19.11.20

Dogs are for Life Not Just Lockdown – Top Tips on Taking on a Dog


Lockdown has done many things to us as a nation. We have started working from home when we never thought we would, we have dabbled in home schooling we probably know the local woods better than we ever thought we would and many of us have decided to get a dog. With the idea of holidays becoming less and less common, and being outdoors in the UK all year more and more normal it makes sense. However, a lot of people are taking on a dig without really thinking about it. So here are some top tips and general help about taking on a pooch!

17.11.20

Is Online Fine, or Just Making Do?


Covid has pushed us all online even more than we were before. Millions of people had never done a video call before March 2020 and now they are zooming with family and friends on a weekly basis. The same goes for working from home via online tool, online learning and more. So is it a good thing? Are we going to keep some of these behaviours going after Covid-19 goes away…assuming it will eventually?

Being Grown Up and Planning for the Worst


When we hit 18, we think we are grown up, when we hit 25 we think we were still a kid at 18. This cycle continues and perhaps always will until we are literally in our 90s. but there are times in live when we do have to admit we need to do “grown up” things whether we feel grown up or not. When we get married, have kids or buy a house we do need to make provisions for those who will be left behind if something happens to us. It is a very depressing though and one of the really bad things about growing up. Doing what we want is great, choosing our own holidays, building a career, being a parent…all great, but the reality that we could pop our clogs and the fact we need to take that seriously is boring at best and terrifying at worst. But it doesn’t have to be that bad, if we just embrace it and get it all done there is actually a feeling of tranquillity that comes with this type of planning, so here is what you need to think about.

16.11.20

There is No place Like Home – now more than ever


Whether we like it or not most of us have spent more time in our homes than we ever thoughts we would. While there are some heroic folk out there working on the frontline that would probably love some time at home the vast majority of us have been locked down or choosing to stay in for a long time now. We have become very familiar with our homes and many of the good and bad bits we may not have noticed. So with another few weeks of lockdown and the possibility of more to come what can we do with our homes to make them better ?!

15.11.20

5 Ways to Boost Your Self-Esteem


If you struggle with your own self-doubt, like I do, then this could be down to having low self-esteem. This is how you feel about yourself, or the opinion you have about yourself, and can really affect your mood, and your mentality. Everyone has times when they feel a bit low or find it hard to believe in themselves, but sometimes this can become a long term situation and lead to low self-esteem.

What is Self-Esteem?
I'd describe self-esteem as your own inner voice – it's the voice that tells you whether you are good enough to do something, or achieve something, but it can also be the voice that stops you from doing these things too. Self-esteem is actually all about how we value ourselves, and what we are capable of. And how we talk to ourselves has a profound effect on how we habitually feel, including our self-esteem.

14.11.20

How to choose the right hand sanitizer


We all know how important hand hygiene is – it keeps hand clean by killing any germs, bacteria and viruses that we might have on our hands. Hand sanitizer goes hand-in-hand (quite literally) with hand hygiene. By using hand sanitizer after touching public surfaces or after touching food, you will reduce the risks of getting ill and spreading germs, bacteria and viruses to others.

How to Host a Yankee Swap Gift Exchange


Here in the UK, we have plenty of reasons to celebrate every year, from Easter holidays, to Christmas and New Year. However, there are always plenty of other things worth celebrating if you want an excuse to exchange some gifts and make your friends smile. One interesting concept that’s coming over into the UK from the USA lately, is the Yankee swap

You don’t need to be an actual Yankee to have fun with this unique event. Instead, all you need is an agreed budget, a group of friends ready to exchange gifts, and a day that you want to conduct your Yankee swap on. This could be the perfect way to bring together a group of people in just about any setting – even your office.

Let’s see what a Yankee swap is all about.

Best ironmongery trends to upgrade your home


Have you been looking around your home looking for ways to upgrade it a little bit without any large renovations? Perhaps changing up the ironmongery of your home would be the perfect small uplift your home needs. To share the best ironmongery trends to upgrade your home this year, I’ve partnered up with Ironmongery Experts, a family-run ironmongery business, who have the expertise and experience to talk about all things ironmongery.

