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    A Few Favourite Things – PinkOddy

    Welcome back to my A Few Favourite Things series.  This week I have Joy from PinkOddy showcasing her favourite things.  Whilst finding the time to run two blogs, she also has an amazing social media presence – so do pop over and check out her Twitter or Instagram feed to see what she has been up to recently.

    A Few Favourite Things – PinkOddy

    Joy Jackson writer of Pinkoddy and The Sensory Seeker.

    A wife and mother of 4 boys; after graduating with a degree in Psychology decided to stay home to care for her children with disabilities. Now spends her time writing, improving the health of herself and her family – including generally getting everyone active.

    A Few Favourite Things - PinkOddy

    Favourite room in your home

    The favourite room in my house is sadly my bathroom. I guess for a couple of reasons – yes you’ve guessed it, as the only room I stand any chance of getting any peace (but that’s not even guaranteed!) but also it is the only room in our house that we have fully redecorated/redesigned since buying our house. It is a lovely modern white and chrome with a beautiful white laminate floor.

    Favourite trend

    I like the white (walls) look because it feels so clean and like a blank canvas. There’s so much other “stuff” in the house that provides plenty more colour.

    Favourite thing you own

    The favourite thing I own is my engagement ring. It is the ring that as a young girl (in my early twenties and below) if you asked me to imagine the most amazing engagement ring of my dreams that was it. In fact, my then husband to be found out exactly that and then not only did he search it out but he also learned all about diamonds to make sure I had the best one. It cost him a lot more than a month and a half’s wages too! (He was 20 and we were students at Uni). It means so much to me and was really the beginning of the journey of being made to feel so special by my husband.

    Favourite colour

    I guess white isn’t a colour but I really do love it. My kitchen is also white – contrasted with black. My favourite item in there is definitely my double sink – I had really wanted one for so long. Other than that I do like to mix a bit of red in there – but mainly with furnishings or equipment (like my red washing up bowl and tea towels).

    Favourite season

    House wise I really do love the Christmas Season. We redecorate the living room with red throws and seasonal cushions; not forgetting the festive door stops and excluder.

    A Few Favourite Things - PinkOddy

    Favourite about where you live

    I love the community spirit where I live. Yes, it can be a bit small-minded/gossipy because it is a small town and you can’t pass wind without everyone knowing about it – but I do think people pull together and try to help one another out here. It is a great location being just under an hour away in either direction to big Cities – but also right by the Cotswolds with plenty of places to explore.

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    Great Ideas for Small Kitchens

    When you are rushing around with pots and pans and ingredients getting ready for a meal, the worst thing is not having the space to move around. Yeah, the concept will be lost on those who don’t often find themselves cooking. Fret not, though. I have a few tricks up my sleeve to make the most of the little space you have in your small kitchen.

    Great ideas for your small kitchen

    Great ideas for your small kitchen

    Mirrors or other bling

    Cleaning greasy residue off of surfaces is a nightmare but if you have a kitchen with mirrors or other reflective surfaces such as polished stainless steel, you don’t just give a feeling of space to the space, you have an easier job of removing grime. You can scrub harder as there is no fear of removing paint. Just be sure to not scrub so hard that you end up scratching your shiny surfaces. Although this option doesn’t actually lend more space, it does give that impression.

    Wall area

    Cupboards do not have to be only horizontal. If you do that you will soon run out of floor space. Make use of every inch of your kitchen wall by adding vertical cupboards from the floor to the roof. This way you will have tons of storage so you know everything has a specific place. Once you start a meal you know exactly where to find a needed item or utensil. Shelves can be used to display kitchen ornaments or spice bottles.

    Functional ornamentals

    Another way in which you can use wall space is by hanging pots and pans like you would pieces of art. This is particularly great if you have an interesting or beautiful set of pots. You could also hang utensils from the roof or from the bottom of a cupboard. Not only have you just created more storage space, you have decorated your kitchen and everything is at hand all the time.

