my home cosier this winter

Advertisement feature in collaboration with EDF Energy. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own You never really know everything about your home until you’ve lived in it through the winter, do you? No matter how cosy a house can seem in the autumn, or how light and airy it can appear in the […]

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DIY Furniture: How to upcycle a drawer to create a coffee table

Today I’m sharing an easy project to make a DIY wheeled coffee table. My husband made this within an hour, while I was painting another of our DIY furniture projects so I’m sure it’ll be simple enough for any enthusiastic DIYer to make for themselves.

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How to decorate cocktail glasses for a party

Great news – my project on prettifying glassware for New Year’s Eve was published in Reloved magazine this month! Check out Issue 50 for the step-by-step guide to creating these decorated cocktail glasses.

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Home maintenance in freezing weather

If you are a homeowner you are probably already aware of the dangers of freezing pipes. As water freezes it will expand, potentially cracking the pipes and appliances. When the water defrosts you suddenly find you have a leak; which can cause a lot of damage very quickly.

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Winter wonderland wedding inspiration

Is there anything more magical than a winter wedding? Especially if it happens to snow on the big day too  – ahh, so dreamy! Even though I got married in the summer, I ‘d probably go for a winter wedding if I were to do it all over again now.  Just imagine all those fairy […]

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Spiced maple & parsnip bundt cake recipe

I tried out this recipe for the first time last week. I found myself with a spare afternoon and decided that it was about time that I got back into baking. I always feel more inclined to bake at this time of year, especially when using delicious festive flavours like cinnamon, maple syrup and, erm, […]

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Italian-inspired stacked burger recipe

You may have noticed from my recent blog posts that I’ve been getting back into the kitchen over the past few weeks. I’m actually planning to renovate my kitchen in January, as we haven’t done anything much with it since we moved in. But in the meantime I’ve been using some new gadgets to help […]

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How to save money on everyday home expenses

There are so many expenses to consider when purchasing your first home or choosing to rent a property. Maintaining and running a household can be expensive, and most people find that out the hard way. I for one didn’t have any clue about just how quickly my pay cheque would disappear when I began renting […]

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DIY furniture makeover: How to give vintage kitchen chairs a new lease of life

Since moving into my home and starting to renovate room-by-room, I’ve realise just how expensive furniture can be. I’ve been especially surprised by the cost of chairs and have therefore only had an ancient folding chair (that was my desk chair as a teen) to sit on at my kitchen table since we moved. I […]

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