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My Ultimate Male Gift Guide

| November 19, 2014 | 2 Comments
My Ultimate Male Gift Guide

I try hard each year to be as organised as possible, but I’ve got to say I find the buying for men really tricky, whether at Christmas or Birthdays. So to help you (and me) I started early this year, and found some of the best gifts, that I am sure will be loved this festive season. A good half of these are actually good whether you are male or female, in fact I plan or ‘borrowing’ one or two…but shhh don’t tell Tall Dad!

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My Ultimate Tween Gift Guide for Christmas

| November 14, 2014 | 4 Comments
My Ultimate Tween Gift Guide for Christmas

Notoriously hard to buy for, I set about compiling a tween Christmas gift guide.  A real one though, that I will actually be giving to my daughter this year for Christmas. Things that I know she will love and use, and will bring a smile to her face this Christmas. Continue Reading

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Getting a Guest Bedroom Ready for Christmas

| November 12, 2014 | 1 Comment
Getting a Guest Bedroom Ready for Christmas

If this Christmas you are having guests over to stay, it’s important to think about where they are going to sleep and the room they are sleeping in.  So in this post I am going to give you some handy hints to follow, so that both you and your guests get a good night’s sleep this festive season.

Decluttering

Step back and look at the space.  Day-to-day it may be the room that you store last season’s clothes, use as your office, even where you keep the huge collection of shoes you own – or is that just me?  You need to look at the room with fresh eyes and try to rationalise the contents. Buy cheap plastic boxes, or large cotton bags, spend a couple of hours to take away any unnecessary clutter and store it away.  Whilst doing this, you need to make sure there is drawer or hanging space, if possible, for your guests clothes, again try to store away some of yours to do this. Continue Reading

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Christmas Wrapping Ideas

| November 11, 2014 | 11 Comments
Christmas Wrapping Ideas

Wrapping Christmas presents…It’s a love or hate thing, doing ‘the big wrap‘ each year, and it can be very daunting when you are faced with a huge pile to wrap.  Its a job that if you don’t enjoy, then you need to make it as easy as possible.  So in this post I’m going to give some hints and tips and gorgeous wrapping ideas for this Christmas. DSC_0759 Continue Reading

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Quantum of the Seas : Royal Caribbean

| November 5, 2014 | 25 Comments
Quantum of the Seas : Royal Caribbean

Some things that I am invited to as a lifestyle and travel blogger are so special, I seriously have to pinch myself. This weekend was just such an occasion.  I had been invited to board to Quantum of the Seas for its pre-inaugural voyage. We would be the first guests to ever test out this new ship that was heralded as the one that changes everything!

Tall Dad (my hubby) and I spent the first two nights experiencing as much as we could of the worlds first smart ship.

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3 Key Ways to Transform your Living Space

| November 3, 2014 | 4 Comments
3 Key Ways to Transform your Living Space

Dying to give your lounge the VIP treatment? The main reason we tend to put off decorating is due to the effort involved. But sometimes it only takes a few minor changes to transform your living space for the better. These top tips from sofa manufacturer Couch can help you to transform your living room simply and effectively. Continue Reading

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My Perfect Family Country Kitchen

| October 29, 2014 | 1 Comment
My Perfect Family Country Kitchen

My style choices change from day-to-day. Honestly I love so many different interior styles I would be changing my home all the time, if I had the chance. When I think of a family kitchen though, I think of something homely, bustling, spacious and clean with a big table in the centre, that gathers the family all around it.   Continue Reading

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Oasis of the Seas : The Biggest doesn’t even cover it!

| October 18, 2014 | 19 Comments
Oasis of the Seas : The Biggest doesn’t even cover it!

Everywhere in the media has been coverage of the largest cruise ship in the world making its maiden trip to the UK and docking earlier this week in Southampton.  The Oasis of the Seas from the Royal Caribbean a beautiful and impressive ship, that you can see an aerial shot of below.  Yes its huge, and that’s impressive, it really is, but boy this ship is so much more than that.  Continue Reading

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How to Etch Mirror or Glass

| October 14, 2014 | 10 Comments
How to Etch Mirror or Glass

I’m really proud of this one, and I think I’ve mastered etching mirrors now.  The key is a little patience (not something I have lots of) and a little elbow grease at the end.  So if you remember my last attempt was for my youngest daughter, and it was a Disney crown (from the Cricut Design Space) etched onto a mirror.  So she could be a princess every morning when she woke up! Continue Reading

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Carpet Trends

| October 6, 2014 | 0 Comments
Carpet Trends

It’s actually incredible, the change to a room that new flooring can make.  A while ago I talked about the different laminate floors that are available from Carpetright.  In this post I wanted to highlight four trends in carpets in 2014. Traditionally changing your flooring is something we look at doing in the Autumn and Winter. Whatever room you are looking to carpet, and whether you have the budget for pure wool or need something more man made and hard wearing, carpet is known for adding comfort and warmth to a room. Continue Reading

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Christmas Blossom Tree Giveaway (Multicoloured)

| November 20, 2014 | 66 Comments
Christmas Blossom Tree Giveaway (Multicoloured)

Well I am definitely feeling in the Christmas spirit this morning, after taking delivery of a 6 ft warm white blossom tree. The tree is from Christmas Tree World, which has a large selection of different kinds of Christmas tree available, including up-to 20 ft artificial trees, fibre optic and blossom trees.  I’ve always loved blossom trees I must admit, I love that they have a Japanese feel, and that there’s no need to decorate them.  The tree I chose is a warm white version which gives off a lovely glow to the room.  This tree is in fact suitable to use indoors and outdoors though, so its home will be to flank our front door, to greet everyone as stop by. Continue Reading

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Simple but gorgeous handmade gifts : Infused Olive Oil

| November 18, 2014 | 7 Comments
Simple but gorgeous handmade gifts : Infused Olive Oil

I’ve been thinking of a new home-made (edible) gift that I can make this Christmas, as I try to do at least one every year. Last year was Spiced Vodka, and the year before Gingerbread Syrup for coffee.  Both turned out really well, so I was keen to do another.  This year I wanted to steer away from a drinkable gift, and wanted something that I was sure I could tailor to my friends and families different tastes easily.  My idea was infused olive oil.  By no means an original one, but one that I could make quickly and to suit different tastes. Continue Reading

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Cloud 9 Skin Solutions

| November 18, 2014 | 0 Comments
Cloud 9 Skin Solutions

We all suffer with some form of skin complaint during our lives.  We also all I’m sure, have tried lotions and potions that lie half full in the back of a cupboard, having been little or no use to help with them. When I started reading the Cloud 9 Skin Solutions site I really loved their ethos, ‘to produce products that would deliver on their promise and be used down to the very last drop’. That’s some promise! So together with my daughter, we tested three products from the range. Continue Reading

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