Bathroom makeover: Goodbye teal, hello dove grey

I had been wanting to give our family bathroom a bit of spruce up for a while now. The suite itself was fine, more than fine in fact, we were so lucky when we bought this house it had the most beautiful bathroom with a big roll top bath. Totally clinched the sale for me I’m not going to lie. There is no way that Mr Mostly would ever let me buy a suite like that, he thinks the bath is far too big for an average sized room and completely out of place in a new-ish build. Pah! So I will be forever grateful to the people who lived here before us for putting it in! Anyway when Homebase got in touch asking if they could help me with a project around the house, it felt like the perfect kick up the backside to give my bathroom a bit of a freshen up.

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It’s a lovely bright bathroom with a large window and white suite so this means that we can be quite bold with colour in there. It was previously a teal colour which was nice but it was looking a little tired and it was time for a change. It was time to say goodbye to the teal and hello dove grey. I’m a bit of a dab hand with a roller and I did it within a day. Mr Mostly was seriously impressed, I think he was expecting to come home from work and have to get a paintbrush out not be met with a finished bathroom and dinner on the table! Ha!

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Bathroom makeover (Mostly) Yummy Mummy Blog

I am so in love with the grey it is not true. Such a gorgeous colour and it makes the bathroom feel completely different. I think it looks especially good against the bright white suite and I went with white bathroom accessories too and let the walls talk for themselves. I’m not too keen on the cherry coloured wood floor in this room but actually the grey makes it look so warm that I might be convinced to keep it a little longer.

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I replaced our old mirror with this new mirrored cabinet to give us a little more storage. We have a huge built in storage cupboard for the bathroom which means I can hide all of our clutter but with two teenagers in the house, you can never have enough storage trust me! They’ve already taken over this cabinet and have claimed a shelf each I didn’t get a look in!

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Bathroom makeover (Mostly) Yummy Mummy Blog

I put up a plain white blind and shower curtain. We primarily use the bath in here but there is an overhead shower. Little touches for the windowsill include an extendable shaving mirror and these pretty new soap dispenser and tumbler. They go perfectly with my shell and starfish accessories which must be getting on for twenty years old – they were two of the very first things that we bought for our love nest all those years ago! And of course no bathroom spruce up is complete without a new bale of towels. Soft, fluffy, white towels. Ahhh!

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Bathroom makeover (Mostly) Yummy Mummy Blog

It’s amazing what a difference a small budget (and day of hard work) has made in here. I am so in love with my new bathroom *happy sigh*

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Disclaimer: This post has been written in collaboration with Homebase who kindly provided me with a budget to go towards my bathroom makeover. All words and hard work are of course my own. As is the grey paint that I keep finding in my hair. 

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Eve Sleep Mattress up for review

I’m sure I remember reading somewhere that we spend something like a third of our lives in bed. A third of our lives. That’s an awful long time, isn’t it? So I don’t know about you but I want to make it as comfortable as possible. And that’s where the lovely people at Eve Sleep can help. Eve Sleep aim to simplify the process of buying one of life’s most important purchases – the humble mattress.

Eve Sleep only sell online and only sell one mattress which they believe suits the vast majority of people. And because they sell them direct, they pass on the savings directly to their customers. It is designed and engineered in the UK using the highest quality materials using a high quality memory foam for body support, with a natural latex top layer which gives a bit of bounce. It is 10 inches deep and has a breathability which gives a cooler sleep than you get with traditional memory foam.

When Eve Sleep got in touch asking if I would like to choose a mattress to review, it couldn’t have come at a better time as I was unhappy with our own mattress. We had never been quite happy with it since buying it a couple of years ago and had even resorted to buying a memory foam topper for it but it still wasn’t quite right. It was okay but without meaning to sound like Goldilocks, it was far from perfect. But of course it was such a large investment that I didn’t feel justified in replacing it because it wasn’t quite good enough. One of the things that first impressed me about Eve though was that they totally understand what a big purchase a mattress can be and that the mattress is right for you. So much so in fact that they offer a 100 night sleep trial so if it doesn’t suit, they pick it up and offer a full refund. You can’t ask much better than that – especially for a Goldilocks like me! I learnt the hard way that 10 minutes laying on a mattress in a shop isn’t enough to choose a mattress for life!

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In order that I could get the full customer experience, I was able to order my own mattress online and I have to say that it couldn’t have been easier. The website itself was clear and easy to navigate. Eve only sell one type of mattress so there is no going around in circles trying to work out which one might be best for you, you simply select the size you need. It’s worth noting too that they offer both standard UK sizes and IKEA sizes too and all mattresses come with a 10 year guarantee. They offer free UK delivery and of course it is all arranged at the click of a button. The mattress arrived quickly, within just a couple of working days, and I was kept fully updated with the delivery and dispatch details along the way.

