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Valentine’s Day Dining

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Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! Hope you are all having a lovely day celebrating the day of love wherever you are. I like to celebrate love everyday and not just on Valentine’s Day. But it is great to have a day dedicated to love. It has been a good day for us here. Had some quiet lunch with M at Gusto, which is one of my favourite Italian restaurants. The food was yummy and we had a great time. It is always good to take out time to spend with your spouse alone, and we enjoyed our date lunch.

 

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Another part of Valentine’s Day I like is the love theme gifts. I love giving and receiving gifts. So Valentine’s Day is another excuse to do just that. Flowers, perfumes and chocolates are popular gifts on Valentine’s Day. I got my bouquet of flowers as well as other gifts and I love that about the day as well. Also, I am looking forward to putting my feet up and doing nothing dinner wise. M is on duty tonight in the Kitchen Warehouse and I am eager to see what he comes up with. There is nothing sweeter than when you get a well cooked home meal you didn’t make. Being catered to feels amazing after a very busy week with the kiddies.

My only job is to get the Kitchen Units organised so he can find what he needs to make a yummy dinner. He has some Hello Fresh recipes and ingredients we got the other day, and they look very tasty. I can’t wait.

 

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What did you do for Valentine’s Day? Are you a fan of the day or do you prefer to ignore it all? Please share your views in the comments section below. Thanks for stopping by. Have a lovely time.

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My Obsession with Homes Under the Hammer

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I have an obsession with Homes Under the Hammer. It is one property show I love watching on BBC. I have been a fan of this show for many years now, Been loving it long before we became home owners. My obsession is so serious that I watch this show everyday and play catch up on BBC iPlayer when I miss it. I remember daydreaming about owning homes or at least a home to start with in the UK. It is amazing we now own our home, but building a property portfolio is still a dream. I hope to change that dream to a reality one day, and I know I can with hard work, planning and determination.

 

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Why do I Like Homes Under the Hammer So Much

I think the show is brilliant. I love seeing deadbeat homes transform into luxurious houses. The whole auction and renovation process is very interesting. It is amazing to see how much a deadbeat house is worth and how much money and times goes into renovating it. Seeing the profit margins motivates me even more to get into the property business as soon as we can.

The fact that a house can be easily transformed with some tiles/carpets, blinds, beautiful decor, paint, lean to conservatory, French doors, and more is great. It makes me want to step up my DIY skills. I have seriously improved when it goes to DIY. Some months ago, I couldn’t even use a screwdriver properly when I had to change the batteries in the kiddies’ toys, but now I can. With things like this, it takes determination, and I am determined to be better at doing home improvements around the house.

Our plan is to paint some of the rooms in the next few months, and I am looking forward to getting my hands dirty. Most of the homeowners that appear on Homes Under the Hammer do a good portion of the home improvements themselves to save money, and I don’t blame them. In order to increase the profit margins, you have to be able to do some of the work.

 

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Do you watch Homes Under the Hammer? What do you think of the show? Do you have the property portfolio dream as well? Please sound off in the comments section below.

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What Marie Kondo Taught Me

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I finally decided to binge watch Tidying Up with Marie Kondo on Netflix the other day and I am glad I did. At first, I didn’t want to watch the Netflix original series because I thought it wasn’t for me. But I am always interested in home decor and renovation series, so I decided to give it a go. I picked a lot of tips from Marie Kondo’s series. I think she is a very smart interior decorator. She definitely knows what she is talking about and some of her tips have been tried and tested by me.

 

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Clutter has no space in our hone. It is something I have always been on top of because I don’t do well with clutter or mess. Which is why our house is always neat and organised. I found some of the couples very interesting. The amount of items they had and their lifestyle was interesting to watch because I couldn’t relate or understand many of them. But I took some organising tips away from the series and I have implemented them into my life and they work great. Here they are –

 

Make use of boxes

I never knew how useful boxes could be in a drawer/wardrobe. Boxes change the whole look of a space and helps in maximising the space as much as possible. I am looking forward to getting some boxes for the bathroom storage when we get an additional one. We need some extra storage in our bathroom, thanks to the many hair and skincare products I have. If I had my way I would get rid of the entire bathroom and change the decor. The carpets we have in there would be out of the window if I had my way. I would replace them with karndean vinyl flooring for an authentic and. durable wood look.

 

Keep bags inside each other

I have tested this tip and it works! I now put my bags inside each other, 1 in each bag, with the handles out so I can view (and remember ) them easily. It helps maximise space, and the technique keeps your bags organised. You should try it.

 

Thank things you no longer need

Many of us take what we have for granted, forgetting that many people go without everyday. Which is why I love the whole idea of thanking things that no longer serve us, and I will be doing more of that going forward. I also like the fact that she greets the house before she starts the decluttering process with the family. That makes a whole lot of sense to me for a weird reason.

 

I have seen all the 8 episodes of Tidying Up with Marie Kondo and I am looking forward to the second season. I hope Netflix brings that  this second season back soon. The fact that Marie Kondo spoke Japanese all through was also a good idea. I wasn’t expecting that but it felt more real with her having a translator there.

Have you seen this Marie Kondo series? What are your thoughts?

 

 

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