These Tiny Changes Will Make Your Home Greener

If you are concerned about how much money you are spending on your energy bills, then you have come to the right place. It’s now easier than ever for you to make your home more energy-efficient and if you follow these tips then you will see a difference in no time at all.

Make Your Home Greener

Choose LED Bulbs

It’s very tempting to opt for cheap bulbs when the ones in your home blow, but you need to know that these are probably adding to your energy bills far more than you realise. If you make the decision to swap the ones that you have for LED bulbs on the other hand, then you will soon find that they last longer and that they are also way cheaper to run. Each LED bulb you install can last for over 13 years so if you work out the cost of replacing your standard bulbs every year, you will soon find that they actually end up paying for themselves.

Use Rags

Another thing that you can do is try and use rags, and not paper towels for cleaning up. Paper towels are not good for the environment and you may even find that they cost you a small fortune as well. If you want to put an end to this then invest in some good quality rags that can be washed with ease.

Clean your Fridge Coils

Get a long, thin brush and give your fridge coils a good clean. When you do this, you can then give the coils a good scrub. This will help you to use less energy when powering your fridge and you may even find that your food stays colder as a result.

Get a Rainwater Tank

If you are using water from your tap to clean your car or to even water your plants, then you may find that you are wasting quite a lot. One way for you to get around this would be for you to try and invest in a rainwater tank. When you do, you will find that you can easily use the water that you have collected for all of those odd jobs. A rainwater tank pump can come in very handy here, so make sure that you look into one of those if you can.

Shop Vintage

Believe it or not, it’s not very good for the environment to buy brand-new furniture all the time. Every time you buy a solid oak table, you are contributing to the amount of trees that are being cut down and this is the last thing that you want to do. Even if you don’t buy wooden furniture, you are still contributing to the amount of pollution that is being released into the environment. If you want to get around this then you need to try and shop vintage. When you do, you will be able to reuse furniture that people have thrown away and this is a great way for you to do your part for the environment.

 

Designing the perfect engagement ring with Durham Rose

When you find the love of your life, they are perfect for you, support you, love you for you, make you laugh and you just know you want to spend the rest of your life with them. For some it’s an instant connection for others it take time to build on that connection but finding that one person you love with all of your heart is something that dreams are made of and therefore something you want to keep for the rest of your lives together.

Durham Rose designing the perfect engagement ring

As your relationship progresses marriage is for me is the goal. I always knew I wanted to get married, I’m not saying I had my dream wedding planned out from the age of 6 but marriage was something I wanted.

When you find your true love and you decide the next step is marriage, then starts making plans for the most important question you will ever ask. Will you marry me? Along with the question comes finding the perfect ring. Yes you could head to the high street and find just about the same ring in every shop, which is wonderful. However does it really depict the women you are wanting to marry? does it show their personally? all their likes and dislikes? My guess is it doesn’t. Have you thought about designing that special ring with the help of some design experts?

Designing the perfect engagement ring

Well Durham Rose can help you out with that. Durham Rose is a family ran company owned by Manu and Pip. It was set up in 2011, when Manu couldn’t find the perfect ring for his now wife. Manu found jewellers who would design him a ring, however they could only sketch the designs. Manu wanted to be able to really see how the ring would look and make adjustments to it, the jewellers said that he ideas were unachievable. There was a few jewellers in the UK who offered 3D design programmes, but the price of this service, was expensive and wouldn’t be achievable for most budgets.

So, Manu used his engineering background and his knowledge of using a design software called CAD, to design and create the engagement ring of Pip’s dreams. Then took his unique design to a jeweller to make, before popping the question to Pip.

Durham Rose

Manu and Pip decided to start their very own bespoke jewellery company Durham Rose, to help people to design the perfect ring. They have build the business up and now have a highly experience team of creatives working with them to design and produce unique one off items of jewellery for you to treasure. Durham Rose specialises in engagement and wedding rings, but they are also happy to create a ring or an item of jewellery that you would like.

durham rose design process

What could be better then designing the engagement ring of dreams for your loved one. Durham Rose will be with your every step of the way, sending you 3D CAD designs so you can see just how the finished ring will look. Also by using CAD you can adjust things so it is just perfect.

