Picking the Perfect Bedding for your Room

Your bedroom is one of the most important places in your house. It is the place where you spend most of your time so it is important that everything is perfect. Of course, the most important part of your bedroom is actually your bed. The place you sleep and if like me the place you crave to go every single second of the day. It is safe to say that I am in love with my bed.  There is something about the feeling of been super cosy and getting a good nights sleep.  Being a parent means that you need all of the sleep which you can get you never know when the little ones are going to wake. Also if your children are anything like mine they will actually wear you out every single day.

Bedspreads are something which is so effective in helping create the perfect bedding for your bedroom. They are something which in my head I had down as being very expensive.  Maybe this is because they look like they should be a lot more expensive maybe because they look like they should be.   However, I could not have been more wrong about this Yorkshire Linen sell super king bedspreads for as low as £30.  This is super cheap compared to other places where you can be paying double if not more. They do sell the smaller sizes including double and king size if like us you have one of those sizes. They may the room look very finished and polished off which is something which I think is what you want. Everyone wants that perfect bedroom whether it is just so you feel more proud of your house. Or whether you end up showing it on Instagram as I do. Bedspreads can make it look like you have put a lot more thought into the room.  They add a lot so much as a finishing touch and look like you have done more than you actually have. They even can change your bedroom a little bit you know when you get bored but can’t afford to redecorate the room. The addition of a bedspread and maybe some new bedding to go with it. Then you can have a completely transformed room which you will love again.

With the upcoming spring and summer months, a bedspread would be perfect. For those nights when it is a little bit too warm to have the duvet on but I like to boil when I sleep anyway. But if you are not like me and prefer something a bit thinner then a bedspread would be perfect for you. They even act as another layer when it is super cold in the winter which is great. Who does not like something else to snuggle up to in the colder months I always like to be snug. We should really get one because of the fact that I do actually steal all of the covers when we are in bed. So poor Joe ends up with nothing and he ends up feeling the chill.

There is a wide range of designs which you can choose from so this means that you can always get one to match your current decor. You can get ones which are just one overall colour, this would be good of like you have patterned wallpaper. Sometimes you do not want too many patterns I know this is something which I would look into.  They also sell patterned ones if you have one colour walls and want to add some patterns into the bedroom. For sure there are so many different options it means that you are going to find something which works for you.  There is a range of colours as well which also means that you are going to be able to match. I think we are actually going to be doing our bedroom up either this year or next year. There are other elements which I feel are more important for us to do than the bedroom. However,  for sure I know that a bedspread is something which we are very likely to purchase. After all who does not want to be cosy and also stylish at the same time. For sure this is something which I want. I can not get over how affordable they are this does mean that you could have a couple of these depending on what bedding you actually have on at the time. I am sure you can actually find one which is perfect for you and your bedroom.

Have you ever used a bedspread on your bed?

 

Charlotte xx

 

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Preloved Finds February 2018

As you may remember I am trying to be conscious to purchase more preloved items. I think that people do not realise how much we do waste. Jess grows out of toys and clothes very quickly I do sell a lot of her clothes which are in good condition. Sometimes I do manage to sell toys as well if I think that they are worth it. Usually, I sell on eBay then things which are not perfect end up in the charity shop. Usually when in there we look if there is anything else we would like. We have had toys and games for a fraction of their RRP.  EBay is somewhere were I get items which I think are going to be perfect for nursery. As we need clothes we do not mind getting a little bit ruined. Shopping preloved for us is to save items ending up in landfill and to save us some pennies.

This month we had a lot from the charity shop there was so much good stuff in there. This could have been because people have been having a clearout after this Christmas.  I am hoping to share every month what we have been picking up. If you have not seen what we picked up in January have a look here.  Jess managed to get some amazing bargains as we went in a fair few charity shops this month. Usually, we only go once or twice a month so we do not end up with too much in the house.  We are always trying to declutter because we always want more space.

The first couple of items which picked up are some Orchard Toys there a brand which we love. There so educational, however,  they are so fun and we can play them as a family after nursery.  The first one which we picked up is Dotty Dinosaurs which was only 50p which I think it is a steal. The reason why is because one of the dice is missing however, this does not affect play. I have been since told if you contact Orchard Toys they will replace missing parts which is amazing. This game is simple you pick a board which is dinosaur shaped you roll the dice which has all different shapes on . Then the one it lands on is the one which you can add to your dinosaur. It also has a colours version of this but we do not have the colour dice.  We have had so much fun playing this game since we got it. Hopefully are going to be getting the replacement dice very soon.

The other Orchard Toys game which we did pick Doodlebugs which is almost like a child’s version of UNO.  This is one which can take a long time so beware because your child may get bored Jess can when we play this.   I think it is going to be one which we are going to let a lot of play out of. This is one which she can play when she becomes a bit older too.  I think I prefer uno to this one as you do not always get a winner this is something which we have had in the past.  For £1.50 you can not go wrong because of the fact that these games can be up to £7-9. I know this has been played but this does not affect our joy.  I will be looking out for more Orchard Toys because we do have so much fun playing these. We do not see many of the Orchard Toys second hand because they are so loved.

