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Welcome to the Lylia Rose UK money and lifestyle blog.  I'm Victoria Sully, a busy mum of two, wife, full-time blogger and online money-maker.  I’m passionate about making money online, saving money, self-employment, healthy living and blogging.  I’m on a personal mission to be healthier and wealthier!  Thank you so much for joining me.


 

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  1. Fab Finds | Homesense | Childrens Steps

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    Fab Finds | Homesense | Childrens Steps

    We've recently potty trained Bella and I'm not sure if our toilet is giant, but she can't reach it using her single stepping stool.  We went on a little mission to find a double step at the weekend trying Mothercare and Argos first, but neither had what we needed.  We then tried our all time favourite homeware store Homesense, and success!
     
    We found these totally perfect double wooden steps!  They are really ideal and painted with amazing animal designs including a colourful crocodile and frog.  The colours and design are just great for Reuben to use in the future too.  I was expecting to find plain plastic or wooden steps but these are so much nicer.  They are more fun and appealing to children.  
     
    As soon as we got home Bella climbed them and sat proudly on the toilet for ages!  Before she was too scared to be lifted and sat on the loo, as even with her toilet seat in place, she was scared she'd fall in!  The steps are very sturdy, but also hollow inside for storage. The top step lifts up so we can store toilet rolls or bath toys inside.  For £20 I think these are a really worthwhile and fantastic buy.  
     
    Oh I do love Homesense!
     
  2. Fab Finds | Homesense | Pretty Bowls

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    Fab Finds | Homesense | Pretty Bowls

    We popped to Homesense for the first time in what seemed like ages at the weekend.  We were on the hunt for a practical item for Bella, but I couldn't resist looking through their treasure trove of kitchen wares!

    I was kind of looking for a heart shape sauce size dish, but instead came across lots of pretty painted bowls in their sale.  Ooh, I thought, pretty bowls to eat my cereal from (and for extra pretty blog photos of course)! I picked the best three.  Ben looked at me disapprovingly once I caught up with him elsewhere in the store (he was off looking for what we actually went in for), but they made it safely to the checkout!

  3. Baby Home Decor: Reuben's First Bedroom

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    Baby Home Decor: Reuben's First Bedroom

    For Bella, in our old house, we fully decorated a nursery whilst I was pregnant. It had the full size cot made up along with a toy box, toy and book filled shelves and a clothes rail filled with sweet outfits on display.  It was ready for Bella to move straight into from her Moses basket. 

    Ben ended up sleeping on the sofa quite a lot last time. As I exclusively breast fed, and Ben is up at 6am every morning for work, it seemed silly for us both to be woken up every couple of hours and so both be super tired. This also gives me much more persuasion power in the evenings if I'd like him to cook dinner or help out a bit more. After all, he should have way more energy than me with a full night's sleep!

    lylia rose blog post reubens first bedroom children baby wooden natural bo

    This time we've done things a little differently.  Reuben's bedroom is currently furnished more practically for sleeping arrangements rather than as a nursery.  This is so I can sleep in there for the sleepless night stage and Ben can stay in our bed rather than being banished to the sofa.

    lylia rose blog post reubens first bedroom children baby wooden natural bo
    I figured we'd need a single bed eventually for Reuben, so I could use it for now and then we'll store it in the attic once the full size baby cot is needed in a few months.  To be extra prepared and not have to buy twice, we purchased a couple of sets of boy friendly duvet covers. This striped blue set and a robot themed set.  
     
    The bed is also home to some fab cushions. The bear one was a steal in a Tesco sale for only £3 and was the first thing I bought for Reuben when I found out we were having a boy. The larger cushions are a newborn gift from Reuben's Oma (german for gran). She has handmade them from some amazing material we picked out together. There are yellow and blue dinosaur materials along with some funky yellow ducks! 

