How would you make the most of a box room?
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How would you make the most of a box room?
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Salt lamps are made of a chunk of Himalayan salt, it has a pink color to it. The salt is extracted from the underground that been there for millions of years. It is mined in the Himalayan mountains in Pakistan. The chunks of salt are handcrafted into the shape of a lamp. The insides are hollowed out to fit the lighting fixture. Once lit the light will travel through the salt to create a soft orange glow. Many people struggling with anxiety or depression will use these lamps, as it brings a calm relaxing feel into their space.
Salt lamps come in all sorts of colours, the most popular is pink. While there are white and grey to choose from. If you are a candle lover you can also purchase Himalayan salt candle holders which has the same effect as the lamp. Over recent years salt lamps have gained popularity, due to the health claims using these lamps.
Salt attracts moisture from the air, people will often find their <arel=”nofollow” href=”https://www.thelamplife.co.uk”>salt lamp wet or some water around the wooden base. A salt lamp act as a mini humidifier. People also believe that they create negative ions which reduces pollution from electrical goods. Negative ions can reduce pollen, dust, and dirt in the air. A salt lamp is believed to help clean the air in your home.
People that struggles with mental health will benefit from having these salt lamp in their homes. The lamp creates a soft gentle glow that not too bright, and it can completely change the feel in your home. People often feel more relaxed in the presence of a salt lamp. A salt lamp is often used with people that practice yoga or meditation.
A salt lamp is measured by its weight, the smallest weighs around 1 kg which is perfect on a dining table or on the mantlepiece. The largest salt lamp goes up all the way to 50kg which is free-standing and very heavy.
There are also small USB salt lamps that come crafted as a shape of a heart, leaf, turtle, and much more. These are perfect in the office just simply plug it into a computer. These are perfect for reducing stress levels and would make a lovely gift for a loved one.
If you are looking for a salt lamp be sure to visit this web site.
What are you doing to relax or keep calm while we battle covid 19?
*** I was gifted a salt lamp for the purpose of this post ***
Well I am super pleased I have wine in my hand for this post, since it is my second time writing it as accidentally deleted the whole last post. OMGGG cross words were used lol.
Any way this month I am lucky enough to be collaborating with a great Online Wine Shop were I get to sample some beautiful wines and pass on my honest option to you lovely lot!
I don’t know about any one else but one think Covid 19 lock down has taught me has to appreciate being home and relaxing on an evening with a cold glass of wine as there is no where to go, nothing to do and all the time in the world to relax.
I was lucky enough to be able to talk to a lovely lady on behalf of the company who helped me choose some wines according to my tastes but don’t worry- you can get help from the Knowledge Base on the website.
On a summer evening the wine I tend to reach for is a fruity Rose. So I have received the Rose Of Malbec to sample and let me tell you, this is 100% a repurchase of mine for the near future. The fruit flavour is so refreshing and light that this wine goes down so smoothly its a really enjoyable relaxed wine.
I don’t think any Rose lover would turn their nose up at this gorgeous drink- great price point too which is always a bonus.
When eating I tend to reach for a white wine, I don’t have a specific reason why it just seems a nice meal accompaniment to me.
I have never tried a Moscato before but I watch loadsssss of American TV and they mention Moscato ALOT. So when I got the chance to try a bottle I jumped at the chance and now i’m a convert.
Moscato D’Asti wine is super light and refreshing with a more subtle flavour compared to the rose but equally delicious. Its super fizzy too which is lovely this time of year. Wine pro’s may turn their nose up but I like a couple of cheeky ice cubes in my wine- the reusable type of course so as to not weaken the wine hehe.
What wine would you choose from the delicious selection? Have you had wine delivered before?
*** This is a collaboration post ***
I can’t believe next week it’s Fathers Day, I have literally just blinked and just lost 3 months of my life. Oh wait we all have!
Despite Covid 19 ruining everyone’s plans for everything for the last few months and beyond it’s still important to celebrate the dads, grandads, step dads, father figures and single mothers in our life!
So without further a do- here is some recommendations for gifts for your loved one.
If you have someone that loves the outdoors or in particular horses and equestrian gifts Rydale has some gorgeous well made pieces.
