Garden

Grow-your-own garden July update – Harvest

I can finally report that we have been enjoying some veg from our kitchen garden! The plot is doing well, so much so that we’ve had to start freezing the excess produce! Here’s an update on this month’s bumper harvest…

Days Out

4 Ways to get your car summer-ready

There is nothing better than getting into your car in summer, rolling the windows down and heading your to UK-based holiday destination. Here’s how to get your car summer-ready to help you enjoy journey in comfort…

HOME DIY

A guide to buying antiques – even if you’re on a budget

Incorporating antiques is great way to add personality to your home. However, most of us haven’t inherited family heirlooms so, if you want to buy a special vintage piece for your home, here are some tips for going antique shopping on a budget…

Seasons

15 Ways to prepare for a long hot August

With heat waves predicted and a sunny summer ahead of us, heat can make life difficult if we’re not prepared for it. Here are some ways to get your home, your pets and yourselves ready for a long hot August…

LOW-COST RECIPES

The cheapest ever chocolate cheesecake recipe

The thing that usually puts me off baking my own cakes and desserts is the cost of the ingredients – which is precisely why I’ve decided to put my thriftiness to the test and try to make the cheapest ever chocolate cheesecake…

DIY

Home renovation tips – How to plan your next big DIY project

Although I’m a keen DIYer, home renovations are not the same as home repairs, so it’s certainly something that needs a little more planning than simply getting out your toolbox! Here’s a guide to organising your next DIY project, step-by-step…

Garden

My Grow-your-own garden June update: Growing and eating

FINALLY. Things have started to happen in our garden. Vegetables are growing – and I’ve actually eaten some of the produce from our plot woo! And there’s even been a harvest of our autumn crop. Here’s my monthly garden update for June…

Beauty

Post-lockdown skincare – natural solutions for ‘maskne’

It’s likely that we’ll still be wearing masks for many months to come, so it’s important to consider our post-lockdown skincare routine. Here are some natural solutions to help prevent outbreaks of ‘maskne’ – blemishes caused by regular mask wearing…

Summer

5 Summer essentials for day trips and UK breaks

If you’re venturing out for day trips this summer, or even going on your first UK holiday in years, there are some essentials you’ll need to take with you for enjoyable and safe days in the sun. Here’s what you should add to your ‘summer essentials’ kit:

HOME DIY

Natural and environmentally-friendly flooring for a ‘healthy home’

I’ve been looking for sustainable & natural flooring for my kitchen. It needs to be moisture resistant, easy to clean, simple to install and hardwearing. Is that too much to ask?? Here are some of the products I’ve discovered during my search for ‘healthy home’ flooring…

Home buying

8 Renting & budgeting tips for first-time tenants

When you’re searching for an affordable rental there’s much more to consider than just the monthly cost of rent. Here are 8 things you should factor into your budget when you’re moving into a rental property for the first time…

Love to shop!

Upbeat, colourful clothing for an optimistic summer

With more restrictions being lifted it’s no wonder many of us have started refreshing our wardrobe for the new season. If you’re planning to swap your loungewear for leaving-the-house-wear, here’s some colourful, upbeat clothing to inspire you…

DIY

How to DIY a tool silhouette storage board for your shed

What do you do when you’ve got a shed full of tangled tools and a spare pallet in the garden? Why, pull it apart and build a tool silhouette storage board, of course! Here’s how to DIY your own shed hanging system to organise your essential tools…

Art & Photography

4 Ways that crafting can benefit your physical & mental wellbeing

Have you ever started work on a project only to look up at the clock & realise that 3 hours have passed? If so, you might have been in ‘flow’, which is just one benefit of crafting. Here’s how getting creative can boost your mental and physical wellbeing:

THRIFTY LIVING

Incredible reader pallet DIYs & upcycles inspired by my makes

One of the best things about blogging is that sometimes I will get a message from someone who has read my blog and was inspired by one of my projects. Today I’m sharing some of the awesome upcycles & DIYs that YOU guys have made – aren’t they fantastic??

Caravan

3 Ways to create a distraction-free home office in your garden

How have you found working from home? Have you actually enjoyed it? Have you got more work done? Would you like to continue living the laptop lifestyle? If you’ve become a fan of WFH maybe now’s the time to commit & create a home office for yourself…

HOME DIY

Money-saving simple spring spruce-ups for your home

In the spring I love to find new ways to spruce up my home; tidying, decluttering and revamping my interior. Of course, I always want any improvements to be as low-cost as possible so here are some thrifty tips to get your home looking fab for spring…

Love to shop!

My epic search to find the best face masks for glasses wearers

Seeing as we’ve had nearly a year of mask-wearing, you’d think I would’ve already settled on a favourite face mask to suit my needs. But, as a glasses wearer, I’ve found it tough to fight the fog! Here’s what I’ve tried & some solutions for spectacles…

DIY

The Doorganiser: How to DIY a family organiser on a door

To make the most of the understairs cupboard I’ve transformed the door into a ‘doorganiser’ – a place to store essentials, create a weekly planner for the family & write shopping lists. Here’s how to make your own door organiser by upcycling DIY offcuts…

Pets

5 Ways to keep your cat happy and healthy all winter long

Winter is a dream for some cats (cosy radiators, yay) & a right pain for others (urgh wet weather). Either way, your pet may need a little extra attention during the winter months so here are some ideas for keeping your cat happy and healthy this season…

Happiness

The mental health benefits of writing a journal

If the darker days of winter leave you gloomy, you’ve been having trouble sleeping or simply need some more me-time, journaling can help. It’s important to focus on self-care at this time of year and here’s how writing a diary can help with your wellbeing:

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