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Pregnancy #2: Naming our Baby Boy

Pregnancy #2: Naming our Baby Boy

Ahh, here we are again, playing the name game! This time we are tasked with choosing the perfect name for a boy and we’ve found it quite hard so far. I love a good traditional name while Sean is definitely one for more modern choices. […]

Our Mini DIY Maternity Photo Shoot

Our Mini DIY Maternity Photo Shoot

If you’ve been around here for a while then you might remember I had a maternity photo shoot with Alison Lewis Photography while I was pregnant with Florence. The photographs from that shoot are ones I will treasure forever. They perfectly illustrate my excitement and joy […]

5 Things You Don’t Know About Laminate Flooring

5 Things You Don’t Know About Laminate Flooring

As you know we’ve recently moved back in with my Mum so we can save to buy our own home and while we are here, we are helping her with some home improvements. As part of that we are replacing all of the flooring, both up and downstairs and have spent a lot of time weighing up different options. With two dogs, a toddler and soon to be a baby living here, the living space needs to be easy to clean and functional as well as attractive and so it is likely that for the downstairs rooms we will be opting for laminate flooring. Flooring Superstore have put together these 5 tips and facts all about laminate flooring which are going to be really handy when it comes to fitting it.

Laminate flooring has become a very popular flooring option. Due to its durability, practicality, and seemingly endless design choices, most homeowners have switched to laminate flooring in the past years. Despite of that, there are still some people have little to zero clue about laminate flooring and why it revolutionized the flooring industry. So, here are some facts about laminate flooring that you might be interested to know.

  1. Where can you install it?

Most people confused laminate flooring from vinyl. Their basic difference is that laminate is not a good moisture absorbent. You can install it pretty much everywhere in your house except the bathrooms and kitchens because the floor will get damaged if it absorbs too much moisture. Most homeowners prefer darker shades because they will not look dirty as often as lighter shades. However, the lighter shades brighten up the room so, that’s something to think about.

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  1. Install it over old floor

The great thing about laminate flooring is that you can install it over your old floor without having to remove it. Although, it will raise the level of your floor a little so that is one thing to consider. It can be installed on top of any type of floor except the carpets.

  1. Getting a room ready for installation

In order to get the room ready for installation, you have to remove the base shoe. You have to make sure that your floor is clean and level because if you install it over a non-level floor, it will lead to some soft and spongy areas. If there are low levels on your floor, you can fill them in or call a professional to help you on this step.

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  1. You have to leave some space

Not many people know that you have to leave about 3/8 inches gap around the parameter of your room. The laminate will expand and contract with the changing weather. So, leave some breathing space for the laminate to avoid future problems.

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  1. Thickness is key

The quality of a laminate is measured by its thickness. The thicker it is, the more durable and realistic it looks. Thin laminate is not good because it cannot stand the pressure of feet.

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I’m Pregnant  – Our Pregnancy Announcement Video

I’m Pregnant – Our Pregnancy Announcement Video

So if you didn’t already see, we announced that I am pregnant with baby number two yesterday!  Here’s our little video announcement if you missed it. I will be documenting this pregnancy both here and on my YouTube channel along with all of our usual […]

What Florence got for her birthday – The Ultimate First Birthday Gift Guide

What Florence got for her birthday – The Ultimate First Birthday Gift Guide

I’ve been meaning to write this post for a while but have only just got around to do it. A few of you have asked to see what Florence got for her birthday and so I’ve put together a little (actually incredibly long) list of […]

A step back to move forward: A Little Life Update

A step back to move forward: A Little Life Update

Things are about to look a lot different around here as we prepare to make some pretty big life changes.

We are swiftly outgrowing our little house. I honestly underestimated just how much room little people take up and with our plans to expand our little family in the not too distant future I’ve been spending more time than is healthy scrolling through Rightmove trying to find something bigger in our price range to rent. The trouble is, there just isn’t anything out there that we could realistically afford and so we’ve been taking a look at our options.

After lots of different conversations, We have decided to move back to my Mum’s house so that we can have a decent shot at saving a deposit for a mortgage. She has offered us the chance to stay there, rent free, in return for the house being fixed up throughout the year and while I’m sure it’s going to be a bit of a squeeze and sometimes a bit stressful, it is an offer we can’t refuse! Things are going to be moving very quickly over the next month or so and we are handing in our notice for our house this weekend.

The plan is that by this time next year we’ll be able to by our own home and maybe even be in! I think we are really going to miss our little house, and I keep looking around at all of our things that we are selling and getting a bit sad but I will all be worth it, I know.

I will be sharing our savings journey here as the year passes and maybe even a few tips as we go along. Wish us luck!

50+ Simple Baby Play essentials you probably already have at home

50+ Simple Baby Play essentials you probably already have at home

With so many lovely responses to my recent Simple Baby Play posts, I thought I would finally get around to sharing with you a list of items I class as baby play essentials. These are all things that I have built up over time and […]

Vital Baby Start Weaning Set Review

Vital Baby Start Weaning Set Review

Like with most things when it comes to a baby, when you enter into the world of weaning there’s a whole lot of stuff out there that you’re constantly told you will need. However, when we started weaning Florence, I was completely unprepared and ended […]