21 June 2018

My Spartoo Summer Holiday Outfit Wishlist

I love surfing the web to look for clothing for myself, and the boys, for each of the seasons. What I like in an online store, is the scope to be able to buy a full outfit in one place without the need to shop from various different stores and pay more in delivery costs.

I love to be able to look through one online unit and pick out outfits, sorting them in my basket so that I know where I can mix up clothing to make new outfits, and have staple items that will pair with other items to make a capsule wardrobe that will last the season and a full holiday away.

Seaspray Ave Halter Plunge Swimsuit

As someone who is self-conscious about the clothing I wear, when it comes to swimwear, I get a little anxious with the choices out there to pick from. Taking the boys swimming can become a bit of a chore when it means having to bare my body issues to the whole pool. 

I've always searched for the perfect swimsuit for me. Tummy control to smooth out my mummy-tummy with gentle shaping and soft and supportive cups that will actually hold in larger breasts whilst also being beautiful in design and having a flattering fit. 

19 June 2018

How to Design a Garden That’s Perfect for the Whole Family

The garden needs to deliver so much that we assume it is at its most versatile when it is a square lawn with flower borders. But a designed outdoor space can tick everyone’s boxes.

Transforming your garden into a family-friendly patch where memories are made is easier than you think…

18 June 2018

Fun Activities For Energetic Children

Most of the time, we see our children getting energetic, dirty and disappearing outdoors and panic that they'll catch some illness or another, and call them in to keep them safe. Children are so resilient though and T  really just wants me to share that enthusiasm with him to get outdoors and go. 

So, I decided that instead of selfishly quashing that joy, I use some methods to help direct his energy in a way that allows him to be himself, outdoors, and in a safe way. My tricks is to channel that energy and get him to burn as much as possible in a positive and productive way.

The Adexe London THEY Watch

Buying watches seems like a pastime to my husband. He has so many and he loves to pick out new designs and brands that stand out to him. Having previously worked with Adexe before and seeing how beautiful their women's watches are, they offered to send my husband one for Father's Day and he took no time at all scoping their website to find the perfect one for him.

Watch making has always been a venerable art form, marked by quality, integrity, and variety according to Adexe. But nowadays, outsourcing has come in and brands no longer seem to remember their roots as a craft that is innovative and stunning. 

14 June 2018

4 Different Ways To Holiday In The UK

There are plenty of UK destinations that make for the ultimate family break, whether you're saving the pennies or don't have enough time off work for a long getaway, then a UK escape could be the perfect solution for a cheap family holiday.

Britain has a unique selection of cities, towns, and villages with hidden gems and beautiful city locations. And there are many perks to holidaying at home. No passports needed, easy to travel to and no hefty roaming charges to pay for the Internet. 

Not only are there different places to see and visit in Britain, but there are loads of different ways you can stay too. Here are my favourite ways to explore the UK...

5 Things You Must Do Before Travelling Abroad

We've done a lot of travelling over the years, and packed more than our fair share of suitcases. We've got, and learnt the hard way, the know how when it comes to travelling abroad and I thought that it's only right I share my tips. So, here are the 5 Things You Must Do Before Travelling Abroad....

7 June 2018

3 Ideal Ways to Protect Your Family’s Health

One of the foremost things that you likely hope for your family is for them to have good health. When they’re healthy, it’s more likely that they will be able to live a good quality life. In addition to this, it gives you peace of mind to know that the ones you love are doing well. As a parent or a loved one who cares, you may be exploring ways that you can enhance or improve your lifestyle as well as adopt healthy living and better habits. On that note, you’re going to find three ideal ways that you can protect your family’s health in the following article.

How to Keep the Romance Alive When You Have Kids

It might have been easy to maintain your relationship when it was just the two of you, but it’s hard to keep the romance alive when there are kids in the mix. Your marriage is the foundation holding your family together, so a happy relationship equals a happy family. Sounds simple, right? In reality, however, it's not that easy.

If you settled down and started a family with someone, chances are you know that relationships can be hard and you get back what you put in. So how do you keep your relationship off the rocks when it’s so hard to find time as a couple? Here’s how to keep the romance alive when you have kids.

6 June 2018

An Update On My Silk'n Lipo Trial

I have always had issues with my body. From niggles with my weight to loathing what child bearing did to my body. It has been an issue I have always hated and have always dreamt of being one of those people that was just able to love her body for what an amazing thing it is, but I'm just not one of those people.

I found myself trying diets, exercises, anything to help. And although these did work, when you stop, it all comes back. Going to the gym is a good thing to do, but it's not always practical to do when you're a busy working parent. 

4 June 2018

5 Ways to Change Your Life in 2018

When it comes to changing your life, you have to be proactive. There’s no point in hoping others will be able to change ‘you,’ at the end of the day, only you have the power to improve your life. Whether it’s to lead a healthier and happier lifestyle, or you wish to improve your career, here are five ways to change your life (for the better) in 2018.

1 June 2018

Gifts For Father's Day 2018

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. 

Father's Day is such an important day on the yearly calendar for me. It's that time of year where we get to thank that man that brought us into this world (or has been bringing us up since young). So, without further ado, here is my Father's Day gift guide for 2018...

31 May 2018

4 Top Tips for Choosing a Second-Hand Car

If, like me, you’re pretty clueless when it comes to cars and all of their intricate mechanics, you’ll no doubt find the prospect of buying a second-hand car incredibly daunting.

Unlike new cars that are guaranteed for several years and often come with lots of added extras, buying a second-hand car is a risky business. How do you ensure it’s going to be as reliable as that all-too-convincing car salesman says?

5 Ways To Add Value To Your Home

To renovate or not renovate? That’s a crucial question when you’re planning to put your house on the market. If you want to work your way up the property ladder to own your dream home, or you just want to make your home the best it can possibly be, you need to know how to maximise the value of where you live. You can get a quick valuation with Andrews to give your a starting point to work from. Here are 5 of the best ways to add value to your property.

4 Ways To Maintain A Family Car

When it comes to buying a family car, there are many factors that can attribute to which you decide to buy in the end. Things like fuel consumption, size, mechanical workings and issues are obvious, but once you have children, there is an even longer list to make sure it's a car that will fit your needs.

