Perk Up Your Summer – Week Four

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Long overdue is week four’s Perk Up Your Summer mystery box.

If you have followed my Perk Up Your Summer week one, week two and week three’s posts you’ll know that the lovely people over at Perk!er have been sending me a mystery box each week to help me enjoy summer a little bit more and the boxes certainly did that.

Week fours box was a bit of a blast form the past, something that is a great game to play as a family or with friends, you can get a bit twisted though. It was of course Twister which is a fantastic, fun family game that’s sure to cause lots of laughs.

Of course my nephew spotted the game straight away and wanted to play, he had never seen Twister before and was bursting to play it. He had a great time twisting himself into lots of funny positions, as did I and he thought it was hilarious when either of us got stuck or fell over – which happened quite a lot!

I have really enjoyed playing Twister, it has made an appearance on several occasions now and never fails to get everyone involved and enjoying themselves. As well as having been great fun throughout summer I’m sure we will be playing it throughout winter too.

As well as the fun twister game I was sent a selection of delicious Perk!er snacks. I recieved some delicious Rocky Road snack bars and my favourite Tiffin bars – Mmmm.

When I first started the Perk up Your Summer Campaign I had the false belief that healthier foods meant less taste. This is certainly not the case with Perk!er, I have tried the porridge and snack bars and both of those products are full of flavour.

A huge thank you to Perk!er for sending the mystery boxes as it’s been a fun and exciting four weeks waiting for the parcel to arrive and then being able to enjoy the content.

If you would like to find out more about the Perk!er brand and the delicious Gluten free products they have to offer take a look at their website here.

Home Office Inspiration

Home Office Inspiration

If you have read my £50 Bedroom makeover on a budget post you will know I was originally thinking about creating a home office space, in the end my plans changed at the last minute so I have yet to create a home office but it’s something that is very much still in the pipeline. I have a lot of office, furniture, decoration and stationary ideas bookmarked for inspiration so I though I would put together a post with some home office inspiration and ideas.

I love light furniture, especially if the room is dark as it brightens it up. The desk pictured above is from Ikea and looks amazing with the trestle legs, this is the type of desk I would love to have in my home office. What’s great about it is you can mix and match the table tops and legs to get a table that is as unique and exactly as you want it.

I have seen quite a few chairs I like (the quirkier the better) and at the moment it’s a pretty close call between the clear throne chair and the colourful tub style chairs. At the moment I’m leaning more towards the tub chairs as I think they look smart and you can add a pop of colour to a room by picking a colourful chair such as the one pictured above. The chairs aren’t cheap but they definitely add something special to a room, I will be trying to pick one up on offer as I love a bargain.

I always end up with lots of random bits of paper with ideas, notes or lists on them and they end up all over the house along with things I really should file away and keep safe, so a small-ish filing cabinet is something I will be looking to invest in when I create my home office space. I’m not the most organised person but I think this would definitely help, either that or it would end up filled with junk. It would look great either way!

I saw a gorgeous sheepskin rug the last time I was in Ikea and was so close to buying it, but at the time I had other priorities so I left it at the shop. I’m kicking myself now and really want to get my hands on one for my home office, not for the floor but for draping over the chair as I think it looks really nice like that.

Rather than curtains which I find can block out a lot of the light I would prefer to have a blind in my office that can be retracted during the day and used when necessary. VELUX Blinds offer a great range of blinds in many different colours and designs, there are even energy efficient blinds available which I think is incredible and something I will definitely consider when looking for a blind.

I don’t really know what type of plant I would like in my office, to be honest I’m not a keen gardener and I don’t know much about plants. I cut the grass and that’s the extent of my gardening skills but there was an interesting article recently that said having a plant in the office can increase productivity by 15% and I’m all for that!

As for decorative items, I would like to have a candle on the desk or nearby as I like the relaxing effect they have and also the lovely scents they give off. I would also like a pinboard and calendar of some sort to help me keep organised and keep things neat. I have a few different ideas to brighten up the walls but I’m not 100% sure yet on what I’m going to do, I think it might be a put it on the wall and see how it all looks together job.

Thankfully I have already painted the room so it looks bright and fresh so that’s one job off the list, now I just have to decide on the products I want and set it all up. I’m really excited about it and will let you all know how I get on and show you what it looks like when it’s finished.

Do you have a home office or are you thinking about creating one?

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My £50 Bedroom on a Budget Makeover with Direct Blinds

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Last month I was asked to take part in an exciting renovation challenge set by Direct Blinds. They were looking for 10 bloggers to renovate a room on a budget of just £50!

I will be completely honest and say I had a tough time. At first I decided I would make over the front room (dinning room) and turn it into an office where I could blog and concentrate as its difficult to concentrate when my nephew is constantly wanting me to play ha ha. I painted the walls, the skirting boards, the radiator and door. I even put on new door handles and gave myself a metal splinter in the process (major ouch), then when I got thinking about the items I would need for an office makeover – a desk, chair, desk light and something to decorate the walls to make it feel nice I felt £50 might not stretch that far, I was feeling a little defeated if I’m honest. If I already had a desk and chair it would have been different and I would have went with the office idea as I could have painted the existing furniture to spruce them up, unfortunately I didn’t have a suitable desk or chair that I could transform.

So, in the end I decided I wasn’t going to do a home office as I couldn’t see it working and at this point I only had around a week left until the deadline (thanks to me procrastinating and going on holiday for a week), I was beginning to panic slightly!

