The Toddler’s Dream Garden

As mentioned in my bid to get fit, the sun has well and truly got it’s hat on and it’s making me all proactive. My to-do list has suddenly gone through the roof as a little bit of sunshine makes me want to take on the world. I’ve got plans to paint, de-clutter and organise, but most importantly I need to create the toddler’s dream garden, a safe haven for Aria to run around and play in.

We’ve been putting off work on our house for so long as the house as been on the market so we didn’t necessarily want to spend time and money on it. Now that the sale of our house has fallen through for the second time I think it’s time we gave in and gave this house some TLC. If we’re stuck here for a while we may as well enjoy it after all. It’s time to stop moaning and instead buy some tools and get working, I could even get Aria involved, how cool we should look in this fab children’s bib and brace!? I love that Engelbert Strauss stocks such a wide range of things from DIY tools to protective clothing meaning that we could just order everything from there and be done with it all.

So, what would my dream toddler garden contain? First off it needs to be pinterest friendly, because, well, why wouldn’t it? Within my, I mean Aria’s, perfect pinterest garden there would be a perfect pastel playhouse, a mud kitchen, a toadstool seating area and rubber flooring.

Ideally we wouldn’t want to spend too much money as hopefully we will sell our house at some point. My current thoughts are to buy a plain, cheap playhouse, similar to this, and decorate it ourselves, that way we can make it exactly how we want it and it will be one of a kind. With regard to the mud kitchen I have visions of us creating a beautiful master piece using the pallets that are sitting in our garden doing nothing, but in reality it would probably be a disaster so maybe I should buy one similar to Kelly’s from My Mud Kitchen. I don’t mind splashing out on the toadstools as they can quite easily come with us when we move, and I am absolutely in love with this beautiful set from The Range.

Have I missed anything from my dream toddler garden do you think? What do you think your toddler would like to see included in their dream garden?

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Home : Bathroom Makeover – Nautical Touches
We have been in the process of updating our bathroom for a while now (you can see how it looked previously here). The suite felt old and outdated and the jacuzzi bath wasn’t used very often, as a result the filters would clog up and it just felt unhygienic. When we found out that we were pregnant changing the suite became an urgent job. In an ideal world we would have changed the tiles and flooring too but due to a lack of funds we just did what we had to. I’ve finished it off with nautical touches and am quite pleased with the result.
The sink, toilet, bath, shower screen and taps all came from eBay and seem to be good quality. The sink cupboard has soft shut doors and is high gloss so wipes down easily.
We were lucky enough to have the mirror for free. A relative paid for it and received it with a small chip in the corner, he took a photo and contacted the company who said to hold on to it and that they would send another free of charge. As a result we had the damaged one, you can hardly see the chip. The mirror has a light and a heater so that it doesn’t steam up.
The cupboard is our old Billy Bookcase that previously lived in the spare room, we had to get rid of this when converting the room to a nursery so decided to use it as bathroom storage. We went to IKEA to buy the doors for it which I painted around the edges with Dulux Sea Blue paint (I only needed a sample pot). Spencer then added the rope door handles from eBay on to finish the look. My paint job is very rough as I was going for a ‘beat up’ look.
The bathroom bin & toilet brush came from Wilko and were both very reasonably priced. The bathmat is from Matalan but isn’t on their website at the moment.
The blue fish soap dish, Coast Line storage and lighthouse decoration are all from Store Twenty One, none of which are currently on their website.
The toothbrush holder and lotion dispenser are both from The Range. These are both very cool as all of the shells and other bits float around inside. Simple things.
The bath sheet and hand towel are both from IKEA.
My little lighthouse light pull is possibly one of my favourite items in the bathroom, both this and the starfish dish are from Matalan, the dish comes in handy for bath bombs, etc.
I’m super pleased with how the bathroom looks at the moment, though there are a few more things that I want to do. I would love new tiles and flooring, the tiles definitely aren’t an option for a while yet but we may be able to get some cheap flooring within the next year. I’d like something white, I also want to paint the side of the bath a distressed white (we have recycled the side of the old bath). The other thing that I am debating is replacing the toilet seat, I can’t decide if I would love a clear seat with shells in or if I think it is ridiculously tacky and something that I wouldn’t want! What are your views on novelty toilet seats? Can you recommend any?