A big clear out

Now that we are a family of four, we no longer have the use of a spare room / dumping ground and we have an awful lot of baby and toddler items everywhere!

The overall effect of this on me is the whole house feels slightly too cluttered and claustrophobic. When I find a quiet, clean, empty part of the house (there aren’t many!) I relish it.

So it’s time to do something about it and become master of my own universe. I am therefore slowly going around the house and having a good old clear out. So far I have done the following:

1. Thrown away a bin bag full of shoes from under our stairs
2. Thrown away a bin bag of clothes from our closet
3. De cluttered and tidied my cooking / tupaware cupboard in the kitchen
4. Removed and tidied some of Jakes toys so he has less out at a time and we can do toy rotation

On my hit list still to do is:

1. Streamline my under the sink cleaning products
2. Clear out my make up draw
3. Clear out my socks and underwear draw
4. Clear out my jewlery
5. Tidy out utility room and put more storage in it.

So far I’m on a roll, and am feeling much happier in our living environment with out too much clutter in the way.

My pregnancy beauty must haves.

Being pregnant is not glamorous. Fact. When I was pregnant with Jake I assumed I would just carry on with my very simple beauty regime and didn’t expect to need to buy any beauty or hygiene extras. I soon came to realise I was completely wrong and there are in fact a number of must haves that I wouldn’t be able to get through pregnancy without. Here’s my list:

1) stretch mark cream.

I’m proud to say I didn’t get a single stretch mark with Jake. I think the key to this was investing in a good cream very early on and using it on a regular basis well before my bump started to appear.

2) Day and night cream.

Once Jake was born putting on a good face of make up quickly become the bottom of my priority list and I soon started looking very tired ( obviously) I tried my best to use a good day and a night cream every day and this at least helped keep my skin clear and made me feel a bit better about my appearance as I could tell my skin still felt healthy.

3) Panty liners.

I won’t go into any details, but you just need them : )

4) Lip balm.

Looking after your skin and drinking plenty of water is really important during pregnancy and I tend to find the first place a lack of water shows on me is by getting very dry cracked lips so a good lip balm is a must to help with this.

5) Hair removal cream.

Usually I shave, but I swapped to using the cream towards the end of pregnancy as I found it easy to do once my bump got very large and balancing in the shower became tricky. The hair usually stays away a little longer too so it helped to not have to shave so often.

Living room mood board

The time (and money) has finally come for us to decorate our living room. Yippee! We’ve been in this house for 8 months now, and spend the majority of our time in the living room. So we have some very clear ideas on what we want to do with it.

The colour scheme:

We plan to have the three main walls painted in a duck egg blue colour, and paint the wall with the bay window a cream colour so that the curtains stand out more against it. Then the windows, doors and coving will be a crisp white.

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Soft furnishings:

We are going to get rid of our current brown faux leather sofa which has been with us for seven years! And get a much softer comfy sofa in a light grey tone (like THIS one from DFS) The carpet will be replaced with a speckled beige carpet with new underlay and the curtains that we currently have will remain, these are a striped with tones of blue, sliver and beige in them and are from Homebase HERE.

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Decor:

We plan to break up the blue walls by adding white floating corner shelves as well as having a wall for frames above the sofa all of which will be white and filled with some lovely prints and pictures which are yet to be decided on. Hopefully this will help the room lean towards light and bright as opposed to feeling too cold which is a fear for the blue walls. Here are some decor ideas, the images for these all come from Wilkos HERE.

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We actually started painting the walls last night, and the carpet and sofa have both been ordered! So things are really moving along quickly and we plan to have the whole room completed in about 6 weeks time : )

 

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Decorating the Kitchen

The last couple of weeks we’ve been working on decorating the back end of our kitchen. Here is the before picture:This end of the kitchen just hold the fridge freezer and a counter top that hold the microwave, under the bench lives the bin and recycling. Personally as we haven’t got any cupboards here I think it looks quite drab and boring. The most interesting features are the map and frames on the walls, so we decided to really make this into a feature try to get them to stand out and also make the kitchen look a bit more fun and family friendly. This is what we did.

