Friday, 29 June 2018

It's been a while...

Testing, testing, one, two, three... is this thing on?

It's been a while, huh? I do not even know where to begin filling you in on the past seven months since my last post. SO much has happened; the biggest being the birth of this adorable, feisty and loving little girl...
Sophia arrived at 3:40am on 11th March 2018, which just so happened to be Mothering Sunday. 

Being her mum for the past three and a half months has been such a joy, even during the hard days and trust me, there have been a fair few of those. She has altered our lives almost beyond recognition but it also feels as if she has been here forever; it's difficult to recall life before she was born... I guess that's what mum brain + lack of sleep + what-felt-like-the-longest-pregnancy-ever does to a gal!

Although there's so much I want to say/write, I have no idea how often I'll post here (you can find us posting way more regularly over on Instagram) but I just wanted to stop by and say 'Hi' to anyone who is interested and still reads blogs (is it me or have they died a bit of a death?).

Happy Friday!

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Our Gallery Wall Project

So a little while ago, Hubs and I decorated our master bedroom [you can read about it here] and while it was a huge improvement on the sea of magnolia we'd lived with for two years, it wasn't finished.

I'd always wanted to create a gallery wall in our bedroom; initially I thought it would go behind our bed but when it was pointed out to me that position might make the room feel cluttered, I began looking for an alternative... and identified the perfect spot! 

Located opposite our bed, this section of wall was perfect for a gallery wall, it was not too big to make a gallery wall make the room feel cluttered but was large enough to make an impact. However, it has our ensuite, namely the shower cubicle, on the other side, which meant drilling and nailing frames to the wall was out. I put my thinking cap back on...

...and decided to try Velcro and Command strips and you know what, it's worked a treat!

I had some Velcro leftover from creating an in-cupboard cork board in our kitchen but bought a small pack of medium-sized Command strips...

The Velcro actually seemed like the best way to fix most of my chosen frames to the wall so I stuck one or two pieces, top and bottom, to each frame.

As I'd already played about with the layout beforehand, I knew roughly where I wanted each frame to go so when it came to sticking them to the wall, I simply placed a small spirit level on top of each frame and placed them against the wall, spacing them by eye... which probably explains why I feel there's too large of a gap above the yellow frame, so I'm on the look out for one final frame to fill that space.
Overall, I'm pretty pleased with our little afternoon project and think it really adds to our bedroom without overpowering the calm and serene sanctuary we've worked hard to create :)

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Happy Wednesday!

Wednesday, 25 October 2017

There's something you should know...

Remember a little while ago when I wrote this post and I kinda explained my unintended blogging break from earlier this year was due to some life-changing events? Well, today I think I'm ready to share the biggest one with you all...

Yes, I am pregnant; 21 weeks in fact!

I know, I still can't quite believe it either; after writing this post earlier in the year talking of our fertility struggles, we actually conceived this little miracle a lot quicker than we thought. A lot quicker.

Which is why my first thought when those two lines showed up on a pregnancy test in early July was 'oh shit!' because I'd literally had just two periods in 18 months; we really didn't think everything was back working as it should be and I was ovulating, so to be faced with the prospect of parenthood so soon after starting treatment for my Prolactinoma (I started taking medication at the start of April) was scary... and daunting... and exciting... and shit-scary!

Hubs and I managed to not tell a single soul for a whole week; it was our little secret, one we were terrified to speak of outloud in case we scared it away! But after having the pregnancy kinda confirmed by a doctor ("if you've had three positive pregnancy tests then I'm happy to tell you you're pregnant") we finally told his mum and my parents and got some unexpected reactions.

Hubs' mum was obviously over the moon for us but kept her excitement in check; she's already a grandma and it hasn't been that long since we clued her in on our struggle (not wanting to worry her). My dad cried, like legit tears! It was so odd as he doesn't cry - he's old school like that, so to see him shed tears when we gave him a 'I can't wait to meet you Grandad' card was a pretty special moment, one I'll never forget that's for sure. And my mum, well, she laughed, almost hysterically! I don't think she quite knew how to process the news; she was obviously happy for us but I don't think she'd been expecting the news so soon after I began my treatment... she wasn't the only one, let me tell you.

