Books

Craft project: How to crochet a Devil’s Tongue cactus that you can’t kill!

If you’re a keen crocheter (is that the right word?) or even if you’re just starting out, this fun crocheted cactus project is for you. It’s a cute project that’ll impress friends when they spot your crocheted cactus on display on your mantelpiece. How cool would it be to be able to say ‘I made that myself’? And even cooler is that this is one houseplant that you can’t kill haha!

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Love to shop!

7 Spending lessons we can learn from the way we used to shop

If you’ve been getting into a pickle with your spending in recent years, it’s not your fault. The ways in which we’re encouraged to shop these days has changed SO much that it’s no surprise we’re struggling. Discount codes, saved baskets, flash sales, online-only, virtual products, and one-click ordering makes the shopping process fast, impulsive and, sometimes, mindless. Which is why I’ve looked back at the ways we used to shop pre-internet to discover some lessons that we can use today to take control of our shopping habits…

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Bathroom

How to turn a pallet into a driftwood-style bathroom storage hamper

I’ve been working on another pallet upcycling project and this month I’ve been creating much-needed storage for my bathroom. Pallet wood is my favourite material to make furniture from – it’s sturdy, looks much better with just a little TLC and, best of all, it’s free! Here’s how I DIYed a bathroom laundry hamper and sink caddy from a pallet…

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DIY

Summer home maintenance tasks you shouldn’t forget this year

Spring has sprung, and summer is on its way! You’ve probably already gotten started on your spring renovation projects, but have you considered those less-than-glamorous home maintenance jobs that need to be done as well? Summer is the best time to take care of a few quick fixes and clean-ups so you don’t have to worry about them later in the summer or when the weather turns cold again. Let’s go..!

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Home buying

How to sell your home the thrifty way (without an estate agent)

If you’re thinking of moving house but the costs of selling via an estate agent are putting you off, why not consider selling your home yourself? Did you know that it’s possible to do all the photography, listings, viewings and negotiating yourself and not have to pay a penny to an estate agent? Today’s blog post will walk you through the process…

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Money Saving Tips

The right way to shop online to find deals on products & services

Shopping online is quickly becoming the go-to for most people. The extra convenience, paired with great prices and special offers available, makes online shopping that much more fun. Of course, there are things you can do to make sure you are shopping online the right way so that you get the best deals available – here’s what you should consider…

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Bedroom

How to make a platform bed from pallets

If you need a bed but are on a budget, why not make one yourself? Today’s blog post shows you how to build a platform bed on wheels using pallets, with step-by-step photos of the whole process. If, like me, you’re a fan of upcycling and like to build things with pallet wood, the newly published book Pallet Style by Nikkita Palmer and Billy Barker is the one for you. And the great news is that I’ve got a copy of the book to give away to one lucky winner so read on to enter..!

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Low-cost options for landscaping your garden when you’re on a budget

It’s no secret that I’ve been concentrating on landscaping my garden this year and have been making all kinds of DIY updates now that the weather is improving. With spring in full bloom, I’m thinking that garden parties and BBQs are just around the corner, so there’s no better time to tackle organising and zhooshing up back garden right before all the hosting duties kick in.

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Beauty

How to keep blonde hair looking healthy during the summer months

With celebrities like Lady Gaga rocking cool icy blonde locks, the platinum trend is going to be huge for summer. BUT it can be difficult to look after dyed blonde hair when the weather heats up. If you want to brighten your blonde hair or are thinking of adding some highlights during the summer months, I’ve got some tips from Philip Kingsley to help you to maintain healthy hair.

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DIY

4 Essential home improvement tools you need (but can buy cheaply!)

If you’ve got a fixer upper home like me, you’ll inevitably have to invest in some tools to complete your DIY tasks. But it doesn’t have to be expensive to stock up on the tools you need. Plus, if you get the equipment to do most home improvement tasks yourself, it means that you won’t be spending too much on labour costs of getting a pro in.

