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.