Lifestyle: Finding tradesmen for our house rennovations

Monday, 27 February 2017




Renovating our house has been the single most stressful event we have experienced as a couple. From an initial view to be in within three months of purchasing, we are now eight months down the line and we are still not in.

Our house no longer looks like the mess above and I will be doing a reveal video/blogpost soon. Things all got a bit overwhelming and the monthly house updates just had to stop. 

One of the trickiest parts of renovating a house was finding trusted tradesmen to complete the jobs that we just couldn't do. There are lots of means of finding tradesmen and we relied heavily on word of mouth, however have been left a little disappointed with some of the contacts that were passed on. 

If you don't have links to such contacts you can use a service such as Bidivine, an online (and really simple) way to get in touch with the professionals of services you need.







The process is so simple and surprisingly accurate. You are asked a series of questions before getting to the part where businesses can provide a quote. Perfect for transparency and they can't turn up without claiming they know what the problem is. 

There's a huge range of services on offer from Tennis Lessons to someone to put up furniture!

I really like this, especially as sometimes you just can't guarantee who is going to turn up  and you can leave reviews about their service. 

Now to book that removal van... 

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LIFESTYLE: How to get the left over wax out of a candle

Thursday, 16 February 2017
The art of burning candles is something that I have only recently got into thanks to the girls and their passion for Yankee Candles. Who knew candles were so much more than just lighting them! Sweet & Salty Caramel has by far been one of my favourites, so much so that it's the first candle that I have ever used up completely. 
I was annoyed at how much wax was still left at the bottom of the glass jar and with the price of these candles being on the higher side for my liking, I didn't want to waste it. So I got straight on iMessage to Shelley to find out what she did with the millions of amazing candles she owns. Turns out that it's pretty simple.
 *Carefully* fill the jar with boiling water.
With the darker coloured candles you will see a little separation in colour at the top of the water but this didn't affect the scent of the wax left at the bottom. 
 The remaining wax will float until the top after a few minutes.
Remember that the wax will be so hot so I used an oven glove because, ouch. The happened much more quickly than I expected, I thought I would have to leave this for at least 30 minutes to release the wax, but this was done after about 3-4!
Using a spoon poke out the metal wick holder.
You don't have to bother with this step if you aren't going to reuse the wax, I wanted to use the remaining wax as a melt in my burner. Although this does create a hole in the middle which made getting the wax out of the jar really easy.
Pour out the water and remove the wax.
Don't make the same mistake I did and leave the sink covered in wax, try having some hot water already running or pour the water into a container you are happy to throw away. I really wanted to keep the glass jar for cotton wool storage but there is so much wax residue inside. No matter how many times I've repeated this method the glass jar still isn't clean. But I have managed to get four good sized melts out of what was left!