Its a House Thing; My New Crib

Its a House Thing; My New Crib

Well it has been a while, a few days.. I realise! I apologise and actually I bring good news, great news! I am buying a house! Woohooo! A great little house, in need of a face lift and here she is..

My little home

I am feeling accomplished as it has been a dream for me for a while. I have so many plans already, she’s gonna be transformed and I am excited to be at the helm of these transformations. It’s currently a complete empty shell, a little run down and has tonnes of potential. It’s so exciting for me and I hope to share with you some of my experiences of the house-buying/house-doing-up process.. Honestly it has taken such a slog to get to this point. So really I have decided to dedicate todays blog post to celebrating the first, ‘big step’ done! 😀

I couldn’t do a blog post without sharing some of my top tips for house buying, and they are:

1. I strongly recommend that before you start looking, you write a list of your key features for your dream house. I have to admit I had to look around a little to work out exactly what I wanted but as soon as I knew I wrote it down so that I could compare it with any potential house. It seems funny, but it is easy to go of course especially if you are desperate to buy. 

2. Look within your budget. Talk to an advisor, or more than one is even better if you have the time. See what your boundaries are price wise and stick to them. Its likely you have saved up some deposit money (if you haven’t, then this should be your first step) and generally I tried to think along the lines of being able to put down 25% deposit in order to get a comfortable mortgage but there are tonnes of deals out there so a mortgage advisor is your friend here. Remember to ask them if they are ‘whole of market’ as that means they check EVERY offer not just for one or two places which limits your chances of getting the best deal.

3. Be patient. We have been looking for over a year and thats not unusual. Sometimes it can be really quick and in our case, sometimes not! It has been a painstaking journey, however we are almost there. I vowed to myself to not buy anything that wasn’t right, so that means not jumping the gun. Houses frequently pop on and off the market. Generally speaking the market dies down before Christmas and picks up again around March time when the weather starts warming up. If there is nothing around just yet, it just means you have more time to save some money towards your perfect property! Every cloud.

4. Don’t forget the fees. I didn’t realise how much ‘extra’ there is to pay over an above your deposit. Stamp duty, legal fees, searches and the mortgage fee itself (you pay the bank an upfront fee to burrow money of which you will pay a hefty price for.. yep!!) So don’t forget to set aside some money for these things. I would say between £4-8,000 will be ample for most first time buyers.

5. Finally, check out blogs and online websites for help and advice. I have shared with you just a few things, there is a plethora of information out there! Search tags such as ‘first time buyer’ and ‘house buying’ to find fellow bloggers on the same journey, just like me!

I decided to write these points in purple as a kind tribute to the previous owners of the property, who had decorated with a pretty lavender coloured theme throughout. They even put up glittery wall paper – I kid you not! I will have to make sure I get some evidence of this for you as it was a first for me! Please feel free to comment and share your experiences of house buying, any advice is welcomed!!

Love you all! x ❤

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Healthy Soul; Five Greats

Healthy Soul; Five Greats

For this post, I took inspiration from a ‘Daily Prompt’.

‘You’ve being exiled to a private island, and your captors will only supply you with five foods. What do you pick?’

One of my ‘fortes’ is healthy eating and living. Here are five ‘foods’ that I could live on whilst on a dessert island and I know this because they are practically all I eat now!

  1. Water – don’t let this clear liquid in it’s purest form fool you. Its powerful, essential and I love it. It’s so important it’s best to get it from the best source possible. Avoid plastic bottled water at all costs (the world will thank you too). I carry around a food grade stainless steel water bottle (750ml capacity) and top it up whenever I can. Stainless steel doesn’t ever leech anything and they are very easy to keep clean. I got gifted mine (by that gorgeous mum I keep mentioning – did I tell you she’s wonderful?) however I would suggest this one by Glogg. I’ve not had one so I wouldn’t go as far as recommending it (yet), however it is a good price a good size and it is food grade stainless steel. Glogg is a UK company so it’s good to support local business. Find out more about them here.
  2. Quinoa – I consider this real soul food. It is a complete protein and an amazing wheat-free alternative. It has become very fashionable of late and for good reason. With twice the protein content of rice or barley, quinoa is also a very good source of calcium, magnesium and manganese. It also possesses good levels of several B vitamins, vitamin E and dietary fibre. It contains all nine essential amino acids making it a complete-protein source. Quinoa is therefore an excellent choice for vegans who may struggle to get enough protein in their diets. I LOVE IT. If you haven’t tried it before – do.
  3. Vegetables – I  don’t need to tell you about veggies, all I am going to say is there are not many vege’s I do not like (leeks blurgh suede blurgh) and I eat A LOT of them.
  4. Himalayan Pink Salt – There is huge hype surrounding Himalayan salt – Is it good for you? Is it a scam? There are soo many sources of information its hard to know who is right. You know what, life’s too short to worry about it too much, I enjoy pink salt, I feel its good for me. Its pink. Its good for me. Its pink. I like it.
  5. Olive oil/coconut oil/hemp oil – These oils contain essential fatty acids. I am very liberal with my usage of oils, lots of people use it sparingly as they feel they are fattening. Honestly they are so important for good skin and hair and maintaining a healthy body overall. 

