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Dettol Baby Blanket Donation

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Celebrity mum of two, Rachel Stevens, is calling out to parents to donate a blanket to the Dettol Baby Blanket Donation charity campaign to help families in need. For full details on how to donate please visit www.dettol.co.uk/donate.

You can see more about the campaign over on youtube, watch the video now and get involved http://youtu.be/OFSOQin0G0Q

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New Year, home makeover

It’s a spanking new year and this year I made a vow to not make any resolutions or “changes” to the way we live. I did however make myself a promise, one to travel more this year and secondly to finally get this house into the home I have always wanted.

I’ve mentioned before how it isn’t in the best place, it isn’t the biggest but it is detached and is modern enough to have nice square rooms with no funny business so pretty much anything goes. We get flooded with light all year long but I have always decorated with what society has expected from a family. Instead I made a vow to decorate just the way I wanted.

In fairness this has been a challenge, fun but hard work finding the furniture from charity shops that is always hit and miss and finding wallpaper or paint that matches my vision. I began boldly with making over the downstairs loo. It is a tricky space as it has pipe work boxed in, it has a tiny sinking the smallest window but i wanted to add a nerdy look but with an expensive feel but with things we already had, I forgot to mention my budget for the whole house is practically zero!

We had some old star trek annuals that I had bought the husband a few christmases previous that had barely seen the light of day and thought these would make a great feature wall…



I have to say I wasn’t wrong! I love the look, it was a dream to put up, simply with wallpaper paste and it doesn’t look overpowering, it also makes great reading!

I had planned to leave it at that, just a feature wall and the rest staying white but I found a new love for deep strong colours whilst checking out pinterest so I made a little adjustment…



We had the plum left over from the tv wall in the lounge, the towel rack was an old one that used to be behind the front door for coats, the vintage mirror is about 4 years old and was bought on eBay for £3 and the cute rug was a few quid at tesco a few months back and i couldn’t find the perfect home for it.

I LOVE the space now! It hasn’t become a pram dumping ground again, it doesn’t feel cold and unloved anymore and even though the window is small it just bounces light around its almost magical!

It’s the perfect start to my end goal. What do you think? Would you be so bold in a small space?

The Greedy book

All the major retailers now have a look book or wish list that you can add too and at Christmas they are a great way to spread the news to your friends and family what you would love at the festive period.

The Greedy Book is the new kid on the block but don’t let that fool you! With its nifty button to add to your search bar when something just right catches your eye you can add it directly to your own  Greedy Book ready for all to see.

Crammed full of inspiration, The Greedy Book is a beautifully presented site over flowing with pretty items ready to get your mitts on. Create your own Greedy Book right here alternatively check out the beginnings of my very own Greedy Book right here .


Described as the home of the wish list, they’re an amazing discovery platform that provides you with your very own corner of the internet to collate your ultimate wish list, an eclectic mixture of your favourite things. The great thing about this as opposed to Pinterest is that it’s intended for things that you actually want rather than just simply think are pretty! There’s also a whole host of inspiration there if you’re stuck for ideas.
We know what it’s like to have to pull that polite “I love it smile” when inside you know the gift will never be used. The Greedy Book allows you and your loved ones to collate the things you love all year round so that when it comes to the time to buy a gift, everyone ends up with personal, thoughtful gifts and no disappointed smiles.
The Greedy Book concept was developed by sisters Millie and Charlie, who were inspired by their sister-in-law who kept an actual ‘Greedy Book’, to note down each of her family members dream gifts and favourite trends to make it easier when it came to buying them presents. The ladies wanted to take The Greedy Book concept and expand it online, along with other exciting services, and useful tools, so that no family or group of friends ever has to struggle again when it comes to buying gifts for each other.

Id love to hear about all the pretty things that you would choose!

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Blackpool’s not so Hidden Gems

Blackpool's not so Hidden Gems

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Day trips are a big thing every summer with the rising cost of travel and holiday packages and for those that don’t own a car, car rental is a great way to see parts of the country without the year long cost and commitment of owning your own and RelayRides truly are the hidden gem of car rental.
Being a Lancashire lass Blackpool has always been a year round destination for day trips and short stays as its affordable and stuffed full of fun, cheap and exciting things to do.
Stanley Park has always been a huge draw for me and the kids just love it. There is boating, a park, a cute cafe that serves THE best ice cream, pitch and put and a little visitors centre , there are always live bands and performances running through the summer months so you are never short of things to do and bar the ice cream its all free!
Marton Mere is another great day out if you love the outdoors! There are lovely walks and some beautiful wildlife to spot and its great for dogs walks, pond dipping and just getting away from the hustle and bustle.
With the recent renovations completed on the Winter Gardens this is a must see spot, there are evening events and gigs, a beautiful restaurant and coffee bar and the architectural renovations are just stunning and recently opened is the Illuminasia which is an indoor light show, defiantly worth a stop!
The best fish and chips in town has to be Harry Ramsdens, it’s almost as old as Blackpool itself and has always prided itself on fresh local fish and great hospitality!
We can’t discuss Blackpool without its world famous illuminations, with a fresh line up each year and a spectacular  opening gig its defiantly not to be missed.
And finally the best place to take in a show in town is The Grand Theatre, its wonderfully cosy with original features and isn’t to large, there are no bad seats!
So if you fancy making the trip, rent that car from RelayRides and make a real day of it! It’s a simple step by step process making it economical and safe, and should you have your own car you don’t need whilst away, advertise it and let it make YOU money!
Check them out now for the best in car hire services.

What happens when…

Our lives are now all online, computer stored and automated. Whether we like it or not we are on the receiving end of not being in control of what happens with our online presence.

