Updating Our Bedrooms On An Affordable Budget

I’ve made no secret of the fact that we plan to move soon. We currently live in a tiny two bed end of terrace house and still have Olivia in our room. We would put her in Jack’s room if we could but we just don’t have the space – his bedroom is tiny!

We are looking to move into a local three or four bed property and have so much we want to do when moving into somewhere new. We’ve already said we have a lot of stuff we want to update – a lot of our furniture and kitchen appliances have been with us for years and it would be nice to update those. One such thing is beds.

Jack has had the most recent change of bed – we bought him his very own single bed when we found out we were having Olivia as he was still using the toddler bed his cot converted into. With Olivia moving from cot to bed in a few months time (she is already trying to escape constantly from her cot), hoping to have a spare room for people to stay and also potentially adding more to our family, we are in definite need of new beds.

However these can get super expensive, don’t you find? When we first moved in here, we brought our cheap shoddy quality bed from our old house and it broke fairly quickly. We then forked out a lot more for a new bed and whilst it is good quality, I am not prepared to pay that much money again in the future, just for somewhere to lay my head at night. I want to be comfy and cosy but not at a complete premium when there are alternatives on offer.

Rhema Kallianpur

As I will be buying quite a few beds at once, I want them to be cheap but still good quality. People often say the two don’t go hand in hand but I disagree. Companies are realising that sometimes having lower prices works much better in their favour without compromising on quality – they can sell more and make more when lower in price than perhaps their rival can with their products at a premium. It all depends on the customers and their bank balance – and with so many of us now tightening the purse strings, we are more likely to avoid the extortionate and opt for the cheaper option as they’re both exactly the same, quality wise.

With companies such as DivanBedsCentre claiming to be cheap on price but not quality, you’d be a fool to pay extreme prices for something you could get for much less. I am always looking to save money when I am buying things and with so many other things to pay for, I will be aiming to get the most for my money. I think most of us mums are the same, don’t you?

I must admit I am considering getting everyone ottoman storage beds – after living here with such a lack of storage for so long, I am all for decent storage options. If the storage option doubles up as a bed then fabulous – two things for the price of one, don’t you agree?

I actually can’t wait to update my bedroom – although I barely spend any time in there, it is meant to be a haven and I’d love to actually have a bedroom that feels like one. Here’s hoping I get it soon.



Getting Our Garden Ready For Summer

If you saw my back garden right now, you’d be horrified. It needs some care and attention so bad but the problem is it keeps raining – the odd time we have had enough sunshine to do anything, Steve has been working (he’s currently helping my brother out at his work). It is on the to do list for this weekend if our gardener friend doesn’t come round however we do have a slight problem in that we don’t really have the necessary tools. We have a cheap lawnmower and a very temperamental strimmer which decides to just not work half the time. These were provided by the people we rent from but they’re useless and we don’t currently have the money to buy new tools when the ones supplied should really work.

However if you saw my front garden, you’d be impressed. Steve got really motivated (and a little frustrated) with our front garden this past weekend and decided it needed to finally properly be ready for summer. He used the cheap tools to mow down the grass and get rid of the stinging nettles. We’ve already said that when we eventually move out, we’ll be picking up some good quality but affordable tools from SGS, things we know will do the job properly.

 Annie Spratt

He’s also cut down the bush outside our front door – it grows wildly out of control so quickly, it’s so hard to keep on top of and is a haven for insects, especially ants. Its not nice for us to walk past let alone post workers, parcel delivery workers or anyone else who needs to walk up our path to have to walk past it so down it came. Now I can actually get some sunshine into my living room when I am sitting, working on the sofa like I am now.

Now that our front garden is ready for the summer, its time to get the back garden sorted. I’ll battle through the stinging nettles to get the temperamental strimmer out of the shed and get them cut down and gone. Whilst our back garden certainly isn’t perfect for kids (it goes down in a slope style fashion), it would still be nice for them to have somewhere they can go out and have a kickabout with a football or just somewhere I am happy to hang out washing without wishing I was somewhere else!

Hopefully my garden will soon be ready for summer but I do wish I had some better tools to do the job – I don’t think many people would be happy with strimmers and lawnmowers that decide to give up the ghost halfway through, would they? Is your garden ready for summer yet?


What Are The First Key Signs Of Summer?

What do you consider the first key signs of summer? Is there something in particular? Little Tikes recently did a survey to see what people thought heralded the first sign of summer!

It’s been the hottest May in decades – I can’t remember one so hot but despite these temperatures, us Brits don’t actually consider it to be really summer until the beginning of June.

