15 July 2017

Splash About Gecko Happy Nappy

It's safe to say that we're a family that loves swimming. I mean, we go at least once a week and both T and C have swimming lessons to teach them all the basics so they're both able to safely manoeuvre in the water. 

J will also be starting lessons too, although these will be parent and child one so I'll be in the pool with him at all times. When Splash About got in touch and asked if he'd like to try out their new and improved Happy Nappy, I couldn't wait to give it a go and see how he liked it when swimming.

11 July 2017

Classic Looks For The Spring Season

Spring is once again upon us and it’s time to choose your outfits accordingly. It’s always a challenge, as spring is a changeable and uncertain month and you want to pick clothes that let you enjoy the fine weather, and fit in in a sun soaked park, but that will also work if you need to cover up in a hurry and keep warm and dry.

Lots of the big design names latest seasons have some very bold looks and fresh ideas, but if you want to cut a more classical figure, we’ve prepared some advice for timeless looks for the spring that’ll see you through to summer in style.

Shift Dress
A classic of the spring season: lighter than you will have been wearing since September and with a nigh universally flattering silhouette for when you’re enjoying drinks in the longer, hotter evenings. Picking out a shift dress in monochrome stripes can give you a more exciting, experimental look, or you can hew close to the classics with a solid navy design.

10 July 2017

A Gardening Calendar For Growing Your Own

Dobies of Devon, an award-winning seeds supplier, has put together this in-depth grow your own gardening calendar so that you know precisely what to plant and when for the remainder of the year. 

So, whether you’re looking to spruce up your garden or aiming to make the most of your outdoor space, see what you can do in the months to come…

9 July 2017

My Hair And Body Essentials To Get The Salon Look At Home

As a mum, I am aware of all the time restraints I have when it comes to actually making myself look presentable. I mean, when I'm slumming it at home, I'll scrape my hair back and my face probably won't even see a lick of eyeliner never mind a full face of make up. 

When I'm going out though, it do try to actually make myself look less zombie-like, but having 3 children that take up most of my time and take an absolute age to get ready themselves, it is hard to find the time to look after myself and make me look like the 29 year old young mama I am. 

I mean, who actually has time to sit in a salon for 3 hours with foils in their hair, spend days on end waxing, or doing a full on contour everyday, as I sure as hell don't. 

It's taken a while to find my style, my look and my preferences, and my sensitive skin causes me so much bother too, but eventually, I've rounded up all my favourite products, all those products that help me look presentable in the shortest amount of time. 

8 July 2017

This Time Next Year We'll Be Millionaires!

When people talk about winning the lottery, you know it's always a pipe dream. I mean, not many people have the luck of being able to pick those correct numbers and end up rolling in it! And then it comes to seeing people win and you usually find a couple of types of people:
  1. The ones who would make it their mission to spend it as quickly as they can.
  2. The 'I'll still keep my job' people.
  3. The investors who keep their money growing.
I personally thinking I'm the latter of these. I'm sure we've all dreamt of winning the Lotto once or twice and wondered what we'd actually spend the money on if we were that lucky. 

For me, although yes I would have some nice holidays and buy a few lavish things, I'm still too tight to pay extortionate rates for things so there'd be no high-end shopping or splurging on things I wouldn't actually ever use.

7 July 2017

How My 'Me Time' Starts At The Gym

Before J started pre-school, it wasn't often that I actually got a bit of time for myself. I would either be running around after him, or playing with him. And now, since he's started at pre-school and whilst T and C are both at school, I've been making sure that I get some time to get away from everything and just be myself. 

And I'm telling you now that I was totally shocked when I realised that the 'me time' I was actually craving was some time at the gym. Now you'd think that going to the gym would be gruelling and something that people don't actually want to do, but for me, it makes me feel free. 

6 July 2017

Creating An Easy To Maintain Garden

There's nothing worse, on that first day of Summer, to open your curtains, see that bright sun, and then run outside to realise that your garden looks a right state, and that it's going to take a good few hours to get it ready for playing in and enjoying. 

That's why I opt to creating our garden to be easy to maintain all year round. And here's how I do it:

5 July 2017

Four Modern Ways To Light Your Home

The light in a room can make or break the look of it. Too dark and you’ve got an unwelcoming dark and dingy room that everyone will want to avoid. Too bright or harsh, and you’ve got a room that could give you a headache and not help you to relax at all. Light affects you when you’re in a room, as well as the colour of the room; light can make colours in the room look better or worse, depending on the lighting you choose. 

As well as all of that, you’ll want to use lighting to create a certain ambiance in a room, like mood lighting in kitchens or spotlights in an office, for instance. But you also use lighting as part of your room decor. A room painted in a modern colour scheme, like monochrome, for example, can suddenly look outdated if you have old-style lamp shades and fittings. So there really is more to lighting that you might think! Here are some modern ways to light your home to help create the look that you’re after.

4 July 2017

Getting Summer Ready With Jacamo

It's not often I write about my husband and so when this opportunity came up, I thought it was a good time to let him feature a bit more on my blog. Jacamo got in touch and wanted to work with me on writing about their clothing. My husband regularly buys from there any way so I knew that he'd love to pick out some items. 

He had a look around the site out picked out 3 pairs of men's shorts that he liked the look of. This was just before we went away too so it was the perfect timing to get some wear out of the shorts. I mean, we are in England so it's not that often that we get some good sun!

2 July 2017

Bitter Union Cocktail Bitters From 31Dover

Whilst we were away, we decided to enjoy our evenings down on the beach. It had quietened down at this time and meant that the kids could play, and run around without having to dodge the sunbathers, it was stunning weather too so we could just sit and watch them having fun.

We brought a little picnic down with us so that the boys could snack whilst they played, and we were sent some Bitter Union cocktail bitters from 31Dover.com so it meant that we could enjoy a little tipple in the evening sun. Cue people giving me a dodgy look as they noticed me photographing what looked like alcohol on the beach!

