The Largest Bouquet of Lily’s I’ve ever seen

I’m a lover of flowers despite the ability to kill them off pretty quickly. Since we are now into full-blown wedding planning, when the opportunity came up to review a gorgeous bouquet of Lily’s from OK Bouquet, I jumped at the chance as it’s one of the flowers I actually want.

I was offered the chance to review their deluxe bouquet of Lily’s which retails for £35 and includes eucalyptus leaves as well as palm leaves. Delivery was speedy therefore not long after ordering, an extremely large box was waiting for me when I came home from work one day.

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Inside I found a deluxe bouquet indeed, so big that it wouldn’t all fit into my vase. It was extremely well packaged and there were care instructions inside letting me know what to do with the flowers. With the assistance of my fiance because I couldn’t lift it on my own, we carefully took the flowers out and arranged them into the vase.

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As you can see, the flowers are stunning and gradually more and more opened up leaving my house with the most incredible smell to come home to. Remember, this was only half the bouquet in there and because we didn’t want it to go to waste, the other half was donated to my future mother in law who loves Lily’s as well.

Between the two of us, the flowers lasted just over 7/8 days before they started browning and it was time to get rid. But we have both been pleasantly surprised by how well they lasted and how beautiful they were when they flowered. It has definitely cemented Lily’s as one of my wedding flowers as I think I love them even more now.

From order to delivery, the service was fantastic and super speedy. Value for money is superb as the amount of flowers you actually get for the price is astonishing. I showed my fiance the website just in case he feels the need to treat me in the future as they have a vast range on offer and some truly beautiful bouquet options. If ordered by 12 noon, you can in fact get next day delivery as well so perfect for a last-minute gift idea. Price wise, the website ranges from around £20 up to £75 if you are looking for a more premium option. Plenty to choose from and something to suit everyone in my opinion.

So there you have it, a little sneak peek into my wedding floral arrangements and a taste of a home related post in a way. We are finally settled in the house with a touch more accessories to add here or there so expect some homeware posts coming soon.

Laura x

*This has been a collaborative post with OK Bouquet. The Bouquet was sent to me in exchange for an open and honest review and all thoughts are my own*

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The SCA Summer Cleaning Challenge

Now that I own my home, I realise how much effort it takes to actually clean a big house and how much time my mum put into keeping ours tidy before I moved out.

When I was contacted to see if I wanted to take part in the SCA summer cleaning challenge, I was more than happy to oblige and share some of my top tips and hacks for helping speed up the process of cleaning the home. I received a lovely goodie bag of products to help inspire me to create new hacks which you can see below.

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My first hack was to make use of the compost bucket. Now we are pretty lucky enough to have a compost bucket with our local council so I didn’t really need it for that usage. Instead I decided to use it for all my pegs! Yep that’s right, it currently houses all the pegs for my washing line making it rather handy for grabbing to take out and hang clothing.

Next up is trying to find a hack for the smell from the bins. Now usually I would use regular old air freshener and just blast it every few days before giving the kitchen bin a proper clean. I received the very awesome bin buddy in my bundle which is a great citrus product which kills germs and neutralises odours in your kitchen bin. This smells awesome and is great for just shaking into the bin. I will definitely be buying this product again in the future as it really is so handy.

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Another hack I use it kitchen roll and Glass spray. I find that kitchen roll works great rather than dry cloths etc which tend to leave smears. I use it all the time on our patio doors and windows as we have a fair few to clean in this house and I’d be lost without plain old kitchen roll. I’m so glad I received a giant roll of Plenty in my bundle.

My next favourite household feature is a good old-fashioned feather duster. I have some pretty high ceilings and bits of furniture that need regular dusting and we kept forgetting to buy one every time we ventured to the shops. To my amazement I received a lovely new one in the bundle which has been extremely handy for keeping cobwebs at bay and dusting everywhere.

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In terms of cleaning my shower I always use Mr Muscle shower products and also use a kitchen scrubbing-brush to help clear grime and dirt out of the grout and tiling of the shower. I started to do this when we moved in as I was struggling to clean some of the dirt left from previous owners and this was the only thing that helped. The long bristles meant I could get right into the grout and scrub away without damaging any tiles or the grout itself. It’s my favourite cleaning tip if I’m completely honest.

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Last up on the cleaning tips is 2 smaller suggestions in my opinion. My black and decker handheld and cleaning wipes. Cleaning wipes are not only great for wiping down surfaces or leather but are also brilliant for carpeted floor and grabbing hair from the carpet itself. It sounds weird but if you have long hair especially it can get embedded into the carpet if you aren’t careful. This is a great way of gathering up hair and also leaving your carpet smelling clean and fresh.

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When it comes to the black and decker handheld, this is super useful for crevices in sofas or harder to reach parts of your room. I struggle to lift heavy furniture myself so this is great for getting under sofas or behind objects that are more difficult to reach. It’s come in very handy since we received it and I’ve used it quite a lot so far.

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So these are my handy tips as part of the SCA summer cleaning campaign and I hope they’ve inspired you to try something different yourself.

Laura x

*All the items in the first picture were sent to me to feature in the review, some others featured were bought by myself. No payment has been received for this post*

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Duvet Cover Update from Yorkshire Linen

I am not ashamed to admit that recently, I have become addicted to buying new bed linen. I went to Primark recently and treated myself to a new duvet set and got really excited about getting a new grey sheet to match. WHO AM I? WHAT HAVE I TURNED INTO? I always find myself browsing through sites and have spotted Yorkshire Linen a couple of times due to the fact that they offer reasonably priced bedding as well as curtains, cushions, home essentials and kitchen and dining homeware.

I do love when I put new bedding on the bed and it gives my room a whole new look really, I generally choose darker colours or even white/grey bedding. When the lovely people at Yorkshire Linen asked to work with me, I was able to choose some new bedding to review at home. This beautiful stag print duvet caught my eye as I absolutely adore stags and would happily have a room dedicated to this. They were very generous and sent me a king size set which is the size of my duvet. I wish my room looked the stock photo from the site however I have no fireplace or exposed brick walls. I still like that it warmed my room up a bit and gave it a refresh.

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I thought I would choose some of the site’s pieces that would help accessorize my room some more.

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I think this little Bear Hug door stop is gorgeous and the beige would look fab in my room with the duvet set. I also love this check throw for over the bed, red looks fab with beige tones and makes it look very cosy and autumnal. I can’t wait to add some accessories to my room to make it look really warm and lovely.

I hope you like this post and feel inspired to change-up your bedroom colours and bed linen.

Laura x

*as per my post, I received a duvet set from Yorkshire Linen, but all opinions are my own.

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