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Posted on May 12, 2015

Our Top Picks for Spring from Melijoe

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Last month we discovered Melijoe and Bugs reviewed some of their clothes, he is still loving the items that he picked, they are fabulous quality and actually still look like new so we are very very impressed!

This month the kids have picked three of their favourite items for Spring from the Melijoe website to show you all. They would spend hours looking and have a very full shopping cart if I let them 😉

Boo is really into wearing dresses at the moment, nothing too fancy just casual for everyday play and these are perfect for that… they are so easy to wash and wear, can be worn over tights, leggings, jeans or just bare legs with sandals, trainers etc so they are so versatile! Every girl needs these dresses in their wardrobe… I wish they did them in my size! 😉

Bugs loves wearing polo shirts at the moment, I’ve no idea why he suddenly started but I have to say I’m pleased as he looks so smart in them 🙂 Here are the three that he really would like…

I have to say I’m pretty impressed with all of their picks, I love giving them choice in their clothes and letting them find their own style. I wish I had been given the chance to explore fashion as a child, maybe I wouldn’t be so terrible at dressing myself like I am now 😉

Do pop over to Melijoe if you like what you see here, they have some amazing clothes from many many brilliant brands.

Posted on April 8, 2015

Must Have Kitchen Products


I spend most of my time in the kitchen so making sure it is stocked with my necessary kitchen appliances to help me get through each day is a priority!

There are many items that you think you need but never actually make it out of the cupboard you shoved it in after the first time you used it… electric knife, coffee maker, sodastream and juicer are just a few that spring to mind but I’m sure over the years there have been many more!


So what products can I not do without?

  • My oven and hob are used daily so if I didn’t have those they would be missed incredibly. they are definitely a must have in any kitchen!
  • My Magimix food processor is a bit of a luxury item and even though I don’t use it everyday I really wouldn’t like to think of life without it.
  • Fridge/freezer – I would love a huge American style fridge/freezer but unfortunately we only have room for under the counter ones… this is something we will most certainly be factoring in when we design our new kitchen.
  • I think Kettles and Toasters would be at the very top of my list though, Tea and Toast is how I start my day everyday so I would be totally lost without them! Tesco have a great range so make sure you check them out! I got very excited recently by the purchase of a 4 slice toaster! After having a 2 slice one for many years it has made meal times so much easier!
  • Docking station with speaker for my iPhone as I always have music on when I’m in the kitchen… our kitchen sees the most dancing in our house, is that the same for everyone?

That’s it for me, I’m quite a simple person who hates unnecessary products, mess and clutter so I try to keep everything as simple as possible. I think I have learnt from previous unnecessary purchasing in my late teens and early twenties too… less is more and all that jazz 😉


What about you? What products can you not live without in the kitchen?

Posted on April 7, 2015

Deadline to the Breadline


It’s a rather morbid thing to dwell on losing a loved one but do you ever think about what would happen, how you would cope if you lost the breadwinner of your family? Being a stay at home Mum I think of this quite often and it is very scary, it’s bad enough that I would lose the man who I love, the father of my children, my very best friend but I would also lose his salary and that would leave me in a terrible position. Not bad enough that I have lost him but that I would have all the money worries to cope with at the same time! It’s really hard to think about but something that really does need to be thought about and things to be put in place so that we aren’t put in that position in case the worst does happen!


I often like to challenge myself with money, I will withdraw a certain amount from the bank and try to live on a very low budget for a few weeks to see if it achievable, I always find it pretty difficult even though it’s not real and I have the back up of my bank account. I know that if the worst happens then there are things that I will have to give up in order to keep me and the children fed and watered.

Three things that I consider a necessity at the moment but are probably a luxury and will have to go are…

  1. The car – Luckily we live in a place that we really don’t need a car, the public transport is amazing and I live just a few miles from a city in one direction and a very large town in another. I always have my food shopping delivered and have shops, doctors, dentists etc within walking distance so losing the car would save much-needed money.
  2. Tumble dryer – My tumble dryer is on more than it is off and my electricity bill is huge because of it, I know it’s a luxury and I’d have to let it go if things got bad but right now it’s just so easy.
  3. My home – I know that selling the house and moving to a smaller property would indeed generate some income and also save us money on utilities etc.

This was quite hard for me as I don’t consider myself a big spender, I don’t like spending money on unnecessary things. We have discussed recently living on the lowest amount of money possible to try to pay off the mortgage in 5 years so we may be putting these money saving activities into practise much sooner we may need to.


