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My dream engagement proposal

My wedding day!

I never had a proper engagement; my husband proposed to me over the phone while he was here in the uk and I was in the Philippines, we were supposed to have a church wedding but due to the fact it would slow down the processing of my papers for joining my husband here in the uk, we decided to just have a civil ceremony and just have a proper church wedding in the future. 
This has made me dream of a proper proposal and I have a clear picture of what I would want. 


If we ever have the chance to do it all over again, I would love my husband to surprise me with a beautiful engagement ring since I haven’t got one. I’m only wearing a wedding ring but no engagement ring. Who doesn’t want a fairytale wedding or to feel like a princess with a happy ending love story. 

9 carat gold diamond trilogy ring

Although I’m not expecting anything as I’m happy as I am, I would love to have a wedding ring from F Hinds like the above picture. I have been looking at their jewellery and really wish I could have this for myself in the future. It’s no good to buy it myself so I have to give hints to hubby to buy it for me as it would be sweeter that way. F Hinds is my favourite jewellers as I love their collection. As they say ” diamond are forever” and so a marriage.

So back to my dreams; I would love my husband to take me to a luxurious place like Urban treat apartments for a special holiday. A perfect city break where I could be pampered with all the city of London can offer. Shopping, dining at posh restaurants and having a spa and just relaxing accommodation with a maid service would be heaven. Then my husband would surprise me with the ring and ask me the million dollar question “will you properly marry me this time?” omg I would probably faint if this ever happened for real and not just a dream!

Anyway back in reality, I have to pinch myself to wake up from my beautiful dreams of fantasy. Who knows what life could offer. I might as well have wish on a star since I won’t lose anything. At the end of the day, dreaming is free for everyone 🙂 

What about you? Did you had a proper engagement proposal or are you planning an engagement party / getaway? Then look no further, head over to F Hinds for that perfect engagement ring and book yourself to Urban retreat apartments for a perfect holiday. A memory that will last forever. 

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Health & Beauty · Life

Is It Time To Consider Health Insurance?

Regardless of what politicians have been promising about the standards of the NHS, the fact is that people are suffering from waiting to be referred to a GP, hearing about surgeries, and waiting times in A&E. The average waiting time for a GP appointment is now two weeks, and hospital waiting times are equally bad. Despite what you may feel about politics, you can’t deny that sometimes you need to be seen right away, which is why many people are now considering private medical insurance. But is this really the best solution? Weigh up the pros and cons and see which scheme is best for you.

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Pros

Although waiting times on the NHS have improved to a maximum of 18 weeks between referral and treatment, you won’t have to wait this long if you’ve gone private. These queue jumping benefits extend to specialist treatments, GP appointments, surgeries, and specialist clinics. As if that weren’t tempting enough, with private medical insurance (PMI) you can choose your consultant and where you want to be treated – although you should note that some policies restrict treatment to set lists of hospitals. If you’re happy with your consultant, you can see them each time you go in, ensuring continuity of care with your treatment.

Many naysayers of PMI argue that paying for healthcare reduces patients to a customer in a business model, but is that necessarily a bad thing? While it is true that private medical companies are essentially a business, this does mean they will do anything to keep you on as a customer. This means you will likely have more time to talk to your doctors, and spend less time in waiting rooms. Sometimes you really do get what you pay for. Some economic theories state that competition between businesses for the same share of the market actually produces better results for the consumer, as all businesses will try and deliver higher quality care or lower prices than their competitors to win more customers.

Con

The biggest argument against PMI is that not everyone can afford it. Not only does this mean that fewer people will have access to healthcare, but the best doctors will be lured away from the NHS due to more lucrative offers, leaving fewer qualified professionals to care for those who don’t have insurance. This will put further strain on the existing NHS and only make their problems worse.

