Just in time for the Bank Holiday weekend organic clothing brand Frugi have created some fantastic free customisable door sign printables - perfect to keep kids busy on a rainy day (which is highly likely on a Bank Holiday weekend!)
Our house is on the market and I've been daydreaming of the possibility of our new home and how I want to decorate our kids bedrooms. They both have such unique personalities and I want to express that in their new bedrooms. Today I've been thinking about our youngest, there year old Little I, and how her new bedroom could look in our new family home. Here are my top ideas for pre-school girls' bedroom design.
Little I has so many toys it is unreal. Storage has to be a key consideration right at the beginning of her room design. I love modular storage with it's clean lines and ease of use. These roll-out six cube units from Aspace are great because not only can you move them around but you can put little doors on to hide all the toys inside. The top also provides a little shelf to display trinkets and photos.
Work, Family and the Home. It is the all too familiar life triangle we seem to be constantly juggling yet never finding that elusive perfect balance. Husband works full time, I work from home around our two kids school runs, ballet classes and swimming lessons and the housework kinda gets forgotten, until it gets so bad we argue about it then have to fix it. I can see a lot of you out there nodding your heads in agreement.
But we can take solace in the fact that we are not alone! The infographic below by Easy Life Cover shows that 56% of working parents find balancing work and family difficult. Do not despair! it also gives us lots of tips to help us balance work and family to the best of our abilities
We bought our beige carpet before we had kids. Massive error. In the past six years it has had taken a hammering. Juice, food and two rounds of potty training later and Husband was convinced it was beyond saving but the Carpet Cleaning Kings at Carpet Bright UK suggested we give their cleaning services a try before we take drastic measures. Here's how we got on (plus there's a special discount for my lovely readers at the end so keep reading!)
Carpet Bright UK is a family run business with an expert team of carpet cleaning technicians across Surrey, Kent and South London. I was particularly keen to try out it's carpet cleaning service as all the products used are certified safe by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation. Little I suffers from asthma so it is incredibly important the cleaning products we use are suitable for her to be around. I hadn't realised just how important a clean carpet is for her asthma condition but Carpet Bright UK's eco-friendly products remove on average 94% of common household allergens from carpets. Brilliant.
So just how bad was my carpet? Well as you can see above it was pretty grotty. We had a huge stain by the toy box which I think must be squash or juice, lots of random stains and the high traffic areas through from the kitchen and in front of the sofa were just... yuck.
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I'm coveting new kitchens at the moment. We had our 1970's kitchen replaced with a shiny new one just before our first child, Little E, was born 6 years ago and not only is it starting to look a little shabby round the edges, it is also not as practical as it was before we became a family. Wine bottle rack at floor level = bad idea with a 2yr old...
At 3Style Kitchens they design kitchens based around your individual lifestyle. Whether you are a budding chef, entertainer, family or busy couple they know what elements you need to make the kitchen perfect regardless of size. Ideal if you are about to have your first baby as they will steer you clear of wine rack faux pas and recommend a design which is futureproof.
We've been in our house for over 7years and it doesn't look like we'll be moving anytime soon. Now there are four of us we are pretty much full so we are thinking of ways to increase the space we have via an extension. The big question is do we go up, down or sideways!
The main aim is to create space for a second bathroom and a small office. We have several ideas, all with positive and negative aspects and with differing budgets. Here's a run down of all the possible home extension options we have...
Usually going up is a great idea for adding additional space, especially if adding an extra bedroom. The developments in skylights mean you can have fantastic light and air in the room too. Husband grew up in a loft room and hated it because he didn't have decent blinds so he could never sleep properly. The fantastic developments in blinds from the company VELUX mean you can now have complete blackout in the loft too (perfect for kids rooms). These roof blinds also block heat making keeping the room cool in the summer and insulate during the winter months. The problem for us with a loft conversion is that our house is a miniature Dutch Barn shape. This means our upstairs rooms are kinda already in the loft. We could go up into the loft space but we'd need a big dormer extension which is very expensive and we would loose a lot of the smallest room to accommodate the additional staircase.
We all love the taste, sights and sounds of summer – but we don’t love the stains and grime that comes from enjoying the sunshine and making the most of the great outdoors!
Helping you to enjoy every moment this summer, with memories of walks, sunbathing and sangria, rather than the wine, grass and sun cream stains, Astonish has pulled together a good clean summer pack that will leave your home and clothes as bright as the sunshine.
When you want to create a space for children to play in – that they will actually want to use – it pays to do a little consulting with the intended occupants, even if these are two little girls aged five and two. This is important because at these ages they don’t always play together, and their different activities will have different requirements. Here are a few ideas that have floated to the top in our recent conversations about essential playroom elements.
You can make a useful start by sorting the particular toys and activities that your children enjoy according to their ages. This helps to determine your storage requirements. You can use height to make sure, for example, that toys for five-year-olds are kept out of sight and reach of your toddler. While a five-year-old understands not to put small pieces of Lego into their mouth, a toddler may just find it too tempting. It’s fine to let kids of different ages play together with Lego if they are supervised; however, you might find that the larger pieces of Duplo are easier for small fingers to manipulate.
Provision for storage with shelves at levels that are just the right height will help keep everything where it should be. You can paint it in bright colours and add doors if you like, or pretty curtains. If you decide to use a shelving unit up against a wall, remember to anchor this securely to the wall using brackets on each side at the top and bottom.
Flooring in playrooms is also important. Non-slip is ideal, and floorboards can look smart and clean. Hardwearing carpeting is also available in attractive colours and designs, so if the playroom walls are plain, your flooring can be brightly patterned to liven up the décor.
Welcome back to my Home series. Today I am thinking about kitchen design. We had our kitchen installed 5 years ago just before Little E was born and if I could rewind time and do it all over again there is so much I would change. The general layout is good, we lived with the old 1970's kitchen for a couple of years to work out what we needed but there are tons of design details I would change in an instant.
A huge error was going for a cheap worktop. It is showing signs of age and wear and it lets down the rest of the kitchen. Our theory at the time was we may not be in the house too much longer so it wasn't worth splashing out on a worktop. Fast forward 5 years, two babies and me not returning to work and you get the picture; we aren't moving for the foreseeable future! So the worktop is number one on my change list. I'd love a shiny gloss work surface. I have heard they are hard work to maintain but they look so amazing and give the kitchen an edge.
Artist, Baker and Blogger. Mum to my two beautiful, cheeky girls. Muddling my way through parenthood with equally cheeky Husband.