Transitional Dressing With Simply Be

Christmas is now all done and dusted and as always I’m onto the next thing and getting excited about the fact that spring shouldn’t be that far away. I love the cosiness of winter and wearing all those big chunky knits and heavy coats but I want a bit of brightness back in my life and am looking forward to introducing some colour back into my wardrobe, along with some softer fabrics.

There is actually no harm in getting ahead of the game buying a few key pieces that you can wear now and will take you right through to summer.

I have found a few of my favourite pieces here that are going to be perfect for layering up with whilst the weather is still cold as well as being perfect for wearing alone on those gorgeous spring days we are all so looking forward to.

T-Shirt Dress: Without fail there is always one of these in my wardrobe. I wear mine with chunky cardigans and jeans during the cold months and swap this for sliders and sunglasses as soon as the sun shows its face.

Maxi Dresses: These have been a favourite of mine for a while now as they are so easy to wear come day or night. They look great with knee high boots or trainers as well as sandals or a killer heel. I love wearing mine with oversized demin or cute leather jackets now and then letting them make a statement all on their own once spring is here.

High Waisted Shaper Jeggings: Shaper jeggings are my best friend at the moment as they allow you to create a smarter look than a conventional legging whilst giving you good shape and support after all those mince pies! They look great with oversized sweatshirts and trainers now and equally as good with a floating floral blouse come spring.

High Neck T-Shirts: A good quality plain t-shirt is a staple for any wardrobe as it is one of the most versatile items you can own. The possibilities are endless and it can be used as something as simple as a base layer in the cold to making a great background for a piece of statement jewellery during warmer times.

Zip Front Pinafore: I have so much love for a pinafore…although I am regularly told by my sister I am far to old to be wearing one! This zip fronted one is perfect to wear with a roll neck and tights right now and then with a plain tee and sandals in the summer months, I would even go for a vest top underneath if I was feeling brave enough.

Chunky Cardigans: We all know that even in the hight of summer the UK can throw us a curve ball when it come to the weather and things can be pretty nippy; so a good cardigan with splash of colour can brighten up an dreary day just like this gorgeous blue leopard print one that is certainly on my list.

Duster Coats: Now these are another item that I find a life saver and perfect for those time in the winter when I’m nipping on and off a hot tube and need something a little lighter than my big winter coat and great for slinging over a spring outfit when it gets a little nippy.

I hope you liked this little selection and I would love to know what pieces  in your wardrobe you rely on the get you through all the seasons.

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Cutting The Heating Costs This Winter

Yes I’m sorry that I am already mentioning the dreaded ‘winter word’, but as we all to aware before we know it the big coats and boots will be out and we will all be finding ways to keep warm inside and outside the home.

When it comes to heating the home it can be a pretty costly exercise and I’m sure we could all find much better ways to spend our money rather than on something a boring as heating.

Below I have compiled some tips on ways to save a few pennies on your heating bill this winter:

Draft Proof The House – Whilst the weather is still mild take a bit of time to go around the house and find any areas that are letting in any draughts. Door frames and widows are two of the biggest culprits but can be easily rectified by getting some specialist tape or draught excluders that will go a long way to retain the much needed heat.

Shop Around For Energy Providers – Its very easy to get complacent and just carry on using your same energy provider. This however can be one of the biggest ways to save money and many people have made savings of up to £300 a year. There are plenty of comparison sites out there that find you the best deals in a matter of minutes.

Check Your Boiler – The boiler is the most vital part of heating your home so it is very important to make sure it is in good working order at all times. Now is the perfect time to make sure it is in good working order so that you don’t end up with any nasty surprises once a cold spell hits! Companies such as Homeserve Heating provide an excellent service that does just this.

Have A Rejig – Think about the positioning of your furniture and try to move big items such as sofas away from radiators to stop the heat getting trapped.

Doors Open and Doors Closed – This may be a bit of a confusing title but it means that different doors being opened and closed can have different benefits.  If you have the bath running or oven on for instance allowing the doors to be open will let the heat radiate through the house. On the other end of the scale if you have an unoccupied room then turn the radiator off and keep the door closed so you are not wasting money and energy heating an empty room.

Fill Up The Chimney – If you have a unused fire place then filling the chimney with a specialised balloon will stop a huge amount of energy being lost.

Turn Space Age – By this I don’t mean donning a spacesuit, it simply means getting your hands on a few rolls of tinfoil and covering the wall directly behind your radiators to allow the heat to be sent back into the room rather than absorbed into the wall.

I hope you have found these tips useful and would love to ear if you have anymore of your own.

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Wintery Sensory Play

  

With the small amount of snow we have had this winter and the fact the number four’s theme at nursery for the next couple of weeks is ‘Frozen’ I decided to sort a wintery themed sensory play activity for this afternoon.

I took a jug of cold water and mixed with a few drops of blue food colouring, filled an ice cube tray and waited until they were frozen.

With a can of cheap shaving foam stashed away that we normally keep for bath paints I created a mound of snow and scattered the ice cubes over the top.

  

    
  
The longest part of prepping this activity is waiting for the ice cubes to harden.  It really is so simple and number four spent ages playing around and exploring the different textures.

Who needs snow!

   

  

  

  
  
   

Point And Shoot:Wintry Park Visit

I really love taking photos and although I’m a complete novice it is something I really enjoy and would love to learn more about.

When the lovely Aby over at You Baby Me Mummy posted on Twitter about her fantastic linky Point And Shoot which allows bloggers to tell a story of their weekend through pictures, I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to work on my skills and take a look at what other bloggers get up to with their photography.

This weekend felt like the first one of winter to me.  We started our Saturday morning gazing out of the window with the little ones praying the snow would settle.

  
On Sunday we braved the cold and took a trip to the park which looked stunning as the sun went down as the beautiful colours filled the sky.