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Eve Sleep Mattress up for review (Mostly) Yummy Mummy Blog

When it arrived in a box, I couldn’t believe that a whole mattress was in there. It is carefully wrapped up inside the box and as you open it, it is like you can see it come to life before your very eyes as it inflates to it’s full size! It takes literally seconds to open up I wish I had been able to catch it on video in hindsight! I never thought I’d say this about a mattress either but it really is a good looking thing. I love the yellow edges!

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Prices vary according to the size of the mattress of course but Eve only sell online as I said before and missing out the middle man really does have a huge impact on the cost. I know that I was really pleasantly surprised given the premium quality that the prices start at just £350 for a single up to £850 for a humongous 7 foot x 7 foot mattress. Not forgetting of course that all mattresses come with a very generous 10 year guarantee plus if you are not happy, just let them know within 100 days and they will pick it up for free and give you a full refund.

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That first night using our new Eve mattress was like sleeping on a cloud. It’s fair to say that I am fussy about my mattresses but I have never slept on a mattress quite like it. To say that it is comfy doesn’t come close to doing it justice it is beyond comfy! We have been sleeping on it for about five or six weeks now and originally, I didn’t intend to write this review until nearer to the end of the 100 day trial period but in all honesty, I couldn’t wait to tell you about it! I would only ever recommend something that I hand on heart truly love you know that and actually, it has to be said that reviewing something as big as a mattress does come with a huge responsibility for me. But it is no exaggeration to say that this mattress has changed my life. Every night that I get into bed, I have that same sleeping-on-a-cloud feeling that I had the very first time I slept on it. Comfiest. Mattress. Ever. Eve Sleep have stripped away the jargon and confusion and what you are left with is a product that is simply beautiful and beautifully simple. And one thing is for sure, I won’t be sending it back after the 100 day trial!

Check out Eve Sleep and their amazing mattresses for yourself at evemattress.co.uk 

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Disclaimer: For the purpose of this review I was very kindly provided with an Eve mattress of my choice. All opinions are of course my own. As are best nights sleep I have had in living history zzzzzzz. 

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The one that didn’t get away

If there is one thing that drives me mad, it’s going shopping in August and finding that the shops are already full of autumn clothes. I don’t want to think that far ahead. It’s August. I want to dress for August not October. Of course, we will forget about the fact that the weather doesn’t seem to know that it’s August either but you know, minor detail. I live in Yorkshire, we can cope with a bit of weather. Heck, we can even cope with all weathers in one day. As annoying as that might be.

You see, I suppose you would say that I am a hopeful dresser. As in I wake up in the morning and hope that the weather might get better. I dress for summer in summer. Even if the weather doesn’t always play ball. I am determined to squeeze every last day out of summer goosepimples and all and refuse to even think autumn thoughts while it is still August. But that said, there are always exceptions. And the other week I came across this really rather gorgeous exception in Zara. The fact that it is a bag means that I could argue that it is season-less. But it isn’t of course. It screams out to be worn with chunky knits and opaque tights.

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I was in the York branch of Zara the other week when this caught my eye. I was purposely ignoring the rails and rails of autumn clothes and digging through the sad remains of the summer sale. But as we were leaving this beauty caught my eye and it is fair to say that it was love at first sight. If there is one thing that I don’t need, it’s another handbag but they are my absolute weakness. I left without buying it on principal because of the whole autumn in August thing but within the hour, I was back to buy it. It was one of those times when I just knew that if I didn’t buy it, it would become This Years Must Have Thing, sell out everywhere and haunt me for ever. As I took it to the cash desk to pay, the sales assistant smiled at me. She said she saw me looking at it lovingly earlier and knew that I would be back. You see, she understood. Obviously a bag girl herself. Principals schmrinciples.

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P.S. I found it online if you want to take a look for yourself. Although it has to be said that the name Leather Details Messenger Bag could do with some work, Zara. Just look at her! Does she look like a plain old Leather Details Messenger Bag to you? Tut.

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Back to school with Cloggs

Cloggs are one of the UK’s largest independent footwear retailers and they got in touch asking if we would like to choose some new school shoes to review here on my blog. I have to say that I was impressed by the huge range featuring the likes of Kickers, Geox, Dr Martens and many more with styles for girls and boys of all ages.

