Favourite Festive Films

I’m sure this subject can be widely argued, we all have our favourites, for different reasons…perhaps the film itself isn’t ground breaking cinema, but it reminds you of a certain time/place/person: and that emotional link is why you watch it every year. Or maybe it’s just coz it’s brilliant! But here are mine:

1. The Santa Clause

I had to put this first, because it’s always been a part of my Christmas. I remember watching it as kid, thinking how magical it was, wondering if it could actually be true. I think the main reason I go back and watch it each year is because it sparks that magical feeling of Christmas that I had as a kid – that feeling when you’re full of wonder and excitement. And it’s not Christmas without Tim Allen! Obviously, I’ve watched the sequels many times too, but the original is the best!

2. Polar Express

This is just such a special film. Watching it cuddled up with a hot chocolate, it reminds us of how special it was believing in Father Christmas. It’s full of magic and is a FIRM favourite of mine – it makes me feel all warm and happy and fuzzy 😊 And naturally, I sing along too!

3. Elf

Awwww it’s just brilliant isn’t it?! Will Ferrell erupts onto the screen in green, disguised as all our inner child’s at Christmas! However many times you’ve seen it before, you still cackle at the same bits, it’ll never fail to cheer you up or get in the Christmas spirit…because as we all know ‘The best to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear’ 😊

4. Love Actually

Who. Doesn’t. Love. Love Actually?! If you don’t imagine Hugh Grant’s dad dancing every time you hear ‘Jump’ by the Pointer Sisters throughout the year, then you haven’t seen this film enough! We still haven’t forgiven Alan Rickman for buying that necklace, we still love Andrew Lincoln for those cue cards, and we remain slightly embarrassed that an excited Laura Linney reminds us all of our teenage selves. Despite the moments of heartbreak, it’s filled with love, and it reminds us that ‘Love Actually is, all around’ ❀️

5. The Holiday

This is the first film I’ll watch in the run up to Christmas. I try to wait until 1st December, but it’s been known to make it onto my telly during the last few days of November… It’s perfect viewing for a night in alone, nestled under a blanket with some hot chocolate or a baileys, and some delicious food or snacks. It’s heartwarming in the right places, heartbreaking in the right places, and the odd flicker of comedy is just lovely. Kate Winslet, Jack Black, Cameron Diaz and Jude Law are just gorgeous in this.

6. Nativity

Ohhhhh Nativity! I’m afraid if you don’t like Nativity, we can no longer be friends… πŸ™ŠΒ It’s just pure brilliance! It’s cute, funny, heart warming – it’ll have you laughing one minute and crying the next. I can’t believe I’m admitting it, but I get choked up! Every. Year. πŸ™„πŸ™ˆΒ Obviously there’s the sequels as well, which are good, but NOTHING can top the original! (Ed and I realised this year that we’re very similar to Mr Maddens and Mr Poppy…any guesses who’s who?!)

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7. This Christmas

A romantic Christmas film centering around the Whitfield family, who’s eldest has come home for the first time in years. It’s a veryyyy well known cast, and I love films like this – putting actors I love, together in one place. And the SASS level is just something else for a Christmas film πŸ˜‚

8. Christmas with the Kranks

I feel like this one is a bit of a marmite film, but I love it! Tim Allen and Jamie Lee Curtis decide to skip Christmas in order to save money to go on a cruise, but then find out their daughter’s coming home and will be expecting a family Christmas. With these two leading the film, it’s a manic, comedy filled treat, perfect for afternoon viewing with a good cuppa!

9. White Christmas

A classic. And a must see each Christmas, particularly as a Musical Theatre graduate and Vera Ellen fan. It’s old and wholesome and lovely (and funny!), and really quite special. And so stagey!