The other item which we picked up from the same charity shop is a box of Frozen jigsaws. As you may know, Jess does love doing jigsaws because this is something which she can do on her own.  We do offer her help if she needs it she manages to a lot of them super fast.  Jess does actually complete the 35 ones now.  So we have had to pick up some of the harder ones. We got this Frozen boxset which has a 35, 50, 70 and also 100 these should keep her happy for longer.  I think these are going to be a lot harder and we are going to have to help her do these as they look so much harder.  These only cost us £2.50 which I think is cheap as they are Disney I expect they are around £5-10 in stores.

In another charity shop, we managed to pick up some more jigsaws for Jess which were Disney.  As you can see these Jigsaws actually have 10 in 1 box and are  Princess themed. The princess seem to be something Jess is getting into more as she gets older.  These are only 25 pieces however, the backgrounds of these are hard. I am sure she is going to have to ask for help she did last time we had them out. This is great because it gives us some time together and they will last a while. I was more amazed all of the pieces where actually there for the price we paid. We only spent £1 on all 10 of these. Some of them were also still bagged which was amazing. We are going to have so much fun with these which is a bonus when they are not costing the earth.

Jess is Paw Patrol mad which means that sometimes we do have to watch it. However, it is not always on the TV  which can be a pain when she is demanding it is not on Youtube.  So when I found these I knew I had to pick up these DVD’s. Jess is going to get so much use of this because of how she loves it. These are ones which she does not have on DVD already which is shocking. She has so many of these I managed to pick £1 each for these DVD’s.   These usually are around the £3-4 mark when you see them in Home Bargains and B&M.  These will be great for when she wants a movie day because you can pause as they are episodes.  She does not have the attention span yet for a complete movie which is a little bit of a shame. I am going to be keeping an eye out for any more paw patrol things because it is something Jess loves and has for a while. However, I am unsure how much longer she is actually going to be a huge fan of the show.

I think this month we managed to go a little bit jigsaw crazy  we picked up 4 more jigsaws for her to play with.  The easiest one I guess you could say with 35 pieces is a Peppa pig one. This is one which Jess loved but she claimed at the end of the month that it has become too easy. For us this is then when we know it is time for it to find a new home.  We actually took this back to the charity shop one weekend.  Jess was repeatedly doing this one on her own with no help in a few minutes. I am so proud of how good she is at them . We actually only paid 50p and ot gave her a few hours of fun.

We also picked up a Minnie Mouse jigsaw which is a 50 piece jigsaw hopefully she is going to be able to keep this for a long time.  This does look like there is a lot of background colours which are the same this is going to mean that it is going to be a lot harder for her. She always needs a challenge because this is going to push her. She has not tried this one yet so I am sure that she is going to have enough fun when she finally does get it.  This is going to be perfect for those days when we get home from nursery and she wants to do something. Or on a weekend when the weather is pretty rubbish this is going to be great.

Another jigsaw which Jess picked up is another Disney Fairies which is a 42 piece. This again looks like on which is one which could last for a while because it is harder than some of the ones which she currently owns. Disney is something which she seems to be getting into more and more. I can only see this getting stronger and stronger.. Again this is a steal at only 50p because these are more expensive than this in the stores. There is a wide range of colours on there which is something which Jess is going to love. I do not think this one is going to be too hard for her but she many need some help.

The other jigsaw which we did pick up was a Doc McStuffin jigsaw which is another Disney show. This is not one which we have actually seen so I don’t know the characters. It is a 42 piece jigsaw I am unsure how hard she will actually find this one. If it is too easy it can go back to the charity on one of trips.  If it is a little bit too hard we can work together on this. This jigsaw is one which she doesn’t currently have access to because I have to keep some back.  In case we can not replace the ones which we have already completed for example and we would not have enough space.

Cooking books is something else I like to pick up because they are so much cheaper than paying the RRP. It also allows us to get new recipes which I then can come and share on my meal inspiration Mondays.  The two which we have picked up are the Hairy Bikers Dieters for Life this has a lot which we have made from it. These have a lot of recipes which are healthy which is amazing because this is something which we are trying to do.  I actually picked this book up for £1.50 which is super cheap because it would have been at least £10 when it was brand new.

The other one is a takeaway book which has all the classics in which you order it is so much cheaper and we find a lot of pleasure in cooking meals which we have never done before. There is a hell of a lot less calories which is good for people losing weight but still wanting treats.  This is one which we have made a few recipes from since we have owned it I would recommend this book if you can get your hands on it.  There is so many recipes which I want to make as a result of this book. It cost us £1.50 and for sure it is one which we will be getting more use out of. I am going to keep my eye out for more of these cooking books.

Another item which I picked up is a boxset of books from Next. These are actually baking books which is something I love to do as well. There is three in this set which include Gorgeous Cakes, Chocolate Treats and Cupcakes Mini Bakes. These are going to be amazing when I want some inspiration. Usually, I find a lot of the inspiration on Pinterest however, sometimes there is nothing better than having an actual book. I for sure will let you know when I have made something using this book with all this rainy weather I can see if been soon. I picked up this boxset for £2.50 which is a little bit more than I usually pay however, it is for charity.

