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Home renovation made easy: the tips you need to know

Home Renovation Made Easy: The Tips You Need To Know

Home renovation made easy: the tips you need to know

Not everyone loves the idea of renovating their home, home renovation certainly be a daunting and overwhelming task to take on. A renovation project could be simply overhauling your current home.Perhaps it has needed some improvement for some time. Bathrooms need replacing, kitchens need upgrading, and there is always that option of extension. However, you may specifically look to purchase a renovation project, maybe always having the dream of creating your own home or renovating properties as a new career prospect. No matter which way you decide to take on the task, it will never be a simple project, and it certainly needs a lot of planning and preparation. Which is why I thought I would share with you some of the tips you should know before you embark on such a project. I hope they offer you some reassurance that you can complete the renovation and create a wonderful home either to live in or sell on.

Home Renovation Made Easy: The Tips You Need To Know

Make sure you are completely up to speed with your budget and financials

One of the first things anyone should do when undertaking such a huge project is working out your budget and know exactly where you are to the penny with your financial situation. Whether you already have the property or even need to factor in the purchase costs, it’s important to ensure that you don’t overstretch yourself right in the middle of the works. A budget is handy to have where you allocate money to different tasks, but one of the best things you can do is have a contingency plan to ensure that you have emergency funds when you need them. You can’t always predict if a job won’t go the way you want, or materials you need will cost more than your expected. These things will happen, so plan and prepare for them within in your budget.

Have a plan of exactly what tasks you wish to take on

It’s also important to ensure that you have a plan of exactly what jobs you want to do within the project. This might be specifically living rooms only, or maybe looking at adding purpose to spaces in the home that don’t get used such as a cellars or loft areas. Having a plan will enable you to start the process of your budget, and also factor in a timescale for completion. This is especially important if you plan to live there, or will still be in the home while renovation works are being completed.

 Home Renovation Made Easy: The Tips You Need To Know

Design the ideal home and seek guidance from the experts

It’s always advisable to have some sort of design plan, be it a floor plan or even drawn up plans. If you don’t have the expertise in this department, seeking guidance from an expert like an architect could be helpful. This is also important if you plan to extend or change the layout of the property in any way.

Obtain any planning permissions or licenses you may need to complete the work

Changing the layout or extending may require you to obtain planning permission from your local authorities. Before any work begins, make sure that you get any necessary permissions in place. You may also need certain licenses for listed building or even to dispose of any waste. Things like skips are required to have licenses if they are on the road these days.

Research where to get building materials and who to use for certain jobs

Sometimes the big costs can be incurred for the building materials you use and the cost of labour. This is why it is so important to ensure that you do plenty of research and gain a comparison in costs before you make any purchases. Things like timber and wood can be one of the biggest outlays you have, so it’s important to check out a range of companies like George Hill Timber. Sometimes going to websites or businesses that specifically trade in certain areas means that you not only get a good price but the expertise and knowledge you need.

 Home Renovation Made Easy: The Tips You Need To Know

Are there other ways to add value to the property

It’s important to establish if there are any ways you can add some value to the property itself. A great place to start would be to add square footage or rooms like converting a loft into another bedroom, or a cellar into another living space. Do you have a garden you can utilise and build on? Then maybe adding an extension to create a larger kitchen, or even adding bedrooms or other rooms onto the side of the property could be a great place to start.

The finishing touches will always bring everything together

Finally, the finishing touches will always piece everything together. This is good flooring choices and paint colours. Adding the right tiles or even considering things like feature walls. Pinterest is a great place for inspiration when it comes to home decor and finishing off your homes look.

I hope these tips help you if you are about to embark on a renovation project.

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Lifestyle, Moving abroad

Is moving abroad as difficult as It sounds?

Is Moving Abroad as Difficult as It Sounds?

Is moving abroad as difficult as It sounds?

If you’ve ever been on holiday and told yourself “I want to move here in the future!” then you’ve probably thought about actually moving overseas. However, those thoughts are quickly forgotten once you realise the cost of moving, the friends and family members you’ll have to say goodbye to, and the kids that you’ll force to either learn a new language or make new friends. It’s a tough decision to make especially if you aren’t happy with your current location, and there are times when simply moving to a new house won’t cut it.

