This is such an exciting post to be writing, after what seems like, or was, years and years of saving. Sam and I have finally bought our own home. I’m so excited to be sharing the news with you as I’ve been going on and on about owning a home. The whole process has been near enough impossible, mortgage companies were awful and we were forever not being taken seriously. Sam and I are both self-employed which made buying our home so difficult. Although we’ve got 3 years of accounts, they apparently weren’t good enough because we invested more back into the company than we were taking out. How else do you expect a small business to grow? Anyway, this post isn’t to moan about how difficult it is for young adults to get on the housing ladder, it’s to tell you we did it.

We were looking for a project all along. Something we could make our own. We are both so picky when it comes to how we want something. We knew a perfect house wouldn’t be perfect to us. And with Sam being in the building trade, we had his expertise to help us. But we didn’t realise a project was going to be our only option, so I’m glad we were ready for it.

The house we’ve bought used to belong to my Uncle, or I feel still does in some way. He sadly lost his battle with Cancer late last year, and during his illness told Sam and I how perfect his house would be for us. He was terminal at this point so we’d got used to talking about when the inevitable happened. I feel a little better about the situation knowing that my Uncle knew Sam and I were going to buy it. And it was going to be that first step on the property ladder that we needed. Especially as he’d owned the house for 26 years.  My Uncle restored Classic Cars for a living and always joked that his house was only for eating and sleeping in, but he was happy, that’s all that mattered. But you can imagine what 26 years of no decorating does to a house?

The house is a 3 Bed Terraced House in a town outside of Bristol. It has 2 double Bedrooms and one smaller Bedroom which I can happily say is going to be my Blog/Beauty Room. It has an Upstairs Shower Room and a Main Bathroom. Downstairs is the Living Room and Kitchen. And a massive room that isn’t being used for anything whatsoever. We’re going to turn this room into a Kitchen/Diner and have the Kitchen as the Utility Room with a Downstairs Cloakroom. Outside we have Front and Back Gardens, a Double Garage and a Car Port/Driveway.

This is a massive project for us so I wanted to take this opportunity to share the ‘before’ photos with you. We’ve already got quite far into the renovation process. The house didn’t have any form of heating so a full heating system was the first thing on our list. And definitely one of the most expensive. Then it was onto the stripping of the chipboard wallpaper in the entire house. And ripping up the carpets, that had been laid on-top of the old carpets (don’t ask). It took us a while but we finally got it to a starting point.

I’m going to do individual before and after posts of each room as we finish them. But for now… he’re the before photos. We’ve got a lot of work on our plate haven’t we…

The House Renovation - Before Photos

The House Renovation - Before Photos

The House Renovation - Before Photos

The House Renovation - Before Photos

The House Renovation - Before Photos

The House Renovation - Before Photos

The House Renovation - Before Photos

The House Renovation - Before Photos

What do you think? I can’t wait to show you the after photos, we’ve done so much already.

Until next time,

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Now the summer is upon us, the only place I want to be is in my kitchen. Or the beach, I’m not going to say no to the beach. But call me crazy, you have to drag me out of the kitchen kicking and screaming in the Spring/Summer months. I can’t get enough of cooking and baking. Which is obviously difficult right now considering I don’t even have a kitchen…

As you may know, Sam and I have recently bought a renovation project, the full post on that will be coming after this one. We have been working flat out on it, every single day after work, and Saturdays/Sundays for around 2 months now. I’d be lying if I wasn’t to say I’m getting slightly fed up and impatient now. In order to do the kitchen, we’ve had to wait for the electrician to do his business, as we’re moving the kitchen into a completely different room. Now we’re waiting for the plasterer who’s starting Tuesday, then we need to paint, and finally build the kitchen. We’re working towards a completion date of 14th May and the closer that’s getting, the more excited I am to get my arse back in the kitchen.

