Top Tips for Spring Cleaning

Winter is slowly on its way out and with the first day of spring quickly approaching (20th March) there’s only one thing to do; spring clean! I think in winter I tend to get a bit lazy as the cold weather makes me less inclined to clean. I’d much rather be wrapped up on the couch with my girl, a film and a blanket.

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Sometimes we need a bit of a a kick up the bum to get going. I’m working with Bed Guru to share my tips for spring cleaning and de-cluttering. Be sure to check the end of this post for Bed Guru’s fantastic giveaway.

Clever Storage

Our spare bedroom is pretty much our ‘junk’ room. My husband would probably call it junk but really it’s all the bits and pieces I sell on Facebay. I have boxes and bags all over and it makes the room look really messy. Furniture with great storage would be a fantastic way of de-cluttering this room. Bed Guru have a fantastic range of divan beds with loads of storage options. The great thing about divans with storage drawers is that you can put loads in them and no one will ever know they’re there! We could certainly do with this in our spare room.

Be strict

Part of having a good spring clean is to be very strict what what you keep and what you don’t. Ask yourself if you’ve used something in the last couple of months. If you haven’t then it’s probably a good time to get rid!

Sell, sell, sell

While you’re in the process of having a good sort out you might as well make a bit of money from it! If you’re going to throw something out but it’s in good condition and could be useful to someone else, try selling it. Selling on local Facebook sites is a great way of earning a bit of extra cash.


I think in order to have a good, proper spring clean you need an action plan. There’s no way I could do our whole house in one day so I would need to come up with a plan of which rooms/ jobs were the most important and work my way down them. The spare bedroom will always be priority number one because it is the room with the most stuff in there!

Bed Guru are giving away a fantastic 4 drawer double divan to help with your spring cleaning! Head over to Facebook and Twitter to enter!*

*Giveaway is open until 27th March.

This is a collaborative post. All opinions are our own.




Ditching the high chair

Erin was born premature which meant that a regular high chair was far too big for her when we started weaning. I spent ages and ages looking at other options and I finally decided on the Chicco Polly Magic High Chair. This was amazing for Erin when she was still so small but over the last four or five months maybe, she’s really grown to hate it. I have no idea why. The minute you put her in it she got annoyed, cried and sometimes even screamed. It has made meal times quite hard at times. Sometimes she would flat out refuse to eat and cry until she made herself sick.

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We bought the Mamas and Papas Baby Bud a while back when Erin had a bad time with the high chair and it solved it for a while. She has sort of happy to go back in the high chair for a while but once again, meal times have been incredibly hard. Erin has gotten a lot worse when it comes to what she will and will not eat. Since we started weaning she has been amazing with trying and eating new things. The high chair seems to stop this. Originally, we thought it was down to teething or being ill but when I thought about it more and more, it seemed to only be the high chair.

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We made the decision a couple of weeks ago to stop using the high chair for a while to see if Erin changed at meal times. I cannot believe the change in her! She has eaten whole meals with barely any meltdowns at all. She has eaten most of whatever we’ve fed her and seemed quite happy about it. high chair

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Another thing is that Erin seems to get bored when she’s eating. She quite often needs a spoon for herself which is fantastic because she tried to scoop up the food herself. Sometimes though she needs a toy. I would love the Babyplay Universal Highchair Activity Tray which goes with the Baby Pud to give Erin a bit more to keep her occupied at times, even if it was so we could finish our own meals in peace!

I’m glad Erin seems to enjoy meal times more now she gets to sit up at the big table.

Do you have any tips for making meal times easier for a baby who doesn’t like a high chair?





Toy Storage Dreams

Yesterday I posted a review of the toy storage we bought from Next in the sale. As much as I love it, we STILL need more storage. Erin has some larger toys downstairs that are just on the side and she also has a room full of toys as well. Christmas and her birthday was insane and even after trying to clear out some old toys, we have them everywhere. I guess this is life now.

Anyway, I thought I’d put together a post about toy storage that would make our lives loads easier!

