Win A Bamboo Towel Bundle From The Towel Shop

My little sister and I were having one of our typical mammoth chats last week during which I confessed to  never having bought a towel. EVER. Crazy if you think of the fact that I left home 20 years!  It’s not that I’m living life towel free or  I’ve been a conscious towel buying avoider or my current collection is looking old and knackered. Far from it. It’s simply been a case of having a perpetual towel buying mum who’s passed hers on to me and my siblings. The end result of said conversation was that along with my brother and sister, we’ve never had to buy a towel once!

So that was it, I was on a mission, time to be all adult and do some towel shopping research !

But where to start?

When you’ve never had to even blink in the direction of what to look for I was starting from scratch. First to replace our hand me downs, was a bundle of bamboo towels.

It turns out that a  Bamboo towel is three times more absorbent than Cotton ones making post bath times with a lively toddler a little easier, plus the perfect material to make towels from. Being super soft, I’ve not noticed anything different from my current cotton ones so it does seem to the way to go, and if you’d like to join me and see for yourself then read on….

Ever wondered what the difference is between and bamboo and a cotton towel? Here's your chance to find out in this easy giveaway
The The Towel Shop are offering one lucky reader the chance to win a bundle of bamboo towels consisting of a bath sheet, a bath towel, a hand towel and a face cloth in a colour of your choice simply by entering the giveaway below.

It’s open to UK residents over the age of 18 and there is no cash alternative and winners details will be passed onto The Towel Shop who are providing the prize.

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Interior Trends To Look Out For In 2017

A new year is the perfect time to rethink your image and revisit some health kicks but  it’s also a good time to give your house a fresh new look as well. And with spring being prime time to put your house on the market, by  having the interior up to date could help you to sell your house as well as having a positive impact on the valuation; It should help generate more interest from buyers can picture themselves living in a home more easily when they like the interior design. Even if you’re not thinking of selling up this year, here’s some interior trends to look out for in 2017 to help bring your style bang up to date.

Be seen in green

The 2017 Pantone colour of the year is ‘Greenery’ – a refreshing, new and vibrant colour to give your home that feeling of the great outdoors. Pantone have remarked

‘the more submerged people are in modern life, the greater their innate craving to immerse themselves in physical beauty and inherent unity of the natural world’.

So, try to relax your mind and paint, decorate and furnish your house in the beautiful greens of the natural world!

interior design trends 2017

Beautiful butterflies

According to Elle décor, girlish butterflies are making a comeback. (must admit, I never knew they’d left!)  If it’s something you’d like to try, go big and think 3D with butterflies that look as though they’ve landed all over your walls in your home. Elle says that butterflies are ‘a symbol of both grace and optimism’ so fill your home with this positive energy, something I try to practice daily so this is one design thought I will be bringing in to my home.  If you’re not sure about giving this trend a go, try it in a child’s room rather than adding butterflies to your living room.

Bohemian means business

That bohemian style rug you bought years ago? It’s just getting more stylish by the year, so keep display it with pride! For a few more additions to the hippy vibe, find some scatter cushions and sew on a pompom border for that layered and textured effect. The key for this look is for items to look homemade and artisan, so instead of faking it, have a go at making it.

Moody wood And Natural textures

After the take over of light colour and sanded back wood, you might have to undo all of that work and get your dark paintbrushes out… 2017 will see the resurgence of richer and darker tones. This works better in rooms that are best for chilling out in such as the living room; keep bathrooms and kitchens bright and fresh.

Bringing the outdoors in seems to be the theme of 2017 with the butterflies, greens and smoky wood colours. Well, take this a step further with introducing terracotta into your home along with natural cork, marble, rattan and metals. You’ll also need plenty of houseplants to make the colours pop and keep everything looking fresh.

Follow this tips and you’ll see that your house is the trendiest on the street this year!

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A Fresh New Kitchen Look & A Recipe To Match

It doesn’t seem that long since I was planning the kitchen in my new extension. I had a vision of how I wanted it to look and it complimented the general theme of the whole downstairs transformation.  Nearly four years on and I’m starting to fall out of love with it. The basis for my choice back then was a kitchen design which wouldn’t date. The shaker style I chose, with sage green doors and solid oak worktops ticked every box.

The rustic, cottage style which dominates my house is still looking good, it’s just my tastes, they are a changin’ so lets play a game where I pretend I have some spare cash which can only be spent on revamping my kitchen. Mmmmmmm, what to do?

Well, for starters I’m all about the light right now. So a fresh, modern style would really float my boat. With clean modern lines and clutter free feature worktops. My current oak ones look fab and bring real warmth into my kitchen but they’re not proving the most practical with marks from daily washing up as well as a leaky boiler and I’m pretty rubbish at remembering to oil it. With a modern kitchen you can really go to town on the extras such as under plinth light shows and fancy slash backs. I’m all for the final touches such as hidden counter top sockets and iPhone docking stations.

But should I not feel brave enough for something which could potentially age quickly, then I’d stick with the clean fresh feel but in something a little more traditional. This grey kitchen compliments the modern white perfectly and would be much more suited to my love a good range cooker. I’ve spied some perfect Belling freestanding cookers which would suit this style as be the perfect back drop for the Kitchen Aid mixer I’ve longed for for years.

Anyway, a girl can dream. In the meantime, it’s back to reality and keeping my fingers crossed for that big bucks win every Saturday night.


