Saturday, 20 May 2017

House Renovation - Planning, Planning, Planning.

Hi Guys,
What do you think of the new house?

It has all started, the builders are in and the ceilings are missing! They have estimated that Phase One, the renovation of the main house will be done in 4 to 6 weeks! Once it's done we can move in while they continue with the extension.

Mr Berto has been working hard at preparing plans for the builders to work to. We will be using an architect for the extension but the main house they just needed a guide.

Here are our plans.
The wall between the existing bathroom and bedroom 1 was made of concrete block and the floor was bowing under weight of it. Due to this it had to be removed which was good because we couldn't decide wether to have the master bedroom as part of the extension or not so it made our decision for us.

Now that has been decided we are moving the bathroom to bedroom 3 and then will have an ensuite in the master bedroom.  This does mean that the house is temporarily going from a 3 bed to a 2 bed but once the extension is built we will have two additional rooms. 

I have already started planning the interior for each room of the main house. The only thing I'm struggling with is what Kitchen I want. I still have a bit of time but there are so many choices.

Its all very exciting!

I will be back soon with the next instalment.

Ciao for now
Love Mrs Berto x

Thursday, 18 May 2017

House Renovation - The Beginning

Hi Guys, 
I'm back again!!! 

This is my first instalment of my house renovation series, so where best to start than at the very beginning. As I said before the new house is a BIG renovation project. It hasn't really been touched since the 50's. It doesn't have central heating, which makes me very thankful that Mr Berto is a gas engineer! 

It also needs all new electrics! I mean check out this light switch?!

 Really it needs everything updated.

 These are the current floor plans.

To start with we want to get the main house done so we can get out of my aunt's hair. Then we are planning an extension at the back for a new big kitchen with an additional room upstairs. Here are some before pictures to show you what we are working with!


 Living Room

 Bedroom 1
Bedroom 2

Bedroom 3

I can't wait to show you more!

See you soon.
Ciao for now.

Love Mrs Berto xx

Monday, 15 May 2017

Back at it... blogging and babies that is!!

Hi guys, 
How the heck are ya? 
If you follow me on instagram you know the last few months have been... well a bit MAD! 
 We finally sold our house and completed on our new house in April which seemed to feel like an eternity!!! 

Packing up the house was one of the most stressful experiences I've ever had. Due to delays I had already returned to work and although I'd done quite a bit before, we didn't actually know what what happening so the remaining stuff was a bit last! Not to mention looking after Squidge and struggling with the joys of morning sickness which is more like morning, noon and night nausea. 

This pregnancy seems a lot more intense. I'm not sleeping and I get quite dizzy. Can you believe I'm 15 weeks already!!!!

So where are we now? Well we are living with my Aunt while the house is renovated. How amazing is she for allowing us to to move in with a teething 14 months old. It's not too bad but I will be happy once we are settled in the new house.

I plan to do a whole blog series on the renovation and I can't wait to show you guys. Here is a sneaky peeky before picture.

Be back soon.
Ciao for now.
Love Mrs Berto x

Thursday, 26 January 2017

House Tour...... Finally!!!!

Hi Guys, 

Some big changes are a foot for myself and Mr Berto, we put our house on the market late last year and I'm happy to say that we now have an offer (we had two previous ones but the people found other properties). We have also made an offer which has been accepted on another house. 

The new house is going to be big renovation project which I will be covering on the blog, my Pinterest is going to be on fire in the next few months! 

I always planned to do a house tour for you guys but I never got round to it. Mainly because it is never tidy! I thought now would be a great opportunity to do it, to have a record of our first property together which holds so many wonderful memories and to say goodbye.  I also have the pictures from the estate agent, so it makes it even easier!

Solicitors etc always take a little while, so we will be here a bit longer but I am really excited for our new adventure and to be able to share it with you.

Now our house is never normally this tidy or empty, I've packed a lot of trinkets, book and clothes away, ready for the move. Right now I am looking at Arthur's foam flooring and toys scattered across the living room floor. There is also a clothes horse of washing in the kitchen and boxes of things to be sorted in the sewing room. I'm trying to sort through things as our possessions will be in storage while the new house is made livable. We will be staying with my aunt for a short while. 

