I love it when my bedroom is my sanctuary and a safe place to retreat to not just at night time but at any time of day where I need some me time and to escape the challenges of the day.

I might want to read or watch television. I may just wish to be mindful. Sometimes my husband or children may be with me and sometimes the dogs put in an appearance too.

Lighting Tips For The Bedroom

One thing that has to be just right is the lighting in my bedroom and just one form really will not do. It is great to check out a design light shop for inspiration.

Lighting choices

You really don’t have to settle for just a central ceiling light in the bedroom. Different forms of lighting suit different activities that take place in the bedroom. Many of us have beside lamps particularly helpful if you share your bed. I like how if my husband reads longer than me which he usually does, I can turn off my lamp and have a darkened space.

Mixing things up a bit

Things don’t have to be traditional or the same as what everyone else does. Your bedroom should express who you are. What colours do you love? Should you experiment with different heights? I like to have retro choices or something a little quirky. Pendant lights take up less space and I think look super stylish. Just be absolutely sure you get them at the right height for your reading and so on.

Lighting up your clothing

I have never done this but it makes such sense to have lighting for your wardrobe or walk-in closet. Good lighting makes it that much easier to choose your outfit and to match  different separates. If you are like me, it also helps you check that the clothes are actually in pristine condition. Do ensure your lighting choices for your clothing storage areas are absolutely safe and not presenting health and safety hazards.

Bring in an expert on lighting

You could consider consulting a lighting designer such  as Paula Artnzen. Tapping into creative ideas and proper expertise can end up saving you from making potentially expensive mistakes.

Happy lighting

I love how lighting in whatever room in the house really can change your mood. As someone who has experienced depression and can still suffer from low moods from time to time, anything that enhances my frame of mind quickly is vital. I use music and I need the right sort of light and colour. It is so easy to think lighting is not important but I think it is. I remember telling my Dad to get rid of some ugly shades on the lights in his new home after Mum died. We are valuable enough to live with beauty and light.

What lighting choices have you made for your bedroom?

The Pramshed

Best Boot Forward is back for another week celebrating life and blogging.

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This Weeks Prompt

This week’s prompt should you want or need it is …

“You are the artist”

You can interpret this as you see fit.

I have an image in my mind of an artist’s palette. Some colours are used a lot but some are neglected and some are untouched.

How do you as the artist choose the colours for your life? Did someone tell you some were good, some average and some bad? Do you paint like everybody else or have your own style free from the pressure of others and social media? What would happen if you played with some new colours? Do you like what you see on your palette or is it time to mix things up a bit?


If this all sounds bonkers, fear not! It will speak to some and not others and that’s fine. You can throw away the prompt and link up any positive or soul-searching post.


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Taking your dog on holiday with you matters especially if like us you see your pets as part of the family. Holidays are times to make treasured memories and they can be enhanced if you have man’s best friend along for the ride.

Less stress

It is so worrying to leave your dog behind. Kennels can be far from perfect and even family and friends may not look after your dog exactly as you would wish. We know how much exercise our dog needs and what food works best for him. If your dog is with you, you can leave these types of worry behind along with the heavy financial costs that can come via kennels and dog-sitting.

Be realistic

Having  said all that it is important to be honest with yourself when planning your holiday. If you intend to visit lots of famous sights, some of them many not be open to dogs. Stately homes and museums are unlikely to allow dogs inside although some will let you take them in the grounds and special areas. Research is important as many holiday accommodation providers will not want you leaving an animal unattended in their property. Doggy welfare should come first and obviously leaving them in warm cars is unacceptable too.

The perfect holiday with your dog

This is likely to take full advantage of the beautiful areas of the UK that you can explore in fun walks with your pet. We have stunning countryside and glorious beaches. Again, it is about researching where you can safely exercise your dog and be assured of a warm welcome. If you are like us when planning your adventures you will also want to check out genuinely dog-friendly pubs and eateries.

Where to stay

Check that your accommodation is genuinely pet-friendly perhaps by checking  out some reviews online. Also make sure you are aware of their rules around pets and that what they offer fits in with you and your pets’ needs.  Camping is an option but I tend to prefer a holiday cottage and remember a particularly lovely time on the Gower with our dogs.