1 July 2017

Crafting Father's Gifts With Hobbycraft

Now I know you're probably looking at this post and noticing that it's a few weeks late. Well that's because we've been away and so our Father's Day was celebrated late. It meant that we couldn't do any of our crafts until we had got back. 

Well, this year we decided to follow the framed writing bandwagon and Hobbycraft helped us do just that. They sent us a selection of items to get creative with and left us to get our craft on, so the kids could each make their dad their very own, unique gift. 

30 June 2017

Getting My Workout On With DW Sports

Over the past couple of months, I've been getting more and more serious about my fitness levels. I started going to the gym and am eating better. Okay, I've not quite put the chocolate down, but I'm eating better than I did before, and more in moderation, so you know, it all helps eventually. 

But going to the gym has been one of my favourite things to do. I thought it would end up feeling like a chore and I'd hate going, but it's so exhilarating. It feels like I've finally been given some 'me time' back, especially so now that the littlest has started pre-school. 

Why Katie Thistleton Is The Perfect Presenter For A Kids’ Book Event

Most famous for her appearances on CBBC, Katie Thistleton is a woman of many talents - just ask her booking agents! The frontwoman for many BBC projects joined the CBBC team in 2013 and has gone from strength to strength since then.

With stints on Blue Peter, Jedward’s Big Adventure and Sam and Mark’s Big Friday Wind Up she’s a familiar face to youngsters and parents up and down the country, and recently co-presented a programme marking 30 years of CBBC.

Her personal love of reading and interest in books has always shone through in her work, and she presents The CBBC Book Club, which airs on Sundays and sees her interviewing some of the biggest names in kids books.

29 June 2017

Vale of Mowbray - The Yorkshire Pork Pies

Being from Yorkshire, I love nothing more than championing Yorkshire brands, and so when Vale of Mowbray got in touch, I knew straight away that I'd want to try out their wares. Vale of Mowbray are a pork pie brand and have been baking and brewing delicious things for over 2 centuries. Over the past years though, they've stopped brewing so that they could achieve the perfect bake, making every pie even scrummier. 

From snack pies, to large ones, and even the giant Grosvenor with is complete with eggs, they have a whole range of pies, and flavours available for everyone to tuck in to. 

28 June 2017

Red Kite Push Me 2U Stroller Review

A few months ago, we decided that it was about the right time to get rid of J's pram. He likes walking most of the time now and so we thought that he might as well start walking with us rather than being sat in the buggy all day whilst we are out places. 

When we were planning our trip to Scarborough, we realised that he would probably need a buggy whilst there because we'll be going places that are quite far away, doing a lot of walking, and he might even need to nap at some point too. This meant that we had to start looking for a little buggy again. 

27 June 2017

Top 5 Popular Home Improvement Projects

Improving your home is something most people get around to sooner or later. It not only enhances the environment you live in, but adds value to your property. From replacing an existing kitchen with a more modern alternative, to giving the living room a new lick of paint, there are plenty of home improvements we can do to improve the condition, look and functionality of our homes. 

Balustrade Components, specialists in supplying high quality fittings and fixtures for balustrades, explores the top five popular home improvement projects homeowners embark on to give their home a stylish makeover.

10 Things You Should Consider Before Investing In Underfloor Heating

People invest in underfloor heating for a whole host of reasons, including comfort, the creation of more space, and increased efficiency, just to mention a few. During a chilly day, who would want to miss the opportunity of touching a warm, cozy floor when you step out of bed?

Underfloor heating is compatible with various home designs, be it modern, traditional or retro styles. Underfloor heating is also suitable for different flooring designs, making it a viable option for a wide range of décor styles.

If you are thinking about taking the plunge and investing in underfloor heating, Underfloor Heating Trade Supplies, suppliers of high quality underfloor heating kits, takes a look at ten things you should consider before investing in underfloor heating.

26 June 2017

How To Get Free Makeup And Beauty Products

Living on a shoestring budget doesn't mean you have to give up the little pleasures of being a woman. You can pamper yourself and look your best without spending any money.

Free makeup may sound like a nice perk to some, but to beauty junkies, this can make the difference between a normal life and bankruptcy. Beauty-obsessed women are always going to spend their last dime on the latest liquid lipstick, the newest eye shadow palette or the latest revolutionary cream that can help her fight the first signs of aging. This leads to a situation in which the makeup bags of these girls are overflowing with lipsticks, blushes and other products, while their wallets are empty.

These girls know the price of their addiction, but some of them have no idea they can get lots of cosmetics for free. Many reputable brands offer free makeup throughout the year, so you may never have to buy such products again. These freebies aren't just samples you can only use for one week or so. They are full size lipsticks, facial masks, creams and serums.

Looking Through Our Top Holiday Moments

Last week, we spent the whole wee at the coast in Scarborough and during this time I managed to capture a whole range of photos of us all, and the surroundings around us. From playing on the beach and having fun, to family shots and unspoilt views. 

I do love taking photographs and although I'm no professional (taking them all on my iPhone!) I do love to try ad set the scene to get them looking just right. Instagram worthy indeed!

Beach photos are a favourite of mine. Looking out over the ocean, with no one else in sight. Go at dusk and you get the most amazing lighting to work with, and can capture some of my best shots from there.

25 June 2017

The Benefits Of Office Yoga

Yoga is a group of physical, mental, and spiritual practices or disciplines which originated in ancient India. It has become popular as a system of physical exercise, however in Indians traditions, it is more than physical exercise; it has a meditative and spiritual core.

Yoga focuses on strength, flexibility and breathing, and the main components of yoga are postures (a series of movements designed to increase strength and flexibility) and breathing. I personally think it' just a great way of giving yourself a bit of space, clearing your head and giving a gentle exercise to the body. 

This is my half-arsed attempt at the Tree Pose whilst on the beach

Win | 1 of 2 Peppa's Laugh & Learn Laptops

Character toys are a great way to get children learning through play with their favourite people. Peppa Pig is such a huge character and I'm sure all kids love her.

The Peppa's Laugh & Learn Laptop give children the chance to get busy on their very own laptop. With a lovely chunky design, it has fun shaped buttons and a backlit screen to help children engage with the toy and answer different questions and challenges. 