Once you've bought the car, the list to maintaining a family car is important, as a neglected vehicle can cause serious issues. So, here are my 4 ways of maintaining a family car...

30 May 2018

Low-Cost Ways to Update Your Home

Keeping your house looking fresh and modern can be a bit of an uphill struggle, especially if you are working with a tight budget. Fortunately, as you will see, there is actually plenty of affordable ways to get the job done. Here are a few of the ones I think have the potential to work well.

29 May 2018

Win My Living World Bug Safari & Ant World

The WildLife Trusts 30 Days Wild is running throughout June. The campaign encourages everyone to do something wild every day in June and to get outdoors. Nick Baker’s My Living World Nature Study kits are a great way to investigate nature’s creatures up close. Nick Baker is the vice president for the Wildlife Trusts and he has worked closely with Interplay to create the My Living World sets. 

Today I am running a giveaway to win 2 of these amazing sets - Bug Safari and Ant World so that one winner can truly get outside and explore what nature has available.

Keeping My Bleached Hair Maintained with Philip Kingsley

They say that the hair is an extension of your personality and I think this is so true. I mean, when I'm having a fun month, I'll tint my hair pink, in winter, I'll go a shade darker, and in the summer, I like to go light. 

I have been blonde my whole life. Starting out natural but then going lighter as I got older as my ashy locks left me feeling a little boring. At the moment, my hair is really light blonde and is hard to maintain. Going lighter blonde means trying to combat the yellowing that comes with it. 

Planning The Perfect Day Out For The Family

With summer here, it’s high time to begin planning how you’re going to keep your family entertained over the holidays. It’s a good idea to plan a number of days out as this way you have something to look forward to, and you have time to spend quality hours with your partner and children. Get ahead by looking online and in newspapers for offers and discounts to theme parks, theatre plays, sports activities, and so on. Get hold of a notebook and a pen, and begin planning your day out from start to finish to try and avoid mishaps along the way. Try and cover elements such as travel and cost, nearby facilities, suitable clothing to wear, whether you can use cash, and age and height restrictions of certain pursuits.

26 May 2018

Simba Hybrid Super King Mattress Review

Being a married couple, it's safe to say that the bulk of our disagreements have been about our bed, the space in the bed, and just how we love differing things when we are both trying to sleep. I hate sleeping near anyone as I sleep and loathe when I roll towards my husband, and he has had spinal surgery so needs a good firm mattress that will alleviate any pressure on his spine. 

I was recently contacted by Simba who have their signature, Simba Hybrid Mattress which comes in a box. A box! How weird is that! I was sent a Simba Hybrid Super King Mattress and it arrived vacuum packed and sealed in a box which is much smaller than the mattress - thank goodness. 

How to Quit Smoking with Electronic Cigarettes

I am sure that you are aware of the many benefits of electronic cigarettes and how they are more beneficial than regular cigarettes. One of the major benefits is the fact that it can help you save money and can even help you save enough to enjoy that family holiday you have always been longing for.

In addition, electronic cigarettes have health benefits as you will not have to inhale those nasty toxins and chemicals associated with regular cigarettes. The best thing about switching to electronic cigarettes is that it will eventually help a smoker stop smoking entirely.

23 May 2018

How City Design Affects The Way You Feel

Have you ever heard of the famous Winston Churchill quote “We shape our buildings and afterwards our buildings shape us.” He said this when considering repairing the House of Commons in 1943 after multiple bomb attacks.

The idea behind this may have seemed a little strange now as well as at the time, but it seems that Winston Churchill may have just hit the nail on the head.

Amazing DIY Firepit Ideas for Your Garden

Have you always wanted to include a firepit in your garden but don’t like the style of shop bought ones? If so, making your own is the option for you but building it properly so that it can withstand the heat is critical. But it is possible. And here’s how.

The flames of a fire are mesmerising as they are warming and so it is no wonder that many people are including them in the garden. By adding heat in this way, you can use your garden long into the evening and also on cooler evenings in the autumn too.

22 May 2018

5 Things You'll Realise When Vacationing With Your Family

Vacationing with family can be one of the most fun, stressful, and eye opening experiences of your life. It doesn’t matter whether you’re travelling with your entire family including long lost cousins or you’re simply going with your kids - you’re bound to realise a few things on your trip together. Here are just 5 of the things you’ll probably realise when vacationing with your nearest and dearest: 

14 May 2018

5 Frugal Tips for Families living on a Single Income

It's been very difficult for families of all shapes and sizes to make ends meet lately. However, few people feel the pinch quite like families on a single income. Whether someone in your clan has unexpectedly lost their job, or you're expecting a new child and know that someone's going to have to take some time off to care for the baby, it's important to know how you can cope with living on a single income.

While making ends meet on one income can be difficult, it's not impossible - particularly when you have the right tips and tricks to help you. The following ideas might give you the guidance you need to live comfortably with the cash you have.

13 May 2018

5 Tips To Make Your CV Stand Out

Writing a CV always takes a lot of time and can be one of the toughest challenges of job hunting. This is the case whether you are starting from scratch or updating your details to make it zing. As someone who writes a lot, I find that family and friends come to me when it comes to checking over these sorts of things, and for me, there are many parts of the CV that are being let down.

Recently, TMI Resourcing asked me all about how I make my CV zing, and so here are my 5 tips to make you CV stand out from the crowd...

Taking Our First Family Holiday Abroad

For years we dreamt of being able to take the children abroad. Each time we did, something came up to stop us being able to afford it - or J turned up which meant no travelling whilst he was too young to enjoy it.

We saved and saved, every last bit of extra money available, and eventually was able to fly abroad as a family of 5. Spain was ideal for the boys first flight as it was only 2 and a half hours so we could see how they would react to flying. Luckily they all loved it!

12 May 2018

Gaining Body Confidence With Hunkemöller

As someone who suffers really badly with my self-confidence, going on holiday to Spain and wearing a bikini whilst there, would have never normally have been on the agenda. Usually a swimsuit would have sufficed, and I'd have still been conscious about my body whilst wearing it. 