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Tidy Books Bookcase – £154.50 (Tidy Books)

John Crane Multi Storage Bin – £54 (John Lewis)

Stompa Uno S Plus 4 Unit Storage Combination – £460 (John Lewis)

Canvas Toy Storage Bucket Bag, Medium – £19.50 (The Original Canvas Bucket Bag Company/ Not On The Highstreet)

As you can see, these are very varied in price! I know the possibility of us getting the £460 storage system is slim to none but it would last us forever!! It would also double as a bookcase in Erin’s room because there would just be so much space on there. It is absolutely massive though and would take up one of Erin’s walls in her bedroom pretty much.

How do you store your children’s toys? I’d love to know what you find useful. 

Next Toy Storage Review

When my VIP slot opens for the Next sale online the first category I go to is children’s furniture, hoping for a bargain for Erin’s room. During the last sale I managed to bag a 5 tier storage system for £25 instead of £50. After the madness that was Christmas and Erin’s 1st birthday, our living room resembled a toy shop and I needed some kind of order. Unfortunately, Next don’t have anything similar anymore so I can’t link to it.

I was a bit silly really and didn’t take photos of the building process. However, this storage system was really simple to put together. In the box you get the two side panels, 15 poles, the screws and 7 storage trays. Assembly as really easy as all you needed to do was to screw the poles into one side panel and then do the other side. Once that was done you fold out the storage boxes and pop them in. I did this while Erin was running around the living room although I did have to keep stopping and starting.

I have the storage system in one of the alcoves in the living room as it is off the floor and Erin can’t pull it over. I also have to keep in mind what Jackson can do and what he might be tempted by. As you can see from the picture directly above this paragraph, not all of Erin’s toys fit. Some of them are really too big and this is where some cube storage would come in handy.

The storage system has four smaller trays and three large trays. I like that I have been able to split up Erin’s toys into different types. If we feel like a musical day we have a tray for instruments. The tray next to that is soft toys and puppets. You get the picture.

The design is really lovely as well. The colours are neutral so I’m happy to have it in the living room. The whole system feels really sturdy and well made and I couldn’t be happier with it. I really, really wish I had bought two of these when I had the chance as they would have fit perfectly side by side.

How do you keep your children’s toys tidy?

The Best Office Furniture

When we bought our house we picked a doer upper.  I had always planned on one part of our living room/ dining room being a library seeing as we have so many books. However, Erin pulls at things now so we’ve had to change this. All of the books are in the loft and I have a bit of an open space to consider. My little space is now going to be turned into my very own office!This means that I have to figure out what furniture to put in there and I’ve spent some time looking for the best office furniture and Furniture@Work have some great options.

Office desk


This desk comes from the Value Line Classic range and currently costs £154. This would be absolutely ideal for me. Storage is something I don’t have much of right now and the drawers on either side would hold so much for me, from stationery to items for review!

Furniture@Work conducted a survey recently and a whopping 44.3% of people said that a desk was their top priority for office furniture. I don’t blame them really!

Office chair

Furniture At Work office furniture

Comfort is highest on the list of needs when it comes to an office chair. At the minute, I’m used to sitting on the sofa and working each night and that’s really not good for me. The Skye Executive chair looks really well padded and with nice arm rests. This would do me nicely.


Something I am a massive fan of is a whiteboard or a memo board. One of those big, felt covered boards would be absolutely perfect for my office. It would help me to stay organised as well as keeping things in view so I didn’t forget about them.

Tray furniture would also be really high up on my list of the best office furniture to have for me. I love to be organised and I would hate for something to go missing so something like this would give me loads of space for putting press releases, invoices etc.

what do you think is the most important piece of office furniture?

This is a collaborative post. All opinions are our own. 

Garden storage from Keter

One of the first tasks when we bought our house was to tackle the garden. Last year we managed to finish clearing it all, get some decking laid and also get a pretty big big of lawn laid as well. It all looked beautiful until Jackson destroyed the grass with his poison pee. Anyway, the one thing we lacked was garden storage.

