DIY Gifts Ideas for a Mom Who Loves to Travel

Advertorial   If you got a mother who loves traveling, you can make some useful stuff that she can use when travelling.   She will appreciate a home made gift more than if you were to buy it from the shop, I am sure.   These are easy to make and do not necessarily require professional craftsmanship skills.   You can give these gifts on a special occasion such as

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Which Harry Potter character are you most like?

  This is an advertisement feature The joy of Harry Potter is that there’s a character that everyone can relate to. Whether your child is secretly wishing that their Hogwarts letter will soon arrive in the post, or you’re an avid long-term Potter fan who relates to an older, wiser character, there will be someone who you feel most akin to. The fun of the Harry Potter fandom is that

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We need to send more thank you gifts

  THIS IS A COLLABORATIVE PIECE Don’t you think?  Don’t you think that sending thank you gifts is something we just don’t do enough? Or RGFNPR as Mr B and I call them: random gifts for no particular reason.   Something that just says “I was thinking of you”. Twice this week I have wanted to thank people properly though because they have gone out of their way and done

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Planning a couple’s holiday after the kids have left home

THIS IS A COLLABORATIVE FEATURE It sort of crept up on us really.  There was no big fanfare.  No countdown.  Nobody saying out loud “you do know that you can now go on holiday outside of term time, and in fact you can leave the kids behind, don’t you?”.   But this is the situation we now find ourselves in.   Helping the kids plan their own trips with their

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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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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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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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7 things to look for when selling your home

Selling your home can be a tricky business. Let’s face it sometimes it’s hard to see the faults in your own property.  Or to work out what you need to do or change to make it more appealing to prospective buyers. After all, trends change. One-minute wallpaper is back in fashion, the next it’s all about the flooring. So, you need to put yourself in the shoes of your prospective

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