Keep your Garden looking beautiful all year round

I love having a big garden, although I find it so much more difficult to keep looking perfect all of the time. At our first house, we had a tiny little garden, my Dad referred to it as a postage stamp. It was however always immaculate, a couple of hours a week kept it looking perfect all of the time.

Since moving into the bigger house, we also now have a rather large garden. It’s great, it has allowed our house to become the place for gatherings, bbq’s, fireworks and Easter egg hunts. The children also have a large wooden climbing frame and large trampoline which are both used all year round.


It does however take up so much time. Having such a large garden does come with it’s own issues. We have hedges either side that take hours to cut, collect it all up and then burn, three or four times a year. There is also a lot of lawn, in the back garden and well as the front garden. In during the last year we have found that time has been very precious, we just have not been able to keep it all looking nice. Yes, we have kept on top of the lawn and hedges but not so much on the boarder, the patios, the flowers. For next year we are thinking about getting a Gardener in to help out. It might be just to keep on top of the lawns each week or do the hedges or it could be for everything.

As most of my readers know, we are planning to find our forever home. A place that will need renovating and improving. After an extension or conservatory has put in place, inevitably means that a garden design would need to take place. Making the garden beautiful and manageable even if that does mean we get a gardener in to help out.

How do you manage your gardening? Do you have someone in to help you out or do you find the time to complete it all yourself?


*This is a collaborative post. As always thoughts and opinions are my own.*


Stress free home renovation

I we bought our first house, it was only 12 months old and in immaculate condition. We just moved into a magnolia house that didn’t need any work doing, which was perfect for us at the time. Not having to worry about a new kitchen, a new bathroom or new windows.


Home renovation

We are currently living in a house that needed everything do when it was first bought, walls came down, walls went up the whole house needed renovating. Finding the kitchen was easy, we went to a trade showroom for it, the house was being completed for us to live in for a few years before finding our forever home. So, we used trade companies, plus we could go and look at kitchens, bathrooms, flooring without to much trouble.

When it came to sorting windows it was much more difficult, we had to ring around the local companies arrange for them to come out to give us a quote. It was time consuming, sourcing the companies finding the time to have them round, spend a couple of hours talking to sales men and then having to wait or the quote to arrive. But in the end we got them sorted.

While doing house renovations, you just pray that everything to go smoothly. Making sure the companies you use are reliable and good value for money to keep within budget is so important. It is also one of the hardest things about house renovations. I just wanted a smooth process from start to finish, which is was not. We had issues with the plumbers, the flooring company, the painter and almost 5 years later we are still having issues. Next time I will make sure it’s very different.

Since completing the work on the house, we are now ready to find out forever home. We will go for something that again needs some love, maybe an extension or even a lovely conservatory on the back to add even more living space. Who knows, but I do know I will try to make the process as stress from as possible this time. I will make sure we research everything better and ensure we have everything we want, even if it means waiting that bit longer to save up for it.

Have you completed a house renovation? Do you have any top tips?


*This is a collaborative post. As always thoughts and opinions are my own.*

Make moving house easier and get a mover in!

Why is it that moving house is the cause of so much worry and stress? When we moved to our current home almost 5 years ago, I was adamant that we would not be moving again! Not just the finding a house, buying it, selling you current home, it was all of the packing.

How did we accumulate so much stuff, my Hubby hates ‘stuff’ and we seem to have to much of it. 5 years later and we have so much more of it. I hated the weeks of sorting things out, packing boxes, making sure we had enough bubble wrap for everything. Then asking everyone we knew to help us out on moving day.

Once we had moved everything in to the new house, all of the unpacking started. Thinking back it was awful, yet here I am planning a move to our forever home. This time however I am getting the movers in!!

I just cannot stand the thought of all that packing and moving again. Even if I end up packing up the boxes and getting someone to move it from the old house to the new house. I didn’t know that there is so many options for the movers in.

The options for movers

Of course the main reason for getting the movers in is to move all of your items from A to B. But did you know they have other options available to you?

The job of packing up all of your items, they are happy to pack your home up from top to bottom. Allowing you to be free to make those last minute phone calls and sort out the new curtains. This is just what I need. They are also happy to dismantle your furniture and re assemble it at your new home.

After you house is emptied out, then comes the job of cleaning it ready for the new owners. I wouldn’t want to move into an unclean house so moving companies are also happy to offer cleaning services, to save you having to do it when the last box has left.

Get a Mover

Movers are also happy to also move fragile items, they have the specialised items to be able to these items keeping the safe and sound during the move. You can even find specialised companies who offer piano transporting if required.

Not forgetting storage options, if you need to move out of your home before the new one is ready, many of the moving companies offer you a storage solution.

All of these are great, but did you know they are affordable to, win win!

Get a mover in!

Get a mover offer a simple pricing structure, as each house’s need is different. You could have a one bedroom flat or a 10 bed mansion, whatever you need get a mover can help. The cost depend on a few things, the traveling distance between your new home and old, how accessible the homes are, when your move is happening and if you require any extra services.

You add all of your details in and get a quote back to tell you the costs. Simple.

I will be making sure we use movers for our next house move. Have you every used a moving company?

*This is a collaborative post.