Make your own Jewellery Box Craft Activity

It was a cold, rainy day and our twins and I had spent the majority of the afternoon indoors making jewellery. I was sent a make your own jewellery kit to review and then my dad also bought one for the girls which reignited their interest in it!  We made necklaces with their names on and bracelets with colourful beads of all shapes and sizes. It seemed a shame that our girls didn’t have their own jewellery boxes to keep them in though.  Then I had the idea to make our own.  I raided our cupboards for things that we… [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]

The vegetable patch in our garden

Growing your own food is one of the easiest, most enjoyable things you can do in your spare time. What’s ever better is getting your children involved too. For me growing our food is a wonderful way of teaching my children where the food we eat comes from. Many children, toddlers especially, have an understanding that their food comes from the supermarket, but they don’t actually know where the supermarkets get the food from.  R and M, our three year old twins, understand that some foods come from underground such as potatoes and carrots, and that some food such as… [Read More]

A day out at Hendrewennol Pick Your Own Fruit Farm

The summer half term is here and that means play groups are off so it’s time to find other ways to keep ourselves entertained. I’ve been meaning to visit Hendrewennol, the pick your own soft fruit farm, for over a year, but have never got round to it for one reason or another. However, after checking the weather forecast for the week and finding a dry day, I asked my friend if she wanted to come along with her children to spend the day at Hendrewennol. Just to give you a bit of info about Hendrewennol, it was opened in… [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]

Updating your spring/summer wardrobe

It’s always an awkward phase I feel. That time in between winter and summer known as spring! One day it’s lovely and warm with a pleasant breeze, the next it’s raining and blowing a gale like nobody’s business! freedigitalphotos.net/gualberto107 It can be hard to decide how to dress in the mornings just by looking out of the window or opening the front door to ‘feel’ how warm or cold it is. In winter I stick to boots, jeans and jumpers, long-sleeve tops and cardigans. In summer I like to wear sandals, dresses, vests and skirts. The thing is with spring,… [Read More]

Compost Direct Review

The first day of Spring has been and gone so that means it’s time to get busy in the garden and start sowing some seeds! I tried and failed miserably last year to grow some vegetables, but I didn’t research what I needed to do and then went on holiday forgetting all about my seeds and needless to say they didn’t grow. This year will be different! I have a better understanding of what I need to do! Compost Direct very kindly sent me two 30l grow bags, one 60L vegetable compost bag, one 60L multipurpose compost bag and a premier… [Read More]

What to consider when decorating your home

It’s easy to get carried away with color charts and shopping lists, but before you actually buy anything for your decorating project, it’s important to get to grips with all the relevant practical issues. For example, you’ll need to think carefully about what each room will be used for when you’re selecting colors and materials. There’s little point in choosing delicate white or cream curtains, cushions and carpets in rooms that will overrun by young kids or the family dog. In these spaces, darker hues and patterned fabrics may be a better bet. Specialist suppliers like Julian Charles offer an impressive selection… [Read More]

What will you leave your children? Are inheritances a thing of the past?

This is kind of a follow up post to this one, as that post has got me thinking about what my husband and I will leave our children after we’re gone. I’ve worked since I was around 13 years old doing various jobs here and there. I’m very lucky that I have a good job and have been working in the same company for almost 9 years now. I’m always careful with money and I always put money away into a savings account just in case a time should ever come that I need it. It may be for a… [Read More]

Looking after your child’s future

Everyone knows that having children is expensive. From the moment they’re born – actually, from the moment you discover you’re pregnant the costs start to add up! Nappies, furniture, clothes, bottles, bedding and everything else that comes with having a baby!  Did you know that the average cost to raise a child from birth to the age of 21 is £218,000! That’s a lot of money!  With that in mind you may now be asking yourself how you can invest for your child’s future and why you might want to consider putting some money aside for them.  For me, I… [Read More]