Talking to Parents About Future-Proofing Their Home

I was recently commissioned by Premier Care in Bathing to give my thoughts on the following topic: Premier Care in Bathing is one of the first ever companies to specialise in the installation of bathrooms specifically designed for customers with mobility needs. They are on a mission to encourage families to talk more openly about getting older and future-proofing […] Read more…

If – Rewritten for Covid Times

I love the poem If by Rudyard Kipling. I think the first two lines sum up life right now… If you can keep your head when all about you       Are losing theirs and blaming it on you This is my version of If written for the Covid times… If If you can keep your head […] Read more…

Creating Your Own Hamper Gifts

I love shopping, and I love a bargain. I have a cupboard in my home full of little gifts that I pick up throughout the year, ready for Christmas. At Christmas I create hamper gifts for people with all of the bits that I have collected. What I love about creating hamper gifts is that […] Read more…

13 benefits of doing a Jigsaw Puzzle

I’ve always quite enjoyed doing jigsaw puzzles with the kids, and the husband and I often joked that we would do puzzles when we were retired. Then 2020 arrived and took away our social lives and left our mental health in tatters. With little else to do we decided not to wait until retirement, and […] Read more…

Gift Ideas from Small Businesses

So many businesses have struggled due to the impact of Covid this year. Which is why I think it’s more important than ever to support small businesses where we can. This is my selection of Christmas gift ideas from small businesses. I hope you find the perfect gift for someone you love. Gifts for the […] Read more…

Practical Advice for New Parents

The whole world and his dog has advice for you when you become a parent. When you should be feeding them, how much you should be holding them, dummy or no dummy. It’s relentless. But what about the practical advice for new parents that is actually going to be useful? Here are 9 things to […] Read more…

Stocking Fillers From Smiggle

I am a firm believer that stocking fillers should be under £5 each. But it can be a challenge to find gifts that aren’t just plastic tat in that price category. I would rather buy the kids things they can use, rather than something that clutters up the house or ends up in landfill. My […] Read more…

12 Benefits of Wearing a Face Mask

So they take a bit of getting used to. It can take a while to find a shape that you find comfortable and that doesn’t try and jump down your throat every time you breathe in. And us Brits like to moan don’t we. There has been a lot of moaning about face masks. But […] Read more…

Increase Your Blog Earnings

I have been blogging for six years now. It started as a hobby, but pretty soon I started to earn a bit of money. My youngest has just started year 2, when he first started school I gave myself a year to see if I could earn enough to effectively be a second salary. By […] Read more…

9 Simple things you can do to make saving money easier

Saving money can be difficult. Life chucks us curve balls like the boiler breaking, or a global pandemic! Sometimes we give in to temptations, and as a result our savings pot never really grows. Financial experts advise having three months worth of living expenses as savings. For the majority of people this isn’t possible. Savings […] Read more…

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Parenting Peer Pressure

We all do things differently as parents, and I am a firm believer that a one size fits all approach doesn’t work. We are all different, and we have different views. It’s what makes the world interesting. But I think there is sometimes a degree of parenting peer pressure involved in our decisions. We need […] Read more…

Corona Conflict

I think it’s fair to say the Corona virus pandemic has taken us all on an emotional roller coaster. But what I find utterly exhausting is the conflict. It’s everywhere. In the government, in the news, on social media, and in my head. And it’s the Corona conflict that is causing the overwhelm. The knot […] Read more…

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Tips for Starting Up Your Boiler This Autumn

As the nights draw in and the days get cooler, you will most likely be considering the best time to turn on your heating. After a relatively warm summer, the chances are you will not have touched your heating system for a few months. That is all about to change and very shortly you will […] Read more…

In The Book – Personalised Book Review

My two boys are chalk and cheese. Big has always been a book worm. He loves reading, it came very easily to him, and he has never really needed any encouragement to pick up a book. Little however, is not so keen. He loves a bedtime story, but when it comes to reading himself he […] Read more…

Reasons For A Parental Row

I don’t believe those couples who say they never argue. I mean we all do from time to time. And when you become parents the rows change, not just the hushed tones and muttering under your breath, but the things we row over. A parental row. Sometimes over big stuff, sometimes over silly things. Sleep […] Read more…

Advice for new parents

Becoming a parent is the best thing. But it’s also the most terrifying thing. Nothing will make you love more, or worry more. It’s amazing and it’s infuriating. It comes with the highest of highs and the lowest of lows. There are days when you feel more weighed down than a weighted blanket. But that’s […] Read more…

Back to School Panic

I’m an organised person. But there’s something about the kids going back to school after the Summer holidays that always puts me in a spin. Even when I start preparing by buying the t-shirts in July, at the end of August I start having the same panicked thoughts… Back to school thoughts… Where did I […] Read more…

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