#raisesomedough For Comic Relief with HomeSense

Comic Relief

#raisesomedough for Comic Relief

Comic Relief

Red Nose Day is on Friday 24th March 2017

HomeSense has partnered with renowned fashion and portrait photographer Rankin to create exclusive aprons for Red Nose Day 2017. The apron features a selection of unique, quirky and quintessentially British animal portraits including Rankin’s own dog.

Red Nose Day and HomeSense are official partners for the third time. Iconic photographer, Rankin, has photographed a host of celebrities wearing the apron. The Hairy Bikers, Si King, and Dave Myers are fronting the campaign. The bikers will be supported by a whole host of celebrities including, Nadine Coyle, Pearl Lowe, Nadiya Hussain, Jodie Kidd, Susanna Reid, Kimberley Wyatt, Lesley Joseph & Linda Robson, Una Healy, The Hemsley Sisters, Ella Mills (Deliciously Ella), Fay Ripley, Vogue Williams and Tim Lovejoy.


The adult apron, priced at £12.99, will be available to buy in HomeSense and TK Maxx stores from 13th February and online at tkmaxx.com and rednoseday.com. With at least £5 from every adult apron sale going to Comic Relief, the money will help people living incredibly tough lives in the UK and across Africa.

The HomeSense Red Nose Day range, created by Rankin, also features a new children’s apron encouraging the whole family to join in the bake sale action by getting creative in the kitchen. Further products in the collection include a tea towel, also designed by Rankin, as well as a leather journal and a colouring-in notebook.

A spokesperson for HomeSense said: “Rankin has really risen to the challenge with this year’s apron design, encouraging adults and children to get in the kitchen and make their bakes matter.

The quirky and unique design featuring an image of man’s best friend (Rankin’s own dog) and a range of other animals, will encourage people to grab an apron, get messy in the kitchen and support the good work that Comic Relief does to help transform people’s lives here in the UK where we have customers and stores and across Africa.”


“When I was asked to create this year’s Red Nose Day exclusive collection for
HomeSense I agreed without hesitation. It is a fantastic cause and I knew it would be a lot of
fun. What you’re seeing is some of the best talent in the animal business and, although I’m
never one for nepotism, my own dog got on the team sheet. I wanted to make these images
as cute and fun as possible and I hope I have included something for everyone which
encourages both adults and children to get in the kitchen and raise some dough for Comic

Michele Settle, Director, UK Campaigns & Brands at Comic Relief

“Baking is one of the most popular Red Nose Day fundraising activities across the UK and this exclusive apron by
Rankin enables you to look stylish in the kitchen and raise money too. So make your bake
matter for Red Nose Day 2017.”

Details and Prices:
All profits from the sale of the aprons and the tea towel will be donated to Comic Relief to
help transform the lives of some of the poorest and most disadvantaged people in the UK
and around the world. The apron is available to buy from Red Nose Day official partners
HomeSense and TK Maxx stores throughout the UK from 13th February and online at
tkmaxx.com and rednoseday.com.

HomeSense and Comic Relief

Mother’s Day and Spring are on the way

Mother’s Day

My girls were a little disappointed today. Ant told them that I want garden centre vouchers for Mother’s Day this year and they like to buy me lots of little presents. Things like chocolate, a new mug, teddies that say ‘World’s Best Mum’, you get the gist.

As you may know, this is the year of the garden. We have a mammoth task ahead of us. It’s not going to be cheap to get the garden the way we want it so I don’t want to be spending money unnecessarily. I’d much rather they buy me a tenners worth of alpine plants!

We did get presents for my mum, Ant’s mum and Aiden’s step mum from HomeSense. We’re not usually this organised! We tend to leave everything to the day before and go to Asda trying to find some nice flowers or something.


This shell box is so pretty

Mother's Day at HomeSense Shell box

I love owls. I’d never be able to light this candle, though, it’s just too nice!

Mother's Day at HomeSense Owl Candle

Scented candles are always a great choice for me. I just love having a gorgeously smelly candle burning away.

Mother's Day at HomeSense Scented Candle


Mother's Day at HomeSense scented candle

Chocolates. Need I say anything else?!

