Is Your Home Safe? – Panasonic Smart Homes System.

I don’t know about you but I have to turn plug sockets off, especially the cooker. Make sure all the doors are locked and always double check the handle before setting off. The Panasonic smart home system is amazing if you forgot to turn a certain switch off, the best bit.. you can monitor your home whilst away!!

It’s certainly a habit I got into and a habit I’m happy to have. I got into the habit of switching the cooker off because of the children and the dials being in easy reach, I can not sleep if I can’t remember if the door is locked, it plays on my mind but security is just paramount.

The Panasonic smart home system should come standard with any house in my opinion. Your home is everything to us, it really struck me watching the news yesterday. A women is now homeless, lost all her belongings due to a tumble dryer fire. The company say you shouldn’t leave them running unless you are home, but not everyone is home all day to watch the dryer right?!

You can monitor your home from the bus, work, abroad etc all from a smart phone or tablet, how nifty!

I never knew this kind of thing existed and Panasonic really have made something special, controlling you light switch from the sofa, I’M IN!

There is so much to the Panasonic smart home system I just wanted to share something quoted on their website.

Protecting your family has never been easier. Install a Home Safety Starter Kit in just moments and benefit from this subscription-free kit. Triggered window/door and motion sensors are able to send alerts to your smartphone, tablet or landline.

Now you’re all thinking this is going to cost you a small fortune right?..

Actually NOPE!! The Panasonic smart home system is just £30!

Switching off that plug socket that you forgot to do and remember as soon as you sit down at work, keep a eye on the house whilst away or even just flicking the light switch at the sofa this is a must have for your home.

I’m certainly going to get one, I live in a flat but I would still like to know everything is okay whilst I’m not home. Our whole life is in this flat and for just spending £30 I can keep a eye and secure our home a lot easier, let me know if you get one too!

Chessington As A Family – #ByeByeBubbleworks.

The nostalgia that filled me last Saturday was incredible, as a child and living 40 minutes away Chessington was my first theme park and the Bubbleworks was my favourite ride, it always has been.

Bubbleworks stuck with me all these years, I’m 25 soon so as you can imagine I grew up with the family ride.

I was slightly worried that my young self had bigged it up much that it would be a bit of a let down, but now let me tell you how wrong I was. The 45 minute ish wait was so worth it. With 2 weeks before shutting it still had the magical feel as ever before. I think I was about 9 the last time I went to Chessington and honestly all I can remember is how awesome the Vampire ride was and how much I loved the magical world of Professor Burp’s Bubbleworks. I didn’t recognise anywhere so a map and the app certainly came in handy. Of course we bought a photo and the Bye Bye Bubbleworks in the corner was such a nice touch.

With hearing of Bubbleworks closing 6th of September there was no way I could not ride it for the last time, even more magical that I could take my children on a ride I loved as a child. Tyler had been to Chessington on a school trip few months back so he was already really excited to go back on it.
We kept the trip a surprise literally until we walked through the gates. Every time we walked the poster gazing at us in the Claire’s window, every Kellogg’s token we collected, every pov youtube video he watched, you could see the excitement behind his eyes and we heard the memories he had of his school trip for the 1000 time.

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Going to Chessington as a family was so much fun even though we did go in the summer holidays on a saturday on a bank holiday weekend.. EEK! Yes we were brave!! We did end up walking around a bit lost for a while until we realised how awesome the app was, picking up a actual map was handy too and of course a momento of our trip! (bubbleworks last print on a map *sobs*)

As I don’t want to keep you too long reading how much of a awesome day we had here is some points I made of the day and brief description to keep me from blabbing on!!

1. I know Chessington boast to be a family theme park, it’s not until you go how much it really is. All ages were there even tiny babies! It really is a FAMILY theme park. The rides cater for everyone!!

2. Buggy park up at the side of the rides are really handy! Got to mention the hire a buggy as that’s what I would’ve done if needed!

3. At the show areas there is plenty of seating, bare in mind the time we went noting down the show times and arriving a tad early you will get a seat! They have very handy electric boards showing you the next show times too doted around the park!