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Back to school with Cloggs - Kickers Kick T patent school shoes (Mostly) Yummy Mummy Blog

We chose these Kickers Kick T in black patent which come in both infant and junior sizes. As you can see, they are just adorable but they really are a practical choice too. We’ve never had Kickers before (although I have obviously heard of the brand) but I was impressed with just how robust and well-made they were. I love the classic Kickers design and they will be perfect for school. Who says that practical shoes can’t be gorgeous too? I say these give the best of both worlds!

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My girls love patent leather shoes because they are shiny. Magpies the pair of them! But actually experience has taught me just how much school shoes are put through their paces day in day out and I always favour patent leather for my girls because I find it really hard wearing. These Kick T shoes have even been specially designed with scuff-resistance in mind. The traditional t-bar design has an adjustable strap and buckle to ensure a perfect fit every time and obviously they are easy for little hands to fasten themselves. I love buckle fastenings as they always feel much sturdier than velcro. They even have an anti-microbial treatment to keep them smelling fresh and the padded heel collar and insole provides extra comfort. Priced at £39.99 for the infant sizes and £44.99 for the junior sizes I think they are very reasonable considering just how sturdy these shoes look. Obviously we are yet to really put them to the test but you can see for yourself just how beautifully made they are.

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I have only very recently had my girls’ feet measured so I was quite confident when ordering these shoes online and when they arrived they were thankfully a great fit. There is a size guide on the Cloggs website though if you need it and not only are all orders are available with free fast UK delivery but returns are free too should you need to. Always something to keep in mind when you are ordering shoes online of course.

The Cloggs back to school range includes both boys’ and girls’ school shoes in infant, junior and senior sizes, as well the all-important shoe care products to keep them looking spick and span for terms to come and a fantastic selection of bags for all ages. There is also a great back to school giveaway with kits being given away each week – you can find out more here.

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Disclaimer: For the purpose of this review we were kindly sent both pairs of the Kickers Kick T shoes shown. All opinions are of course my own. 

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Mummy, mama, mum – what’s in a name?

Mummy, mum, mumsy, mommy, mama, moma, ma, mam, mammy, mami, maman, mother, mom…

Which one are you?

I am most definitely Mummy.

The other night as I was tucking my seven year old up in bed, she asked me if she will still have to call me Mummy when she is a big grown-up. To which I replied yes! If you want me to answer you you will! I asked her why she thinks my name will change when she gets older. She said that she thought she might call me Mum. Or even Sarah. Cheeky monkey! I asked her if she plans to change her name when she gets older and she screwed up her little nose in disgust and said of course not! Then why do you think that my name will change? I will always be Mummy to you, silly sausage!

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It’s not that I particularly object to the name Mum as such, I think it’s more a case that I have been Mummy for over seventeen years. I know that a lot of children stop using Mummy and somewhere along the line it turns into Mum but personally I just don’t associate it with having babyish connotations. It’s just who I am. I see myself as Mummy and can’t imagine suddenly being called Mum. Not by my seven year old or her siblings.

Of course, she is not the first of my brood to broach this subject. I remember having a similar conversation with my son at probably around the same age as her. He used to complain that he was the only child in his class to call his parents Mummy and Daddy and I seem to remember just shrugging it off and saying tough. He’s seventeen now and still calls us Mummy and Daddy. Well to our faces at least. I’m sure he uses different names when he is talking about us to his friends *snort*

My nine year old on the other hand is at the other end of the spectrum. If somebody makes reference to her Mum she will say to them that she doesn’t have a Mum. Completely straight faced. Of course what she doesn’t explain is that she has a Mummy and so they are left thinking they have put their foot in it with this poor motherless child when in fact she is just a pedant. With a Mummy. It has been the cause of many interesting read awkward conversations in the playground before now god love her!

You could argue that it really doesn’t matter what your children call you. What’s in a name and all that? And I’d probably have to agree. Just not when it comes to me! Ha! The funny thing is that I can’t even remember how I ever became Mummy over say Mama, Mum or anything else for that matter so I’m not sure why I am quite so attached to it? But I am.

Sorry kids but Mummy is here to stay.

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P20 up for review

When the lovely people over at P20 sun protection got in touch asking if I would like to try out their range of lotions, I jumped at the chance having heard so many people rave about them before.

Whatever the day holds P20, the iconic once a day sun protection brand, makes it easy for all skin types to stay protected. It is active just 15 minutes after application and contains both UVA and UVB filters providing broad spectrum sun protection for up to 10 hours. The very water resistant formula is transparent, non-greasy, fragrance and paraben free, to provide the ultimate coverage in and out of the water.

