What is a Modern Pergola?

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I’m sure you know what a traditional pergola is but what is a modern pergola? I’ve recently found out about these and needed to share them with you. I’ve always wanted to have a pergola in my back garden but never thought they were practical enough for “sunny” England.

Why would I install a traditional pergola in my garden if it’s always raining? I dreamt of having a pergola that could still give me shade but also protection from the rain, so I could use my back garden no matter what. This is where modern pergolas come in – the innovative version of traditional pergolas that allow you to properly enjoy your outdoor space.

What You Can Do With Shipton Mill Flour

It doesn’t seem like long ago that all the flour shelves at the supermarket were empty. Still can’t believe that, and don’t get me started about the scarce of toilet paper… Anyway, during those strange flourless months when everyone had the baking bug (me included!), I found myself searching online for any flour I could find. It was then that I came across Shipton Mill flour at Springvale Foods.

Are You Financially Stable to Have a Baby?

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It’s no secret that having a baby is expensive. It’s best to be in a good financial position before you begin having children. On average, in the UK, it costs a whopping £231,843 to raise a child to adulthood – according to the Centre for Economics and Business Research. You need to think past the first year of having a child and prepare for your baby’s future as well.

It can be overwhelming to think so far in advance and to see such enormous financial figures. Here are a few ways to make a financial plan for your family so that you can enjoy the best bits of being a parent.


How to make more money from blogging

You might have been making some little bits of money here and there from display ads and affiliate marketing but now you want to take your blog to the next level. I get it. Blogging is a great hobby but who wouldn’t want to make money from something they love to do? You might want some extra cash for your monthly grocery shopping, a romantic getaway or you might want to set up a piggy bank to save for your kid’s futures – either way, I’ve put together some ways to make more money from blogging.

Essential Tools You Should Have In Your Toolbox

Have you ever had to ask your neighbours for their screwdriver? Have you ever had to ask your handy friend for their wrenches? I know this too well, unfortunately. However, when I moved into my first home (a few years ago now), I decided to get a toolbox. Did I know what I needed? No. Did I know what I was doing? No. But I got a few different tools and then, if I needed another tool, I’d get it.

You might be on the same boat as I was a few years ago. You might want to buy a few tools but have no idea what you could need. You might not know that you need some tools but believe me, you do – whether you own or rent a house, something’s bound to break or need fixing. If it’s a small task you can do it, so it’s essential to have a few tools at hand.


What Makes A Great Family Car?

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A great family car is one of the most valuable assets a family can ever possess. It is your ticket to a world of adventures while it also makes daily tasks far more convenient. School runs, grocery store trips and travel to activity clubs will all benefit from the right choice of vehicle.

With so many vehicles on the market, though, it can be difficult to find the perfect solution. The following checklist should lead you to the right solution.

What to Consider When Choosing the Right Engagement Ring

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Choosing an engagement ring can be hard. Sometimes it can be the make or break of this special occasion. After all you want to choose a ring that you and your fiancé will love.

If you and your partner are already engaged and going to buy a ring together or if you’re looking for a ring before popping that all important question you might be unsure what you're looking for. After all there are so many different rings to choose from which in itself can make the task daunting and let’s face it an engagement ring is one of the most important rings you will ever buy in your life.


6 Things You Need to Know About ADHD

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ADHD treatment, awareness and diagnosis have all come a long way in the past few years. However, it is still an extremely individual journey for every person and family who finds themselves exploring what it means to have — or support someone with — ADHD. Therefore, it’s important to become as informed as possible by educating yourself about what it means to live with ADHD so you can support your child or family member as they learn and grow throughout the years. No matter how old your child is, you can always continue learning and assisting them along their journey in managing their ADHD. 

6 Simple Grilled Recipes to Add to Your Repertoire

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Many people put their grills away after a final Labor Day cookout. However, with plenty of warm, sunny days ahead, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t keep yours out a bit longer. Save money on your utility bill and bid summer a fond farewell by enjoying the irresistibly smoky flavour of grilled meats, veggies and more. Add these simple recipes to your repertoire to whip up delicious weeknight meals in no time.

