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3 Tips for Re-Designing Your Living Space

I’m planning a bit of a redesign of our kitchen. It’s a lovely space, but there are some areas which need a little TLC. We spend a lot of time in our kitchen, it is the hub of our home! So, we need it to be a really lovely space. I thought I’d share the ways in which I go about redesigning our living space, as sometimes it is hard to know where to begin! Continue reading 3 Tips for Re-Designing Your Living Space

What Swimwear?

So, as you may have noticed from some of my posts, I’m trying to get fit. I am not a runner, it doesn’t come naturally. To be honest, I am not sure I like it, but I am trying! Swimming however, I really enjoy. I find being in the water very calming. Actually, I read a great article about how some people believe the ocean can help relieve stress, and I have to say it certainly does for me! It’s part of the reason why I’ve started to get back involved in water sports. I was recently contacted by SimplySwim to talk about swimwear. So, I’m going to do just that!

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Cabin fever setting in? Your guide to Winter weekends with the kids

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Rainy weekends, freezing temperatures and miserable weather – it seems like all the decent weather happens when everyone is at work or at school so when the weekend arrives we’re all seemingly stuck indoors, and the kids start to climb the walls…You can keep them busy by helping you around the house, changing the duvets for winter ones, getting them to tidy their rooms, helping you with the washing up and putting the mountains of clothes away, but that’ll only stretch so far.

Once you’ve prepped your home for winter, got out all the extra blankets, put the garden furniture away and stocked up on logs for your stove or oil from for your oil fired boiler, you might be wondering how you’re going to entertain them all…well, don’t worry – read on for your guide to winter fun with the kids and kick that cabin fever to the kerb.

Make homemade bird feeders

Birds and small animals can struggle during the winter months, so why not give nature a little helping hand and get the kids involved? With just a few simple pieces of equipment and basic materials, you can build your own bird feeders and fill them will all the nuts and seeds that local wildlife will love. If you’re not a creative type, don’t worry – you can pick up bird feeders in local shops. You can spend hours making a note of the animals that come to visit.

Make a hot chocolate station

Is there anything more comforting than a warm mug of hot chocolate on a cold and wintery afternoon? Well, why not make it more fun? Make a hot choc station, where little ones can fill their own mug (under safe supervision of course) and go around a table filling it with various sweets, marshmallows and other toppings. Don’t forget the whipped cream and sprinkles!

Make a fashion show

A lot of us clear out our closets after the summer and donate items to charity. Before they head off to their new owners, you could produce your very own fashion show with the kids. Make a runway in the living room, take pictures – ask them to smile – or not! You could even let the kids do each other’s make up, if you dare!

Plan for Halloween

It’s never to early to start planning for the festivities ahead. So, with Halloween fast approaching, why not spend an afternoon planning a family Halloween party with the kids? You could get them making decorations (there are colouring print outs online), and even plan a spooky food menu. If you’re feeling super creative, make a start on their costumes.

Have a story hour

We all know how important reading to our children is. But we seem to have so little time for it. If you want some quiet, then set a “story hour”. Create a reading corner and gather the kids around you, they could choose a book each, or you could choose. Afterwards, discuss the story. It’ll pass more time than you think.


Best weekend break ideas

Want to escape from it all but not got much annual leave to take? Or maybe you’re short on time or have a smaller budget so can’t be away for too long – if so, time you mastered the mini break! Your idea of the best weekend break may be jumping on a plane to a European city, but where? Read on to find out why booking a weekend break could be your best holiday decision yet – here’s plenty of inspirational ideas to get you started.

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5 Checks Before Your Road Trip!

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I’m counting down to half-term, every half-term we try to take a road trip. In previous years, we have headed to Belgium, France, Norfolk, Devon…yes we love a good road trip! But it’s really important when heading out in your car to check that you’re going to have a safe journey. I know there are some breakdowns which are unavoidable, but doing basic maintenance checks will make sure you don’t get delayed for a silly reason!

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Quality Time With Family

With four children, weekends are hectic. Sports clubs, parties and homework. Then there’s the mountain of washing, ironing and the weekly shop to contend with! The weekly shop takes longer than it should, and as I take the children with me I spend a bit more than I should. There’s also dealing with tantrums from my 4 year old… I get home needing a large cup of tea!

Finding time to sit down as a family and talk without distractions at the weekend is increasingly difficult. As the children get older, they get busier, the washing mountain grows and so does my shopping list!  It all puts strain on our family time at the weekend. Toby Carvery got in touch to ask if they could help take the strain off us this weekend. They offered to take on one of our jobs while we sat down to a roast dinner at Toby Carvery instead.  Continue reading Quality Time With Family

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 Jobs to do around your house before Winter.

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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