Decorating your Home for Easter

decorating your home for Easter

Decorating your home for Easter

For the last couple of years I have had an Easter tree at our house. Much to my Hubby’s dislike. He just doesn’t see any need for decorating your home for Easter. I however, love it.

Decorating your home for Easter has become increasingly popular in recent years. With large department stores like John Lewis, Debenhams and House of Fraser now stocking a lovely range of items.

Now you don’t just have to have bright coloured eggs or the children’s hand painted pictures or their hand made Easter bonnet around the house. However lovely the children’s items are. I like to think of it as Easter Chic……. whatever that is.

Easter Wreath

decorating your home for easter

I always have a door wreath hanging on the front door. Normally it’s a wicker heart with ribbons and the door number. It gets changed at Christmas. However this year I’m going to invest in one of the beautiful ones I’ve seen. They are great because they can be taken down and reused next year, defiantly an investment item.

The Easter Table

decorating your home for Easter

At Christmas I go all out with my table, gifts, candles, charger plates, place settings the works. At Easter I like to get out the plain white dinner plates, add a lovely table centre piece. I love to add jam jars filled with fresh spring flowers. I add small chocolate eggs or flowers to the plates for that special little touch.

Easter Decorations

decorating your home for easter

My dresser is well loved with things I’ve collected over the years….. junk as my hubby would say. Plus lovely little treasures the children have made. There is always space for more and at Easter its a great excuse to add something extra. I love the little nests filled with eggs, they can be added to the shelves or just laid out nicely. The beautiful large eggs added to candle sticks give a very luxurious feel, especially using pastel shades. I also love the wooden cut out bunny rabbits, they are not only very cute but they add that prettiness to my dresser, plus my daughter loves them.

Easter Tree

decorating your home for easter

I love an Easter tree. Twigs or a faux tree decorated with hanging eggs, little chickens and birds. Mine is a white faux tree that I bought from a local craft shop.  It’s location varies. Sometimes it’s on the dinning table, on the coffee table or on the dresser, depending on what’s going on at home. Making your Easter tree can be quite simple. Find some lovely twigs in the garden, some contorted hazel works well, place in a jug or vase and decorate. Quick and easy plus lovely to look at.

Easter Egg Hunt

decorating your home for Easter

We must not forget the all important Easter Egg Hunt. Each year we hold a hunt at our house. We invite 3 of my god children along with their parents, my sister, brother and his partner, then a few other friends. It has become a bit of an annual tradition, which is full of chocolate and fun. I go out in the morning and hide the eggs, chocolate bunnies and little sweeties around the garden. My daughter is the only girl among the boys, she loves wearing cute little bunny ears and collecting what treats she can find after the older boys have rampaged through our garden. They all have cute little buckets that I bought in Marks and Spencer last year. Although the 3 older boys now 9, 7 and 6 are not so impressed with the buckets, they happily carry them collect up the goodies. Plus it’s Easter so they don’t have much choice.

Adding Easter decorations to your home doesn’t have to be expensive, there are lots of ways to cut down costs but making things your self. Pop over to see my Pinterest board for lots of great DIY Easter ideas.

 

Things to remember before going on holiday

Whether you’re planning a short getaway in the city or making your travel dreams a reality, the last thing you want is for you to forget to do or check something and have that spoil your entire holiday. There’s a lot of things you may need to remember, so here is a short list, to ensure you’ve got all of the essentials sorted.

Check Passport Date

In addition to actually knowing where your passport is, and remembering to take it with you on your journey, you must also check its expiration date. Many countries require you to have a set amount of months left on your passport, for example, Turkey requires needs you to have six months left. Make sure this is checked before you even book your holiday, so that you don’t end up arriving at the airport, and not being allowed to fly anywhere.

Know Your Luggage Allowances

Regardless of how often you fly, you must always check the luggage allowances for your break. Different airlines have different policies in regards to how much luggage you’re allowed and how big your bags and suitcases can be, and some may have changed their policies recently, and you may not know about it. If you can’t fit everything into one case, most airlines allow you to add extra cases for a small fee, so don’t get caught out with an overweight suitcase at the airport.

