• 5 things i want from a new hous e
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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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    5 things i would tell my first time parent self

    Being a parent can be scary especially a first time parent . There is the constant worry are you doing it right . Along with the lonely times where you may see an another adult for a few hours a day. I can honestly say I have changed so much being a second time parent . I cannot thank Ava enough she has made me the parent I am today . Which I think I’m a pretty good one so thank you Ava. Here are my 5 things I would love to tell my first time parent self ! Stop worrying – Now from the outside people have always said…

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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 variety of gardens. Spend time together in comfort Your garden…

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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,…

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    Things to Learn From This Christmas That Will Help You Prepare for Next Year

    This is a collaborative post  There’s no such thing as the perfect party or the best dinner. Everyone makes mistakes; they might leave things to the last minute or they might accidentally neglect a few important things in their Christmas preparations. That’s why it’s important to learn from those mistakes so you can be more prepared next year, and here are a few ideas to help you out. Plan your presents months in advance – Picking the right gift is hard! Make sure you plan it months in advance so you can be better prepared. If you’re crafting your own cards, get them done early – Making your own cards…

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    Keeping the cost of Christmas down

    This is a collaborative post Before we know it Christmas would of come and gone. Normally the finical debt is around a lot longer than the Christmas period is . I try so hard to save money when it comes to Christmas . Not because I’m a cheap skate just because it can get silly and out of hand . Before you know it you have run up huge amounts of debt and your child will play in the cardboard box the stuff came in and discard the toy ! So I thought I would share with you my ways to keep the cost down over the festive period. Look…

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    Testing for Group B strep in pregnancy easy with Strepelle

    If I’m being completely honest with you I didn’t know what Group B Strep was until recently. I had heard the words being thrown about but not actually what it was. This got me thinking if I don’t know what it is I bet many other pregnant women didn’t either. So when Strepelle asked me to help them spread the word about Group B Step. I was of course on board straight away. What is Group B strep ? Group B strep is one of many bacteria that is present in our body. It usually doesn’t cause any harm. Sometimes though it can be passed on during labour and the…

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    Simple steps to a lasting relationship

    This is a collaborative post  Being in a relationship comes with its ups and downs, especially if you and your partner have been together for a long period of time. Although the love for each other may still be very strong, sometimes it’s easy to find yourself in the same routine day in, day out. Making a relationship last requires time and effort from both partners, as well as getting the balance right between work, seeing friends and spending time together. It’s also important to have “you time”. There are lots of things needed to make a relationship last. I thought I would list a few of the areas that…

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    Why it’s never too late for a career change

    This is a collaborative post  From world-renowned fashion designer Vera Wang, who only started creating clothes at the age of 40, to Buzzfeed and Huffington Post co-founder Jonah Peretti, who made the switch from teaching to online social news and entertainment in his 30s, there are plenty of successful people who have changed tack in their career. In this blog, we take a look at a few of the reasons why you should never assume it’s too late to switch things up when it comes to your career. Retraining may not be as hard as you think Especially if you have family and financial commitments, the prospect of retraining might…

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    What do i need from a holiday now im a parent ?

    This is a collaborative post  The last time I went on holiday was over 5 years ago now and was for my 21st birthday. Me and Jordan went to Zante in Greece. It was partially alcohol fuelled but we did have a good chill out too. I long for a holiday I need some sun on my skin. I know that my holidays are going to be different now I have kids. A holiday is a holiday right ! It wont be for a while. As the thought of taking a new-born aboard makes me want to cry. But it will happen I can tell you that for sure. There…

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    Is your car ready for long journeys ?

    This is a collaborative post Before having kids I didn’t really think about if my car was ‘healthy’ , I very regularly used to play the red light game with the petrol gage. Now I have kids I have to be a bit more smarter about my car I need to look after it. As a life as a parent without a car and living where I live just fills me with horror. As I wouldn’t be able to get out the house and I would have to deal with a toddler bouncing off the walls all day. I regularly check a lot of things on my car after I broke…

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    A whole lot of pumpkin fun

    You may have seen last week we visited a pick your own pumpkin farm . We did this last year with Ava but as she wasn’t even one yet she didn’t really care too much for It . This year she was loving it running up and down the pumpkin field. Touching the different pumpkins mainly saying they were yack ! But she did have a great time and we got some awesome picture that I’m sure we will treasure for years to come. Now I have to be honest I’m not the biggest fan of carving pumpkins mainly because of the smell. But in life we have to do…