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Cosy winter night at home

The winter months are always so long, they seem to start earlier and earlier. Of course they don’t however it sometimes seems that way. During the winter months I love nothing more than trying to achieve that hygge feeling of cosiness, fire, candles, hot drinks, warm blankets and great book.

After a cold day, nothing is better than coming home and putting our log burner on. Then after the children are tucked up in bed nice and warm getting changed into my pj’s and a super soft dressing gown and enjoying a good book.

Cosy Winter Night

Cosy items from Damart.

Damart recently sent me a gorgeous dressing gown and slippers to help me on my quest to find the perfect cosy evening.

When they arrived I couldn’t wait to get the children to bed nice and early, get my new book out and have a read. Getting the dressing gown out of the package I was really impressed with how soft and cuddly it was. I love the grey and the floral pattern within the fabric, it is also really quite long on me, but I do really like that for a dressing gown. As I am only 5 foot it was to be expected really.

To go with the dressing gown I was also asked to choose a pair of slippers. I love slippers and wear them all year round. And I even take them round to friends and families houses to keep my feet toasty warm while out and about. I even took them on our recent trip to Lapland.

I often opt for a ballet slipper style, something that quite cheap normally as I seem to go through slippers quite quickly. It doesn’t help, I guess that I wear them outside to take to rubbish out and then to hand washing out. This time I opted for a pair of moccasin slippers in a lilac colour. I have never had moccasin slippers before, but they looked really warm and comfy. Plus they come with a rubber sole so should be more hard wearing, which is just what I need.

My cosy evening

We managed to get the children to bed nice and early. Having already put the log burner on earlier in the afternoon, it meant that the living room was already nice and cosy.

I got changed into my pj’s, put on my lovely new dressing gown and slippers. I then made us an indulgent hot chocolate each and got my book out.

Blissful, cosy and warm. It was so lovely to enjoy a couple of hours of relaxing in front of our log burner, all toasty and warm with a great book. I cannot wait to have another evening like this. I think we should all take that bit of extra time for ourselves to relax.

 

*Thank you Damart for helping with my evening of cosiness. As always thoughts and opinions are my own.*

My dream bathroom with the Big Bathroom Shop

For a while now we have been talking about our forever home. It’s still not quite a reality, but one day it will be, are saving and dreaming about things we would love to have within the house. Most of my inspiration for the different rooms and be found on my various different Pinterest boards.

Recently we have been thinking about the bathroom. I would love a very tradition bathroom. Freestanding with beautiful feet and a fabulous mixer tap with an attached shower head.  Rectangular sink with lovely taps, then a matching toilet.

There are so many different free standing baths to choose from when you start looking. Roll top, doubled ended bath, slipper bath, one that has a flat side to push up against the wall. Then you look at what it is made from and if you are able to paint it, or if you can have a shower over it.

I think of often finding a matching bathroom suite is the easiest thing to do. It means you are not having to source items from different companies. So as long as you have your measurements correct online is a great place to begin your search.

The BigBathroomShop offer a fabulous range of bath room items, traditional and more modern styles.

I love the more traditional home styles, so for me this Milano traditional double ended slipper bath would be the perfect style bathroom suite for our forever home.

I would consider either wooden panelling or large white brick style tiles on the walls. But the flooring I would love a beautiful tiled floor, that us patterned being the statement of the bathroom. I would then accessories with a lovely traditional radiator towel rail a lovely big mirror and fluffy towels in either a white or a very pale pastel shade.

I just have to find a house with a bathroom the right size for this to happen now.

 

*This post was made in collaboration with The Big Bathroom Shop.  Images are from the Big Bathroom Shop. As always thoughts and opinions are my own.*

Have a toasty warm bed, with a Daewoo 85w electric blanket

We live in a really cold house. I mean during the winter the front part of the house averages at about 13 degrees. It just never seems to warm up even with the heating on it’s cold. The back of the house has a modern extension on it so it isn’t quite so bad. Our bedroom is right at the front and is often so cold that we have to wear layers in bed as well as high tog bedding.

