Jobs to do around your house before Winter.

I’ve already talked a lot about how we are working on our garden this Autumn. But as the days are getting shorter, It’s also time to work on those household jobs! Some of them I do without thinking, for exampling cleaning the windows – it’s just part of my weekly routine. Others take a little more thought, but they really make a difference once winter sets in. Continue reading →

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Getting the right clothes for Winter.

The changing of the seasons and I know my thoughts are turning to winter. I quite like Winter, especially the snow! I love getting out and about all year around. There’s a wonderful quote by Alfred Wainwright;

“There’s no such thing as bad weather, only unsuitable clothing.”

Which I totally agree with! It’s so important to get the right clothes to keep you warm in the Winter months, and a specialist outdoor clothing retailer such as Simply Hike is the place to start!

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Autumn in the Garden

Autumn, and it’s time to start thinking about all the jobs I need to get done in the garden before winter. There are of course lots of simple things, like putting the garden furniture and toys away. Remembering to secure the trellis so it doesn’t blow away in any high winds. I also want to plant some bulbs, actually I want to plant a lot of bulbs! It’s so lovely having lots of colour in the garden in Spring! Oh, and I need to restock the vegetable patch, although I’m not entirely sure what I should be planting over the winter months? So I’m going to need too research that!

But, there are also lots of jobs which need doing which aren’t quite so interesting. Things like cutting back shrubs, and giving the lawn some maintenance! I spent this weekend cutting back over grown hedges and shrubs. To be honest I’m not entirely sure that it looks any better than when I started! I’m seriously beginning to wonder if it’s time to get a gardener?

Autumn in the garden is wonderful for many reasons, even though there are many jobs. The colours, the smells – there is a definite scent to Autumn. A cross between bonfires and decomposing leaves? It’s not unpleasant, just wildly different to the smell of Spring. The children burn off energy after school, dashing around in wellies. It’s warm enough to be outside still in just a jumper. Plus, I burn off calories by tackling some of the jobs, and then it is soon time to slink indoors for apple crumble.

 

 

 

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Earth Conscious Natural Deodorant

I’ve wanted to try a Natural Deodorant for a while, but it’s something I haven’t got round too, until now! There are many reasons why I’ve looked at switching to natural deodorant. But, primarily due to the chemicals contained in many mainstream deodorants.

I came across Earth Conscious Natural Deodorant after seeing it recommended by an eco-blogger. I was fascinated by the idea that a deodorant could be packaged neatly in a cardboard tube, have no “nasties” and actually work!

Earth Consicous Deodorant amongst pink flowers

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How to find the perfect dress!

I love wearing dresses and with party season approaching, I’m already thinking about what to buy! But, choosing a dress which really looks fabulous isn’t always as easy as I hope!

I’m sure we’ve all been there.. Standing in the changing room with a variety of dresses, trying to decide which one suits us. Personally, I find it hard trying to work out what shape and colour suits me, especially as there is so much variety on the high street! Standing in the changing room without a friend with me, to advise, I’ve ended up leaving empty handed in the past. It’s so frustrating when you can’t get quite the right style! Continue reading →

Weaning – slowly does it.

I thought I’d share a little update on our weaning journey with Noddy. He’s 7 months now, and by this stage his older siblings were greedily eating all the food they could grab. N though, has always had a rather disinterested approach to food. It’s really hard when your child has little interest in food. I have battled for years with a fussy eater, and it is heart breaking, so I did panic when N didn’t want to try solids at first. But, we’ve persisted.

Weaning - baby in baby bjorn high chair

We started weaning a little early on the advice of our health visitor. However, it was a disaster and we gave up, deciding to try again once he was 6 months. Our journey began with trying to encourage him to eat finger foods, but he just threw them down. So we tried pureed carrot which nicely decorated clothes (mostly mine) and the floor. We had 5 weeks of pure frustration, weaning wasn’t meant to be this hard?! Noddy was unimpressed with everything we presented him with, looking at us like we were insane. It was hugely frustrating, and I did begin to wonder if I could ever persuade him to eat. He would try a tiny bit one day, and the next day keep his mouth firmly shut. While we were on holiday he ate more, but it didn’t seem very much still.

7 months arrived, and I decided to just carry on the weaning journey introducing more to his diet.

7 month old weaning

Noddy greedily ate a big portion of pasta with ricotta and tomato sauce, yes he smothered quite a lot over his face, but a huge amount went in his mouth and was greeted with happy noises. Stronger flavours are more popular with him, we have had success with foods flavoured with herbs and spices. He likes to feed himself, though finger foods aren’t always a success. I’ve noticed that he prefers to grab the spoon and help feed himself. Though, he is no where near co-ordinated enough to do it all by himself, he does try! We have started to try things like egg on toast over the last week, which has proved popular. He also happily sits in his highchair while we eat dinner, and will have a little of whatever we are having. This has mixed success – sometimes he will just throw it on the floor and other times he will try a bit.

Drinking..

He loves his sippy cup, though I think he loves throwing the contents of it around as much as he likes drinking from it! Everywhere gets soaked! Thankfully it is only water, so it is quick to mop up! I’ve started to think that he’s having a little too much milk, but he’s such a petite baby that I’m trying not to worry. This week he has a horrible cold, and perhaps that is why he is keen to drink a little more milk than “he should”.

So, all in all, while we have had a slow start, I think we’re getting there. I just hope he continues to enjoy trying different flavours!

 

A Beginner’s Guide To Vaping

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You are ready to plunge into the vaping world but don’t know much about it and the different terminology used. In this guide, we will be looking at some of the key things that beginner vapers need to know. This information should help you make a more informed decision when looking for a vaping kit that is right for you making your switch to vaping a success!

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Why is Dental Cleaning so Essential?

This article is published in partnership with Mediabuzzer

Tooth care should always start at home with brushing and flossing, but this is not to say that visits to the dentist are not equally important. Professional dental cleaning not only helps to keep your teeth looking great, it can also have a huge impact on your overall health. Your oral hygiene can have a direct impact on your health, with poor hygiene having been linked to a number of illnesses and diseases. A visit to the hygienist can keep tooth decay at bay while at the same time providing an opportunity for you to find out whether anything abnormal may be happening with your teeth and gums. In case they spot any issues, they will be able to refer you to the dentist right away for treatment before the problem worsens. Here are some key reasons that you should schedule a dental cleaning today:

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Aesthetics

One of the most obvious reasons for dental cleaning is cosmetics. Brushing at home is often not adequate for removing the heavy stains and discoloration that result from things like drinking tea and coffee or smoking. The intense cleaning methods and specialised tools used in a professional clinic will be able to tackle stains and leave you with a whiter, healthier smile.

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