Cruelty-free Laundry

In my quest to live a cruelty-free life, there was one thing that I hadn’t really thought about: Laundry. When you think about cruelty-free, you tend to think about make-up, haircare, lotions and potions and all kinds of beauty products. But an animal-tested industry that is often overlooked is household cleaning products. After finding out […]

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Guest post: Stupid-simple DIY Home Décor Tricks

Do you want to give a note of freshness to your home but you don’t have the necessary budget? Don’t worry! With a bit of creativity, some skills, and a bit of guidance you can make some amazing DIY projects that will completely change your home’s interior. And, let’s face it: DIY projects are so […]

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Guest post – 5 tips for organising a low-cost hen party at home

He popped the question, she said yes, and then she popped the question to you – will you be my bridesmaid?! Weddings are a wonderful time of celebration, and it is an honour to be asked to be the bride’s right-hand lady during such a joyous occasion. However, before you start dreaming of all the […]

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Guest post – Cluttered home? How to put it right…

Pieces of Lego are strewn; shoes are littered; food spilled; furniture stained. Clothing is scattered. Pens, pen lids, crayons and felt-tip pens sprinkle surfaces. Toys are disassembled; old batteries discarded; former favourite toys abandoned. Combs and hair clips accumulate in corners and on staircases; footprints mark shiny floors; scribbles, notes and doodles gather on tables, desks and chairs. Packets […]

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Cruelty-free summer cleaning hacks

In the run up to the summer holidays is when I start to notice what needs doing around the house. I realise that spring has passed me by in a whirlwind of work, and with it the notion of ‘spring cleaning’ has wafted off into the distance. Those windows never did get cleaned and that […]

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4 Low-cost + fun days out for the school holidays

We’re mid-way through the summer term and that means one thing – a sunny half term break with nothing to do! This is one of my favourite holidays of the school year, because it’s warm enough to get outside and enjoy last days of Spring, yet it’s not the over-priced days of the summer holidays […]

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3 cheap party ideas (for this bank holiday & beyond!)

If you love entertaining and organising parties, but haven’t currently got the budget to spend on a fancy dinner party or big blow out with drinks, decorations and entertainment, then that’s no reason to put your hosting skills on ice. Bank holiday weekends tend to have a party atmosphere (woo an extra night out!) and bring […]

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Grand Designs: Flooring trends for summer 2016

After my visit to Grand Designs Live last weekend, I’ve been spending time researching the new interior trends, building materials and home design ideas that I spotted at the event. With sections on building, interiors, tech, gardens, kitchens, bathrooms and life-in-general, the exhibition was packed full of inspiration and I’d love to share some of […]

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Guest post: How to put your best face forward even when you’re short on time

With us women being busier than ever as professionals, mothers, wives, friends, supporters, CEOs – and just plain amazing human beings – it can be tough to make time for ourselves. However, we can all agree that when we look our best, we feel our best. That said, I’ve gathered some expert tips together for today’s […]

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Top 3 money-saving tips for teens

As a teenager, saving – and sometimes, making – money can often be a struggle. For many teens who are still in school, employment is out of the question, whilst others who attend sixth form college may not be able to work as much as they would like to, due to revision for exams and […]

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Thrifty bedroom décor ideas

Sometimes decorating a home can seem like such a large project, and with a worryingly large budget required too! But there are so many ways you can add a personal touch and your style to a room without spending an arm and a leg. How you choose to design your home is purely down to personal […]

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Cost-saving ideas for setting up your own business

Fancy setting up a business of your own? Do you daydream of sleek white offices or cute boutique shops where you’re the boss? Perhaps you’ve got amazing skills in crafting, sewing or design and everyone keeps telling you that you should do it as a job. Or maybe you’ve been working in an industry for […]

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How to turn a basic kitchen into a luxury space

A luxury kitchen equals expensive, right? And there’s no way that you’re going to spend all your hard-earned cash on a kitchen when you’ve got other rooms in your new home to decorate, yes? Well that’s what I always thought, and when you’re working to a strict budget it can be hard to imagine a […]