But plenty of people move abroad to find themselves, seek happiness and sometimes for their jobs: but is it really as difficult as it sounds? Let’s dive into the issue and discuss a couple of things about moving abroad. At the end of this article, you’ll have plenty of information to help you make a decision, so if you’re close to packing up your bags and leaving the country, here are some thoughts to keep in mind.

Is Moving Abroad as Difficult as It Sounds?

Is it even legal?

The first thing to consider is: is it even legal to move abroad? There are some legal implications when moving abroad and it’s not entirely easy. For instance, you need to check your visa status and you’ll probably need to have a relationship with someone in the country to legally move over. You also need to look at your rights to see if you’ll be covered by things such as insurance. You’ll also need to apply for citizenship in another country which can be a lengthy and complicated process if you aren’t well-versed in all of the law, so make sure you do your research on this step and consider all the legal implications before packing up your bags.

What are you going to do with your old house?

Next, consider what you’ll do with your old house. If it’s just rented then you don’t need to worry about it much, just end the contact at the earliest convenience, pack your bags then leave. However, if you own your home then you’ll need to contact international removalists to help you carry all of your luggage and furniture to your new home. Alternatively, you could simply rent out your current home if you still have family members or friends in your current country that are willing to give you a hand. There are some steps to take before this can be made possible, but it’s generally quite easy and straightforward.

Where do you actually want to live?

There’s no point moving abroad if you aren’t actually sure where you wanna move. Do plenty of research and consider visiting that country for a holiday several times before you ultimately make a decision. Remember that the decision is reversible, but if you sell your home in your current country, it’s going to be difficult to gain accommodation if you decide to return. There are also plenty of other things to consider when picking a country, and they’ll be explained in detail below.

Is Moving Abroad as Difficult as It Sounds?

Do you need to learn a new language?

Learning a new language can be tricky, but it’s generally easier if you surround yourself with the language and force yourself into unfamiliar situations. It’s worth learning a couple of phrases and taking a serious look at the language before you decide to move. The worst thing you can do is move to a new country with absolutely no knowledge of the language. It’ll be difficult to live your daily life and you’ll find it hard to communicate with anyone. If you’re set on learning a new language to move, then make sure you watch as many shows as possible in that language, speak to people and make friends from that country, and ask them to help you practice your new language skills so that you can become fluent.

Are you prepared for new culture and tradition?

Another important thing to keep in mind is culture and tradition. If you move from Europe to Asia, then you’ll be surprised at the number of things that are different. Everything from wearing shoes indoors to how you present yourself politely at a table will be new, and although some people are accepting of foreigners in their country, others can be extremely offended if you take their culture and customs lightly. Again, it’s important to learn about the country that you want to move to before you decide on it. If you’re not willing to follow their traditions and customs, then you might want to consider another country or simply staying at home.

Can you find work in the country?

A lot of people move to foreign countries to teach English. While this sounds like a great idea, it’s ultimately a job that won’t progress very far. Before you decide to move to another country, try and do your best to find a job. It could be something that relates to your current job, you could become a freelancer, or you could even take a gamble to become a travel blogger or YouTube content creator and make money from advertising revenue. Whatever your decision is, keep in mind that you’re starting a new life and this often means you’ll be back at the bottom of the career ladder. Although you’re probably not moving for the sake of money, it’s important to understand that you need an income in order to sustain yourself.

Are you prepared to say goodbye to friends and family?

Lastly, are you fine with saying goodbye to friends and family? Some of us might not have great relationships with our families and could easily say yes to this, and some of us probably hate the idea of leaving our friends behind. Make sure you’re mentally prepared to say goodbye or else you could end up regretting your decision, feeling homesick and hating your idea to move. Keep in mind that just because you’ve moved, it doesn’t mean you’ll never see those people again. Social media is fantastic at keeping the world connected, and you can always visit each other during the holiday seasons.

