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Regular readers will know that in the past we have had a lot of upheaval and around Christmas started waking up during the night and beginning the day at 5 am. We then decided to bring in a longer bedtime routine, introducing signals to him so that he had adequate "winding down time" before bed. The TV generally goes off during dinner, he will then get 30 minutes of a calming show before a bath, which is followed by getting into PJs (again without TV) and finally a story or two of his choosing. We also took him out and let him choose his own bedding as before he just had the bedding we had from the hostel, rather too grown up for an almost 4-year-old!

We have come to love bed time (not just because it means peace!) and it has made a noticeable difference, even within a few days and it is rare now that Harry will act up during this routine, although of course there is still the odd time when he will make excuses. Heck, more often than not now Harry tells us when he wants to go to bed!  😉

For me I am lucky enough to be able to nap during the day should the need arise but I prefer getting a good night-time sleep and waking in the morning feeling refreshed. Funnily enough, the husband prefers it when I get a decent night's sleep as well; let's just say it is very noticeable when I haven't.

So, recently I decided to effectively borrow some of the things we have found that have worked with Harry . I now generally read in bed for about 20-30 minutes before settling whereas until recently I would be on social media (Twitter, I am looking at YOU) and/or watching TV until the last-minute. It is only recently that we started using our new, excellent quality bedding that we were gifted for Christmas. Even more recently, I have stopped drink alcohol (I am now fully aware that many of you may have your jaws on your desk at the moment but it really has helped!).

All of these things combined, I truly believe have worked wonders. Our bedroom is still a work in progress in terms of decoration but we have a much clearer idea of the sort of look we want. Aside from the bedding we were given at Christmas, we have had the rest of our bedding for the last five years and it certainly does not match the ideas we have; it is red and brown and we are looking for more neutral, relaxing colours this time. With that in mind I have looked for stylish bedding sets available online.

Whilst I was having a look with a friend, it occurred to us that with white furniture and neutral walls in my own bedroom, perhaps I could have at least one set of bedding to add an injection of colour and we love this cute Lovehearts duvet cover, my husband however, may take a little more persuasion.

So, whilst I am on the hunt for good quality bedding, can you give me any ideas where I might get some at a reasonable price? Or indeed any more tips to help sleep better?

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When you’ve been working hard at the office or at home running around after the kids, you’ll know that there’s nothing like retreating to your room for a few precious minutes of peace and quiet at the end of the day.

By decorating and finishing your bedroom with the right fixtures and fittings, you can easily transform it into the haven of calm that every parent needs.


Painting your walls in a soft neutral tone will instantly change the feel of your room. Anything from white to lavender or grey to blue should do the trick, but leave your ceiling pure white in order to reflect the light and keep the room feeling airy.

If you sometimes need reminding that your children can be little angels, place some framed photos of them smiling nicely on the walls.


As the bed is the focal point of any bedroom, having good quality and well-designed bedding is a must and you’ll find plenty of great options in the range of bedding at Sainsbury’s.

Try to ensure the colours in the design match your walls and other furnishings in order to create minimal visual clutter. If you want to go for a patterned print, smaller patterns always blend in more smoothly than very bold designs.


Like the bedding, the bed itself is a crucial part of the room and when you finally crawl into it at the end of the day you want to be able to breathe a big sigh of relief as you sink into a state of comfort and relaxation.

So don’t just buy the first mattress or bed that you come across; instead, shop around for the right level of firmness, the perfect bedstead and the most comfortable mattress.


Nothing causes more unnecessary stress than clutter, so make sure that you have got enough room in your bedroom to store all of your belongings easily.

If you need a little extra space, look out for under the bed units or even a divan bed with built-in drawers.

Turning your bedroom into the ultimate chill out space is incredibly easy. All you need is a tin of paint, a thorough tidy up, some brand new sheets and in no time your hectic house will feel like the oasis you need.

We hope that you’ve enjoyed this guest post from Sainsbury’s. For more ideas on how you can transform your bedroom, check out the  Sainsbury’s website today.

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