My Word for 2018

Although I've always liked the idea of having a certain word to live by and to influence your life and help guide you I'd never really managed to pin a word down really and felt I tried to hard.

Whilst writing other posts which revolve around looking back at this year and looking forward to next year one word kept jumping into my mind and I gathered it was for a reason. 

That word is...

It is safe, and somewhat shameful, to say that the last year or so I have been incredibly lazy. I have buried my head in the sand about a lot of things and let my life, my surroundings and everything else get a bit messy.
I have no real routine in any area of my life and I think that it not only affects how I live but obviously affects the boys too.

And I need to change that.

So my word and my focus for this year is going to be routine.
To start I am going to have a massive declutter and sort out in my house. I feel this way I will be able to keep up with a simple and easy cleaning routine and won't let everything build up as it does right now.

I don't use my time wisely or make full use of my time at all, I put things off and small jobs become bigger and bigger until it almost becomes unmanageable. And lets face it, people manage to keep houses clean and tidy easily so I am seriously lacking in house and life management.

It's now the 17th of January and so far I have failed at this word. 
My house is at the unmanageable phase....which is great seeing as I have a house inspection today and now have to have a mad panic tidy. 

However, yesterday I did a big food shop. Rather than a grocery order online I went to the supermarket and made sure I really shopped around. I do find that I spend less most of the time when I actually go to a supermarket...this isn't always the case but I had a clear idea of what I needed and for the first time in two years I actually have cupboards full of essentials and a freezer full of essentials too. 
I love having things in that I can just throw into a pan and make a quick, healthy dinner and for so long I haven't done that. Instead opting for takeaway. 
I think doing my shopping how I have will help me to stay on top of meal plans and to cook my own meals, and to continue having big food shops rather than the odd food shop every night.

Today I will tackle my bedroom and I am determined to stay on top of it. I will have a full declutter, throwing away unnecessary crap that I really don't need.

Cleaning and tidying is probably top of my list to sort and I will set myself the promise of putting together a cleaning plan. 

I also want to set myself a routine when it comes to mediation, doing my Oracle cards and looking after myself. 
The gym has completely gone on the back burner recently....which is awful to be honest.

If I arrange my life a little better I will create more time to blog, read and generally live a better life.

I don't want to put too much pressure on myself, but I do know I am lazy and I do need to change my ways. 


Little Loves #2

I used to religiously join in with Little Loves and then when my blog unexpectedly took a back seat in my life I ended up losing track. One of my plans for this year is to put a little more time and love into my blog again and joining in with this linkie is an absolute must.


I went through my Pinterest boards this week as I wanted to complete my Affirmations for 2018 post.
I think Pinterest is ideal when it comes to needing calm in your life and getting inspiration.


I finally got round to watching the fourth season of Black Mirror. I have to admit...although I liked them I wasn't as taken as I was by the first or second series, which I think were by far the best.
My favourite, and the episode I suppose I related to quite a lot, was the fourth about the couple dating. I found it really interesting and thought provoking.
I've also been watching Celebrity Big Brother when I've had time. I've found it really interesting.
I'm not such a fan of the "Year of the Woman" theme and I agreed with Anne Widdicombe when she said she didn't like that these daily tasks had been taken away from them as we [women in general] are perfectly capable of doing those jobs without the help of a man.
I have also surprised myself by really liking Shane/Courtney. I love his attitude and how calm he is during a debate and how he won't get angry and does put his point across and really challenge any out of date or ridiculous attitudes.


I absolutely love Post Malone. I've been listening to his album and it is amazing. 
Rockstar is one of my favourites. Only watch the video if you aren't offended by's also a little gruesome. 


Short and sweet for this one. I made THE BEST lasagne I've ever made this week. I always do my lasagne in the slow cooker and this one by far was the best I've ever made. I was impressed and even better, so were the boys...and my boyfriend. Winner!