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health, Lifestyle, Safety, Safety tips, Top tips

Making your home safer and healthier

Making your home safer and healthier

Making your home safer and healthier

Your family home should be a safe space. It should be a place where you can bring up your kids to be healthy happy adults. Unfortunately, for too many of us, our homes are far from being the safe havens we would imagine. They’re filled with potential dangers like boiling water, toxic substances and dodgy wiring that could potentially make us sick or cause an accident. So, even if you think your home is a pretty safe, healthy place to be, it’s worth doing what you can to make it even healthier. Here are some tips to help you do just that:

Check Your Hot Water Heater

We all know that leaving young children alone in the bath is a bad idea because they could drown, but few of us think too much about the possibility of scalding, Unfortunately, many kids are burned by too hot bath water each year, and although most of them are not too badly affected, some will experience significant injuries. That’s why, if you have a baby or toddler in the house, it’s a good idea to check the temperature of your water heater. 120 degrees Fahrenheit is ideal because temperatures above that could scald a child in as little as 5 seconds!

Secure Your Windows

It’s shocking, but thousands of children each year are injured falling out of windows. That’s why it’s never a bad idea to install window guards on any windows that could be accessed by small children. Of course, you want to be able to open your windows quickly in the case of fire, so you should look for guards that are quick-release, just in case.

Remove Asbestos

It’s unbelievable how many homes and sheds in this country still contain asbestos. Once a popular building material due to its fire-resistant properties, asbestos is known to cause a range of devastating illnesses, including lung cancer and asbestosis. If you suspect you may have asbestos on your property, it’s important that you call in the professionals to remove it safely from your home.

Look Out for Faulty Wiring

Making your home safer and healthier

Faulty wiring is a disaster waiting to happen. It can cause fires and electric shocks if left unattended to. Tell-tale signs of faulty wiring include flickering lights, circuit breakers, and fuses that go out on a regular basis, switches that give off shocks and burning smells. If you notice any of these things, call in a local electrician to take a look. Better safe than sorry when it comes to your family’s safety, after all.

Decorate with Chemical Free Paint

There’s nothing more satisfying that freshly painted walls that are all clean and new. Of course, the average can of paint contains all manner of toxins, which h won’t exactly do you or your family much good when breathed in. If you want your home to be as toxin free as possible, it is, therefore, a good idea to use eco-friendly chemical-free paint. Sure, they’re a little more expensive, but they’re so worth it, if only because you don’t have to put up with that horrible paint smell for days after decorating.

Install and Test Smoke Alarms

If you don’t already have smoke alarms installed in your home, please, please go out and buy some right now. A functioning smoke alarm really could save yours and your family’s lives at some point. You might think that a fire could never break out at your home, but most people who’ve had house fires think that too. It can and does happen to anyone so take precautions by installing and regularly testing an alarm today.

Install a Carbon Monoxide Detector

Making your home safer and healthier

While you’re buying that smoke alarm, pick up a carbon monoxide detector too. Carbon monoxide is so dangerous because it’s odourless and it can creep up on you without noticing. Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning include a headache, dizziness, and nausea and if you are exposed to it for long enough, you could die. Protect your family by installing a detector as soon as possible.

Keep the Place Clean

I know most of us hate doing household chores, but keeping your home clean and tidy is one of the best ways to prevent sickness bugs, food poisoning, allergies and the worsening of conditions like asthma. You don’t need to keep your house spotlessly clean, but don’t neglect it either or it could become a breeding ground for all kinds of nasties.

It might seem like a lot of work, but periodically checking up on your property and making any relevant changes will help you to maintain a safe, comfortable and very healthy home.

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DIY tips, Lifestyle

Easy hacks to make DIY easier for a busy family

Easy Hacks To Make DIY Easier For A Busy Family

Easy hacks to make DIY easier for a busy family

There comes a time when house improvements are needed. It might be that you have left a room years without completing any changes. And now is the time to give it a spruce. Or you might be thinking of getting the house in good order now that summer is making an appearance. After all, you will have guests over aplenty during the warmer months. And you want your house to look fantastic to impress them beyond belief. However, DIY is easier said than done when you have a family. In fact, it can turn into a long and painful process with everyone around. And a lot of families just don’t have the time to do DIY with their busy life. Therefore, here are some easy hacks to make DIY easier for a busy family.

