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Dresses for Spring and Summer

Monsoon dress

The children spent an hour just scooting up and down the street outside our house today. They didn’t have coats on, we left the front door open, and they only stopped because they got hungry and thirsty. For the first time in months, we were outside, without coats on, in full sunshine under a bright blue sky – and we were warm. Spring is finally here.

I can’t wait to update my wardrobe with a few bits for the warmer weather. I’m on a *very* tight budget though, and so when High Street Outlet got in touch and asked if I’d like to pick a few items to review, I felt very lucky – what perfect timing.

I’d not heard of High Street Outlet before, but they buy in factory surplus stock from high street stores – and then sell it for a fraction of the price. Often, the brand’s labels are cut out but since I don’t really care what the label on the inside of my clothes says or doesn’t say – this doesn’t bother me at all!

There’s so much choice on the site, but the first thing that caught my eyes was this lovely Monsoon Aztec shift kaftan dress. In sheer navy, this beautifully embroidered dress comes with an underslip and is super comfy and easy to wear. It’s classic Monsoon – something a bit different, a bit smart, a bit boho, and works in so many situations. So far, it’s a work dress, an evening dress, and a dress I’m definitely packing for our holiday in the sun later this month for warm evenings chilling at the hotel. I still can’t get over that such a stunning dress is only £22.50 – it really is something special!

 

Monsoon dressMy other favourite was this Boden Lupin maxi dress. At £24.99 it’s another fabulous bargain and something I know I’ll get lots of wear out of from now until at least September. I’m only five foot two, but I love a long dress because they’re so easy to wear all summer – and, like the Monsoon dress, this will get worn on lots of occasions and definitely be coming with me on holiday. (It’s also SO lovely to find a maxi dress that doesn’t need hemming. Hurrah!

The very pretty and extra comfy gold strappy flats from Monsoon/Accesorize were my final bargain from HighStreet Outlet. They were only £12.99 and I plan to wear them with everything!

 

Boden maxi dressIf you’re near Poole, Dorset, make sure to check out Highstreet Outlet ‘in real life’ as they open their doors once a month to the public. And if you’re not, enjoy having a browse online – there’s lots to choose from, and if it’s a bargain, you can justify getting something else as well… right?

*Disclosure: I was sent the above items for the purpose of this review. 

A weekend in Wales

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We are big fans of short weekend breaks, and our recent adventure in Wales reminded us again why it’s so good to get out of town for a few days. We spent only two nights away, but returned to London feeling recharged and relaxed. Our two days in the countryside gave us all a chance to have a break from busy city life and we enjoyed just spending some time in each others’ company. What’s more, the children loved exploring somewhere new while managing to cram in a trip on a steam train in the Brecon Beacons as well as a visit to a castle too.

It was the perfect amount of time, although it did leave us wanting to return to Wales for more adventures. Our trip was organised thanks to Visit Wales who are running the #FindYourEpic campaign. We certainly had our share of adventure, and we’re already planning what we’ll do next time we manage to get to this beautiful part of the country again!

We left London on a Friday evening and drove to Merthyr Tydfil which is at the bottom of the Brecon Beacons National Park. Leaving London on a Friday after work might sound crazy, but the drive is only about three hours and even a closed road didn’t delay us for too long. The children went straight to sleep when we arrived and Tony and I had a glass of wine, glad we’d driven out of town on Friday so we could fit in a full day of exploring on Saturday.

We stayed in a beautiful studio apartment in a stunning Victorian townhouse – Studios at Glenthorne, in Merthyr Tydfil. We could have opted for Cardiff as a base, but we really wanted to be out of the city and so this was perfect, and right next to the national park. The house was built in the 1800s and for the last three years run as a guest house by the very lovely Claire – who Milin and Jasmin adored.

I loved the little touches and details that were everywhere you looked here – the frames around notepaper explaining parking or the wifi code, a lovely grandfather clock, fresh flowers, the surprise chocolates in the afternoon and the home-made Welsh cakes on arrival. (Jasmin and Tony made short work of these!) Our continental breakfast was a feast, and we loved the set-up of a studio apartment within a home. The house has its original features in tact, but is still modern and warm and welcoming. Our huge room had a bed and sofa bed, with a separate kitchen, complete with washing machine, and the shower was brilliant too.

