How To Make Your Doorway A Real Focal Entry Point To Your Home

This post is in collaboration with Pirnar. 

I don’t know about you but the first thing I notice about a house is the front door and the entry way. I think the front door speaks a lot about a home and the people that live within. I remember visiting Steve’s grandfather’s home for the first time, not long after we first started dating, and I adored the way his front door and the entry way looked. I assumed this style would follow through into the rest of the house and I wasn’t wrong, it was absolutely beautiful.

I believe that a front door should be a real focal point. People may say they don’t judge based on first impressions but that would be a lie – we all do it, there is no point denying it. We may came to change our opinion but we all make a snap judgement from those things we see first, don’t you agree? I often find myself taking a look at house front doors when walking or driving past a row of houses – picking out my favourites and deciding the ones I like the least.

But why would you want to make your doorway such a focal point? Simple – it is all about the kerb appeal. As I mentioned, I walk or drive past and make an immediate judgement on the look of a house, especially the door. Other people will do the same and kerb appeal is something you definitely want to be aware of, especially if you are considering selling your house in the future.

A good looking entryway that is made using only the best materials will also add extra value to your home so you want to ensure yours looks the best and uses the best materials too.

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So how can you make your exterior doors look amazing and a real focal point for your home? It is important to choose modern front doors that suit your property first of all. It may be tempting to go for the most beautiful front door you’ve seen but if it doesn’t match the surroundings, it isn’t going to look right.

Choosing your entrance doors is, of course, the most important step in making sure your doorway is a focal point of your home. A brand such as Pirnar are a great option – not only do they make luxury, beautiful front doors but they also have a strong family tradition – they were founded in 1968 when the family craftsman workshop was established. Although the company has grown to be a leading European innovator in the field of door entrances, it still holds its family values at heart and is growing quickly with almost 200 employees. I really value a family run business – it may just be me but I often feel more comfortable with them and more valued as a customer – they have the personal touch.

With modern doors that open with one touch and a new range of doors launching soon with face recognition, they are a real innovative brand and definitely worth checking out for any exterior doors you may want fitting.

Once you’ve chosen your perfect door, it is time to consider how to ensure your doorway always looks amazing. Here are a few tips that you may want to try:

Think about accessories

You may not think that there are many accessories you can use to decorate your entryway to make it more appealing but there are plenty of ways you can do so. There are a variety of beautiful wreaths – especially at certain times of year – that will ensure your door gets plenty of attention. You could even change the doorbell, the door knocker or the letterbox to make your doorway completely unique to you.

There are also other things to consider, accessory wise. Wall hangings or planters situated around the steps or pathway to your front door are easy to change as and when, especially when the seasons change.

Consider the rest of the road

Whilst it may be tempting to make your doorway completely unique, something to consider is the doorways of the other houses in your road or street. With a decent front door adding extra value and kerb appeal to your house, you want to ensure that your decoration of your door adds value and doesn’t decrease. Don’t go too overboard, simple is better than over the top. You want your entryway to be unique but you also don’t want to stick out in your road like a sore thumb.

Keep it clean

Perhaps an obvious statement to make but doors can get grubby very quickly. With family members often opening and closing the door and the postal worker often delivering mail, there will be smears and marks around the letterbox and doorknob. Make sure to clean them regularly to ensure your door always looks incredible.

How do you make your doorway a focal point of your house? I’d love to know how you decorate yours.

Selling Your Car? Here’s How to DIY

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Selling your own car or simply buying a used one is, in fact, quite straight forward, While a lot of people think that they absolutely need the help of a professional in order to ensure that they’re not being scammed, there’s a lot of money to save by doing it yourself – regardless of whether you’re buying or selling.

Here is a handful of tips in terms of selling your car in case this is the first time you’re doing it. That way, you can feel a bit more confident about getting everything right.

First: Advertise the sale

Undeniably, you won’t be able to sell your vehicle unless potential buyers know that it’s for sale. Make sure that you market the sale of your car both on the vehicle itself, by putting up a ‘for sale’ sign as well as your contact details, and make it available on those online platforms as well.

You can find a lot of different sites where private people market their vehicles for sale, and it’s going to be a lot easier to get the kind of price you’re looking for when a lot of people are able to see it. Have a look at this article, first of all, to see which sites you can use – and remember to take some good photos of the car as well.

