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    Could Sharing a Garden Work for You

    *This is a collaborative post* Not every property is gifted a patch of land. Thus learning to share a garden is something many more of us are learning to do. But at one time, the communal garden was untouched and rarely used. There is now a movement to make more of these green, open spaces but is harmonious sharing of a garden really possible?   Sharing, the art and skill of not being super possessive over something, is something we are taught, as children, that is important. From sharing the glitter and colouring pens and primary school to rubbing along nicely in communal areas. We are also taught that there…

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    Moving day the things I will need to consider

    Our house is on the market and I’m hoping one day soon it will sell and we can get a new house. I’m not longing for a new house where I can do things to it. I am so bored with our house now that I’m starting to fall out of love with it a little bit. I’m stuck in that place where there is no point doing anything major to it as hopefully we wont benefit from it. I’m so bored with what we have I need a change a fresh lick of paint. So instead of dwelling on how much I want a new house I thought it…

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    New Parent? 5 Money Management Tips to Help with Your New Arrival

    This is a collaborative post  If you and your other half have recently become first-time parents, then the chances are that one of your biggest concerns will be around how you’re going to manage money. One study conducted by Visa found that around 21% of new parents say that cash is their biggest worry – which means that you’re not alone if you’ve been stressing over your bank account. The good news is that dealing with money after you’ve had a new baby doesn’t have to be a nightmare. Planning and approaching money management with the right frame of mind can ensure that you make the decisions that set you…

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    Unexpected expenses and ways to deal with them

    This is a collaborative post  You may keep a close look on your expenses. Have savings in different places but sometimes those unexpected expenses come along and you just don’t have the money to cover them. It may be a expenses that your overdraft may not be able to cover. You may then have to turn to a short-term loan lender like Cash lady. I always find that these unexpected expenses always come all at once. Here are some of the unexpected expenses I have myself faced and other that I know. Car break downs When Ava was born I wasn’t able to drive due to having a caesarean. When…

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    Bedroom inspiration for both girls and boys

    This is a collaborative post  One day soon I’m hoping our house will sell and we will get a new house . The thought of moving does stress me out . The last time we moved we were able to move all of our bits in our cars. Well that’s not going to happen this time . It’s going to take a lot more than two cars ! The one thing I am looking forward to doing it decorating. So whilst we’re still in our house I though it would be beneficial to make a plan of what I would like to do to some of the rooms when we…

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    Fun Family Scooter Activities to Try

    This is a collaborative post  Looking for something fun and healthy to do with the little ones? Scooters are fantastic fun and a great way to get some fresh air and exercise. What’s more, there are many brilliant ways to enjoy scooter which means that you and the kids will never get bored of them. It is important to note that although good fun,a scooter can also be dangerous and it is vital that you and the kids take care whilst riding them. Additionally, you should only purchase scooters of the highest quality and invest in all the appropriate safety gear. You can also find scooters that are suitable for…

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    Modern Day Proposal Trends

    This is a collaborative post  There are few moments as significant in your life than a proposal. This is the ultimate romantic moment and something that the two of you will never forget. In today’s day and age, we are seeing all kinds of unique, interesting and memorable proposal trends currently taking place. The more traditional method of getting down on one knee in a special place is still a popular choice.There are also many other interesting ways to propose! Engagement Day One interesting trend is being called Engagement Day and certainly is a special way of proposing. Instead of surprising their partner by getting down on one knee.Engagement Day…

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    Making the Living Area a Space for the Whole Family

    This is a collaborative post  The living room is, perhaps, the most important room in the family home. This is because it is somewhere that you will spend quality time together and create many happy memories whether it is watching TV, playing a board game or simply enjoying each other’s company. When designing this room, it is far too easy to forget about the kids and instead focus on decorating it to your own personal taste. This is their space as well, so it is important to make this a room that the whole family can enjoy. Here are a few different ways that you can do this. Toy Boxes/Baskets…

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    How to update your bedroom on a budget

    This is a collaborative post Your bedroom is meant to be a place to go to relax. Night times may be the only time you get away from the kids . The only room in the house that doesn’t contain some kind of children related objects. So it needs to be a place where you can go and relax ready for the next crazy day.Having children can sometimes means that money can become a little tight. Or like us most of your spare money goes on the kids . Whether it be buying them new clothes , shoes or taking them to places. So this leaves little money spare to…

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    Top 5 things we want from a new house

    This is a collaborative post Just before Christmas we put our house on the market . The house were in now is our first home . We have had two dogs , two children and got engaged all in this house . As our family is growing the house is getting a little tight for space. So a new house is a must . Space is getting a little tight and if you have kids. You will know how much stuff they have . I told myself I wouldn’t look at new houses until we had an offer on ours . But I just cannot help myself ! There are…

