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[AD] LIFESTYLE: HOW TO UPDATE YOUR GARDEN ON A BUDGET



With summer underway I thought i'd share a few ways you can update your garden on a budget. We don't have a garden right now as we live in an apartment but we love to chill in our parents gardens. Sometimes it's nice to add a few little bits to your garden to spruce it up a little and bring it back to life after the cold winter months. I thought i'd find some affordable but effective ways to update your outdoor space. 

First up look at updating your garden furniture! This doesn't have to mean buying new, you could paint your existing furniture. A fresh lick of paint will make it look brand new, you can buy so many different colours of garden paint too! If you are in the market for a new garden set then why not look at building your own Pallet garden furniture. It's super simple and easy to do and so effective. Pop a few throws and cushions on and your good to go.. 

That brings me onto my next thing, Cushions! Cushions are a super easy and cheap way to add a pop of colour to your garden. You can get proper outdoor cushions but I find normal cushions are just as effective and cheaper too! Just remember to take them inside or pop them away incase it rains. 

Lighting is another super easy way to update your garden. These outdoor LED decking lights from lightsupplier.co.uk are fab. They can update drab decking in the flick of a switch and much cheaper than replacing all of your decking. 

I also think a few hanging lights around your patio area can brighten up a garden, especially on those warm summer nights when you spend more evenings outside. 

Colour! Adding pops of colour can be super easy but effective. Like I mentioned above using cushions, throws and other soft furnishings can really stand out. Try painting your plant pots or buy some new ornaments. These are really affordable ways to freshen up the garden this summer. 


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[AD- GIFTED]FASHION: MY FAVOURITE NECKLACES FROM DAY TO NIGHT


I go through phases with jewellery, I either wear it all the time or I don't wear it at all. At the moment I have a few pieces that I literally wear ever single day! I have a gorgeous bracelet that was handmade by a close friend of mine, which is a pretty little charm bracelet. I also have two necklaces from the new Daisy London Estee Lalonde range. They are perfect for everyday but are great for night time too! They are super simple and pretty so you can wear them with everything! 

I have the Estee Lalonde T-bar necklace which is really on trend right now. The T-bar has a really pretty detail on it which is lovely. I have this in Gold but it also comes in Silver. It also comes in a bracelet and earrings! I love this and wear it on it's own or sometimes I like to layer it with my Estee Lalonde Sunburst chain necklace, this is a short necklace and again it looks fab on it's own. I've been wearing them both layered together pretty much all day everyday! 

I recently wore them both on a night out with a pretty little black dress and also to a wedding with a smart Navy dress. They are so pretty and delicate but just add that little something to an outfit without being too much! But they are pretty and simple enough to wear everyday with any outfit! I've had loads of compliments and people asking wear my necklaces are from. 

Do you wear alot of jewellery and do you have pieces that you wear every single day? Or like me do you wear them from Day to Night? 

The Estee Lalonde range is over on the Daisy London website, check it out! I love the whole collection it's right up my street!! 











* These necklaces were gifted as part of a collaboration with Daisy London. I have not been paid for this blog post.

EVENT: LUSH SPA BIRMINGHAM BLOGGER EVENT


Have you heard of a Lush Party? Neither had I until recently when I was invited along to the store to find out all about them. 

It doesn't matter what the occasion is you can book a Lush party and it's fully customisable so you can choose a theme, what goodies you take home, everything. 

It's £25 per person! 

We had a relaxing pamper party, so at the event we got hand and arm massages, we were shown how to give a massage and were shown lots of amazing massage bars, and got to learn about them. I really liked Pearl and Each Peach (and twos a pair) they both smelled incredible!

We then went on to make our own fresh facemask, using fresh blueberries we got to make, catastrophe cosmetic which is a calming and moisturising fresh face mask. 

After this we got to mooch around the store and check out all of the incredible products. We all got some goodies to take home too, including our Fresh facemasks !

It was such a lovely event and was so nice to catch up with some of our lovely brum based bloggers! 
The LUSH Spa store in Birmingham is AMAZING! It's huge! I need to check out the Spa it sounds amazing! 










* we were gifted some products, we are not obliged to blog about the products or the event

LIFESTYLE: CREATING MORE SPACE IN YOUR HOME

Millions of people dream of a bigger home. Something with space to breathe, move, and let’s face it - they are easier to tidy. But often you will have to create your own space to achieve that. And, it isn’t always expensive - you can work with your budget and time scales to get the job done. 


So, if you are looking for great ways to create more space in your home, here are some tips for you. 


