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    Beautify your Patio

    Whether you have a large or small patio it is a great place to relax. Once the weather is right it will make a wonderful place for you to sit back chill, and experience the comforts of your home. It should, therefore, be a very welcoming area. One that provides a pleasant attraction while creating tranquility. You can make all patios look and feel beautiful. Even the most humble patio can be transformed into a place of eloquence. We will share some of the important requirements for you to beautify your patio.

    How to beautify your patio

    Size appropriate furnishing

    Firstly, you need to use plants and furniture that are the appropriate size for your space. If you have a small patio you should try to get smaller plants and furniture. This does not mean that you should go and buy everything very small. Regularly, a large piece of furniture in a small patio can be quite perfect if it is properly positioned. Those persons with a fairly large patio should also take the size of their furniture and plants into consideration. Never go too big. Get everything in a fitting size. Your plants can obviously be a bit bigger but not too big because this is not your garden.

    Adequately utilize your space

    If you have a large patio you need to get your plants and furniture positioned in a fitting way. Use your space wisely. Place plants in an area where they can be seen but not occupy useful space. Those individuals with a small space may need to use furniture that is mounted to the wall. This is a wonderful way to adequately utilize your space. You can even place some craft work on the walls to add to your patio’s visual beauty.

    Authentic Appearance

    Your home and the way you decorate it is a representation of you. Make sure your patio does not look like every other patio. Give it a unique feature. Remember not to be excessive, since you are seeking to create a pleasant beauty not a confused look. You can try adding a fireplace. Many modern home owners have been giving their patios a new look with a small fire pit created on the floor. Not only do they look great but they provide heat if you are chilling outside on those windy nights. Additionally, they are a great place to roast marshmallows.

    A Few Favourite Things – Friendly First Foods

    Welcome back to my A Few Favourite Things series.  This week I have Kayley from Friendly First Foods showcasing her favourite things.  If you are looking for food inspiration for your children, then please do pop and take a look at her recipe section.

    A Few Favourite Things – Friendly First Foods

    Hi, I’m Kayley and I blog at Friendly First Foods, a blog all about feeding a very hungry little foodie.  Until I had my son, Harry I didn’t like cooking and wasn’t particularly good at it.  Feeding Harry made me learn more about cooking, giving my family a balanced diet and has given me a passion for cooking simple healthy recipes.  I’m currently pregnant with our second child and suffering from HG so most other hobbies have been put on hold until I feel better, my blog is the one thing that I’ve managed to continue with and has helped to keep me sane through a pretty difficult time.

    A Few Favourite Things - Friendly First Foods

    Favourite room in your home

    My favourite room in our house is the kitchen when it’s tidy!  One of my favourite times of the week is at the weekend when Harry, his daddy and I sit down together for our meals.  Harry loves the social aspect of eating together and so do I.  We’re currently half way through our kitchen renovations, we have brand new units and appliances, there’s a long way to go but once it’s finished I just know I’m going to want to spend even more time in there!

    Favourite trend

    If I had to put our home style into a category I’d say it’s pretty modern.  We have a long way to go with making our house our perfect home and I love nothing more than trawling Pinterest for design inspiration.  I don’t think the things I want for our home necessarily fit into a specific trend or style but they reflect us and our family.  When we got married people kept asking what our theme for the wedding was, my answer was always, ‘things that we like’.  I think that’s definitely true about our home too, it’s perfectly mismatched just like us.

    Favourite thing you own

    My favourite thing that I own is probably my Tiffany charm bracelet.  It has charms on it for all of the significant moments in my life and wearing it reminds me of all the good things in my life, it makes me feel calm and happy.

    Favourite colour

    My favourite colour is Tiffany turquoise. It has been for years and always seems to be my default choice for everything.  My bridesmaid dresses at our wedding were turquoise, our bedroom is a beautiful turquoise colour and lots of my clothes are too.  I particularly love this colour on our bedroom walls, it’s just so calm and relaxing, which is perfect for our sanctuary within a house of chaos!

