Living Together Creates a Whole New World of Happiness

For us living together isn’t all arguments that some people make it out to be. In all honesty, we just don’t argue, it’s not us. If we feel an atmosphere we either talk it through if there’s an issue or we wonder what we’re actually doing and hug it out. Little nags here and there is all normal but it means absolutely nothing when living together is the best thing in the world. 

A brand new house all to ourselves

We have never felt happiness like it. You think the amount of years you’ve spent together, the travels, adventures, endless amounts of laughter is as good as it gets. But there’s so much more. Living together opens a whole new world. I don’t think I could ever get bored of eating together, waking up to each other and spending more time together.

It doesn’t have to be all of the stress that people make it out to be. Sure, there are times that’ll test you if something doesn’t work or something isn’t how you expected to look or be. But guess what? You get through it together. Laugh it off or for the more serious stuff, tell each other that it’ll get sorted because you’ve got this! Them kind of moments take patience and keeping the motivation that everything will and is coming together.

The money side of having our own home hasn’t once made us panic. We’re very sensible when it comes to bills and putting our priorities in order. That being said, we also now how important it is to ‘live’ – not only to survive but to enjoy life. Being so strict with our savings and staying organised helped us a great deal. We loved working through everything together from the buying process to moving and purchasing decor for our new home. It all seemed so easy because we did it together. The best things in life take time and this has definitely been the best and biggest yet.

Neither of us have ever wanted anything more or wanted so long

But that’s me and Danny, we never rush into anything. We built our relationship from friendship to love, learning to know each other in all kind of ways. Watching each other grow and achieving this milestone is just more amazing than words can describe.

On a personal level, I feel like a weight has been taken off my shoulders. I always had a big bundle of worry as you might have noticed if you’ve seen some of my other blog posts. But now, I’m a new person. Maybe my confidence will improve to? I hope so. 

Living together has opened my eyes to finally believe that, having each other is all that matters. Nothing else, no opinions need to get in the way.

Living together brings you even closer

Every hug, small or big gesture towards the other – it means everything. You value it all. Leaving the odd sock on the floor really doesn’t matter when it means you’re in each other’s company a whole lot more. Oh and it’s a bonus that the sunset views at night are so nice!

This is everything and more than we’ve ever dreamed of. Does it get any better?

The Best Places to Shop for Your New Home

Moving into your new home is an exciting time but it can also be stressful, especially if you’re not organised. To help make the process a little easy, in this blog post you’ll find some places to go to when completing your new home. It doesn’t list every item as you would be here all day so I’ve kept them to a minimum… of some kind.

Choosing the right flooring and blinds for our new home

When searching for flooring and blinds we found quite a few local companies. We invited each one round to provide us with a quote. We went with the best offer as well as the quality of their products from samples, photos and reviews.

Lightoak Blinds did an amazing job on our 50mm faux wooden blinds around the whole house. From the quoting process to fitting our faux wooden blinds, Josh and James were very helpful. We had the blinds fitted on all the windows in our home and the finished look is so modern and fresh. Highly recommend for their excellent standard.

faux wooden blinds by the kitchen sink

First Step Carpets and Flooring fitted our laminate flooring, vinyl and carpets. Not only were they the best quote but they also had a very quick turnaround. Within a couple of days our whole house was complete. We love our ‘Hong Kong’ style of carpet our stairs and the ‘Magnolia’ style laminate flooring.

Finding the right furniture to complete your new home

tv bench with three drawers with frosted glass

In Ikea we purchased a mirrored door wardrobe for the main bedroom, a TV bench (only £95) for the living room and a lovely set of grey tables for the middle room (only £25). When looking for trivets to place in the kitchen, Ikea came up the cheapest starting from £1.50 for square and £3 for the large one.

dining table with fruit bowl and coasters

We fell in love with the Jefferson Bench Set from Next. It fits perfectly in our dining room   and also goes well with our wooden work top in the kitchen. The only thing we need now to complete the dining room is a light fitting. We’ve seen a nice light fitting feature on Amazon that will probably go with.

The small touches are always a must

Poundland are seriously underrated. The amount of things we purchased from there has surprised many people. We got the odd cooking utensil from here but the best surprises have been the beige vase that have in the downstairs toilet and a set of  small square dishes for dips.

If you’re waiting for your couch to be delivered, Argos sell large bean bags for only £29.99 each! We got them in grey so they could end up in any room in the house and still match the interior. Also, they sell a range of clothing rails if you’re stuck for space when finding the right wardrobe for another bedroom.

You can never complain with Primark. We got a lovely grey, white and mustard striped king size bedding for only. £14, an artificial plant (which everyone thinks is real) and a throw reduced to £5! Oh and how could I forget, Winnie the Pooh kitchen towels!

