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2019 – Healthy, Happy and Prosperous

2019 – Healthy, Happy and Prosperous

Happy New Year!

Now that we’ve entered 2019, I’m really focused on making this a year to remember. 2018 was a good year, but things are changing for our family over the coming months. Our family dynamics will alter and although a different routine may be unsettling for a while, I truly believe that this new chapter in our lives will be positive.

A full-time mother no more –

The biggest change in our lives this year will come in April when our youngest starts her nursery placement. She’ll spend each morning of the week at school, instead of in my care. This was really hard for me the first time around, but at least I still had the littlest at home. Letting go of our last baby, leaving them both in with someone else will be incredibly difficult for me. This is the year that I thought I’d been waiting for, the one where I’d finally get a little bit of myself back. Now it’s here though, I’m not sure how I’m going to fare.

It’s a cliché, but looking back over the last 4 years has made me realise that I didn’t enjoy it enough. Everyone tells you that the time will fly and that you’ll wish you could have the years back. It’s true. Time has left me behind, now I’m feeling despondent as I watch both of our girls leave their baby years behind forever. The time that I have wished away over and over again, is gone. The times I lost my temper, play on my mind as wasted moments and the tears I’ve cried over the smallest of things seem like tears wasted. Hindsight is such a wonderful thing.

Let the blogging commence –

I am looking forward to having a few hours each day that I can dedicate to work. Ever since the girls stopped napping some time ago, work has had to take a bit of a back seat. I vowed that I would give them the daytime hours, without sitting in front of my laptop. This has left me playing catch up most days, often into the wee, small hours. I love my blog. I want to continue to make a success of my work, so having the time to sit undisturbed will be a welcome change.

I have a couple of blogs aside from The Tale of Mummyhood that I’ve been working on in the background. So far, I haven’t felt like these platforms haven’t been up to scratch. I’ve worked on them when possible, but The Tale of Mummyhood is the main event so they always get pushed to the back of the queue. I’m looking forward to putting more time and effort into building them up.

Time for me –

This may sound a little self-indulgent, but one of the things I’m most looking forward to this year is finding myself again. A few hours by myself to just be ‘me’ without being ‘mum’ is something I’m really going to enjoy!

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Is Female Success Only Judged by Achievements in the Workplace?

Is Female Success Only Judged by Achievements in the Workplace?

If you’ve been reading this blog of mine for a while, you’ll know that I’m in a constant battle with myself about work. The individual in me wants to hold down a full-time job, bring in a full-time wage and rise through the ranks. Whilst the parent in me, wants to spend every waking minute with my children, to make sure I’m bringing them up as soundly as I possibly can. What struck me and unsettled me recently, was the realisation that some people only judge female success on achievements in the workplace. Leaving being successful as a mother down by the wayside.

The reason this bothers me so much is that even though I go back and forth regarding my own work situation, deep down I know I’ll always be a mother first. I’m not prepared to go back into full-time work, outside of the home until they are old enough to look after themselves. I’m not ashamed of that, but sometimes I am made to feel a little insignificant. I was recently told that I ‘still have time to make my mark’, but what if my children are my mark? What if bringing them up to be happy, stable and respectful human beings is very best achievement of my life?

Am I privileged or lazy?

When I’m in conversation with working mums, they often refer to my situation as ‘privileged’. They think that because I stay at home, I am somehow married to a millionaire who keeps the little housewife. This just isn’t the case. Becoming a stay at home mother takes a lot of sacrifice. It’s a team effort. If i didn’t work hard in the home, my husband wouldn’t be able to work hard outside of the home. I don’t get to go out everyday and ‘do lunch‘, in fact some days I’m that busy I don’t get to eat lunch at all.

Others think that I just don’t want to work. That it’s easier to stay at home, rather than bring in the bacon. If that were the case, I wouldn’t have put all of this effort into building up an online business. One that means I can still be a stay at home mum, but also means I can still be recognised as a ‘worker’. As a side note, whoever thinks staying at home with children is for the lazy among us, is very much mistaken. Children are hard work.

