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  1. Everybody knows the typical 2.5 or 3.5 bedroom house in the UK. You get a couple of standard size bedrooms and then, there’s the botched cupboard room that the real estate agent introduced as a child’s bedroom. You didn’t think much of it at the time, you know you had all the bedrooms you needed with the other rooms, but still, you can’t help wondering about it. What are you going to do with this tiny room? More importantly, how can you turn the standard half a room into a cosy and welcoming bedroom for a child or an adult? There is the assumption that small bedrooms are suitable for children as they can feel comfortable in the tiniest space. It’s time to prove that you can create big feelings in a tiny bedroom.

    From 'oh no it's too small' to 'oh yes I love it'

    It doesn’t have to feel cramped

    For a start, you can furnish your room with the same furniture you’ve got in bigger bedrooms. It’s fair to say that it’s not the right place for a king size bed or a bedside commode. You need instead to invest in space-spacing furniture to make the most of what you’ve got. For instance, space that isn’t used should gain a new function, such as keeping under-bed storage or getting a floor to ceiling wardrobe unit. It’s about being creative with your furniture so that each unit is multifunctional.

    Light light light

    There’s no denying it, a dark room feels small and unwelcoming, while everybody loves a bright room. Admittedly, in a small bedroom, you want to ensure that your privacy is protected, so it’s a good idea to check Venetian blinds cost for your window. Indeed, you should be avoiding curtains that can block too much light. The brighter the room, the less claustrophobic it’ll feel.

    Choose colours that make the room feel bigger

    The problem with a small bedroom is that you need to be careful when choosing colours. Of course, you probably want to avoid the traditional white or Magnolia shade as it can be a little dull. But similarly, you need to pick a colour palette that makes the room feel bigger. Grey is an excellent choice because it is a neutral colour with an elegant twist, which can make transform a small bedroom into adult heaven. Light greens and blues create a sensation of space and airiness which immediately changes the room. Finally, pastel shades, from soft pink to lavender, can bring personality to a tiny area. As a rule of the thumb, you should avoid dark colours, such as red or maroon.

    Avoid red for small rooms

    A room of pure air

    Last, but not least, small rooms tend to rapidly develop a stuffy smell, as it can be tricky to renew the air regularly. By keeping a houseplant on the window sill or the desk, you can ensure that the air in the bedroom remains fresh and clean. Houseplants are not only fantastic to add a touch of green: they can also clear the air of toxins, making the room feel clean, airy and refreshing.

    There is no such thing as a room too small to use. You need to be smart about room decoration to transform your 0.5 bedroom into a welcoming and much-loved space. From space-saving furniture to bringing more light in, it’s time to make the most of every room in your house!

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    A sneak peek at my daughter's white and pink girly bedroom decor




  2. After the shock of having my brace removed on Wednesday and seeing my huge missing teeth gaps for the first time in almost two years, I was pretty down to say the least.  I felt embarrassed and vulnerable without my brace and false teeth hiding them.  My teeth looked weird and I felt so ugly. 

    I know it was only 24 hours before I got to pick up my retainer, but it still meant the embarrassment of two school runs.  I just prayed no one spoke to me and tried to get in and out as quickly as possible, but typically as does always happen in situations like this, another mum did speak to me!  I had to text her afterwards to say sorry if I was awkward and explained I have missing teeth temporarily so felt too awkward to talk!

    Luckily I returned to the orthodontist yesterday, exactly 24 hours after, to pick up my retainer.  In this blog post I’m going to share my first impressions of the clear plastic Essix retainer.

    Braces at 30 | Essix Retainer Fitting Appointment | 26 Months

    Welcome to my latest Braces at 30 blog post where I share my experience of wearing a brace as an adult with updates from each appointment.  I had my braces fitted when I was 30 years old.  I’m now 32 and have had braces on for over two years!  Below I share what happened at my latest appointment.

    My not-so-joyous experience of getting my braces removed

    My Adult Essix Retainer Fitting and Photos with False Tooth Peg Tooth

    I wonder whether it is slightly good that my bottom brace wasn’t ready to come off yesterday.  It means I can gradually get used to the retainer.  By the time I need the bottom one I’ll know what to expect.  Though I am also considering a permanent retainer for the bottom, but need to discuss with my orthodontist.

    The appointment was a five minute job, if that. I sat in the chair and was shown the retainer.  It was pushed on by the orthodontist and removed as she explained how she was pulling it out. Then she handed it to me and asked me to do it without looking in a mirror.  I did it just fine, so that was that.

    I did want to ask a couple of questions, but as soon as I started I couldn’t speak very well!  So I think I flushed a little, asked only one question and left.  She did say it will take around 48 hours to get used to the retainer.

