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Norfolk natural living eco cleaning products review
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Many of us including myself have become more conscience of the environment, and have started making changes to our shopping and cleaning habits, whether that be recycling, choosing brands with less or recycled packaging or swapping to more eco conscious brands that bypass harsh chemicals, for natural ingredients that are kinder to the environment and ourselves. 

That's where Norfolk Natural Living  come in, inspired by the Norfolk terrain, of countryside and coast, they are passionate about halting the damage of harmful chemicals entering our waterways, by designing these natural eco products.

Norfolk Natural Living products include, products for cleaning your home, caring for your clothes, gifts and pet care. 
Their promise to the environment includes ;
Using PET refillable packaging  
Sourcing local ingredients 
no use of chlorine or bleach
Using plant based ingredients
Using no parabens or other artificial additives
Creating concentrated formulas so you don't need to much
Encouraging customers to refill their products
Never testing on animals 

I have been testing out two products from the range, the multi surface spray and the pet bed refresher.

Multi surface spray is perfect for surfaces all round the home, from your countertops, flooring, and tables. I've used it to clean my kitchen, dining, living room and bedroom, if you have a surface to clean you can use this spray. The spray is made from natural ingredients and has a fresh natural sea salt scent, which I love. This doesn't smell artificial or chemically, and is packaged in PET recycled packaging. All the active ingredients are derived from natural products and a full list can be found online.

Norfolk natural living eco cleaning products review

Pet bed refresher spray if you have a pet you will know that the little darlings can leave their own unique fragrance on their beds, blankets, cushions and your sofa. As much as I love Ernie our black lab, I don't love that funky smell he leaves anywhere he's been sleeping. This spray is made from natural ingredients making it safe for our pets, this spray refreshes and is antibacterial.

Your dog will feel even more comfortable in their bed thanks to the soothing Witch Hazel in our unique formula. Not only does it actively tackle odour-causing bacteria, it also soothes itchy or dry skin for your dog.  

The spray has a botanical lavender scent, which is light and refreshing.

Norfolk natural living eco cleaning products review

I have loved trying these products and it has really made me think about the chemicals I use in my home.
Are you trying to be more eco friendly when shopping for products?



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Norfolk natural living eco cleaning products review

Norfolk natural living eco cleaning products review
Gifted products


Many of us including myself have become more conscience of the environment, and have started making changes to our shopping and cleaning habits, whether that be recycling, choosing brands with less or recycled packaging or swapping to more eco conscious brands that bypass harsh chemicals, for natural ingredients that are kinder to the environment and ourselves. 

That's where Norfolk Natural Living  come in, inspired by the Norfolk terrain, of countryside and coast, they are passionate about halting the damage of harmful chemicals entering our waterways, by designing these natural eco products.

Norfolk Natural Living products include, products for cleaning your home, caring for your clothes, gifts and pet care. 
Their promise to the environment includes ;
Using PET refillable packaging  
Sourcing local ingredients 
no use of chlorine or bleach
Using plant based ingredients
Using no parabens or other artificial additives
Creating concentrated formulas so you don't need to much
Encouraging customers to refill their products
Never testing on animals 

I have been testing out two products from the range, the multi surface spray and the pet bed refresher.

Multi surface spray is perfect for surfaces all round the home, from your countertops, flooring, and tables. I've used it to clean my kitchen, dining, living room and bedroom, if you have a surface to clean you can use this spray. The spray is made from natural ingredients and has a fresh natural sea salt scent, which I love. This doesn't smell artificial or chemically, and is packaged in PET recycled packaging. All the active ingredients are derived from natural products and a full list can be found online.

Norfolk natural living eco cleaning products review

Pet bed refresher spray if you have a pet you will know that the little darlings can leave their own unique fragrance on their beds, blankets, cushions and your sofa. As much as I love Ernie our black lab, I don't love that funky smell he leaves anywhere he's been sleeping. This spray is made from natural ingredients making it safe for our pets, this spray refreshes and is antibacterial.

Your dog will feel even more comfortable in their bed thanks to the soothing Witch Hazel in our unique formula. Not only does it actively tackle odour-causing bacteria, it also soothes itchy or dry skin for your dog.  

The spray has a botanical lavender scent, which is light and refreshing.

Norfolk natural living eco cleaning products review

I have loved trying these products and it has really made me think about the chemicals I use in my home.
Are you trying to be more eco friendly when shopping for products?