For ages we have spoken about getting an electric blanket, however we have just never got round to doing it. So when Maplin were looking for people to review one, I thought why not.

They sent me a Daewoo 85W double electric blanket with an rrp of £29.99. On opening up the box, the blanket has a nice soft feel to it. The blanket has got 3 heat settings giving letting you choose a heat that is perfect for you. There is a detachable remote controller on long 1.5 metre cable. Plus there are cord style ties to prevent the blanket from slipping around when you sleep.

On putting the blanket on our new sleep bear mattress, I found it fitted with ease. The cords to secure it were easy to use and fasten into place. When you first use the blanket it has to be switched on for 3 hours, which wasn’t an issue. I popped it on about 7 o’clock ready for us to head to bed around 10, it was nearer 10.30 went we headed to bed. We had set it to the second setting, so it was not too hot. It was lovely getting into a wonderfully warm bed, without having to wear bed socks and a cardigan. 

Since the first night trying out the blanket, we have tried it on the level 3 heat for an hour before getting into bed, but it was just that little bit too warm, more for my Hubby than me. We also tried out the first setting, which gave enough heat off to warm the bed so it wasn’t cold to get into, not toasty warm but great for taking that chill out of it.

My favourite setting is the second one, its perfect! I just pop it on an hour or so before getting into bed so it’s lovely and warm when we are about to get in it. We have not slept with the blanket on as yet because we have not felt it necessary.

For the price of £29.99 this is a great little electric blanket, I think that if I was to ever need to buy another one I would opt for one that is dual controlled. It would then allow us both to choose what settings we wanted on our side of the bed.

 

*Thank you to Maplin for sending me this lovely electric blanket. As always thoughts and opinions are my own.*

What the Millennial generation of renters are looking for…..

We are living a world were people are segregated in to generations, with my generation being part of the millennial born in the early 1980’s, having grown up with the introduction of computers, mobile phones and games consoles. I am apparently a generation Y millennial. But there is also the generation X millennial, who were born post 2001 who have grown up with tablets, mobile phones, apps and wifi. It’s these later millennials that are changing the way we live, the properties we buy or rent. HomeLet asked me to look at that the Millennial generation of renters are looking for.

Millennial generation of renters

Being part of the millennial generation also means the brith of a generation of new home renters, who have very different needs to older generations.

What the Millennial generation of renters are looking for….

If you are thinking about renting out a property, I have put together a list of must have items to target that millennial rental market.

  • Lots of plus sockets. Its a must have with so much equipment around the house now ensuring that plug sockets are easily accessible is a priority.
  • USB ports. You are now able to add USB ports to your home just like normal socket.
  • Great wifi connection. Depending on how you rent your property out, if you include things like fibre brand band will be a big bonus.
  • Wifi white goods. You are now able to get washing machines that connect to the wifi and with the use of a handy app you can set it to come on whenever you are ready.
  • Smart lighting. Allowing you to control everything from an app on your phone, amazon’s Alexa, google home or any other smart home control.
  • Storage space. Having storage space even in the smartest of home is a must. Modern homes always look fabulous, yet often they just don’t have the space to store everything in.
  • CCTV. Now more than ever people are wanting to have that extra security while at home. Having a CCTV system that is all connected up to the rest of your smart home is going to be important to your Millennial generation of renters.

Renting your property furnished?

If you are looking to rent out a furnished home, then theres a few ideas the attract those Millennials into your property.

  • Large smart TV. Having a smart TV is a must, allowing your renters to access all of their technology from the TV.
  • Good coffee machine. With so many coffee drinks our there now, having that lovely coffee machine is a lovely little extra.
  • Dishwasher. As with a lot of the Millennial germination, they are out and about socialising and networking that having a dishwasher is a nice little added extra.
  • Make sure your furniture is light and airy, they will be looking for something that feels homely yet modern and full of technology.

Do you think your property would meet up to the expectations of the Millennial renters?

 

*This post was made in collaboration with HomeLet. As always thoughts and opinions are my own.*