The Cost of Moving House

Moving house is an expensive business. This is something my husband and I know all too well. A few years ago we had to move house three times in just four years. The first time was when we lived in a block of flats. When our twin girls were born we soon realised that our cosy little flat just wasn’t big enough anymore. The second and third time was because our landlords decided to sell up. Yes, it’s fair to say that we have a very good idea of the cost of moving house. It doesn’t end there though, as… [Read More]

Five easy ways to take the stress out of moving house

Moving house can be a stressful time. I know just how stressful it can be. I’ve moved three times in the last six years and each time has presented new and different problems. Moving house with children in tow is also problematic as I’ve discovered on more than occasion. Here are some tips to help take the stress out of moving house. Pack one room at a time By packing each room one at a time, you can make unpacking when you move into your new home go a lot quicker. It means you won’t have to rifle through various… [Read More]

Just Bought Your First Home? Here’s How To Decorate And Furnish On A Budget

Image source If you’re about to buy your first home or you’ve just moved in, you’ll understand the sense of overwhelming excitement and fear that consumes you when you realise that you have to decorate and furnish a new house. On the one hand, the idea of finally being able to imprint your personality on a property is really fun. But on the other hand, the sheer cost is quite scary, and what if you decorate it and don’t even like it? Well, don’t panic. It’s certainly possible to decorate and furnish your new home on a tight budget, and… [Read More]

Gray & Willow Rope Laundry Bin Review

My husband and I are the kind of people that believe if it’s not broken, then don’t fix it. As such we’ve had the same laundry bin for the past 10 years. Although the lid is broken, in fact I’m not actually sure when we last saw the lid nor used it!    Our laundry bin is plastic and looks pretty dull and boring. However, it serves its purpose well so we’ve never really thought about replacing it. I guess it’s not the sort of thing that stands out in a bedroom, so I don’t really tend to notice it!… [Read More]

The Cost of Moving House: A Handy Calculator!

My husband and I have moved house more times than we care to mention. When we first moved in together, we rented a small two bedroom flat that was on the second floor of a block of flats. It served it’s purpose well, but I did miss having a garden. We had a balcony, but I never really went out there as it was very small. When we discovered that we were pregnant with twins, we knew we needed to find somewhere bigger to live. The thing is that didn’t actually happen until our twins were 11 months old. We… [Read More]

We're in our new house! Now it's time to tidy the garden!

It’s official we’re in our new house! It feels like it’s been a long time coming, but we’re in and now the hard work starts! We have a mountain of boxes that need to be unpacked which I’m not looking forward too!  Thankfully my husband will probably do most of it, which means the garden will be left to me! I love my garden and don’t mind getting my hands dirty, but our new garden has a pretty big tree hanging over the back fence which has left a lot of leaves on the grass!  I think a leaf blower… [Read More]

Life’s not fair

Life’s not fair. I’m pretty sure that’s a statement that everyone has said at some point in their life whether they’re young, old, rich or poor and it’s true. Life simply isn’t fair. I lost my mum to cancer when I was 18 years old. My twin sister and I had to watch as she gradually got worse. She lost a lot of weight, as well as her appetite and her hair. She lost her spark. She used to be so upbeat, energetic, so positive, but ovarian cancer took all of that away from her. How is that fair? How… [Read More]

Win £150 House of Fraser Gift Card

House of Fraser is one of my favourite shops that is still on the high street. A lot of shops have become online only in recent times, so I’m glad I can still walk into a House of Fraser shop and have a good look around. If you’re familiar with House of Fraser then you’ll know that they sell quite a range of different products. Whether you’re looking for a new outfit or jewellery, something for your husband or maybe some toys for the kids, House of Fraser are sure to have something for you! In this competition you can… [Read More]

How long does it take you to clean your house?

How long does it take you to clean your house? This is the question I was asked today and the honest answer depends on what type of ‘clean’ I’m doing. My friend who works at Connect Cleaners estimated that it would take roughly 2 hours with a pair of professional cleaners on the job. Here is how I would break it down. I live in a dorma-bungalow so I have six rooms downstairs and three upstairs. Some rooms are easier to clean than others. For example, my kitchen is pretty easy to clean as the surfaces are pretty empty. Most… [Read More]

Tips for moving house with children

Moving house can be a pretty stressful time. From packing all of your belongings to signing contracts, arranging insurance and everything else that’s involved. If you’re moving house with children it can be even more stressful. Trust me, I know! My husband and I have moved house twice since having our children. The first time around our twins were 11 months old and second time around they had just turned three years old. Both times were very different, but the one thing they had in common was that it was fairly stressless! The infographic below contains some fantastic tips for… [Read More]