13.11.20

5 Ways To Improve Your Garden


Both my children and I love to be outside in the garden. They will be most likely playing games with each other whilst I’m either gardening or relaxing and enjoying a cup of tea. However, with the weather not being great, we are not enjoying our garden as much as we could and because of this, my garden is not receiving as much attention as it should be. 

As I’m typing this, I’m looking out the window and thinking how I should go pull those horrible weeds from the patio… there is always something to do. If you are like me and love your outdoor area, give it some well deserved attention by giving it a bit of an uplift.

9.11.20

5 Films That Will Transport You Back to the Victorian Era


The Victorian era, which spanned from June 20, 1837, to January 22, 1901, has frequently been chosen as the setting for great stories - and for good reason! Amidst the industrial revolution, social reform, and an exceptional era for fashion and aesthetics, the Victorian period provides the perfect backdrop for a wide variety of curious tales.

8.11.20

How Yoga Can Help Reduce Stress


Stress is ever present. Fortunately, we've got yoga, which is considered by many to be the oldest defined practice of self-development with it dating back over 5,000 years. The methods of yoga include physical postures and stretching, breathing techniques, and meditation. All of which are proven to help reduce stress and the health effects it causes. 

The best part? You don't need any prior experience to benefit from the practice of yoga. And whether you are at home, the gym or somewhere in between, yoga can always here to help you relax. Many studies have found that yoga can minimise stress and increase productivity, because, aside from the physical benefits that yoga brings, it encourages a good mood.

7.11.20

How Art Can Finish A Room


When it comes to finishing off a room, wall art serves the same purpose as the stylistic icing on the cake. A room just doesn't look complete without any. Wall art draws in the eye and pulls together the space, making your home more inviting to be in. 

And whilst there are no set of rules for when it comes to styling your home, following some basic things, such as going by size and style, theme, colour and even inspiration, the choices can be endless and can really make your room come together nicely.

5.11.20

Top Tips When Caring for Older Dogs


It doesn’t matter how old your dog is, you’re always going to see them as an adorable, excitable puppy-like friend which is often why it can be challenging adapting to caring for older dogs. Unlike puppies and middle-aged dogs, older dogs require a more specific form of care, from food alterations to a change in their daily routine and it’s important to adapt as soon as you can to make their older years more comfortable and enjoyable. Here are our top tips on how to care for older dogs, as well as what to look out for when they do start to age.

Why Your Mobile Signals are Weak?


Poor cell phone reception is a pervasive problem that falls into some categories: localised inadequate coverage due to building materials or destructive interference, and geographic distance or obstacles between your phone and the nearest cell tower.

Below we mention some of the primary drivers that add to powerless signs!

2.11.20

How To Make Use Of The Space In Your Garden


We all want to look outside and see a big country estate, ready to be played in, but we're not all blessed with a huge outdoor space. Let's face it, we could all do with more space, but even the smallest patch of patio or lawn offers scope for grand ideas. It's just a case of actually looking at what you have available and planning that space accordingly...

1.11.20

Being Bold With Your Own Style


Choosing to wear what you like rather than what is fashionable isn't always an easy task. There is a lot of pressure for people to conform and play it safe with what they wear. To wear what the current fashion styles are, and with societies around the world having set trends that come in and out of popularity. 

Of course, though, not everyone wants to fit into the same category when it comes to women's clothing - I certainly don't anyway. You can express yourself through your clothing and give people something new to look at in the process. And it doesn't need to be fashionable and stand-out-ish, but as long as you choose what you like, that's all that matters.

30.10.20

Getting Winter Ready With Protest


It looks like we're well and truly over the warm months now and the cold weather is here to stay. The clocks have gone back, the nights are darker, and we're all needing to find ways to keep warm on the school run. 

Earlier this year, I wrote a post about mix and match swimwear from Protest, and they're now showing off their new FW20/21 collection, giving me a chance to try out some of their products in the range. This was great timing really as I'd been on the hunt for a new coat that would keep me warm during the winter months, and so I got onto their site to see what I could find.

29.10.20

Can You Really Save Money by Switching to LED Lighting?


When it comes to lighting your home, I'm sure we've all done the same thing before as just popping to the shop and buying the cheapest bulb available without a thought. But did you know that even though that initial outlay seems a lot smaller, it could actually be costing you more in the long run?

