17 August 2018

Plus Size Swimwear To Make Your Body Pop

Being nearly naked in swimwear on a beach, you want your body to look fabulous, so here are my favourite picks of swimwear for women - no matter your body shape. Because remember, it doesn't matter what you wear, as long as you are comfortable in it, but it's great when you have a beautifully fitting swimsuit to flatter your figure...

15 August 2018

Mum Style On The School Run With JD Sports

As a mum to 3 children, I don't have a lot of time to spare on a morning to think about my own outfit for the school run. On the school run I see a lot of people with their hair done, make up on and a nice outfit and wonder how they have the time to get ready, as I don't 

For me, it's usually a case of just grabbing the first thing out of the wardrobe and hoping it matches with leggings - My go to outfit is usually a pair of leggings, a crop top and a nice pair of trainers but I try not to look like the tired 30 year old mum of 3 that I am whilst on the school run and always want to make more of an effort to dress better.

14 August 2018

Stocking Up At The Aldi Baby And Toddler Specialbuy Event

It's that time of year again when Aldi being out the big guns of their baby and toddler Specialbuy event and us parents get the chance to stock up on all those essentials that little ones need. As usual, Aldi has a great selection of products for little ones from bedroom furniture to books, feeding time to bath time and more all available at Aldi’s everyday amazing low prices.

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, which starts this Thursday in store, and it's something that is suitable for us.

We love Aldi in this household. I love the deals they have and I love their foods - especially their meats. But I mostly love that they have new offers each week based on the seasons and times of the year so that you know there will always be something new to tempt you. 

Aldi Mamia nappies are the best I have ever used for my boys and so I always stock up whenever I'm in store. Although now we don't use nappies, J just uses pull-ups for bed, so I buy them instead. I'm still an advocate of their nappies though and all my siblings use them now for their babies. 

The Lacura 2 in 1 Conditioning Shampoo is amazing and even tames J's piles of curls. It smells divine to. Aldi also do a 3 in 1 version which helps to deter head lice too. Leaves the hair clean and feeling soft with a lovely scent to boot.

We were even sent the gorgeous hooded towel above which has press-stud fastening on the sides so is perfect for wearing after the bath without it slipping off - we've actually packed it ready for our next holiday as it's perfect for drying at the side of the pool. 

This Specialbuy event sees a whole new range of books and puzzles coming to Aldi. A Book About Emotions is perfect for C as his anxiety disorder can cause him to get upset easily so he has been loving showing how he's feeling using the book. The train puzzle has also been well loved, as have the bath books.

I do love the Aldi Baby and Toddler Specialbuy event as it means that I get to stock up on pull-ups and wipes for the coming months and can usually pick up some great deals on everything. If you're popping to Aldi, or ordering online, then don't forget that it's all whilst stocks last so make sure you don't miss out!

13 August 2018

Twinning Is A Style Win!

As a parent you want your child to be as stylish as you are, or even more. If your child surpasses you in style it's even better as it was you who dressed them so you know your style is on point. It will reflect your good taste in fashion and how updated you are with trends. 

12 August 2018

Win A Fuzzikins Campervan Carry Case

The Fuzzikins craft sets are a great gift for creative kids as they bring adorable fuzzy animals to colour and play with. These craft sets offer hours of fun customising the Fuzzikins and their world and when you're finished, you can wash them and you can colour them again with a new look.

The Fuzzikins Campervan Carry Case (£19.99rrp) can be decorated and has plenty of space for the cats to enjoy a meal or have a quick cat-nap on the pull-down bed. Fuzzikins Cats love life on the open road and like nothing better than to drive their cool Campervan to the beach and party!

Win FabLab Festival Face Tattoo Set

Get the coolest Festival Face Tattoos look and be party ready with FabLab in minutes. These beautiful face tattoos are the coolest look for festivals this summer. With the new FabLab Festival Face Tattoo set from Interplay, you and the kids can look spectacular for festivals in no time.

Apply gorgeously sparkling and elegantly designed glitter and matt tattoos with ease. Every pack comes with over 12 intricate and utterly glamorous or fun and cute designs that can be customised for an individual look! Vibrantly coloured, you can find one to match your outfit! And they are easy to remove again too, so you can go from glam to natural as you please. And they contain no harmful chemicals and are fully tested and 100% non-toxic. 