We have a shed at the bottom of the garden but it’s such a mess. It has woodworm, a rotten floor and a massive hole in the back where something keeps digging its way in or out. This is how it was when we moved in. We know it needs to go but we need a store for firewood at the minute.

Last month we splashed out a little bit and invested in a Keter Storage Box. Ideally, I really wanted a new shed and a wood store but we don’t have the money for that right now. This was the next best thing.

Garden storage

The Keter storage box is pretty much what you’d expect it to be; a storage box for outside. This box is actually made from plastic so it is weatherproof. This was the main selling point for me. I can’t be doing with more rotten wood.

The storage box took hardly any time at all to put together. John and I did it together because of how big it is. We managed it in less than half an hour. Most of the pieces slot together and there are only a few screws, even if a few are in awkward places.

Garden storage

The storage box is really sturdy and has so far survived some quite strong winds. Although we haven’t gotten round to it yet, you an add a lock if you want so the box is super secure. We only keep the dog food and rabbit hutch things like hay in there at the minute though.

garden storage

There is also an option to add a shelf to the inside. However, all the instructions state is buy plank of wood and screw in. The wood is not supplied. We haven’t bothered with this.

I honestly love our garden storage box. It’s got so much room in it and holds loads. I can see this being used for Erin’s scooter, bike and other outdoor toys when she’s older.

Unfortunately, these aren’t cheap even though they’re made from plastic. Ours was about £90 I think when we bought it. I didn’t mind though because it’s something that will last ages and we can move it around when we want.

I’d actually like something else from Keter and maybe do away with the wooden shed altogether one day. This is the perfect garden storage for us, especially while the garden is a work in progress.

Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. All opinions are my own.

Pride of place

It’s been a while since I have written anything to do with the house. To be honest, I haven’t had the time or money to do anything to it. Recently though, I have given Erin pride of place in our living room.

Pride of place

A few weeks ago at Baby Sensory we were able to have a photo session with Louise Walpole Photography which was fantastic. The session didn’t cost us anything and there was no pressure to buy anything. However, I loved most of Erin’s photos so I had to buy some.

Last week I found some chunky black 7×5 frames in Sainsbury’s on sale for only £4 each. I bought 5!! I knew that I wanted black frames to do a picture wall somewhere in the house at some point so I bought all the frames Sainsbury’s had. I bought photos of Erin, 2 were 7×5 and 1 was 10×8 so I couldn’t frame all 3 pictures.

I’m not quite sure where the picture wall is going to go yet but I was desperate to put up the pictures of my little girl. Our mantelpiece needed a bit of rearranging so I decided the pictures would go there, where I could see them every day. Unfortunately this has meant wedding photos of me and John have come down now.

Pride of place

I am so in love with how this looks. The black frames are fantastic. Now I have two photos framed it makes me want to get a load more done.

We had another photo session done a couple of weeks ago and I’ll be ordering some more prints soon. I have a spare 3 frames so I know exactly what will go in them now. Unfortunately, I have no where to put them at the moment until I redecorate a room and make a feature of the framed pictures.

How do you display family photos around your home?

Review: Chicco Polly Magic High Chair

2016-05-07 11.51.42Being so small Erin did not fit into a high chair very well. They all looked way too big for her and I was always worried that she wouldn’t be secure enough. After a lot of research I came across the Chicco Polly Magic Highchair which, unlike others, stated that it was suitable from birth instead of 6 months. As soon as I saw it, I knew it was the one for us and I had to have it.

Price and availability
Up until now I have been quite frugal when it comes to shopping for Erin. I have bought most of her clothes in sales and there is not much at all that I have paid full price for. I have managed to get a bargain where ever possible. That was not the case with this product. I figured that if I was going to splash out on something then it was going to be this. The high chair cost me a whopping £110. Before it was time to buy one I was planning on getting a second hand high chair from Facebay for around £15. Ooops.

The Chicco Polly Magic Highchair comes in a choice of colours which was something I really liked. I don’t like Erin to have anything overly girly or pink if I can get away with it but I also want things to look as nice as possible. The choices are a brown and cream combination called Cocoa or Pois which is cream and red. I ended up choosing Pois as it just looked that little bit nicer in pictures and more stylish.

