Sunday, 19 May 2019

Benefits of Window Shutters


A window shutter is a frame with vertical stiles and horizontal rails which is often a solid structure fitted on windows. Many homes have window shutters installed in them whether the home lies in a rural area or an urban setting. Window shutters can be easily installed and though these shutters can come in a variety of colours, white window shutters are most popular in many types of homes.

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There are many benefits of installing window shutters and the following are some of the key reasons why it is a good idea to use window shutters in homes:

Interior Décor Design


    Many people choose window shutters not just for their various useful benefits but also as an element of interior décor design. Wooden shutters open and fold neatly and add to the overall style of the interior design.
    It makes a home more appealing to prospective buyers. These are easy to install, easy to remove and also are appropriate for different types of interior décor styles.
    Different types of shutters can be used in various interior décor styles. Louvered shutters, plantation shutters, Scandinavian shutters, café style shutters, and tier on tier shutters are all popular with different interior design styles all over the world.
    These shutters are very versatile and are perfect with both homes in cold countries as well as tropical homes. They are at times, classic and stylish addition to a home and have different uses and benefits as well.

Privacy and Protection


    Windows are often see-through in nature and large windows can often show everything that is going on inside the house from outside.
    Windows can reduce privacy in the home and especially large windows can cause major problems of privacy both during the day and particularly at night with the lights on.
    Shutters reduce the visibility of the interiors of a home from outside. There is no need to put blinds or curtains for privacy if proper wooden shutters are installed on the windows in homes.
    These shutters also provide additional protection from the weather elements like dust, wind, rain storms and other climatic events. It also provides protection from the heat in the summer and the cold climate of the winter months.

Insulation & UV Protection


    Besides protection from the elements, these shutters also offer thermal insulation as well as sound insulation. During the winter months, it keeps the home warm and insulated from the cold weather outside. During the summer, it lets in cool air and prevents the heat of the sun from entering the home.
    These wooden panel shutters also maintain the acoustics within the home and provide proper sound insulation.
    The harmful UV rays of the sun are partially blocked by window shutters which add to the protection that shutters give to a home. These UV rays can be harmful to people living in homes with large windows and fitting shutters will provide a solution to this problem.

Easy Maintenance & Customisation


    Wooden panels are extremely easy to install and are available in different shapes and sizes so that they fit different types of windows and homes. They are easy to maintain and easy to clean as they can be simply wiped clean using a soft damp cloth.
    After a few years, a simple coat of paint will make these window shutters look new, modern and stylish.
    As mentioned above, custom made window shutters are available in different shapes and sizes. These panels can be also trimmed during installations as they can be easily fitted of different windows.
    These window shutters are available in different colours and mostly the plain white or pale coloured window shutters are more common and popular among home- owners.

Window shutters are particularly popular in tropical countries as well as the western world. The above-mentioned benefits make window shutters very useful and beneficial and are chosen for various types of homes all over the world. Window shutters are an interior design element and they are also a useful addition to windows in various types of households. Window shutters are becoming trendier as they are included in various home décor styles and a favourite with interior designers all over the world.



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Tuesday, 14 May 2019

Our Tree Top Adventure at the new Go Ape Coombe Abbey #review

Ethan is turning into a bit of an adrenaline junkie (certainly doesn't get it from me!) and for his sixth birthday we couldn't think of a better way to spend the weekend than to visit the new Go Ape site at Coombe Abbey Park, Coventry. We were kindly invited along to be one of the first to try the new Tree Top Adventure - a family tree-top adventure course made up of wobbly bridges, crossings and zip wires - and we surprised Ethan with this super fun activity, with Daddy along for the journey and Mummy and Sullivan firmly on the ground to watch and cheer them on.



First of all, Coombe Abbey is just stunning and well worth a visit any way, but with Go Ape setting down roots, it's all the more reason to head along and explore the scenery and the woods too. I spoke to quite a few other people during our visit (my feet were on the ground after all, and I am that kind of person who happily chats to strangers!) and so they all said they had just headed out that day to enjoy the weather and hadn't realised that Go Ape were there now too, but couldn't resist signing up as their children were particularly excited about the prospect of climbing and swinging through the trees.