What have you picked up preloved this month?

Charlotte xxx

 

Goals For March 2019

I can not believe that it is March already because February seemed to go super fast.  I did not manage to completely hit all of my goals which I aimed to do maybe because it went so fast.  This month I want to smash it and get a lot done before Joe has some time off in April.  I am going to actually to reflect on the goals which I set last month before I set the goals for March.

Last Month

Personal– I managed to work out 3 times a week which managed to see me lose 2.5kg. I do feel a lot better for this I am trying to tone up but losing weight is a bonus. Start Planning some days out I have a few pencilled in. I have done some up till the end of March which is a bonus. I can not wait to get out and explore more places. Reviews of where we go will be shared on the blog because they are some of the most popular posts.  Cook more is something which I have been doing  I have enjoyed.  It has meant that I have been able to spend time in the kitchen and reducing my stress levels which is a bonus.  I did not manage to make a list of the freezer or the cupboards however, I do now know what is in the cupboards.

Work– this is an area which I managed to fail as such in however, I did manage to achieve one. I managed to double the amount I earnt from my blog this is something I am proud about. Thought I have not been paid for all of the work yet it is more money I earnt this month.  I did not manage to use tailwind a lot this month though I have been pinning a lot more which has seen my traffic go up. 100 followers was not something I achieved either I think I am around the 65 mark so still a little bit off . I pin daily so if you would like to follow me over there my link is here.  Facebook I did not hit 200 followers but I have been posting more often. I have found this has been helping. More people are now engaging which is a bonus I may hit this goal in March. I am only 10 followers away from this goal.

 

Money– Sell 20 items I actually managed to smash this one and sold on eBay alone 26 items. I still have a lot more which I need to list some of these are only low-value items but all help.  Looking into additional income streams this is something which I have started to do more this month. I still have a way to go because there is so many. Today I  cashed in my first payment from an app which I have been using. Hopefully, March is going to be the month when I look more into matched betting with Cheltenham coming up.  We kept the weekly food bill overall under £35.  There was one which was closer to £40 but some just £25 a week.  I am very proud of this and this is something which I hope to keep this down. My phone bill I managed to reduce by £6 for the rest of my contract. I had actually banked 35GB of data so I can use this if I find that I am not getting enough. I am going to be looking at my gas and electric and see if I can bring these payments down. We currently pay more than we use so are in a bit of credit.

Now on to the goals which I want to achieve in the month of March.

Personal-

Do more for me– this is something which I have been neglecting in the month of February. I did not manage to even finish a book at all after finishing I think I read 5 in January.  Skincare is another element which I neglected, I could not even tell you the last time I did a facemask. For me, it does not have to be a lot just having half an hour.  To read, paint my nails or something like that in the evenings is what I want to do more of. I think this is an element I struggle with because of the fact I work from home.  I know I need to make more time for myself so I do not burn out or become ill again.

Bake more– this is something which I did a lot in December and January however, I have not done one since my heart cookies for Valentines.  I want to really get back into this so I am not tempted to by as much sweet stuff when we do the weekly shop.   Jess also loves it so I am sure that she will be glad if we get to bake again.  I have been finding some amazing Easter bakes on Pinterest. I  might have to try them and share some of them with you if they’re as good as they look.

Start sorting the garden out for summer- since we moved it has been autumn and winter.  Now it looks like spring hopefully I can transform it into the garden I want it to be.  Somewhere where I can work and Jess can play.  Of course, this is weather dependent.   I am going to do a whole post about the garden when it is done but you can read about my plans for it here.

Spring Clean– this time of year makes me want to sort out and clean the house after the winter months. This could be due it been lighter which makes me want to sort out. I want to clean the carpets this month this is one of the final steps in getting Jess’ room finished.   I may do a room tour at some stage her room is the only one I am fully happy with at the moment.  Currently, I do have a huge urge just to gut the house clean.  It could because I know soon I am going to be putting my own stamp on the house for the first time. I am hopefully going to be sharing the journey on Instagram.

Work-

Get two weeks ahead of schedule- this is something which I had achieved at the start of the year however, I got ill at the end of Jan and this went.  I know Joe is going to have some time off work at the end of this month start of next. I want to be able to be spending some of the time with him rather than working all of the time. Even if it does just mean that I have to work half of a day compared to a whole day.  If I have some content scheduled it will mean I do not have to do as much and gives me a break as well.

Use Instagram Stories More- this is something which I have in the past I find that I get better engagement with my followers.  In the month of February, I did actually lose a lot of followers on Instagram. I also think this does give you an insight into my life as well. I do not always show a lot on here. However, I will share a lot of random things on my stories and even some bargains which I have found. If you do not follow me already I am @cupsofcharlotte.  I  aim to upload at least 2 stories per day we will see if this is something which actually happens.

