July 2015 | Modern Mummy

Monday, 27 July 2015

A Brand New Bed for a Brand New Life

I know, I know, I talk about my bed, and my bedroom, A LOT on this blog. I can't help it. I love sleep so much, and my bedroom has always been such an important space to me that I've been devoting a lot of time to getting it just right recently.

Last week, my friends at Wayfair sent me a beautiful new Girardeau bed frame which really was the perfect finishing touch to all the hard work I'd put into redesigning my room over the last year since my ex-husband and I separated. It also turned out to be a pretty significant delivery too, as it arrived the same day as my Decree Absolute and has subsequently felt like a huge symbol of my new marital status.

I've worked with Wayfair in the past, and have also made my own purchases from them. I think they're such a fantastic company - their prices are unbeatable and their customer service is second to none. 

My bed arrived two days after I'd ordered it, expertly wrapped in three packages. You might not think this is a necessary point to make but when you have to carry said packages up a flight of stairs into your new bedroom by yourself it's great to know that they will be manageable.

Dismantling my old bed was a NIGHTMARE and took hours. Seriously! The allen key holes were completely worn and I couldn't get the screws out at all. I ended up pretty much having to snap the four corners of the bed frame so that I could get it into my car (good job it was cheap, nasty and broken already, and destined for the dump anyway). It was actually pretty therapeutic getting to break up my old matrimonial bed too.

Putting the new bed together was a dream. I did it ALL. BY. MYSELF. Impressed? I was! It took forty minutes from start to finish and the instructions were a dream to follow. I am one of those geeks that like to follow the instructions to a T. I read them in their entirety before I start anything! I presumed putting a double bed together would be hell on earth and am so glad I was wrong. All the tools needed for the job were included with the frame, and the sprung wooden slats popped into place no problem. There were two height options for the base and I opted for the higher because I have a slimline memory foam mattress (and don't like low beds) plus I also wanted to leave plenty of storage space underneath.

So now I have THE most comfortable mattress in the world on THE most beautiful, traditional bed frame in the world, in the most calming and clutter free girlie, blue bedroom in the world. I'm feeling pretty darn lucky. I also appear to have adopted the sleeping-right-in-the-middle-of-the-bed-like-a-starfish-position which is AMAZING, as I could never seem to get out of the habit of sleeping on the right hand side of the last one, despite being on my own.

And on that note I'm off to catch some ZZZZZZs in my especially lovely bed.

The Girardeau bed frame is available in black or ivory, and in a standard double or king size. The black, standard double which I chose retails at £226.85. 

DISCLAIMER: I was sent my bed frame for the purpose of this review.


Giddy Up! Playing Horses with Schleich

I'm a MASSIVE Schleich fan. For those that have absolutely no idea what I'm talking about, Schleich are a German company that have been making toy animals and figurines for imaginative play since the 1930s. They might not be cheap (although they are still perfectly affordable) but they last FOREVER. In actual fact, my girls play with some that I had as a child in the 80s which are still pristine, and they have been very well loved indeed over the decades!

We have all sorts of farm and zoo animals, and dinosaurs, from Schleich at home, and will often pick up a new one to add to our collection when we're at the toy shop or the garden centre. The single toys cost anything from a couple of pounds upwards and make great pocket money toys, and there are also small sets available which make really good birthday presents coming in at around the £10 mark.

Last week Daisy was sent some of the new Schleich horses and accessories to review and she was THRILLED. Firstly, horses are her favourite animals at the moment and secondly, she was lucky enough to be sent brand new breeds that she hasn't already got, as well as lots of  extra horsey paraphernalia!

With three more horses to add to their collection of eight (told you we love them!), their very first rider, a fly blanket and halter, a treat set, a saddle and bridle and a grooming set, the girls were set for hours of fun. These genuinely are Daisy's favourite toys at the moment; she loves all the tiny fiddly bits (she is massively into Lego and Sylvanian Families too) and, although Evie is a little under the recommended age (of 3) to play with them, I have no problem with her playing with the larger figures.

