Project House: Week 1. 

We have been home owners for a week now. One. Whole. Week. And what a week it has been.

I have stupidly given us 4 weeks to turn this house around and move in the weekend before Archie’s 2nd Birthday. So over the next 4 weeks I will document and update you weekly on the progress of our house. 

This week has been spent cleaning everything, stripping wallpaper, and ripping up carpets. Everything that we didn’t want to keep has been torn out and taken to the dump and everything we have decided to keep for now has been bleached over and over again. 

Unfortunately the owner before us smoked heavily in the property and even though the smell has now gone, everything was badly stained yellow / brown so literally every wall, door, ceiling ect had to be bleached before we can paint it.

This week we have focused on making the walls and ceilings as smooth as possible in order for the plasterer to get them done at the weekend. We have scraped off all the wall paper and lining paper, and chipped off most of the artex ceilings off so the plaster is smooth. 

I have bleached the kitchen over and over again to try and make the cupboards look white apposed to yellow and carpets through out the house have been ripped up. 

Unfortunately whilst doing all this we have discovered a few problems with the house that need fixing before we can move in. One being that there is a leak in the roof resulting in Archie’s bedroom ceiling being damaged and the other being a leaky toilet. 

The toilets isn’t that big of a deal and my dad thinks it can be fixed relatively easy. We were hoping to tear out the bathroom and re do it at a later date anyway so that isn’t a problem. 

The roof however is a different story. We have got to get the lining of our roof fixed as there is a hole in it so every time it rains it pours through the hole, into the loft and through Archie’s ceiling. The corner of his ceiling had caved where it had rotted away. After this the ceiling will need to be boarded and re plastered before we can paint and even think about moving in. 

Callum steaming the ceiling to scrape the artex off.
Callum investigating the broken stairs
There was a wardrobe built into this area in Archie’s room which we have removed so he can have a play kitchen in the corner.
To give you an idea of what I’m dealing with. Door on the left no been bleached. Door on the right bleached.

That’s about where we are at at the moment. The plastering will get done at the weekend. The carpets are out, wall paper off and we’re finally  at the stage where we can think about putting everything back together rather than tearing it apart. 

I can’t wait to see how much the house changes by next week. 

Love Tilly & Archie xx 

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Archie: 23 Months Old. 

Wow what a month it has been. Archie has developed in so many ways this month. One more month until he is 2. I’m just not ready to have a 2 year old. I’ve been trying to hold onto anything that makes him feel more like a baby rather than a toddler but there just isn’t anything left. He’s growing day by day right before my eyes and however proud he makes me, I always feel that spark of sadness how he no longer needs me, how independent he is becoming and how he isn’t a baby anymore.

This is the month where we finally bought our first family home. I am beyond excited to fill our lovely family home with hundreds of memories. I have wrote a blog post on our journey with our house so I’ll link that here if you want to go check it out.

Archie amazed me this month in his swimming lessons and swam the width of the pool on his own (in armbands). I am beyond proud of him. He has been having lessons since he was 3 months and I can’t believe how confident he is in the water. He jumps in, dives under and is now swimming by himself. Not only does he love his lessons but it is also teaching him a valuable life lesson too. Enrolling him into his swimming classes is honestly one of the best things I have done.

As you all know, Archie has always been the perfect sleeper. He’s slept through the night since he was a newborn and I’ve always loved that about him. Recently he has been waking up anywhere between 1 and 3 and staying awake all night. If I’m lucky I can bring him in my bed with me and he will go back to sleep but 90% of the time if we wakes up around 3/4am he is generally wide awake and ready to play. There is no putting him back down to sleep. I’m not sure why this is happening, if he is hungry, having nightmares or of it is just because routine has been hit and miss recently.

Other than Archie’s sleeping being off, everything else is pretty much the same. He is repeating everything he hears, talking sentences of around 5/6 words and can now count to 7. He knows his primary colours, a few shapes were now starting on the alphabet. I love how quickly he learns things and how eager he is to learn. He loves sitting and reading books, learning through play and learning through songs.

We’ve spent a lot of time wrapped up toasty warm exploring the outdoors. Since Christmas I feel as though we was stuck in a lot either inside the house or in the car travelling so I wanted to make a point of being outside exploring. We’ve been for walks down the beach, country parks and up cliff tops. I love nothing more than watching Archie explore the great outdoors.

