Lifestyle; our home before πŸ‘

A lot of you said you loved the way the house looked but wanted to see exactly what we achieved. So here you go (these photos are bad quality as they’re from rightmove).. Sam’s dad helped a lot, I should say he probably done the most work πŸ™ˆπŸ˜‚ but yes it took a lot of time & a lot of effort. We scraped nicotine covered artex off the walls, we painted, kicked ceilings down etc. We got the keys on February 9th & if you follow my blog you will know that was a bittersweet day for me as I had my best friend, Lilli, put to sleep that morning. We moved in & had our first sleep in it on August 2nd.

Bathroom; we ripped the airing cupboard out (you can’t see it in this photo but you can just see the handle in the left of the photo) & then ripped everything else out! This to us was not usable at all.. They even left manky marks in the toilet! 😷 We also moved the toilet & sink.. Plus pushed the bath up to where the airing cupboard was. If that makes sense…

Kitchen; this room smelt so bad, the green walls were covering a horrible wood effect wallpaper too. They had hooks everywhere, like everywhere! Again this all came out but I LOVE the archway & the pantry. We did reuse that oven though as it was pretty much brand new!

Lounge; this had artex on the walls & a fireplace that wasn’t to our liking. To be fair this one didn’t take as much work! 

Dining & conservatory;
I’m going to say these two together as they used to be one room. We did have a stud wall added in because the conservatory is quite big so it will be super cold in the winter.

Spare bedroom; we’ve kept the door for now as we are unable to find the right bricks to brick it up. But at least it’s lovely & light in here. This room was apparently where the dogs slept, so it smelt awful 😲 

Our bedroom; so the red definitely didn’t go with our lovely grey theme in the house.. πŸ˜‚ we’ve still not finished this room though as we’re waiting for our bedroom furniture to be made! How exciting πŸ’πŸ½

Here are a few of the after’s, just to refresh your memory! But don’t forget my other blog post has lots of fab pictures of how it looks now. 

Thanks for reading lovely people ☺️

Beauty; winner winner! πŸ’‹πŸŽ

So this literally made my day! So many of these things I have wanted to buy but couldn’t quite justify spending the money on. It landed on my door step just before my birthday so what a great little gift to receive 😍 I went online to add up roughly how much each thing was worth too, to see exactly how lucky I was! Follow lovetoslay on Instagram (linked for you) πŸ’πŸ½

Let’s start with the spectrum brushes 😍 these are literally my fav brand for brushes. I feel like this competition knew me πŸ’πŸ½πŸ˜‚ I am sooo happy with these & they’re the mean girls collection. Perhaps I’ll use these ones on a Wednesday πŸ˜‰ if you know, you know! Β£49.99

A Mac product, yes I am a Mac virgin, well until now obviously. So many people love this lipstick too so let’s see what people are raving about shall we. Maybe it’ll become my favourite in time too. Β£17.50

The urban decay all nighter setting spray is absolutely wonderful. I do love a setting spray, this will be my going out one. I’ll stick to my cheapy  one for an everyday look though. Β£24

I love benefit brow products & this is my shade too! I had once tried Anastasia Beverly Hills dip brow but I didn’t rate it, the pomade was too dry to get a good glide. But this product was a lot smoother, so thumbs up to benefit, for making another fabulous brow product! Β£20.50

I’d been dying to try the pixi glow tonic for so long! It honestly hasn’t disappointed. Β£18

The norvina Anastasia Beverly Hills palette… I have no words. It is literally stunning! So many beautiful shades. I’ve only used it a few times so far, but I think I’m in love πŸ’œ Β£43

Nyx cosmetics have literally been one of my favourite brands for lip products for years! This shade of lip liner goes beautifully with the Mac lipstick πŸ’‹ Β£4

I’ve only ever tried the too faced mascara’s so this was a treat for me, it literally smells amazing, like coconut. It glides on & leaves your skin feeling so hydrated, but it’s not a heavy primer either. Perfect for everyday makeup or a complete glam look. I wish it was bigger though as I’m scared it’s going to run out so quickly. Β£32

Now lastly the nip & fab glow highlighter, I’m still trying to get used to these liquid ones as for highlighters I’ve always used a powder. I’m learning & I think I’ve mastered getting the right amount for the tip of my nose & Cupid’s bow. Any tips on this would be gratefully welcomed. Β£12.95

Are any of these your favourites or you’ve not tried them either? I added my total up to be Β£221.94 😍😍😍😍

Lifestyle; it’s my birthday πŸŽˆπŸŽ

Happy birthday to me, happy birthday to me, happy birthday Caitlin, happy birthday to me! 

So.. I’m 26. I honestly am now at the age where I’m feeling my age, feeling older. I no longer feel like an 18 year old. Let me stay young & youthful forever please 😩😩 

We went to a wedding reception on Saturday evening so we celebrated my birthday on Sunday by going out for dinner. We went to the goldings, which is run by the people who own my favourite place, market bistro. We both had scampi & I had a few cocktails too 🍹 I can’t resist. The food was so yum! 

