31 December 2016
23 December 2016
I don't know about you lot, but when it comes to New Years Eve I just can't hack the going out stuff any more. All that having to get dressed up, dolled up and actually manage to stay awake until midnight is hard work - especially when you have kids.
As they say, staying in is the new going out and so this year we will be spending our night at home, with the boys and a few friends so we can sing and dance the night away with the company that we love. So I wanted to show you our idea of fun with a list of what my must haves are!
It’s always a worry for parents about who is looking in your home. After all, so many people walk past your property on a daily basis. And they could potentially be looking in and seeing your kids. And for a lot of abductions in the UK, the person actually takes kids from their own home! Therefore, you need to protect your kids so that this doesn’t happen to your family. To ensure strangers stay away, here are some unmissable tips you need to make your home safe for your kids.
22 December 2016
For years now, Cadbury has been well known for helping families celebrate Christmas with their seasonal ranges of chocolate and goodies. I mean, every year I cannot wait until the Cadbury Heroes tubs are released so I can stuff my face with all their lovely chocolate - and maybe share one or two of them too.
And now as Christmas draws near, Cadbury announces its first move into festive fashion with the introduction of a chunky knitted scarf and a winter woolly hat. Both in trademark purple Cadbury colour, these must-have accessories come with hidden compartments including a scarf with deep 18cm pockets that can conceal even the most pleasurable of Secret Santa presents
The new year is now just around the corner - it's hard to believe we are almost into 2017! The year goes by so fast and before we know it, Christmas is over and we're already back to work. This can be pretty disheartening, but the start of a new year doesn't always mean doom and gloom. It is also a great time to make new plans and to set new challenges for yourself.
Most of us make at least one New Year's resolution and they can give us the motivation to pursue something for the rest of the year. If you're struggling to think of a resolution to make this year, why not look to your home for inspiration? Unless you've just literally had a remodel, everyone's house could do with a little TLC. Take advantage of the January sales and make the new year the time to do it.
16 December 2016
As a blogger, there are many times that I need to print things out, copy sheets and scan leaflets, so that I can get all of my posts written up, as well as doing a lot of the work behind the scenes to make sure everything runs smoothly.
When I had the chance to review the Epson EcoTank ET-3600 I couldn't wait to give it a go as it meant that I could do all of this with one machine, and the fact that it uses less ink was a plus for me.
15 December 2016
The countdown has already started, and every single shop is playing Christmas carols - to be fair to them, most shops had started months ago with the carols, but you would have surely noticed. Yet sometimes looking at the calendar is not enough to feel excited about Christmas and get into the festive spirit.
But don’t despair: You are not on your own here. Many individuals are too stressed to probably give in to the Christmas spirit. Who can blame you? There’s still a lot of shopping, racing against time, and last-minute work projects to do before you can sit down enjoy your traditional sprouts and bread sauce. Here are a few tips though to help you get into the spirit before it’s too late. After all, it would be a real pity if you couldn’t enjoy Christmas!
You stand to make a lot of money from selling your home, but if you’re unprepared, don’t expect to get the cash in your hand just yet. A lot of people dive into selling without the right preparation. Which means they’re going to be dealing with a lot of busy work before anything can be finalised. You want the sale of the home to be as quick and painless as possible, right? Here’s how you turn the odds of that possibility in your favour.
With autumn in full swing and winter just around the corner, there's nothing better than a cosy night in with the whole family enjoying fun and games. Last month, The Entertainer sent us a box full of goodies for a Games Night In with all the necessities for a fun evening together.
We opened up the box and inside was the oh so funny game Gooey Louie as well as a whole assortment of treats for the kids to enjoy during our games night in.
14 December 2016
It’s such an exciting time when you find out you are having another baby. After all, you are growing your family which is amazing. And your children can’t wait to have a new sibling to play with. However, it’s always a good idea to update your home when a new baby is coming along. After all, you don’t always have the space for another little one straight away. So you need to free up space, so there is room for the new baby. But you don’t always have the funds to do it, especially with the costs of another child on the way. Therefore, here are some home improvements to make when growing your family, and ways to afford them.
As you think about the design for your home, you’re probably thinking about the overall look and feel that you want to achieve. When you have that in mind, you want to try your hardest to get every part of the design process to live up to what you’ve envisioned. Sometimes, it can be hard to make everything stick, and you end up with a space that isn’t quite right.