Loft Conversion

If you have some cash to spend, you can actually just physically create more space. After some careful planning with a loft conversion company, you can have something beautiful made. Of course, this will take some time, but once you have finished, you can have one large space or two smaller spaces added to the top of your house. Of course, what you choose to use them for is up to you, but in general, it is a great way to add value and space to your home. 

Clutter

Most of us simply have too much stuff in too small a space. We are nesting creatures. We like to fill up our spaces with shiny objects, things that make us happy, and soft furnishings. Not to mention the fact that if you don’t have a brilliant storage solution, then you can find ‘stuff’ piling up around you. It might just be time to make like Marie Kondo and donate or bin the things you just aren’t using. It might not be the easiest of things to do, because we get pretty attached to our stuff, but for most people, once it is done the space that is created is huge. 

Decoration

If you have darker walls, unless your space is pretty big, it can make the room look very small. It is always better where possible to opt for lighter wall colours. Pastel shades are great if you want to add some colour, and white is usually the winner in all cases. 


If you can’t stand the idea of white, then magnolia and other natural stone shades will be perfect. 


Mirrors are an excellent idea too. They bounce the light around the room and can make the place feel much more extensive. When you place more than one at just the right angle, they can elongate the space with ease. 

Less Is More

While it might be tempting to get a cover unit, and a table, and then some extra bookcases… consider if you really need them - or you are merely filling space up. Floating shelves often provide the ideal solution for lighter items, and you can check out Pinterest for cool bookcase solutions. Think about what is vital in your rooms - for the living room a sitting space and a coffee table, perhaps? What is a must? Then once you figured out the minimum - what do you have that is excess? 


It might even be time to think about if you are potentially a minimalist at heart. Splashes of green plants against white walls - with exactly what you need and no more - might just be the space creating solution you are looking for. 


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INTERIORS: HOW TO FINANCE YOUR RENOVATION AND INTERIOR DESIGN DREAMS

 

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Finding the funds to finance your property and interior design renovation sometimes isn't as simple as you'd first like to think. The property market has been suffering several wobbles in recent years due to an unstable economic climate and many homeowners are turning to property renovations and home makeovers when they feel like a change instead of moving to pastures new. 

With our homes being precious places where we go to relax, socialise and spend time with loved ones it is important we have space that's not only comfortable but also pleases the eye. 
But even when you have a hundred wonderful ideas on how you’d like to refresh and revitalise your home, sometimes financially you just can't afford to commit to it. Home improvements and renovations don't come cheap, especially for larger jobs like repainting your bathroom or kitchen. You especially don't want to cut corners on there's, especially if you're looking to increase the value of your home in time. 
Fortunately, you don't have to wave your dreams of an updated and aesthetic space goodbye due to lack of funds. Here we’ve outlined some of the top ways for you to get a cash injection to truly make your house a home. 
Take a look at a few options and decide which one is right for you.
Tap Into Equity By Refinancing  
If you are lucky enough to know that you have substantial amounts of equity tied up in your house, now might be a good time to dip into it if you want to take on a redesigning project.  Refinancing your mortgage helps you to get a lower interest rate, lower repayments and it also gives you a chance to cash out on some equity. If you're not looking to sell, to get some profit from the equity released- a cash-out refinance will potentially free up a  lot of cash that can then go towards your decorating dreams not to mention anything else you've had your eye on.  
Get a Home Equity Loan or Personal Loan

To avoid the hassle of completing several tedious and frustrating re-mortgaging forms you may want to look into getting a home equity loan or personal loan. Using your home as collateral you can get a loan for home improvements. Alternatively, there are personal loan companies like Buddy Loans that can lend you the cash you need if you need to get the work done in a hurry. 
Ask A Friend
When it comes to renovations that need to be done quickly and if you're credit rating is really not up to scratch. Consider asking a friend for help. They are more than like not going to charge you an insane repayment amount and they are more than likely just happy to see you doing home improvements and making your living space more enjoyable for yourself and your family. An added bonus of borrowing from a friend is that you may have much looser repayment terms, repayment schedule and interest rates, if there are any at all. 
Get A Reverse Mortgage
If you're a retiree on a fixed income it can be difficult to finance much-needed home improvements like bath rails or stair lifts. It may not feel comfortable to use a chunk of your savings on renovation projects. Luckily there are a few options for the elderly. For those aged 62 and over, a reverse mortgage is an option for financing costly endeavours. A reverse mortgage works by converting a small part of your equity into cash. It’s a perfect solution for retirees who may be asset rich but cash-poor and be strapped for finances. Secondly, with a reverse mortgage, it doesn't need to be repaid until after your passing or when you decide to sell your property.
Use a Zero Percent Interest Credit Card