Also, having health insurance doesn’t necessarily mean you’re always covered for treatments. Once you’ve got a referral from your GP, you need to call your insurance company to check they will cover the costs before you see the consultant or arrange any treatment. If you develop a condition that isn’t already covered by your insurance, you might have to pay more to get yourself covered. You should also note that most policies only cover short-term illness or injuries.

As with everything, there are pros and cons to PMI. In this case, it’s better to consider what is best for you.

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Our Family Day Out At Drusillas Park Sussex | #triedtested

We celebrated Father’s Day by having a family day out at drusillas park Sussex. It was our first time experience at drusillas so I thought Father’s Day was the perfect time to make a wonderful family memory. I told my children about drusillas before our trip so they were very excited about it as they knew it’s going to be a fun and full of adventure.


I was sent a press pack admission prior to our trip to drusillas so I already had a guide map and some more details about the park. We also had a stamp book, zoolympic challenge booklets, animal spotter books and trail passport which I thought was a perfect way for my kids to get to know the animals that they were going to see.

As we arrived at the parking lot my boys couldn’t contain their excitement and wanted to go inside straight away. The parking area is quite spacious and there is a lot of signs on the way to the entrance. The area looks very clean and there is a lot of  bins everywhere to keep it clean.

Meeting the animals

At entrance, you will get offered to buy the map guide for £2.50 so it’s optional and there are big maps throughout, so you don’t need to buy it. Inside we were greeted with loads of animals to see such as parrot, penguins, camels, red pandas, snake and many more which over 100 animals to see. My children loved the monkeys, rats, flamingoes and many more to name. They were delighted with so many things to do. It’s also very educational for the children as there is a lot of information like a flip book style.

My kids loved filling in the animal passport, they had to stamp the book everytime they saw an animal on the list, which gave them a checklist and makes them familiar with the animals names.

Play area 


After exploring the animals, we went to the playground which is a big spacious area. My children didn’t know what to do first, but went for the soft play in the end. There is a wet play area which is great for hot days like when we visited. I wished I had brought swimwear for my kids, such a shame they never got to try the wet area. Hence my advise if you ever go to drusillas, bring a swimwear!

There is a “go bananas swing” which we never got to try but it looked great fun. There is also a zip line but my boys were too small to try it.

The weather was so hot, we decided to have a rest for a while and had an ice cream. We sat at the cafe table outside, although we didn’t try the cafe food (as we already had lunch before going there) the food did seem good, as I could see loads of people eating everywhere outside. There is also a picnic area if you bring your own pack lunch.

Go safari! Kids rides attraction and train rides


My boys are train mad, so they couldn’t wait to get in the train. As we traveled along the tracks, there are loads of surprises with snigger and sneer the laughing hyenas and great lion’s roar. My kids really enjoyed the train ride and were really excited by its safari theme.

The next thing we explored was the new safari ride. We all went on this ride, although my boys were a little scared at first they seemed fine and started enjoying it as we go along. The flying cheetah is so much fun, you press a button to control it to go up or down so it’s like flying in the air which we really enjoyed. The mighty hippopotobus can give you a tummy flip feel as it’s go round and round. My youngest son was a bit scared but as we reassured him he learned to relax and didn’t cry at all. I think the rides are a good way for children to overcome their fears and to try something new out of their comfort zone. The rides are not that scary, they are much more fun and a little bit gentle compare to funfair. I usually get dizzy going to rides but the safari rides didn’t make me feel dizzy at all so I felt safe.

Hello kitty secret garden 


After a taste of safari rides, we went to the hello kitty secret garden and I was surprised to see more rides in there. My 5 years old boy was so brave to go with his sister on the hello kitty hopper ride.

One of our favourites is the hello kitty car ride; my 3 year old loves pretending to drive our car so he thought that he is really driving it which was so cute. My daughter and 5 years old enjoyed it too.


The last ride we went too was the hello kitty teacup ride. You have to spin your wheel if you want to go faster, we worked as a team to make it spin faster and faster. We had so much fun and laughter on this ride. There is also a face painting booth, hello kitty house and many many more things to see and do. My son enjoyed riding thomas train as well but that needed a £1 coin.


