Tips for Cutting Household Costs

•Sponsored Post• Although Ed and I have been lucky to keep our jobs and work through Covid-19 and lockdown, it is undeniable that the pandemic has had an effect on many people’s finances, and we have definitely been trying to be more cautious when it comes to bills and other house related costs. I’ve put together some tips for cutting household costs during this challenging time, and going forward. LED...

A Visit to Exbury Gardens and Steam Railway

•Press Visit• Despite living only an hour away, and reguarly visiting The New Forest, I had never actually heard of Exbury Gardens before. When I was asked if I would like to go along for a visit with my family to explore, I was so shocked to read about this beautiful place, so close to us, which we had yet to discover! As well as plenty of beautiful themed gardens...

Latest Wardrobe Additions

•Sponsored Post• You have probably noticed by now, I have built up quite a collection of dresses from FemmeLuxe over the past few months. The only problem is, I don’t go out-out enough, so I have taken to getting myself dressed up for every occasion, no matter what it is. Even during lockdown, I wore a dress for my birthday Zoom quiz with family, so I can definitely get some...

Things You May Not Have Considered Before Buying a House

•Sponsored Post• Over the past six months or so I feel like I have been on a massive learning curve. Although Ed owns property, he bought it before we were together, and I have never actually bought a house myself before, having rented since I moved out as a teenager. Although we haven’t finished the house buying process, nowhere near in fact, there have been a few surprises for me...

Back to School Shopping

Features some press samples  Wow, we are already in August and before you know it, it will be time for the kids to go back to school. Obviously this year is a little different, as they haven’t been in school since the end of March, due to lockdown restrictions. I have been getting everything together over the past week or so, ready for September, and I wanted to share with you...

Attending the Media Launch of Kala Thai

•Press Event• Last night Ed and I were invited along to the media launch for the newest restaurant to open in Bournemouth, Kala Thai. The restaurant is located next to Slug and Lettuce, by Horseshoe Common, and was so brand new, the finishing touches were being added to the decor as we arrived – I do love a fresh new venue! We had been kindly invited along by local PR...

Exploring Dorset’s Hidden Gems

With holidays abroad not something we are looking at in 2020, we have been focusing on exploring the UK this summer instead of travelling to another country. As I am still working four days a week at the moment, we have stuck to days out in Dorset for the time being, and it has been amazing to discover hidden gems I hadn’t seen before, despite living in the area for...

Summer Sorted with Lighthouse Clothing

•Features press samples• Finding good quality clothing for me, Ed and the kids, is no easy feat. I have spent more time than I care to admit shopping online and in stores over the past few years, to be disappointed with the quality of the clothing once it has been worn and washed. Lighthouse Clothing, who I have previously worked with on a review basis, kindly offered to send across...

A Dinner Date at Coconut Tree Bournemouth

•Press Visit• Although we have now been out for a meal post-lockdown, Ed and I hadn’t yet been out along for a proper date night, so it was lovely to be invited along to The Coconut Tree in Bournemouth, following their reopening, to enjoy cocktails and dinner just the two of us. The Coconut Tree is situated a little way up from Bournemouth’s town centre, on Old Christchurch Road. I...

Trying Out a Lush Skincare Regime

•Features gifted products• At the end of June, I had an online skincare consultation with the lovely Charlotte at Lush Bournemouth. With restrictions in place, Lush have got creative with their services and have taken their consultations online, with great success – I really enjoyed my session with Charlotte, despite usually being really awkward on the phone and voice calls. Charlotte put me at ease, whilst also finding the products...