Top tips for getting your house summer ready

Well the summer has arrived, yet the Sun doesn’t seem to know if it should be delighting us with it’s beauty or not. So hot one day you almost have to do nothing but eat ice-cream and drink a cold gin and tonic, then the next day you need to get your coat out.

We love the Summer, long light evenings, country walks, picnics, days at the beach, holidays and BBQ’s with friends. With the longer days it give you just that bit longer to do those little jobs that just never seem to get done during the darker days of the Winter.

When we moved to our current home, we had some changes to make the main one being new windows. The children’s bedrooms are in the roof space, so are freezing cold in the Winter and little saunas during the Summer. With no way of securing the windows on vents meaning the windows were even open or closed. With our bedroom downstairs it use to make me worry about the children at night with the windows open, so they would always be closed. New windows were essential. Choosing them very carefully to ensure they could be opened wide, have vents and also lockable. Now meeting the fire regulations and being security safe. So, this year having had the expense of the windows, we are just doing little bits around the house to get it ready for the summer. Although I have big plans for decorating, it will have to wait a while.

Top tips for getting the house summer ready

Getting Your Home Summer Ready

For those hot summer nights, change your duvet down to a lower tog. There are so many different ones available from 15 tog for those extra cosy winter nights down to 2.5 for the hot summer nights. We have summer duvet of 4.5 tog that we change over to at some point during May. I like to have a cover over me at night so this is perfect.

Getting Your Home Summer Ready

Fan’s in the bedrooms, in our house it’s a must. The children’s bedrooms get so hot that even though they only blow warm air around the room, it makes all the difference. I have got my eyes on a Dyson Cool Tower they are amazing, however with a price tag of £349 they are little bit over the budget.

Flies coming into the house is something that drives me crazy, buzzing around and annoying everyone. I do however love candles, so I find that using citronella candles helps to keep them away. A lot of people think to use them in the garden while having a BBQ to keep the wasps away, however they work wonders in the house as well.

Taking down your curtains and washing them, the warm summer days are perfect for this. Getting them all hung out on the line, fresh and cleaned ready to dry on a lovely day. Why not get the cushion and sofa covers washed and hung out as well.

The summer is the perfect time to get a few jobs outside completed. Painting the fences, making sure they are all secure, cleaning out the gutters, painting the garage door or even those beautiful wooden window frames. Lots of smaller things that just don’t get done during the winter.

Give the garden some love, tidy those flower beds, weed and feed the lawn, clean the decking and patio areas. Then enjoy the summer evenings with a BBQ, and cocktails and some friends.

During the summer we tend to leave the windows open we pop out, or we head off on a holiday without making sure we have home insurance that covers everything we need. Chill Insurance have some fantastic levels of home insurance cover, just make sure whatever your summer plans are you have your house insured.

 

*This is a collaborative post with Chill Insurance.*

 

The perfect designer bags by Philini

Finding the prefect light wight summer bag is not always easy. Something that looks fabulous with the everyday casual jeans and a t-shirt or a cute summer dress, but is also practical and spacious. Designer bags by Philini offer just this, with their range of cotton cross the body bags that have been designed for Spring/Summer 2017.

Designer Bags By Philini

Who are Philini?

Philini is a German based designer brand owned by Nataly Brunner. Nataly started to create items of clothings at the age of just 13 using her mothers old clothes. By the age of 20 Nataly had opened her own fashion house in her home country of Moldova. Later moving to Germany to working hard to make her designing dreams come true. Nataly now runs a very successful designer brand making luxury leather based items.

Designer Bags By Philini

Philini specialise in making very limited numbers in each style and colour of bags, so seeing someone else with your stunning bag is very unlikely. With a designer bag, the last thing you want to be walking about Covent Garden to see other people with the same one.

My ‘Flora Black’ across the body bag

The ‘Flora Black’ is a very light weight bag, perfect for those summer days. The bright floral cotton fabric, making it the prefect statement bag, that would complement any outfit this summer. Great for simple dresses or just that casual jeans and t-shirt look. It’s a spacious bag with two zipped pockets on the inside, to keep your valuables safe. Then has a magnetic button style closure at the top. The straps and edges is made of black calfs leather, the strap is adjustable. So if you wanted it slightly longer or shorter it can be adjusted to suit your outfit, or to change from a shoulder bag to across the body.

The size of this bag is great, not to small not to big. Measuring 30 x 30cm square and just 2 cm wide but that expands depending on what you fill it with.

My ‘Flora Black’ bag cost €159 so is a investment bag for the summer months. Think weekends away with the girls. A flight bag with enough space for tickets, passport and money. Heading off to a festival or even if you are just popping to the shops this bag is versatile for so many occasions. I love it.