    Favourite season

    Ooh this is a tricky one!  I love them all for different reasons and am so glad I live in a country where we have such defined seasons.  I love Winter when the frost makes the streets glisten and I can wrap up warm and snuggle up to my hubby.  I love stomping through the beautiful orange leaves with Harry in the Autumn.  I love watching the flowers bloom in Spring and seeing the daffodils pop up everywhere and I love the sunny days in Summer when we can spend whole days outside.  I genuinely don’t think I could pick just one season.

    A Few Favourite Things - Friendly First Foods

    Favourite about where you live

    We live really close to most of my family and my mother in law and love the fact that we can see them all so easily.  (It’s also super handy for babysitting!)  Where we live is a short drive from Manchester, a city bustling with life and so many things to do, in one direction but then we’re a short drive from the beautiful countryside in the other direction.  I love having places like Lyme Park on our doorstep, Harry loves being outside and we are never short of places to take him.

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    5 great house cleaning life hacks

    There are many simple things we can do at home to keep the place clean. Many times we often forget that we can use what is around us to do so much. Below is a few life hacks that will make your home super clean.

    Use Lemon or Vinegar to clean taps

    If those facets around the house or the shower head have become whitish and full of scum this method is great for you. Both Vinegar and Lemon juice are highly acidic. This fact helps to make them great cleaners. Most soaps are full of alkaline and the acid in vinegar or lemon counteracts and removes it. You should obtain half of a cup lemon then rub it onto the taps this will remove them.

    Use your newspaper to get the rid of bad smells in your refrigerator

    Okay! You have gone out and purchased your daily or weekly newspaper. You have read it and no longer have a need for it. What do you do? You use it to get those awful smells out of your fridge. If you line your vegetable drawers and shelves with newspaper it will suck in all of the smells present. This eliminates those terrible smells.

    Our microwave the home steriliser

    If you want to get your kitchen sponges hospital clean. Try using the microwave. All you need for this task is a microwaveable container and some water. Place an adequate amount of water into the container. Enough that can cover the sponges. Put the container with the sponges into the microwave for about 60 seconds. When you take them out they will be sanitized.

    Bicarbonate of soda for cleaning

    If you want to make your stove look wonderful try using bicarbonate of soda. When this product is combined with water it makes a great cleaner. When cleaning the stove you need to wipe it first with a slightly damp cloth. Then apply a very thick layer of bicarbonate soda. Wait a few hours then wipe the grime away.

    Ultra Clean With Vinegar

    You should know about the strong acidic cleaning power found in vinegar. If you put one cup of vinegar and water into a bowl mixed with water for about 8 minutes you will see wonders.  All of those stains and hard to clean mess stuck to the microwave will just easily be wiped away. The microwave along with the vinegar creates a type of steam cleaning. This then softens those old stains.

    A Few Favourite Things – Our Bucket list lives

    Welcome back to my A Few Favourite Things series.  This week I have the Suzy from Our Bucket List Lives showcasing her favourite things.  Please make sure you pop over to her site for inspiration on your very own bucket lists.

    A Few Favourite Things – Our Bucket list lives

    Suzy McCullough and I blog over at Our Bucket List Lives. I am married with one little boy who is soon to start school in September. We love to travel and enjoy days out at a variety of attractions.

    Favourite room in your home

    My kitchen. I say mine as it was all chosen by me. It’s finally finished and it’s a world away from the kitchen that was there originally. I own over 70 recipe book and I really need to get back into cooking meals from scratch again. We don’t have ready meals but I’m certainly not as adventurous as I used to be.

    Favourite trend

    I love mediterranean villas. Our house has a similar feel. Especially with two large palm trees in the garden. It has been painted in an orangy colour widely used in Spain. Sitting out in our garden can certainly make you believe you are somewhere slightly more exotic. Rather than good old Blighty.

