I never thought the day would come, but here it is.

Do you know what this is?

This is Belle opening the door to our new house. Owned by me! A mortgage lender decided that a blog was definitely a legitimate way to earn a living and here I am, a homeowner. It was actually, wistfully, on my list of 40 things to do before I was 40, and I’m not 40 until April, so TICK!

Of course now I have 40 years of interior design dreams just bursting to come out, and it’s putting me into a little bit of a spin – what do I do first? How do you possibly make decisions when there is so much choice??

One thing I’m sure of, although I might not be able to afford it straight away, is that I want to make the living room and the garden into more of an open plan space. The living room runs the full width of the back of the house and we have a perfectly sized square garden, currently gravelled, just crying out to be turned into a mini garden paradise.

I can think of nothing more wonderful, after not even having had a garden at all for three years, than being able to open my timber bi-folding doors onto the garden and sit looking out, garden smells wafting in, birds tweeting, a cool breeze on my face.

*goes off into a happy daydream*

That would be a bit ace wouldn’t it?

Timber bi-folding doors are also a really lovely way to make your interior space a bit more open plan, as you could have them between a kitchen and living room, and creating a very versatile space that could be separated when needed, but opened up when you wanted that open plan feel.

I can’t wait to get stuck in to my new home plans, but in the meantime, here’s a casual bi-fold door Pinterest board I put together, just in case you fancied a little day dream too:

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If you are like most then you likely have a vacation or weekend getaway planned for the summer months. Work tends to slow down and the kids are out of school making it a perfect time to get away for a little while. While travelling is a lot of fun, it can be expensive. This article will share some tips and tricks on how to travel for cheap this summer.

Travel as early in the summer as you can 

The longer you wait to go on vacation, the more costly hotels and other travel necessities will be. It is best to plan your vacation during a non-peak time but if this is not possible, try to travel as early as you can without having to sacrifice taking your kids out of school. Surely they will want to see their friends at the end of the school year celebration!

Use public transportation

If you are flying in to a destination, it is more cost effective to use public transportation or hire an Uber car to drive you to where you need to go. You can even find discounts on Uber cars by checking out the promotion codes at https://rideshareapps.com/uber-promo-code/. Using promotion codes and coupons when at all possible can save you a bundle over a week’s vacation.

Drive instead of fly

Instead of flying, consider driving to your destination. Did you know that you can save an average of $365 per person by not purchasing an airline ticket. That is a substantial amount of money that could be saved if you drove. Not to mention you would not need to worry about hiring an Uber car or taking public transportation as you will have your own vehicle with you.

Look for discounts on amusements and other entertainment

Often times in a hotel lobby you will find a selection of coupons, brochures, and handouts advertising local entertainment, museums, and amusements. Some of these marketing materials even offer a discount on admission and can save you a chunk of money. Be sure to check out your hotel lobby for coupons and ask the front desk if the concierge is offering any specials for guests.

No matter where you and your family are traveling to this summer, there are ways to have an enjoyable vacation without breaking the bank. You can go on a great vacation and save money at the same time. Keep your eyes open for coupons and discounts to some of the places you and your family will visit as often times you can find marketing materials that include coupons in your hotel lobby. Another way to save a great deal of money is by driving to your destination instead of flying. If you do fly, use public transportation or an Uber car instead of renting a vehicle. You can often find voucher codes for Uber cars as well which will save you money. Lastly, try to plan ahead and travel as early in the summer months as possible. Avoiding peak season will save you a bundle.

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If you are a travel freak then chances are that you have already been all over the world. But, perhaps you are new to travelling and you have just started on your adventures to see the most amazing places that the world can offer. Or perhaps you are planning for your future retirement and are planning to make a bucket list of all the places you must see in your lifetime. Whatever your reasons for travelling are, we are here to help you learn about some magnificent places that everyone should visit during their lifetime.

Maldives

If you are adventurous and love to explore the water and relax on pristine, sandy beaches, you have to add the Maldives to your list of places to visit. Located in Southeast Asia, the Maldives is in the middle of the Arabian Sea. Known as a territory, it spans just 115 sq miles and is the smallest of Asian countries. The climate consists of a tropical monsoon and is the most rainy in the northern part of the country. Most days are sunny and beautiful with the island only receiving about 100 inches of rain annually.

Glacier Bay, Alaska

If you love to ocean kayak, Glacier Bay, Alaska should be on the top of your list. With over 3.3 million acres of beautiful wilderness to explore, you could spend days or even weeks taking in the cool, crisp air, and enjoying the sights. Be prepared to see bears, moose, birds, and a bunch of other wildlife. The glaciers and snowcapped mountains will amaze you and take your breath away. This is a must see for anyone who loves and appreciates the outdoors.

