5 Ways I Transformed My Garden – and You Can Too! [with pictures]

As we know all too well, British summertime doesn’t mean glorious sunshine every day. However, on those days when the sun does peek through the clouds, there are some excellent ways to ensure you’re making the most of your garden. If you invest some time and money into your garden, you can make it a real haven.

Spending time in your garden can actually have multiple health benefits, as well as being a great place to relax. Whether you add some garden paving, invest in furniture or indulge in a luxury hot tub, transform your garden this summer! No matter what size your garden is, there are definitely a few ways to make your outdoor space stand out from the crowd and be an enjoyable place to spend time.

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We’ve certainly not got the biggest garden but nevertheless, it’s one of my favourite things about our home – mostly because of the layout. It’s far from finished, as you can see from the unstained fencing and the scrap wood in the corner of the yard… but we’ve put in a few hours recently to get it ready for summer, as we’ve started eating dinner in the garden and having friends over.

Outdoor furniture and lights

If you have a small budget or a small garden, one of the most simple and effective ways to spruce it up is to add some garden furniture. Tables and chairs are essential if you plan on hosting barbecues and eating outside. Even a simple bench can make a difference and be ideal for reading in the garden.

We’ve recently bought a 4 seater sofa set from Argos (although we’ve only got as far as to put together the chair, table and sofa!). We couldn’t wait to get out on the deck and enjoy a little glass of wine in the sunshine.

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A sure-fire way to make your garden that little bit more magical is to add some outdoor lighting. There are hundreds of different kinds of garden lighting to choose from, which means you can certainly find something to fit your style and taste. Lanterns, fairy lights, or even candles can all set the mood and create a wonderful atmosphere. We opted for a tabletop Biofire to keep up cosy in the evenings, and string bulb lights under the deck.

Focus on the details

If your garden needs a quick lift, adding some simple furnishings is the best way to do this.

Subtle additions like plant pots with brightly coloured flowers can make a huge difference. Check which flowers bloom at different times of the year and place the pots around your garden. If you have garden furniture, adding cushions and throws is a great way to add some extra vibrance to the seating area. Picnic tableware, bunting, cushions and a colourful umbrella are also excellent ways to add an array of brightness.

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Choose decking and garden paving

Buying decking or garden paving is great for ensuring that the garden table and chairs don’t sink into the grass or feel wobbly. Decking and garden paving can give a different vibe to a garden and can be stylised to suit your taste.

If you opt for decking, you’ll want to know how to look after it and keep it clean. This means pressure washing (which is immensely satisfying!!) it and giving it a coat of wood preservation to keep it looking sleek. I’m pretty proud of how this came out, all for the low-cost of just £16.99, thanks Ronseal!

Garden paving comes in a variety of shapes and colours. No matter what design you want, you’ll likely to be able to find it. Sandstone paving is particularly popular, as it’s versatile and very durable to weight and weather. We have sandstone paving out the front of our property and after two years, it still looks brand new.

If you’re unsure, you could mix it up and have both garden paving and decking for a distinctive and unique garden that’ll satisfy you and impress any garden party guests. 

Splash your cash on a hot tub

This is a true piece of luxury for your garden. However, if you know that you’ll love relaxing in a hot tub and use it frequently, it’s 100% worthwhile. Hot tubs can vary a great deal in price, starting as little as a few hundred pounds and increasing to over £10,000, so some browsing is needed to find your best option.

Until we knew exactly how much we were going to use our tub, we decided to opt for an 6 person inflatable Lay z Spa. Luckily, we came across an absolute steal (thanks to my lovely Mother-in-Law!). It’s so much fun for having friends over for drinks or just chilling after a long day and watching the sun go down.

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We’ve positioned it underneath our decking because this is space that we otherwise didn’t use (other than for storing our kayaks, which we’ve just shifted behind the tub!). It’s perfect because we can store speakers and drinks in the steel beams above, and hang lights from the decking. We’ve even made a little area for clothes, dressing gowns and phones opposite, so our stuff doesn’t get wet. 

If you’re thinking of getting a hot tub, ensure it’s fitted in a safe area, possibly on some durable garden paving. We bought some tile flooring to protect the tub. The foam not only protects the hot tub from punctures, but it also keeps the heat in, which keeps the energy bills down (phew!).  

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Consider unique pallet seating

Pallet seating and furniture is becoming increasingly popular, giving gardens a rustic and natural look that’s increasingly fashionable. If you prefer wood instead of plastic or metal outdoor seating, pallet seating and a table could be the way to go. You can get creative with colours and cushions and can scale the wood to fit the size of your garden.

During the day, this is where I sit in work because it shaded and I can see my laptop screen. But by the evening, this is where we keep our towels whilst we enjoy the hot steamy bubbles (in this case, our puppa beat us to it!).

