Thursday, 30 July 2015

Open plan living

So with all the moving not moving malarkey that took place a few months ago we have been thinking a lot about making a few changes to our beloved nest, the wall in between our family room/kitchen has always bugged me as we seem to live in this space and it is where we hang out as a family, to have it all open plan would be a dream come true!

 So now the pennies are being saved to take out the wall and make it completely open and sort out our kitchen once and for all!! But it all costs heaps as we will need a whooping great big RSJ and we also need to take out a chimney breast, I know, I know the fireplace a beautiful feature but I need to move the sofa along that wall! (I will be sad to see it go). I also can't wait to re-sand our floor boards they are desperate, we had our sitting room done a little while back and its made such a difference.

Planning the kitchen is very exciting and I really want something bespoke, with an island to disguise the appliances, I have got heaps of inspiration from Caroline's kitchen over at Patchwork Harmony, isn't is beautiful, I love the character its so open and perfect for entertaining.

Images courtesy of Patchwork Harmony

I have also set up a pinterest board for my ideas.

< Follow ▲ m y s w e e t 's board Kitchen Renovations on Pinterest.

This project is going to take heaps of planning and research to help save the pennies, as I know it could get out of control if we don't shop around, the main job is getting the right builder of course but make other savings where we can.

I have started to research paint, our main issue is we want something more hard wearing and durable Crown Trade Paint is preferable as it seems to be more competitively priced with a few suppliers Kent Blaxill Trade Paint Direct and Crown Decorator Centre all stock this paint you can save a lot buying on line and some offer free shipping for tester pots, it much easier easier for us to order the colour charts and then tester pots on line rather than trying to make it down to Homebase with two little ones in tow!!

So next we need to get all our quotes together, building, plumbing and carpentry and start saving the pennies!

I will keep you posted on our progress!

Cathy xox

Friday, 24 July 2015

52 Memories week 29 & 30

This month has been so memorable as we got to spend almost three weeks with two very special people my sister and niece, it's been three years since we were all together so you can imagine the reunion was pretty emotional! We had such an amazing time together and made memories to last for a life time. I will be posting very soon about our memorial day for mum and our family mini break to Dorset but for now I want to share a few photos for my 52 project.

These photos are so special, us two before Susie's birthday dinner celebrations. It was such a lovely evening.

Our beautiful daughters enjoying a sweet cuddle they both have their nanny cushions eyes. We talked about mum lots it will be four years next weekend since we lost our beautiful mum,  how I wish she was here to enjoy these special times. 

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful weekend. 
Much love 
Cathy xox 

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Travel safely this summer

So it's that time of year again when we will be hitting the road a lot more, out and about on lots of days out and we have a few mini breaks planned this summer. My mister does the majority of the long distance driving in his estate car,  my fiat 500 is a little run around for myself and the children and we will be using the car a lot more over the summer to travel to local farm parks and national trust properties and for long distance driving we will be in our family car, so with that in mind we have come up with a few safety tips to share. 

Tyre tread ensures the grip a car has on the road so it is imperative to make sure your car has the correct safety limit for tyre tread, bearing in mind when you buy new tyres they come with 7mm tread,  It is illegal to drive a car with a tread less than 1.6mm however drivers who are approaching a 3mm tread depth must be aware that they are compromising the safety.

Over time tyres become old and start wearing off – it is highly advised to inspect your tyres after regular intervals for any damage or wear. 

Always make sure that the air pressure in tyres is just the right this is something we do before any long journey because over inflated as well as under inflated tyres can both be hazardous, so that quick stop at the garage to do the necessary checks before you hit the motorway will give you some peace of mind. 

If you see anything odd on the tyres such as a bulge or a crack, don't ever ignore it because worst case scenario could be the tyre  blowing out in the middle of the road and you don’t want that especially when there are little ones in the car. Head over to a reliable tyre specialist who can have a look and suggest suitable course of action. Point S have depots all across  the UK, so if you are in doubt about your tyres simply log on to the Point S website and book an appointment without any prior payment. They are also offering free summer tyre checks throughout the summer. 

