Wednesday, 30 January 2019

How Home-Based Business Mums Can Take Online Success to the Next Level in 2019

Countless thousands of mums throughout the United Kingdom have already embraced the concept of starting an online home-based business.  Not only does this venture provide a superior level of flexibility when compared to full-time office positions, but the shy is the limit in regards to the potential for success.  However, are you doing all that you can to expand and enjoy higher profit margins?  

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There comes a time when a business needs to broaden its horizons if it hopes to break through to an entirely new plateau. This is why appreciating the benefits of implementing an international ecommerce platform should be taken very seriously.  Why is this architecture central for success and what digital opportunities await?  Let's take a closer look at the answers to both of these important questions.


Wednesday, 23 January 2019

Sullivan so far - five week update

Our baby boy has just turned one month old and to us, it already feels like he’s not a newborn anymore.

Here’s an update on our Sullivan, at five weeks old:


Monday, 21 January 2019

How To Have An Amazing Family Holiday In Santorini

Santorini might be known for being a romantic island that honeymooners visit to have a relaxing break, but have you ever thought about taking your family there? You will find that Santorini is actually perfect for families because there are some great family orientated places to stay and lots of activities on offer to keep you all entertained. Here, we are going to give you some tips on how to have the ideal family holiday in Santorini. Keep reading to find out more.

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Saturday, 19 January 2019

Why Do you Need a Cotton Bedding Set?

Cotton bedding has been the saviour of sleepless nights for many, for hundreds of years. Not only are your mattress, pillows and a peaceful surrounding important, but so is the material your bedding is made from. Luxury bedding is not just about looking good, but the benefits of quality sleep, durability and softness.

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Friday, 18 January 2019

Win tickets to The Baby Show at ExCeL, London 1st-3rd March 2019

I found The Baby Show such a useful event to go to when I was pregnant, as you get to see so many different brands and items on your wishlist in the flesh, and discover new things too - so I am excited to share this new competition with you...


Thursday, 17 January 2019

Tips And Factors To Consider When Moving House

Moving has never been a fun experience for many people. This is because you have to manage the removal company as well as send a notification for an address change among bits. Preparing well for a move should however make the process smoother and less stressful. Outlined below is a checklist of things you ought to know when moving house. 

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1.Avoid Moving During Bank Holidays 
Most people confirm a move once they have exchanged the contracts. This gives one at least a month to prepare for the move. It would therefore be wise to consider the moving date very carefully and try to avoid weekends and bank holidays. Most moving companies are busiest during these times, a reason you should consider moving during the week, maybe a Wednesday or Tuesday. 

2.Ask for Recommendations
Asking your friends, neighbors, and even work colleagues for recommendations on the best moving company can save you lots of time. Shopping around for such companies and getting quotes from candidates is recommended as well. The British Association of Removers (BAR) can also help you get up to 4 no-obligation estimates from several of their members. Should you decide to use a member of the association (e.g., Storers and National Guild of Removers), you can then be assured of quality service, code of practice, and also be protected by their regulations and code. 

Their website has an interactive moving guide that allows you to enter the planned moving day, and even provide you with a guide on you to plan the move (week-by-week list of tasks in readiness for the move). Such information can be particularly helpful if you aren’t sure what or where to start. 

3.Start Working with The Removal Company Early
After identifying and choosing the removal company (and have a written quotation in hand), you should then arrange to visit the company in person to discuss the details.  Enlighten them on items that need to be handled carefully, as well as share a map to the new house. This should help the removal company identify the best way to park as well as arrange access for the new home too. 

4.Start Preparing for the Move
If you have already started packing for the move, you might then want to look at the new house's floor plan and what setup to adopt. Consider the items you already have and try to fit them in the new home, virtually. Doing this will allow you to have enough to give up any equipment or furniture you might not need anymore.  You can even put them up for recycling on sites such as Freegle. 

This is also the time to start informing the local schools, doctor, local authority, and dentist of the planned move. 

5.Notify Concerned Parties
In addition to informing your work colleagues, friends, and family of the planned move, you should also consider notifying your bank, TV provider, the building society, credit card companies, HMRC, and DVLA of the same. This includes the water, phone, electricity, gas, and internet company. This ensures you don't continue getting charged for services you no longer use, as well as avoid your mail and bills mailed to the address.  Consider having essential cards printed with the new address as well. 

Preparing a list of everything makes it easy to prepare well for the move. Britannia Movers provides a free checklist for moving house that you can use for all these tasks. You can even have the checklist printed for easier access. The checklist also comes with a courtesy list of information you should pass on to the new homeowners. Simple information such as where the fuse box and stopcock is will come in handy for the new homeowners. 


Wednesday, 16 January 2019

Design Rules for Rental Properties

If you are living in a rental property then it might seem like you don’t have the freedom you would like to decorate and make your home unique, however there are a number of ways that you can add some personality to your rental property, just follow these design rules.  There are more renters in the UK than ever before and because of this there are more options available to you when it comes to decorating your space.

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Tuesday, 15 January 2019

The Siblings Project - Ethan & Sullivan, January 2019

For almost one month now, we have been a family of four, I have been a mum of two boys and Ethan has been a big brother for the first time.

I have boys!

