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Settling In

It’s nearly been 1 month since we moved into our first home together and it’s been an amazing but mentally draining journey so far.

We’ve got the majority of things now to run a fully functionally home, we just need to odd bits; we have lots of empty photo frames lacking our selfies, one of the walls in our living room looks a tad bare so we thought about a shelf being put up to fill with knickknacks, and most importantly we need a bread knife!

Our routine seems to be working… I’m in charge of the washing and ironing, whilst Anthony is in charge of cooking. I’ll wash up whilst Anthony dries, and we’ll both share the hoovering and other cleaning tasks. Meal times are well organised too. We’ll nip to Asda on a Saturday morning to do the week’s shop which will consist of meat (chicken & beef), those Maggi bags are bloody brilliant so we’ll get a few of those in our trolley, we’ll get them steamed veg packets from the freezer section and a cheesecake.. Not forgetting the red wine which we’re loving at the moment.

I’ve really enjoyed making our house into a cosy home. Most of the home accessories have been from B&M Bargains and The Range. It just proves that you don’t need to spend a lot of money on nice things. I mean, obviously they’re nice to me because I’ve bought them but even our visitors pass comments on the different little ornaments. Admittedly, it’s been hard to sort things out when working full time. I wish I had some holidays left to have time at our new home.


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Slowly Coming Together

What a busy weekend!

The marigolds were out on Saturday morning. Mum, Granny and Myself made a start on the cleaning. Mum did the kitchen. I did the bathroom and Granny had the hoover. It was only a case of cleaning the builders dust and that didn’t take long.

The kitchen is pretty much finished. We’re just waiting for the washing machine and fridge freezer to be delivered on Wednesday. All of the kitchen accessories (microwave, kettle etc) are shiny black to match the white & black units.

I’ll take some photo’s once the blinds are up which will be on Thursday (hopefully)



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Key Day.

It’s the day we get the keys to our home today.

Shame it’s at 3pm so Anthony has to meet the estate agent on his own as I’m working until 5pm. The tenancy doesn’t actually start until 1st March but the landlord is kind and said we can have the few days for free. Happy days.

So much has happened been bought for us / give to us over the past few weeks… It’s just so overwhelming! I went to British Heart Foundation last weekend, bought a nest of tables… brand new! I also bought a wooden bookcase, a TV stand (wooden as I don’t like them black glass ones) and a vintage wooden drinks trolley for my ‘mini bar’ all for £130 + £22 delivery.. Bloody bargain eh? They all got delivered next door to my Granny’s garage.

Can’t remember if I told you about Debbie, who I work with, giving us her 3 seater sofa. For free. It’s a cream one and looks like brand new, apart from the scuff mark down one side from when they were trying to get it into their living room.

Anyway, it’s 3 hours until Anthony meets the estate agents. I’m so excited. I’m going to nip home and get changed, pick some essentials up. Dad wants to come over to see the house tonight and get a chippy tea. So I’ll need to nip home and pick up the kettle and cups and stuff.

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Our New Home

We’ve only gone and got the house!!

The estate agent had sent me a text to say that she had sent me an email. Her emails are playing up and keep going into junk mail… I checked my email and there it was.

“Dear Anthony and Sam,

I am pleased to confirm that your application for the above property has been successful…”


Our tenancy will start on 1st March but we are hoping to get the keys earlier than that. The landlord is fitting some blinds and other bits of stuff and then we should be able to move in.


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Credit Checks. Tick.

The estate agent just rang me… The credit checks are done and all is good. Obviously. She is just waiting for Anthony to send her his latest bank statements, as formality.

She said that providing Anthony gets his bank statements across to her this morning she will ring the landlord and see if we can have the keys this weekend seeing as Anthony works away in Southport Monday – Friday.

Eeeeeeek. I’m so excited.

My Aunt came around for tea last night and asked if wanted to go to B&M Bargains with her before closing time. She said she had £60 spare until she next got paid and would love to spend it on me and Anthony. So off we drove with our shopping bags at the ready.

We needed a trolley…

Imagine Supermarket Sweep with Dale Winton! The trolley was full of things I wouldn’t have even thought of… Potato peeler, chopping board, knives, utensils, oven trays, casserole dishes, sponges, tea towels, mixing bowls… And so on.

Oooh, I forgot to mention that earlier that day I had to make an emergency appointment to the dentist. I had horrendous tooth ache. Anyway cut a long story short, I went to Tesco to pick up my prescription and had to wait 10 minutes. I walked round to the homeware aisle and got some glasses.

4 wine glasses £1.50

4 beer glasses £1.50

4 long line glasses £1.50

Can you believe it? Absolute bloody bargain!

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Application. Tick.

We’ve just submitted our application for ‘The One’

I can’t believe the feeling I have inside. As long as everything goes through ok, the landlord is happy to hand over our new door keys a week before the actually moving in date (for free). How good is that?

So far we have both our double beds; one for each bedroom. We have two wicker bedside tables with I think will look nicer in the guest bedroom, a table lamp with a lampshade that I designed on Illustrator and printed on cotton, some pans, 3 martini glasses and all of our clothes.

Granny said she would buy us a washing machine and fridge freezer, and Mum said she would buy us a dinner set with cutlery. Dad might be giving us his 2 seater sofa but it all depends on if he needs it for his new house.

I said to Anthony though, we don’t need to have everything, we just build it up over time. As long as we have something to sleep on, eat with and watch then we’ll survive.

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The One.

I think we’ve finally bloody found our home.

Anthony made an appointment to view a 2 bedroom terrace house in Blackburn at 9am this morning. I couldn’t join him as I started work at half 8 and told him that I would ring him on my lunch hour to find out how he got on.

Anyway, the suspense was killing me so at 10am whilst eating my cream cheese bagel I text him a short ‘yes or no xx’ to which he say he liked it and it was worth pursuing. FRIG. The excitement rushed through my body and I rang the estate agents straight away to arrange a viewing so I could see this house.

Half 12 this afternoon I was to meet Julie for a quick view around. The outside looked tidy with a new dark brown PVC front door and double glazed windows. We took our shoes off and walked over a brand new carpet into the living room. A good sized room with magnolia walls and brown carpet.

Through the corridor was a second room, a dining room perhaps with patio doors and a small modern newly fitted kitchen. I loved it so far. The upstairs had two double bedroom with one of them having a small walk in wardrobe.

The bathroom was the feature of the house. It was tiled in a sort of mink colour with a mosaic style floor. The best bit was it had a bath. I haven’t had a bath in about 10 years. Don’t be thinking in a scruffbag. It’s because my Mum had her bathroom done up and they stupidly took the bath out to fit a shower cubicle in there.

We’ve told the estate agent that we would love to go ahead with the application… Fingers crossed peoples, we could be moving into our first home very soon.