Increase page views by 10%– slowly I have noticed by page view increase.  This does mean that there are more of you reading my content.  I would love 10% more page views this month and I think it could be doable with some work. It is nice to see your blog going somewhere and for more people to be able to read the content that I do create. I have been increasing my page views for the past few months but not as much as 10%.

Share other bloggers work– After all, sometimes we do need a little love from our friends. I want to share work from other bloggers which I have enjoyed reading or similar. It may allow people who follow me but not them to find some new people to follow. Sometimes people see it as a competition to have the most followers but I have found the community to be amazing.  This is something which I want to focus on this month because why shouldn’t we spread the love. I am aiming to share them on different platforms because this may attract different people.

Money-

Earn money every single day in March.  I know this is something which may sound crazy however, I do not mean a large amount of money every day. This is going to help having more money to spend on my family and the home. If I earn £1 a day at the end of the month that is £30 extra. I do not earn the majority of the money in this house however, I do like to contribute to the bills and days out having more money always helps.

Completely Look into Matched Betting. This is something have been meaning to do I have just not got around to it.  I know there are some big racing festivals coming up in March and April and this would be a great time to start earning some more money.  It looks pretty simple to do I think I just need to find some time to sit down and dedicate to this.

Have at least 2 no spend days a week- spending little amounts is something which I can end up doing and then I wonder why I have spent so much. I am aiming to do a no spend not taking my cards out with me for a couple of days a week. This will stop me making purchases which I do not need. Then we can have more money for things which we actually do need.

I am only going to do 3 money goals this month I feel like some of them are rather large goals.

 

What do you want to achieve this month?

 

Charlotte xx

 

 

 

Creating a Perfect Garden

The spring looks like it is it could be on it’s way which is always a bonus. Who does love a bit of sun because it makes me feel a lot better and more productive. Due to the fact that it is very bright. I actually work from home it does mean that I can work from my garden. We only moved into this house last autumn. This does mean that we have been unable to do anything to improve it. This does mean that we are going to have to spend the money this spring to make it how we want because it is a blank canvas.

We are going to have to pull up the dead flowers because there is so many of these in the borders. This is going to be simple job and it is going to look more effective.  We also have some planters which need some TLC in order to allow some more flowers to blossom in them. I think I am going to have to purchase some top soil which then will allow them to flourish. This can also be used in the flower beds which we are going to have as well.

A small path is going to be created which will allow us to have an area from the patio to the side garage door. This is an area which we have managed to wear away in the grass because of constant walking on it. I think we are going to get some stepping stones which will make a pretty path. This is something which I am hoping is not going to cost too much but solve an issue which we are having.

Some small solar panel lights is something which I want to add to the garden for a couple of reason. I want to do this is so there is some light in the garden should we be out their after the sun should set because this is something which we may do. It also makes it look pretty so this is something which something which I want to do. Plus if it is starting to come dark Jess can still be able to play outside until it is completely dark without a problem.

The patio is going to need a good deep clean because this has become horrible. Once this is clean it is going to be ideal to be able to put a garden set out there which will allow me to do some work out their. I have my eye on some nice sets which are not going to set me back that much money.  This will allow them to have BBQ out there in the summer and also dine out their. Jess sometimes want me to sit outside when she is playing this means that I have going to have to somewhere comfy to sit.

We have a pond in the back garden and this is something which I want to remove this because it is something which I think is unsave with Jess. I do not want her to fall into it because she could seriously do some damage. We are going to be unable to put anything in it so I think we are going to put some pavers down where it is.

We are going to paint the Wendy house which is outside because it is looking a little bit worse for wear. But all it needs is a lick of paint and this is going to look a lot better. This is an areas which Jess plays in so much so this is one of the reasons why this is going to get painted. It should not cost a lot of money for us to do this and the wendy house if we was to buy it new is not cheap. We do not need to do anything else to this apart from maybe sorting out the roof because it is also a bit a mess and we do not want it to leak and ruin all of her toys.

Another element which we are hoping to do this summer is get some rabbits and a decent size rabbit hutch. We are looking at getting a pet because we think that it would benefit Jess so much. We are looking at getting rabbits because we have a garden which will be able to accommodate. This will show that she needs to look after things more as she grows up. I know I am going have to do a lot of the work when we get them because Jess is not old enough to do it all.

What plans do you have for you garden?

Charlotte xxx

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Boom25 – Shop Online & Win Your Order Back

When I am shopping online I am always looking to save money. Whether it be getting money off vouchers and been able to save that way. Or using cashback and getting money back from my purchases. Well this was until I was introduce to Boom25. This is a new cashback site hitting the UK with a twist you have a 1 in 25 chance of actually winning back your full purchase for your items.

Making sure I get the best deal on something is one of my passions I hate spending more money than I need. One of the best things which I have found about Boom25 is the fact that there no sign up fee. This does mean it is not costing you to earn money. You have a 1 in 25 chance of winning you whole shop back which means essential you getting things you need for free.

For me this is a fun experience while online shopping because let’s face it we all do everything online now. You have to be the 25th person to order from that retailer. They also have daily booms on which means that you may only have to be the 10th person. This mean that you have 1 in 10 chance of getting your purchase for free. As you can see today Groupon is a 1 in 15 chance of winning. Even if you do not manage to win you get a small bonus so when you do win you get even more money.

