5 Clever Ideas For Making Your Kitchen Look More Expensive

While we’re in lockdown, there has never been a better time to perfect the interior of your home. With so many of us having more time on our hands, there’s no excuses for getting in touch with our creative side in order to give our house the makeover we’ve been daydreaming about for years.


What Can I Do To Prevent The Spread Of Covid?

When you look back, it's odd to think that for over a whole year, our lives have been drastically changed. When Covid hit, not one of us thought that arriving into April 2021, we would still be in a variation on a lockdown, still unable to go anywhere, and still following the Hands, Face, Space mantra. 

But, it does look like there is light at the end of this very long tunnel, with the vaccine rollout, Covid testing, and most of the UK population following the rules, we are slowly starting to see the numbers lowering, cases dropping, and hopefully, the Government roadmap will be pulled off with ease. 

Although the end is in sight, Covid very much hasn't gone away, and will be here for a long time to come. There are many things we can all do to help stop the spread of Covid, and here are a few of the main points to adhere to...


At-Home Date Night Ideas

This year has been long and strenuous, but with the introduction of the vaccine, there is now a light at the end of the tunnel. As the world starts to open up, the options for date nights are growing in number. However, for those who are not ready to jump back in, or for those who need to stay at home there several ways to keep your date nights fresh and exciting.

Do not let the pandemic take away the romance. It has undoubtedly been a hard year, but everyone needs a little excitement in their lives. Follow these tips as ways to keep the romance alive, and you and your loved ones entertained.


How To Make Your New House Feel Like a Home

Moving to a new house can be a very exciting thing. Whether you’re simply moving from one house to another or buying a house for the first time, you should consider how you’re planning on decorating. Making your house feel like a home can be pretty difficult, especially if you haven’t organised or planned that much. With that being said, you’ve come to the right place! Continue reading to find our four exciting ways you can make your new house feel like a home.

Bring in some of your old space
When moving to a new home, it can be a very daunting experience – especially if you haven’t done it a long time or haven’t ever done it before. At times, people enjoy moving because it is a fresh start and the new home serves as a clear palate to start fresh. Yet again, sometimes moving to a new house can seem pretty lonely as you’re out of your comfort zone and have nowhere to settle when the time comes.

To combat feelings of loneliness and isolation with moving, we recommend that you bring in some of your old space into the new home. For example, bring familiar spaces and furniture into your new home. Replicating the space from your old house is a great way to get into the home-like feeling as soon as possible in your new space.

Get pictures framed for your walls
Secondly, you can make your house feel like a home by getting familiar pictures up on the walls. This can be either a semi-permanent or permanent fixture for your new home; ideally, it’s to bring in feelings of comfort and life while you continue decorating. Purchasing high-quality frames from brands like PicFrames is the perfect option to fill some empty gaps around your home. They offer frames for almost anything from solid wood frames, picture mounts and so much more. Ideally, you should get pictures and prints you love up around your home as quickly as possible. This may even help you settle in quicker!

Personalise the house with décor
Similar to our point surrounding bringing some of your old space into your home, you should also consider personalising your new house with some décor. Choosing the right décor doesn’t have to be done immediately. Yet again, you shouldn’t waste your time heading out to a furniture store and purchasing everything all at once. Instead, build up your décor and furniture collection over time and develop a space entirely designed and developed for you. Bonus points if you handmake some décor pieces!

Get the colour scheme right first time
One of the biggest mistakes you can make when moving into a new house is painting colour on the walls immediately. Instead of doing this, put a fresh coat of white paint on then work from here. This isn’t the case if you’ve been planning for this for a long time and have some mood boards ready to go!

How do you plan on personalising your home?

How to Prepare for Your Annual Spring Clean

Spring cleaning time is almost upon us, with the day before Good Friday often kicking off the event and causing us all to grab our dusters and get stuck in. This is a time to schedule your annual deep clean that will boost your mood and remove any allergens hanging around that might have built up in your home. Although it is called a spring clean, there is no need to stop at general cleaning duties, since this is a great occasion for a fresh start and taking stock of any updates that should be made around your home. Here are four ways in which you can prepare for your upcoming spring clean.


When Is It Time To Replace Your Garden Fence?

Garden fences are brilliant additions to any home when they are looked after and incorporated in the right way. It’s no exaggeration to say that they can quite literally change your life.