Do one room at a time

It’s so easy to have a list as long as your arm of rooms that need DIY jobs. But rather than take on everything, you need to focus on a task at a time. After all, so many people start working on multiple DIY jobs at once. And then it can leave them not only doing a half-hearted job with the DIY, but it can turn into a very stressful experience too. After all, it can be hard to keep up with where you are with each job. And then you might make errors which can take longer to fix. Therefore, to ensure you do a good job with the DIY, you need to do one room at a time. Decide which one is most important and then you can start with this room. For example, you might decide to work on the bathroom first as it’s the most important room. And then if you concentrate on the one job, you can put all your effort into the DIY to be left happy with the final results!

Easy Hacks To Make DIY Easier For A Busy Family

Give every family member a role

When you don’t have much time to do the DIY, it can leave you struggling to complete the task at hand. And you feel like you need another set of hands to ensure you get everything done properly. Therefore, you should get the rest of the family involved to help make the job a bit easier. After all, you can give everyone a small job to ensure the process is as painless as possible. And with several of you working on the DIY, it will be sure to be completed sooner rather than later. It can also be a fun family activity if everyone gets involved. After all, you can all celebrate together when you see the final work done in the house. And working together to get the job done can help you all bond. Therefore, all work together to ensure the DIY is completed in good time.

Easy Hacks To Make DIY Easier For A Busy Family

Time to go cordless

It’s hard to do DIY with your family being around in the house. After all, you have to be so careful to ensure that the DIY doesn’t become a hazard to your kids. You don’t want them falling over wires which can mean a trip up to A&E. One way you can make DIY easier and ensure your kids don’t get injured is by going cordless with your equipment. After all, you then don’t have to worry about them falling over any wires in the home. And you will use less room if you do use cordless tools. It can also be ideal for when you are trying to get to specific areas in the home. After all, you don’t want to have to drag a long wire with you if it’s a hard-to-reach area. A cordless screwdriver is one tool you should invest in. After all, with no wires, you can ensure you easily get the DIY done without disturbing your family!

Cut corners when it comes to DIY

To help make DIY easier, you should look at ways you can cut corners. After all, it can then ensure the DIY is less time-consuming for your family. For one thing, look at ways to reduce the work in the room. Is there any way to hide that peeling wallpaper rather than replacing it all? You might be able to put some furniture in the way to ensure you don’t have to wallpaper the whole room. And could you put a rug over that damaged area of carpet? It saves removing it all when the room needs improving. Try and cut some corners to make DIY much easier for your busy family!

And don’t be afraid to hire a professional to do the DIY. For one thing, you can ensure your home looks perfect. And when you are busy with your family, it can be easier to just get someone to do the DIY for you!

Easy Hacks To Make DIY Easier For A Busy Family

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The essential guide to a stress-free home

The essential guide to a stress-free home

The essential guide to a stress-free home

Do you ever feel like your entire life is dedicated to keeping the house in good shape? Maybe it’s the tedious daily tasks of loading and unloading the dishwasher, or the less frequent but bigger tasks like decorating or renovating a room? Your home should be where you can kick back and relax – it should be your calm oasis in a hectic world, and it certainly shouldn’t take a majority of your time to keep it in ship-shape condition. The key here is working smart, not hard. Developing a routine which works for you, but also allowing technology, and other members of the family, to take some of the slack. If you’d like a stress-free home, keep on reading.

Develop your routine

A daily and weekly routine of tasks which are unavoidable is a great way to ensure everything gets done, without praying on your mind. Maybe the trash goes out on Mondays, you vacuum on Tuesdays, and dust on Wednesdays, and so on. Small tasks which are done every day should be done at the same time each day, such as loading or unloading the dishwasher, collecting the mail, or tidying the living spaces. This way, it becomes part of your day, requires little consideration, and you may also find that the tasks are far faster to carry out. Any sort of routine is healthy for everyone, but especially for people who are feeling overwhelmed by their responsibilities.