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Best Budget Washing Machines


In the past decade, there was a time when every third advertisement that you saw on the television was of a detergent bar or a detergent powder. Have you ever tried wondering where the detergent ads have disappeared today?  This is only due to the cheap appliances that are available online.

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The washing machine has literally consumed the detergent bar manufacturing market. Anyone who has ever washed his or her clothes by hand will surely appreciate the role that is played by an automatic washing machine in the household. While the washing machine has become an important part of our life, choosing the best washing machine from the top list can be quite a tough job. Nowadays you will there are thousands of options available on the market and the number of models can be overwhelming.

However, after going through this guide, all the confusion and doubts that you may have will be cleared and it will help you make the right choice to get a cheap appliances online.
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Monday, 13 May 2019

6 Tips for Upgrading Your Bathroom

There is no area in the home that is more important than the bathroom. This is a highly personal space and somewhere that you go each day to get clean and prepare yourself for the day ahead. 


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As such an important and personal space, it also needs to be somewhere that you can feel relaxed which means that it is a room which needs lots of attention when it comes to interior design. Not only this, but it is also somewhere that you need to take pride in so that you do not feel embarrassed when friends come over. 

Here are a few upgrades to consider:

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Thursday, 9 May 2019

#TBT - back off our post baby bodies!

For #TBT, I thought I'd share this slightly ranty post I wrote a few years ago again, given the arrival of the royal baby this week and no doubt the talk around how Megan 'bounces back' to look forward to...


Warning: this post is a bit of a rant but yet again, a Daily Mail story has ruffled my feathers. I know, why do I read it if it riles me so? Well, it does have good celebrity stories and shameless gossip on my lunch hour is always appreciated.

But I have just about had enough of how the Daily Mail, and all the other gossip magazines and sites, talk about women. Specifically in this instance, new mums.

Body image is a topic of much debate that everyone has thrown their twopence worth in. There can be no denying that what we see in the media has an effect on how we view the world and ourselves. Even when armed with the knowledge that what you're seeing may not be real - that the model has been airbrushed or certain types of people have been excluded altogether - if all you see is distorted images, then your concept of 'normal' becomes manipulated.

This is very true when it comes to mums. The media love to monitor every stage of a celebrity's pregnancy, from speculation - Mila Kunis anyone? - to a running commentary on how their bump is growing and what they're wearing to hide / show off said bump - step forward Holly Willoughby.

The real analysis is saved for when they have actually had their baby, to see who races towards the 'be skinny in just X weeks' finish line first.

The article that's prompted this rant can be read here and it's a good example of how the Daily Mail can turn anything into 'news'. In this case, 'woman has baby then wear bikini'.

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Budgeting for Your First Family Home

When you were a kid, your parents might have owned your house. Chances are, most of your friends' parents and family members also owned their own homes, either with or without a mortgage. Renting was something for students and other young people, as a means to an end. A situation that would soon be resolved with the purchase of a family home.

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You might have imagined that your life would go the same way. You’d leave school, at whatever age and at some point down the line you’d buy a house. You’d certainly never have to rent when you were married with children.


But, for many of us, it’s turned out quite differently. The average age of first-time buyers in the UK is heading towards 40, with many people much older when they finally purchase a home. This means that many families are renting.


There are many reasons for this. Firstly, the cost of housing. Houses are more expensive now than they have ever been before, and for a time house prices were rising at higher levels than inflation, or wages, making it almost impossible to save enough to buy. Since the financial crash, banks have also been much more reluctant when it comes to lending. People with debt, the self-employed, single people and those with low income, as well as people that have been job hopping or those with dependants have had a hard time borrowing money for a mortgage without a large deposit. Then, there’s the issue of rent. In big cities and popular rural locations, renting is more expensive than it’s ever been. Rent is often inflated, so that it’s not in line with the value of the house, as landlords look for ways to make money despite the rising costs of insurance and tax.


