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Wednesday, 30 January 2019

Charity Spotlight - Calendar Boys & CALM


As January comes to a close it's time to share another good cause and charity with you. Although, it's a little late to be sharing January's Charity Spotlight it is certainly no lesser a good cause. It is in fact a very important one.

I recently came across the Calendar Boys on Twitter after a blogger friend retweeted one of their tweets, and because I'm nosy I headed over to their page to have a look. 

Calendar Boys are a group of men that met via a Slimming World Facebook group. Initially sharing ideas and support whilst on their weight loss journey, an ideal to do something for a great cause was formed. Later in the year the Calendar Boys will be releasing a 2020 calendar in aid of CALM.


Bearded man sitting on a leather couch with his head leaning against one of his hands


Monday, 28 January 2019

Cherry & Apricot Cookies


We love a good cookie and they're one of my specialties! It's been a while since I've made a batch so I decided on a new recipe and this is the outcome.


Cookies on a wire tray with some laying to the side of it

Saturday, 26 January 2019

How To Add Some Fun To Your Home Design


If you want to do something a little different with your home, you might want to consider adding some fun to it. I realise this sounds a bit strange and you may be thinking 'how do I add fun to my home design?'! 

Well, it's much simpler than you think and this post is to help you step away from standard designs and go for fun ones!


Wall covered in frames pieces of art, prints and paintings


Friday, 25 January 2019

Tinpo


I don't know about any other parents but I get super excited when there's a new TV show in town. If, like Joseph, your little one watches the same shows on repeat a new bright and interesting kids TV show can act as light relief!

Tinpo is a brand new kids TV show for preschoolers, brought to you by the teams behind Thomas and Friends, and Nelly and Nora, so you know that it's going to be good!


Side view of a little boy watching Tinpo on a kid friendly tablet


Wednesday, 23 January 2019

New Year, New Home?



So you've perfected the Rightmove scroll. You've filtered your search, set your radius, maybe even set up an alert for new properties, and then there it is! The home of your dreams! It's in the area that you want and at a price that you can afford, but your house isn't even on the market yet!
                                 
So, what do you need to do to get your home sale ready and ensure your prepared for moving house


Keys laid out on a table with a house shaped key ring


Monday, 21 January 2019

Keeping Your Home Warm In Winter


I recently posted about preparing for winter storms and as the temperature takes a dip it's time to think about keeping warm!

Colder weather can mean a chill in the house and our house used to be so draughty! But after we were part of a sustainable living project we began to think about how we could stay warm and keep out the cold, and now I'm going to share a few tips to help you too!

Grey sofa with a pink blanket over it and a grey cushion, mary poppins cushion and a book


Friday, 18 January 2019

Preparing Your Winter Garden For The Spring


Every year I plan to make a super early start on our garden so it's full of blooms come spring, but I'm always a little late to the planting party! This year though I'm keen to stick to my plan and have blooms in my garden come Easter! 


Wooden handled blue spade in a flowerbed with small plants in the background

Thursday, 17 January 2019

3 Little Tips For Buying A New Mattress!


A bad night's sleep can ruin a day. Whether you're employed, a stay at home parent or a mix of both, having a bad night's sleep can leave you not able to function properly and a bit grumpy!

A bad night's sleep can happen for a number of reasons. Newborn babies, well any children for that matter, can play their part, as can noisy neighbours or the snoring of your other half. For many of us though, and myself included, it's simply because you can't get comfortable, but what's the reason?

If you can't comfy the chances are it's time to think about buying a new mattress




Wednesday, 16 January 2019

19 Books For 2019!


I love books and when I was younger I was a keen reader but as I've got older I've found that I barely read. Distracted by the TV or busy scrolling social media I rarely pick up a book, but do you know what I buy a lot of or ask for every birthday or Christmas?

BOOKS!!


Lots of books laid open with their pages showing


Monday, 14 January 2019

5 Tips To Help You Prepare For Winter Storms


Believe it or not we're currently half way through winter! If last year is anything to go by though the end of February and the arrival of March will bring cold, snow and a winter that rolls into spring.


Little boy wearing a dressing gown looking out of the window to a snowy street


Friday, 11 January 2019

3 Sleep & Productivity Tips For Busy Mothers


Being productive and getting a good sleep can be a challenge when you’re running a tight ship. While you may have the perfect plan in place and try to schedule everything to get the hours of sleep you need, you never know when an emergency can pop up and throw a wrench in your plans. 

There are some things that you can do as a mother to help you improve your sleep quality and be more productive too!


Baby asleep on mother's chest


Wednesday, 9 January 2019

Popcorn Shed


National Popcorn Day is approaching and we're big fans of popcorn! 

We regularly have a family movie night and popcorn is always one of the treats we have. Daddy and Joseph like sweet and salted, but I prefer the toffee kind so we often have a variety.

When I heard about all the different flavours that Popcorn Shed had created we were all keen to give them a try and there was definitely lots of ooooooosss when the gifted box of popcorn arrived!


Part of the Popcorn Shed range with snack bags and boxes of popcorn


Monday, 7 January 2019

January Giveaway!


January's giveaway is here and this time its a selection of Deep Freeze goodies.

Designed for muscle and joint pain, sprains and strains, Deep Freeze provides pain relief combined with cold therapy.


Flatlay of Deep Freeze bundle


Friday, 4 January 2019

There's Nothing Wrong With A New Year's Resolution


So, it's a brand new year and lots of people see this time as a chance for change. Whether it be to eat healthier, exercise regularly, read more or spend less, it can be the fresh start that many of us want or need.


Flatlay showing a Mary Poppins diary, a January calendar, a book marked dream big, a pen and two small cards with one saying This Week and the other January


Wednesday, 2 January 2019

Goodbye December...........and 2018!!!


Wow! December, Christmas and New Year have been and gone! Whisked by in a blink of an eye! So, it's time to say goodbye to December.

Just like everyone else December was a busy month for us but following the very busy, and somewhat stressful, October and November I just about managed to stay on top of things. Steadily getting organised and prepping for Christmas since the summer definitely paid off, especially when it came to the cost!

With family parties, time with friends and the all in important visit to Santa, we found ourselves with something to do every weekend.


Little boy dressed in winter clothes next to a sign post pointing to the North Pole