    Favourite thing you own

    My Canon camera. It was bought as a Christmas present for me in 2014 by my Mum and Dad. It has recorded so many special moments since. I love the quality of it, it far surpasses the quality of the photos from my smartphone. I have so many of the photos now in frames. Hopefully, my son will look at them for years to come and it will help him remember all the fun we’ve had with him.

    Favourite colour

    Blue. Perhaps a strange choice for a woman but I just love blue. My car is that colour and blue is the colour of my two favourite things. Those two things being the sky and the sea. Nothing can beat a lovely sunny day full of a gorgeous blue. Nor a warm inviting sea that positively sparkles blue back at you. My boy also has a vast array of blue clothes because of my love for blue.

    Favourite season

    Summer. For sure it has to be summer. I love warm sunny days. Wine, picnics, strolls in the park, caravan breaks and water play in the garden. It’s what life is all about. I don’t redecorate no. I’d love to have more flowers in my house though to reflect the seasons.

    Favourite about where you live

    I love where we live in Lincolnshire. There are no motorways to get stuck on. We only live a 45-minute drive from the sea and the countryside around her is very scenic. There’s so much choice for days out and a great array of caravan sites to take our tourer caravan. We’ve only lived here a few years and we love it. I doubt we will leave the area.

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    3 things unknown about your garden

    There is nothing is nothing easy about gardening. It requires hours of work. It takes dedication, good skill, and that occasional luck to get your vegetables and flowers to grow wonderfully. There are many myths about gardens. Some may have some element of truth to them. Gardens are meant to beautiful. There may be a few things you are doing wrong or could do to enhance your garden. While there are others that are just silly. Regardless of this here are 3 things unknown about your garden.

    3 things unknown about your garden

    1. Sounds do impact on your plants

    We all know that it is said that you should take to your plants to make them grow. This is actually quite true. Research has shown that those vibrations created by your voice or music may have some type of impact on your plant’s growth. Studies also found that when a silent greenhouse was compared to one that had music played daily found that the last type had plants that grew more. So continue talking to your plants. Give them that sweet sounded music and watch them grow beautifully.

    1. Combine your orchids to create that great smell

    You can combine your orchids to give that dessert like buffet scent. Vanilla bean is found in a type of orchid. Additionally, there is an orchid called Oncidium hybrid referred to as Sharry Baby that smells a lot like chocolate. There are even some that smell like a lemon. If you are to position these orchids in a particular manner the smell will be great. It will help to improve your general mood. So make sure you use orchid in your flower garden and combine them in such a way that you get all of their natural benefits. Appearance and fragrance.

    1. Butterflies may be attracted to your weeds

    The fragrance your nectar gives is what draws those insects to your garden. Research conducted by the Smithsonian Institute found that the addition of dandelions and clovers to a flower garden can attract butterflies and other insects. You can try planting some of these weeds in your garden along with your plants. They will help to protect your plants. Helping to make your garden remain beautiful with lovely flowers.

    A Few Favourite Things – Devon Mama

    Welcome back to my A Few Favourite Things series.  This week I have Hayley from Devon Mama showcasing her favorite things.  Be sure to follow her via the social media links at the bottom of the post for more updates from her and her family.

    A Few Favourite Things – Devon Mama

    I’m Hayley; a 30-year-old new mama living in Devon with my son, husband and the World’s bounciest dog. I set up Devon Mama when I was pregnant in 2016 as a way to fill my maternity leave (oh how naive I was!) and to keep track of our lives as new parents. I can normally be found walking the dog, Googling things or watching trashy American TV, throw in a house with ‘a lot of potential’ and my return to work as Marketing Director earlier this year and life is pretty hectic!

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    Favourite room in your home

    My favourite room is very dependent on the mood I’m in. Our house needs a lot of work so we’ve only decorated a couple of rooms, a fact which helps narrow things down a lot! My favourite room at the moment would probably be our lounge, even though it’s not really finished. We removed a hideous brick fireplace, green carpet, and pink velvet curtains and replaced it with off-white painted walls, an inset log burner and neutral tones. We’ve still got to add all the little bits but I love the minimalism of it, it makes me feel calm even though there’s a pile of plastic baby toys in the corner! It’s the room where we spend the majority of our time and I love how bright and airy it is whilst still being cosy, there’s nothing I love more than setting a nice bunch of bright flowers on the coffee table and seeing them offset against the pale walls.