It features four different games modes to help with colours, numbers, letters and word recognition. The cute laptop also has a lift-up lid and carry handle for play on the go. The Peppa's Laugh & Learn Laptop helps with early number and colour recognition, building communication and vocabulary skills, hand-eye co-ordination and imaginative play.

Alternative Ways to Get Your Kids Active

All children should be physically active for at least one hour a day (children over 5). This physical activity helps grow strong muscles and bones, maintain a healthy weight and build their confidence, and by encouraging your child to find activities they enjoy, you can build this physical activity into family life for you all to enjoy together. 

And it doesn't necessarily have to cost a fortune to do. Yes, places to visit, obstacle courses, days out, adventures centres, can cost a lot of money, but as a family, we try to think of our own way around this. Making our own adventures, visiting free places and creating our own activities, that sort of thing. 

So, instead of a list of fun places that kids can run off some steam, I thought I'd list the alternative ways that kids can get active:

24 June 2017

Hazards Associated With Using E-cigarettes Around Children

The general public is very well informed and knowledgeable regarding the dangers of smoking tobacco around children and babies. However, few parents and adults know if any dangers exist related to smoking e-cigarettes. The relevant question that you need to ask is whether it safe for you to use an e-cigarette around your kids as wells as what they safety aspects are regarding other people using it when your children are around.

Although research on the subject is unconfirmed, some risks have already been associated with secondhand e-cigarette vapor. So before you pull out your e-cigarette, consider the following facts and health hazards that it could have for your children:

16 June 2017

Attic Conversion | The Planning Stages

A few month ago I wrote about how we are converting our attic into a master bedroom and since then a lot has happened to help us on our way. We've had plans drawn up and sent off and I've also had the most important job of scouring Pinterest for the most amazing designs that we probably can never afford, to  make the space into our very own bedroom. 

Now these planning stages aren't just about sending off the drawing to planning, but also about trying to work out how we can successfully convert the attic, making the most of all the available space whilst making sure it does end up looking like a bedroom once finished and not just a dark and dingy attic. 

15 June 2017

Jamie's Italian Super Lunch Menu Review

I love eating out and try to do it as much as possible. It would usually consist of finding somewhere that serves reasonable food in a speedy time so that the kids didn't get bored and kick off. Now they're all in school and pre-school though, it gives the husband and I a bit more time to enjoy meals out together. 

A couple of weeks ago we were invited to Jamie's Italian Leeds Restaurant to give their food the once over. It's somewhere we've always said we'd try but that we'd never got chance to in the past so we really couldn't wait to get there.

12 June 2017

Blogging Isn't As Easy As It Might Look

As a person who has been blogging for over 5 years now, I have had my share of people who just don't get it at all, and even my explanations does nothing for them. I usually get the 'oh, so you get free stuff then. I should start a blog' and wonder how cheeky people can be. You wouldn't say that to any other profession, so why mine?

I can tell you something right now, blogging isn't easy!

11 June 2017

Gifts For Father's Day 2017

I got a press release the other day and it mentioned that Father's Day isn't as important as Mother's Day because it's Googled less, and it got me thinking, are we in an age whereby, if Google says something, we believe it?

For me, Father's Day is just as important, if not more so, than Mother's Day. And I'd much rather my sons pick out something for my husband on Father's Day, than for me on Mother's Day. Anyway, I totally went off piste here but just wanted to point that out. So, let's get on with the show now shall we. 

I'm sure you've come to recognise that each year I put out a Father's Day gift guide. Showing off all of those gifts that are currently on the market which I think would be ideal gifts for the men in my life, and hopefully yours too. 

So, without further ado, here is my Father's Day gift guide for 2017...

9 June 2017

Visiting All The Countries In The UK

I love the UK. It's like, going from county to county and seeing so much difference. Growing up, I've always lived in England and have visited Scotland maybe a handful of times, but never the other 2 countries on the UK - Wales and Northern Ireland.

As my children get older, I want to make sure that they get to visit all of the amazing places that we have on our doorstep in the UK and my husband has especially always wanted to visit Northern Ireland. 

1 June 2017

What To Expect With Postpartum Hair Loss

Over the years, my hair has been ever changing. From being thin and wispy when I was younger, to thick and luscious whilst pregnant. So, it's a shock when your hair starts to fall out once the baby is born. And to be clear  this is normal! 

After you give birth, your estrogen levels take a tumble and a lot more hair follicles enter the resting stage. Soon you'll have more hair coming out in the shower or on the brush. This unusual shedding will taper off and your hair will be back to its pre-pregnancy thickness about six to 12 months after you give birth. 

Top Tips For Visiting Canada With Kids

As every parent knows, organising a family holiday takes a lot of effort and planning. Gone are the carefree days of heading off at a moment’s notice. Canada is an increasingly popular destination for UK families and has loads to offer kids in a beautiful and safe environment. There is so much choice that it can be a little overwhelming so it is important to plan ahead and choose the type of holiday that will suit your family.

Before you go you will need to get a Canadian eta and arrange adequate travel and health insurance for all the family. It is very common for kids to get ill when travelling and so this is vital for your peace of mind and for their safety. Packing is another concern and there is no such thing as travelling light when you have kids! The items that you take with you will depend on which of the following types of holiday you choose to book.

Camping Doesn't Have To Be A muddy Affair

I remember when I was younger, the thought of going into a soaking wet, and muddy field (cos' it's always raining in here Blighty!) filled me with dread and I always said that it would be something that I'd never do. 

Who would want to spend all that time scraping down mud laden clothing afterwards and rinsing out wellies. I mean, I don't even look good in wellies - they're just not my thing.

29 May 2017

Packing Light For The Summer Holidays With Simply Be

In a few weeks we'll be packing up and going to the coast for a week so lately I've been slowly collecting stuff ready for everything to be packed. What's hard though, as a mum to 3 children, is packing everything we need but having a limited amount of space to do so. 