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Keep lists

Some jobs don’t fit into daily routines, and these jobs can really start to play on your mind, if you let them. Writing them down into a list form, usually with a connected calendar, can be a great way to ensure they get done, but also to take away the associated anxiety. The list apps on smartphones such as Google Keep and iPhone’s are perfect for this, as you can keep the list with you at all times and add to it as you see fit, as well as syncing it with calendars and emails. This means that larger projects, such as cleaning the guttering or fixing the roof, is noted, but doesn’t play on your mind. Keeping a running list of important contacts for the home too. When the furnace breaks or the fence blows down, you’re not going to want to be shuffling through your emails and contacts to find the right guy to come in and fix it. Keeping all these contacts in the same place is essential for reacting in an emergency, and you’ll feel better knowing the list is there too.

De-clutter (and keep it that way)

Clutter does not create a stress-free home. As they say, a cluttered room means a cluttered mind. If you want to be able to kick back and relax in the space, you need to keep all of the mess hidden away. Not only does this create a more relaxing environment, but it also makes it easy to keep tidy in the long run, and makes it far easier to clean and keep dust-free. Great storage solutions can make this so much easier, and look great in the process. Once you’ve de-cluttered a room, make it part of your daily routine to de-clutter at the end of every day. If you go to bed with a tidy home, and wake up to a tidy home, you will find your stress levels will drop significantly.

The essential guide to a stress-free home

Let technology do the work for you

We are lucky to be alive in a booming technological time. Many of us have dishwashers, washer-dryers, and even ovens which clean themselves automatically. But there are plenty of reviews of smart home products designed to save you time online which you might not have even considered. For example, if you have pets and have to vacuum up pet hair every day, have you considered investing in a Roomba to free up that time, without compromising on the cleanliness and tidiness of your home? It might seem like a significant investment, but time is money, and if it helps to create a stress-free environment for you, it might well be worth it.


Unless you live alone, there are other people that benefit from all of your hard work in maintaining the cleanliness and tidiness of your home. Do you think they could better pull their weight? Being able to delegate tasks to family members can really help to take some of the weight off your shoulders. Asking your kids to wash the dishes, take the trash out, or clean the fish tank gives you more free time, and teaches them valuable life skills as a bonus.

Your home shouldn’t be a stressful environment, so don’t let it!


20 Wishes

20 wishes 2017

20 Wishes 

Boy are we glad to see the back of 2016, it started off good but then dreams came crashing down. We have 20 wishes for 2017 – forgetting the bad of 2016 and moving forward thinking positive with a huge sigh of relief it’s finally over. Here’s to a new year and new start.

We was kindly tagged by Vicky from Being Tilly’s Mummy to write down our 20 wishes for the year.

Five wishes for our family

  1. Being a full-time working family time together is precious, we hardly get time together where we are all here. Spending more family time together just us is going to be our main aim for the year which we have all agreed to…..yes even the teens.
  2. As much as time together as a family is perfect we would also like to spend time together as a couple. Time together in the DIY store or at the kitchen sink doing the dishes isn’t quite quality time. We aim to get our once a month date night back in the diary and go out for a nice meal – swap those cleaning rags for glad rags.
  3. Looking back at our photo’s and there are hardly any of all 5 of us. This is something we would love to change this year and get these photo’s updated.
  4. Getting our foot on the property ladder and investing in our family future was our dream for last year – sadly this didn’t happen but we are hopeful it will this year.
  5. Making our new house a home. This is something that we know will take time but together we will make this happen.

Our five wishes for our blog

  1. We plan to get back to blogging again, our blog was quiet for a while whilst we was busy moving house. We have moved now and are finally starting to find our feet again…..Moving is such hard work.
  2. Work on promoting our blog more, such as guest post, join in linkies and be more active.
  3. Get more active on social media, join in with twitter chats and chat more with fellow bloggers.
  4. Continue to attend blog conferences, meet fellow bloggers and learn as much as we can to help our blog grow.
  5. To mainly be organised, keep on top of things and enjoy our blog.

Five personal wishes

  1. Confidence is something I seriously need to work on.
  2. To go on the hunt for this thing called “Me Time” – do you know what that is? no, same here. Apparently it does exist so keep looking.
  3. Get back on track with my weight-loss is a HUGE must.
  4. Be more organised, this is something I keep saying I will be/do but it never happens so let’s try more harder this year.
  5. I want to worry less and learn what will be will be.