Mother's Day at HomeSense Chocolates

Bayliss and Harding would also be a good choice. I usually get some for Christmas and unlike lots of people who complain when they get toiletries for a gift, I don’t because I like them 🙂

Mother's Day at HomeSense Toiletries

Spring at HomeSense

Any of these would be the best choice for me right now, though. Garden tools, plants or ornaments are on my list because I will have a nice garden this year!

Mother's Day at HomeSense Garden Tools


Mother's Day at HomeSense Rose Growing Kit


Mother's Day at HomeSense Bird House


Mother's Day at HomeSense Garden Furniture


Mother's Day at HomeSense Flower growing kit

If all else fails and you don’t have a clue what to get your mum, there’s always the gift card option 🙂

Mother's Day at HomeSense Gift Card

Mother's Day at HomeSense


I received a gift card in return for this post. All opinions are my own.

Valentine’s Day At HomeSense

Valentine’s Day

After another trip to HomeSense to check their Valentine’s Day stock, we came back with nothing at all related to Valentine’s Day!

We bought a lovely new cake stand that was on offer for a fiver. We also picked up some chocolates for a birthday present and a pretty tin with tea inside for a Christmas present.

Ant got himself a cutter thing that he can use to cut shapes out of the bread. He makes the sandwiches for the school lunches and the other day cut a love heart out of Kaycee’s sandwich. She found it very funny when she opened her lunch, as did her friends!

He puts little notes in Ella’s lunch. The other day he forgot and not only was Ella disappointed, her friend was as well!

Ant and I have decided not to buy each other anything for Valentine’s Day. We’re saving for a holiday for just the two of us. If we were buying presents, though, I’d love any of these treats from HomeSense 🙂

Valentine's Day HomeSense

Valentine's Day HomeSense

Valentine's Day HomeSense

Valentine's Day HomeSense

Valentine's Day HomeSense

Valentine's Day HomeSense

Valentine's Day HomeSense

Valentine's Day HomeSense

Valentine's Day HomeSense

Valentine's Day HomeSense

*We were sent a gift card in return for showing some of the gifts available at HomeSense

Refresh Your Home – HomeSense

Refresh Your Home

Whenever January rolls around, I always start feeling like I want to change things in the house. After the lights and glitter of December, January is cold and dull.
I want to refresh my home and make it colourful and bright, ready to welcome spring.

The super wonderful husband and I took a trip to HomeSense on Thursday. He likes to see what kitchen things they have and I like to look at everything else!

HomeSense artificial orchids Refresh your home

Cushions - HomeSense refresh your home

Shelf and hooks - HomeSense refresh your home

Pink vases - HomeSense refresh your home

Be Kind wall plaque - HomeSense refresh your home

Wall clock - HomeSense refresh your home

Wall hangings - HomeSense refresh your home

Door knobs - HomeSense refresh your home

We want to decorate the living room because it’s been plain magnolia since we moved in three years ago. Some colour needs injecting into the room but I’m not sure which colour to choose.

I have made a decision about our shower room, though. We want to get rid of the pink toilet, shower and sink but we need to save for those. I can’t go another year with the room as it is so I’ve picked grey as the main colour and we’ve started buying bits and pieces.

I’ve never picked grey before so I’m not exactly sure what I’m doing! I saw some lovely grey towels in HomeSense and I’m going to check on the web to find a nice wallpaper to match the colour and do a feature wall in there.

We’ve also changed the colour scheme in the kitchen. We had light blue accessories but because Ant chose to have a candy apple red KitchenAid mixer, we’ve changed the kettle, toaster and other things to red. I really like it 🙂


Please Note: We were sent a gift card in return for this post.

Christmas Gifts at HomeSense

Gifts for Christmas at Homesense

You know HomeSense is one of my favourite shops, right? I really enjoyed browsing for Christmas gifts the other week. I was spoilt for choice.

I’ve done all of my Christmas shopping now but already I’m planning ahead for next year! I like making gift baskets for people and tailoring them to each person.
For Ant, I’d do a foodie gift basket because he’s really into his baking and cooking right now. I used to do the majority of the cooking but now he does it all and delicious it is too!

HomeSense has a great assortment of foodie items like this oak smoked rapeseed oil. He’d love this because he always uses rapeseed oil and he loves anything smoked!