We go by train so only have enough spare hands to take the pram and then one big case, sometimes a little holdall too, and so it's these times that I realise just how much stuff we do actually use and start trying to utilise the clothing I have to swap and change so that I can easily make different outfits out of a few pieces of clothing. 

27 May 2017

Going Floral This Summer

It's no secret that I love colourful clothing. I mean, around 90% of my wardrobe is bright, or pastel, or a colour or some shade that's not black or white. I actually have hardly any plain clothing as I adore colour too much. 

For summer though, my love of colour goes further as I opt for floral clothing. I adore floral designs, whether or big, or small patterns, I just love how they can make almost any outfit summery. 

25 May 2017

Top 5 Exercise For Weight Loss After Pregnancy

It is part of the course that you will gain a few pounds in pregnancy. With a healthy and varied diet, as well as remaining as active as possible during pregnancy combined with plenty of rest will all help to keep your weight in check.

Many women worry about losing the post-baby weight. The good news is that post-baby weight gain is not here to stay. Take a look at these top five exercises from HARTMANN Direct for promoting weight loss once your baby has arrived.

24 May 2017

Have A Quirky Father's Day With Qwerkity

It's not long until Father's Day arrives and I'm a lover of gifting unusual and unique gifts to my dad and husband. Qwerkity is an unusual and practical gifts website that offer a whole range of gifts for people of all ages. 

When they got in touch and asked me to pick out a few items from their Father's Day gifts, I got straight to checking them out to see what I could find for the men in my life. 

Increasing The Value Of Your Household

Whether you're trying to work your way up the property ladder, or trying to create your dream home, you need to know how to maximise the value of where you live, s that in the long run, all your money is well spent. It's not all just about cosmetic enhancements such as converting the loft or redesigning the kitchen though, considering basic structural repairs can increase the value of your home over time. 

I've been asked by Balustrade Components to think about how you can increase the value of your household to promote this survey (make sure you fill it in!), and here are my 5 tips to help you on your way:

21 May 2017

The Hilary Devey Collection Diamond Mattress Review

Now, I can hear you all saying that the title of this post is a very bold statement. I mean, we all have kids right, so getting any sleep at night is a miracle, but imagine diving in to your bed and being greeted by the most comfiest mattress that you have ever laid your pretty little head on. 

Well, that's me right now as I've been given the privilege of working with Hilary Devey Collection as they've sent me one of their supreme Diamond mattresses which is one of their finest, premium luxury mattresses. 

18 May 2017

Super Geek Heroes Review and Competition

My sons are partial to watching cartoons and so, when I told them that there was a new brood of characters on the way, they couldn't wait to give the show a gander. The animated series I'm talking about is Super Geek Heroes.

The Super Geek Heroes are a unique group of super-kids... with the tagline 'having fun in turn with a mission to learn!'. Their seven friendly ‘super-powers’ are derived from the three prime and four specific development areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage. 

Unusual Things to do in New York

If you’re lucky enough to be heading to the Big Apple, I’m sure you’ll be looking forward to shopping at Bloomingdales, visiting the Empire State Building and picnicking in Central park. They’re all things that you simply must do in New York, after all, but if you just take in the most famous sights and sounds of New York that you find in your Lonely Planet guide, you will be missing out because there is so much more to the city than you’ll find in the tourist guides.

If you’re lucky enough to have bagged Cheap Flights to New York and you have lots of time to spare in the city that never sleeps, here are some of the more unusual things you should consider doing:

17 May 2017

What to Do Once the Family Holiday Is Over

The family holiday is, for a lot of families, the pinnacle of the summer. And quite rightly it is too. It is a chance for children to get out and see a part of the world they probably have never seen. And for their parents it is a chance to escape the stresses of everyday life and work. It is one of the best few weeks of the year for most and even rivals the Christmas season. But what happens when it is over? Everything just seems flat as you and your family return home, doesn’t it? But fear not. Below are a few ways to keep your family entertained, even when the family holiday is over for another year.

16 May 2017

Winter Wonderland: Family Skiing Holiday Planning Advice

The family skiing holiday is one of the ultimate activities that you can undertake together that should provide you with fun, laughter and plenty of happy memories. However, if you don’t plan everything out properly, then it may not turn out to be exactly how you imagined it to be. If you are careful in thinking about the details, you are much more likely to have the incredible break of which you always dreamed. To give you a helping hand, here are a few of the top concerns that you should think about when planning your family skiing holiday.

13 May 2017

John Frieda Sheer Blonde Collection

My light blonde hair is one of my favourite parts of me. It's what I stood out for as a child, in a family full of brunettes, and I'd always have people saying how they'd love to have natural blonde hair like me. 

As I got older though, the colour dulled to a mucky blonde which I disliked. I love light blonde tones and so I started to colour my hair to ever so slightly lighten it . But as we all know, when colouring your hair, you come up with a heap of problems - brassiness, dry hair, yellowing - and so I thought it important to find a good quality shampoo to keep my hair healthy, even after colouring. 

12 May 2017

How Can Women Control Their Emotions To Tackle Binge Eating?

We easy feel strong emotions like joy, affection, anger, fear, sadness or guilt. Most of you might have noticed the impulse to eat during any of these emotions. This can be so strong and irresistible. Don’t feel bad about such eating behaviour as it is completely normal. The more intense the emotion the more intense may be the reaction.

If you use food in reaction to a feeling, then the strength of the response will be in line with the strength of the emotion e.g. extreme anger equals extreme binge eating. If you can relate to this then you know your reaction of strong feelings with strong desires to eat and would want to know how to overcome this behaviour.

11 May 2017

So You Want To Start Potty Training Your Toddler?

Teaching your child to use the toilet, is one of the big milestones for any toddler has to go through. Before you even start contemplating toilet training, you need to look for the signs that your toddler is ready. Starting to sound can be frustrating for both Parent and child, and a can end up making the whole process take a lot longer. 

Now J is just over two year old, he has started to show signs that he wants to potty train - telling me when he's done his business in his nappy, wanting to use the toilet like the older boys do, these are signs of stick out for me and make me think that he is ready to try and give potty training a go. 

