How A Bathroom Refresh Can Improve Everything

Simple white bathroom

A beautiful bathroom makes such a massive difference to your general sense of wellbeing, in a much greater way than other rooms in the house do. A bathroom should be a place it is a pleasure to spend time in, rather than just somewhere to take a quick shower and brush your teeth! Whenever I am staying somewhere with a gorgeous bathroom, I always want to find time time to lounge around in a bubble bath with a good book.

My dream bathroom would be large and spacious with lots of natural light, preferably with a window and peaceful countryside views. White walls always seem so restful to me, and a toned down minimal style, without too much furniture. Adding accessories in natural materials such as wood, cotton and handmade tiles would add a feeling of quality, care and a little hint of colour. Oh, and plants, loads of fresh green, oxygen providing goodness.


Now, I have to admit that my bathroom dreams and reality are quite far apart! Since moving into my house nearly eight years ago, I have given the bathroom and quick lick of paint, new tiles and fresh flooring, but it is all quite basic stuff. And, it is a tiny room, with just enough space for a bathtub with shower and sink…and no countryside views, well unless you stick your head right out of the top window and look left…there’s a lovely green field that way!)


So, my mind is on a possible bathroom makeover at the moment. We are hoping to move house sometime next year, and beautiful bathrooms and kitchens are traditionally considered to help attract potential buyers. We have an original 1950s cast iron bath tub, which I have been very reluctant to replace with a modern plastic model. It would really look better for re-enamelling, which is something I am researching at the moment, and some new taps would definitely help to freshen up the look. I would also love to add a rainfall shower, as I’m pretty sure this would make my morning shower feel more spa-like and luxorious, and we could definitely incorporate this into the space where we already have a standard shower over the bath.


I have been gathering design ideas from so many different sources, Pinterest of course, interiors magazines, and retailer sites such as SuperBath. My aim is to collate all of this wonderful inspiration and then look for trends and themes running through the images I have collected. By shopping for bathroom fittings online, I’m sure I will be able to upgrade the room within budget, and add more than just a hint of ‘dream’ to our bathroom!


This is a sponsored post. All words and opions are my own.


Don’t Worry, BEAR Happy By Nature!

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Have you seen that BEAR nibbles are currently working with The Wildlife Trusts to help get little ones…and their little paws…outdoors! What a perfect combination of healthy living and healthy (and yummy) snacking. Mia and Joe absolutely love BEAR snacks and have recently been trying our their new paws and claws nibbles. They are prolific snackers and it can be difficult keeping all of their snack options healthy and nutritious. BEAR’s pure fruit shapes are perfect though; they love the taste, the cute colourful packaging, and of course the collectable BEAR cards!


As part of BEAR’s partnership with The Wildlife Trusts they are encouraging children to get back to nature and enjoy play outdoors. Mia and Joe enjoy lots of outside time, and we are always looking for fun new outdoors activities. They had never tried yoga before (well, not since baby yoga at 3 months old!), and I knew it was something they would love. So making the most of a sunny afternoon, we set up a yoga mat in the garden to enjoy some fresh air and stretching!


Mia was very enthusiastic, and after I had persuaded her to warm up a little, she was busy inventing her own creative yoga moves!



It was a lovely mix of yoga and dance, and could probably catch on as the next big exercise trend…perhaps! With the sun shining, and the bees buzzing on the lavender in the background, we both enjoyed a happy few hours, getting back to nature with some gentle exercise.



And afterwards of course it was time for a little snack, and a nice cold drink!


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BEAR kindly sent us several boxes of nibbles to try out for review, and a yoga mat for the little ones to enjoy! All words and opinions are my own (and my children’s)…we really think they are yummy!