22.12.18

Pour Moi | My Favourite DD+ Swimwear Brand


Few of us can claim to actually enjoy bikini shopping. The stress of buying for a DD+ bust is even worse as it's not just a case of scrolling the net and picking one in a pretty colour, you have to look at support, coverage, hold, and whether you actually like the look, once all that is added in.

For us bigger busted ladies, flimsy triangles and bits of string do little to support, or hold in, the bust, and ones that come in dress sizes can just go straight out the window as they do not translate to bust size at all. Don't even get me start on those of us that wear a different size up top to the bottoms, as that's a whole other ball game.

21.12.18

My Guide To Swimming Aids For Babies and Toddlers


When I was younger, the only way you could learn to swim was to be thrown in and hoping for the best. You might even get a pair of armbands to wear but they'd rub on the arms and whenever you turned to the side they'd poke you in the eye. 

Nowadays though, safety for children in the water is so important and we can now buy a whole host of products to help children float whilst in the water to help prevent them from going under. Obviously none of these items are life jackets and need to be used under constant adult supervision and if used in a safe manner, they'll help children to float, and give them enough buoyancy to practise their breast stroke.

20.12.18

A Wicked Uncle Christmas


When it comes to buying toys that are good for all my children's age ranges, it can be hard work. Trying to look around a website that gives no insight into gifts that are better for younger children or older. It's usually a case of baby, toddler and kids, no in between.

What's fun for one might not be suitable for another. I do like toys that can stand the test of time though and suit all ages, and both genders. Toys that are fun for all and so when Wicked Uncle got in touch, I scoured their website to try and find a couple of toys that the boys would love.

Car Tyre Care List For When You Travel A Lot


Tyres wear down over time, there is no getting away from that fact. It doesn't matter whether you travel locally in short journeys or longer jaunts for work, eventually, mile after mile, tyres will need changing as they don't last forever. 

However, there are a number of things that us travellers can do to preserve tyres for as long as possible, and it makes a lot more financial sense to do so, as the cost of replacing tyres is never something that car owners welcome with open arms.

19.12.18

Megan Markle's Favourite Breakfast Recipe

Having a breakfast packed full of flavour and powerful antioxidants is the way to start off the day on the right track, and Meghan Markle credits her healthy lifestyle to the Californian diet and describes her favourite way to start the day, recommending an “Açaí bowl, clean cleanse shake, or a green juice.”

With her upcoming arrival into motherhood, Meghan has revealed her £4 go-to daily breakfast routine, that’s likely to keep her looking and feeling great even on those late stage pregnancy days; a homemade Sambazon Açaí Bowl made with Brazilian Açaí super fruit berries.

And they're so easy to make too...


How to care for an ageing family member who suffers from incontinence


Our team at HARTMANN Direct are aware of the difficulties of dealing with an ageing family member who suffers from incontinence. There are apparent practical implications when ensuring the comfort of your loved ones. However, maybe more difficult are the emotional consequences for you and for your family member. We cannot underestimate the importance of dignity and respect when dealing with people who are ageing; we cannot just assume that they expect this.

We hope to guide you through possible strategies for coping with all the consequences of incontinence in an ageing family member.

18.12.18

Why are more homes being built with underfloor heating pre-installed?


Most homes nowadays are arriving on the market with underfloor heating pre-installed. Here we explore why there is a trend towards heating from below rather than the standard use of radiators.

Improved technologies
For about the last twenty years there has been a significant advancement in technology. This means that underfloor heating becomes a more rational choice, as the heat is no longer lost into the soil. This means that underfloor heating can now be used to improve the energy efficiency of a house, meeting new building regulations easier than alternative heating systems.

15.12.18

Creating A Dressing Table And Home Office


As a parent to 3 children, and someone who works from home, space can be a bit limited in our house. We have to make good use of the space we have to make sure everything we need is catered for. When I decided I needed and office for my work, it took a lot of manoeuvring around to actually find a corner of space - especially when I already had a dressing table too in the same room and couldn't justify taking up more space.

So it got me to thinking about creating one desk for both. Somewhere I can work when I need to and use as a dressing table on a morning when I'm getting ready or drying my hair. When I showed off my home office last year, I realised that I needed to change it up a bit, to cater for everything I would use the space for, and so here is my updated home office which doubles up as a dressing table...