Unfortunately, garden fences are often underappreciated, seen only as a bit of border control rather than the stylistic and impressionable features that they ultimately are. The lack of respect came to a head in 2014, where a national shortage led to a considerable 30% price hike for all. It even led to the thefts of panels from some people’s gardens…

Hosting a Quirky, Yet Classy Dinner Party That Reflects Your Style and Personality

With the sun just beginning to peek out from behind the clouds (finally), the country appears to be getting ready to welcome some warmer weather, after what may very well have been the longest winter that has ever existed. And, alongside this appearance of the sun, the government have continued to venture down the (whisper it) ‘road out of lockdown’ setting out the gradual easing of lockdown rules and restrictions and, eventually, the end of social distancing altogether!


Budget Friendly Packed Lunches from Jack's Supermarket

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With schools going back last week, I am slowly getting back into the routine of getting the kids up, making packed lunches, and doing the school run. These last few months have been a hard slog, so it's nice to get back into some form of routine. 

With this in mind, Jack's Supermarket have recently launched a ‘Homeschool Fuel Inspiration’ meal plan where you could pick up breakfast, snacks and lunch items for one child for 5 days for under £15. Great for helping to get back into a routine again, knowing you have all the kid's food ready for the week, and to show that meal planning on a budget doesn't have to be boring.

Whilst doing my weekly shop, I decided to try Jack's out for packed lunch items, to give the kids something different to the regular boring lunches they've been having and to cater to my budget friendly shopping list. At Jack's you can get a huge range of great quality products all at outstanding value, so I knew I'd be able to find just what I needed to create a balanced, but yummy, dinner for the kids whilst they're at school. 

I decided, instead of boring sandwiches, to make wraps for their school pack ups. This gives them the same nutrients as sandwiches, but a varied option, and the kids love them. I made ham salad wraps this week, and they're so easy to do, so no hard slog before the school run.

Take one wrap and start layering with whatever you want inside it. I layered salad and ham together. The start rolling. It needs to be rolled quite tight for it to be able to hold its shape. I then cut each wrap in half and place in their lunch boxes. Simple and easy. 

The best thing about wraps is that you can add anything you want. Tomato sauce, cheese and cold deli meats for a take on a pizza is also a favourite of the kids, and one they like to have at home often. 

Once this main part of the dinner is done, it's a case of packing out their boxes with enough extras to get them through the day. I always like to add a yogurt, and Jack's have these strawberry yogurt drinks which I personally prefer. No need for spoons, just drink it from the bottle. 

A choice of fruit is always important too. I always add 2 types in, this week going for a red apple, and an orange, but usually mix up the fruit that is in their lunches from day to day. This way they are getting a varied range, and don't get bored with their meals. And with Jack's offering their Fresh 5 every week, it means there's always a deal to be had when it comes to buying fruit. 

What I also love about Jack's, is how they stock Britain's Favourite Brands at outstanding prices, with the range growing all the time. This meant that I could get some extras for their lunches to give them a treat. My children love cheese, so any sort of cheese snack always works well in their dinner. And obviously, the kids on school dinners get a pudding, so I always make sure my kids get one too, adding in a cake bar to give them a touch of sugar, once they've finished the rest of their dinner. 

Lastly, is the drink, My children's school don't allow pop, but they do allow flavoured water, so that's usually what I opted for, for the boys. Jack's flavoured water comes in three different flavours, but Thomas picked out the lemon and lime one for this week's pack ups. 

There really are some great bargains to be had. So, if you've got a local Jack's supermarket close by, you should pop in and what you can get for your kids back to school lunches. You'll be amazed by how far your money can go at Jack's Supermarket. 


The COVID-19 Vaccine: What Opportunities And Challenges Will It Present To Employers

As the new COVID vaccines began to be rolled out around the UK, many people breathed a sigh of relief. The vaccines give us an end in sight to this difficult year, with the hopes of soon being able to say goodbye to social restrictions put in place due to COVID-19.

As an employer, you’ve probably seen first-hand the effects that the virus has had on your business. Maybe your staff are working from home, or perhaps you’ve had to write up a new social distancing plan for those who have to continue working on the frontlines.


"Women, Be Careful" - How About We Stop Victim Blaming

Sarah Everard was being careful. She did everything us women do every day to keep ourselves safe. She was on the phone to her boyfriend for a lot of her journey. She was wearing trainers. Walked a brightly lit route which had plenty of CCTV. She was being as careful as she could possibly have been.