But over the past few month I have been working on my self-confidence loads. Going to the gym to help me lose weight, and firm up, eating better, and just trying to love myself for me. It's been such a hard journey, and I'm still not finished, but it meant that when we flew to Spain a fortnight ago, I actually wore a bikini. 

11 May 2018

Miele W1 WWG120 9KG 1600RPM Washing Machine Review

Having a large family means that we go through tons of loads in the washing machine each week. As soon as one load is washed and dried, another is going in to be washed. This means that we need a machine that is reliable and can cope with the amount of washing that I'll be throwing at it. 

I was lucky enough to receive the Miele W1 WWG120 washing machine from AO.com and it arrived the day after we got back from Spain so it had a very good workout in it's first few days with us - 11 loads in fact!

10 May 2018

Dyson AM06 Cool Fan Review

Bank holiday weekend has been a gone, and since we got back from Spain, the weather has been scorching. It's been the perfect week full of gorgeous weather - I think we may have brought it back with us!

The day after we arrived back from our holiday, as we were starting to melt from the British sun, a fabulous Dyson Cool AM06 Fan arrived from AO.com and it was out of the box and ready to be used in no time at all. 

6 May 2018

Children's Holiday Essentials

When it comes to going abroad for the first time with a child, it's important to have a couple of things with you to make the transition easy. Playing outdoors, and in the pool all day, can come with it's own problems so having items ready to combat this is the perfect way to start a holiday.

2 May 2018

How to Create the Perfect Girls Bedroom

There are many factors that you will need to consider before making the perfect girls’ bedroom. You will want to create a bedroom that is full of warmth and colour as well as a bedroom that can stand the test of time and be useful and relevant as your child grows up. Here are some of the ways you can help transform a room into the perfect girls’ bedroom.

26 April 2018

What opportunities does a career in the photography industry provide?

When you decide to take up a career as a photographer, you are likely to think that it is a relatively limited career, with only a few different paths to take. Of course, the majority of people decide to work as a wedding photographer, or perhaps in a studio, and whilst these are great ideas, they are certainly not the only ones.

The great thin about becoming a photographer is that there really are a whole host of different career paths that you can go down. Not only this, but there are a wealth of opportunities open to you too, which means that it is an exciting and varied skill to have.

25 April 2018

10 Ways To Have Me Time | Guest Post by Joanna Victoria

Hi everyone My name is Joanna and I write at Joanna Victoria. I’m an Ultimate Bookworm, coffee and Netflix addict. I’m also mummy to 3 year old Blake and wife to Stuart. We live in a small town in Bedfordshire. Thank you to Michaela for letting me take over her blog for today.

Me time is often something us Mum’s rarely have as we spent most of our time focusing on the children. It's also something we feel guilty about when we actually do have a moment to ourselves. We definitely shouldn't though as its so important to focus on ourselves so we don't end up burning out.

24 April 2018

5 Reasons Why You Should Financially Invest in Your Garden

The garden can be a gold mine on your doorstep but with so few of us making the most of our gardens, take a look at five reasons why investing in your outdoor space, no matter how small, could bring a return on investment.

IVF With Donor Eggs And Rainbow Babies

Did you know that it is estimated that one in four pregnancies in the UK end in miscarriage?* Also, in 2016 one in every 225 births ended in still birth in the UK*. Miscarriage and still birth are heartbreaking and devastating moments for every couple trying to conceive. Fortunately, for many lucky families the storm goes away and the rainbow comes in the form of a healthy “rainbow baby.” However, there are many women who keep experiencing recurrent miscarriages and are struggling to carry to term. Recurrent miscarriage is defined as having three or more miscarriages in a row. The problem touches approx. one in a hundred British women. What are the causes?

21 April 2018

My Summer Holiday Essentials

Tomorrow sees us go abroad for the first time as a family of 5 and coming with that is the trials and tribulations of getting 3 children, a husband and a lot of cases on and off planes whilst keeping a sane head. When it comes to going abroad, I think there are a few items that are essentials to make sure you have the best time possible. 

So, here is my list of summer holiday essentials for adults... And make sure you keep an eye on my social channels over the next few weeks for photos of some of these items in all their glory, out in the sun. Trying to photograph big items out of place means some of these will be better when chilling by the pool!

20 April 2018

Scoping Out The Aldi Baby and Toddler Specialbuy Event

I love shopping at supermarkets as most nowadays give you the option of buying your groceries, whilst filling your trolley with goods that didn't used to be available in supermarkets. Aldi are great for this - each week they have a new Specialbuy event with deals from home and garden to cars and hobbies. 

The Aldi Baby and Toddler Specialbuy Event is on this week and, as always, they have an amazing selection of products for little ones ranging from bedroom furniture to books, feeding time to bath time and loads more, all available at Aldi’s everyday amazing low prices.

17 April 2018

What Should You Eat For A Healthy Smile?

In the era of social media, Instagram pictures and selfies, everybody wants to look gorgeous and have a Hollywood smile. You might agree that a photo of an individual with neglected or missing teeth can make the poster self-conscious. 

16 April 2018

Benefits of a Healthy Diet to Boost Health

Eating right is one of the building blocks to a healthier lifestyle and feeling great. As a parent, it’s also essential to keep your energy levels in tiptop condition for running after your little ones all day. While coffee is probably the go-to for most people looking for that pick me up, in fact, making some small changes can have positive effects on your mood, stress levels and body. Keeping active and eating a well-balanced diet is something that we’re bombarded with on a daily basis but for a busy parent, that can be easier said than done. By incorporating some little changes into your diet and making some time to do a little exercise, even if it’s just ten minutes, can help to boost your health in many ways.

5 Ways To Create A Comfortable Bedroom

You're allowed to take shortcuts in life, especially if they make your house pretty. Bedroom decorating is always a hot topic and no matter how big or small your bedroom, making your bedroom soothing and interesting, while maximising your storage and still looking elegant and decorative is a challenge. 

So here are my 5 ways to create a comfortable bedroom...

13 April 2018

Updating The Kids Room On A Budget - It Can Be Done!

Like many mums, we’re working on a budget. So, when it comes to redecorating the kids room or just thinking of a few updates, the cost can quickly add up. So, we’ve come up with a few wallet-friendly ideas of how you can update your kids rooms without breaking a sweat or the bank!