Know Your Cycle

Your period can affect many aspects of your life, especially when you’re on holiday. You may not want to go swimming, partake in activities that you have planned, or may simply feel sick and have cramps the entire time, which isn’t fun in any way. If your holiday plans to fall on that week, you don’t have to endure it. You now have a solution. Period delay pills are exactly what they say on the tin, and can delay your period until after you return from your break, which can make your time away a whole lot more relaxing.

Have All Your Important Documents

There is a lot of documentation that you need to take on holiday with you, so ensure you have it all when you leave. Driving licenses, boarding passes, hotel confirmations, health insurance cards, and visas all fit into this category and should be kept together and organised, perhaps in a folder or a plastic wallet. Make a note of any important numbers and addresses too, in case they are needed for any reason. It’s always a sensible idea to have the name of your hotel, written in the language of the country you are visiting, on a piece of paper, in case you can’t find a cab driver that can speak English.

Make Sure Your Home’s Secure

The last thing that you want after a relaxing break away is to return home and realise that you have had a break in. To reduce the chance of this happening, and to make sure that your home insurance is valid if you are the victim of a break in, ensure that all of your windows and doors are properly closed and locked. You may even want to invest in security cameras or house alarms if you’re leaving for a while. It would also be a sensible idea to get a family member or a neighbour to check on the house every now and then, water the plants, and move any letters or deliveries.

Plan Your Journey To The Airport

It’s always best to know well in advance how you are getting to the airport on the morning of your departure (and how you are getting home when you return). If you are asking a friend or family member to drop you off, it’s always polite to ask them in plenty of notice, so they don’t make any plans beforehand or feel as though you’re springing it on them. If you are driving, you need to book your car parking space in advance, to ensure you don’t end up paying through the roof. For both of these, you need to leave with plenty of time to spare, in case you get stuck in traffic and end up missing your flight. If you’re traveling by train, booking well in advance is likely to get you the best prices here too.

These are some of the most important things that you need to remember before going on holiday. As long as you remember these, your holiday should be relatively stress-free, meaning that you can enjoy your trip a whole lot more.

Dreaming of a Honeymoon in the Maldives……

 

honeymoon in the maldives

Honeymoon in the Maldives

When someone says honeymoon, I instantly think the Maldives. I think that’s because, since being young I have always dreamt of a honeymoon in the Maldives. Unlike reality, which was a week in Devon (which was wonderful by the way).

honeymoon in the maldives

The Maldives

The Maldives are a collection of more than a thousand coral islands. The main island of Malé is home to a busy fishing market, lots of restaurants, shops and the airport for the islands. The Maldives are famous for their beautiful beaches, blue lagoons and stunning coral reefs.

Many private islands are covered in beautiful white sand and surrounded by the clear blue ocean. Lots of the islands have their own coral reef. So there are plenty of amazing diving and snorkelling opportunities to be had. With their own personal reef, you don’t have to swim out far to find yourself submerged with marine life. Some of the best in the world.

honeymoon in the maldives

Stunning Accommodation

There are so many styles of accommodation to choose from. All-inclusive hotel resorts, with every kind of facility you could ever want. Exclusive pool villas, set within resorts so you have access to hotel facilities. Tiny boutique hideaways. Garden Villas set in the stunning gardens of the resorts. Beach side bungalows, where you can step out of your bungalow straight onto the beautiful sand, and of course the amazing over-the-water bungalows, set out in the lagoons.

accommodation types in the maldives

accommodation types in the maldvies

Top things to do in Maldives

I’m sure that when people think of the Maldives, they think about drinking cocktails on the beach, and jumping into the sea for a swim whenever the mood takes them. However there are so many other things to do while in the Maldives. I have put together a list of ‘musts’ while you’re there.

  • The Ithaa Undersea Restaurant – off the Island of Rangalifinolhu.
  • Underwater Spa.
  • Private candlelit beach dinner.
  • Diving – the Maldives offer some of the best diving in the world.
  • Learn to dive.
  • The Dolphin excursion.
  • Island Hopping.
  • Surfing – people travel to the Maldives to enjoy some of the best surfing around.
  • Paddle Boarding.
  • Beach side Balinese couples massage.
  • A scenic flight over the islands.

top things to do in the maldives

underwater restaurant maldives

With so many different islands to choose from, which one will you choose for your honeymoon destination?