11.12.18

Rid The Midweek Monotony With Chicken Tonight


I love cooking, it's such a passion. Trying out new recipes, marinades and flavours to see whether they work, and if my kids will eat them. We don't always have time to blast out a brand new meal each day though and usually opt for quick fixes that will get us through, but are still tasty and nutritious.

I like using sauces that not only give meat extra flavour but give different options to have as a meal. And when Chicken Tonight go in touch with me, wanting me to show how you can use their sauces to create some fab midweek meals, I thought now was the best time to show how easy meals can be made, that are varied and quick.

10.12.18

Family photography Experience: The Perfect Gift for Christmas


Looking for the perfect present to give to family or friends this year? A family photography experience could be the unique gift you’re after. 

In the lead up to Christmas, it is often a struggle to think of new gift ideas for family and friends. You want to provide a unique gift; one that is sentimental, and most of all something that they will actually want to keep.

After all, it’s the thought that counts!

8.12.18

Our 2018 Christmas Eve Box


Each year when Christmas arrives, I like to try out a new tradition to see if it'll stick for us, and one we've loved the past few years is having a Christmas Eve Box for the boys. This seems to have grown even more this year with a trend of making a full box, rather than buying a pre-made one, and filling it with super special treats for the day before Christmas.

Presenting young with a box full of treats on December 24th is the latest festive tradition to make its way to the UK from across the Atlantic from the US, with some parents going all out when it comes to personalising their children's boxes and being crafty with homemade wares. 

3.12.18

Cayton Bay | A Parkdean Resorts Holiday

Gifted meals and extras but paid for the stay ourselves

At the beginning of this month, we had booked a holiday to stay in Cayton, on the East Coast. We wanted just a few days away whilst it was the school holidays, just to spend some time together. As a Yorkshire family, there is nothing we love more than exploring our glorious county in search of those little gems that show just how beautiful our little part of the world is.

The North Yorkshire coast provides many locations and with amazing views and so much history, but our favourite place of all is Cayton, and whenever we visit, we always stay at Cayton Bay which is a Parkdean Resorts site.

2.12.18

GANT Designer Kids Clothing For Autumn


We are now well and truly into the colder seasons and so now is the time to start picking out new clothing for children that are warm and much better for the chilly seasons. when GANT got in touch with me, I just knew that I wanted to pick out some of their knitwear and hoodies for the boys, and so I did.

The GANT Knitwear and Hoodies are amazing quality and great designs, to keep kids warm during the cooler months, but with the added GANT style. Their range is large, with lightweight sweaters and thick cable knit jumpers, with a choice of hoodies too.

1.12.18

Going Abroad As A Family Doesn't Have To Be Expensive - How Our Family Of 5 Spent 10 Nights In Spain For Less Than A Grand


I always see the quote 'you get what you pay for' banded around when it comes to booking holidays, and this is so true. Now, if you're wanting a 5* all inclusive, luxury holiday, then this post isn't for you. But if you're wanting to know how you can get abroad on only a shoestring budget, then keep reading...

Now, I'm starting this post on the assumption that Passports are already bought and paid for, as no one should be booking holidays without them. But other than that, the flights, transfers and the apartments we stayed in, cost us no more than a grand for 10 nights in April/May.

28.11.18

Advent Calendars For The Whole Family


It's coming so close to Christmas now, I can nearly smell the mince pies I'll be devouring! But it's so much closer to the 1st December, and we all know what that means - an Advent Calendar with a tiny slab of chocolate for the kids. But they don't have to be that way anymore. We have got a few this year and so I wanted to show what you can get instead.

Options For Handling Conflict In Your Marriage


Relationships aren’t always smooth sailing, and there are times you may find yourself in conflict with your spouse. It’s a wise idea to take action and get in front of what’s going on instead of sitting around waiting for your situation to get better.


The good news is you have options for how you can handle continuous clashes and disagreements in your marriage. The last circumstance you want is to be living unhappily and pretending like all is fine when it’s not. Find out what it is you can be doing to take a proactive approach, so you can experience happier days ahead.

How to help children who suffer from incontinence

It’s common for young children to have a phase of bed wetting or in some cases day wetting when they are on average five years old. There are many reasons for this. In some cases, a child might be a slightly heavier sleeper and might not realise they need to empty their bladder. So they will then wet their bed. Or they might be going through a stressful period or changes in their life such as starting school which has been said to contribute to bed wetting. 