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Kate's Closet


If you have followed me for a while, you would of noticed things have changed a lot around these parts, and for that reason I have lost some followers, but I guess that goes with change, people move on and that's fine.

Kate's Closet used to be predominantly fashion based, with beauty and lifestyle thrown in, now days it's more heavily lifestyle and reading including some interiors. I still talk beauty and fashion, but the fashion element has become smaller. That's for a few reasons really, but mainly my health, I still love fashion and always will, but when I am ill, and or in pain, I really don't give a crap about how I look, and I certainly don't want to be photographed. 

You may have seen a few health related posts on here, but if you haven't being diagnosed with a second chronic illness is a post where I discuss where I'm at right now. Further to that I am waiting to see a specialist who hopefully can shed some light on my condition and offer more effective treatment. So fingers crossed I may be back with more fashion content one day. Until then I am enjoying sharing more lifestyle based posts, as well as what I've been reading, and if I'm lucky enough to get away for a few days, some travel posts too.

I hope to further grow Kate's Closet, as writing here has always been a therapy for me and I'm not sure what I would do without it. I'm not sure exactly what lays ahead for my blog content wise, but I'm hoping you will stick around to find out. 
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Things have changed around here, what's going on with Kate's Closet


Kate's Closet


If you have followed me for a while, you would of noticed things have changed a lot around these parts, and for that reason I have lost some followers, but I guess that goes with change, people move on and that's fine.

Kate's Closet used to be predominantly fashion based, with beauty and lifestyle thrown in, now days it's more heavily lifestyle and reading including some interiors. I still talk beauty and fashion, but the fashion element has become smaller. That's for a few reasons really, but mainly my health, I still love fashion and always will, but when I am ill, and or in pain, I really don't give a crap about how I look, and I certainly don't want to be photographed. 

You may have seen a few health related posts on here, but if you haven't being diagnosed with a second chronic illness is a post where I discuss where I'm at right now. Further to that I am waiting to see a specialist who hopefully can shed some light on my condition and offer more effective treatment. So fingers crossed I may be back with more fashion content one day. Until then I am enjoying sharing more lifestyle based posts, as well as what I've been reading, and if I'm lucky enough to get away for a few days, some travel posts too.

I hope to further grow Kate's Closet, as writing here has always been a therapy for me and I'm not sure what I would do without it. I'm not sure exactly what lays ahead for my blog content wise, but I'm hoping you will stick around to find out. 
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What I read in July

July has been a funny month for my reading challenge, well not funny, just not very accomplished, not cause I haven't been reading, cause I have, just that one of the books I read was a bloody whopper, meaning I only managed to complete three books in July.

I may only of read three books, but that have been hugely diverse, and all of them have made me think, in some way or another, which I think makes a good book.


The Priory of the Orange tree - Samantha Shannon ⭐⭐⭐⭐

This is the aforementioned whopper, I must admit I did at times struggle with reading such a big book, I'm used to breezing through books in 2/3 days. This took me 3 weeks !!!
The Priory of the Orange Tree, is an epic tale, its true fantasy with a feminist twist. The story is set in in a divided land, where East and West refuse to parley. In the Queendom of Inys, Queen Sabran is reluctant to meet the expectation of marrying and producing a female air, but must fulfil her duties to keep peace in the land and to keep the Nameless one from rising. While in the East, dragon riders train for the day when the fire breathers will rise again. Both East and West have a common enemy, yet are divided by religion and hearsay.
Read my full review here

The Light Keeper - Cole Moreton ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Gifted in exchange for a review, Trigger warning suicide.
The Light Keeper, follows the story of Sarah and Jack, a couple devastated by infertility, Sarah needs to get away and goes to the coast, beachy head to get away, to think. Jack followers her expecting the worst. Gabe is the light keeper and lives alone and wrapped in grief after the loss of Ri. Somehow Sarah and Gabe find each other, and there personal stories unravel, bringing them to the point they are at now. We learn about the loss both have endured in their lives, and that Jack isn't all that he seems, all with the backdrop of the desperate that come to beachy head and those who try to "save them" 
A compelling and emotional read, that really made me think.