I know, it doesn't seem important does it? When you look at your electricity bill as a whole, the cost of lighting wouldn't stand out as something that would cost a lot of money, but if you take a step back and realise just how often you use the lights in your home, and the amount of lights you actually have, they're probably the thing that are used the most.

26.10.20

Financial Planning For The Future


When it comes to planning for the future money worries are what always come in to play first and foremost. The cost of children, marriage, plans for the future, and even death. It's all a worry and can become a weight on the shoulders if it's not thought about and dealt with. 

But there is so much more to life than just money worries, and so here are some ways to help you prepare for the future, so you can live your life today...

25.10.20

Birthday Celebrations With Moonpig


Unlike every other year, this year being hit by Covid means that we'd had to change, not only how we spend our days, but how we see each other. And like many things, birthdays just haven't been the same as we can't celebrate together, or as we usually would. 

Having a big family means that I usually spend a lot of my time searching for the perfect birthday gifts and constantly on the lookout for what each of my family members would like. From cards right to gifts, each and every person is different and so I like to make sure I cater to what each and every one of them likes.

24.10.20

Where Can I Find Wholesale Fabric Suppliers In UK?


Fabric production has been increasingly high for decades. Since it has been used mainly for fashion and home purposes, it is undeniably one of the most used materials around the globe. Nevertheless, fabrics have now been manufactured to become curtains and are now even used for upholstery.

Due to the booming market for upholstery and curtains, people have now been purchasing fabrics in bulk. Buying fabrics in massive quantities tend to provide them discounts, and of course more privilege with suppliers. Fabrics have now become widely used, and customers need to go from one shop to another just to buy unique sets of fabric to satisfy their home essentials.

21.10.20

How Often Do You Test Your Emergency Lights?


Emergency lights are a vital safety feature mandatory in all commercial usage buildings. If the lights suddenly go out in even the most familiar of places, people will become disorientated. Some will panic. A functional emergency light system can help people safely exit a building.

How to Make the Perfect Bathroom


Fed up with staring at dated tiles, leaky taps, and faded lino? Are you dreaming of a bathroom that oozes luxury spa appeal? Many of us are planning to upgrade our bathrooms in the near future and would like to create something special. But where do you start? With so many options available on the market these days, from power showers to full-on wet rooms, it can be overwhelming.

Here’s a few ideas to get your perfect bathroom under way.

17.10.20

Ethical Shopping With Wearth London


When it comes to style, our love or fast fashion and the ease of being able to change up our wardrobes at the drop of a hat might sound ideal, but it really effects the planet, and if you're wanting to be more ethical, choosing brands that are sustainable is the way to go. 

Wearth was launched in 2017 and is the place to be if you're looking for sustainable fashion. Partnering with over 250 independent UK brands that all make contemporary eco-friendly and ethical products, making it easier for you to shop and live more consciously.

15.10.20

11 Quirky DIY Ideas To Spruce Up Your Kids Room


Decorating your child's room can be a really fun project to work on together, and if you use a bit of imagination you can transform a functional bedroom into a space that will allow them to unleash all of their best creative ideas!

These are all ideas that you will be able to create yourself on a small budget, which means that you can really personalise them for your child.

How to make writing essays and articles easier


No matter what stage of life you’re at, chances are at some point you’re going to have to write some kind of article, essay or report. Whether you’re asked to produce a report for work or are studying at college or university, article writing is an essential skill to develop through life. 

Indeed, with the majority of formal business communication being done by email these days, having a clear approach to your writing can pay dividends in all sorts of settings. Here are a few ways you can instantly improve your writing skills and lend structure to your prose:

14.10.20

Five Ways To Invest in Your Travels and Get a Better Experience

Money doesn’t solve all the problems in the world, but it certainly can make our holidays better. While you might enjoy backpacking trips across different countries, there’s always something alluring about having a luxury holiday in one of your favourite destinations. Wading through heat and mud can be charming for some people, but for others, we just want to sit back, relax and enjoy our time away from home.

So in this post, we’re going to take a look at a couple of ways for you to invest in your travels to get a much better experience.


