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Hello, Number 3

December 28, 2016
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This year, when I found out we were moving house on 16th December, I wanted to make sure I was smart about the whole thing. Despite not having any huge hosting plans over Christmas, the period running up to the festive season was going to be chock-a-block with work, and I knew post-25th I’d want to spend time catching up with writing and getting my bits in order before the children were back. So the move process had to be quick, painless and…

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Goodbye, Number 4

December 21, 2016

Moving house is never easy. Particularly when you haven’t done it in three years, spent all that time accumulating a whole heap of rubbish and have deadlines to meet all around your moving date of 9 days before Christmas. Genius, Alice. It was actually quite a difficult process, moving out: that lovely little house was the first place we lived as a family of three and as such was so special to us. We were really happy there – safe, warm, close…

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A Speedy Review of the Samsung AddWash™ WW8500

December 15, 2016
Samsung AddWash

One of my very favourite things about moving house, and there are few as moving house is literally the biggest pain in the arse, is how it makes you evaluate the way you live your life. I’ve known my impending move (FRIDAY, arrrghh!) has been coming for, ooh, forever (real time: nine months) and so I’ve spent a lot of that time considering my things – the items I keep around the home. I’ve been considering what we live with…

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The 3 Trends of Christmas

November 30, 2016
Christmas trends

Gone are the days when all was required to decorate our homes at Christmas was a string of tinsel from Woolworths (RIP) and some oven dried orange segments: luckily we now have a plethora of options available to us when it comes to our festive decor. And what a gorgeous bunch of options they are! I for one am delighted that we have so many amazing bits and bobs available to us for seasonal decorating. I know I’m not alone when I say…

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Shopping for the New House

November 3, 2016
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I feel like I’ve been banging on about the fact we’ve been moving house for months. Probably because I have, purchase but you know, it’s an exciting process, getting a new gaff. As the six-week countdown has now begun I’ve started on all the house move jobs with gusto: there’s the de-cluttering (always necessary with two toy-loving and highly untidy children), the cleaning, the throwing out of tins of tuna that are embarrassingly past their sell-by date. But it’s also…

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Let There Be Light

August 8, 2016
Elfie is 6

My parent’s house has the best light. They renovated the place from a 1960s bungalow, healing and removed all the old (small) dated windows in favour of floor-to-ceiling loveliness. And it really makes a difference; the house is bathed in gorgeous natural light from the moment the sun rises to whenever it sets. For this reason, purchase their house is my first port of call when it comes to taking beautiful pictures of the children. Seriously, every single one of…

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5 ways to be prepared for DIY

July 28, 2016
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One of the most difficult things in my life is the upkeep of my house. I can clean it, prescription no problem, online cleaning is one of my favorite things to do.  But if something goes wrong with the fabric of the house, vialis 40mg shelves need putting up, walls need painting, the lawn needs mowing… that is not my bag. I’m getting much better at these things. Obviously, with no man in the house I need to be (and…

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WIN! Your Dream Nursery from Oak Furniture Land

July 6, 2016
Oak furniture land

Even though my children are now 4 and (eek) 6, I think I’m still allowed to lust after nursery interiors. I mean, when it comes to decorating your kid’s room, the newborn stage is the one time you will have full autonomy over exactly what it looks like. That blissful period before they discover everything Thunderbirds, Minions and Frozen. The calm before the storm when all they’ll want to do is paint EVERYTHING pink and plaster photographs of princesses all…

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Welcome, HomeSense Milton Keynes!

April 6, 2016
HomeSense Milton Keynes

My friends and I were discussing our obsession with interiors recently. Akin to our love of fashion in our early twenties, our preoccupations with cushions, wallpaper and lampshades has over-ridden our desire to buy the latest dresses and shoes. We all wondered why, until we came to the conclusion that EVERYTHING looks good in our homes, whereas not everything looks good on our pregnancy-ravaged bodies any more ;) There’s no scary strip-light changing room moment when shopping for a new lighting…

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Bed Sheets By Bluebellgray

April 1, 2016
Bluebellgray

When I’m shopping for anything – clothes, furniture, accessories, beauty – I love a great home-grown story. Grass-roots products that have humble beginnings and grand ideas really get me going, not only because I think it’s important to support small businesses but I find it so inspirational when small business owners create a beautiful product from absolutely nothing, following their dreams in the process. My friend Lucy who runs Rock and Raw jewellery is one such home-grown story, and you can…

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Mecca Has Landed | HomeSense Milton Keynes

March 22, 2016
HomeSense Milton Keynes

Everyone remembers their first TK Maxx experience. My local store was in Cheltenham, a quick hop and a skip away (i.e. a 1hr 20 minute bus) from the village where I grew up. As a teenager it was a veritable treasure chest. My school friends and I would spend hours digging through the rails, searching for bargains to wear to the next school disco. Finding big names for small prices in there still gives me a real thrill, only a…

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