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#BEDM – Home Sweet Home

By 14 May 2014 Home Styling, Life, Lifestyle
Folkestone waves crashing on beach

The Blog Every Day in May prompt for today is ‘home sweet home’. So here’s a sneaky peek into my humble abode.

Home Sweet Home

I live in Folkestone, only about a 10 minute stroll through the town centre to the sea. The picture at the top of this post is the beach on a rather windy day! My house was built around 1880 so it’s got wonky walls and wonky floors. It’s nigh on impossible to find somewhere flat to put the dining table and don’t even talk about the fridge freezer!

We rent our house but we’re allowed to decorate which has meant we’ve been able to put our own stamp on the place. I painted the living room while suffering from a bad cold a week before my hen do! I was having a corsage making workshop in the house and started decorated before I was poorly so I ended up having to finish it while feeling like death warmed up. But it was worth it to get rid of the red walls.

We’re planning on re-decorating the bedroom soon. I only did it a couple of years ago but we’ve got a sloped ceiling with the window (and it’s a small one at that) on the short wall. This means the bedroom’s really dark and can be a bit gloomy. It’s currently all cream/off-white except for a feature wall, where the bed is, that’s metallic pink but I’m going to cover that up with a light grey. I’m hoping that the lighter colour will reflect the light a little and make the room brighter. It can’t be worse than how it was when I first moved in with hubby. The bottom half of the walls were purple and the top orange with a fetching border around the middle! Not his taste, I might add! It was inherited from the previous tenants.

My sister’s currently living in the spare room but she’s moving to be closer to uni in a couple of months. We’re going to turn the room into a man cave / guest room. Basically it’s going to be a room where hubby can cover the walls in his Superman fan-boy paraphernalia without me complaining! We’re going to get a second hand sofa bed so we can put my parents up when they come over from their home in France. Take a look at my Pinterest board to see what I’m planning.

Basically, I think this house will always be a work in progress. It takes me so long to finish decorating that it’s time to do it again! We don’t want to spend too much as it’s not our house, but it is our home so we want it to be comfy and homely. We’re hoping to move out in a few years but we’ll most likely have to continue renting unless we suddenly win the lottery! *Fingers crossed!*

What’s your home like?

Rachel x

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#BEDM – Primark Wish List for the Summer

By 13 May 2014 Fashion, Life, Lifestyle

I don’t know about you but I seem to be checking the Primark website at least weekly to look at what’s new. What does tend to annoy me is that I can never find anything off there actually in my local shop. Grr!!

So here’s my wishlist for the summer, if it ever turns up of course! I’m praying for some warm sunshine.

Primark Wish List May 13th

I’m loving the dungarees this season! I’ve not actually bought any yet as I’ve not been brave enough but I’m totally feeling the shorts dungarees for the summer. I think they’d be great festival wear (I’m going to the first blogging festival, Blogstock, in August) and I wouldn’t have to worry about flashing my belly to strangers! These pink dungarees from Primark are really cute and I love that they’ve combined them with the My Little Pony t shirt. The pastel trend is really pretty.

To go with the dungarees, I love these jelly sandals. They’re cute and versatile plus, because they’re plastic, if you get dirty you can just give them a wash!

In the top corner is the ivory batwing top I’ve been hunting for for ages. But I’ve never seen it actually in Primark. I think it’s really pretty and would go well with jeans and shorts when the weather’s warm enough. If I find it, I’ll be buying it.

I had to add a few home items into my Primark wish list. The black photo frame would be perfect for our bedroom; we’re going for a grey/silver colour scheme. The black would look really cool on our white furniture that we’re planning on buying from Ikea.

And last but not least, I spotted this watermelon candle that reminded me on one of my favourite films, Dirty Dancing.

“I carried a watermelon.”

Have you got your eye on anything from Primark this summer?

Rachel x

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#BEDM – Walk to Work Week 12th – 16th May 2014

By 12 May 2014 Life, Lifestyle
Boots are made for walking.

This week is Walk to Work Week and it serves as today’s #BEDM prompt. I think I’m doing pretty well with this blogging every day lark!

I walk to work every day. It takes me about 12 minutes so there really is no reason to do the journey any other way. It’s not the most thrilling walk in the world. I live and work in Folkestone town so I’m just walking past houses and the local primary school whilst perfecting my little dance, the dog poo dodge.

I don’t understand why people have a dog if they’re not prepared to clean up after it. There’s always so much poo all over the pavements, including outside the primary school where little kids could step in it, not to mention the mums who might end up pushing their buggies through it. It’s totally gross.

Depending on which route I take, I pass the railway station, which was originally opened in 1884 but has been rebuilt several times, the last time was in 1961, when the line was electrified.