You do get some people who understand what I do. They understand what it takes to bring up children and to give up a huge part of yourself to do so. Even though they seem to understand, I still feel my status as a female would be markedly higher if I had a working role outside of the home. Mother’s get judgement and sometimes empathy, whereas working mothers get celebrated.

Someone came up to me on the school run recently, handed me a leaflet and said ‘you don’t do anything once you leave here do you?’ It was for a group that I would obviously be able to attend as I’m not a ‘working mother’, I should surely be grateful for something to do with my time. I’ve no doubt that this wasn’t meant at all maliciously, but I have to admit that it cut me a little bit. I DO work hard, it just appears that all I am is a mum and you can’t judge success on that.

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Want To Be A Stay At Home Mum But Need An Income? Have A Read Of These Ideas!

Want To Be A Stay At Home Mum But Need An Income? Have A Read Of These Ideas!

*This is a collaborative post.

 

Before you had kids, you might have been extremely career orientated. However, once you became a mama, you may have realised that actually you don’t want to leave your kids to go back to work. While you still love working, you love your kids more and the thought of having to leave them for six to eight hours a day while you work is heartbreaking, especially as children grow up so fast. In a blink of an eye that baby on your hip becomes a teenager, and your world changes once again.

The fact is that if you want to be a stay at home mum, you should be able to do so. It’s not easy raising kids, as not only are they time-consuming but they’re also expensive too. However, it is possible to be a stay at home mum and still earn money, it’s just a case of getting creative, that’s all. The internet has opened up many new avenues for earning an income, and people are earning money in ways that they never could even think of before. So there are most definitely plenty of opportunities available to you, it’s just a case of determining which ones will work best for you.

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To help you to find a route to go down that will allow you to earn an income from home, below are some tips and ideas to have a read of, take note of, and consider going down the route of.

Love fitness? Be a fitness coach!

If you’re the kind of woman who loves staying in shape and is always keeping active, perhaps you might enjoy being a fitness coach or a personal trainer even. You might be thinking that you can’t do this from home but that’s the beauty of it, you can! You see, the internet has meant that an increasing number of jobs can be done virtually, including fitness coaching. You could easily work in fitness and do all of your work from home, around your little ones.

You could set up an online fitness training business that offers virtual fitness services, from group classes to one on one training sessions. You could even launch an app, if you decided to move your business further forward. There are plenty of options available to you, it’s just a case of deciding which route it would be best for you to go down. You could even opt to become a strength and conditioning coach today and then offer all of your services virtually. There is literally nothing stopping you from working from home.

Freelance

Do you have a certain skill? Think about what career you had prior to becoming a parent. Were you a marketing professional? Did you work in PR? Were you an accountant? Did you work in fashion? Think about the career that you previously had and consider whether there is any scope to do something that links to it but in a freelance capacity. Carefully consider your options – most roles can now be done in a freelance way, it’s just a case of determining if you are happy with not having the stability that comes with being an employee.

When you freelance, you have the choice of how, when and where you work, you also have the choice of how much you charge. This is fantastic, as it gives you total flexibility in terms of your income and career progression. You can choose when to add new services and when to raise your rates. You have no boss to satisify, you are in charge. Of course, there is an element of risk with this route, in terms of the fact that you may not have a guarenteed income in place. However, if you are happy to work around this, it doesn’t have to be a problem.

Launch a blog

Blogging has become a career path in its own right, and it’s amazing. The fact is that anyone can start a blog – there are millions of blogs currently in existence – however not everyone has what it takes to monetise a blog. If you are keen to earn an income from home, have a passion for writing, and have a niche that you are well informed about, then starting a blog could be an answer that it’s worth considering. Admitedly, it’s not always easy getting started, but once you actually start to build your blog and following up, work can start to come in thick and fast.