Of course, there are benefits to renting, and many families decide that it’s right for them. It gives you flexibility and freedom and means that you never need to worry about expensive home repairs or updates. But, it also means that you have a lack of security, you can never truly settle or make a home your own, and that you are always at the mercy of someone else. It also means that you’ll always be shelling out large amounts of money on rent. A mortgage, you will eventually pay off, rent just keeps on coming and rising. While this might not be a problem now, it can cause issues when it’s time to start thinking about retirement, or you need to save.


So, it’s easy to see why most families are desperate to buy a home. They look at an affordable apartment for sale, scout areas and dream of settling down. They look forward to being able to decorate and to make a true home for their families. But, how are you meant to save for it, when you are spending all of your money on rent, and you’re children? Let’s take a look at some of the ways that you can budget for your first family home, and some tips to help you get there.
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Friday, 3 May 2019

#CostOfSingleParentLiving - EVERY family should be able to save money on days out

Everyone likes to get a good deal, don't they? We all enjoy bagging a bargain or scoring a big saving, whether on our weekly shop or when we go out as a family. Days out, and indeed holidays, can really end up being rather expensive with costs easily mounting up, from entrance tickets to attractions to buying food to eat when you're out and about.

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As your family grows, of course, so will your outgoings - but often, you can shop around to get a good deal or find an offer on that will save some important pennies for you. However, these benefits often seem reserved for a particular type of family; deals typically offer discounts based on two adults and two children.

But what if you parent solo?

Why should you miss out on saving money?

One in four UK families is a single parent one and as money can sometimes be more of a concern, single parents want to be more savvy, but may actually have to pay a premium.

Pay Plan is a free debt help and free debt management plan provider and they've started a campaign around the #CostOfSingleParentLiving, to highlight the challenges and to help people to understand the difficulties better and find a way to manage their finances as a result.

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Thursday, 2 May 2019

What's on at Shropshire Kids Fest - 11th and 12th May 2019 #preview

We love finding new things to do and getting out to explore the Midlands region more; never more so than when  the weather gets warmer. And the weekend after next, we are excited to be heading off to Shropshire Kids Fest, on throughout Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th May 2019, as there's a huge amount on for what promises to be a terrific day out for the whole family.

We've been invited along by the organisers and will be posting updates throughout our visit on my Instagram page, but for now, here is all you need to know about this fun family festival...



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Visiting Norfolk House Nursery, Harborne Road

I'm over halfway through my maternity leave and so my thoughts are having to turn towards going back to work and childcare provision. I recently visited Norfolk House Nursery, at their first address, Norfolk Road, in Edgbaston, Birmingham, last month and fell in love with the whole ethos, and wanted to go and see their second nursery, on Harborne Road, minutes from where I used to work in the city centre.

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Offering a blend of what your child needs and what you as a parent require from childcare (they offer 7am starts and 7pm finishes, which is the most extensive and supportive programme I have come across), and I have been impressed with Norfolk House - and Sullivan has been pretty chilled and at home on our visits too!

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Saturday, 20 April 2019

Bag a baby bargain - Aldi's specialbuy event starts online Sunday, in store Thursday!

Sullivan is four months old now and growing all the time, so we are up a size in everything. Luckily Aldi’s Baby and Toddler Event is returning TOMORROW, so it's a great time to bag a great deal and to stock up on those essentials.

The Specialbuy event will be available online from Sunday 21st April and in-store from Thursday 25th April and, as always, they promise to have an amazing selection of products for little ones ranging from books and clothing, to travel chairs, bath toys and more, all available at low prices.

To give you a preview, Aldi sent us some treats straight from the event, so here's a few things you could pick up...


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Wednesday, 17 April 2019

Interview with Julia Donaldson, ahead of Zog arriving at Town Hall Birmingham this Easter

This Easter, another terrific Julia Donaldson tale is taking centre stage at Town Hall Birmingham and we are very excited in our house as her books are much loved and these shows are always a lot of fun. We'll be going on Saturday and there are still tickets available across the weekend.

Zog is the new stage show that's been created, and ahead of its run at Easter, I have the following information and interview with the author herself to share with you...

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Win tickets to The Baby Show, Birmingham NEC 17th – 19th May 2019!