Next month we are going to be celebrating Archies 2nd birthday and I honestly can’t believe how quickly this year has gone. I feel like the 2nd year has gone so much quicker than his 1st. Before we know it my little bundle of love is going to be going off to nursery and then big school and to be honest I don’t even think I can cope with that thought right now.

If any of you have any small gift ideas that I can get Archie for his 2nd birthday then please leave them in the comments below. I need a couple more ideas to go with things I already have for him.

Love Tilly & Archie xx

 

Our New Home. 

As you all now know, we have just bought our first family home. The previous owner was an elderly lady so the property needs a fair bit of updating before we can move in.

I’m going to be updating my blog with pictures and videos of the updates we have done and before and after photos as and when each room gets completed.

This post is going to show pictures from the day we got the keys. Before we touched anything. The house as it was when we completed. I can’t wait to see what we do with the place once we put our stamp on it.


I’m giving us a time frame of 4 weeks to get nearly everything done as it’s Archie’s birthday the following week and I want to be in before then.

At the end of each week I’ll upload some progress photos and explain what has been happening that week and what we have done. I’m so excited to be on this journey however much hard work it may be. In the end it’ll all be worth it.

Love Tilly & Archie xx

WE BOUGHT A HOUSE.

It’s official, we’ve bought a house. We’ve exchanged, completed and I’ve got the keys in my hand. On our 3 year anniversary yesterday, we are officially home owners.  I cant even begin to tell you how long I have waited to be able to write this blog post. I don’t even know where to begin.

When I was around 20 weeks pregnant, Callum moved into my parents house with me so we could be together as a family when the baby arrived. This was always only going to be a temporary thing and we planned to only stay for 6 months. We thought this would give us enough time to save up for a deposit and look for a flat to buy.

As the months went past our savings account grew but there was just nothing suitable to purchase. Everything was well out of our price range or wasn’t big enough for our needs. Living in Bournemouth is amazing, its 5 minutes from the beach and I’ve grown up here my whole life, but house prices are stupidly high. You are looking at around a minimum of  £200,000 for a small 2 bed flat with little or no garden.

Since then we have been searching everywhere and patiently waiting for house to come on the market or to be built. Every evening I would search Zoopla, Rightmove, private estate agents and builders sites just to see if there is anything available for us. We have viewed a ton of properties and a couple we have put in offers for but they have fallen through. Until we found our home.

We found a flat about 6 months ago and started the process of purchasing it. Unfortunately just before we were about to complete we had to pull out as the lease came through and there were too many restrictions on there. Since then we have viewed a handful of places and put some offers in on 2 properties. The first property was a bungalow but unfortunately we couldn’t afford asking price and someone offered so we didn’t get an offer accepted. Then after the bungalow we viewed a 2 bed end of terrace house with a massive garden, it needed work but we fell in love. So we put in an offer and it got accepted straight away.

We have since been patiently waiting for all the paper work to go through, the mortgage to get accepted, searches done by the solicitors and valuations. This has felt like an absolute lifetime. When in reality it has only been 3 months. 

I’m so happy to say that we are now the proud owners of our first family home. At times it has felt like this was never going to happen, being let down by estate agents, not being able to borrow as much money as we wanted and by there being absolutely nothing suitable on the market. But it has definitely been worth the wait. We’ve got a little bit of work to do before we can move in, mainly cosmetic things but were hoping it’ll only take a couple of weeks or so to get everything up together then save for the harder most costly things to be done next summer.

I’m going to update my blog with pictures of the house when we first bought it then after weve done it up to how we want it.

I cant wait to take you all on this journey with us. Our own little family home. Let this exciting adventure begin.

Love Tilly and Archie xx

Quiz Of The Year Tag. 

I got tagged to do this quiz by the lovely Siaan from Mummy Needs A Daiquiri. I think it’s a lovely way to sum up the year.

What was your highlight of 2016? img_7200

My main highlight of 2016 was Archie’s first birthday. Family and friends came from near and far to celebrate my little boys 1st year. It was a lovely day and something I’ll always look back on with fond memories.  This year as a whole has been a massive learning curve for the both of us. Watching Archie grow from a baby to a toddler, exceeding milestones sooner than expected and turning into the loving happy little boy he is today.

Name one thing you are most likely to remember about 2016 if asked in 5 years time.  