5 Amazing Short UK Summer Breaks

With summer well and truly on its way and the school year coming to a close, now is the time to start planning your family’s summer break.

Unfortunately for families with children, the price of holidaying abroad is astronomical outside of term time, meaning that they are left to make the most of what is on their doorstep. That is no bad thing, however, as Britain is one of the most beautiful countries in the world.

To prove our point, here is our top five locations for a short UK summer break:

How To Create A Child-Friendly Kitchen

Whether it’s the school holidays, or just your day-to-day life filled with school runs, meal times and play times, your kitchen needs to be a family space for all ages to enjoy. As family spaces change, and we embrace open-plan living, we are tending to spend more time together in one room, and that room is often a multi-purpose kitchen/dining/living room, often with access straight onto the garden. 

Bespoke kitchens specialist Harvey Jones looks at the best way to design a kitchen that tends to the needs of the whole family.

9 May 2017

Home Improvements That Will Save You Money in the Long Run

you’re going to buy a home, the least you can do is invest more money into it so that it runs efficiently, can be maintained with ease, and ultimately saves you a lot of cash. You’ve probably heard the saying “you need to spend money in order to make money” and it’s no less true for your own home. If you want to save money by investing in home renovations and improvements, then here are a couple of tips to help you out.

Nutmegs Women's Wear Collection At Morrisons

It's not often that I get some new clothes for myself. I'm on of those mums that is super tight when it comes to spending money on herself and then can spend like it's water when buying for the kids. So when Nutmeg, the clothing range from Morrisons, asked if I'd like some of their outfits to try out from their brand new Nutmeg Women’s Collection, I snapped up the chance. 

It seems that there's a new contender in supermarket fashion as 50 selected Morrisons stores in the country debut the supermarket's first ever women's collection as part of its own label range of clothing, Nutmeg.

8 May 2017

Getting Kids Involved In Growing And Sowing In The Garden

Now the weather is nice again, I do try and get outside as much as possible with the children. Now, this doesn't mean days out or lots of travelling, as most of the time, we try to create fun in our own garden. 

Apart from actually playing in the garden, the next best thing we do is to get down and dirty in the soil, gardening and planting. Not only is this a great way to get the kids outdoors, but it also helps them to learn all about the environment, how things grow, and to learn that they can make their own produce themselves if they look after them. 

7 May 2017

Four Amazing Bucket List Destinations For Families

Being able to travel with your kids can be both daunting and fun. It kind of needs to be one of those things that you just get on and do, without giving it too much thought. There are so many different things that children can learn from travel, though, so if you can, it is an important thing to do with them. It can be harder and harder to get away as soon as they hit school age. So it is a good idea to have a few places that you want to go to in mind. Then you can be on the look out for the best deals and book something when it is suitable. Where are some of the best destinations to travel to with kids, though? Here are a few ideas to give you some inspiration.

4 May 2017

Baby Steps Towards Your New Home

We are living in an age where more younger people are renting rather than being able to afford their own home. Inflation in house prices has meant a massive spike that a lot of us just can’t reach, even after saving for years. Unfortunately wages haven’t risen at the same rate that house prices have, meaning that we are spending years reaching out after something that is seemingly getting further and further away from our grasp. Unless we have been given a set amount to put towards our first home, whether it’s an apartment or luxury villa, there is little chance that we will be able to hop straight onto the property ladder. So how do we even start to put our first foot forward on the rung?

27 April 2017

Working Women | Yorkshire Water Ranked As One Of The Best Employers For Women

As a Yorkshire woman, I love anything that shows off Yorkshire companies and women, and so when I read that Yorkshire Water has been ranked as one of the top 50 best employers of women in the UK, it made me smile.

Coming from The Times, which has recognised Yorkshire Water in its annual Top 50 Employers of Women list, this accolade is a great feat for such a big company to get. 

Which Interior Design Trend Suits You?

When it comes to my home, it's full of a mix of designs. I like to make each room their own and try different styles in each. I make sure each room is functional and practical for what it is used for, but then I like to go a bit mad with the colours - I'm really not a monochrome type of girl!

So, when choosing your style, there are different options; 

Dietary Do's and Don'ts

Incontinence is a very real issue for many people in the UK. Although exact figures are not known, estimates are that up to 6 million could suffer from some form of urinary incontinence. With New Year the traditional time of year to take a long, hard look at our lifestyles, and make healthier choices, making positive changes can have an impact on urinary incontinence. 

We all know the importance of making good choices when it comes to keeping our weight inside healthy ratios, and making the right food and drink choices for us. If you are overweight, shedding 10% of your body weight will make a huge difference to your health now, and in the future. 

25 April 2017

Building Design – How Does It Increase Property Value?

For any homeowner serious about adding value to property they own, there is a cacophony of information as well as endless listicles of the do’s and don’ts of what you should and shouldn’t do.

This can leave us in a predicament as it often leaves us wondering what is the best way of adding value. When it comes to building design, there is even more information and ideas, as well as suggestions and advice.

As always, the answer depends very much on your property, what style it is, what era it is, the locations and what the current trends are. These are more ideas, springboards for discussion about how you can improve the value of your property with building design.

21 April 2017

My Tips For Getting Your Garden Ready For Summer

As the weather is starting to warm up, it seems to be the time that we all start thinking about how we can get our gardens ready for summer. I know that all we want to actually do is to soak up the sun as soon as it arrives, just in case it disappears again, but it is nice to get your garden in shape before the summer months arrive, so you don't have to fight with weeds rather than enjoy the sun when it does finally arrive.

I try to make sure our garden looks gorgeous as during these months it really does become an extension of our indoor living space. Like another amazingly colourful room that is full of life for the whole family to enjoy. 

So, here are my tips to getting your garden ready for summer:

Outerspace Vodka Touches Down In The UK! And Here's How You Can Win A Bottle

This month, the award winning Outerspace Vodka has launched in the UK selling exclusively through 31Dover, launching on Wednesday 12th April, marking the anniversary of the first human space flight when Yuri Gagarin blasted out of the earth’s atmosphere.

