Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Transforming A Room Using Just Accessories!

If you had the chance to do up and transform your bedroom using just accessories what would you choose and why? That was a question I was asked recently and it got me thinking how plain and bare my bedroom currently looks!

On Saturday, well technically the early hours of Sunday morning, I was woken up by the sound and feeling of eight heavy and filled to the brim boxes falling on me. The boxes had been piled up high next to my wardrobe since we had moved in seven months ago, unpacking them would just cause more hassle when it comes to plastering I was told, and because the items inside wasn't essential and needed, I left them packed and piled ready for when my bedroom is finally plastered, decorated and carpeted.

However, when they unexpectedly fell on me, trapping my legs thanks to one box holding brand new rolls of wallpaper and another holding a dozen packs of brand new ceramic tiles, I was quiet scared at how they had fallen but relieved that Gareth was here that night. Arousing him from his sleep wasn't that difficult thankfully, but he did stir on my first attempt! Unable to move I quietly whispered Gareth and steadily shook his arm, of which caused him to stir, it was only when I said Gareth I've got boxes on top of me I'm trapped that he realised and quickly jumped out of my bed.

The boxes have now been unpacked, causing more hard work in the long run, but making things safe in the meantime. The thought of the boxes falling on Spud or my nephews terrified me, whilst I thanked God that it hadn't happened to one of them! I had a good sort out and put what I hadn't used or didn't need anymore into three piles; the attic, the bin and the charity shop piles.

Now my room looks even more bare, it holds a bed, a wardrobe, a chest of draws and my dressing table. It's floor is bare, showing just the floorboards, ready to be carpeted. Upon showing my friend my room, now it wasn't filled with boxes any more and the potential, it was she who asked me the question at the beginning of this post, and why I'm here writing this post.

I don't feel like this is our home just yet, I don't feel like relaxing in my room as I did so many times at the flat. Instead I dread every time I have to resort to my bedroom for whatever reason, and try to make the trips as little as possible. In my ideal day, I only go to my bedroom when it's time for me to go to bed and to sleep.

Not knowing when I can afford to get it plastered and decorated, I took my friends question into account, and I've decided with the help of accessories, I'm going to try and make my bedroom feel like the bedroom I once loved at my flat, using just accessories for the meantime.

Photo's.

I have so many pictures of Spud and my nephews sat framed waiting to be hung back up on walls. Seeing those beautiful faces on my walls changed my mood instantly back at the flat, and I know they could do the same here at our new "home".

A Mirror.

At the flat, I didn't have room for a mirror in my bedroom due to the size of the small room. I had one in my hallway and one in my bathroom but now thanks to the size of the room I now call my bedroom, I can hang one of my big mirrors up on my bedroom wall, and buy one of these LED bathroom mirrors from Lumino Mirrors to replace the one that will be missing from my bathroom! It's a win-win situation all round!

A Vase With Flowers.

A vase on my windowsill will make the awfully decorated and damaged window place look so much brighter. It's been decorated a horrid grey, which makes what should be a bright place a dull place. At the flat, every morning I would open my curtains and smile, now I try to open my curtains with my eyes closed!

Image Source: Pinterest.
Drawings On The Wall.

Before the room is decorated, I'd love for Spud to get creative with the bedroom walls. I'd also love to scatter my favourite quotes on the wall with bright fell tip pens! Anything for a bit of colour and after all, it would be personal and something that Spud helped me do!

A Rug.

I may not be able to get any carpet laid down yet due to the fact the plastering and decorating are yet to be done, but that doesn't stop me laying a rug down does it? Of course it doesn't, it would help fill such am empty floor space too which is a big part of the emptiness in the room!

So now I have a question all for you... If you could transform a horrid room using just accessories, what would you choose?

Until next time,
Jada xx

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Summer Holidays

It's only day two of the summer holidays 2015 and we've already fitted in quite a few visitors and done quite a lot! I'm not a hot drink fan, but right now, I wouldn't mind a nice hot cup of tea, or even better a hot chocolate with some cream and marshmallows on top, with my feet up on the sofa, or my feet in my foot spa that I hardly get to use!

The weather has been rubbish, so we've not been able to spend any time in the garden really, and I'm working too so it's been a manic few days! Yesterday we had my friend Annessa pop round with her two children, giving Spud the chance to cue over her youngest baby, making Spud wish he had a sibling! Spud also played with Annessa's daughter, running up and down the stairs and chasing the puppy!

It was my sister Paula's birthday yesterday, she's not only my sister but one of my best friends too, Paula popped round with her two children which was nice for Spud as he had his two cousins round to play with and help trash his room, after spending the morning playing with Annessa's daughter. Then my big brother Paul popped in with his partner William to give Paula her card and presents and on top of all of this, Gareth had a very early finish and so decided to come and surprise me and Spud!

Gareth went and got us fish and chips, well actually I should say lunch from the chippy because none of us actually had fish! Spud had a battered sausage and chips, I had a saveloy sausage and chips, whilst Gareth had a pickled ghurkin, a spam fritter, a saveloy and chips, so no fish, he also popped into Morrisons for me bless him, a trip for me and Spud saved!

We then spent the rest of the day with me working, and sorting out mine and Spud's bedroom! We've still been living out of boxes where there is so much to do in the house, we've managed to cut down the boxes majorly, now it's just really a case of getting the rooms plastered, decorated and carpeted!

Whilst sorting out the bedrooms, we managed to have a sort out of all the bits Spud and I don't want any more, so today, we woke up quite late compared to yesterday (9am this morning to be precise!) and after making us breakfast I started photographing all the bits and pieces Spud has for sale. I've told him whatever sells of my items too, he can have the money also.