10. The Muppet Christmas Carol

Last, but by no means least – and actually potentially my all time fave – Muppet Christmas Carol! I’ve watched it since I was a kid, and when Todd and I grew up, we made it a tradition to watch it on Christmas Eve afternoon. I love the story, I love Gonzo and Rizzo as narrators, I love the songs… It’s brilliant, a tradition, and it wouldn’t be Christmas without it.

And there we have it! There are tons more that I love, and I’m sure there’ll be some of your favourites that didn’t make the list – but as I said earlier, some of mine are (because I enjoy them, yes), but also because I associate them with magical Christmases. It’s quite amazing how powerful television can be for our memories and associated feelings…

Lynette x

Christmas Night in Alone Essentials

Now, who else LOVES a cosy night in by themselves?!Β πŸ™‹β€β™€οΈ Ed’s away in Panto Land, and whilst he’s home most nights, it tends to be late, so I’ve had a few opportunities to engross myself in some much needed me time (it’s been a long term)! So, what are my night in alone essentials? Let me run them by you.

First off: PREP!

  1. TIDY.

    Get the washing up done, and make sure the house is nice and tidy. You’ll find it much easier to relax (and feel like you deserve it more too!) if your home is nice and clean and clutter free!

  2. Light a candle and get in the bath.

    I recently invested in an Apple and Cinnamon scented bubble bath, and this alongside some tealight candles makes for such a relaxing, festive bath!

  3. Moisturise.

    When you’re all scrubbed and nice and clean (don’t forget to exfoliate if you can), grab your favourite moisturiser and go to town on soothing that winter skin. You’ll feel clean as a whistle!

  4. Hair Mask.

    If you washed your hair, use a leave in conditioner. No one’s going to see you, so work it through your hair and stick it up in a nice top knot. I don’t spend enough time giving my hair TLC, so these nights are a fantastic time to do just that!

  5. Get Comfy.

    Get into your fluffiest Christmas PJs (or onesie!), get the fairylights and Christmas tree on if they’re not already, and either order a takeaway, or cook your favourite meal! My fave night in food is burger and chips 😊 But not Maccie’s, I mean a good stacked up burger, with bacon and cheese and fried onion and loads of other yummy additions 😍

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Now you’re clean, fed and watered, you need to set yourself up for the rest of the evening. Grab whatever you need from the bathroom/kitchen, because you want to move as little as possible for the next few hours! Pick a lovely festive film (my top pick would either be The Holiday or Love Actually for an evening like this!), and nestle down. Here’s the things that I think about prepping:

  • Pudding – THE BIGGEST priority, obviously…MINCE PIE ANYONE?! πŸ₯§πŸ˜‰
  • Yummy drink – But what am I in the mood for? Red wine? Baileys? Hot chocolate? 🍷
  • Nail varnish – Do I want to take this opportunity of sitting and doing nothing, to paint my nails? πŸ’…πŸ»
  • Candles – GET THEM LIT, it feels so much cosier! πŸ•―οΈ
  • Face mask – Are you a smoothie mask kind of person or a peeler? I’m a peeler. πŸ§–πŸ»
  • Airplane Mode – Turn it on. You’ll be able to enjoy your evening so much more if you’re uninterrupted and not tempted to start scrolling through Insta. ✈️

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I can’t explain how much I love a cosy night in. And now that we’re in our gorgeous house for the first year too, these nights are so much yummier than ever before 😍 What are your night in alone essentials, can you recommend anything you think I’m missing out on? Share below in the comments!

Lynette x

 

The Best Places to Shop Online This Christmas

Whilst a lot of us like to, or try to, shop on the High Street and support local business, it’s not always doable, or we can’t find what we’re looking for. So, online it is. This year I managed about half and half – mainly because I haven’t had time to travel to one of the nearby cities for a gift shopping day (some things I wanted to get just can’t be found on the high street of a market town). Any gifts I share will be from last year (I don’t want any of my friends/family finding out what they’re getting before Christmas!), but I stand by the stores this year, and have used all of them again!Β 