Our family hopes and wishes for 2017

  1. We hope for this year to be less of an emotional roller-coaster.
  2. We plan to have more family fun day’s out together.
  3. Not everything has to be planned, live spur of the moment more – its way more fun.
  4. To be happy, healthy and not let anything stand in the way of our dreams.
  5. To try our best to make all of the above happen.

Fun family day in the woods 😀

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Wishing you all the best for 2017.


10 Reasons why I’m #RockingMotherhood

10 reasons why in #RockingMotherhood

10 Reasons why I’m #RockingMotherhood

10 reasons why I’m #RockingMotherhood is a post I have been tagged in by Hannah it is where I give 10 reasons I believe makes me rock motherhood. If I’m completely honest I am just winging it, but here goes….

These are my 10 reasons I think I’m #RockingMotherhood.

  1. Parenthood is oh so magical, you learn to run purely on cold coffee and very little sleep. With my boy’s now being teenagers I have this learnt to a T.
  2. In my years of being a mum I have learnt there isn’t a book that has all the answers in for being a perfect parent. I have had to learn along the way, yes making mistakes, accepting help, advice and also support. I may not have all the right answers but what I do have is three beautiful teenage boy’s that I love with all my heart and would do anything for. We make the perfect team.
  3. I have also learnt over the years Not to ask Google when I need to know something – silly me, why would I want to do that when I have teens who claim to know everything!!…I have raised my boy’s to be strong and confident in all they do.
  4. I am not just a mum I am also a cook, cleaner, referee, mum’s taxi, walking cash machine, cheerleader and so on but I wouldn’t want it any other way. My teens are not just my boy’s they are my world, my everything and most of all my best friends, no one or nothing comes close.

Sunday selfies with my boys at my birthday meal. 😍 #ukparentbloggers

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5. Meal planning is something I learnt fast, planning ahead and being as organised as we can be. Being a full-time working mum this is a must, especially if we want to eat at a reasonable hour. My slow cooker has become our family best friend as none of us like cooking when we get home of an evening.

6. I have managed to keep my kid’s safe and well. My first-aid training as come into action on more than one occasion….boy’s will be boy’s. I soon learnt the trick of when looking for them to look up high as I’ve more chance of finding them up in a tree than with their feet on the ground.

7. I get let out once in a while on good behavior…I even come back home on time too (get me).

8. I am learning a new skill, yes a new language called teen texts. Have you experienced it yet? some I figured out and some I own up to and admit I had to text back saying “can you re-send in a way I understand”. I mean if someone text you saying “HAND” what would you reply? or “HAK”? “IKR”? “JIC”? there are so many to learn but I’m getting there slowly.

9. I support and encourage my kid’s in all they choose to do. They may not always listen to me or make the right choice’s but we all learn by our mistakes and I am always here for them the best I can be.

10. I always have time for my boy’s, always have and always will. Making memories that will last a lifetime.

So these are my 10 reasons why I’m #RockingMotherhood, over to you now ladies.

Marie from Marie’s Beauties

Lucie from Our world and autism

Nikki from Keeping strong and moving forward


If you do decide to take part then the rules are:

  1. Thank the blogger that tagged you and link to their blog.
  2. List 10 things that you believe makes you a good mother. (10 is just a guideline, it can be more or less).
  3. Tag 3-5 other bloggers to take part in the #RockingMotherhood tag.
  4. Grab the #RockingMotherhood badge and add to your sidebar or blog post.
  5. You can also tag in your tweet @whitecamellias for her to have a read if you wish.




New Year New Dreams

new year new dreams

New Year New Dreams

Wow, where did that year go? – last we knew it was early summer and we was in the process of buying our much-loved home and dreams finally were coming true.

You may or may not had noticed but our family blog has been on the quiet side for the past few months – this has been because we have been busy trying or hardest to buy our much-loved family home that our children had grown up in. Sadly this didn’t happen for the reason below.

We have needed time to adjust and come to terms with our dreams sadly NOT happening.

Some dreams are just NOT meant to be

How things have changed and time certainly don’t stop. We was happily putting our plans into action and preparing to become first time buyers. The forms needed was filled out and the necessary fee’s was paid.