Sometimes, it can be down to the bladder not being fully developed which then means they might not be able to hold the urine in till the morning. Day wetting can often occur when a child tries to hold in their urine. They might be busy playing or too embarrassed to go to the toilet. It does tend to be a phase your child will grow out of by the time they reach 10 years old. 

It’s always worth talking to a doctor in case there is something else happening such as a urine infection or an overactive bladder that might be causing them to become incontinence. There are some ways to help them if it a phase they are going through; here is how to help children who suffer from incontinence.

22.11.18

The White Rose Yorkshire Festive Festival


Nearly 2 week the boys and I were invited to an exclusive event at White Rose Centre in Leeds. I must admit, we haven't been to the White Rose for ages now and I hadn't realised at the time how much it has changed. 

Recently extending to include a cinema, more eateries in The Village on the top floor and has a play area for little ones to use up some of their energy between shopping. We received the itinerary and the boys were a little excited to say the least.  

Not only would we get to visit Santa's Grotto and see the big man himself, but we would also see the brand new Festive Yorkshire Market in The Village and watch the newly released movie, The Grinch at Cineworld.

20.11.18

Things To Do At Christmas In Liverpool


Over the past few years, we have visited Liverpool quite a few times. Partly because there is so much to do there and it's such a beautiful city, but mostly because my husband is a mega Liverpool football fan and likes to visit the city of the team he loves as much as possible.

Liverpool at Christmas is a whole new ball game though. It seems like Liverpool comes alive at Christmas time. I mean, I've never seen so many lights and sparkle - it's so festive, so pretty and just shines with glamour. 

If you are sat wondering if Liverpool is a place to visit this Christmas, then the answer is definitely, yes! And here are just a couple of the places you should visit...

Why Road Trip Holidays Are The Best Way To See Europe


When you're a commuter, driving can become a chore, but it doesn't need to be. It can be a brilliant way to explore a landscape and enjoy the sights as you go. And a great way to view those sights that you'd usually miss by flying or by whizzing past by train.

Europe is home to some of the most iconic drives the world has to offer and The Scenic Edit road trip guide explores six of the most scenic routes. Covering the Grossglockner Hochalpenstrasse in Austria, right to the road from Spoleto to Norcia in Italy.

19.11.18

Our Visit To The Scarborough Sea Life Sanctuary


A few weeks back, we were invited over to the Scarborough Sea Life Sanctuary, and it was great timing as we were actually over at the coast on holiday at the time. We have previously visited Scarborough Sea Life Sanctuary before and the boys loved it so much that it was great to go back and see if there were any new sights. 

We were invited as part of their half-term A-scarium fun.  A-scarium is an immersive trail which takes you past some of the creepiest sea creatures. For a limited time only ofbeing during the school holidays, five potion ingredients will be hidden in various tanks throughout the A-scarium, and it was up to us to find them.

18.11.18

Christmas Gift Guide | Personalised Gifts


Bored of buying the same old stocking fillers? Struggling to come up with yet more interesting ideas for Christmas presents? Personalised gifts are a great way to combat this, and what could be more special than a gift that's totally personal? From names to dates, there's nothing someone won't want if their name is on it. 

So, here is my personalised gifts round up in my Christmas gift guide for 2018...

17.11.18

How We've Changed Food In The Travel Industry


There are a few things that go without saying when getting on-board any transport. Obviously, the first thing is that you’ve definitely forgotten something - be it your phone charger, toothbrush, or your socks. And mainly, you'll be the one sat near that annoying kid that likes kicking seats! And lastly, the food is probably going to be awful... or is it?

Travel food, and more specifically airline food, has long held a reputation for being sub-par at best. But I think our modern day era has changed this somewhat, and although you'll definitely not be getting fine dining at 37,000 feet, you will now get something that is actually edible and something that the kids will devour too. 

16.11.18

How to Book a Relaxing Family Holiday This Winter


Want to escape the cold and rain this year and catch some winter sun? Family holidays are a time to create memories and take photos that you and your kids will cherish forever. However, it can also be tiring, stressful, and far from relaxing when you're chasing little people around a new town or city.

You might think that now you have children, your days of luxuriating on the beach have passed. However, with the right planning and preparation, there’s no reason you can’t sneak in some quality “you time" that will leave you feeling refreshed and recharged when you land back home.

