[GIFTED] For those of you that have been following me for a while you may remember when we moved house last year we had a super team of cleaners from Fantastic Services that came in and did a fantastic(this is where they get there name from) job just after we moved in which got us off to a really good start.
Fast forward a year and the inside is nearly complete but the front garden was in need more than a little TLC.
It was becoming overrun with weeds and I had no idea where to start. After slogging away for hours and hours and not reaping any rewards I enlisted the help of Fantastic Services once again.
Many people that I have spoken to aren’t actually aware of everything they have to offer and they really are an all round service covering cleaning, gardening, tradesmen jobs, building, removals, storage, waste removal and even pest control.
Two friendly gardeners turned up to the house and asked specifically what I was looking for and as soon as I had given them an insight into what I wanted they set to work. Digging, cutting back and generally clearing the whole front garden which would enable me to see past the mess and get some inspiration for how it was going to eventually look.
They were only there for two hours and I would never in a million years think they would be able to complete the job, but they tirelessly powered through and complete cleared the area for me as well as getting rid of the rubbish which I know many companies don’t do.
I was just as impressed with the gardening service as I was with the cleaning and I would highly recommend trying out either..or why not both!
If this had appealed to you which I’m sure it will I have a code HERE and using the code joyoffive which will enable you to get £10 off of your first service so what have you got to lose,give them a try.
Last year the lovely people at Pines And Needles introduced me to the world of real tress and since then I would never look back.
From the excitement of going along to select the perfect tree to the the anticipation of it being delivered to the front door the thrill of buying real is pretty special.
The other evening we went along to Pines And Needles wimbeldon branch to take part in their Treetorial event and select our very own tree.
During the event a member of staff who are always kitted out beautifully in their Santa hats and kilts(the trees come from Scotland!) showed the children and gave them a few facts about the trees, let them pick out some decorations to decorate a tree whilst we were there and the highlight for Izzy was getting a ride through the tree wrapping machine!
Filled with their new found knowledge the children picked out a stunning 7ft Norway Spruce that they have named ‘Piney’ who they egarly awaited the delivery of the next evening.
Unfortunately ‘Bruce’ arrived after the little ones bed time but it actually made for a more magical morning as they all rushed down the stairs to see it first thing in the morning. Izzy has already said she knew it was here as the smell has waffted into her bedroom and Oscar immediately dived in for a cuddle proclaiming he loved him!
For the next few hours I had pulling, poking and prodding until it was time to decorate our stunning tree.
After a few fraught moments of twisted lights and broken baubles the tree was complete and had once again become the most beautiful focal point of the front room and the whole story of the chosing, naming and decorating will be a found memory for the whole family to remember for many years to come.
If you are yet to get your tree and think that Pines and Needles is the way to go for you then you can use the code JOYOF5 and this will get you 5% off of your tree of choice.
There are plenty of venues to find across London or you can also purchase online.
I would love to see you trees in all their glory and if you fancy naming yours like us then don’t forget to use the hashtag #brucethespruce on all your social media posts.
I have always had an artificial tree until last year when Pines And Needles changed my way of thinking and now I am real trees all the way.
The colour, the smell and the chance to make the whole process a real family tradition has me hooked and Pines And Needles make this such a fun and easy experience that I would challenge anyone to go back to an artificial tree once they have bought from them.
They offer a huge range of services from going along to one of their pop up stores that cover many areas of London and taking it home yourself to the complete package of having your tree selected for you, delivered to your door and even decorated for you.
We are off to one of their Treetorial events in Wimbledon next week that are taking place all over London where we can spend the afternoon getting into the festive spirit and choosing our perfect tree.
If this sounds like something that would interest you then take a look at their dates ‘here’.
I also have a special code that will give you 5% off any tree purchase when you mention JOYOF5.
Last year we went along to In The Night Garden Live and loved every minute of it!
Imagine a huge, inflatable dome filled with bright colours, enchanting projections and captivating music that is the ideal setting for little ones to be transported right into their world of one of their favourite TV shows.
This is pretty much what to expect at In The Night Garden Live and it is something that my youngest two still talk about now.
I ran a competition a while ago now to win a family ticket to the show and have now got a great offer running until the 31st of March that gives you £5 of any order of £60 or over or 5% off of orders under £60 simply by using the discount code below when booking ‘here’.
It is an experience not to be missed and something your little ones will be sure to thank you for.