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28th November 2018

Bathroom Updates – Tips To Help Your bathroom Look Better

Along with the kitchen, the bathroom is one of the most important rooms in the house. If it looks tired and dated you could lose money when you want to sell.
Quite apart from that, it’s lovely to go into a well designed and decorated bathroom every morning when it’s shower time so you may feel it’s time to do some bathroom updates.

New Bathroom Suite

We’re starting off with the most expensive change you can make and that’s having a brand new bathroom installed, or indeed, installing one yourself.

If you’re handy with tools and know about plumbing you can remove the old bathroom and install a new suite yourself. There’s no doubt that fitting it yourself can save money, but you need to be confident in your abilities and make sure nothing gets overlooked.

There can be many aspects to installing a new bathroom that you wouldn’t even think of. For example, you may need to buy extras that aren’t always included with the new shower; shower trays and door seals may need to be bought separately.
You can buy a range of door seals, including curved shower door seals, from Byretech.

luxe look bathroom


If completely changing your bathroom isn’t in the budget right now, there are still lots of ways to update it.

Changing the bath mat, shower curtain and towels can make a big difference to the look and feel of your bathroom.
If you choose a neutral paint on the walls, you could change your accessories with the change of each season.

neutral bathroom with blue accessories


As mentioned, repainting is an excellent way of refreshing a room. Don’t only think about painting the walls, though, the tiles can be repainted as well.
Removing and replacing tiles can be a huge job, not to mention, an expensive one. You can create a whole new look in your bathroom by painting the tiles.

Be sure to buy the correct paint for the job in hand. The wall paint needs to be made especially for bathrooms so it can withstand the steam and moisture that is inevitable in the bathroom.


Lighting is very important in all rooms of our house, but it can be even more important in the bathroom because it’s usually one of the smallest rooms in the house.

However, you don’t want a bright glaring light that’s going to blind you every time you go in there.
Strip lights are usually the first choice for bathrooms, but there are so many lovely light fittings out there you’ll be spoilt for choice.
Have fun shopping around and pick a fitting that will also double as a feature of the room.

bathroom lighting


There are so many options for bathroom floors you may have trouble deciding between them. Your budget could have a big impact on your choice of flooring; hardwood floors are gorgeous but can be pricey. Laminate is a cheaper option and can usually be laid over the existing flooring.

Vinyl can be cheaper still and with so many different patterns available you could have any look you wanted.


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7 Autumn Activities You HAVE To Do Before Winter Arrives

feet with socks on, a small pumpkin and autumn leaves - autumn activities

Photo by Alex Geerts on Unsplash


With just over three weeks to go until Winter arrives (on the 21st December), it’s time to start thinking about how you’re going to make the most of the rest of the season. Autumn is a great time of year for family activities, so I wanted to share with 7 autumn activities you have to do before winter arrives…



  • Going For A Walk In All The Stunning Autumn Colours



We have just a few more weeks of the stunning autumn leaves and whilst most of them have fallen, it’s still a beautiful sight to walk through. If you’re planning on a big family walk, ask your children to spot different colours and shapes of leaves as you go. Don’t forget to wrap up warm though, it is nearly winter after all!



  • Make A Root Vegetable Soup



Whether you’re a pumpkin or butternut squash fan, it’s the perfect time of year to make a cosy autumn soup that the whole family will enjoy.  


There are lots of different recipes available online so pick your favourite one, grab your apron and get everyone involved in making something delicious!



  • Visit Your Local Farm Shop



During Autumn there are always lots of different activities going on at farm shops. Whether it’s pumpkin pickings, vegetable displays or arts and crafts – it’s a great time to go with the kids.



  • Have A Cosy Night In Watching Movies



There is nothing better than lighting a few candles, switching on your fairy lights and cosying up under a comfortable blanket. Why not pick a few of your favourite movies and make a whole night out of it with some snacks and a takeaway?



