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#Frame My View

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This time last year, if I’d looked out my living room window I would have seen parked cars, a block of flats and loads of kids running around (not mine) as we were packing to finally move out of the flat that we’d started to feel like we were forever trapped in. Fast forward a year (and god it’s gone quick!) when I sit my peachy bum down on my sofa and look out of my living room windows, I see a gorgeous garden, flowers, clouds, and my own two babes laughing and mucking about on the trampoline. Should we be lucky enough for sunshine, I know it’s too much to ask for in August, I might spot the bloke out there doing his manly thing on the BBQ.

It’s amazing the difference a good view can make to the start of your day. Even when it’s raining and grey, just being able to sit down with a cup of tea and know that we have outside space, and no one stressing us out with parking issues or kicking footballs against my window can chill me out in an instant.

In the evening, when the kids have gone to bed and our solar lights are glowing, the garden feels like a little sanctuary, it’s so quiet, whatever time it is apart from the odd neighbour cutting their grass or doing a bit of DIY, in fact, we’re probably classed as the noisy neighbours this time!

I’ve always loved a good view. It appeals to the people watcher in me, sitting and staring for hours on end is such a great way to pass the time. When we went to Paris in March I had to drag my eyes away from every sight, and I still feel like I didn’t see everything. My favourite kind of view isn’t the usual hills and green grass view that most people seem to love, I like dark, cloudy, heavy skies. Buildings, traffic, skylines. Loads of different things to lose some time in. Watching people rushing around from one place to another, imagining what their lives are like (or is that just me?)

 

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The view from my living room window is currently framed by some gorgeous new curtains from The Natural Curtain Company. If you know me, you know that I love whites and greys, so I went for a pair of ready made, lined, 100% cotton curtains in Jupiter, a gorgeous light grey which fits in with my living room perfectly. Our living room windows are actual bi-fold doors so they’re floor to ceiling, wall to wall which means we get fantastic light all day long. We did have some very thin, sheer curtains from Ikea up before but these are going to be heaven for the colder evenings that will be coming along soon. Closing the curtains, lighting the candles and pouring the wine (really need to find a good red I like for the winter!) is my idea of heaven. I can’t wait for Autumn to get here now!

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Love my new Love Seat, love my monochrome cushion (need to get back to Ikea to get some more!) and love my new curtains. If you ask the bloke he will probably say he loves the shed at the bottom of the garden because he made it all by himself! I’ve been looking at views on Pinterest, where I’ve obviously been pinning like mad as well, so if you want to see some stunning images including Paris (of course!) New York, and more then you can click here!

Follow kateagreen’s board #Frame My View on Pinterest.

{Post is a collaboration but all my own work!}

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Chance of showers

Online shopping. Not quite as much fun as actual, real life shopping because you can’t stop off in a bar and grab a drink, have dinner out, people watch, blah blah, but so much easier when you just can’t face dragging taking the kids out and listening to them whinge that we have to go into yet another shop. Silly small people.

Online shopping for household essentials, even less fun, but necessary sometimes. Like now, when our (en suite don’t you know) shower cubicle doors are hanging on by a metaphorical thread – when you step into the shower you have to slam them together at a certain angle, with a certain force at least 4 times before they meet in the middle and do their job. It’s also a really small cubicle. You can’t really move around much in there, turn around too fast to get the shampoo and you could knock yourself out and there is definitely not enough room for two people, to save water, you know….?

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I went away a couple of weeks ago on a hen do to Bath (West Country Games!) and the boutique house we stayed in had 2 huge (adjoining) showers. You could probably fit 3 people in each one! The bathrooms were gorgeous so it’s given me some inspiration to give ours a face lift.

In an ideal world I’d made the shower bigger, but that’s really unlikely because it has a raised base so (and lacking bathroom design skills here) I’m guessing if I wanted to make it bigger, we’d have to alter that and we’re not going to. If you browse shower enclosures at Mira Showers, they have loads of choice, square, bi-fold, walk in, the lot.

Ours is a square, sliding door enclosure so this Mira Beam one is top of my list at the moment, and look, the doors meet in the middle and everything! This is gorgeous, if I was going to order a shower based on how it looks then this would be right up there! I would probably stay in there for much longer than necessary!  Grey, silver, glass, this is what (Kate’s) bathroom dreams are made of!

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At the minute we have no storage at all, so I need some shelves up (we also have no airing cupboard so shelves would be really handy for the hundreds of towels we have! But more importantly, all my vital beauty products need a home instead of being spread out all over the middle floor of the house, a lick of paint and new bath mat and I’d be all set to lock myself in there and enjoy some peace and quiet away from the little darlings. In fact, if I time it right I could stay in there until the end of the summer holidays?!

