A Home refresh with Home Bargains

Spring is the perfect time to clean your home or change it up a bit and now that the weather is beginning to look up some days, I’m trying my best to do both this and be a mum to a crazy-teething 7 month old.

I was lucky enough to receive a fab bundle of goodies from Home Bargains to help me get started with Spring cleaning the house.

I’m not going to be overly optimistic but some house goals we have for Spring/Summer include:

Regularly steam mopping the tiles/laminate flooring. This might seem like a ridiculous one but I’m pretty good at staying on top of hoovering but always forget about the steam mop in the cupboard. I ticked it off the list this morning but I want to make sure I do it at least once a week now that Freya is regularly throwing her food around the house.

Light the Candles in the home and use the diffusers. We have a ton of candles at home and several unopened reed diffusers waiting to be used up. I need to make sure we light the existing ones more often and burn them down so we can get through our stockpile and clear some room in the cupboards.

Deep clean the bathroom. Again I feel pretty confident that I maintain a fairly tidy home as well as being a first time mama but I’d love to deep clean the bathrooms more like I did when I was nesting.

Re-paint the living room and en suite/downstairs toilet. We desperately need to repaint the lounge and have been thinking about a brand new colour rather than touching up the existing paintwork. We also have plans to paint the en suite and downstairs toilet a neutral colour as well as sort the tiling out.

Other plans include jet washing the patio area and repainting some stonework we have round the plants and wallpapering a wall in the spare bedroom. It sounds like a lot of work and trying to do it around Bob working full-time and raising out tiny human will be a challenge but hopefully with nice weather, we can introduce Freya more to our already lovely garden and get some summer toys for her to enjoy. Have you got any plans for a refresh in your home this year?

Laura x

*post contains PR samples*
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M&S York Market Place Launch

Last week I had the absolute pleasure of attending M&S York’s launch of their new Market Place in-store deli. What made it even better for the already popular city centre store, was that they were the first store in the North of England to open one.

The concept of the new market place deli is to bring fresh meals to shoppers in the city offering ready to eat meals that are cooked in the store. These include Rotisserie Chicken, Stone Baked Pizzas, Soups, Freshly Prepared Salads and even squeezed fruit juices. The food is very well priced as well and excellent value for money; you can get a 1/4 chicken + salad or a side for £5 – Bargain.

I was warmly greeted by the staff and talked through my food options. I chose the Pulled Rotisserie Chicken Pizza and a side of sweet potato fries. I also opted for a latte for my caffeine fix after Freya decided sleep was for the weak the night before.

The pizza slice was absolutely huge and the portion of fries was very generous so I can confirm it 100% excellent value for money and extremely yummy. I took Freya with me and the store colleagues helped me in manoeuvring my pram round the seating area and she sat happily eating a sweet potato chip while I munched away.

I think this is an absolute gem of an idea and after speaking to the Market Place Manager Shelley, could really see how proud the store team were to have it. Shelley spoke about the concept and how it catered to a different clientele to the café upstairs. I couldn’t help but agree as I used to work 2 doors down from the store and was always looking for a sandwich for lunch but this would offer something a little more special for your average worker needing a pick me up at lunch.

Overall I can’t help but be really happy with this latest addition to the city and have now found a new eatery for my future mum lunches whilst I’m on maternity leave.

Laura x

*I was invited to the launch of the market place and received my lunch for free in order to review the new concept in store*

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A Tu Baby Sale Haul

A few days ago I shared a baby sale haul from a very well-known high street brand and it’s time to share another. I bet everyone is thinking how jammy I must have it on maternity leave eh because I’m spending so much. Wrong! I’m just excellent at saving for the future and getting a bargain so here is my Tu baby sale haul; most of which had plenty of stock still in my local store if you’re near York.

A fab set of 4 mix n match tops which I also got the matching set of 3 leggings for too.

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