The UK’s biggest pregnancy and parenting event, The Baby Show, with MadeForMums, is coming to the Birmingham NEC for three days only - and I can't wait to take Sullivan!  

Running from Friday 17th until Sunday 19th May, it is sure to be a fantastic shopping experience for new and expectant parents from across the Midlands and beyond, as over 200 baby brands exhibit their latest, must-have products.


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Tuesday, 16 April 2019

See space in 4k at Thinktank Birmingham in the new and improved planetarium #review

We started our Easter Holidays with a trip to Thinktank Birmingham, at Millennium Point, as they've updated all the gadgets and gizmos in the planetarium making it the only 4K one of its kind in the region and giving the venue the chance to make custom shows and take you on real time tours of our planet and beyond. 



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Monday, 15 April 2019

Why we love Center Parcs - and what you need to know before you go

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.

Whinfell

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7 Small Kitchen Design Layouts and Ideas


The thing that most people forget when it comes to hiring building contractors Kent for a small kitchen is that it does not necessarily have to be cluttered or messed up. This is most especially the case when you know exactly the right interior design technique, layout, or other kitchen flooring ideas to deploy. 

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While there are techniques and/or layouts that can offer you more advantages like aesthetic appeal and flexibility, there is every reason to move forward with other kitchen design ideas.

As a matter of fact, this article has rounded up the best examples in an attempt to prove you that small kitchen layouts can grow big. And whether you believe it or not, they can always bring you the best of surprises. So, without further ado, let’s take a quick look at them.
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Monday, 8 April 2019

The Ice Age hits Birmingham - Botanical Gardens hosts new attraction this Easter holiday #review

Last week, we were invited to preview the new 'Ice Age - The Lost Kingdom' tour which has a residency at the Botanical Gardens, Edgbaston, Birmingham, every day now until 28th April 2019. 



Everyone’s favourite creatures from the Ice Age have arrived in the city and it's the first touring animatronic Ice Age experience of its kind in Europe. Promising to bring the sights and sounds of the Ice Age to life with 40 majestic beasts on display, we headed along to see what it's all about and had a roarsome time!



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Friday, 5 April 2019

Nested Fox nappy caddy review #ad (Brand Partner)


I was a big fan of Nested Fox already and now they’ve launched their super big super sturdy baby organisers / nappy caddies. Take a look at ours as we unpack it, and see what we fill it up with too...



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Thursday, 4 April 2019

A day in the life of a child at Norfolk House Nursery, Birmingham

Sending your child off to nursery can be quite daunting the first time around and I fully admit to sobbing as I left Ethan on his first day - but I needn't have worried as he settled in quickly and had such a lovely time there, which made every drop off after that little bit easier.

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I think when you're looking at nurseries, one of the biggest things you want to know is what will your baby do all day. Who will look after them? What will they eat? What routine will they have? How will you know how they are doing?


I went along to visit Norfolk House Nursery on Norfolk Road - there is a second Edgbaston nursery in their group, on Harborne Road - to take a good look around and see what they have to offer little ones. I used to work just around the corner and was excited to see inside the beautiful building.

"We provide early education and care to children between the ages of 3 months and 4 years.  At the heart of everything we do is an uncompromising commitment to providing your child with the fullest opportunity to learn and develop in a safe environment."


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Wednesday, 3 April 2019

Types of Air Conditioners to Buy in 2019


It can be stressful and overwhelming to look for an air conditioning system for your office or home. There are various types of air conditioners and there are also certain factors to consider such as the restrictions in your home. 

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Your home may have specific provisions as to the type of air conditioning that you should be getting. You may prefer a portable air con or a wall mounted air conditioning depending on your requirements. Before deciding on what air con to buy, you should be aware of the various types of air conditioners.

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Tuesday, 2 April 2019

Our wedding day

Our wedding day was such a happy day for us and we prepared everything down to the finest detail. As a bride, I wanted to have special jewellery, such as the selection you can find from Qucy Jewels, and of course a dress with wow factor, and hubs wanted the ceremony details to be just so.

I spent a long time researching and putting together our own table decorations; you can create your own favours too, buying chocolates or sugared almonds and then bagging them up in sustainable flexible packaging.