There is a lot to see and do in drusillas and it’s worth having a full Day Out. Every corner of the park is full of adventure, fun, exciting activities and views. You can’t get enough as it’s really loads. It’s tiring exploring the whole park but it’s all worth it.

The place is very clean, the staff were lovely and it’s the best place for a family day out. This is best place we’ve ever been as a family. My children were super entertained and it was educational too. They even thanked me for bringing them to drusillas park. They really loved it there and definitely their new favourite place to go for a day out.  The pricing is available on their website and I think that’s it’s well priced and definitely worth it. It’s also a lot cheaper to book it online or to have an annual membership. Check out their tickets and prices for more information.


Have you been to drusillas park? What is your favourite part of our day out? Please leave a Comment below as I would love to read them.

Disclosure : My family and I was invited to spend a day out at drusillas park in exchange for a review blog post. However all thoughts and opinions are my own including pictures and videos.

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Fitness · Health & Beauty · Life

Back To Basics: How To Manage & Live With Chronic Back Pain

Back pain is one of the most common conditions affecting modern society. When you suffer from it, the impacts can become a huge sense of frustration. So finding a way to reduce the pain and reverse some of the damage is key.
Here are five simple suggestions that will guarantee positive results. Incorporate them into your back pain management processes, and you’ll be walking to a brighter place in no time.

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Try Losing Weight: It’s a harsh fact of life, but being obese isn’t good for your body. Therefore, watching what you eat is essential. We already appreciate the link between nutrition and feelings. However, losing weight through a controlled diet will bring the additional benefit of reduced back pain. After all, carrying fewer kilograms will make the workload easier. It’s a simple equation, but less strain equals less pain. If you are a woman, a boob reduction could be suitable too.

Try Light Exercise: A little physical activity is always going to aid the weight loss goal. However, low-impact sports like swimming and cycling get you to use different muscle groups too. By strengthening those muscles, the support to your spine will be a lot greater. Of course, the benefits also extend to your organs and general health. Nonetheless, the reduction of long-term back pain is certainly one of the key features that should not be overlooked.

Choose Suitable Support: Clothing and supportive bands can have a telling impact on back conditioning. Experts at Procter Health Care can help you find an array of suitable products. By boosting your posture while removing some of the strain, back muscles and bones will be in better shape in next to no time. Meanwhile, selecting an ergonomic chair for office hours can be a very useful addition. After all, this could bring improvements for up to 40 hours each week.

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Get Good Prescriptions: When you are suffering from back pain, it can be tempting to take some paracetamol and let it be. Depending on the severity, though, you may be better off receiving a stronger dose of treatment. The type of medication required can vary depending on the location and source of those pains too. This guide at Web MD offers some insight. However, for the best response, you should always seek the help of a medical professional. Whether it’s anti-inflammatory drugs or something else isn’t important. The key is that you get the right solution.

Upgrade Your Mattress: The average person spends eight hours of each night asleep on their back. So if your mattress isn’t aiding the cause, it could be making things a whole lot worse. Furthermore, disrupted sleep patterns bring an array of other health problems, which can make life even harder still. Finding a mattress that offers the support and comfort you need slows long-term deterioration. Meanwhile, it lets you wake up feeling far better too. It would be wrong to suggest it’s mind over matter. Still, a positive attitude can make a world of difference.

 

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Life

Feeling like a bad mom? Real life of a working mum blogger


Being a working parent is hard. You’re always giving your best everyday but you always end up feeling like your best wasn’t good enough. Have you seen the film bad moms? that’s how I feel all the time. I’m sure if you are working parent or parent blogger you can relate to this. Life is so exhausting; multitasking and responsibility. Sometimes I just want to give up something that I enjoy to do; like blogging.

