Friday, 30 September 2016

Cecelia Ahern - The Year I met You ...

Hi guys,

So I have been reading like crazy lately - either sunbathing or just making sure I get the most out of my lunch break or to help me get off to sleep at night!

I absolutely love Cecelia Ahern and all of her novels have an aspect of magic in them - they just seem to have a life affirming result for adults!

You can buy it at Amazon here.

The Year I met You  ...

"The year that changed my life. For Jasmine, losing her job felt like losing everything.
The year I found home. With a life built around her career and her beloved sister Heather, suddenly her world becomes the house and garden she has hardly seen and the neighbours she has yet to meet.
The year I met you. But being fired is just the beginning for Jasmine. In the year that unfolds she learns more about herself than she could ever imagine – and more about other people than she ever dreamed. Sometimes friendship is found in the most unexpected of places."

You are immediately drawn into the book straightaway. Jasmine is a "fixer" and her whole life has centred around taking care of her sister and building businesses and solving problems. But, when we start the story, a big part of her life, her career, has been taken away from her. Cecelia Ahern has this magic ability of taking a single person with problems and weaving a tale that really stays with you for a while after. What I also find absolutely brilliant with this book, is that it doesn't turn out the way you think its going to as you're reading it.

Jasmine's character really resonated with me as I think I am a bit of a "fixer" too. This can then lead to very stubborn and self deprecating behaviour. Think of it like a life coaching novel!

It is definitely a must-read. 

Rachael xox

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

The new kitchen ...

Hi guys,

One of the reasons we bought our new house was the kitchen. The kitchen is the heart of the home, but for us it was always too small to be able to gather in there. The only problem was, the decor was quite garish for us. The sage green walls were already there but the wallpaper was a dark green and fuscia which felt like too much for a kitchen.

We decided to strip the wallpaper and replace with this brick effect. We got it from It was a bargain which was only £8.99 a roll!

Our home accessories we swapped for cream too - cream kettle, toaster and microwave, all from Dunelm Mill.
Candy Rose Toaster £29.99 Dunelm Mill

Candy Rose Kettle £29.99 Dunelm Mill

Candy Rose Cream Microwave £54.99 Dunelm Mill
I love my new kitchen. A couple of other things that make my kitchen easy and convenient for me are a sensor bin and sensor handwash. Both are available at

I also have a wine chiller. If you have space, you do need one. Ours is situated under the island in the kitchen. The model we purchased is the Baumatic BW28BL wine cooler. 

This definitely came in handy for the housewarming!! You can purchase this at or currys. I got mine from Argos and was only about £90! Bargain!

What is you favourite thing about your kitchen?

Rachael xox

Sunday, 25 September 2016

Hardwick Park

Hi guys,

So we have been making the most of the gorgeous weather recently and have visited some of the local parks and trails to walk the dogs.
One of the most beautiful has to be Hardwick Park near Sedgefield. Set in the grounds of a massive manor home, this extensive park is simply stunning. It has a stunning lake, a beck that you can walk around, adorable old buildings and trails that lead all over.
It does cost to park so if you plan on visiting, then make sure you have plenty of change with you. There is also a tearooms that we didn't get a chance to pop into but the menu looked great. They also have a doggy bowl outside in case your furry friend is thirsty.
Have you got a local area to walk your pooch??
Rachael xox

Monday, 12 September 2016

Hawaiian Housewarming

Hi guys,

So as you know, I moved recently. We decided to decorate straightaway so it was done before our summer hols but also so that we could make use of the sunny weather and host a housewarming on the bank hol weekend.

I love a theme. Most of my family hate the idea of a theme but they are used to be now so they literally just go with it.

The housewarming I decided would be a hawaiian theme. This fit with the summer idea so well but there are loads of things you can find and do to make your party excellent!

I grabbed loads of decorations and accessories from Ebay and Amazon. These websites are the cheapest to buy from but I just kept comparing the two websites for the best deals.

I have a lot of children in my family too which meant that garden games were a must. I also picked up a pinata and a limbo too.

For food, I found lots of ideas online. There were plenty of fruit themed ideas which I adored. My favourite was the shark watermelon.

I also had an ice cream making station for the children but the adults seemed to take over. For the adults, I also did a cocktail making station. Pina colada and mojitos were on the menu!!

If you have a poundland or home bargains near you, they are the ideal places for great party items at low cost prices too!!

Do you like a theme??

Rachael xox