When that happens, you need to take a step back and think about what you can do to put it right. At times like this, more often than not, you can do a lot by changing just a little. It’s the same with upgrading your current space. You may not want to undergo a complete redecorating process, but small changes can help you out.
I love clothing for the boys that are different. I don't particularly like to stick to the rules when it comes to clothing and so they regularly wear leggings and even onesies. I think it's great to give them a sense of style from a young age. To let them pick their own clothes and to stand out from the crowd.
When I was introduced to Rockabye Originals, I was in awe of their designs and couldn't wait for our parcel to arrive so I could kit the boys out in some new threads.
13 December 2016
As a parent, I don't always have time to go scouring the net to find people and services I need. Take photographing for instance. It's hard trying to find someone local, never mind someone who suits your budget and what you want with the photos.
People have different ideas and so it's great when you finally find that photographer who sees what you see and understands exactly what you want and when you want it.
So, because I've been looking for someone to photograph the kids and was getting no where, I took to Bidvine - which is a website you can use to hire local, trusted service professionals and it's ridiculously simple to use.
For parents, letting our children play outside is a big thing, and understanding playground safety is important. Did you know that 40,000 children injure themselves on playgrounds each and every year? Despite this, there are many reasons kids should play outdoors, from improving their physical health to boosting their mental capacity through problem solving and social skills.
To keep your children safe at playgrounds and facilities, Infinite Playgrounds, providers of playground design and natural play areas, have designed a handy checklist to make sure you know exactly what it's like when you arrive there.
As a homeowner, you have a valuable asset. Investing in bricks and mortar is often one of the best ways to protect your future, and boost the value of your estate in the long-term. Buying a house can often make financial sense, but there are usually things you can do to grow your assets. If you’re searching for ways to enhance the value of your home, here are some renovations that are always the hassle.
Nowadays, there’s a growing market for properties that offer spacious living areas. If you extend your home, you open yourselves up to a larger market, and you can make your home stand out from the crowd. Extending is also a great way of adapting your home to suit the changing needs of your family. If you’re preparing to welcome a new baby, for example, you don’t always have to consider moving. A single or double-storey extension could provide you with the extra space you require. The profit you could make by adding an extension will vary depending on the build cost, and the sale price. It’s always beneficial to get a number of quotes from building firms before you make a decision and to ask estate agents to estimate the difference an extension could make.
It's not often that I get new things for myself. I mean, the kids always seem to need something new so I end up bottom of the pile. So when I got the chance to receive a very new pair of ladies boots from Brantano for myself, I jumped at the chance.
After much searching around their site, and changing my mind too many times to count, I eventually settled on the Emilio Luca X Charlie Boots in taupe.
12 December 2016
When looking for Christmas gifts for children, I always like to add an educational aspect to them. Yeah, there are so many fun toys and gifts for children, but if they give an helping hand in teaching and helping children learn new things, then I'm all for it.
So today I am showing off what is on the market in my Educational Christmas Gifts for Children feature...
11 December 2016
Now that T is getting a little older, he like to pick out his own clothing and pick stylish items rather than the bright patterns and funky slogans that his younger siblings go for. He loves animals though and so when Mountain Warehouse got in touch about their new kids collaboration with adventurer and explorer, Steve Backshall, I knew their clothing would be something that he would lobe to wear.
Following the success of the first collection for SS16, Steve is back with a second range for AW16. For children aged between 7-13 years, the collection has been made with the aim to encourage kids back outside and capture the spirit of adventure through design and functionality.
10 December 2016
After our long day enjoying ourselves in Liverpool, we were ready for a feast and so off we ventured to TriBeCa for a family meal. TriBeCa is a New York inspired bar and pizzeria that offers a selection of unique handmade pizzas that cater for every taste.
This was a place that we couldn't wait to visit as all of the boys love pizzas - even T, the fussiest of all. Located about a 5 minute walk from Liverpool Lime Street, TriBeCa is just off the way from the hustle and bustle of the centre and so has a much more relaxed atmosphere.
After our lovely evening in Liverpool, and spending the morning shopping and playing on the rides, we had tickets booked for DreamWorks Lights and so off we popped to St Georges Hall to see them in all of their glory.
In this UK first, St George’s Hall welcomes DreamWorks Lights - a stunning walkthrough lantern experience for all ages. We popped by the Christmas market on the way in which is situated just in front of the building.
It's not often that we are invited on press trips to place but last week we were invited over to Liverpool to see what they had to offer over the Christmas period. Now, if you read my blog then you'll know that we have visited Liverpool a couple of times over the past few months and it is somewhere that we adore. So obviously I said yes and off we popped on the train to visit the magical city.