All was going so well and was accepted by our housing association following all the necessary checks – eek it was all so exciting, we was so excited to be getting our foot on the property ladder and investing in our children’s future.

Word’s can’t describe how happy we all was.

The all important appointment was then made with our bank along with a few others just to make sure we got a good idea of mortgage rates on offer at the time. We found there wasn’t much of a difference in the rates so had chosen to stay with our own bank and keep everything in the one place.

Credit checks was done once we gave the go ahead, these went through no problem and the dotted line was then signed.

The surveyor appointment was then made.

It was all so exciting….

This is a moment we had dreamed of and worked towards for so long and it was finally happening.


Bad News Then Struck

The surveyor arrived as planned to check the property – this being our home of 13yrs, he arrived and broke our hearts. Our home was made of prefabricated concrete and sadly no mortgage lender will lend on these properties…..Our application was then rejected by our bank for this reason.

Giving up was something we didn’t do easily, we went on to apply elsewhere and get second opinions but all the surveyors was saying the same and pre fab properties are not something to lend on.

Heartbroken and not knowing where to turn or what to-do, we even went as far as chatting with a broker where we didn’t want to give up on our dream – sadly a BIG NO came back there too!

new year new dreams

What Now?

So we have been living in a housing association rented property, living there for 13yrs – 13 happy years in hope of one day being financially able to buy the property. It came to the point of having to have that horrid chat about what-to-do now?

It was then agreed that we was paying out dead-end money, something that was agreed that we didn’t want to do. The time had come to be realistic and start making other plans for our future, our dreams of owning the house we had lived in for 13yrs had sadly come to an end.

New plans was then made

A phone call to our housing officer was had to see what our options was from here. It was then advised if we was wanting to still use The Right To Buy Scheme to get our foot on the property ladder that we look for what is known as a home swap/tenancy swap. This is where two tenants swap houses.

We then signed up to a website called HomeSwapper and the hunt then began. We knew we didn’t want to move too far away from where we was in North London as we had all settled here and our day-to-day commitments was here.

It was a heartbreaking decision, we all had mixed emotions about moving but we pulled together as a family and knew it was something we had to do.

new year new dreams

The packing began

The packing then began and the tears began to flow. We had a meeting the day before moving, this was to sign all the home swapping paperwork – signing over of the tenancy to our much-loved home and then signing to take on the tenancy to the new home.

On our way back home from signing the paperwork we stopped off and collected one of the removal vans….Deep breaths was being taken all day and tears was being held back, it was now time to let go, get loaded up and say our goodbyes to our home and neighbors.

Our last night was spent in our much-loved home, we sat reminiscing before saying our goodbyes to our neighbors.

The big day had now arrived 

The moving day soon arrived, we hired two Luton vans, one we picked up on the Friday which we loaded on the Friday evening to make the move a little less stressful, mainly to get a bit of a break from the heavy lifting.

On the moving day itself it decided to rain…..Yes rain ALL day!

We are now in our new home and starting a new year with new dreams. We are still in North London close to all our day-to-day commitments. We found a house 2.5 miles from where we was which is good. We have had amazing support from friends and family for which we can’t thank enough.

We needed time to find ourselves again. We are now gradually getting back on top of things again, we know it will take time so for now we are thinking positive and taking things day-by-day. We moved back in November and it’s been hectic ever since. The last of the boxes are slowly being un-packed and routines are now taking place again.

Do we miss our old house? – yes, it goes without saying but we are now looking forward to the future.

We are starting our new year with new dreams and thinking positive!

Christmas, Lifestyle

Preparing Our Home For Christmas

Preparing Our Home For Christmas

Preparing Our Home For Christmas

Yikes, we can now happily say Christmas is only a week away today – Wow where has this year gone, are you excited?

The decorations are up, the tree is nicely decorated, all presents are here ready and under the tree (the boys are now teenagers and no longer believe in Santa so we’ve no need to hide the wrapped gifts anymore.). Our family meet-ups are now booked, work parties have now taken place so all that leaves now is for the kid’s to break up from school today and then we will be busy preparing our home for Christmas.

