Home, Neat Home: Time To Clean Up Your Design

Picture Source There’s nothing more unsettling than a home that looks unwelcoming and shabby. And we’re not talking about “shabby chic” here – we’re talking about shabby. Whether it’s the result of your home getting old or poor design choices you’ve made in the past, it’s time to stop making excuses for your aesthetically displeasing home. If you’re not happy with the way your humble abode looks then you need to make some changes. Everybody should feel comfortable in their own house. More importantly, everybody should be house-proud (to some extent). You don’t need to devote your life to cleaning… [Read More]

Finding Colour in Darkness: Lost in Nature

It’s amazing how an unplanned photograph can turn into something pretty spectacular. Yesterday morning I decided to go for a run. Nothing unusual for me, but I’d decided to try out a new route. A route I wasn’t very familiar with, but I just kind of told myself I’d wing it and go with the flow. As I turned down a lane into the forest, I had no clue where I was, what direction I was heading in or where I would emerge from, but what I did know, was that the path ahead of me would be a new… [Read More]

New Years Resolutions

It’s the start of another year, and for many this means it’s time to set some new years resolutions. 2018 will actually be the first year that I can remember in which I won’t be setting any new years resolutions. You may wonder why that is so I’ll tell you. Quite simply, I’ve reached a point in my life where I’m happy. 2017 saw me achieving many goals that I never thought I’d be able to achieve. I’ve lost two stone, I’ve run a half marathon, I’m self-employed which means I can set my own working hours. Yes, all in… [Read More]

Another year older

Today is my birthday. Yes, I’m another older, and even though I’m definitely not a teenager anymore, I still feel as though I am 18 years old! I like to thin that I’m young at heart, but then again, I imagine a lot of other people do too. I’m older, perhaps a little wiser, and yes, I have a few more lines around my eyes now than ever before, but thankfully the grey hairs haven’t arrived yet! Looking back at my life, I’ve certainly had my ups and downs. From losing mum at 18 years old to moving out of… [Read More]

My Year in Review

In January of this year, I decided that I would keep a record of all of the good things that happen throughout 2017. I’ve surprised myself because I’ve actually managed to write in this book every month and I’m so pleased that I have because it’s been lovely looking back through it, and reading about things that I’d forgotten about. I’ll definitely be doing the same thing in 2018! Until then, I thought I’d share with you my ‘Year in Review’… January I turned 30 years old We made bird feeders I went to spin class and did yoga Had… [Read More]

I’m taking part in RED January for Mind Mental Health Charity

I hope everyone reading this post today, had a lovely Christmas and that you’re all looking forward to the new year. Here’s wishing a wonderfully happy new year! In the new year, January, to be specific, I will be taking part in RED January for Mind, the mental health charity. RED January stands for: Run Every Day January. As an avid runner, I enjoy nothing more than donning my running gear and heading out the door for a bit of me time. What is RED January? Mind have teamed up with R.E.D January as their official charity partner for January… [Read More]

7 Tips to Help You Afford Your Next Holiday

Working full time is difficult, especially if you’re raising a family. With bills to pay and regular expenses that can’t be avoided, taking a holiday is quite often beyond our financial means. Family trips can be expensive and they’re often not a priority. For many, travel getaways, whether it’s a luxurious cruise in the Caribbean or a family excursion to Disneyland, are only a pipedream. Still, we all need a break from time to time in order renew our energy to face the challenges of daily life. What can we do to make our dreams of travel come true? Possible… [Read More]

Cool Maker Sew N’ Style Machine Review

It’s no secret that I enjoy sewing, so it comes as no surprise that my five year old twin girls are following in my footsteps with their love of sewing too. When I get my sewing machine out, our girls are keen for me to show them what I’m doing. They also love pressing the foot pedal down and helping to feed fabric through the needle. They’re both very enthusiastic about sewing so when I was offered the chance to review the Cool Maker Sew N’ Style Machine I jumped at the chance. Aimed at children aged six+, children can magically… [Read More]

It’s not about the medals

Running has been a passion of mine for around a year now. I’ve played with the idea of running before, but I’d usually run for one month, then stop, then a few months later, I’d run again but it wouldn’t be long before I’d stop again. I always loved the idea of running. Back when I was in high-school, I enjoyed running cross country, but it was never something I was serious about. In March of this year I decided that I wanted to take up running again. However, I wanted it to be a long-term hobby, not something I’d… [Read More]