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    My Dream Oak Dining Room

     

    Do you ever get an idea in your head and no matter what you do your brain keeps on returning to it? That is me right now with thinking about my dining table. In fact, if Ben got £1.00 for every time I said “dining table” to him in the last few weeks, he’d probably have enough money to emigrate and get away from me incessantly banging on about it.

     

    Never mind the fact our bedroom still needs the final few details put in place, or that we’re in the middle of a major overhaul of the back garden. Never mind that the stairs and landing need re-plastering and painting, no, my brain is already thinking about the next few jobs to add to the list, namely decorating the spare room and sorting out the dining area.

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    My Money Saving Challenge

     

    Money. There’s never enough of it is there? Ask a cross-section of society and I’m sure the majority of them would say they could do with a little more in their bank account each month.

     

    For anyone who has been a long-time reader of this blog, you may remember that a few years back I finally admitted I was financially in a bit of trouble and I spent 2-years working hard and going without in order to be able to clear the debts that were weighing on my shoulders.

     

    Following that, my life took another sharp veer off-piste and I found myself having to borrow again. Add to that some unforeseen expenditure earlier this year (operation for the cat, loss of earnings for me while I recovered from my Cancer operation plus a few other bits and pieces) and I once again found myself owing a little bit of money. Don’t get me wrong, it’s NOWHERE near the amount of debt I used to have, but just the thought of owing money brings me out in metaphorical hives these days so it’s something I’m now working hard to get on top of.

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    Developing Your Green Fingers – What Will You Need?

     

    I bloody love the summer, I do. Lighter mornings make it easier to get out of bed, lighter evenings make the day last longer, and it’s warm and bright. There’s literally nothing I hate about summer (except wasps, nobody likes wasps).

     

    This year, I have been determined that I was going to make the most of the sunshine months. The first part of this year was a bit of a dark one for me and so the summer for me was very much needed – I am always a better version of myself when the temperatures rise and the sun shines, I’m more proactive, I’m happier and I feel like I come to life.

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    5 Things That Made Me Happy This Week

     

    It’s been such a long time since I sat down with my laptop; around 6 weeks in fact, and long enough that I couldn’t remember my password when I tried to turn it on! But, time is just an illusion etc etc and I’m here now, so that’s all that matters.

     

    Life in the past month and a half has been full on – it was Year End for my company so my days have been stuffed full of work and by the time I’ve got home my brain has been a sleepy puddle and stringing together a sentence near-on impossible. We’ve also had 2 weddings (1 in Italy), a baby shower, Ben’s birthday and various other events and occasions which have taken up our weekends, so all in all, the opportunity to sit down and blog just hasn’t been there.

     

    That said, I have plenty to share in the coming weeks and with our social calendar slowing down a little bit, I should get some more quality blogging time!

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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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