I’ll also pass Kingsnorth Gardens, which were opened in 1928. The site was once used for excavating brick earth to make, well, bricks, strangely enough. The Foord Viaduct was built using bricks from the local area. The gardens were built after the area was turned into allotments and then became a dumping ground for rubbish.

I took this photo the other morning:

Tulips in Kingsnorth Gardens, Folkestone

In the summer the roses will come out and it’ll be a lovely place to sit and eat lunch. My office is just up the road.

Once I get into work I’m presented with this view. Not bad, huh?

View from the office

Unless it’s foggy and/or raining, in which can you can’t see much at all!

Where does you morning commute take you?

Rachel x

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#BEDM – British Sandwich Week – What’s In Yours?

By 11 May 2014 Food, Life, Lifestyle
British Sandwich Week

This week is British Sandwich Week. Sandwiches can be both epic and lame. Most of the time I take homemade sandwiches to work and most of the time, they suck. I tend to have the same filling every day for a week and it tends to be either ham or tuna.

Posh cheese and pickle sandwich at the Lavender Tea House, Folkestone
This tasty sandwich is from the Lavender Tea House in Folkestone.

I like buying sandwiches but they’re so expensive for what they are. Saying that, a freshly made sarnie can be pretty damn good! The other day I bought a hot roast lamb sandwich from Butty’s sandwich shop near work. Every day they do a hot roast sandwich. I really want to try their roast pork as they serve it with apple sauce and crackling!

It’s said that the sandwich is named after the 4th Earl of Sandwich who asked his valet to bring him some meat between two slices of bread. Apparently he liked to gamble and eating this way allowed him to use one hand, which wouldn’t get greasy, and he could hold his cards in the other. Other aristocrats then started asking for what Sandwich was having and the term was coined.

The best sandwich shop in Canterbury?

There’s a sandwich shop in Canterbury called CJ’s. They do filled baguettes and have a huge menu. I used to go quite often while I was at college and while I was working in Canterbury. One of my favourite fillings was hoi sin duck, but I also liked the prawn marie rose. Yum!

Bacon sandwich at Loaf, Sandgate
Mmm… bacon sarnie. This was awesome hangover food from Loaf in Sandgate.

Awesome Aussie sangers

I briefly worked at the Parliament of Victoria in Melbourne as a food and beverage attendant. Once I’d finished my shift I was allowed to make myself a sandwich before heading home. I was told I was only allowed to use two slices of bread so I made the most insane sandwiches that were about an inch thick! I had chicken, avocado, roasted pepper, salad, ham, all sorts! I then used to sit in the tranquil gardens by the parliament building and tuck in.

What’s you favourite sandwich filling?

Tell me in the comments below!

Rachel x

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#BEDM – World Fair Trade Day

By 10 May 2014 Food, Life, Lifestyle
World Fair Trade Day 2014

Today, 10th May, is World Fair Trade Day. Every year, there’s a theme. This year’s is ‘Fair Trade People’ and the idea is to celebrate all the producers and consumers who drive the growth of Fair Trade.

World Fair Trade Day was started by the World Fair Trade Organization and it’s celebrated in six continents around the world every second Saturday in May. The day aims to increase awareness of Fair Trade, which has helped to improve the lives of millions of people around the globe. Fair Trade helps to secure fair prices for produce, improve working conditions and create long-term trade partnerships.

“Fair Trade was established to enable producers, especially the smaller ones, to improve their livelihoods in a sustainable fashion. With the support of conscientious consumers, Fair Trade has grown to become a sustainable solution to fight poverty and economic crisis. Today, Fair Trade impacts not only producers but all of us. Fair Trade is a movement of the people, by the people and for the people.” Natália Leal, WFTO Chief Executive

To support World Fair Trade Day you can buy Fair Trade products. One of the most well-known Fair Trade brands in the UK is Divine Chocolate. I’ve just checked out their website and they’ve got a fab selection of recipes on there including one for chocolate pudding with hot cherry sauce! It sounds divine! (Pun very much intended!)

Chocolate pudding with hot cherry sauce - recipe from Divine Chocolate

How drool worthy is that?

Do you buy Fair Trade?

I don’t think I’ve ever gone out of my way to by Fair Trade, and I do feel slightly guilty. The issue for me personally is price. One day I’d love to buy organic and make sure everything is Fair Trade, in the same way that I’d love to buy from my local farmers’ market and support the local economy. Unfortunately, it boils down to the nasty m word. Money. We spend too much on our weekly shop anyway, and we mostly buy own-brand products or what’s on offer.

Do you buy Fair Trade?

Rachel x

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