Living Room Makeover

I'm not sure what it is about taking down the Christmas decorations but it always makes my home feel so bare and boring. I instantly want to decorate and I tease myself scanning Pinterest and Instagram.

After a few days of lusting over soft furnishings I decided to just go for it and start with the heart of our home, the living room.

We started by removing the ugly fire place we had. Originally it was a dark brown colour and clashed with everything in the room so last year I painted it white which looked much better but to be honest we never used the fireplace and it wasn't centre to the wall which really bothered me so I decided to just remove it and get it plastered over. It looks so much better without it and gives us much more space.


We also removed all the old doors as they had at least 10 years worth of gloss on them and had definitely seen better days. Sadly, our new ones don't get fitted for another 2 weeks so I've got a very excited puppy with free roam at the minute. Fun and games eh.

When I told people the colour scheme I wanted, I got a few funny looks and scrunched up faces. I suppose grey and mustard doesn't sound too Instagramic but it's different and I really like it, obviously, I chose it. I've chosen mustard/ochre accessories so when I decide to change colour scheme, I can quite easily by just changing the cushions etc.

We've only had our sofa for 12 months and there's nothing wrong with it apart from the cushions had seen better days so I just replaced them and bought an ottoman and footstool to match. Minnie loves sitting on the ottoman in front of the window and it's great to put her toys in rather than having them laying around everywhere!

                           Large sofa back cushions are from Dunelm. Smaller grey and ochre cushions are from George, Asda. The prints and frames are from Ebay.

I chose a shade of grey paint from Dulux - Goose Down but I found it to be too blue toned for my taste so we went back to the colour we had before, again from Dulux but in the shade Egyptian Cotton, I always go for matte paint rather than silk. The only thing left to do is gloss, we decided to wait for that as we'll need to gloss the new doors when they come and the door frames will probably get scraped and chipped during fitting.

I decided to go for a darker grey carpet to what I had before. I absolutely love it but it was such a carry on getting it in with living on the first floor, it had to come in via the balcony and there was definitely a few colourful words shrieked!

Lamp is from Next, throw is from George, Asda, the ottoman and footstool was purchased on Ebay and my gorgeous furball is admiring the new carpet.

There's just a few finishing touches to go, I'm still looking for a new light shade for the ceiling and something for the back wall but it's all coming together and eventually feels like home again.

     Print and frame from Ebay and lamp is from Next.              My florist made this artificial arrangement.

We've decided to do one room at a time so keep checking back for my little home makeover series.

    Candles are all from George, Asda, both white units are from Argos, curtains and blind is from Dunelm.

I'd love to hear about any decorating plans you've got for this year.
This in a sponsored post however all words, pictures and opinions are my own.


bakerdays Review & Giveaway

I've loved bakerdays for a few years now. If you don't know the concept, you basically choose a cake from their huge range, covering everything from birthdays, babies, anniversaries, weddings, engagements, valentines day and lots more, or you can create something totally personal and just because and have it delivered to your door.

You choose the size you'd like: letterbox gift cake, small party cake, medium party cake or large party cake. I opted to review the letterbox gift cake which is priced at £14.99 and is 5''.

You then choose the flavour: traditional sponge, rich chocolate chip, gluten wheat free sponge, lemon drizzle, red velvet, dairy free sponge or fruit. The choice is yours. I went for traditional vanilla sponge.

You then personalise your cake with whatever you'd like and depending on the design you've chosen. You can even upload a photo and have that on your cake.

Valentine's Day is approaching and I'm feeling nice so I decided to gift my cake to my fiancé. I opted for something more humorous than romantic and personalised it with ''I tolerate you Darren''. I seen this design premade on the bakerdays website and it really tickled it. It's mine and my other's humour down to a T.

I chose my delivery day and waited patiently for mr postman to arrive. A few days later I checked my letterbox and there it was. A mystery brown box.. you'd never think a cake was inside (if there wasn't a bakerdays logo on it and it didn't smell of vanilla deliciousness!).

