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Creating an open brick look easily.

When you walk into a room, a feature draws your eye to it and is essentially the central focus of the room. Sometimes you may have an existing feature, such as a fireplace. Or, you may have created one by painting a wall or with a bold statement piece of furniture. Either way, it is a great point to start with when you’re looking to create the perfect space.  Continue reading

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

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.


Is your dog too stressed?

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Many of us will know how stress can effect our sleep, lying awake worrying really takes its toll. But, did you know that dogs can also feel stress?

A 2017 study published by Proceedings of The Royal Society B showed that dogs actually suffer poor sleep when they’re anxious or stressed. Researchers in the test discovered negative actions caused dogs to have poor sleep that they awoke quickly from, while the pooches that enjoyed more positive experiences managed an hour of deep, consistent napping.

We all know how important good sleep is, so how can you make sure your dog is free of stress at bedtime? Continue reading