December 2019 | Modern Mummy

Thursday, 19 December 2019

HOME // Is Your Home Ready To Come Back To Life?

It's all too common for a lot of us to start to feel bored with our homes after a while. Sure, when you first move in it's all very exciting and new, but over time familiarity sets in - and familiarity breeds contempt. A lot of us end up not really even seeing our homes anymore; it all just fades into the background where we don't even notice it. A lot of people assume that the only real option is to move somewhere new but in actual fact there are plenty of other, not quite so drastic, options! The easiest is  to try and bring your home back to life. With that in mind, here are some things that you might want to focus on if you're trying to give your home a facelift.

Colour is one of those things that a lot of people tend to avoid when it comes to their homes. After all, using color wrong can make a room feel garish and ugly. Because of this people tend to just stick to a trade white or magnolia. Now, there's nothing inherently wrong with this but it only really works if you're able to add splashes of color on top of it with decorations. Don't be afraid to embrace bright colours, it can add a whole new feeling of life and excitement to your home.

The unappreciated spaces 
Lots of people to only really focus on the more obvious spaces in their homes like the living room and the bedroom. But what about those often neglected spaces like the bathroom? If you don't give them a little extra love then they're going to drag down the whole feel of your home. Switching things up in your bathroom with plants and new fixtures and fittings can help it feel brighter and more vibrant. The same goes for places like your office and your kitchen. Just because they're not the spaces you immediately think of when decorating doesn't mean that you can't do more with them.

The backyard 
The ultimate neglected space in a lot of people's homes is the backyard. People tend to avoid thinking about it because keeping it looking nice often takes a lot of work that they aren't willing to put in. Most of the time, a decent amount of work at the start can make your life a whole lot easier, like setting up a flat space for planting or reinforcing your fences with concrete gravel boards. However, the truth is that it actually takes a lot less work to keep a garden looking nice as long as you stay on top of it. Dealing with an overgrown garden can be a lot of work, but keeping your lawn trim and pulling up the occasional weed really isn't going to be that much of a task.

There are plenty of other things that you can do that will help your home become a whole lot more exciting - you could even an extension to your home or convert entire spaces into something else if you have the budget! However, it's always a good idea to try the simpler, cheaper options first; that way you can save yourself a lot of time and money while still being sure to bring your home back to life.

Wednesday, 11 December 2019

A traditional Christmas v. an untraditional one

When we think of a traditional Christmas, our thoughts often turn to a Dickensian-esque Christmas with snow on the ground, roaring fires, 6ft trees, parlour games and the classic Christmas feast. Whilst the idea of a good old-fashioned Christmas appeals to many, some are forging new paths and are happily enjoying unconventional Christmases. So, what exactly do traditional and untraditional Christmases look like?

Christmas decorations 
A traditional Christmas will invariably involve a real tree - normally a fir or spruce. As well as being more environmentally friendly than an artificial tree, you can’t beat that evocative smell. It instantly makes any home feel more Christmassy - in a traditional way of course!

Untraditional Christmases tend to shy away from the classic colours associated with Christmas, like reds, gold and greens and instead opt for brighter colours. They tend to do away with a green tree in favour of black, white and even neon pink. Alternative Christmas decorations are about fun and frivolity.

Church services 
Traditionally Christmas Eve nights or Christmas Day mornings are spent at church singing Christmas hymns, listening to sermons and wishing goodwill to our fellow men. However, towards the end of the 20th century and into the 21st there was definite decline in the numbers attending church services, perhaps in favour of spending Christmas Eve at the pub and Christmas Day in pjs!

But, in recent years the church has seen a resurgence in Christmas attendance. This suggests people are finding comfort in a traditional Christmas service over an alternative Christmas spent solely at home.

Christmas dinners 
Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without turkey with all the trimmings, right? Well one in twelve people are now enjoying an entirely vegan or vegetarian Christmas Day. They are bucking the traditional trend of turkey, pigs in blankets and stuffing, in favour of nut roasts, cauliflower steaks, and “butternut squash’age” rolls Even brussels sprouts are being given a wide birth in favour of honeyed carrots.

Others are going one step further and deciding not to cook at all on Christmas Day and are opting for ready meals and takeaways instead - and why not, Christmas is about creating your own traditions and not subscribing to what others do.

