Creating the perfect reading area at home

Being able to wind down and relax with a good book is one of life’s simplest pleasures and creating a reading area in your home will not only encourage you to do it more, but make it all the enjoyable.

This is my simple guide for creating the perfect reading area at home with a few simple steps.

Of course, you might not have the space for this sort of area, in those cases it might be something as simple as lighting your favourite candle in your room while you read, something that instantly transports you to the head space of taking the time for yourself and something that you enjoy.

photo credit // *This is a collaborative post*

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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

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Pinching the Pennies During Pregnancy Part II

I posted not long ago about pinching the pennies during pregnancy and time is absolutely flying by! Baby Moore will be with us in around 3 months time and saving money is becoming more crucial than ever.

So here is an update on how we’ve been doing with saving money and some of my best advice for those of you in a similar position or those just wanting saving tips.

I’ve worked in the Financial sector for 8 years and worked overall since I was 16. I’ve always been a saver having saved the deposit for our house and scrimped alongside hubby to have some fantastic holidays over the years. When it came to thinking about children, we always knew that they would cost us a bit and having a plan would be the only way forward.

Our first step in saving money was to set aside money each month from our wages and put it in a separate savings account. Step 1 achieved and ongoing until maternity leave commences.

Next step was to review our outgoings and see what could be cut back/saved.

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