The girls love their Schleich toys for lots of reasons but I think the main one is because they are so realistic (they're actually hand painted). From a parent's point of view, they aren't made from cheap, nasty plastic - they're solid and pretty much indestructible!

Thank you to Schleich for sending us these lovely goodies; the stable and riding arena are now right at the top of Daisy's Christmas present list! xoxo


Thursday, 23 July 2015

New Bedding from Character World

Last week saw the release of Ant-Man in cinemas across the UK, and next week sees Cinderella coming out on DVD so now seems like the perfect time to showcase our new bedding from Character World!

On Monday I wrote about updating our front room by moving a few thing around and getting a couple of new accessories. Well we've also been hard at work doing the same in Daisy's bedroom! 

A couple of weeks ago, Character World offered us some new bedding and we decided that would be a great opportunity to have a rejig of her room, and make everything look gorgeous ahead of the summer holidays. We moved the bed, the book case and the chest of drawers (it really is amazing what such a simple shuffle around can do for a room - and the best bit is it's free!) Moving the bed away from the window to the back wall seems to have let a whole lot more natural light in, and has freed up a whole new area, perfect for playing in, in the process.

But enough about interiors, lets talk about school holidays. THEY'VE BEGUN! And what better way to kick start them with a double header movie night and sleepover with new duvet cover sets.

Daisy chose the Enchanting Princess single bedding set by Disney for herself and a Marvel Ant-Man one for when her cousins come to stay. Both sets are reversible, which means it will be super easy for Daisy to give her room a mini makeover by herself in the future if she wants to, just by turning her duvet cover over!

These single duvet and pillow case sets retail at £22.99 each and Character World products are available from all good retailers. As well as Disney and Marvel, they also specialise in Lego, Peppa Pig, Hasbro, Sanrio and Mind Candy so their new website (currently under construction) is well worth a visit. xo

Monday, 20 July 2015

Gorgeous Scatter Cushions from Sofa Sofa

A great way to update a room without spending a fortune is to get a few new accessories - and that's exactly what I've done recently to give our front room a new lease of life.

I've always loved colour, and my favourites change with the seasons. In Autumn/Winter I'll go for burnt oranges and browns, or festive reds and greens, and then come Spring/Summer I'll opt for either soft pastels or bolder primary colours, depending on my mood. This goes for pretty much everything, from clothes to soft furnishings!

So two new scatter cushions found themselves winging their way to the cottage this week, courtesy of Sofa Sofa. I opted for the Fraser cushion in Renoir Apple and the Monaco cushion in Biscuit to liven up my favourite armchair. At just £30 and £15 respectively, they really are an affordable way to update the look and feel of a room. I also swapped the position of my sofa and armchair, and brought an old lamp into the room, two other entirely free ideas that have made a massive difference in the space and light.

I chose these cushions because of their timeless designs and colours; I actually think the Fraser cushion (on the left) would make a great Spring accessory with its different shades of fresh, pale greens, while the biscuit colour of the Monaco will look great with the mustard and orange cushions I have packed away for Autumn.

I also have to add that these are seriously comfy! They are extremely well filled and soft and velvety to touch. The armchair is definitely my favourite seat in the house right now xo

Sunday, 12 July 2015

A Garden Bench Makeover

My most recent project at our fixer-upper home has been to get the garden ship shape before the summer. It was in a bit of a mess after last winter and needed some TLC, lots of which I have been graciously bestowing upon it over the past few months.

After numerous trips to the tip to recycle old fence panels, tools and general building rubble from building projects of the past, it was time to teach myself how to use a lawnmower (JESUS it's hard work!!) and to celebrate my birthday in true 35 year old style by spending it at the garden centre buying shrubs. I decided I would leave the lawn as it is for the kids to play on, and concentrate on making the yard pretty. I love being outside and having an outdoor area to sit/eat/drink/generally be happy in is very important to me.

