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It's our first Chinese New Year at Norfolk Avenue, usually all the family gather round for the biggest feast of your life but this year, it's just the two of us so I'll be sharing with you how we will be celebrating this year. But first, let me give you a brief overview of Chinese New Year, what it means and how you can get involved too!

Chinese New Year usually lasts for around 2 weeks and we celebrate the beginning of spring/ the day the new moon appears. This celebration is over 5,000 years old and is celebrated all across Asia, not just in China.


What is the zodiac animal this year?

The Ox has traits of strength, reliability, fairness and conscientiousness, as well as inspiring confidence in others.

This means those born in the year of the Ox - 2021 as well as 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009 also share these traits - according to the Qin legend.

They are also thought to be calm, patient, methodical and trustworthy - although also very opinionated, strong-willed and potentially stubborn.


What's your animal sign?

Source: https://www.travelchinaguide.com/intro/chinese-zodiac-years-chart.htm


Find out more about what your chinese zodiac means and what you can expect to happen in 2021, according to experts. Click Here.


What can you do to get involved?

Before the celebrations, you can deep clean your home, this is to get rid of any 'bad luck' before the new year starts! Let's get hinchin'!


Wear red & decorate your home. Adding hints of red around the home will brighten it all up. Red is considered the luckiest colour and if you want to attract it, wear it!


Kind deeds. All families celebrating will remind themselves to be kind and grateful. This might include donating clothes, toys or money to charity, preparing a meal for a neighbour, volunteering. During lockdown, these might be hard but it's something you can do when lockdown eases.


And the best tradition is EATING! You can prepare some simple and different dishes for Chinese new year like steamed dumplings, duck and pancakes or even red rice (fried rice with red colouring)

What greetings can I say to my friends/ family?

Here are a few options that you can copy:)


恭喜發財 - Gong Hei Fat Choy - This is the most common blessing


祝您新年快乐,身体健康 - Happy New Year & Wish you Good Health


年年有余 - Wish you luck year after year


新年快乐, 阖家幸福 - Happy New Year & Happy Family


新年快乐,万事如意 - Happy New Year & Hope you get everything you wish for


恭喜发财 - Wish you prosperity


新年快乐, 大吉大利 - Happy New Year & Wish you well in business


学业有成 - Wish you well in your studies this year


I have also collaborated with a few companies to celebrate Chinese New Year!

Check out these Limited Edition home fragrances by Annie Violet in Mandarin & Bamboo. Use my code NORFOLK10 for 10% off here.




These beautiful prints are from IamFy! They have a whole range of Far East Prints which would suit any room if you want to add a little bit of oriental. All their prints come in the frame and it's so easy to just unpack and hang!



Thank you so much for reading my blog :) And 恭喜發財 - Gong Her Fat Choi!


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Updated: Feb 5

I am so excited to have received the new Lupe Pure Cordless Vacuum Cleaner. It came so beautifully packaged and it was so easy to assemble too.




After owning many different vacuums in the past, the Lupe Technology vacuum is the best one I have ever owned. It's no surprise though, the Pure Cordless has been in development for over 5 years. The two owners based in Bristol, UK have worked hard in identifying the issues in the industry and then improving them. Do you also find your current vacuum lacks performance and longevity?


All the features you want in a vacuum can be found on the Lupe Pure Cordless. Let me tell you what they are:


1. The vacuum can sit upright and you don't need to lean it on walls or drill any attachments to store it (god knows how many times my current vacuum has fallen down and scratched my walls!)


Even when you put it in carry mode, it still sits upright. The carry mode is perfect for those hard to reach areas and stairs as it's lightweight and also has a 2m reach in reach mode.

2. With its 1 litre bin capacity, it is still much more lightweight as the bulk of the vacuum sits lower whereas most hand held vacuums the main dust compartment sits at the top which can make those dreaded chores feel even more draining.




3. It has a versatile two brush head design; a soft roller and a brush roller, these are also very easy to remove too. The two brush design is amazing for picking up larger debris (and very small debris) and has the ability to work on both carpet and hard floor without needing to change settings.




4. The soft roller sits straight on the floor with no gaps (compared to a standard brush roller) which allows it to pick up the debris alot more efficiently and is more powerful too.




5. The battery is removeable which makes it easy to replace. It delivers up to 60 minutes of powerful cleaning from one charge and the LEDs at the front show how much charge is left. Lupe Technology have all their spare parts on their website and it's as easy as adding bananas to your basket.

You can check out and purchase your very own Lupe Technology here (affiliate programme) There's only one hoover you'll ever need and it's this one right here!


Thank you for reading :)


This item was gifted to me and the reviews are my own.



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Renovating is so hard but think of the end... The best bit is deciding on the finishing touches and adding your own little conveniences around the house. I wanted to share with you what we got and why they've made a difference to us!


1. ProofVision In-Wall Electric Toothbrush Charger with shaver socket. We got this installed in our ensuite and it has been amazing! It's made such a difference just popping it on charge instead of digging out the charger from my drawers. You can purchase the item from Kinchito. I posted this to my Tik Tok and it had over 430,000 views, I then got a message from the ladies at Kinchito to say that they will be expanding to the US because of how viral the video went!



2. Shower Niche. When we were renovating the ensuite, we decided to build a shower niche so we didn't have to buy any additional attachments to utilise the space. This makes our shower look so slick and tidy.





3. USB charger in the kitchen Island. I never knew how convenient it would be to add a plug socket on our island. It makes it so easy to plug in my hand mixer and stay in the same spot. I can also charge my phone or ipad if I am eating on the island too!





4. Puriti Filter Tap. This was one of the best decisions, we got our 3 way tap from Caple which is a Bristol based company. We used to have a water filter jug but this has changed our lives! It is so good to just go to the tap and have drinking water at the ready!



5. Water Softener that fits in the cupboard. We got ours from Water2Buy As we are in a hard water area, a water softener was a must for us. A water softener removes the minerals such as calcium and magnesium that causes the water to become hard. Hard water is also known to clog pipes, dissolve soap and creates limescale build up. With a water softener, we save money long term and reap the benefits too!


You can check how hard your water is here


You can also read more about pros of having a water softener here



Thank you for reading! Please do share with me if there's anything you've done in your homes that you would not be able to live without now!


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