New Year, New Kitchen: What to Keep and What to Replace

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This is a paid post The start of a new year is the perfect time to reset, reassess, and declutter all areas of your life. When it comes to your kitchen, this means taking stock of everything in it and figuring out what needs replacing, and what you can keep for another year.    Dinnerware Your dinnerware will have likely taken a considerable battering over the festive period and now is the time to check if it’s still in a presentable state or if you should invest in a new dinner set. To get 2019 off to a good start by making sure that you invest in a quality dinnerware brand like Corelle. Both chip and break resistant, a high-quality dinner set from Corelle ...

Getting Started with Our Home Renovation plans

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We've been in our home for 5 years now and I still love it. It's in the perfect location for us - close to the London Waterloo train line for John's commute to London - and it's the Victorian house that I love the look of so much. I love the bay window at the front, I love the red bricks, and we've worked really hard to put traditional features back into the house, like sash windows, and the glazed front door. But we've known since we first moved in that the layout didn't really work for us, and as the years have gone on and our two boys have come along, it's become more and more of a problem. On ...

When This Lazy Mum Got Cleaning!

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Hands up, I've never been a cleaner. I struggle to keep things tidy, and it's fair to say that having children has been the nail in the coffin of cleanliness in our house. When the whole Mrs Hinch and her #HinchArmy thing started doing the rounds, I just didn't see the appeal, and saw myself far more aligned with Mrs Hunch - surely everyone has a clean clothes basket that they take their clothes from, rather than putting them straight away? We would tend to have a whole weekend once a month where we would tackle the tidying and do more of a deep clean, but it's pretty depressing when you get to Sunday evening and realise that you've not left the ...

Make Space For Play {With The Great Little Trading Company}

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When Max was little, I remember saying that we wouldn't let toys overtake our living room. Sadly we don't have a spare room in our house to turn into a playroom, and I was determined that our living room would stay an adult space, with toys tidied away in the evening. But, as I'm sure happens to us all, slowly the toys started to invade our house. First there was the jumperoo, then the toy cars, then the collection of Toy Story toys. And then Ben, our second child, came along and somewhere along the line we lost all sight of our adult space, just sweeping all the toys to one side once bedtime came along. The Great Little Trading Company ...

Personalised Prints from Created By Magic

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I love choosing photos and prints to fill the walls in our home. To me, it's what makes a house a home. We have a mixture of photos and artwork, and when I saw this personalised welly boot print from Created By Magic, I knew we had to find a space for it. I don't think there could be a more perfect addition to the Hot Pink Wellingtons home! My blog was named after my beautiful pink Joules wellingtons as I felt it summed up my love of the outdoors, and that love is something that I've definitely passed onto my children too. We love getting outside and enjoying nature. What could be more perfect to sum up our family than ...

Max’s Dinosaur Themed Little Boy’s Room

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When we started decorating Ben's nursery, I was really keen to make sure that we updated Max's bedroom at the same time. We hadn't really updated it since it was decorated as his nursery, and, as a nearly 4 year old, I felt that it needed to reflect the fact that he's a little boy now, no longer a baby! Max's big love at the moment is dinosaurs, so it was an easy choice to make his new bedroom a dinosaur themed room. While I have aspirations to be a crafty mum, I definitely lack the skills in that area. So a huge thank you to one of my favourite bloggers, Rachel at The Ordinary Lovely, who provided me with lots ...

Ben’s Rainbow Nursery Room Tour

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When it came to creating a nursery for Ben, the theme and colour scheme was an easy choice for me. With Max's nursery decor I'd been torn between a muted grey and yellow theme, and a rainbow theme. Quite opposite ideas really, and although I ended up going down the grey and yellow route, I always craved a little boy's room with more colour. Ben's room is what used to be my office, and if you ever saw my Office Room Tour, you may remember the fabulous Sian Elin wallpaper I had in it. It's such a statement wallpaper and I really couldn't bear to take it down, so it made the choice for a rainbow themed room nice and ...

How to Make A Christmas Wreath – An Easy DIY

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For the past 3 Christmases, each December I've made my own Christmas wreath. Every year I get lots of comments on Instagram from people saying they wish they knew how to make their own, so I thought I'd write up a little guide as it really is so easy! In past years I've used wire wreath rings and created a base using sphagnum moss and florist's wire, but this year I bought a foam oasis base and it really does make the whole job so much easier. Plus, the water in the foam will keep your foliage looking fresh for weeks to come.   What You'll Need Foam Oasis Base (I used these from Amazon*) Branches of spruce (either clip from Christmas tree or buy from ...

A sneaky peek at my makeup organisation

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I've always been a bit of a makeup addict and an organiser, so there's nothing that combines these two passions better than makeup organisation! I recently revamped my dressing table which gave me the push I needed to really look at better ways to store my makeup. Until just recently, I used a big makeup artist's trunk which sat on the floor - not the most ideal solution - and meant that most of the makeup that I used on a day to day basis would just end up strewn across my dressing table.   Storage Storage is key for good organisation. My main objective was to find little homes for all of my bits and pieces, but to still be able to ...

Floral styling for a summer bedroom

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When the summer comes round, there's nothing better than a bit of a bedroom spruce up - new bedding can really transform and brighten up the bedroom, and when you consider the number of hours you spend in your bed, it's well worth investing in making it a cool and comfortable place to be.   Embrace the florals Flowers are one of my favourite ways to track the seasons, and floral bedding is always a big hit with me. Anyone who knows my love of a bold patterned wallpaper will probably find it unsurprising that I also love a bold print when it comes to bedding. It adds a splash of pattern and colour and is a really easy way to add a ...