With two children now, growing up fast before our eyes, it really isn't too soon to be thinking about the future. I've always been one to plan ahead and now that we have two little ones to think of and plan for, we want to be prepared for their future and help give them a good start in life.

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Despite having practiced yoga a few times since I was a teenager, and most recently throughout pregnancy, you’d think that I’d have better posture. Especially as when you have children you are always bending and lifting and carrying extra weight around - so having a strong posture is all the more important. Alas, in my case, my posture is appalling and even though I know the principles of sitting and lifting well, I’m just so bad at following them.

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Anyone who works or had worked at a desk for their job will know how it can take its toll on your back and neck in particular, if you don’t set things up correctly and sit well. (As I'm sat here typing this, I am acutely aware of all the wrong things I am doing...!).

All work places should have a good health and safety procedure and provide support so you can have the support, quite literally, when sitting at your desk. Adaptable equipment, tables and chairs are a must. Even if you work from home, you’ve really got to take care of yourself and ensure you have a good working space.

Whenever I have moved jobs or desks, I’ve always done my best to set them up properly to make sure I am doing the right things to help my posture whilst I’m working.

Here’s a few tips from me on things to bear in mind when setting up your own desk space:

I love food, I love summer and I don't mind a lovely garden either... so you can imagine how much fun I had at the BBC Good Food Show Summer and BBC Gardeners' World Live shows at Birmingham's NEC last weekend.

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Despite the weather being less than summery, there was plenty to brighten up my day. The floral displays and garden companies out at the show were wonderful to see and walk around (the scents were amazing) and the show was vast, spreading outside and with a beautiful floral marquee to enjoy too.

In case you did not know, homes in the United Kingdom come with at least four main types of loft conversions. Through loft conversion, an area can be transformed into a guest bedroom, home office, playroom, or study room, among many others. The idea is to not only add additional floorspace but to also increase the value of your property.

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Before you worry about the overall loft conversion cost, you need to know first these types of loft conversions. That way, you will have a better understanding of the best design that can be applied to your home. Of course, your final decision will always be based on the number of different criteria. This includes, but not limited to, budget, shape or line of the roof, and permitted development rights. To get the best result, it is imperative that you work with a skilled architect.

These are the four main types of loft conversions. Make sure to keep them in mind!
I have only ever been to America once. Once! It took me until I was 26 years old to cross the Atlantic and I did so with my then new husband, for our honeymoon in New York. Stephen has been plenty of times before, with his family, but we both hold out hope to adventure to America again. In fact, there's a whole lot of America we would love to adventure to.

For starters, here are the top three places in America if I were to plan a trip tomorrow:

Despite what the weather forecast seems to be suggesting for this week, a ray of summer is heading our way as two super summery shows are arriving at Birmingham's NEC and I can not wait to spend the day at them!

Here's all the information about what you can expect from BBC Good Food Show Summer and BBC Gardeners’ World Live and be sure to follow my Instagram feed and stories for updates on the opening day (Thursday) as we've been kindly given press tickets and will be posting throughout the day...

The BBC Good Food Show Summer and BBC Gardeners’ World Live return to the NEC in Birmingham from Thursday 13 – Sunday 16 June for four fabulous days, packed with the latest products and trends, inspirational tips and advice topped with a host of famous faces.

Short term loans can be a really helpful way to get cash quickly when you’re in a fix, but there are some dos and don’t's that you need to be aware of before choosing a short term loan.

If you want to find an FCA approved and regulated lender, then cashasap.co.uk offers reliable payday and instalment loans.

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Short Term Loans

Short term loans are (as the name might imply!) a form of loan in which you borrow money over a short period of time. This could be anything from 1 day to 3 months (or sometimes longer) depending on whether you choose a payday or instalment loan.

They can be a really helpful way to cover unforeseen costs, but as with all loans, you need to be careful to ensure you don’t end up in further financial difficulty. We have lots of tips to help you understand when you should look for an alternative to a short term loan and when you might consider one.

What You Need To Know

Instant Cash

This is one of the biggest benefits of short term loans, which include both payday and instalment loans. The vast majority of direct lenders will offer same day cash transfer, giving you the money on the same day that you apply. The advantages of this is fairly obvious; when you need money to pay for a bill, emergency repair or essential maintenance work on that day, you’ll be able to get it.

Necessity vs Luxury

It’s important to understand that short term loans are designed to support necessity rather than luxury. If an unexpected event occurs for which you don’t currently have the funds, then a short term loan can help you to cover the cost before your next payday.