We have the fondest memories of our special day. We rely a lot on each other for support and there's no-one else I'd rather spend time with so today, as with every day, I am thanking my lucky stars for having Stephen in my life.

If you'd like to read more about our wedding day, you can read this post, but here are a few of my favourite photos - mainly because we look the best we ever have but also because they show just how happy we were, and luckily still are today...


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Wednesday, 27 March 2019

Décor tips for a colourful interior design both you and your kids will love


As a mum, you probably spend quite a lot of time at home with your children. Even if you might not have thought about it that much, the way you interior design looks like can actually influence your mood and state of mind. 

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Besides comfort and functionality, your home should also benefit from visual appeal, and if you have neglected the premises’ aesthetics for a long time, things might not actually be great in this department. Giving some new aesthetical touches to your interior doesn’t have to be complicated, pursuing a few decorative projects being all it takes to obtain the desired improvement. Because this is a household with kids, you will need to take this into account when you are making visual changes around. A colourful approach in terms of décor is the recommended option here. 
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Wednesday, 20 March 2019

The Ultimate Guide for A Family Trip to Disneyland Paris


A family holiday to Disneyland Paris is the experience of a lifetime for both children and parents, yet they can require quite a lot of planning. The opportunities are endless at Disneyland Paris and you have the chance to experience the unique magical atmosphere that exists in one of the world’s greatest theme parks.

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Here is the ultimate guide on how to plan a family trip to Disneyland Paris, to ensure that you and your children make the most of the place where dreams really do come true.  
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Tuesday, 19 March 2019

Sullivan so far - three month update, baby number two

So, our little Sulley bear is three whole months old now - THREE! - and is just the sweetest soul ever. His face lights up with ease when he sees us, he's cooing all the time, making a good effort with grabbing for things and still sticking to the same routine, which helps as he is predictable, and we can't really complain about a thing.

You can read his five week update and two month update posts, but now it's time for Sullivan's three month update:


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Monday, 18 March 2019

Loads of laughs at THSH

This past week alone, there's been two comedy events right up my street at Town Hall and Symphony Hall Birmingham and as blogger ambassador, I was excited to review them.



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Friday, 15 March 2019

The Siblings Project - Ethan & Sullivan, February and March 2019

Ethan is still completely besotted with Sullivan and it's clear that the feeling in mutual. Their first month together went well, as they got to know each other and Ethan got used to being a big brother, and there being a baby in the house, for the first time.

And since then, their bond has only grown.

We are so proud of Ethan and how he has taken it all in his stride. He is a very caring boy, don't get me wrong, and was very interested and excited throughout my pregnancy. But I guess you never know how a child will react when a sibling comes along and with Ethan being five and a half when Sullivan came into the world, we did wonder if it might take some adjusting for him.

Three months in and Ethan still thinks Sulley is the best thing since sliced bread. Making up nicknames for him, giving him a fuss, barging into our bedroom in the morning just to see his baby brother, picking out toys he think he will like (of course, Sulley just stares wide-eyed at anything he is shown!).

As Sullivan's eyesight and awareness has grown stronger, he is working us all out and he turns when one of us walks into the room, or if he hears us speak. Especially Ethan. When he hears Ethan talk to him, his face lights up and Ethan seems to love making his brother smile and gurgle.

It's wonderful to see them together and to see how Ethan is doing in his big brother role. Long may it continue this way...!
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Tuesday, 12 March 2019

Make mum say 'I just love it!' this Mother's Day - Rose Gold Personalised Picture Frame review

Mother's Day is just around the corner so if you're looking for some inspiration, I have a beautiful, personalised gift idea perfect to make any mum smile - a rose gold picture frame, complete with personalised engraving detail, from Ijustloveit.com.


When it comes to buying presents for any special occasion, I always tend to favour personalised gifts and love finding new places to shop and fun new gift ideas. Especially when you have no idea what to buy something, opting for something personalised is a great way to give a gift they will treasure and I think it shows just how much thought you have put into it too.

