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Travel and adventure taking, memory and home making, parenting and play shaking, never faking, tales of family life.

A Residence Blog

Travel and adventure taking, memory and home making, parenting and play shaking, never faking, tales of family life.

Home Heros: 6 Objects that changed or improved my life

6 home heros, products that improve or change life

It seemed my post on  Monday about short cuts to success resonated, thanks for letting me know on here and on social media – may we all achieve masses in 2016! Today I thought I would share some unsung home heros. I love a chalk board for starters, especially this television shaped one, functional objects can be cool, in fact the better they look, the more you want to use them.

When I think of spending money on things for our home, I think of mugs, cushions, things that stand out and instantly bring a splash of colour and fun to life. But in January, after the excess of Christmas, our thoughts often turn to being more frugal, and to reducing our impact on the planet. As I declutter I’ve been thinking a lot about what we actually need, we have too many mugs, they don’t fit in the cupboard, and we have throws and cushions that float around the house with no real home.

On the other hand I reflected there were some things I bought last year that really made life run more smoothly. They also look good, double win.

Home Heros

Never hear the words ‘Whats for Tea?’ again

I shared the huge benefits to health, wealth, sanity, relationships and headspace of meal planning on Monday. Lots of you agreed it has changed your life. I love having our meal plans where everyone can see them, it means either me or Mr A can get cooking, and the kids know what is coming. Investing in the right tools makes any job more pleasurable. I love this Pure Heart Memo Board, by House Additions, but this television shaped chalk board came a close second for the cool factor, check it out.

I have a Pure Heart Memo Board to giveaway, see below.


Out of sight, out of mind

Having things safely stored away in a blanket box or wicker trunk leaves your mind open for other things. Now that my kids are older they use old toy chests as memory banks, full of folders of old paintings and school work and their memory boxes. Two giant wicker baskets mean guest bedding has a home and we have a place to stash our of season clothing.

5 a day in one swoop

What more do I need to say, a smoothie a day keeps the doctor away, how overjoyed was I to find a blender at last that doesn’t take up the whole worktop and takes seconds to clean and assemble.

Yes we can have pancakes!

I love the idea of pancakes, but be honest, slaving over a hot stove making them is a labour of love, especially when everyone else has eaten and run off before you even get to sit down with yours. Love the portion size of this, love you can make a pile of pancakes in one go. I love making banana and egg pancakes.

Go Retro

The Marlo laundry box was one where investing in something to make a loathed job happier really worked. No longer am I annoyed by the sight of a gaudy washing powder box or by spillage on the floor. (Also no-one can engage with me in boring conversations over which washing powder we use).

Thirsty Work

I found it, the perfect carafe for staying hydrated at my desk. Torpedo Carafe and Tumbler, by DRH Collection

The only way is up!

When this stair basket works, it really works. Sometimes our stairs are like an avalanche. I admit sometimes ours ends up overfilling, but I’ve promised myself to take it up and down, or encourage two little shirpas to do it, at least once a week in 2016.




To win this pure heart memo board, simply let me know what product changed your life in 2015 and then log your entry using the rafflecopter, and unlock extra entries.

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