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If you’ve visited my blog before, you know what a fan of Etsy I am. It’s a fantastic way of supporting small businesses, and I’m yet to be any less than very pleased with products/gifts I’ve bought from there. I got these wine glasses (images taken from site) for Mum and Dad last year, and I still love them…the picture doesn’t show it very well, but they’re glittery! I’m almost tempted to invest in some for Ed and I…

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If you want any kind if personalised gift, this is a great place to start browsing – cards, mugs, glasswear, calendars – I’ve used this site several times, and got myself a notebook (of which there are HUNDREDS of different designs, perfect if you’re buying for a stationery lover!). Sometimes you can get some good discount codes too – and even 10% off can help the pinch of Christmas!

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There’s some lovely household decor and gifts on this website, which I discovered last year I was looking for some Firefly jars. I bought a couple for friends and a couple for us, and would happily purchase from there again! It’s now a go-to site for gift browsing!

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For photo gifts, this is where I head. They offer calendars, keyrings, canvases, mugs, cushions – not all of those ideas may appeal to you, but they do photo books and regular prints of your photos too. Again, you can often find a discount code, although prices aren’t too bad anyway!

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I came across this site a few months ago whilst searching for a birthday gift for one of my girls, and it’s such a cute little site! I think it depends on the kind of thing you’re after, not all of their content is my cup of tea…but some of their monochrome range is right up my street! I bought a cushion for my girlie, then returned to buy mugs for both my parent’s birthdays (and then myself too, naturally) πŸ’πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

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I’m pretty sure that this was the first website I used for online shopping, and although I feel that some of the gifts are a bit pricey, there’s some lovely things on there, and some ideas you wouldn’t have even thought of before (hence the name, I guess)!

Have I missed any of your favourite sites? I’m always open to new places and ideas, so please feel free to share below!

Lynette x

Favourite Decorations in our New Home!

Now then, if you know me or have followed my blog for a couple of months, you’ll know that Ed and I bought our first house in September! It was a long process, a busy and stressful few months, but now (despite there still being plenty of things to do), we’re settled. And that’s a wonderful feeling!

This isn’t our first Christmas together, but because of the change of scenery, quite a few things have changed/been added/taken away. It was really exciting to decorate the house for the first time – finding what works well where, and knowing it’s the start of a new tradition!

I’m not going to share everything, but here’s a few of my faves:

The Tree

We upgraded to a taller tree this year, and also invested in some red baubles (last year we had gold/chrome/silver to go with the living room in the flat – red would’ve clashed). I love the warmth they bring – now all that’s missing is the presents!

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Bish Bauble

This was a gift to ourselves last year, for our first Christmas together. Ed and I have called each other ‘Bish’ for as long as we’ve been friends, so for 9 years, we haven’t used our actual names! We have no idea where it came from, but it obviously happened at school at some point, and it stuck! It was a lovely way to mark our first Christmas (it’s got the date on the back too) and will have pride of place on the tree every year ❀️

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Garland

Last year this sat upstairs on a beam/ledge/thing, but this year (seeing as we have a windowsill for the first time, I KNOW, woo!) it’s been promoted! It sits perfectly behind ‘Love’ and is slightly too long which is great is it curls round to the front of the sill – it doesn’t just stop awkwardly. We added the candles to finish off the sill (from our Best Man’s mum’s shop – THANKS SUE!), and often leave the curtains slightly open on a night so we can enjoy the set up πŸ•―οΈ

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Stairs

I may have gone a bit OTT, BUT it’s currently a bit of a lonely place – there’s no natural light and we have no paintings/pictures/mirrors etc to decorate it yet. So I thought I’d give it a bit of Chrismas Zhush (yes, that’s how you spell it, I had to Google it)! ✨

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Wreath

A front door actually opening onto the street meant our first Wreath! Knowing that this would be the Bish Wreath for many years to come, we shopped around, but were drawn to this one from Not On the Highstreet. And love it!Β 

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It was so exciting decorating our new home for the first time, and I just love how it’s turned out! I’m sure there’ll be a couple of bits we decide we need (whether that’s this year or next) just to finish it off, but it all feels very magical right now!

