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.


Friday, 15 April 2016

4 simple ways to smarten up a family home

If your home is looking a little tired but you don’t have the money, time or the inclination to get major renovation works done, don’t worry. There are lots of clever, cheap and easy ways to give your family space a new lease of life. Here are just a handful to try - and you might be amazed at the difference they make.

1. Splash on a fresh coat of paint – it can work wonders
Paint is relatively cheap to buy and there are usually plenty of great offers around, but it can absolutely transform the look and feel of a room. You don’t need any special DIY skills to pick up a paintbrush or roller and get stuck in, and you can get a whole room done in a day or two. Choose a bright, fresh shade to lighten up a space, or something a bit bolder if you really want to make a statement. 

2. Declutter with simple storage solutions
Sometimes, the look of a room can be spoilt simply by how much stuff is bursting out of every nook and cranny. You can really smarten up your home by taking two important steps. Firstly, have a good old clear-out and get rid of anything you don’t need anymore. Secondly, find clever storage solutions that fit perfectly in your space and work with your lifestyle. For example, the modular, multi-purpose shelving systems available on can be designed to fit into awkwardly shaped areas like under the eaves.

3. Deep clean in strategic places
Did you know that cleaning can sometimes make just as much of a difference to a room as decorating? If you choose the right places to clean, you can make each space look brand new. Key examples include cleaning carpets and the grout around kitchen and bathroom tiles, and making windows sparkle to let more light in. 

4. Inject colour and patterns with cushions and rugs
If you don’t fancy getting messy with paint or battling with wallpaper, there’s a much simpler way you can add pattern, colour and texture to your home – accessories. Choose textiles such as rugs, cushions, throws and curtains in colourful, stylish designs and simply place them wherever extra colour is needed. You’ll be amazed at the transformation.

If all else fails, try re-jigging the layout by moving all of your furniture around. The change will feel fantastic, and you won’t have to spend any money or more than a few minutes of your time.

Monday, 11 April 2016

How to perfect your bedtime routine

While you may have your kids’ sleep schedules down to a tee, it could be a different story when it comes to your own. As a parent, it’s vital that you’re alert and energised, especially if you want to keep up with your youngsters. If you’ve been struggling to take control of your sleeping regime, there is help at hand. Keep reading to learn how you can perfect your bedtime routine.

Rethink your bed setup
The bed you sleep in can have a huge impact on your nighttime routine. From your mattress, to your bedding, to your bed frame, your current setup could be hindering your chances of getting a good night’s rest. To get your sleep schedule back on track, you could update your bed. For instance, if your mattress is lumpy and sagging, you could swap it for a new model that is firm and supportive. You could even invest in a memory foam design that moulds to the shape of your body. Moreover, you could overhaul your whole setup and replace your entire bed. For example, you could go for an adjustable model that can be positioned to suit your preferred sleeping posture. As sleep specialists Adjustamatic point out, these beds can maximise your comfort, as well as reduce pain, swelling and tension.

Take the time to unwind
So that you can prepare your body and mind for slumber, it’s important that you take the time to unwind. Unless you give yourself a chance to relax, you could find it difficult to drift off. As part of your bedtime routine, you could take a hot bubble bath, read a book, meditate or even try your hand at some yoga. Setting some time aside to kick back before you head to bed should allow you to fall into a restful slumber quickly and easily.

Cut back on caffeine
If you’re a busy parent, you may rely on a daily dose of caffeine to get you through your day. Although a cup of tea or coffee may help you wake up of a morning, it could be wreaking havoc on your ability to sleep well at night. The truth is, caffeine can stay in your system for up to six hours after you’ve consumed it, meaning that the effects might not have completely worn off by the time you slide between the sheets. You may find it a struggle at first, but cutting back on your caffeine intake is sure to leave you feeling tired when bedtime rolls around, leaving you refreshed and energised the next day.

By putting these suggestions into practice, you could soon be enjoying restful slumber night after night.

Monday, 4 April 2016

Easter Sales & Discount Codes

So it's Easter school holidays and the kids are complaining about being bored, taking them out everyday can get really expensive so what can you do to keep them entertained? How about getting them something new to play with whether it be in the garden (if it stops raining) or inside, there are some brilliant sales going on at the moment and some great discount codes, if you know where to look for them that is.

