4 plant pots that together spell 'HOME'

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?

artificial plant pot and plant

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.

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

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.

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.

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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.

My Unique Personalised Order with Photowall

This is a gifted post in collaboration with Photowall. A couple of weeks ago I was contacted by a lovely lady named Jennifer. She offered me an opportunity to choose a wall mural or canvas of my choice. Immediately, the idea of a personalised canvas caught my attention as my boyfriend and I are always looking for things to feature inside our new home in the future.

Me and Danny love to do some photography as a hobby. We have a Nikon D3300 and we love to explore wherever we can to get lots of atmospheric shots. Our most recent adventure was our weekend trip to Dublin in February. We were right to think that there’s bound to be at least one photo we could use.

We knew that it would be hi-res too which was a bonus. After being torn between two different shots, we went with a sunset view in Howth, North Dublin.

Placing a personalised order on Photowall

The process is really simple. All you have to do to place you order with Photowall is, upload your photo, enter the size that you would like the canvas to be, and then confirm your order. Don’t worry, you have the chance to preview the item so you can see how it fits. There’s also the chance to view their file size and format guidelines along with the option to choose their ‘Personal Assistance Please’ tool.

The support and guidance doesn’t end there. Once you’ve received your Photowall product, the team provide you with a YouTube tutorial of how to set up your canvas.

Expectations versus reality

photowall sunset canvas in bedroom

I’ve never ordered a personalised canvas before so really, I wasn’t sure what to expect. However, I did wonder:

  • Will the photo have printed in high quality?
  • I wonder if the material be all flimsy?
  • Will the canvas get ruined in transit to my home?

It turns out that, I had absolutely nothing to worry out. The print was extremely high quality. The material was strong and doesn’t rip. The wood surprised me too – it’s  solid as it’s 3 inches thick and fits perfectly with the photo.

What we love the most about this experience is that, we get to have a canvas up on our wall which represents not only a sunset view, but a really fun day out that we had. We wish for our home to filled with lots of magical memories and this is definitely going to set the scene. But for now it’s been hung up in my bedroom.

We’re extremely satisfied

Thank you to Jennifer for this very kind opportunity. Me and Danny will definitely be using Photowall again. Your customer service was excellent and we couldn’t be happier with the product. Here’s to counting down the days where we get to put our beautiful canvas up in our new home.


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