…Especially knowing that whilst it’s all pretty and exciting this year, it’s the first year of a lot of new Christmas traditions 😊

This is the 3rd Blogmas post, make sure you’ve subscribed so you don’t miss any in the future – and I’ll see you for the next on 7th December!

Lynette x

My Top 15 Christmas Songs

I LOVE Christmas music, it really gets me in the festive spirit, so trying to keep it to less than 100,000 was HARDΒ πŸ˜‚Β I love Christmas songs SOOOOOO much, wherever I am during December, they’re blasting out. I’m sharing a few of my ultimate faves with you…the ones that really get me in the festive spirit, remind me of someone special or just make me insanely happy! They’re in no particular order…enjoy!

1. FAIRYTALE OF NEW YORKΒ – I mean, it HAD to make the list!

2. CHRISTMAS WRAPPINGΒ – I don’t know why, but I’ve loved this since I was a kid!

3. THAT’S WHAT CHRISTMAS MEANS TO ME – I first heard it a couple of years ago and now it’s up there with my top faves! I’m using it with one of my classes and I just can’t get enough of it! It’s perfect for dancing toπŸ’ƒπŸ»

4. STEP INTO CHRISTMASΒ – PURE JOY!

5. WOMBLING MERRY CHRISTMASΒ – This has been mine and my dad’s song for as long as I can remember, so however daft it is, I love it coz it makes me think of my daft Dad and I jigging round the living room πŸ™ˆ

6. DRIVING HOME FOR CHRISTMASΒ – Mama P’s favourite, such a lovely song, and it makes me so happy. It always reminds me of herΒ πŸ’•

7. SAVIOUR’S DAYΒ – This started out ironically a few years ago as my brother and I cackled at the music video…but now when I hear the song, it reminds me of the fun Todd and I have. So it fills me with joy πŸ˜‚

8. MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODYΒ – It isn’t Christmas without Slade!

9. HAVE YOURSELF A MERRY LITTLE CHRISTMASΒ – So many artists have covered this song, I love them all coz I love the song so much…but this is my current favourite version.

10. I WISH IT COULD BE CHRISTMAS EVERYDAYΒ – It isn’t Christmas without the Andrex puppy song!

11. BELIEVEΒ – How could we forget about The Polar Express?! And that time I did a ballet solo to this and my skirt fell off half way through…Β πŸ™ƒ

12. CHRISTMAS (BABY PLEASE COME HOME)Β – Specifically this version, along with the rest of this Phil Spector album, because it reminds me of Christmases with my family πŸ€—

13. LIGHT THE NIGHTΒ – Because it’s pretty much been unofficially labelled as the Studio’s Christmas song…it’s come out every Christmas in various forms (shows, outdoor performances etc) for years now, so it’s not Christmas for me without hearing it!

14. IN DULCI JUBILOΒ – You can’t sing along to it unfortunately (maybe whistle though), but is anyone else in agreement that this little number really makes you feel merry? 😊

15. AND LAST BUT NOT LEAST; BUBLE. Any Buble. But this one reminds me of my Bish ❀️

Did your fave songs make the list? As I said, there’s SO many more I could’ve added, but these are all quite special to me!Β πŸŽ…

Lynette x

Things I Can’t Live Without at Christmas

Right, so this is exciting! Hello and welcome to the start of Blogmas 2018 at lifewithlynette! I didn’t even know what Blogmas WAS until a couple of months ago when I saw other bloggers start to talk about it…so I had a Google. And for those of you reading who don’t know what it is, it’s basically a fun name/excuse for me to waffle at you about Christmas things during December 😊 πŸŽ…πŸ»

A lot of bloggers I know are doing a post every day for the month, but to be honest, I don’t have the time for that amount of content – so I’m going to be posting every other day! I’ve got plenty of ideas planned out; decor, drinks, fave TV shows from the year, best places to shop online this Christmas… I’ve tried to keep it as varied as I can (still all Christmas related though!) so make sure you’ve subscribed so’s you don’t miss one that you enjoy/might help you!

