Finding time to redecorate

For years, finances prevented us from redecorating. Living hand to mouth, every last penny went on food, the children’s activities or travel. I told myself that when we could afford to redecorate, I’d make the time. The children’s room first, then the rest of the house. Now, I’m rapidly running out of excuses. We’re finally in a position to do some work on the house, and I’m wondering where on earth I thought I’d find the extra time. So, I’ve come up with a few tweaks I can make to my daily schedule so I can at least find an…

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Bedroom furniture for children

As children get older, they tend to want to spend a bit more time in their room. Because my two girls share a room, they don’t have a lot of space in there. We’ve offered them the opportunity to have their own rooms, but they love being together. So instead, we have to make the room homely with things that take up minimal space. A special children’s sofa is an ideal solution. It’s just the right size for the two of them to sit on, without making the room look cluttered or small. Just4Kidz Children’s Furniture Just4Kidz sell a beautiful…

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Finding time for home improvements

Sixteen years ago, on my 23rd birthday, I moved into my own home. Never being one to do things by halves, it was a pretty busy day. I took the day off work for a job interview. When the interview finished, I collected the keys for my new house. Having filled up the car with everything I owned from my mum’s, I drove to my new place and emptied the car. All my worldly possessions piled up in a small corner of the bedroom. The phone rang, I’d got the job. I immediately quit my old job and in the…

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The final move

This is a collaborative post.  Getting on the housing ladder these days is tough. Back in the early 2000s, it seemed easier. You could self-certify for a mortgage through a broker and that’s exactly what I did. As a first time buyer, I purchased a relatively large, detached house in a nice area. If Instagram had been around then, you’d have seen a strong young woman doing well for herself. But things are not always as they seem. Moving day I moved into my first home on my 23rd birthday. On the same day, I was accepted into a job…

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A garden project

For years, I’ve been hoping to sort our garden out and make it more useful. We’ve got a lovely decking but no back lawn. The front lawn isn’t fenced off so the girls can’t use it and I’m desperate to get a swing, slide and climbing frame out there before they get too old to want to use them. Getting started I wrote yesterday about how I wanted the girls to be able to be in the garden more next Winter. Whilst most of the things I want to do are expensive, that doesn’t stop me from getting started on…

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4 ways to make the garden more child friendly in Winter

This is a collaborative post. This Winter seems to have dragged on forever. It’s not so much the cold, more the impracticality of being outside. Everything’s wet and muddy in the garden so the children are stuck indoors. It’s impossible to get the trampoline dry and the decking is slippery when it’s wet so I worry about them running around on it. This year though, I’m determined to sort out our garden. I’d always focussed on getting it usable in Summer, so now I want it to be a child-friendly garden for the Winter. Here are the four things I’m…

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The dog, the bleach and the spray mop

I knew my husband was worried as soon as the vet answered the phone. “Hello, out of hours vet, how can I help?” “I think my dog’s drank bleach!” It wasn’t long after my husband had bleached the kitchen floor that the dog started to vomit. It was like something out of the exorcist. Even the dog thought she was dying. Cleaning hard floors safely When you’ve got both children and dogs, it’s really important to keep floors clean. The last thing I’d want is the children getting ill because of the dogs. But floor cleaner is such a nasty substance,…

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