Being a blogger is not always what it seems to be. Before becoming a blogger myself I thought it was cool. As a blogger now, I enjoyed it at first but it’s another job, tasks are all becoming harder work and it’s tiring and can be stressful. I’m always on my phone nowadays doing blogging, product reviews and managing social media. I can’t complain since it’s my choice but on top of this I’m also a working mum. Although it’s only a part time job being awake at night in a care home, it seems too much when you don’t get any sleep or rest. I come to work; looking after the elderly which I love and I go home and look after my kids and do household chores which is the same everyday. I clean then it’s messy again as if like I didn’t do anything. 


I’m struggling to schedule my time and keep on top of everything. My poor hubby on the other hand is a full time nursing student and works during his days off picking up shift in the hospitals and catching up with his homework plus being a father. I often feel guilty when I don’t have time for my kids because even when I’m at home I feel like I’m working through blogging and other way to bring money. I also have to do cleaning and cooking and running errands. If my kids get bored they end up doing a bit of cheeky stuff which makes me feel even more guilty as I’m supposed to be watching them or spending quality time with them for their development. 

Being parents, we work so hard in order to provide for our family.  I want to be able to spend time with my kids and at the same time bring home money and put food on the table to help my husband. I want to give everything to them like a good days out, stuff they need, holidays and other experiences in life. But nothing in this world is free. You always have to give something in return. That’s why I thought I need help and ask my fellow bloggers on how they cope with life everyday being a multitask mum or parents. 

Lianne said, I try and do all my blogging in the evening when the little ones are in bed – occasionally I will do it when they are quiet and playing but then mum guilt always kicks in and I feel I should be playing with them – so hard to keep an even balance www.anklebitersadventures.co.uk

Alana said, I really struggle to fit everything in since going back to work full time from my second maternity leave. I won’t get the laptop out when the little ones are awake as I want to spend time with them, so can only blog in the night when they’ve gone to bed. I have gone and got a cleaner to help with the house … it was the only solution!

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Jenna said, Luckily I only work part time but don’t even attempt anything during the day unless Aoife is napping. Most of my blogging work is done in the evening or if it’s quiet in my actual job I’ll get some bits done there. Household chores are literally done as soon as she’s in bed so I can focus on blog work for the rest of the night. www.thentherewerethree.uk

Victoria said, I was working evenings for 5 nights a week, then blogging in the mornings before the school run, as much as I could around my toddler in the day and late after work! I took the plunge and left my job one month ago as it was all getting too much, so now my main focus is blogging and now I *have* to make an income from home. It felt risky but also felt like the right time to do it http://www.lyliarose.com/blog

Becky said, Organisation is key for me. I work full time which sometimes mean 50+ hours a week. I always blog in the evening when my little boy is in bed. My aim is to blog at least 3 times a week which for me is just about manageable. As for the house work since I’ve been back at work my other half has really had to step up his game. We clean together at the weekend so we get everything done so much quicker. During the week we just have to keep on top of things. It’s hard work and I always feel like we’re one over indulgent weekend away from everything going to shit but you just have to do what works.

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Hayley said, Honestly I think a lot of it is accepting that you can’t be everywhere or do everything. I try to separate my day into chunks and then set myself little goals to get done rather than allowing the whole mass of things to do to overwhelm me. So, for example, today I’ve got three (proper) work emails that I need to handle, I want to go back on my PR requests in my blog inbox and I need to clear out two kitchen cupboards. When I put it like that I feel like I can manage those bits in half hour chunks! There are still a million other jobs that need doing but these are my priority for the day. Then I chuck toys at the baby, make sure he can’t destroy anything and whizz around and do it! It helps that we live in a building site at the moment so housework is relative compared to the builder’s mess!! 