I really can’t recommend Glenthorne highly enough and I hope we can go back. It was beautiful, spotless, brilliantly located, and we loved the personal touch. We ordered a takeaway on Saturday night and ate it happily with a bottle of Prosecco with the tele on, while the children slept. It really felt like a home away from home.
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The highlight of our weekend was definitely a ride on the Brecon Mountain Railway. The station was only a few minutes’ drive from our guesthouse and at the foot of the Brecon Beacons National Park. Milin and Jasmin might be little (they’re four and two), but they’re not too little for adventures.

We arrived half an hour before our train was leaving and we’re so glad we did. At the station, you’re able to have a look around the engineer’s yard. Milin and Jasmin were fascinated by the engines in for repair and got to have a look close up at some of those being fixed. We saw the guard and driver getting our steam train ready and the children could barely believe their eyes and ears when it tooted and backed onto the platform.

Milin said it was just like being on the Island of Sodor and Jasmin agreed that this train looked like Thomas – but was of course the wrong colour. The ride itself was about an hour and half and seeing their little faces when we started moving absolutely made my weekend. That something as simple as a ride on a steam train made them so happy was the sweetest thing.

But, what a ride it was. With a glistening lake to the side of the track for much of the ride, and the snow-capped mountains of the Brecon Beacons in the distance, this wasn’t any forest train ride. In fact, it turned into an adventure when a fallen tree just before we reached the top of the track stopped us in our paths. As Milin said, it really was like a story from Thomas-land. We watched the guard investigate, but he decided his handsaw wouldn’t be able to clear the tracks and a chainsaw was needed. It was possibly the most exciting train ride the children have ever been on – and certainly beats the tube for adventure. We reversed all the way back, but not before a stop at a little station along the way for coffee and hot chocolates (and more Welsh cakes) and a little play at the play area.

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After all the adventure, we relaxed in the afternoon at a beautiful country pub which looked out onto stunning views over the Brecon Beacons. We saw plenty of mountain bikers making the most of the dry and sunny spring day – and Tony and I were a teeny bit jealous. One day, when the children are a bit older, we’ll hopefully return and get some family riding done in this beautiful part of the country. What a backdrop for it.

We also saw lots of horse-riders and, again, what an amazing place to be riding. Our train ride and ramble to the pub was perfect for little legs, but one day I hope we can return and explore more on foot.

We spent Sunday morning at the incredibly impressive Cyfarthfa Park Lake – again just a couple of minutes drive or ten minutes walk from Glenthorne Studios. Cyfarthfa Castle was once a school but we busied ourselves imagining adventures of knights and dragons in its grounds. Milin and Jasmin were pretty impressed to be at a ‘real life’ castle, and its surrounding grounds, lake and playground made this the perfect spot for just hanging out. There’s a little cafe and museum here, but we were too early for them because of course the children didn’t sleep in.

Wales castle Merthyr JasminWales Merthyr CastleWales castleNo trip to Wales is complete for us without a stop at the Temple Bar Inn at Ewyas Harold. Our stop there this weekend rounded off a perfect couple of days. In front of the fire, we ate chocolate brownies and looked back at a wonderfully relaxing but adventurous trip. Getting out of London always does us good, and heading just a few hours up the road to the foot of the Brecon Beacons was amazing. It was a part of the country we’d never explored until now – and now we can’t wait to go back.

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I’m linking up with Magic Moments over at The Olivers Madhouse  because this weekend was one magic moment after the other!

*We were given train tickets and accommodation for the purpose of this post but all opinions are my own and this review is my honest opinion.

 

My Petit Canard

Pink Lining Wonder bag: It’s True Love

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My boring but practical black leather rucksack has finally given up on me. It’s had a good run, but in the end it was probably a bit small for what I needed and it couldn’t cope. So we’ve parted ways. And now I’m in love with its replacement.

The very lovely team at Pink Lining sent me their gorgeous new wonder bag to review. The True Love print is new for Spring Summer 16 and I think it’s my favourite of the Pink Lining prints so far. I love pink and red together, and the love hearts on this are the sweetest. Combined with the red straps and this is the perfect follow-up to my old and rather dull plain black bag.

I’m a rucksack convert already. With a four-year-old and two-year-old I need my hands free – so the Wonderbag is perfect for me. You can carry it by the handles, but it suits me to have it on my back so I can hold hands with both Milin and Jasmin while we’re out and about.

