Thursday, 15 November 2018

Space-saving furniture ideas

One thing we’re all a little short on is space; especially if you live in a major city or town. If this sounds like you and you’re struggling to squeeze everything into your home, here are some top tips for space-saving furniture ideas. 


Clear the hallway


Often treated as a dumping ground, the hallway is the first thing you see when you walk into your home, and if it’s cluttered and full of shoes, coats and umbrellas, it will instantly feel crowded and even more closed in. Having ample storage in the hallway that elevates everything off the floor and conceals coats and shoes is an essential step to creating a calming, welcoming environment. A slim shoe storage unit, like this one, is ideal for fixing to the wall and will help  stop the hall from feeling cramped and overfull. Hanging a mirror above will reflect light and help to make your space feel larger.

Under bed storage
The bed is one of the largest items we have in our homes, so making use of the space underneath it is a no-brainer in terms of saving space. For plenty of under bed storage options, look no further than trusty Ikea as they have a large selection of options, with lids for keeping dust at bay, and wheels for easy access to your stuff. 

Choose the right sofa
Picking the right sofa is imperative when you’re tight on space. There are plenty of options you can choose from, with storage sofas, corners and sofa beds being top of the list. A corner sofa will fit snuggly into any given space, and a sofa bed is ideal if you have lots of guests but lack a spare bedroom. Take a look at the range of Arlo & Jacob sofas that include compact sizes and small snuggler style sofas that are perfect for smaller spaces and offer space-saving solutions. 

Floating shelves & storage

Lifting everything off the ground is a smart way to make your space feel larger. Traditional bookcases and shelving units take up excessive amounts of floor space, but floating shelves will instantly make the room feel bigger, allowing light to pass underneath. Consider ones with hidden drawers underneath for maximising your storage solutions. The Range has an extensive selection of finishes, from glossy white and black, to oak and dark wood. 




Get creative

Think about all the places that don’t get used in your home; above the picture rail, behind doors, under the stairs, and even under your kitchen cabinets. Custom-made furniture for these areas can be pricey, but using Pinterest to find hacks and affordable alternatives is your best bet for maximising your space and clearing the clutter. Magnets are excellent solutions for hanging kitchen utensils giving you more worktop space, and are also a fun way for the kids to tidy their toys (it works brilliantly with toy cars). Consider swapping kitchen chairs for a storage bench, and a folding table will help save you space in your dining area when you’re not entertaining. There really are so many ways you can save space in your home. 
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Wednesday, 14 November 2018

Christmas gift guide : For Her





Today I am sharing with you my gift ideas for her. You can check out my gift guide for him here. I can find it hard to know what to get for my nan and mum as gifts so I know how handy it is to have some ideas for the ladies who are tricky to buy for.

Hopefully you will find some of these ideas below 









Chocolate Treat Box | Cocoa & Heart | Small- £9.50, Medium- £14.50, Large £19.50

Kicking off my Christmas gift guide for her  I have this amazing Chocolate treat box from Cocoa & Heart. It's a great gift for chocolate lovers to try out some of Cocoa & Heart's delicious chocolate selection. With 3 different size boxes to choose from you can choose to treat yourself or your nearest and dearest this Christmas.The chocolate treat box  contains a current selection of Cocoa & Heart chocolates. Including  new chocolate bar flavours, samples of new chocolates they are working on and other treats that they currently have in stock. As you probably guessed it, the chocolate treat box is a bit of mystery chocolate box. If you fancy treating yourself or a loved one this season than you can get 10% off on any of their chocolate shop by using code 
XMAS18 at the checkout. 


Colour changing unicorn mug | Iwantoneofthouse | £9.99

Unicorns are popular at the moment and I've seen quite a lot of unicorn themed items around. With that said, I knew I had to include at least one unicorn themed item in my gift guide. The unicorns mane on this beautiful mug changes colour from black to a gorgeous multicolour when you have a hot drink. The mug is made from ceramic and features a 3d head and horn. It's not dishwasher or microwave safe, however has a 300ml capacity so is the perfect size  for your favourite hot beverage. 