One thing which I have found when I have used cashback sites in the past is sometimes the lack of retailers on it. This is not a problem which Boom25 have there are over 900 stores to be earning from. These are from a range of different sectors as well. It also includes Ebay now you will know if you have been following me for a while this is something I use regular. I would love to win some of the purchases which I make back. Something which I think I am going to do is any purchase I do win put the money towards Christmas presents. You do not even have to share bank details or anything as you get your money through paypal. This does mean it is even more secure which I know for me is a huge bonus.

It is so simple to set up because who wants the hassle of lots of forms when they are wanting to do some shopping. Boom25 only need your email address a password and your name. This means that you can have your account set up in a couple of moments.

Once you have your account set up you can either click through the categories to find the one you want. There are hundreds of course, ranging from travel, sport and health and beauty. You can also keep scrolling down and find the popular area. This has the brands which people are using the most so currently companies such as Justeat, eBay and deliveroo. This makes it even easier for you to be able to get cashback on the companies you love the most.

You find out if you have been the lucky winner when Boom25 send a spin the wheel email out. This will show you who the lucky people are to have won there purchases. It its worth noting that when you win your purchase back you do not get the paypal fees which I seem to remember are 3.4% + 20p.

This is a good way to save money on your purchases. For me it is going to be a cashback site which I use regular. It may not replace the one which I use completely but it is a contender. For sure, I will be using it for sites which I can not get cashback on otherwise. The biggest win someone has had is £4.445 which is amazing I would not be complaining at that back.

Why not try Boom25 out for yourself and see if it can work for you. You may be able to get all of a purchase back rather than 1% which some other sites may offer you. It could be worth having a good it’s money you would never have had. That is the way I actually see it.

Have you tried Boom25? If so what where you thoughts.

 

Charlotte xxx

This is a collaboration post however, all words are my own.

Meal Plan 15th February #7

Another week has passed which means that it is time to share another weeks meal plan. This one of course has Valentine’s Day included so it does have a few special meals in. This week we did go slightly over the budget which I like to spend on food however, we do have some meals for next week planned. Of course, Joe is still home which mean the meal plan is for a couple of people. I hope you manage to get some inspiration from this meal plan.

Monday- Gammon, Egg and Chips. We actually has purchased the Gammon last week as part of an offer. We also had another piece of gammon in the freezer which we thought would be good to use up because then we can have some more space. Eggs are something which we always have in and I think I am going to make some homemade chips with potatoes which we already have in.

Tuesday- Smoked Haddock, Potatoes and Mixed Veg, I was actually unwell on Friday which meant this was a meal which we had not consumed. So we do want to get this consumed before it goes out of date. We have a ton of potatoes which we can use with this meal and also some mixed veg will be served with it. This should be a nice clean meal which is something I am trying to do more and more.

Wednesday- Pork Schnitzel, Potatoes and Mixed Veg, this is a meal which Joe decided he fancied after he saw it in another cook book. This is not something I have had for a long time so this is going to be a change. It is at least a few years since I had it. I know we are going to be having potatoes and mixed veg again but this is something which we like so will both enjoy.

Thursday- Valentine’s Meal Deal, Sirloin Steak, Jacket Potatoes. We are having a three course meal deal which we purchased from Asda. We are having prawns, sirloin steak with jacket potatoes and garlic mushrooms. Of course , we have cheesecake for desert. This is something which we may end up having another evening. This all came with a bottle of wine which I will end up having another day. It is a school night after all.

Friday- Cajun Chicken, Potatoes and Mixed Veg.We have a some Cajun spices in which could do with been used up. We have had it a while and I thought a good way to use this in a meal was to rub into the chicken. This should give it a very nice flavour which is key.. Then I am going to serve this with potatoes and mixed veg which seems to be the staple of this meal plan this week.

Saturday- Beef Stronganoff and Rice, this is another meal which we have not had for a long time. I do not think I have actually ever made this meal which is going to be a challenge for me. I do like picking up new meals. This is going to be served with rice in order to make sure that some of the sauce is absorbed. This is a meal which Jess has never tried so I am hoping it is one which she loves to consume.

Sunday- Lasagna and Garlic Bread, this is a meal which I really fancy. We have not had for a couple of weeks and I fancy it. It is proper comfort food for me and I am still loving that. I know that Jess is going to eat this because she has in the past. I actually have everything I have in for this meal which is always a bonus. All I need to do is get is the garlic bread towards the end of the week. I am looking forward to this a lot.

Of course this meal plan is part of the meal plan linky ran by the lovely Katy Kicker. This is an amazing place to get some inspiration for new meal ideas and it is somewhere where I get my inspiration from too.

What are you consuming this week for your meals?

 

Charlotte xxx

October 2018 Favourites

 

It has been a long time since I last did a monthly favorites actually it was only July but it seems a lot longer than that. This is because I have been so busy I have not had time to use products religiously or blog. However, for the 6 weeks there has been some products which I have been using constantly and I love. So today I thought I would share with you my favourite products of October 2018.