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    Fashions come and go – what fashion I remember from the 90’s

    This is a collaborative post Have you ever gone out and brought something nice to wear. Wear it around your parents and they say gosh I remember that the first time around ! Yep this happens to me pretty often not just with my mom but with older relatives. This got me thinking what trends from my years growing up might possibly come back into fashion. If I’m honest not all of them should but at the time we all thought they were amazing. Lets take a walk down nostalgia lane and see what we find.   Jelly shoes Now I have actually worn these twice growing up . The first…

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    How I reduced food waste in our house #tastewithoutwaste

    This is a collaborative post I have recently been looking at how much how much food we waste in our house. We never really used to have a plan for what we were cooking for the month. We would just buy things and hope for the best this resulted in a lot of things going in the bin. Mainly because we didn’t eat them before the dates were up. So not only were we wasting a lot of food it resulted in us wasting a lot of money. We have recently teamed up with the #tastewithoutwaste campaign, to share ways that we started to reduce the amount of food waste…

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    Top 5 garden design styles that you can use for any sized garden

    This is a collaborative post  Gardens come in all shapes and sizes, which is great, but also can be a bit of a headache. After all, you are going to want to make sure that you use the space the best that you can.Worried that your garden is too small to really make a huge impact? Or perhaps that it is too big and that any effort you make will get lost? Here to show you that it doesn’t matter the size of your garden, we have put together our top 5 garden design ideas that can really suit a ;

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    The reason i have upped the amount of arts and crafts we do

    This is a collaborative post with Lions Home. You may have seen recently I have upped my game with doing arts and crafts. This is mainly because of mom gilt I’m not going to lie. I do love doing crafts with Ava but I have mainly started to do more so she feels like she still has time with me. As with Alby coming along she has had to learn quickly that she has to share us. Also she has had to learn that I cannot do things as soon as she has asked. This is one of the biggest thing for her to adapt to. Before Alby she would…

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    Valentines gift ideas for men and women from Uncommongoods

    This is a collaborative post with Uncommongoods Valentine’s day is fast approaching but don’t worry you still have time to get the perfect gifts. Over the next few days I will be sharing with you some awesome products you may be interested in. The first collection of gifts are from Uncommongoods. I’m always on the look out for unique gifts. For something that is a little different but still high quality. Uncommongoods have a fantastic range of valentines products that may just tickle your fancy. Below you can see my top 5 products that I would love from the Uncommongoods valentines products ( Pictured above : Precious dipped lace heart…

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    Do you let your pets sleep in bed with you ?

    This is a collaborative post Pets take over you life very quickly sometimes they even take over your bed . I know ours used to before we had kids. I know we’re not alone with this as a survey commissioned by the leading pet insurer animal friends found that nearly half of pet owners let their pet sleep on the bed. So is it a good idea to welcome your pet into your bedroom? Fitted bedroom specialists DM Design collected the arguments both for and against this decision: The case for pets being in the bedroom A study carried out by the Mayo Sleep Clinic, a leading clinic based in…

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    Make your kitchen fit for the whole family

    This is a collaborative post For some, the kitchen is the heart of the home where all the family gathers to be together and enjoy family time. As family spaces change, and we embrace open-plan living, we are tending to spend more time together in one room, and that room is often a multi-purpose kitchen/dining/living room, often with access straight on to the garden. But with little ones running around and playing, how can you make your kitchen, child friendly? Shaker kitchens retailer Harvey Jones uses their expertise to offer advice on how you can make your kitchen a safe place for your little ones. Child-safety Whilst you are preparing…

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    What colour shirts do women prefer?

    This is a collaborative post When choosing a shirt to impress, a few questions might cross a man’s mind: does it match with the trousers? Is the material of a good quality? Is it suitable for the dress code? Something that men should also be asking is – what does this colour shirt say about me? Research has shown that the colour of a man’s shirt can perceive them in a certain way, if you’re looking to come across as powerful; choose red. If you want to show confidence, always opt for black. We have teamed up with Charles Tyrwhitt, experts in gentlemen’s fashion and retailers of men’s formal shirts…

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    Lets just imagine for a moment #officeNarnia

    This is a collaborative post With the festive period coming to an end and the new year nearly upon us. Its back to the normal daily routine going back to work. Taking the kids to school/nursery and running them here there and everywhere. Isn’t it mad how things go back to normal very quickly and your time off work seems a distant memory. If you could go anywhere or do anything what would you do ? Lets for a moment imagine that filing cabinet in your office was a portal to your dream destination an office Narnia where would it take you to ? would you go to the beach,…