Garden Inspiration and LED Hut Spotlight Review

LED Hut Spotlight

Spring has sprung and it’s time we started thinking about our garden landscaping and decor ready for the Summer months. I’ve wanted a fun, colourful outdoor space for as long as I can remember and it always bothered me that in our old rented house we just had concrete, concrete and more concrete outside. Now we have two whole gardens to play with and I’m excited to get to work!

It can be very dark on our street when you’re getting home later at night so when the LED Hut asked me if I wanted to try one of their outside lights I thought it was perfect timing! Our front garden is mostly neat and tidy with a small lawn and some shrubbery so adding an outside light is almost all the work we need to do on the space.

Mr Beams LED Spotlight

The Mr Beams LED spotlight from LED Hut is a lot bigger than I was expecting, with the light itself (minus the fixture) being about the size of a mug of tea. It really does beam out a lot of light too and works solely when it detects motion – there is no on or off switch.

Colour wise it is stated as brown, but it looks pretty much black to me – it’s quite subtle compared to the light that was installed outside by the previous owners of our house, so it looks so much nicer outside by the front door now than it used to!

It’s really easy to fix the light to the wall and comes with a set of wall plugs and screws for fitting. You need to drill three small holes in your outside wall to properly secure the light as it is quite heavy with the batteries inside.

Mr Beams LED Spotlight

I do think three chunky D batteries seems a tad excessive for the light, but I’m hoping they last a long time to make it worth it. I haven’t been using the light long enough to comment on battery usage unfortunately, but I will report back in a couple of weeks. I do like that the light doesn’t need to be wired into your electrical supply though, making it super easy to install.

The back garden is a bit of an insane jungle at the moment, so it will be a while before we’re ready to add lights and accessories out there, but here is my garden inspiration board from Pinterest to give you a little bit of an idea of the sort of look we’re going for.

I think the LED Hut spotlight its a great piece of equipment for such a low price and when our back garden is up to scratch and usable I think I’ll be getting another one for out there too!

Loves x xx

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Being a Landlord – Advice To My Future Self

Being A Landlord - Advice For Renting Out Your Home

When we were looking at houses to buy for our first home we had very specific criteria such as wanting a large garden for the dog and lots of space to be able to extend in the future, but I saw some amazing low priced houses sitting on the market for months that just needed a lick of paint and a bit of love to turn them into the perfect home.

Having rented for a lot of years in the surroundings areas to where I live now, I know exactly how lucrative it is to be a landlord based on now knowing actual house prices and mortgage payment rates. The area is rife with students needing somewhere to live during term time and young professionals moving out onto their own for the first time – you can make a killing renting out your house and I think someday I quite fancy being a landlord.

// We were really lucky that we had an amazing landlord for most of the time that we were renting, but we always had problems with letting agents and ultimately we decided to buy a house because we couldn’t stand our letting agents for one second longer. If it was just our landlord I’d probably be living there until I was 50, haha! So my first piece of advice to myself would be to shop around for the best letting agents – not necessarily based on price, but based on level of customer service to myself and my tenants.

// Lots of things got old and worn while we were renting our house and a few things broke over the years. Our landlord was busy raising a family so agreed for us to just replace items as and when and take them with us when we left. It was ideal for us, but when new tenants were looking around the house there was a severe lack of furniture that my landlord would have to shell out for all in one go. So secondly I would make sure I had a home inspection at least once a year to make sure everything was up to scratch in the house.

// Running just one house can bring some huge unexpected bills as we learned just before Christmas when our boiler broke, so owning two houses would be financially quite scary. I would make sure we had proper insurance in place for the very high chance that there was an emergency and something needed replacing. Homelet asked me to share their landlord’s insurance with you guys and they are actually the same company we had our renters insurance with when were renting. The fact that they have specific packages for landlords and renters makes me feel like they understand exactly what you would need if something went wrong. See their policies at

// I think a looked after home encourages the tenants to take more care of the house as if it was their own so I would make sure the place was furnished well and decorated nicely rather than just as cheap as possible. IKEA has some great pieces for a really reasonable price so there’s really no excuse for old stained furniture in a rented home. I would want the house to have personality and feel homely so it always got snapped up really quickly by new tenants.

// Finally and perhaps most importantly I would always, always, always keep an inventory and take photos on move in day – whether I was a landlord or a tenant. This is such an important step when renting, but one that is so often overlooked because people can’t be bothered. Trust me when I say it will bite you in the ass when your tenants come to leave!

I’m even more excited at the idea of being a landlord someday after writing my ideas down instead of having them in my head, haha! I think I might have a little browse on RightMove
Loves x xx

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