My Denby Jet Bargain Buy

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Today I received my delivery of my new Denby dinner set. This purchase was my bargain of the year to date, and made me glad I waited at Christmas.

We’d seen the set we wanted in House of Fraiser’s before Christmas – Denby sets are usually about £250 RRP But you can generally get a 16-piece set for around £130 at different times of the year if your happy to wait. I didn’t want to risk waiting till we actually moved in before buying the set as I was worried it would be just my luck they wouldn’t be on offer when we came to moving, so was starting to think that ‘Spring’ would be the next closet time before we moved that an offer would come on… It was for this reason that I had started doing a daily search on the ‘usual’ sites such as HoF, Debenhams and Denby Direct for any offers on my selected range.

At first I managed to find a deal for £120 for a 16-piece set which I didn’t think was too bad, but the deal seemed to be a long-standing offer so thought I might as well wait until payday – as you do…

The next morning however I noticed that Denby’s outlet store was selling 4-piece versions of the set for £10.75 each! I thought this must be a mistake as the side plate alone to buy singly was £12 and I’d never seen single place-setting sets before… (though come to think of it, it would make sense for buying additional place-settings over the normal 4). I even got my mother to check the page to make sure it wasn’t just a plate! But sure enough it seemed right! Set comprising of 1X Tea Plate, 1X Dinner Plate, 1X Bowl and 1X Mug for £10.75! I thought about waiting for my husband to get home to see what he thought, but then decided sod it, ill just get them as we were definitely buying them either way!

I’d always wanted to work my way up to having 8-place settings worth of crockery, but at this price I thought I might as well buy it all now seeing as its still costing me less than one full set would normally… £86 later I seemingly had two 16-piece dinner sets direct from Denby… I thought it seemed too good to be true considering to buy the one set was still £120 online!
Well anyways, less than 24hrs later I noticed the listing had been removed from the site, and a new one for 3X the price had gone up! I panicked thinking they had obviously made a mistake and realized said mistake, and were not going to honour my order, I darent ring them in case they call me on it, but they had taken payment already, so I thought I’d wait and see what happened…

Well 3days later I have today received my delivery, all 8 boxes worth, and am extremely happy! Can’t believe what a bargain I managed to get there and just proves that both patience and decisiveness does pay off, as otherwise I would only have one 16-piece set right now for almost double what I paid for two!
Definitely a #100happydays moment and can’t wait to start using these in our new house! 🙂

Decorating With The Bahamas…

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So recently I’ve been doing lots of research on decorating ideas for our new house…

I’ve started swaying towards the idea of a Blue/Green & Brown themed living room, with a wallpaper feature wall (in brown-blue/green) and then a coordinating colour on the other walls.

Whilst looking at colour options I started to think about how I could decorate the room with matching colours; I really wanted to be able to showcase as much “US” into our new home as possible, without lots of store-bought pieces, but didn’t know how to go about it… It was then that I found an image online which had a blue-brown living room, with a massive picture of a beautiful beach on the wall… This really reminded me of our time in the Bahamas for our honeymoon, and got me thinking… I took some lovely photos whilst we were there, so why can’t I use one or two of those?

Having trailed through my images, I’ve come up with these three as some of my favourite… I’m thinking of either doing one very large print, or else maybe a combination of two or three in slightly smaller frames to stretch out across the wall… I know the prints will probably cost more than buying something in my local store, but this feels so much more personal, and I can honestly say when people ask “Yes, I personally took those photos on my vacation…” not just “Oh yes, it’s a lovely beach… In my dreams!”

I’m still not sure on which will be the final images, but once we’re in and I’ve decided, I’ll get them printed up and some photos up on here… I also have some stunning images from when we took a hot air balloon over Florida, here are two of my favourites, but I’m not sure on using these as A. it’s a different location, and B. the orange/yellow in the balloon throws too many additional colours into my room plan…

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#100happydays challenge

So I’ve decided to have a go at this 100happydays challenge which everyone seems to be doing atm… Part of me wants to say “how hard can it be?” but the other part of me however is thinking this is probably going to be alot more difficult than it seems…

Either way, I started today(well technically yesterday as it now into Saturday!) and my first picture? JD, cheesecake and Mario! Would have been better with dissy (ran out) and old-school NES Mario, but this’ll do for now!