If you are going to go down this route, there are a few things to know. You need to purchase a paid domain and not a free one. You need to be informed in regards to what you are writing about – you need to properly understand what you talking about and be up to date with all of the latest trends within that industry. If you want your blog to offer you an income stream, it needs to be relevant, interesting and valuable. Love this idea? Take some time to consider how you would go about starting a blog – what you would talk about, how you would make it unique, and how you would monetise it.

So there you have it, three strong ideas for ways in which you – as a stay at home mum – can build a successful income while working from home. There are plenty of options available to you, these are just three that it’s worth considering. However, if these aren’t the right fit for you, then it is worth taking some time to look at your other options. As there are plenty available to you, it’s just a case of working out what’s a good fit for you, your needs and your experience. If you are going to start working from home, you want this to be a long term thing, which is why getting it right the first time is so important.

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Going the Distance – The Diary of a Nervous Traveller

Going the Distance – The Diary of a Nervous Traveller

I’ve spoken about being an anxious person before and I don’t want to flood this platform with mental health posts. However important I think it is to talk about it. Over the past few weeks though I’ve had a bit of a revelation and I wanted to share my success, as someone who previously relied on other people to get along in life. As I write this, I’m on a train by myself, travelling long distance for the first time in my life. The best thing is, I’m OK with it!

Usually my husband would travel with me, even if he had no need to. He would busy himself whilst I worked, purely to make me feel better about being in strange cities and so that I didn’t have to stay in a hotel room by myself. A year ago I wouldn’t have entertained travelling long-distance to work by myself. I would have shut it down immediately, not even taking the time to think it through. The worst thing about this is that I set myself up to miss out on so much. I was so intent on worrying about what will never happen, that I turned down opportunities just to ‘save myself‘.

Finding the courage to go it alone –

I know that to some people this may seem trivial. Travelling for work is something that happens every day for so many individuals. It’s just work and they do what they have to do to make a living. I know this, so I’m not sure why I’d blown the whole scenario up in my head. Trains were scary to me, something I was genuinely afraid of. How could I possibly catch a train, change platforms and get to my destination all on my own?

Guess what? I could and I can! When I got the details through for this work trip, I agreed to it before I had the chance to think about it. As a mother, the last thing I want to do is pass on my irrational fears to my children. They need to see me being strong and getting on with everyday life, without restricting my own experiences or theirs. The world doesn’t have to be a scary place and they need to realise that as much as I do.

I have to admit that on the run up to this trip, I worried myself sick. I didn’t want to do it and I was imagining every single negative scenario under the sun. On the morning I travelled though I felt good, because I knew I’d done it. I was going to grab a pastry and a coffee. I was going to work on the train and I was going to a job that I absolutely love.

Positivity breeds positivity –

The best thing about pushing myself and grabbing this opportunity with both hands, is that I felt much more positive about my future prospects and working life. I feel good about myself knowing that I’ve knocked down those barriers and I know that a fear of travelling will never hold me back again.

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It’s My Birthday and I’ll Cry if I Want to…

It’s My Birthday and I’ll Cry if I Want to…

November is my birthday month and it’s coming up rather rapidly. I used to love birthdays, in fact I’d have a birthday week. Yep, I’d celebrate each and every night of the week surrounding my birthday. It was great fun! These days with family commitments, work and general knackeredness, I simply can’t think of anything worse than a birthday week. No only that, I’ll be 28 which is another step closer to 30 and 30 I do not want to be!

Life begins at 28 –

Actually when I look back over the past few years, 28 seems as though it’s set to be one of the best. Our work on the house is almost finished. Come April, both girls will be settled in at school and both Hubs and my work situations have never been better. As a family we are working quite nicely, I really don’t have a great deal to complain about.

What is it about age that frightens some of us so much? Why do we let age define us, when actually it’s about where we are in life, not how long we’ve been here. It’s about what our experiences have moulded us into and about the plans we have for the future. It’s inevitable that we’re all going to age, maybe it’s about time that I accepted my age and stopped focusing so much on turning the big 3-0.