Check out the Deadline to the Breadline calculator from the Legal & General which lets you know just how close to the breadline you would be if anything happened to you or your partners as a result of long term sickness, injury, a critical illness or if the main breadwinner died.

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Posted on April 1, 2015

Tips for Creating a Stylish, Low Maintenance Bathroom.


We are currently in the process of trying to design our dream bathroom, we have lived in our current house for almost 8 years now! Wow! I really can’t believe it’s been 8 years already! When we moved in the bathroom was OK; a big jacuzzi bath, large corner shower unit with a sink and toilet unit which has built in cupboards. It’s not very stylish but the bath wowed us and we’ve been pretty happy with it until things started falling to pieces, then the shower broke, not to mention the toilet cistern flooding through the ceiling into my kitchen!


So finally we are ready to put together our dream bathroom, we want a really stylish bathroom but it has to be low maintenance, so we’ve come up with a few tips that are helping us decided.

  • A walk-in shower like the one pictured above is a necessity! My current cubicle is the absolute bain of my life, one of the doors is hanging off and it is so hard to get to all the nooks and crannies to keep clean and I cannot stand cleaning glass so it must have as little glass as possible.
  • Low maintenance ceiling tiles are an absolute must! Gone are the days of me scrubbing the mould off my painted ceiling… you can get some gorgeous ceiling tiles nowadays that are easy to wipe clean.
  • A steam free mirror with light is high on my list as I am tired of all the streaks and smudges that people currently put all over my mirror when it is steamed up. I end up cleaning it everyday because of this.
  • Any cupboards will be handle free and soft closing. There will be enough cupboard space for all toiletries, make-up, cleaning essentials and toilet rolls and will be organised inside with little baskets.
  • Keep everything as clutter free and simple as possible.

Take a look at my Pinterest board for lots of gorgeous bathroom ideas…

Follow Sonia’s board Bathroom ideas on Pinterest.

Have you any tips that you could give me? Have you designed a bathroom recently and found something that you couldn’t live without? I would love to hear so please leave me a comment if so 🙂

Posted on February 2, 2015

Protecting Your Future


I never really think too much about money, I have some in the bank and often a few pounds in my purse, I try not to spend too much on things that I don’t need and I try and save for my holidays and to take the kids on special adventures throughout the year. I’ve certainly never thought about what would happen to my money if something happened to my bank or building society so I was reassured to find out about the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS).

The FSCS is the UK’s statutory fund of last resort for customers of financial services firms. This means that FSCS can pay compensation to consumers if a financial services firm is unable, or likely to be unable, to pay claims against it. The FSCS is an independent body, set up under the Financial Services & Markets Act 2000 (FSMA). They do not charge individual consumers for using their service. It is really reassuring that FSCS provides this service to people, it protects up to £85,000 of your money (savings), should anything happen to your bank, building society or credit union.

The FSCS deals with claims against authorised firms that are unable, or likely to be unable, to pay claims against them. This will generally be because a firm has stopped trading and has insufficient assets to meet claims, or is in insolvency.

About the FSCS…

  • If anything happens to your bank, building society or credit union, the FSCS automatically refunds savings up to £85,000 within 7 days. You won’t have to do anything.
  • FSCS has paid out more than £26 billion in compensation.
  • FSCS has already helped more than 4.5 million people since it was established in 2001.
  • 98% of the UK population have less than £85,000 in savings and are covered by the £85,000 protection limit.

For more information please check out the FSCS website.

* In collaboration with FSCS

Posted on January 20, 2015

Ten effective ways to use Pantone’s colour of the year


Back in early December Pantone announced its colour of the year for 2015 as 18-1438 Marsala, calling “a naturally robust and earthy red” I have always loved a warm red wine colour but I’m not brave enough to use a lot of rich colour in my live so I’ve been having a think about some effective ways to use Pantone’s colour of the year and this is what I’ve come up with…


