Finding time to redecorate

For years, finances prevented us from redecorating. Living hand to mouth, every last penny went on food, the children’s activities or travel. I told myself that when we could afford to redecorate, I’d make the time. The children’s room first, then the rest of the house. Now, I’m rapidly running out of excuses. We’re finally in a position to do some work on the house, and I’m wondering where on earth I thought I’d find the extra time. So, I’ve come up with a few tweaks I can make to my daily schedule so I can at least find an…

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Modius Health Headset review part 2 [ad]

For the past six weeks, I’ve been testing out the Modius Health headset. This device is designed to use neuroscience to help make weight loss a little bit easier. This is my second post about the device, you can read my introduction to Modius here. Whilst I haven’t been using Modius for very long, using it for an hour a day has quickly and easily slotted into daily life. This update is to tell you how I’m finding it, how easy it is to find time to use the device as a busy parent, and whether it has yet had…

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Things to do in the West Midlands

Whether you live in the West Midlands or you’re planning a visit, it’s useful to have a comprehensive resource of things to do. I share a list of events taking place each school holiday, as well as general days out. Things to do on rainy days and dog friendly days out in the West Midlands are also featured. You can click on the links below to take you to each section. Family days out Indoor days out Dog friendly days out What’s on in the school holidays Family days out in the West Midlands We are very lucky to have…

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Father’s day gifts that don’t cost the Earth

Father’s day gifts are always difficult to buy. Dads seem to be a special breed of people who really don’t want or need much. Both my husband and my dad tend to buy things they want when they see them. So thinking of gift ideas can be tough. These days, we’re all becoming more aware of the detrimental impact that unwanted gifts can have on the environment. So, I’ve sought out gifts that are things that dads will need and use, or that are particularly positive environmentally. Eversbrook designer shirts made in England Knowing how and where clothing was made…

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Easy vegetarian Jersey Royals Recipe

Since having children, cooking a nice meal has come to mean something entirely different. I’d love to say that we often host dinner parties and cook gourmet delights. But that’s not the reality of parenting is it? Instead, a decent meal these days is something with good quality ingredients that the children will eat. It needs to be ready within an hour, preferably with minimal preparation time so I can get some other jobs done while it’s cooking. We all love the distinctive taste of Tesco Jersey Royals. So, I’m sharing an easy Jersey Royals recipe that ticks all the…

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Thursday photo #262

Birthday weeks are always fun in our house. This year has been particularly exciting, since the girls decided they didn’t want a party. So instead there was cake, shopping and sushi. Definitely a winning combination for a birthday weekend. Milestone birthdays When I think of milestone birthdays, five doesn’t spring to mind. One, ten, thirteen, sixteen and eighteen are the big ones for children. These days, four is more relevant than five as most kids start school at four. For Lia though, being five is a milestone. She remembers Libby being five and Libby is BIG in Lia’s eyes. She’s…

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Bedroom furniture for children

As children get older, they tend to want to spend a bit more time in their room. Because my two girls share a room, they don’t have a lot of space in there. We’ve offered them the opportunity to have their own rooms, but they love being together. So instead, we have to make the room homely with things that take up minimal space. A special children’s sofa is an ideal solution. It’s just the right size for the two of them to sit on, without making the room look cluttered or small. Just4Kidz Children’s Furniture Just4Kidz sell a beautiful…

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