I recently discovered an amazing website called Everyday Is Black Friday and it saves me loads of time and money when I'm hunting for a bargain. The website basically takes all of the hard work out of sales shopping and puts all the good deals right in front of you as well as some really good discount codes.

It features sales from thousands of shops including Argos and Currys as well as lots of other well known high street shops and if you enter your email address you get access to secret half price deals, click here to take a look.

So if you're looking to grab some new toys to keep your kids happy in the next week or so and you don't want to pay over the odds then pop over to Everyday Is Black Friday and take a look, I'm sure you'll find a bargain or two.


Spring Homeware Haul

Spring is officially here and it's around this time that I like to give the house a good spring clean and a bit of a makeover where I put away some of my winter items and give the house more of a spring/summer feel. 

This year I'm lucky enough to be working with Ocean Loans who have given me £50 to add some spring decor to our house and here's what I got.

I know Easter has already gone but I bought this super cute picture and wooden bunny a couple of weeks ago from TK Maxx and they really gave my shelves in the kitchen a spring feel in the lead up to Easter. I've taken the picture down now but I've left the wooden bunny up because I think it goes nicely with the spring decor as well as being cute for Easter.

Next I changed my coffee table display, I took away my grey winter style tray and changed it for this fresh new white one and then I got the gorgeous Emma Bridgewater Rose & Bee vase which brings in much more of a spring feel with the floral and bee designs. I think it looks lovely with a few tulips in and really gives our lounge a fresher feel.

Lastly we changed our bedding to a brighter more spring feeling set from Matalan, the brightly coloured butterflies look stunning against the white background and it really adds a lot of light to our grey bedroom.

Our whole house is now feeling much more fresh and bright and I feel totally ready for spring and summer, I just need some nice weather now and I'm sorted.


Friday, 1 April 2016

March Favourites

I've had quite a few items I've been loving this month so I thought it would be good to write a favourites post and share them all with you.

My first favourite is the Wilkinson Sword Intuition Razor, being a busy working mum I just don't have time to spend hours in the bathroom pampering myself so anything that saves me time is a bonus. The Intuition Razor is brilliant, just add water and it foams up meaning no need for faffing around with shaving foam, you can just go straight ahead and shave your legs and it literally takes 2 minutes. Plus it comes with a handy little shower holder so you can have it on hand every time you shower without having to remember to take it in with you.

After eating what feels like twice my body weight in chocolate throughout March I've been looking for something a little more healthy to snack on and also something that the kids would enjoy. We decided to give the Go Ahead snacks a try and they've been a big hit in our house the past week or so. 

I love to snack on the Crispy Slices, especially the Radiant Raspberry flavour, they're perfect for a mid-morning treat and they only contain 57 calories per slice. The kids love the Cookie Bites and have been asking for them at snack time every day this week, they're low in sugar and less than 100 calories per pack so I don't feel bad about letting the kids have them.

There are lots of different Go Ahead snacks to try and I've yet to try one that I don't like so if you're looking for a healthy snack then give them a go.

You may have seen on my social media accounts that I've recently opened an Etsy shop called My Pretty Summer where I sell super cute stationery items and my own handmade dashboards for planners. To enable me to make the planner dashboards I needed a new printer and I got a brilliant one at a bargain price from Love the Sales

If you check out their Printer sale section you'll find all of the printers that are currently on sale in all of the biggest UK retailers all in one place so instead of trawling around loads of different websites checking prices you can just have them all together and make sure you get the best deal that's out there. Love the Sales have all kinds of items on their website including clothes, homeware, beauty products and sports equipment so if you're looking for a bargain go and check them out.

My last favourite are the super yummy Simplee Aloe drinks, aloe is really good for you, it's great for your skin, detoxing and keeps your immune system healthy and I'm all about anything that has that many benefits. Aside from the fact that they're super good for you they also taste amazing, they're really fruity and refreshing and they contain no artificial flavours, colours or preservatives.

They come in two different sizes, 1 litre and 330ml and are the perfect drinks for Spring/Summer when you want something healthy and refreshing. You can find them in Asda, Holland & Barrett, Waitrose and Sainsburys.

So that's everything I've been loving in March, what are your favourites for the past month?

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