The Beekeeper's Promise - Fiona Valpy ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

I absolutely adored this book, being historical its my favourite genre. I love stories set in the past, and learning what life was like.
The Beekeeper's promise, travels between Elaine in 1940's France during the German occupation, with the courageous stories of resistance, and 2017 and Abi, who travels to France to a yoga retreat and ends up helping at at a wedding business at the very Chateaux the same war story takes place. Abi is recovering from a dreadful accident and the trauma of losing her husband, whom we discover as the story goes on, was an abusive man. She finds strength in the stories of the past, of Elaine and her family and the events that shaped their lives during those terrible war years, and the courage and bravery of the young women, back in those darks times.
A beautifully written story, I really cared about the characters and learnt a lot about France in the war years, 100% recommend.

I hope you enjoyed my reading roundup, if you have missed any of my other book posts, just click on my reading category at the top of the page.

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What I read in July



What I read in July

July has been a funny month for my reading challenge, well not funny, just not very accomplished, not cause I haven't been reading, cause I have, just that one of the books I read was a bloody whopper, meaning I only managed to complete three books in July.

I may only of read three books, but that have been hugely diverse, and all of them have made me think, in some way or another, which I think makes a good book.


The Priory of the Orange tree - Samantha Shannon ⭐⭐⭐⭐

This is the aforementioned whopper, I must admit I did at times struggle with reading such a big book, I'm used to breezing through books in 2/3 days. This took me 3 weeks !!!
The Priory of the Orange Tree, is an epic tale, its true fantasy with a feminist twist. The story is set in in a divided land, where East and West refuse to parley. In the Queendom of Inys, Queen Sabran is reluctant to meet the expectation of marrying and producing a female air, but must fulfil her duties to keep peace in the land and to keep the Nameless one from rising. While in the East, dragon riders train for the day when the fire breathers will rise again. Both East and West have a common enemy, yet are divided by religion and hearsay.
Read my full review here

The Light Keeper - Cole Moreton ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Gifted in exchange for a review, Trigger warning suicide.
The Light Keeper, follows the story of Sarah and Jack, a couple devastated by infertility, Sarah needs to get away and goes to the coast, beachy head to get away, to think. Jack followers her expecting the worst. Gabe is the light keeper and lives alone and wrapped in grief after the loss of Ri. Somehow Sarah and Gabe find each other, and there personal stories unravel, bringing them to the point they are at now. We learn about the loss both have endured in their lives, and that Jack isn't all that he seems, all with the backdrop of the desperate that come to beachy head and those who try to "save them" 
A compelling and emotional read, that really made me think.

The Beekeeper's Promise - Fiona Valpy ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

I absolutely adored this book, being historical its my favourite genre. I love stories set in the past, and learning what life was like.
The Beekeeper's promise, travels between Elaine in 1940's France during the German occupation, with the courageous stories of resistance, and 2017 and Abi, who travels to France to a yoga retreat and ends up helping at at a wedding business at the very Chateaux the same war story takes place. Abi is recovering from a dreadful accident and the trauma of losing her husband, whom we discover as the story goes on, was an abusive man. She finds strength in the stories of the past, of Elaine and her family and the events that shaped their lives during those terrible war years, and the courage and bravery of the young women, back in those darks times.
A beautifully written story, I really cared about the characters and learnt a lot about France in the war years, 100% recommend.

I hope you enjoyed my reading roundup, if you have missed any of my other book posts, just click on my reading category at the top of the page.

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This months what I loved in features not only clothing and beauty but also a few interiors purchases, as this month I have bought a few bits for my home that I am obsessed with.


Interiors

Like I said before I've been buying some bits for my home this month, but as always its been on a budget, you won't find anything stupidly expensive in my house.

First up is a faux banana plant and basket picked up in B&M, we had a brand new store open where I live a couple of weeks ago an I'm obsessed, but who can blame me when you can pick up bargains like this.
Plant £15 - basket £6

I also had to have this Fisherman light pendant from Iconic lighting for my pink hallway. I love it, an inexpensive light shade that's really added to my room.


£15 Iconic lighting

 Also for the living room I picked up some cushion covers from h&m home, somewhere I must admit I've not shopped before. I am so happy with the cushion covers they freshen up my sofa and add a little pattern to my room.

cushion cover £3.99 each except pom pom cushion from Next

Fashion

This months fashion favourite has been those must have h&m leopard print culottes, they are  just perfect for casual summer dressing.

Beauty

When I have worn makeup in July, the days when it's hasn't been hotter than hell, I've reached for my Bare Minerals foundation, and my Naked 3 palette. The foundation works a dream at making my oily skin look "normal" and the palette is just easy to wear summer makeup.


 

What have you loved this month?

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What I Loved in July




This months what I loved in features not only clothing and beauty but also a few interiors purchases, as this month I have bought a few bits for my home that I am obsessed with.