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Whatever you decide to do to your garden, turn it into a space you enjoy spending time in. Feeling comfortable and relaxed during the summer months will allow you to make the most of those fleeting summer days, watching the sun set in your favourite spot.


By |May 11, 2017|Categories: Home Decor|Tags: |

LeanBean Review – The Supplement Everyone’s Talking About

Last month LeanBean lovingly supplied me with a 30 day program of the supplements and a sports bra to deliver a complete unbiased review after my trial period. In addition to this, I received the LeanBean new lifestyle guides to help enhance your exercise regime.

If you follow my story online, whether it’s my professional career or my blogger lifestyle, you’ll know that I’m brutally honest. Quite frankly, I’m sometimes a little shocked when brands for an unbiased review from me because my approach is very direct. That said, I’m only here to present the truth and provide facts so you can make an informed decision as a consumer.

In a nutshell – What is LeanBean?

LeanBean is a professionally formulated fat burning supplement, specifically created for Women. LeanBean’s proven ingredients include powerful antioxidants and essential minerals designed to help you achieve your fitness goals. It was designed for female fitness models looking to get the edge before a big competition or photoshoot, and has quickly become the product of choice for women looking to speed up their results in and out of the gym.

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LeanBean supplements claim to:

  • Helps target stubborn fat with no harmful side effects.
  • Easy to use formula includes a dozen of nature’s most effective fat burners.
  • For active women taking it to the next level.

So, Why are YOU taking LeanBean!?

You’re probably thinking “you’re tiny, why are you reviewing a fat burner supplement?”. I’d be lying if I told you I was desperate to lose a significant amount of weight. Sure, I’d love to tighten up some areas but I only weigh 45kg – it’d be irresponsible for me to shave anymore pounds. That said, when I first started reading about LeanBean I was interested in the other benefits it had to offer, one being: balancing oestrogen levels.

We hear all the time about why disrupting hormone levels is bad for our health, and that’s why so many girls don’t agree with the contraceptive pill. But do you really know why it’s important to maintain healthy hormone levels? Common symptoms of unbalanced oestrogen include depression, headaches, breast tenderness, an increase in UTI’s – the list goes on. As somebody that struggles daily with chronic anxiety, I’m willing to try everything and anything to provide relief to my mental health. You can read more about a post I published last month about how I manage my chronic anxiety, and when I started taking LeanBean.

In addition to this, I was attracted to the energy boosting claims on the LeanBean website.

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I’ve also put on some extra weight over the past year or so, particularly on my hips and thighs. This is probably due to being comfortable in a relationship (it’s a thing!), and because I’m now working from home, I don’t get out as much as I used to. My weight doesn’t fluctuate but I’ve certainly lost some muscle and it’s been replaced with fat. I’m lucky in the fact that I can eat anything and not put on a huge amount of weight, but it also means it’s incredible to shift the extra pounds as soon as they’re stuck.

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I’m not one for fad diets and I’ll always steer clear of synthetic products, but my first impression of LeanBean was a positive one. I felt that the brand pushed natural ingredients to promote a 360 healthy lifestyle, from balancing hormones to increasing energy levels and losing weight along the way, and I really liked that.

LeanBean statement on their website completely got me onboard:

“Many people believe that the only way to lose weight is to go on crash diets; depriving their bodies of vital nutrients and minerals, whilst at the same time succumbing to harmful sugar cravings. All too often this leads to a yo-yoing waistline and low self-esteem.”

What’s in LeanBean then?

LeanBean takes an all-natural approach to ingredients (all of which are on the label) and has no unwanted side effects. Their powerful blend of over ten scientifically proven ingredients including the likes of turmeric, green coffee, green tea and Konjac fibre. These ingredients have been shown to help speed up your metabolism, suppress your appetite and promoting healthy levels of oestrogen in the body.

There were three ingredients and two vitamins I noticed on the LeanBean website that really intrigued me:

  • Green Tea is widely known as an ingredient to aid weight-loss because it contains ingredients (Catechins & ECGG) that have been shown to increase your resting metabolism and promote fat burning. We all know green tea is good for us, but it’s hard to get enough of it into your daily diet (at least it is for me!).
  • Turmeric includes an antioxidant called Curcumin. Curcumin has been shown to be effective at counteracting the negative effects of Oestrogen imbalance something that can lead to a vicious cycle of weight gain in women. Once I read this on the LeanBean fat burner supplement website, I knew this is something I wanted to try, as I already mentioned, it’s so important than to have balance hormone levels.
  • Glucomannan is a super fibre that comes from the root of the Konjac plant. I hadn’t heard of this plant or fibre until I was introduced to LeanBean, but it works by bulking up the food you eat and making you feel fuller for longer, thereby preventing you from eating excess calories – clever, huh? Glucomannan has also been shown to help naturally reduce your blood sugar after a meal.
  • Vitamins B6 and B12 is also an ingredient in the LeanBean supplement. These vitamins have always been a part of my diet anyway, because they make me feel SO much better. They work together to help your body release energy from carbohydrates, as well as improving your sleep (which changed my life forever!), due to their role in the production of serotonin.