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Know the market

A part of advertising the sale is to set a decent price on it, though, and this is hard to do unless you understand the market. What is your car likely to sell for? Some types tend to get a higher price than others such as a family sedan – while convertibles often are more seasonable.

Have a look through those sites where you can advertise your vehicle and try to compare the price you have in mind with the price of similar vehicles. Services such as kelley Stephen James Premium can help you out with this and ensure that you get the kind of vehicle you have in mind.

Give your car a makeover

Now that you have your car listed on a few sites and have it marked at a reasonable price, it’s time to wait for those buyers to show up. Most buyers will want a good first impression of the car they’re buying, though, so you should give it a proper wash first.

Take it in for a wash or simply do it yourself – as long as it looks shiny and sparkling for the buyers, you’re good to go.

There are still a few more formalities to take care of while the sale is in process in terms of limiting your own liability. Have a look at this article, first of all, and make sure that you’ve got everything covered.

At least you will be able to enjoy the money from the sale without giving away a portion of it – and you’ll probably realise that selling a car is quite a lot easier than you thought.

Celebrate Easter At Mead Open Farm From April 8th-22nd | Review

We were gifted with a complimentary family ticket to Mead Open Farm so that we could take part in the Easter activities.

Back in October, we visited Mead Open Farm for their Halloween events and we were very excited to be offered the chance to check out the Easter events they were holding this April between the 8th and the 22nd. Based in Billington near Leighton Buzzard, Mead Open Farm is known as the family farm and always has plenty to see and do. But we were there to check out the new Wizard of Oz Easter event and see some of the cute baby animals that you come to expect at this time of year.

Visiting The Animals

Both the kids absolutely love animals, especially baby animals, so it is little wonder our first stop was to check out all the animals that had recently been born. We also bought some animal feed as we entered the farm which the kids had lots of fun feeding to the animals – Olivia chuckles away when she is feeding them!

It was so amazing to see the newborn lambs and piglets. We actually arrived in the barn just after a lamb had been born and the mother was still expelling all the blood and everything from themselves. Not exactly the most pleasant sight to see, I’ll admit, but seeing a lamb in its first few minutes was pretty incredible! We also watched in awe as the little piglets played together – who knew they could run so fast? They were all playing together and burying themselves with each other in the hay.

Checking Out The New Wizard Oz Easter Event

The new Easter event is based around the Wizard of Oz. You do the walkthrough with a selection of other families and interact with recognisable characters such as Dorothy, the Tin Man, the Scarecrow, the Lion and even the Wizard of Oz himself!

The walkthrough proved very popular with the group we were with. The children were so excitable and really loved interacting with all of the characters. Olivia especially loved waving and even high fiving some of them – although she was confused by there being a face in a tree! The members of staff all did their job well and managed to keep a straight face despite the children’s jokes and chat.

The Other Easter Activities

There were a number of other activities being held throughout the day for the Easter timetable. As well as the walkthrough, there’s a fab show called The Blizzard of Oz, times on the Sky Trail, Rock Wall, Bunny Hop and Go-Karts. There was a fantastic tractor ride and even the chance to bottle feed older lambs.

There was also a lambing update, pony grooming and a Chicken Chat which we managed to attend. Steve proved to be a bit of a know it all when they asked roughly how many eggs a year a chicken will lay! He actually knew the answer – do you know the answer? The kids loved seeing the rooster and chicken, stroking them and feeding them! I loved interactive activities such as this, getting to know animals a little bit more.

Our Final Thoughts

We had a fantastic day exploring Mead Open Farm and checking out the Easter activities, seeing the beautiful animals. We always love our days out at Mead Open Farm and can’t wait to go again soon. We made sure to get some photos of Olivia with the Easter Bunny and also got a picture of the kids with the ‘I Had A Pigtacular Time At Mead Open Farm’ sign.

We finished off our day with ten minutes in the playground. The playgrounds are extensive with plenty of things for kids of all ages – Jack had fun in the bigger playground whilst Olivia had some fun in the smaller playground. It was a lovely end to our day at the farm.

Have you been doing any Easter activities over the Easter holidays?

