Reducing Christmas stress with McAfee

Advertorial post.  How do you cope with the financial stress of Christmas? I don’t mind admitting that it’s always a big deal for us. We tend to live month to month, so finding an extra few hundred pounds for gifts is really tough. Thankfully, we do secret Santa with my family which saves a fortune. But that doesn’t detract from the balancing act of avoiding over-stretching ourselves, making sure we don’t offend anyone and ensuring the children have a good Christmas. The risk of financial stress According to Mcafee spokesperson Raj Samani, a whopping 75 per cent of Brits say…

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Quirky Christmas gifts for the older generation

As people get older, they seem to become more difficult to buy for. It may be because you reach a certain age where you have all you need, or because you’re trying to cut down on clutter. Either way, here are a few ideas on what to buy for the person who has everything. Keepsakes Sentimental keepsakes are often the gifts we appreciate the most. Something to remind you that the person who bought it is thinking of you. Personalised hip flask: This hip flask from prezzybox comes in a personalised leather sleeve. Choose up to three initials to engrave…

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Empower your future by planning for retirement

This is a collaborative post.  As parents, we’re often guilty about putting everyone else before ourselves. Financial matters are no exception, and many women put off sorting out their pension because something else always seems more urgent. Scottish Widows have just released their 2018 Women and Retirement report, which makes for sobering reading. It’s time we all started exercising a bit of financial self-care. Scottish Widows 2018 Women and Retirement report statistics The report highlights the fact that a lack of flexibility in terms of access to a pension can impact the way women save for the future. It may…

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Interior design tweaks to help children to sleep

This is a collaborative guest post.  ‘Sleeping like a baby’… where did that phrase even come from? To most parents, ‘sleeping like a baby’ means rolling out of bed (with a huge thud on the floor loud enough to wake the neighbours), having nightmares, and shouting ‘BUT I’M NOT TIREEEEEEED’ 5 minutes after being tucked in for the night. Getting the kids to go to bed, and then getting them to stay in bed, are some of the biggest challenges for parents. And what’s even worse is that, at the end of a busy day, we’re usually too tired ourselves…

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9 tips to prepare your child for tooth extraction

We were camping in Pembrokeshire earlier this year when I noticed Libby had an abscess on her gum. It was caused by a bump she’d had a couple of years before that led to the teeth becoming infected. Several dental appointments and one more abscess later, she needed to have both of her top, front teeth removed. Mercifully, the dentist was amazing and it all went swimmingly well. These are our tips for preparing a child for tooth extraction. 1. Which anaesthetic is the best option? When we took Libby to our local dentist, he referred her straight to Birmingham…

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Facing up to the future with Aviva

*This is a paid for post/advert* Nearly three years ago, a split second decision by another driver changed our lives forever. Looking back, I don’t know how I got through the day, never mind the next few months. And when something like that happens, it changes your whole outlook on life. Facing up to the inconvenient truth It happened on a Tuesday. Libby had started a new dance class and my husband should have been home before us. When he wasn’t back, I assumed he’d been delayed at work or stopped at the shop. As time dragged on, I wondered…

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A family tale of triumph over adversity

This is a collaborative post. I was asked by Premier Care in Bathing to think back about Untold Stories in my own family. The first thing that came to mind was my family’s own tale of triumph. Aren’t families amazing? I grew up with dad’s stories about his side of the family and even as a child, I was never bored by them. Because their tale was quite remarkable and it started in a little village called Oberharmersbach in Germany’s Black Forest. The meeting When my dad’s great grandfather, Anton, was a young adult, he was called to a meeting by the village…

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