Enjoy an upgraded flight
If you fly on a regular basis then you’ll be pleased to hear that your miles can often be used for an upgraded flight. This can boost you up to premium economy, business or even first class. While the flight itself is only a small part of the overall holiday, it can be a fantastic way to relax and set the tone for the rest of your adventure abroad. If you don’t collect miles already then we highly recommend you try to stick to the same airline if possible and register an account. It does take a lot of flights to be able to upgrade yourself to a different class, but it’s well worth experiencing it at least once in your life. If you don’t like collecting miles or don’t fly often, then simply booking in advance for a business or first class seat is perfectly fine too.

5.10.20

3 Fantastic French Ski Resorts You Have To See To Believe!


Some places on Earth are blessed by an embarrassment of natural riches and the French Alps definitely falls into this rarefied category. 

With majestic snow-capped mountains that are mother nature’s skyscrapers, lush meadows bursting with wildflowers, rushing streams of ice-cold water, scented steepled pine forests and deep valleys peppered with chocolate box chalets, this idyllic landscape is truly inspirational.

1.10.20

Budget Friendly Shopping At Jack's Supermarket


As a mum of 3 children, I know just how hard it can be to budget when you go shopping, so when I was invited to try out a brand new discount chain store, Jack's Supermarket, I couldn't wait to see how it compared, in quality and budget, and whether I could use their produce to create a lovely recipe for my family. 

Jack's Supermarket may be relatively new but it is actually part of the Tesco family, named after Tesco’s founder Jack Cohen, and now has 12 stores across the country. They're passionate about working with and supporting hundreds of regional farmers, growers and producers. That’s why, 100% of their fresh chicken, fresh lamb and fresh beef are British all year round, and 100% of our fresh milk is British too.

5 Ways To Make Your Property More Appealing To Potential Buyers


When you have planned to sell your sweet home, you indeed need to put in a lot of time and effort to make your property look appealing. Today, people are willing to buy homes in and around Wirral, because of the places’ beauty, serenity, and the proximity to the parks, workplaces, schools, etc. If you are looking for buyers, just go online and search Wirral lets, you will be directed to several sites where you can find potential sellers and buyers to either sell your property or to make your desired purchase with the help of trusted agents. Though such agents are available, at the end of the day it is up to you to make your home look the best to attract genuine customers. If you have no idea what to do, follow these 5 steps to make your
property look more welcoming.

30.9.20

Forming a Closer Bond With Your Partner

A silhouette of a two people on bicycle
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No matter how close you are with your partner or how long you’ve been together, making time to strengthen your bonds and become even more intimate can always be beneficial!

For couples hoping to grow closer, there are many simple things you can do to make a change. If you need a bit of extra help, there’s no shame in looking into online couples therapy where an expert can guide you back to each other.

I take a look at the best ways you can start forming closer, more meaningful bonds with your partner!

28.9.20

Top tips for a family cycling holiday

With the UK boasting some stunning rural and scenic cycling and walking trails, families are spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing a location for an active and adventurous holiday via bike. Here are some of the key things to remember when you are planning a family cycling holiday.

27.9.20

Has the Pandemic Made the UK Fall Back in Love with Tradition?

Lockdown has forced people to hit the reset button in more ways than one. Everything from family meals, holidays, trips to the high street, and outings to the cinema have been impacted by the pandemic. Consumer behaviours have changed, with more people eating at home, sitting in front of the TV, and opting for the ‘staycation’ as this year’s holiday choice.

Has the pandemic we’re experiencing made the UK fall back in love with tradition when it comes to our eating and drinking habits, going on holiday, and even how businesses are reaching consumers through advertising?

21.9.20

TwelveBelow | The Low Sugar, Low Calorie Tonics


When it comes to enjoying a drink or two of an evening, I must confess that I am super fussy with what I like in my glass. As someone who grew up in pubs, with publican parents, I got to know early on about mixing drinks, what works and what doesn't, and the difference between cheaper and premium drinks. 

For me, I've always loved two spirits, vodka and spiced rum, and which I drink differs based on the mood I'm in. What I drink with them is a whole other ball game though, as I like like my vodka drinks light, but my rum drinks deeper and with a good glug of spiciness.

