Our Month - March 2021

15.4.21


I know it's only the third month of the year, but my goodness March was my favourite month so far! And thanks to Boris and his roadmap out of lockdown we managed to get a bit more normality back into our lives as each days passed. 

We started the month by finishing up homeschooling - for hopefully the final time this time. It was an incredibly tough few months trying to juggle teaching two children, entertaining a toddler and of course all of this was on top of 'normal' mum-life and all of the glamorous jobs that entails. But we made it through and I am actually SO proud of myself for doing so. I did that (mostly solo too). And we all survived!






Indie and Parker started back at school on the 8th and have settled back in so well. We had school consultations at the end of the month and both of their teachers sung their praises, and they both jumped up reading levels too (so I can't have been as terrible as a teacher as I thought). Within a few days Jack and I both noticed a huge difference in the littles behaviour, especially when it came to Parker. The big two were just so happy to see and play with their friends again and have structure to their day, and Lilah was just so happy to get quality time by herself again.

With the littles back at school, Jack at work and Lilah at preschool a few hours a week, March was also the first month in a loooong time that I was home alone. The first day I ran home as quickly as possible, made myself a hot drink and didn't move until I really had to. And. It. Was. Glorious. Having time to just pop to the shops alone, get work done or just simply enjoy the house staying tidy for longer than 5 minutes has definitely been good for the soul. It got even better at the end of the month when we were allowed to meet in groups of 6 (or two households) again. A catch up with some lovely mums was just what was needed!







Of course I can't write about March without mentioning Mother's Day. Unfortunately it was another lockdown occasion, but thankfully this year we were allowed to at least go out of the house (we were isolating last year). We went for a walk - of course - and then Jack and I got a takeaway in the evening. Simple but perfect.

We have so many plans for April already, and with even more things unlocking throughout the month there's so much to look forward to. It definitely feels like better days are coming now, and I'm finally starting to get excited about the months ahead!

Easy Home Makeover Tips on a Budget

14.4.21

I know I am not the only one who spends a lot of their times lusting over the beautiful, stylish homes on Pinterest and Instagram. It can be hard to keep up with these constantly changing trends though when you’re short on time and money. But if you’re looking for ways to embrace and experiment with new trends, you don’t have to overhaul your interiors or spend a fortune - and hopefully this post will show you how.


Adding Colour and Changing your Palette

One of the easiest and cheapest ways to transform your interiors is changing the colour palette. Even painting a single wall can make an incredible difference to the look and feel of a room. Before you start ordering paint and putting down dust sheets, think about the kind of ambience you want to create and compare tones and shades to find the perfect colour for each space. It’s best to opt for soothing, soft colours for bedrooms and areas where you like to chill out and relax. In living spaces where you entertain and socialise, you can afford to be a little bolder. If you have small rooms, stick to lighter shades and use accessories or soft furnishings to inject colour. Dark shades will make the room look more cramped.

Tiles and Flooring

Changing the tiles or the flooring in a room could help you achieve a brand new look without blowing the budget. You can use kitchen tiles on the walls or floors to add colour, carry a print or design or create a more modern, funky aesthetic. Opting for a light shade can also help to make the space look larger and brighter. In the bathroom, you can use floor or wall tiles to channel a boutique hotel vibe or design a more functional, practical room if you have children. There is a vast array of styles, designs and colours to choose from. Whether you love contemporary monochrome or rustic terracotta, there’s something to suit everyone.

Accessories

Of course the simplest way to change a room is to use accessories and soft furnishings to try out new trends and freshen up the look of your living spaces. You can use everything from lamps, candle holders and plant pots and vases to wall art, shelving units and decorative ornaments to channel themes and add interest. For a romantic boudoir, you could choose a vintage mirror and vases of fresh flowers. For a cool, modern loft-style living room, you could opt for large plants in concrete pots, industrial lamps and wall art featuring graphic lines. If cosy is more your vibe, you can use rugs, blankets, throws and lanterns filled with church candles to create a warm, inviting, relaxing snug.

So if you fancy freshening up your interiors for spring / summer why not go for it! You don’t have to break the bank or spend hours decorating, and if you take these simple tips on board you can achieve an affordable, stress-free mini makeover.

This is a collaborative post.