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Warm bath towels even in the summer….. yes please!

So, the UK is having an unusually hot summer so far. I’m sure that once the school holidays kick in it will change. During the summer most families will turn off the central heating, it’s just not needed and therefore saving those extra pennies over the summer helps for the winter fuel bills. The one thing I miss about having the heating off, is warm bath towels. After you have got out of the shower or bath and you wrap a cold bath towel around you, just isn’t the same as fluffy warm towels. Also they just don’t dry as easily with the heating off, so they need washing more often…. just what I need extra washing!

best-heating-dual-fuel-radiators

Did you know that you can get duel fuel towel radiators? I didn’t but how fabulous is that? It’s perfect for drying the towels and warming them up during the summer months. It’s something we will definitely consider adding to our dream bathroom, hopefully in the not too distant future.

Duel fuel towel rails come with a couple of different options. You can get them designed purely for warming your towels, to add that bit of luxury to your bathroom. Or ones that are designed for heating your bathroom as well. You can even just buy mini ones that would make for lovely hand towel warmers.

Duel fuel towel rails from Best Heating

Best Heating have a fabulous range of duel fuel towel radiators, I thought I would share with you my favourite one. I just love this Terma Zig-Zag, silver vertical heated towel rail. It’s super modern with the geometric pattern and I can see this in any sleek white bathroom. It also comes in a various different lengths and also in white, so you can find the perfect place for it in your bathroom whatever the size or style.

Have you thought about having a duel fuel heated towel rail in your bathroom? I think they are a fabulous idea. Roll on forever home and dream bathroom.

 

*This post is made in collaboration with Best Heating. As always thoughts and opinions are my own.*

How I do my big Spring clean……

When it comes to cleaning our house, it’s just not something I am very good at. Don’t get me wrong my house is clean and tidy but not show home standards. Unlike my best friend’s house, that is always immaculate and with 3 young boys living at home I have no idea how she does it. Anyway, I like to think of my house it as lived in! My hubby would say ‘we have too much clutter’. I however like it, I think my French dresser is what he refers too, because it is full of things that the children have made and my gorgeous collection of Emma Bridgewater items, including my very much love Royal mugs.

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The kitchen in our house is connected to the open plan family area. It’s a great space that gets used more than any other room in the house. We entertain friends in there, as it has large patio doors leading out to the garden. Perfect for popping in to top up drinks.

As most of my readers will know, we have big dreams for our forever home, but until that dream becomes a reality I will just have to make do with what we have. Like many homes across the country this time of year is always about the big Spring clean, this year I’m going for the BIG Spring clean for the kitchen space before moving, probably slowly around the rest of the house.

My big kitchen spring clean

The kitchen is the space in our house that is continuously in use, so it also gets cleaned daily. The worktops get wiped down a few times a day as meals and drinks are prepared there. However for my BIG spring clean, everything is come out.

Starting with the cupboards, our plate cupboard is still full of plastic bits from when the children were little. So removing all of the plates, bowls, side plates, pasta bowls sorting out anything that is just not used any more. Cleaning all of the shelf’s then returning everything nice, clean and neatly. I like to keep some of the children’s plastic plates and bowls so when they have a picnic in the garden or they have friends round I’m not so worried about them getting broken.

On to the food cupboards, removing everything throwing away anything that is out of date. For some reason we always seem to have a packet or tin of something I thought was a good idea at the time and just never used it, please tell me I am not alone in that? I wipe everything down and place back in, then try to make a little shopping list of the items that need replacing or that we have ran out of.

The glass cupboard is next, I love my jam jar style glasses however, they all have handles on them which means they do not sit well in the cupboard. So, this year I have given a couple to my Hubby to take into work, to free up a little bit of space. I couldn’t possibly clear out any of the wine or gin glasses!! Same again giving everything inside a good wipe down and then re-cleaning the glass wear to make it sparkle.