With Durham Rose they will also send you a details invoice of your ring, the metal, the stones, they will also give you options of the different stones, the carat of the metal you choice. This then allows you to ensure that your design comes within your budget. Durham Rose really go all out to help you design your ring and to work within you budgets, however if your budget is under £950 they advise you to look to the high street.

durham rose engagement ring design

Sometimes you have to think about the experience you will be getting, the designers with years of experience, bespoke design to have the item of dreams, not just the cost.

Once you are 100% happy with your design, then will just 50% deposit they will begin to bring your design to life. It then take 4-6 weeks for your ring to be ready, however should you want it that bit quicker they do offer a fast track service.

After Care

durham rose re-sizing

Once you have created your ring, Durham Rose offer a 12 month warranty, which gives you peace of mind. Also Durham Rose know that before your big day you want to have your ring cleaned, so they also offer a free ring cleaning service.

Plus just encase you opt for the wrong size they offer free re-sizing by 2 sizes. My advise tho, is to try your best to find out their ring size, ask a best friend or use your imagination. There is nothing more upsetting for someone who has just got engaged to have to send the off the ring to be resized, when all you want to do is show off that gorgeous ring.

Finding your forever

So, you have found the love of your life, designed an engagement ring to make all of her friends envious now you have to plan how to propose. Whatever you have planed make sure its something they would love and try to keep it a surprise. Oh and the traditional side of me thinks you should ask her Dad or Mum for their permission. Believe me it means a lot to the parents.

 

*This post was made in collaboration with Durham Rose.*

 

Getting social in February

Well February is turning out to a busy month for me, our life always seems to be busy during the winter. As much as I love it, it then doesn’t hold out much hope for the rest of the year.

getting social

January has become a month where we go out for dinner with in brother-in-laws their gorgeous girl friends and their Aunty and Uncle who we are all really close too. It has been happening for the last 6 years and is something we all look forward too. The brother’s birthdays are all in January and early February so that is how it started.

Getting social in February

But February, wow, we have got meals and lunches booked all over the place. It’s my Hubby’s birthday along with his younger brother at the start of the month, so this weekend we are off out for dinner as a group of 4, (the older brother is away in London, but he was invited). We have a baby sitter.. woohoo!

Next week we have an evening meal out with my Dad, who now lives 3 hours away in Surrey, so he is coming up for a couple of nights. He has offered to take us all out for dinner, so we are heading to the village pub for dinner.

The following weekend, we have valentines day, so that will be a meal at home, normally the trusty M&S meal deal. Then shock horror we are having a take away with my mother in law and the brothers, partners and the children. It’s a once a year deal, we don’t really have meals with my mother in law, although we do see them a lot it’s more a cuppa and putting the political world to rights….. often resulting in needing a gin after.

Then it’s my birthday… woohoo! I think we might head to York for the day. It’s one of my favourite places to visit for the day. Although we haven’t been since we moved house, so it’s now just over 2 hours for us to get there. But with a full day out, will mean another meal out.

The weekend after we have been invited to my father-in-laws house for Sunday lunch, again with my brother-in-laws. My Hubby also has 3 step brothers and a step sister, plus their partners and children. At the moment there is 20 of us with the four children and 9 dogs! It’s busy at the father-in-laws when we are all together. But Sunday lunch is just us, the 2 brothers, girlfriends and the children, which will be nice. We have full family get togethers when we are get outside for the extra space!

My last night out is with a group of friends, celebrating my besties new job! She has landed her dream job working in London and I couldn’t be prouder! So I am staying over at hers so we can all enjoy a meal out and drinks after.

My month is super busy and I cannot remember having so many plans just one month since having children. But it is really nice to have things to look forward to.

Now what am I going to wear?