How to keep the whole family entertained, engaged & active at home

Today I’m sharing some ideas for keeping your whole family entertained, active & engaged – both indoors and outdoors. There’s inspiration for exercising in the park and getting active in the garden, as well as some enjoyable, educational and FREE things you can do indoors. Enjoy..!

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4 Positive changes to society that are here to stay for a long, long time

The world has been a very different place of late but one thing that has been incredible to see is how quickly we have adapted. Services that were only ever delivered face to face have shifted & we’re able to do more things online than we would ever have been able to before. Here are just a few…

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How to change up your interior without any DIY supplies

If you’ve been spending more time in your home than usual, you may find yourself looking around the interior and thinking about how it could be different. When all elements of interior decor come together, such as painting, lighting, furniture and accessories, it’s like your own personal form of magic – and helps you feel comfortable at home.

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How to do a pantry audit & my top 10 store-cupboard meals

You have more food in the house than you think. You just have to plan ahead, & the most important step is doing a cupboard inventory. Here’s how to turn those store-cupboard items in your pantry into healthy meals for your family…

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4 Ways to keep in touch (& have fun!) with family & friends at a distance

Kids are missing their friends, grandparents are shielding and we’re all staying at home. As such, I think everyone will be likely to be experiencing some feelings of loneliness at the moment so I thought it was important to think up some alternative ways to keep in touch with friends and family, including some fun […]

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4 Trending home improvement projects you can start working on now

As a homeowner, you may be looking to do some improvements while you’re spending more time at home but lack the cash to dedicate to materials. The cost of a home renovation in 2020 averages at around £55 or $60 per square foot, according to findings by HomeAdvisor. Luckily, there are some trending home improvements that cost very little. Just like designing a low-cost garden, all you need is some spit, grit, and a little imagination..!

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How to DIY a bin store using leftover timber or pallet wood

If you’re spending more time in the garden and need a project to work on, here’s an easy DIY that you can complete in a day. And, if you’re anything like me, you probably already have all of the materials you need lying around on your wood pile, or perhaps you’ve got a pallet stowed behind the shed? Here’s how to turn that old timber into something useful…

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How to keep your home super-clean + the health benefits

With a many of us staying at home and all the hygiene advice we’re hearing, I thought it would be prudent to write about household cleaning today. The good news is that there are so many things you can do to keep your family and yourself healthy simply by doing a few jobs around the house – so why not get everyone in the household cleaning together?! Here are a few things you can do, and the unexpected health benefits from doing these tasks…

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How to create a truly vintage look even when you’re on a budget

It used to be the case that vintage fashion equaled low cost. You could buy ‘retro’ clothing by the kilo and could dig it out from the back rails of charity shops. However, these days, you could easily spend more money on a vintage dress than one from the high street, so how do you […]

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How (& why!) to start a blog, design a website or run an online shop

Whether you’ve dabbed with blogging in the past, or are completely new to it but would like to start sharing your ideas online, maybe now is the time to give it a go. If you’re planning to start a blog, website or even build an online shop, here’s some advice from someone (me!) who has been doing it for over a decade..!

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How to stay sustainable (and frugal) on your next holiday

While you might not be thinking about travelling anywhere at the moment, that doesn’t mean we can’t think about our future travels. In fact, it’s the perfect time to take stock of the way we travel & to give you something lovely to look forward to..!

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My Ercol sofa makeover – finding fabrics and choosing colours

What do you do if you have a sofa but don’t like the colour of the fabric any more? Why, re-cover it, of course! Okay, okay, that’s a rather flippant way of looking at upholstery, but why not give it a go yourself? Especially if the alternative is just to get rid of the sofa and buy a brand new one. By attempting to revamp my sofa, I’ll not only save money, it’ll be keeping a bulky item out of landfill too. Let’s get aboard the upcycling train and try to make the most of what we’ve got, right?