This could be really helpful for things such as car repairs, emergency plumbing, an unexpected bill or similar.

However, they’re not the answer for payments that aren’t a necessity, such as a meal out, a family holiday or a new video game console. While being able to enjoy life is important, this isn’t what short term loans are for as it could land you in further financial difficulty.

For luxury or non-essential things, you could consider budgeting for a ‘fun fund’, which you can use to pay for luxury items and trips. Some people use a credit card to make bigger expenses more affordable by spreading the cost, but it’s important to do this wisely and build repayments into your monthly budget so you know you can repay any credit in full.

Simple Interest

All lenders will charge interest no matter the form of loan, from mortgages and credit cards to short term loans. Payday and instalment loans are the same, but unlike some longer term loans, they calculate the cost of the loan based on simple interest, rather than compound interest. This means that the price you pay for the loan is based on the original amount of money you borrow and won’t change month by month.


Along a similar line, all lenders will specify the APR of your loan. APR stands for annual percentage rate and gives an indication of how much you’ll be charged to borrow money for the year. With loans that are spread over long periods, the cost of repayment is divided to give an average, while short term loan payments have to be multiplied. This means that APR isn’t a good measure of the cost of a short term loan.

If you’ve looked into payday or instalment loans before, you’ll notice that the APR is extremely high in comparison to other forms of loans. This is because the money is borrowed over a very short time, but APR calculates the cost of borrowing over the course of a year. While APR has to be specified by law, it’s more useful when looking at the cost of long term loans rather than short.

For short term loans, it’s better to use the ‘total repayable’ summary rather than the APR to calculate the cost of a loan.

Credit Score

A common question is: do payday loans (or other short term loans) affect my credit score? You need a reasonable credit score in order to get a payday loan. Many direct lenders won’t lend money to people with bad scores who look like they would be an unreliable borrower, but how does a loan affect your credit score itself?

If you borrow money and repay it on time, it could improve your credit score as it shows that you are a reliable borrower. However, it’s worth bearing in mind that your credit file will show that you applied for a short term loan. This can be seen by any potential future lenders.

If you want to get a mortgage but have applied for a short term loan within a certain number of years, it might suggest to a bank or lender that you are in an unstable financial position and they might not offer you a mortgage.

However, if you applied for a short term loan years before, then lenders will understand that it no longer indicates your current financial position and so it shouldn’t impact your ability to get a mortgage.

This means that if you’re hoping to buy your own house within the next couple of years, you should avoid short term loans, but if not, then they might still be a viable option.

Weighing Up Short Term Loans

Short term loans, including both payday and instalment loans, do have advantages that can be extremely helpful when you need money quickly to cover an unforeseen event.

However, they also have some factors and disadvantages of which you need to be aware. It’s usually a good rule that if you can manage without a short term loan, then you should do so and instead use careful budgeting to manage until your next payday.

However, if you know that a short term loan will allow you to cover a necessary cost and you know that you can pay it back without a problem, then it can be a very helpful way to get by before your next payday.

If you need a short term loan and want to find a reliable lender who is authorised and regulated by the FCA, then choose cashasap.co.uk. They provide loans from £100 to £300 (rising to £750 for returning customers).
If you are searching for a quick way to enhance the overall exterior look of your home, brick slips can be the perfect option for you. Brick slips are basically thin layers of masonry used to replicate the look and feel of conventional bricks. They are available in a variety of colours and styles to suit your taste. These brick slips are great for use in traditional as well as modern settings.
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We're going away to Center Parcs next week for five days and I can't wait to head back into the forest. We have been to stay at all of the locations, except Elveden; first Longleat, then Whinfell twice, Sherwood twice and Woburn once before Christmas. This time, we are going to Whinfell again for Sullivan's first holiday and we have a full agenda planned (including half a day for me at the spa as a Mother's Day treat!). But of course, you can choose to do as little as you like too - that's the beauty of this kind of break.

We love how you can escape the outside world, become a part of a village and choose to do as much as you like or simply relax. The surroundings are beautiful to wake up to every morning and the accommodation and facilities are excellent.

The questions I often get asked about a break to Center Parcs is which location do we like the best, what's on offer and what are our top tips - so I thought I'd share with you some thoughts following our experiences over the past six years.


I think you can probably tell a lot about a woman from what she keeps in her knicker drawer. The kind of lingerie you wear can say a lot about what time period you grew up in, your current life stage and your personal taste.
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