Banishing those bathroom blues

I have just found the most amazing competition to enter from Tile Mountain. The prize is amazing – £1750 worth of vouchers.

1st Prize – £1,000 Worth Of Vouchers!
2nd Prize – £500 Worth Of Vouchers!
3rd Prize – £250 Worth Of Vouchers!

IMG_0359Now, my hubby only just revamped our smaller bathroom the children use; he has done a lovely job, we have a tubby tub (roll top bath) and it is beautiful, he has even added LED lighting that changes colour. Our main bathroom is en-suite and was done a few years ago; it is all mirrors and black. Unusual for a bathroom, so our plumbers said anyway!

Anyway, so in summary I’m happy with our bathrooms so when I saw this competition I desperately wanted to enter and help one of my best friends. We met at my first proper job about 20 years ago and have been firm friends since, we have children a similar age, and I actually introduced her (on a blind date) to the father of her children (I’m not sure she thanks me for all of that, but two lovely children were born from it!) There is no sob story or that silly teak-jerking music they play when they start a sob story on x-factor! It is simply a case of being a busy working mum of two, who struggles to get everything done. Her name is Barb and she has two lovely children called Lauren (16) and Fred (11); the bathroom was done about 15 years ago but like most things has suffered with the march of time (don’t I know that well too!)

Below are some photos from my friends bathroom, her comment to me was she was shocked at how shabby it looked on the photos, I think that you tend not to notice when you live with something but it is in a very sorry state. So I wrote this rhyme about it…

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My friends bathroom is in a sorry state;
it’s in desperate need of being up to date
The grout is black and full of mold;
the windows leaky and lets in the cold
It’s a desperate dash when you need the loo;
you don’t even stay long when u need a number 2!
The taps are old and are always dripping;
the walls are damp and they need stripping
You don’t go in there unless you are desperate;
we really need the help of a bathroom expert
So please dream bathroom hear our plea;
Turn a nightmare to a daydream and make it a lush place to be!

Now, I’m pretty rubbish at putting things together, but both my friend and I really like Victorian styled tiles; in fact when I rang and told her about the competition the thing she talked about were the old fashioned brick bevelled tiles. She also currently collects blue and white porcelain so I was made up when I found some nice blue and white retro tiles on the TileMountain site that could be combined with the brick tiles in some fashion, or used as a separate idea. Anyway, there is a great choice on the site so I am sure we would be able to make a choice depending on the suite chosen.

So I have put together the pinterest mood board based around this idea of a slightly retro bathroom suite and tiles to match.  – here is our jointly chosen Pinterest board

Follow anna’s board Banish those bathroom blues inspiration on Pinterest.

We have also included a few fun hacks as well for making the bathroom more individual, and a great place to be.

This is my entry to win on behalf of my friend for Tile Mountain bloggers competition.

A perfect Easter garden party

This is a great bloggers competition – Debenhams are offering two lucky bloggers the chance to win £250 each. To win, all you you need to do is work with your little ones on a blog post to tell us what their must-haves are for their perfect Easter garden party, using the huge range we have available at Debenhams. The competition link is here if you want to enter, but hurry it closes on 13th March 2016.

My children love Easter, its a combination of chocolate, and time off school so we are currently in the pre-Easter egg-citement at the moment in the house. Photo is of my younger three children jumping for joy at the end of term. I’m guessing Easter will get a similar reaction!

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When I mentioned this competition it made them realise quite how close Easter actually is. I got them looking at the range of outdoor garden toys and it actually got them out in the garden playing with things they hadn’t thought about since the end of the Autumn time. From the website they chose

The perfect Easter party

Ah! we love parties, and especially Easter parties!  Hopefully the weather will be reasonable by Easter so we wouldn’t need to hold it all indoors and more importantly so the house doesn’t get too trashed! So what would we need…

  •  Invitations (of course!) and some friends!
  • Plastic Eggs to fill with sweets
  • Bags or boxes collect the eggs in
  • Pens, and stickers for decorating the bags
  • Sweets to put in the eggs
  • Prizes
  • Invitations
  • Some helping hands to decorate the garden and do some suitable food

However, with all good parties there are other things to do in the garden, this is where Debenhams comes in as they have a superb range of outdoor garden toys to choose from. My son’s number one choice was this, a trampoline.

1. Plum – 14ft Whirlwind Trampoline and 3G Enclosure

My children enjoy our trampoline almost the whole year, I have in fact seen them on it in the snow! They adore it and I have to say it is the item that has had the most use of all of our play equipment. My younger son is superb on it and I have signed him up for lessons now. When we have parties we always do craft activities and while some are doing that others are on the trampoline or climbing frame. I usually put flags around it or bunting to make it look more festive. Photo left is of my son loving it.missymoo_2012-05-25 (1) (Large)

 

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2. DC Comics Batman vs Superman Space Hopper

These are a firm favourite, I would do a space hopper race, buy a couple of get some of the children to bring theirs. A lot of my children’s friends also have them. Organise a race and log the best times the children arrive at!

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3. Intex 8′ Easy Set Pool

This is another firm favourite with the children, obviously Easter might be a bit chilly but it could be set up and used for fish a duck which is a great game, again this could be a timed fun activity.

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3. Re:Creation Fuze Bike Bubbler

No party is complete without bubbles, kids just love them, especially against a bright blue sky.

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4. Mookie Hula hoop

Again a great activity, they can be used conventionally or for other games such as throwing or jumping in. 171060696299

 

5. Swingball Classic

As a family we just love this game, it lives on and on and I remember many happy-a-day playing it with my parents on holiday. Our children beg for it to be set up in the summer, but why not get it out early!

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A moodboard of ideas for the perfect Easter party – via pinterest
Follow anna’s board A perfect Easter party with Debenhams on Pinterest.
No party is complete without a cake!

We had a go at making this cake we found on pinterest, my girls loved having a go and it tasted as delicious as it looked. Then we tried brownies with crème eggs, this was equally as successful!

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2886417This is my entry for the Debenhams Easter bloggers competition.