2016. This is the year we bought a house. We searched many properties, spent endless nights scrolling through estate agents websites and felt the excitement and heartache of buying our first home.

Sum up  in one word.

Eventful

Name one pearl of wisdom from 2016 that you will carry through 2017.

To not compare myself to others. Weight, materialistic things or how our children are developing. In a world where everyone judges you, I will not judge myself. I am content with my life and the people in it.

Do you have any new years resolutions?

I haven’t made any new years ‘resolutions’ this year but have instead made some new years wishes. These are things that I wish to do by the end of 2017. I didn’t want to call them resolutions as it puts too much pressure on it.

How are you seeing in the new year?

This year Callum Archie and I stayed at home with my sister to see in the new year. We got party food, Prosecco and watched Harry Potter until near 12 o clock. Archie woke up at 12 from our neighbours fireworks so I spent the rest of the evening / early morning snuggling in bed with him.

What would you most like to do in 2017?

This year I would like to spend more time together as a family. Go on more outdoor adventures. Spend quality time together. 2016 was spent working our butts off so that we could save for our family home. Family time didn’t happen often and on the weekends we were trying to get everything done that we hadn’t done in the week rather than spend quality time together.

What are your main goals for 2017?

My main goals for this year is to look after myself more. To eat well, make time for myself and look after my mental health. 2016 was the year I let myself go, not only physically but emotionally. Things got stressful, I ate badly and didn’t take care of my own feelings.

I’m not going to tag any one specific to do this tag as I’m sure I’m the last one to do this, but I tag you all to take part and tag me in your posts so I can read your responses.

I hope 2017 is good to you all.

Love Tilly & Archie xx

New Year’s Wishes

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!  As if another year has passed and were now in 2017.

Instead of writing resolutions this year I have decided to write wishes. These are things that I have been wanting to change in my life for a little while but either just haven’t got round to it or have been lazy to.

1. Spend more outdoors time with Archie 

Over the last few months I have noticed that I have spent a lot of time in doors with Archie or going to indoor places such as the  garden centre, shops or soft play. As of recently I have noticed that Archie is getting very hard to tire out and is becoming a little bit of a pickle. He is so much better behaved when he has been able to have a run around and let off some steam. With these things in mind I have decided that at least twice a week we are now to do an outdoor activity, whether that be a trip to the farm for the day or even just a walk to the park. Archie is at his happiest when hes exploring the great outdoors so I need to encourage this more.

2. Eat healthier 

I have eaten so much rubbish recently and I know this time of year it is hard not to what with Christmas dinners, mince pies and mulled wine. But I’m talking for the last year. I find that since Archie has been on the go I have been snacking so much more than I normally do or just grabbing rubbish for lunch as its quick and easy. Don’t get me wrong I will happily prepare Archie healthy meals but when it comes to me I just cant be bothered. I have recently discovered that I am 1.5 stone heavier now that I was after I have birth to Archie and although its never bothered me what the scales say its now starting to show in my clothes so it is time I did something about it. This is the year that I sort myself out and I take back the body I want and feel like me again.

3. BUY A HOUSE 

So this wish is cheating a little bit as we have been house searching for the best part of 2016. We have put offers in on a couple of properties and are finally getting somewhere with a house currently. I’m hoping within the next couple of weeks we complete and we can start the year as a family in our new home.

4. Tell my family and friends how much they mean to me more. 

2016 has proven just how short life really is and how we just don’t know whats round the corner. What with a dozen celebs losing their life this year, 2016 also claimed the life of my lovely Grandma. Losing her made me realise I cant remember the last time I told my Grandparents I loved them or how much they meant to me. This year I am focusing on spreading my love to those close to my heart.

5. Take more family photos

If you knew me personally you would know that I take hundreds and hundreds of photos, in fact I have over 12,000 on my phone alone and god knows how many on my laptop. Unfortunately I seem to only take photos of Archie alone exploring or Archie with his Daddy. Most of the photos of Archie and I are selfies I have taken and family photos I only have a handful of. I love to have all these photos to look back on and to show Archie when hes older.

These are a handful of things that I would love to achieve in 2017.  I hope to look back on this post at the start of 2018 and be happy that I checked everything off the list.

Happy new year to you all and I hope it brings health, love and happiness to you all.