    Here are the things I’ve noticed in the first 22 hours of wearing the retainer:

    • I have a lisp!  It’s really hard to pronounce Ts and Ss, but even since yesterday I think my speech has improved, so hopefully it’s only temporary.
    • It feels really bulky.  It’s like a plastic guard over the teeth, so it feels hard and bulky.  Again, this feeling might go away as I get used to it.
    • My tongue is swollen.  I ate my dinner fine last night, then I had a smoothie for breakfast today and I’ve just sat down to eat lunch which was really tricky!  I realise the sides of my tongue are quite sore and feel swollen.  It must be where they are rubbing on sides of the retainer, especially the top edge where it’s quite sharp.
    • It’s disgusting to take out to eat.  I have to take it out to eat or drink anything other than water.  When I pull it out it’s covered in saliva which strings from my mouth.  Nice huh?!  So I rinse it and leave it in a pot.  Then I obviously have to eat with gaps galore.
    • Eating out is going to be a pain or impossible.  After eating I have to clean my teeth.  It will damage my teeth if there is any residue of food left on them and I put the casing on top.  Obviously without the retainer the food will wash off, move and be swallowed throughout the day after a meal.  By putting the retainer over the teeth it keeps any food and acid there, causing damage.  So after every meal I need to brush my teeth and make sure they are thoroughly clean before putting the retainer back on.
    • It’s simple to fit and remove.  It simply slides over the teeth.  It felt tight the first time, but already it doesn’t feel tight.  To take it off I clasp it and slide two fingernails underneath the top opening and pull straight down.  It’s really easy to do.
    • I won’t snack as much.  As it’s such a pain to have to brush my teeth every time I eat, I will not snack as much.  I’ll just stick to my three meals a day to save the effort of having to constantly brush my teeth.
    • My teeth look much better.  They don’t look perfect and close up you can see the false tooth in the retainer isn’t the best fit, but that’s only temporary.  I also have the gap next to the peg tooth, but it’s a bit less noticeable with the retainer on.  From a short distance it even looks like my normal teeth and I can begin to see how my teeth will look once the retainer is off and I have two false teeth.

    So far the retainer experience is OK.  Eating is a bit of a hassle and there’s some discomfort, but the pain and awkwardness should disappear as the brace settles in to my mouth.  I feel a lot more positive today and moving forward with the next steps.  I have two appointments booked to find out about dental implants and I hope I can get the ball rolling with this.

    Fingers crossed I’m about six months away from the whole experience being over.  It’s been 26 months this month and I’m ready for it to be over now.  I’d like my mouth back!


    My Adult Essix Retainer Fitting and Photos 4

    My Adult Essix Retainer Fitting and Photos 3

    My Adult Essix Retainer Fitting and Photos with False Tooth Peg Tooth

    My Adult Essix Retainer Fitting and Photos with False Tooth

    My Adult Essix Retainer Fitting and Photos

    My Adult Essix Retainer Fitting and Photos 1

    My Adult Essix Retainer Fitting and Photos 2

    22 months brace timeline before and after photos adult experience wire trai

  3. Every Friday I invite other bloggers and money making mums to share the ways busy parents can make money from home.  These are real life people making a living from home who can share their experience with us and inspire us.  If you’d like to feature in this series with a guest post of a relevant topic or you’d like to take part in the interview, please do get in touch or find the interview questions by clicking here.

    I love making money from home.  As a busy mum to two young children, working from home for myself provides me with the flexibility I need to care for my children and avoid high full time childcare costs.  It also means I get to do what I love.  I’m an advocate of earning money online and from apps.  I’m always looking for new ways to make more income from home and hope to be inspired by the many people in this interview series.


    Danielle Someones Mum

    Welcome, tell me a little about who you are, where you’re from and introduce your blog. 

    My name is Danielle Duggins and I blog at Someone's Mum

    Tell me, how do you make money from home?

    Through the blog and social channels.

    What makes it suitable for mums?

    I am my own boss and I work from home.

    What are three benefits of working at home?

    I can set my own timetable. I can always drop everything if the children need me. I can work in my PJs!

    What are three negatives?

    It can be very difficult to divide work and home life. You are always 'at work' in a way.

    If you could only pick one, working from home or going to an employed job for the rest of your life, which would you pick?

    Working from home.

    People say they find it hard to be productive working alone at home. What keeps you motivated?

    I am passionate about working on the blog and I find the creativity extremely rewarding.

    Do you have a favourite quote to keep you inspired?

    I don't really do inspirational quotes. I prefer to write my own words.

    What words of wisdom can you share with mums looking to make their own income from home?

    Working from home requires just as much time and probably more effort than a traditional job, but the benefits outweight this when you create something that is entirely yours and allows you peace of mind and flexibility.

    Thank you so much for taking part in my interview series!


    Find a directory of all the interviews and guest posts here:


    Are you a blogger? Would you like to take part? 

    Find a contact form in my top menu or email if you’d like to propose a suitable guest post.

    If you want to answer the interview, fill out the questions on the form by clicking here.

    Not a mum?  No worries!  This guest series is all about inspiring parents to earn their own income and realising they have more than two choices of going out to an employed job or being a stay at home parent. 

    Of course if you choose to do either of those options that's absolutely fine, no judgement here, but lots of mums, like me, didn't realise there was another way to make money by the many self-employed options available nowadays.  If you earn from home, parent or not, and it's suitable for parents then you can take part.