8 August 2018

How New Lingerie Helps To Build My Body Confidence

I have always struggled with having confidence in my body and this year I have been challenging that by making a conscious effort to love my body. I initially started off by going to the gym and eating better so that my body would be healthier and stronger, but then I realised that I needed to change my own mindset. I mean, my body is amazing, I just need to believe that. 

Over the past few months, I have started showing off my body more in my body confidence section, and even though it might not be perfect to some people, I am starting to love it more and think that showing off my body, will in turn show people that you don't have to have a perfect body according to the media, for it to be perfect for you.

Win One of Two ACE Cleaning Bundles

I love nothing more than having a good cleaning day and getting down and dirty with some cleaning products to scrub the whole house. It's nice to see the end result, and sparkly and clean and smelling lovely, that is until the kids come in and wreck the place again!

Taking Inside Space Outside With A Garden Office

When you have a large family, trying to work out spacial arrangements in the house can be a pain. We have three bedrooms and a lot of storage space but even this doesn't give us enough space to house everything for our family of 5. 

We currently have to move ourselves around to fit everything in. The boys all share the largest bedroom as it means that they can all play together in one room, we have a bedroom and the spare one is currently just a dumping ground for a bit of everything. The games room, the storage area and the office. But we've decided that this year, we'll make use of the land at the side of our house and make a garden office.

7 August 2018

7 Perfect Birthday Gift ideas for Mom

Mother is a special gift for everyone. Mother is always there to protect us, teach us, pamper us and she spends her entire life looking after us and taking care of us. So, for such busy mother, you will have to make sure that her birthday is special. Maybe, till today, it was your mother who has planned all the birthdays in the house. On her birthday this year, it is time for you to do something like that for her and treat her. So, if you are looking for some birthday gifts for your mom, then here are a few suggestions for you. You should try them and your mother will love them for sure.

50th Birthday Gifts For Women

She has come to the golden era of her life and hence finding the perfect gift for her might be a bit of a challenge. The market has a wide assortment of amazing presents that can be personalised for the special person. The plethora of gift choices may leave you overwhelmed. In order to help you, here is a list of the most popular birthday gift ideas for her on the eve of her 50th birthday that can make her day:

31 July 2018

Ways To Save For House Renovations

10 years ago we were lucky enough to get the chance to live in our current house which my parents were in the process of buying. During that time, some of the rooms have had extensive changes to them. Taking it a room at a time to finally sort out the whole house to how we like it. 

I documented how we created a silver and grey living room with not many changes to our actual furniture, and then after that, we focused upstairs and a modern and sleek look was on the agenda when we designed our rose gold master bedroom to give a relaxing place to sleep. 

27 July 2018

Making The Spare Room Into A Games Room

An evening full of games is not meant just for the kids, with so many electronics on the market, there are plenty of activities to keep adults and children of all ages entertained. 

You may think your home has run out of space for a games room, but it’s possible that the spare bedroom, basement or attic is an untapped resource to make this room perfect for the whole family. Whether it’s already furnished, currently an office like our spare bedroom, or waiting to be sorted, you can certainly rework it into a great games room with a little know-how.

26 July 2018

Top 5 Tips To Increase Your Property Value

For some of us, choosing a home means that you are picking a place that you are going to live in for the rest of your life. However, for others, a property is an investment. One that they want to sell on and reap the benefits from in the long term.

If you fit into the second group of people, then chances are that you are going to want to see as much as possible from your investment when the time does come to sell. This means that you will want to know more about ways that you can increase the value of property and attract the best price.

23 July 2018

Numatic Henry Xtra Pet Vacuum Cleaner Review

Since we've lived in this house, we've had many vacuums and tried many brands, the one that has always come up best has been Henry vacuum. We've had him for about 12 years and he's still going strong now. He might have lost a little suction, but in over a decade, he's doing well. 

Well we've now had the chance to review a new Henry, the Numatic Henry Xtra Pet Vacuum Cleaner, and so I thought this would be a good time to take up the challenge and see if the new, pet vacuum, keeps up to my good old Henry. 

22 July 2018

Top Holiday Destinations For New Parents

As a new parent, you can sometimes feel a little out of your depth. You may find that you don’t always have time to enjoy time together as a family as you would have expected and so, when the holiday season comes around, you should make the most of it together. But which places are best for babies and tots? 

With the help of Babythingz, a leading UK supplier of cute cosytoes for prams and buggies I've discovered these top child-friendly holiday destinations for you to choose from when holidaying with little ones. 