What You Need to Know About Surrogacy

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Surrogacy is different for every couple or person that undergoes the journey — whether we’re talking about the surrogates themselves or the parents who are growing their family. Although surrogacy has been around for a while, there are so many new developments and unique situations that can lead you to surrogacy and influence your surrogacy journey. If you’re curious about the basics of surrogacy, here are a few things you need to know.


Three Fantastic Crafting Ideas For Entertaining Kids On A Rainy Day

Every now and then when you have small kids, you can find yourself stuck inside and have no choice but to figure out some way to keep them entertained. Or at least stop them from destroying the house out of boredom. My personal favourite method, beyond having a glass of wine whilst they watch tv, is the tried-and-tested method of arts & crafts.


My Femmeluxe Favourites for September

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Can you believe we are in September already? I’ve said it a lot, but it is crazy how fast this year is flying by. I know it’s too early to mention but I have been working on my Christmas gift guides and I can’t wait to share them with you in November. So far, we have some lovely products to showcase and I think that when you see the guides you will agree that there are some lovely gifts and I hope they give you some help if you are struggling with gift ideas.


5 ways to update your kitchen

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I don’t know about you, but I spend a lot of time in my kitchen. I’m the person who does most of the cooking and I spend a lot of my free time baking delicious recipes including biscuits and cakes. I can often be heard telling my husband and kids to keep out of “my kitchen” as they only just get in the way when I’m busy. It is my space and I have everything the room just as I like it.


6 Fun And Exciting Children's Gifts That Can Be Enjoyed Outdoors

If your child’s birthday is coming up, you will have, no doubt, been bombarded with a list of the different gifts they want. When buying presents for your little one, you should see this as an opportunity to buy something that they will love while also choosing something that can benefit their health and well being. With so many children spending their days indoors on video games these days, opting for toys that encourage them to play outdoors is a great place to start. Here are some suggestions:


10 Tips to Live Up to a 100 Years – and Love it!

People have been scared of ageing since the beginning of time. That is why no one chooses to think of ageing or accept that they are ageing. There is a common stigma around it that scares youngsters. However, it is time to acknowledge that ageing does not necessarily mean a compromise on health.


Why You Need to Teach Your Children Inclusivity

Raising kids can have its challenging moments. You want your kids to grow up to be kind and compassionate. As they start school, they may notice children different from them. So, it‘s important to teach your kids about inclusivity.

7 Ways to Encourage Socially Distanced Playtime

Right now, it’s difficult to socialize with others because of the risk of virus transmission. You can take precautions, but it’s still dangerous to meet up with your child’s friends often because of the danger it poses.

Luckily, you can navigate the issue by choosing a few creative ways to allow your child to enjoy playtime even while socially distanced. While not everything listed is a solo activity, your child will learn the importance of staying safe and adhering to social distancing rules while having fun. 

10 Simple Kitchen Skills We All Should Have

Having basic cooking capabilities is essential for living independently. It’s also important once you have a family to provide for. Here are some simple kitchen skills everybody should have.

Smart Ways to Celebrate a New Baby

The arrival of a baby is one of the most exciting things! It's a huge life-changing event that brings a new life into the world. Parents want to celebrate the coming of their new baby in the best ways possible.

There are so many creative ways to enjoy this time with family and friends both during pregnancy and after the new baby's arrival. Of course, with COVID-19, not all new families could celebrate the birth of their new child with other people. Much of the partying and celebration had to be virtual. It's never too late to celebrate, though, so if you are one of those pandemic parents, you can still celebrate this year!

5 Ways to Look After Your Eyes

Our eyes are an incredibly important part of the body. Looking after them is relatively low maintenance, but there are several things which you should be aware of to ensure your eyes serve you well for many years. Here are some of the ways you can look after your eyes.