Lovely Things: July

I can’t believe that this is the third ‘Lovely Things’ I’ve joined in with on Laura’s Lovely Blog. This year really seems to be flying past!

July saw Harrison receive his first ever school report (which was fantastic!) and finish nursery, ready to start in Reception in September. He is really excited about his new class and his new teacher. It’s going to feel weird with him being at school all day!

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Daisy Collection at Funique

Babies can be expensive little things – clothes, nappies, milk – and furniture.

Many parents choose to keep their children in their room with them for the first few months in a crib or a moses basket, before moving them to a cot when they have outgrown it. This is usually the point when most parents decide to move their child into their own bedroom.

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Top Tips for Teaching Your Child a New Language

 

Top tips for Teaching Your Child a New Language
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Our goal is always to help our children learn their own language, so that they can read, write and communicate effectively. However, learning at least a few key words and phrases of another language is important, especially now that we live in such a multicultural society, with so many different languages spoken around us every single day. At primary school, children will do ‘modern foreign languages’ (MFL), and at secondary school will learn a language up to at least GCSE level. Most schools offer French, Spanish or German, but languages such as Mandarin are becoming more common options now. You may think your preschooler is too young to learn a language, but you can start introducing it at a young age – here are a few top tips for teaching your child a new language:

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Ramsbottom Kitchen Company

From Trendy to Traditional, Ramsbottom Kitchen Company Has It All!             

In the area of Kitchen Design, a good designer knows that form must follow function. A truly exceptional designer knows that in order for a design to work, the reverse must be true as well. The tried and true designs for kitchens such as Shaker Cabinetry , and solid ,well working ovens and hobbs will always be popular, but as many of us move toward smaller living spaces, the “real estate” of our kitchens must be reconsidered.

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Scholl Footcare Review and Giveaway

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.

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Win a Grown Up Colouring Book

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.

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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.

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Alpro Coconut and Almond Drink

Alpro Coconut Almond drink

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.

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Mereway Kitchen’s Town and Country Collection

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.

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Dreaming of a Holiday….A Bank Holiday Staycation

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.

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How to tell if sofa is made from real or fake leather

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.

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Play Doh Cactus

Play doh cactus

 

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.

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Top Ten Places to Visit in the West Midlands

 

Top Ten Places to Visit in the West Midlands

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.

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Inspiration for Luxury Middle Eastern Interior Design

 

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.

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Nurofen Express Heat Patches Review & Giveaway

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.

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Why I Changed My Mind About Dummies

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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.

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Top tips for Potty Training

Top tips for potty training
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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.

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