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What Should You Do When The House Becomes Too Small For Your Growing Family?

Many families end up relocating when they have children because their current properties become too small. That process usually takes a long time, and it also costs a lot of money. Lots of people would like to avoid having to relocate, but they don’t know any alternative. With that in mind, some suggestions in this post could help families to stay put. There is no getting away from the fact that people will have to invest some money to achieve that goal. However, it’s more than possible with homeowners take the right approach.

Convert the garage

Most properties come with garages attached in Australia these days. The same is true in many other countries around the world. Converting the garage and turning it into a functional bedroom is an excellent move. Homeowners just have to consider all the costs before pushing ahead with that idea. In most instances, people will have to pay for:

  • Labour costs
  • Building materials
  • Insulation
  • Planning permission (in some cases)

Even with those expenses, converting a garage is still much cheaper and easier than moving the entire family to a new property.

Convert the attic or basement

Some homes in Australia and around the world don’t have attics, but plenty of them do. Most houses without an attic will have a basement that people can use in much the same way. Performing a conversion job will create more space in the building, and it could provide extra bedrooms for the newest members of the family. That is also a fantastic move for anyone who works from home because attics and basements often make for the perfect offices. Again, people just need to consider all the costs involved. They often include paying for:

  • Architectural plans
  • Labour costs
  • Materials

 

Extend the property

In some instances, converting rooms in the home still won’t provide enough space for the growing family. People in that situation should consider a property extension. Extending your home opens up many new opportunities. For instance, homeowners might choose to build extra spaces on the first floor and turn them into bedrooms. People might also decide to extend their kitchens to provide more cooking space. The possibilities are endless and only limited by the individual’s imagination. Just be aware that it’s often essential to apply for planning permission for a job of that nature. Anyone who likes the idea of doing that will have to follow a standard process. That involves:

  • Contact specialists as soon as possible
  • Employ an architect to create the design
  • Submit all paperwork at least three months before starting work

Those three ideas should help more families to stay in the same neighbourhoods and avoid having to relocate. While all of those suggestions require an investment, none of them cost as much as purchasing a new property. Also, all of those tips will help to add value to the current home. So, families should make a higher profit if they ever decide to sell in the future. Considering that, now is the best time to create a plan of action and set the wheels in motion.

What are your planning for home improvements to fit in your growing family??

Decorating your Home for Easter

decorating your home for Easter

Decorating your home for Easter

For the last couple of years I have had an Easter tree at our house. Much to my Hubby’s dislike. He just doesn’t see any need for decorating your home for Easter. I however, love it.

Decorating your home for Easter has become increasingly popular in recent years. With large department stores like John Lewis, Debenhams and House of Fraser now stocking a lovely range of items.

Now you don’t just have to have bright coloured eggs or the children’s hand painted pictures or their hand made Easter bonnet around the house. However lovely the children’s items are. I like to think of it as Easter Chic……. whatever that is.

Easter Wreath

decorating your home for easter

I always have a door wreath hanging on the front door. Normally it’s a wicker heart with ribbons and the door number. It gets changed at Christmas. However this year I’m going to invest in one of the beautiful ones I’ve seen. They are great because they can be taken down and reused next year, defiantly an investment item.

The Easter Table

decorating your home for Easter

At Christmas I go all out with my table, gifts, candles, charger plates, place settings the works. At Easter I like to get out the plain white dinner plates, add a lovely table centre piece. I love to add jam jars filled with fresh spring flowers. I add small chocolate eggs or flowers to the plates for that special little touch.

Easter Decorations

decorating your home for easter

My dresser is well loved with things I’ve collected over the years….. junk as my hubby would say. Plus lovely little treasures the children have made. There is always space for more and at Easter its a great excuse to add something extra. I love the little nests filled with eggs, they can be added to the shelves or just laid out nicely. The beautiful large eggs added to candle sticks give a very luxurious feel, especially using pastel shades. I also love the wooden cut out bunny rabbits, they are not only very cute but they add that prettiness to my dresser, plus my daughter loves them.