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    lylia rose blog post reubens first bedroom children baby wooden natural bo

    As I totally love Bella's bedroom wardrobe, I just had to get Reuben one! They are child sized so will be perfect once they are older to reach and hang their own clothes.  To keep their rooms individual I decided to go for the wood finish one in Reuben's room (Bella has white furniture).  The wardrobes are handmade and delivered ready built by the company who makes them. They were the best value, nicest looking children's wardrobes I could find and I highly recommend the company Direct Pine, who can be found here.

    lylia rose blog post reubens first bedroom children baby wooden natural bo
    lylia rose blog post reubens first bedroom children baby wooden natural bo

    Reuben's room is pretty simple just now.  In a few months once he's into his larger cot and has a few more pictures, etc, the room will start to really become his.  So far we just have a blue Ikea star night light and crocodile height chart on the walls.  I've ordered a fine marker pen so I can mark Bella and Reuben's heights on the crocodile as they grow. 
    It will be a great item to keep and one day we can add our Grandchildren's heights to it too!
     
    lylia rose blog post reubens first bedroom children baby wooden natural bo
     
    lylia rose blog post reubens first bedroom children baby wooden natural bo

    In the window bay I have a very handy set of drawers. These are filled with nappies, wipes, muslins, sheets, blankets and similar often used baby items. It's so useful to have it all right there in the middle of the night ready for nappy changes and sick spills! Once we move out of the baby stage I'll change these for a toy storage unit. There's a four cube shaped one that will fit perfectly and I've been eyeing up some funky animal themed storage cubes.

    Reuben's room is very nearly complete for now. We have a wooden door to hang and a new blackout blind on its way with a baby blue polka dot pattern on the inside.  Then that's it for now until I move back out!
     
    This room was my worst enemy when we moved in last year. There was a big patch of paint missing on one of the walls so I had to literally scrape the rest of the paint off as it could easily be seen. I spent about 6 hours one afternoon painstakingly scraping paint off with a metal scraper, which refused to come off in sizes larger than around 2 inches long.
     
    I'd planned on painting and re flooring the whole room that day (with Ben of course), but ended up just stripping one wall! Eventually I got there and we painted the walls white, replaced the carpet with oak style laminate and fitted new wooden skirting.
     
    The most frustrating during ever:
    stripping wallpaper and replacing carpet with oak style laminate flooring
     
    The finished result:
     
    new white walls pine skirting oak style laminate floor

    I love the natural wood feel in this room and it's a nice cosy room for me to spend the next few months in with Reuben.  I'm also looking forward to putting his cot together when he's bigger and adding more decor as we find/make it.  I'll share Reuben's 'second' bedroom with you in the future!
     

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  4. Inside Our Home: Bella's Bedroom

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

    When we moved into this house last year, Bella's new bedroom had dark blue walls and carpet with dark blackout curtains. The door was a plain white heavy board with a football handle.  The light fitting was a chrome spiral with plastic blue cones, that I really can't describe.  It was the first room we decorated taking a good 3-4 coats of white paint to cover the blue.  

    We have actually painted the whole house white.  I think it is fresh, modern and easy to maintain.  We just keep a giant tub of white paint for touch ups whenever they are needed. The white walls create a sense of cleanliness and space.  Colours and textiles look absolutely amazing against a white background, literally popping out at you seeming much more vibrant.

    At first this room was our spare room and Bella had the smallest of the three bedrooms. Once we found out I was pregnant, we decided to move Bella into this middle sized bedroom along with most of her toys that had amassed in our living room!  This is quite possibly my favourite room in the house so far.  A young me would have absolutely loved a bedroom like this.  It is fresh and bright with white walls and furniture, whilst also girly with splashes of pink all around!