4. The staff were easily approachable and kept us up to date when a security camera failed whilst waiting for one ride. (everyone left annoyed, we stayed in line, ended up 1st and was on the ride within 10 mins! *fist pump*)

5. I HAVE to give a shout out to the male member of staff at the Madagascar show. His effort was on point!! He was really into the routine and gave one hundred and ten percent without fail. I don’t know how he does it but he deserves a pat on the back and a high five!

6. The price of a ticket is SO worth it. Buying online in advance you save but to be honest you get so much for your money. A zoo, Aquarium and a bloody theme park!!!

7. Chessington is big but it’s just enough. I would of loved to know how many steps I done last Saturday, I was tired by 6pm let alone how my 3 and 4 year old felt!! We took a wrong turn a few times but as you get used to it you can wizz to the next ride in no time.

8. The refillable drink deal is awesome, next time we are 100% getting one each. We already bought drinks with us and still stopped off for a cold one at their new  Smokehouse BBQ place. That is such a great deal, on a hot day everyone is drinking lots.. totally free refills all day.. yes please!

9. Once we gave the staff member our photo number it was printed in no time, so no waiting around cutting into your queuing times!! Next time we will get the digiphoto wristband but we really wanted a print out of our Bubbleworks photo.

10. There is something for everyone in the gift shop! Saved up pocket money or a real splurge.. there really is everything for everyone!

11. On the talk of the gift shop… I managed to pick up a Bubbleworks keyring and pin badge half price! I’m a sucker for mementos and this was paid for in a matter of seconds! Also a trip to the gift shop before the car park saw us pick up the collection of mugs.. yes with the Bubbleworks one hehe :P

12. The themes in the park are really fab and we loved seeing what we could find/see.. The detail is amazing and we spoke about this around every turn on how attention to detail was not spared!

13. We did go very peak time. Bank holiday Saturday in the summer holidays, many moaned on twitter on ride times but I have to hand it to Chessington, we wasn’t waiting around bored out our brains all day long. We picked certain times to go on certain rides. The app helped hugely with this, instantly you can see waiting times and even directions if you don’t know your way! We managed to go on the rides we wanted just not 5 times as we would of liked! We made Bubbleworks the last port of call with a 60 minute waiting time we was on it a lot quicker and managed to slip in a cheeky ride on the trucks before we left! We ended up speaking to people in the queue or deciding what rides were next.

14. Even if you don’t have children it’s a fun day out, growing up I thought it’s more of a young child type place as a teenager I was all about Thorpe Park, I was pleasantly surprised that I probably enjoyed it more than my two. There was no drama and it’s fully child friendly. A three year old is not too young and if I had known how awesome it was we would of taken them younger.

15. Book parking online alongside your tickets, it’s much easier than faffing around at the end of the day with tired kids, we were so glad we had booked the car park as we just went straight to the car and didn’t have to worry.

I could write a few more but they are the main points I wanted to share.

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On the way home we was talking of another trip before they shut for the winter and we shared our memories of the day as we heard snoozy noises in the back coming from the boys.
We are going to try and come back on more of a off peak day as we would’ve loved to of had a few rides more than once. My children certainly felt the magic of the Bubbleworks and so sad they won’t remember our first theme park trip as a family, our Bubbleworks photo holds so many memories for me and I can’t wait to tell them all about it when they ask.

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I’m really sad to see Bubbleworks go, It seems so sad to be attached to a ride like the way I am. When you have children you can’t wait to do all the things you loved as a child.

I would LOVE to do a stay in their hotel or the glamping .. we would of loved to do the second day for £7 but we had other birthday plans for the rest for the weekend.

I wanted to take 1000 photos but we were just honestly enjoying our day so much the only time my phone came out was a quiet moment or to use the app.

P.S Download the app we used it a lot and it even pops up with a drink offer ;)

P.P.S This is not a sponsored post. I bought the tickets myself, I just loved it that much it deserved a post :)

P.P.P.S BYE BYE BUBBLEWORKS I WILL MISS YOUR AWESOME RIDE AND YOUR HUGE RUBBER DUCKYS!!!!!

Leah x

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5 years ago..