If you want to book a (genuinely) relaxing family holiday this winter, then follow these three top tips.

15.11.18

First-time cruisers packing guide

With three children continually vying for my attention, the idea of getting away from it all and going on a cruise is very appealing. The idea of packing for one, however, can be overwhelming. There's a lot to consider – the weather, for starters. As a cruise takes you to lots of different destinations, the weather may change during the trip, so you’ll need to take this into consideration.

Then there's the cruise ship's dress code. Will you need to dress casual, smart casual and formal? And what about swim and sportswear for days by the pool?

12.11.18

Creating a Grey and White Modern Family Bathroom


Grey bathrooms are having a renaissance right now - this delightful tone is the colour trend of the decade and can make a bathroom look super modern if used correctly. Using pale greys can look too cold and dark greys will appear too black, but getting the right colourway will give you a gorgeous room to relax in after a hard day. 

What I personally love about grey, is that it can be combined with different colours to really make the room pop. If paired with the right hues it can really make a designer scheme, give a calming effect, and add extra punch to your design.

9.11.18

Christmas Gift Guide For Bloggers

I don't know about you, but I love to receive gifts that have actually had some thought put into them - it makes it all the more special. And so when people buy me gifts that are perfect for my blogging escapades, I know that they have thought about what I do and actually listened to what I need. 

So here is my 2018 Christmas gift guide for bloggers...

Christmas Gift Guide for Children 10 and Under


I adore Christmas and have done since I was a child. It's such an important day for children as they are on their best behaviour, waiting for the big man to come a deliver their presents. Opening presents to see what they've got and then spending the rest of the day waiting for parents to build the damn things!

Today I wanted to show what is on offer this year and so this is my 2018 Christmas Gift Guide For children under 10...

8.11.18

How can you educate your child through gardening?


These days, children spend a lot more time indoors with more technology-oriented pastimes, so it's important for them to know that enjoyment can be found outdoors in the garden too. Spending a few hours outside doing a little gardening, can not only teach children about the world and plant-life around us, but also get them outdoors. 

4.11.18

Fascinating Ideas For Home Renovation That Really Work

Do you get sick and bored with the constant look of your home?

Don’t you have enough money to transform your home into a new & antique look?

We are here to share some fascinating ideas and tips that can give jaw-dropping look to your home. All these tips will make your home comfortable, pleasant, valuable and functional. Moreover, your home will look fresh and beautiful always, you will not get sick with your house if you follow these tips. These tips and ideas are very easy to adopt & follow with affordable costs. You can do all work by yourself without hiring any constructor or manufacturer. Read this interesting article that will help you to transform your beloved home.

1.11.18

Which Flooring Is Best For Your Children's Playroom?


Having a place for all the children’s toys has been a lifesaver over the years - just having that designated space where all their accumulated toys can be stored and the door can be closed at night to hide away the mess. The boys do play all over the house and bring their toys around with them, but they know to put them back in their room at the end of the day and they like to keep it in order, having different storage boxes for different sorts of toys. 

When creating a playroom for the children though, thinking about the flooring is an important consideration. There are so many options to choose from and are pros and cons for them all. It's really best to consider what is important to you and in your home to make sure your choice is the best option long term.

27.10.18

Stoves NF60208SS Frost Free Fridge Freezer Review


For a while now, the fridge freezer in our home has been the one appliance that has needed changing, but with more important appliances, such as the washing machine, coming first, it's always been last on the list. 

We needed a bigger fridge freezer - one with a bigger fridge for all the fresh food our family of 5 needs, and so we were sent the Stoves Frost Free Fridge Freezer from AO.com to give us much more room to store our goods. 

24.10.18

It's Never Too Late To Retrain As A Childminder

When I was younger, I always knew that I wanted to have children. In fact, as well as having my own children, I wanted to work with them too. I could never decide whether I wanted to be a primary school teacher or a childminder. But I knew that it was something I would do one day.

Since then, things have changed and I went into a career of working in the legal industry instead, and now write for this blog, as well as over at At Home With Kayla, talking about our life together. It has always played on my mind though and has still been something that I want to do eventually.

Why Do People Who Suffer From Multiple Sclerosis Suffer From Incontinence?