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Why you should add a vintage rocking horse to your period interior

Whether or not you have kids, and whether or not you have a period home, a vintage rocking horse would make a great addition to your interior. I’ve done my research and shared my own experiences, so here’s why you might want to invest in a classic retro rocker…

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Three passive ways to discover discounts when shopping online

There are savings to be had by shopping online, but there are even bigger savings to be made when you know how to tap into special discounts and deals. Here are three easy ways to save money on products that you already want to buy – by simply letting the offers come to you..!

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How I saved money & reduced food waste with the #FoodSavvy challenge

I’ve been doing the #FoodSavvy challenge throughout February and it’s been an eye-opener. Firstly because I couldn’t quite believe just how much food and plastic I had been wasting before the challenge and, secondly, because I was surprised at how easy it was to change my habits to create a more food savvy kitchen. Here’s what I discovered…

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How to use up your leftovers for alternative toppings on pancake day

As I’ve been doing the #FoodSavvy challenge this month with the aim of minimising my food waste, using up eggs, milk, flour and other fillings on pancake day is a great way to ensure that I’m not throwing away potentially edible food. Here are some of my fave ways to use up leftovers on Pancake Day…

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Five ways to go organic in your bedroom for a better night’s sleep

If you’ve been having trouble sleeping, it could be caused by many factors but I bet you didn’t imagine that your bed, sheets & PJs might be contributing to your lack of sleep, did you? Here’s some swaps you can make next time you’re updating your bedroom…

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Three simple baking tips for creating easy, tasty and healthy desserts

I’ll be honest. I’m not the best cook. Sure, I’m interested in baking and cooking, and I’m always excited to try out new recipes – just sometimes it goes spectacularly wrong. Nonetheless I enjoy cooking for my family and friends and just this weekend we dished up some lovely meals for friends who came to stay…

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4 Frugal reasons why hiring an interior designer can save you money

Considering some of the mistakes I’ve made when renovating my own home, I can now see how appealing it would be to get some professional advice before I started! Whether you are looking to re-do one room or the entire house, there are times when hiring an interior designer makes sense…

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How NOT to remodel your bathroom – my costly mistakes

Renovating my bathroom was a steep learning curve & I made a few mistakes along the way! Today I’m sharing my experience & hopefully you can avoid my newbie errors, as well as saving money on your own bathroom makeover…

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10 Inspirational money-saving wedding blogs for brides on a budget

If you’re planning a wedding this year, you’ll no doubt be searching the internet for inspiration for your big day. I’ve been doing some thrifty wedding research & here are some inspirational wedding blogs to help you save money on your big day & give you plenty of ideas for personalising the event.

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Why I’m taking on the #FoodSavvy challenge in February 2020

Did you know that in Norfolk and Suffolk alone 113,000 tonnes of food is wasted each year? It’s such a shame that we are wasting so much food – both financially & environmentally. The aim of the #FoodSavvy challenge is to reduce our food waste by 20% & decrease single-use plastics by 10% within a month. Can it be done? Here’s my plan…

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6 Ways to automate your household chores & adulting tasks

There just aren’t enough hours in the day, are there? You’ve got work, cleaning, family, cooking, household chores and bills to pay so there’s never any time left over for you. That can’t be right, can it?! There must be a way to minimise the chores you have to do and free up some time for yourself. I’ve come up with some interesting solutions to get the time you spend ‘adulting’ back, so that you can use it for the more enjoyable moments in life…

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Why my boiler breakdown made me appreciate my home more

January is probably the worst time of year to be without heating, right? It’s frosty outside today, I shivvered my way around the shops yesterday and the wind is whipping around the house. However, now that I’m indoors with the heating on, I’m nice and cosy despite the cold temperatures outside. But that was a completely different story last week when our boiler broke down…

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How to upcycle a mid-century cabinet into an indoor plant nursery