    Great ideas for your small kitchen

    The kitchen island

    A kitchen is a place where people hang out while food is being prepared. You could gather friends around an island in your small kitchen but make it multifunctional by building cupboards into it. You will have a space where friends hang out, where they can enjoy the meal later and extra storage.

    The big issue with small kitchens is a lack of moving space and storage. With these tricks, you can combine more storage into smaller areas leaving more space to move around in.


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    Home Organisation Ideas

    No matter how many people live in your home, storage and home organisation will be something you need to put some thought into.   Thinking about which ideas you will need regular access to and those that are seasonal items that need to be stored away effectively without damage so they can be pulled out and ready to use as required.  HomeTreatsUK has thought about the storage and home organisation dilemma.  They have a wide range of home organisation ideas to help you make the most of your storage areas as well as aiding in the smooth running of your home.

    Home Organisation Ideas

    Everyday Storage

    Vacuum bags are perfect for reducing the size of bulky items can take up a large proportion of your available storage. They can be used for storing a number of different items.  From the summer or winter duvet out of season until it is required once again.  Packing up baby clothing and accessories. Or even reducing your bulging wardrobe by removing bulky knitwear and coats until winter.

    In the hallway

    Add a coat rack large for everyone. Ensure that you have enough hanging space for both family and guest coats.  This will ease the problem of coats failing on the in a heap – and looking unsightly.   Also, consider adding a set lower down so that the children can hang their own coats and bags to gain a sense of independence (and it saves you having to keep doing it for them).

    In the kitchen

    The kitchen is often the place where storage is at a premium.  With a range of under cabinet holders available, you could release the valuable cabinet space for other kitchen essentials and gadgets.  Mounting wine glass racks, mugs and even the kitchen roll under the cabinet also allows for these everyday items to be on hand.

    The bathroom

    Bathrooms are never the most generous of rooms so being organised and having adequate storing is a must.  A mirrored bathroom cabinet serves as an aid to house your lotions and potions as well as helping to maximise the feeling of light and space.

    Home Organisation Ideas

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    A Few Favourite Things – Mummy Alarm

    Welcome back to my A Few Favourite Things series.  This week I have Carolin from Mummy Alarm showcasing her favourite things.  Join her for all the adventures she gets up to with her daughter Amy (who has the most wonderful wardrobe – seriously check out her Instagram feed!).

    A Few Favourite Things – Mummy Alarm

    I’m Carolin and I blog over on Mummy Alarm. Behind the scenes, I’m also tinkering on my travel blog Let’s Pack Our Bags which will hopefully launch very soon. Mummy Alarm is a parenting and lifestyle blog that focuses on the adventures of me and my daughter Amy. We’re currently living in Germany, where I am originally from, but Amy is spreading her British charm wherever she goes. Everyone loves her accent and language mix!

    Favourite room in your home

    My favourite room is probably my bedroom. It’s where I spend most of my time – not in bed, I might add. It’s the only place I could fit a good-sized desk, so it’s where I work from. But don’t get me wrong, I also love lying on my bed reading or listening to my favourite tunes on Spotify. The room has a teal feature wall behind the bed and really reminds me of the sea – which happens to be my favourite place in the world.
    Another room, which I really like is my living room. It’s a mix of grey, white, silver and yellow and it has a massive collage on the wall featuring my favourite places in Bristol. My sister got it for me for Christmas, just after we had moved back to Germany, and it made me cry my eyes out. It still makes me emotional looking at it but I absolutely love it.

    Favourite trend

    I love the Scandi trend but with a bit of colour thrown into the mix – too much white just looks too sterile and characterless. Plus, it’s never a good idea with a child around – unless you don’t have any hobbies and love cleaning all day. I like to add a pop of colour with accessories like rugs or pillows and I’m a big fan of framed prints and photographs.