Interiors

Like I said before I've been buying some bits for my home this month, but as always its been on a budget, you won't find anything stupidly expensive in my house.

First up is a faux banana plant and basket picked up in B&M, we had a brand new store open where I live a couple of weeks ago an I'm obsessed, but who can blame me when you can pick up bargains like this.
Plant £15 - basket £6

I also had to have this Fisherman light pendant from Iconic lighting for my pink hallway. I love it, an inexpensive light shade that's really added to my room.


£15 Iconic lighting

 Also for the living room I picked up some cushion covers from h&m home, somewhere I must admit I've not shopped before. I am so happy with the cushion covers they freshen up my sofa and add a little pattern to my room.

cushion cover £3.99 each except pom pom cushion from Next

Fashion

This months fashion favourite has been those must have h&m leopard print culottes, they are  just perfect for casual summer dressing.

Beauty

When I have worn makeup in July, the days when it's hasn't been hotter than hell, I've reached for my Bare Minerals foundation, and my Naked 3 palette. The foundation works a dream at making my oily skin look "normal" and the palette is just easy to wear summer makeup.


 

What have you loved this month?

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Mål Paper daily goal setter review
Gifted product

If like me, you are a planner, a list maker, a note taker, someone who writes for pleasure, who likes to remember what happened, remember the details of that day, as well as plan ahead for the coming days, weeks, months, then this daily goal setter will be right up your street.

Mål Paper daily goal setter review

The daily goal setter, has a faux PU leather softback cover, 100gsm ivory paper, 2 ribbon dividers and comes in black, pink and grey.
The daily goal planner, is perfect for setting daily, weekly and monthly goals, for keeping track of appointments and events, and for reflection and thoughts. 
The Planner feels good quality the paper is heavy weight so your notes don't bleed through on to the next page, yet it's know bigger than an ordinary diary so perfect for popping in your bag, when at work or out and about.

Mål Paper daily goal setter review

I love a planner, so this will get well used, if you fancy one for yourself visit the Mål Paper website. 


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Mål Paper daily goal setter review




Mål Paper daily goal setter review
Gifted product

If like me, you are a planner, a list maker, a note taker, someone who writes for pleasure, who likes to remember what happened, remember the details of that day, as well as plan ahead for the coming days, weeks, months, then this daily goal setter will be right up your street.

Mål Paper daily goal setter review

The daily goal setter, has a faux PU leather softback cover, 100gsm ivory paper, 2 ribbon dividers and comes in black, pink and grey.
The daily goal planner, is perfect for setting daily, weekly and monthly goals, for keeping track of appointments and events, and for reflection and thoughts. 
The Planner feels good quality the paper is heavy weight so your notes don't bleed through on to the next page, yet it's know bigger than an ordinary diary so perfect for popping in your bag, when at work or out and about.

Mål Paper daily goal setter review

I love a planner, so this will get well used, if you fancy one for yourself visit the Mål Paper website. 


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7 great DIY repair hacks to try


When moving into our first homes, we could all do with some tips and tricks, for basic repairs, Diy doesn't have to be difficult, here are 7 great hacks anyone can do.

Unblock a blocked toilet with hot water

Plumbers are commonly called out to unblock toilets, but in many cases this is an easy DIY fix. If a plunger doesn’t work, there could be another solution other than getting your hands dirty – pouring boiling water down the toilet can often be enough to break up the blockage. Simply boil water in a large pan or kettle and pour it into the toilet bowl. I have done this plenty of times it works and costs nothing.

Stop squeaky floorboards with talcum powder

Squeaky floorboards are usually the result of two boards rubbing against one another. By sprinkling a dry lubricant such as talcum powder into the gap between these floorboards it’s sometimes possible to stop the squeak. This could be a lot cheaper and easier than replacing or readjusting the floorboards.

Skip sewing by using glue

A lot of people hate sewing. me included.Fortunately, in many cases fabric glue can be a good alternative. From sealing up rips in curtains and attaching patches onto ripped jackets, there are many ways in which you can use glue. You could try looking into hot melt glue guns for easy application of this glue. Glue guns can also be used for many other repair tasks involving everything from glass to wood. I love my glue gun, so quick and easy to use, and requires no skill, which is perfect for me!