*Thank you so much Philini for gifting me this beautiful bag, looking forward to using it over the summer months. As always thoughts and opinions are my own.*

 

Blushing Bride Box

The Blushing Bride Box is the perfect monthly subscription box for any bride to be. Every box is packed with items to help inspire you through the planning stages of your wedding. I love a great subscription box, having been getting a monthly date night box for almost a year now.

Blushing Bride Box

I had fallen in love with the Blushing Bride Box over on their stunning Instagram account. Having seen the types of items included in their boxes I knew the box would be full of high quality items. However I still wasn’t quite sure what to expect, as they keep some secrets to keep you excited until your box arrives. Some monthly subscription boxes are not always the best value for money, to I was keen to see how this one compared.

What’s in the box?

Blushing Bride Box

Opening up my Blushing Bride Box, I was greeted with an array of lush items. A ‘love’ balloon in a rose gold colours, that doesn’t need helium to inflate, as it has strings to hang it with. A count down to our wedding day chalk board, along with a lovely ‘Bride to be’ sash perfect for your hen party. This month there was also a lovely ‘Best day ever’ cake topper.

Blushing-Bride-Box

Then there were samples of items from various different companies.

Blushing Bride Box

Blushing Bride Box

Blushing Bride Box

All lovely items and great to see items before buying them, however some are really not usable for your own wedding. But I guess thats ok as you can see the quality of the products from different companies and get ideas for something a bit different that maybe you haven’t seen before. You are also able to see that there are so many little companies out there that produce beautiful things for weddings at great prices.

The subscription

Blushing Bride Box

The subscription starts at just £19.99 a month on a rolling contract, with discounts depending on how many months you subscribe for up front. The boxes are posted out around the 20th of each month, mine arrived about the 23rd just as we got back from our holiday, something to look forward to at the end of the month.

I love these boxes

I am really impressed with these subscription boxes. It really is the perfect gift for any bride to be. Planning your wedding can be a stressful event, looking for something a bit different isn’t always easy. These little boxes bring a bot of luxury to your door each month to help you with your planning and bring that excitement with not knowing what you will be getting. So for any bride or groom looking for a wedding subscription box this is perfect for you.

 

*Thank you Blushing Bride Box for sending me out a box to review. As always thoughts and opinions are my own.*

Bloom the green fingered date night from Just Us Box

Bloom was our latest date night from Just Us Box. This months box was inspired by the British garden during the spring when all the flowers are at full bloom, bursting with beautiful colours and scents.

I was super excited about this box as I had seen little clues over on their Instagram, little terrariums, plants and flowers. I couldn’t wait to open up the box and find out what was inside.

What’s in the box?

Date Night From Just Us BoxI found another box packed full of exciting things, soil, mosses, gravel, stones, activation charcoal, two of the cutest little terrariums, mini succulents all for making the perfect little terrarium. There was also a wild flower vase, pendants, a flower press, flowering jasmine tea, and a jar of little bits to add to your terrarium.

Date Night From Just Us Box

Our Bloom date night.

The date night for us started as always with a large glass of wine and a yummy meal. We then opened up the box and got started building our own little terrariums. Making sure we followed the instructions, adding the gravel, then the sphagnum moss, followed by charcoal and soil. Then the fun part of planting the cutest little succulent plants and adding any little extras to make it all look pretty.

Date-Night-From-Just-Us-BoxIt was really quite tricky to plant the succulents into the soil, after adding the soil, moss, gravel there wasn’t to much space to get the plants in along with fingers to actually plant them. All part of the green fingered experience though I guess. After they were planted and had lost of couple of leaves we added in the stones and pillow moss to make it come to life. We were both really impressed with what we had achieved.

We didn’t make the little clay items to go into them because by this time I was just so in love with my mini terrarium I didn’t want to add anything else to it.

Date-Night-From-Just-Us-Box

I remember pressing flowers as a child with my Mum, using books then forgetting they were there and finding them months later perfectly pressed. Anyway we didn’t press any flowers during our date as I hadn’t ready the date night book before hand and seen that they needed to done before the date. So we have said that we shall press some flowers with our little girl when the summer flowers come out in bloom.

Looking through the box I spotted little gold packages of fortune cookies. Wondering what our futures hold, we opened them up, to find flower bulbs. Slightly disappointed to not find our fortunes, I was keen to see what these little things would do. Boiling the kettle, filling up our tea-cups and dropped the bulb inside. Then watching this bulb slowly open up to reveal a beautiful floral arrangement floating in the Jasmine tea.

I loved our Bloom date night box

For me this date night so far has been one of my most favourites. There was something a little bit different with this one, we learnt a new skill for planting mini succulents and really enjoyed it. In fact I enjoyed it so much that I am on the look out for a beautiful much larger terrarium to plant up and design. It is so much fun having these date night boxes delivered to us each month, we are able to enjoy some quality time together and do something a bit different.

*Thank you Just Us Box for sending me out this fabulous date night box to review. I cannot wait to see what arrived in the post next month. As always thoughts and opinions are my own.*