How to pick the perfect family car

Buying a new family car can be a stressful task. Unlike when you’re buying a car for your own usage, there’s a number of different things to consider when you’re buying something for the whole family. Whereas you’d probably normally consider looking at speed, cosmetics and tech for your car, a family car has different priorities, such as safety, space and efficiency. In this post, we take a detailed look at each of these and how you can find the best family car.  Safety  If you’re driving around with children in your car, then safety should be your number one priority…. [Read More]

How long does it take you to clean your house?

How long does it take you to clean your house? This is the question I was asked today and the honest answer depends on what type of ‘clean’ I’m doing. My friend who works at Connect Cleaners estimated that it would take roughly 2 hours with a pair of professional cleaners on the job. Here is how I would break it down. I live in a dorma-bungalow so I have six rooms downstairs and three upstairs. Some rooms are easier to clean than others. For example, my kitchen is pretty easy to clean as the surfaces are pretty empty. Most… [Read More]

How to create a cozy country-style room

Distressed dressing tables, log fires, chunky knit blankets and the smell of bread baking! All of the things that come to mind when I think of a country-style house. Country style homes have become quite popular recently and for good reason too. The rustic charm and homeliness of walking into a room full of fresh flowers, traditional prints and plump cushions is certainly appealing, but just how exactly can you create a cozy country-style room for yourself? Well, let’s start from the bottom and work our way up! Flooring A Solid Oak Flooring, particularly those with a distressed look will help… [Read More]

How to register for the NHS

The NHS is a wonderful thing. Providing free healthcare at local doctors surgeries and hospitals. It’s fair to say that it’s been a vital part of my life since I was born! Throughout my childhood I’ve had many Accident and Emergency (A&E) trips for various breaks, trips, falls and allergies. Much like my doctors surgery too, where I’ve been for advice as well as treatment. When my children and I fell ill at home last year the doctor came to our home to treat us. It’s an invaluable resource and makes such a huge difference to our lives. When my… [Read More]

How to save money on everyday items

From clothes to furniture and food, it seems as though no-one is paying full price for anything anymore. With the rise of extreme couponing in the UK it’s no wonder that we feel as though we need more for our money. It is possible to get the things you need for less and here are a few tips on just how to do that. 1. The next time you visit your local supermarket to do your food shop you may want to allow some extra time. I don’t mean so that you can look at every deal in the shop… [Read More]

How does your garden grow?

This year is the first year that I’ve taken growing my own vegetables and fruit seriously. I attempted to grow some last year, went on holiday for a week and when I came back they were all dead. I’ve learnt my lesson and have done a very small amount of research into growing my own. So far so good! We planted our first seeds at the beginning of the month.  Some tomato seeds, spring onions, carrots and some salads such as lettuce leaves, rocket, cress and spinach.  I decided I’d plant new seeds every two weeks to have a regular… [Read More]

How to make an Easter simnel cake

A simnel cake is a traditional Easter cake made using marzipan and dried fruit. Usually baked in time for Mothering Sunday when the strict forty day fast during Lent was relaxed a little. Although references to simnel cakes have been found from the medieval period, the simnel cake that is popular today dates from the Victorian period. With its simple recipe and delicious layers of marzipan this is a tasty treat to bake for Easter, making a nice alternative to chocolate eggs. Ingredients For Your Simnel Cake The simnel cake is actually quite straightforward to put together but does have… [Read More]

Random numbers, a birthday, favourite number? How do you pick yours?

What would you do if you won the lottery? Tell everyone or keep it to yourself? It’s something my husband and I were talking about the other and to be honest I think it depends on how much you win. If I won millions, I’d certainly tell my close family that I’d won some money, but I would probably tell a little white lie about the actual amount and make out that I’d won less than what I actually had. I’d be sure to help out family in paying off mortgages, buying new houses and of course give them a… [Read More]

How to survive and thrive with twins

Discovering that you’re having twins for the very first time can be quite a scary prospect for most expectant parents. For my husband and I though we knew as soon as we found out that we were pregnant that we would be having twins. This is because my we had a type of IVF known as ICSI. We were lucky that we had a total of nine embryos that fertilised successfully. After discussing our options we decided that we would freeze seven of those embryos and have two transferred back into me. I know it may sound a little conceited… [Read More]

How Technology Can Benefit Your Children

Kids are captivated by technology. As soon as they see a screen, their eyes light up and they are transfixed. As a parent, you might feel guilty about letting your little ones spend time playing with phones, tablets or games consoles. Of course, too much technology can be bad for tots. Kids also need to spend time playing outside and engaging in other activities. However, you shouldn’t worry about letting your children explore a range of electronic games and apps as part of a varied routine. Youngsters can develop an array of important life skills with the help of this technology…. [Read More]