Just as my hard work came to an end, independent builders merchants MKM invited me to be a part of their Renovate your Garden Campaign. They sent me one of their gorgeous railway sleeper benches and challenged me to give it a bit of a makeover.

I had already planned out my project when my bench arrived. 

Years ago, I used to paint and sell pieces of driftwood, and I knew that I wanted to personalise our bench by putting our names on it, and decorating it in the same style I used to my driftwood.

I initially gave it two coats of Farrow & Ball estate eggshell in Lamp Room Gray. This is a paint for interior wood, but I weatherproofed it later on. Bit of a tip for you keen upcyclers out there - buy half full, second hand pots of good paint for your projects. Not only is it great for the environment, it's also much easier on your pocket!

Once both coats of paint were dry, I got to work with the writing and flowers using simple artists'  acrylics. I then let these dry before applying two coats of Ronseal outdoor varnish to protect my masterpiece from the elements.

Ta dah!

What do you think? I'm really rather pleased with it.

Thanks so much to MKM for asking us to be a part of this project. I had so much fun! xoxo 

Friday, 10 July 2015

KeraStraight Intense Boost at Blue Hairdressing

You can read this review over on Blue's blog here!


Monday, 6 July 2015

Shoe Therapy: The Best Kind of Therapy

Turns out I'm a bit of a shoe person. Up until last year I would never have described myself as one; I spent my winters in brown knee high boots and my summers in flip flops and that was pretty much the extent of my shoe collection.

Then last Spring I discovered clogs and once I realised just how comfy they were to walk in I ended up buying a few different styles and brands..... and a similar thing happened with jellies in the Summer (the PERFECT festival shoe, don't you know.... I may or may not have bought five pairs) and then the Autumn came along and I rediscovered my love for ankle boots. And pirate boots. And high top trainers.

Basically, I realised that I love shoes. And I bought quite a lot.

The most recent addition to my shoe collection has been a pair of black studded suede loafers, which were gifted to me by Shoe Therapy. Described as 'the great looking shoe that works hard for you', all Shoe Therapy shoes have a patented inner sole and an ergonomically shaped heel that are basically MAGIC.

They stimulate tired and aching legs, minimising stress on the knee in the process, they improve circulation and cellulite and decrease the appearance of varicose veins, they relieve back and joint pains AND they correct your posture.

Aside from being scientifically proven to have all these health benefits, they are also comfortable, and supportive, and STYLISH. My loafers are made from buttery soft suede with the most awesome contrasting gold studding detail. They are perfect for the amount of walking I do (which is a lot - 5 miles a day on school runs alone) and look equally great teamed with a shirt dress or a pair of jeans and vest top.

Prices start at just £65 and there is currently a mega sale on xo

Sunday, 5 July 2015

Juicing Part Deux

Juicing has become part of my daily routine ever since my very first juice fast two and a half years ago.

I used to talk about it regularly on here, but over time I found - and stuck to - my favourite juice combinations and I didn't want to bore you all by talking about the same recipes over and over again, so I just let my juicing obsession linger in the background, escaping via the occasional tweet or instagram post.

These days I've replaced my old Dualit 88305 with a Philips Viva HR164. It was actually sent to me by Legal & General, who have been researching the most innovative technology for day-to-day living. When they asked me what I thought was the most innovative piece of kit within the home, I didn't need to think twice.

Awesome image (and recipe!) via here

In my opinion, it is most definitely my juicer. I wouldn't be without it. There is no easier way to nourish your body with vitamins, minerals, nutrients and anti-oxidants. I'm using it more than ever this summer; the kids and I have been living off frozen juice ice lollies during the heatwave and they are SO good! It's such a simple piece of kit, but over the past few years juicers have become faster, more powerful, quieter and so much easier to clean. I'm majorly impressed with the HR 164, and it looks pretty darn pretty on my kitchen work top too.

What's your favourite piece of technology at home?
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