A lot of people don’t know the problems that occur from having the condition of multiple sclerosis. In fact, the disorder often leaves people confused. They know that it’s a neurological condition which impacts the nerves, but that is where the knowledge ends. In fact, you might not realise but it can affect a lot more than just the nerves. The condition which has around 100,000 sufferers in the UK has a ton of symptoms which makes it difficult to diagnose and very difficult to live with. Some of the less well-known symptoms you might not be aware of include fatigue, problems with speech and tremors. And also one which affects sufferers is incontinence. This can be urge incontinence where their bladder can’t hold urine or they have to go to the toilet more often or it can be stress incontinence where they find that if they cough or laugh they can leak out. In fact, a high proportion of MS sufferers are unable to hold their bladder and leak involuntary. As the MS Trust website reveals, eight out of 10 suffer with urinary incontinence. And sufferers find they have to use continence pads on a daily basis which they get from companies like HARTMANN Direct. That way, they feel less embarrassed when they are out and about. If you are wondering why MS sufferers have to deal with incontinence, here are a few reasons why.

23.10.18

A Bag For All Occasions With Mia Tui


I'm not ashamed to say that I do love a good bag. I have spent many an hour searching the web for new bags, to find ones that suit my style and do different colours for all eventualities. Mia Tui is a brand I have loved for ages as they not only offer a huge range of stunning bags, but they practical; with a space for everything. 

Mia Tui bags are made with the highest quality fabrics and they pride themselves on the fact that they do not use any animal based products throughout the whole Mia Tui range, so they're suitable for Vegans too. Although you'd mistake them for leather, Mia Tui bags are produced from a high quality, man-made fabric that is designed to look like leather.

15.10.18

How Your Nightly Rituals Can Help You De-Stress


By now, most people understand the importance of a morning ritual to get your day on track, but most people don't realise that your day can start a whole lot better, it you end the day before stress free. There are many things in life that cause stress - work, kids, life in general, but it's important to end each day calm so that you can wake the following day with no worries to contend with and enough sleep to be getting on with the day. 

The bathroom seems to be the one place in the house where we can enjoy that little bit of time to ourselves in the bath (if I lock the door to stop the kids from gatecrashing), and so the guys over at Sanctuary Bathrooms sent me a special box of treats to make sure I could enjoy some 'me time', away from the world.

13.10.18

Holiday Packing List: Dress to Impress on Your Next Trip

Your holiday packing list is essential to a smooth sailing holiday!

Your flights are booked, your itinerary is sorted – now all that’s left to do is pack! While we tend to fall into two different camps: those who meticulously plan for weeks, piling up clothes as they go, and those who wait until the night before, throw everything in and hope for the best, packing doesn’t have to be a chore. If the latter sounds like you, then you’re in luck! We’ve teamed up with leading Manchester alterations specialist Alterations Boutique to create the ultimate holiday packing list. So, let’s get started!

12.10.18

5 Ways to Save Money When Running a Household


When it comes to running a household, especially when you have a family, costs can quickly add up.

From multiple bills to entertainment subscriptions, rising food prices to family activities, it can be hard to keep your head above water when you’re running a household. Add in the fact that winter is growing increasingly close, which means higher heating bills, and this time of year sees most of us burying our heads in the sand and praying for those warmer months.

Beard Care: Balancing Your Appearance & Parenting

Here’s one for the dads! Caring for yourself properly whilst also being a parent can be tricky. How do you fit beard care into your daily routine?

As a mum of three, I know how busy parent life can be. It’s difficult finding time for yourself when every waking moment is spent taking care of those around you. Without Dad in the picture, I’d be rushed off my feet! However, it’s essential to make time for yourself, and those hardworking dads deserve a bit of TLC too. Beard care can quickly become disregarded, with some men quickly shaving the whole thing off whenever they get a minute away from looking after the kids. However, it’s so important to have a good skincare routine and, for men, a good beard care routine too!

11.10.18

The Different Types Of Swimsuits For Women

Finding the right clothing when you're not body confident is hard enough, but trying to find the right swimwear is near on impossible and can leave most women wanting to cover up instead of showing off their beautiful bodies. As someone who isn't body confident at all, I know just how hard it is to find swimwear that will be protective, stylish and still cover all those lumpy and bumpy parts that some of us don't want to show off though. 

I wrote about how I hate my post-baby body and how it's left me with scars and stretchmarks, not to mention that mum-tum that we all dread. I think it's important to wear what makes you feel comfortable and so, here are a couple of my favourite swimwear types...