    Here's a peek a Bella's new bedroom:

    Lylia Rose Blog - A sneak peek at my daughter's white and pink girly bedroom decor

    Lylia Rose Blog - A sneak peek at my daughter's white and pink girly bedroom decor

    Lylia Rose Blog - A sneak peek at my daughter's white and pink girly bedroom decor

    Lylia Rose Blog - A sneak peek at my daughter's white and pink girly bedroom decor

    Lylia Rose Blog - A sneak peek at my daughter's white and pink girly bedroom decor

    Ikea Flower Light Kids Lylia Rose Blog - A sneak peek at my daughter's white and pink girly bedroom decor

    Camper Van Cushion Kids Lylia Rose Blog - A sneak peek at my daughter's white and pink girly bedroom decor

    Paper Mache Personalised Hot Air Balloon Lylia Rose Blog - A sneak peek at my daughter's white and pink girly bedroom decor

    heart owl hangings Paper Mache Personalised Hot Air Balloon Lylia Rose Blog - A sneak peek at my daughter's white and pink girly bedroom decor

     
    Bella's walls have a few goodies pinned up. On one there's some personalised handmade bunting and her very first masterpiece! It's a canvas with her very first crayon squiggles on. Once Bella started making marks with crayons I bought a plain canvas.  I stuck it in front of her several times with a tub of crayons so she could create her very first work of art! 
     
    A collage of photo canvases and namesake frames she received as gifts are displayed on the next wall. They're very central so we can add to them if we wish as her collection grows. My ornate display frame I created and blogged about recently here is on the third wall. 

    The fourth wall is dominated by a pretty huge window, but we did pin up a cool Ikea pink flower nightlight alongside this.  It looks fab when lit at bedtime, creating a warm and cosy orangey pink glow.  We have ordered a blackout pink polka dot blind this week.  This will replace the current blinf=d which was intended for the spare room only and lets light flood through.  The blackout version is very much needed with the lighter nights and mornings fast approaching!

    We whipped the previous owners carpet straight up and laid oak style laminate boards with a real wood feel.  I prefer real wood or wooden style laminate floor as I find it much easier to clean.  Ben took a little convincing as he prefers a soft carpet underfoot!  To soften the look and give Bella somewhere comfortable to play we added a super soft fluffy white rug.  I think it's the softest rug I've ever felt!  

    As all the walls are white we decided to replace the original white doors with wooden doors. Not only do I prefer the look of these, but they break up the whiteness! The white doors that were here weren't so attractive either - more like big white blank boards with no detail and very badly hung!  We also replaced the white skirting with wooden and sanded the windowsill back to wood.  I think the naturalness of the wood creates a calming environment and is pleasing to the eye.  All our door frames still need sanding or painting. It just seems to be one of those jobs that have stayed on our to do list and is never as a high priority as anything else.  One day!

    The main furniture in Bella's bedroom has a white finish and includes a single bed, handmade children's wardrobe (which I really love) and a cube storage unit filled with toys! I thought white a good colour choice, as we can then just change the colour of the textiles/decor as Bella grows and her preferences change.  We won't need to replace the actual furniture.  
     
    For now pink the favourite colour!  A pink bedspread of either Hello Kitty or a patchwork design currently covers the bed. There are also a few great cushions, my favourite being the pink camper van cushion from B&Q. It's just fab! We filled the storage unit with colourful canvas cube boxes to create fun bright pops of colour for toy storage.  These are also very light and easy for Bella to pull out and put away herself.

    The very cool personalised hot air balloon which hangs from the ceiling is a wonderful crafty gift made by Bella's Oma (Gran in German).  All the grandchildren have one and we just received Reuben's last week.  They are such a cool idea!

    Ooh, another great idea is the children's book sling.  You can forward face the books so children can easily find their favourites. Bella is quite the bookworm so ours is rather overflowing, but she still manages to root through and choose books with ease!  I found ours on eBay where there was a good selection of different colours and themes.

    Bella's bedroom is so far the most completed room in the house. Once the door frame is complete and new blind is installed, there really won't be much else to do. Not for a long while anyway (I hope)!
     
    Here's what it looked like before:
     
    rennovating a bedroom

     

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