I thought I’d use this post as an excuse to introduce Blogmas, along with just delving right in and telling you the things I can’t live without at Christmas. Because it’s 1st December! And CHRISTMAS HAS NOW OFFICIALLY BEGUN! Well, technically for us, it began last night…Ed went away to panto land today, and although this year he’ll be commuting (last year he was living away from home for the month, that was CRAP), we wanted to decorate and start Christmas before he disappeared. The tree is up, lights strung, and wreath hung…and for the first time in our new home! Which is really exciting!

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This year is going to be quite different to my previous Christmases. I’ll be visiting Mum and Dad’s rather than staying for a few days (#adulting), Ed and I are staying together on Christmas Day and visiting both families, and my bro is bringing his girlfriend up north for the first time! Lots of family traditions will be changing, but that’s inevitable as we grow up. And although it’s a shame, it’s exciting that we have the opportunity to make new traditions now!

So then, just to finish off; Things I Can’t Live Without at Christmas:

  • Making the home cosy
  • Baileys
  • Faiylights
  • Apple and Cinnamon candles
  • THE MUSIC
  • Festive Costa Hot Chocolates
  • Mince Pies
  • Christmas films that enhance that festive feeling (Polar Express, I’m looking at you)
  • A cold winter walk
  • The SMELL of tinsel
  • Seeing loved ones open their presents
  • The hustle and bustle of Christmas markets
  • Bread Sauce
  • A Theatre tripΒ 
  • Family

I have plenty of posts where I can chat about more meaningful things…but in the run up to the Christmas period, those are things that pop into my head and get me excited! What are yours?

Lynette x

New House? New Stuff!

Okay, so one of THE MOST fun things about moving house, is BUYING NEW PRETTY THINGS! Obviously πŸ˜‰Β We moved from an old flat with tons of character (and BEAMS, I love beams), into a house that’s less than a year old, which is really bright and light and totally empty. Which meant – RE-STYLE!!! We both wanted a nice clean and light home to settle down in, so we decided to keep the interior mainly white, cream and grey. That way, we have a nice blank canvas to work from when it comes to furnishings and decor.

I LOVE our new home, and after months of waiting to move in (and therefore months of browsing for ideas online), when we were finally in a position to furnish –Β  I was LOVING life! And still am 😊 So here we go:

Stacking Tables – Wayfair

I know these made it to my last post, but I LOVE them, so had to include them again! We hadn’t seen anything similar anywhere else, especially not in ROSE GOLD! 😍

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Trinket Dish – Next

I saw this a good month before we moved out of the flat, but when it was Rose Gold AND marble… I couldn’t resist, and bought it straight away! (Then it sat in a box for 6 weeks)!

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Floor Light – IKEA

We knew we wanted a fancy floor light for the living room, and didn’t go to IKEA with the intention of buying – but we saw this and HAD to buy it (when DOESN’T that happen at IKEA, let’s face it πŸ˜‚). I wish I could capture it better, but you get the idea!

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Aloe Vera – IKEA

Now this we DID go with the intention of buying. We wanted some greenery to freshen the place up and knew we could get some in the Market Place when we were already there buying furniture. This sits in the bathroom and I honestly don’t know why I didn’t invest in house plants sooner!

