Garden Makeover Reveal: Money Supermarket Balance Transfer Your Life

Money-Supermarket-Garden-Makeover-A sunny Saturday morning in Staffordshire, June 28th…

I can’t tell you how excited I am about this garden makeover reveal, how amazing it was to work with Money Supermarket on this project to ‘balance transfer your life’ or rather the life of someone very special to me. The medium is the message here, so I am keeping words to a minimum. This was an amazing garden transformation in just a day and the video captures it so well I just grinned watching it, and had a little cry too.  It really is incredible what happens when people work together to clear a job that has been hanging over someone’s head for years, and the best bit is you could nominate someone for this to happen to, more on that later….check this out:



Could you nominate someone for a ‘Balance Transfer Your Life’ project?

Watched this and feel inspired? Anyone can nominate someone for Balance Transfer Your Life. Money Supermarket know all about the burden of the to do list….

When life gets hectic, your mind can become burdened, and it’s easy to let your to-do list build and build. Whether it’s fixing your car or organising a present for your mum, all the little jobs add up, and they can begin to feel like a debt.

It is the same for money and life; a simple credit card balance transfer can take the weight off your shoulders, but we often put off clearing a financial debt too.

If you know someone who deserves a little happiness and peace of mind, then Money Supermarket would love to help them tick off a meaningful task from their to-do list. Simply tweet @MoneySupermkt using #BTYL and let them know who you think should win and why. We’ll choose the most deserving person, and draft in the relevant experts to get the job done (in style). Pop over to Money Supermarket to get more inspiration and see the Terms and Conditions, competition closes 30th August.


About Philips Oakes White Garden Design


Philllipa Oakes White trained in garden design at Reaseheath. Pip is incredible, a real force of creativity and direction, but also strength. She didn’t stop shovelling and digging all day and made it look easy. After working with Pip I immediately decided to ask her to redesign our garden this summer, so I can’t wait to share that with you too.


The hammock

Wayfair UK supplied the hammock, such a great addition to the space and one the children especially loved. We used a wooden post and a tree to hold it up, so even if you don’t have two trees at the right spacing you can still consider one as part of a garden design. As soon as it went up the kids were in it and stayed in chatting, swinging and playing for most of the day.



Sinking a trampoline

Sinking a trampoline – well worth it to lose the ugly frame and keep the shape of the garden.  It helped that this one was sunk into the space of an old sandpit, which reduced digging slightly. Sadly the trampoline wasn’t quite ready for a bounce at the end of the day, stringing took all afternoon and was a labour of love without the right tools handy. But Annmarie tells me it is in place now and the kids are loving it.



Need some tips on knocking things off your to do list?

You might like this post, I’ve been using the urgent-important matrix recently to better prioritise my time and have found knocking things of my to do list that have been hanging around really makes a difference to my ability to think clearly.

Helps if you can team up with others though, as we discovered. Even if it is a job you have to do on your own, if you team up with a friend and check in with each other on your progress, it can really help.


There were still plants to go in when the fantastic film crew from Captive North had to leave, but with phase one of the garden now complete, I think it’s going to be a great summer for Annmarie and the cousins.

What do you think to the garden? What would you like to knock off your to do list?



  1. babybudgeting
    13/07/2015 / 10:47 am

    Love love love this watch out Ground force!!!!

    • A Residence
      13/07/2015 / 12:23 pm

      he he!

    • A Residence
      13/07/2015 / 12:24 pm

      Mine is next and I made myself a bit ill this day, but I would love a garden party with you Joanne!

  2. 13/07/2015 / 1:23 pm

    Oh this is amazing, what a gorgeous garden! I love the sunken trampoline.

  3. Jen Stanbrook
    13/07/2015 / 1:31 pm

    What a great idea, and a fabulous makeover too. Love that hammock. x

  4. 13/07/2015 / 2:22 pm

    What a wonderful video and what a transformation. It’s lovely to see how much can be achieved when everyone gets together and helps x

  5. 13/07/2015 / 7:12 pm

    Ah what a fabulous thing to do Penny! Love the video

  6. 13/07/2015 / 7:36 pm

    What a great thing to be part of. How amazing and what a difference.

  7. 13/07/2015 / 8:16 pm

    What a gorgeous post – and it is so lovely to hear the compassion of other human beings to each other. I have been thinking about sinking the trampoline myself – off to look into this further.

  8. Michelle Twin Mum
    13/07/2015 / 8:37 pm

    Oh how fabulous Penny, a sunken trampoline is a wonderful adidtion. Mich x

  9. 13/07/2015 / 9:52 pm

    What a great transformation – and you are a natural on camera !

  10. 14/07/2015 / 6:34 am

    What a great project! And what fab results too. Well done everyone

  11. 14/07/2015 / 7:16 am

    that looks amazing, well done!

  12. Cass@FrugalFamily
    14/07/2015 / 6:19 pm

    What an amazing project – I love the idea behind this x

  13. 15/07/2015 / 9:29 pm

    i used to have a hammock in our old house, right by the pond. no trees though two whacking big wooden post did the job. love the idea of sinking the trampoline.

  14. 17/07/2015 / 10:23 am

    Wow Penny, it looks fab, and i LOVE the idea of sinking the trampoline!!

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