Unfortunately a day later I was eating a sweet (that’ll teach me) and ended up in agony! I took tablets to ease the pain but it didn’t even dull the pain. I’m not a wimp, I’ve broken my wrist before and have had my appendix out but this pain was intense, by far the worst pain I have ever felt. Anyway… in the end I had to phone up NHS Direct as my dentist was closed, they wrote me a prescription for codeine which I had to collect from our local ASDA store (where I got my fox candle, not all bad huh lol). Thankfully the tablets helped a lot and let me get some sleep. I went to the dentist the next morning where she took an xray and told me my last root canal (around 4 months ago) wasn’t done properly and I would have to have it re-done asap. She prescribed me some antibiotics and thankfully that got rid of the pain a couple of days later and I stopped taking the pain killers and started to feel a lot better. This did however put the bedroom renovation behind by a couple of days, day’s that I couldn’t really afford to lose at this stage – eek.

So that was me, almost pain free but only 3 days to go until the deadline for the challenge!  Nothing like giving myself time to prepare right? I still hadn’t even decided what room to make over and my head was in a complete muddle. After debating for a while about what room to make over and the pros and cons I finally decided to make over my bedroom as it was in dire need of a makeover.

On Thursday (the day before the deadline) I spent the morning making a list of items I would need to renovate the room, even with an impending root canal I was really excited to start putting it all together and see the end result. I had the dentist at 11 so couldn’t start painting that morning, instead I headed off to my dentist appointment and after an hour and 10 minutes in the chair I was good to go. For those wondering the root canal itself was pain free and there was only a small amount of pain afterwards – woohoo, no more pain!

Straight from the dentist I headed to town with my sister Ashley and set about getting the items to spruce up my room. The first stop we made was to Wilko’s where I was looking for some string lights I saw online and also a duvet cover that I liked. Unfortunately they didn’t have the string lights instore (boo) and I didn’t like the duvet cover in person. We then headed off to BHS where I saw a cute pink throw which was on sale at £7.50 (bargain!) but I already have a couple of throws and the bright pink wouldn’t really go. Our next stop was Primark (Do you call it Primark or Premark? – long standing debate ha ha!), it was actually my sister who suggested having a look in there and it’s just as well she did because I found the perfect duvet set that was reduced from £12 to £7 – it’s covered in roses and has a lovely shabby chic feel about it, I also got 2 new pillows (£4), 2 pillow case covers (£2) and I also managed to find some gorgeous jewel inspired string lights for just £3!

I wanted to pick up a couple of decorative items also and love having a candle burning in the evenings so when I went to ASDA and saw a vintage looking fox candle with a gold lid I picked it up for just £3. I also found the cutest ceramic pot with a deer on the lid which makes the perfect storage container on my unit whilst looking elegant and sweet, that was from Debenhams and was reduced from £10 to just £3. Not forgetting my cute 50p floral plate which I picked up in a local charity shop.

After I had finished shopping I spent the day painting, there was still quite a lot of paint left over from moving in a couple of years ago and I just managed to cover the walls with the paint (there wasn’t as much wall paint as I thought), I also managed to paint the ceiling, skirting boards and radiator so the room looked a lot brighter and fresher.

The most challenging part of the renovation by far was my decision to spray paint my bed white. I have been thinking about replacing my bed for a while now and this challenge gave me the perfect opportunity to attempt to renovate it. My dad advised me not to spray paint it as he thought it might need to be sanded and I was going to spray paint it on the final day of the challenge meaning if it all went wrong I couldn’t do anything about it! I took the bed apart which was the easy part and proceeded to put up a plastic sheet in the back garden which would catch any spray paint that didn’t go on to the bed. In the ended I used 20 cans of spray paint which cost a total of £20 (good old poundland <3) and I absolutely love the end result it has really transformed the bed and the whole room making it look really light and elegant. We did have a bit of a disaster when my sister offered to paint the first layer while I painted my bedroom, the plastic sheet feel down and landed on the wet paint smudging it and pulling some off – cue panic. Thankfully it wasn’t noticeable after I had added a couple more layers of paint.

Something I was looking for but sadly hadn’t been able to find in the town center was a bed canopy, I think they look lovely and they really transform a room giving it a shabby chic feel. I was really frustrated that I couldn’t find one in any of the big home stores, I tried Debenhams, BHS, Matalan, Wilko’s and even Dunelm which I thought was a sure thing, all to no avail. Then on the final day of the challenge I saw an advert on Facebook, a lady was selling a bed canopy locally for just £7! I messaged her and snapped it up and that was my shopping list for my bedroom complete, the bed canopy really does transform the room and looks lovely against the newly painted white bed and gorgeous string lights. I’m a little in love with my bedroom now, actually.. make that a lot!

Below is a breakdown of my £50 spend;

  • Fox Candle £3
  • Deer Pot £3
  • Floral Plate 50p
  • Duvet Set £7
  • Pillows £4
  • Pillow covers £2
  • Bed canopy £7
  • String Lights £3
  • Spray Paint £20

Total = £49.50

I found the challenge really enjoyable and the end result is amazing, I’m over the moon with the way it looks. It has definitely had it’s ups and downs and the fact I’m very (I mean really really) indecisive doesn’t help as I spent a long time umming and ahhing about things. But… You can’t argue with the finished result!

A few shout-outs! Thank you to my best friend – Louise for listening to me having several hissy fits that; I won’t be done on time, I don’t know what to do, what should I do, HELP MEEEE and such nonsense ha ha. Thank you to my sister Ashley who helped me pick out the items and by ironing the bedding for me (she knows how much I hate ironing!). Thank you also to my dad who fitted the light in my room (again) and who chauffeured me several places to get bits and bobs for the makeover. Finally a big thank you to Direct Blinds for asking me to get involved in the challenge, it has been a lot of fun.

Below are some before and after photo’s and how it looks now, quite a transformation right!?

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Wardrobe Before and After

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August In Pictures

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