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What to wear to a creative job interview

You’ve done it. You bagged an interview for that job that everyone in your industry has been buzzing about for weeks. They all tried out for it, but YOU got it. You were on cloud 9 when you got the call, but now beads of perspiration are starting to form on your brow as you […]

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Pieday Friday – Spicy nacho cheese sauce

One of my favourite foodie treat is nachos. I think it’s the ‘sharing’ nature of nachos that pleases me so much when I see it on a menu. It means that the plate will be massive and I’ll get to enjoy an extra cheesey nacho treat alongside my own meal. Found on many pub menus these […]

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Tuesday Shoesday – Space saving shoe storage

Earlier this year I started to sort out my clutter. It was an absolute necessity, as I was moving house and I didn’t want to take all the accumulated clutter with me. Plus, I knew that I would have much less storage space so some of my belongs either had to go to the charity […]

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Tuesday Shoesday – How to make your footwear last forever..!

With wet weather comes muddy boots and just having tidemarks from tiptoeing through puddles is enough to make you feel like a right mess, even though the rest of your outfit is perfectly clean. So if you find yourself caught in an April shower, just take a moment to give your shoes a quick wipe […]

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Weekend DIY project – Welly boot plant pots

Everybody knows wellington boots are an amazing accessory for any wet day, but unfortunately we tend to find ourselves only wearing them a handful of times throughout the year. As a result of this, especially with the little ones, the next time you go to pop them on they’re too small. Well, if you find […]

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A floral bedroom makeover – Flooring dilemmas

Whenever I get that spring cleaning feeling, it always turns into a bigger job than I imagined. What starts out as a wipe-down-the-skirting-boards and dust-the-curtain-rail kind spring clean, always seems to turn into a complete room makeover. And this year is no exception. That urge to decorate has arrived and I’m starting this weekend! As […]

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How to get glamorous curls

Today I have two fabulous things I want to share with you. Firstly, I’ve got a great step-by-step tutorial for creating glamorous curls at home. And secondly, I’m hosting a fun giveaway in conjunction with John Frieda so that you can win a Frizz Ease styling kit to recreate this smooth Hollywood-inspired look for yourself […]

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Interior design inspiration – Eat-and-chat kitchens

While daydreaming about my future home, I come up with all kinds of ideas in my head. They’re mostly about nifty storage solutions (I have a whole garage full of stuff that needs to be stored somewhere when I move house) but sometimes they’re about the way that I actually want to live in my new home. The […]

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Help motivate your fellow #WomanKind

How have you been getting on with your #WomanKind journey so far this year? I want to chat through my own progress with you today, and please read on to enter my amazing hamper giveaway including £100 John Lewis vouchers (and there are TWO of these amazing prizes up for grabs)! You may remember that I started […]

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Relationship tips for Valentine’s Day & beyond

Yesterday I read a newly launched article (and challenge!) about getting and staying close to the one you love; 27 Expert tips to be closer to your spouse. The article taps into the knowledge of experts from the fields of psychology, relationships, counselling and health care, asking each professional to share advice on maintaining a […]

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Tuesday Shoesday – Payday party style on a budget

It can be hard to find the right pair of party shoes to suit your overall style. You want them to be on-trend yet timeless, match your party outfit but go with everything, and ultimately, be comfortable enough to dance the night away. But where can you find all of that on a thrifty budget? […]

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Start your 2016 in style – Tips for looking great on a budget with #WomanKind

In honour of the new year and with the aim of making positive changes to my life, I’ve decided to get involved with a really important campaign; #WomanKind. The campaign carries a simple message that is so easily overlooked; care for yourself. With a recent survey by WeightWatchers showing that 88% of women wouldn’t criticise others […]

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Pet photography tips for winter

Have you put your camera away for winter? If so you’re not alone; I’ve certainly been avoiding taking photos for a while. While I find it relatively easy to take interesting snaps during the summer, I’ve been struggling to take any decent photos recently and it’s been putting me off evening trying during these dark […]

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Preparing your bedroom for Santa’s visit!