Love Tilly & Archie xx

 

 

 

100 Things I Did In 2016.

For the last 3 years I have wrote a post at the end of the year documenting 100 things I have done during 2013 2014 and 2015 . I think it is a lovely thing to do so that when I look back on my blog I have got an overview of the year in one post. This year cant be any different, so I have followed tradition and wrote another 100 things I did this year.

  1. Archie turned 1
  2. He got his first trike
  3. I became a Godmother
  4. Archie started walking properly
  5. Went to Monkey World
  6. Archie got his 1st pair of shoes
  7. Archie went through 4 sizes of shoes
  8. Had my 2nd Mothers Day
  9. Dad turned 60
  10. Bike rides round Moorse Valley
  11. Trips to Upton Country Park
  12. Started reading The Little Book of Hygge 
  13. My sister moved to Australia
  14. Rides on a steam train for Archie
  15. Had our 1st family holiday to Devon
  16. Hot tub times in our long cabin in Devon
  17. Started process of buying a flat
  18. Pulled out of purchasing a flat
  19. I turned 24
  20. Adventures with Archie
  21. Afternoon tea with the girls
  22. Got a new Iphone
  23. Trips to Bristol to visit Callums family
  24. Summer days spent in the garden paddling pool
  25. Archie got his first big bump (split his chin open)
  26. Reversed my car into a barrier (oops)
  27. Family time
  28. Millions of shopping trips
  29. Spa day with the sister
  30. Trip to London for my birthday
  31. Witnessed Callum’s best friend get married 
  32. Callum was best man
  33. Archie was a pageboy
  34. Trips to the zoo
  35. Voted in the EU Referendum
  36. Viewed 5 million properties
  37. Train rides
  38. Soft play dates with my boy
  39. Got a new pushchair
  40. Picnics
  41. Visited Callum’s parents in Tewkesbury
  42. Spent a couple of nights in hospital
  43. Lost my driving licence (naughty girl)
  44. Got a mortgage
  45. Got stressed about said mortgage
  46. Saved saved saved
  47. BOUGHT A HOUSE
  48. House purchases
  49. Many trips to IKEA
  50. Trips to the farm
  51. Beach days
  52. Fell more in love with my little family
  53. Archie started talking sentences
  54. Date nights with the boyfriend
  55. Lost my lovely Grandma
  56. Saw the Red Arrows at the Bournemouth Air Show
  57. Burst with pride everyday watching my son grow
  58. Did a car boot sale (absolute fail)
  59. Had a spa day with the boyfriend
  60. Went pumpkin picking
  61. Won £20 on a scratch card
  62. Baked cakes
  63. Fed the ducks
  64. Carved pumpkins
  65. Callum worked away all summer
  66. Drinks at the German Bar
  67. Got my psoriasis under control
  68. Watched the fireworks
  69. Made a ton of handmade gifts for Christmas
  70. Archie completed 2 more terms at swimming
  71. Took Archie to meet Father Christmas
  72. Drank many a glass of Prosecco
  73. Went to the Oceanarium
  74. Harry Potter marathon
  75. Watched Frozen a thousand and one times (Archie’s favourite)   
  76. Went on many girls nights out
  77. Had our first Christmas with Elf On The Shelf
  78. Wrote letters to Father Christmas
  79. Chopped my hair into a bob
  80. Long dog walks
  81. Learnt to let things go
  82. Started teaching myself French
  83. Watched Daddy play football each weekend
  84. Made a 2nd instagram account (which is now my main)
  85. Uploaded 2 vlogs to Youtube (now privatised)
  86. Got more permanent hours on my contract at work
  87. Archie had his first haircut (a tiny trim of the mullet)
  88. A trip on the ferry
  89. Had a massive clear out (of friends and possessions)
  90. Works Christmas party
  91. Archie got his first scooter
  92. Drove round to see all the Christmas lights
  93. Archie became obsessed with Thomas the Tank
  94. Published 50 posts on my blog
  95. Saw Cinderella at the pantomime
  96. Attempted and failed at blogmas
  97. Became closer to my Mummy friends and supported each other through the year
  98. Watched Archie grow and pass milestones and turn into a beautiful (nearly) 2 year old boy
  99. Learnt to appreciate the small things
  100. Made more time for myself.

Thanks for reading what I have been up to this year. These post might be boring for you all but I love looking back at the overviews I have for the last 3 years. To compare what I have done and what I have grown out of.

Wishing you all a Happy New Year and may it be filled with love and happiness.

Love Tilly &a Archie xx