So there you have it, the prompt that prompted me to proudly present my penchant for healthy food!

Love,

The health “freak”

The Liebster Award

The Liebster Award

Liebster Award

So I was nominated for the Liebster Award by flymetotheclouds (thanking you so much :D) I was really excited to answer her questions and see what the other bloggers had written.  The main purpose of the award is to discover new bloggers and learn a bit about them.
The guidelines are easy peasy and they are:

  1. Put the Liebster Award logo on your blog
  2. Thank and tag the blog who nominated you
  3. Answer their questions and come up with 10 new ones for your nominees
  4. Nominate 8 blogs (with less than 200 followers), let them know you’ve nominated them and link them in your post
  5. No tag-backs

So, here are the questions and the responses my brain thought up:

  1. What do you love the most about your blog?
    I love the freedom of expression that my blog gives me. It’s a channel for me to show the world who I am! 
  2. What is your biggest challenge when it comes to blogging?
    Refining my content… I love a lot of things in life so it would be easy for me to just blog like mad about all sorts of things. The risk is my blog would become a bit unfocused. 
  3. What do you value most in life?
    Quality time with friends, family and pets. Cliche? Yess very but it’s undeniably true. 
  4. Which three novels would you recommend to anyone?
    I did an earlier post about two books I enjoyed reading called ‘The Cuckoos Calling’ and ‘The Silkworm’ see it here. I would recommend these two books plus I would also recommend ‘Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus’ to anyone in a relationship or soon to be. It’s a cleverly written and very honest book and every time you read it you learn something new and develop a better understanding of not only your relationship but yourself as well. 
  5. What are you really good at?
    I am a very good organiser and I have a good memory to! I am quite creative and I can draw pretty well and have a knack for a bit of cooking. 
  6. Where would you like to be in 5 years time?
    What a good question! I would like to be happy and happiness for me would be to have my family around me, a couple of dogs and cats, a comfortable home and a successful business. I am working on all of this!
  7. What are your top three TV programmes?
    I am not a huge TV watcher. I like different programmes for different reasons such as Sarah Beeny’s property shows; particularly ‘Double your house for half the money’. I also love Top Gear for its factual silly nature about cars. Otherwise any of David Attenborough’s wildlife and plant life shows!
  8. What makes you smile?
    The unexpected giggles I share with my boyfriend and receiving thoughtful gifts! 
  9. What is a piece of advice you would like to share?
    One of my motto’s is to never do things by halves and I run with that as it means to me, that you should go for things you love, enjoy them, and make the best of things you have. 
  10. If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?
    I would learn to paint to an insanely good level and paint myself and all of my family individual art work as keepsakes forever.

My nominations go to:

1. yslxch
2. jaminion
3. untitled
4. the nomadic lifestyle
5. lisa shalom photography
6. our little apartment
7. lady grinning soul
8. little coffee break

 

Plus the all important questions:

1. What is the story behind your blog name?
2. What do you do to earn a living?
3. Do you have any traditions with your family/partner/kids?
4. What is your favourite snack/meal?
5. What beauty product(s) do you swear by?
6. What is top of your ‘To do’ list right now?
7. What are your favourite things in the whole world?
8. Tell us a little about you? Something we don’t already know?
9. What is your fondest memory?
10. If you were to have a dog, what type would you get?