Ethan is a very sweet and caring boy but we have been blown away by how much he has taken to his little brother. During pregnancy, he remained interested and was attentive towards me too, regularly asking about baby and hugging and kissing bump every day. I thought he might have got a bit bored of it all, seeing as growing a baby takes so long, but he got more excited right up until baby was due.

We surprised Ethan when his baby brother arrived; he'd stayed at his auntie's the night Sullivan was born, then went to school the next day, so Ste picked him up after school and brought him home to find the baby waiting for him. It was a lovely moment and he started beaming, and within an hour, he was making up a song to sing to Sullivan about how much he loved him. Heart. Could. Have. Burst.

Since then, we've obviously had the Christmas break, so lots of time at home together, the four of us, to adjust and get to know Sullivan. Ethan has really stepped into the big brother shoes and needs no encouragement from us to show an interest in his baby brother, or to help us with anything we may need. He regularly asks if there are any 'baby jobs' he can do, first thing in the morning, he runs into our room to see Sullivan and he is always keeping a close eye on him.

It's really lovely to see how proud and besotted he is and it'll be lovely when Sullivan can focus more and will be able to really look at and engage with his doting big brother.

Here's a few pics of my boys this past month...


Going Back to Work After a Baby: A Guide

Going back to work after having a baby is a task that is met with a plethora of conflicting emotions. Some new mums will be excited to get back into the swing of things with their career, whereas others will be apprehensive about what changes they will find in their workplace. Certain women will feel relieved to be able to have a break from their child, but others will feel guilty for leaving their little one behind. A number of women may even be angry that they aren’t being afforded more maternity leave, if any.

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If you’re ever tasked with returning to work after having had a baby, in order to ensure everything goes as smoothly as it can, you’re going to need to take as much advice on the matter as possible. Fortunately, such advice can be found in the guide below.


Saturday, 12 January 2019

Sullivan so far - our first three weeks with our new baby boy

Our little Sulley Bear has been with us for three weeks already; his birth feels like an age ago, but then it feels like he's been here no time at all.

It probably has something to do with the fact he was born six days before Christmas (see my announcement post and my labour story if you need to catch up!) and on day two, Ethan broke up from school for the holidays, so we were thrown straight into the festivities and the slower pace that the Christmas break seems to bring.

Ste only went back to work yesterday, so we really are still adjusting to life as a family of four, and me to being on maternity leave and having a baby to take care of again every day.

So, what do we know about our latest little man?


Friday, 11 January 2019

A Guide to the Benefits of a Garden Room

Companies are increasingly warming up to flexible working hours for their employees and encouraging them to work from home. Companies get to reduce their office space if employees work from home, which means that they save money, employees are happier if they have flexible hours, and it just makes sense.

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In similar fashion, a lot of people have started freelancing, which offers the flexibility of working from home and organizing one’s work schedule, and this is a very attractive prospect particularly for families with young children. It is due to this reason that garden office buildings are growing in popularity. A space away from home that provides a quiet place to concentrate on the work ahead.


Tuesday, 8 January 2019

A family day out at Wasps Rugby club

A month ago, baby boy was due which was so exciting... and we also had an exciting invitation from the Wasps Rugby team so my rugby-mad sister-in-law stepped in and went to see what the hospitality team had to offer, on a action packed Saturday. Her whole family are BIG Wasps fans so they were hoping for a great result... here's what they got up to...


Monday, 7 January 2019

Simple Ways to Boost Your Stamina and Stay Healthy

Being a full time mum is a lot of work. You have to overcome one challenge after another and it is easy to feel exhausted at the end of the day. Without a good night’s sleep and a healthy lifestyle, that exhaustion could easily turn to feeling tired all the time and the subsequent effects of feeling exhausted, such as lack of focus. You definitely don’t want that.

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We’ve all been there; you feel like you can’t afford to get sick and you end up pushing yourself too hard in the process. Rather than going this route, you can actually take active steps towards boosting your stamina and staying healthy. These simple tips and tricks will help you get started right away.

Friday, 4 January 2019

Aldi's Baby and Toddler Specialbuy Event starts this Sunday online - sneak preview

I have said it before and I'll say it again - I love a bargain, and I love being prepared, so whenever the Aldi Baby and Toddler Specialbuy Event comes around, I can't wait to see what deals they have in store... and with Sullivan being just a couple of weeks old, the prospect of snapping up a steal is even more exciting for me!

The team at Aldi kindly sent us a few things to give us a sneak preview of what we can expect to find when the products launch online on Sunday, 6th January 2019, and then in stores nationwide from Thursday 10th.


Thursday, 3 January 2019

My labour story - baby number two

Sullivan has been in our lives for two whole weeks now, which seems like such a long time and no time at all, all at once. The day and details of his birth I don't think I will forget so I have written up my birth story, of baby number two, to share what happened and to document such an amazing yet intense time...


Wednesday, 2 January 2019

Introducing our baby boy - Sullivan Elden

I am really proud to announce the arrival of our second baby, and second beautiful boy in our family, Sullivan Elden.


Tuesday, 1 January 2019

Happy New Year from my family to yours

Just a quick message to say happy 2019 from my family to yours, and here's to it being everything you want it to be this year.

A new year always feels like a fresh start to me, although I know it's just another day and you don't have to wait for something like the start of January to make changes. But I find the closure that comes with one year finishing and another beginning is mentally motivating and gives you a good reason to take stock of who you are and where you have come from, and where you want to go next.

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