Taking out a loan for home renovations and improvements usually involves paying back heft sums in interest. Make sure that you have a strict budget in mind and keep track of the costs of things as you go, to avoid being stung with an unexpectedly large contractor bill at the end. A good way to keep on top of things is to consider financing your work with a 0% interest credit card. Some credit cards feature 0% interest on purchases and balance transfers for the first 12 to 18 months. Make sure that you pay off the credit card during the introductory rate period and you’ll save yourself the hassle of being overcharged.  
Bottom Line
This is your home and you should be 100% comfortable and proud of your space. So if feel your house is outdated you have the chance to do something about it. Explore your financing options and choose an option only if you feel 100% comfortable with it.



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CONFETTI FLOWER FIELD AT WICK, PERSHORE.



Amelias outfit - Dress: Next/ Cardigan: Asda / Trainers- Converse. My playsuit is Primark

A few weeks ago we headed along to the Confetti Flower Fields in Wick, they are only open for 10 days of the year to the Public.  I thought i'd share a few snaps from the day!









LIFESTYLE: THINGS TO DO WITH A TODDLER NEAR SOLIHULL THIS SUMMER

With the summer holidays nearly here I thought i'd share a few days out that we have done recently or intend to do over the next few weeks. It can be overwhelming choosing things to do especially during the summer holidays as places can get really busy and you can end up spending loads of money trying to fill your weeks with things to do with the kids. As Amelia is only 1 we don't have to worry about the school holidays just yet but it's nice to have a few things planned whilst the weather is good! Most of these days out are affordable and within 2 hours of Solihull/ Birmingham. 



DAY AT THE BEACH - Our nearest beach is Weston Super-Mare which is about a 2 hour drive and I think it's totally worth it if the weather is good! There's a huge beach so the kids can make sandcastles all day long. Loads of arcades, fish and chips and donkey rides! Such a good day out, you just need to fill the car up but don't really need to spend loads of money. Why not bring a picnic along! 


If you don't fancy a 2 hour drive then try Bosworth Water Park, its about 45 minutes away from Solihull and they have huge lakes, sand, peddle boats, mini golf! It's great, we went a few weeks ago on a really sunny day and it was fab, Amelia had a dip and played in the sand! We brought a picnic along too! The only thing is the car parking is quite expensive so take that into account. 


If you don't drive but fancy a day on a beach then head into Touchwood because their Safari beach is now open!! They have loads of buckets and spades, deck chairs and it's free!! 





 Amelia absolutly loves feeding the ducks! We take her to Brueton/ Malvern Park in Solihull town centre. We head over to the Parkridge nature reserve where they sell duck/bird seed for 50p a bag and go along to feed the ducks. Sometimes we bring a picnic and make a day of it and sometimes we just go of an afternoon to kill some time.


St Nicholas Park in Warwick is one of my favourite things to do in the summer. It's a great day out! The parking is cheap, bring a picnic (there is a little cafe) Theres a sandpit, climbing frame/ park and the paddling pool, theres also some fairground rides. This is such a great cheap day out especially when the weather is good!


Strawberry picking, we did this right at the beginning of the season and we want to do it again. Another cheap day out! We went to Manor Fruits Farm over Tamworth way but theres a few dotted around. We liked Manor Fruits because they had a little cafe and kids bouncy castles too!



FARM - This is Umberslade farm which is our absolute fave! It's such a good day out, theres loads to do pony rides, tractor rides, holding the small animals, brushing the ponies, feeding the calfs! It's about £9 for an adult but such a lovely day out, you can spend all day there, theres a cafe and the prices are reasonable or theres loads of picnic benches to bring a packed lunch!

We also liked Atwell Farm, this was a bit cheaper but I found there were less animals. They so however have a huge soft play area, a good playground and outside bouncy castle, fire engine and tractor for the kids to play on. There's a coffee shop and gift shop too!

Sheldon Country park is fab too! They are currently renovating the kids playground but it's meant to be ready for the holidays. The farm is free and its small but cute. Theres a little tea room here. 


A few days out we have planned over next few weeks include, Alton Towers Waterpark, I want to visit a Lavender Field for cute pics obvs, Strawberry picking again and Stratford Upon Avon Rec.
Is there anywhere else we need to check out this summer? We are trying to keep to a budget so not mega expensive places.  What do you have planned for the summer?