You may want to check out Powells Cottage Holidays as they provide self-catering cottages across Wales with over 150 to choose from.

Other considerations
  • Ensure you have details for the local vets just in case
  • Pack the things your dog will need – food and water bowls, bed or blanket, toys, any medication
  • Plan your holiday route and your days out so you know where you can stop to give your dog a break from travelling
  • It should go without saying that you wipe up any dog mess so have those poo bags at the ready

Do you take your pets on holiday with you? What are your top tips for dog-friendly adventures?

Taking Your Dog On Holiday With You


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Twin Mummy and Daddy

Confessions of a New Mummy

The NHS celebrates its 70th birthday this year. The UK is so well-known for having an institution that provides healthcare free of charge at the point of delivery. It was launched by Aneurin Bevan the then health secretary at Park Hospital in Manchester in 1948 not that long after the end of World War Two.

Fairness in healthcare

Hospitals, doctors, nurses, pharmacists, opticians and dentists were brought together under one umbrella organisation looking after the health needs of the nation. It meant that great healthcare was not just for the rich and provided reassurance for less well-off individuals and families.

Helping family members

We all have probably had times where the NHS has helped our physical and mental wellbeing. From the baby check, where my parents were told I “babbled a lot” in around 1970 (clearly a blogger in the making) to my later battle with depression, the NHS has served me well over the years.

My husband has seen them really try to get to the bottom of his 3 forms of psoriasis trying so many treatments to tackle his debilitating condition.

My children have not visited the doctor much  but last year my son needed an operation and we did not have to pay. That makes the UK so different from so many countries and also explains the deep affection most people have for our NHS.

Of course, there will be arguments about levels of funding, human errors and the introduction of private sector involvement but in this post I just want to say that the initial idea of the NHS seems very fair and quite revolutionary to me.

I have a friend who is a paramedic and is the most amazing woman. I remember an ambulance turning up when my brother became ill at home and how reassuring it was to feel that someone knew what they were doing and could actually make things better.

The Driving Force

So I was interested to see this infographic from Fulton Leasing introducing some facts about the driving force behind the NHS.



What does the NHS mean to you?

3 Little Buttons

There are times in your life where you’d like to go on that once in a lifetime trip. It could be something you’ve been saving up for or just a spontaneous vacation that you have to experience. Either way, this big vacation requires some extra planning to make sure it’s exactly how you’d imagined it to be. This careful consideration will ensure you get everything just right, and each element will make the trip the most memorable one to date. This type of holiday isn’t only reserved for people in retirement or youngsters embarking on a new adventure; this can be for anyone who’s ever dreamed of something they’ve always wanted to do.

So if you’re looking for the holiday of a lifetime, check out these tips on how to make your dreams a reality.

Choose the destination

For many people, there is that location in your head that you’ve had your mind set on going to for some time. It might be a safari in Africa or enjoying the glistening sun on a glorious beach in the Maldives but whatever your preference, deciding on the ideal location will help you set your budget. There is a range of useful travel guides to help you plan your stay, plus you’ll get an idea of costs and extras you might want to experience on your trip.

Figure out your budget

Budget is one of the most significant factors in determining where you go and what you can do on your trip. The more you can save towards this experience means you can do everything you’d like to without worrying too much about what to budget in. There will be certain aspects such as food, drinks, and preparation before you depart that will need to be considered but if you have your heart set on your exact itinerary, be sure to plan the date you want to travel so you have enough time to save your hard-earned cash in preparation.

Book the little things in advance

To experience everything you’d like to on your vacation, researching and booking ahead of your arrival will help you save costs on a range of things. You can book everything from transfers from the airport, entry to attractions and landmarks, day trips and shopping visits from your accommodation. With some advanced booking options, you can skip queues and gain money off coupons on your vacation too.

Book and begin your countdown

There’s nothing more exciting than counting down the days to a vacation, and it’s even more of a thrill when it involves a trip that you’ve been planning for years. Once you’ve booked everything, getting luggage, vaccinations, currency, and insurance is essential to ensure you have everything you need on your stay.

Once you have a plan in place and you’re looking forward to this dream holiday, don’t forget to have fun, make tons of memories and enjoy every single moment of your trip of a lifetime.

How To Have The Holiday Of A Lifetime


Confessions of a New Mummy