The Ultimate Guide To Being Prepared For Life's Curveballs

Every now and then, life will throw you a curveball. These tend to be traumatic events that can send our otherwise normal and mundane, yet happy existence into a tailspin. It is how you deal with these situations that will dictate how they affect your mental health, your well being and your relationships. Many people seem to be constantly on edge, waiting for the next curveball to come along. However, living like this means that you never get to fully enjoy life’s offerings. Instead, you need to think positively and have a forward thinking frame of mind.


Four Children’s Books that Help Teach the Valuable Lessons of Inclusivity

By introducing inclusive children’s books into your selection of reading books at home, not only will they teach young people about kindness and acceptance, but they will help reflect the lives of underrepresented children.


Should You Go Home Or Away This Festive Season?

Christmas is probably the busiest time of year. Every company comes alive over the festive period and pumps out so many Christmas themed activities for both children and adults. Going abroad to experience the real thing in a Scandinavian country is usually what people try to do, but did you know that we have so many amazing experiences right here in the UK? Without the high costs of travelling abroad that is. 

The UK isn't exactly the most obvious choice for a winter break. I mean, many of us plan foreign holidays in an attempt to escape our unpredictable weather forecasts. But in Winter, the UK can be a beautiful place to explore.


Enter the Office Stationery Christmas Party Giveaway Worth Over £60!

I’m really excited to announce that I’ve teamed up with Office Stationery to offer you a brilliant competition this Christmas! The prize: an awesome arty bundle worth over £60 which will allow you to throw an amazing arts and crafts Christmas party for your children and their friends, courtesy of Office Stationery! To be in with a shout of winning this prize, and to be VERY popular with your kids come the mid December, simply make sure you register below by the 15th December. Signing up to Office Stationery’s newsletter will give you one entry, but you can increase your chances of winning by following them across their social channels as well!

Christmas Gift Guide For Children

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, and as parents we actually get it best when we see their little faces light up. Opening presents to see what they've got and then spending the rest of the day waiting for parents to build the damn things, and sort out the millions of batteries needed.

Today I wanted to show what is on offer this year and so this is my 2019 Christmas Gift Guide For children...


Christmas Gift Guide For Men

Now I'm sure it's not just me that struggles when it comes to buying gifts for men. I mean, they're all so different and so when you could be buying smellies for one, others might prefer quirky gifts or hobby items. There's so much on the market too that trying to work out what men like is hard work.

Today I am showcasing what is on offer for the men in our lives this year and so, here is my 2019 Christmas Gift Guide For Men...


Christmas Gift Guide For Women

Every year, the last few weeks before Christmas are a bit fraught with anxiety and anguish as we all run out to the shops to find the perfect gifts for the loved ones in our lives. Searching high and low for those gifts that they'll love and that suit their personalities. And it can be hard. People are hard to buy for, and people are so different. 

Today I thought I'd show what's on offer for the women in your life. So here is my 2019 gift guide for women...


My Tips To Creating Your Own Blog

Creating a successful blog can take your readership to a new level. Most people don't have the first clue how an actual blog works in the back end. They think you just sign up to a platform, such as Blogger or Wordpress, and off you go on your way to becoming your own boss. But it isn't that easy... In fact, it can become quite hard as you learn new techniques to maximise your online presence. It becomes a case of working out what you need to run a blog, and I don't just mean a laptop. You might need to buy photo props, a new camera, go looking for a Dallas Flower Wall Rental to give your photos an amazing background. 

Although a successful website isn't built in a day, or even a week, with a little time and effort, you can create a website for your blog, that gets a good following from the get go. Start with the following tips for creating a blog in 10 easy steps.


5 fun cruise destinations for families

There can be a lot to think about when choosing your first family cruise – just one of which is the destination. All families are different, so to pick a great destination for your cruise, it’s important to think about what kinds of things you like to do on holiday. Do you like to relax on a nice beach, swim in the sea and hunt for shells? Or do you prefer adventure sports, hiking and cycling? Whatever you’re in to, there’s a cruise to suit every family. 