On my birthday, yesterday, Sam made me breakfast while I opened my cards. I had dippy eggs, it’s like my only tradition ever πŸ˜‚πŸ™ˆ I love them! I opened all my presents & got myself ready as I went out for lunch with my mum & Sam’s mum. We went to prezzo & enjoyed my free bottle of prosecco (bloody love prezzo) 🍾 

I spent my evening on the sofa with Sam watching a film on Netflix & it was honestly the best way to end the day. 

Do you think I got a big enough bouquet of flowers?! πŸ’

Thanks to everyone for my gifts & all of the birthday wishes! 

Lifestyle; cashback for free? πŸ˜πŸ’·

So last year a colleague of mine introduced me to this site. Since then I have used it sooo much. I thought it was going to be a load of rubbish. But honestly I’ve gained a few pennies back from when I’ve been spending! 

If you haven’t ever used quidco before then you really need to. (I have just added a link there for ease for you & if you sign up through it you’ll get a reward because I recommended you) every time I go to purchase something online now I check to see if they’re on quidco! 

It’s so easy to use, I have the app, it keeps me logged in because I’m awful with passwords. You literally search the site you want & click shop through quidco. It then takes you to the site. So you complete your purchase and then wooohoo pennies back. Literally sometimes it can be just pennies. But other times I have gotten a fair amount back. As you can see here. But you know, it’s like free money so anything is great?! 

I use it when I buy makeup, clothes, book a holiday, buy homeware things. 

I 100% recommend trying this. It’s easy to get into a habit of going to shop through it too. So if you love to shop online, then this is perfect for you! 

Beauty; summer mini haul πŸ’‹πŸ’…πŸ½

It’s so close to my birthday so I didn’t want to buy too much, plus I’m super skint at the moment. But I needed some mascara & a new brow pencil so I kind of had to πŸ™„πŸ™ˆ like I say this isn’t a big haul. But just needed my makeup stash topping up.

I was debating whether to order on lookfantastic or on boots. But lookfantastic is on quidco, so winner! If you don’t know what quidco is please read my next blog post as I’ll be going into more detail. Anywhooo…

I ordered two mascara’s as I was getting very low! I love all benefit mascara’s apart from bad gal bang. That is literally the only one I can’t use! So I still had a bit of my roller lash left & one they’re real… They have so much choice, so I picked bad gal lash & they’re real. I hadn’t used bad gal lash for absolutely ages so thought I’d get that one for a change! 

Recently I had started using an eyelash primer & I couldn’t get hold of the one I had fallen in love with so I thought I’d try nyx cosmetics as I love their products anyway. Has anyone tried this?! I really love it πŸ™Š my lashes are much less clumpy if I use a primer first.

Then I got another brow pencil. I went down a shade as my hair is getting lighter (I haven’t dyed it in 9 months) so I think I needed to get a lighter pencil. I swear by this. I haven’t used anything else since I tried it & I honestly think it’s the most perfect product! I love the fact there’s a spoolie on the end. Just make sure you clean it regularly πŸ‘ŒπŸ½ 

Lastly I bought a new concealer as mine ran out completely! I’ve been going about with awful dark circles πŸ˜‚

Where do you get your makeup from?! & are any of these favourites for you as well?

Lifestyle; girls night πŸΉ

We had a fabulous girly evening this weekend just gone. A lady that I work with owns a little beach shack in snettisham, which is about a 15 minute drive from where we live so it’s super close. I asked if we could stay for a night (I stayed on my birthday 2 years ago as well) & she kindly let us πŸ’πŸ½πŸ‘ 

When I say a shack, it’s like a cute little home. I could happily live here 😍 

There were 4 of us girls & it has 2 double bedrooms so it was perfect. We got some alcohol, some food & brought our comfiest clothes πŸ™Š we played some funny games, one where you can’t say fuck? Have you heard of it?! It was brilliant πŸ˜‚ & drinking games too of course. We blasted the old ‘tunes’ that we used to love when we were teenagers & probably annoyed the neighbours… πŸ™„ 

It’s so pretty here, this is what we woke up to!! 😍 I mean, really, can it get any better?! Everyone around us were out on their canoes in the lake.

What did you get up to this weekend? 

Lifestyle; the truth about living together πŸ™ŠπŸ‘

I feel like now we’re settled in I’ll give you a little update, but this time on us πŸ’πŸ½ so why not share to pro’s & con’s with you all hey? I am really enjoying our little routines & obviously just seeing him everyday!  Awwww


Seeing each other everyday had to be top! 

He gets dinner ready for me when it’s my late finish at work & I obviously return that favour on my early finishes. Plus he’s pro at scrambled eggs for breakfast! 

We’re both as nutty as each other & keep talking to all the cats down the street… I even stroke one of them πŸ™ˆ (he is the only one that lets me) I think I’m the worst… πŸ˜‚

Spoons every night (Sam shared this one)


Sam needs to learn to put the bloody toilet seat down πŸ˜‚ 

My hair all over the floor, the bed etc just everywhere & it’s even annoying meπŸ’†πŸ½  

Sam moans about his knee everyday πŸš‘ (& this one) – he hurt it playing football just before we moved in, so it’s been quite a while.

Now I just need to work on getting that cat – Sam says in the new year but I’m sure he will get fed up hearing me say can we get a cat now?! πŸ˜‚  look how cute the neighbours cats are! I’ve even named them all πŸ™„

What would be your pros and cons?