Carex Chocolate and Orange Handwash

The first one is a is the Carex Chocolate Orange scented hand wash. I have been doing more washing up and hand washing since we moved house so I need a hand wash which I love. We have two different hand washes both are Carex but I wish we only had the chocolate and orange one. It cleans your hands well as well as leaving the scent lingering for a while. This is great if you are like me and addicted to the smell of the hand wash. I may have to stock up on this because it looks like it could be an exclusive Halloween scent due to the packaging.

This product can be slighlty drying which means you may have to apply some hand cream. If you are anything like me you will have plenty of this.  I am sure I picked the handwash up for around 75p at poundstretcher or B&M.  For sure I will be trying to find it before the end of the Halloween Season.

Wickford Co Halloween Candle

The next item which I have been loving is also a Halloween item technically. It is this Wickford Co Halloween candle these are available in Home Bargains. Despite having a pumpkin on the front the scent is more of a candy scent without been too sweet. This candle if I remember correctly is around the £2.50-3 mark. For this price it has a huge scent I can have it burning in my lounge and it can be smelt all throughout the house. This is something which I have had more expensive candles fail to do. I think I might have to go back and check out some of the Christmas Candles. For sure if you love candles check out Home Bargains.

The Circle

If you have not heard of this show where have you been?. TV is not something which I watch a lot of because I have barely had a tv for a year so it does not bother me. The Circle is a show which we ended up watching every single night even if I did get bored towards the end. Maybe it was half a week too long for me. If you have not seen the show it was on channel 4 and it saw players live in an apartment block with each other. However, they could only speak to other players through the circle.

It was like an experiment to show social media works  there was people catfishing and others choosing not to share everything about themselves. For example Freddie was playing it straight when in fact he is a gay man. There was a lot of game playing going on as they could win 50K if they did not get blocked by the other players. You only got blocked if you were not deemed popular enough by the other players.  It just showed how people did not always appear who they said they were on social media. I would recommend watching this on All 4 if you can.

Fitbit Alta HR

I have owned my fitbit since April but I only used it till about June and then managed to lose it .  A few weeks ago I managed to find it in a box and have been using it ever since. I think I am going to do a full review on it in a couple of weeks time. I am one of those people who move a lot in a short period and then not move for couple of hours. Maybe because I am busy working on my blog and getting sucked in or something similar. One of the features which I love is having a reminder if I have not done the 250 steps in an hour. This does make sure that I do not have too much time which I have not moved for.

I am also able to track my sleep which is something which interests me because I aim to try and get 7 hours but usually fail and then wonder why I am so tired. My fitbit is motivating me to go to sleep and move 10,000 steps a day which is always a bonus. It also makes me on a weekend want to move more when sometimes it can be hard to find the motivation.

Blankets/ Throw

Blankets, well actually a throw which I use as a blanket because it is so big it means that I can get super snuggly. I have it wrapped around my legs the majority of the time when I am on the sofa.  I do not always want to put the heating on. More so while it is just me in the house and Jess is upstairs in bed.I find there is nothing better than been snuggled in the blanket with the lamp on and a candle burning. I usually am either watching the TV, reading a book or even blogging.

As I write this I am snuggled up in my blanket  the one which I have at the moment is one of the extra large throws from Primark.  I think they are around the £16 mark but could be wrong as it is a year ago. They even stay super soft after you have washed them this doesn’t happen with all throws. I would recommend Primark and Dunelm for blankets and throws they seem to have the best quality ones for a reasonable price.

Hello Fresh

Hello fresh is a subscription recipe box which gives you the recipes which you are going to cook. You choose the meals which you have. We have the box which is 5 meals and we have it for two people you can have it for up to 5 people. Jess does not have food at home which is why we have it for 2. Along with the the recipe cards you get the exact amount of the indigence you need. For example say you need 1tbsp of chilli flakes this is what they will send you. This does mean that you do not have to purchase lot of different spices which you may only use once.

I have found that I am making a range of different meals ones which I would not normally be thinking about.  It has also made me want to cook more  even when I am having a break from Hello Fresh. It is so easy to skip a week for example if your not going to be home. This is something I am having to do at the moment regular. I am cooking the meals for two and freezing the other portion. Meaning I have to take a break in order to eat up some of the food. I had one problem with Hello Fresh and it was sorted very quickly which I am so happy with the service. For more about Hello Fresh see their website and you can get £20 off your first box with my link here.

Quidco

Quidco is another one of my favourites this month I have been doing some of my Christmas shopping . I have the quidco widget on my laptop meaning if I can get cashback on a site which I am looking on it will tell me. Then I have to go to quidco which allows my purchase to be tracked and then I get the cashback. Sometimes you do have to wait months to get the physical cash.  I know I have some which is now going to be released in March next year.  You can get cashback on a range of sites which you may order from all the time for example Superdrug and Boots. I have gained about £100 this year which I can put towards presents. Any cashback which does not get confirmed before Christmas I will use next year as a bonus.

What items have you been using this month?