In this article, we discuss the most popular cruise destinations, and what you can expect from each one.


History of the Harry Potter films charted in new infographic by the Warner Bros. Studio Tour

A new infographic provides an at-a-glance overview of the entire Harry Potter series. The resource provides the date of every single film, as well as several of the key events that contributed to the creation of those films, and the creation of Warner Bros. Studio Tour itself. 

The Warner Bros. Studio Tour opened shortly after the conclusion of the films, in 2012, and has provided ardent Harry Potter fans with a place to continue the magic ever since. But the site actually has an interesting history that extends much further, to the late 1930s.

Essential guide: How to pack for your winter holidays

With the grey clouds now rolling back in and the colder mornings making your snuggly duvet ever more difficult to leave on a Monday morning, you might be pining for that sunshine once again. Or perhaps you love the cold weather, but proper cold weather; perhaps you want blankets of snow and picturesque Christmas scenes of warm havens tucked away in the frost. Not soggy trips to the bus shelter under grey clouds and drizzly rain… 

Whatever you’re pining for, it might be time to book yourself a winter holiday to look forward to as a break from the grey gloom of the British winter months. Check out our guide below for the best destinations for walking through the cities, lounging on the beach, or dashing through the snow!


What Makes Your Home, Your Home?

All homes are different, both in their architectural design, the people who live within them, and the manner in which they are used. It can often feel quite odd moving into a new home and slowly designing the home to your own tastes over the years, as you remove, shift or adopt the additions made by the previous family into your own aesthetic.

But what makes your home, your home? Past any grand ideals of the best architecture or investing thousands in renovating or extending the entire property, what is it that helps you curate a home perfect for you, your family, and your daily lived experience? While practical tips such as having enough room to park your car in the driveway are important to consider, they are often catered for, and so it’s also worth looking at this from the perspective of emotional truth that you may have.


Creating A Dreamy Bedroom Space

Even if no one but you and your partner see it, your bedroom should still symbolise your style and be a place where you want to unwind after a busy day. With that in mind, here are some bedroom ideas to help you build the perfect tranquil environment. No matter how daring your taste is, or how much space you have, there’s something for everyone.

Christmas Holiday Guide: The best getaways for new parents

As the holiday season is just around the corner, many new parents want to make the most of it. As many new parents know, it can be extremely difficult to enjoy time together as a family on top of work and busy schedules. But what are the best Christmas holiday destinations for babies and tots? In this article, we’ve discovered the top child-friendly Christmas destinations for you to choose from, as well as provided a selection of tips for travelling with youngsters.


Win a £20 Amazon Voucher

As Christmas is nearly here and we've said goodbye to the lovely light weather, I thought I'd make someones slightly colder day a bit happier, by giving away a £20 Amazon voucher to one lucky winner. I prefer to give away Amazon vouchers as you can by literally most things there. From throws and hot water bottles, to a tipple or two.

For your chance to win a £20 Amazon voucher, just enter via the Rafflecopter form below. And if you want to, let me know below, what you'd spend your voucher on, if you won!


How to make the most of your online dating profile

Creating an online dating profile can be scary. After all, it’s not always easy to talk about, and big yourself up, without sounding conceited or, even worse, desperate. But it’s important to note that one in three couples now find love online, so if you’re looking, it really is the way to go.

These days we rely on the Internet for everything. From keeping in touch with school friends and networking to ordering takeaways and scrolling stores. So I guess it only seems logical you would use the Internet for finding that special person too.

That said though, the online dating scene can be daunting if you’ve never tried it before. Learning how to write an online dating profile that attracts anyone isn’t all that hard. But that’s the thing, you aren’t trying to attract just anyone, you want to attract that person who is right for you. And this can be a bit trickier.

So here are my top tips for making the most of your dating profile...