19.9.20

Teas To Drink From Morning Till Night


We drink, on average, 165 million cups of black tea each day in the UK and this means that we are rightly known as a nation of tea lovers. But with so many options on the supermarket shelves nowadays, which ones are best, and what time of day should we be drinking them?

The right cup of tea can be just what you need at any point in the day. To wake you up, per you up, and send you off to the land of nod, the question is figuring out which teas drink best as the day progresses. To help make the right decisions at the right time, here are the best teas for the morning, noon and night. So get your kettle on the boil, dig out the silver teapots, and read along to see which tea you should pick.

18.9.20

The Ultimate Boiler Maintenance Checklist


Boiler maintenance can be intimidating. It’s tempting to wait until something goes wrong before giving your boiler the attention it needs, but this can be costly, time-consuming and at worst, extremely dangerous.

Many assume they don’t have the knowledge to complete the required duties, and instead of taking the time to learn or hire a professional, abandon the job instead.

17.9.20

Safe Places to Travel with Children


Travelling brings adventure to life. It is the source of fun and joy. For me Travelling with kids is a blast. However many parents dread and avoid travelling thinking about safety and hygiene during travelling. Do not hesitate. Do not panic if the destination is Lopesan. Plan your travel. Trust me Canary Islands is one of the safest and secure travel destinations. You will be having a lot of fun, especially when you are travelling with young children.

16.9.20

5 Tips for Finding a Reputable Plumber


Finding a reputable plumber may seem like an easy task at first, but when you are stuck with a bust kitchen pipe, things may get a little bit out of hand. Chances are that there are many plumbers in your area, but how can you tell which company is reputable?

How Long Do Mattresses Last?


Mattresses are designed to last for several years which is why they require a significant investment. With the right care and regular turning, your trusty mattress can last you up to ten years. 

Despite this, there are many factors that can influence the lifespan of your mattress and a number of key signs to look out for when deciding whether to replace yours.

14.9.20

Garden Ideas To Make The Most Of Your Outdoor Space


Over the past 12 years of living in our home, we have spent a small fortune on renovating the inside. New bathroom, downstairs W.C. windows and doors, as well as decorating the rooms, just leaving the kitchen to be done next year. But what has been neglected the most, is the garden. 

Even though it's probably the space w use most of all during the summer months, we just hadn't thought about how it can be changed to fit for us. So over the next few month, we'll be saving, and deciding how we really want it to look once complete, ready for our landscaper to come and sort the whole thing. 

Whether you're looking for a overhaul of your outdoor space, or just some little aspects that could do with some love, here are some of the things he asked us to think about, for what we want from our garden...

13.9.20

4 Tips To Moving Home With Ease


Moving house can be stressful and can lead to many issues with timings, arguments and it can be easy super to forget something essential which you later realise you've missed. Moving is one of the biggest things you might ever have to do, and having to move one whole houses content to another can mean having some hurdles to just through, so here are a couple of tips to moving home with ease...

11.9.20

Bathroom Remodelling Ideas


If you want to renovate your home, then let’s start it from the bathroom itself. As we know Bathroom remodelling is more than a trend. Yes! It is required. All of us need a bathroom with more modern and appealing aspects with greater functionality. The design and structure of the Bathroom should able to meet our needs and should provide ample space as well.

6.9.20

September Favourites - Back Into The Real World


Let's be honest here, this year has been a total wash out. For 6 month, we've stayed home, stayed safe, and spent many a day baking, eating, and sitting around complaining about Covid-19 and how we've not been able to do anything. 

Now we seem to be coming out the other side, somewhat, I decided to write up my favourites post with a bit of an angle of items for going back into the real world. I mean, I don't know about you but I got so used to being at home, that I am not much prepared for going outdoors.

5.9.20

Win a £20 Amazon Voucher


Every few months I like to give away an Amazon voucher and I find that it's a great way to thank you, my readers, for sticking by me for all these years, and it gives you guys a nice little treat for the one that wins. I also opt for an Amazon voucher as then the choices are endless when it comes to what to purchase with it.

You could go for a treat for your kids, saving for something bigger, or even just some chocolates in the Pantry area. I mean, I've been running these every few months for the past year and the winners have bought some lovely things. One emailed to say she had bought her little one some books, where another emailed with a gorgeous photo of a crib she had put it towards getting.