 

Charlotte xx

 

Life Update- October 2018

As you might notice I have not been around a lot, both on my social media along with my blog there is a couple of reasons why I have been so quiet.  As you know only a couple of weeks after graduating we started to take the our search to purchase our first family home up a gear. We did put the offer in way back in June and we should have been set to move at the end of July/ start of August as I think I mentioned previously.  There had been so many hold ups which meant that Jess had actually changed nursury at the start of September, this did mean that I had to  commute with her. In total I think I had to catch 7 trains in order to be able to get her there and back while I made use of the time. Of course, this meant to a large potion of the day I had no wifi so I could not really blog that much to be honest.

We finally managed to get the keys on the 13th September which I was so glad about because of the fact that it was driving me insane commuting. I was basically leaving at 6.30am to do the drop off getting back around 11am and then having to go again at 3.30pm and getting back between 8-8.30pm we all know how hit and miss trains in this country can be. It was shattering for me let alone Jess even though she did not have to do the walking thanks to her micro trike. So we spend the majority of September up till the move making sure that it was all boxed ready and the rest of it making sure that things had homes in the new house. Of course within 2 days of getting the keys to the house Jess turned 3 and the house had it’s first birthday.

We have spent at close to two weeks waiting for deliveries and building flat pack don’t worry I did my fair share of helping as well it was not all Joe. I have spent time putting things on the walls and making it feel a little bit more like our home than some others persons which is what it felt like when we moved in September. There is some rooms which I do need to finish like my office but when I feel like I am happy with it I might do some room tours. We have not managed to paint or change carpets yet maybe this will be a next year thing when we feel like we a little bit more settled and have time to do things.

Speaking of time to settle in due the fact that it took us so long to get the keys and it was the middle of September when we finally did it meant we have only had two weeks in the house as a family. That may sound strange to you because as you are reading this we have been moved in about a month but yes Daddy has gone away with work.   We have to now deal with been apart for 8 weeks however, as you do read this it may be just over 5 weeks till he is back not that we are counting down at all. I know that I am going to be doing a lot of solo time been part of a military family however, we are just trying to keep as busy as we can because we have found that this makes the time pass even faster. Soon, before we know it I am sure it will be the end of November and Daddy will be home.

We have some very exciting things coming up in the next few weeks we do have so many fun things coming out which we are going to be sharing on here. I hopefully am going to be able to post more on here now we have working wifi and everything has happened. I really have missed posting because I think since I have not blogged properly since August and it is something which I have a huge passion for.

What has been going on with you recently?

 

Charlotte xx

 

 

 

 

Preparing for University

Now you have got the grades which has meant that you are able to go to university you think that the works starts. There are so many small jobs which you can do before freshers week which will make your life a lot easier and when you are miles away from home this can be a massive bonus. Today I am going to share with you some tips which I would recommend doing to make you so easy.

Start learning to wash your own clothes

I actually brought 6 weeks of washing home when I was in my first year however, since then I have actually had to do my own. I would recommend learning how to wash your own clothes because then it means that you can wear what you actually want. Instead of wearing what is clean and there is always your parents to help you out if you get stuck before you got to university.

Learn how to save money

Everyone states that as a student you are going to be super poor but if you learn how to save money this is going to help. You will be able to get a NUS card which helps you save money on the high street and at restaurants if you want to be spendy. While at university, there is a lot of apps which you can use which have discounts codes on. I am going to do a post on this very soon.You can even put money on gift cards for supermarkets which means that you do not spend your food money on a crazy night when you do not have the funds at university.

Learn to cook

This is one which is going to help you massively because of course you do not want to have to spend a lot of money on takeaways and ready meals. I think that been able to cook for your family before you go helps massively because it gets you used to cooking and allows you to ask for help before you leave and live on your own. It also may allow you to be able to get recipe’s from your family which will help the more meals you can cook the less likely you are to get bored of eating the same food. It will also let you get used to batch cooking which helps because we all want not to have to cook when you have a late lecture.

Update your CV

Money is going to be something which you need to have, now if you can update your CV to make sure that it has everything that it needs to have on it.  Things such as your new address, those a levels which you have just completed. I got a job at McDonald’s when I was at university and it was so handy having some more money. I would recommend starting to look for part time jobs now because they are advertising soon and most people do not think of looking until fresher’s week.

Join Facebook groups

You can meet people who you might be able to make friends with on Facebook who you can meet up with when you get to university. For example I know there was a page for the halls which I lived in my first year and I met some of the people who I was going to be living with in this group. There is also usually a group for your university course and this is going to be with people you are going to see so much. It does matter if your friends are on your course or not because there is a lot of time to socialise.

Get a railcard

As a student you are more likely to be between the ages of 16-25 which means that you can get a young persons railcard. You never know when you are going to feel homesick and actually want to come home to see people or explore new places. If you get one of the railcards it does mean that you do actually get 1/3 off travel which we all need because train fairs can be so expensive, they actualy only cost you £30 a year. With Santander you can get a 4 year one with a student bank account.