As for design features – Pink Lining really have thought of everything with this bag. As usual, there’s the changing mat and wet zip bag inside. There’s so many compartments that on a recent day out I was so organised I didn’t know myself. Not getting flustered when needing to do a quick change for a toddler on the go? Check.

Pen compartment, phone compartment, detachable bottle holder, phone compartment, handy zip for wallet, handy attachment for keys, pockets on the sides for both kids water bottles? Check, check, check, check, check,

When I go out, I always take nappies, wipes, a spare set of clothes, some snacks, drinks, my camera, wallet, bits and pieces etc – I don’t travel light! But, then, who does with children? So the Wonderbag is perfect for me. It feels like an incredibly comfortable fit and the ergonomics are super with lots of areas where you can make adjustments so that bag fits as you want it.

I love that this bag – like all Pink Lining bags – is so easy to wipe clean. It’s also perfect for me when I’m out alone. I slip my laptop in one of the compartments, my camera in the main area, and I’m good to go.

There’s also an adorable matching mini rucksack which Jasmin is completely in love with. It’s her new favourite bag for a few reasons. She loves that it matches mine, she loves red, she loves hearts, and she loves that the size is ideal for her. (She is two.) As for me? I think it’s rather fun to be matching!

When I first saw the Wonderbag I thought it would be perfect for a new mum. Having used it on a few outings now, I still think that. It comes with detachable stroller straps so you can hang it from your buggy. Plus you carry around so much with a newborn, and this well-made, lasting bag would help keep it all organised. But, it’s not just a baby changing bag. It’s perfect for me, with two pre-schoolers, and even when I’m without the little ones, it’s great for just using for being out and about.

Whether it’s a mother’s day gift to yourself, or just a because gift, I don’t think you can go wrong with the Wonderbag. Enjoy, and tell me what you think! x
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Time together, time for Christmas

I’ve been feeling excited about Christmas for weeks, for but a few little family outings over the weekend ramped the level up another notch. I took the children to see a phenomenal show – Land of Lights - at the Arts Depot in Finchley, and we also paid a special visit to see Santa at Springtime nurseries Christmas Wonderland at Crews Hill, Enfield. Both were such magical visits, and the weekend was bookended with Milin’s Christmas show at nursery and a family visit on Sunday complete with Prosecco and mince pies after trips to the park and the flower market.

With only a few days to go and the presents all wrapped, what has also been really lovely is the sense that we are enjoying each other. I still have half a day to work tomorrow – but Tony and the children are off now and I will be too very soon. It’s so nice to not have to rush them out of the door at 7am while they’re hardly awake. It’s so nice not to worry about packed lunches and spare clothes. And it’s so good for them to have a little rest. We rush them around during the weeks of term time and forget, I think, sometimes that they’re only little. They need a holiday as much as we do, and they also need to spend time with us.

But to go back to our pre-Christmas weekend – it really was special. It started with my day off work. I spent the morning with Jasmin on a cafe date which was a treat for us both, and we then went to Milin’s nursery for his Christmas show. They sang four songs to the parents and he knew every word. I couldn’t believe how grown up he was, he confident he was, and how much of a little character he was. Seeing him in his nursery environment was lovely and I was so ridiculously proud.

Saturday morning was spent at the amazing Christmas Wonderland that the Springtime nurseries garden centre creates every year. It truly was phenomenal. We saw live reindeer, went on a little train through Santa’s grotto, saw life-size polar bears and penguins, and the elves making the toys in Santa’s workshop. The children met Santa too – which was so exciting for them. It made me realise how much they’d grown up in a year as I took them to the same place last year and Milin really didn’t understand as much and Jasmin slept through it! This year though they are so excited it’s so sweet to see and listen in on.

The afternoon was spent at our favourite local arts venue – the Arts Depot. The children were lucky enough to see Room on the Broom there recently, and I felt very lucky to have been given tickets to review Land of Lights as well. It was such a brilliant performance – unlike anything I’ve seen before, and such a lovely family event for this time of year. It was perfect for their age, and probably great for any kids up to five, and I’d highly recommend it. It’s a beautiful little story about stars having fallen from the sky, a balloonist in search of them, and little people living in little houses waiting for the stars to return.