My hoodie featured below is so well made with beautiful delicate embroidered detailing of the cutest bees, I have been receiving many comments on this while out doing my daily exercise.
They stock ladies men’s and children’s variety of clothing too.
I’m sure I’m not the only one that has struggled to find certain items during this lock down period, or like me have been running out of items before the next weekly shop comes around due to everyone being home all of the time.
My family ate yogurt lovers and we just can seem to keep hold of them for 5 minutes right now.
So what if I told you, you could make 1kg of fresh yogurt at home that lasts up to two weeks in the fridge…. if the kids don’t demolish it in 2 day haha. Well with EasiYo you can!
Make it the night before and have delicious yogurt by morning. This has been a winner in our house.
Does your dad, husband, grandad like to potter around the house and see what they can make or mend with tat?
My dad is renowned for it! He’s most happy in his garage tinkering to see what he can come up with next.
Whether he’s a tech nerd (Rebel Tech Kit), a crafting wizard (Create and Craft Kit) or a master hacker (Hacks for your Home Kit) – he’ll be blown away by the 101 ways in which Sugru can be used to fix and improve pretty much anything around the house.
Each Sugru kit comes with four single use packs of Sugru, a dinky storage tin and a booklet with step by step guides for over 15 inspirational DIY projects
I don’t know about yours but my Dad could never function in a morning before he had, had his coffee. Many a conversation started with…. after this coffee darling
Over the years he has become accustomed to trying new brands and flavours off coffee, so this year I have got him some Cafepod Supercharger espresso to get his taste buds going in the morning!
This coffee is available In ground form, nespresso pods and whole bean so what ever your preferred method of brewing- they have it!
If I was a Dad the gift I would most like to get is lovely sweet treats that I can share with the kids. My son’s favourite food is Popcorn. So I would love nothing more than snuggling up with him on a Saturday night munching on some of the most delicious popcorn!
What better popcorn for a special occasion than Joe and Sephs Gormet Popcorn. I was lucky enough to receive a sample of some varieties of this popcorn and Wow just Wow. I’m seriously going to have to consider sharing this. Super delicious flavours, really luxurious and mooreish and beautifully Packaged. A gift I would love to receive.
What will you be getting your father figure this Father’s Day?
*** Disclaimer- some items have been gifted for the purpose of this review ***
I don’t know about any one else but I cannot comprehend that it is 3 months since we have been in a worldwide lock down due to the Coronavirus pandemic!
With a 4 year old at home due to school closures and a 7 week old baby to entertain life has been hard. Something that has been getting us through these tough times is child friendly recipes that we can whip up during a nap, and socially distance deliver to our family and friends.
A go to repeat recipe for us has been these super easy super tasty chocolate cookies, For them you will need
Why not have a go and tag me in your pictures on instagram @honestmumsthoughts I would love to see them.
If you fancy trying out some other recipes try Nicolas Peanut butter Banana Bread, Kate’s Muffins, Carlys Basic Banana Bread, Jane’s Amazing Looking Rocky Road or lastly Jaymee’s 3 ingredient fork biscuits.
Thanks Ladies for making me hungry and giving me new inspiration for next week. Rocky road is going to be the first try, Thanks Jane
If you fancy a tasty savoury treat before you make some delicious cookies did you know that you can order a McDonald’s for click and collect! Revolutionary i know. Right excuse me while I go eat my body weight in big macs and cookies.
Thanks As many of you will know if you have read previous blog posts, I am a sufferer of PCOS. This mean that trying to conceive can seem a mission that may be impossible.
It is a common condition which affects the way a woman’s ovaries work.
Basically everything I am lol.
If you are a sufferer I can tell you it is possible as obviously I have had my son while having this condition. It did how ever make the journey long and stressful with a feeling of what if it doesn’t happen for me.
The NHS is amazing but I felt at a loss when there were months between appointments when I really had no idea what was going on with my body. It was a case of waiting for an appointment when they called me in and having random blood testing to see how my cycles were going.
At the time of TTC for P I didn’t have periods naturally, they had to be drug induced which in turn meant I was not ovulating. This time my body seems to have had some sort of kick up the butt after going through pregnancy once and I do have periods, However not regular or in a consistent pattern.