Our bank account was hacked this week and its not just left me feeling violated and angry but suddenly realising that I have somehow ended up with all my personal info online, and quite honestly not through choice.

I am always very careful about what info I subject to the world, I never pass on personal info unless compleatly necessary and I make all my payments through Paypal for security, yet it managed to happen anyway.

I was overwhelmed with an instinctual response to delete all my online life, all social media and yes even my blog. I am still completely undecided about this process,  it would heed well with my simplify my life challenge I am currently undergoing and would make me feel that little less violated/ spied on but how easy is it to get through daily life without using the internet at all?

Last weeks challenge was to do our grocery shopping without going to a supermarket, let’s just say that didn’t quite as I had hoped so is life liveable without it being online? Can you pay bills, socialise, research and generally mooch about without it being plastered all over your social media or saved into an exercise app?

Yet within my lifetime there was a time when there was no internet, no social media, and no automation in our lives. We made friends, we shopped, we made plans and paid bills, so how did it come to this? How did we manage to move everything inside into the dark and left real life sitting out in the cold?

I want to write letters not emails, I want to shop somewhere where they know my name and know what I buy, I want to swap what we grow or make with others that do the same, I want to see my friends on the street and have a good old natter, my God I want to be a 50s housewife!!

So what happens when you aren’t quite content ?


Shave time, Shave money Challenge


Dollar Shave Club have asked me how do I shave time or money?

Well for me it has to be money, I shave money wherever I can and we are currently teaching our children to do the same.

Homeschooling means you suddenly end up inundated with “stuff”. The type of stuff that you don’t really want or need but the kids can’t bring themselves to get rid of and well it just might come in.

So I have given them the challenge of downsizing their “stuff” collection and keeping the rest in the loft to see how they get on. It is also a great life lesson, teaching them they don’t need to be surrounded by shelves and shelves full of things they don’t really need to be happy.

My top 5 tips for shaving money are…

  1. Re-use. Sounds simple but you often forget that most things can have a dual purpose. For example that old chest of drawers can become a garden plater and the drawers can be under bed storage.
  2. New can be new to you. Charity shops, freegle and ebay are all great places to find the things you need for a fraction of the cost or for free especially furniture.
  3. Borrow instead of buying. Do you have a special occasion coming up? Want that stunning dress but you know you will never wear it again? Then ask your friends of the same size if they have anything you can borrow, you will only wear it a few hours and it hasn’t cost you a penny apart from offering the same in return.
  4. Make it yourself. Trends change like the weather and we all like to keep up with them but you don’t have to spend a fortune to be a trend setter, simply recreate the look you want with things you already have.
  5. Do it yourself. Need a room decorating? new carpet laying? We all have those odd jobs we put off because we wither can’t do it ourselves or can’t afford to but we all know someone that knows how to put up a shelf or they know someone who does, simply offer a service they can’t do themselves in return for one you can’t. It will broaden your circle and you will soon get through all those pesky jobs. Alternatively check out youtube for DIY videos on just about anything!

What would be your favourite way to shave money?

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Thrifty Thursday

I haven’t done a Thrifty Thursday for a while now, purely because I haven’t had the time to do this projects I have laying around waiting to be finished. but whilst tidying up this morning I noticed a whole string was missing from my wooden bearded curtain *shakes fist at the dog*

Well after spending some time online trying to find a replacement i realised I could fix it myself and make it unique. A few of the bamboo beads where missing on other strings also so this is what I did..


I took a rogue ball of wool that I knew there wasn’t enough to make anything else with and plated it into the string that holds all the beads together, filling the gaps as I went. I really love how its turned out, the natural colours compliment the bamboo and it has a very bohemian look about it, what do you think?


With the spare wool I added some strings to a paper shade that I had laying around, I have seen this look on Pinterest a few times and always loved it, you can’t really see from the photo but because the space is so vast above the stairs it gives a feeling of the space being filled which makes the space feel more ‘cosy’..


Very simple, not time consuming crafts that don’t cost a penny that anyone can do!

What do you have laying around you could bring back to life?


School for Good and Evil – Review



My daughter was very excited when the School for good and Evil landed on our door mat for her to read. She’s 10 and has been reading at almost an adult level for a few years now and will happily read 2 to 3 books per day given the chance!

She loves the whole fantasy/supernatural genre and really levitates to books like Harry Potter and How to train your Dragon so I was really hoping this was going to be a big hit for her.

She quickly got stuck in but found the text to be quite small which made the big book quite daunting for her as she is short sighted and has to wear glasses. I urged her to keep at it but she really did seem to struggle at times with it as she found the narrative to be quite lacking and maybe a little stereotypical, good is beautiful and evil is ugly.

She really relates to strong female characters and wants them to be the hero, stay true to themselves and put their morals before anything else. The whole Grimm’s style fairy tale was a strong lure with this book, she loved the more darker take on the whole pansy Disney Princess narrative but felt that the characters where a little cliched at times and would of benefitted more if they had stayed true to their nature instead of “fitting in with the crowd”.

The plot twists where what saw her through to the end as they always kept her guessing and it really did deliver some strong life lessons for the reading age of 9-14. That good isn’t always beautiful and popular and that evil isn’t always dark and ugly, basically don’t judge that book by it’s cover. It’s a very important lesson for children of this age to understand and this really made the book for her.

All in all she felt it was a good book, maybe not the next big thing since Harry Potter but a good all round read with plot twists, best friends pushed to breaking point and important life lessons we could all learn something from. She just wishes that the text was slightly bigger making the read a little easier.

You can find the trailer here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5p-u0I9koYg

School for Good and Evil is available at amazon along with the follow up, School for Good and Evil: A World Without Princess .

If you would like to win a copy of the book yourself, simply leave a comment below. Winner will be chosen at random one week from today, 26th June.