Broadband, oh broadband ………

Hands up if you use broadband in your home? I mean who doesn’t right? Well my Hubby’s 95 year old Grandmother doesn’t but that is the only person I know who doesn’t. In our house we have iPads, iPhones, MacBooks, smart TV’s, sky and an xbox, and sometimes they are just about all using our broadband at the same time.

Working desk, macbook, note pads, phone and lamp

We have recently moved house, and one of the things I really looked into was the broadband available in new house. We couldn’t get fibre in our last house even though it was only a 10 minute walk into the town centre, crazy! It was so bad somedays that we would actually switch the wifi off on our phones and use 4G as it was faster.

Finding the best broadband for us

Running my blog from home, I have to make sure I always have internet access, and now we have fibre woohoo! Not only do I want the best broadband I also want the best value broadband. Sometimes that isn’t easy to find, with your first 6 months at this cost, then it goes up or an 18 or even 24 month contract that you just know your contract costs will change.

When we moved house, we were already in contract with Sky, who provide our TV, landline and broadband. So they came with us to the new house, but with fibre. What I like about Sky is I get everything included for one cost per month. However I have many friends how now just stream via Netflix or Amazon Prime, so they pay a much lower cost and then ensure they have great broadband.

I always try to make sure we are getting the best value for money, the more I save on our bills the more I have to put towards holidays. Travelling with the children is so important to us, so any saving I make make is a bonus.

Could business broadband be for us?

As I run my blog from home, I have been looking at business broadband. I have to ensure that it’s cost effective for us but is also something that is suitable for the whole family. It’s something I will look at when our contract with Sky finishes in about 6 months time. At the moment with business broadband I could get it for only £16.50 which really is value for money. I would then need to look into other options for the TV, would I cope with only Netflix and Prime? I’m not too sure to be honest. I might have to look into the simply sky TV package to go along with them.

What do you have in your home?

Sustainable designer jewellery by Sacet

As you all know I love gorgeous things and at the top of that list is jewellery. I just love it. Although I love costume jewellery, the items that can be be bought cheaply and only worn once or twice. However what I really love is high quality designer items.

Buying jewellery online can be difficult, I like to see and feel what I can getting. It’s always a worry when you spend a lot of money on something that you haven’t seen before. Then you have the worry about sending it back via the post and having the extra costs of postage.

Sustainable designer jewellery

sacet earings and necklace

Sacet are designer online jewellery boutique, that have some of the most beautiful items I have seen in while. Not only that but they are a sustainable brand, because each items is made to order, within their artisan workshop by some amazingly talented craftspeople.

Sacet do any much as possible to ensure they remain sustainable by by using recycled silver. They source this as often the larger silver mines do not have the best working environments, which Sacet pride their selfs on.

Gemstones and diamonds are used in almost all of their items, and Sacet ensure they choose suppliers that adhere to good working conditions and offer their worker fair pay.

Ordering from Sacet

sacet necklace

One thing I love about Sacet is you are able to order samples of the items you would like. You get to choose 3 sample items with get sent our to you with free returns. You are able to trial them for 5 days. Once you have chosen your items then it will be made bespoke just for you. If however you do not return them then you will get charged £25 per sample item. The samples although look like the real deal, they are not.

Such a wonderful idea, I love that you can try before you buy. Sacet items are investment pieces and you need to be sure

My Sacet items

earings by sacet

I was kindly sent out the Classic Pave Diamond round earrings and necklace. They are beautiful, very simple and elegant they also look beautiful on. I love that they are very understated so can be worn all of the time, both with jeans and a t-shirt and a dress out for dinner. It’s wonderful to have something so pretty that I can always wear, without going for one of my large statement items, that I love but it isn’t always suitable to wear them all of the time.

Thank you Sacet for sending me these gorgeous items. I love them.

Fitting skirting boards to our house!

I have been talking about our home renovations plans for quite a while now, the skirting board company were kind enough to gift me skirting boards for the house. Like with everything I choose it takes me ages to decide, I wonder if I am making the right decision, if I should choose something different. I chose Chamfered and Rounded which I felt was a better fit for the house and I am so pleased we did.

The renovations for the house has taken longer than I thought, not too much. It did however led to more work then we originally thought it would. With plaster being removed from the walls, then getting the plasterer in, trades men are notoriously difficult to pin down. After all of the plastering was complete it, we had to wait for it to dry. Which took about a week, as the weather changed and was cold and wet for a couple of weeks……… wonderful.

waiting waiting for skirting board

The painting then began, with two mist coats of watered down white paint, we used a 50/50 spilt of paint and water to make up the mist coat. Apparently it is used to seal up the plaster as it gets quickly absorbed in before you add the top coat of your chosen colour. Each of the bedrooms had a different shade of Farrow and Ball paint that we had mixed up at a local trade centre, which saved us a few pounds on each tin. To get a good finish we put 3 coats of paint on, which I wasn’t expecting to do, but now they do look good.

Fitting skirting boards

measuring skirting board

After the painting was complete we went on to adding the skirting boards, measuring and cutting the various lengths. Luckily I didn’t have to do anything, my wonderful Hubby is quite the handy man, and so he cut the lengths and made sure the joins looked good. I was then called in to help fix them to the walls.

cutting skirting boards

My hubby had looked into this and how best to attach everything. He decided to use grip fix, which is this very sticky adhesive that also smells awful! He placed it along each skirting board length and together we placed it against the wall and held in place. This was repeated for each of the lengths, once they were in place, he then drilled them into the walls, only adding a few on each lengths to keep them in place.

attaching skirting boards

Once the grip fill had set and they hadn’t fallen off the walls, we then used decorators caulk to finish the tops and then filler for to cover over the drill holes. When dry they were sanded down, flush ready to be painted.

We opted for primed skirting boards, which was a great idea, it mean that once they were really we could just add the stain wood paint. We do not use gloss in our house, we have always used stain wood, we like the finish it leaves.

finished skirting boards

I am so pleased with the floor boards now they have been finished, they really do suit the style of the house and each room just seems to be complete. Now to sort out the living room and the rest of the house, wish me luck.

Thank you The Skirting Board Shop for gifting me the skirting boards for our forever home.