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My Dream Bathroom

This is the third time in only a few weeks that I have been challenged to take the Great British Home Quiz. Previously by Britmums and Tots100. Now by Mumsnet who this time also want me to blog about my dream bathroom.

So action, camera, Take 3 on the quiz. Same questions. And lo and behold, I’m again Mrs Glamorous, which I still find funny, as it is so far from the real me. But I do like the photo of the bathroom that the quiz has selected for me.

Bathroom selected for me in the quiz

Bathroom selected for me in the quiz

Now onto my dream bathroom. I already have a really good-sized bathroom with a large shower. But I do have a few little complaints. Sink plugs where the lifting mechanism doesn’t work, so the choice is either break a nail trying to prise it out manually or just wash under a running tap, wasting water into the bargain. Also I think we may need a few washers replacing, as we have some dripping taps. And worst bugbear of all – having to call out a plumber because of a blocked loo. In my dream bathroom, there would never ever be any blockages.

My bathroom

My current bathroom

And why can’t bathrooms come with all the matching accessories included. I spent ages trying to find the right soap dish. I wanted a rectangular or oval white free-standing ceramic draining soap dish, as too often I found another family member had left the soap in a dish half full of water, so the bar of soap went all soft and soggy. In the end, not being able to find exactly what I wanted, I settled for what I thought was second best. A white circular stainless steel dish that I found on Amazon for about £11. But it turned out to be rubbish. Within a few months, the white paint was flaking off and sticking to the soap. So I’m still searching for that elusive soap dish for my bathroom. Do let me know, if you’ve seen it for sale somewhere.

Don't buy this style of soap dish

Don’t buy this style of soap dish

Even though I have a big bathroom, I still dream of it being bigger, as I would love to have a large circular jacuzzi. Jets of water massaging away the aches and pains. It would be bliss, just soaking all my cares and troubles away.

Great British Home Quiz


And you can see my previous #GreatBritishHome Challenge blog posts here and here. Both with a different slant.

So why don’t you take the Great British Home Quiz and see what it says about your Celebrity home style? You also have a chance to win £250.

A Shelfie in my Great British Home

Regular readers of my blog may remember that I took the Great British Home Quiz back in April and that I was most surprised, when my homestyle answers suggested that I was Mrs Glamorous. Nothing could be further from the truth. Well Tots100 have challenged me to take the quiz again and also to share a Shelfie on my blog.

Great British Home Quiz

A Shelfie I hear some of you ask? What is a Shelfie? Is it a typo? Did I mean to write Selfie? No, a Shelfie is a photo of a shelf, in your home, shared on social media.

So I duly took the quiz again, recognising the same questions as last time. So I wasn’t quite so surprised when for the second time, it suggested I was Mrs Glamorous, although it still makes me laugh.

And now for my Shelfie, or should I say 3. I have a china cabinet with 3 display shelves which holds a lot of precious items to hopefully keep them safe from my kids, although unfortunately a Poole pottery salt pot did get broken, so I now have a lonely salt pot. I was inspired to collect Poole pottery by my grandma who had some lovely pieces. I have wonderful memories of my grandma and now the boys are able to understand about fragile items, I may soon get her Poole pottery out of storage and find some Shelfies to display it. Meanwhile there are other treasured bits and pieces in my cabinet like my “Pecheuse des moules” terracotta statue by Eugene Blot and my husband’s Sylvac rabbits.

Poole pottery shelfie

Eugene Blot and Sylvac Rabbits shelfie

And you can see my previous #GreatBritishHomeQuiz Challenge blog post here.

So why don’t you take the Great British Home Quiz and see what it says about your Celebrity home style? You also have a chance to win £250.

The #GreatBritishHome Challenge

Britmums have challenged bloggers to join in the #GreatBritishHome Challenge to celebrate the Great British Home in all its guises!.

To start the ball rolling, I took the Great British Home Quiz, which very surprisingly suggested that I am Mrs Glamorous when it comes to my Celebrity Home Style! This is what it says about Mrs Glamorous…

Everything about you screams glamour; you always look photo-ready, whether you are working out, shopping in designer boutiques or snuggled up at home in your designer onesie. You crave home comforts that make a statement – a faux fur blanket, embellished cushions and lots of crushed velvet. You use neutral shades mixed with metallic. Pride of place are family portraits, kitchen gadgets and the keys to your Range Rover.
CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT: A feature fireplace for all those OK Magazine spreads

Hmmm. I can’t relate to any of that and I’ve never watched Towie. I couldn’t be further from glamorous if I tried. I have no designer labels and only wear make-up for a rare special night out. We have no faux fur blankets. The nearest is my son’s fleecy Toy Story blanket. Yes we have cushions in the living room, but none are embellished. We have no bedroom cushions, but perhaps I might like to add some to style our home. And definitely no crushed velvet. Yes I like neutral shades, but no metallic.

And as to pride of place, we do have photos of the boys dotted around the house, mainly unframed, but we don’t have a family portrait of the 4 of us together. 3 is the most in any photo. Maybe I should do something about that.  Although I do like my kitchen gadgets, they don’t feature for pride of place either and there is certainly no range rover parked outside. Instead pride of place goes to my boys’ artwork which decorates my kitchen.

And yes there is a fireplace in the lounge, but no fire. Just an empty space in the chimney breast. It’s on the list to do something about, but never got to the top of the list yet.

