Project Patio – New Home Improvements

When we decided to purchase our new home, the garden was a huge selling point. So much green meant so much potential. We moved into our Taylor Wimpey Whitford in 2017 and had always planned on extending the patio from our living room double doors to bring the garden into our home.

Lockdown 2020 has given us the time, and motivation, we’ve been searching for to create a beautiful space at home.

Having little experience with patio’s myself I completely took Sam’s lead on this one, like with most DIY projects! Hubby started by consulting youtube and came to the decision that we would dig to around 150mm across the whole area. Below, I’ve put together a step by step guide on how we achieved our perfect patio.


Tools we used: Shovels, Spades & Rakes, Skip or Grab Van (we hired a grab van), Wacker (can be hired locally for the day), Wheelbarrow (if moving turf to a skip).

Before we started we ran a string from one end of the garden to the other, ensuring it was straight and used this as our marker to know where to dig up to.

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Hey Everyone, something a little different from me today. In 2011 I started this little blog to document my travels and lifestyle, alot has changed for Sam & I in the last 10 years and although we still love to travel I’m looking to focus my attention on our family home and spend more time documenting our family adventures.

That being said, I’d love to introduce you all to @thewhitford.taylorwimpey! We moved into our first Taylor Wimpey home in October 2017 and have been adding our own personal touches ever since.

During the Covid-19 lockdown, we have spent many day, weeks, completing DIY projects which I plan to share with you all. I look forward to sharing more content around our home, family lifestyle, and family travel, I hope you enjoy following our adventures too.

The Whitford, Taylor Wimpey, New build
The Whitford, Taylor Wimpey, New build
The Whitford, Taylor Wimpey, New build, Decal Folk
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Femme Luxe – an honest review.

I’ve received emails for quite some time now from the fashion brand Femme Luxe asking if I’d like to try some of their products. Their recent campaign focused on Trousers, Corset Dresses and Jeans, I was keen to try them out!

Who are Femme Luxe?

Femme Luxe are an affordable ‘fast fashion’ brand that produce good quality clothing for fashionistas! Their brand excels on the Instagram platform, it’s easy to get fashion envy when you look through all the glamourise outfits posted under #FemmeLuxe.

Black Mesh Ruffle Off The Shoulder Top

I’m a huge fan of this ruffle top! I love anything floaty for a meal out so I can hide the bloat after 3 courses haha. Although the top comes with two shoulder straps, I prefer the full off the shoulder look. This top is reasonably priced at £17.99, I purchased a size 12 and it is true to size.

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Titanic Hotel, Belfast: Review

From the moment we heard the Titanic Hotel, located at the Harland and Wolff shipyard in Belfast, was due for opening we knew we had to go. My husband Sam has been fascinated with Titanic for so many years so stopping at the hotel that was once HQ and drawing offices during the ships construction was quite simply, a no brainer. Opening in September 2017 we finally got chance to steal a weekend with some friends and head over to spend a couple of nights with the hotel.

Titanic hotel Belfast

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The Coniston Hotel & Spa, Skipton – a review

Yorkshire is home to so many wonderful spa’s, and this September we decided to try out the Coniston Hotel & Spa situated in Skipton, North Yorkshire.

Coniston hotel

Coniston Hotel lives within the beautiful Yorkshire countryside, this rural location makes it the perfect getaway from urban living. The hotel is split across two floors and rooms are divided amongst a long corridor. We personally booked a the classic double room which proved spacious with adequate amenities for a couples retreat.

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24 Hours in Belfast

We’ve not taken as many little trips as we usually do this last year, and so for our friend (James’) birthday, his girlfriend (Nicki) decided to surprise him with a trip away. Looking for somewhere that we could see in a weekend we decided on Belfast.

Sam has always loved Titanic, and so after a little research, we learned that the Titanic Hotel, situated right outside the Titanic Museum, had opened in September 2017. We decided to book an overnight stay which including breakfast.

Belfast Titanic Hotel

I feel the hotel itself deserves a review in its own right, it was simply amazing! So I’ll link that once live.

So, onto 24 hours in Belfast and the key places to visit whilst you’re here.

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Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire VR experience

If your an avid Star Wars fan, you’d probably aware that the travelling VR experience The VOID came to London’s Westfield shopping centre earlier this year. What you probably don’t know is that it’s last few days fell when our team were in London visiting an exhibition ?.

I’m not going to pretend to know much about Star Wars, I’ve seen the films once or twice and that’s where it ends. However a few people with me were big fans. Tickets were sold out with only a small number available on the door, through some impressive skills we managed to talk our way into 5 tickets!

Starwars VR

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