Monday, 16 October 2017

Where Should You Spurge When It Comes To Home Decor?

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There’s always a level of excitement in the air when it comes to redesigning your home. Whether you’ve recently moved and you’re looking to give the space a spruce and take it more towards your own tastes, or your own home is in need of a little interiors refresh, you may be itching to get started. But no matter how big or small your home is, you’re going to need to work with a budget. And when you are working with a budget, you need to be able to work out what you’re going to splurge on, so you know what areas to cut back in. So let’s take a look at some of the areas you could consider splurging on across your home decor.

Kitchen

First up, there’s always the kitchen to think about. Some people will be happy to splurge on the entire space. However, it’s important to recognise that you can actually work with a budget kitchen project and it can still turn out incredible impressive. If you want to be able to splurge on brand name designer appliances for your kitchen, this is often a great way to compromise so you can get what you want on budget. And as the kitchen is often seen as the heart of the home, you should never feel bad about splurging in this area.

Dining Table

Now, let’s move on to your dining people. If you’re happy to keep your old beat up dining table, then go ahead. But at the same time, if you want to splurge on an incredibly stunning handmade design, do not feel guilty about it. This is the place where you will enjoy meals with your family for years to come, so it’s completely understandable if you want to out all out with your dining table choice.

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Sofa

Then, you’ve got your sofa to think about. Like your dining table, this is a crucial part of your family life. So, you’re going to want to go ahead and splurge on your sofa is that’s what you really want. You need it to not only work in the space, but be comfortable to sit on too. So, opting to go for an expensive design that does both - and that will last years, is a great choice to go with.

Bed

And, of course, who isn’t going to want to splash out on an incredibly comfortable bed? If you want to have a good night's sleep, then search for the perfect designer bed brand, such as Hypnos Beds, that’s going to make that happen. If you want to sleep well, make sure you choose a standout mattress too, as that’s often the part that counts!

Bathroom

And finally, you’ve also got your bathroom to think about. Because when you lead a busy lifestyle, and you’ve had a hectic day, if you want to get into a stunning bathtub at the end of the day and relax, you should definitely be able to do that. So go all out if this is an area of the house that you always tend to get a lot of use out of.

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Ravensburger Funny Bunny game review

Now the Weather is taking a more wintry turn, it is time to find ways to entertain the kids when the wind and rain keeps us indoors, because as much as we love getting out and about wet and cold kids are no fun to be around!

One thing the kids love is playing board games, which is great for us as we get quality family time without the distraction of TV or games consoles. It is so easy to sit back and allow the kids endless screen time when there is no way of getting out so adding some board games to the afternoon plans helps break it up.

We have recently been sent Funny Bunny from Ravensburger to try out, we have had a really hectic couple of days with family celebrations and visitors so today has been a quiet chill out day, catching up on jobs, and just having some quiet family time. We ended having a games afternoon and played some of our favourite games including the new 'Funny Bunny' game we were sent.



The aim of the game is to get one of your rabbits up the hill to claim the carrot before any of your opponents, sounds easy? well there are pit falls along the way! a sneaky mole to push you over the side and back to the start, the swinging gate to knock you back a few places, a raised draw bridge to stop you in your tracks and worse of all, the rabbit holes that you will disappear into!



To play the game each player starts with four rabbits, and the game starts with the youngest player going first, players turn a card over from the pack and if it shows a rabbit with a stone(s) then you move forward onto the hill and advance the number of places shown by stones (1, 2 or 3), if the card shows a carrot then the player turns the carrot at the centre one click, this will activate one or more pitfalls so watch your step! players take it in turns to turn a card and advance up the hill being knocked back places or even back to the start, even worse disappearing out of the game completely if the carrot turns and opens up a rabbit hole beneath you. you then have to start again with your next rabbit. The player who successfully gets one of their four rabbits to the top first is the winner.

We really enjoyed this game, it was easy for our youngest (5) to follow and take part in and she really enjoyed it, especially if she turned the carrot and caused one of our rabbits to disappear into the rabbit hole! It was easy to set up and put away so the was no chance of the kids losing interest before the game is set up.

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Review and Giveaway - Vremi Espresso maker and Wine Presever

As a busy mum there are two things that help me survive - coffee and wine! days can be long and hectic so a good coffee is a always a necessity to keep going and to relax at the end of a busy day, a nice glass of wine does the trick.

I have recently been sent a Vremi  stovetop Espresso maker to review - a simple espresso machine that makes beautiful coffee in less than five minutes! you simply fill the bottom with water, fit the coffee holder, scoop in your coffee, screw on the top pot and as it boils it will fill the top pot with authentic espresso coffee, all in five minutes while you get the kids breakfast ready, and while they eat enjoy the moment with your coffee, what better way to start the day.
I was really impressed with the feel and quality of the coffee maker as it was solid and sturdy, if the handling instructions are followed ie; do not use in microwave or put in the dishwasher, I can see this will last and be a part of our morning routine for a long time to come as it actually does make amazing fresh coffee and the smell wafting out is gorgeous.

As well as the coffee maker I was sent the wine preserver - now some may say that is an unnecessary item in this house! but during the week a glass with dinner is usually enough to relax and unwind with so a bottle can last a few nights. Who knew you could get a wine preserver? well this is how it works, it sucks out the air in your leftover wine to preserve it and stop oxidization that can affect the taste of your wine.

How to use Vacuum Pump and Preserve Wine
  • Insert Airtight Stopper into neck of wine bottle until firmly in place
  • Place Preserver Pump over Stopper
  • Pump up and down to vacuum seal
  • Stop when you feel resistance
  • Swivel silver ring of Stopper so Date Marker lines up with triangle to track freshness
  • Important: Date Marker will not rotate until after air is pumped out and Stopper is sealed
  • Wine stays fresh for 7-10 days longer after preserving
  • When ready for more wine, press pin on Stopper top to release pressure
  • Firmly hold wine bottle while removing Stopper
  • Pour yourself a big one!

I can honestly say I had not thought about preserving my wine but I can taste the difference especially if I have a week between opening the bottle and finishing it, another addition to my gadget cupboard in the kitchen but somehow I don't think this will be getting lost in the back of the cupboard anytime soon. 

I have teamed up with Vremi to bring you not one but both products in a give away, simply enter below and the winner will be chosen at random, good luck!


Win the Vremi Espresso Maker and Wine Preserver #7