Being a Frugal Parent

As much as you want to buy everything that you and your family could ever want and need, it is unlikely that it will always be a possibility. Instead, you might need to sometimes tighten the purse strings, particularly in times of unforeseen financial difficulty, or planning for the future. Being a frugal parent does not, however, mean that you need to go without all the nice things in life. By learning some positive money habits, and when it is best to keep money aside, you can still enjoy yourself without overindulging or teaching your children that money is an infinite resource.


UK Bloggers Mother's Day Prize Bundle Giveaway

With Mother's Day just around the corner, and Covid very much still around, it's safe to say we'll be having a very different celebration that normal. Instead of a big family meal, treating mum as a family, and visiting people, it'll be online chats, gifting through the post, or a socially distanced meet. I guess we've got to count ourselves lucky that we're here, we're healthy, and we're able to celebrate Mother's Day, even if it wont be how we want it to be.

50 UK bloggers have come together to offer one lucky winner a bundle of incredible prizes! We will be announcing the winner on Mother's Day so what a wonderful surprise for one lucky winner or the lucky winner's mum! With such a variety of prizes this is also an amazing Mother's Day Gift Guide to help you get ideas and inspiration for presents this Mother's Day.

6 Simple and Enjoyable Ways to Bond with Your Children

Technology and busy lifestyles have become a thorn in the flesh for most families. With parents juggling jobs, children lost in their devices, rarely do family members find time to bond. All in all, the family remains the backbone of society.

From a strong co-existence at home, it is easier for individuals to fit and relate better with others. Here are six simple tips on how parents can help build fulfilling relationships with their children.


Levitating Décor is the Future of Interior Design (and it’s Already Here)

Over the last few years, interior design has trended towards the past more than the present. With cottage, vintage, and retro taking the spotlight, we half expected 2021 to be the year of medieval-chic.


Comfy, Casual And Stylish Looks As We Emerge Out Of Lockdown

We are living through a period of time that is unlike any other. The global Covid-19 pandemic has dramatically shifted the way in which we go about our day-to-day lives, and there is little doubt that, going forward, at least parts of our existence are going to change for ever. There will never be a chance to go back to our old normal lives, and forever more, we'll have a 'new normal' that we'll all just get used to over time. 

When it comes to the fashion industry and, more specifically, the way we, as consumers, shop and choose what we pull out of our wardrobes each morning, the experience of living through a government-imposed lockdown could very well alter our perspective on dressing for the foreseeable future.


Tips For Livening Up Your Garden During Winter

Winter can seem like the worst enemy of a lush and lovely garden, and it might appear that there’s nothing you can really do in yours except wait for the spring.

However, there’s plenty you can do, so it’s time to set that sense of futility aside and get to work! Winter isn’t over until late March, so until that time, a bit of effort in the garden area certainly wouldn’t go amiss. But what ideas should you keep in mind here?

6 Ways You Can Help Your Kids Cope with Allergies

Allergies can be particularly difficult for children to cope with, as having an allergy can make them feel isolated and unable to enjoy the activities that others their age love. As well as seasonal allergies, issues such as dust allergies and other conditions such as asthma can also leave your kid struggling throughout the year. Then, here is a selection of ways that you can help your child to cope with their symptoms.

The Pros and Cons of a Portable Aircon

A portable air conditioner comes with a host of benefits, many of which put it in a better position than traditional fixed models. There are no installation costs, and most people might find that they are able to get it up and running by themselves. Here is why you should consider a portable air con to beat the heat!


Consider These Great Destinations for Your Honeymoon

Planning all the details of your wedding can be overwhelming, and getting everyone together for one day can certainly be a challenge. Once the honeymoon starts, it should be all about relaxing and enjoying the occasion. You should take care when picking your honeymoon destination and make sure it has everything that you wanted.

With this in mind, here are some great options to consider.


Children's Toys to Encourage Cognitive Development


Play is important for children's cognitive development. And by that I mean your child’s ability to understand, communicate, and imagine what might happen next in their play, which will translate into all aspects of their life. Children want to learn how things work, and they learn best through play. There are some brilliant children’s toys available at Wicked Uncle to help with solving problems, thinking and learning all the time.

And spending time playing with your child, or children, is especially important for your child’s cognitive development too. It's a great way to build your parent/child relationship, your bond, and it sends a powerful message that they are important to you. 

Planning a Family Vacation – A Comprehensive Guide with Checklist and Tips

Before Leaving
When you have a family vacation where the children are involved, it is advisable to start the preparation months away before the vacation date. This can help you avoid missing out on critical details which can inconvenience your vacation. Here is what to consider before leaving.