Little Tikes surveyed over 2000 people and they found that most consider the first week of June as the start of summer – over a quarter surveyed said that and I must admit, I usually consider it to be the first week of summer myself despite the official start of summer being the Solstice on the 21st June. Only one in ten thought the start of summer was Solstice week and some didn’t consider it summertime until the school’s summer holidays!

Over 63% consider summer their favourite season of the four but less than a quarter (just 23%) said that warm weather mean the start of summer for them.

Does the smell of cut grass herald summer to you? You will be one of the one in ten Brits. Others love the smell of a BBQ and others think summer is the sound of children playing and having fun outdoors. Even things like the Queen’s Birthday and the first spray tan of the year are the first signs of summer for some people.

Some people like me who have hayfever (as well as the other unlucky 3% of Brits) realise it is summer when the symptoms kick in. Booking a summer holiday also means the start of summer for some people.

Almost half of those asked didn’t feel they spend enough time outdoors during the summer months and would like to change it. I am one of those people!

The Head of Marketing for Little Tikes, Michelle Lilley, says: “It’s no surprise that Summer is the favourite season for us Brits – especially with the weather we’ve had this May. There’s nothing better than getting outdoors with all the family and being able to have fun together in the sunshine and that’s something that Little Tikes celebrates.”

Make the most of the season by spending time together outdoors this summer – perhaps even with some Little Tikes products. The brand offers a full range of outdoor play products – from playhouses, sandboxes and water tables to the iconic Cozy Coupe. It also launched the new Fun Zone range this season – which features toys like Splash Face, Dual Twister, Tumblin’ Tower and Drop Zone – which can be used indoors or outdoors with a water-play twist!

You can shop the full Little Tikes range at https://www.littletikes.co.uk.

I have been compensated with a Little Tikes product for creation of this post.

Win A Copy of The Commuter on DVD

Have you seen The Commuter? Did you like it? How would you like to win a copy of it?

If you’ve not seen it, do you like Liam Neeson? How would you like to win a copy of this blockbuster movie? Well, you can do that right here as we’re giving away a copy of Neeson’s latest movie on dvd and it could be yours!

Liam Neeson stars as Michael MacAuley, an insurance salesman who takes the same commute to and from work for 10 years. Have you made the same commute for a while? Is it an easy journey? Here are the 3 busiest commutes in the UK…

7:16am East Grinstead to London Bridge – This journey regularly exceeds capacity by double the official capacity. A service that allows for just over 600 passengers has over 1300 each day. Talk about sardines!

7:55am Cambridge to Kings Cross – Only a small service with capacity for just 200 passengers, over 400 use this service each day. It may be time to add some extra carriages!

5:08pm Sutton to St. Albans City – As commuters start to make their way home from a hard day at the office, this probably isn’t the service you’d like to be on after grafting all day. With double the passengers that capacity allows, you better make sure you’re first on so you can grab yourself a seat!

But what do you do while you’re commuting to and from work? Do you play games? Why not try bgo.com where you’ll receive free spins when you register and have top games such as Starburst, Hotline and Wild Wild West: The Great Train Heist.

Hopefully your commute isn’t anything like the above journeys but you do get to have fun and play games on there!

For your chance of winning The Commuter on DVD, just fill in the Rafflecopter below. The giveaway is UK only and ends at 23.59pm on the 14th of June 2018. Good luck!

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Win a 6 pack of Hello Little Monsters Reusable Food Pouches

Have you got a little one that you are weaning? Do you love making your own food but find it hard to transport around and wish you had some of those handy little pouches that you see in the supermarket? Well, your prayers have been answered.

Hello Little Monsters have released a range of reusable baby food pouches which are available on Amazon for £9.95 here {affiliate link}. The double zipper on the pouch ensures no leaking and the brand use only top quality materials to ensure the refillable pouches are safe and healthy to use for you and your children. They are BPA free and have no PVC, no lead and no phthalate. Best of all, each pouch is 100% reusable and recyclable so you help save the environment!

They have a wide bottom opening so they can be easily cleaned or refilled. They can be safely washed in the dishwasher and can even be stored in the freezer too!

We are past the weaning stage ourselves now but the team from Hello Little Monsters have kindly offered a 6 pack of their reusable pouches to one lucky reader, worth £9.95! If you’d like the chance to win, please fill in the Rafflecopter below. This giveaway is UK only and ends at 23.59pm on the 11th of June 2018. Good luck!

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