So along with making sure tyres are checked over, there are a few other safety tips to be aware of:

Check oil does it need changing? 
Radiator check up, make sure it has the proper amount of coolant. 
Make sure air conditioning unit is working efficiently. 
Check your battery apparently battery fluid can evaporate during the summer heat and internal parts can become damaged. 

I hope you find these tips useful, if I have missed anything please shout!  I am by no means an expert but we are definitely more safety conscious and do our best to look after our motors especially when travelling round with the little ones

Thanks for stopping by 
Cathy xox

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Sunday, 12 July 2015

52 memories week 28

Hello lovely readers,

Another week has whizzed by we have crammed so much in! Having my lovely big sister and niece back with us in the UK has been so fantastic and yesterday we had a truly wonderful afternoon for mums memorial garden party, it was a huge success and very emotional. I will dedicate a full post to it very soon.

So here is week 28 for my 52 project, the cousins reunited. They are just loving spending time together, my two look up to their big cousin and they play so well together it fills my heart with joy to see them together just being little and watching their bond grow.

As always thanks for stopping by.
Cathy xox

Monday, 6 July 2015

52 Memories week 27

I can't believe we are in July already, last month seemed to whiz by in a flash! We have been lucky with lots of sunny days and my little ones are on count down to the summer holidays. So here is week 27 a slow afternoon at one of our favourite National Trust properties, John and I just got to sit back and watch these two....... These are they days.

I will be back soon to share some more lovely photos, the next two weeks are going to be so memorable as we my lovely sister and beautiful niece are visiting, I can't tell you how amazing it is to have them with us, it's been 3 years since they emigrated and we miss them heaps, so the next few weeks are going to be so wonderful.

As always thank you for reading.

Cathy xox

Tuesday, 30 June 2015

I am the mum who

I have a fun post to share with you this morning, the lovely Aby of You Baby Me Mummy  tagged me to join in with the 'I am the mum who post' so here goes............

I am the mum who can only function to your needs first thing in the morning once I have had a cup of tea.

I am the mum who loves it when you both wake up happy.

I am the mum who never ever takes you food shopping.

I am the mum who can have a meltdown just like you two.

I am the mum who tells you Daddy has eaten all the crisps.

I am the mum who loves it when you play together and hates it when you fight.

I am the mum who is driven to wine especially towards the end of a long week.

I am the mum who loves our family day trips.

I am the mum who is still learning about motherhood every day.

I am the mum who needs to be more patient.

I am the mum who hates the school run with a passion.

I am the mum who loves to be super organised.

I am the mum who much prefers it when daddy takes over the cooking.

I am the mum who needs to give myself a good talking to at times.

I am the mum who worries too much.

I am the mum who needs time on my own.

I am the mum who is blessed to have two amazing little ones who I am so proud of.

Ah that was fun, now it time to pass the tag on and I have chosen these lovely bloggers to take a turn.

29 Year Old Mama
Little Maldod
The Ordinary Lovely
What The Red Head Said

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

A Little Catch up - 52 Memories

Good morning, June seems to be flying by! I am playing catch up again with my 52 memories, here is a little snap shot of photos to add to my collection so far this year.

(Photo credit Piers MacDonald - Mollie Makes)

I love looking back through photos, June really has been a lovely month so far with two birthdays family days out, spending time with friends and attending my first blogging event Blogtacular which was so inspiring,  I made some lovely new blogging friends, but best of all I got to spend time with the lovely Aby of  You Baby Me Mummy we had such a great weekend.

Writing this blog has made me realise how much it means to me to have all my memories in one place, I am so happy I took the plunge almost two year ago and hit publish on my first blog post and started the journey of blogging. Thank you to all of you guys who take the time to read and comment on my posts it really does mean the world to me.

I hope you're all having a wonderful June!

Much love Cathy xox 
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