Driving safely in winter

THIS IS A COLLABORATIVE POST   Everyone knows that in order to stay safe when driving in winter you have to be sensible ahead of every journey on the road.  Make sure you have cleared any snow from the windscreen and roof of the car, thrown a coat and maybe a blanket in the boot, made a flask of tea or coffee if you are heading off on a long

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Do you need a new mattress?

This is an advertising feature Lack of sleep is detrimental to our health, you don’t need me to tell you that.   We all know that a bad night’s sleep can leave us feeling grumpy and in a bit of a fug the following day.  But how many of us know that the longer effects of disturbed sleep can be even more profound.   There are thousands of pages on

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Getting out and about with a mobility scooter

This is an advertising feature.   Getting older is something that, sadly, happens to us all.   And with that comes the realisation that getting out and about is no longer just a case of grabbing the car keys and heading off for the day, or indeed to pick up a pint of milk from the shop at the end of the road. For those living on their own that

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What is a christening and is it still relevant?

This is a collaborative feature   There is no denying that the number of christenings performed each year has been steadily in decline for the past few years.   Latest figures suggest that it is only 1 in 10 infants are christened, but why is that?   Well it could be because numbers attending church have also been on the decline, and it could also be because families are choosing

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3 top tips to increase the kerb appeal of your house

This is a collaborative feature.   You know about kerb appeal, right?  How attractive your home is the second a potential buyer sees it from outside, before they have even got out of the car.  Some studies suggest that a property increasing a property’s kerb appeal can increase the asking price by up to 25%.   Poor kerb appeal, ie your house not looking well looked after, can stop a

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My thoughts on the “White Saviour” furore

First of all, just to be clear, whilst I have been involved with fund raising for Comic Relief for the past few years and have made a couple of trips to projects with them I am in no way affiliated with them.  Not paid by them (never have been) and have no official role with them.   So anything I say here is just me dumping the thoughts in my

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Supplements and the Menopause

  The menopause really is the gift that just keeps on giving.   I think people were shocked when I listed the recognised symptoms of the menopause in this recent post: My thoughts on the menopause. The idea that the menopause is about more than just periods and hot sweats, that this pesky hormone imbalance can lead to disruptions in so many of the body’s processes is an eyeopener to

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Top Tips when travelling with a baby

This is an advertisement feature ****************** Not everyone gets to travel frequently, which means not everyone has the opportunity to pick up some trade secrets along the way. Hopefully, the top ten travel tips provided here have proven to be useful one way or another. But some rules don’t apply when travelling alone—or with sensible individuals—compared to jet-setting with infants. Having another person entirely dependent on you can be stressful

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How to live your best life

  This post contains products sent for review Want to know how to live your best life? Just make a decision that you are going to do it.  That you will do the things you previously never would have done, even if you only do them once, though the chances are that having done it once you will want to do it again. Last year a friend I had met

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My Top Ten Travel Tips

I have been travelling for almost my entire life, having gone on my first holiday (to Benidorm) when I was 18 months old.  Since then I have been very lucky to get away most years, and even spent six years an an ex-pat flying back and forth a number of times a year.    This means that I now see myself as a bit of a travel expert and thought

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Feb half term with the National Trust

  Get outdoors this February half-term with the National Trust – in and around Hampshire  February half-term is fast approaching, and there are loads of activities at National Trust places for kids to get messy, muddy and back in touch with nature. It’s the perfect opportunity for the whole family to create special memories and get inspiration for the year ahead. Give nature a hand and tackle Hinton Ampner’s spring

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Making the most of small bedrooms — AD

As I mentioned in a recent post, we are in the planning stages of all sorts of house refurbishments as we are about to inherit enough money to get all the fiddly jobs done around the house that we have been meaning to do for ages.   First up is the bathroom, but after that we have a small box room that have never really used since Jonnie moved out

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