How To Calm Your Anxiety

Every now and then we can get stressed and anxious, usually this feeling passes but what do you do when it doesn't. Sometimes it can become overwhelming, but try not to worry as there are a few remedies you can try to help relieve your stress and calm your anxiety. Take a look at our recommendations below.

Avoid Caffeine and Alcohol
Drinking caffeine and alcohol can increase your symptoms of anxiety. In the short term the idea of having a glass of wine or a hot drink to destress might seem appealing, however it will only work for a short amount of time. Once the alcohol and caffeine start to wear off you might find that your stress or anxiety symptoms feel more heightened then before. So a good way to calm your anxiety is to avoid caffeine and alcohol as much as you can.


Not Feeling Like Yourself Lately? Here's 5 Ways To Get Yourself Out Of That Mindset

At some point or another we've all got ourselves into one of them moods that we just cannot get out of. That point in our lives where we just feel worn out, bored, or just plain blah blah blah. And as we've come into 2021 with the Covid pandemic marching on, we can feel more prone to falling into these mindsets as we try to get used to our 'new normal' - I so hate that term!

It gets to the point where you feel like you're just going through the motions of life, doing the same things over and over again, never being able to do anything new, or not even wanting to. This can be especially true now as we all stay home to help stop the spread of Covid. It can start to feel like the days all blend together.

A Short Guide To Adult Tricycles

Tricycles are increasing in popularity all over the world, with cyclists realising they are much more safer and accessible option for everyone. They are great for the environment and they provide fun for all the family, what more is there to love?


The Benefits of Having a Family Pool Table

We are always on the lookout for new ways to enhance our quality of life and the time we spend together as a family, especially when plenty of attractions and entertainment are closed at the moment.

When you are thinking about the activities that could benefit your family, you would be forgiven if a pool table is not the first idea that springs to mind. However, if you are curious about what the benefits of owning one in a family home are, read this piece to find out more!


Things to Consider Before Getting a Rabbit

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So you’re thinking of getting a rabbit for your children? There are close to 1 million rabbits in the UK so it is a very popular pet especially if you have children. Get your children used to animals by using toy animals in education lessons.

It’s easy to see why, they are just so cute. If you are considering bringing a rabbit home as a pet for your children, there are few things to consider first. This will mean that you are well prepared for what is in store when the rabbit does come home with you.


Personalising Everyday Items On A Budget

When it comes to organising your home, work, and kids lives, personalised items can come in handy to make finding things and storing things much easier, or just to have a little fun with. Having a look online though, personalised items can be quite pricey and then can put people off from wanting to shell out, especially when you're on a budget. 

But did you know, you can personalise most items yourself for a fraction of the cost? And because you've done it yourself, that makes it even more personalised, doesn't it! I thought I'd put together a post, showing just what you can personalise yourself. So, here are a few ways you can use personalised items in your home, all made by yourself...


Best Places to Visit Post Lockdown

We’ve spent so many months stuck in our homes, dreaming of destinations we’ll go to when all this is done. It seems we’ve got to wait longer, but that just gives you even more time to plan the perfect trip. If you’re in need of some travel inspiration, then look no further than right here.


How Ready Are You To Be A Parent?

It’s not a question that’s easy to answer, by any means. However, it is important that, as the big day approaches, you look at your life, your home, and your plans, and you try to ensure that you have a reasonable expectation of how they’re all going to change. Having a baby can blindside you in a lot of ways, but you want to make sure that you’re at least somewhat ready.


The Ultimate Family Trip to Florence

Everyone knows that Florence is a haven for art, fashion, and food lovers but not really one that comes to mind when traveling with children. However, with proper planning and preparation, this Italian city can actually be one of the most family-friendly tourist destinations. Regardless of what they are interested in, you will surely find plenty of things to do with kids in Florence. The city is rich in educational institutions, world-class museums, outdoor spaces and other landmarks that offer fun opportunities for your children.


Ideas For Getting Ready To Host A Summer Garden Party

Now, I know we have to be mindful of the pandemic at the moment, but this shouldn't stop us from forward planning, and preparing for when we are finally allowed to see other people, and ave people in our gardens again. 

And I thin that's what this year will mainly be, meeting people in our gardens. So, with that in mind, how prepared if your garden to have people over? I know mine is looking fairly dire at the moment. So, I've been thinking of ways in which I can spruce up my garden, and get it Summer garden party ready...