Happy Christmas Eve eve everyone! What have you been up to today? I’ve done my last bit of food shopping (well, I can’t go without sausages rolls for Christmas!) and was surprised to find that it wasn’t too crazy in town today, thank goodness! Now I’m back at home, my thoughts have turned to primping […]

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No hot water? My tips for surviving a cold Christmas

One of my worst nightmares is being cold in the winter, alongside any kind of home maintenance disasters. Christmas is precisely the wrong time for a boiler to break down, for drains to get blocked or the heating system to fail, yet it always seems that problems occur at this time of year. Perhaps it’s the […]

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Can you have a beautiful home when you have pets?

When your home is stylish and comfortable it’s great to come back from a hard day at the office, kick your shoes off and relax. You can chill on the sofa and feel a sense of harmony when you look around. But what happens if you have dogs, cats, or other pets that shed hair, […]

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A relaxing day out at the Suffolk Punch Trust

It’s half-term this week and we’ve been enjoying a few days off, sorting out all the things that you never usually get round to during a normal working week. But it’s not all been hard work; My husband and I decided to have a relaxing day out earlier this week and visit a local attraction […]

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Thrifty ways to renovate your home

If you’re anything like me, the chances are you want your home to look as perfect as possible but you also have to be mindful of your budget. If you’ve been reading my blog recently, you’ll have seen that I’ve shared a couple of very low-budget room makeovers in my own home including decorating my […]

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Choosing the right party dress for your body shape

Okay I’m know I’m kind of skipping over Halloween and Bonfire Night, but I’m already so excited about the upcoming festive season. I think it started last week when I opened my first presents of the year as part of a Secret Santa gift exchange. Ever since, I’ve been thinking about all the fun things I’ll […]

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DIY renovations that add value to your home

Whether you’re hoping to make your house more saleable for an imminent move, or simply wish add value to your home for the future, today’s blog post will hopefully give you some ideas for ways to improve your home whilst increasing its value. As you may already know, I’ve been fixing up my home over […]

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Pieday Friday Recipe – Microwave meringues & dark chocolate cookies

I’ve read a few recipes and even seen a few videos on making microwave meringues and, after watching Nadiya win the Great British Bake Off with microwave marshmallow royal icing, I decided that a short-cut is never a bad thing, and wanted to give microwave meringues it a try. Plus, it’s my bestie’s birthday today and she […]

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Bloggers – Learning digital marketing IS important!

Ever wondered why some blog posts go viral, why some content is shared more than others and why you’re seeing the same things being pinned over and over again? Do you ever get just a little jealous that a fellow blogger’s article on ‘5 tips for a happy life’ is getting hundreds more hits than […]

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My money-saving tips for students

It wasn’t too long ago that I was starting university. I packed up a car with all my worldly goods and moved myself to the other side of the country to start a new life 5 hours away from home. I remember those first few weeks when all I worried about was whether I could squeeze in […]

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My Segway adventure & tips for visiting Thetford Forest

This week I enjoyed an exhilarating challenge in Thetford Forest – a Segway adventure – and I’d love to share some photos of my day out with you. I’m hoping that this post will serve as inspiration for your own summer adventure and give you some tips for surviving a day out at High Lodge Forestry […]

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Quirky & unique wedding venues: what are the options?