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Vikki said, As modern Mums we often feel we have a lot of pressure on us and expectation to be everything to everyone. But having thought about this I actually think that a large amount of that pressure I put upon myself. So, it’s important to be realistic with your day to day goals, accept and dont worry when things inevitably don’t go to plan and most importantly … enjoy what you have. This is your life … live it. Embrace it. Try not to get bogged down with the expectation. Make memories with your family . The ironing will wait.  

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Emma said, Now my son is three he is at pre-school 15 hours a week which means I drop him off and head straight up to my office space and get as much done as I possibly can… sometimes forgetting about lunch! But with a blog and freelance work to do I need to get it done when he’s not around because he’s now at the age where he voices the fact that he doesn’t want me on the laptop. The housework has definitely suffered this year but I am only one person and can only do so much. My husband works full time and has a long commute so we try to even the chores out as much as we can but no sooner have we tidied one area there’s always a little person making a mess in another room!! I’ve recently taken a bit of a break from freelance which has really helped with my stress levels. It’s easy to burn yourself out because when you work from home you can never escape it! HTTPS://emmareed.net

Irina said, OK – first of all. I don’t feel like a bad mom. I actually feel like a great mom! But, trying to do blogging while working full-time is incredibly challenging, especially if you want to get your blog to be anything other than just a pure hobby. I am not sure I cope with it all that well, as I do feel like I am often burning the candle at both ends. What has helped me enormously is to start saying no. I say no to loads of events, no to loads of products, no to (even fairly paid) sponsored posts, in fact I say no to most of things. I think it is important to remember that you can’t do everything, so choose the things you want to do well or even OK, and concentrate on those. 

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Suzannah said, I find it really hard and my blog is currently being affected as a result. My children are now 13 and 11 (I’ve been blogging 3 and a half years) and as they have got older I have found it more and more difficult. I am running around to their clubs and activities every night bar one and both days at the weekend and they don’t go to bed much before me. I don’t want to be ignoring them while they are up and I work school days every day so any chance I have to do any blogging is very late at night. Plus, my husband doesn’t deserve to be ignored while I’m tapping away at the laptop because he does so much running around with the kids as well and I want to give him some time and attention too! We are both exhausted and the blog was adding an extra level of pressure. I’ve taken a break the last few months but I love blogging and really want to get back to it. I would be interested to hear how other mums of older children manage. My blog niche doesn’t help as it’s all about home decor and design and so my content is often driven by projects in our home, which neither or us has the time, energy or money for! I’m thinking of diversifying a bit so I can produce content without all the work behind the scenes we have been doing first! www.homeheartharmony.com 

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Dreaming Of A Mattress That Isn’t A Nightmare? Here’s What To Do

There are so many things that homeowners think about before a mattress. ‘Oh, I would love to redecorate the kitchen, and the living room is next whenever I get the chance!’ These types of statements are commonplace, yet no one seems to worry about a bed until it is too late. Sorry to say it, but this way of thinking is a mistake. A mattress and the bed overall has an impact on everything from sleep to body issues such as a bad back. So, if it isn’t up to standard, your quality of life will begin to decline.

As you can see, placing more emphasis on a mattress is a logical and important move. But, before you can give yourself a pat on the back, there is another issue: choosing correctly. If you have never bothered before, your knowledge and experience might be amateurish to say the least. Plus, there are so many different varieties to choose from. Thankfully, there is no need to make an error with the following tips.

Here is how to pick a mattress of your dreams and avoid the nightmares. 

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Research Online First

There is so much info to digest that it’s important to get a head start before you walk into a shop and flash your credit card. Indeed, a lack of research is how people end up lying on a bed that doesn’t suit their needs. An issue that you will find is that it’s hard to locate any unbiased sources. Most information on the internet is all from companies which are sellers, so they have a vested interest.

The good news is that there are resources which don’t have an agenda and are trustworthy. To begin with, experts like The Better Sleep Council only care about providing people with the stats that are conducive to a good night’s sleep. Simply put, they won’t try to sell you anything so aren’t worried about hitting targets or commission. Another good resource is previous customers. Like you, they are normal people attempting to navigate the industry. As a result, their opinions and tips are invaluable.