Obviously, a new kitchen calls for new appliances right? So it’s only right to make a Kitchen Wishlist. I’ve already spent way more than I should and we’ve still got so much to buy. Le Creuset just calls my name far too often…

The first on my Kitchen Wishlist is a fridge, probably one of the most important parts of a kitchen as it’s where the chocolate goes… (I know 99% of you will disagree with that statement). Although I say this is on my Wishlist, Sam and I have already bought this as it was in the Curry’s Sale. We’ve gone for the Samsung RS53K4400SA which was reduced to £649. Crazy for a fridge, but Sam wanted an ice machine, and I suppose it is a novelty. This is still in it’s packaging in the Garage so I can’t tell you what I think about it yet. But I can tell you it will fit a lot of food in, and it has an ice machine…

I’ve been looking for a juicer to make smoothies/soups and I’m impressed with the Panasonic Juicers. MX-ZX1800SXC looks like it’ll do everything I need and more. I have soup for lunch at work almost every day, it’s either that or cous cous/grains with salad. I really want to start batch making my soups as it’ll save me a fortune and I’ll know exactly what goes into it. Leek and Potato is my favourite, or a simple vegetable. I would love some soup recipes if anyone has any favourites they’d like to share?

A microwave is another important appliance that’s high up on our Kitchen Wishlist. I know some people don’t use a microwave whatsoever but I’m not one of those people, I always chose the easy option. I even make pasta in the microwave as it means I don’t have to stand over a pan for 10-15 minutes. I’m want to restart my 5 Minute Mug Cakes series too as the first one of these was really popular. I spotted a Samsung Microwave Grill for £69 at Tesco which I thought was a good price.

Why is this turning into such an adult list? Time for some silly things I think… I’d like some form of Novelty Cookie Jar, Tesco were doing a Robot one but I think it’s since been discontinued. I can always remember going to my Mum’s friends houses and them having silly cookie jars that you couldn’t wait to be offered a biscuit from. I want my Godchildren/Niece to feel like this with me. OK I’ve even made Robot Cookie Jars seem adult… [a little addition, I had a dream about said Robot Cookie Jar last night].

Next is absolutely anything to do with baking. I went through a point when I was really organised with my blog (and life) and I was managing to get a Baking/Food post live every Wednesday. Everything has been up in the air with the house renovation at the moment but I cannot wait to get to this state of mind again. Obviously a Kitchen Aid is on the top of my list but I’ll have to win the lottery first for that one. As that’s definitely not something we can spend our money on any time soon. Then I’m lusting after lots of different cookie cutters, cake cakes and decorations on Amazon, which is great for baking equipment.

I think that’s it, for now anyway. Although I’ve probably forgotten something important. I’d love to hear what your must have kitchen appliances are? Keep a look out for my before and after Kitchen post. I can’t wait to show you.

Do you have any recommendations for things you can’t live without? What’s on your Kitchen Wishlist?

Until next time,

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Last weekend Mum and I jumped out of our comfort zones, quite literally. As part of the LighterLife Fast #ICanDoThat challenge (which you can read all about here) Mum and I made our way to Go Ape. Go Ape is a tree-top adventure/high ropes course where you complete an obstacle course harnessed 30ft in the air. I did something like this when I was younger and thought nothing of it, but my gosh did I find it ten times scarier as an ‘adult’.

LighterLife Fast gave me the challenge of getting my Mum to do something she’d always wanted to, but not had the confidence to do so. I asked her a few questions in conversation, trying not to give anything away too much. And from the impressions Mum gave, it was an adventure she wanted. She mentioned things like kayaking, or climbing, or going in a hot air balloon. Then I thought why not climb, 30ft in the air, that combines a few of the things she mentioned. I didn’t realise just how much she’d wanted to visit Go Ape until we actually arrived.

I picked her up at around 9am. And getting her to get in the car with me was a challenge in itself. Mum is a nervous passenger and not knowing where we were going probably didn’t help. We made our way to Go Ape (unknowingly to Mum) which was around 50 minutes from us in Gloucestershire. She was guessing the entire way there, and missed three signs that literally said Go Ape. She guessed with with about 2 miles of the journey left.

Go Ape Forest Of Dean

Go Ape Forest Of Dean

We arrived a little late so had to wait for the next session. Whilst we waited we got a cup of tea/coffee and had a wonder around the beautiful lake. It wasn’t bad weather at all, considering it was forecast 20 mph winds and rain. We didn’t see any of that. After our walk it was back to the cabin to get harnessed up. I think being in our harnesses made what we were about to do a little more real as Mum and I both went a little quiet. We listened intently to the safely briefing (don’t want to miss any of that) and then were let loose in the forest.

