brabantia bin

If there is one item I have coveted since focusing on Kitchen style and interiors, it’s the Brabantia waste bin.

I saw my first beautiful Brabantia when I was living in Italy. It was a style statement and I instantly fell in love, as have any other discerning kitchen owners the whole world over.

The first thing to catch my eye was the simple but eclectic style; it is minimalism to a T. It is so beautifully designed that I am sure Brabantia haven’t had to make any enormous changes to its looks since it was invented.

The Dutch company, founded back in 1919, has been focusing on houseware products for waste storage, food storage, food preparation, laundry care and hardware that includes post boxes and bathroom accessories. They total over 500 products today including the Brabantia waste bin and I am certain they have the perfect bin for you.

Another Brabantia design idea that struck a chord with me was the ingenious touch opening lid. It was the first time I’d come across such a lid and, as I always have my hands full when I go to the bin, this clever way of opening the lid immediately hit my jackpot. (They also have a traditional pedal bin if that works better for you).

There is a straight-back bin which means it can fit snugly against a wall and as the colours to choose from are fabulous, you can even make a style statement at the same time as being practical.

In fact, it is a bin worth showing off as everyone who sees it will be enamoured. Due to the clever opening, the bin is transformed into a healthy and safe refuse collector which is easy to use and can be recycled too. Because the Brabantia brains not only have invented a cool bin for you to display in your kitchen but have also looked into the day it will need to be replaced and have made it is eco-friendly as possible.

Mind you, I wouldn’t worry about having to throw it away just yet as it comes with a 10-year guarantee!

One last word – don’t be tempted to go with a copy version – it is quite simply not the same.

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Who’d have ever said I’d be here talking about washers and taps that drip?

The thing is, our shower has been dripping for a while now – longer than I care to accept and any comments made to my husband are falling on deaf ears.

I’m not very good with dripping taps; the noise gets on my nerves, the waste of water makes me frown and my OCD starts to get massively bothered by the whole situation. The result is – I need to get the tap fixed.

Now, my husband is a wonderful man but he’s hopeless at DIY and odd jobs around the house. There is also the fact that I have no idea how to change a washer but I really feel like I need to embrace myself for the challenge, channel my inner plumber and sort the leaking tap out once for all.

Where does one start with such a mission? Internet of course!

And that, ladies and gentlemen, is where an entire new world opens up to me, a world of mixer taps, washers and even grundfos pumps from Pump Sales Direct! Say what? 
It becomes immediately clear that I’m going to have to take my time and tread very carefully here if I am to purchase the correct item! Fortunately, we have YouTube with a host of videos with very clear instructions on how to go about changing the washer or even entire tap should you prefer.

So armed with my handyman knowledge of the ins and outs of pipe fitting, I head off to the local hardware shop where I am faced with rows and rows of washers. Who knew there were so many? Is this how a plumber would feel if we sent him to the haberdashery to buy a zip?

I wonder if my request for a washer for my dripping shower tap might be a bit vague considering the vast array to choose from? Is this why husband has been avoiding the job? Is he on to something that I have yet to encounter?

I decide to plough on with my mission regardless, and with a determination my weaker self is screaming at to stop and walk away, I head towards the first assistant I can find.

“I wonder if you can help me…”

Luckily, we’ve had our external pipes updated recently and the water pressure is now spot on so, no need to look any further into the grundfos pumps! The assistant walks me to the correct area, explains what I should be looking out for and I thank her very much for her help before she leaves me.

Clueless, I decide to return another time.

Maybe, I tell myself, it might be worth turning the water off, undoing the tap and taking a look inside to see what size washer I might be after?

Do you have any tips for a clueless plumber who needs to change a washer?

SIlk'n Lipo

Earlier in the year, I was sent a Silk’n Lipo device to trial in the comfort of my home.

I wrote my first post shortly after receiving the machine to show you how I was getting along. I promised to come back with news of the results of my 12-week test and I have to hang my head low and admit that I gave up.

I was doing really well but the last month or two of summer term got so busy that I was flying around everywhere trying to fit everything in and  I just had to drop some balls – one of them, unfortunately, was my Silk’n Lipo trial.

