Home & Garden Update July 2016



So sometime last year I moaned quite a bit about how our garden was yet to be done up. I am happy to say we are finally moving in the right direction in 2016, as far as doing up the garden is concerned. We finally have our very own SHED! And the home office is being done up in my head already, so I am hoping to get that sorted later this summer.

I am a very homely. I spend majority of my time at home with the kids so of course I would want it to look the best. I have been browsing some online interior sites, I am seriously crushing on some garden and kitchen gadgets for the home. Here are a few of them that have caught my eye:

Super Solar Security Wall Light with PIR, Warm White LEDs

I really like this security wall light, and I am so happy we now have this to include i a garden. I like the fact that it uses modern solar technology, and PIR motion sensor. It is so handy. I wonder how we have coped this long without it. It brightens up our garden beautifully, and it was easy to fix up as well.


Brita Elemaris Jug

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This jug is a life saver this summer. We drink a lot of water in our house, and I am not a fan of drinking straight from the tap, so we were previously buying bottles of still water from the shops but all that has ended since I got my hands on this Brita Elemaris Jug. I got 2 in different colours and they are the best gadgets ever! I just pop a filter cartridge in, and I fill up the jug with a water. The cartridge does all the work and I am left with nice tasting water in minutes. I love this jug. It is currently on sale for £24, previous price was £40, so you have 40% off if you buy now.


Tefal Actifry Fryer

I first heard about this Tefal Actifry Fryer some months ago, and it has been on my mind ever since. It uses just a little spoon of oil to fry 1kg of food. Can you imagine that? The healthiest way to fry. It is great for chips, chicken, fish, curries, casseroles, stir-frys, risottos, and desserts. I love this kitchen gadget so much.

Have you done any home improvements recently? Which kitchen gadget are you loving at the moment?


*PR sample included.


How To Tea Dye Fabrics

Dying your fabric with tea is a quick and easy way to breathe in new life into your old clothes. The tea dying process is quite inexpensive, and it results in a light, colourwash effect, unlike the heavier, opaque voverage of commercial dyes.


Here are the instructions for tea dying clothes:

  • Boil water and add a couple of tea bags to a large container. The number of tea bags you add will determine how dark or light the finished fabric will be. To start off, use about 8-10 tea bags to get a light tea dye stain and fill the container with enough water to fully submerge your item.
  • Go for a container you don’t mind staining, and one that is lighter, rather than darker in colour, so you can see how dark your tea solution is.
  • Tea staining works best on natural fabrics so pick out an old pure cotton or wool shirt to test.
  • Saturate the fabric with clear water and then put it into the tea dye mixture.
  • Stir the swatch regularly to keep it moving.
  • Remove the fabric from the tea dye mixture when you have achieved the desired depth of colour.
  • Rinse the fabric until the water is clear.

Here are some tea dye facts to remember:

  • The colour and stain you get will depend on the type of tea and the number of tea bags you use. Ordinary tea bags give a range of brown shades, while herbal teas will anythng from red to deep purple.
  • Tea dyes are not easy to get out.
  • Tea staining works best on natural fabrics like wool, pure cotton, silk and linen.

Have you tea dyed before? If yes, what shade did you achieve?

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