Korres little star shower collection | Tesco | £10


The perfect gift for those that love receiving body products as gifts or as a present for your secret santa/ round robin.  The Korres shower collection is a lovely set of four favourites. The set includes Bergamot Pear Shower Gel 40ml, Fig Shower Gel 40ml, Lavender Blossom Shower Gel 40ml and Bergamot Jasmine Shower Gel 40ml.





Missguided Boss Babe Eau De Parfum gift set | The Fragrence Shop |£28

Perfumes can be a very personal choice, however if you know someone that loves a fruity and floral scent than this Missguided Boss Babe perfume  will leave you ready to face anything the day throws at you. The fruity floral scent leads with notes of bergamot and pear with accents of pistachio. The heart marries rose accords with almond milk, orange blossom and magnolia. Base notes cushion with patchouli, amber, sweet tonka, vanilla, musk and creamy sandalwood. 





Derwent Bullet Journal Set | Derwent | £29.99


Derwent are known for there British made art materials that are expertly crafted. If you in know someone who is artistic than the bullet journal set is a great way for them to be organised and creative all at once. Complete with subtle dots on each page to help frame lists, graphs and doodles. The set contians: The A5 bullet journal with elastic closure and 3 ribbon page marker, 4 water based fine liner pens in  rich tones of Black 0.3, Sepia 0.5, Graphite 0.5, Black 0.8 and an elasticated pen wrap that holds 6 pens.

Joules Huddle Gloves in French Navy | Amara | £20



Stylishly update her Autumn accessories with these Huddle gloves from Joules. These gloves are ribbed to ensure a neat fit around wrists, keeping out any draughts and feature tapered fingers for ultimate comfort. Extra-long, these gloves are perfect for keeping your arms warm when wearing three quarter length sleeves. Pair them with complementing accessories available separately from Joules to complete the look. 




Flower Subscription | Appleyard | From £22 a bouquet for classic and from £26 a bouquet for the lux 

Flowers are always appreciated especially if a bit more special than the usual super market ones. Take these gorgoues festive punch ones from Appleyards Christmas collection. With Appleyard offering a flower subscription service where you can choose to opt to receive bouquet's from either classic or lux ranges you can treat your recipient to monthly bouquets for a subscription period that fits in with your budget. 


Personalised mermaid blanket | I just love it| £34.99


I love nothing more than snuggling up in a cosy blanket in front of the fire during the cold evenings. If you know someone who is the same, this cosy mermaid blanket in a gorgeous shade of purple would make a fab gift. The blanket itself mirrors mermaid scales crotched with charm from the top of the throw to the two tail fins. Featuring any Name printed in silver glitter on to the blanket, the gift is a dream come true for fans of merpeople, not to mention how cosy and warm the individual will feel with every use.




Finishing touch flawless folding mirror | JML| £19.99

Never having the right light for your makeup application can be a pain. The Finishing touch flawless folding mirror is the perfect companion for makeup on-the-go!
This magic mirror combines a compact, take-anywhere design and high-definition, crystal-clear illuminated mirror to keep you looking great, anywhere! Finishing Touch Flawless Folding Mirror also has an inbuilt storage tray for tweezers, wipes, makeup or jewellery, making it the perfect companion for on-the-go glam!

A heavenly treat collection | Green People | £50

Treat a loved one to the Green People's a heavenly treat collection. A trio with naturally scented calming damask rose and top notes of soft jasmine and lemon. The gift pack contains: 50ml each of damask rose cleanser, moisturiser and handcream. 




Personalised slate cake stand | personally presented | £27.49

Have your cake and eat it with this personalised two tier cake stand. This gorgeous slate  cake stand is an ideal gift for someone who loves to bake and they can show case their delicous creations. 
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Tuesday, 13 November 2018

Poopsie Slime Surprise Magical Unicorn

There are two things that are very popular at the moment - unicorns and slime.
What do you get when you put these two things together?! The Poopsie Slime Surprise Magical Unicorn of course! The Poopsie Slime Surprise Magical Unicorn is sure to be very popular this Christmas and we got one to review to share with you guys. 


What is it?