    Favourite trend

    My favourite trend is neutral tones and a mix of modern and traditional. Our bedroom is grey, white and yellow with splashes of geometric pattern and I think it sums us up well. How would I describe that? Maybe traditional with a twist? We love oak furniture, neutral tones, and a fuss-free clean look. At least, that’s how I’d like the house to look, it’s currently mid-renovation!

    Favourite thing you own

    My favourite thing that I own would have to be my childhood teddy; Ted Bear. He was a gift from my grandparents that was in my cot when I came home for the first time and he shared my bed for all of my childhood. He even came to university with me! Before I had my son, I’d been known to drag my teddy into bed with me for the company if my husband was away for the night. Now Ted Bear sits in my son’s room overlooking his cot and keeping a watchful eye. We used him as a prop in our newborn photo shoot and I love the historical link that it gives us over the generations!

    Favourite colour

    In terms of colours for rooms, it would have to be grey. I love the versatility of it, how it feels classic and modern at the same time and you can get so many different looks depending on the hue and depth of the colour you use. I couldn’t possibly pick a favourite colour though, it would change by the minute!

    Favourite season

    I’m a big fan of all of the seasons but my favourite would probably be autumn. The weather is usually pleasant still, there’s a leftover feeling of summer and plenty of anticipation for winter. I love the darkening nights and the chill that means it’s time to snuggle back in front of the fire. I’d love to say I’m someone that redecorates the house dependent on the season; I’d genuinely LOVE to be that person but… I’m not. I do get out the candles again for the darker evenings and we light our log burner – does that count?!

    Favourite about where you live

    The best thing about living where we live is the location. Our house is in a small village meaning we’re surrounded by neighbours but can be in the woods in minutes. The beach is ten minutes away and my favourite place to go outside of the summer months. We’re surrounded by dog-friendly walks, beautiful views and both of our families (immediate and extended!) live within a twenty-minute radius of us. It really is perfection!

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    3 Home Decorating Tips to improve your home

    Contrary to popular belief designers do not have a special secret guidebook. There are no set rules or laws that are unbreakable that they follow. They depend mainly on something that we all have that is their imagination. However, there are certain principles that they follow. These, when coupled with their imagination and creativity, can help to make any room in your house look better. Fortunately for you, these principles are available for anyone. Here are 3 home decorating tips that will improve your home.

    3 Home Decorating Tips to improve your home

    3 Home Decorating Tips to improve your home

    1. Have a focal point

    To begin you need to decide what is going to be the star of your room. This will act as the focal point. Allow other items in a room to support the star. This focal point can be many things. A piece of art in the living room. It may be a center table or a fireplace. It does not matter what it is. Just ensure that the other pieces of furniture or items in the room are all positioned to amplify this item. Additionally, lighting can be used to enhance the item. These also helps to give your room and house a more stunning look.

    1. Let your furniture breathe

    You should always avoid the urges to overcrowd a room. Each room in your house should have enough room for you to maneuver easily. There is no need to occupy a space with a lot of furniture. You should invest in fewer but high-quality items. This gives a much better look than if it is filled with stuff obtained at a flea market. The correct spacing allows your room to feel lighter. It gives a more relaxing and comfortable feeling.                    

    1. Choose the paint last

    This tip is primarily for those who are moving into or redecorating their home. You should select your paint color last. There are so many different color paints and shades to choose from. Each home and room has a particular color that might best suit it. Getting that right color can only be done if you have the furniture, carpets and artwork present. You should then select a color that complements these items. Applying these tips is definitely a great way to improve your home décor.

    3 Home Decorating Tips to improve your home