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The original P20 SPF20 sun protection is available in a transparent lotion while SPFs 15, 30 and 50+ have been formulated with a lighter weight consistency and a spray format for ease of application. Personally I do prefer the spray lotions as they are so much easier to apply especially on to wriggly children. It just seems much less fuss than a traditional lotion. With mine being that bit older, I encourage them to apply their own lotion now and they prefer a spray application too. It has a really lovely light weight formula making even coverage simple. It is quickly absorbed too with none of the stickiness or messy white marks you get with thicker creams.

P20 is designed to ensure one application a day is sufficient, keeping time spent re-applying sun protection to a minimum. I must admit that this did feel strange at first but I soon got used to it! Sending them off knowing that they were protected for the day without worrying about them remembering to reapply is so much easier (especially when they are at school and you are not there to make sure they do it properly!) With younger children I remember all too well that just getting them to stay still long enough to slap that cream on is hard enough in the first place, never mind facing re-applying again later in the day. P20 really couldn’t be easier. Plus of course that once a day application goes a long way making P20 more economical than other sun protection products that need to be re-applied regularly during the day.

P20 is the perfect sun protection for the whole family when outdoors, at home and abroad. At the first sign of sunshine as a family, we are always out making the most of it whether that is on holiday or even just in the garden at home but not without wearing sun protection of course. I love that with P20 we are protected from the sun for the day in just one easy application. Having tried it and loved it, I can’t imagine using anything else now, I honestly can’t recommend it enough.

The P20 range is available in both 200ml and a travel friendly 100ml size from all major grocery and pharmacy retailers RRP £13.29/100ml or £24.49/£200ml. 

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Disclaimer: For the purpose of this review I was kindly sent press samples of the P20 range but all opinions here are of course my own. I only ever recommend brands that I hand on heart truly love.

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The one with the exam results

It was results day for my son last week and to be honest, it couldn’t come soon enough. It really has been hanging over him since finishing school for the summer and as the day grew closer, he became really quite nervous about his results. Obviously once the exams have been sat, there is very little you can do about it. You can only try your best on the day and worrying doesn’t change anything. I always say that you should hope for the best but prepare for the worst.

Even though it was only AS results for him, actually there was no only about it. The results of these exams would determine if he would be staying on for school in Year 13. If he didn’t reach his predicted grades, it would be game over for him. Re-sits are no longer an option at this stage which I actually think is terribly unfair but there you go. I know that you could argue that AS levels are not as important as GCSEs or final A levels but actually they are the most important thing in his life right now. It’s too easy to dismiss AS levels as just being that in between year that doesn’t count for quite as much but actually I’m sure that my son would say that it bloody well does when it is you sitting them!

The one with the exam results (Mostly) Yummy Mummy BlogAs it happens it was a day of good news. And not so good news. But we chose to focus on the good news as it really was exceptionally good news! It means that he will be staying on for Year 13 but unfortunately he won’t be able to continue with one of his courses. He’s fine with that though and honestly, we couldn’t be prouder of him. He might not have reached his expected target grade but he has the subject as an AS level under his belt even if it won’t go on to be an A level. He has worked incredibly hard over the last school year and even though he’s not going to be taking the same path as he expected, I am sure that he will get to where he wants to be in the end.

Around results day every year, the same old stories are rolled out in the press. A few days before my son got his results there were reports about incorrect marking of papers this year meaning that hey kids, you might have passed after all! So are you not to believe that scrap of paper on the day then? Are we to presume that they were all marked incorrectly? Terrible. And then of course the age old story that pass rates are getting higher which must mean that exams are getting easier. I mean heaven forbid that this generation might just be smarter than those that have gone before. Let’s not underestimate the huge pressure that schools put kids under these days. Trust me when I say this, expectations are high. I mean higher than high.

Of course there are always those who are quick to hand out their own advice too. Look at me kids, I failed all my A levels and look at how amazingly successful I am. Yawn. Do you know what, hindsight is a wonderful thing and I’m a big believer in us all making our own paths in life. I know both Mr Mostly and I both did. We couldn’t have taken more unconventional routes but we did alright. In fact in Mr Mostly’s case, more than alright! But actually there is nothing less helpful for a teenager to hear. You might as well say that all these years of studying are pointless. You don’t need these qualifications anyway and even if you do pass them with flying colours, it’s only because they are easier these days. Seriously. Do me a favour.

So there we have it. One very relieved son looking forward to starting Year 13 in September. And as if that wasn’t enough, tomorrow is GCSE results day for my eldest daughter. We don’t do things by halves, do we?

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