Useful Stuff

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…

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…

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…

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…

Switching onto Smart Meters

There has been a lot of discussion in regards to smart meters and its current growing trend of popularity, with people discussing what’s good and what’s not so good in debate. However, what a lot of articles and discussions do not look into is why people are turning to smart meters for their home and […] 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…

9 Ways to Add Colour To Your Rental Home

Rental homes can often come with restrictions when it comes to making a home your own. There can be restrictions over hanging things on walls, painting and decorating, and making alterations. A lot of rental homes can be very neutral in tone. And whilst you may not be able to paint the walls your favourite […] 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…

Lego Storage Ideas

Over the last six months Little is getting more and more into Lego, so along with his Big brother we now have an insane amount of Lego in our house. And if you have Lego, you need storage! So here are a few Lego storage ideas I have put together to help with playing and […] Read more…

Reaching out when you are feeling isolated

Isolation is being talked about a lot at the moment due to the current pandemic we are facing and the lock-down rules. Feeling isolated is a very real problem, leading to loneliness and low self esteem. It is important to recognise that anyone can feel isolated. Whether you are living alone, or have a house […] Read more…

How to switch off when working from home

I’ve been working from home for nearly 6 years now. In the early days I found it really hard to leave work behind, switch off, and have some down time. There are still days like that now, if I have lots of deadlines, or I am waiting on an important email. But on the whole […] Read more…

Creating the perfect invite for your party

I love organising a party. Everything from the invite to the party bags. The first big ‘party’ I arranged was probably my wedding. That was way before sweet tables were a thing, and printing invitations was incredibly expensive. That’s why I hand made my invitations. It took me hours and hours to write them all. […] Read more…

10 Great products for lock down from small businesses

Businesses big and small are struggling due to Covid-19. I think it’s so important to support small businesses where you can. This is a small selection of great products for lock down that make great gifts, things to do, or treats, for either yourself or a loved one. Cotton Clara Embroidery made easy with some […] Read more…

40 Things to do with kids at Home!

Schools are closed to try and contain the Coronavirus. Parents are suddenyl juggling keeping the kids entertained, doing home school work and trying to work from home. And these small people need feeding at regular intervals. It’s a lot. My enthusiasm at the beginning of the week was high. Now I find myself purging the […] Read more…

How to be Community minded during Coronavirus

Over the last few years politics, the huge divide in our country, growing racism, and the general state of the world, have meant that somewhere along the line I have lost my faith in humanity. If anything good comes from the Coronavirus outbreak I hope it is that my faith is restored. Rather than an […] Read more…

10 Low Cost World Book Day Costumes

I am not a crafty parent. When the kids come home from school with a letter telling me they require a costume I am far more likely to turn to Amazon than I am the sewing machine. Who am kidding, I don’t even own a sewing machine. But sometimes I begrudge forking out for a […] Read more…

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