16 July 2018

Glossybox Goes Under The Sea

Each month, I have started receiving a Glossybox to help fill up my make up collection. You'll have noticed that I have been sharing photos of my boxes over on Instagram. I enjoy the excitement each month of wondering what will be inside from one month to the next. It's given me a chance to try new make up techniques, new brands and Google what you have to do with some of the items - I'm a make up noob! 

This month, the guys over at Glossybox have sent me an extra box to give away to one of my lucky blog readers. The Under The Sea box is a special for this month and comes with a special design box.

The Results Of My Silk'n Lipo Trial

Over the past couple of month I have been trying to combat my body issues with Silk'n Lipo to see if I can gain body confidence in myself. I have always had issues with my body and these became more prevalent once I had children. 

It has left me feeling low at times. Sometimes not wanting to wear tight clothing, or clothing that will show off those parts pf my body. So when I had the chance to try out the Silk'n Lipo in a 10 week trial I thought it was great to see if I could finally gain some confidence in myself.

4 Ways To Keep Your Car Running And On The Road For Longer

Owning a car can have its positives and negatives - on one hand, it gives you freedom to go wherever you want to without waiting for public transport, but on the other hand, if you don't maintain it, fixing a car can become expensive. 

Maintaining a family car is important, as a neglected vehicle can cause serious issues and be dangerous. So, here are my 4 ways of maintaining a car to keep it safe and running for longer...

15 July 2018

Our 10 Year Anniversary And We're Finally Having A Honeymoon

At the end of this month we will have been married for 10 long years. To be honest, it seems to have flown by in a shot. A click of the fingers and we have a house, 3 children and yearly holidays abroad. 

10 years ago though, things looked different for us. I was made redundant 2 month before our wedding and so it was spent with a lot of worry wondering how we would even afford the wedding, never mind a honeymoon. 

5 Ways You Can Replace A Broken Appliance

We all know how something breaks just as you've got the monthly bills sorted. You know what it's like, money sorted, spare to take the kids out and then the washer gives up, the laptop starts flickering or the dreaded car breaks down and you're left wondering where the money is coming from to replace or fix it.

I know this all too well. We seem to have no luck with appliances, and so as soon as we replace one, another starts to give up. So, I thought I'd write about what you can do when a breakage happens. Here are my 5 ways...

4 July 2018

Can You Feed A Family Of 5 For £50 A Week?

We all know nowadays just how much you need to budget to live a decent life. If we want our yearly holidays and nice days out, we need to budget accordingly and save money wherever we can and sorting out a meal plan can help so much with saving money.

Food waste is such a big problem in our country and one that costs us, and the environment, a fortune. Cooking well on a budget and with minimal waste is a skill but it's something that we're not taught to do. At school, we make fairy cakes but instead we should be taught how to make hearty meals that are cheap to make but nutritious. 

29 June 2018

Does Technology Effect Children's Fitness and Social Abilities?

I think one phrase we seem to often hear parents saying nowadays is “back in my day” things were so different. And this especially comes in with the use of technology amongst the younger generation. This industry is fast growing and with tablets and mobile phones being so easily accessible in recent years, it’s no surprise that kids of all ages seem to be involved with the digital world. 

But how is this effecting their social and physical wellbeing?

Sun, Sea & Family Fun!

Are there many things that sound better than this!? Well, actually, a lot of you will say yes. A day at the beach is a blessing for us adults… but a day at the beach with children can be a different story. Sand in all crevices, salt water in the mouth and eyes, and a nappy that’s bursting full, with a swimsuit that doesn’t seem to want to come off. We’re joking… it’s not all that bad… A little trip to the seaside is something that really should be cherished, it’s memories that you might not be able to make again whilst your children are so young, or whilst they actually want to be out in public with you. Obviously, the older they get, the more that you can relax on your beach trip. If you’re ready to enjoy the weather this weekend, we really do hope you head to the beach for some sea, sun and family fun! Here’s how you can make the most of it. 

24 June 2018

Personalised Stationery From Ryman

As someone who spends a lot of their life writing, I'm sure it's not a shock to you all that I'm a bit obsessed with stationery. Just the sheer amount of pens and pencils I have could last a whole lifetime, but I still like to collect more, even if it's just because they're pretty.

Some I like to use for my photography as they have cute designs on the outside, and some are for display only in my office. It's nice just to have them around the house so that when a post idea pops in my head, I have a notepad close by to jot it down. 

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.