  • Taking The Family Apple Picking



Autumn is the perfect time of year to go apple picking or any other fruit trees for that matter. If you’re looking for a fun and rewarding day out for the whole family, search your local area for picking farms and off you go!


The kids will absolutely love the satisfaction of picking their own fruit, and it makes for some cute family photos too!



  • Baking Some Delicious Autumn Recipies



Now that you’ve picked your own fruit, why not make some delicious autumn recipes using it?


Our family favourite is a gorgeous apple and cinnamon pie that has everyone going back for seconds. If that doesn’t take your fancy you can find more autumn pie recipe ideas if you visit the Bustle site here.



  • Make A Fire Pit In Your Garden And Toast Marshmallows



If you want to try a little autumn DIY project, try making your own fire pit in your garden. Once built you’ll be able to have the whole family around to spend the night toasting marshmallowsan American favourite at this time of year.


If you’re feeling extra adventurous, you could buy the ingredients to make smores.


What do you like to do in Autumn? What will you be doing to make the most of the last few weeks? Let us know in the comment section below.

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5 Ways to Pay for Home Repairs When You Are Cash-Strapped

Are you experiencing a minor plumbing issue or major problems with your roof? Though home repairs are an expensive undertaking, they are inevitable. And you must set money aside for it.

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Magic Reindeer Food That’s Kind To Animals + Free Printable

The children have sprinkled magic reindeer food on Christmas Eve for many years. Sometimes we bought it from the school Christmas fair but they much preferred it when they made their own. We’re going to be making bags of reindeer food for the younger cousins […]

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Frosty Windows – Winter Like It Used To Be

After the very hot Summer, I keep seeing it mentioned that we could have a bad a Winter this year. Now when they say bad, they mean lots of snow, but to me, that’s not a bad thing! That would be a very good Winter because it’s the kind of Winters we used to have when I was younger and I loved lots of snow and frosty windows!

Frosty Windows

I remember waking up on a cold Winter morning, opening the curtains and seeing frost on the window. I loved the patterns it made. Then I’d gaze in wonder at a world that had been turned into a cold, snowy wonderland.

I loved that feeling of excitement I’d get and I couldn’t wait to get dressed and go out in the snow.

frost on a window

School Closures

I’m sure our school must have closed sometimes when it snowed but I can’t remember it doing so. I do remember having to walk to and from school in the snow. To get to my school I had to go down my street, along a short bit of the main road, through a little field, over a small bridge and up a big field that was quite a steep hill and it was called The Flat!


The Flat was the place to go when you wanted to go sledging. I can’t recall us having a proper sledge, though. We used whatever we could find. One year someone brought an old car bonnet and loads of us would pile on. It was brilliant!

I did get in trouble with my parents one year, though. I think I’ve mentioned this before (probably more than once….my memory is terrible!), after school, some friends and I were messing around in the snow on The Flat and we lost track of time. It was dark and way past tea time when I got home. I got into serious trouble and I always went straight home from school after that day!

a boy sledging - Winter like it used to be

Outside Toilet

Our house was a council house that had brick outhouses, one was an outside toilet, one a coal house and the third was a storage area.
If we’d been out playing in the snow and we needed the toilet, we weren’t allowed to go to the toilet inside because with four children and lots of friends, it would mean we were in and out all the time so we had to use the outside toilet.

I can still remember having to sit on that freezing seat! I also remember the smell of the oil lamp. Because of the freezing weather, my dad would wrap the pipes in cloth and keep an oil lamp lit in there overnight.
You wouldn’t think much heat would be produced by an oil lamp but it did the job brilliantly. The pipes never froze!

These days we’d just get the pipes properly insulated by this pipe insulation company. I know if I were the one responsible for lighting the oil lamp every night I’d totally forget!

I Live In Hope!

Ant will not be agreeing with my wish for a snowy Winter because he’s not a fan, but even so, I’ll live in hope!

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