The children sit around the stage and are totally involved and immersed in the action. They get their hands grubby searching for stars, are encouraged to answer questions, and are even dressed up as little explorers. Milin in particular loved it and I really thought it was some of the best children’s theatre we’ve seen. I’ll be looking for more from Oily Cart who put the show on!

Our festive weekend also saw us wander around the stunning Columbia Road flower market in Hackney and the children loved picking out flowers with me and their aunty. I collected pussy willows, Christmas berries and eucalyptus and now I can’t wait for the big day. I’m wishing for more of what we’ve had – time to enjoy each other.  Life has been so busy lately that this is all we need.

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Watching their imaginations grow

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I’ve already been asked so many questions from organised friends and relatives about what Jasmin and Milin need for Christmas. I’ve found it tough to answer them – because honestly, the things they need don’t make for very exciting presents to unwrap. Jasmin could do with new pyjamas, Milin needs some cold weather gear. A voucher for their next sets of shoes would be handy, as would some attractions tickets to use one day…

But what they’ll really want is toys.

Milin and Jasmin have too many toys already, but toys do make them happy, and they have some very generous family members who love gifting them with things they can play with. So, I’ve been thinking back to the toys they’ve received in previous years and which ones they still play with. I hate the house getting clogged up with toys that aren’t used, so toys which I know will have long-term appeal are ones which I’m more likely to ask for.

Two years ago, Milin was lucky enough to be bought a wooden toy kitchen and a train track set. Last year, Jasmin received a wooden dolls house from George Home at Asda. These three things are probably the toys the children play with the most. What they have in common is that they’re made out of wood and so will last – no matter how much the kids thrash them. They’re also toys that they are getting more and more out of as they get older – there’s no chance, in fact, of them growing out of them any time soon.

Toys which encourage the kids creative play are a big hit in our house – as these toys have proved. So, when Asda asked us if we’d like to review the wooden cherry shop cafe from their George Home wooden toys range, I said yes. It might be an early Christmas present the children don’t exactly *need*, but I knew they’d love it.

And I was right.

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We’ve had the cafe/shop for a few weeks now and it’s a big hit with Milin and Jasmin. It was quick (for Tony) to put together and it takes up less space than I thought it might. The kids loved it immediately and set straight to work filling up the shelves with play food from their kitchen. Their shop was open for business.

They love playing ‘shopping’ with one of them pretending to be the buyer and the other the shopkeeper. They also love pretending this is their cafe. I had a heart-melting moment when I overheard Jasmin asking Milin if he’d like a ‘babycinno’ the other Sunday morning and then ‘making’ it for him and serving it up.

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If the kids didn’t have this – it would be on our Christmas list. It’s toys like these, that they can both play with and both grow with, that I think are really worthwhile. I can see them playing with this for years (they are two and nearly four), and as their imaginations develop, these games will simply become more complex and they’ll continue to get more out of these toys.

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I love watching them play imaginative games and more and more role play scenarios. They’re the games they bond over and the games through which I realise how close they are. If you’re looking for a Christmas present that will last, grow with them, and also encourage their imaginations – this is it.

*Thanks to Asda for sending us the wooden cherry shop cafe to review as part of #WhatWoodYouPlay. The kids love it!

Stocking filler ideas, reviews round-up and a giveaway

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I bought fairy lights for the front room today, and as it got dark and I turned them on, I realised how excited I am getting about Christmas. I’ve started gathering little bits and pieces for the children’s stockings, and I’ve been lucky enough to have been sent a few lovely things for them too recently. So – I thought I’d do a little round-up of ideas for stockings and small gifts – here are my picks:

Milin and Jasmin were kindly sent the first album released by Andy Day from CBeebies recently. They both love Andy in his Dinosaur Adventures series, and they love that his personality comes through in his CD of funny and silly songs. It’s been playing non-stop in the car since we got it, and it’s nice for the kids to have their own music to listen to. The songs are great – they cover everything from a song about a hoover to aliens (MIlin’s favourite) and are entertaining for grown-ups too. Comic influences such as Spike Milligan and the Mighty Boosh are clear, but as every song is a mini-story, there’s more to the album than humour. All performed by Andy and his band, this album – Who Invited This Lot – is a great little stocking filler. My two sing along now in the car, it’s so sweet! I’m also giving one away below – so enter and good luck!
andy day albumThe other favourite toy around our place at the moment is Milin’s new dinosaur. Aldi sent him this trcieratops and he is obsessed with it! I like it because it’s not too heavy or easy to lose! It’s also brilliant for encouraging the imagination – Milin even took him on a walk with us last weekend and we all believed he had a pet dinosaur by the end of the outing. Aldi are doing a range of gifts under £5 which make amazing stocking fillers. As well as a range of dinosaurs – they also have a selection of books like puzzle books and encyclopedias – again all under £5 which would make great little gifts for slightly older children than mine.