 

Sacre Coeur, Paris

If you are a lover of fashion and artistic creation, you must travel to Paris. Paris is a romantic city full of beauty. Go on a tasting tour or a walking tour of the city and you will be mesmerised by all that it has to offer. Visit the Notre Dame Cathedral and attend a mass. Be prepared for it to be spoken in Latin only and for there to be tourists walking around the perimeter of the congregation. This can be disruptive. While in Paris, be sure to check out the Sacre Coeur which is also a beautiful Roman Catholic Church that is located at the very top of the Montmartre neighbourhood. The views from the top of the town are magnificent and well worth the trek. Montmartre is a fantastic neighbourhood to walk around and check out the sights. Be ready to take pictures of Van Gogh’s house!

Table Mountain, South Africa

Another great place for those who love to explore the outdoors, Table Mountain in South Africa can offer breathtaking views and sights of nature never seen before. Known for its biodiversity, Table Mountain has unique fauna and flora. Stop by Cape Point, Boulders and you are likely to see penguins! If you are not much for hiking for hours on end, you can take the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway up to the top. It was constructed in 1929 and has been used by over 20 million visitors. Don’t worry, the cableway was upgraded in the late 1990s.

Cliffs of Moher, Ireland

Believe it or not, Cliffs of Moher are Ireland’s most visited place which is surprising since Dublin is so popular, especially during St. Patrick’s Day! Here you will see an abundance of rugged cliffs and hear the sounds of birds overhead. You will see the water crash onto the cliffs. In the summer months it is so crowded that people are turned away. It is best to visit after 4pm and check their website for weather related updates.

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Whether it is your anniversary or you just want to plan a special getaway for your sweetheart, there are several tips that you can follow to ensure that you get a good deal. Travelling these days can be a costly expense but do not fret as there are many ways that you can make a trip cost efficient and still have a good time. This article will provide several tips on how you can save a bundle of money. If you have an interest in learning more about saving money while travelling, check out https://www.vouchercodespro.co.uk/category/travel.

Make a budget

Review your finances and calculate how much money you can put away every pay period before you plan to take your trip. Once you have a ballpark number of how much money you are able to save, you can then begin to decide where you want to travel. Be sure that you stay within your budget and even try to go under budget!

 

Determine the location

Choose a destination that you have not been to with your sweetheart. It can be a place that is romantic with sunshine and a gorgeous beach, or it can be a cabin in the wilderness. You know your partner best. Choose a place that you can have a good time and can infuse romance at the same time. For example, if you choose to go camping, you can still have a romantic dinner by the fireside. Lay out a blanket, bring a bottle of wine, and your spouse’s favourite treats, and enjoy looking at the stars together. You do not have to go far from home to have a romantic holiday.

 

Avoid peak season

Travelling in peak season can be costly and cut into your overall budget. Once you have made a list of the possible locations that you would want to go on holiday, do some research and decipher when the peak season is for each area. Try to choose a place that is not in peak season. This can save you hundreds of dollars as many hotels and airlines offer specials during this time so that they can get tourists to visit. In addition, you may be able to find coupons and discounts at restaurants and entertainment venues.

 

Drive instead of fly

If you are travelling to a location that is several hours away, it can be tempting to want to fly. Flying can be costly if you do not book in advance, and you do not live near a large airport that services the destination in which you want to visit. Flying can also create additional expenses such as checking a bag or parking at the airport. If you drive, you will need to pay for gas, tolls, and some snacks for the ride. You can easily save a good amount of money by driving. Driving can be fun and you can see some sights with your loved one that you may never have seen before.

 

Pack snacks and book a hotel with breakfast

Food can be expensive but there are ways to save. Pack some snacks in your bag so you do not have to purchase them from a vending machine or the hotel lobby store. Snacks can cost double in a hotel store or vending machine. Plan ahead and look for a hotel that includes breakfast in the nightly rate. Many times you will find hotels that offer this and the rate is the same as another hotel who does not offer this perk.

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A little while ago Belle and I went for a weekend in Newquay, Cornwall. From the beach we could see a large building out on the headland.

Headland Hotel Cornwall

Can you see it?

‘What’s that do you think?’ Belle asked at the time.

‘I don’t know,’ I said, ‘but it looks a little bit creepy doesn’t it? Like it could be an abandoned asylum, staring out to sea.’

Turns it out wasn’t an abandoned asylum at all. It was The Headland Hotel, as we discovered when we pulled into the car park in front of what, in fairness, does have a very grand, traditional feel to it. (I did ask and although it was purpose built as a hotel, it was used as a hospital during World War II, so perhaps I just sensed the ghosts of patients past.)

Inside was very far from hospital chic. Instead it had a very classical, opulent hotel feel. Proper chintz, but in a good way, if you know what I mean. Big comfy sofas and swooshes of curtain, framing gorgeous sea views from what felt like every window.

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