Putting it together 
I was so excited when the chair arrived that I couldn’t wait until my husband got home from work to put it together. I’m generally okay at this kind of thing but the box it comes in was massive and a little daunting! However, the high chair is so, so easy to put together and it took me a massive 15 minutes on my own. The instructions are very clear and simple to follow with each piece easy to locate. I have had some instructions before that I couldn’t even read, let alone follow so this was a nice change!

Although the main reason why I purchased this high chair instead of others was because of the age it was suitable from there were also more reasons.

As this chair is suitable for newborns the chair has a memory foam insert to make the size of the seat smaller and more secure. The soft cream material is wonderful and makes a big difference to the size of the seat for Erin. This can be removed for when the child is big enough to fit in the regular seat. With all three bits of material (pattered, red and the cream) the seat is super soft and comfortable.

One of the biggest selling features of this chair for me was the multi height and multi position options. As Erin is only little still I didn’t want this to be used solely for being up at the table. I wanted to be able to have her in this near me on the couch but off the floor as she would be in a bouncer. This chair offers six different height positions and also three different reclines. The highest the chair goes is up to table height while the lowest setting is a little bit higher than my coffee table. The reclines go from being completely upright to being laid back, making it possible for babies to sleep in this chair as well!

Safety is obviously a really important factor when choosing a high chair and the Polly Magic 2016-05-14 20.42.43Highchair has a 5 point safety harness which is fantastic. The straps are adjustable so I’ve been able to make this fit Erin really well and I’ll be able to loosen them as she grows. The table tray also has a middle section which helps to keep the child in place while sitting in the chair.

Speaking of the tray, we don’t actually use it yet. Erin sits near the dining table at the minute when we feed her but it is a very thick and sturdy tray. The tray actually comes in two parts, a main tray and a plastic kind of cover. This means you can have the main tray attached to the chair but take the plastic tray in the kitchen, prepare your child’s meal and bring it through on the tray, all while they still have a table in front of them!

The less obvious features about a product are sometimes the best! This high chair has a foot rest with a removable bottom and it’s all adjustable. The chair has added storage underneath in the form of a basket which folds up if you don’t want to use it. The table can be clipped to the back legs for storage! Everything is moveable with soft touch buttons which have not stuck once yet and they make moving things really easy!

2016-05-14 20.39.28Something that this chair has that I haven’t seen on another is a toy bar and it’s a feature I absolutely love. Erin has not been a fan of bouncers etc. much so far so I was worried she wouldn’t like sitting in this chair. She took to it straight away though because instead of freaking out about being in a strange chair higher up off the floor, she noticed the toys and forgot about where she was. The toy bar keeps Erin happy and occupied while I’m sorting out her food. The toys are also really nice! There is a teether, rattle and squeeky toy all of which can be removed or changed if you wanted to. The toy bar is removable and also adjustable. The handles on the chair have different holes for the toy bar to clip into so you can move it either closer to or further away from the child.

How does it work for us 
Erin and I absolutely love this high chair. Although it was more expensive than I thought I would ever pay for a high chair it has been worth every penny so far. Not only is Erin comfortable sitting in some kind of chair now but she is very happy eating her meals in it. I love the height options as it means being able to keep Erin higher up and away from the puppy.2016-05-14 20.43.31

Something else I must mention is storage of the chair. The whole thing folds up really well. The seat goes into a completely upright position, the arms fold up and the storage basket also folds up so pretty much everything ends up flat! We do have enough room to keep this out properly all of the time but for people with smaller houses it would maybe be the difference between being able to have this or not having it!

The Polly Magic Highchair is sylish and extremely practical and every part of it works like a dream for us. This is suitable up to about 3 years old so we’re going to get a lot of use out of it for what we paid!