It seems like Liverpool comes alive at Christmas time. I mean, I've never seen so many lights and sparkle as I did last weekend. So festive, so pretty and so much to do, even for the little ones.
As the UK is getting ready for the Article 50 next year, parents are wondering already how the Brexit strategy will impact their lives and the one of their children. While there is no certainty at the moment, it is important to be aware of the potential risks for their future, and to take now the best dispositions to avoid the worst case scenario on the behalf of your children. This, naturally, does not mean stopping Brexit. This means understanding what might happen for your children and making sure that you plan your options in advance.
9 December 2016
On average, you spend six to eight hours in your bedroom per day. In short, a third of our day is spent in one single room in the house. When you know how important a good night sleep is in your everyday life, you cannot ignore the bedroom any longer. The bedroom is the room is the house that needs to feel altogether relaxing and welcoming; it needs to help you take off your mind of the pressure and worries of the day and prepare you to start a brand new day feeling refreshed and healthy. Does it do all of that for you? No? Then you need to give your bedroom a makeover.
8 December 2016
All of a sudden you’ve realised your current sofa’s looking a bit tatty and could do with an upgrade. Trouble is you’re not sure what you’re looking for, everything seems to be the same and the sale price appears to be different to the one you were quoted. Don’t worry, as thanks to our fantastic three-step guide, you’ll soon be ordering a brand new couch with confidence and all in time for Christmas too.
As women, we grow up having to learn a lot about our bodies from a young age. As soon as we hit the teenage years it becomes apparent that we don't get an easy ride of things and have to deal with periods, cramps, and feeling comfortable within our own body as all this is happening.
A lack of formal intimate health education during puberty means that when symptoms of vaginal conditions appear, it can cause worry and many teenage girls have to figure it out for themselves what happens to them.
Now that the summer is far behind us, you might think that there aren’t so many opportunities to take the kids on an adventure. But ask any parent in Canada, Russia or the Nordics when the real sporting season starts, and they’ll tell you it’s the winter. Heck, we even have an entire Olympic games dedicated to winter sports, so there must be something pretty special about them.
Winter sports are a great opportunity for kids, and parent, to try something new, do something different, and otherwise have an epic time once the mercury dips and the snow starts falling.
6 December 2016
When you’ve got a family to take care of, your priorities change, and rightly so. Time becomes of the essence, with very little time for yourself, as most of your time is taken up by your little ones. Then there’s the fact that as well as a lack of time, you most probably also have a lack of money - raising a family doesn’t come cheap.
For these reasons, often when we have a young family and are just beginning to navigate our way through parenthood, our homes suffer. Admittedly, the insides of our homes tend to look picture-perfect - we pay more attention to these as we spend most of our time inside our homes. However, this means that often, the outsides of our homes can be neglected and can lack curb appeal.
The lifespan of common household or personal items such as pillows, toothbrushes, eye makeup and even footwear can vary. Knowing when to replace them is key to staying healthy. Pixabay
5 December 2016
Whether you have guests over regularly or not, it’s a good idea to make your home as welcoming as you can. After all, arriving home to an atmosphere you love is a great feeling! Here are a few creative ways to make your home more welcoming:
Add Character With Architecture
A home that’s full of character is always a welcoming home. See if you can add some character with architecture first. Maybe a crumbling brick wall and wooden ceiling beams could add that something special you need. There are ways of faking it if your home didn’t come with it when you bought. It can really make your home feel cosy and delightful!
4 December 2016
The winds of winter have defeated many great men and become the enemy of many homes worldwide. A vicious chill or draft is the main weapon of these winds, as they seek any opening in your home that they can plunge their icy breath into.
Despite it being cold outside, and really cold at that, you don’t have to fall prey to winter. If you already are, then it’s time to stand up and fight. Protecting your home from winter doesn’t have to be an arduous task, but it can be if you choose to delay. There are plenty of New Year’s resolutions you can undertake for your home, but if your forget to winterproof it, you’ll be too cold to act on these!
2 December 2016
Recently I was asked if I would like to try out one of Vileda's newest products, the Vileda Windomatic and I must admit that I jumped at the chance as I love anything that helps me get the tedious chores done more quicker.
Having young children and big windows doesn't mix at all. We usually end up with finger marks and even faces squished up against the glass when they're peeking outside. Don't even get me started on the patio doors!