How To Make Your Home Good Looking And Still Family Friendly

It may seem that having children is completely at odds with having a tidy, attractive and ordered home. Their reputation as little whirlwinds of destruction was hard won but there are steps you can take to ensure your home is child-friendly, while also looking the absolute best it can. Photo Source Designated play area If you allow a particular area for play time it should, theoretically, stay more confined. A designated area of your living or dining room is perfect so you can keep an eye on them. Remember, you don’t have to give over your entire house to toys and games. Use easy to reach but attractive storage for…

Freya Nova Bra (a real) Review

So, I posted a quick snap on Instagram the other week about an underwear set from Freya Nova I was about to review. I think to really do the review justice, I had to wear the bra for countless days, and put it through what a women actually puts her over-shoulder-boulder-holders through. School runs, running for the bus/tram/train, cleaning, meetings, carrying shopping, working, more school runs… The list is endless. So that is what I did. I have spent the last two weeks on wash and wear. Yes, I actually washed my bra. I am going to just be real with you here, bras are serious business. There are no…

The Nation’s Host: Butlin’s and the Story of the British Seaside

I was recently sent ‘The Nation’s Host: Butlin’s and the Story of the British Seaside’. You won’t know this, because it’s not something I shout about but I have hundreds of books. Some for reading, some for learning, some to look at, some that have never been opened. I do judge a book by its cover, and it will decide if I’m going to part with my cold hard cash. I was very happy to see this one has a very cute, retro looking cover. I’m not going to share too much of the content, I think that really would spoil the book for the many Butlin’s lovers out there.…

Making A Difference with Dove & The Be Real Campaign

If you follow my blog, or my twitter, or we are even friends on Facebook, you’ll have seen me posting repeatedly in the last month or so about a Girl’s confidence and Aspiration event. It is part of my work with Shakti Women*, but something I am very passionate about. Last year I was very fortunate to be on the Dove Self-Confidence panel along with Aby from Youbabymemummy and Leigh from Headspace Perspective, we discussed confidence in our children, the impact of social media, how likes can impact their self-esteem and confidence and how actually we aren’t ourself immune to this. As bloggers, and parents we actually also have this strange…

The Book of Everyone Review

I was very excited to be reviewing The Book of Everyone. I have looked at it on more than one occasion, as I love the concept. I’ve ordered the book for my mum’s 50th birthday and I reaaaally hope she doesn’t see this before then. The ordering process is actually a lot of fun. You have many options with the style of book and can personalise is as you go along.PLUS they have different layouts, some for kids, him, her, Christmas, parents and romance. It’s very versatile. On the first page you can personalise the message for the recipient, I decided to put my from my daughters to my mum.…

The Media Make Monsters of Us.

I’ve blogged for a long time now with what feels like a million other parents. We are out in the world doing our best shoulder to shoulder with the masses. We share our stories, we share our best bits and our worst bits and all the bullshit between. Opinions are thrown out there in the hopes that someone catches it and throws it back – Hi there friend, so glad I found you, welcome to my tribe. Blissful. The media, however, have also picked up on this, and it feels like now, more than ever, they like to pit parents, especially mothers, against each other in the comments section. To…

Keeping Your Home Safe While You Travel

We go away a few times a year with family, and a few overnight stays here and there. Something we are very conscious of is that properties left alone are very vulnerable. I have heard of friends who posted they were going away on social media and have come home to a burgled house and missing items with sentimental value. It’s traumatic, and can leave you feeling very violated. So here are my quick tips for keeping your home safe while you travel: Have a family member or friend pop round during each day. You might have plants that need watering, parcels that need collecting and so on. Remember to return…

How To Help Your Bleeding Gums

I’ve had bleeding gums on and off for the last few years. It seemed to be really prominent during pregnancy, on top of what feels like a lot already going on, bleeding gums can feel like something you can just ignore. It’s not, but by switching up your dental care routine you can help dramatically reduce the bleeding and eventually get none. I’m not going to lie, you need to get used to the taste/flavour but after a few days it’s fine and in the long run – more than worth it. There are a few products on the market at the moment that may help with that, but for…

Ebay Guide For Parents

Buying online is not quite the same as buying it on the high street. You can’t try something on online or hold it and expect the condition and quality of an item.  However, buying online can save you time and money two very valuable elements. Considering it is nearly November, before you know it, Christmas will be here! So, to help you in the run up to Christmas here is a guide with tips to help you get the most of eBay. Buying EBay is a great website for finding bargains especially for children’s toys, books and clothes (well for everything really). First things first before you go bidding your…

Sea Life Centre at Halloween.

We were invited along to check out what The Sea Life Centre Birmingham had on at Halloween. We love Halloween, we like the scares, the atmospheric lights and a bit of a show. I thought that the Sea Life Centre would have a great event. I think perhaps my expectations were too high, but a few pumpkins dotted around didn’t really cut it in terms of Halloween for us. We love (LOVE) The Sea Life Centre, a lot, we go multiple times a year, the girls have a fabulous time, and they nail Christmas beautifully but this felt so lacking. Maybe we missed something but adding 19 (or something) pumpkins…

Could Your Passion For Food Be More Than A Hobby?

If you’re a foodie, then the chances are that at some point or another, the idea of turning your passion for food into a business has crossed your mind. The great thing about food is that it’s so versatile and there are so many different ways that you could start working in the industry. In case the idea of turning your passion for food into more than a hobby takes your fancy, below are some ideas for how to go about doing that.   Start a food blog   There might already be thousands of well-established food blogs out there, but don’t let that put you off. If you’ve got…

The Freelance Stationery Edit

I’ve been a freelancer for a while. Sometimes it is design work, sometimes it’s writing, sometimes it is social media and sometimes it’s photography. I have a ‘tool kit’ that I tend to take to most places with me. It is massively important that they are lightweight and I can pack them in any bag I am using, from a hand bag to a rucksack. My essentials come down to a good pen, then buy three of the same one because I will certainly lose one. I’ve also been in meetings where someone has needed a spare one. Notebook, again buy more than one of the same type once you find…