    Check out the rest of the series here: Money Making Mums

  4. From how we shop to how we chat, technology is constantly amending how we live our lives for the better — and the same is true when it comes to gardening. Many innovations are designed to help out keen gardeners and broaden their horizons so that they can grow more within the constraints of their garden. Read on as we take a look at the top must-have pieces of technology for gardeners in 2018.  

    Technology every gardener must own



    Almost all of us have at least a few apps on our phones or tablets! Which apps should you consider downloading?

    • Garden Compass — ideal for sharing your gardening snaps with others. With this app, you can upload photos to the website, ask questions to horticultural experts and create your personalised garden care calendar.
    • GrowIt! — useful if you’re in a new garden or are a beginner. Growlt can connect you with local gardeners who are used to the climate and soil type and can give you some advice. You can also upload photos of your own plants to share your gardening knowledge with others.


    We’ve all been guilty of forgetting to water our plants now and then, which is where the help of a pot watering kit comes in. These kits can water up to 25 plants automatically and can sense what time of the day it is to water your plants. You can set up the gadget so that it slowly releases water to the root of the plant which will save you the effort! Connect it to your outdoor garden tap for even less hassle and keep your plants and hanging baskets going strong.

    Heated propagators

    The UK climate often doesn’t allow us to grow certain produce. If you want to grow something more exotic, why not invest in a heated propagator? A heated propagator allows seeds to germinate earlier and more successfully (meaning that less goes to waste). This isn’t necessarily a new idea, years ago, it was heated greenhouses and heated benches that were on the market. But, they can add to your energy costs as the heat can quickly dissipate and therefore must be on all the time to be successful. Instead, the propagator has walls and a lid which can retain the warmth.

    But what features do you get with a heated propagator? Firstly, you can usually adapt the temperature between 5°C to 30°C to grow your seeds. Some of the more exotic seeds and hot chillies require warmer temperatures and it could be impossible to grow them in cooler climates without this piece of technology. Being able to grow from seed is more cost-effective than buying an already germinated young plant too — saving you some pennies!

    Luckily, many of these products have installed lights. This can help seedlings grow healthily and provide high output for low energy as often the propagator contains a reflector that can reflect lost light and diffuse light deep into the plant leaves.


    With the rise of social media, why not show off your garden online? Often the beauty of the plant is in the detail of its leaves, or perhaps you enjoy watching the wildlife in the garden. Either way, to take the best photos in the garden you should invest in an Olloclip Pro Lens.

    The best thing about this gadget is that it fits securely onto your iPhone. Simply clip it over the lens of your phone and it combines with your phone’s digital zoom — letting you take macro photos with up to 100x magnification. It’s ideal for capturing the details that aren’t visible to the human eye or even monitoring insects as they enjoy your garden. You’re guaranteed to get some wonderful shots without the need for purchasing a professional camera.

    Observing your plants

    Keeping a close check on your plants is essential to making sure they stay healthy. However, there is one gadget that can help — the Parrot Flower Power plant monitor.

    With a battery life of half a year and up to 7,000 plants in its database, this device is extremely handy. Simply place the monitor into the soil next to your plant and the monitor can detect; sunlight, temperature and fertilizer. This information then is sent straight to your smartphone, so you know when to water it or add more fertilizer.

    Clearly, you have plenty to choose from to make your gardening more tech-savvy! From making the germination process that little bit easier, to being able to water your 25 pots at once, there’s not a lot that technology can’t do these days.

    Technology every gardener must own




  5. Welcome to my latest Lylia Rose scarf giveaway!

    If you love printed scarves, do pop over to my online fashion accessories boutique for a good browse where you'll find over 60 different designs in stock, perfect all year round indoors and out!

    They are just £8 each and 2nd class UK delivery is free.  They are just perfect as gifts for her. 

    Win this scarf in my blog giveaway:

    Blog Giveaway:  Win a Glossy Black Swallow Print Cream Bird Scarf from the Lylia Rose Boutique

    More about the scarf

    These beautiful scarves could also be used as sarongs, head scarves or even as breast feeding covers!  These scarves have so many other uses too. Pop over and read Five Other Ways to Use Your Fashion Scarf for inspiration!

    Important information:

    - Approximate size of scarf 180cm by 100cm

    - Soft printed poly fabric

    - Hand wash only

    - The scarves are protected in waterproof poly packaging.

    - Dispatched in 100% bio-degradable environmentally friendly mailing bags.  

    - To keep waste to a minimum invoices and unnecessary packaging will not be added to your order.

    Don’t bin it!

    I really hope you’ll love your new scarf for years to come, but if you ever get bored of it, please don’t throw it away.  Landfills are too full of things that can be reused, reworn and recycled.  For inspiration on what to do with your worn out or unwanted clothes and textiles, please read my blog post: 13 ways to get rid of unwanted clothes (without binning them)

    Enter here:

    The full terms and conditions are below, but simply enter using one or more of the entry methods in the Rafflecopter widget below and remember, if you win your delivery address must be in the UK.

    Check out my Giveaways section for more amazing prizes!

    Suggestions of blog posts to read for one of the blog entry options:
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