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For the much bigger kids – I’m going to be all about Fat Face this year. I adore their gift range of toiletries for men which will make present buying very easy for a certain few people I know. Ahem. But above all – is their range of candles. I was sent this gorgeous three-wick vanilla candle from Fat Face recently and I adore it. If I was bought this for Christmas I would be delighted – the smell is divine and the tin it comes in – with lid – is the prettiest thing.
So – those are my favourite recent review items. D o enter below for a chance to win Andy’s CD, Who Invited This Lot – good luck! x

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Julie Montagu Superfoods Review and Giveaway

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When it comes to food, I think I’ve got a good understanding of what’s good for me and what isn’t. I’ve never been one to really overeat, I know that I feel so much better when I’m paying attention to eating well, and I love discovering new foods and trying out new recipes.

That doesn’t mean though that I always eat particularly well. Over the last few months I’ve surprised myself and I’ve really let myself eat whatever I want. To say that I’ve over-indulged would be a huge understatement. Although I had lost all my baby weight and more by the time Jasmin was six months old – I now find myself weighing far more than I think I ever have done while not pregnant!

I’m not sure what the reason is – I’ve been lazy, I suppose, I’ve been stressed for various reasons and anxious, I’ve been bored of watching what I eat constantly in a pursuit to be thin…. none of these things are excuses though.

I realised recently though that I felt incredibly sluggish and fatigued. I’d never felt so unhealthy and low in energy – and it was definitely because I wasn’t eating well. And so, I’ve waved goodbye to this period of indulgence that has made me feel so yukky.

I met Julie Montagu recently and she told me about her book Superfoods. I went home and looked it up and was immediately drawn in. The photography is stunning, yes, I love the typography, textures and colours, yes – but most importantly – Julie totally gets good food.

The book’s tagline is ‘the flexible approach to eating more superfoods’ – and this sums it up perfectly. Julie is also known as the Flexi Foodie – not just because she is a yoga teacher, but because she really does have a flexible approach to eating superfoods. There are no rules, the recipes give you so many options, they fit in with every day life, they all look scrumptious, they’re easy to put together, you eat them when you feel like them – and don’t worry about not sticking to superfoods religiously, and – they truly are delicious.

Julie kindly gave me a copy of her book and one to giveaway too and I’m really excited to be able to share it with someone. The chapter on sweet treats might be my favourite – healthy crispy rice bars anyone? Or perhaps key lime pie or avocado, chocolate and lucuma mousse? I know – delicious!

Even though I thought I had a healthy pantry, Julie’s tips at the start of the book have helped me make changes which mean I’m now finding it easy to put together meals packed with nutrition. There’s nothing dull about eating well the Superfoods way either- when your day starts with chocolate chia breakfast pudding, you know it’s going to be good!

Julie Montagu superfoods rice pilaf

I’m slightly obsessed with the black rice pilaf (or my slight adaptation of it anyway which replaces grapes with tomatoes) and the ultimate superfood salad with hemp and blueberries. Both are perfect for my lunchbox the next day too.

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I’ve recently cut out dairy again because I know how much better that makes me feel – and I’ve not found that limits my use of these recipes at all. I always consider nut allergies when looking at new cookbooks too as my mum has a very serious allergy – but unlike some other recent hit recipe books – Superfoods doesn’t rely too heavily on them which is great.

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Julie is also a yoga teacher in London – I can’t wait to try one of her classes – and knowing this makes all the recipes slot into place. The focus is on eating well and nourishing your body with simple, plant-based superfoods. You don’t need to do it all the time, but little changes will make you feel so much better. I love the flexibility of this approach, and really can vouch for the recipes making me for one feel so much healthier.

