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.*

Dog Friendly Cottages in the Lake District

I love visiting the Lake District, a couple of years ago we took the children up for a week. Yeah, it rained the whole time we were there but even through the rain, it’s a beautiful place to visit.

Dog Friendly Cottages

During our stay we visited a few national trust properties and wondered around the little towns. The Beatrix Potter World was fabulous, we had a wonderful time there. We enjoyed learning a bit more a Beatrix’s and her world of friendly animals. It is more than worth a visit if you are heading to the Lake District.

We had stayed on the edge of Lake Windermere, we enjoying looking out across the water and in the evening seeing all of the lights from houses, made it a little bit magical.

In our house, we have two dogs a crazy cocker spaniel and a sprocker spaniel, they actually didn’t come away with us to the Lakes before. However this year they came with us for a week for the first time. It was lovely to take them away with us and it’s something we will now do again when we holiday in the UK. However it is not always easy to find dog friendly cottages.

Some of our closest friends only ever take holidays that are suitable for their dog, they have even found properties with swimming pools that allows the dog to swim in. It’s amazing how dog friendly some properties can be.

Good Life Lake District Cottages have 35 different properties that cater for dogs, I have put together a few of the ones we would love to stay in with our dogs.

Dog Friendly Cottages

Wayside-Cottage-dog-friendly

Wayside Cottage in Ambleside, is a postcard perfect cottage. Just the place I look for when booking a cottage holiday. It’s fairly traditional interior style, suits this grade II listed cottage. Sleeping 6 people and welcomes 2 dogs, it’s also only a mile walk to the nearest pub.

fell-view-dog-friendly-cottage

Fell View in the village of Elterwater, is a lovely converted workshop. It is however set up some steps, so it might not be suitable to everyone or even much older dogs who struggle. Sleeping 6 people and 2 lovely pooches, there is a pub just around the corner. Perfect for popping round in the evening for a drink or a bite to eat.

Brathay-loft-dog-friendly-cottages

Brathay Loft is perfect for a little romantic get away. It only sleeps 2 people and allows 2 dogs but it’s perfect for a weekend away walking and enjoy some quality time together. Every couple needs some ‘us’ time. I would love to take my Hubby here, for a couple of child free nights way. The Brathay Loft has everything you would want for two people. A mile away from the nearest pub and set near the bank of the River Brathay. Beautiful.

Knipefold-barn-dog-friendly-cottages

Knipefold Barn is hidden in the village of Outgate and has stunning views across the fields. Knipefold Barn sleeps 5 people and welcomes 2 dogs, it is a lovely spacious property with a 5 star rating. It does however not allow children under the age of 6, so for us this is something we would have to wait another 18 months before we could stay. It is lovely and would be something we would consider in the future.

Good Life Lake District Cottages, have lots of other lovely places to stay on offer. However with having 2 dogs and being a family of 4, these are my top picks. What do you think?

 

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

Stylish shoes for the Summer from Vionic

I like to think that I try to dress nicely, ok, sometimes I am not quite on point but generally I can be seen looking smart casual. However, when I go out I always seem to over dress. I find that going for dinner with friends I can often be in a dress and heels when they turn up in flats and jeans. Of course there is nothing wrong with flats and jeans but for me going for dinner is about getting dressed up, making more of an effort to what I would wear for the school run. I guess however we are all slightly different.

Summer months for me are not my favourite to be honest, I find that I end up not knowing what to wear. Being more on the plus size of life means that I don’t always feel confident with my legs out in the summer, so I generally live in midi dresses, bardot tops with jeans, the odd maxi dress or skirt and then either flat flip flops or a pair of summer sandals. Finding sandals that are gorgeous and yet wearable for a day out, without thinking about your feet hurting is quite difficult. Style doesn’t have to hurt!

Stylish Shoes for the Summer from Vionic

Pumps are just not really me, I have a couple of pairs that I love but they generally get worn in the garden and in the spring or autumn when it’s too warm for boots or too cool for sandals. My best friends wears her pumps with everything, dresses, jeans, shorts. A few weeks ago we were all heading out for lunch, she explained her outfit. A lovely shirt dress but she was pairing it with her pumps……. Well I almost spat my tea out. However, she look fabulous! But I just could not pull that style off.

For me style is about being yourself, wearing what you feel comfortable in. I love a statement piece of jewellery, could be a ring, necklace or earrings, for me less is more when it comes to style. I feel like a nice piece of jewellery just finishes even the most casual of outfits off.

Style doesn’t have to hurt

When it comes to shoes I always have to think about my daily life. When I’m not on the school run or in the park with the children, you will often find me seeing my friends, entertaining at home or out and about shopping. Finding something that not only suits my style but I know I can shop until I drop in isn’t always easy.

I met with the fabulous team at Vionic at BlogOn a couple of months ago and they offered to send me out a pair of shoes I had fallen in love with. They promised me I would be able to be stylish while on the school run, out shopping and even for drinks with the girls. I choose the Solana tan sandals, with just the right size heel and perfect for the summer. I love them, with the weather being so nice, they have not left my feet even with relaxing with a glass of wine in the hammock.

 

*Thank you Vionic for sending me out the perfect stylish shoes for the summer.*