Home Bargains have everything don’t they? What’s better is that my mum works there so  she was always seeing useful items to pick up for us. The store sells Jane Asher containers which we use for tea, coffee and sugar. The wood and white colours contrast well with our kitchen. Home Bargains also have a range of nice storage baskets. We purchased a couple to go in our living room to place throws in.

B&M was great for chrome toilet roll holders. Their ‘Toilet Roll Holder & Storage Caddy‘ were a handy purchase as we have 3 toilets in the house! Also, we bought a lovely sparkly cream rug adds to the cosy effect in the middle bedroom.

When shopping at The Range we spotted a double white wooden with glass doors cabinet for our living room among many other items including a chrome bar towel holder for the bathroom and a small towel rail for the downstairs toilet.

The necessities

Home bargains again! They always have the best cleaning products in store, laundry basket, bath mats, cloakroom style hanger for coats and jackets under the stairs, kitchen utensils etc.

In Aldi we purchased a Slumberdown king size mattress protector and a grey kitchen sink bowl which is the perfect size. We got our spices for the spice rack in our kitchen which was a gift to us. I know this isn’t a necessity but it’s kind of pointless without the spices right? A little top here – use the stickers from the top of the jars to place on the ones that come with the spice rack so you know which one’s which.

I hope you have found some useful information on this page when moving into your new home.

Another Dream Come True and It’s Only the Beginning

Remember when I said me and Danny are awaiting our next big adventure? As of Thursday 28th February we officially became home owners. We are so proud of ourselves and are so happy that we have achieved something so amazing together.

It’s been a long time coming. Every step of the way we have supported each other and everything is going really well. Along the way I’ve made the Monica joke by saying, “I’m going to be living with a BOY!” But when it comes to it, I’m so excited to live with my best friend. One particular thing was said by my brother, “I get why you have both been so patient.” It was one of the nicest things to hear. He understands how much this means to us and how long we’ve waited for it to happen.

The happiest years of my life and the best is yet to come

We have combined our tastes, to most of which we share anyway. In all honesty it’s been quite overwhelming for me. I’m still telling myself it’s all ours and nobody can take it away from us. I think the reason why it’s so hard to believe is because most days I wonder how I ever got Danny never mind owning a house with him!

The world works in mysterious ways. And it shows you that things you thought could only ever happen in your dreams really can come true. It’s so much more than I imagined it to be already. The world brought us together for a reason. From just knowing each other as somebody from primary school, to locking eyes in the college corridors, to falling in love. It’s been a huge adventure in itself. Our years together have been everything. But this moment right here shows us that there’s more to discover.

I’ve cried, smiled bursting with happening and jumped all around the house. But most of all I’ve felt the most in love I’ve ever been. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve been here doubting myself but I’m working on it. It helps to have the most kind-hearted, loving person in my life and wherever he is will always be home.

He’s forever my dream come true!

This is just the beginning of our new adventure, one which I am extremely excited to explore. I can only imagine that our love for one another will grow even stronger and we’ll be happy in our home for many many years.

Part of this journey has taught me how important it is to stick to the things that make you happy regardless of what anyone else has to say. Don’t let anyone step in front of anything good that comes your way. Something you’ve worked so hard for should be celebrated.

Stay posted to hear more about our move and places we recommend for furnishings, flooring, blinds etc.

The Most Kind-Hearted Man in My Life

My ‘Danny Guy’ as I used to always refer to him, amazes me every single day. He is the most kind-hearted man on earth.

Today I shared a photo of Danny giving platelets at one of the donation centres in Manchester. One his friends commented saying that, “He’s a beautiful man with a beautiful soul.” At first, we both giggled and thought, “Aww how sweet!” Not that I didn’t know already, but it got me thinking about just how much I love him.

He is the sweetest, most caring person I’ve ever known. I used to wonder if I would ever meet anyone as generous and kind-hearted as my grandad. Surely not? But no, I was wrong. Ever since Danny became a significant person in my life, he opened up a whole new world. He has shown me that I can tell him anything and that he won’t judge an inch of my body or my personality.

The kind-hearted man he is and more…

I love his determination to always thrive for bigger and better things. Together we make the perfect pair because we reach our goals together. Even the personal ones, we’re there to support each other to meet them. What’s more is this man’s ability to juggle everything at once. He would have a million things going on but he’s right there whenever you need him. He’s forever making me feel as if nothing else matters as long as I’m happy. Every day is a new adventure. He wants to show me the world.

danny donating platelets with needle in his arm

Danny never stops showing me the importance of happiness

Without the inspiration of my grandad and Danny, who unfortunately never met or never even knew each other, I wouldn’t have started this blog. Of all the things I’ve been surrounded by, these two have given me a real insight to perseverance. No matter how hard times get, how difficult it can be to tackle obstacles, it’s important to believe in what matters, what’s always mattered. And that’s having each other. With grandad, it was always about being yourself and seeing how you grow as a person. With Danny, it’s that and more…

Grandad never stopped showing how much he loved those who were close to him. He did anything and everything he could. One of the biggest hearts who was taken too soon. But I believe in ways, the lessons I learnt from him helped me to mature into the woman I am today. And I couldn’t be more thankful than my path took me back to Danny.