Easter Tree

decorating your home for easter

I love an Easter tree. Twigs or a faux tree decorated with hanging eggs, little chickens and birds. Mine is a white faux tree that I bought from a local craft shop.  It’s location varies. Sometimes it’s on the dinning table, on the coffee table or on the dresser, depending on what’s going on at home. Making your Easter tree can be quite simple. Find some lovely twigs in the garden, some contorted hazel works well, place in a jug or vase and decorate. Quick and easy plus lovely to look at.

Easter Egg Hunt

decorating your home for Easter

We must not forget the all important Easter Egg Hunt. Each year we hold a hunt at our house. We invite 3 of my god children along with their parents, my sister, brother and his partner, then a few other friends. It has become a bit of an annual tradition, which is full of chocolate and fun. I go out in the morning and hide the eggs, chocolate bunnies and little sweeties around the garden. My daughter is the only girl among the boys, she loves wearing cute little bunny ears and collecting what treats she can find after the older boys have rampaged through our garden. They all have cute little buckets that I bought in Marks and Spencer last year. Although the 3 older boys now 9, 7 and 6 are not so impressed with the buckets, they happily carry them collect up the goodies. Plus it’s Easter so they don’t have much choice.

Adding Easter decorations to your home doesn’t have to be expensive, there are lots of ways to cut down costs but making things your self. Pop over to see my Pinterest board for lots of great DIY Easter ideas.

 

International day of happiness. My life, My loves, My 10 reasons to be happy!

international day of happiness

The 20th March was ‘International Day of Happiness’ and the lovely Lucy at Real Mum Review asked me to take part in a 10 reasons to be happy post. Of course I was more than happy to join in the fun. I have lots of reasons to be happy, so I thought I would share them with you all.

It is a troubled world we live in, I’m always thinking about wanting something more. Bigger house, better car, new clothes, new shoes……………… so many material things. But when I sit back and think about what really makes me happy there are so many things.

♥ My wonderful Husband. I am so lucky to have a hard working Hubby. He provides for us all, so I am able to work part time and be at home as much as possible with our……

♥ Children. We are blessed to have a wonderful Son and beautiful Daughter. They are completely different in their personalities and attitudes towards life. However they brighten up lives and we are super proud of them both.

♥ My friends. I have a group of amazing friends. Some who I rarely see or hear from, but when we need each other we are a there for each other at the drop of a hat. My 2 closest friends Charlie and Becky along with my my sister have been my rock over the last few years. I love them dearly.

international day of happiness

♥ I’m going to be an Aunty. Just before Christmas I found out my sister will be welcoming her first child in the summer. I cannot wait. I love babies and I can’t wait for cuddles with the new addition to our family. I’m excited to be part of this little ones life, just as my sister has been to my two.

♥ My Family. I came from a traditional Mum, Dad two children family. I have a wonderful Aunty, Uncle and cousins that I have remained close too even though they are now living 200 miles away. My Hubby’s family is very large, with 2 brothers, 3 step brothers and 1 step sister. Plus 2 nieces and not forgetting partners. So, family events around at the Father-in-laws is always a lively occasion. Although we don’t often see each other, when we do get together it is alway a happy event.

♥ Fresh Flowers. They make me happy, very simple. At the moment we have an abundance of beautiful daffodils in our garden. My little girl loves to pick them for me, well she loves to pick any flowers. Sometimes ones that are not even from our garden…… haha.

♥ Afternoon Tea. The Hubby and I have had a fare few afternoon tea’s in our time. Although we haven’t been for a while now. It is something we both really enjoy doing together and also with the children. Tea, tiny sandwiches and cake. I mean …… hello, who doesn’t love tea, sandwiches and cake.

international day of happiness♥ Champagne and Cocktails. I’m not sure I need to explain this but I love them both and even more when it’s a champagne cocktail. An evening out with the girls drinking a few cocktails and having fun always makes me happy.

♥ Woodland walks. We love to get out on the weekend for walk in the woods with the children and the dogs. We have 2 crazy cocker spaniels and they drive me mad, numerous times a day. However they love the children and the children love them. Taking the family out for a nice walk is always good fun for us all.

♥ My blog. Although it might be small but I think it’s beautiful and I love it.

It wouldn’t be international day of happiness without sharing some blog love. So, I’m tagging these lovelies to see what 10 things make them happy.

Roxanne : Every Cloud, Mummy

Jo : Intrepid Bebe

Stephanie : Renovation Bay-Be

Amy : The Mommy Hideout