10.10.18

Setting The Right Temperature For Your Home

Having a home that is the right temperature for the time of year is paramount to make yourself and your family comfortable. You don't want to be too hot in summer or piling on the jumpers in winter so it's best to find a suitable heat so you don't have to faff around in the long run. 

The ideal room temperature is usually around 18°C but I think most people do prefer it a little warmer than this, especially in winter. And then your main room is usually warmer than the rest. I mean, you don't really need to heat up your kitchen when it'll be getting warmth from the oven whilst cooking. 

9.10.18

Three tips to help you cook the perfect bistro steak frites

Whether it reminds you of holidaying around Belgium or Paris or you want to try to make your favourite steakhouse dish at home, cooking up the perfect steak frites is easy – when you know how to do it. It’s one of my go-to recipes for a quick but timeless dish and it’s one that both kids and adults love. Once you’ve done the prep, the entire meal takes no time to cook up, so you can enjoy your evening. Another reason I love it is that there’s very little washing up to do afterwards!

27.9.18

4 Money-Saving Car Maintenance Tips

Every daily driver knows that keeping your vehicle in good running condition is an important part of ownership. I mean, significant repairs can cost a small fortune depending on the make and model of your vehicle and maintenance and repairs can rise in cost too.

A vehicle’s safety depends on several factors, including its make, model, year and size and then newer cars come equipped with advanced safety features like more airbags, electronic stability and crash avoidance technology. But it's not always the technical stuff that can go awry. So here are my 4 money-saving car maintenance tips...

26.9.18

Three Quick And Easy Tips For A Tidier Bedroom


Whilst a tidy home is something we all strive for, a lack of space and too much clutter can often be blockers to achieving this common goal.

House extensions, room conversions and moving home are often extremely effective ways of maximising and increasing your available space. One thing these solutions aren’t however, is cheap or affordable. Is it really necessary to move house or invest thousands of pounds to renovate or extend your home in order to increase your storage space? Not everyone has the spare capital to simply up sticks and move home, and lot of people simply don’t feel the desire to.

25.9.18

Fair Trade Coffee - From Bean to Cup


Us Brits have always been known as the tea drinkers, the country who loves a brew of extra strong, extra milky, builders tea. But I think that's changing. We all love a mug of coffee nowadays. I go through a lot of cups a day, and even have a favourite mug to have my coffee in - it just tastes better in that one. 

In fact, in recent figures by the British Coffee Association (BSA) our coffee consumption has increased from 70 millions cups a day in 2008 to 95 million cups a day in 2018. And obviously those coffee beans that give us the morning pick-me-up don't grow in the UK, and if you’re a fan of drinking fair trade coffee, that journey is all the more wonderful and varied. 

24.9.18

Using An Interior Designer To Create a Bespoke Room


So, you have stripped your office bare, you have your colourway in mind and know what type of theme you want. Now what do you do?

Sometimes, designing a whole room from scratch on your own can be daunting, and hard to do. Choosing the right decor to match the accessories without making it look too much. Being design led whilst still family friendly. Sometimes, it's best to get the professionals in, and consider hiring an interior designer to make the room perfect. 

23.9.18

How To Use Pillows To Create A Focal Point In Your Bedroom

Every room needs a focal point - that’s a basic design principle to give your eye somewhere to land. A focal point draws you into a room and shows off its style. If you’ve got an empty canvas to start from then it's easier, but how do you create a focal point in your space, especially in the bedroom? Here are my tips...

Use Cushions and Pillows
This is the easiest way to create a focal point without having to change up the whole room. New fabrics, from cushions and bedding to the curtains. I find that if you go plain with your room design, you can then throw in some beautifully designed pillows to give your room that focal point without spending a fortune. 

19.9.18

4 Ways To Create A Focal Point In Your Garden


For many people, a garden is simply an outside space that is purely practical, giving little thought to its flow and the aesthetics. However, the garden can be just as functional as indoor spaces, with added beautiful design features that you can't have inside. The easiest way to make your garden look wonderful is to introduce focal points into the design that can also be practical at the same time.

A focal point is an area that is designed to immediately draw attention to a specific space so doing this in the garden can make your garden really flow. There are many ways of achieving this in an outside space, so I thought I'd write about 4 ways to create a stunning focal point in your garden.