Little Tikes My First Slide | Review

This product was sent for the purpose of review. All thoughts and opinions are our own.

Did you know that Little Tikes recently celebrated their 50th birthday? To me, the brand is the epitome of childhood. I remember Jack spending many a day in the garden in his Cozy Coupe when he was younger – a Cozy Coupe that Olivia now enjoys – and I also remember scooting around my grandparents garden myself in mine, many moons ago. Jack also has the Big Car Carrier which he’s had since he was about one and still plays with – as does Olivia – and they also have the Little Tikes BBQ which we received in compensation for the publication of a previous post. It is fair to say we are big fans of Little Tikes products.

I was recently asked if we’d like to review a product from their range and let me tell you, it took a while to decide. There are just so many interesting products to choose from. I was tempted by the fairy Cozy Coupe but eventually opted for the My First Slide.

Suitable from the age of 18 months to 6 years, it is the epitome of their ‘Big Play’ ethos. I was pleasantly surprised at just how easy it was to put together. It comes in the box in four pieces with the instruction booklet – the slide, the steps and the two separate handles. It took a few tries to slot the steps into the correct place on the slide but once they were in, we were good to go.

The house we live in has quite a tiny garden (although the slide fits well and they’ve been having fun in our own garden) but we are lucky to have a wide open grassy space outside our back gate which has proved great for the kids if they want more space to play.  The slide is pink and purple in colour which are Olivia’s two favourite colours so she was very excited and couldn’t wait to get on it for the first time – even trying to climb the steps before we were ready for her to do so!

The slide is very well made, very durable and holds weight well. Despite the age limit, Jack insisted on having a go – he’s 7 – and it held his weight and did not over balance. I would not advise children over the age of 6 use it though – there is an age limit for a reason plus he is also just a little too big for it!

Retailing at £34.99, this slide is a great first slide for toddlers. It is durable, low enough in height for them to climb up themselves and it also helps to promote your little ones fitness, balance and coordination.  As you can see, Olivia adores her slide and she will be having lots of fun over the summer playing on the slide in the garden.

What Little Tikes items are your favourites? Can you believe they are 50 years old?

Enjoying Spring With Pink Clove

I was sent this dress for the purpose of review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Spring is definitely in full swing. Although we have had a few April showers, we’ve had some lovely days too. I was recently approached to review an item from Pink Clove and I just had to opt for an old favourite – a dress.Their range of plus size dresses are simply amazing and it did take me a while to choose a dress, finally opting for the Plus Dita Wrap Front Maxi Dress in Paisley Print. This dress usually retails at £24 but is currently on sale for just £12 on the site – a fantastic price.

I very much lack self confidence so find it hard to take pictures of myself or let other people take pictures of me – a far cry from when I was a teen – but I do find that I always feel comfortable in a maxi dress when out and about.

I will admit that I haven’t always been comfortable with my size – I put on weight quite quickly with Olivia and have struggled to shift it and haven’t always been able to find things that fit me that I also like the design of. I’ve always found that maxi dresses suit any size and this dress is something I feel super comfortable in.

I don’t know about you but I like to wear as little layers as possible when it comes to spring and summer. I live in leggings the rest of the year but during the warmer months, I love a long flowy maxi dress – just one layer and light and airy enough to ensure you don’t overheat like other clothing.

I adore the fact that the straps are substantial. Some maxi dresses have the tiniest little straps which do nothing for the look of the dress. These straps are wide and perfect and move into the wrap front of the dress well. I love wrap fronts on dresses or shirts – they cover a multitude of sins and look good and make sure you don’t accidentally expose more than you mean to.

I also really love the pattern – the paisley print is gorgeous and I love the mix of green, white and orange colours on the blue background leading into the black wrap front at the top. The colours all work together and make for a really pretty pattern.

The dress is the perfect length for my body too – stopping just before my ankle. I’ve had many problems with maxi dresses in the past where they’ve been too long and I tripped quite a few times. The length on this dress is perfect for me.

I really love this dress from Pink Clove – I’ve already had comments about how lovely it is from my mother in law who also loves maxi dresses and a few others have said how much they like it too. I feel really comfortable in it, especially in the warmer weather we have been having.

What is your favourite type of dress to wear?