5 years ago I was 19 years old with a growing life inside me. Never did I realise how much motherhood would change me.

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I was naive back then, my mum did instal it in me how things would change but you never really do realise until you there in the moment doing it.
Motherhood is so special I never ever take anything for granted, if they want an extra kiss at bedtime they get it for sure!

It has its hard times but the good total outweigh all the bad . (I will never forget them putting poo all up the walls!!)

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I feel when they turn 5 they are kind of really growing up into their own self, soon he won’t want to hold hands, be kissed in front of his friends and wave love you as he walks into school.

I’m savouring every single moment with my boys like they say you don’t really know what true love is until you have children.

Still can’t believe my big boy is 5 on the 31st!!!

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Leah x

Sorry I’m A Lazy B*tch – I’ve Got Sleep Apnea.

Todays post is a bit of a tongue in cheek after finally getting diagnosed with sleep apnea.. “Sorry I’m a lazy bitch, I’ve got sleep apnea.”

I finally have a official diagnosis of sleep apnea at last! I will go into more detail in another post of how I came to know and get diagnosed but long story cut short..

A ex boyfriend told me I stop breathing in my sleep and it can be really scary. At a doctor’s appointment I brought it up and he palmed me off with ” That’s sleep apnea, your brain will make you breath again. “

7 years of sh*t sleep later my mum pleaded me to go to the doctors after we stayed over in a hotel together. She was very scared and I promised I would go and get another opinion.
I never realised how dangerous sleep apnea actually was until researching and yes scaring myself too. After a questionnaire at the doctors I was referred to the sleep clinic in East Grinstead.

I had a oximeter for 2 nights and yesterday I got my results.

I stop breathing on average 30+ times a hour (I’m unsure of how long but she said it can be around 10secs or more) and I have it severe. The graph shocked me and baring in mind there is only 60 minutes in a hour no wonder I feel the way I do.
I have every symptom under the sun and getting my diagnosis has answered so many questions for me.

I now have to have a cpap machine for the rest of my life, there is no cure but there is treatment. I have had this all my life when I was skinny and big so weight doesn’t really come into it for me. (although I could do with losing weight)

In my life I have been told many things like I’m lazy, I know, I always agree to be honest. My house gets cleaned, I do everything needed for my children but I have ZERO motivation. It’s very hard to describe how I feel, I do feel like I’m in a constant low mood for no reason. It’s like my energy tank gets topped up but never 100%.

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I can not wait for the day to sleep a full block of sleep and wake up spring out of bed and feel refreshed. Some days I feel like I shut my eyes and I’ve opened them again 10 minutes later.

This is going to change my life 100%.

99% of my day I’m in a can’t be bothered mood, I’m so glad this is not me. There is a reason why I feel the way I do and I can not wait to feel ‘normal’.

 

I’m so anxious about the cpap machine but I know this is saving my life in a around about way so taking it on the chin!

 

Until next time,

 

Leah x

Transition Into Year One.

So yesterday I got the email, all about Tyler’s transition into year one.

I did well up a bit I’m not going to lie, like I explained before Tyler is a August baby and if he was born 24hrs later he would be starting reception this year, not year one! So when I got the email explaining its going to be a lot different and how from next week they will go in via the main playground now not theirs I felt a bit worried. Now I’m sure this is typical mum worry but i’m worried about everything!

They are even mixing up the children so that’s going to be a big change alone.

They have a big trip to chessington on Friday, I have loved every topic reception have done and I LOVE his teacher.

I’m going to be one of the mums bawling on the last day of term.

I feel like I’m going to cry and worry every year change.

I can not believe the school year is nearly over!!

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Tyler on superhero day!

Leah x

Where Have I Been?!

Long time no write!

A big apology on my front from neglecting the blog but more important things came up and have been taking my blogging time.

I have a big update coming all with how Tyler has settled at school and a few rants in there too!

Can’t wait to catch up with you all.. Here is a cute picture to make up for it :)

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Leah x

5 Microwave Hacks You Need To Try.

Here is 5 fabulous hacks you need to try and if you don’t have a microwave or planning to get a new one I’m sure these can sway your mind into purchasing one. We have a combination microwave oven and I would highly recommend getting one. I cook allsorts in mine, from scrambled eggs and crispy bacon to a array of quick easy defrosting or even steaming of the veg.

