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My House Cleaning Routine

A slightly different post today but following the rise of Mrs Hinch and other cleaning accounts a like I feel there is a definite increase in people enjoying cleaning.  I for one hated to clean and when I lived in my flat we would have a cleaner to clean for us.  However, when I moved into my house last year I realised it would be a lot more expensive to get a cleaner for a 4 bed house than it would a 2 bed flat so I had to give it a go myself.

Luckily this is when I discovered Mrs Hinch and it strangely got me excited to go out and buy cleaning products and start using them.  Over time of watching Mrs Hinch's videos I've unknowingly created my own cleaning routine and what products I like best so here it is:

Dining Room

I use diluted Zoflora on the dining room table, Febreeze to freshen up the chair seats and curtains and Windolene and Elbow Grease on the patio doors.

Kitchen

First I go round with Dettol and wipe down the surfaces, then I use Cif cream to clean the hob, Cif stainless steel on the sink and then go over everything again with diluted Zoflora.  I also use Dettol on the cupboards.

Living Room

I dust everything and then spray it with Mr Sheen.  I also use Febreeze on my sofas and fake plants and 1001 on the rug.


Washing Machine

To wash my clothes, towels and bedding I use a mixture of the scent boosters, a colour catcher depending on what colours I'm washing, Fairy gel and Lenor fabric conditioner.

Floors

I hoover or sweep the floors first then I mop them down with a mixture of water, Zoflora and flash floor wash.

Bathrooms

I use Mr Muscle bathroom on all the sinks, Flash in the bathroom and showers, Viakal to do the stainless steel, Astonish on the glass and then for the toilets I use pine bleach, Cif wipes and sometimes the Bloo powder to finish.  I also prefer to wash the floors with lemon floor wipes from Wilko.

Bedrooms

I use Windolene on the mirrors, a duster and Mr Sheen on the chest of drawers and side tables, spray the bed with Febreeze and place tumble dryer sheets in the pillow cases.


I don't generally do this all in one day unless I've had a busy week.  Somethings I do more often, other things less just depends!

Do you have any cleaning tips and tricks to share?

Lauren xx

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5 Reasons Why I'm Excited For Warmer Weather

Now wasn't this weekend glorious!  25 degrees in London for a whole 5 days.  Aside from global warming, I'm not mad at it!  Here are my top 5 reasons why I'm so excited for more weather like this.

Tanned Skin

Whether you prefer to get a real tan or fake it like me, I use the warmer weather as an excuse to bronze myself up which always puts me in a good mood because personally I think life is just better with a tan.

Lighter Hair

Something about summer always makes me want to go lighter with my locks.  I've booked in to have my hair cut and highlighted this weekend and I can't wait.


Beer Gardens

Would I really be British if I didn't mention this?  Sitting in a beer garden with a cold drink on a hot day can often be better than being on a hot beach IMHO.  The buzz and atmosphere in London pubs when the weather is nice just can't be beaten, everyone is in a good mood!

Longer Evenings

In the winter I get home and I just want to snuggle up and go to bed, which is nice for a while but I feel so much more productive when it's still light outside.  I'll go to the gym, pop to the shops, clean the house, cook and all before 9pm!

Festival Season

Festival season is getting started and it's sooooo much better when the weather is warm.  I love listening to music outside with good food and drink but it's just not as fun when the weather is cold and rainy.


What are you top reasons for liking the warmer weather?

Lauren xx

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How To Get Emily Ratajkowski's Bikini Body


There’s no denying that Emily Ratajkowski has one of the most enviable bikini bodies out there and with summer coming up we are probably wondering how we can get this body.  Now we may not be able to get her boobs but we can try and get the rest of her body with a bit of work!


Here are some of my favourite workouts and exercises to get toned and slim for summer:

  • HIIT (high intensity interval training) – this is a killer but I do a 30 minute session at the beginning of each week to motivate me and get me going for the rest of the week.  It really gets your heart going and you can definitely feel it the next day.  The class consists of different cardio and strengthening exercises which you do for 2 minutes before moving onto the next one.

  • Trampolining – I’ve only just started doing this class but it’s such a good workout for your legs and so much fun.  It’s only 45 minutes and you each have your own small trampoline rebounder.

  • Running and Cycling – whether it’s in the gym or outside these are one of the best exercise you can do for weight loss.  It’s actually also really good for toning the abs.  If you can’t afford a gym membership, this one’s for you.

  • Yoga and Hot Yoga – this is my favourite exercise at the moment and I do two classes per week.  I used to think yoga was just good for stretching but it’s good for so many things, including toning and your mental health.  Hot yoga is tougher because you’re doing it in 38-40 degree heat so better if you want more of a challenge.

  • Barre – there’s a reason ballerinas look so slim and strong.  This is another great one for the legs.

  • Step – this is a lot of fun and kind of dancey but I do find sometimes it’s hard to keep up with the movements.  Either way, you get a really good workout in whether you’re doing the correct steps or not!

  • Pilates – this class is amazing for getting those abs of steel but not as tough as yoga.  I’d recommend it to all levels.

  • Dance aerobics – this is basically like step but without the step so a bit easier.  If you love to dance you will love this class.

Will you give any of them a go?

Lauren xx

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