Everyone loves to receive a bunch of flowers, but what do you do with them once the delivery man has disappeared? How often do you just pop them hastily in a vase with little thought for arranging? Or received a bouquet of flowers at work, only to leave them on your desk in the original paper to quickly dry up and fade away? People send us flowers as an expression of love or gratitude. Or we … [Read more...] about Organising flowers: How to get the most out of your bouquet
Spring cleaning is the traditional time to deep clean your home, paying particular attention to annual cleaning tasks and difficult to reach areas. Historically, the arrival of spring gave us the chance to open the windows to let fresh air and light back into our homes after a long winter. Now that we have technically-advanced appliances to assist with the daily chores, is spring cleaning still … [Read more...] about It’s spring cleaning time!
With the temperature finally below 30 degrees here in Dubai it's time to play outside again. And time to work on organising outdoor toys! After a long, hot, dusty summer, your outdoor toys probably need a bit of a clean-up and organisation. That's exactly what I did for this little boy's toys. Previously the toys were stored on two metal racks and a bookcase placed outside in a covered alley … [Read more...] about Organising outdoor toys
I like to think that our home is clean. Not sparkly, perfect, you-could-eat-your-dinner-off-the-floor clean, but certainly well looked after. And (usually) mother-in-law inspection-ready. So imagine my surprise when the guys at The Healthy Home showed me the amount of dust that they had sucked out of our mattress! (Eww!) No matter how much we clean our homes, dust mites, bed bugs, mould and … [Read more...] about A healthier home: Mattress cleaning by The Healthy Home
I love pretty things. Pink things. Floral things. Things to put other things in. You get the picture. So when I stumbled across this beautiful pink metal suitcase whilst shopping in our local department store, I knew that I had to have it. Little did I know then, that it was going to teach me a valuable lesson! At AED495 (approx. USD135) this was not a purchase I was going to make lightly. Of … [Read more...] about The Tale of the Pretty Pink Suitcase: A lesson in shopping
For the past month we have been on holiday back in the UK, staying with family in the south of England and Scotland. We have spent some glorious summer days exploring and sightseeing, but I must admit that after four weeks away, I am beginning to miss our little family home in Dubai. Don’t get me wrong, I have loved spending time with our families, catching up with friends and being spoiled … [Read more...] about An English woman’s home is her castle