After almost nine years of driving, I feel like a brand new driver again, thanks to this fifteen year old Vauxhall Zafira:
I’m not a huge fan of feet. In fact, I hate my feet, and other than painting my toenails and moisturising them when I think about it, I don’t do much to them, especially through the winter when they’re in thick socks and UGG boots.
When we had that heatwave a few weeks ago, I treated myself to a lovely new pair of sandals, but then was embarrassed about wearing them because of the state of my feet, particularly my heels which were all cracked and a bit grim. I tried using one of those cheap hard skin remover things, but it was about as useful as a chocolate fireguard, and no amount of foot cream was going to make them look better. I couldn’t wait to try out the Scholl Velvet Smooth Diamond Crystals Express Pedi.
One thing I have always loved doing is colouring. There is something really therapeutic. and relaxing about getting out some freshly sharpened pencils and doing a bit of colouring in.
It turns out I’m not the only one. Recently, everyone seems to have fallen in love again with this pastime, with grown up colouring books becoming really popular.
In the past few months, the world seems to have gone mad for coconuts and all of it’s health benefits. I just love the flavour of coconut, so was pleased to have the chance to try Alpro Coconut and Almond drink.
I popped the one litre carton in the fridge and tried a glass of it by itself. I have to say that I wasn’t overly keen – it was a little bit thin and watery. I wasn’t going to give up on it though, and challenged myself to use it in a recipe.
If you are a mum then you probably find it hard to get a few minutes to yourself during the course of the day. It is important to make time to take care of yourself so you can keep on being a great mum. Here are some tips for fitting exercise into your daily routine:
There is a very old quote that reminds us of long ago when the heart of a home was in the kitchen. Thinking about this saying brings memories flooding in, grandma in her flour-dusted apron, smiling and laughing, holding an old wooden spoon. The smells of baking, and the warmth of the oven, filled our senses, making us smile.
As much as I love going abroad, I don’t think you can beat a holiday in the United Kingdom. No, we can’t guarantee the weather, but that’s part of the fun. If you have young children, it is much easier to stay in the UK. We have decided that until the kids are all at school, we will be sticking to holidays here.
A few weeks ago we went on our first family holidays to one of my favourite places in the UK – Pembrokeshire, in South Wales. It was absolutely beautiful with plenty to do, and we were blessed with perfect weather. We would love to try and get away for another short break this summer before Harrison starts reception, and I would love this to be in Cornwall.
Purchasing new furniture for your home can be exciting. You can completely change the look of your home by replacing old furniture. If you are planning on purchasing a new leather sofa, it is important to be able to determine whether the sofa is made of real leather. Many furniture companies make sofas through bonded leather. Bonded leather is small pieces of discarded leather which are bonded to a polyurethane backing. This is not real leather. If you want to purchase a real leather sofa, and want to know how to identify if a sofa is made of real or fake leather, there are a few ways that you can tell.
We are hoping to get out and about as much as possible this summer, but on days where we don’t, we are going to try and join in with the #TATSummerFunChallenge hosted by Becky from 3 Princesses and 1 Dude and Leandra from Larabee-uk. Each day they are sharing a prompt to help inspire you for play and craft activities.
The prompt for Monday was ‘Play doh’, but we were out so didn’t get a chance to join in. However, on Tuesday we managed to kill two birds with one stone and did play doh and that days prompt – cowboys.
The West Midlands is home to Birmingham, the second largest city in the UK, and has plenty of things to do and see, especially if you have children. Here are my top ten places to visit in the West Midlands:
1. Cannon Hill Park
Cannon Hill Park is situated in Edgbaston, and it is hard to believe you’re only ten minutes away from Birmingham city centre. It is home to the MAC theatre, and is full of beautiful flowerbeds, massive expanses of grass to play on, lakes, play areas, bowling greens and a mini golf course. In the summer you can hire a pedalo on one of the lakes. Parking and entrance to the park are free.
The Middle East can be very influential in the interior design market. The region is renowned for its luxurious fabrics and elaborate styles. However, you don’t have to live in the Middle East to take some inspiration from the area for your own property. There are plenty of ways that you can incorporate Middle Eastern designs into your bedrooms or throughout a family home.
We have all heard of the glass ceiling that prevents women from reaching the top in their chosen profession. However, despite the problems that women face with being accepted in their field of work, women are breaking through and overcoming the cultural barriers that stand in their way.
As someone who regularly suffers with tension headaches and backache, especially after a long day in front of the laptop, I’ve tried quite a few heat pads before. I try to avoid taking painkillers if I can, and they’re usually enough to take the edge of it.
A brand that I hadn’t used before was Nurofen, so was eager to give their Express Heat Patches a whirl, and see if they did the trick.
I hated dummies. I really did. I was determined that none of my kids would ever have one. I would never judge a parent for giving their child one, but I have to admit to doing a little inward shudder when I saw babies with one in their mouth, or a toddler running around sucking on them.
I hated potty training, I really did. Harrison was three when he was reliably dry, and we still need to tackle nights. I’ve now got to do it all over again in the near future with Alex, and although I’m not looking forward to it, I’m more relaxed and have a much better idea what to do. By the time it gets to Benjamin’s turn, I’ll be an expert.
Having three rapidly growing little boys means I’m constantly needing to think about buying new clothes. I want them to have nice clothes, but I don’t want to break the bank. I’ve been thinking about all the ways they can have new clothes without breaking the bank.
I use my iPhone a lot. Usually by around 4pm it needs recharging and it is never more than an arms reach away. I’m constantly getting moaned at for having my phone in my hand, and being told to ‘put it away’. No stranger has ever said anything, but I do wonder what people thought of me when I was sitting on the beach using my phone, whilst the kids played on the sand. Were they thinking I was a bad mum for not being completely engaged with my kids whilst on holiday? If I’m honest, I don’t really care what a complete stranger thinks, but I always wonder. Read more
We all know that we should put money away for life’s unexpected emergencies, but with many of us just about getting through the month, that’s not always possible. When a big bill comes up, or you simply want to treat yourself, you may need to borrow some money. Banks are becoming more and more reluctant to lend money, and we all know the risks associated with pay day lenders.
Some people have savings, or inherit money, and want to invest it into something with a decent return. This is where a peer to peer lending platform, such as Lending Works comes in. It is a legitimate and safe way of lending to and borrowing from your peers.
Like most people, I love nothing more than a freebie. Whenever I get a spare ten minutes (which with three kids and a blog isn’t all that often!) I like to browse the internet for the latest free stuff and offers. In the past I have had makeup, perfume, nappies, cleaning stuff, and all sorts of useful bits and pieces. One site I often use is Latest Free Stuff, and now there is an app for both Apple and Android devices.
In a field away from the main shopping village were two awesome bouncy castles, ready for a thorough testing from the kids. I spent a lovely couple of hours chatting to Zena from Zena’s Suitcase and Zoe from Mama Geek in the sunshine whilst the kids burnt off plenty of energy on the bouncy castles and kicking the footballs about.
I have to say I’m not a huge fan of fromage frais but the three kids LOVE them. We get through a ridiculous amount each week!
We were really excited to hear about these Petits Filous Pouches. The one thing I have found with the pots is that they are not very picnic friendly – I always forget to pack spoons! These pouches are absolutely ideal to chuck in the bag for a convenient and healthy snack on a day out.