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You’ll thank me when you’ve done your first drama free bedtime! 😘

Book Review – The Undomestic Goddess by Sophie Kinsella

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I loved this story. High flying lawyer turned housekeeper, Samantha is absolutely useless at the everyday tasks. It makes you wonder if there are people in this world who really are that useless!

She turns it around and learns the skills needed to pull off her bluff all whilst finding love. This book is really heartwarming in the sense that thinking that she had lost everything showed her what she had really been missing all along. I am a big fan of the slower pace of life so this book was like an idilic little day dream!

I rate this book 5 stars!

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Happy reading everyone!

Book Review – The Party Crasher by Sophie Kinsella

Book Review – The Party Crasher by Sophie Kinsella

A lovely story with a heartwarming theme. Very family orientated. It teaches you that things are not always what they seem. Once you’ve flown the proverbial nest you can’t assume that what you see on the surface of your family’s ways and actions are always true.

I loved Effie and the way she had developed throughout the story. She has learned some truths about herself whilst being in hidden attendance to the party which I feel helps her to develop as a person.

Moral of the story. There is always more going on under the surface than meets the eye.

Happy reading everyone!

Milly Johnson – A summer Fling – Book Review

I’m listening to A Summer Fling by Milly Johnson, narrated by Colleen Prendergast on my Audible app. Try Audible and get it here: https://www.audible.co.uk/pd?asin=1398507849&source_code=ASSORAP0511160006&share_location=rate_review

Happy reading!

Kitchen Update – Cabinet Painting

So we’ve been at it again! This time the kitchen was in the firing line! Those dated wooden cabinets just had to go! They were bringing the whole room down! Since we moved in back in 2016 we have slowly added our own touch to every room and this was one of the only ones we still weren’t happy with!

Eventually I want an extension which will house a new kitchen and I would rather save the new kitchen feeling and the money for when that happens so for the time being we decided to refresh what we had with some cabinet paint.

We had already done a fair bit in here at this point like painting the ceiling which was the same colour as the cabinets and we also painted the tiles which had a speckled brown finish with ducks on them. Nothing seemed to look right together when it was like this.

After a full day of prep work which solely consisted of sanding off the sheen and years of general kitchen grime off the cupboards and then we began painting. Dan has had his air line and compressor set up in the garage for years and only this year started using it so everything was sprayed to get a more even finish. Because it was sprayed we managed to keep the grain effect which I love!

I had some real trouble trying to decide on new handles for the doors and drawers. I didn’t want anything too fancy looking we were were going for a minimalist look. They had to be silver to match all the other kitchen accessories and I also didn’t want to pay the earth for them as the idea of this was to refresh the kitchen on a budget! Eventually I found the ideal ones on Amazon. They were £10 a pack so I ordered two packs of the shot ones and one pack of the long ones and have a load left over as spares.

Long handles for the drawers & Short handles for the cupboards.
Before and After
Here’s the finished product once the walls and ceiling had fresh coat of paint.

I am so happy with how this little diy project turned out. There are a couple little things we still need to sort but they are quite hard wearing as out dog has a lovely habit of stretching against the cupboard doors and none of them have scratched so that’s great.

If any of you are thinking about painting your kitchen but worried about the durability of this I would say as long as you make sure you lacquer them once painted you should be ok.

I would love to hear about your experiences of painting furniture and anything you would do differently next time.

Have a great day everyone!

All my love, Mel xo

Living Room Refresh

As was mentioned in my November post I was planning on giving my living room a refresh with a colour change!

Having decided I wanted a blush pink to tie in with all the other accessories in the room I had my heart set on a colour such as this which was made my Colour Courage. Unfortunately, my local diy store decided to stop stocking this brand just before I wanted it and I was more than a little disappointed when I realised.

I wasn’t about to give up there so I decided to have a chat with the girls on the counter where they mix the paint to what ever colour you desire. I explained what colour I was after and they were able to mix this but then I found one that was almost identical in their swatch range that I think I preferred to my original choice!

Mix your own colours at B&Q – this picture doesn’t do the actual colours any justice!

I already had a grey on my feature wall but I wanted to refresh that too and again they stopped stocking my original colour so I took the plunge and had both colours mixed. Because my daughter fancies herself a bit of a Picasso I decided to opt for a washable paint! Below is my before and after shots of the room.

White walls before which I don’t think gave it any character!
I love my new rosy cosy living room!

The pink did take two coats but I turned this project around in a day and I am very surprised about how far the paint went! I still have half a tin of the 5L pink and practically a full stone of the 2.5L grey! So if I need any future touch ups it won’t be a dash to the store to get more made!

I would love to hear you thoughts on this room refresh!

Hope your all staying safe and have a lovely week!

Harley Merlin and the Secret Coven – Book Review

They dubbed this series of books the next Harry Potter. I wouldn’t go that far. Yes they’re both technically orphans who have magical powers and neither find out about the magical world until they are older but that’s were the similarities end.

I enjoyed the book but I feel that the story took a long time to get going and just as you get into it the book ends. It’s not the sort of story that’s tied up neatly by the end as it practically ends on a cliff hanger. Perhaps that’s smart writing on the authors part to entice you to read the next one. Either way it worked and I have now started the second book to find out what happened.

This is an enjoyable story filled with magic, demons and bad guys as you would expect. However, as I have said don’t expect this book to be anything like the Harry Potter books because it’s not.

I would rate this book an optimistic 4/5

XO – Mel

November 2020

Hello November from Wallis Drive

It’s that time of year again when we pack away our Halloween decorations and spend a month in limbo before the Xmas decorations come out!

I like to take this month to finish off any home deco projects that need seeing to before the carnage that is Christmas descends! Most of my projects will involve a fresh coat of paint so it’s nothing major.

We celebrated Halloween at home this weekend due to the latest lockdown. We had pumpkin carving which got real messy but the results were worth it!

Pumpkin carving 2020 @ Wallis Drive

Sienna was really excited for Halloween this year so it was a real shame that we couldn’t take her trick or treating! But because we couldn’t take the girl out for Halloween, we brought Halloween to the girl! We had a little party with buffet style food and music, and we danced around our living room like lunatics 😂 it was great!

Stay at home Halloween 2020 @ Wallis Drive

After what can only be considered as a year to write off, the little things like bonfire night, which I will be enjoying with my family at home, is really something to look forward to. We have got some little fireworks from our local shop and we intend to have our own little display.

I hope you are all keeping safe and making the best of a bad situation!

All my love, Mel

Book Review – Just my luck by Adele Parks

What an amazing book!! I absolutely loved this story! This is the first book I’ve read from Adele Parks and it is safe to say that I would not hesitate to pick up another one straight away! A brilliant story of lottery wins, deceit, greed, deception, abduction, infidelity and so much more!

It really makes you wonder if you won the lottery how you would handle the wealth.

Personally if I was in Lexi’s and married to Jake I would tear him a new one! All the way through this book he has anointed and enraged me!

The story is very well structured with different characters telling their own version of events in their own words!

I loved the twist right at the very end but I was also very disappointed to find the Lexi was not the person she was made out to be the whole way through.

Still loved it even if it didn’t end how I wanted it to!

Highly recommended! 

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I definitely give this read a 5 star review!

I hope you’ve all had a great weekend and here’s wishing you a great week ahead.

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