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Mason Jars – Etsy

These were in my favourites for monthssss before purchasing, so I was so excited when I finally got my desk/dressing table sorted and I could buy these! Can you tell I love MARBLE AND ROSE GOLD yet? πŸ™Š

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Leaner Mirror – Wayfair

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I’d seen a lot of these large leaner mirrors on Insta and really liked them,
so got searching, and happened across this one…I waited until it was reduced,
and got it ordered!Β 

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Shoe Rack – Amazon

This is a BRILLIANT idea, I found it a year or so ago to put at the back of our wardrobe/cupboard in the flat (it was almost a second bedroom)! And when we moved, I ordered another! It comes totally deconstructed, which means you can build it and click it together in any design you want. In the flat, it was a cuboid block of 12, now as you can see, it fits perfectly in our under stairs cupboard.

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Bluebells Canvas – Etsy

We decided we wanted a nice natural canvas, so knowing how much of a good experience I’ve had with Etsy, we headed to their website. There’s lots of gorgeous canvases on there, but this is the one we went with.

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Desk/Dressing Table – Various

The desk and drawers are from IKEA, mirror from Dunelm, Chair from Wayfair, canvas from Matalan, cushion from Amazon, and you’ve already seen the mason jars and trinket dish 😊 I love this little set up! Ed’s desk is much more manly, so I had to make my side of the room pretty 😊

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If you’ve got any fave home furnishings, what are they? Or is there anything you think I need to invest in? Let me know in the comments!

Lynette x

 

The Best Stores for Kitting Out Your Home

Now obviously, this is completely subjective, and this is done purely from the experiences we’ve had doing up the house. It’s not gospel, and I’m sure there are other great stores out there that we didn’t use, but these are our faves, and I’ll explain why 😊

Ikea

I MEAN, WHO DOESN’T LOVE IKEA, of COURSE it’s at the top of the list! One of the most exciting things about moving is the prospect of going to The Narnia of household furnishings! You know as soon as you step through those doors, however well thought out your shopping list was, you’ll be leaving with more than you planned for πŸ™ƒΒ Virtually all of our furniture is new, and virtually all of it came from Ikea. I didn’t realise until I just thought about it then…it was a busy and confusing time, but I suppose we did end up going twice in 2 weeks AND get an order delivered to our home address too… It’s safe to say that we are now absolute masters in IKEA DIY (you know that when you don’t even really need to look at the instructions because you can pretty much guess which screws go where). I loved building our furniture because it was fun, the experience of Ikea is ALWAYS enjoyable, and #adulting!

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Dunelm

I’ve loved Dunelm ever since I first moved down to London. Mama P took me to the big store at Clifton Moor in York before I moved, and I fell in love – it’s a fab store for home furnishings and small bits of furniture. Ed and I ended up getting curtains, light shades, bed linen, bits of cookware and more! The prices aren’t too bad either – there’s definitely a few bed sets that are way more than one should be spending on linen, but equally they’ve got some items clearly aimed at students – so it’s perfect for everyone!

Wayfair

Advertising won, I wouldn’t have known about Wayfair were it not for Lorraine Kelly squating away in the ITV advert breaks. And, the advert’s right – whatever homeware you’re looking for, there’s something for you and your budget – and a lot of it too, they’ve got a great range of products! I’m in love with our stacking tables from Wayfair – I hadn’t seen any Rose Gold tables anywhere else, and I love the style! We also got a bean bag and clock from here, and they won’t be the last purchases, I can tell you that for sure! My one word of warning though, things seem to go fast, so if you have a floor light saved in your favourites, it may not be in stock a week later. I see it as a sign (yes, this happened to me), but it’s good to be aware!

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NextΒ 

I never thought about going to Next for homeware until a google search for marble look placemats took me there…but they’ve got some lovely things! Kitchenware, bedroom things, decor…and not too extortionately priced either! (To date), we’ve got the placemats, tealight holders, candles and a trinket dish from there, all of which are perfect for our home.