Outerspace Vodka has a truly unique and edgy alien designed bottle and packaging which has made it one of the fastest growing liquor brands globally. Launched in the US just 18 months ago, the distinctive green alien head is attracting something of a cult following among consumers and on social media.

20 April 2017

Travelodge Scarborough St. Nicholas Hotel Review

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Last weekend saw us travel to Scarborough for a short break. It's not often that we get some time where we are all free, with work and school to fit everything around, and so, we savour every spare minute that we get to spend together. 

After a bit of frustration, and thinking we were going to have to cancel our break to the seaside, Travelodge came to our rescue with a room for the night so that we could take our, very much needed, night away. 

19 April 2017

10 Ways Natural Playgrounds Help Benefit Children’s Development

Playgrounds aren't just about fun, they are a key part of children's development. From confronting danger with climbing structures to social skills garnered by interaction in a play environment, playing outside also helps children grow.

Built using wood, stone, sand and water, natural playgrounds and adventure playgrounds are a growing trend thanks to their sustainability and their suitability in a wide variety of landscapes. Put simply, they blend more seamlessly into different environments – from National Trust parks to schoolyards. And the natural elements of play also benefit children's development.

18 April 2017

3 Problems That Can Stand In The Way Of Your Relationship

You might want the perfect relationship with your other half, but a whole range of issues can get in the way of a happy and lasting partnership. If you’re struggling to keep your relationship strong, the following three problems may be at least partly to blame.

1. A lack of honesty
Honesty is the bedrock of good relationships. Without it, trust can quickly disappear and you might find that you and your partner start to drift apart. Of course, some issues are more difficult than others to be open and honest about. Whether it’s money troubles, jealousy or problems in the bedroom, you might find a range of topics tricky to discuss. However, no matter how awkward the issues may be to bring up, it’s important to make an effort.

14 April 2017

#DiscoverYorkshire | From Countryside to Seaside and Snap to Win

Being a Yorkshire person, I can't tell you just how much loyalty I have towards my County. Not just because it's where I was born, brought up, and brought all my children into the world here, but because it is such an amazing place to be. 

I love how you can go from countryside, in the deeps of the Yorkshire Dales, or even the North York Moors, and yet, at the other side of the County, there is the most amazing seaside towns which offer that British holiday vibes that we all know and love. With some of the best shopping places available in the cities from Leeds, to the quaint cobbled roads, and history filled, York. 

View over the south bay of Scarborough

13 April 2017

Le Rustique Brie de Caractère Tartlets with Honey Onion Relish

I love sharing recipes and so when Le Rustique got in contact and mentioned that they are celebrating with new recipes using honey as the secret ingredient, I just knew that I' love to give them a try. Le Rustique has partnered with food blogger and cheese lover Lavender & Lovage to create unique recipes combining the creamy textures of their Camembert and Brie with the sweet taste of honey in delicious recipes, perfect for picnics. 

After having a look at the recipes they had created, I decided that my favourite was the Le Rustique Brie de Caractère Tartlets with Honey Onion Relish and so I just had to share it.

Weekend Country Escapes In The Dales

It's not often that we get to go away without the children. I mean, trying to find someone who we trust to look after all three of our brood can be hard work. But when we do eventually get a night or 2 to ourselves, I love to look at weekend country escapes.

It means that we can have a break in the countryside, sleep in till the actual morning and go on long walks without lugging a pram and 3 children, who need to stop every 2 minutes, with us.

12 April 2017

Laminate – For Love And Money!

Picking the right kind of flooring can be a bit of a nightmare, especially if you’re on the hunt for something child-friendly. Let’s face it, when you have little ones running round your home is never going to be spotless and it’s inevitable that things will get broken, but you can put measures in place to prevent such disasters!

Here at Luxury Flooring we think that the best option when it comes to incorporating kids and interior design is good old laminate!

10 April 2017

Easter Egg Hunt | Can You Spot All The Chocolate Eggs & Bunnies?

With Easter just around the corner, it's time to prepare and get ready for the festivities that are upon us. Eggs galore, chocolate and Easter crafts, there is so much that can be done around the home to get the Easter party started. 

You can also have fun right from the comfort of your own livingroom and have a chance to win a fantastic prize in the Easter Egg Hunt Competition from Rattan Direct. 

7 April 2017

A Living Room Worth Living In

The living room is supposed to be the hub of the family home. It’s a place where you should all be able to gather and relax in front of the TV for a weekend movie night or where you can just drop everything and sink in after a hard day of work. However, there are some who too much on style and not enough on whether a living room is actually liveable in. Here, we’ll look at three major changes that could see it become a room actually worth living in.

3 April 2017

Fun Family Attractions in London

As a Northerner, I have never had the chance to visit London and although I, and the kids, would love to see the amazing sights that are on offer down South, the long train ride with 2 children and a baby had always put me off venturing too far. 

Now J is a little older though and can entertain himself, and play with T and C, it means that we can get further afield and so on the agenda is to finally get down South to our Capital and see all those amazing sights that we can usually only see by searching Google. 

2 April 2017

Start-rite Super Soft Beetlebug Shoes Review

A short while ago, J was sent a lovely pair of shoes from Start-rite to try out and today I thought I'd write about how he's been getting on with them. 

After much deliberation, I had picked out the Super Soft Start-rite Beetlebug Shoes for him as I thought they would give him a good fit with the riptape fastening and protection as the leather will absorb moisture to keep feet dry and they have a lightweight and flexible sole too. 

31 March 2017

Why Switching To LED Lights Is Best

Over the next year we will be remodelling our whole house. From moving our bedroom and extending into the attic to create a huge master bedroom up there, to sorting both bathrooms, and the new en-suite, and a brand new kitchen too.

