Lighting our home with lights from the Socket Store

Recently the Socket Store spotted that we are renovating our forever home, and offered to supply us with some lighting. I couldn’t wait to start looking at what they had to offer and boy do they have a wide range to choose from.

Master Bedroom

To start with I was looking at ideas for just for the master bedroom, I wanted something a bit different. But that was as far as I had got thinking about lighting for this room. I begin by looking at the big round globe style lights, which I love, but just didn’t think they would quite work, plus they really were quite big. I then looked at the brass ones, the cooper ones, the wooden styles and then the glass. By the time I had been through all of the categories I had filled up my basket with a few different options.

I loved the globe, the dome shaped glass and then the bobbled glass . It was quite difficult for me to choose just one, plus at this stage the room is still having the wall paper stripped. In the end I choose the lovely bobbled glass one, Roisin Glass and polished chrome, I thought it was a bit different and will look amazing in our bedroom.

My daughter’s bedroom

 

As I was looking through everything the socket store has to offer I quickly found light fittings for my daughter’s bedroom. My 5 year old has asked for a pink bedroom, which honestly wasn’t quite the look I was hoping for. However, she is the one who will have to sleep in there. When I spotted the Gaia polished chrome and glass pendant, I know it was the one for her. It’s an iridescent star shaped light fitting, which I thought would be perfect for my unicorn lovely 5 year old.

My son’s bedroom

My son is almost 10 and we are going for a slightly more teenage room for him, greys, navy and a splash of mustard if I can sneak it in. I found a navy lamp shade and matching desk lamp, both will be look great in his grey bedroom. The Kealan soft matt dark blue pendant, is quite large, but I think it will add an extra feature to his room when in place. The Kealan range also comes a various different colours, I also liked the pale pink desk lamp for the daughters bedroom.

Not only does the Socket Store have a wide range of lighting options, they also have a collection of plug sockets, light switches, bathroom lights and some gorgeous outdoor lights. If I had an outdoor light I would have ordered a couple of those as well.

I cannot wait to show you all how these light fittings look when I have completed the bedrooms and show you all how it all comes together.

Thank you Socket Store for offering to send me lots of gorgeous light fittings for our forever home.

I’m Sarah and I love reality TV!

I’m Sarah and I love reality TV! I watch it all the time, I have so many different reality TV series set up to record on my Sky box that it drives my hubby mad. Sunday and Monday nights are the best nights for filling up my planner for the week! OLED Televisions Panasonic  have asked me to talk about what I’m watching this spring so I thought you might like to see all of the reality TV shows that I watch.

I love reality TV

I love reality TV

TOWIE, Made in Chelsea, Sam and Billie Faiers the Mummy Dairies, Fern McCann First time Mum are the main UK ones that I watch. Then TLC has some fantastic viewing, The Little Couple, Counting On, My Big Fat Fabulous Life, Small people Big World, 7 little Johnston’s, Sister Wife’s, these are the main ones that I always ensure I have scheduled to record. Not forgetting Keeping up with the Kardashians on E.

These are by not the only ones I watch, if I’m looking for something to watch there is always some reality show that I will watch.

My sister likes a reality show as well, but she doesn’t watch as many as me. Actually I don’t know anyone who watches half of the ones that I do. I like to see what is happening in other people’s lives, I laugh along with them, follow them on social media and I have been known to cry while watching. I think its because you are watching real people who are letting you into their lives. Knowing what they are going through is real, good things, not so good things, awful things and things you wouldn’t wish on anyone, these people want to share what they are going through with you.

Reality TV has been something I have watched for years and whenever I get time to watch the TV without the children or the Hubby it’s my go too. I do also love a Hallmark film, easy watching always a happy ending, especially around Christmas! I love a Christmas film.

New to Game of Thrones

The whole world is now talking about Game of Thrones, and I will be honest up until a week ago I hadn’t watched a single episode. My brother and sister-in-law have been watching since the very beginning and love it, but they love a good box set. So when my sister and her partner said I should watch it, I though why not! Well that was a week ago and I have just started to watch season 4, not forgetting that we are still in the process of renovating our forever home. I have been busy! But I cannot wait to get caught up to see who takes the Iron Throne!

What are you watching at the moment? Are you a Netflix, Amazon Prime, Sky or Virgin watcher? We have Netflix, which I have only used to watch the Crown and a couple of films and then I use Prime for films and my Hubby watches the Grand Tour, the rest is all on Sky.

 

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The importance of using eye creams

We are in the middle of renovating our forever home, the last couple of months has been all about talking to trades men, stripping wall paper, paint samples, lots of dust and stress to go with it. I’ve had a few sleepless nights, worrying about the spiralling costs, the colours of the walls and not forgetting the hours and hours on the internet research lamp shades, log burners, bathrooms and a million other things.

Safe to say that my skill has slipped down the list of priorities. At the moment my face is lucky if I remove all of my make from the day. I then might pop a blob of moisturiser on before chucking on a quick layer of foundation afterwards. Terrible, I know and I must get this sorted.

importance-of-using-eye-creams

Recently I have been looking at the importance of looking after you skin and especially using an eye cream. I have always worn a moisturiser and always containing a SPF for as long as I can remember. I am also very good about wearing all over sunscreen in warmer months.

The importance of using eye creams

Eye cream is something however I pop on when I think about it but I do not religiously wear it. So I have looked at why eye creams are very important.

No one wants to see those dreaded wrinkles appearing it’s one of the first signs of ageing. However, around the eyes is the first area of your face to show signs of ageing. The skin in this area is very delicate and lacks the oil glands that can be found around the rest of the face and body meaning skin around your eyes are also prone to being dry.

Did you know that the skin on your face and particularly around the eyes gets stretched out with all of the amazing facial expressions we make all day. That is means with all the stretching it starts to show those lines and wrinkles sooner rather than later.

As the skin over your eye lids is the thinnest on your body it’s extra important to look after your eyes. I have to say I thought that eye creams are just the same as your daily moisturiser.  However there are differences.

Eye creams are specially designed

Eye creams are specially designed to be used on the eyes, they contain less chemicals, fragrances and even preservatives that can cause eye irritations. They also feel different to moisturisers and are designed to reduce dark circles and puffiness that your eyes are often prone too.

Using eye creams, help to protect that thin skin of your eye lid and also around the whole eye area, keeping the area moisturised and nourished. It is also proven that using moisturising eye creams will help to delay the signs of ageing.

Eye creams also help to prevent dryness, and dry skin is well known to make those little lines start to appear before they should. Eye creams are designed to fill in those tiny little gaps between your skin cells which help to make your skin to smoother.

I always ensure that my daily moisturisers and fountains contain SPF and I like it to be at least 15, I wasn’t aware that you can also get eye creams that contain SPF. I will make sure that I only buy one that continues SPF in the future, it’s so important to help protect your skin from damaging sun rays.

I’m going to ensure that I up my skin care game, I ensure I protect my skin and also limit those little lines that are appearing around my eyes. Just make sure you always check the ingredients to see if there is anything hiding that you could be allergic too.

 

*This is a collaborative post.