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Happy 31st Anniversary Mam and Dad

12 May

I want to wish the best parents in the world a very happy 31st anniversay! They truly are the best.

Lots of Love,

Rachel

xxxx

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Happy Friday!

18 Nov

Happy Friday everyone!

So if you wondering why it’s been a little quiet lately, I must apologize. That is because I have been super busy planning… my wedding! That’s right Mr Jones popped the question and we are very excited be getting married, in a gorgeous little lighthouse next year, followed by a ‘DIY’ wedding reception in a village hall.

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You can expect many money-saving tips around event planning in general in the weeks to come – but fear not I won’t bore you too much as in January I will also launch my new wedding blog. There is a certain type of crazy organised,  idea hungry bride out there and it will be of more interest to them than you fun loving London lot I am sure! But just in case, I’ll let you know more soon.

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In the meantime, soppy yes, but I cannot wait to marry my cute one and for 2017 in general! Happy vibes at the moment, we all deserve them from time to time and I am going to ride along on mine for now. It’ll certainly clear the grey November skies 🙂

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Lots of Love,

Rachel

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London Quote of the Month

1 Nov

“Do you realise that people die of boredom in London suburbs? It’s the second biggest cause of death amongst the English in general. Sheer boredom.”
-Alexander McCall Smith

London Quote of The Month

1 Oct

“It is my belief, Watson, founded upon my experience, that the lowest and vilest alleys in London do not present a more dreadful record of sin than does the smiling and beautiful countryside.”
-Arthur Conan Doyle

London Quote of The Month

1 Oct

“One of the the things she most liked about the city -apart from all its obvious attractions, the theatre, the galleries, the exhilarating walks by the river- was that so few people ever asked you personal questions.”
-Julia Gregson

London Quote of The Month

1 Sep

“I don’t know what London’s coming to — the higher the buildings the lower the morals.”
– Noël Coward

London Quote of The Month

1 Aug

“The most wonderful thing in life is to be delirious and the most wonderful kind of delirium is being in love. In the morning mist, hazy and amorous, London was delirious. London squinted as it floated along, milky pink, without caring where it was going.”
― Yevgeny Zamyatin

London Quote of The Month

1 Jul

“The English language is like London: proudly barbaric yet deeply civilised, too, common yet royal, vulgar yet processional, sacred yet profane.”
– Stephen Fry

MonBento Elements Bento Box!

16 Jun

Hi everyone,

You may not have read a post from me here before but that’s because I normally write about cats on my own Blog. 😮

Today I’d like to show you this summer’s perfect companion the MB Elements insulated bento box!

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Made of stainless steel, this insulated bento box will keep foods warm or chilled for up to 5 hours. BPA free, the MB Element has been designed for people to prepare hot healthy lunches whilst on the move. The compact and versatile styling of this bento box makes it suitable for the most extreme of adventures and everyday living too.

We’ve been using this for a few weeks now and as they say it can keep cold things cold and hot things warm!

Perfect if you wish to take some ice cream to the park or keep the soup warm until lunch time at work.

Our one was the stylish onyx version which looks very sophisticated! In fact someone at work thought it was a posh hand bag style carrier. 😮

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At £36 some people may think this is expensive BUT a wise person once said you get what you pay for and that is certainly the case with containers such as these. Have you ever had your soup leak into your bag on the way to work? Found that your ice cream got warm halfway to the park?

That won’t be a problem with this container! Thanks to the durable material and high quality manufacturing no spills have occured during our trial. And our ice cream stayed COLD on a trip to the park. 🙂

We give this a 10/10

Thanks,

Marc

See more over at formahouse

London Quote of The Month

1 Jun

“The amount of women in London who flirt with their own husbands is perfectly scandalous. It looks so bad. It is simply washing one’s clean linen in public.”
– Oscar Wilde

London Quote of The Month

1 May

“Nothing is certain in London but expense.”

– William Shenstone

London Quote of The Month

1 Apr

“The man who can dominate a London dinner-table can dominate the world.”

– Oscar Wilde

New house!

20 Mar

Today is an exciting day, because it is the day that my gorgeous Matt and I move in together!

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In true London form however it’s not shiny new house but rather I’m switching rooms with my housemate and redecorating to bring the place up in the world. Not the most romantic of stories, but it’s a scenario very common in my generation of London dwellers – generation rent. For double the price we could have moved to zone 3 and rented a cute little one bed, problem being that then we are trapped even further in the depths of the renting web (with all of our income on rent, and no chance to save) so hopefully a year of shared bills and rent will give us a chance to save a wee bit for the future – plus my boyfriend and my housemate get along splendidly so I’m sure it will be happy times.