I've been looking around for inspiration and ways to make our kitchen stand out from the crowd, and with the help of some nifty ideas, creating some beautiful lighting features too. When it does come to our kitchen make-over though, I will be moving to LED lights to create our foodie sanctuary with the help of www.thelightingsuperstore.co.uk

30 March 2017

Making The Choice Of Boys Swimwear

Finding the best swimsuit for adults itself is a very difficult task and parents face another challenging task of getting hold of the best swimsuits for their kids. Many children like spending their time in swimsuits during the summer season and therefore getting hold of a swimsuit that they love wearing is very important. Because children swimwear is specifically designed to appeal to different varieties of kids, multiple colours, styles and patterns are available. There are different varieties available in both girls and boys swimwear and all that parents need to do is find the swimwear that best suits their girl or their boy. Children swimwear is particularly created to appear cute while serving its function at the same time. There are guidelines that need to be followed when looking for children swimwear and especially the boys.

27 March 2017

Is Your Pond Ready For Spring?

We don’t often think about our ponds over the winter and many of us prefer to cover them over, so animals and birds don’t accidentally fall in! Spring isn’t just a time for rebirth, chocolate eggs and the first time you’ve really had a chance to relax since Christmas. It’s also a fantastic opportunity to get the pond back into action, as you’ll want the entire garden shipshape in plenty of time for warm spring afternoons and lazy summer evenings.

23 March 2017

It's The Finishing Touches That Make The Room Unique

We are currently gathering all of the supplies necessary to create our new living room. I've been wanting to redecorate for a while but have been putting it off whilst J is so young. You know what sticky fingers are like around wallpaper!

What I've realised whilst scoping out everything that we need and collecting everything up, is that we can pick out the wallpaper, the carpet, the new suite, but the room isn't complete without the accessories - they are in fact what makes the room and finishes it off into the design you pick. 

Cooking Healthy Meals With WW Smart Kitchen

Being a mum is hard work sometimes and it gets even harder when mealtimes hit. Now we could go for the easy options and cook frozen foods, but I am a lover of homemade and so try to cook proper meals as much as I can.

It is hard though to work out what goes with what. Okay, I can rustle up a good meal, but it's good to try new things, especially with the kids so they're growing up having a varied diet. That's why I love recipe boxes as it means that they send out the ingredients and tell me exactly what to do to get it to the finished meal.

22 March 2017

The Kitchen Of A Food Lover

Some people are happy with a basic kitchen, perfect for cooking pasta dishes and chicken nuggets. Some of us fantasise about kitchens that dreams are made of. If you love cooking, you need a kitchen which is amenable to experimentation. There needs to be extensive surface space, incredible storage, and all sorts of fancy gadgets and appliances. If you love cooking, your kitchen becomes your living room, and it needs to be perfect.

21 March 2017

Interior Design On A Budget

Just because you don’t have the funds that doesn’t mean your home should lack flair. These days it’s all about upcycling and paying attention to our eco-footprint anyway, so anyone can update their interiors. If you have a lot of passion for your home but not a lot of money, read these top tips for re-designing your interiors on a budget. 

18 March 2017

The Secrets Of The Eco-Friendly Home

The eco-friendly concept is often associated with expensive technology and projects to save the planet. The image of millionaires paying to help to regrow large elements of the Amazon rainforest pops in mind. In truth, you don’t need to one of the wealthiest persons around to help to save the planet and make room for nature in your neighbourhood. Most people don’t even know what they could do to build a greener and safer world every day. It doesn’t have to break the bank: You can help whatever the budget you are working with. 

Creating The Perfect Style For The Older Man

When it comes to clothing purchases in our household, I'm usually the one doing the buying. Even for my husband, I end up choosing out his looks as he just doesn't have the eye for style. 

My husband does like wearing nice clothes, and even though he would be classed as an older gentleman, he doesn't like to dress that way. Sticking with younger styles and fashions, which I love as I don't see why we should have to change our style just because we get older. 

17 March 2017

Everything You Need To Know Before You Convert Your Loft

If you’ve got a loft lying there vacant, it makes sense to use it. But how do you go about converting an attic, how much will it cost, and is it worth all the effort? If you’re thinking about creating a new room in the eaves, here’s everything you need to know. 

Is your loft ripe for conversion?
If you have an attic, you may assume that it’s possible to convert it, but this is not always the case. If you’ve got a very low ceiling, for example, or the space is small, it may not be possible to use the space for anything other than storage. To determine whether it’s possible to convert your loft, you’ll need to contact some building firms like detaildevelopmentsltd.co.uk. Once they have explored, they will be able to tell you whether the plan would get the green light, and give you an idea of cost. In most cases, planning permission will not be required, but there are regulations and stipulations in place, so make sure you’re doing things by the book. 

Tips For A Sicilian Family Adventure

With three sons, going on a family holiday is always an adventure; no matter the destination. Nonetheless, when you purposefully want to ride the adventurous wave and give your family a trip to remember, Sicily is the place to go. With an endless choice of activities, food, and beaches galore, visiting the Italian island will leave you breathless. Booking a place to stay is easy, it might even be worth finding your family a villa as self catering holidays in Sicily provide you with an opportunity to really feel at home on this glorious island. All you have to do is pick your lodging, pack your bags, and Sicily will do the rest. Here are 5 activities to get you started:

16 March 2017

The Boring (But Necessary) Bits Of House Buying

Buying a house is a stressful process for anyone, and if it’s your first house you’ll be ridiculously excited at the prospect of having something with your name on that is exclusively yours. As first-time buyers, you’re probably thinking about looking for a house that suits you now, as looking too far ahead isn’t the done thing. Plus, you can always sell your house and buy again anyway, right?

My 2017 Mother's Day Gift List

With Mother's Day less than 2 weeks away, on Sunday 26th March, I thought I'd show off what is available at the moment for those mums out there - the perfect gifts for Mother's Day. Some items are perfect if you're on a budget or for if you want to splurge, but most of all, they're all with mum in mind. So here is my gift list for 2017...

15 March 2017

Thanks Mum | My Memories Of Journeys With My Mum

As I'm coming up to turning 30 years old (Ahh! How did that happen?) I look back and don't remember much that doesn't include my children or my husband. But I always remember trips with my mum. 

Okay, none of us could drive at the time so it was actually trips with me, my mum and my dad, but he would usually be in a zone of his own driving and listening to The Eagles on repeat. So it ended up being just me and my mum chatting on journeys.