When it comes to planning your wedding day, you’ll undoubtedly want a spectacular day that’s filled with beautiful memories to last a lifetime. The location plays an integral role in creating this ‘wow factor’, and if you’re searching for something extra special then check out these quirkily romantic venues: Museums and Art Galleries If you […]

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Swapping & sharing with a little help from my friends

Us women know only too well how difficult it can be to keep up with the latest fashion trends without forking out an obscene amount of money each month, just to look good without wearing the same go-to outfit multiple times. For many ladies, there is even an unwritten rule which says that when it […]

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Tips for the perfect fit with Bravissimo

I think Isla Fisher put it best in Confessions of a Shopaholic when her character Rebecca Bloomwood was confronted with a huge credit card bill for lingerie; “Oh, underwear is a basic human right”. Okay, shopaholic Rebecca was sozzled and crazed by her out-of-control debts at the time, but she had a point. Isn’t there a […]

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Interior Design Inspiration – Decorating a Loft Bedroom

Over the years, I have seen many beautiful loft rooms, but mostly in older houses. In the majority of modern homes, the loft space is only used for storage and as somewhere for the water tank. However, I am delighted to say that is now changing. In many parts of the world house prices are […]

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How does your garden grow? Beside the seaside

Sunshine, bumble bees and watering cans. Yes, I spent all of last weekend in the garden, tending my veggie patch and chilling out with my husband. But I wasn’t relaxing all weekend, oh no. We were working hard and it took all weekend to complete our project, but boy was it worth it!I took delivery […]

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Interior design inspiration – Luxurious 4* hotel bathrooms

The bathroom is one of the most important rooms in the house; it’s the one room that guests are guaranteed to see when they come to visit, so a dull or dirty bathroom will make a poor impression on your visitors. It sets the tone for the whole house and I can’t help thinking that […]

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Guest post: 5 Biggest mistakes people make with interior design

Today I wanted to share a really interesting article that I stumbled across last week. I asked designer and artist Chris Ramensky whether he would be willing to share his tips on interior design with you and he kindly sent over a guest post on the biggest (yet most common!) mistakes that people make with […]

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Tips for getting the perfect fitting bra

Is there a bra ‘season’? A particular ‘time of year’ for underwear? If there isn’t then why am I seeing bra promotions wherever I go? I’ve bought no less than three bras in as many days and I think it’s down to the weather. Just the thought of last-year’s bra strap poking out from under […]

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Make your own nostalgia

Some occasions you just have to have a get together. Birthdays, weddings and christenings are no-brainers, but there are some other events that simply demand that you make them social. Things like the Eurovision Song Contest, the FA Cup final and the final of the Great British Bake Off are almost moments of national treasure. […]

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Oh, I do like to be beside the seaside ~ That sinking feeling

Sorry for the awful pun in title but I just couldn’t help myself! Today’s blog post is about finishing off the installation of my new bathroom and specifically tackling the sink. After taking delivery of my new bath and mixer taps I realised that some new sink taps were essential to complete the makeover, so […]

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Oh, I do like to be beside the seaside ~ Fitting the bath

I’ve been worrying about fitting my new bath for a while now. When I first ordered the new bath I was confident that we could easily do a DIY bath replacement and I was sure that it would look amazing after we’d finished it. But ever since the bath arrived, my confidence began to disappear […]

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Using garden pumpkins for my autumn display

This week I decided that it was an appropriate time of year to create my annual autumn flowers display in the living room. It’s usually more of an October thing, but I’ve been feeling decidedly autumnal after kicking up the leaves last weekend, writing about my favourite autumn colours and textures on Tuesday Shoesday and […]

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Sewing tips to make a vintage dress fit

I am forever spotting gorgeous vintages dresses when I go for my weekly rummage in the charity shops but I am often put off from investing in an outfit because it is far too big for me. Last week, I tried on this vintage shirt dress from Oxfam, which was around 3 sizes too big […]

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My little vintage caravan ~ Pillows & cushions

Before the summer holidays were out, I fully intended to sleep in my caravan and camp out for a couple of nights while the weather is good. In fact, it’s sometimes a little too hot to sleep indoors so I thought that a night in the caravan would be ideal to cool off. I started […]

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My experience of becoming a self-hosted blog

Today I wanted to share my blog post on making the switch from WordPress.com to .org which was first published on The Fairy Blogmother blog, where you can find jargon-free advice, user-friendly tutorials and support with any aspect of WordPress. Earlier this year, I became a self-hosted blog. I’d been a lifelong WordPress.com user and had run […]