When I opened it I was pleasantly surprised. The cake was packaged in the most beautiful way. It came in this lovely little tin to keep it nice and fresh and also had balloons, candles and a party blower for that extra wow factor. I just knew my other half was going to love this.

I gave him it that night as I wanted him to try it at it's freshest (even though these cakes have an amazing shelf life of 2 weeks, who can say no to cake though? Cake never lasts 2 weeks in our home).


He laughed his head off at the design and thought it was such a good idea.

We both had 2 large servings of the cake and it was truly delicious.

The sponge was so moist and buttery but not over sickly or too sweet. It was springy to the touch and had the perfect amount of buttercream and icing ratio. I sometimes find iced cakes a little claggy and dry, this definitely wasn't.

I was so pleased with the cake and the service we received. Ordering was so easy and it arrived exactly how I'd hoped.

I love how they fit through a letterbox too, I'm definitely going to be gifting cakes from now on. It's a perfect idea when you don't know what to get someone or may not be seeing them or even just for a nice surprise. Who wouldn't be happy about having cake delivered to their door?

The only gripe I had was wanting more. These are quite small so next time I'd definitely opt for a party cake rather than a letterbox cake, that way I get more yummy cake to enjoy and can share it around for others to enjoy too.


You can see more of bakerdays unique designs and creations over on their website or via Instagram and Twitter.

The fun doesn't stop there, bakerdays are giving the chance for one of my lucky readers to win and personalise their very own letterbox gift cake just in time for Valentine's Day.

a Rafflecopter giveaway *Please note this giveaway is for UK entrants only - the prize will be sent direct from bakerdays*

I received this cake for the purpose of this review however all words, opinions and pictures are my own.

A Minnie Update

I can't quite believe I've had my gorgeous furbaby for almost 9 months. In some ways it feels like she's been here for 2 minutes but in other ways, it's as though she's been here forever.

In case you didn't know, this is Minnie, she's our 11 month old Bichon Frise.

I can't believe how well she's settled in. I'll be honest though, as much as we loved her from the very start, she was a handful for the first 6 months. I felt like an exhausted parent and often had to lock myself in the bathroom just for 5 minutes peace.

Something changed instantly though. She had her first heat about 7 weeks ago and overnight she became a different little girl.

Before she was disobedient, noisy and destructive (all whilst being super cute) but now she's so cuddly, loves attention, understands the difference between playtime and bedtime and she's much more obedient.

She now sits and allows me to brush her, clean her face (sometimes) and do all the things she really didn't like me doing before. She has mastered giving a paw, a hi5 and pretending to box. It's so cute to see.


Minnie was crate trained and that's where she slept but she was waking us up at silly o clock each morning, once her behaviour improved we decided to trial her with free run of the house. So far so good. She's absolutely loving the freedom and sleeps in a different space each night. She is adorable and there's nothing better than waking up to a fluffy face looking back at you with their tail wagging ready to kiss your face.

She really is a bundle of love and joy and I'm so pleased with her progress. She is fantastic with visitors, she's always so see new and old faces and is great with children and other dogs which I'm pleased about.

Now we just need to work on the grooming as it's something she really does not like and groomers find her very difficult to do. She's just so happy and wants to kiss and cuddle everyone. Minnie's face is a little stained which is something I queried with the vets and groomers, they've said it's totally normal for a Bichon to have facial stains (especially when they have their long coat) and not to do anything. I couldn't ever do what some owners so and bleach her, she's adorable with and without her little stains! I now just bathe her face with warm water and she will be shorter during spring and summer which will make it much less noticeable.

If you have any dog training tips or any tips for grooming, I'd love to hear them please.

We will see you next month for Minnie's first birthday!

Easy Date Ideas

I'm sure the majority of us are guilty for not making enough time for our loved ones. Life gets in the way and someone always seems to crop up. You're tired, have a million things to do and let's be honest, I don't think many of us are feeling extremely flush in January.