12 April 2018

Combating My Body Issues With Silk'n Lipo

As someone who works out a lot and tries to eat, mostly, well - it can be disheartening sometimes when there are certain parts of my body that I just cannot seem to lose. No matter how I change up my routines, and push myself at the gym even more, my excess baggage in the tummy area just wont shift. 

It's my 'mummy pouch', the 'mum tum', the bit around my waist that held my boys for so long but now just holds an inner emptiness of self-consciousness. The reason that I dread going swimming, that I'm dreading our holiday, and why I hate looking in the mirror - because no matter what I do, it's always there. 

11 April 2018

My Pre-Holiday Beauty Essentials

Isn't it weird, that as women, even before we step foot on our holiday, we have to prep. I mean, I'm not usually someone who focuses on their appearance too much - contour and dark eyebrows are lost on me, but before a holiday, I seem to take on this new persona whereby I have to get myself prepped for the trip. 

It's not so much a fad diet, or bikini body, I've learned that having a bikini body just means having a body and wearing a bikini. But just those beauty regimes to give your skin, hair and body a boost. Not only to make you feel better about the skin you're in, but giving your body a good going over can protect your very skin from the sun and the effects. 

So, here are my Pre-Holiday Beauty Essentials that I've been using on the run up to our holiday in a couple of weeks.

8 April 2018

5 Tips For A Stress Free Flight With Children

This year, we are looking to start travelling more as a family, trying to venture further afield than the UK to explore the World and our surroundings. To show the children the amazing sights, the beautiful cultures of other countries and give them those experiences to grow up with. 

In a fortnight we start our first step onto this journey with a short haul travelling to Spain so we can gauge how the boys react to flying. C suffers with anxiety so this will be a big moment to see what he'll be like as a flyer. 

6 April 2018

The Best Investment You Can Make for Your Family

When it comes to being a parent, your priority will always, naturally, be your children. Their happiness, their well-being, their education, and their security. One of the aspects of this is providing them with a stable home, and to do so, you need financial stability. Having a second income can grant you this stability and can give you money every month that you can either use to further your investments, can put into your children’s education fund, retirement, or simply save for a rainy day. One of the best ways you can do this as a parent is to invest in the property market. When you do this, of course, you will need to know all that you can about property insurance for first time landlords. You don’t want to make a mistake that could cost you.

5 April 2018

Your Guide To Creating A Bedroom Fit For A Mum

There’s nothing better than climbing into bed after a long day of chasing after the kids. As parents we certainly learn to appreciate the little things in life! Being a busy mum it’s easy to forget that the bedroom can be so much more than just somewhere you flop every evening.

With that in mind, here you’ll find a few quick and simple ways you can turn your night time nest into a calming, stylish and beautiful room that’s not just for sleeping – it’s just for you!

2 April 2018

Creating A Rose Gold Master Bedroom

We've slowly been getting round to updating the decor in our house lately. It started last month when I wrote about how we created a silver and grey livingroom, and now we've gone upstairs to the next lot of rooms. 

The master bedroom in our house was in dire need of updating. It has been dark purple since we moved in and it made the room look so dark and dreary. I've always dreamt of having a bedroom that is relaxing but luxurious, and has the design that looks bold but serine at the same time.

1 April 2018

VonHaus Single Pine Bed Review

A few days ago I wrote about how we'd been Creating A Boys Bedroom That Will Grow With The Ages and the VonHaus single pine bed was a part of that post. I wanted to write a little more about why I chose this bed as the single one for this bedroom. 

The VonHaus single pine bed comes in white and gives an update to the bedroom so that J can sleep in style in this popular shaker style bed. I adore this style of bed and luckily this one comes in different sizes so that even adults could have this gorgeous bed also. 

30 March 2018

Creating A Boys Bedroom That Will Grow With The Ages

Trying to create a nice room for children can be so hard work. You want one that can grow through the years but still look like a child's room. Throw having 3 children, who all want to share, into the mix and I knew that we could be heading for disaster. 

As all the boys wanted to share, we have had to organise their rooms to fit. One room is now the toy room and has most of the drawers in there to store clothing and keep all their books housed. The other room is the bedroom and will be home to their beds as the main room for the boys.

27 March 2018

5 Amazing Tips For Re-purposing Old Furniture

We all have pieces of furniture in our home that are probably past their best, but that you simply cannot bear throwing away. This could be a table that is looking worn and tired, or perhaps tub chairs that have more than just a few bare patches and are perhaps not as comfortable as they used to be.

Rather than having to resign yourself to the fact that you are going to have to chuck that prized piece of furniture away, there are lots of ways that you can re-purpose, mend and recreate old furniture into something new.

26 March 2018

Great Ways to Host a Big Birthday Party

If you or a family member has a special birthday coming up, you should find this article especially helpful. Today, I have put together some details of easy ways you can cater for a lot of people. The aim is for you to be able to treat everyone to special food without having to spend the entire party in the kitchen, cooking.

Serve a hog roast A particularly good approach is to hire a Hog Master from Hog Roast Machines. They are professional spit-roasters that will enable you to roast an entire hog. A medium sized hog will easily feed 80 people. Pork is one of the lowest cost meats you can buy, which means that a hog roast is a really affordable way to feed a lot of people.

22 March 2018

Travel More for Less: How to Get those Great Deals

When you have a family, getting the best deals means that you can do more. It doesn’t matter what income you have; everyone should aim to save money when they can. When it comes to travel, this is particularly important. Knowing when the best time to book flights can save you so much money and can mean the difference between a weekend holiday to a lengthy vacation. Knowing the best days to fly isn’t enough, either. The optimal time to book longhaul flights is September research by Opodo reveals, meaning families should book their beach holiday at the start of the school year.

How Gender-Neutral Clothing Is Changing The Fashion Industry

The days of women only wearing skirts and men the ones who are allowed to wear trouser suits are long behind us. Many brands are removing gender labels from their clothing ranges and embracing gender fluidity, emphasising that people should be able to wear what they want! 

Even if the labels aren’t there, designers have been taking inspiration from the traditional styles of the opposite sex for many years - women can now purchase boyfriend-cut jeans and you can get men’s skirts. Together with Trilogy Stores, retailer of premium brand Rebecca Taylor, I have explored the topic further.