Sort your stuff out

You do not realise till you are about to move out how much stuff you have actually got in. There will be some things which you may not longer want but that someone else will be willing to pay good money for. I recommend actually sorting things out early and trying to sell what you can on eBay or similar ways. This will give you money to buy things which you might actually want in order to move or it gives you more money for when you are at university.

If you have been to university what would you recommend people do before starting their fresher’s year.

 

Charlotte xx


			

What To Look For In Your First House

Keys

Purchasing a house is something which we are going this summer as you know, currently we do not have a date which we will be moving. One of the things which people have asked is what we have looked at in the houses which we have purchased. There is a few things which we have looked at before we put the offer in our house.  Of course even though this is our first house this is actually a family home as well because we have Jess. Today I am I going to share with you some of the things which we asked or checked.

Check how much mortgage you can get

This is something which I would really recommend going into the banks . Yes I know it can be boring and asking for a mortgage chat even as someone who get anxious very easy I managed to do around 5. This allowed to to see what amount we could borrow and then also allowed us to know the price range of properties we could purchase meaning we did not pick a dream house but not be able to afford to live there that nearly happened. We thought we may be able to get about 50k more than we could actually borrow.The leg work in the process will help you avoid heartbreak I promise it is worth it.

Ask what your new neighbours are like

There is nothing worse than moving in and finding out that your neighbours are not the best and could cause you some actual problems. This is something which we have made sure we asked at every house we were looking at and due to the fact that the lady who lives at the house we have purchased showed us around we got the truth. Some estate agents will not actually know what the neighbours are like, we know that we have a family with a girl one side and then an older couple who have grandchildren visit at times. This is going to be good because of course you don’t want to find out you have noisey neighbours if you have a young family like us.

Why are they moving?

This is something which we did actually ask as well because we did not want to find that there is some problems wit the house and this is the reason for the move. This is something which we asked the majority of the houses which we saw and found out the reason for most was due to the fact they were downsizing, this is one of the reasons the lady is selling her house to us. Again if they do not really want to tell you why they are moving this may start giving you some warning signs that everything is not ok.

How long have you lived in the house?

This is something which we did ask because most people do not purchase a house and then move again within a very short period of time. This may make it harder for some of them to answer the questions. Just because they have not lived there long does not mean that there is a problem with the house they could be moving because of moving for work. This for sure is something to keep an eye on. If something does not seem right it is likely that there is not something right.

Check your commute/ School run

This is something which we made sure that Joe was not too far from work I think that at the moment it is only 40 minutes. Of course, at the moment I do not have a job but I am looking at ones which are about an hour max of the house. We have made sure that we are close to schools because of course Jess will be starting school in 2 Septembers time. We have managed to make sure that Jess have found a nursery which is close to the new house so that she does not have to commute.

Make sure you have enough space

If you are like us when there is a chance that we may have another child in the future. If this is something which we do I do not want to have to move house because we would need the space. In the house we have actually purchased we have two spare bedrooms which will mean we still have a spare room if we have another child. This will save us having to move house for a long period.

Check the wifi speed

The internet is something which we do actually use the internet so much because of course I spend a lot of my time on my blog. Where as Joe on the other hand is always playing with his friends online which means that he needs to be able to have good wifi in order to not lag in the game because this for sure can be too annoying. We have found fast wifi and we have found that this is not actually going to be breaking the bank.

Parking

Make sure that you are going to be able to park outside your house because this is something which is very annoying if you can not.We are going to be lucky and actually have a drive but currently I at my house when we pull up it is unknown if we are going to be able to park which can become very annoying. I would check near the house at different time of days and different days in order to know what it is like. There is nothing worse than been able to park during the day when your at work but not when you want to be able to when you have finished at home and are on an evening of chilling out.

How far things are way

This is something which we had on our spreadsheet for far the basics which we need are away from the property. For example we had how far the primary school was which Jess could attend in a few years time. How far the local shop is away for when we need basics like milk and bread along with the major supermarket which we could do our weekly shop is away. This also included the train stations as it is likely when I get a job I will have to commute without the use of a car.

Check the eco rating of the house

This may give you an indication on how eco efficient the house is because the last thing you want to be doing is spending all of your money on the bills. This is something which we looked at and for free you can see how you could improve the rating. This is good because you could save yourself some money in the long run however, it does not tell you the price of the bills this is something if comfortable you may feel like you want to do with the owner.

Make sure you visit more than once

There is nothing worse than only seeing a place once and then putting in an offer. This is because it might not be as you remembered it. We have bought the first house which we saw however, there was around 15 viewings of different houses which we shortlisted to those which met our needs. Then there was around 5 which we viewed a second time and then we found the one but it allows you to compare things between the houses and also make sure you remember the correct house.

Of course we have only purchased our first home recently but these are what I would recommend for anyone who is looking. We used Zoopla to find the houses which we found worked for us both been able to have the app really helped. Enjoy the time you spend looking we started viewing houses and selected one within a month but had been looking online for over a year so I feel like we kind of knew what what we wanted.

What tips would you give to someone who is looking to purchase their first home?

 

Charlotte xxx