Go Ape Forest Of Dean

Go Ape Forest Of Dean

Go Ape Forest Of Dean

There was a little tester ladder and zip wire to begin with, just to make sure we knew how to do everything and ‘stay attached’ – the Go Ape motto. Then it was on to the bigger stuff. Almost immediately we were greeted with a Tarzan Swing, where we had to jump from a platform and swing into a net on the other side, then climb the net. I just jumped, I didn’t want to think about it too much. Which was the mistake Mum made as she needed a little encouragement.  But absolutely loved it when she did it. We then did a few more rope crossings and it was on to our first zip wire, it was massive, and the thought was terrifying. You really do have to put a lot of trust into your harnesses and ropes. Mum didn’t think she’d be able to do this, but now says it was one of her favourite parts of the course.

Go Ape Forest Of Dean

Go Ape Forest Of Dean

Go Ape Forest Of Dean

Go Ape Forest Of Dean

Go Ape has 5 sections, each one ending in a zip wire, and they get higher and higher. I think they have 5 different sections so you can stand on the floor for a little bit, and gather the courage for the next bit. Some of the crossings were quite tricky and others relatively simple, but the entire course was so thrilling. Mum decided to follow me along an ‘extreme’ crossing – ‘because I did it so she could too’. She couldn’t, she got stuck. She was low key terrified but found it hilarious at the same time. Mum forgot how to walk, so she couldn’t get her foot out of the hoop and forward to another one, she couldn’t go backwards either. I think she must have been dangling from these hoops for about 5 minutes, with us all screaming at her to let go of everything and pull herself along. But despite depending on the wires for the Tarzan Swing, Zip Wires and some of the crossings, she just couldn’t let go. She ended up being helped backwards and took the easier route, at least she can say she laughed during and afterwards, although most of that was to disguise sheer terror.

Go Ape Forest Of Dean

Go Ape Forest Of Dean

Go Ape Forest Of Dean

Go Ape Forest Of Dean

Before we knew it, it was onto the final course, which included a huge Tarzan swing. Just like before, I launched myself off of the platform. But it wasn’t like before, this one dropped you quite a bit before you swung. I don’t think I’ve been more scared, my heart was racing and my whole body was shaking. Sam tried to capture the terror on my face but I don’t think it can be quite seen. At this point I couldn’t wait for my feet to touch the floor again. I’ve never appreciated the floor so much in my life. Mum coped a lot better with that Tarzan swing than I did, taking it completely in her stride. Then it was on to the final, and biggest, zip wire to end the course.

We did it, we both did the entire course, and tried everything. We jumped off platforms 30ft in the air into absolute nothingness, I didn’t think I was scared of heights until now. But I’d most definitely do it again. We had such a lovely day and have to thank LighterLife Fast for helping us step out of our comfort zone. And for helping us both feel much less bloated prior to the course with the help of their products. I can image it being quite uncomfortable otherwise. Mum, I know you’re reading this. I hope you had a wonderful day and Happy Mother’s Day. Thank you for everything.

Have you visited Go Ape before? How did you get on?

Until next time,

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LighterLife Fast works on a motto of #ICanDoThat, helping you to achieve your goals. Whether it be having the confidence to wear a bikini on holiday, or partaking in an activity you’ve always wanted to do. LighterLife Fast isn’t all about weight loss. It’s about confidence, balance and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Their products can help you get out of a mid afternoon slump, beat bloat, and give you healthy ‘on the go’ snack/lunch options.

This month, as part of a Mother’s Day campaign, LighterLife Fast have challenged me. They’ve challenged me to get my Mum out of her comfort zone, to do something she’s always wanted to do, but maybe not had the confidence to do so. With the help of LighterLife Fast. Now that was a tricky one, I had to ask Mum questions but without giving too much away. I was adamant the final task was going to be a surprise. And there will be a post on Sunday, all about what we got up to.

LighterLife Fast #ICanDoThat Challenge

LighterLife Fast #ICanDoThat Challenge

As part of the #ICanDoThat challenge, Mum and I have also been carrying out the LighterLife Fast together. Now Mum doesn’t need to lose weight whatsoever but she did want to combat bloat and try and stop the urge to snack at her desk during the day. I want to lose a little weight before summer and also suffer from bloating. I think in my case it may be because I don’t drink enough water. I’ve been trying to drink at least 5-6 glasses a day this month so I can see if that makes a difference too.

Mum was looking forward to starting the challenge, but was a little unsure about the products I’ve harped on and on about. The Strawberry Shakes are my favourite, I’ve said this again and again, but Mum hates milk, and Strawberry flavoured things… I told her my little trick of mixing it up early and popping it in the fridge for an hour, she took it one step further and put it in the freezer. And guess what? She loved it. Much to my dismay however as I was hoping she’d give them to me (hehe). Mum has already done a few Fast Days using the LighterLife Fast Packs and already feels much less bloated and hasn’t been hungry throughout the day either.