If you’re a big fan of house plants like me, here’s a quick and easy DIY plant nursery unit that you can make to keep all your cuttings, off-shoots and baby plants safe and cosy while they grow. You can choose a cabinet to suit the style of your home, and it looks pretty darn cool too! Here’s how to do it…

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3 Things you can do right now to prevent dampness and mould in your home

Does your home smell a little foisty? Do you have condensation on your windows? Is there a little patch of mould in the corner of your room? At this time of year it’s easy for sealed, heated homes to become breeding grounds for mould but don’t worry, it’s a problem that you can solve yourself – here’s how…

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Frugal finishes that add the wow factor to budget kitchen makeovers

I was getting close to completing my DIY kitchen renovation but it all went spectacularly wrong last week. If you’ve read my blog, you’ll know that my kitchen ceiling now has about 60 holes in it! So it’s back to the drawing board for more kitchen inspo…

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How to survive a DIY disaster – & now my kitchen ceiling is a sieve!

Well, my year has got off to a cracking start..! If you detected a hint of sarcasm in that first sentence, you’d be right. A mysterious water problem quickly turned into a day of emergency repairs, with floorboards taken up, holes drilled and plumbing problems. Here’s what happened…

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Happy new decade! – and some exciting changes to my thrifty life…

Happy new year! How was your Christmas and new year? What plans do you have for 2020? And the coming decade, for that matter?! If you’re anything like me, you’ll be raring to get started on your goals for the year and will be excited about what the year brings. So I thought I’d share what I’ve been up to, along with some plans for my life and blog…

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12 Prompts to help you start journaling in the new year

If you’re looking for a New Year’s resolution that’ll improve your mental health, help you track your goals and take you back to basics, why not consider journaling? You only need to do something for 21 days to create a habit so maybe you can start tomorrow by picking up a pen and noting down your new years resolutions in your journal.

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How to make money resolutions for 2020 (that are actually do-able)

When midnight comes on New Year’s Eve it feels like a new start & we’re fired with enthusiasm for the year to come. Often, our new year’s resolutions are financial so here are some tips from an expert for setting achievable money resolutions for 2020…

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5 Surprising ways to use steam for a quick & easy new year clean-up

I don’t know about you but, almost as soon as Christmas is over, I start thinking about the big clean-up I’m going to do when the tree comes down and the decorations are put away. Even if you don’t usually like household chores (yes, that’s me!), if you own one simple tool you can make most chores an absolute breeze. When I did the 14 Days to a Tidy Home Challenge earlier this year, I discovered just how fab steam is for cleaning almost everything! Here are five different ways you can use your steam cleaner during your new year clean-up for brilliant outcomes…

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Four ways to save money on your petcare budget in 2020

When looking for ways to be frugal, it’s a good idea to look through all the categories in your budget as there are always some places you can save money or some bills that could be a little lower. While it’s essential to get the optimum care and products for your pet, shopping around and being a little wiser to better deals means you can cut a substantial amount from your petcare budget. Here are 4 ways you can look to reduce your petcare outgoings…

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How to turn an old fair isle jumper into a cosy cushion

Has your Christmas jumper shrunk in the machine? Has your Fair Isle knit got a hole in it? Did that gravy stain never wash out? Don’t worry – before you take your festive pullover to the recycling bank, here’s a quick and easy way to turn your favourite seasonal jumper into a cosy cushion for your bed or sofa…

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Interesting ways to save for a more secure financial future in 2020

Thrifty living is a great way to make your money go further but it’s only a part of the story. You need to ensure that the cash you save works as hard as possible for you. That means saving and investing that cash wisely – starting in January! Below is a brief overview of the various ways you could do this…

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How to DIY a Christmas t-shirt with heat-transfer vinyl

If you want to get into the festive spirit but don’t want to splash the cash on a new Christmas jumper, I’ve come up with an easy DIY version that you can make at home. I’ve used a T-shirt that I picked up from the charity shop for just £2 but you could add a festive design to any sweatshirt or tee you already have at home. Here’s how…

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