    Favourite thing you own

    Besides all my childhood photos, the most valuable thing I own is a little ceramic owl that Amy’s daddy got me for Valentine’s Day a couple of years ago. It’s a handmade piece by Bristol-based artist Hannah Turner and he spotted it in the window of a little shop on a night out. Knowing I would love it, he went back to get it when the shop was open again on a Monday morning. It’s one of the very few things I’ve got left of him and I plan to pass it onto Amy when she’s older.

    Favourite colour

    I love blue tones. As I mentioned before, the sea is my absolute happy place, so I love surrounding myself with colours that remind me of it. Blues also have a really calming effect on me and help me to relax, although I have to admit that I’m a pretty chilled out person as it is. But maybe that’s because of all the blues!?

    Favourite season

    I love them all. I love spring because everything comes to life. I love summer because it means beach days, ice-cream and BBQs with my family. I love autumn because the leaves change their colours into the most beautiful warm tones, the foggy mornings give a touch of mystery to everything and because October is my birthday month. And I love winter because Christmas is one of my favourite things in the world. I get so excited about buying Christmas presents, snuggling up on the sofa with a hot chocolate, singing Christmas carols and all the snow we get here in Germany.

    Favourite about where you live

    After almost 7 years of living in Bristol, I’m back in the small German town that I grew up in. It’s not far from the Baltic Sea which is something I absolutely love but it certainly can’t compete with Bristol in terms of its vibrancy. Growing up, I knew I wanted to live in a big city with lots of concerts, galleries, and a creative scene but I’ve learned that those aren’t the most important things in life. I love having my family close instead of a thousand miles away, I love that Amy starts school aged 6 and not 4 and I love that sometimes the known can just be as exciting as the unknown.

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    Amazing Living Room Décor Ideas

    The words ‘living room’ says it all. It is a room in which we live. We entertain guests, we play games, we watch television and we relax in this room, among other things. It is often the first area others see when they enter our homes. For this reason, we love to make it an elaborate room that can really impress but there is a fine line between classy and over the top and I will give you a few ideas that will keep you on the classy side.

    Amazing Living Room Décor Ideas

    Amazing Living Room Décor Ideas

    Blank canvas

    If you want to play it safe, start with everything in white, light grey or cream. You can then add pops of color where you feel it will be appropriate but do not go overboard. A great way of doing this is to choose a single color and then using three different shades of it throughout the room.

    Toning it down

    If you have a bright color such as red or orange in a room, it can be easily toned down with the addition of white pieces. This is the simplest way to tame a bold hue easily. It doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg either. A splash of paint on accent wall décor pieces or a few white scatter cushions (look at different textures and use more than two on a couch) or a lamp shade is more than enough to make a huge difference.

    Amazing Living Room Décor Ideas

    Ready for games – any time

    As mentioned, we love playing games in the living room. If you are also one to do this regularly you need a large coffee table with flowing lines to complete the setting. Getting one that fits your décor shouldn’t be hard but you cannot go wrong with a dark wood table in a large room.

    Flower power

    Florals do not need to look like grandma’s dress. There is a huge variety of prints available and if you are not brave enough for a floral lounge suite you could just add a few cushions or even your blinds or curtains. It is never a good idea to go overboard with large prints so choose certain pieces to arm with flower power.

    In the end, you and your family would be the ones spending the most time in these areas so you have to love it. As long as you do not go overboard and you do not use clashing patterns and colors you should be just fine.

    Amazing Living Room Décor Ideas


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    A Few Favourite Things – Kirsty Dee

    Welcome back to my A Few Favourite Things series.  This week I have Kirsty from Kirsty Dee showcasing her favourite things.  Follow Kirsty via YouTube and her blog for some top tips on wellbeing and self-help.

    A Few Favourite Things – Kirsty Dee

    Hi, I’m Kirsty Dee a Mum of two and a UK lifestyle YouTuber and blogger. I love vlogging, minimalism, spiritual stuff and notepads. I’m big on personal development and creating a life you love.