My Mum is one of those that always says she doesn't want anything, for her birthday, let alone for Mother's Day. In addition so some nice flowers or a potted plant when I next see her, I will be giving her something that she hasn't asked for but something I know she will love.

Ijustloveit.com kindly sent me this customised picture frame and I am so happy with it. It's a simple, sleek design in on-trend rose gold finish (which I have a real thing for) and you can add a personal inscription at the top and bottom to turn this into a unique gift.

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Monday, 11 March 2019

Keeping our family car organised - competition to win a Surdoca car seat organiser!

With our family growing recently, a new car was on the cards and this week, we picked up our new wheels, which offer us more boot space and more room in general, so we're pretty pleased - especially as we travel regularly, to see friends and family or go on a staycation, so we were desperate for a bigger car that could carry all our stuff. Kids - babies, in particular - come with a lot of things, a lot of bulky things!

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Because the car is new, I am more keen than ever to keep it clean and tidy. I am the main driver in the family and I am amazed at how quickly clutter can accumulate in our car, so everyone has a responsibility to look after it.

I even bought a new car seat for Ethan, because his was looking a bit grotty and I wanted a nice new seat that matched the interior. I know, I know... but this car looks so lovely, I am determined to ensure it stays looking its best!

Another new addition for our new wheels is this fab back of car seat organiser, from Surdoca. Perfect for families, I have put this on the back of hubs' chair so that it is positioned in front of Ethan and gives him somewhere to keep his drink, his toys and the odd snack (if he can be trusted...) within reach.

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Saturday, 9 March 2019

Visiting Bright Minds Daycare, Jewellery Quarter, and why nursery can provide a bright start for little ones

When Ethan was small, I returned to work four days a week when he turned eight months old, and this soon became full time when I realised I'd spend my day at home with him on emails anyway. We always knew I was going to be a working mum and nursery was the option for us as we didn't have family who could help and we were keen for him to socialise and be around other babies and then children his age.

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When you become a parent, you want to do your best by your child and no doubt have read up about every which way of taking care of them. But you learn on the job, and you become the expert on your baby. For me, as Ethan got older, I knew there would be a limit on the experiences I would be able to offer him - after all, I have no formal qualifications to look after a child, so I really thought to myself, what do I know?! - and I was keen to introduce him to some structured learning in an environment beyond what we could offer.

So whilst the first day of nursery was really hard (for me), and days following on from that, I soon saw how much he was benefiting from his new routine, new pals and new stimulation.

And if I were to sum up the brand new Bright Minds Daycare nursery at Summer Hill Terrace, Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham, it would be just that - stimulating.

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Monday, 4 March 2019

How to use hair chalk - from parties and festivals to World Book Day

I am a child of the nineties and have fond memories of the days where body glitter and hair mascara were the go-to looks for teenagers. Fast forward to today, and whilst the beauty faux pas of my youth are behind me, there are some trends that have evolved and one is temporary hair colour. Forget the sun-in and spray in colours - the kids (and big kids) of today can use hair chalk to add a flash of colour or change their look, be it for a party, a festival or even for World Book Day, which is later this week.


I was kindly sent some fab hair chalk pens by Pixielots, which come in a set of 12 different colours of the rainbow, and launch this month at just £14.99 (although they're currently on offer for £9.99). I wanted to share them on here as they are super fun, easy to use and could be just the thing if you have children who like to dress up or if you're the one that wants to get a bit creative.

Having recently gone blonder, these hair chalks show up really well on my locks and are easy to apply, wet or dry.



Great for a pop of colour for a party or if you're off to a festival this summer, you could get really creative with them, especially if you're able to style your hair (I can't even manage a proper plait!) as you could shade different sections, or the ends, to a colour of your choosing.

They wash out really easily, and work on all hair shades, so are worth looking into - if you want to change up your look, or perhaps if you're looking for a safe, quick and non-permanent way to get into character. Great if you're recreating a favourite character for World Book Day!



Follow PIXIELOTS on Instagram for more hair chalk inspiration.



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Friday, 22 February 2019

5 Fun Ideas for a Family Trip to the UK


The United Kingdom is one of the world's favorite destinations for tourists and business people. Being a place that is rich in history, the United Kingdom is one of the most amazing places to be. With some of the oldest and famous cities in the world, a trip to the UK is meaningless if you do not do the following...