Dealing With Male Hair Loss

Let’s face it, none of us want to age but it is inevitable and with that in mind, one of man's biggest fears comes flooding forward - or it does for my husband anyway - hair loss. A lot of men decide to bald in a graceful way, but if you're a man who has always had a head full of hair, and now it's thinning and you're starting to notice, it can knock the confidence a little. 

All men will progressively lose hair as they grow older, but for some it’s far more noticeable than others. So, with that in mind, and knowing just how hard it has been for my husband to deal with, here are five ways of dealing with hair loss gracefully, written in conjunction with Hairbro.


Great Hairstyle Ideas for Damaged Hair

Dealing with damaged hair can be frustrating. You want your hair to look nice, but the tools and products you use to create your hairdo are often the very things that caused your damaged hair in the first place. It's hard to strike a balance between having a nice hairstyle, but not using too many products that can damage your hair.

Quick tips to make your meals more exciting

Cooking and eating the same meals all the time gets boring very quickly, and kids aren’t afraid to tell you when they aren’t interested in something you’ve spent time making. Food waste is a big issue right now and I'm super conscious about what I’m feeding the family. So, it's important to try and balance the two by thinking of meals that everyone will enjoy, and that won’t grow our waistbands too much – and that’s where it gets tricky, or so I thought.

When I sat down and started thinking about ways to improve our eating experiences, I decided I’m going to make our meals more exciting. Sounds like a challenge, doesn’t it? But I've come up with a few easy ways to inject some wow factor into the food I’m serving – here they are.

What to do when you're going through a relationship breakdown

It’s a sad fact of life that some of us will go through the breakdown of a relationship at some point. You and your partner might have had children together, bought a house and even got married or been in a civil partnership. If you find yourself in that position, sorting out what happens can be a difficult process. So make sure you know what steps to take if your relationship breaks down.

What happens when we separate? One of the first things you should do is agree on separation arrangements between you and your ex-partner. This is crucial if you have children, as you will need to decide who will have custody of them. If you can’t reach an agreement, you may need to speak to a solicitor for family law advice to ensure that any differences you and your ex-partner may have on money, property or children are sorted quickly.


How To Make The Perfect Dippy Eggs


You can’t get much better than a well boiled egg accompanied by buttery soldiers for breakfast, or lunch. And they aren't just for kids either. Eggs are a good source of inexpensive, high quality protein and are rich sources of selenium, vitamin D, B6, B12 and minerals such as zinc, iron and copper. 

Whether you like them soft or hard boiled, I can understand how frustrating it can be to get them right every time. Leaving them for even a few seconds too long and they'll be hard instead of runny. But don't fret. It's easy to get them spot on with my handy guide on how to boil eggs.

Win 1 of 5 Virginia Hayward Christmas Hampers

It's not long till Christmas now. I cannot believe that we are into November already. Only a month until we get to start eating advent chocolate and getting all excited for the big day.

Christmas is a big affair for us. We open presents in the morning, just the five of us, and then spend most of the rest of the day at my parents house. We always go there for Christmas lunch. My family, my parents and my brother, all sitting around the table and filling up on turkey and all the trimmings. we then travel across the street back to our house to have a play with the kids toys. Later on we jaunt back to my parents for their annual Christmas party when the whole family comes. My sisters and their families, and a few friends of the family too. 

So as you can imagine, Christmas gets pretty hectic...

This Christmas, some of the UK Bloggers have come together to offer you the chance to win five Virginia Hayward The Magic of Christmas Hampers. Five lucky winners will win a Christmas hamper delivered before Christmas. Keep reading to find out how you can enter. 


Smart Small Business Ideas That Are Easier Than Ever

Nowadays, anyone can set up their own business. You don’t need massive office blocks and vast reserves of money to launch a new business idea, and you might already have the skills and the passion that you need. That means that you could be making money before you know it. There are so many avenues for business ideas that it can be hard to narrow down your options. If you’ve been a stay-at-home mum or dad for the last few years but the kids have started school and you’re not sure what to do with yourself, here are some great business ideas to consider that could be the only career move you ever have to make.