Wednesday, 31 July 2019

5 Tips Before You Start Looking Up Divorce Online

When life gets hard, “calling it quits” is the first escape mechanism people can cling on to. Since nothing’s working out, why bother hanging on right? Why would you subject yourself to the agony of trying to fight for something that is long gone or ruined? All these questions, hesitations, doubts, and unresolved conflicts I can understand. And I’m not claiming to understand all these emotions half-heartedly.
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I know that sounds totally cliché. It sounds like something a complete pacifist would say. But hey, it’s the truth. I may sound naïve, inexperienced, wishy-washy, and whatnot but I have seen things get better with patience. There is definitely a silver lining in what you’re going through right now, maybe you just haven’t seen it yet. Here’s to give you a little bit of inspiration: https://thoughtcatalog.com/leena-sanders/2018/12/this-is-your-reminder-that-everything-will-get-better/.
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Monday, 29 July 2019

#SummerOfSpectacularShows at Warwick Castle - our fantastic family day out! #review

The Midlands and surrounding areas are packed full of fun family days out and the summer holiday is a great time to get out and explore, whether you're travelling from further afield or are a local. And one fantastic place to visit is Warwick Castle.


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We went on Sunday to see the new spectacular show line up, and we had such a great day out. We all love a bit of history and a good day out for us is where there's plenty to see and do, whilst having the option to take along your own food and drink and to build the day into what you want it to be. And this really is the case as Warwick Castle.

Nestled in the centre of this county town, Warwick Castle can be explored inside and out, and has the feel of a 'working' castle because of the care put into maintaining it and the real life experiences the attraction offers. The dungeons are great for older people in the group, and I'm told not for the faint of heart, but there's plenty for families to enjoy and this summer, the action is indeed packed.

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Block Paving Vs. Tarmac- Which One To Choose?


People often ask as to which type of driveway is most suitable for a property. Well, there is no hard and fast rule but there are pros and cons of both block paving and tarmac. To know the difference between the two, read below...


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Sunday, 28 July 2019

When is the Best Time to Start Your Garden?


Starting a garden serves to be one of the most rewarding experiences. Whether you plan for flowers or a vegetable garden, you can have a beautiful abode. But it may be a little difficult to start if you don’t know the basics. 

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The tips I'm sharing here will ease your gardening experience and will reward you with delicious flavours, colourful flowers and more. You can even take advice or help from landscape gardeners Essex to know the best time to start your garden.

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Friday, 19 July 2019

A taste of summer at new look Bill's restaurant and bar at Bullring, Birmingham #review

One of my favourite things to do is to eat out but we don't always get the chance, especially to try somewhere new, with two children now. It sometimes can be difficult to find somewhere that is family friendly but also the kind of place that we would like to go, if it were just the two of us. But Bill's restaurants are different - and our local one in the Bullring, Birmingham, has just been reopened having received a fresh new look inside and out.

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Four of my faves for this summer

Ah, summer. Sun filled days, floaty maxi dresses and maybe a Pimms or two. What's not to love? My birthday is at the start of July and it's always been a great excuse to treat myself, so I thought I'd share a few things I am loving right now when it comes to style and beauty.
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Thursday, 18 July 2019

Selecting A New Family Car With Safety In Mind

If you are in the market for a new car and are hoping to find a vehicle that meets the needs of your family without compromising your budget, there are several ways that you can opt for a safe family-friendly vehicle without feeling compelled to spend a fortune. 

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Realistically, it can be daunting to hunt for the most appropriate vehicle and consider the insurance costs while restricted by a budget. However, with these safety first tips, you will be able to rest assured that your family and your finances are taken care of. 

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Wednesday, 17 July 2019

Long-Term Money Saving Tips


Being a parent comes with a never-ending list of worries. One of the biggest changes is to our financial situations. Here's some tips to help save money in the longer term, looking towards the future.

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Monday, 15 July 2019

Win 1 of 100 Maybelline Colossal Mascaras with Wow Free Stuff

I do love my make up and there's only a few items in my make up bag that are true staples or products that I will buy again. I like to experiment and enjoy finding and trying new things and one of those bits of make up I'm always changing is my mascara.


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Bold prints for babies from Bonds #review

I love bold colours and I do my best to find different kinds of prints and clothes options for my baby boy as sometimes, the offering for boys can be, well, a bit bland. It's often dominated by baby blue and grey, and cars are the print of the day. I like both, don't get me wrong, but I want a choice of clothes for Sullivan, and think boys should be able to have just as much fun with their outfits as girls (I appreciate that girls clothes are often taken over by a sea of pink and florals, but the wardrobe options are far greater in variety, don't you think?).

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Wednesday, 10 July 2019

Easy Decor Ideas & Hacks For Kids Rooms

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 If you’ve got kids, you’ll know that the decor of their rooms can be a bit of a challenge! You’ll naturally want everything to look nice for them, but this can be somewhat tricky when they often make such a mess. Our environments have such an impact on our wellbeing and positivity, that’s why it's worth persevering to create a space that your kids can relax and enjoy. Here come some super easy decor ideas and hacks to revamp your kid’s room. 

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Ladies that brunch - new Patisserie Valerie menu review

There's a lot of great things about maternity leave - one of them being the chance to pop out for a coffee whenever I fancy it. Earlier today, I met my Mother-in-Law for a catch up over some delicious cakes, at Patisserie Valerie, at Resorts World Birmingham.


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Monday, 8 July 2019

Taking control

Hubs and I have been together for over 14 years now. In that time, we have rented an apartment, got engaged, bought our first house which is still our home almost 13 years later, we had our eldest, then our youngest, so you could say a lot has happened in that time.

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Comptoir Libanais - escape the usual and try something exotic #review

I love Birmingham and I love food - and luckily, the two go very well together in Birmingham. I have lived here for almost 17 years but there's still plenty I don't know and there's always something new to try. Whatever the cuisine, you're bound to find it in our fair city, and you can even leave the bustling streets behind and be taken somewhere exotic.


On my birthday last week, we were transported to the Lebanon when we visited Comptoir Libanais, which means 'Lebanese counter', located in Grand Central (kindly invited along to review our experience). We had never been before but I have always admired the bright and colourful look of the restaurant, so I was looking forward to trying it at last.
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Monday, 1 July 2019

A big, beautiful day out in Birmingham

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I have lived in Birmingham for almost 17 years now, which is almost as long as when I lived at home, so I think I can probably call myself an honorary Brummie now. I do love this city and everything it has to offer - because it really does have everything you could possibly want. Shopping is amazing, there's a lot of cultural sights to enjoy, it's famed for its food, from high street restaurants to fantastic independents, and for families there's a great deal to enjoy too, both in the city centre and a little further afield too.

There's a great selection too of hotels in Birmingham, so if you aren't a native, you can bag a bargain room and be right at the heart of the action (I recommend Malmaison for a great central location and an affordable but stylish retreat - we stayed in the penthouse on the day after our wedding and it was incredible).


As there's always something new to discover, so I headed into the city to spend my idea of a perfect day, exploring and seeing what fun I could have, Birmingham style, and all within walking distance of New Street Station...

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