Never mind, I said to myself. I’ll hang onto the machine and give it a go over the summer when I am home and relaxed and have five weeks off school. Great solution right?

But then 2018 turned out to be the BEST SUMMER EVER. Every day was a sunny day and my husband was barbecuing till his heart’s content. I dropped the buns with my burger, I piled on the salad but I chose to enjoy a glass of cold wine or a fresh beer from the fridge. The Silk’n Lipo trial was so far from my mind – even when my trousers started to feel tight.

We spent two weeks in Thanet, friends came to stay, we ate, we drank and we had so much fun.

Then, I went with the girls to Lake Garda to stay with Megan for 10 days. The land of delicious food – my favourite food on the entire planet. Of course, I tucked in and enjoyed myself and gained about 7lbs doing so. Boy, those mojitos were worth it though!

All of this is great but my Silk’n Lipo was gathering dust at home and I still couldn’t find the time to properly sit down and get on with the trial.

Come September with Back To School, the girls were studying for the 11+ which overtook our lives and once that was over, all of my studying materials turned up for my Open University Open Degree that I am about to start. Yeah, I haven’t yet told you about that one yet.

I have come to the conclusion that the Silk’n Lipo and I are not going to be able to meet anytime soon and with regret, I am returning the device.

There’s a whole part of me that still wants to give it a go and there’s a grand part of me that thinks with commitment, this would be a successful trial but I can’t keep this trial dragging on any longer and am calling it a day.

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Thoughts on Silk’n Lipo

  • I do think this is a great idea and, if you can commit, you would most likely get great results.
  • I chose to work on my belly – it’s a large area to work on and realistically I think you would need longer than 12 weeks.
  • I also think that to treat the stomach area you would need to combine the Silk’n Lipo with diet and exercise – two things that totally dropped off my radar this summer.

My Silk’n Lipo trial

I managed about 6 weeks using the machine approximately 3 times a week. I discovered that as it’s such a large area, I would place the belt on a different part of the stomach each time. For this reason, I imagine it would take 36 weeks (12+12+12) to see a reduction in my waistline. (I could be wrong though) I did measure after the 6 weeks and didn’t see any difference in measurements. I must add that I wasn’t dieting or doing extra exercise at the same time and maybe this reflected on my result.

create your own happy book

 

One compliment can keep me going for a whole month. — Mark Twain (Author)

Compliments always make me feel a bit out of my comfort zone – someone has said something nice about me that I wasn’t expecting and although it makes me squirm a little, it’s in a good way. I am chuffed that person took the time to share that thought with me.

Would you agree with that statement? How do you feel when you are on the receiving end of a compliment?

I also like to give compliments especially to my friends and family or my work colleagues. I think a compliment can really help you, it’s like a turbo boost to your morale and on a bad day it can be all you need to get you through.

YOU, dear reader, are the kindest, nicest person I could wish to have here on my little old blog, thank you for passing by. — Marianne Weekes

Why are compliments good for us?

There have been studies into the effect of giving and receiving compliments. Researchers have found that to the brain, receiving a compliment is as much as a social reward as being given money.

In fact, focusing on and noticing the good qualities in the world around us gives our moods a boost all by itself.

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Create your own happy

Do you know where I found that information? In an awesome book called Create your own happy. Written by Penny Alexander and Becky Goddard-Hill and Illustrated by Clare Forrest.

The book has been written for children aged 7 – 11 and is full of activities that help them to learn to be happy no matter what is going on around you. They teach you to be resilient, positive and optimistic, three qualities that are sure to help everyone in life.

The activities are designed to boost happiness and emotional wellbeing with information on why each activity is worthwhile and how it can help change your mood.

The book is split into three parts, Part One is about making yourself happy, Part Two is about making others happy – like giving out compliments and Part Three is about making a happier world which would benefit us all.

Create your own happy teaches kids that they are in control of a huge part of their own happiness, it also reminds them that if they are happy then it’s so much easier to make other people happy.

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Happiness fact

Did you know that happiness is made up of?