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My fun weekend at Blogstock

I’ve just got home from one of the best festivals I’ve ever been to. It wasn’t a big festival, it wasn’t rowdy and – most importantly – it wasn’t muddy! But it was just right for a happy bunch of bloggers who traipsed out to Elstree this weekend where Aldenham Country Park played host the […]

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DIY sewing a teddy bear

I think that I’ve undeniably smashed through the sewing block I wrote about earlier this month with all this project. For someone who wasn’t really in the mood to sew at all, I’ve certainly put my all into making this teddy bear for my niece’s christening gift! I did the whole project on one morning, […]

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Dressing to close the deal

Being self-employed, it’s sometimes difficult for me to know what to wear for business events – should I go corporate and professional or should I try to stand out from the crowd? Similarly if you’re working in an office and going to a sales call, making a pitch or meeting with a client, it’s sometimes tricky to work […]

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How can a free credit report save you money?

Most of us would shudder at the idea of getting a credit report – all your financial misdeeds and mistakes summed up on one damning piece of paper. But sooner or later we all have to face up to our financial past in order to start building a financial future. That’s why a free credit […]

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What’s in your bag? Travel essentials of top entrepreneurs

Travelling for business can be tiring and stressful at times, what with all those long flights, jet lag, endless hotel stays and numerous meetings. Sometimes surviving a business trip is all about packing the right things so you can travel in greater comfort. Here are some of the things that top entrepreneurs take with them […]

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Pre-preparation to keep your hair looking great at Glastonbury

With Glastonbury starting this week and a plethora of music festivals taking place throughout the summer I thought it would be a good idea to write a blog post about how to pre-prepare your hair to keep it looking great during the festival season. Its one of the things that I dread about going to […]

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Smart tips for decorating your bedroom

The bedroom is one of the most important rooms in the house and requires some careful planning and extra thought when it comes to redecorating. Your bedroom should be a highly personal sanctuary where you are able to relax, unwind and enjoy restful sleep. The décor of the bedroom should reflect this, so it’s worth […]

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Pieday Friday recipes for bank holiday fun ~ it’s all about the barbecue!

Okay, I can’t fight it anymore. After almost a week of unbroken sunshine and with the bank holiday weekend and half-term fast approaching I can’t deny that barbecue season has well and truly arrived. We all knew it was only a matter of time before we started tidying up the patio and the shops knew it too: everywhere you […]

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Solving spring sniffles

With all this talk of getting the garden ready for summer and high SPF suncare on the blog earlier this week, I’ve turned my attention to another problem that affects many of us as soon as the sun comes out: allergies! Spring’s allergy season can bring random sniffles, itchy eyes and a blocked nose. I’m […]

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Planning the ideal dream kitchen you will fall in love with!

Do you have your ideal kitchen? If not and you are planning on renovating it soon, now is the time to start designing the kitchen of your dreams. Even without a dream budget you could still achieve more than you think. What do you want from your kitchen? Are you happy with the one you […]

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What to get for the man who has everything – well, he’s already got me ;)

This is a thrice-yearly problem for me. I have a husband who doesn’t want anything. For birthdays he insists he’d rather no-one celebrated it, at Christmas he claims he doesn’t want a stocking, and thinks that Valentines Day shouldn’t warrant any effort. Actually, make that 4 times a year: even on our anniversary he starts dropping hints […]

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Say goodbye to mouldy paint & my other favourite life hacks

It’s always the same at this time of year. I start looking around at my home after the winter hibernation and realise that it’s time to make some changes. Whether it’s simply an early spring clean or (in my case) tackling a bigger decorating project, this is when I start gathering together my cleaning products, […]

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Christmas wrapping – making presents extra-special

I know it’s easy just to tape a piece of cheesy christmas wrapping paper around a prezzie, stick a foil bow on the top and hand it over to the lucky recipient but I like to add a little more excitement to my Christmas present wrapping. I spend ages choosing the perfect wrapping paper – […]

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