Ask A Medical Professional 

Although it may seem this way, the World Wide Web isn’t today’s only source of information. Yep, as shocking as it sounds, it is possible to find things out by speaking to people. Walking up to the first person you see and asking for their advice isn’t a good idea. However, booking an appointment to see a medical professional is a savvy move. GPs have a wealth of knowledge on almost every subject and will be able to answer the majority of your questions. If they can’t, a doctor should point you in the direction of a specialist. Again, medical experts are excellent resources as they only have your well-being at heart.


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Be Wary Of Jargon

Mattress suppliers aren’t stupid. They understand that certain buzzwords carry a lot of weight for customers, which is why they add them on whenever possible. For example, it isn’t uncommon to come across a bed that states it’s ‘medically approved.’ Like most non-specialists, this will suddenly make one item more desirable than another. After all, who doesn’t want to sleep on a mattress which has been poked and prodded by scientists? Unfortunately, there is no such thing as a medically approved bed. When you think about it rationally, it’s a vague term that can have a variety of meanings. Sure, maybe some boffins in a lab did try the bed out and report their findings. Still, they could be paid by the manufacturer or supplier, and that instantly taints the results. One thing you should know is that there isn’t a neutral or government-led group in the UK. The same goes for terms like ‘orthopaedic.’ As a rule, just be careful when you notice these words on tags or advertisement boards.

Try Before You Buy

The average person thinks that the ‘try before you buy’ tactic only relates to cars. The truth is that you can try anything beforehand. Scratch that – you should try anything before making a purchase. Buying a bed is a big deal because of the potential health impacts and the money. Oh, yes, mattresses do not come cheap. At least by lying on it, it’s possible to make deductions about the quality. Okay, so it isn’t an exact science, yet it’s better than picking one at random and hoping for the best. Mattresses are personal to the individual, so seeing whether it fits is a huge part of bed shopping. A tip: use shops which have an online and high street store. When you browse feather and black mattresses online, you know it’s possible to see in person. Why? It’s because they have physical stores as well as an online shop. Also, check out the warranty and returns policy. If something goes wrong, you want to know a return or replacement is on the cards.

Firm, Medium Or Soft?

Conventional wisdom says that a firm mattress is better for a variety of reasons. The main one is that it is friendlier to your back, so there is less chance of aches and pains. However, it’s worth remembering that this isn’t always the case. In general, people do seem to prefer a firm bed. But, it depends on the situation. Sometimes, softer mattresses are the order of the day because they mould to your body shape. Quite simply, this distributes your weight better and helps avoid injuries while you sleep. Also, comfort is a major part of buying a bed as no one wants to lie on a rock hard double that feels like concrete. So, there has to be a certain amount of flex, and firm mattresses aren’t renowned for this quality. Usually, the best option is the middle ground, which is a medium-firm mattress in this case.

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Buy From A Reputable Brand

Because beds are expensive, it’s tempting to go with a relatively unknown company to reduce costs. The problem with this method of thinking is that it puts the entire transaction at risk. Quite simply, there is no way to know whether the brand is legitimate until you get the mattress home. For most people, this is a huge risk not worth taking. Yes, it is commendable to give smaller companies your custom, and yes there are bargains. But, on the whole, it’s a mistake that often leads to more problems. If the price is a problem, search the branded shops for deals and sales. They don’t come around very often, but they are a godsend when they appear out of nowhere. Plus, the best suppliers also include quality extras like a year long warranty agreement. In the end, you often get more value for your money anyway.