Ten effective ways to use Pantone’s colour of the year…

  1. Lipstick – Marsala would make a perfect lipstick for me, I always opt for a deep red!
  2. Nails – Same as my lips I’m always happy when I have a deep red on my nails too!
  3. Shoes!! – Oh yes this colour would make an amazing pair of high peep toe heels!
  4. Wedding – I always wanted a deep red for the theme colour of my wedding and after having a look round on Pinterest I am hooked… Now to get the Mr to propose 😉
  5. Hair – I was already bang on trend with my hair…Photo 14-01-2015 10 40 13
  6. Flowers – A beautiful vase full of Marsala coloured roses or peonies, or I’d LOVE a Marsala coloured vase with a bouquet of cream roses… that would look amazing!
  7. Furniture – Such an amazing colour for a sofa! I did have one a similar colour once and loved it!
  8. Wallpaper – I wouldn’t be brave enough to paper a whole room in this colour but definitely one wall I could mange. It would look gorgeous with a lovely cream.
  9. Bathroom – I could see this colour in my bathroom, bath towels, mats etc – even a gorgeous Marsala roll top bath!
  10. Clothes – Just checking the shops there are so many gorgeous clothes available in Marsala, tailored trousers, a gorgeous leather jacket, stylish shirts, amazing undies, fitted skirts, scarves, hats, gloves… so much choice!

Check out the Pinterest board I have made, it’s made up of some amazing Marsala coloured shoes, bags, coats, nails etc – if you didn’t like Marsala I am sure you will after having a little look at this. I am definitely going to be adding Marsala to my wardrobe before the month is out!

Follow Sonia’s board Colour of the year – 2015 on Pinterest.

What do you think of Pantone’s colour of the year? How would you use it?

Posted on December 23, 2014

Do you have an Unusual Fear?


Personally I have pretty standard fears. I am absolutely terrified of spiders and I’m not particularly fond of dying but apart from that I honestly cannot say anything really bothers me too much. I did used to have a huge fear of driving which I received treatment for and now it really doesn’t affect me.

I do find myself more scared for my children’s future more than anything else currently, there is so much pain in the world and I am scared that they may have to encounter such things in their future. I know that I can’t control those things so I can’t think of things like that too much or I think I would become an irrational mess. Right now I am in protector mode and will try and shield them from harm.


Benenden recently conducted a survey to look into unusual fears, 771 people took part and I have to say the results are pretty interesting. Fear is an awful thing and I really don’t wish it on anyone but most of us seem to have a fear of something or other, thankfully having overcome one of my fears I know there are plenty of things out there that can help us – so if you do suffer from an irrational fear please get some help!

Fear can stop you doing so much with your life but you can do things to help you overcome them, I won’t say that every single person can be cured of their fears but there are certain things that will help you cope with panic attacks etc.


One of the fears that is listed is 8% of the people asked were afraid of being without mobile coverage! Seriously?!? I just cannot take this one seriously, maybe it’s because I was 20 before I got a mobile phone and I know that it’s possible to cope in life without one? Are the youth of today really so afraid of being without their phones? That is a really sad thought. In ten years time will the whole world just sit on their phones/tablets all day everyday, will anyone actually leave their house anymore?

Like I said the results are really interesting so pop over and have a read. You may realise that you are not alone with your fear of hippos, clowns, bananas or feet.

Do you have an irrational fear? I’d love to hear about it, please leave me a comment. So far I’ve met people with a fear of heights, clowns, snakes, spiders, death, feet, small spaces and the dark. Are you any different?

* Written in association with Benenden.

Posted on November 11, 2014

Disney on Ice Magical Ice Festival 2015


We are very excited to hear that Disney on Ice are bringing Magical Ice Festival to the UK in Spring 2015 and the tickets have just gone on sale! I think this is going to be a very very popular show because there will be a special appearance from Elsa & Anna from Disney’s Frozen! So get your tickets now to avoid dissapointment!

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Get ready to enter a world of enchantment featuring the most magical moments from across the kingdom in Disney On Ice presents Magical Ice Festival.

You’ll be whisked away into the wintery world of the Academy Award® winning and number one animated feature film of all time, Disney’s Frozen, to join royal sisters Elsa and Anna, the hilarious snowman Olaf, rugged mountain-man Kristoff and his loyal reindeer Sven as they help the sisters along the way in a story full of action, adventure, magic and unforgettable characters.

Experience Disney’s The Little Mermaid with a show-stopping performance by Sebastian as he breaks out of his shell to make waves with Ariel “Under The Sea!” Get tangled up with a chorus of harmless hooligans when they get a visit from the sassy and spirited Rapunzel and her charming ally Flynn from Disney’s Tangled.

And get swept away by Disney’s Beauty and the Beast as the Beast and his castle’s enchanted entourage take center stage in a spectacular show for Belle. It will be a magical mix of royalty when Disney On Ice brings this winsome wonderland to your hometown!

Disney On Ice presents Magical Ice Festival is appearing across the UK from 11th March – 17th May 2015 in Aberdeen, Liverpool, Glasgow, Birmingham, London, Cardiff, Nottingham and Leeds. Click here for ticket details and show times.

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