As a blog based around living the London lifestyle on a budget I wanted to share with you my top money and space-saving house tips, and if you have any suggestions – please share also!

 

Local eBay Deals Mapper

If you ever have a spare evening (trust me it will eat up your time) check out Martin Lewis Money Saving Experts nifty little tool – Local eBay deals mapper. You simply type in your postcode and choose say a 5 mile radius and it will bring up all eBay items for collection in your area. Really useful when furnishing a house! Just make sure that you double-check the place and get a quote from a courier such as Addison Lee before you commit. For smaller items try cheap cab companies Kabbee or Uber.
It’s great as my top tip for rented living would be… do not buy anything new. Seriously. Ever year you may have to move, and every year a different shaped house to squeeze furniture in! Also all it takes is your housemate to spill red wine on that fancy new sofa and house drama will start. At least if you bought things second-hand, you are rest assured that you get the goods you love, but at a price that when you buy your own home you’ll already have money saved and everything can be shiny and new!

Here are some of the deals that I managed to win:

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So super comfy, plus at £100 + £29.50 for courier delivery + £13 for my cab back home (couriers will not take you in the van, and eBay sellers often want you there to load at their end!)  = £142.50

A total bargain. (Saving £1,007.50)

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American Fridge Freezer
It has always been my dream to own a ‘side-by-side’ fridge freezer. Yet in London Houses, all I have had is those tiny under the counter things. The only argument my housemate and I have ever had is over freezer space (yes I am selfish I freeze a lot, but I buy the appliances so swings and roundabouts!) Imagine my delight when I spotted this beast on eBay for £116. I am not going to lie, dismantling, carrying, putting back together was a nightmare. But all good now 🙂

Fridge/freezer £116 + courier £21.50 + bus journey home £0 = £137.50
Dreams come true! (Saving £862.50)
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Space Savers


It’s a fine balance – but you want to fill every hidden space possible with your stuff, while keeping the visible places in your home clutter-free. I refuse to have less shoes, less clothing and less arts and crafts or cooking supplies just because I can only afford a rented flat. So I have found a few solutions that are easy to carry out around the home.

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If your cupboards are not full all the way to the front (I.E. a plate cupboard as opposed to a food cupboard) you can hang items on the back of the door. Ikea do an iron holder, small hooks from the pound shop means you can hang paintbrushes or hair accessories. I love this little behind door spice rack from Amazon – at £8.95 definitely worth it for the space it makes!

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Under Couches and Wardrobes
I buy these Vacuum seal bags (lavender-scented) from Poundland. They are great for storing winter coats in the summer (or summer dresses in the winter) it frees up wardrobe space, and uses ‘dead’ space around the home.

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Backs of Doors
The back of a door is a much underused space. Sure you can hang one towel on there – or use a shoe holder like this from the IKEA SKUBB range and hang a whole host of toiletries in your bathroom, or make up in your bedroom. In the garage or store cupboard use one to hang all of your tools, paintbrushes and the like.

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Hooks, Hooks, Hooks!
Self explanatory really, any unused little space, corner or tucked away side of bookshelf, add a hook. You can hang anything! In our new bedroom we are even making use the walls to hang my boyfriends guitars, as floor space is a premium!
Amazon do great (and very) cheap Guitar Hooks:
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blog hooksI hope that this gives you some inspiration for future house sorting – and do let me know of any tips and tricks that I can use also!

Thanks for reading,

Rachel

x

FECK!

16 Mar

Thursday is the wonderful (if a little drunken!) St Patrick’s Day. While it is best celebrated in a dark and dusty pub, there are also some great products to try out for the occasion.

In honour of the Emerald Isle, Yorkshire-based company, HECK, has created the new FECK sausage which includes a slurp of Irish stout to properly toast the popular Irish holiday. The company will be giving away a free pack of FECK with every regular online order and are urging customers to try a bit of sausage grilled, baked, BBQ’d or fried with a dollop of Colcannon on the side.

As a slimming world fan, I have always loved the HECK chicken sausages, they are so low in fat – a dieters dream – so I was really looking forward to tasting the delicious FECK pork sausages. They did not disappoint! Gluten free and high quality ingredients, and they tasted great!

The money-saver within me also loves that the sausages available at www.heckfood.co.uk for £3 can also be mix and matched with 10 packets costing a discounted £25.

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Verdict: 9 / 10

London Quote of the Month

1 Dec

“Oh, I love London Society! It is entirely composed now of beautiful idiots and brilliant lunatics. Just what Society should be.”

– Oscar Wilde –

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