Don’t Let The Cost Get In The Way

Following on from the last paragraph, it is possible to let the value affect the decision-making process. In an attempt to save money, lots of people only consider the cheaper models and dismiss the rest. Although it is essential that you stick to a budget, it’s also important to choose the perfect fit. To do this, you have to forget about the cost for a while and focus on other features. For example, the type of mattress and the firmness are far more important than anything else as they are health-related. The key is to find a make and model that you like, and factor in the cost afterward. Even if it is out of your budget, there are ways to cut the cost. Again, there are sales, or you can search for the same bed elsewhere. Thanks to the Web, there is no shortage of competitors willing to undercut their rivals.

Take Measurements

It is amazing how many people buy a mattress without measuring it first. You shouldn’t need telling, but logging the measurements in your brain is standard stuff. Otherwise, how else will you know if the mattress will fit the bed? In extreme cases, the bed might not even fit through the front door! All it takes is five to ten minutes of your time and it’s over. Then, when you walk into a shop, you know what you’re looking for in every sense of the word. If you want to take it one step further, also calculate the length and width of the front and bedroom doors. The last thing anyone wants is to take the window out to get the mattress into the house. A tip: don’t listen to the sales rep. They will tell you one set of measurements, but gauge it yourself just to be sure. Plus, you get to use the pocket tape you’ve been carrying around.

Unwrap It ASAP

As soon as you have the bed in the house, you should take off the plastic. Even if you don’t plan on using it anytime soon, it’s a good move. A salesperson won’t tell you this, but the plastic will start to rot. If it does, the mattress could be out of service before you have even laid your head down to rest.

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Kitchen Makeovers That Won’t Break The Bank

The kitchen is the heart of the home.

It’s where we eat, drink, laugh and cry. It’s where we prepare and eat food, socialise, enjoy a glass of wine and yes, if it’s been a rough day, it’s where we slam cupboard doors.

Any kitchen worth its salt is something of a workhorse. Meals are prepared, cooked and cleaned up after every day. Plates and glasses are dropped and shatter, crumbs disappear into nooks and crannies never to be seen again, knives and cleavers miss their marks and gouge nicks in worktops.

Let’s face it, our kitchen takes a beating.

When the heart of our home starts to lose its lustre it’s no surprise that many of us balk at the prospect of a triple bypass!
Replacing your kitchen and undergoing deep renovations can be an incredibly expensive process. Moreover, you might be especially reticent if you’ve already got your dream kitchen.

So here are some ways in which you can give your kitchen a facelift without breaking the bank.

Cabinet revival


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Your cabinets are a key part of your kitchen’s aesthetic and when they start to look faded and worn they can give your kitchen a dowdy look and feel. The good news is that reviving your cabinets in many cases is as simple as a lick of paint.

Opting for light, neutral colours will give your kitchen a sense of space and lightness, making it feel fresh and breezy.

Top-Down reorganisation

Your worktops take up the lion’s share of the kitchen’s surface area and since they’re where all the action is, they’re one of the first things to start looking shabby.

Fortunately, replacing your worktops is one of the most effective ways of renewing your kitchen at a fraction of the cost of replacing it.

The range of worktops on the market is huge and designed to suit pretty much any taste or budget. Laminate worktops are versatile and cost-effective but if you prefer a more classic aesthetic there are types of wooden worktops to suit any taste too. Whatever material you choose it should be fairly easy to tailor your worktops to your existing space and appliances.

Floor it!

The floor takes the brunt of every spill, every dropped plate and every shattered glass, so don’t be too surprised if it finds itself needing a facelift after a few years. Fortunately, in many cases reflooring is cost effective and easy as new flooring can be laid down over the old.

Vinyl flooring is relatively cheap and comes in a huge range of textures and finishes although if your kitchen has a more traditional appearance there’s no substitute for a natural wood finish.


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It’s what’s inside that counts

Since we’re removing things from and putting things back into our kitchen cupboards on a regular basis, it’s no surprise when our storage becomes cluttered and unusable. Before we know it, our surfaces are bedecked with all manner of jars, tins and utensils.

For many of us it’s a simple matter of reorganising our kitchen storage regularly. In extreme cases it might be worth looking into some new storage solutions.

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