Thursday, 20 February 2020

Storage Solutions for Every Family Home with IKEA

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Busy families often mean busy homes and with busy homes comes the need for plenty of storage and lots of organisation to help the family home run smoothly. From under bed storage to tidy away the clutter to shelves, racking and toy boxes they all help keep a family home look tidy and everything running smoothly. 

Whilst Spring might not have quite sprung yet, after a pretty hectic Christmas I have already made a start on my spring cleaning in the hope I can get some organisation back into our home now everyone is back to work and school. Now don't get me wrong, I'm not expecting my home to look like a show home. In fact, I am very proud of the fact that this is a family home and it is full of love, happiness and memories. But I don't need to be reminded of those moments by tripping over LEGO scattered on the floor or by having to trudge through a sea of books and toys to get the kids to bed at night! 

Monday, 17 February 2020

Are You Making the Most of Social Media for Your Business?

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Social media can be mind boggling, even for those "in the know". But it can also be a vital tool for any growing business to reach new people, sell products and generally get the word out there about your business. 

But knowing how to best utilise social media can be a whole other ball game! However ContentCal, a social media marketing agency are here to help! Their fab team are able to help you take control of your social media presence, no matter how big or small your business is! With a great range of tools to use and years of knowledge and experience too. 

Friday, 14 February 2020

Top Tips and Tricks To Make Spring Cleaning Easy.

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Despite the stormy weather over the last week or so, this morning on the school run me and the kids spotted some beautiful signs that spring might just be on its way! A stunning burst of colour from daffodils and snow drops peeking through the grass put a smile on all of our faces and definitely got us in the mood for springtime! 

Around this time, like many other people too, my mind turns to getting the house sorted after all the Christmas madness and the big spring clean ensues. Whilst some people like to seek out the professional services and help of a cleaning company such as SMC Premier. Hiring a cleaning company is perfect for those who may be short of time or just want a bit of help with the cleaning tasks. However I always find it satisfying doing it myself and seeing it all come together. 

Wednesday, 12 February 2020

Can I Share a Secret... Motherhood Doesn't Always Come Naturally

Maybe its the TV shows we watch, the books we read or just this idea we have in our head's about what motherhood looks like that means we put so much pressure on ourselves. The pressure to look good in pregnancy, stay active and the constant reminders to "enjoy every moment". The idea that motherhood just comes naturally as soon as you hold your baby in your arms.

Well I have a little secret to share with you... it's a secret held by many parents but one many don't like to speak about either. Maybe through fear of being judged or the guilt felt from it but it's a secret that needs to be shared!

Making the Most of a Small Garden Space

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Storms and bad weather have been battering the UK over the last few weeks, some places have even had snow! But whilst we have managed to stay unaffected, snug and warm indoors our garden didn't fare so well. Whilst we were lucky enough not to sustain any structural or serious damage the bad weather definitely gave our garden a shake up and has given me the motivation to look at sorting our garden and getting it ready for spring/summer and hopefully some much warmer weather! 

(Photo credit - Catherine at Growing Family)

Me and the kids love spending time outside once the weather gets warmer and our garden gets lots of use for everything from lunch time picnics, playing and family BBQ's so its a space I like to keep looking nice. Despite using it lots, our actual garden is only small so when it comes to making the most of the space we have to think clever, practical and most importantly what works for us as a family. 

Tuesday, 11 February 2020

The Benefits of Renting for Families

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When I first fell pregnant both me and my partner were both living at home with our parents. We knew right away that we wanted to move out, to find our own place and be able to raise our baby in our own space. But buying our own place was out of the question, we were both young and not long out of college with hardly any savings to our name. 

So instead of admitting defeat we opted to go down the avenue of renting. I know a lot of people have different opinions on renting but for us its been great and it meant that we were able to be in our place before baby arrived. When baby did arrive it was lovely being able to bring them back to our home and build precious family memories together. 

Obviously renting won't and doesn't work for everyone but there are actually some really positive benefits to renting and since me and my husband have been renting for almost 11 years, with minimal issues during that time, I wanted to share some of the great benefits there are to renting. 

Monday, 10 February 2020

3 Ways to Bring the Outdoors into Your Home

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It’s so important for us to spend time outdoors. For most of us, it gives us the opportunity to escape the confines of our homes, get some fresh air and connect with nature around us. When we're indoors, we feel sometimes feel obligated to finish that washing up, hoover up or tidy away the toys. Not only this but when we are away from overcrowded urban areas and we finally find the quiet and solitude of nature, we can quieten down our thoughts. We reconnect with ourselves and with our families. 

As I mentioned in my previous blog all about the educational benefits of the outdoors, nature is also a crucial element towards our children’s education.