If you’re lucky enough to have your own conservatory, you should do what you can to make the most of it. The best way to think of a conservatory is as an extension of both the living room and the garden, bringing the outdoors in and vice versa. By working on this premise, you can create a stylish, comfy conservatory to keep the whole family happy.
We are planning to have a new conservatory built when we move into our new home. It’s one thing I have always wanted and can’t think of anywhere else I would love to cosy up with a book and a slice of cake!
As a busy mum, it can be hard to find time to spruce up the garden. If there is ever any downtime, it can be nice to just relax, get some work done, or get some much-needed jobs done around the house. So the garden doesn’t really feature, especially over the winter months. This spring, though, everything will be blooming and flourishing. Unfortunately, that includes the weeds! So if you are looking for ways of creating a low maintenance garden over the coming months, now is the time to do it. By summer, you’ll be needing to pull out weeds every couple of days.
Here are some ideas of how you can create a low maintenance garden.
Change the Lawn
The ultimate way to create a low-maintenance garden is to get rid of the lawn. In peak seasons you might need to be mowing it every week. No weeds can grow in it if it isn’t there. Laying down pebbles or gravel is an alternative. If you have got young children, though, you might prefer it to be like one large patio, with large tiles laid down. If the idea of having a green space does appeal, though, there is a lower maintenance option. More and more people are choosing to get artificial grass in their garden instead. It will need an occasional clean but is softer for little ones. I’m not sure I’m sold on the idea but I’ve seen bloggers on Instagram that have it, and it does look good.
Today it’s my turn to host the blog tour for Walking Wounded by Anna Franklin Osborne. I have an extract for you to read and a competition to enter so you have the chance to win your very own signed copy of this fantastic novel.
Here is a little bit about Walking Wounded to give you an idea of the story before you head on down and read the extract.
Born at the end of the First World War, a young girl struggles to find her own identity in her big family and is pushed into a stormy marriage through a terrible misunderstanding from which her pride refuses to let her back down. As her own personal world begins to crumble, the foundation of the world around her is shaken as Germany once again declares war and her brothers and young husband sign up with the first wave of volunteers.
Walking Wounded tells the story of those left behind in a Blitz-ravaged London, and of the web of loyalty, guilt and duty that shapes the decisions of the women awaiting the return of their men-folk as the war draws to a close.
Spanning the period from the Armistice of the First World War to the exodus of the Ten Pound Poms to Australia in the 1950s, Walking Wounded is a family saga whose internal violence is mirrored by the world stage upon which it is set.
As you all know I’m a huge fan of saving money online. Each time I want to buy something, whether it’s a birthday gift, something for baby girl, something for the house and garden or even clothes for myself, I check out my favourite voucher code sites. We made huge savings on a car seat for baby girl last year at Halfords using My Favourite Voucher Codes.
Now I’m on the look out for something special to wear for a couple of weddings coming up in the Spring. I’ve noticed Karen Millen has a wonderful selection of clothes for wedding guests, but of course they are slightly on the expensive side. Well you do pay for quality and the name I suppose. So because I have chosen Karen Millen as my retailer of choice, I want something that is timeless, where it can be worn in various other situations not just for weddings. I want to get my money’s worth out of it.
When we started trying for a baby back in 2013, I came off the pill when my packet ran out. I started taking the pill many years ago to help with period pains and heavy flow (sorry for the tmi!). I was very happy with my type of pill – Microgynon, it really worked well. This pill was one of those combined pills so contained oestrogen and progestogen, I was always great at remembering to take it each day as well.
I’m always on the look out for tips on recycling at home. We have the normal bags and boxes for sorting out the household waste, but I’ve always wanted to go one step further. I suppose you could say that we do have our eco-living ways.
I think it boils down to growing up in a house with not a lot of money. My dad is a mastermind of inventions. He will find a use for anything and everything. It was great fun growing up watching him at work with his ideas. He used everybit of spare wood or metal he could find. Making gates, chicken houses, building sheds… the list is endless!
My mum loves to browse charity shops. She always used to find hidden gems for us as kids. Hardly worn clothes, bags and books, toys. They really did make every penny count. Nowadays as people struggle to keep their heads above water, these eco-living ways are hugely popular. I’m a frugal person who saves everything. I have this thing that I know it could come in useful one day, or as my husband calls it hoarding!