18.9.18

Inexpensive Bathroom Redesign Ideas

With our recent home renovation projects this year, we have ended up with 2 bathrooms to remodel, fit-out and decorate, all on a shoestring budget. Our focus was initially the main family bathroom, which the bulk of our budget will go on, but both will need doing and we've been designing them both similar to keep in sync with the rest of our home decor.

Now we've eventually bought everything for our remodel, here are a few inexpensive ideas for remodelling your bathroom...

17.9.18

Great Ways to Save Money When Gardening


Spending time in the garden is beneficial for both your health and your mind, but it can often be a pastime that becomes expensive and therefore avoided. Gardening does not need to be expensive, especially when you’re perusing a hobby or maintaining your garden in general. There are so many ways in which you can be savvy with your spending when it comes to gardening, just knowing what you can save on and how you can avoid spending too much is always a huge bonus!

3 Hacks For Keeping Your Home Clean

Your home is your sanctuary, and as such, you deserve to enjoy a clean and tidy space, where you can relax and unwind after a long day. However, how do you ensure your home is kept spotlessly clean, especially if you have children? There are a variety of hacks which can help you on your quest to a clean and tidy home, and below are three to make a note of today.

16.9.18

4 Cheap And Effective Ways To Keep Your Home Safe


The best ways to keep your home protected from intruders would of course to fit high quality locks on windows and doors, and a state of the art alarm system and cameras to stop anyone from being able to get access. Not all of us can afford all this though and it comes with a hefty price tag. 

But you don't need to invest in an expensive deterrents to keep out burglars. Sometimes a couple easy steps are all you need to secure your home and stop burglars from thinking you're an easy target in the first place.

15.9.18

How to Create a Traditional Themed Home

Have you heard your friends talking about having a traditionally styled home and thought you like the sound of it? Do you know what traditional truly means, however?

It means any number of different things, depending on who you’re talking to about it. Traditional is a recognised style in the interior design world, and there is an agreed number of features. Before you start looking for ways to redecorate your home or make any home improvements, here are some tips to help you decide whether traditional is the style for you, or you’d rather stay with something more modern.

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What To Do When Chickenpox Hits Your Home


Every household with children gets it eventually - the dreaded chickenpox. Chickenpox is one of those illnesses that people don't seem to worry about so much, some even going as far as purposely exposing their children to others who have it, to get it out of the way. For me, I personally wouldn't intentionally infect my child with chicken pox and cause that discomfort. 

Okay, it is most common in young children and is usually mild, but can be very uncomfortable for your child, even more so when adolescents and adults get it as it can make them very sick. So, I do get why some parents would prefer to get it out of the way when children are young. 

Extreme Adventure Sports In The UK For Fearless Families


Sometimes it's easy to get tired of the same old family routine. Doing every sports, and visiting the same places can get a little mundane. We've been looking for something different to do with our family - something that will get us all active and enjoying quality time together.

We've considered getting our family involved with an extreme sport for a while but most of these hobbies are done abroad, places with different climates and have an expense to get to them. But these days it's easier to find extreme sports here in the UK, and so we've been looking into which are best for us and have found a few options as well as a few fun things to do in Manchester, which is great as it isn't far away from us.

3 Ways We're Fixing Up Our House To Add Value


When planning updates to your home, it is always worth considering how that work will add value to the property in the long run. Okay, we're not planning on selling our home anytime soon, but this is essential if you are planning to work your way up the property ladder, as it will ensure the best return when you come to sell and move on to pastures new.

It’s not just cosmetic enhancements that can add value, basic structural repairs can make a big difference too. This year we're focusing on 3 parts of our home, fixing and redoing aspects to not only give us a better home to live in, but will add value if we ever did come to sell in the future. 

Ways To Help Make Moving Home Stress-Free


Moving home is stressful, there's no doubt about that. Getting everything packed, and then unpacked, all whilst looking after the family and making sure not to disrupt the kids as much as possible. There are a few ways you can reduce the amount of stress caused by moving home though, so I thought I'd write about ways to help make moving home stress-free. 

Get Rid Of Things You Don't Need
Your old house is full of stuff and no doubt some of this hasn't been used in a good while. Instead of upping and taking all of this with you, it's best to get rid before the move. Pull everything out and separate it into where it can go. Some things can be sold to help pay for the move and decorating the new home, whereas others can go to the charity shop so they're not wasted, or in the bin for things that are no longer in use.