Celebrating who I’ve become –

In the latter part of my twenties I’ve had two children, I’ve created an online business and I’ve become the homemaker that I thought I could never be. I’ve helped provide my husband with the chance to further his education and career. I have successfully gotten our eldest daughter ready to start preschool and she’s settled in amazingly. I’ve also had a few rough times, including a post natal depression diagnosis. All of these things have been valuable experiences that I am and should be grateful for.

I wouldn’t be who I am today if wasn’t for the rough and the smooth of the last few years. I wouldn’t be the happiest I’ve ever been, literally, if I Hubs and I hadn’t pulled together as a team and worked things out. When I started writing this post, I wasn’t exactly sure where it would take me, but it seems I have a lot more to be grateful for than I had initially realised.

Happy Birthday to me –

It might feel like time is leaving me behind sometimes and it might feel like I’m ageing a too quickly. What it also means though is that I’m still here and I’m living my best life. So I’m going to take the bull by the horns and say ‘Happy Birthday to me’. 28, I’m coming at you!

 

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Kids VS. Parents Games Night Challenge with Little Tikes

Kids VS. Parents Games Night Challenge with Little Tikes

*This post was written in collaboration with Little Tikes. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own. 

 

Now that our girls are well and truly growing up, we have a lot of family fun with board games. Hubs and I love to play all of the traditional board games with the girls, so when we were asked by Little Tikes  if we wanted to take part in a games night challenge, we couldn’t wait!

Little Tikes have a new range of super fun games out, ideal for kids aged 5 plus. They’re the kind of games that are that so much fun to play, the girls have no idea how much they’re learning whilst playing. So to kick of our Kids VS. Parents Games Night Challenge, Little Tikes sent us their Crazy Toaster and Hot Hoops games. As well, a music voucher and a Just Eat voucher to keep up the energy of the competitors!

Crazy Toaster – This is a pop up toaster game that will have you and your littles giggling all night! Slices of toast pop high out the toaster and you have to try to catch the flying pieces in your pans. If you catch them and they match the toast on your plate, they’re yours to keep. This game is fun, energetic and can be played for hours, but be warned – it’s not as easy as it looks!

Hot Hoops – This is a head to head challenge game and it’s perfect if you needs deciding points on your games nights! It’s fast paced and is bound to bring out the competitive streak in the whole family. The best thing about this games is that it’s compact and east to take on your travels.

 

Our family games night –

 

We had so much fun on our family games night, but unfortunately the parents did not come out on top! The kids of the house had scores well above ours and it was our eldest who was victorious and took the medal! We had such a great evening thanks to Little Tikes, their new games range is a lot of fun for both adults and children. Now all we need is a rematch to knock the kids off of their winning spot!

 

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Five Things being a School Run Mum has Taught Me

Five Things being a School Run Mum has Taught Me

I’ve had the joy of being a school run mum for a few months now. The novelty is wearing off and I’ve begun to countdown each term, eager for the holidays to start. It’s not because I don’t like school, we are very pro-education over here. It’s that the school run can become a bit of a bind! It’s a rat race, with everyone believing that they’re in more of a rush than the next person.

The good thing about the school run is meeting people on your wavelength. There will be at least one other mum, or dad, that you really get on with. You’ll laugh and cry with them as your children go through school and they will be your school run ally. Other than that, the school run is a real eye opener. So much so that if you did stand-up comedy for a living, you’d have fresh material for life!

Here are five things that being a school run mum has taught me;

Parents will KILL for a parking space –

Yes I drive to school, but in my defence we do live a couple of miles away. With a two and three year old to transport, walking each and every day is not an option. I’ve learnt though, that if you’re going to be driving to school then you need to be prepared to stand your ground.

People park their cars anywhere and everywhere and they get really shirty if you get in their way. The working parents are the worst, they want the space closest to school, so they can run in and run out in double-quick time. I understand they have to turn into work, but being a few minutes late is probably something they ought to have made their peace with when they had kids.

