“It’s Not Blackpool Illuminations In Here You Know”

Illumination, lights, bulbs

“It’s not Blackpool illuminations in here you know” this is an all to familiar phrase that regularly came from my parents mouths when I was a teen and something I sadly find myself saying now I’m a mum to teens!
It is infact not until that bill for leaving on every light in the house fell into my own hands that I understood how much not flipping that switch actually costs.

Sadly though along with an inability to find the wash basket and a passion for growing mould on plates, leaving lights on is a rite of passage for teenagers and it is probably easier to find ways round it rather than waiting for them to conform.

Something that I have recently discovered thanks to thelightingsuperstore.co.uk  is the use of LED lighting in the home.

I had always thought of LED as being something that was used only in places like shops and restaurants and I had never considered it an option for the home.

There are however many benefits of using the bulbs.

They really are the lighting option of the future with the minimal energy they use they are extremely long lasting which saves money as well as the environment.

The bulbs themselves are on the pricey side but due to that fact they use 90% less energy than traditional bulbs you will recoupe the money from your initial outlay within a matter of months.

The versatile bulbs come in a variety of different shapes, sizes and colours and can remarkably last up to over 25 years!

Another bonus of them is that due to the small amount of energy they use the heat that is radiated is minimal and posses less of a fire risk than most…again great for teens they love to drape rubbish over their lamps!

To me they are a no brainier! Long lasting, energy saving, cheaper and better on the environment. They really are an option to be thought about.
*collaborated post.

Pictures In Minutes With Hewlett Packards Smallest Ever Printer

A little space within our home to get work done or create a new project is something that many of us want and are trying to create.

Social media platforms like Pinterest and Instagram have started a big trend on creating something a little different and a desk is no longer simplify a sparse area to work – they are becoming areas of beauty and inspiration.

For me with a houseful of children space is limited and so is peace and quiet which means a little haven is just what I need to keep me focused on work whilst still keeping my creative mind working.

My old school desk fits snugly into a small alcove and is the perfect space to fit a few small potted plants and some of my favourite images to make it a place I am happy to go to.

I like to have everything to hand to limit distractions which are all to great in my life!

My mains needs are my laptop which contains absolutely everything I need, a pad for doodling and ideas that pop into my head and a printer which has recently become a big love of mine.

A printer has become a staple piece of technology in most people’s homes for many years now; but with technology changing at a rapid rate and smartphones becoming a ‘extra limb’ for most people Hewlett Packard have come up with a fabulous printer that does a lot more than print out boring A4 sheets of forms and homework!

The HP Deskjet 3720 is the worlds smallest printer and with limited space in  people’s home on the increase this is a huge bonus.

The printer is also compatible for their Ink Replacement Service which is something I wrote about last year and I couldn’t live without as it save so much time and money.

For me though as a huge social media addict the main attraction of this printer is the AiO Remote app that allows you to print out fabulous photos straight from your phone to their social media snapshots paper.


This allows me to create my own little Instagram feed directly onto my wall simply by printing, peeling of the backing paper and sticking them directly to the wall.


The quality of the photos are fantastic and I love being able to change the images whenever I fancy creating a completely different look.

I would love to know what you couldn’t live without at your work station and what makes your they little bit different.

*I was given a printer for the purpose of this review and they are all my own, honest opinions.

Finally Getting That New Bathroom

I have been driving my husband mad for months or actually more like years with my constant moaning about the state of our bathroom.

When we moved in I tried to spruce it up a little with a lick of tile paint, some cheap lino and a few fluffy towels.

Years down the line the tiredness is showing through, cracks are appearing in even more places, and a few pots of paints are no longer going to stand up to this job!

My head has been whirling and my Pinterest has been filling with more and more ideas everyday.

I have really fallen for the clean subway tile look with contrasting black grout. I want to keep everything sleek and uncluttered so it is easy to keep clean and tidy as we have a very busy family life.


With five children the bathroom is a much used room in the house and three boys means dirt and muck is a daily battle!

But aside from being somewhere to clean dirty children I wanted to create a little haven that I can escape to and relax once the children are finally in bed.

Its something I’ve not been able to do for many years and I’m really looking forward to being able to light a few candles and soaking away the stresses of the day.

I have had a vision of what I would like to see but this job has now been taken from my unskilled hands and is being passed over to the professionals.  

The creative side of things is something I love but a professional is a must for a job like this as things such a gas safety inspections that can be carried out after the work has taken place are so important for my peace of mind and the safely of my family.

I am hoping that all the work will be done before Christmas and will be able to show you all how we get along.
*collaborative post

A Hollywood Bedroom Theme For My Little Superstar

It’s been moodboards, paint tester and fabric swash galore in the house the past few months as number three plans her dream bedroom.

As she had just turned ten her tastes have matured and she is slowly wanting the soft toys and dolls to be banished in favour of dressing tables and jewellery boxes.

Although it makes me sad that she is my last little girl who seems to be fast tracking her way to those dreaded teenage years.  I’m also enjoying her growing independence and her strong mind that knows exactly what she wants.

Her bedroom had been a real mismatch for the past year and it now time to create a welcoming space just for her.

When it comes to decorating a  kids room there are always so many factors to consider, and for me this varies with each child.

For a preteen I think that the theme is very important.  All children go through phases of loving a special TV program or pop star but this can change in the glimmer of an eye and you are then left with a bedroom they no longer enjoy.

For number three her passion has been acting and singing for a long while and she is desperate for a Hollywood theme.

She loves the lighting and the stars that make up the Hollywood Walk Of Fame.

For me the huge amount of glitz that she is wanting at this age will probably be short lived so I have coerced her into the lighting against more muted tones of bare brickwork and wooden stars creating the Hollywood sparkle.


As they grow sleepovers become a regular feature so a trundle bed is the perfect answer as it allows you extra bed space without taking any valuable floor space.
This will be furnished with simple white bed linen and muted gold scatter cushions and maybe a few sequin ones thrown in for good measure!

Im sure it is the same for most people with little ones, storage is always an issue.  Pots of lip gloss and bath bombs are currently strewn across the room so pretty glittery boxes would be the perfect fit to store them away.

As I said the toys are being banished from eye shot but she is still a little girl at heart and I want this to stay for as long as possible so we will be hiding them away in wicker baskets so she can always get to them when needed.

I’m super excited to get going in this and I hope you will keep and eye to to see our final result.

In collaboration with homify 

Creating A ‘Boy Zone’ With Yorkshire Linen

In our house the children love nothing better than stressing me out by lol deciding to change around bedrooms! At the moment there is actually only one of the children’s rooms decorated as I had refused to do anything until they finally made up their minds where they wanted to be.

Number two has struck lucky and now has the biggest room which is wonderfully light and airy with plenty of room for him to have friends round which is what he needs now he is approaching the big ’13’.

He has a big love for scooting which I thought he would like reflected in his room but he has informed me that he would like to go for a monochrome look.

This is gong to be nice and easy and can be easily achieved with the addition of some simple lighting changes.

Currently he is putting up with his sister’s floral duvet so changes in his soft furnishings will make a big difference.

  

Yorkshire Linen have asked me to create a mood board to depict how I would like to see my room.  There was such a big selection of beautiful soft furnishings on their site it was very hard to pick.

I’ve gone with his dream room and picked lots of black and white with some fabulous # cushions that are prefect to create a teenage boys den!

  
I can’t wait to get started and will have the finished room up on the blog very soon.