Fill nail holes with a crayon

When removing nails from walls, you’re often left with a gaping hole. An easy hack for filling these holes could be to rub over the hole with a crayon. If you’ve got kids, you may already have a box of multi-coloured crayons available to use allowing you to match the existing paint scheme. This could save you the money of having to buy a wax filler stick.

Remove car scuff marks with toothpaste

Car scuff marks and small scratches needn’t require calling a mechanic to fix up. It may be possible to get rid of these marks by applying toothpaste and rubbing gently with a damp cloth. This works because toothpaste is slightly abrasive.

Clean a showerhead with vinegar

Showerheads can sometimes get blocked with limescale. There are special chemicals on the market that you can buy to soak showerheads in and remove this limescale – however this could be a waste of money, not to mention bad for the environment. consider just using household white vinegar. Ideally you should soak the showerhead in bucket of vinegar for an hour. Afterwards, rinse and scrub it and the limescale should come straight off. Vinegar is so good for cleaning and costs hardly anything.

Use tape to create neat sealant lines


When sealing up cracks and joints with cracks, around the tub, a lot of DIYers tend to end up with messy caulk, sealant lines. For a smooth and even seal, a good trick could be to apply bathroom tape either side of the crack that you’re caulking. When you remove the tape, you’ll be left with straight caulk lines that will help to make your work look professional. 

Do you have any DIY hacks to share? let me know in the comments.

This post is a collaboration 

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7 great DIY repair hacks to try


When moving into our first homes, we could all do with some tips and tricks, for basic repairs, Diy doesn't have to be difficult, here are 7 great hacks anyone can do.

Unblock a blocked toilet with hot water

Plumbers are commonly called out to unblock toilets, but in many cases this is an easy DIY fix. If a plunger doesn’t work, there could be another solution other than getting your hands dirty – pouring boiling water down the toilet can often be enough to break up the blockage. Simply boil water in a large pan or kettle and pour it into the toilet bowl. I have done this plenty of times it works and costs nothing.

Stop squeaky floorboards with talcum powder

Squeaky floorboards are usually the result of two boards rubbing against one another. By sprinkling a dry lubricant such as talcum powder into the gap between these floorboards it’s sometimes possible to stop the squeak. This could be a lot cheaper and easier than replacing or readjusting the floorboards.

Skip sewing by using glue

A lot of people hate sewing. me included.Fortunately, in many cases fabric glue can be a good alternative. From sealing up rips in curtains and attaching patches onto ripped jackets, there are many ways in which you can use glue. You could try looking into hot melt glue guns for easy application of this glue. Glue guns can also be used for many other repair tasks involving everything from glass to wood. I love my glue gun, so quick and easy to use, and requires no skill, which is perfect for me!

Fill nail holes with a crayon

When removing nails from walls, you’re often left with a gaping hole. An easy hack for filling these holes could be to rub over the hole with a crayon. If you’ve got kids, you may already have a box of multi-coloured crayons available to use allowing you to match the existing paint scheme. This could save you the money of having to buy a wax filler stick.

Remove car scuff marks with toothpaste

Car scuff marks and small scratches needn’t require calling a mechanic to fix up. It may be possible to get rid of these marks by applying toothpaste and rubbing gently with a damp cloth. This works because toothpaste is slightly abrasive.

Clean a showerhead with vinegar

Showerheads can sometimes get blocked with limescale. There are special chemicals on the market that you can buy to soak showerheads in and remove this limescale – however this could be a waste of money, not to mention bad for the environment. consider just using household white vinegar. Ideally you should soak the showerhead in bucket of vinegar for an hour. Afterwards, rinse and scrub it and the limescale should come straight off. Vinegar is so good for cleaning and costs hardly anything.

Use tape to create neat sealant lines


When sealing up cracks and joints with cracks, around the tub, a lot of DIYers tend to end up with messy caulk, sealant lines. For a smooth and even seal, a good trick could be to apply bathroom tape either side of the crack that you’re caulking. When you remove the tape, you’ll be left with straight caulk lines that will help to make your work look professional. 

Do you have any DIY hacks to share? let me know in the comments.

This post is a collaboration 

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Before the Broken Star
The Beekeeper's Promise
Days of Blood & Starlight
The Foyles Bookshop Girls
The Light Keeper
Daughter of Smoke & Bone
The Priory of the Orange Tree
The Chocolate Lovers' Diet
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
Beautiful Broken Things
Nobody's Girl
The Flatshare
The Mitford Murders
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
It Felt Like a Kiss
The Muse
The Humans
Call Me By Your Name
Believe Me


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