I love the fact that everything in these supplements has been so carefully researched and only includes safe ingredients (not to mention they’re vegetarian and vegan friendly, too!). Many of the ingredients that are in the supplement, are ingredients I try and incorporate into my diet on a daily basis anyway.

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If you’re looking for a safe and natural way to lose weight, alongside a healthy diet and regular exercise, I would recommend LeanBean supplements.

Personally, I found that taking a tablet 4 times a day was difficult to keep up alongside my busy lifestyle. It was okay for a short period of time, but probably not something I’d keep up with over a longer period of time.  I already take medication at night, but having to take multiple pills a day can get a bit intrusive into your daily routine – but that’s me being pernickety. Overall though, theLeanBean supplement is everything I expected.

I wasn’t hoping to lose a lot of weight, I was loosing for a supplement that would help through workouts and help you to achieve your goal of building more muscle tone and becoming more defined. LeanBean did suppress my appetite though, so it did  make it easier to avoid those pesky cravings when I would usually visit the treats cupboard.

Remember, this supplement isn’t a miracle worker, but it simply takes some of the strains away from losing weight, and supports women maintain a healthy lifestyle alongside exercising and eating well.

Check out the gorgeous @jasaleksandra and her blog post on Leanbean.

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As LeanBean mention on their website… Many people think that it’s easier and quicker to go on crash diets in order to shift the pounds; what they don’t know is that this actually causes the body to go into starvation mode, burning muscle as energy and storing fat. This kind of starvation strategy can also have a very negative impact on your energy levels and if maintained for a long period of time can have a devastating impact on your vital organs and overall health.

LeanBean offer healthy meal plan in order to help you maximise results and achieve your goals, alongside the supplement that speeds up your metabolism and only to suppress appetite to avoid overeating and snacking on naughty treats. The fat burner supports a healthier lifestyle and includes essential vitamins and antioxidants designed to promote responsible fat burning and help you create a strong, toned and healthy body.

VERY refreshing to see in a market packed full of synthetic products  
You’ve got my vote LeanBean.

LeanBean fat burner is priced at £105.00 for 3 bottles containing 120 capsules, which is 3 months supply of the supplement, or or the £105 bikini bundle comes with the e-book workout guide and 1 free bottle. Take it four times a day for a full 90 days and if it doesn’t work as described, simply send it back for a refund.

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By |May 10, 2017|Categories: Health|Tags: |

3 Undeniable Reasons Why French Beds Are De Rigueur

If you’re after a new centrepiece for your boudoir, perhaps a beautifully crafted French bed would make the perfect addition. But what exactly makes these models so special – and why, despite the fact that they’ve been around for centuries, do they remain de rigueur? Here we take a look at just a few of the reasons why these pieces of furniture have such enduringly popularity. 

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Offering timeless elegance

One of the things that sets these beds apart is the fact that they exude a timeless elegance. Although they are available in a wide range of different designs, there are certain themes that tie them together. One of these is the exquisite attention to detail that goes into making them. Specialist suppliers like Crown French Furniture offer models with intricate hand carvings, giving the beds a look of quality and attention to detail that simply never dates.

French beds are also famed for their flowing lines. From their curvaceous headboards and footboards to their carefully designed, delicate feet, they instantly invoke a sense of tranquillity and decadence; qualities that all discerning interior designers value in bedroom furniture

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Models to suit any design scheme

They are also available in such a wide variety of styles and finishes that they can complement virtually any design scheme. For the full Marie Antoinette effect, you could opt for an imposing model complete with padded headboard and finished in shimmering silver or gold leaf. Alternatively, if you’d like a more understated look, perhaps a classic rattan design with a natural oak finish would be more your style. The impressive breadth of models on offer means French beds can make the perfect focal point in both traditional and contemporary rooms.

The ultimate in luxury

Another alluring quality of these furnishings is their luxuriousness. Their generous proportions, along with their ornate headboards, footboards and side panelling, gives them an almost regal look and feel that’s perfect if you want to create an indulgent sleeping space. You can complete this effect by adorning your French bed in sumptuously silky sheets and topping it with plump scatter cushions and a cosy throw.

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One thing’s for sure, if you choose a French bed for your room, you can trust it will remain firmly in fashion for many years to come. Unlike certain other styles of bed that can quickly lose their appeal, these furnishings simply refuse to fall out of favour.

By |May 8, 2017|Categories: Home Decor|Tags: |
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