XY London beautiful shoes- Review

I was recently approached by the lovely team at XY London and asked if I would like to review a pair of their shoes. Due to problems with my feet I really struggle to find nice shoes that are comfortable and that look nice so I jumped at the chance to try these out. Continue reading “XY London beautiful shoes- Review”

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Prestige Flowers Delivered to your door – Review

I was lucky enough recently to be asked if I would like to work with the lovely Prestige Flowers of course I am going to say yes. Especially if it means I get treated to something nice. Who doesn’t love to receive flowers? Continue reading “Prestige Flowers Delivered to your door – Review”

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Communicate to your kids : Benefits of open communication

Do you ever worry about how “the talk” is going to go with your kids?

Whether it’s about sex, drugs or death, it can feel awkward to have these talks with our kids. But in reality, it’s only awkward because it’s foreign. When you reserve everything you have to say on a subject to one talk, it’s easy to see why you’d dread it. On the other hand, if you keep an open line of communication, things are inevitably going to be less awkward.

That’s one of the major benefits of open communication. Here are a few more.

1. Stronger relationship

When your kids feel comfortable talking to you, there’s a bond that naturally forms. There will be fewer secrets between you and you’ll eventually form something that’s akin to a friendship. As your children get older and move away, they may be more likely to keep in touch or check in with you to see how you’re doing.

2. Respect

As we all know, respect is a two-way street. We all want our kids to respect us, but we don’t often think about how we can show respect for them. In some cases, sharing information about an issue or event can show respect. You respect that they’re mature enough to handle what you’re telling them. Of course, this only works if they actually are mature enough to handle what you’re telling them, so carefully consider your child’s age and maturity before talking about things that may be upsetting.

3. Information flow

When your kids are young, they’ll likely be happy to tell you anything. It’s when they approach their teenage years that they start pulling back and trying to maintain a more private life. But if you’re open and honest with them, they are more likely to act the same with you. In this way, you’ll learn a lot more about what’s going on in their lives, which can be a great benefit to you both.

For example, if your child has a substance abuse problem, they may be more likely to talk to you about getting help. Finding a medical treatment center is easy compared with getting a teenager to admit they have a substance abuse problem. Try to communicate often about sensitive issues like drugs, sex and risky behavior.

4. Increased input

So many parents make decisions that affect the entire family without so much as talking to the kids first. In some cases, this may be necessary, but sometimes, it’s better to involve your kids. For example, let’s say you got a job offer in another city and are weighing the pros and cons. You obviously don’t want to leave the decision up to the kids, but you may get some surprising input by talking about it with them.

When you start having open discussions with your kids, you’ll probably realize that they already know more than you thought. They’re also capable of contributing more, so let’s get talking!

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#SPARbecue – Food & Family fun even with the rain!

When I was offered the opportunity to work alongside SPAR and host a #Sparbecue I jumped at the chance, especially when it was requested that we hold the barbecue on the weekend that coincided with Annabelle‘s birthday. Continue reading “#SPARbecue – Food & Family fun even with the rain!”

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How To Manage A Long Plane Journey Whilst Pregnant: 5 Tips

A long plane journey is never something you look forward to, especially if you’re pregnant.

But they don’t have to be bad. Some simple considerations can make all the difference and ensure your trip is as comfortable as possible. Follow our five tips and you’ll be well on your way to managing a long plane journey whilst pregnant.

1. Book an aisle seat

Don’t leave your seat selection till the last minute — reserve one as soon as you’re able to. An aisle seat means you’ll be able to stretch, move around and go to the toilet whenever you need to, without getting in anyone’s way or needing to climb past your fellow passengers.

2. Wear layers

Will it be stuffy in the cabin? Or will they have the air con on high? You never know until you get there, so prepare accordingly and wear layers. You’ll be able to adjust as you need to, staying cool and comfortable throughout the flight.

3. Put on flight socks

Deep vein thrombosis (i.e. blood clots in deep veins) is a risk for everyone on long flights, with pregnant women slightly more likely to be affected.

Fortunately, it’s easy to reduce the swelling associated with DVT by wearing flight socks, which are also good at dealing with varicose veins. Put them on before you board the plane and keep them on for as long as you’re comfortable, remembering to take them off when you go to bed in your destination.

4. Stand up and stretch at regular intervals

It’s important to keep the blood flowing (another way to reduce the risk of DVT). Stand up every half an hour or so to stretch your out your body and take a gentle walk. You can also do feet and leg exercises while sitting down.

5. Drink plenty of water

The air in the cabin is extremely dry, with humidity of 10-20%. (In comparison, most people are used to humidity of 30-60%, which is a big difference.) One way to combat this is by drinking water throughout the flight.

The recommended amount of water a pregnant woman should drink is different depending on what stage of pregnancy you’re in. Those in the first and second trimesters need the equivalent of eight 200ml glasses per day, while those in the third trimester should aim for more. You will also need more if you’re be travelling to a hot country.

The flight is never the exciting part of a trip, but follow these tips and it won’t be a nuisance, either. Happy holidays!


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An Awkward Teenagers gift guide

When it came to Ellie’s birthday trying to find out what she actually wanted was like getting blood from a stone. She really didn’t have any clue and had everything already. So I thought after many nights and dragging it out of her what she would like I would write this gift guide so that other mum’s didn’t have to struggle quite as much. Continue reading “An Awkward Teenagers gift guide”

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Bakerdays – Letterbox Cake – Review

As I’m sure most of you know on Monday my little princess, ok not so little princess turned 13! ( How am I the mother to 2 teens argh) When I was contacted by Bakerdays asking if I would like to try one of their letterbox cakes, I’m not going to lie I agreed more for curiosities sake than anything else. I mean really how on earth do you make a cake look nice and fit through the letterbox?  Continue reading “Bakerdays – Letterbox Cake – Review”

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Exciting once in a lifetime opportunity for teens in Year 11 with National Citizen Service

The summer holidays can be tricky especially when you have older children and you can’t just take them to a soft play or the park as they have outgrown them. I find this time hard to fill with Harry and Ellie as well as the younger ones as obviously there is quite a large age gap. However National Citizen Service known as NCS have an amazing and exciting opportunity for any children in year 11 at school. I can’t wait until Harry and Ellie are able to go and do this, it’s not only an incredible opportunity but also a fantastic price, Let me tell you a little more about it. Continue reading “Exciting once in a lifetime opportunity for teens in Year 11 with National Citizen Service”

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Midland Melts By Darceys – Review

When I was approached by the lovely Vicky from Midland Melts By Darceys asking if I would like to try and review some of their wax melts I jumped at the chance. I absolutely love wax melts, some people might even say a little addicted. There is just something about having a home that smells lovely.  Continue reading “Midland Melts By Darceys – Review”

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Tips to avoid credit card scams

Nowadays, criminals use a number of different strategies to get credit card data from unexpected consumers, so they can commit credit fraud. One of the most widely used tactics is to convince people to give up their credit card info during a phone conversation. Continue reading “Tips to avoid credit card scams”

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