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A Thrifty Mrs |UK Thrifty Blog  Charity shop obsessed, award winning thrifty blogger who is currently on bed rest. Renovating a 1904 shop. Campervan crusader & dog hugger. ๐Ÿ“MCR, UK

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The view from my bath. My joints are bruised and weary today, a short walk around Stockport nearly finished me off. Pass the oral morphine, run the bath and pop on an episode or Coronation Street for me, please, there's a love. It is 5pm and I'll be home in 10 mins, I need soothing sanctuary. โ€ข
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I bloody love our little bathroom. When we first bought this house, this room was a tiny little bedroom covered in butterfly stickers and temporarily the spot where I worked. I can't believe it has come so far on such a tiny budget. Isn't the tiny radiator/towel warmer cute? I have been loving the addition of greenery to the room recently, I want to find some nice ferns to hang from the ceiling to add more to the space. Has anyone seen any nice ones on their travels? โ€ข
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See that little door? It's part of a floor to ceiling cupboard we built in. The top part has double doors and stores towels and products and the bottom third opens in a different direction and houses a shelf for loo rolls and the laundry basket at the bottom. Having a special hidden spot for the laundry basket makes me strangely happy. #myhomevibe #allthingsmetric #navyandwhite

More pastel property porn (umm that's an immediate hashtag idea #pastelpropertyporn ) from my visit to Crosby this weekend. Why can't those blue skies come back? These huge grand houses have incredible sea facing lawns and are mind boggling beautiful inside. And how do I know that? Because of course I stalked them on Rightmove. The green one is currently up for sale at a cool ยฃ980,000 and I may have dedicated more time than is reasonable to pouring over the pictures as a distraction from the Article 50 news this morning.
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Right who is clubbing in for a joint deposit? โ€ข
Today (my #WIDN @thestoryofnumber18 - fancy joining in @renovatinghardycottage @the_house_dreams_built @hollyvillas) I'm feeling sick about Brexit. Well tbh, I've been feeling sick since the referendum. As someone said on Twitter yesterday, as a disabled person I'm not sure I want to be stuck on this island with the Tories weighing over us. Depressed doesn't quite cut it. I'm working on figuring out where the damp is coming from in our garage as a distraction. Wish me luck! โ€ข
Anyone else feeling a bit heartsick about today?

This lamp doesn't go with anything else in the house but I love the shadows it casts in the evening light. Don't you just love the light in the evening at this time of year? Everyone is feeling summery already, I think we needed it! Sadly the blue skies are fading here. Our next door neighbours are having a BBQ as I type and we haven't had so much as an offer of undercooked chicken. Rude.

These are my new favourite quick thing to make for guests. Grab one of those ready roll puff pastry packs (I often find them reduced in the "whoops& #34; reduced chiller cabinet aisle), slice into credit card sized chunks and sprinkle well with icing sugar. Pop in oven at 200c for 5 mins then take back out and cover again in icing sugar and pop back in for another 5 mins. Allow to cool for 20 mins. Then grab a sandwich bag (or piping bag if you are feeling fancy) fill with whipped cream (again always reduced in supermarket), twist and pipe 6 dots on the flat side. Top with fruit of your choosing. Yummy. ๐Ÿฝ Fancy one?

More gorgeous pastel goodness from Liverpool yesterday. I think this might be the one. I wonder if I can sell my useless kidneys? ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’™ Do you have a specific house you walk by and lust over? Tell me, tell me. I love me some house porn.
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Yesterday just before I took this photo poor wee Lionel was attacked on the beach. It was horrifying, especially after last year (if you're new, Lionel our tiny dog was attacked very badly last year, he had severe damage to several bones, most organs and nearly died). Whilst her dog was flinging Lionel in the air, the owner was still shouting "oh she is friendly, she just wants to play" ๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿ˜ค๐Ÿ™„ Thankfully we managed to get the dog off him by throwing a ball into the sea. He wasn't hurt badly but boy is he scared. The poor little guy was just getting over last year and finally feeling confident (although disinterested) in being around dogs. I may have gone full fish wife on the owner as I took Lionel to the burger van for a slice of "you& #39;re still alive cheese" .
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This is also my #WIDN for @deecampling. I am currently making a huge vat of chicken and lentil curry for dinner tomorrow and lunches throughout the week. Yum!
What are you up to @halcyon.road @metric_spaceinteriors @45victorianrenovation?

