The one about the house clean

No this is not some very odd episode of Friends, although it could honestly be an episode dedicated to Monica starting a cleaning business/cleaning a very messy house. And no this is also not me declaring that my house is in dire need of a “proper good” clean.

I haven’t always loved cleaning and I know some people absolutely get their kicks off buying cleaning products and adopting the “Mrs Hinch” way of life, and after a brief moment where I actually tried it out, I knew it wasn’t for me. That being said, I 100% know that I have to clean my house or it will end up as a pig-sty so that’s where a bit of organisation comes in.

With working full time, (I work a normal working week compressed into 4 longer days), being the best mum possible, having quality time as a couple and having a social life, it’s very easy to put cleaning to the back of my mind. One thing I did learn from the “Mrs Hinch” way was tackling a room at a time and not trying to do everything in one go.

Every day I aim to squeeze in room clean and when that’s being worked around my normal job, I try to tackle tasks such as loading the washing machine/tumble dryer and filling the dishwasher. That means when I have to tackle the bigger rooms like the kitchen/bathroom cleans, I can focus on these at the weekend.

Now that I have a toddler running around and the constant reminder of tackling climate change niggling in my head, I have also tried to be more conscientious about the cleaning products I am using and not using ridiculously overpowering scents etc.

A great brand for cleaning products that can be bought both individually or wholesale is Jangro. One of my favourite arms of Jangro is the Jangro Enviro brand. When researching environmentally friendly cleaning products, their range really stood out for me. The packaging used on the cleaning products is made from recycled materials and reduces emissions to the air, water and land. The cleaning solutions themselves also come in both bottle and sachet format meaning if you are struggling for storage space at home, there are alternative options available to you.

2020 is definitely the year I become super organised in life whether it be finding fun family activities for us all, or managing to balance everything else and keep my house looking vaguely presentable and washing/ironing piles under control. I am going to make changes wherever possible to swap our usual products for more environmentally friendly options as well and can’t wait to embrace the changes.

Laura x

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Where I’m at with the wedding planning

For those of you that don’t know, I got engaged on Easter Sunday this year. My now fiance proposed almost 8 years after meeting me and about time right?

Pretty much straight away we decided to get married in around a years time and started looking at venues to try to find the perfect one. After umming and ahhing my fiance went to play golf at a manor house outside of York and decided that it was the one. A couple of days later I popped to the venue myself with my mum in tow and agreed unanimously it was the ONE!

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We also popped into the church along the road and pretty much made the decision without the fiance’s input, that it was going to be a church ceremony. (We had discussed this already and knew it was something we would love to do) Photo below of my mum posing at the end of the aisle!

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After that we bought our house and wedding planning took a backseat really with only a couple of bits here or there getting sorted:

  • We chose the florist and had a good idea of colours and flowers we liked.
  • We asked our groomsmen/bridesmaids to be a part of the big day.

Then we had a chill for a bit….

But now wedding planning is full steam ahead with only around 6 months to go to the big day. We are about to embark on attending church for the next 6 months as part of the agreement to be allowed to marry there.

We are sending out invites etc as we speak with evening invites to go out a bit later.

The Dress is CHOSEN!!! but some fitting is required which will be started in the new year.

Bridesmaids dresses/suits are on the agenda for the new year.

Everyone has been booking accommodation at the venue which is fab and means lots of people don’t have to book taxi’s etc home especially when lots of them are travelling pretty far.

Centerpieces and table plan outline is sorted and won’t be finalised until table sizes/numbers are decided closer to the time.

Hair is booked and makeup is hopefully getting booked soon.

And it finally feels as though we are getting somewhere after months of worrying about getting on top of it all.

Lots of people I know who are married, loved the choosing and planning elements but I’ve not been particularly enthused really. The dress shopping was fun and I’m in love with what I’ve chosen but other than that I feel as though everything else is a tick-list exercise.

So fellow brides-to-be or future brides-to-be, don’t be worried that you don’t get excited about it all, I think it’s pretty ok not to be!

I will be checking in again a bit closer to the time with another update so keep your eyes peeled and let me know in the comments if you are blogging about your wedding/wedding planning so I can have a read.

Laura x

 

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Christmas Presents Your Partner Will Actually Want

It is less than 75 days until Christmas! (Yes, I have been counting!) And that can only mean one thing – the stress of Christmas shopping is about to descend upon us. Cue people running around like headless chickens. They will be trying to find something (or anything) suitable for their friends and family.

If you are anything like me, you love buying presents. It is a great way to show your friends and family that you have put thought into getting them something special. That, therefore, means that I like to get a good head start on the manic, last-minute gift buyers and plan ahead with plenty of time to go.

I love to plan my boyfriend’s Christmas gift and think about all the ways to surprise him. Finding unique gifts is actually a lot easier than you might think. You just need to put a little thought into it. Here are a few ideas and tips to help you find the perfect gift for your partner.

Think carefully about this

Before you rush into anything, think carefully about the types of things your boyfriend or girlfriend likes. Have they dropped any hints into conversations? Or did they make a passing comment about wanting something? The most special gifts are things that are completely unexpected, but mean a whole lot to the person receiving it.

Make something

Sometimes giving gifts doesn’t just have to be about spending money. It is really easy to stick to a small budget if you make something yourself. How about a scrapbook of memories? This is a great gift for your boyfriend or girlfriend. Stick in some photos of the two of you. Create lists like, “Five Things I Love about You”. If you aren’t keen on that idea, try making some homemade jewellery, or if you can knit, make a jumper or wooly hat! There is a world of possibilities; just think about what your skills are.

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*picture by pexels

Plan a holiday

OK, so this is moving slightly away from the low-budget DIY gift. But if you can afford to book a surprise holiday, it will go down a treat. There are so many budget airlines and low-cost package holidays nowadays that you might even surprise yourself at how cheap it can be. Flights to much of Europe can sometimes cost less than £20 if you book at the right time and far enough in advance. You don’t even have to go abroad. Why not book a night in a hotel nearby, hop in the car and spend the time somewhere a little different?

Book a course

Has your partner ever mentioned that they wanted to learn a new skill? Maybe they love to sing in the shower – so book them some singing lessons. Or maybe they have a creative streak that they are dying to unleash. Book them onto an art class or photography course. Whatever your partner is passionate about, help them take it to the next level with a little extra help.

I hope you liked my ideas and remember, don’t delay on your shopping!

Laura x

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