Goodreads Reading Challenge 2017 – I completed my first Goodreads reading challenge in 2016 and I enjoyed it so much I decided to do it again in 2017.
Looking back at my 2016 post, I said I was going to challenge myself to read 45 books in a year. When I signed up to the challenge, I decided to set my number at 52 which is 1 book a week.
I started off strong and got ahead which really helped when it came to the busy summer months.
I don’t know if I’m going to manage 52 books again next year but I’m going to give it a go 🙂
In 2015 I made KayCee and Ella a new Christmas stocking each. I’d made Aiden a stocking when he was a baby but it was a very simple Winnie The Pooh one. The ones I made for KayCee and Ella were very intricate and took a lot of time.
All three of them also have a stocking each that my mum made them but Aiden’s is kept at his dad’s house. I wanted to be able to put matching stockings on the fireplace and Aiden’s Winnie The Pooh one doesn’t match so I made him a new stocking 🙂
Christmas Photos I take lots of Christmas photos but this year I wanted to make sure I capture all those special moments. The girls are growing up far too fast and Christmas is changing now we don’t have any little ones here. In fact, for the […]
Boxing Day 2017 – Our regular trip to Derbyshire on Boxing Day started off with a visit to B&M to check out the Boxing Day sale!
I bought some candle decorations and some sparkly gold table mats for Christmas next year. I would have probably bought more if the reduced prices were on the items. Lots of things were on the clearance shelves but I didn’t know how much they’d been reduced by so I didn’t bother with anything else.
The drive to Belper was a nice one, there weren’t many cars on the roads and we made good time.
I got to see most of my family but we weren’t able to stay for too long because we wanted to get back before it got dark. We got some lovely photos of my dad with various grandchildren!
Christmas Day 2017 – For the first time since having children, I was able to sleep in until 7 am on Christmas day! Ella and KayCee said they were going to get up at 4.30 am because that’s what time they always woke on Christmas day.
Ella actually woke at midnight to go to the toilet, just as we were going to bed. She noticed the stockings were gone and thought Santa had taken them but I told her I’d borrowed them to take photos. I’ve made Aiden a new stocking this year and had forgotten to photograph it.
Ant came to bed and around 20 minutes later we heard Ella creeping to her door and taking the filled stockings to her room!
She woke KayCee who told her it was too early to open the presents. I think KayCee said Ella eventually opened them around 2.30 am then fell back to sleep.
I got up just after 7 and the girls were still in bed!
It didn’t take them long to wake up and remember it was Christmas 🙂
They woke Aiden, who unfortunately was still ill (he’d been at his dad’s until Christmas Eve and came home with a cold) but he put a brave face on and enjoyed opening his presents.
We had a lovely morning together then Jerome (Ant’s youngest son) and Kellyann (his daughter) came to visit. We don’t see Jerome much through the year so it was really nice to see him.
Kellyann bought her gifts with her and as usual, she’d totally spoilt them! She’d filled a unicorn box with everything unicorn for Ella, including a gymnast leotard that had a unicorn on and her name. I’ve never seen her so excited 🙂
Granddad and Jonathan came for dinner then stayed to play Kaycee’s new Monopoly Jackpot game.
We had a busy but fun Christmas Eve 2017. As usual, we had a buffet tea and had an open house so family and friends could join us.
We don’t have much space in the house so Ant lit the log burner in the grotto (his name for the new covered BBQarea he built earlier this year) and he spent a lovely evening out there with his dad and some of his children 😊
I didn’t go out because it was too cold for me and I didn’t like the smell of the smoke!
When everyone had gone we opened our Christmas Eve boxes and everyone put on their new pyjamas. Even I got some new Christmas PJs this year, thanks to KayCee getting Ant to buy me some!
Christmas would not be Christmas without my favourite tipple. The trouble is, Baileys is really high in Slimming World syns. For a measly 25ml, it comes in at 4 syns. There’s no way I can have just 25ml so I was delighted when I found […]
Whether you’ve moved into a new property that needs a little updating or just noticed that your current kitchen needs a little TLC, redecorating can throw up all kinds of design questions. Unless you’re among the lucky minority to have a large kitchen, how exactly can you make your kitchen look and feel bigger than it really is?
Using little visual tricks and colour psychology will help to give your kitchen a new lease of life that will both modernise and help the room to feel more spacious. Since your kitchen needs to be easy to clean, your main focus should be on the tiles. The tiles can make or break the aesthetic of a room, so these should be your main focus when trying to make a room look bigger.
It’s no surprise to learn that darker colours aren’t going to help to make a room look larger. Instead, you want to stick to those neutral and paler shades. The lighter the tile, the more illusion of space you will create. However, don’t feel that you are limited to just white tiles, you can work with any kind of lighter colours, including pastels. The main reason for this is that lighter colours bounce light better than darker colours, eradicating those shadows that can shrink a room. If those natural colours aren’t your thing, grey is incredibly popular right now. A light or dove grey wall tile would work just as well but still gives you a sophisticated colour scheme to work with.
Oftentimes the grouting if overshadowed by the tile itself. We’re so focused on getting the perfect tile that we forget about how it will look with the grouting once properly installed. In smaller kitchens, you want to try and match the grout and tile colour together. If you have a white tile for example and use a black grout, this can make a wall or floor look a little more cluttered than it really is. This is an incredibly fashionable look right now, but only really works in rooms that have the space available. It’s important to be realistic with the room you have so not to ruin the design you’ve carefully planned. Matching your tile and grout colour makes a seamless look with a flawless finish that will help in opening up the room.
When looking for tiles you might not consider the fact that the finish might have some impact on the way a room looks. The best finish you can choose when trying to make a smaller room look larger is a high gloss. The glossy finish bounces light beautifully and therefore helps to make the room feel more spacious. The high gloss finish also makes for easy cleaning with dust and dirt easily being swept away. If a high gloss seems too intimidating, look instead for a satin finish. These tiles have the perfect mix of gloss and matt to give you a tile that has a subtle shine.
Tiling a small kitchen doesn’t have to be difficult. Follow these simple suggestions when looking for your new tiles and you will have a kitchen that looks and feels larger in no time.