Growing up a microwave was something you heated up your dinner in after playing outside.
Heating up pizza after a night out and even using it to cook one of them ready meals when money was tight as a young adult.
I have to admit a microwave wasn’t top of my list when I moved into my own place but I slowly realised it’s something you may not use everyday but there is always that one time – you wish that you had bought that microwave when you saw it on sale that time!

Enough of the waffling enjoy the 5 microwave hacks and let me know if you try them out. Also do you have any hacks or any other kitchen devices that can be used for other fun things? I love my slow cooker too.

1. Mug Cake.

Not a ‘hack’ as such but if you’re not much of a mary berry and fancy a cake but not all the faff this is for you. There is many recipes online and you can whip these up in no time! They are very simple, quick and very importantly yummy!

2. Disinfect a chopping board.

It is probably unthinkable of the germs and bacteria a chopping board can harbour. Instead of using nasty chemicals this is a very quick, simple and eco way to disinfect them. Simply cut a lemon in half rub all over the chopping board and microwave for 1 minute. DONE!

3. Peeling Garlic.

When I was told about this I have done it ever since. I hate how long it takes me to peel garlic and when I’m prepping dinner this comes in handy – So does number 5 ;). Heat the cloves of garlic for around 15-20 seconds, they will slip right out! Yep, that easy.

4. Microwaving for two?

Isn’t it annoying the cook eats last? Well if you heating your bowl of leftovers up and always do them one at a time, try putting a mug upside down and putting one of them on top! Saves time and you won’t be the last one standing around waiting.

5. Dreaded Onions. 

I hate hate hate chopping onions because my eyes stream and it really does sting! This is the best ‘hack’ I’ve heard with what you can do in a microwave because it really does change my life.. No more tears or trying all these silly ways to avoid the sting! Chop of the ends, microwave for around 30 seconds. WAHLAH!

 

I hope you have found some new ways to use your microwave, I would love to know if you have any cool ideas to use too. Panasonic have a great range and certainly worth checking out.

 

Leah

My Favourite TV Shows – Freeview Play

Once the children are in bed that is it, curtains are shut and Cbeebies is off!

I never end up having much me time so I love when it’s my time for the TV. I’m a sucker for a thrilling drama, trashy TV, soaps and a good ole’ reality TV. I only have Freeview as to be honest the channels on Freeview is all I need, okay I might not get geordie shore anymore but hey ho! This post is about Freeview Play but first I thought I would share some of my favourite shows, new and old.

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Hollyoaks – Not everyone is into Hollyoaks and I guess it is aimed right at my age group. Some of the story lines can be very over the top but I just love it. I find it so gripping and certainly switch over to E4 to catch up on the next days episode. My friend will be round and always roll her eyes at me yabbling on about the latest storyline but when she watches it even she says it is good.. Will they just lock Lindsey up already!! Channel 4 & E4 

Eastenders – Who doesn’t love Eastenders? I always especially look forward to the special episodes for Christmas etc.. I’m loving Danny Dyer being in the show, he really suits his character and sometimes have a little giggle at what he comes out with. I love the fact there is zero adverts too.. Got to love BBC ;) I’m really looking forward to some of the storylines they have coming up. I certainly will be adding Eastenders to my Christmas day schedule. BBC1

24 Hours In … – Another one of my guilty pleasures is 24 hours in A&E and 24 hours in Police Custody. I love any hospital or police programme. 24hrs in police custody really does show some things I thought were pushing the boundaries but hey Channel 4 is king at that! They do not hold back in showing the criminals and what they are in there for and the outcome of their crimes. 24 hours in A&E never fails to make me shed a tear and I always end up squeezing my close ones tight after watching it. You never know how your day might fold out. Channel 4

Cuffs – A very recent watch on a Tuesday and I’m really getting into it. It’s only 4 episodes, maybe not for everyone but I’m sure you will recognise a actor or two! I’m really looking forward to seeing how the programme progresses and I already think I have my favourite characters. BBC1

