10 Weird and Wonderful Things About Flats

Over the past ten years I have moved several times. Although I now live in a house, our last property was a maisonette and I have lived in a couple of flats as well. Flats account for a high proportion of homes in the UK – about an eighth of residences in England alone.  With the global population predicted to rise even higher in the next few decades, and city...

3 Signs You Might Need to Replace Your Boiler

We are currently renting the house we live in. In general I am not a fan of renting, it can feel like a waste of money, paying out each month without being any closer to owning your home. One of the main benefits of renting, however, is that you are not responsible for big household costs like needing to replace a boiler. The boiler in our home needed replacing at...

3 Reasons Why You Should Consider Replacing Your Windows

I’m not sure I have ever written a more grown up blog post title but replacing your windows can have benefits that you might not have considered. The average lifespan of windows is apparently around 15-20 years so if yours have been around for a long time, or you simply fancy an excuse to update them, these are 3 reasons why you should consider replacing your windows. Better Security  Obviously...

5 Ways You Can Transform Your Garden

I am quite possibly one of the least green fingered people I know. My mum has always loved getting out into the garden and transforming the space with different plants and flowers, tending to them during the year so that her garden always looks lovely. I am the sort of person who will be given a plant and before the week is out, that plant is no longer. When we...

5 Tips for Moving House with Young Children

Since having my first child eight years ago, I have moved house a grand total of six times! That’s a lot of moving around in a relatively short period of time and I have managed to pick up a fair bit of experience over the years. If you are planning on moving house with young children, these are the five tips I have learnt along the way. Get Them Involved ...

Marking National Handwriting Day with STABILO

Today, 23rd January, is National Handwriting Day (no, I wasn’t aware either until the lovely people at STABILO got in touch). With three young children, two of which are currently at school, I am keen to celebrate how important handwriting still is, even in this tech-savvy world we live in, so I have written this post, marking National Handwriting Day with STABILO to share the reasons why I am encouraging...

3 Items to Add to Your Desk to Make it More Personal

Many of us spend the majority of our working day at our desk, whether in an office or at home. It can be easy to feel frustrated and a little trapped in the same environment day after day but it is possible to make your desk feel more welcoming. I recently got a new desk and it’s been lovely setting it up and adding personal touches. Here are 3 items...

Alternative Heating Systems: Different Options For Keeping Your Home Cosy In Winter

What are the options for alternative heating systems?  We all feel the wrath of the cold. On our way to work, doing the school run, even just nipping to the shops.  Yet every year we somehow seem shocked at how absolutely freezing it can get in England in the winter months. Dealing with the cold when we’re out and about is unavoidable, but there is nothing worse than coming home...

Getting into Gear for the New Year with Beautify

At the start of a new year I always feel so motivated. I write out my goals for the year and I want to get straight into action and start achieving them. Then January seems to drag on and on and that motivation starts ebbing away. Working from home is brilliant but it is also really difficult when the weather is cold and all you feel like doing is curling...

Finding the Right Workspace to Work for You

Working from home, it can be hard to motivate myself with all the distractions around me. It can be easy to put replying to emails off in favour of putting a load of washing on or taking a break to watch an episode of Friends which turns into three episodes and suddenly it’s lunch time. I have found that having a dedicated space in the house to work from really...