It's a strange feeling to suddenly be faced with the one thing you wanted most in the world but only one year ago feared you would never get to experience. During those dark months in 2016 when I'd convinced myself I was suffering from premature ovarian failure, I never thought I'd get to experience the miracle of pregnancy, and while it was scary for those first few days after we found out, I could not be more excited to meet my son or daughter (affectionately known as Poddington) in March 2018!

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Space Saving Storage with JosephJoseph

Did you know storing your knives in a drawer blunts them? No, I didn't either until I read it in a magazine the other week. So when JosephJoseph reached out and asked if I'd review some items in their Space Savers AW17 range and I saw their DrawerStore Knife Organiser, it seemed like fate!

Along with their DrawerStore Knife Organiser, JosephJoseph also sent me their DrawerStore Cutlery Organiser and their Nest Colanders and I have to confess, I was a little excited to organise my drawers...
Our sharp knives were stored in a small box on the left-hand side of our kitchen drawer, so I decided to have a little tidy up and rearrange in order to accommodate my new toy...
I'm thrilled with the size and number of knives this DrawerStore Knife Organiser accommodates; it fits perfectly where our old cardboard box went and while I can't currently vouch for the continued sharpness of my knives, storing them separately has got to be better for them than having them bang against one other! It's the perfect addition to my kitchen :)

My opinion on the DrawerStore Cutlery Organiser is not quite so positive...

We keep our posh cutlery in the top drawer, but our everyday cutlery lives in a Kilner jar in a caddy next to our draining board, so I decided it was time to take the everyday cutlery out of the jar and store it like proper adults.
However, it appears this top drawer is simply too thin; we managed to get cutlery in the DrawerStore Cutlery Organiser stuck not once but twice, after which I decided it wasn't meant to be and the Kilner jar was the best option. So, I'm sad to report, I didn't get on with the Cutlery Organiser, but that doesn't mean to say it's not a great space saving product; it's just better suited to bigger drawers.

As for the Nest Colanders, they're perfect; I cannot rate them highly enough!
Before owning these, we had a collection of three different sized colanders, which just didn't sit right together in our cupboard, so we got rid of two, kept one and these JosephJoseph fit perfectly inside, freeing up room in our pan cupboard, which is always a good thing!

While I was sent these products to review for free, the opinions expressed are 100% my own.
I've owned several JosephJoseph products over the years and love their durability and quality.
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Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Our Bedroom Makeover

It's been over two  years since we bought our new build house and well over 18 months since I treated you, dear reader, to a master bedroom tour in this post

Well, today it's time to update said tour post as we've (not so recently now) decorated our bedroom... and I love it! In fact, I've just looked back at what it looked like before (go take a look... I'll wait...) and I can't believe we lived with it like that for almost two years! This is what our master bedroom looks like now...

I love yellow and grey as a decor colour combination; in our previous home, our hallway was yellow and grey and I loved it. As many of you know, yellow is my favourite colour, so unsurprisingly there's a splash of it in almost every room in my house, but once I knew we were moving I knew I wanted yellow in our bedroom; it's just such a sunny, uplifting colour. 

In my opinion, I've managed to achieve a sophisticated and modern look with just the right amount of yellow touches... I hope you agree, but it kinda doesn't matter if you don't because I love it; it's perfect for us. I think I've managed to strike that all-important balance (in a shared bedroom) between masculine and feminine...

The wall behind our bed has been painted in Wilkos' Cosy Grey, while the remaining walls have been finished in a standard trade white paint (from Johnstone's, I think).

Our bed linen is from TK Maxx and the throw at the end of the bed from Homesense; let me know if you wanna know where anything else is from.
Before Christmas, I hope to have painted the drawer fronts on our Ikea Hemnes chest of drawers grey and created a gallery wall above our bookcase; I just need to get a few more photos printed and a buy a tin of grey furniture paint!

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