So how about you take the Great British Home Quiz and see what it says about your home style?

This post is an entry for the #GreatBritishHome Challenge sponsored by Victoria Plumb, a source of quality bathrooms for every type of home. Take its “What’s Your Celebrity Home Style?” quiz to discover what your home says about you..

TV Moments

Tots100 have challenged bloggers to tell what sort of TV Viewer they are – and what their perfect TV moment looks like.

To start the ball rolling, I took the TV Tribes Quiz created by TalkTalk, which revealed that I am an Elitist when it comes to TV viewing. This is what it says about an Elitist TV viewer…

I don’t watch TV for the sake of it, and never just have the television on in the background, but I love documentaries and learning new things by watching TV. I only watch an hour or two of television a day and can’t stand reality TV and soaps. I like using catch up to record my programmes so I don’t need to watch the rest. I would not describe myself as a television watcher, even though I do get something out of watching TV.

Well some of this is correct but I’m not particularly interested in documentaries and I’m not even sure that we have “catch up” functionality apart from iPlayer.

12% of people belong to the Elitist TV Tribe. Why don’t you try out the TV Tribes Quiz too? There are eight TV tribes ranging ‘Family Guys’ who enjoy nothing more than bringing the family together to watch their favourite programmes to ‘Secret Viewers’ who tell everyone they watch the likes of Newsnight but secretly revel in trash TV.

However at home I’m usually in bottom place to choose what to watch. The only time I usually get hold of the remote control is if I pop some daytime TV on whilst ironing. In the evenings I sit on my laptop whilst my husband flicks through tv channels. Or sometimes he might catch up with something on iPlayer. So if I do particularly want to see something, I make sure I ask in advance.

But luckily I’m happy with my family’s tv choices. So our favourite family TV moment is to all share the settee and watch a Star Wars film. If it is winter, we will also snuggle under a duvet. I usually make some popcorn first.  The boys love listening to it popping.

The boys are Star Wars mad. All their role play revolves around Star Wars. They love drawing Star Wars scenes and playing Star Wars Angry Birds apps on their Ipods. So they are very happy to watch a Star Wars movie. They also have Star Wars cartoons dvds as well as the films.

This is my entry to the Tots100 TV Moments blogging competition.

Winter Style Challenge

Debenhams are running a competition for bloggers to showcase two stylish outfits for less than £250 each. The first outfit is a daytime look, which will keep you warm and cosy but looking good through the colder months; and the second outfit should be your ultimate party look. This is being judged by Natasha from girlinthelens.com and Victoria from vipxo.co.uk.

So starting with my daytime look, I’ve chosen to make sure I’m warm and cosy, but stylish when out and about in cold weather. I could have chosen some lovely indoor items like knitted slipper boots too, but I’m happy to turn the heating up or snuggle under the duvet on the settee.

I’ve selected a pair of high waist jeggings by Quiz – great in winter on two counts.  Firstly no chilly bare midriff and secondly they will fit snuggly inside the boots.  I hate it if my boot cut jeans are damp from rain when worn over boots or alternatively the baggy look around the knee definitely doesn’t look stylish if I try to push them inside boots. So the wider fit ‘Good for the Sole’ boots have been specially chosen to comfortably accomodate the jeggings and they are flat, ideal for walking in winter weather conditions.

Then I’m teaming the jeggings with a cosy textured jumper, by Red Herring.  Machine washable of course, unlike some knits, as it’s a nightmare trying to dry dripping hand-washed garments in the winter.  Unfortunately others won’t see the lovely jumper as it will be hidden under the performance fleece jacket by Tog 24.  This will keep me really warm in cold weather and it is quick drying if the rain dares to sneak under my umbrella.

The jacket doesn’t have a hood, so I’ve chosen a matching hat and snood by Mantaray in a vibrant dark pink to give a splash of colour on a dreary winter’s day.  I always wear hats in the winter, as the slightest wind or chill gives me bad earache.

And finally a large tote bag by Betty Jackson to carry all the bits and pieces I don’t go anywhere without.  I think the woven tweed design looks very stylish for winter, and it makes me think of warm tweed winter coats.

Total spend is £201.79

My Debenhams winter daytime look

And now for my ultimate party look. I don’t see any reason to dress for winter when going to a party.  It is usually very hot indoors, especially once you start dancing. Hopefully a taxi to the door and check your coat into the cloakroom.  If really necessary, a pair of folding shoes in your clutch.

So I’ve opted for a glamorous white and black look, which makes me think of a crisp winter day. I’ve chosen a sleeveless lace detail shift dress by Jacques Vert.  This is complimented by the matching classic contrast bolero jacket.

Then I’ve chosen an elegant pair of mid heel court shoes in black ruched satin with diamante trim by Début. They have a round toe and cushioned insole and I’ve selected them based on the customer reviews posted, as my feet blister very easily. The reviews for this shoe in all 3 colours indicate it to be comfortable, even when worn at a wedding all day and evening.

I don’t go anywhere without a bag, so I’ve chosen one which coordinates with the shoes, also having diamante trim.  Again it is by Début and it has a concealable chain strap.

And finally some jewellery to accessorize.  I’ve chosen the triple grey tone pearl and diamante crystal bracelet and matching pearl and crystal ball necklace by Jon Richard.

Total spend is £215.60

My ultimate Debenhams party look