My mug cupboard is full of my lovely Emma Bridgewater mugs that I have been adding to over the last few years. It is also home to my array of different flavoured teas, coffee, hot chocolates, marshmallows and anything else I need to find a home for in the kitchen. This time I found packets of cress seeds and little foam aeroplanes for some unknown reason.

The worst job for me is the kitchen drawers. The cutlery draw is not so bad, I remove it all clean it out and then put it all away again. Removing about 10 syringes that have come with the children’s Calpol and still having more than I need left. The middle drawn, is just the drawn from hell! Crammed full of everything, cling film, serving spoons, kitchen foil, baking paper, fabric napkins, paper napkins, birthday candles, food bags, batteries, sellotape, pens, a pencil case and god only knows what else. It honestly is the most untidy draw in the house. However after I have removed everything, binned the bits that are no longer needed and neatly placed everything away, it looks great. Now I just have to keep it that way…………. I wonder how long that will last?

The draw full of the pans, is a jigsaw of fitting everything in. So as long as when you try and put it all back together you pack it nicely it will all go pack in, however stack something wrong you have no chance of closing that drawer. So after a good clean out it’s back to looking like my normal pan draw just a bit cleaner.

On to the cupboard tops, we seem to store the odd extra thing up there, extra cereal boxes, a box of spare wine and gin glasses (I would hate to smash one and not have enough glasses), bags of crisps and any other bits that I cannot find space for within the cupboards. Plus all of the dust that seems to gather up there, meant that cleaning it all took a bit more effort than a quick wipe down.

I pulled out the cooker and the fridge to give it a good clean behind and underneath. Before removing everything from the worktops, giving it all a good clean down before returning it all to place. I have a large solid wooden chopping board that I love, and I would eventually love a solid wooden work top.

Worktop Express have a fabulous range to choose from, they have also given me some fabulous ways to get your big Spring clean started.

How do you Spring clean your kitchen? I know mine takes a lot of kitchen roll and time.

 

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

Moving in with Your Partner for the First Time

For most couples, the first big milestone in their relationship is when they decide to move in together. A lot of people will tell you that this is one of the most testing periods in your relationship, and you will probably dismiss them and say that it will be fine. What is the worst that can happen? Well, no matter how much you love each other, when you bring two people together that are used to having their own way, arguments can commence. To try and keep everything as smooth and positive as possible, read on to discover some useful tips…

Be prepared to let some things go – This is the number one rule when moving in together. You need to be prepared to let some things go. Not all fights are worth having. Not everything needs to be said. You need to avoid nit-picking with one and other. You are only going to put your partner on the defensive if you question their every move.

Don’t rush into buying a home – A lot of people decide to rent before they buy because they want to trial living together. While this is a good idea, it is not for everyone, and you may wish to purchase a home. If you go for the latter, you should not rush into it. Buying a home is a huge commitment, so make sure the property is right for you and choose a reputable company like Prospect Homes. You will be much better off waiting for the perfect property than rushing into it simply because you can’t wait to live with one and other.

Take your space – No matter how much you love someone, you are going to need some time to yourself. So, make sure you take your space. Set aside some activities for you to enjoy by yourself. Coordinating alone time is just as pivotal as ensuring you still have date nights – which is another tip for moving in together by the way!

Divvy up the chores ahead of time – Yes, chores are boring, but they are part of living together. Cleaning can become a massive struggle, as you simply end up waiting for the other person to clean. Not only this, but you may find that you and your partner are on two completely different pages with regards to what is clean and what isn’t. This sort of thing needs to be sorted ahead of time.

Don’t assume you will naturally get more time together – Just because you are living together does not mean you are going to get quality time together. People lead busy lives. When you get home from work, there is dinner to make, things to do, showers to have, and so on! You will be surprised by how little quality time you get.

Hopefully, you now feel more prepared for life with your partner. There are going to be some ups and downs along the way, but if you follow the advice that has been provided, you can avoid some of those downs. Good luck!