I’m sure the Light Bites Snack Range have been helping combat hunger cravings as these can be used alongside the LighterLife Fast Packs as an extra. I’ve been enjoying these as snacks on non-fast days too. Especially the ‘popped chips’. A new favourite of mine (not part of the Light Bites range) is the Cranberry and Raspberry Bar, I’ve been thoroughly enjoying these as an afternoon snack this month. They’re so filling and nutritious too.

LighterLife Fast have helped Mum and I in many ways ahead of our challenge. It’s so nice not to feel bloated 24/7, which would have made our challenge quite difficult/uncomfortable. It’s been nice doing the LighterLife Fast with my Mum as we can motivate each other to stick to the Fast. And give each other tips about getting the best out of the products. I’m looking forward to seeing how we feel after the next couple of weeks. Especially as I’ve really been careful about what I eat on the non-fast days too.

Have you tried the LighterLife Fast? What do you think we did as our #ICanDoThat challenge?

Until next time,

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One of the most difficult things with renovating our house has been trying to figure out which Wallpaper to use on feature walls throughout the house. It’s so difficult to visualise what something is going to look like before it’s finished. But Inspired Wallpaper have made it so much easier for us. They’re an online company, selling hundreds of different types, styles and colours of Wallpaper. Their website is so user friendly, making it possible to shop by colour, room and style. With prices starting at just £9.99 per roll. Don’t let the idea of an online company put you off either as you can request A4 samples if you’re finding it hard to make a decision.

Our first decision was the Hallway Wallpaper. Well, we weren’t planning on putting Wallpaper on the Hallway until we stripped the old Wallpaper to uncover this [not so] gorgeous Purple wall. Someone had also painted the Purple on the wall without mist coating the fresh plaster too. If we wanted to paint this wall we would have had to endure the task of sanding each and every bit of paint off the wall first. So we’re taking the lazy option, and covering it up instead…

We’ve decided on a Grey colour scheme throughout the house. We’ve gone with Dulux White Mist on all of the walls and are currently trying to decide on a carpet. We’re going for Light Grey but who knew there were so many different shades, designs, styles, thicknesses to chose from? Knowing we wanted to go for a Grey Wallpaper, we shopped by colour on the Inspired Wallpaper website and selected Grey. I narrowed it down to a few and ended up going with the Inspired Wallpaper Calico Leaf Soft Grey Floral. How gorgeous? We were so impressed with the quality when the Wallpaper arrived as we didn’t know what to expect for £13.99 a roll. It’s top quality textured Wallpaper and it looks even better in ‘person’ that it does in the photos.

This was meant to be a post showing you how lovely our Hallway looks with this gorgeous Wallpaper but anyone that’s ever renovated a house will know that nothing ever goes to plan. We’re having to move/update the Gas and Electric Meters that are on the Hallway wall so can’t do anything until that’s done. So instead I wanted to post the Hallway ‘before photos’ and write a little Inspiration post on the Wallpaper we’ve chosen. Then I’ll post the ‘after photos’ in due course. Crossing our fingers that we’ll be able to Wallpaper in the next few weeks because I’m getting fed up of the Purple wall. And I liked the colour Purple before…

Sticking with the Grey theme, we’ve also decided on the Quattro Stripe Dove Grey Striped Glitter Wallpaper for the Lounge. Again to cover an uneven wall where a fireplace was. Are we lazy? We were originally going to Wallpaper the little back wall as I had a Black Wallpaper but we thought that may be a little too dark. I fell in love with the Quattro Stripe Wallpaper almost immediately and cannot wait to put this one on the feature wall. Or should I say cannot wait for my Mother to put this on the feature wall as she’s the Wallpaper expert!

Inspired Wallpaper Wishlist and Inspiration

I’ll be updating this post soon [hopefully] with the ‘after photos’. I can’t wait to see how the Calico Leaf Wallpaper will change the entire look of the Hallway. We’ve got to decide on the Bedroom Wallpaper next, we’re going for a Navy theme so I’d love to hear your ideas. I really like the Ash Branch Dark Blue Floral and the Chevron Navy Blue Geometric but I’m thinking these may be a little to busy for a Bedroom?

Have you shopped with Inspired Wallpaper before? What are your favourite designs?

Until next time,

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