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Let’s be honest, when giving your home a makeover, what rooms do you focus on the most? We are guessing the living room and bedroom, the two rooms where you tend to spend the most of your downtime. However, it is our kitchens that could do with a bit of ‘me’ time as well, being the focus of our attention to improve both the aesthetics and practical uses. You don’t need to break the bank either, as you can give your kitchen a facelift on a budget. We have some ideas to help you, breathing new life into one of the most essential rooms in your home.

  • Sort out any DIY issues within the kitchen first. Problems with ventilation? Blocked pipes? Cracked walls? Head over to Bidvine and hire a professional to repair any pressing jobs before you enhance your kitchen area.
  • Replenish your kitchen essentials. If you’re still using those chipped plates and glasses from years back, or you are still reliant on what your mum gave you when you moved into your home, it may be time to buy some new stuff to complement your kitchen makeover. Enamel kitchenware is making a come back and is both affordable and practical. You could colour scheme your crockery, as well, buying plates and cups that match the overall look of your kitchen.
  • Refresh your old cabinets. Cabinets can be expensive to replace, but if they are still in a good condition, give them a makeover. You can give them a fresh lick of colour, as well as changing up the textures, and adding new handles. Take a look at the gorgeous kitchen hardware designs here to give you a little bit of inspiration. There are all kinds of combinations you can use in your design choices, so think creatively.
  • Work on your countertops. Something else that is expensive to replace, but you can give these a bit of a facelift as well. There are all kinds of painting kits available, giving your countertops a whole new look, from a faux marble effect to a soapstone look using chalkboard paint. Give them a good polish too, smoothing out any worn damage, and you will soon have something that looks brand new, even when it isn’t!
  • Give your kitchen a colour pop. While you could design your kitchen with matching colours, this can look a little boring if everything looks the same. Instead, focus on one area of the room with a blast of colour. From paintwork on the walls to a colourful appliance, you can make a striking impact to your kitchen’s atmosphere.
  • Switch your lighting. A decent light fixture can totally transform your kitchen, with a statement chandelier or colourful pendant lights. As well as your overhanging lights, you can also bring focus to certain areas of the room, perhaps with a wall lantern or undercabinet lights to highlight shadowed areas. Lighting is both practical and decorative, so choose something that is reflective of your overall kitchen design.

These kitchen ideas should suit every budget, and don’t need the stress and expense of a complete overhaul. If you have any further thoughts on how to give a kitchen a makeover, perhaps from your experiences, be sure to let me know.

Sarah x

 













 

I previously mentioned I had gone dairy free due to a slight intolerance and I wanted to see how it would effect me. I got on so well that I decided I wanted to give up meat too, I also gave up eggs and essentially became vegan.

I have been eating vegan for a couple of weeks now and even though it was a struggle at first, I am really glad I have made this decision.

I’m not going to go into the ins and outs about why I think this is healthy and what my research has told me. I will not preach my views about animals and the dairy industry on to anyone but I will be sharing a lot more food ideas with you.

Growing up I lived on chicken nuggets, chips and pizza. I was so fussy! My whole family have been worried about what will I eat if I am eating a vegan diet, but actually, this has inspired me to try new foods and has forced me in a way to eat more fruit and veg.

I feel healthy and I feel happier than I have in a long time. Everyone’s body reacts differently to certain foods and I knew dairy wasn’t good for mine.

I have invested in a couple of cooking books and have a new found love for hummus.

I will still be sharing non vegan food on here for example in my gift guides as no one else in my family is vegan and I don’t want to restrict my reviews.

I am not declaring myself as completely vegan and cruelty free as for now I am just sticking to the vegan way of eating but as I use up old toiletries and things I will be trying to replace them with more cruelty free brands.

If any of you are vegetarian or vegan please share your favourite meals with me as I need veginspo!

Have any of you made a big diet change?

Sarah x

For my recent seaside getaway I wanted a few new clothing items to wear but didn’t want to spend too much. I came across the Krisp basic collection and they have so many great products at such reasonable prices.

I bought them all in a 10, I am usually a 8/10 but would always prefer to go for a 10 so things aren’t too tight. All of them were true to size.

Rose print knot front dress in turquoise.

This dress was £12.99 which I think is great for a dress. It fitted really well and was a very soft material and well made. I liked the tie feature and loved the colour.

Off the shoulder blouse in aqua.

This was £10 and I thought it would be good to wear of an evening with black jeans. It could be worn with any colour jeans or leggings. It cam with a matching colour vest which was joined to it on the inside, so no need to worry about it being see-through.

Tie dye maxi dress in turquoise.

I love maxi dresses on holiday as I tend to eat too much, so it is something comfy to wear but not restricting. This one was £10 and it honestly is so comfortable, its basically t shirt material and so easy to wear. It was slightly too long as I am short (5ft2) but the great thing with the elasticated waist part is that you can just fold it up to adjust the length 🙂

Turn up sleeve maxi dress in black.

Very similar to the previous maxi dress but this one had fold over sleeves. The material is similar as it is like a t shirt. This one was £14.99 which is still a great price. I also hooked this up slightly. I think plain black dresses are a staple in any wardrobe. I added a necklace and the outfit was complete!

What do you usually ear on holiday?

Sarah x

I previously mentioned Boho Betty in this post. They offer such stunning jewellery at an affordable price. You can create custom stacks of bracelets which I think is a pretty cool idea.

The stack I went for was:

Ziggy Blue Beaded Friendship Bracelet £14.50

Gim Orange Beaded Friendship Bracelet £22.00

Both bracelets are stunning and can be worn separately or worn together as a stack. You can buy as many as you want and have a larger stack if you wanted.

I think these would make a good gift idea as you could buy one every birthday/Christmas etc for someone and help them grow their collection for them to mix and match.

The bracelets are great quality and look a lot more expensive than they were!

I love how they are easily adjustable to fit a wide variety of sizes. I like the detail of the back, whether it has beads on the end or tassels, the closures are beautiful.

Really impressed and will be adding to my collection soon 🙂

Sarah x

As you will know, I recently made the decision to go dairy free. The biggest struggle for me was giving up chocolate and finding alternatives.

A lot of supermarkets offer their own dairy free alternatives to chocolate but it doesn’t taste quite like the real thing. I am not a massive fan of just plain dark chocolate, so I wanted to find different flavours/options.

The best dairy free chocolate I have found so far is from www.moofreechocolates.com and I love how many varieties they offer. You can buy them online or in certain supermarkets and health food shops. You can find their whole range here and also search for local stockists.

The bars I have tried so far are:

Bunnycomb bar – “A snack sized, dairy free rice milk chocolate bar topped with vegan friendly, honeycomb pieces.”

Lily-Lu’s minty moo – “A snack sized, organic, dairy free rice milk chocolate bar with mint.”

Cheeky orange – “A snack sized, organic, dairy free rice milk chocolate bar with orange.”

Original organic bar – “A snack sized, organic, dairy free rice milk chocolate bar made with our delicious, multi-award winning dairy free chocolate.”

The mini moos bars are a good size as a treat and I love the packaging with the cute little animal cartoons on the front!

My favourite has to be the orange one as I miss chocolate orange so much and this one is so yummy, you wouldn’t even know it wasn’t “real” chocolate! I like how they are all milk chocolate as often if you for something mint flavoured it is with dark chocolate.

If any of you are dairy free/vegan please let me know your go to chocolate 🙂

Sarah x