Finishing off our Bathroom

A few months ago we had our bathroom renovated and like most people we had little jobs that needed finishing off – that inevitably take months to get around to doing.

Getting our Bathroom Ready for Christmas with Domestos

The bathroom ceiling needed painting but before we could paint it we had to also get new lights as the old ones were white plastic down lights that had been covered in paint the last time we’d painted the ceiling a few years before.

So last week when Hubby had a rare day off when I was also off work I decided to paint. LP was at school and I sent Hubby out to soft play with Little Man whilst I did two coats of white paint on the ceiling and then put our new lights in.

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I can say now that the bathroom is completely finished. There’s nothing else we need to do and just being able to lay in the bath and look at a white ceiling is lovely – having everything finished just makes all the difference.

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So now we are on to the next project – our extension plans will be drawn imminently and I can’t wait to share the details with you all.

Living Arrows – 6/52

This week has been a pretty pants one – for me at least. I’ve had issues with my neck since last Monday and so have spent a lot of time not doing much and taking painkillers. Fingers crossed though I’m better now and we can get back to normal.

This week the children have spent loads of time playing, reading, relaxing and just hibernating with me at home – aside from LP’s days at school. LP is currently loving books and has a reignited thing for jigsaws too.

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Little Man has been lovely this week – cuddly, cheeky and so cute. I wish I could bottle him just the way he is right now and save it forever. The age they are always at is just the best but Little Man right now is pretty much perfect. Love him – and the faces he pulls.

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Have a wonderful week everyone.

Living Arrows

Pens Behind Ears – The Ordinary Moments

I remember when I was a child my Dad seemed to always have a pen or pencil behind his ear. I put it down to his manual work – always doing DIY and things in the garden, and being quite hands in his day jobs too. I thought it was something that working people did, walked around with a pen behind their ear for easy storage and access. He was hardly ever seen without a pen behind his ear when I was growing up.

Roll forward twenty five years and I haven’t been around anyone that keeps a pen behind their ear for such a long time although whenever we go to Ikea Hubby will absentmindedly pick up a pencil and put it behind his ear, forgetting about it until hours later.

This is something that Little Man has picked up on and loves to copy, sticking a pencil – or crayon – behind his ear whenever he is doing drawing or colouring. He keeps the crayon behind his ear for a couple of minutes, plays with it whilst it’s behind his ear and usually has the cheekiest look on his face – like he’s doing something so exciting and new. He’ll then take the crayon out again before trying to put it back.

Little Man is growing more and more like his Daddy each day and little things like this, mannerisms and things he says all just mimmic his Daddy more and more. It’s so lovely to see Little Man developing, growing and copying things that I remember copying myself as a child.

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Preparing for Pancake Day

Hubby and I love pancakes but due to our working patterns and how long pancakes take to make we don’t have them nearly as often as we should. We last had them on Christmas Eve as a pre-Christmas treat but with Shrove Tuesday next week it reminded me how lovely a relaxed weekend brunch of pancakes can be.

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When we plan to make pancakes, during school holidays or at weekends, we’ll often have them as a late breakfast or an early lunch. We’ll set up the table with everything we need and we make it into quite an occasion – not just time to eat together but to spend time together too.

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I bought a new crepe pan as well as some new plates and even a little bottle to put maple syrup in from Homesense and it has really completed our Shrove Tuesday table setting. The crepe pan makes pancake making so much easier than a normal frying pan – although I still haven’t mastered the art of flipping them yet!

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Hubby and I always have lemon and sugar on our pancakes and are trying to encourage the children to at least try this traditional flavour combination but they won’t even entertain the idea. Instead they have maple syrup or sickly sweet ice cream sauces in their pancakes – and Nutella when we have it.

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For me, pancakes have to be thin and covered in lots of lemon and sugar, rolled tightly and then sprinkled with more sugar and a last drizzle of lemon juice. You can only make one pancake at a time, leaving the rest in a pile on a plate in the centre of the table – perfect for sharing.

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Pancake Day is a favourite of ours – but pancakes aren’t just for Pancake Day. I’m sure now I’ve started making pancakes again that we’ll be enjoying them all year round.

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Disclosure: I was provided with vouchers to purchase the products used in this post however all opinions are my own.

Degustabox {January 2016}

It’s that time of the month again – the time when my Degustabox gets delivered, packed full of food and drink treats that the whole family love and for just £12.99 a month including delivery.

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Degustabox is a great way to discover new brands, find new products or ones you haven’t tried before and just have a nice foodie treat that requires no effort at all. Once you sign up you get an email and text message to tell you when your box will be arriving – even down to the exact hour and Degustabox is always delivered by a really good courier service too.

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Like always our January box arrived in great condition, well packaged and in the statement Degustabox box. It amazes me each month how much Degustabox manage to pack into their deliveries. This month’s box included:

  • Finn Crisp Original Crispbread – RRP £1.20
  • Coldpress Golden Delicious – RRP £1.40
  • Conscious Chocolate – RRP £3.00
  • Jordan’s Country Crisp – RRP £2.69
  • 2 x Amoy Taste of Asia – RRP £1.79 each
  • Tsingtao – RRP £2.00
  • Yushoi – RRP £2.00
  • Clarks Fruit Syrup – RRP £2.39
  • Slim Noodles – RRP £2.49
  • Fruit Bowl – RRP £2.00

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As you can see, this month’s box has a combined value of over £22 which is much more than the £12.99 subscription price and considering that also includes delivery I think that Degustabox is really great value! You can also cancel your subscription at any time making it a really versatile service and something definitely worth trying.

This month’s box has already given us some firm favourites as we have all loved the Amoy Taste of Asia range – such a nice sauce for a quick and easy dinner. The Yushoi Rice Sticks are also a great snacking alternative to crisps and something Hubby and I both really enjoyed.

If you haven’t tried Degustabox yet you can save £6.00 on your first delivery by using code HJH7EE on the Degustabox website. I love that Degustabox gives you a whole box of surprises each month and there’s such great variety too – cooking ingredients, snacks, drinks and treats.

Degustabox has a subscription price of £12.99

Disclosure: We were sent the above box for the purpose of this review however all opinions are my own.