Friday, 1 July 2016

Things to think about before renovating your garden

For homeowners who wish to renovate their garden area, where do you begin? What floral arrangements, outdoor furniture, and decor should you go with? Before you simply get started without a plan, consider these factors to ensure you create the ideal outdoor space for your home.

Have a plan -
Don't simply start buying flowers, trees, new furniture, and other items. Instead, lay out a plan. Consider the colours of flowers, the furnishings you want to buy for the space, the arrangements which will grow well. All of this will give you a better idea as to the final look of the space, and also allows you to set a budget for renovating the area. 

Consider hiring professionals -
Yes, they tend to charge fees for work they perform; with this in mind, the right service team will work with you and the set budget you have. Not only will they provide you with several options, they are properly going to plant new flowers, lay out the garden area, choose the right furnishings, and create a calm, tranquil area you can enjoy any time of the year. If you would like to find a gardener there are loads of sites you can visit to find a good local gardener.

Know what you want -
For some, you simply want lavish, luxurious outdoor furnishings regardless of cost. Others are going to be looking for items which match the siding of the home, floral arrangement, and colours of the space. Yet others are looking for the cheapest options, while still having a warm, inviting space. Make sure you know what you want, and begin from there when coming up with the layout for the space you are creating.

When it comes to your garden area, knowing what to look for, and where to begin, will allow you to easily create the perfect outdoor retreat. These are a few simple things to consider, before you simply get started with a huge renovation job you wish to tackle.

Friday, 17 June 2016

How to save money on children's outdoor equipment this summer

When shopping for equipment for your kids to use when camping, going to outdoor events, or otherwise having a great time outdoors, these items are typically quite costly. Whether it is a new tent, new hiking shoes, or other accessories, there are ways in which you can go about saving on the cost. These are a few options to save, while finding all the summer equipment they need.

Consider second hand - 
Hand me downs, trading items with friends, or using items your other children have used in years past, is a simple solution to avoid having to purchase these items brand new. You can even find local retailers which sell second hand items, many in "like new" condition, which are far cheaper than brand new. If you would like to have a look at some outdoor equipment for this summer then there are loads of sites which can help you. One example of a site which can help you find a good price on the product you are looking for is Secondwow.

Shopping around - 
Visiting various outdoor shops, camping supply shops, and sporting goods retailers, allows you to find the best deal on all equipment you are going to buy. Yes, it does require a certain degree of patience; but, those who are willing to visit a few stores prior to purchase, are going to save. 

Shop online - 
Another viable way to save is to buy online. More and more retailers are offering products online, further, you can buy from local sellers online as well. Typically, great mark downs and price reductions can be found on these items, allowing you to truly save on the cost of outdoor equipment. 

Off brand - 
Consider going with "off brand" or un-branded items. In many instances, you can find products for half the price, or even greater discounts on such items. And, many of these products are the same quality, simply lacking the popular brand name logo, meaning you will save. 

You will find many items your kids require to be costly; however, these are a few simple ways to save when shopping for the summer equipment they need this year.

Tuesday, 7 June 2016

Make the Most out of Children's Catalogues

If you want to spread the cost of children's toys, books, and games, shopping with a UK catalogue provides you with heaps of benefits. First up, you can have your purchases delivered direct to your door, saving you time and hassle. Plus, you can choose from thousands of items all in one place, including the latest electronics and gadgets, so you don't have to spend hours on your local high street. Here are some other tips on how to make the most out of children's catalogues.

1. Watch out for interest

The children's catalogue you choose will likely come down to interest rates. As different retailers charge different levels of interest, it's a good idea to compare different brands before you open a credit account. A price comparison website is a great place to glance at different rates in one place, so you can spot the catalogue that's right for you. Some catalogues that have children's clothes, like Very, won't charge you any interest if you pay for your items in full by a certain date.

 2. Consider the cost of returns

 As a parent, you know that children can be fussy at times, especially when it comes to clothes and shoes. If you order from a catalogue, most brands, like Marisota and Next, will let your child try on his or her clothes for size. If you're not completely satisfied, you can send them back to the retailer. This all sounds pretty straightforward, but some companies charge you more to return an item than others, so always do your research before you open a credit account.

 3. Use a voucher code

 A voucher code could entitle you to money off your order or free delivery, providing you with a significant saving. You'll likely have to enter your code when paying for your items over the phone or online, and this can be a great way to save cash on children's clothes and toys!

Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Jamie's Italian Nottingham

We were recently invited to visit our local Jamie's Italian restaurant which for us is in Nottingham and try out some of their food, as we've never eaten there before we jumped at the chance as we're both big fans of Jamie Oliver and had heard good things about the food there.

The restaurant itself had a really nice, cosy atmosphere and even though we were a little early we were seated straight away. Our waitress was super friendly and really helpful, recommending dishes to try and drinks that she thought we may enjoy.

For our starter we decided to go for the Italian Nachos which were crispy fried ravioli stuffed with mozzarella, ricotta and Bella Lodi served with a spicy Sicilian tomato sauce. We absolutely loved the starter, it was something I'd never tried before and it was so good, I'd definitely order it again.

For my main course I had Tortellini Con Carne which was veal ragu-stuffed pasta in a sage brown butter with crispy pancetta, lemon and Parmesan which was absolutely amazing. I'm always a little reluctant to order a pasta dish because they're very heavy and filling but with this you got just the right amount to leave you satisfied but not stuffed and it tasted delicious.

My husband went for the Herby Lamb Steak which consisted of juicy British lamb chargrilled on the bone with charred peppers, sticky balsamic onions, toasted pine nuts and salsa verde. Ian loves meat so this was like heaven for him, he loved everything about the meal especially the lamb which was really tender and cooked to perfection. He also had some seasonal vegetables with his meal which were also very tasty.

For dessert we both went for the Tiramisu which is one of our favourites and to be honest we were a little disappointed, I expected it to very authentic and have strong flavours of coffe and vin santo but there was no flavour at all, it was pleasant enough to eat but it didn't taste at all like tiramisu so we were pretty disappointed with dessert, especially as the rest of the meal had been so amazing.

Overall we had a really lovely night out at Jamie's Italian in Nottingham and I'd definitely go back again, the prices were very reasonable, the staff were lovely and the food was delicious. 

At the moment they have a new Super Lunch Menu where you get two courses from £10.95 so that's definitely worth checking out.


Sunday, 24 April 2016

HEMA Stationery Haul

I'm really into stationery at the moment and I'm always looking for new shops to try so when I noticed that HEMA sold stationery I was super excited because I know that they sell really cute items and their prices are really affordable.

I recently got a few items and I thought I'd share them with you.

I'm a little bit obsessed with washi tape at the moment so I got the 3 pack of skinny washi, I love the colours and the patterns on the tape and think they'll all look super cute in my planner.

I thought the little pencil case was adorable and just my style, I love that it says "Hello lovely" on it and it looks super cute on my desk with all my bits and bobs in it.

Next I got the magnetic punch which allows me to punch holes in paper on any part of the page not just around the edge which is really handy, I've used it quite a few times and it works perfectly.

Lastly I got the desk tidy set in this gorgeous floral print, it has a real Spring feel to it and goes really well with the decor in my office. It keeps my desk organised and tidy which means I can work much more efficiently while also looking really pretty, it's win win!

If you're a fellow stationery lover then you should definitely check HEMA out, they don't just sell stationery though they sell all kinds of items including baby and kids, cooking and dining, homeware and also beauty items. If you'd like to know more about their beauty items then pop over to my beauty blog where there will be a post telling you all about them.


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