That's okay though, dates don't have to be big grand gestures or cost a fortune. Yes, it's nice to be wined and dined but to be honest I'd rather just spend quality time with the people I love. I'm much more of a conversation over chocolates kind of girl.

One of my new years resolutions is to have for me time, doing the things I enjoy with the people I love. Even if it's once a month, it's worth doing.

Here are my top 10 easy date ideas for when life is just too busy:

1. The cinema has always been a favourite of ours. We love visiting our local Vue and watching the latest movie. It's a great conversation starter once you leave the cinema and it's nice doing something you can both enjoy.

2. Keeping in with that theme, sometimes I don't want to get dressed and just want a cosy night at home. We love Netflix and chill and in this house, it means exactly that!

3. Bowling is another favourite. Silly shoe selfies and laughing at each other when the ball goes it's own way.

4. Fruit picking, pizza making or even wine tasting. I absolutely love fruit picking in the spring and summer, cosy pizza making in the autumn and winter and well, wine tasting whenever!


5. We're (or should I say I am) very competitive and we love games nights. We quite often pull out a retro game and pass a few hours by. We bought Crash Bandicoot for the PS4 and have played it none stop. I love the game as much now as I did in the 90's.

6. Tourist attractions such as museums, art galleries or local markets. Our favourite is Beamish Museum, if you're ever in the north east, definitely visit. It's great for the whole family, regardless of age. We absolutely love it there.

7. Go on a walk or a drive. We're lucky to have the best of both worlds. We have the gorgeous countryside and beautiful beaches all within a 15 minute drive away. We also have the beautiful quayside which is lovely on an evening when the bridges are lit.

8. Baking is a love of mine. I'm not very good at it but I do like to try. I wouldn't say my other half particularly enjoys the prepping and cooking, he's more a fan of the tasting but I quite often rustle up something in the kitchen and use him as a guinea pig.

9. It's not really picnic weather at the minute but when it's a little warmer we often pack up a picnic, take Minnie with us and sit somewhere beautiful to stuff our faces.

10. We both love the theatre and often visit. We've just booked to see Cats in the summer and can't wait. Our favourite so far has been Sister Act and The Sound Of Music.

I hope these tips have helped you and inspired you to have more date days.

If you're still looking a date, you could try out these sites.


Surrey dating
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Staffordshire dating
Yorkshire dating site
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This is a sponsored post however all words and opinions are my own.

Online Dating

Never in a million years did I think I'd be a social media success story but here I am. My love story literally all started with a friend request.

As many of you already know, I met my other half through Facebook. We had mutual friends but didn't exactly know each other. We got talking and he finally asked me out on a date. I had never done anything like this before but something told me to just go for it!

On 11th January 2014 we met and I can honestly say I've never looked back. Here we are, happy and content, celebrating our 4 year anniversary and planning our wedding for next year.

I know not everyone will be as lucky as were and may have to kiss a few Facebook frogs (or other social media platforms).

Online dating is often frowned upon but I think it's becoming much more the norm now. Everyone is doing it.

Just because it's hugely popular to do online dating and meet people via an app, there are still some safety tips you should follow especially if you're using a dating app aimed at No Strings Dating rather than someone looking for a long term relationship.

1. Never include pictures of your children on any dating profiles. You really never know who may be looking, keep your children out of it.

2. Never disclose your full address to someone you've never met in person. Never allow them to pick you up or drop you off for the first few dates. Always keep it public.

3. Always agree to meet in a public place and let someone know where you will be. Keep in contact them with regularly and always have a back up plan in case you need to leave. Always have a charged phone and money for a taxi.

4. Ask to video chat before you meet just so there's no nasty surprises. Some may be shy doing this but it'll give you piece of mind that they're the person you think.

5. Don't give too much away before meeting them. You don't want them knowing what gym you go to or where exactly you work.

I'd love to hear in the comments about your experiences with online dating.

Suggested dating sites
Strathclyde dating
Cambridge dating
Wiltshire dating
Gloucester dating
Birmingham dating

This is a sponsored post however all words and opinions are my own.