It was nail day on Wednesday! I have been getting my nails done for a year now, which for a previous nail biter is amazing. 
It is a luxury I know but I do feel like it has done me good and I know that without having them done I would still be biting my nails and having disgusting sore fingers constantly. 
I am completely indecisive when it comes to colours usually but this time knew I wanted something metallic. I am obsessed with these. 

And lastly...

My best friend is getting married this year in Cyprus. I have offered to throw a "Bridal Shower", a term I hate but I guess that's what it is, in my garden. I'm really excited and have already started to plan it.
I wanted to do it for everyone to be able to get together, in particular the people who won't be going to the hen weekend. 
Again, I headed to Pinterest straight away to look at ideas and get inspiration. I'm going to be posting about my ideas and everything on my blog and stalking Pinterest like a manic woman every day.

Little Loves Coffee Work Sleep Repeat


Decor ideas to make a family room perfect

Apart from the bedrooms, your family are most likely to spend more time in your living room than anywhere else in the home. Maybe older children will have a console in a dedicated games room, but the living area is the most social place you have and it needs to work well for everyone.

The cares of the modern world should be set aside when the family come home from work or school, so a relaxing and comfortable living area is a real asset, helping everyone with the process of winding down.

So what should you consider when aiming to make your family room perfect?

Comfortable seating

There's nothing worse than not having enough seating in the living room for the family as well as some for guests. Okay, to be fair there are probably a lot of worse things, but your seating arrangements are key to people feeling relaxed. Using deep sofas with well-padded seats and some squishy cushions is more likely to encourage family members to settle down together rather than heading off to their rooms. Leather chairs and sofas can stretch the budget, but they are hardwearing and easy to wipe clean.

You can use linen or woollen throws to soften the room visually, and a thick, high-quality carpet or rugs can give your space a comfortable and inviting feel. If you're pushed for space for seating add in a leather pouffe or two or beanbags for the youngsters, and if you have room why not think about a loveseat, something that is a little bit different and very stylish.

Colours and window dressings

Colour is key to making your living space a light and attractive place for everyone to gather. You can use bold colours in other areas if you're so minded but a more neutral paint colour brings a sleek feeling to the living room, so look at trying off-white with some gentle blues or greens. Look for durable paint that you can easily wipe clean.

Standalone uplighters and downlighters can create pools of light where you want them, and recessed LEDs in the ceiling that can be dimmed help to create a pleasing atmosphere. Strategically placed spotlights can be used to illuminate favourite pieces of artwork or much-loved family photographs.

When it comes to windows, you may be used to dressing them with curtains. They can certainly be attractive, but unless they are relatively plain, they can appear fussy and possibly overpowering for the clean, clear lines you want to establish. One option to consider is using shutters, especially high-quality ones made of wood. DIY shutters enhance the clean lines of your room and are easy to install and maintain. They can be designed to fit all types of windows, so you get a tailor-made solution, and they let in as much or as little light as required at different times of day.

Many shutters have louvres you can open and close giving you even more control of the light coming into a room. They also provide additional insulation during the colder months of the year. A large range of materials and colours is available.

Child-friendly play area

Children love to have the opportunity to play and if you have enough space to be able to set aside an area for them in your living room you're encouraging them to be with the family. A simple table in one part of the room, maybe with some board games or a deck or two of cards, is a simple solution to children being creative and imaginative, and you can always be on hand from time to time to participate. Opportunities to draw with crayons are another useful way of stimulating creative play, but do be wary of paint!


Look at your options for storage space early on – many rooms just don't have enough. For children, you need somewhere for them to put away their toys, so the room doesn't get turned into one gigantic play area, and you'll also want places to put your books and ornaments for display.

Be imaginative

If you take the time to think through your ideas for a perfect family room, you can draw up a plan of work that you can gradually implement if you can't afford to do all at once. Your aim is to make a great family living space, so be imaginative and create something exceptional.