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Sullivan so far - two month update, baby boy number two

Our second baby boy has just turned two months old this week and every day, his personality is developing and we are getting to know our little Sulley bear more and more.

You can read his five week update here, and now it's time for Sullivan's two month update (read Ethan's here):


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Thursday, 21 February 2019

5 Health Tips For Seniors

We all yearn to have a perfectly healthy body. With most youngsters suffering from obesity and related conditions, there is a reason for concern, and especially once the said individuals approach seniorhood.  Most of these health-related conditions are as a result of heavy drinking and leading a sedentary life. Learning to take care of your body and health holds the key to leading an illness-free life in the future.

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While youngsters may not care about their health, older persons need to be careful with their health. This is because the body's ability to replenish and repair continues to fade as we get older. Leading a carefree life will only bring about serious health issues in the future, which is why you need to switch to a positive lifestyle. Outlined below are a few ideas and tips on how seniors can take care of their body for optimal health.

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Wednesday, 20 February 2019

Half term fun at intu Merry Hill - and why it's great for families

We're midway through February half term and I haven't been driven completely mad... yet! I've tried to plan an activity each day to get us out and about and so Ethan has specific experiences and memories to take away - and yesterday, he met two beloved characters of his, which indeed made for a memorable day.
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intu Merry Hill had a very special guest for the day - Paddington - who was at the shopping centre for one day only, meeting happy children, posing for photos and giving out jars of marmalade to shoppers like us. 
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Does Your Child Need A Maths Tutor?

We were all young students once and we also remember the days when we had to sit and learn math. It's a known fact that most students have great difficulty understanding mathematical concepts, but ignoring the problem can negatively impact a child's psyche. You may have even attempted to offer your own help with little in the way of positive results. Teaching a child math involves patience as well as a solid understanding of the subject.

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How can you help your child, you ask?

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Tuesday, 19 February 2019

A Guide - How to Balance Working from Home with Motherhood

Working from home is worthwhile for new mums who want to earn but don’t want to sacrifice time with their newborns. Being a work-from-home mum does come with its fair share of problems, though. If the right kind of balance isn’t achieved with regards to this kind of venture, everything can become incredibly difficult, incredibly quickly.

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To see what you can do to balance working from home with being a mother, consider the following guide:


Find ways to relieve your tension

Having to get on with your workload while dealing with the wants and needs of your child will stretch you thin. If you’re not careful, it will stretch you to the point where you are stressed and unhappy.

To avoid packing your work-from-home venture in before it’s gotgoing, you have to take looking after yourself very seriously. More to the point, you have to find ways to relieve your tension throughout each working day. It can be five minutes spent here and there watching a video on the Internet or it can entail you taking twenty minutes to yourself every few hours to sit down and have a cup of tea — whatever helps you to escape from all of your stresses, make sure you find the time to indulge in it. If this means taking on less work or easier deadlines, then so be it. If you’re tense, your work won’t be up to the standard required, and that’ll only ever see you worse off with regards to your career.

Have the equipment you need on hand

You’re going to make this venture even more difficult than it already is if you’re constantly having to leave the house in search of the equipment you need to do your job, so make sure everything is always within your reach.

Here are some of the basic tools you should have on hand at all times:

• A laptop, desktop computer, and/or tablet
• A printer, scanner and spare ink cartridges — you can source quality printing equipment and goods for a reasonable price at Cartridge People
• A dedicated phone line
• A strong Internet connection


Be flexible at all times

Flexibility is key if you’re going to make working from home and being a parent at the same time work for you. This means that you have to keep your schedule as open as you possibly can, mainly because you never know what problems are going to befall you. Your child could have a particularly difficult night sleep, for instance, which forces you to get up and start your working day later. Being able to work whenever you can, makes it much easier and less stressful. 

If you have a flexible timetable, the hours missed in the morning will not impact your day too much going forward. Of course, you can also rely on family to help you look after your children, or if they are at school, work during school hours and finish before they return home.
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