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    Homesense’s English Garden Essentials


    Homewares. Oh, Homewares, how I love you.


    Whether it’s looking for accessories to add character to a room, bedding to make our little sleep nest more cosy, or glassware and crockery to make dining a little bit more special, I am ALL OVER IT.


    However, having lived in flats for the majority of my time since moving out of my parents’, I’ve never paid much attention to bits and pieces for the garden as they were something I had no need for. But all that has changed and now and, as I undertake a complete garden makeover, my mind is well and truly focussed on the outdoors.


    Being in rented accommodation, as I’ve said before, we don’t want to spend too much money on anything that will be left behind, but we plan to be in our house for a good few years to come (all being well) and so I think a little bit of expenditure is a good investment.

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    Keeping A Clean House With Pets


    My love for my pets is no secret. My Instagram feed is full of pictures of them and whenever I get the chance, I’ll talk to people about them. They’re my favourite things in the world and I love them more than I can put into words.


    But, with summer coming and the temperatures rising, the past week or so I’ve really noticed an increase in the amount of fur they’re shedding as they lose their winter coats, and I’m now fighting my annual battle to keep my house as un-fluffy as possible!


    Having 3 animals, people often ask me how I keep on top of cleanliness, and having had pets of my own for over 10-years now, I thought I’d share some of my top tips for keeping a clean house with pets.

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    When’s It My Turn To Win The Lottery?


    “I need to win the lottery…”


    If I had a pound for every time I’d said that, I wouldn’t need to win it…


    To be fair, I think it’s something we have all said at some point. When we’re in need of a holiday, hating our job, wishing we had a better house, or trying to pay debts off, there’s no denying that a little windfall and a cash injection would change life for the majority of us.

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    5 Things That Made Me Happy This Week (Week 20, 2017)


    I am in an absolutely sterling mood today. ABSOLUTELY STERLING. I had a broken sleep, have a busy day ahead in the office, and it’s teeming down with rain outside, but I’m feeling really very perky indeed.


    I’m fairly certain the reason I’m so chipper is because I have so much going on in the coming weeks and so many plans that I can’t help but be really excited for! Three weddings, a trip somewhere sunny, Rachael’s baby on the way and her baby shower, more gardening, nights out with friends, blogging events, Ben’s birthday, my birthday and a couple of weeks off of work… it’s going to be an absolute blinder of a few months and I’m really looking forward to it!


    However, let’s stop gazing in to the future for a short while and have a backward glance to the week just past and some of the things that have been making me smile.

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    11 Blogs I Love


    I spend around 5-hours a week on trains and, when I’m not having a nap or reading (true crime genre, always) I immerse myself in blogs and I thought with my own return to writing world, I thought I’d share some of the blogger love!


    Personally, I tend to lean more towards lifestyle blogs but that’s not to say I don’t like beauty and fashion blogs, however lifestyle is always going to be the niche I lean towards because a) I’m nosey and like reading about other people’s lives, and b) I find lifestyle posts are complete food for my brain and really get it thinking, planning and pondering.


    This list isn’t exhaustive and is by no means a complete guide to awesome lifestyle blogs out there, but it’s a roll call of the blogs I love and find myself going back to time and time again.

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    Royal Hotel blogger meet up

    I make no secret of my love for The Royal Hotel; from the first time I visited it got well and truly under my skin and I’m always looking forward to the next time I get to return.


    Being my favourite restaurant and bar in Essex, I’m constantly recommending it to people for family gatherings, celebrations or nights out, so when I was offered the chance to take some fellow Essex Bloggers along with me to sample the delights on offer, I was very excited!
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