The Range

Similar to Dunelm I suppose, a little cheaper though (and they do craft things there too, for any keen crafters out there)! We mainly used it for kitting out the bathrooms, though I’ve shopped there before for wall art and wedding decorations too (YES, that’s right, but I’ll be sharing these details AFTER the wedding) 😊

Etsy

I’m pretty sure I’ve mentioned on more than occasion how much I love Etsy, so I’m sorry to sound like a broken record, but I really do! I came across it a couple of years ago when looking for gifts, and I’ve been a regular visitor to the website ever since – for gifts, and now for home decor too. We got our personalised house sign from there, as well as a canvas painting for the bedroom and marble mason jars for my desk. I love being able to support small businesses, and there’s some gorgeous, quality stuff on there. Go and check it out if you haven’t already, especially with Christmas on the way!

We’re still not done kitting out the house yet, so if you have any other stores that you think we need to visit, let me know in the comments below!

And NEXT TIME, I’ll be sharing some of my favourite new items in our little home, so if you’re curious about seeing what we actually got from these shops, stay tuned!

Lynette x

Things No One Tells You About Moving House

When we decided back in March that we were going to move, I had no IDEA what the reality of it would actually be. Of course I’ve moved before, but it’s never been as big as this one…whilst moving to uni or to central London have been significant points in my life, they were never MASSIVE. Sure it’s stressful, having to pack everything up and move your entire life elsewhere – but it’s not until we started the process of buying a house that I realised all my previous stresses were NOTHING compared to the adulting version.

I wasn’t totally naive, I knew there’d be a lot of things involved (things you don’t think about until you’re doing it) but the whole process was made unnecessarily stressful by factors we couldn’t control. I’m not going to go into the nitty gritty of the actual sale of the flat/purchase of the house, because frankly, I don’t want to. What I AM going to share with you are the day to day experiences.

1 – Stress

The constant STRESS will be nothing you’ve ever experienced before. Plenty of people said to me over the last few months that along with divorce, it’s one if the biggest things you can do in your life. I’ve felt stressed plenty of times in the past, as we all have, but stressing about something at work now seems like a walk in the park by comparison! There’s so many things hanging over your head for so long, you can’t do ANYTHING about them, it’s all in someone else’s hands…and that was maybe the worst bit.

2 – The disruption to your life

We carried on working as we moved, but I’d be lying if I said I was still able to give work my full attention during the process. I was often distracted, but in particular, it affected the amount I could work from home. As a dance teacher, I do all of my prepping, music finding/editing at home, and when we were moving I just didn’t have the time. I take my hat off to anyone with a 9-5 job (or similar) who keep working and move at the same time, because I really struggled.

3 – Packing is SO time consuming

If you can, start early. Yes it’s a pain to live out of boxes, but TRUST ME, the sooner you start the better.

4 – You’ll have a constant dull headache

Most likely brought on by the stress, and thankfully I didn’t have one for the entire 6 months…but for the actual move itself, it was always there. Keep the paracetamol handy.

5 – How mentally and physically draining it is

…I think because for so long, your life is out of your control. You rely solely on other people to make this dream happen for you, and you may feel like they don’t give a s**t. Which can be such a gutting feeling to have to walk around with, particularly for months on end.

6 – You have so much CRAP

I’ve said it before, but you don’t realise how much crap you accumulate until you have to box it all up and pack it away! We used the move as an opportunity to have a bit of detox and a sort (a lot went to charity or in the bin in the end), but you’ll still have a million things to pack. And a month after moving in, you’ll still have unpacked boxes littering your home. It’s not ideal, but it’s best just to accept it!

7 – Even though it’s a legally binding document, signing doesn’t feel real

Probably because it’s taken so long to get to this point. You’ve had so many phone calls, so many cases of getting your hopes up that things are starting to happen, but then being let down. So when it ACTUALLY happens it feels very surreal. I didn’t even believe it when we got the keys!

8 – How much cardboard you’ll accumulate

Obviously, there’ll be tons from the boxes you used to move stuff over, but even MORE so if your furniture is new. Our house is a new build, was totally bare, and we wanted to use it as an opportunity for a fresh start – with the wedding in 6 months, it was the prefect time to start a new chapter. Which is amazing, but the amount of things you have to buy will be a lot more than you thought! And that translated into cardboard means a LOT of runs to the tip.