After researching the internet I found a company called Dr Fertility. They offer fertility education and products to help people in their fertility journey. They are passionate about helping people maximize their chances of trying to conceive as well as raising awareness and educating people.
Dr Fertility really resignated with me and I was super happy when they offered a fertility monitor for me to help me along my way with TTC my second child. I saw this as a sign of hope that inbetween doctors appointments I can learn my own bodies rhythm.
I received the Mylotus fertility monitor just in time for the start of my next period. Super excited to learn about the machine I dived into the box to find the instructions. My first thought was a machine that is so clever must be complexed to operate. WRONG!
I was pleasantly surprised how simple it was and happy that it was written in layman terms and not medical terms for any Tom, Dick or Harry to understand.
The fertility monitor is a dual use amazing piece of kit which not only does it monitor ovulation it also tests for pregnancy too.
Some women have a high or low LH baseline level which can lead to inaccurate results when using traditional ovulation tests. myLotus numerically measures Luteinising Hormone (LH) levels, in your urine throughout your cycle, to help you understand your baseline level and detect your LH surge, which is an indication that ovulation is about to occur.
I’n not going to lie, I was quite concerned the machine might be complexed to use because it can do so much, but I was pleasantly suprised it wasnt.
Here’s a step by step in pictures for you!
Unfortunately this cycle ended in a BFN as my period arrived before I had chance to take a pregnancy test. Although I am feeling so much more positive about how my body works compared to someone without PCOS
As soon as I received my monitor I couldn’t wait to start tracking my cycle and see what was going on. Having PCOS means my levels can be all over the place but the MyLotus means I can start to understand my bodies cycle.
During this first cycle I have noticed I have a lot of positive LH days. But I have also noticed when ovuation is near the results are so much higher!
Overall this machine is fantastic, It has allowed me to get to know my body more than I ever could on the NHS.
The Mylotus is going to be sticking to me like glue until I get my BFP for my second baby.
Thank you Dr Fertility and Mylotus- You have given this momma hope
**PS This is an old post I found in my drafts eeks – Click here to see how i got on!
*** This is a gifted collaboration but all views are honest any my own***
Recently I held a cake stall for charity and the amount of people that commented on my Cadbury Creme Egg cupcakes were insane.
In my Mothers Day Gift Guide I included my fantastic new Vonshef Mixer which made making these cupcakes effortless.
So if you like the look of my scummy cupcakes here is how to make 12 for you and your family.
Leave cupcakes to cool for 30 minutes before assembly-
Walah!! Your gorgeous scrummy cupcakes are complete.
Have you made these cakes before or will you be trying mine?
If you’re looking to make your domestic environment easier to manage and therefore make your lifestyle easier, then you should definitely consider vinyl flooring. There are so many reasons why vinyl flooring is becoming the most recommended flooring on the market from interior designers and homeowners.
There reasons are range from budget, to maintenance and onto style choice. Let’s explore these benefits in greater detail.
Vinyl flooring doesn’t require a lifetime of savings to get the best quality. With a quick and easy installation process you don’t even need to hire help to fit it in your home. You have the option of either the click or glue down method.
These installation methods are also brilliant as they allow the tiles or planks to be custom sized to work around those tricky corners or stairs. Subsequently this also means there is no left over debris from cutting or sawing tiles and planks to fit into those nooks and crannies.
Flooring see’s the more action than any other part of your home, so you need to make sure it’s going to stand the test of time, and not take up all your time with cleaning or replacements.
Vinyl flooring has anti-slip, anti-moisture and scratch guard technology built in. If its relentless social events, busy breakfasts or dirt and fur from pets, you can rest assured that vinyl flooring is working round the clock for you. Less time worrying about cleaning means more time enjoying your social events and family time.
Whether you want to give your bathroom a zen-like feel, make your kitchen state-of-the-art or turn your child’s bedroom into a colourful space for playtime, all you need to make a big different is vinyl flooring.
From stone and wood textures which can be matched with neutral or abstract colours, you can transform any room. Finish your rooms with suitable aesthetics for a completely immersive atmosphere.