    A Few Favourite Things - Kirsty Dee

    Favourite room in your home

    My favourite room has to be my bedroom. It wins hands down. It’s the only room which I have an area which is exactly how I’d love it to be. Our whole house is all stuff we’ve been given. When family no longer want their current furnishings and decor they pass it to us.  Whilst I’m super grateful for everything that’s been passed down to us, I wouldn’t have chosen those items myself. My bedroom, however, has a corner that my older sister kitted out for my 30th birthday. I got to choose the desk, chair, and little decorative bits. It felt like Christmas as a kid. One of the best gifts I’ve ever been given.

    A Few Favourite Things - Kirsty Dee

    Favourite trend

    My favourite trend for a home is a modern, clean, fresh and minimalist look. I love this look as there is something very calming and inspiring about an organised space. I know I’m more productive and happy when my environment is spacious. When my home is cluttered and messy I feel claustrophobic and overwhelmed.

    Favourite thing you own

    This was a hard one to decide, but my favourite decor item is a crystal tree my hubby bought me for my 30th. It was a surprise and I love it for the thoughtfulness of the gift. I love crystals and spiritual healing and he knew I wanted something to remember my 30th by. The usual milestone birthday gifts weren’t really me. I didn’t even know there was such a thing as a crystal tree, was a little blown away by his research.

    A Few Favourite Things - Kirsty Dee

    Favourite colour

    Green. I love bold green shades like the colour of grass and nature. I also love blue-greens like teal. I love it because of its mother earth vibe. I don’t like pastel shades, I sort of feel there are neither here nor there. I’m all about vibrant, bright colours. I think of them as happy colours. In my dream home, it would be white with splashes of bold, vibrant colours.

    Favourite season

    I love Summer. I love the warmer weather, the bright colours and being able to wear flip flops. I love having the windows open in the house and being able to sit in the garden without feeling cold.

    Favourite about where you live

    The beach. We live in Bournemouth which has the most amazing beach. I love it here, we’ve talked a lot about moving away recently as it’s expensive to live here, but it’s such a hard decision to make as my heart feels like it belongs to Bournemouth. We have friends here and it feels like home. There is also a really lovely river which I love to go to when I can. It’s a wonderful place to live.

    A Few Favourite Things - Kirsty Dee

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    5 Ideas for pet-friendly décor

    When pets live with us in our home (or we live in theirs as the case is with cats) there are some changes that will inevitably have to occur. Having pets living indoors doesn’t mean that we cannot have nice things anymore. Sometimes their items can be a great addition to your already existing décor. Take a look…

    5 Ideas for pet-friendly décor

    5 Ideas for pet-friendly décor

    The bookshelf

    Instead of owning a plain old bookshelf, why not add some wood to build steps for kitty to enjoy all the way to the top? We all know they love climbing and keeping them busy will keep them out of trouble (we hope).

    Dog house inside

    Use a nook or an unused space under a staircase to build a dog house inside. They do like to have their privacy every now and then so let them have their own room.

    Table for kitty

    I saw an amazing design for a table that has a curved split down the middle where grass can be planted INTO THE TABLE. It then physically grows out of it. Cats love nature but we often opt to keep them indoors because they like to wander. This option gives them a bit of nature in the safety of their homes and it looks amazing too.

    5 Ideas for pet-friendly décor

    Pet bed floating shelves

    Curved shelves on the wall with a soft and cozy cover could be the perfect little resting place for a four footed friend. They love to be in our company on occasion so placing these shelves in the living room or wherever we hang out will make them feel even more like family and hopefully keep them off our couches.

    Wet pet pipeline

    With some planning and someone who knows what they are doing to assist, you could make an amazing pipeline for your splashy friends. Some aquatic pets are very curious and they would love the freedom of going where you are, even if it’s just to check out what you are doing. It will also be an amazing experience for people who visit to have live turtles, prawns, fish or even snails moving around the house.

    There are a plethora of ways in which you can combine your pet accessories and furniture with your décor and it could still look great if you do it properly but I know that if someone wants to invite a pet into their homes, they will find a way.

    5 Ideas for pet-friendly décor


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