We’ve all heard about crazy cat ladies – those people living in a whirlwind of cat hairs and a thousand meows (you may be one yourself) – but many of us are crazy dog people too. And while it’s fine to fall head over heels in love with our wonderful pets, if any of the following are true to you, your affection for your canine companion is borderline obsessive.

1. You spend more money on your dog than you do yourself

You have bought pooch the essentials. From these fabulous Responsible Owner dog collar and lead sets to feeding dishes and chew toys, you have done all you can to meet your dog’s needs. But if you find yourself adding more things to your Amazon wishlist for your dog than yourself; if you spend more time browsing pet store shelves than your local boutique, and if you spend more time dressing your dog up in fashionable items than catering for your wardrobe, then it’s quite clear where your priority lies.

2. You go overboard with treats

Here’s something you shouldn’t do. Giving your dog the occasional treat is fine, especially when they have adhered to good behaviour, but you shouldn’t confuse discipline with decadence. There is a time and a place to give your dog a treat, but if you are letting your dog eat the tasty morsels from your plate, and if you are handing out treats every time your dog looks at you with pleading eyes, then you are going to have a porker on your hands. And that isn’t a laughing matter, as their health may be at risk. DON’T DO IT!!!

3. Your dog has his own social media profile.

It’s kind of okay to share pics of your dog online, and it’s reasonable to visit pet-oriented social networks, but to set up their own profile? Fun for a while, but if you’re regularly updating their status and sending out tweets on their behalf, that’s a special kind of crazy right there. It can be funny, and many of us do it. But if you spend more time sweating over what your dog needs to tell the world on their social media profiles than you do your own? If you spend more time posting pics of your dog than of yourself, then you are bordering on obsession!

4. Your DVD collection is dog-eared

And no, we don’t mean your dog has chewed your DVD cases beyond recognition. We are saying that nearly every one of your film collection is dog-themed in some way. From family friendly dog-flicks like Beethoven and Benji, to those tear-jerkers you know you shouldn’t watch but still do (in the hope the dog will survive this time) – think Marley and Me and Hachi: a Dog’s Tale – there is no room for your partner’s Bruce Willis movies or those other films you used to obsess over. Not only that, but you probably set up a special movie night with dog-related movies; just you and pooch, a bucket full of popcorn (again, be mindful of those treats), and a box of tissues just in case Marley does pop his clogs again! Nooooooo!

And so…

This article may not relate to you at all. But if your dog is sat next to you in shades and a hat; if your dog is taking up all the room on the sofa, and if you’re about to tweet ‘Dogz Rule and Cats Suck’ from your pooches Twitter account, then we wouldn’t like to call you barking mad, but you probably are more than slightly obsessive over your four-legged friend!

Sarah x

One thing I have missed since adapting my vegan diet is sweets, a lot of jelly sweets are not suitable for vegans. In my quest to find some tasty sweets I came across the real wine gum. The range currently consists of: a white chardonnay, a german riesling, a rosé, and a red merlot wine gum.

The great thing about these is:

– Non-alcoholic
– Contains no animal produce is free of fat, nuts, lactose and gelatine. Suitable for vegetarians and vegans. No colouring-matter or liquorice added.

They taste great and are healthier option to regular wine gums. I think you can really taste the different wine flavours in them too. a lot more realistic than any I have tried before.

Do you like wine gums?

Sarah x

You guessed it, more Vegan snacks! I can’t get enough of finding healthy vegan snacks recently. It is important when eating a vegan diet that you make sure you are having enough nutrients and vitamins We often take for granted how good nuts and seeds are for your body. Munchy seeds have a great range of snack packs and pots so you ensure you have something healthy to snack on or add to a meal.

Munchy seeds have a great variety, both vegan and non vegan. Not going to lie, the chocolate ones do sounds good!

The ones I have been trying are: Salted caramel, Sesame sprinkles, Super berry and Chilli bites.