With visitors now coming and going over the Christmas weekend we want our home to be as welcoming as it can be amongst all the excitement of Christmas. The items listed below have all been tried and tested.

We love mood lighting so these Wicker Star Lights will be perfect and continue to be in high use over the Festive period. We find mood lighting beautiful and relaxing. These natural wicker lights have been made from ethically sourced jungle vine, the vine is then soaked in rainwater until the fibres are lovely and pliable. When ready they are then weaved into this lovely star shape. The LED lighting beaming through the wicker window creates the perfect lighting that is cool to touch. With the two metres of cord length that gives us plenty of cord to decorate where we want.

Preparing Our Home For Christmas

With grandparents coming to visit we like to make sure the floor is clutter free to save from trips and falls. Whilst the floor is clear we will then vacuum quickly using this 170w Bissell PowerGlide Cordless Vacuum Cleaner. This vacumm saves time as it is cordless, meaning we can vacuum the house in no time at all without having to keep going back to get the plug to re-plug somewhere else, what a fantastic time saver. This vacuum cleaner is powerful on carpets and hard floors,  the lift off canister makes all those hard to reach areas easier to reach using the 1.5m hose length. With this vacuum cleaner we get a powerful cordless cleaning experience, with 45 minutes run time via a rechargeable lithium-ion battery. We can easily clean the whole house from top to bottom with this fantastic portable Vacuum cleaner.

Preparing Our Home For Christmas


The last thing we want people smelling when they come through our door is our dinner so we will have this lovely incense candle set burning away before they arrive to make our home smell lovely. This lovely Yin-Yang set will help keep our house smelling lovely over the festive weekend. The set contains incense sticks, incense cones, a lovely Yin-Yang incense holder and a beautiful candle. This set smells amazing.

Preparing The Home For Christmas

To make life easier when offering tea and coffee to our guests we will be able to boil the kettle from the comfort of our sofa using this fantastic new Smarter ikettle. How awesome is this, we will be able to boil the kettle to our chosen temperature and even keep the kettle warm if we wish. The 1.8L capacity 2400w will easily help us cater for our guests. This kettle works on Android 4+ and Apple ios7+. No need to worry if the kettle is empty as the kettle will  tell you via the phone App.

Our Home For Christmas

Will you be having guests over to your house this Christmas?

We would like to wish you all a very happy Christmas

And a very happy new year.



Creating space

creating space

Creating space

We are currently in a situation of needing to create space, as you may or may not know Danny has now moved out of our family home and is now currently living 3.5 miles away from us. It was Danny’s decision to move out and get his own flat as he has always been headstrong and very independent right from a young age, he knows what he wants in life and goes and gets it, we are very proud of him.

Before Danny move out he told Lee that he could have his old bedroom, as you can imagine Lee was excited to be getting his own room, space that he can now call his own.

When Lee returns back to school in September he will be going into year 11, this will be a very important year for Lee, he will have lots of revising to do and exams to face. In order to help Lee through this important time we are looking to create the perfect quiet space for him to be able to revise. Lee’s bedroom is only a box room and we have not touched anything in there since Danny moved out so Lee is keen to put his personal stamp on the room.

The bed is something that will definitely need changing as it has seen better days. After a visit to Room To Grow Children’s Beds Specialists website I was thinking of a bed like this:

creating space
Photo credit: Room To Grow

Now I think this would work perfectly in Lee’s room, with it being a box room we would be saving but yet creating space. No way would we be able to fit a desk in his room at the moment but with this bed he could have one and it would be giving him the quiet space needed for his revision, it also gives him somewhere safe to store his work after too. His revision could then be done in his room away from all the noise going on downstairs.

Lee is rather excited to be putting his own stamp on his own personal space, he was sharing with Brad before and they both had different interests so decorating their bedroom when sharing proved difficult resulting in wall art on their side of the room.

Creating space is something we also need to do in Brad’s bedroom too, we are always having friends/guests stay over and we thought it would be nice to be able to offer our guest a comfortable bed to sleep in. We are currently thinking of getting bunk beds to put in Brad’s bedroom so then that way the bed is not taking up any space in Brad’s bedroom but yet still there for when they come to stay.

Have you had to create space in your bedrooms at any point?

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