A Winter immune boost with BioCare

This is a collaborative post. Do you find that a certain time of year seems to bring illness whatever you do? For us, it’s usually September and November. As soon as the children go back to school, there are new bugs going around so it’s important to make sure our immune systems are as strong as possible. Winter immune boost Staying hydrated, wrapping up warm and getting enough sleep are all thought to help your immune system. Personally, I swear by open water swimming. But there are other ways to give you a boost too, including ensuring you get the…

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Thursday photo #237

Have you started getting ready for Christmas? Unusually, I’ve started buying a few gifts already. I’m not one for being organised, but I know money is likely to be tight next month. So, it makes sense to buy a few bits and pieces in advance. I’ve ordered the big gifts for both girls, plus a couple of other family members. Now I just need to decide what to get my husband, the man who has everything. Oh, and maybe a gift for the dog who has everything. Birthday parties Birthday parties are an occupational hazard for siblings. When Libby started…

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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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A wardrobe revamp with JD Williams

Shopping is a bit like marmite. You either love it or you hate it. Personally, I’d choose a pot of marmite over a shopping trip any day. However, I recently reached the point where the vast majority of my clothes needed binning. Actually if I’m honest, that point was about two years ago. So, when JD Williams got in touch and asked me to feature a few of their items on the blog, I jumped at the chance. About JD Williams JD Williams is an online clothing store that really does have something for everyone. I’ve earmarked their children’s offering…

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Christmas gift guide for primary school children

Is there a ‘right’ thing to buy primary school age children for Christmas? Do you limit how much you spend or buy as much as you can afford? I’m not one for vast numbers of presents piled under the Christmas tree. I tell my girls they can only ask Santa for one thing. As long as it’s reasonable that’s what they get, along with a few stocking fillers. A couple of years ago, the four gift rule started to make its way around social media. The four gifts are something you want, something you need, something to wear, something to…

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