You can buy them in different pack sizes depending on what you want. The snack packs are so handy to carry around with you but if you are going to snack on them regularly at home or at work then it is worth getting a tub. You can eat them straight from the tub or add to a meal.I like to put a seed selection on my porridge in the mornings so something like this is ideal as I can use the supper berry ones in plain porridge to give it added flavour and nutrition.

My favourite ones to snack on straight from the pot are the salted caramel ones. They are so tasty, you wouldn’t even think of that flavour when you think of seeds but it goes so well. They are great to add to plain yogurt too.

Seeds are great for you as they are naturally gluten free too. A lot of people suffer with gluten intolerances and have to be so careful with what they eat. My grandad has to eat gluten free so i am always trying to find new things to share with him as well as progress in my vegan journey.

Do you like eating seeds?

Sarah x

I shared a post with you a few weeks back about what Tesa products I had been using around the house. Today I wanted to let you know about their craft range you can buy online.

They do so many items, from various tapes, to glue dots and glitter glue. You can see the full range here. My favourite product I have tried has to be the glitter glue as it is perfect if you are into crafting/card making or even to add a simple embellishment onto a wrapped present. They come in various colours, and well, I love anything glittery, haha.

Growing up, my mum always handmade cards and was into her crafts so I have always had an interest in things like that and watched how she made things. A glue stamp would come in so handy if you are layering different pieces of card or paper or even to stick photos on a card or make a display. It is so easy to use!

They also do a double sided film on a dispenser that is so easy to use as you can then pick the length and cut it easy. This should be good in crafting and also in wrapping presents, rather than having ugly tape on the outside, you can use it to join the wrapping paper neatly where it overlaps. I prefer double sided tape to normal tape.

Planning to share these with my mum so she can use them in her card making 🙂

Do any of you do any paper crafts or anything?

Sarah x

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The bathroom in our home is one room that is often overlooked, as let’s be honest, we do not spend a lot of our time in this room of our house. However, it is one room that you should look to plan well, and that goes for the layout as well as the décor. If you are looking to redesign your bathroom in your home, then you should look at some of the design inspirations that can be found on the House & Garden website, where you may be able to get some good ideas to incorporate into your bathroom in your home.

What Facilities Do You Require?

You may think that this is a redundant question as everyone needs the same things in their bathrooms. However, each home has a differing amount of space to play with, so you will need to design your bathroom layout, bearing this in mind. There are quite a few options for you to consider.

• How many sinks do you require?

• Do you need a bath?

• Do you need a shower?

• What kind of toilet do you want?

• Do you need a bidet?

• Do you want a hot tub?

When you know what it is that you want in your bathroom, you can then start the process of looking for all your bathroom accessories including showers from a trade and retail supplier.

Work Out Your Colour Scheme

When you know what the layout of your bathroom is going to be roughly, you will then need to work out the colour scheme that you are going to implement. You find that modern bathroom fittings and fixtures come in a wide variety of different colours, so it should be possible to source the fixings that you need in a colour that pleases your sense of taste. Once you know what the bathroom is going to look like in your mind’s eye, you will then need to install the fixtures and fittings, and this is something that you can either get an expert to do for you, or if you have advanced DIY experience, you can do this yourself.

Finding A Reputable Contractor

There are many excellent websites that you can use to check the credentials of potential contractors, and one of the most popular ones is Checkatrade, where you can find loads of contractors within your local area, and you also get the advantage of being able to read their previous customers reviews about them. One thing that you need to bear in mind with these types of reviews sites though is that the companies pay for their listing on the website, so it is within the websites own interests to make sure that their clients look appealing as possible.

Doing The Work Yourself

If you are going to do the work yourself then this will require more planning, you will first need to ensure that you purchase all the supplies that you need, as well as also making sure that you have all the tools that you will require for the job. Make sure that you plan things thoroughly to ensure that you have everything in place before you start the job. Remember, the bathroom is an essential room in your home that everybody needs access to, so when planning the redesign of your bathroom make sure that you do the job as quickly as possible, reducing the impact that it will have on both you and your family.

Sarah x