10/20/2014

Review: September Nonabox


Another month, another Nonabox! We have been reviewing Nonabox for a while now and each month when the box arrives I can't wait to see what's inside! 


By signing up to the subscription service each month you will receive a Nonabox full of goodies that is tailoured to your babies age and gender. A box costs £25 a month (or less if you sign up for a longer period) and the contents inside the box are always worth more than the cost. 


Here is what was in our September box:


MAM spoons - £2.99 - We are huge fans of MAM and use not only their bottles but dummies, cutlery and cups too. It's nice to see some MAM product in the box.

Green People toothpaste - £3.50 - Noah is getting his first tooth through at the moment so this toothpaste couldn't of come at a better time. I can't wait to try it.

Shea Mooti Mama's Everything Body Balm - £16.99 - I've received this product in a previous months box and although it's a good product I haven't used the first one yet. It's always welcomed to receive a nice treat for Mummy though! 

Ella's Kitchen Milk and Vanilla Cookies - £1.99 - Noah is a fantastic eater and loves nothing more than feeding himself. I was excited for him to try these new Ella's Kitchen cookies but he wasn't really a fan. I don't think it's down to the cookies though it's just that he's gone off his biscuits lately and won't eat his biscotti either. 

Ella's Kitchen Wakey Wakey Round Ones - £2.49 - We haven't tried these yet but we will be doing soon. 

Overall I think there was a good mix of products in the September box but to me it felt like something (or a product or two) was missing. The box contents were only worth £28 and that leaves you feeling a little cheated when some of boxes last year were worth in excess of £70. 

As a huge fan of Nonabox I am anxiously waiting for the October box in hope that the standard of their boxes go back to the level they once were.


- I was sent this product for the purpose of this review. However all opinions are my own. 


10/18/2014

Our home: Home decor haul


With most of the house renovations now out of the way I've finally been able to focus more on home decor. This means one thing... shopping! To be honest I'm not usually a 'shop to you drop' kind of gal but shopping for home decor is the only exception, I love it!

Here are some of the pieces that we have bought recently;

Night light from Rose & Grey. I recently won a £50 voucher to spend at the fabulous Rose & Grey and decided to spend it on Noah. I bought him this super cute night light and a little wooden chair for his bedroom.

Shabby chic inspired vase from Feather & Black. Not sure where this is going to go yet but I adore it.

Scented candle from B&M. I'm a secret candle hoarder and my Mum recently bought me this candle as a little house warming gift. Isn't it lovely?

Vintage look wall clock from Morrisons. I actually bought this a while back but it's only just gone up on the wall so it feels new! I think it suits my kitchen perfectly.

Kitchen sign from B&M. Can you believe this sign was just £1?! Another addition to our kitchen decor. 

This haul is all from B&M and all for under £50. The cushions and lamps have gone up into our bedroom while the rug and laundry basket (temporary toy box) is in our living room. 

As you can tell from by buys I shop everywhere for decor pieces. From bargain stores, to supermarkets and online boutiques. It really pays to shop around for the best price and don't settle for the first thing you set eyes on.

Where are your favourite places to shop for homeware? 


- I was not sent any of these products for review or reimbursed for featuring any stores mentioned. 

10/16/2014

Investing in our future

No one said growing up was easy but I don't think you truly understand how difficult it is until you are there in the thick of it. When you live with your parents they pay your way. You are aware of "bills" but at the same time you don't really. Well this was the case for me anyway.

Moving out into our first rental property six years ago was a huge wake up call for both Nick and I. There seemed to be an endless amount of bills and money to pay out, almost too many. So much so we were both working full time and didn't have much money left over each week. Although we weren't lavish with our money we weren't smart with it either and we knew we had to make a change.


When I became pregnant that sentiment meant so much more as we had to start planning for our future as a family. It was time to work hard and buckle down. We began saving what money we could each month and it was hard but we soon amassed enough cash to secure a deposit on our first house. 


We felt totally bewildered when it came to applying for our mortgage as everything was so long winded. As part of our mortgage application we needed to take out not only home insurance but life insurance too. Of course we really struggled knowing how to go about it but thankfully there are a lot of places out there where you can go to seek quality advice.  


 


There were times when I really thought that we would be stuck in the renting rut forever but sometimes you just need to go for it. It feels great that we have finally gotten onto the property ladder and can start investing in our future. If we can do it then you certainly can too. 

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