But please don’t think it’s all negative! Not at all! There’s so many positives (and I’ll be talking about these in a separate post), but you can GUESS the good ones ahead of time. The ones I’ve listed are things I hadn’t even considered until we experienced it ourselves!

I’m going to leave you with a positive though:

9 – How incredible it feels when things start coming together

You may not be totally happy with how things are, your TV still isn’t mounted on the wall, you’ve got some doors off hinges after having the carpet done and your second bedroom resembles a dumping ground…

But it’s starting to take shape, it’s starting to feel like home, and after the crazy, busy, stressful experience, it’s in AMAZING feeling!

AND whilst I have the opportunity, I want to give a huge shout out to our friends and family for all the support you’ve offered. Whether that was an ear to moan to (I’m looking predominantly at my ladies dance/fitness class on a Monday – Moaning Monday I nicknamed it, I’m so sorry πŸ˜‚), a supportive or encouraging word, the offer of help or a ‘Happy New Home’ card…it means a lot. In particular, I need to show lots of love to both sets of parents who’ve been absolutely amazing (as ever, but especially) during this process πŸ’–

Stay tuned for more house posts – I’ll be discussing our fave stores for kitting out our new home next time!

Lynette x

Bullet Journal for Bloggers

A couple of months ago, having seen a lot of fellow bloggers mention Bullet Journals in their tweets, I thought I’d see what all the fuss was about, and invested myself – and I’m so glad I did!

Until then, I’d used my phone and iPad to keep notes, gather ideas and store anything blog related. Since I took it all a bit more seriously at the beginning of the summer, it was all just getting too much for my little ‘Notes’ app to cope with, and I decided I needed a notebook to help make everything easier.

To get a bit of inspiration, I googled some images, read a few posts about how other bloggers used theirs, and cracked on! A few of you had said you’d be interested in seeing how I got on with mine, so I’m going to share some of it with you now 😊

Yearly Calendar

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Fairly straight forward, and yes I have the calendar app on my phone too, but it’s good to have at the front of the journal to refer to quickly if I’m already writing.

Category Tracker

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Seeing as I write about whatever topic takes my fancy at the time, I thought it might be helpful to keep an eye on the types of blogs I post. Colour coordinating like this means I can see at a glance what topic needs some more love, and what my next couple of posts could be.

Monthly Calendar

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This has so far proved to be the most helpful section of my journal. I mapped out the month and filled in my blog posts, Instagram posts and Pinterest posts (each month is in different colours too, October was orange and brown). As you can see, I’ve tried to spread out my post schedule, mainly because I have no idea what days are best to post on yet. I figured I’d give it a shot this way this month, and see how we go. Keeping a note of Insta and Pinterest has also proved to be REALLY handy: before now I’d just do it off the top of my head, but it’s one less thing to have floating around in there (which is really helpful with the craziness of life right now)!

Photo Plan

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This one was new this month (a couple of days ago in fact), when I’d mapped out most of November on the monthly calendar. With so much going on, I thought it’d be a good idea to make a note of what photos were going to be needed (and when), and note them down so I can keep track of them easily, and (as before) without endless ideas just floating around in my head. It’s actually helped a lot so far, I already feel much more in control!

Post Ideas

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From there, I get into actual post ideas. Some ideas are categorised like this Beauty/Lifestyle page, (I’ve made space at the side to tick when posts are written, photos taken and published too).

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Other pages, like this ‘Fun Things About Moving House’ page, just a stand alone because there’s so many subheadings/notes to include.

And last but not least…

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I mean, it’s November now, it’s definitely not too early to be planning for Blogmas!

And that’s where I’m up to so far! I’m going to take everything month by month, because I think that’ll real help maintain clarity about my blog and it’s content. If anyone wants to take inspiration from these pages, please do!

Lynette x