Lifstyle | The Big Clean Up

Friday, 23 August 2019 | No comments

If you follow me on Instagram you will know that Mr C and I decided to get married this year. And no, we didn't recently get engaged, we did that 12 years ago! Yep, I feel like we should be in the Guiness Book of Records.

With all the wedding planning and being extremely busy with work, my usual cleaning routine has been all over the place. I normally spend a good couple of month's giving the house a good deep clean. However, with work and wedding taking priorty it's taken a bit of a back seat. Add in the house renovations that are ongoing and, well, the house was ready for a good clean!

When Fantastic Services got in touch to ask me if I wanted to try one of their services I was extremely happy, rather than spending a whole weekend cleaning I planned to do a bit of ironing and then put my feet up and relax.
I opted for 2 hours of cleaning downstairs, and the upstairs bathroom. With life being so busy at the moment our usually tidy house had somewhat gotten into a bit of a mess!

At 9.00am prompt, a team of three from Fantastic Services turned up ready to clean. First of all we were asked which areas were a priority. I said the kitchen, downstairs toilet, upstairs bathroom and living area as those areas in our house had been used frequently over the last week or so.

After that we left the guys to get on, I went upstairs and did some ironing, as someone who enjoys cleaning I couldn't sit and do nothing!

The time flew by and it didn't feel that long until Mr C was calling me downstairs. First of all we were given some sexy shoe covers to wear and then we were shown around the areas that we had requested to be cleaned.

In the kitchen it wasn't just a case of wiping the sides down and a quick mop. The sink was cleaned, the top and front of oven , inside the microwave, worktops, cupboard doors, even the toaster got the magic touch! I told Mr C we were never making toast again, ever!
My weekly goal is to make the sink this shiny again!

I was expecting just a quick clean around in the living areas but, one of the team spent time wiping all the skirting boards, not my favourite job so they were in need of a good clean. All the wood trim, furniture and ornaments were carefully dusted. Not only was everything thoroughly cleaned but, any items that they had to move were put back in the exact place.
One thing I must mention is that they were all wearing the shoe covers inside the house and gloves whilst cleaning.
The hallway was cleaned too. All the skirting, furniture dusted and the rugs given a good hoover. We have some coir matting by the door and let me say I was really really impressed at how clean it now looks, so much that I've asked Mr C for the perfect wedding gift, a Henry Hoover! (not joking at all). Even as a Christmas present will be fine, not fussed at all.
The bathroom upstairs was given a good deep clean.  The bath was so clean I did not want to use it. At this point I was just ready to pack my bag and move out because it looked so good I did not want to get it dirty again...… ever. Even now, a week after it was done, it still looks clean.
Mr C and I were both really impressed by the quality of cleaning, how quickly it was done and how polite they all were. It's definitely something I'm considering doing again closer to the wedding. I would recommend this especially for a one off, I found that since this has been done the cleaning has been easier to keep on top of.
It's really easy to book, just go to Fantastic Services' website and create an account. You then create a booking by selecting the service category, the service and then pop in your postcode! From there you can add on extras and then click to find out availability, book and pay! Simple.
You can also use my referral code to get £10 off your first booking using this link:
Right, now I'm off to look at oven cleaning, carpet cleaning, gardening, everything really! Is it time to retire my marigolds??

*The cleaning service was gifted from Fantastic Services’ but all words and views are my own*

Travel - Morley Hayes Review

Saturday, 20 April 2019 | No comments

As much I love going abroad sometimes it's nice to discover new places in the UK to travel to and, as we are not going on holiday this year, Mr C and I have decided to go on at least 3 weekend breaks.

One of the places that we are going to is Morley Hayes. This will be our third time there so, technically it wont be somewhere new to visit but, we still have 2 other trips planned so I'm going to make sure we go somewhere new!

Morley Hayes hotel is based just on the outskirts of Derby. I discovered it by accident a few years ago when Mr C and I were looking for a last minute weekend break. It came up as a recommended place so, I read the reviews (which I'm normally scared to do!) and they were all glowing! I booked it at 22.00 that night and the next day we were off!

One of my favourite things about the hotel is where it is set. Overlooking the golf course and set back from the main road means that it is ideal for a quiet weekend away.

So, first of all the bedroom.

Last time we visited we stayed in a superior room. Was it worth the extra money? Absolutely! This was the view whilst we sat on the balcony. Not too bad hey!

The room was clean, tidy and just the right size to relax in. It was nice to have the sofas so I could relax and read whilst Mr C sat on the bed to watch some tv.

As you walk in the door to the right you have the bathroom. It's clean, bright and functional. I love having a separate shower and bath when we go away. I always say to myself that I will have a nice long soak in the bath whenever we go away but I usually end up eating too much at dinner and then falling asleep! Next time I will be getting in the bath as soon as we get there!

As you come out of the bathroom there was a little area to make tea and coffee, with biscuits of course.


Opposite was a spacious wardrobe with automatic lighting, perfect for anyone who like me will pack  like they are going away for 48 days rather than 48 hours!

One thing I tend to struggle with is sleeping in hotels. I'm very much a homebody at heart so, whenever I'm away from my side of the bed and that familiar comfy groove in the mattress, I always end up having a bad nights sleep. The first time we stayed here I slept for 5 hours straight which is a miracle, the bed is so comfortable, not too warm either and it's so big it's like having my own double bed.

There are two restaurants to choose from, The Dovecote and Roosters. We have eaten at both and they are excellent. The Dovecote is more of a formal dining experience, good quality food and reasonably priced. You can opt for a stay and dine package which includes Dinner, Bed and Breakfast.  We ordered room service from Roosters last time, we had pizza, wedges and garlic bread in the comfort of our room. Everything arrived wrapped in foil which meant it was still piping hot, there is nothing worse than eating luke warm room service food.

And, of course I saved the best until last! Breakfast time. I am super fussy about breakfast, I love fruit followed by locally sourced ingredients, things like bacon, eggs, bread and juices. Their breakfast does not disappoint. If, like me, you are fan of black pudding you wont be disappointed. This one is slightly different to the usual ones I've tried but it rates very highly on my 'how many types of black pudding can I try' list!

So, if you are looking for a relaxing quiet weekend away with good food then I would highly recommend Morely Hayes. If you do decide go, let me know!