He is everything and more

To have a man who reminds you of so many things and gives you more than you ever thought the future could hold feels amazing. And at times, I have to remember that I’m living in reality and I really do have him. For all that he is and everything he continues to thrive for, is what makes me love him more and more each passing day.

There’s no other man in the world who I want by my side in everything that I do. He always wants to make a difference. If somebody is in need, he does his damnedest to help in any way he can. Danny always values my opinion and will always respond with honesty. Throughout all that he is, the thing I love the most is how true he is to himself. There’s an incredible amount of kindness in his nature. And he is handsome inside and out. There’s no doubt in my mind that I’ll ever come across anybody who is as amazing as Danny.

Don’t Let Other People Control Your Happiness

It’s time to start putting more effort into my own happiness. It wasn’t so long ago that I thought I was better at letting things go.

Crying isn’t always a bad thing. But surely too much of it can’t be healthy? That’s what I’ve discovered over the last few weeks. People can have an impact on your emotions and they don’t even know it. Perhaps their actions aren’t always intentional but at the same time, they’re just not needed.

What am I going to do about it?

I need to like being myself, which I’m not completely so far away from. But if I could just get rid of this one thing that bugs me more than anything, its people’s opinions, their need to get involved an overwhelming amount or the inappropriate comments and gestures. People close to me advise me to ignore them. That’s where I’m weak. I struggle so much to try to put things to the back of my mind. And when I eventually do, something else pops up.

It’s down to me. For things to change, I need to focus on the more meaningful things in life. There are tonnes of things to smile about and to be thankful for. I’m not going to lose sight of myself trying to please others. Sometimes, it’s about speaking up and being brave.

Think about this too…

You can lose followers on social media but you shouldn’t let this impact your value. And you can have people who you drift anyway from that were your ‘mates’ or ‘friends’. Some of these people come into your life for a reason. Some friendships slip away, meanwhile others can stay forever. It doesn’t matter about the number of friends you have. What matters is, who they truly are. The truth is, I think we’re all worth more than we realise. It’s when you discover who you really are that leads you to believing how important your happiness is.

Am I really lonely? My parents do what they can to support me. My big brothers have always got my back. And I have the most amazing human being (Danny) by my side in all that I do. Surrounding yourself with the ones who love you is much better than being round a hundred people who might not believe in you or value who you really are.

The new adventure is right around the corner

I keep telling myself, “It’s not long now.” Me and Danny are waiting for those two weeks notice or whatever it’ll end up being to notify us when our home will be ready for us. I’ve visioned not only the day but everything leading up to this moment for so long. In fact, we both have. This is our journey. We’re going to travel on it in no other way but ours.

Now, the next time you find yourself becoming so lost in your emotions, fighting against other people’s matters or say, remember what you should really be focusing on. Tell yourself a million times. I should know, I’m constantly sending myself the reminder. If you do feel like you’re falling down again, go to your happy place.

Don’t let other people control your happiness, create your own kind of happiness.

Thinking About the Theme of Love This February

Can you believe Valentine’s Day is approaching? As much of a drag many people think January is, it can’t have gone that slow when we’re in February already! It’s around this time that we see people declaring their love for each other, feeling free and single, or just treating it like any other day of the day. It’s a topic I touched on last year when discussing different views towards Valentine’s Day.

For me, Valentine’s never meant that much to me. It was always nice to see people being loved up and receiving gifts. But I think we should always show affection to those we love every day of the year. That being said it’s still a day that I look forward to, especially as Danny was the first and only man to wish me a happy Valentine’s Day back then. I’m more lucky than ever to still have him by my side today these years later. The list of reasons why I love him is bigger than the 20 I mentioned last year.

My forever love

Our love grows stronger and we become more devoted the more years that go by. And Me and Danny will be moving into a new house which we are extremely excited to make into our home. The contracts are signed, we’ve purchased our couch, a brand new TV amongst many other bags of things. It’s starting to feel so real.

Who reckons I’m going to cry when we the house for the first time? I’m sure I will. When the day arrives, no doubt I’ll be emotions. But it’ll be with high spirits of knowing how happy the rest of my life is going to be with Danny.

Stay posted

Neither of us can contain our excitement. And I look forward to sharing a post all about our moving in journey. Keep a look out on my blog next month to read all about it. The excitement is unreal! For now, you can follow Tasha’s Lifestyle on Twitter for other little updates.