How to build a garden pond

Earlier this year my husband and I decided to get our six year old twins their first pet. Ideally we wanted a cat, but our landlord wasn’t keen on this idea, but he did suggest a goldfish perhaps or a rabbit. After much deliberation we decided on a rabbit! Our girls named him Snuggles, and he’s become a big part of our family. Since introducing a rabbit to our children, they’ve become more and more interested in animals. Initially they loved learning all about rabbits. I’d look online for random facts about them to tell our girls. For example, did… [Read More]

Five ways dads can make the most of the last few weeks of the summer holidays

Guest post Author Bio Han-Son runs DaddiLife – a parenting website for dads, with tips, stories and advice for the modern day dad covering things to do, health, lifestyle and more. Check them out on Facebook and Instagram. Five ways dads can make the most of the last few weeks of the summer holidays The summer holidays can be tiring, we know. By now you’re probably exhausted! It can be hard when they’re at school to find enough quality time to spend with them, so it’s important to make the most of the summer holidays – and as there are… [Read More]

6 ways to have a brilliant summer – despite the weather

Summer is here, meaning sunny days, picnics and having fun enjoying the fresh air, right? Wrong, if the British weather has anything to do with it! But don’t let storms keep you inside. The long days are an ideal time to get out with your children, giving them new skills and experiences and making for some lifelong memories. Life under canvas Camping can teach children about the world outside without leaving your back garden. You don’t need a big tent, just a quick pop-up one – the kind you would take to a festival (remember them?). Failing that, sling a… [Read More]

How to save money by building your own conservatory

One of my fondest memories from my childhood is watching my parents rip down our old garage and build a new one. I remember going after school in the car with my parents to someones house so that they could look at a garage they were interested in buying. Made from wood and quite large, my young inquisitive mind wondered how we would get this huge garage home. Little did I know that my parents were planning on taking it apart plank by plank, transporting it back to our home, and then they’d rebuild it plank by plank. I thought… [Read More]

Boston Chicken House with Run Review

Back in January we introduced a new member to our family. A pet rabbit called Snuggles. Snuggles was around four months old when he joined us, and he’s well and truly settled into our family. Our children adore him, and I must admit so do I! When we first brought Snuggles home, we purchased a cage that was recommended to us by the pet shop. However, within a few weeks it became clear that Snuggles would quickly outgrow it. With this in mind, I did some research and purchased a rabbit hutch. The rabbit hutch is currently indoors as it’s… [Read More]

This is what we really should be teaching our young girls

As a mum of girls, I often worry about their future and think about all of the things that I’d like them to learn before they spread their wings and leave the nest. There are so many things that I wish I’d been taught when I was younger. As such I thought I’d ask some other parents, who also happen to be bloggers, what they think we should really be teaching young girls. Here’s what they said. Money Pete from Household Money Saving said: I would teach them about money – why it’s important for the future and how best… [Read More]

Spruce Up Your Garden This Spring With LOVEThESIGN

You may not think it, especially after last week’s abundance of snow, but spring is definitely on it’s way! That means, it’s time to get the garden ready. As a family of four with two young children, we tend to spend the majority of summer outdoors in our garden. Our twin girls enjoy playing football, bouncing on their trampoline and running around the garden making games up. They also love playing with their water table and paddling in their paddling pool. That’s when the sun decides to make an appearance! Whilst our girls play and make the most of the… [Read More]

Turn your garden from a wreck into a social hub for the family

If your garden is currently a bit of a wreck, you’re wasting a key part of your property. That’s something that has to change, and you can make that change by turning your garden into the kind of social hub that you, your friends and your family can all make use of in the months and years ahead. It’s easy to make that transformation than you might think; there are just a few key things that you need to change and get right. And you can learn about them now by reading on. Put Up a Pergola A bit of… [Read More]

Maintenance Tips for Your Wooden Fencing Through Winter

If there’s one area of the garden that always seems to cause some kind of drama at some point through the winter months, it’s the fencing. For many homeowners, their fencing ends up blown to the other side of the garden, missing a panel or two, or simply losing its colour, which isn’t ideal when the weathers miserable and you don’t have the time to fix it. By following some key maintenance tips, you can ensure your fencing is in good condition, giving it a much better chance of seeing through the winter with no issues. Neat and Trim One… [Read More]

Getting your garden ready for winter

I woke up this morning and as usual made myself a cup of tea. In doing so I looked out of the kitchen window and into our garden. That’s when I decided that it’s almost time to start getting our garden ready for winter. At the moment our garden is full of toys. There’s a little tikes toy kitchen currently sprawled out on the grass having been blown over by the wind. It’s one of the toys that I should really have taken to a charity shop, but I just can’t bring myself to part with it just yet! Our girls… [Read More]