20 March 2018

Every Second Counts - Making The Most Of Your Weekends

During the working week, it's safe to say that most of that Monday to Friday day times are spent working and looking after all things to do with the kids. The weekends are another matter though, and having those 2 days to play with, it's important to make sure you try out new things in your new-found free time. 

The Waterfront Hotel, a wedding venue and spa in Bedfordshire, have listed some suggestions to show what you can do on those long weekends...

19 March 2018

Getting To Rediscover Reservoirs With Yorkshire Water

As someone who walks a lot with my children and extended family, I think it's so important to have places that are accessible to everyone. It's so hard going somewhere for a day out, to realise that the pram, not to mention a wheelchair bound person or someone with a walking stick, can't access the route because of issues with inaccessibility. 

Yorkshire Water, who are the second largest landowner in Yorkshire, are currently striving to enhance its access across some of the most scenic reservoirs in the UK to combat this by opening up accessible routes. Not only will this make their reservoirs easier to manage on a family walk, but will allow more wheelchair and mobility aid users to visit and experience these tranquil countryside spots that others have had the privilege to do over the years. 

18 March 2018

Ten Reasons Why Artificial Plants Are Cool!

All professional spaces need to present their business in the most effective manner as the adage ‘love at first sight’ is equally applicable in the business arena. Studies conducted also indicate that people become relaxed and productive if they are staying close to the nature. 

No matter, if you happen to be the owner of a prime commercial setting, or a person involved in construction of the same; you would naturally want to embellish the place with natural elements. Using live plants means you are opening the Pandora’s Box of problems and for this reason, using the fake landscaping elements have reached great popularity in modern landscaping themes.

12 March 2018

How to Avoid Wrinkles & Slow Down Skin Ageing

Few of us are happy to find another wrinkle staring back at us from the bathroom mirror. Indeed, millions of pounds are spent each year on pricey cosmetics and surgical procedures designed to keep our skin looking smooth, supple and youthful. But despite all this expense could we be missing out on a whole list of strategies?

As it turns out, the answer might just be “yes”.

8 March 2018

International Women's Day | The Power Of Self-Love

With International Women's Day falling today, I thought I'd write about the new trend emerging amongst women. It’s all about self-appreciation and self-loving. It is the rise of the self-love ring; some women are even taking it as far as marrying themselves and others are in a relationship referred to as ‘sologamy’. Together with Angelic Diamonds, retailers of engagement rings, I've take a closer look at the trend and how women are showing off their independence.

7 March 2018

5 Innovative Design Ideas for a Garden Haven

Do you want your garden to stand out in your neighbourhood? If so, you must aim to develop a unique exterior design that your neighbours couldn’t possibly compete with, even if they tried. Looking for some outdoor inspiration to get started? Here are five innovative design ideas for a garden haven.

Keeping Everyday Costs Down

Sometimes we think with our hearts and not with our heads. Making New Year’s resolutions can often be disastrous, with 80% of people failing by February and regretting it instantly. One of the most common New Year’s resolutions is to cut down on spending, and although this sounds achievable, if you don’t have a fully-pledged strategy in place, the likeliness of failure spirals out of control.

And I'm sure we all can understand that people can be victim to an unexpected expense — whether this is a home appliance breaking or making that third trip on a bus with only a return ticket. It all adds up in the end. Here are a couple of ways to save a little money in every costs. 

2 March 2018

My 2018 Mother's Day Gift List

With Mother's Day less than 2 weeks away, on Sunday 11th March, it's fallen early this year so we all need to be prepared. 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 2018...

5 Ways To Get Millennials Renting Your Properties

Millennials - everyone always assumes that they are part of the younger generation, but in actual fact, anyone born from the mid 80's to early 90's would be classed as a Millennial. That includes me. And no matter what you think of us millennials as a generation, one thing is certain: a big chunk of us will be renting for the foreseeable future.  

With so many millennials renting, here are what I think are the key features that today’s 20 and 30-somethings want to see when shopping around for their next place to live. 

1 March 2018

Suggestions To Help You Love Your Home More

Whilst you may love living with your family under one roof and making memories, that doesn’t necessarily mean you love your house itself. Over the years, you’ve probably seen furnishings slowly wearing away, paint on the walls beginning to fade, and appliances breaking down one by one. It’s easy to fall out of love with your house if you let it fall into disrepair, and we all lead such busy lives that it’s very easy to let that happen. However, a home should be a place of joy. You shouldn’t feel uncomfortable here. The following suggestions might help you love your home more.

28 February 2018

World Book Day | What Is The UK’s Favourite Bedtime Story?

The boys adore reading - we have so many books that not only is their bookshelf in their bedroom fit to burst, but there are boxes full in the toy room too. We have to alter them around each month so that they can read new books, and find old favourites again.

But bedtime books are a different thing. Each of the boys have their favourite one, and it differs to the ones that they'd usually read during the day.

27 February 2018

5 Common Misconceptions about Medical Negligence Claims in the UK

Misconceptions about medical negligence cases are, fortunately or unfortunately, more common than medical negligence cases themselves. Here are five common misconceptions about medical negligence claims in the UK. We’ll also give you the truth behind these myths and explain why some of these myths exist.

4 Ways To Get The Best Deal When Buying A Used Car

When it comes to buying a family car, there are many factors that can attribute to which you decide to buy in the end. Things like fuel consumption, size, mechanical workings and issues are obvious, but once you have children, there is an even longer list to make sure it's a car that will fit your needs.

If you decide to buy a used car, then there are more things to think about too. And so, here are my 4 ways to get a great deal when buying a use car. 

24 February 2018

Popular Gifts To Remember Loved Ones

If you have recently lost someone who is close to you, then chances are that you are going to want to keep their memory alive as much as you possibly can. This is why memorial gifts have become all the more popular. Whether they are gift to someone else who is dealing with the loss of a loved one, or something for you to treasure, they come in a variety of forms which means that you always have plenty of choice.

But what are the most popular choices when it comes to gifts to remember loved ones by? Here is round up of some of them.