1. Paint the wall a sort of pastel brown (Its left over paint, we’re just seeing what we thing of it)

2. Put up a pin board

3. Put up a chalk board (I total made this myself with chalk board paint!)

4. Put up some hooks

5. Paint the frames white

We haven’t finished yet, but we have made some really good progress, so this is where we are now:We’ve painted the back wall brown and left the other yellow – I think I much prefer  the brown as it goes better with the tiles, my worry was it would look dark and like it was from the 70’s – but I don’t think it does? So I think the other wall will be changing colour soon.

We’re not finished yet as a couple of the frames are still cream so need painting white, and I have a couple more pictures to hang, but so far I really love what we have done, it makes the kitchen feel more friendly and personal as well as functional and interesting so I’m really happy with the results!

Five little things that make me happy

Part of my mission as a housewife is to create and nurture a happy family home. I’ve been making a conscious effort recently to do this by taking note of the things that make us as a family happy, and making sure these things happen. This may sound simple, and really it is, but it is so easy to let things slip just to save a few minutes time or effort. There are a few very easy things that I feel generally improve our home life and just generally make me happy:BgcjvWOIgAAcs64

1) Having fresh flowers in the house. I love flowers they are sunny and happy and always cheer up a room. I’m trying to make an effort to buy a cheap bunch of flowers every couple of weeks, it doesn’t blow the budget, and I tell myself that this is my treat to me instead of buying myself chocolate or an indulgent pudding, I get more pleasure out of the flowers and my waist is happier too : )

2) Playing loud happy music in the kitchen. I love our new kitchen and I want to enjoy spending more time in the kitchen. I love listening to music and just generally enjoy have a bit of a sing and dace around the kitchen while I’m cooking or cleaning. I find when I have happy music on, I’m happier to spend more time in the kitchen (so more nice things get cooked, and the kitchen stays clean) and I tend to find this seems to me to feel like a better way to spend my time as opposed to having the TV on in the background. To me a house with music is a happy home.

3) Warming pyjamas on the radiator. Jamie and I had a conversation a while ago about the lovely things our mums used to do for us when we were young. We both said that they would warm our pyjamas on the radiator before we got ready for bed. There is nothing nicer them putting on a snuggly warm set of crisp clean pyjamas. Knowing this, why on earth have we never done it for ourselves?!  Well, needless to say this has now been addressed! Every time I put on my lovely warm pyjamas I smile, and every time I lay Jake’s little sleepsuit on the radiator I feel like a real mum.

4) A lovely smelling house. Now our house is not a smell house (well, sometimes certain rooms can smell of sick / baby poo ) but having a house that doesn’t smell isn’t the same as having a house that smells beautiful. I don’t want the house to smell “artificial” buy having too many chemical air fresheners. To try to keep the house smelling lovely and fresh, I try to open the widows to get as much fresh air in as possible, I use neutralising odour air fresheners that get rid of bad smells as opposed to pumping out new smells. I also use natural read diffusers in some rooms and have flowers in others. I think having a room that smells nice just makes me feel like I am in a calm clean environment, which just generally harbours contented happiness.

5) Having dinner at the table as a family. It would be so easy for us to eat at a separate time to Jake and to eat on our laps sat in front to the TV, but since Jake was born we eat at the table as a family. This goes back to Jamie and I discussing the way we want to raise our children and both recognising the importance of eating dinner as a family at the dinner table in our own childhoods. Now that we are in the habit of doing this we both enjoy it (I’m sure Jake does too) its nice to devote some time as a family to talk, without the TV on or any other distractions and to enjoy each others company.

All of these things are easy to do they just require a little extra thought. But each adds to our quality of life and plays an important role in the happy family home environment that I want to create.

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