The best thing you can do during the flooring renovation process is to get advice from the experts. Amtico are notorious for their expert advice which can guide you through their choice of Signature Woods, Abstract and Spacia ranges, so you make end up with a flooring that you’ll do more than just walk on – you will love it.
Luvanto also demonstrates superior knowledge of vinyl flooring and what will work best based on your budget, lifestyle and style preferences. Luvanto’s Endure Pro, Parquet, and Click and Herringbone ranges can offer you flooring patterns which won’t go unnoticed by your guests, and borders for rooms which deserve a little more uniqueness.
If you want to make a great investment this year, vinyl flooring will consistently provide you with a reason to love your flooring, years after installation.
I have vinyl flooring in my kitchen and two bathrooms and I love it! Do you have vinyl anywhere?
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Using wax melt to fragrance your home is a great alternative to the use of chemicals. The aroma from the wax melts is much more natural, people often feel more relaxed with the presence of natural aromas. People that often practice yoga or meditation will use wax melts to help them relaxed and be more focused. There are hundreds of different types of wax melts available to purchase and each one has a unique aroma. Using wax melts is a cheaper alternative than using scented candles, as the wax is heated and not burned the aroma can last as twice as long.
In order to use wax melts to release its aromas, it will need to be heated this can be achieved by using an electric wax melt burner. This electric wax melt burner is the safest way heat up your wax as there is no open flame. The heat comes from the bulb. To use simply place the wax melts in a small bowl at the top, and use the heat from the bulb to heat the wax.
You need to be careful which wax melts you decide to use, most standard scented candles contain paraffin. This is a concentrate of petroleum, and too much paraffin presence in the air can cause health problems especially for people struggling with asthma or bronchitis. There are wax melts available on the market that made of soybean oils, these wax melts contain no paraffin and provide a cleaner aromatic smell in your home.
Using wax melts is more eco friendly than using normal scented candles. Most candles comes in a thick glass jar, and wax melts come with hardly any packaging. They will last as twice as long than of a normal candle and it will hold it aromas for longer. Using a scented candle requires burning, and often paraffin is required to achieve this, there is no burning of the wax with wax melts just gently heat the wax to release its aromas.
Wax melts are a great way of bringing natural aromas into your home. People often feel more connected with natural aromas and that aroma can be associated with a memory. When we use mint scented wax it always brings back memories of Morocco where the use of mint is rich in their culture. Here is a great website to purchase your wax melts.
Do you prefer a Melt, candle or oil to fragrance your home?
** I was gifted a wax melt lamp for the purpose of this post ***
Whether you are a single parent or in a couple it may be inevitable that some point you struggle for childcare. Personally if it wasn’t for my family I would have no one so during the recent pandemic I have taken it upon myself to find out what other options are out there for the future to preserve the life of my over 70 parents.
Without knowing I have taken them for granted over the last five years with them having my son mornings and Tea times after school for me and my husband to Work.
Now I realise I want to preserve there life and make sure they are doing everything they want to in these later years. I know the children make their day so I just want a back up option should issues arise where they cannot look after them, especially as one is a newborn baby and may be a bit demanding for them now in there later years.
So whether your looking for a childminder, baby sitter, nanny or more Childcare.co.uk has everything at your finger tips. Childcare.co.uk was the number one site on my google search to “ Find childcare in my local area” so it was super easy to find and even easier to navigate once on the site. It automatically pops up with a search tool asking you what you are looking for and your postcode to narrow down your search area.
I was amazed to find there are 75 childcare providers in my area within a few mile radius, and I don’t even live in a massive area so the results are incredible and speak for themselves. With this high figure i’m guessing every childcare provider in the area is registered on this fab site. With over 2 million users you are bound to find someone local to you to provide the service you are looking for.
I am so impressed by the sites layout, search engine, feedback and customer service that I would recommend anyone who is looking for long term childcare of just a one off emergency baby sitter to get your self logged on and build a relationship with a potential match. You can drop them a message through the site with Facebook or an online account so it really is as easy as 1,2,3.
For anyone who struggles with childcare I would be really intrigued to find out would you use a service like this if you needed it or do you prefer the old fashion advert in a paper style search? I for one know that the safety of this site and the information they hold on their users gives me a peace of mind.
*** This is a collaboration post but all views are honest and my own ***