Kids are all sweetness and light until you get them out of the school gates. Then they turn into ‘hangry‘ monsters –

My kid is always happy at school. She’ll walk out with her friends talking and behaving like an angel. As soon as she gets into the car the ‘hangry’ monster appears. She wants food NOW and will be grumpy until she gets it. Why do parents always get cracked with the ‘hangry’ stick?

You’ll come across so may different types of parents. Remember though, you’re all knackered and you’re all stressed –

You’ll meet parents you like and parents you don’t. You’ll meet the ones whose kids you don’t mind your kids mixing with and you’ll meet ones you’d prefer they didn’t. What you shouldn’t over look though is that all of these parents are most likely knackered and completely stressed out, just like you are. Don’t judge a book by its cover and all that.

Hold back on the smug when your kids goes into school meltdown free. Your time will come. Believe me –

When our eldest started her school placement she went in like a dream. I would see the parents with screamy kids looking fraught as they tried to get their little one to go and play. I’ll be honest I felt a little smug, mine was doing so well, we had no trouble. Oh the naivety! Of course once she’d settle in and got her feet well and truly under the table, our angel daughter felt comfortable enough to wail at the top of her lungs one morning as I tried to leave. Not so smug now hey?!

Play dates are a thing. Deal with it –

I was so inexperienced at school mum life until recently, that I honestly never realised that I would have to schedule play dates into my already brimming diary. It wouldn’t be so intrusive if I dropped the kids off and picked them up tired and ready for sleep, but at their tender ages I have to stay with them. Now I’m all for being sociable, but I find squeezing work into my day hard enough as is it, never mind when I have to leave my own four walls for hours. Yes the kids love it and yes it’s good for them, but I won’t half been pleased when they can head off and see their friends without me!

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How To Create a Family Friendly Bathroom

How To Create a Family Friendly Bathroom

*This is a collaborative post.

 

Do you dream of having a spacious, relaxing, spa-like bathroom? Ever wish it could be clean, minimal and clinical, but you know it has to cater to the rest of your family? So many families have this situation.

Don’t worry, there is a multitude of great designs and styles that can help make the perfect family-friendly bathroom. Overall, you want a bathroom design that creates both a space for the children, yet one that transforms into a relaxing haven when you get some time to yourself.

It doesn’t have to be too difficult to transform your bathroom into a family-friendly room. You don’t necessarily have to look at re-tiling or adding in a new sink to accommodate the juniors. We all know that can be rather costly. The basics are slightly more obvious and include adding a splash of colour to break up any clinical looking themes and hanging kid-height hooks for towels and bathrobes. But these are just two little ideas! There are so many more do’s and don’ts to get the balance right.

So how can you use the bathroom as one happy family? See below for five key ideas to make your adult bathroom more appealing and functional for the whole family.

1. Invest in a step stool

A very simple little trick is to get a step stool to keep in your bathroom. Bathroom sinks are typically too high for toddlers or young children to reach, but a step stool solves the problem. These can be folded up and propped up against the wall without causing too much ‘fuss’, as they tend to be slim and lightweight.

A step stool gives smaller children access to brush their teeth and use the sink, along with letting the child feel like the adult bathroom is finally part of his or her world. Try to choose a step stool that fits with the colour scheme of the bathroom, so it blends in and sits well.

2. Embrace splashes of colour – tastefully

There is a general rule of thumb when it comes to colour in a shared adult and child bathroom, and that is to keep it as muted as possible. Yes, children gravitate towards bright, fun colours, but you have to be practical. A bright yellow and hot pink colour splashed bathroom is never going to work!

Your goal is to create a fun and interesting room for your kids, but one that also feels relaxing to you. A good way to look at it is to think about when a stranger walks into your bathroom, they should see a cohesive style that is stylish an grown up, but has a touch of practicality for children. You could also consider updating your bathroom suite to reflect a fresh and modern feel.

Look at painting your bathroom in pastel/pale hues, and paint features in different shades. You can do this by painting the cabinets in a brighter hue, or even a feature wall itself. Pale blue and lemon seem to work well for the whole family.

