4 Ideas for the Children’s Bedroom: Make Bedtime Fun

  Every so often, you come across an idea for the children’s bedroom that makes you wish you were young enough to have that in your own room! Well, whether that has happened to you or not, by the time you are done going through this list, you will know that feeling for sure. The Pirate’s Chamber Does your child like pirates? If they do, this idea should work gloriously.

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A weekend in Warwick

If you are thinking of spending a weekend in Warwick here are some ideas of things to do. We recently decided to break up a journey from Cheshire to Hampshire halfway and stop for a few days to recharge our batteries.  A pin in the map suggested we spend the weekend in Warwick but having done the castle we decided we would concentrate on seeing what else the town had

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Four Ways you can Give Back This Year

We are already two months into the new year! Really where has the time gone? Now, have you ever wondered how you could be a little more charitable or give back to the community? Well, a new year is the greatest opportunity to start something and start giving back in little ways, which all make a huge difference! Volunteer  One of the best ways to give back is to volunteer.

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Staging a property for sale

Have you thought about staging a property for sale?  Have you heard that term? Typically people buying houses are only in the house for ten to fifteen minutes so if they can’t see a room’s potential they will dismiss it. It is no good suggesting that dumping ground is a study if you can’t see the floor, let alone space for a desk.  Ditto that corner of the lounge that

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Giving up forty things in forty days

Ever thought about giving up forty things in forty days for lent?  Probably not, I hadn’t until this week. Lent begins today.  I only know this because Tuesday is Shrove Tuesday and I always know when to celebrate pancake day.  We are not a religious family so events such as Lent are often over looked in this house, but this year I felt I wanted to do *something*.  At the

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Wisley’s Giant Houseplant Takeover

Wisley’s giant houseplant takeover is well under way, and ends on 1st March so if you want to visit you need to do it soon! It really is a wonderful exhibition, all inside a giant glasshouse and as the name suggests the houseplants have taken over!  Here are some photographs to show what I mean: I think that bed might be my favourite of all the set ups, it is

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Time-Saving Tips for the Working Mom

No matter if you have one child or five, you know that there’s never enough time in the day to take care of everything you have to do. If you’re a working mom, it’s even harder. Managing to hold down (and be successful) at that career while also managing the household, meeting the children’s needs, and everything else you have to do…even if you have the most caring, supportive partner

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Sharing the love on #FridayWithFriends

Sharing the love on #FridayWithFriends this week because it feels like there has been a sadness this week online.  It has been palpable.  Events over the past seven days feel like they have rocked everybody, and social media has taken a kicking.  Justifiably so in many cases. As lovers (for the most part) of social media Annie and I decided that for #FridayWithFriends this week we would share the love.

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Getting ready for the arrival of our first grandchild

You know I am about to be a granny, right?  That we are currently getting ready for the arrival of our first grandchild in May?  We are currently counting down the weeks, and chalking off the midwife appointments as the due date approaches.   The time from Caity and Dan coming over to tell us they were expecting their first child, back in late September, has flown by.  Though for

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A trip to Blenheim Palace

Have you ever taken a trip to Blenheim Palace? Situated in the pretty town of Woodstock in Oxfordshire, Blenheim Palace is easily accessible from the A34 and makes a perfect spot for a day out. Gifted to the 1st Duke of Marlborough in 1704 by a very grateful Queen Anne as thanks for his victory at the battle of Blenheim.  With a Capability Brown landscape that took ten years to

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4 Side Hustles to Get You to Retirement Sooner

When you’re earning a fixed salary and there’s only so much you can squirrel away each month, the time it’ll take to reach retirement seems years or decades away. When using one of the popular early retirement calculators like this linked one from Networthify, it offers clarity about the amount of time it’ll take to reach your retirement target.  To help you stay positive while chopping down the time it’ll

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Galentine’s Day

Galentine’s Day is a relatively new phenomenon and isnt one we have ever really considered acknowledging before to be honest.  But this year, well this year, since we have just launched #FridayWithFriends Annie and I thought we would, after all Galentine’s Day is all about celebrating those female friendships we have in our lives. Annie and I met online about eight years ago, and then finally met in person when

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