50% genes and upbringing
10% life circumstances beyond you, (money, where you live)
40% of things you can control yourself (attitude, relationships, hobbies and activities)

The book has a wonderful collection of quotes that are inspiring and great reminders of what is important in life like this one

Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, have enough. — Oprah Winfrey (Actress and TV show host)

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Where to buy Create Your Own Happy

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Create Your Own Happy website

Create Your Own Happy

Find out what others think by following the Blogger book tour

Create your own happy blogger trail

www.herecomethegirlsblog.com     Create Your Own Happy Jar 6/9

www.diaryofthedad.co.uk     Create a Laughter Kit         7/9

www.emmaand3.com   Be a Happiness Philosopher    8/9

www.marisworld.co.uk   Give Compliments   9/9

www.goingonanadventure.co.uk  Learn to relax 10/9

www.growingfamily.co.uk  Create New Life  with  Seed Bombs 11/9

www.theanamumdiary.co.uk Use Music to change your mood 12/9

www.amummytoo.  Learn about another culture 13/9

www.muminthemadhouse.com  Making a calm down jar     14/9

www.science-sparks.com  Invent a solution   15/9

www.pennyreads.co.uk   Saying thank you 16/9

www.boorooandtiggertoo.com     Snail Mail 17/9

www.rainydaymum.co.uk  Reduce,  Reuse, Recycle 18/9

www.redtedart.com   Upcycling!   19/9

Disclosure: We were sent a copy of the book for the purpose of this post, all opinions are our own.

lovehearts, street art dope

A while back, I was lucky enough to go on a Street Art tour of London and listening to the knowledgeable guide really opened my eyes to a whole new world I hadn’t known about previously. A world of artists who express themselves through graffiti, stencils, prints, stickers, large-scale paintings and even street installations. Their art is often a means of expressing a political opinion, a message they want to send out to wake the population up to the truth as they see it.

That experience has stayed with me and now, every time I go abroad and visit a new town or city (or visit new places in the UK), I keep an eye out for any eye-catching art.

I’ve heard about Clet Abraham who adds humourous stickers to the Florentine road signs at night. Lorenzo Quinn who installed ‘Support’ – a pair of enormous human hands reaching out of the Grand Canal in Venice, propping up the historic hotel Ca’Sagredo Hotel and making a massive statement about global warming. I now visit a new town or city and look out for the artworks placed there when no one is around, in secret. Sadly it wasn’t there during our day trip in August.

I am hoping to organise a day trip to Paris. With a street art scene stretching back to the 1980’s, Paris has a wonderfully vibrant selection to offer. From Jef Aérosol, one of the first stencil artists who stencilled 350sqm next to the Pompidou Centre in 2011 and entitled his piece Chuuutt!!! (Shh!) to Jérôme Mesnager whose signature white figure ( a symbol of light, strength and peace) has been created in the Ménilmontant neighbourhood, interestingly it was Matisse’s painting, ‘La Danse’ that inspired him.

Following the theme of silhouettes, Nemo’s trademark is a black silhouette of a man wearing a trench coat and fedora. Nemo’s mural of a man on a bicycle can also be found in Menilmontant.

The 13th and 20th arrondissements and Montmartre and Abbesses are also great places to wander on the hunt for street art, Miss Tic has created a pin up-style woman with the words ‘To life, to love”. It is such an appreciated work of art that the city graffiti cleaners are asked to restore this piece rather than remove it.

Of course, not every artist needs graffiti supplies with them like spray cans and paints as artists like Alexandre Farto, known as Vhils, choose walls that have been painted or have certain textures and he strips them back using the various layers to sculpt faces on the wall.

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I remember spotting one of Space Invader’s works on the London tour, a tiled mosaic of the pixelated video game Space Invader. Apparently, his first piece ever was in the French capital and also his thousandth in 2011.

Another artist I would like to find on my tour of Paris would be Gregos. I like his work so much, I follow him on Instagram. He makes plaster cast masks of faces and paints them before fixing them to walls all over the world.

Have you come across some great street art abroad? If so where?