14 March 2017

Storage Solutions- Make Your Space Go Further

Whether you're downsizing or just looking to optimize the space you have, it’s never easy to edit a home. When you need to make everything more compact or easily storable it’s difficult to know where to begin. Our sentimental attachment to items and subjective approach makes it hard to see clearly at times. If you need so helpful tips or inspiration about storage or maximizing space in your home, take a look at these ideas…

13 March 2017

Here Comes The Sun! Family-Friendly Days Out For Spring/Summer

After what seems like endless months of grey skies and dark mornings, the sun has finally appeared, and the countdown to summer is on! When you’ve got kids, nice weather can make all the difference when it comes to planning family outings and short breaks. If you’re looking forward to some family-friendly spring/summer adventures, here are some great ideas.

Hit the beach
It’s not often that we get the chance to make the most of the beautiful beaches in the UK, so if sunny weather is forecast, don’t waste the opportunity to splash around and build some sandcastles. Book a b & b in Blackpool, get your pulses racing at the Pleasure Beach and enjoy a donkey ride in front of the Blackpool Tower or head over to Filey or Whitby for a day of outdoor fun topped off with fish and chips. Down south, you can catch rays on the golden sands of Brighton, Poole, Exmouth and Perranporth. A day at the beach is a great, affordable day out, which you can easily extend if you want to get away in the half-term holidays or you’ve got a free weekend coming up.

Fun Outdoor Activities To Keep Kids Busy

As a mum to three children, I know full well that some times I will be left with my heart in my mouth as they go off in to their adventures and push the boundaries to reach new heights. Whether this is trying to climb the highest tree, or zooming around on their skates. us parents have a raw deal when it comes to watching them fly around without a care in the world. 

I do think it is great for children to get outdoors and show off their adventurous side though. And with the weather being so lovely this week, it has been amazing to see the children pushing themselves and trying new things. 

9 March 2017

Bake It 'Till You Make It: Tips For Making A Business Out Of Baking

Having a hobby is a great way to pass your free time. Being able to wind down and do something you enjoy is an important way to take your mind off work too. But what happens when your hobby has a chance of turning into a full time career? Living off something that you love doing is rare, so when you have the chance of making that switch, do it! And if baking happens to be that particular hobby, turning it into your career should be a piece of cake; here are 5 tips to get you started!

7 March 2017

Striking the Right Balance Between Being a Mum and Having a Social Life

Life as a mum to little ones is full of precious moments, but even though you might have dreamed of being at home with the kids, there are times when you can feel a little bit isolated and lonely. It’s not always easy to combine looking after a young family with a social life, so you have to find nifty ways of being a good mum and making sure you don’t go crazy because you’re not getting enough adult conversation during the day.

If your social life has shrunk to the five-minute chat at the school gate, try some of these ideas to become more sociable.

6 March 2017

Nifty Nursery Design Ideas That Won’t Eat Your Savings

When you’ve had a baby before, you realise that spending hundreds of pounds on a nursery is a bad idea. Not because you don’t want your new addition to have a lovely bedroom but because it’s not necessary. The fact is that babies outgrow their nurseries incredibly quickly, so spending a large sum of money on creating the perfect space is somewhat of a waste. 

The good news is that even if you decide to decorate your new addition’s nursery on a budget, you can still make it a beautiful space. Believe it or not, creating a beautiful nursery on a budget is much easier than you would think, it just takes a little creativity, that’s all. With that in mind, below are a selection of nifty nursery design ideas for when you’re on a small budget.

Unique Ways To Update Your Family Bathroom

One of the top rooms you will use the most in your home is the family bathroom. After all, it’s normally bustling with life in the mornings and evenings. And as it’s so essential, you need to make sure it’s in top form for your family. And you can do this via a number of easy updates. In fact, here are some unique ways to update your family bathroom.

Go high-tech with the room 
The first thing you should do is add some tech in the bathroom. After all, it’s an excellent way to keep your kids busy while in the bathroom. And it’s a good idea to move with the times when it comes to your bathing quarters. One thing you might want to get is a tablet holder. You can get many which you can attach to the wall and then pull out when your kid is in the bath or the shower. That way, they can enjoy their bath while watching their favourite TV show or movie. And you could even get a phone holder for the bathroom too. That way, you can ensure it doesn’t get wet in the bathroom. And it’s still easy to get to if you need to answer a call or text while you are in the bathing quarters!

Staying on Top of Life - 5 Things Mums Should Do Each Day

When you’re a mum to young children, it’s very easy for time to get away from you and to end the day feeling like you haven’t achieved very much. That’s when setting yourself a minimum set of goals every day can come in really handy - especially on those days when you feel like life’s all a bit too much.

Write a To-Do List
Being organised is a lot easier if you write things down. Then you can tick them off as you go along. Maybe you’ve got to fill in a tax return, or make the family dental appointments. Some things will take hours, others just a quick phone call. Don’t be over-ambitious and aim to do more than you can manage; just use a to-do list as a way of prioritising what’s most important to get completed each day.

Zoflora Hello Spring Limited Edition Fragrance

As a bit of a clean freak, I love trying out new products or new scents of products and so when I saw that Zoflora had released a special Hello Spring, Limited Edition fragrance, I new that I just had to give it a try. 

Zoflora is an easy to use, multi-room and multi-use disinfectant that banishes 99.9% of bacteria and viruses. To use you simply dilute in water and wipe or spray around your home, you can also pour it neat down drains. 

5 March 2017

Luxurious Treats For Mother's Day From The Yorkshire Soap Company

When it comes to having 2 minutes peace - which doesn't happen that often, I love nothing more than having a nice relaxing bath with bubbles and scented soaps galore. It's not often that I treat myself and so I do like to indulge in a little light therapy at The Yorkshire Soap Company to stock up on bath treats. 

Founded in 2004, The Yorkshire Soap Company started it's life in a small kitchen at home, with a handful of soapy ingredients, some cake moulds and baking cases, and this was all it took to start up one of my favourite soap companies.