23 February 2018

Our Mission To Reduce Food Waste And Save Money

Food waste is a worldwide epidemic, as is the waste that comes with food - the packaging. More than one-third of all food produced globally is wasted or spoiled. And this organic matter in landfills provides 20% of all methane emissions, a potent greenhouse gas that contributes considerably to climate change.

We are a nation of throw-awayers. Once something is opened for a couple of days, or closer to its best-before date, we throw it away. Without a though for whether it's still okay to use or how much we are wasting. 

How Can You Incorporate Technology into Your Home?

Smart living is the use of technology to make living in your home more useful and connected. But with so much technology to choose from, it is easy to be confused. Underfloor Heating Trade Supplies takes a look at how to seamlessly incorporate technology into your home.

Technology does, in the main improve our lives. It can help us connect with our homes, saving money on energy and make the space we call home a more comfortable place to live too.

But are technological innovations for the home equal? Which ones are worth the investment?

17 February 2018

Candy Grand'O Vita GVS1610TH 10KG Washing Machine Review

Having a large family means that we go through tons of loads in the washing machine each week. As soon as one if washed and dried, another if going in. So this meant when our washing machine decided to go on strike a few weeks ago, we were left wondering how we were going to wash the mountains piling up. 

That's when AO.com came to our rescue and offered us the Candy Grand'O Vita Washing Machine which meant that we could get back to washing in no time at all. What I love about AO.com, is that they have next day delivery, and you can choose to have the appliance installed and old one recycled too. This means that you don't have to go long without an appliance and can get straight to using it as soon as it's been delivered.

15 February 2018

Educational Toys For Pre-School Children

A couple of week ago, J turned 3 year old. This got me thinking about wanting to get him more toys that work as a dual purpose - for fun, and for educational purposes. It seems there has been a shift in this direction in recent years and now most toys for pre-school children are aimed at giving young children a fun toy to play with whilst teaching them basic subjects. 

So this post is showing off some of the educational toys that J loves, and that I think are fantastic for pre-school children...

14 February 2018

Footwear For All Seasons With Footway

I'm not gunna lie, I probably have more pair of footwear than I care to admit. The amount of shoes I need to find spaces for is ridiculous so I have to alternate them around each season to fit in the shoe cupboard.

I'm not really a heels and lipstick type of girl, biker boots and trainers are more my thing, and so when Footway asked if I wanted to pick out a few pairs of shoes from their site, I bet you can guess what I went for. 

Footway is an online shoe store, selling great shoes to 11 countries. The most important things for them is quick shipping and a great shopping experience. As I scrolled their website to check out their options, I realised just how easy they have made it. No fiddling with sidebars, and searching for shoes to find them not in your size. As soon as you enter their website, it asks what size you are looking for (options for men, women and kids) and then brings you all the available shoes in that size. No messing. No fuss...

12 February 2018

Coping With My Child's First School Residential

Next month my eldest son is going to be off on his first residential trip with primary school, he is eight years old and it’s the first time he will be away from home without family around him. I honestly thought I would be fine with it as I am generally so busy with life, my blog and the other two boys that I didn’t think I would give it a second thought.

I have avoided the school Facebook so I didn't have to think about it and hid from conversations in the playground as the other parents ensure they have everything the children will and generally tried not to think about it too much.

9 February 2018

Nature Is The Best Way To Nurture Children In Education

Outdoor education doesn’t just engage children in the curriculum or everyday play, it teaches life skills too. Mother Nature is a great teacher and getting kids outside to learn and early years play is good for their brains and their bodies. 

School is very important, but it's not the only setting where your children can learn. Contact with nature is more essential today given that children are spending nearly 8 hours a day using entertainment media and only 6 percent of children ages 9-13 play outside on their own. 

We are at risk of losing an entire generation’s appreciation for how nature works and our love of nature and learning outdoors needs to remain healthy and productive. 

Win | Fuzzikins Cosy Cats or Dozy Dogs set!

The Fuzzikins craft sets are great fun to keep the kids entertained during half-term. Children can help the Fuzzikins get ready for bed with the fabulous Cozy Cats and Dozy Dogs craft sets from Interplay. 

With 3 cats or dogs in each set and everything you need to create and personalise their sleeping bags. You can colour the cats or dogs with whatever designs your heart desires. Wash them and you can colour them again with a new look. Then make their personalised sleeping bag and tuck them in for a cosy nap!

8 February 2018

Win | My Fairy Garden - Discover The Magic Of Nature Through Play

I find that most children's toys nowadays are for fun and for teaching children the ways of the world too. Whether it's through education or discovering the magic of nature through play, there is always a way of teaching children whilst they play. 

With the My Fairy Garden range, children can imagine, create, nurture and grow their own fairy garden. My Fairy Garden is a collectable range that encourages interaction with nature through play. The kits offer children a delightful experience of imaginative open-ended play whilst discovering the magic of growing real plants. There are cute little flowerpot fairy homes, fairy doors to place in your house to allow fairies to enter and Fairy Tale stories to encourage children’s imaginations! 

You can make your child’s bedroom an enchanted place with these magical toys!

7 February 2018

Stay Healthy Even When You're Not Doing the Cooking with These Tips

Winter is a tough time to stay healthy. Wet days and chilly nights can compel us to crave hot, carb-rich food: curries, pizzas, plates of pasta, and the like. It's also easier to hide the pounds we're likely to gain during the winter months under extra layers of clothing. Then it's summer again - and suddenly everyone's on a diet!

If you're watching your weight, finding a healthy takeaway can be something of a challenge. Menus don't always come with nutritional information and it can be awkward (or impossible) to ask a delivery service for a "low-calorie" option. The great news is that there are lots of ways to enjoy a takeout and stay healthy this winter. It's just a matter of knowing what's good for you and what's not!

3 February 2018

Creating A Silver And Grey Living Room

I'm not a person to shy away from colour, and think that every room of our house should show the personalities and loves of the people in them. I love colour. I love different colours. And I love mixing colours to suit us. 

I totally not a white and magnolia fan!

So when my husband finally gave me the go ahead to start stripping the living room, I got that paper off as fast as I could and started planning what our living room would look like. I knew that I wanted a silver theme, and grey seemed to be an 'in' colour at the moment, and that's where my choice came from.