As this chapter of my life comes to a close it I can help but feel nostalgic about the first time I saw the house, the parquet flooring, built in unit and pizza oven in the garden made us instantly fall in love. We actually nearly missed out on it because it was under offer when we found it but it came back on the market 2 weeks later.

Oh little house, thank you for the last 2 years!

I hope you enjoyed this little post.

Ciao for now.
Mrs Berto xx

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Curls, Curls, Curls

Hey Guys 
How are we? 

As I am easing my way back into blogging I thought I would start with my curly hair routine. 

I have naturally very curly hair however in 2001 I found GHDs and wore my hair straight 99.9% of the time. Don't get me wrong I've always loved my curls it's just firstly straight hair was easier to manage and secondly I had quite a heavy fringe for a few years which had to be straight, otherwise I would look like I have a birds nest on my forehead.  

Anyway since I got pregnant and even after I had Mr Squidgy Pants I found my hair isn't staying straight as well as it used to. I think the curls have had enough and are fighting back. So for now I am embracing them and here's how: 

Tools - Body shop Rainforest Moisture Shampoo & Conditioner, Boots Extra firm hold mousse, old t Shirt, Bounce Curl, a hairdryer with diffuser and a wide tooth comb. 

1. I wash my hair with the shampoo and use my fingers to detangled it before rinsing. 
2. I add conditioner and leave it in for 2/3mins. Then I use the wide tooth comb to remove any final tangles. I then rinse it but I don't completely rinse out all the conditioner. 
3. I then squeeze any excess water out and add the mousse. At this point my hair is sopping wet. 
4. I wrap it in the t Shirt and leave it for about 15 mins, usually when I am putting make up on. 
5. I then separate it into four sections and add Bounce Curl to each section before drying each individual section with the diffuser while scrunching it. Once each section is 80% dry I unsection it, add a little more Bounce curl before drying it again all together. 
6. Finally I use the wide tooth comb to tease the roots as they get a little flat with the weight of my hair. 
And that's it I'm done. 

To keep my curls in tack I always sleep with my hair piled on the top of my head like a pineapple and in the cooler months with a satin pillow case. I've tried to use a satin pillow case in the summer months but I just get too hot! 

Well there you have it, I hope you enjoyed this little blog. 

See you soon. 
Ciao for now. 
Love Mrs Berto xx 

 **This is not a sponsored post, these products are just what work for me.**

Thursday, 17 November 2016

Hello again old friends

Hiya guys!! How the heck are we?
Its been a while, I had not planned on taking such an extended break but motherhood has kept me busier than I expected!

I didn't even have the chance to blog when the little one was born and he is 8 months now!! Where the time has gone I don't know!! I have been active on Instagram, mostly because it is quick easy posting of photo's but today I decided I would quite like to get back into blogging.

Its been so long I am not sure where to start?! I do plan getting back into outfit posts once I have found time to take pictures. Now I am a mama I feel I have changed quite a bit as a person so I think topics I talk about may change. I was going to write an apology here and say that I will try to keep the baby and mum stuff to a minimum but lets face it that is my life now so inevitably I will blog about it.

I do hope you stick around to here my ramblings, for now though let me leave you with few pictures of the little man who I like to call Arthur Squidgy Pants.

Ciao for now.
Love Mrs 

Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Life has got CRAZY!!!!!

Hi Guys,
I'm so sorry for being away for so long, As the title says life has got CRAZY!!!
I've neglected almost all my social media areas but for a very good reason!

If you follow me on Instagram you may have heard that... I am going to be a MUM???!!!!!!!
I know I am freaking out! Like Seriously!!!!!!!

I've always wanted to be a mum but it always seem way in the future, so when it became a reality it was a total shock. It wasn't planed at all and Berto and I were actually about to book flights to America when I started to feel under the weather, then I was late but even upon taking the test I expected it to say not pregnant.

I'm already five months along and it's gone so quick. The little squidge will be here before you know it. 

Anyway that's what's up with me.
I hope you are all well.
Be back soon, I hope!

Caio for now
Love Mrs Berto xx