Poopsie Slime Surprise Unicorn is a cute looking unicorn who, once you feed her a magical concoction of shimmer, unicorn food and water, poops unicorn slime! 

What's in the box?

Each Poopsie  Surprise Unicorn includes 20 surprises within the box. The unicorn you will receive is a surprise too and you can get one of 4 : Whoopsie Doodle (purple), Oopsy Starlight (pink), Rainbow Brightstar (rainbow) or Dazzle Darling (blue). Even though you won't know which unicorn you will get, there is a trick to get a 50/50 chance. White boxes contain either Oopsy Starlight or Rainbow Brightstar and purple boxes have either Whoopsie Doodle or Dazzle Darling. 

Once you have opened the box and all the surprises you should have:

  • Measuring cup
  • Poop character keychain
  • Unicorn spoon
  • Unicorn shimmer
  • Unicorn food (slime powder)
  • Unicorn magic
  • Potty
  • Hair Brush
  • Drinking cup
  • Nappy
  • T-shirt
  • Cleaning brush 


First impressions

The box is colourful and eye-catching - I can see children being drawn to it. In the first photo you should see that there is an arrow on the box to show you where to start opening it. 

As you can see we got Rainbow Brightstar. I love her colourful hair, glittery horn, heart shape belly button and her eyes look super cute, framed with eyelashes and she is a pearlescent white. Her accessories are also cute. I especially love the little cloud shaped hairbrush. 


How it works

*IMPORTANT *
Before starting make sure that the compartment at the back is in the right position and locked to prevent spillage.  I would advise having a cloth handy as it gets messy and avoid being near carpeted areas if possible.

When I first looked at the instructions I thought it looked really complicated and so I recommend that your child is supervised, at least with the first try. When making up the slime you have to make sure you follow the instructions carefully to make sure that your slime comes out in the correct consistency and not get stuck in your unicorn. 

First of all you need to turn your poopsie unicorn on to the feeding setting than you feed her with the shimmer with a spoon followed by 5ml of water. Then you get your unicorn food and mix with water (25ml) and feed your unicorn with the bottle. Once fed, you need to rock her for 30 seconds but don't forget to turn her onto the rocking position first. After rocking your poopsie unicorn pop her on the potty and press her heart shaped belly button to reveal the sloppy slime.









The slime at first does come out as a sloppy liquid , so leave it for around 15/20 minutes to harden into a flexible shimmery slime. The instructions do say that if after 15/20 minutes if it's still a bit liquidy to give it a stir and then you add your unicorn magic. The above photo is of before waiting and the photo below is after waiting, giving it a stir and adding the unicorn magic. As you can see there is certainly a difference, there is an option to add more shimmer if you wish to customise the slime.

I definitely found this to be a messy process and it will be complicated for little people to do on their own. The unicorn poop ( slime)  is very sticky but fun and it can be kept in the unicorn poop keyring for storing when finished playing with for a short time.


Cleaning 

After all the fun there is of course the cleaning , however us parents can rejoice as its not hard to clean up. Just pop open the back of your poopsie unicorn and take out the little container to rinse out with warm water and dry before popping back in. There is also a handy cleaning brush to clean inside her mouth however so far I've not needed to do this. I would advise definitely to clean out poopsie as soon as your child has finished making slime. 


Final thoughts 

Even though its a tad complicated to begin with and there are limited amounts of slime it's still a toy I  can see being used again and again. The accessories make it fun so you can brush your unicorns hair, pretend to feed her etc without needing slime. The fact that its part of a collectable means children will come back to their poopsie unicorn especially as you can purchase additional smaller poop packs for £9.99.

Over all I can see why its going to popular Christmas 2018 with it featuring kids favourites unicorns and slime. At £49.99 I do feel its a bit steep price wise however as you can get the extra poop packs it certainly means it won't just left on the shelf after the first go.

You can purchase Poopsie Slime Surprise Magical Unicorn from most major retails including Argos, Smyths and The Entertainer 

* We were sent the Poopsie Slime Surprise Magical Unicorn in return for an honest review. All views and opinions are 100% my own.
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