2 February 2018

Valentine's Gifts For Long Term Couples

If you've been together for a long time, like my husband and I - 13 years and still going strong-ish - then you'll know that after the first couple of years, Valentine's Day doesn't factor in as an important day any more. 

It's not all about the big gestures and romance in abundance, it's about knowing what each other likes and going with that. So this year I thought I would write about the best items to buy to celebrate Valentine's when you've been together an age.

5 Reasons Why Villas Are Perfect For Family Holidays

This year,  we are looking to start travelling more as a family, and try to venture further afield to explore the World and our surroundings. To show the children the amazing sights, the beautiful cultures of other countries and give them those experiences to grow up with. 

When you have children, there is a lot to think about when it comes to travelling, and staying abroad though. And I've joined with Clickstay, who offer villas, apartments and holiday rentals worldwide, to give the 5 reasons why I think villas are perfect for family holidays. 

1 February 2018

From East Coast to West : A Family Road Trip Across America

Now that the boys are getting older, we can start to plan how we will explore the World with them throughout their lifetimes. As a parent, I understand just how important education is, but I also see how travelling, and seeing new Countries for themselves will educate them even more than I could imagine. 

America is the one place that both my husband and I have always wanted to visit. It's such a vast place though that it would mean taking some time out to be able to enjoy it as a whole. From the Eastern Coast of New York, through to rental cabins in Colorado, finishing up at the far west of Los Angeles.

Different Ways To Boost Your Mind, Mood And Fitness

January is the blank sheet we use to plan how our lives are going to pan out over the next year and make resolutions to play out over the following year. Ever since the dawn of gyms, diets and online tutorials, people have pledged their loyalty to a new health regime or skill enhancing class at the turn of the new year — often with poor results. 

I know I gave up making resolutions as I would never stick to them and always ended up going into February feeling deflated at failing to keep up. According to Business Insider UK, 80% of New Year’s resolutions fail by February. So, how do we start a quest for self-improvement and keep it up throughout 2018?

I thought I'd write about ways that you can boost your mind, mood and fitness without pushing yourself at the gym and that don’t revolve around sensible eating.

31 January 2018

Win | InfaCare Bath Bundle

Today, the lovely people from over at InfaCare have given me some of their bath time products to give away. InfaCare's bubbly bath time treats are formulated especially for baby’s skin; both the original Infacare Baby Bath and the Infacare Night Time Baby Bath are ultra-mild and pH balanced with masses of long-lasting bubbles.

A baby’s skin is ten times more delicate than adult skin so InfaCare is formulated to be as natural and gentle as possible which is great for little ones skin as it is so soft and sensitive that it's important not to use harsh products. All 3 of my sons have sensitive skin and InfaCare is a firm favourite in the bath. 

My Dream Family Holiday In Australia

Australia is one of the most remote countries in the world and, ironically, one of the most popular places to visit, and for the British to emigrate to too. It's always been one of those places that I've dreamt of visiting but have always felt like it will never happen. 

The flights have always been long, with stop overs in other countries along the way, and when you only have a few weeks of travel, wasting a few days flying probably doesn’t make sense to a lot of travellers. But nowadays, things have changed and you can travel to Australia with no stop overs, just a direct 17 hour flight to Perth. 

And so, I thought I'd write about the reasons why we'll be braving that long venture across the skies to Australia:

This Years Home Design Trends

Starting a new Year is the time in which many people look for change. Whether it be starting a new fitness routine or eating better with a New Years Resolution, January is the month to switch things up and it shouldn’t stop at home.

In fact, over the next month or so, our home will be getting completed gutted and revamped into new styles. Oldrids & Downtown, retailer of bedroom furniture, have predicted just what the trends look like for home design in 2018.

28 January 2018

Into The Kitchen | Joseph Joseph Nest 9 Plus

I don't know about you, but I love experimenting in the kitchen to create new flavours, new tastes for the boys to try. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't - but it's all about trial and error - the more they taste, the more they'll like!

As someone who spends a lot of time in the kitchen, I love purchasing items, for the kitchen and for dining, that make me happy. I love bright colours and I love anything that is practical and space saving - so when I saw the Joseph Joseph Nest 9 Plus, I knew that it would suit my love for bright and practicality. 

26 January 2018

What Are Your Family Holiday Traditions?

Going away together as a family is something that we all look forward to and, no doubt, you all have your own unique traditions that you uphold. Whether it is where you go for breakfast, events that you attend or activities that you all do together, most of us have one or two holiday customs that we keep without fail.

Where you decide to go away may well be your tradition, especially if you have family members that you visit. Whatever it is, it just doesn’t quite feel right until you keep family tradition. So, what are your traditions? Do you have a tradition? Or perhaps you have a tradition without even realising it’s a tradition.

22 January 2018

Escape To Enchantment With Only & Eve Scented Candles & Diffusers

Only & Eve, Only & Eve Candle, Only & Eve Diffuser,

When I light a scented candle, I want the scent to take me off into the unknown. To make me feel as though I am somewhere else. Somewhere enchanting. Somewhere mystical. Somewhere that I can be with myself, reading a book or relaxing in the bath - glass in hand - and just be with myself. 

I want the scent to take me away from the day to day grind. From the worries of daily life. From the smell of the laundry piling up. I just want a scent that I can take me away. When I choose a candle, I always go for a scent that feels personal to me. 

I check the ingredients for ones I know will suit me. Pine for the far away forests, pink papaya and coconut for the escape away. As the scent travels through my home, I imagine myself on that white sandy beach, watching the crystal clear water touch my toes. A gentle breeze tussling the trees behind me as the sunset slowly creeps over.

21 January 2018

Reducing Sugary Snacks With Jammie Dodgers Oaty Bites

Shopping for healthy, yet tasty and exciting snacks for the kids can be such hard work for a parent. You want to give your children a healthy diet, but no one wants to eat bland goodness all day every day, and children need to feel as though food is not only a substance to fill them up, but gives them a taste sensation when it hits their mouth. 

As a parent, I must confess that even though I am very conscious and limit how many sweets, chocolates and crisps my children consume, when it comes to biscuits and snack packs, I always forget that these can sometimes lack any good nutritional content. I guess with these snacks being such a small part of their diet, it's easy to disassociate.