Most Haunted – Now this really is a tad controversial but I LOVE Most Haunted. My mum used to watch it so as I grew up I got hooked too. I was so pleased when they brought out the new series and I’m loving it! New and old locations and even more pleased when they brought back the live show on Halloween!! I was glued to the TV and the live cameras!! I’m loving the skeptic Glen (bit of a soft spot for him hehe) and the EVP is amazing in these series! Really

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I’M A CELEB!! – Okay my favourite is certainly Yvette, I’ve loved her for years and so happy she is I’m a celeb. I can really see her being the mummy of the group. Really enjoying getting to know her outside of the night time cameras and oujia boards. The trials this year are brilliant and spend many nights in stitches already! Love this show and watch every year. ITV

Big Brother – Another guilty pleasure, I watch every year including the celebrity edition. I would love to go on the show and experience it for myself. Not sure how well I would do without a luxury budget mind you haha. Channel 5

Broadchurch – I was HOOKED from the first episode. I love shows like this, really gripping and you end up with so many questions. I really find it hard waiting a week for the next episode. There is not one time I have missed it and need to watch it on catch up. I will talk about it to everyone and ask them their thoughts! If you haven’t watched it .. Where was you!!?? ITV

Marchlands – Now this is another I was hooked on from the first episode and was gripped throughout. Again like Broadchurch I just love shows like this. It could be a 2 hour movie but instead a TV series which you get more into and more gripped as you have to wait a week left on a cliffhanger. ITV

Dr Foster – Hate to say it again but I was hooked from the first episode. I was intrigued by the advert, I was getting everyone to watch it as I just kept speaking about it. This was really up my street and I never wanted to end it. 5 episodes was just not enough! Certainly getting the DVD of this and watching it again. (maybe in one go hehe) BBC1

In the club – This was a great BBC series as usual, they never fail me! Being a mum myself it was all SO relatable and I just loved watching this. Was a few twists and turns and really good storylines within the characters. BBC1

BBC Three documentaries – I love most of the documentaries BBC Three come out with. Stacy Dooley has done some amazing ones. The latest one to get me was Professor Green on the suicide of his father. I cried throughout and it just really touched me. They do really well with breaking stigma and showing reality of situations. BBC Three

Last but not least ..

X Factor – I’m not a singer myself and very much enjoy the auditions rather than the live shows but really got into this year. Loving Lauren, really routing for her. I didn’t really like Reggie and Bollie but they have exceeded my expectations and I’m loving them now, really enjoy seeing what they will do each week. ITV

There was a good mix of new and old shows and I would love to hear some of your favourites!

You really do not need to shed out on loads of money each month to have a great selection of TV programmes. Having freeview in my house is all we need. I get to see all my favs and so does everyone else. Even pop on the music channels when doing the housework!
One down side to freeview is the no ‘on demand’ or ‘catch up’ this is one thing that may put people off but here is the new Freeview Play.. Like they say, it’s catch up but with no subscription!! A a a mazing!

No more subscriptions or upgrades it is literally FREE to have on demand/catch up ..
Don’t know about you but Freeview was great as it is.. I will certainly be getting Freeview Play!

Top 5 Places I Want To Visit |Monuments of the World Quiz from Kärcher.

In my 24 years of life I can count on one hand the places I’ve travelled to. However, my bucket list is full of amazing places, mainly inspired by travel vloggers. Now I’m hooked! Some places I never thought I would want to travel to I now find myself wanting to spend a few days exploring.

Geography never was a strong subject of mine I hated it. Now I look back and wish I listened a bit more. I would be such a sore loser in a pub quiz or TV game show.

Saying that, I have surprised myself on the Monuments of the World Quiz from Karcher. I actually did really well. I must soak in some information when watching travel vloggers and watching those game shows!

Doing the quiz cranked the gears in me to think about the places and things I want to see.

Here is 5 places I would love to travel too.