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Home buying

4 Simple ways to reduce the cost of your next house move

The average cost of moving house is around £10,000, can you believe it? But it doesn’t have to be this expensive. There are certain ways you can reduce the cost when you move house. From being flexible on moving dates, to decluttering your personal belongings before the move, today’s blog post covers the 5 best ways to save money when moving house…

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Beauty

4 Everyday (inexpensive!) ways to stay healthy and look beautiful

As the saying goes, you’re only as old as you feel — but most of us want to look young, too! More than ever before, marketers are trying to cash in on this with the global anti-ageing industry topped out at over $42 billion USD in 2018, and is expected to reach over $55 billion within the next four years. Yikes! If you’re wondering about less spendy ways to keep your skin supple and youthful, here are several ways to ensure that your health and beauty goes more than skin deep…

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Blogging

How to create your own business website or e-commerce store on a budget

Have you thought about starting up your own online business? Do you have a unique idea that will appeal to others? If so, what’s holding you back? One of the most common answers is the amount of money required to create a website from the ground up. But it doesn’t have to cost a small fortune to create an online presence if you build it yourself. Here’s how…

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HOME DIY

5 Ideas for using Eileen Gray’s Bibendum chair as an accent piece

An accent piece needs to stand out in an interior and the stylish Bibendum chair is a versatile piece furniture to use as an feature piece in room. It goes beyond mere functionality and you can play around with colour, texture, and location in the room. Here’s a rundown of five among many ways you can use the Eileen Gray Bibendum chair as an accent piece in your interior:

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THRIFTY LIVING

3 Things you need to know when making your own wine at home

Settling down with a good glass of wine can be quite a treat, can’t it? Sipping on a delicious vino has encouraged many people to begin brewing their own at home, with DIY winemaking gaining in popularity over recent years. If you’re interested in taking up the challenge of making a bottle or two of wine, here are three important things you need to know before you get started…

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Love to shop!

7 Affordable gift ideas for your favourite fella on Father’s Day

Straight off the back of Mother’s Day, let’s chat about Father’s Day! Let’s face it, when it comes to buying your dad a gift, you probably need to think a bit more out of the box than a traditional tie. But don’t panic – Father’s Day isn’t until 16th June, so you’ve got plenty of time to make some plans. What are some affordable alternatives for Father’s Day this year? Here are 7 gift ideas for your favourite fella…

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Good Causes

Six easy recipes & ideas for your next charity fundraising bake sale

There’ll probably be a charity bake sale in your workplace or in your child’s school sometime soon. Whether it’s for Comic Relief next week or a future fundraising campaign, there will be a chance to show off your culinary skills – but what’s good to bake? If you don’t have much time (or have as much success as I do when baking cakes) here’s some recipes that you can’t fail to impress with…

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DIY

How to install new window blinds yourself in 5 easy steps

If you are looking for new ways to spruce up your interior without breaking the bank, changing the window treatments is a quick fix. At first glance blinds may seem complicated to fit, but you don’t need the help of a professional. With the right tools, it’s easy to install window blinds yourself. Here’s how…

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HOME DIY

6 Tips to keep your home secure when you go away on holiday

If you’re planning a holiday in the near future, today’s blog post is full of ideas for securing your home while you’re away. It can be a real headache if you’re worrying about your home and tech when you’re travelling, so here are 6 simple ways you can alleviate that stress and enjoy your break…

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DIY

5 Ways to reduce heating costs during those ‘in-between’ months

Winter may be winding down, but that doesn’t mean you’re ready to fling open all the windows yet! There may still be a few more weeks of cold days (and even colder nights) to come. But heating your home during the bitter chilly winter months shouldn’t cost your entire monthly budget and there are lots of ways you can save money on your home heating. Here are five tips to help you to maintain your radiators AND save money on heating costs while keeping your house warm and cosy…

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