Does anyone else fall into the Instagram home style comparison trap? I love my house but I could never, ever pull off some of the styling ingenuity I see on here and sometimes I find it fantastically challenging and inspiring and other times (usually when I'm due my period and in need of a family sized bag of salt and vinegar crisps followed by a Daim bar and a dose of validation) I find myself a bit down in the dumps. I know this is the human condition and comparison is the thief of joy and all that but be honest, does anyone else fleetingly (and it is only fleetingly)feel this way too? Because if it is more than just me I can feel better. Surely we all beat ourselves up over insignificant stuff like Instagram homes from time to time, surely? Surely? Hands up โ˜๏ธif you ever feel the same.
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Anyway here's my kitchen, ugly power cords, that I cannot be arsed to disguise, and all. I love it. I love the pink paint, the tiles, the quartz counter tops, the black cabinets. It is teeny tiny but it makes me smile everyday. And you see that print? I blame it for me falling off the cheese free train when I had given it up for Lent. Naughty print. Right now I'm scoffing a feta salad and watching Love on Netflix. ๐Ÿง€
Thanks for the #WIDN @power.tower @lovelanerestoration @housetocallhome @girlfridaybythesea

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Our kitchen cabinets are @IkeaUK Metod
The pink paint is Crown Creme De La Rose
You can find similar prints on @EtsyUK
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#12pm #howwedwell #acribofmyown
Pink for #sassyhomestyle

When I lived in Liverpool I discovered these candy coloured houses quite by chance one day in the mid noughties. I would often hop on a train, jump off at a random suburb and just walk and walk. One time I ended up in Crosby/Waterloo, walking toward the sea when I came across these incredibly beautiful houses next to the Marina. It has been my dream ever since, to own one of these beautiful houses however I, at this moment in time I don't have ยฃ500,000+ nor do I have the even tempered character to put up with the bonkers parking situation in the area. So I suppose tomorrow I need to buy a scratch card and then hop on the phone to book some therapy to get my dream on the road. Where have you always wanted to live? #lovethenorth #745

Oh Crosby, you beautiful, beautiful place. Just what I needed, sea air, sunshine and a visit to Liverpool - my favourite place ever.
What are you up to today? Where's your favourite place? I'm off to tell this guy about exfoliating. ๐Ÿ˜‰
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[ Lots more photos of my trip in my Instagram Stories today ] #lovethenorth

The light in our sitting room at this time of the day is just perfect, don't you agree? ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ˜ Don't forget the #clocksgoforward tonight. Time taken - #6pm

Thanks for the #widn @theresagromski I'm getting ready to spend the morning with some of the most inspiring women I've ever known, the ladies from my postgrad course back over a decade ago. Today we are supporting our friend through her business launch and talking websites, accounts, PR, projections, and much more.
Intelligent, supportive, feminist women sharing skills and ideas. ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿ’ช My make up bag at the moment features 99% free samples and why ever not?! Both from magazines and department stores, I always make sure to get full use out of samples. Look at that tiny lippy, I think it's fab and has at least 3 months of daily applications wrapped up inside a handy handbag sized package. Do you like a good perfume or make up sample? Do you actually use them or do you just hoard them in a basket and throw them out 18 months later, suitably covered in dust? #8am #girlbossing ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿ’ป
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Who fancies playing along, just let us know what you're doing now with the hashtag and tag some people to join in @sean_toomey @loveaudrey83 @mathildeheartmanech @t_h_e___g_e_n_t_l_e___p_a_c_e @doer.upper

(Swipe โžก๏ธ to see the hilarious 5ft Disney mural the "artist& #34; who lived here painted on our landing - you can't sue me for Disney based emotional distress)
It's 3 years today since we completed on our house and got the keys. In someways it feels like a week ago and in other ways it feels like 20 has done by. The house has undergone so much and still has so much more to go but I'm happy with the way it is right now.
Whaddya reckon? Should we have left the gang to carry on? ๐Ÿ˜‚ If you have a really good before and after from your renovation tag me in it so I can have a nosy on my train journey. #scarydisney #badart #terribleart #winniethepooh #donaldduck #minniemouse #mickeymouse (the wall looks really bumpy but I think it's the light bouncing in weird ways against the dark colour because it is as smooth as a very smooth thing (!) in real life.) #5pm

It's easy to lose your faith in people and the world but it's always the small things and small acts that make a difference. Seeing this delicate blossom on the tree today made me stop and realise how lucky I am to stand where I am, to witness something so peaceful and new. Seeing thousands of people donating money to crowd funding pages to help the victims of the London terror attack warmed my heart. People are good.
I have linked to a page, on my bio, which shares the various Just Giving pages related to the attack if you can spare anything, please do consider donating. If you can't afford to donate (I totally understand) please consider sharing the link. Thank you. ๐Ÿ’

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