Christmas gifts at HomeSense

I know a few people who would like these other foodie gifts

Christmas gifts at HomeSense


Christmas gifts at HomeSense


Christmas gifts at HomeSense

Don’t you just love the marshmallow snow?!

If anyone wants to buy me a present from HomeSense, I’d be very happy to get one of these tins containing panettone. I LOVE panettone but I love the tins even more. I’m thinking I could start a collection!

Christmas gifts at HomeSense


Christmas gifts at HomeSense


If you’re after something a bit different, there are some great games and funny gifts to choose from.

Christmas gifts at HomeSense


Christmas gifts at HomeSense


Christmas gifts at HomeSense


Christmas gifts at HomeSense


Christmas gifts at HomeSense


They have the usual smelly gift sets. Some people complain about smelly gift sets but I love getting them. I don’t buy myself indulgent bath products throughout the year so it’s nice to get some at Christmas.

Christmas gifts at HomeSense


Christmas gifts at HomeSense

My girls would love to get these on Christmas day 🙂

Christmas gifts at HomeSense


Christmas gifts at HomeSense


Thanks to HomeSense for my gift card. I treated myself to some new wine glasses to go with my Christmas dinner service and some Christmas wine glass charms 🙂

Decorating for Christmas with HomeSense

Christmas decorating with HomeSense

Two words I love to hear together: Christmas and HomeSense! I love decorating for Christmas and visiting HomeSense when they have Christmas stock in, is one of the things I look forward to when I’m Christmas shopping 🙂

They have a huge range of decorations, including some really gorgeous snow globes. If I had room, I’d be a snow globe collector. They always felt magical to me when I was younger.

Homesense decorating for Christmas

There’s something about Nutcrackers. I don’t know what it is, I just can’t get enough of them!

Decorating for Christmas with Homesense


Decorating for Christmas with Homesense

Ant bought me a Santa like this last year. I love him and can’t wait to stand him on the hearth at the side of the fire when we decorate 🙂

Decorating for Christmas with Homesense

Decorating for Decorating for Christmas with Homesense


 Decorating for Christmas with Homesense

These angels are beautiful. If I hadn’t already bought a new angel for the top of our tree, I’d have to go with the second one. (I love the first one but I think she’s made of wood and wouldn’t sit on top of the tree very well!)

 Decorating for Christmas with Homesense


 Decorating for Christmas with Homesense


 Decorating for Christmas with Homesense

Don’t you just adore this sparkly Nutcracker? I do!


HomeSense sent me a gift card in return for this post. I had a wonderful shopping trip! You can see my purchases on another post soon 🙂

Halloween Goodies at Homesense

Halloween goodies at Homesense

Halloween Goodies at Homesense It’s fair to say Halloween is Ella’s favourite holiday. She’s obsessed with Halloween the way I am with Christmas. When HomeSense got in touch and asked if we’d like a gift card so we could go and … Continue reading

Father’s Day at HomeSense

Father’s Day

The girls and I took Ant to HomeSense at the weekend and asked him to have a wander around and pick some things he’d add to a wishlist for Father’s Day on Sunday.

I didn’t think there’d be much he’d choose but I reckon his wishlist is bigger than mine!

He’s really into his historical nautical fiction so I knew he’d want these items added to his wishlist!

HomeSense nautical instruments

HomeSense telescope

HomeSense globe

He does like to BBQ and there’s a great selection of BBQ tools

HomeSense BBQ tools

HomeSense BBQ glove

He’s not a big chocoholic like me but he does enjoy it occasionally.

HomeSense chocolate monkey wrench

HomeSense spicy ginger chocolate bar

HomeSense chocolates

HomeSense pistachio and marzipan truffle

The girls and I picked the mugs

HomeSense super hero mug

HomeSense my shed is my castle mug

And his final choice…

HomeSense portable washer set

To find out what we actually bought him, you’ll have to come back next week 😉


Please note: we were sent a gift card to treat daddy on Father’s Day in return for this post.

Al Fresco Dining with HomeSense

inside picnic hamper

We’ve been working on the patio and garden recently so we can spend more time out there. We love to eat outdoors when it’s warm and since Ant built a roof over the patio area, we never have to worry … Continue reading