We're off on holiday soon and so Spud is trying to raise some extra holiday spending money, so far he has made £25, with £12.50 worth of items due to be collected in the next few days, and still a whole box left of items to sell! He's done good, he's had a clear out, raised money and learnt a little more about the value of money. I can't wait for the day I can finally stop having to tell him money doesn't grow on trees.

Spud has been really good so I promised him he could have a play on his game consol whilst mummy finished the afternoon off working. He's currently upstairs playing Disney Infinity whilst I'm sat here writing this post on what to do for dinner!

Shopping day isn't until tomorrow, so the fridge and freezer is quite bare, I'm also having a non-pregnancy craving of mash potato, although we don't have anything meaty to go with it, so I'm thinking maybe cheese and potato pie with beans or spaghetti and some buttered bread.

Whatever we have, it will be decent grub compared to the thousands out there in the world starving. I wake up every day and thank God for how blessed I am, a perfect beautiful family, a roof above our heads, money on the gas, food in the kitchen and clothes in our rooms.

I'm hoping the sunshine makes an appearance soon so we can get a few days out in the garden! It's our first summer holidays with us having a garden, it would be nice to enjoy it! On previous years, we watched out of our flat windows, wishing we had a garden to enjoy the glorious sun! We finally get a garden and what happens, there's not an ounce of sunshine in sight! Sods law ay!

I hope you're all having a lovely summer holiday so far!

Jada x

Dreams Of The Groom At The Altar.

Ever since I can remember, I've had lots of dreams and visions about my wedding. Disney was most probably the reason why I started thinking of such, at such a young age, as they was the ones who put the image into my head of me finding my prince charming, or rather in reality him finding me - as it happened!

I always dreamed of my father walking me down the aisle, I was always wearing a near identical white dress, although as the years have gone by, the style has slightly changed to what I would really love to wear in reality.

I never imagined a face waiting for me at the altar until recently of course, as many of you know, I'm engaged and will hopefully be married in a few years time. When Gareth proposed to me last month, my dreams became that little bit more of a reality, the next time I dreamed of my wedding, Gareth was the man standing at the altar waiting for me, in my white dress (some of you may recognise them words from a song!) but what he was wearing didn't catch my eye.

With me thinking my wedding would always be a dream in my head, I'd not really given the groom much thought, I didn't have a face for him, or even a name, so why would I picture the clothes he would wear whilst standing there? Now things have changed and I've found my prince charming (I'll give him credit where credit is due, he is a charmer!), I've now got to think of what he'll be wearing haven't I?

Finding the infographic below this afternoon from Fashion Beans has just proven to me that I still don't know what I'd like my groom to wear. I'm quite sure it's going to be more harder for us to decide on something together, where as I am the only person who will be seeing my dress before the big day out of the pair of us, so Gareth doesn't have to worry about that. 

I'm loving the look of Mismatched, Morning Suit, Braces and Bow Tie but I also love the Lounge Suit. Why didn't anybody tell me how hard it would be to think of this decision!? I'm blaming Disney!

Until next time,
Jada x

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Thursday, 23 July 2015

Garden Dreams.

When me and Spud dreamed of a garden for him to play in, we didn't wish for anything big, we wasn't wishing greedy at all, a tiny small garden would of done us just fine, somewhere we could just put a little pool down for the summer, and in the not so warm months have a trampoline or goal post in its place.

The communal garden was taken over by the man below us, he planted flowers and trees wherever he could on our side.
Credit:
Google Street View

Living in a flat often gets you wondering about gardens, I use to constantly sit there and wonder why things happen the way they do, why are there so many children without gardens, and yet so many single fully grown adults living in houses. At the flat, we was suppose to have a communal garden, but below me was a old man who took over the garden many years before I moved in. Although we was there for seven years in the end, I couldn't just randomly start to use the garden, it didn't seem fair, especially as he spent so much time and money on it.

So we carried on dreaming, until the house move come up. Opening the back door for the first time to what seemed like a jungle was amazing, I don't think any of us took in how big the garden was, we was just enjoying the moment of looking at our, OUR garden for the very first time. I started to imagine the fun we could have once it was all done and so on. Fast forward to the present time, we have a swing and see-saw set out there, a paddling pool, a child's gazebo, a water activity table, a sandpit waiting to be built and plenty, and I mean plenty of room left, enough for a trampoline, a goal post and lots more!

Just a tiny little bit of our garden on show! Before we got a lawn mower!

I should mention the following items are only just on our grassed area of the garden! On the patio we have a gas BBQ that really needs to be binned due to the not so welcome rust, plant pots, three scooters, a bike, a storage unit filled with garden items, two tables, about 20 chairs, I kid you, two benches, and Spud's table and chair set and there's still plenty of room left!

Not now, but when Spud is older and outgrown of garden toys, I'd love to have a summer house right at the bottom of my garden, somewhere I could work from without being stuck inside the front room, where I can't open the windows because Jezeppi (our puppy dog) tries to jump out of them!

Inside my summer house I'd have a lovely relaxing sofa, a stereo player, magazines, a desk area for me to work on, lots of accessories and family photo's. I'd have it decorated to my request, and I'd also install electric opening windows, just to be that little bit more lazy, and not due to the fact that every time I open a window, it seems a spider likes to say hello to me!

Just one of the summer house styles I love!
Credit
: www.cranegardenbuildings.co.uk
With the summer house being at the bottom of the garden, I'd still have plenty of room left, you know just incase I have other children or grand-children! I'd still have my patio area, that will hopefully be a decking area in the future and lots of pretty colourful plants and flowers! I'd not only be able to work from home, but I'd be able to work from a beautiful garden space too!

I suppose for now I really should concentrate on getting fencing up before I start planning anything else! I do run away with myself sometimes!

Until next time,
Jada x