Whether you prefer a traditional Christmas to an untraditional one or vice versa, Christmas costs money - an average of £800 per household. You might need to spread the cost of Christmas or you might need to think of ways you can make savings. But Christmas is about more than decorations, presents and snow on the ground - it’s about spending time with loved ones. And that’s free!

Tuesday, 10 December 2019

Tips on How To Declutter Your Home

Decluttering your home is something that not everyone likes the idea of doing, but it needs doing regardless. There's no denying I'm a maximalist, but even I appreciate having a clear out every once in a while - especially in the run up to Christmas, when you know lots of new 'stuff' is going to creep in. Keeping on top of your clutter means you have to do it fewer times each year, so here are a few tips on how to declutter your home efficiently.

Do It As A Household 
Having to do a declutter on your own can be pretty demoralising when you have no one around to help motivate you. When you've got a household to get involved, you can assign certain tasks to different people, and doing it together will make it more doable. It also helps your children or partner understand they need to keep on top of all the things that are brought into the house and to have a respect for their surroundings.

Consider Your Feelings 
When you’re trying to get rid of something, it can often be hard when you’ve got an emotional attachment to it. I'm the worst for keeping things like old train tickets and tickets to shows and museums. It’s a good idea to separate your feelings when going through the clutter and figuring out whether something is worth holding onto or not. If you’re questioning it, then it’s probably because you need to throw it out. Always think with your head and not so much your heart when you’re trying to do a clear out.

Organise A Waste Removal 
A waste removal is helpful when trying to do a large house clearance, otherwise you'll go through a lot of hassle to get rid of all the rubbish yourself. When doing a declutter, you are likely to get through more than a few bin bags, so it’s worth organising a collection ahead of time. That way, it will spur you on to actually get the job done and then the bags of recycling won't just be sitting around gathering dust or getting in the way. (Make sure you use a reputable company that you know will dispose of your rubbish properly).

Create A Sorting System 
When it comes to the process, try to create a system that works for you and your household. Take it room by room or assign rooms to different people depending on who uses them. For children, try to create donation piles from their old toys and clothes. Encourage them to give and say that they’d be giving to those who are less fortunate and haven’t got toys or clothes like theirs. Children can be so giving if you say the right things!

Decluttering may take a little time, but once it’s done, it’ll make all the difference to the look and feel of your home as a whole. Find a system that works, involve the whole household, and be brutal.

Monday, 2 December 2019

TRAVEL // Visiting Battle, East Sussex

Battle is a small town in East Sussex which has emerged as a popular holiday location for those seeking a peaceful retreat in a warm, welcoming and historic market town. The area is well known for being the site of the famous Battle of Hastings. It now boasts an array of diverse attractions, including different pubs, galleries, historic locations and restaurants. All in all, it is an ideal location for those who want the perfect balance between a relaxing break and the lively and jovial spirit which charming and quaint market towns, such as this one, possess.

If you're considering visiting Battle then there are some attractions that you simply can't miss. Battle Abbey should certainly be the first one on your list. This is truly a memorable day out that you will never forget. You and your family can explore the abbey ruins and explore the battlefield and with regards to prices, adults pay £7.50 and children between the age of five years old and 15 years old pay £14.50. There is also a family pass option available (two adult tickets and three child tickets) which will cost you £19.50. It is worth noting that during the winter period this attraction is only open on a Saturday and a Sunday. In addition to this, two other places which are certainly worth a visit are the Bodiam Castle and Great Dixter.

As you can see, Battle has a lot to offer, and another thing that it is well renowned for is its array of big holiday cottages. There are some fantastic cottages in gorgeous settings available in the area and the neighbouring locations, which you can opt to reside in for the duration of your stay. These are located in some stunning and beautiful areas, which boast the most breath-taking scenic views. There's also a lot of outdoor activities going on, including horse riding. Make sure you check out Jodhpurs to get the right clothing for your adventure.

Cute cottages really are in keeping with the vibe and atmosphere of this pretty market town. If you like to be at one with nature, in a tranquil environment, snuggle up in a warm and cosy cottage and really get that true holiday experience, then a cottage really is only one type of accommodation that will provide this for you for the duration of your stay in Battle.

If you are looking for somewhere for you and your family to go to for your next holiday, or even just for a weekend away, then definitely look into the prospect of visiting Battle.
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