The nursery: organised chaos

Anyone who knows me will know how organised I like to be. I love order and cleanliness and I absolutely hate for things to be out of place. Everything in our house has a ‘home’. My husband will completely disagree with me on that though! He’s much more laid back about putting things away (I think that’s a nice way of putting it) and could care less if something got put back in the same place as where it was the day before.

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One room that I don’t feel in control of much is Erin’s bedroom, the nursery. Erin has the second biggest room in the house (very close second to our bedroom) but yet there doesn’t seem to be enough room for everything. I wish I could take a picture of the whole room but it just doesn’t fit in from the doorway. As you can see from the picture above there is a changing table, cot and a chest of drawers on one side of the room. On the other side is a wardrobe and a shelving unit.

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While there is a bit of storage I guess I feel like things don’t really have their own proper place. The changing unit is fine and that really does hold a lot. As you can see in the picture I have it completely packed with nappies and wipes. The wardrobe has mostly dresses hung up as well as a few coats and cardigans. The shelving unit has baby grows and sleep suits while the chest of drawers has socks, tights, leggings and t shirts.

I think I wish that I could get to everything a bit easier/ I could see things better. To start with I had so many baby grows and sleep suits that didn’t fit Erin because of her being so small so the shelving unit had multiple sizes on the shelves. The wardrobe is so packed it is hard to find what I want. There are also boxes of extra clothes in sizes going right up to 3 years old (because I buy cheap when and where I can). The t shirts and leggings in the drawers are impossible to sort through quickly to find something to matches.

Erin would probably find this to be the most calming or fun room in the house with the soft colours, tree on the wall and animals everywhere but it stresses me out.

How do you make the most of your nursery and do you have any tips for clothes storage?!

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My first attempt at upcycling furniture

When my husband and I bought our house we didn’t have nearly enough furniture for it.We moved from a 2 bedroom flat to a 4 bedroom house. We still don’t have enough furniture but I’m constantly looking on Facebay for some bargains. A couple of months ago I managed to get a chest of drawers and a bedside table for £20. Below is what they originally looked like!

The drawers had some really ugly drawer handles too but I took this photo after I’d taken them off and started painting! I bought some Annie Sloan chalk paint to do these up with in Paris Grey. The spare room that I bought the furniture for will be decorated in a grey and green colour scheme eventually so I wanted something to match. Annie Sloan chalk paint is amazing because it paints on near enough anything without having to do any sanding or preparation. The furniture only took 2 coats of paint and each one dried within a couple of hours so I managed to get most of the painting done in one go. Instead of just painting the shell and the fronts I also painted the insides of the drawers.

As you can see, the drawers look completely different than they did to begin with and so much better! So far I have put on 2 coats of Annie Sloan clear wax to seal and protect the paint but I still need to put another coat on and then buff. 

One of the trickiest things with this furniture was the handles. I couldn’t find any drawer handles that had the exact measurements for the holes already screwed in. I was tempted to fill them with wood filler and drill new holes but then I found a solution. In a local store I found some large round handles that are swirls. By using 2 of these next to each other it gives the impression that it is one large handle! This was so much easier than what I was going to do. The shop has run out at the moment so I still need a couple more!

I also wanted to do something a bit special with the insides of the drawers. They can look so plain and boring when they’re just one colour so I decided to decopatch them. I found some really lovely flowery decopatch paper to line the drawers with. This part was really tricky as the sheets were just smaller than A4 and a pain to lay flat in one go. I also had to use different size strips of paper around the edges and some bits overlap so it doesn’t look as neat as it could do but for my 1st attempt, I’m pretty happy. The drawers will be filled anyway so it doesn’t matter too much I guess. From afar they look lovely though. I’ve added on a couple of top coats of glue/ varnish too so that the paper is sealed and has a smooth finish. 

I really love the insides of these drawers now! They really do have that something extra now when you open them.

It’s taken me quite a while to get these done as I only have time on my days off to do bits to them. I can’t wait to get my final couple of handles for them to be finished completely.

For my 1st attempt at upcycling furniture, I’m so pleased with the result. Now I have done these pieces I think I could easily do some more especially now I know how the products work and what to do differently next time!