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.