Blueberry Cheesecake Gateaux Ingredients 

Cake

  • 255 g  self-raising flour
  • 1 teaspoon  baking powder
  • 225 g  caster sugar
  • 225 g  butter (room temperature)
  • 4  eggs
  • vanilla essence
  • 1 tbs  milk

Topping

  • 400 g cream cheese
  • 1 lemon (zest & juice)
  • 110 g  icing sugar
  • 2 handfuls of  blueberries

Blueberry Cheesecake Gateaux Method

Preheat oven to 180’c (160’c fan oven) & line 3 x 7″ sandwich tins or one deep tin.

Put the flour, sugar, butter, baking powder eggs, vanilla essence, milk into a large mixing bowl  and mix until it has the consistency of sticking to the back of a spoon.

Divide equally between each tin and back in the centre of the oven for approx 20 mins. Check by inserting a clean skewer or knife to see if it comes out clean.

Leave to cool on a wire rack.

Prepare the topping by combining all the ingredients. Once the cake has cooled completely, spread each layer equally and finish with the blueberries.

a recipe for a delicious blueberry cheesecake gateaux, moist and tasty it's the perfect centrepiece for an afternoon tea

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Reviewing The Vax Dehumidifier (and why you need one)

Damp around the house aint no fun at all. Last winter was a real wake up call that I need to stop drying clothes on the clothes airer and start looking at extra ways to clear the damp air from my house. I opened windows every morning but despite being fully double glazed (admittedly pretty ancient double glazing) my poor little home suffered from condensation and areas of yukky black mould. So I started researching dehumidifiers. Concerned we’d be having another unseasonably warm and wet winter this year, I wasn’t taking any chances. Not only was it bad for my family’s health, it looked bloody awful.

For those not fully totally clued up on what purpose they have,a dehumidifier removes excess moisture from your home , reducing condensation, damp, mould and mildew for an all round healthier home environment. And these last few months I’ve been testing out the Vax Power Extract 16L Dehumidifier  and can confidently say  that it’s been a complete game changer. Why I’ve waited so long to get one is beyond me.

Sitting at knee height (for 5’3″ me) the rectangular box type device measures the humidity level in the room then gets to work. You can hear the fan whilst it’s in action and this is the first one we’ve ever tried so I don’t have much to gauge it on how it compares to others but it’s not anything which bothered me.

The features of this Vax dehumidifier include;

  • Fast and efficient moisture control
  • Reduces damp and condensation fast
  • Reduces the growth of mould and mildew for a healthier home
  • Digital display and humidity indicator light give real-time feedback
  • Automatic mode controls humidity
  • Suitable for rooms up to 25m2
  • 24 hour timer
  • 2 automatic fan speeds
  • Frost protection for long-lasting performance
I’ve been moving it around my home each day so each room feels the benefits. It’s quite heavy but not too much that I couldn’t carry it up and down stairs. It’s actually quite shocking when you see how much moisture it does pull in, my poor teenager’s room seems to be the biggest sufferer but it’s meant that we no longer wake up to wet windows and have yet to see any of the dreaded mould return.

I’ve also tried it out next to wet clothes drying on the airer and it’s been great knowing I’m not making the damp situation any worse (the joys of living in a valley which doesn’t get a great deal of sun in deepest darkest winter.

So, in a nutshell; totes loving my dehumidifier and totes loving the fact that I’ve eradicated the return of any nasty black mould patches and have a happy, healthy home.

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I;ve been sent this product in return for my honest review. As always, all words and photos are my own.

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Completely change the feel to your home in 3 easy steps

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If you like where you live but are tired of looking at the same décor, it could be time for a change. With a little imagination and vision you could give your home a completely new feel, so take a look at these three easy steps and unleash your creativity.

 

  • Lay wooden flooring

While carpet can keep your feet warm during the chilly months it often becomes scruffy, dirty and worn. So, if you’re in the mood for a simple and cost effective renovation, how about opting for engineered wood flooring instead? This is a great option for anyone with kids and pets as it can be easily mopped clean, which means you won’t have to endure long battles with sticky spillages or muddy footprints. Similarly, as dust and animal hair doesn’t cling to wooden flooring in the same way as it does to carpet, wooden flooring can help to reduce allergens in your home – good news for allergy sufferers!

Most importantly, wooden flooring looks fantastic and is available in many styles and hues, from classic oak varieties to modern blacks and whites. It will bring a fresh to new look to your property, and is a great investment as it’s designed to last.

 

Completely change the feel to your home in 3 easy steps

 

  • Change the lighting in your home

 

Lighting can instantly change the ambiance of a room. While bright white lights are good for office and study environments, they can make a living or dining room feel a little stark, so how about reading up on interior lighting tips and finding out what works for you? One of the best ways to create a cosy atmosphere in a place of relaxation is to use small table lamps with a tinted low-wattage bulb. This will provide a dim glow, allowing you to unwind in comfort without being bothered by an intense light. It’s also the kind of lighting that will make your guests comfortable and relaxed, meaning they’ll want to linger a little while longer!

If you’re feeling adventurous, you could even invest in coloured lightbulbs depending on your personal taste. You could also think about swapping traditional light fittings for more opulent designs such as chandeliers to act as the focal point of a dining area or sitting room – you’ll find inspiration online via sites like Pinterest.

photo credit Cotsworld Company

 

  • Rethink your accessories

 

Finally, it’s amazing how new accessories can give the interior of your property a facelift. But, the most important thing to decide upon before you hit the shops is a colour scheme. Look for colours that work well together (such as light green and grey, or pink and purple) and use these combinations to your advantage, investing in everything from curtains and throws to cushions and rugs. If you’re good with a sewing machine, you could even make your own accessories from scratch to save money or put your creativity to good use by upcycling old furniture.

There are many things you can do to completely change the feel to your home. Experiment with these suggestions and see how you get on.

 

 

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