  1. America– I just love everything American. I see myself on a long holiday travelling around the different states soaking up the culture one day. I can’t pin point when it started but when I was young I loved R’nB and Hip-Hop. I would watch the dancing in videos and teach myself new routines. This sparked me to want to become a dancer and I did fulfil that dream as I was in music videos when I was 18. I love the idea of New York around Christmas time, it just seems magical for me; layered up just shopping for gifts and not forgetting a hot chocolate stop in some cool cafe. The lights, the hustle and bustle of last minute Christmas shopping and a few snow drops falling would be amazing. I hope America doesn’t fail me when I visit, I have got some great expectations!

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2. Barcelona– Inspired by Fun For Louis I would love to spend a week here. I never thought about travelling Europe, nowhere has ever appealed to me. When I watched Louis’ vlogs there it seemed a really fun place to explore for a jam packed weekend or a fun paced week. It has really inspired me to be more open minded about Europe now. A bus tour would be quite a good option for me and I can certainly see myself doing this. I would love to explore the bars too; I’m not a party girl but I do love a cocktail or two! The beach is one place I will spend a lot of time, unwinding from a long afternoon or just relaxing all day.

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3. Dubai– Dubai to me is just one of those places. You know people are rich and live a lavish lifestyle and in all honesty who doesn’t want that!? I would love to experience Dubai, a party on a yacht, some designer shopping and the beach would be perfect for me. I would also love to go to the Burj Khalifa. I don’t have a fear of heights but I’m pretty sure I would up there! It is just one thing I would love to tick off my bucket list.

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4. Maldives– Maldives is sparked by growing up and my mum wanting to get married there. I then hit a certain age where I was more appreciative of travelling and other countries and realised how beautiful it is. A friend went with her partner and stayed in an amazing hotel with a section of glass floor. It just looked beautiful. The idea of a relaxing week or two here would just be incredible. Leaving all the technology at home, reconnecting with yourself and flushing away all the stress everyday life gives us.

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5. Lapland– Inspired by my mum again, she always wished to be able to afford a Christmas away here with me and my siblings. It never happened but now I’m a mum I would love to take my boys there. I want to experience everything it has to offer. A cabin with the log fire roaring is another idea of heaven, with the snow falling outside after a fun afternoon on a husky ride. Yes, yes, yes… Oh and seeing Father Christmas!!! Lapland is one of my magical once in a lifetime holidays I would love to tick off.

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Try the quiz or even get the hubby involved, you will surprise yourself. This is also great for children – you still get points if you’re close so you won’t have any losers! Let me know how you get on in the comments. It’s a fun quiz based around the monuments Karcher have cleaned around the world. It could spark convo on how some places were cleaned too!

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Leah x

 

 

 

 

Bathroom Inspiration.

I always get the bug to change decor and feature pieces within our home. I never know really where to start but I’ve found myself browsing the internet for hours and I thought I would share them here with you. Just incase your stuck for ideas too. So here is some bathroom inspiration.

I never thought I would enjoy looking at toilets but I have really enjoyed it! I have found the kind of design I like and I love what this company have put together. This is SO me and I wish I could make my bathroom like this ASAP!

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I mean when I say I love everything. The tiles have got to be my favourite feature of the bathroom. I love black and my bathroom now features black but I really like how they have incorporated such a dark colour into a bright bathroom. The pop of electric blue is so striking and I never would of thought to have the pops of such a bright colour in a bathroom. Im very much a square kinda gal I’ve found, I love squared items rather than round, the bath is my dream and found this type is what I’m drawn too. I have to mention the shelves, again these are so me something I would 100% go for. The shower and taps also is something I would choose. This whole bathroom is just amazing and p.s love how the toilet brush is wall hung!

The website is full to the brim and I do love more than just this bathroom here is a small selection I have saved.

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I love Ikea, who doesn’t! They also have some amazing bathroom suites and accessories, so of course I browsed there too and here is a few saved items.

Shower Shelf. Wall Lamp. Towel Hanger/Shelf. Corner Wall Shelf Unit. Bath Towels.

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I really hope you enjoyed this post, what was you’re favourite item?

On the first website you can also create your own virtual showroom, so if you’re feeling extra creative you can really go to town. There is also a a very handy DIY guide! I really recommend their website, have fun browsing!

 

Leah x