3. Stay neutral around your shower or bath

It’s really easy to fall into the trap of buying a novelty, children’s themed shower curtain to keep little ones happy. However, if your tub requires a shower curtain, remember it’s probably one of the most prominent features in your bathroom. A child-inspired shower curtain will tend to take over the entire space. Instead, look for a neutral colour palette that will coordinate with all the other elements in the room, and stick to subtle stripes or minimal patterns.

4. Focus on the small accessories

Young tots like to feel involved in their parents’ world, but they also take great pleasure in small details crafted just for them. Make sure your bathroom has the right balance of child-friendly accessories, along with the grown-up theme. For this, try giving your kids a separate toothbrush holder for their toothbrushes. Select a toothbrush holder with personal details or a favourite theme, and why not even add fun shaped sponges to the bath?

A range of themed bath toys kept in ‘the children’s corner’ of the bathroom is a great way of incorporating things they need, yet avoiding the bathroom being taken over by children’s toys.

5. Have fun with soap and bubbles!

Kids love bubbles, textures and colours. To make bathtime fun, yet also easy to clear up and clutter-free, look at keeping a range of brightly coloured, foaming bath bubbles to entice the children into enjoying bath time.

Keep a bold, fruity smelling children’s soap sitting alongside any adult skincare products, so the children know they have their own products, yet sit aside the adults almost as if they are grown up.

6. Use a colourful bath mat

A bright bath rug can be a fun design element that can be changed out regularly. You don’t always have to keep it there as a permanent fixture – you can lay it down just before the kid’s bath time, and then hide it away when it’s time for yours.

Vivid bright colours and fun shapes and sizes give you the chance to ‘jazz up’ bathroom times with the kids, without having to dedicate the room to permanent bright colours.

Remember, balance is key. Minimise having to re-work the bathroom in the years to follow by investing in removable items and accessories. Keep the permanent items – such as tiles, cabinets and shower curtains – as classic as possible!

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How To Plan A Hen Do If You’ve Got A Pregnant Friend

How To Plan A Hen Do If You’ve Got A Pregnant Friend

*This is a collaborative post.

 

Hen nights are a tradition to celebrate the last night of the bride to be, before she says, ‘i do.’ The hen night celebration is the responsibility and is hosted by the maid of honour and other bridesmaid friends of the bride. A hen do is popularly celebrated with lots of alcohol, dancing and fun activities for the bride. But what do you do if you’ve got a pregnant friend amongst the hen gang and cannot do the cliched hen activities?

A bump on your friend’s tummy, doesn’t need to be a bump on the road to planning a great hen do for your bride friend. You don’t want to exclude your pregnant friend from the hen night celebrations, but you’re also confused about how to plan a pregnant friendly hen do. Well, stress no more, here are some tips for you to help plan a hen do which will be perfectly appropriate and comfortable for your pregnant friend and enjoyable for all.

1.Afternoon Tea

Afternoon tea is an all time classic when it comes to hen do activities. You can book a luxurious hotel for an afternoon of tea, put up decorations that are classy and fun like balloons, ribbons, centerpieces, confetti etc. You could also put up pictures of the bride with her friends and family, giving a flashback of her life so far. For the menu, you could have different types of tea, cakes, cookies and other variety of snacks.

If you want to add some wine and celebratory champagne, simply ask the manager at the hotel to keep some bottles of alcoholic and non- alcoholic champagne for the hen gang.

An afternoon tea will make for the perfect hen do where all friends of the bride can get together, celebrate the last night of the bride as an unmarried, single lady, play some hen games and have fun.

You can end the afternoon by handing out some hen party goodies which can have cute little party souvenirs and gifts for all the hens to enjoy.

 

  1. Movie and Dinner Night

You can all go for a movie to the theatres or you can also set up your own movie night at home. Just get a projector and the favourite movie of the bride or something that the entire hen gang can enjoy. Put up some fairy lights and other decorations around the house to make it more celebratory. You can put up some balloons, hen posters, get props for a photobooth, photos of the bride etc. This will give the place a fun vibe and make it more special for the bride.