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#day1 #100happydays

Long Time No Speak…

OK, so I admit it, I’ve kinda forgotten about my blog for a while!!
But I’ve had soo much going on, and I know you’ll probably say “well that’s the perfect excuse to get blogging” but I just haven’t been feeling it recently… So now, my aim is to start anew, new year (kinda late I know) and all that…

So what’s happened since my last post in JULY 2013? (I know, the shame!) Well quite a bit actually! Here’s just a few of my top/most iconic moments over the past six months…

> I changed job, twice! First I was put onto a 6m pilot program last August to assist getting it up and running etc. Then once this had finished, I was offered a new role within the Solutions Department at my company’s Head Office in Colchester! This started as of January this year, so I’m still getting my bearings – But I’m excited for the challenge!

> We reserved a house… Yep that’s right! After much deliberation, calculating and visiting various developments, we decided to buy a new build property in Colchester near my new office. It’s a bit of a journey for hubby to get to work, but doable with either car or public transport… We decided on a 3-bed detached house just on the outskirts of the town, and as it was purchased off-plan (I know – Scary times!) we’re just waiting for it to be finished building before we can move in – Hopefully this will be around May this year… We actually exchanged a few weeks ago, so it’s moving forward!

> I had my second wedding anniversary! Can’t believe over two years have passed since that day!

> I had another birthday – as did hubby! Eek!

> We had Christmas… Not much to say there really, Christmas is Christmas and mostly uneventful in my opinion…

> We moved out of Writtle and back to Clacton to live with my parents whilst our house is being finished… At first I admit I was dreading it, but a month has gone by already, and it’s not been so bad – Yet *touch wood*. We’re hoping to use this time to save as many pennies as possible to decorate our new home as soon as we move in

> Saw Maroon 5 at the O2 – Which was as amazing as it sounds! They are excellent entertainers, and really put on an amazing show! I’m looking forward to sifting through the pictures which I haven’t yet had a chance to do!!

I think that’s it for the big items… I’ll try and keep up a bit more so that there isn’t too many gaps next time!

Bye for now!

Start of a new era…

So this is my first ever blog, and it’s first ever post… Not really sure how to start these, so thought I’d start with something easy and go from there…

So today is Sunday, it’s the second weekend in June 2013, and it’s about 7pm as I’ve started writing this. I’ve had a PJ day, and my husband is watching the recaps of the F1 in the background. Now I know this may seem lazy that I’m still in my PJ’s but my point is that A. It’s a Sunday – So I’m having a PJ Day, B. We had a late night at a friends surprise birthday party, so I’m just having a lazy day recouping from that, and C. I’ve been off of work most of the past week not feeling great, and so don’t want to tempt fate by doing too much today and ending up making myself ill again for tomorrow…

Recently, my husband and I have been trying to save for a house, we rent at the moment, which is great for the size and luxury of the house that we have, but I always think to myself “what a waste” that all this money is going into some bigwigs pocket every month…

I like writing reviews about things, namely places I’ve been to, locations, restaurants, bars etc. etc. It somewhat satisfies my cravings for wanting to see the world, and try new things, including taste-testing of various foods! I also love cooking, and recently I’ve started to join the “baking” trend, I’m no way near a mumsy-baker, some of the things those women create are out of this world, and I can only hope to one day get near to what they create! But I do like to think of myself as a good cook in general… So I’ll try to keep an update on here of my latest creations so keep people entertained!

I’ve got quite a number of things I’m working on atm, projects, new experiences etc. so I’ll hopefully have a few different things to blog about as time goes on…

So I think that will do for an initial post, now to consider the options for my next one…

Bye for now! x