27.8.20

How to Raise an Optimistic Child



Why is optimism important? Is it something that can be learned? These questions are often asked when parents begin to consider what character traits their child might have as they grow up. Are you an optimist or not? You might be considering how your own outlook affects that of your child and at the core of this is a very natural desire for your child to be happy. One of the best ways to stay happy and balanced in life is to be optimistic, to have a cheerful disposition and the ability to remain positive in the face of life’s challenges. People who struggle to stay upbeat and hopeful are often the people who also struggle to feel happy and satisfied in their lives.

Helping Your Child Learn a New Language



If you’re interested in helping your child to learn a new language, then you probably know that the earlier you start, the more chance of success you will have. More than one language is a huge advantage in terms of a child’s future opportunities in both education and work. That’s without even considering the social benefits. This independent school in London believes that excellence is achieved in small increments and that’s how you should look at developing your child’s language skills. Small hurdles, one step at a time.

26.8.20

What Does it Take to Be An Effective School Leader?


Without an effective leader, school students are unlikely to reach their full potential, both academically and on a personal level. When looking for a new school for your child, no matter their age, it is important to consider the leadership and their priorities. Do these priorities line up to your own? You may be wondering what it takes to be an effective leader, and therefore what it takes to help young people grow up to be successful, happy and healthy individuals. Read on for some further information.

25.8.20

The Importance of Pastoral Care in Schools



Every school requires a pastoral care department to help maintain the community spirit and ensure every child is happy and reaching their full potential. It’s a complicated aspect of any school and shares many similarities with parenting, other than the fact that it involves taking care of hundreds of kids rather than just a few. As such, thorough policies and procedures must be in place to ensure the pastoral care is successful. Every school will have a unique approach, but the fundamental goals of pastoral carers are always the same; to ensure every child prospers, both academically and personally. I have teamed up with an independent school in Surrey to explore in further detail the importance of pastoral care.

Advice On Hiring Gardeners And Contractors


Whether your garden requires simple weeding or general cleanup, you've got to find the right gardener to help tidy your green space. 

First, decide the exact kind of work that you want to do. Gardeners provide a wide range of services which typically depend on their levels of training and years of experience. While some gardeners specialise in general maintenance of existing garden designs, others focus on tree surgery, landscaping, or long-term planning.

Top Tips for Helping Your Kids with Maths


Some people are great with numbers, others are better with words, and some prefer hands-o activities like art or sport. Children who struggle with maths shouldn’t feel ashamed; it’s likely that they thrive in other areas of their education. However, maths cannot be avoided as it is one of the core subjects in the National Curriculum and students must study it until at least the end of their GCSEs. With that said, you may need to give your child a little helping hand when it comes to maths. Don’t worry, you don’t have to be a pro at maths yourself in order to help your child. An independent school in London have put together the following tips.

19.8.20

Ride On Bikes For Children Of All Ages

I'm sure you remember being younger and seeing a little child rolling down the path on a ride on car and being a little jealous that those of us that were older didn't have something similar. Wishing you could have a go but knowing you'd never get your legs back out from under the dash if you tried squeezing in.

We all grew up dreaming of being able to ride big buggies, like they do in American movies, and fly down dirt roads, but never actually being able to find anything like that in our area. I mean, when I was growing up, I never had the chance to ride a quad bike because there was nowhere that sold them.

Nowadays though, there is so much more choice for all ages of children. And so, here is a range of ones that would be ideal for little ones, right up to the teens...


17.8.20

The best family holiday destinations in 2020


After an eventful year, to say the least, many families will be keen to explore holiday destinations for this year and beyond. Deciding on travel items and essentials is hard if you don't know where you're off to. There are so many options to choose from, too.

A holiday is a vitally important activity for a family. Not only does a family holiday create memories, but it can help establish lasting relationships and enable various family members to bond. It can also be educational, allowing your children to experience a different culture and a way of life, therefore making them more aware of the world and the different types of people on our planet. The benefits are endless, not least for us parents too. With many prime holiday hotspots offering childcare and the option for parents to switch off fully, a holiday can be beneficial for everyone.