Once the movie is over, you all can either do a pizza night and order takeout or you can all go to the bride’s favourite restaurant and have a lavish dinner with some drinks.
If your pregnant friend would rather stay at home, then she can excuse herself from dinner, but at least she’ll get to be a part of the movie with all the hens. Watching a movie will be comfortable and easy for the pregnant friend and it can also be enjoyed by everyone.

  1. House Party and Games

Instead of going out to party, bring the party home and in the comfort of your pregnant friend. Going out to party is difficult for a pregnant woman, because of the loud music, the walking and the uncomfortable or no place to sit or take little naps in between.

All of this is possible for your pregnant friend to do at home, so plan a house hen party. There are plenty of hen do ideas which are possible at home.

Start with the decorations, get lots of balloons, confetti, posters, pictures of the bride, sashes for the bride and the bridesmaids, champagne glasses, party poppers etc. Once the decor is taken care of, move on to the drinks and food. You can get alcohol for those who will be drinking and the pregnant friend can have some mocktails or juices, consult with her for her preference and then get the snacks and food for the party.

If the pregnant friend is okay with it, you can play music on low volume and make it a memorable hen do which the pregnant friend and the rest of the hen gang can enjoy.

The hen do at home will make it easier for the pregnant friend to rest and be comfortable in her own space without any hesitation.

Conclusion

The main aim of throwing a hen do, which a pregnant friend can also enjoy, is to ensure that she is comfortable, has access to facilities like a washroom, a comfortable place to sit and at the same time, it is an enjoyable hen do for everyone. So instead of doing the cliched drinks and nightclub hen do, you can tone it down a little but still get together to celebrate the bride to be and have a great time.

 

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Posterlounge Home Art

Posterlounge Home Art

*We were gifted our Posterlounge artwork for the purpose of creating this post. As always, all thoughts and opinion are my own. 

 

Recently Hubs and I have been working on our home. We’ve gone from top to bottom and now we finally have four walls that we love! Looking around though, we realised that even though we now have nice bright white walls that look lovely and fresh, they’re also looking a bit bare. So when we came across Posterlounge, we were in our element! They have so much amazing artwork, we knew we had to adorn our walls with some of their pieces!

Choices, choices –

Looking through the Posterlounge website left Hubs and I completely spoilt for choice. What’s brilliant though is their ‘Inspiration‘ feature, which allows you to search by room and style. It shows you some of the best of what they have on offer and it really gets the arty juices flowing! I loved using this feature as I really didn’t know what I was looking for and it gave me ideas that I just wouldn’t have thought of myself.

You can also choose the material that you want your artwork printed on. From paper and canvas to aluminium and acrylic glass. There’s something for every taste and every budget! No only that, the each piece of art comes in various different size, so you can have what you want, where you want it without it looking too small, or too intrusive. When buying something that is going to be in your home for many years to come and something that you will look at each and every day, it’s good to have so many choices. That way you’re sure to get the perfect print for you!

Feathered friends and alphabet fun –

After spending A LOT of time on the Posterlounge site, Hubs and I finally decided on a large, acrylic piece of art with four owls stood looking very comical! I like to think each owl represents a member of our little family, I’m sure I can see the personality oozing out of them! It’s the first time we’ve had art printed on acrylic and I have to say, I’m very impressed. It was super easy to hang and sits really flat on the wall. I love that it doesn’t reflect the light too much, it means the image is always really easy to see.

As well as the owls, we decided to get our girls an alphabet poster. With our eldest now at pre-school and our youngest due to start very soon, we’re conscious of creating a fun learning environment at home. This cute poster is colourful and it gets the girls thinking and talking about the letters of the alphabet whenever they look at it!

I just had to share my experience with Posterlounge on here, as I’m so impressed with the products we received. From the easy ordering process, to the quick delivery and the quality of the art. Our house now has the finishing touches that it needed to make it the ideal home! 

 

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