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The #LiveYourLunchBreak Challenge

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When I worked in London, many many moons ago I would grab a sandwich from the local deli and take it back to my desk to eat there. Partly because there weren’t many places nearby that I could go (heart fm was 2 mins away but I don’t think they took lunchtime bookings) and partly because it was just easier to stay in the office, read a magazine or have a flick through the ‘intranet’ (yeah, that’s how long ago it was!) and start working again an hour later. Now the bloke is up in London and at a desk all day everyday, I know for a fact he doesn’t ever take a proper lunch break and it’s something I’m always going on at him about.

He works in a great part of London, The Strand so he has some amazing places right on his doorstep. Covent Garden is almost his back garden, and I would live there if I could! There are places like Browns, Champagne & Fromage (love!) Champagne Charlie’s – I’m sensing a theme here Katie… Fire and Stone, even The Ivy! Imagine having so much choice each day! I would find any way I could to make sure I would get myself out of the office and into the city, an hour of people watching and eating some nice, fresh food would probably make the day seem to go a lot faster, which, let’s face it, even if you love your job that’s going to be a good thing!

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Flexioffices have created a challenge for the Londoners,#LiveYourLunchBreak challenge. They want people to spend 5 days actually taking an hour out to have lunch break and see how it improves their productivity, energy and happiness. Because I work in the evenings now I can’t really take part in this one, but the Bloke can, and he’s going to be my guinea pig! I’m going to set him the task of finding somewhere to go each day to clear his head and take some snaps for me. Covent Garden is full of interesting, eclectic people and I imagine an hour would go pretty quickly if you sat and watched the world go by. He could even go to the gym one of the days, exercise is a great mood enhancer (so people tell me…!) anything as long as it’s away from his desk!

In fact, as it’s the summer holidays we could travel up to meet him for lunch, which would be really nice (if not slightly expensive for an hour but what the hell!) and one day soon I am going to get those gorgeous little people that live with us packed up for the evening and I’m going to get myself up to Covent Garden, we’re going to have drinks and food together and then we’re going to come home on his motorbike. If that’s not an incentive to #LiveYourLunchBreak then I don’t know what is!

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Keep an eye out for the hashtag on instagram (you can follow the bloke here) and mine are over there on the right. If you’re taking part as well (and I think you should!) then make sure you use it so we can have a look at your suggestions where to eat and drink, what to do during that precious hour or just what amazing food you’ve found. Nobody can say London is lacking in ideas or inspiration!

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A Personal Planner love in & a give-away! – Now Closed!

The winner of this fab competition is Trish, number 4! Congratulations! I will send you an email with all the details today!

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Today it’s all about Personal Planner!

For years I’ve been using my Filofax as my diary, organiser, address book, calendar, life! Despite the Bloke trying to get me to do everything online (never going to happen!) much to his dismay, I just can’t seem to remember it unless I have it written down, regardless of the fact that I can set an alarm to alert me!

 

There is something about a nice new, clean page to write on. I can’t be the only one who gets really annoyed when I make a spelling mistake or something on the very first page of something? It’s there to annoy me forever!

Anyway, when a voucher code for my own Personal Planner popped into my inbox I knew I was going to have fun building it to my exact (some might say fussy) liking.

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I spent a good hour scrolling through all of the options! I didn’t want anything fancy or fussy, I wanted it to be simple, bright and clear. I went for a yellow front and back, with my name on the bottom left corner. You can personalise everything, right down to the colour of the page marker/ruler. There are options for what to have at the bottom of each page, what layout the text is, whether you have lined or blank pages, you can add graphs, squared paper, sudoku, maps and colouring pages. (Guess which one I went for…) It is literally (and I can’t stand that term!) the best way to make sure your planner perfectly suits you. And I bloody love it! I set it so it started at the end of July, ready for me to use once it got here and my idea was to save it for when college starts in September, but I don’t think I’ll be waiting that long to be honest. The Filofax has been put on the shelf for now, but think how organised I could be with two diaries…..!

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If you want the chance to win your own personal planner, all you need to do is leave me a comment on here (a follow would be great too!) telling me why you need one in your life. Easy! The winner will be send a voucher code to use to make their own planner or notebook, ready for September!

Competition closes at midnight on Friday 22nd August. Have a look at their Facebook page while you’re thinking of a good comment! Good luck!

 

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Tinc it up!