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Fisher-Price Little People Disney Princess Palace Review

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Milin and Jasmin both seem  to be perpetually enchanted by princesses. While various characters come and go on their television screen and in their books, they both never tire of Disney Princesses.

Princesses seem to find their way into lots of our games and role plays too – whether it’s dressing up as them, drawing them, or even making sure our fairy cakes are topped with them!

We were sent the Little People Disney Princess Musical Dancing Palace to review recently and it couldn’t have been a more appropriate toy for Milin, three and a half, and Jasmin, just turned two, to play with together. It’s recommended for ages 18 months and plus, and I’d say for Jasmin in particular it’s perfect. Milin adores it at the moment, but I can see that Jasmin will get a lot more play out of it in the long run while Milin will likely more on to something else.

Luckily, the toy took no time at all to clip together and with a couple of screws to secure the last panels and some batteries, it was ready to play with. It comes with some furniture, a Little People-styled Prince, Belle and Cinderella. As soon as it was out of the box, the children were excited. “A Princess castle!” was Jasmin’s reaction. Milin immediately named Belle and Cinderella.

The children can place the little figures on the dance floor and turn a lever to watch them twirl around to music. It’s a very sweet feature, although the kids learnt quick not to turn the lever too hard or they would fall over! Jasmin loves moving them around the palace, just as she would with her dolls’ house, and talking about what they’re doing – even if she is just chattering to them or herself! She loves walking them up the stairs to look in their mirror and sitting them on their chairs.

I love watching her play with the Disney Princess palace. It’s definitely helping her imagination come along and seeing her talk through the role play scenarios with the figures is the sweetest thing. Given that the kids’ love all Disney princesses looks here to stay, I think this is a toy she will enjoy for a long time! Highly recommended – another hit from Fisher-Price that my kids love!

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Disney Prince dance and twirl palace review*We were sent the Fisher-Price Twirl Palace to review. All opinions my own.

 

Our Bay Windows – Looking in to our New Home

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Tony and I have realised we both love bay windows. The light the bring into a room, the extra space they can create – there’s really not much to love, is there?

Our first home in New Zealand, a 100-year-old wooden bungalow, had large bay windows on either side of the front door. Our bedrooms were in these rooms and their huge sun-filled window seats were the best spot to spend an afternoon and evening.

One of the reasons we were drawn to our new home here on the edge of London was again bay windows. We’re so lucky to have them on the ground floor at the front and back of the house – and upstairs, in all three bedrooms. Our house isn’t big – but these windows definitely make every room feel more spacious (especially little Jasmin’s box room!)

But while these stunning windows make our rooms seemingly larger and capture as much light into them as possible – they do make cleaning a little trying! I don’t mind cleaning in general – in fact, I quite enjoy it – but I hate the amount of time it takes which is basically time that I’m not spending having fun with the children.

We were fortunate that when we moved into our new home the previous owner had taken such amazing care of it. Yet as part of our moving in process, I was really keen to have newly cleaned windows. Tony, bless him, wasn’t convinced about the necessity of getting the professionals in. Once we got them in though – he had changed his mind. I’d not wanted him on a ladder scrubbing away – despite his Kiwi-can-do attitude, I thought it was best to leave it to people with all the proper equipment and training! I could have done the inside myself – but we have been so busy that it was low on the list of priorities for me!

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And so,  Fantastic Services popped round one morning and spent a couple of hours soaping, scrubbing and wiping clean our windows, inside and out. They hadn’t looked particularly grubby to begin with, but once the guys were done – they looked amazing. Sparkly, shiny, and they hadn’t missed a spot. In terms of friendliness and professionalism – these guys really did live up to their name too. 

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It’s funny how things like window cleaners suddenly come important when you have your own home. It matters these days, to me, what our house looks like from the street and while we’re looking back at it from the garden. It matters when I look out that I can really see what’s out there! And finally now I’ve convinced Tony of the same. If only he’d take what he’s learnt inside… tidiness indoors has never been his strong point!

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*Fantastic Services treated us to a window clean for this post. Thank you! Do check them out if your windows need a little love. The company allows you to book pretty much anything you’d need done around the house (oven clean anyone…?) from an app on your phone, or via your desktop. I’m building up a wish list of little jobs – regular whole house cleans are at the top – oh the luxury! 

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