20 January 2018

What to Look for in a Garden Furniture Set

With the first rays of warm summer sun, we want to be out enjoying the garden. But if you are fed up of sitting on rickety chairs or eating from a wobbly plastic table, now is the time to invest in a garden furniture set. Get it right, and it will last for many summers to come. But how do you make the right choice?

On the face of it, choosing a garden furniture set shouldn’t be too much of a problem. And yet, we seem to have to keep buying chairs and tables summer after summer, wasting money on items that either don’t last the season or are not comfortable, stylish or remotely suitable for how we use them.

19 January 2018

Doing 10,000 Steps for the Teenage Cancer Trust

In December, the Teenage Cancer Trust asked me to be a part of their new campaign to help promote what they do and help in raising funds at the same time. The Teenage Cancer Trust are here to ensure no young person faces cancer alone – and they need our support to achieve this with raising those all important funds and working to share these campaigns to get the message out there!

Did you know that around seven young people aged between 13 and 24 are diagnosed with cancer every day in the UK. They need expert treatment and support from the moment they hear the word ‘cancer.’ The Teenage Caner Trust the only charity dedicated to making this happen.

17 January 2018

Camping When You Have A Large Family - What Car Is Best?

Camping - it's not only a great alternative to a traditional holiday, but it is a way to get to know nature and spend time as a family without breaking the bank. But it's not always easy to do. Camping with kids, especially a large family, takes some planning and forethought.

Having come from a large family, and been camping a few times with my brood, we have learned a few things over the years and my top tip...

16 January 2018

I've Given Up Trying To Love My Body Imperfections

Everyday there is a new article online about how we should learning to love our bodies - in 3 easy steps or some other kind of target led strategy. And said articles are always full of women who have learnt to love their freckles, their bum, their tum, or all three and it's great to see.

Life isn't always about following what a glossy mag tells us to do. Not every body is the same and those 3 steps that works for one person, might not work for you. And it can be upsetting when something doesn't work like it says it will.

But here's the thing — I don’t love my body imperfections, and I don't think I should have to...

Changes In The Food And Drink Industry To Come In 2018

As consumer and dietary trends change over time, what we purchase from the supermarket also varies. So, what should you be adding to your shopping list in 2018? Suttons, online gardening retailers and advocates of grow your own vegetables, investigates:

15 January 2018

The Benefits Of Colour In Early Years

A baby is born with monochrome vision and is unable to distinguish the difference between colours until they are about 8 month old. At around 3-4 years, a child can begin to recognise basic colours as frequent exposure to colours can help strengthen this skill.

That's why young children’s brains are stimulated by bright colours. Not only does it grab their attention, but it fuels their inquisitive minds too. 

14 January 2018

Reducing Our Emissions: Will Waste Products Fuel Our Aeroplanes?

There has been a continuous climb in the amount of people travelling by plane and there are no signs of it slowing down anytime soon. We in fact go on our first family holiday abroad in three months time and the boys cannot wait to go on a plane.  

When boarding the flight, the last thing on our minds will be the source of fuel the aircraft is using. Did you know that waste management experts, Reconomy, who are unbeatable on skip hire prices, have looked into whether waste will be used as the new fuel for our aeroplanes.

13 January 2018

Win A Milton Hygiene Bundle

Milton is probably a household name to most people, and if you have children, then it's likely that you'll have used their sterilisation products before. And with Milton more recently launching into microwave steam sterilisation market, it's highly probable that you've used one of their products throughout some time. 
But did you know that Milton also have a range of cleaning products too?

From washing up liquid and surface spray to surface wipes and even hand gel. Milton has it all and it all kills 99% of germs and bacteria to keep your home protected from germs. And I am giving a bundle of the Milton cleaning range away.

12 January 2018

Finding The Best Deals at the Aldi Baby and Toddler Specialbuy Event

As a parent and someone who has to be conscious of where and how much, I spend when it comes to stocking up, I love when an Aldi Specialbuy event arrives and it's something that is suitable for us. Well, the Aldi’s hugely popular Baby and Toddler Specialbuy event is returning this month (available online from 14th Jan and instore from the 18th) and is perfect timing for mums and dads who might be feeling the financial pinch after the festive period.

As always, there is an amazing selection of products for your little ones on offer ranging from bedroom furniture to buggies, feeding time to bath time and more all available at Aldi’s everyday amazing low prices.

11 January 2018

Three Tips for Moving House With a Young Family

Moving can be an exciting time for a family. It can mean moving to a bigger home, moving to a nicer area, and it can mean having a much-needed fresh start. Convincing your young children that the move is a good idea, however, can be problematic if you don’t do it right. This is because children thrive on routine. Moving to a new house unbalances that routine. It means more than a new bedroom, it means a new life, and they have no idea what to expect.

That is why, to have a happy, successful move, you should follow these three tips:

3 January 2018

Customer Service - How To Get It Right!

As someone who spends a lot of time, and money, buying products (mostly stuff for the kids), I know just how important good customer service can be and how it affects where I spend my money. Bad customer service seriously puts me off ever wanting to spend money with a brand again and those who send you round in circles on the phone, constantly putting you on hold - no thanks!

Businesses that are doing it right, I personally think are the ones who put all the information you might ever need, in easy reach of you. I mean, you don't want to be trying to find out how to contact your oven supplier and getting no where on their website.

Clear information is paramount for me and if I go on a website where I can't find their information, I click off. CCSN can be used to find almost any contact details if you are struggling to find a customer service number for a Government agency or a major business in the UK

So, how do you get it right?

5 New Years Resolutions for my Children

New Years Resolutions have always seemed a bit of a fad thing to do. Every year we'll all say how we'll lose weight, eat less and move more, but after the first few weeks, it starts to slide and we forget that we even made any resolutions - until next year when we make the same ones again!

This got me thinking about New Years Resolutions and how we should start to learn at a young age about trying new things, and doing new things. New Years Resolutions are supposed to be about bettering ourselves, and opening ourselves up to new things - not just something we say just to have a resolution. 

And so I thought I'd list 5 New Years Resolutions that my children and I will be focusing on over the next year in the hope that they will become normal life from now on...