There are so many things that I could spend my money on to cheer myself up, shoes, bags, clothes, make up, nail varnish and stationary. I can spend ages walking around looking at sexy pens, highlighters, notepads, anything and everything, and it would seem I have passed the gene to the kids as well! They’re exactly the same as me, if not worse, and if I can’t find a certain notebook or pen, I can guarantee I’ll find it in one of their rooms!

GG is starting senior school next month (holy crap!) so she is finally allowed to stock up on proper stationery, we have a whole new excuse to buy buy buy! When a huge box of goodies from Tinc arrived on our doorstep we were all just slightly excited! Included in the box was the Orange Limited Edition Gift Set, one of a kind and in a limited edition colour, this unique gift set won’t be around for long! It includes an orange Hardtop Pencil Case (large), Scented Animal Eraser Set, Recycled Pencil Set, Zippy Friendship Bracelet, 2 Hole Character Sharpener, Tinc On Tour Bus Sticker and comes in a colour-matched orange PVC wallet, a Two-Colour Gift Set in green, containing a Two-Colour Hardtop Pencil Case, Scented Owl Erasers, Two-Colour Handball, Two-Colour Recycled Pencil Set, Zig-Zag Liquid Gel Pen, a 15cm Aluminium Ruler and a Silicone Bracelet. Along with wristbands, pens, lanyards and funky scissors, it was heaven in a stationery set!

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Whatever your favourite colour is, Tinc will have stationery in it! Funky stationery, gadgets, lifestyle goodies and accessories, they now have 13 shops across the country as well as a online shop where you can explore the whole range and get free delivery when you spend £30 or more.

They’re also going on tour this summer,  heading to a few festivals and events onboard the colourful Tinc On Tour Bus. They’re going to be at Hunstanton Tennis Tournament (Norfolk) 17th – 19th August, CarFest South (Hampshire) 22nd – 24th August, Burghley Horse Trials 4th – 7th September… and more locations to be confirmed! Definitely a date to mark on the calendar and have a visit with the kids!

 

 

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Yankee Candle & QVC

I am a complete and utter candle addict, when I was younger it was all about the shapes of the candles (animals, buildings, the weirder the better) but now it’s all about the scent and the quality of them. I have a few dotted around the house and they smell just as good when they’re not lit as they do when they are.

One range that is known by pretty much everyone is Yankee Candles, I always think of them for the full on Christmas scents and the kids spend ages sniffing each jar when we go to our local garden centre. Today Yankee are teaming up with QVC and have a brilliant offer on, but it’s not candles this time, it’s car fragrances!

The whole collection of fragrances has a ‘scent life’ of up to 64 weeks, it has four car jars (the mini versions of the candles) and six vent sticks packs with four sticks in the packs. The RRP for the pack is £39.90 but obviously the QVC price will be better than that!

I’m proper fussy when it comes to car fresheners, I can’t stand those ones that give you a headache for 2 days then smell of nothing, so I was looking forward to having a sniff of this pack, and I love them. Coconut Bay is currently wafting round my car, making me think of summer holidays and beaches. (The whole list of fragrances is listed below)

The QVC showtimes for this offer are today only (28th July) at 00.00, 1am, 9am, 12pm, 3pm, 7pm & 10pm. Get shopping!

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Car Jar Ultimate Ocean Blossom – “Like a swim in a tropical lagoon … paradise calls in this blend of sea salt, lotus and water lily.”
Car Jar Ultimate Macintosh – “So vividly real you can almost taste the unmistakable crunch.”
Car Jar Ultimate Coconut Bay – “Intoxicating scent of wind-swept palms and coconut milk.”
Car Jar Ultimate Lavender Vanilla – “An oasis of tranquillity … the perfect mix of fresh lavender and warm vanilla with musk and bergamot.”
Vent Stick Black Cherry – “The absolutely delicious sweetness of rich, ripe black cherries”
Vent Stick Sun & Sand – “A tropical beach breeze of sweet orange flower, lemony citrus, fresh lavender and powdery musk.”
Vent Stick Midsummers Night – “An intoxicating and masculine blend of musk, patchouli, sage and mahogany cologne.”
Vent Stick Coconut Bay – ““Intoxicating scent of wind-swept palms and coconut milk.”
Vent Stick French Vanilla – “Sweet and traditional, the source of the vanilla fragrance is oil extracted from tropical orchids.”
Vent Stick Garden Sweet Pea – “The sweet perfume of delicate blooms accented with hints of pear, peach, freesia and rosewood.”

 

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