Autumn is here: New bedding

I know I’m late to the party with the cliche omg it’s Autumn post but here it is. Funnily enough when I was shopping in Primark for holiday supplies I happened to wander past the homeward section and spot this bed set. In fact, Topher and I spotted it in the window display a couple weeks back and both really liked it so when I saw it again I couldn’t help myself.

Autumn bedding - Primark bedding

Autumn bedding - detail

As you can see, Luna is completely impressed with it.

Autumn bedding - Luna

As much as I love summer, theres nothing better than wrapping up in a cozy blanket in your pjs with fuzzy socks and a hot drink. I’ll just keep saying that until it’s completely freezing and I’ll be complaining that its too cold. The grass is always greener, right?

Autumn bedding - Socks

I’m proud to say that every day I’ve been keeping up with my one line a day book and I can’t believe I’ve managed to keep it up since January 1st. Here’s to the next five years.

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Autumn bedding - reverse

And here’s to Autumn! Pumpkin everything!

Autumn bedding - cozy pjs

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How to save a life with CORGI HomePlan

In collaboration with CORGI HomePlan

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This may just look like a box. But what’s inside could save your life. Dramatic? Yes, but it’s true. Inside this box is a carbon monoxide alarm. I have to admit, I never gave carbon monoxide a second thought until a couple of months ago. I was at work as usual and my boss came in late (which is unusual). Turns out he had the emergency gas service round as his carbon monoxide alarm had gone off early that morning. He and his wife and two little kids were woken up to the sound and immediately called his gas company for help. That alarm saved their lives as there was indeed carbon monoxide in their house which could have been fatal – especially to the children.

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The problem with carbon monoxide is that unlike regular gas, you can’t smell it. You can have no idea it’s there and according to the NHS, every year over 200 people go to the hospital with suspected carbon monoxide poisoning – 40 of those cases ended in death. In the last three years, an estimated one in six homes inspected by the Gas Safe Register was found to have an unsafe gas appliance and one in eleven has an unsafe boiler. This is definitely something that shouldn’t be ignored. Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning include the below:

  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Breathlessness
  • Collapse
  • Loss of consciousness

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So after I heard what happened to my boss, I vowed to get a carbon monoxide alarm as soon as I could. Luckily, I attended Blog On soon after and was offered one by CORGI HomePlan. Score! If you want more information on how to detect carbon monoxide take a look at their website here. It’s super helpful. If you want to get an alarm, you get either get one here or try your luck with CORGI HomePlan’s monthly competition to win one here. They give away 10 every month.

Have you ever thought about how safe your home is?

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#BEDM Day 7 Home Sweet Home

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I’ve had so many
places to call home in my life. The whole name of my blog was inspired by this
fact. But now that we’re back in Manchester it’s time to make a real home. Even though we’re buying a house next year, we were determined to make this rental as much like home as possible. So here’s a few snaps of my office/dressing room.
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The wall is a work in progress. I’ve been decorating using bits from A Beautiful Mess stationary subscription. I can’t wait until the wall is full!
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Luna really likes washi tape!
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I’ve also been trying to make a gallery wall up the stairs so this is definitely a work in progress. It’s been difficult finding frames and prints that match in size. 
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Our kitchen wall. I love this calendar – it’s of locations around the USA so it’s really inspiring for our road trip that we want to take one day. The print is another A Beautiful Mess one that really makes us chuckle. Topher loves his puns.
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I got this box from TK Maxx. It’s a mini tool box. Purty! I think the main thing that has made this house feel like home are our two fur babies. It’s amazing how much pets transform a place. 
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So that’s a couple of snaps of my home. What do you think makes a house a home?
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Wall Murals with 1Wall

*Post in collaboration with 1Wall
 
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Now that I’m settled into my new house in Manchester (ignoring the mini mountain of boxes I still need to unpack…) I get to finally share a rather large new addition to my wall. 
 
Since I was little nomad, I have always wanted a giant map on my wall so when 1Wall got in touch, I naturally gravitated towards the vintage map design on their website. Though I was quite close to choosing the forest scene so Topher could connect with his hobbit self! Another time perhaps.
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I was happy to find that when the mural arrived, it came with it’s own paste ready to mix and in four large pieces so that it would be easier to put up. I was just relieved as I was imagining myself struggling with one massive piece and making a mess. 
 
We decided to put it up on our landing as it’s such a large space with high ceilings and seemed so plain before. I definitely recommend getting someone to help you put it up, even if you’re not as height challenged as myself. It means there’s someone there to share the laugh at least! 
 
In terms of the level of difficulty putting it up, you have to think of it as wallpaper only with less pieces to deal with. The only tricky bit is making sure it all matches up at the edges but I think Topher and I did a good job. Once it was up, it was time for a cup of tea so we could sit back and admire our work. I love it and it makes me smile every time I walk past it. 
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If you’re not a giant map kind of person then there are plenty of other murals on 1Wall that would take your fancy whether it be scenes from nature, cityscapes, your kids favourite cartoon characters or your celebrity crush – there’s something for everyone. They also do door wallpaper, wall stickers, art and even furnishing like lamps and mirrors. Remember it’s coming up to Christmas – the countdown begins!
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What’s on your wall?

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