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Planning A Wedding: Here’s How Not To Lose Your Cool On The Details

Planning a wedding can be one of those wonderful, exciting times for any couple. Whether you plan to do it together, and make every decision logically. Or whether one of you takes the reins and makes all the big decisions. You are both in for a roller coaster ride. One filled with emotion and unfortunately a little bit of stress. Even your guests will stress out over outfit choices and logistics. I’m not sure how those brides do it, who say it was easy to manage. Stress is one of those things that will affect many people in different ways. You may become anxious and upset, or perhaps thrive on the added pressure. Wedding planning can put you in some strange situations where you can feel a mix of those emotions. But relax. It doesn't have to be a bad thing. Which is why I thought I would share with you how not to lose your cool on all those little details.


3 Compelling Reasons To Start An Emergency Fund Today

Many of us know all too well, life is unpredictable. From family illness to natural disasters, unexpected situations can develop almost out of nowhere. Regardless of what kind of emergency you are faced with, your financial state will almost always be put under pressure. This is why it’s so important to build and maintain a family emergency fund. It’s recommended that we all have at least three to six months worth of money saved up just in case. This is an easy way of financially planning for the unexpected things that life throws at us, whenever they occur. It can give you peace of mind that you have some money to fall back on should you need it. However, many families are still not seeing how useful and convenient emergency funds can be. So if you don’t think that you need to start an emergency fund, here are three compelling reasons which might change your mind.


What Mums Get Wrong About Their Children Cycling

Some mums see cycling as something that is dangerous and puts their kids at risk of getting hurt. It seems like an unnecessary risk. So why bother with cycling at all? But the truth is that anytime children go near roads they are in danger. It doesn’t matter whether they are in the back of the car or walking along the pavement. The risk remains.


The problem is that so mums tend to get a lot wrong about cycling. And it’s time to put some of their fears to rest. Let’s take a look at some common objections.


Cleaning And Tidying Tasks That Are A Waste Of Your Time



The average person spends five hours per week cleaning their home. That might not sound like it's so bad compared to a total of 168 hours- it's not even 10%, and it's worth it for a clean home, right?


Essential Homeowner Tasks You Can’t Afford To Neglect

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Being a homeowner has lots of benefits. You have full control of your property and can make changes whenever you like. You can choose the colour scheme, make upgrades, and redecorate whenever the mood takes you. It also brings with it a lot of responsibility. There’s no landlord or management company to fall back on when something goes wrong. You’re responsible for the repairs. So it makes good sense to keep your home in a good state of repair and make regular checks.


Choosing The Right Milk For Your Child With SMA® PRO Toddler Milk

Harry has recently turned one, which means it is time to decide which step to take next, cows’ milk or toddler milk.

As Amelia and Harry were and are fantastic eaters, I know that they are receiving a lot of key nutrients and vitamins through their food. However, not all people are so lucky. 


An interesting survey – Diet and Nutrition Survey in Young Children (DNSIYC) studied the total dietary intakes of nutrients and micronutrients of young children’s diets and found that intake of Vitamin D and iron are sometimes inadequate while energy (calories) and protein are higher than required. 

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Big Home Updates For Big Savings

This is definitely the season for considering a big home improvement project to tackle. Good weather makes any big works much easier to manage. Of course, there are many other factors to consider too. Is it a convenient time? Is there good access to your property? Can you get the job done within your budget? Will it save you money to get it done? All these questions need to be answered before you tackle any kind of job. You may not be tackling it alone, but it’s worth considering just how much you can get done on your own.


Some of the best projects to tackle when it comes to home improvement are the ones that can help you save money. Updates are often the best way to achieve this. When we buy a new appliance such as a fridge or a TV we can check the energy rating. This will give us an idea of how much it will cost to run. You can also then select the best-rated appliance to reduce your energy bills ongoing. A rechargeable robot vacuum used every day could keep your floors clean for less money than your high wattage upright.


Installing solar panels will massively reduce your electricity costs. When the sun is shining all day, you may even qualify to earn a little money from the extra energy your panels create. Yes, it’s a big job, and there are lots of different contract types to consider. But as an investment to reduce your ongoing energy costs, you could be onto a winner. Solar panels for powering your home can only be installed by a qualified engineer. However, there are plenty of solar powered lighting solutions you can utilise in and around your home that are easy to put up.


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Central heating has never cost us so much. The cost of gas supplied to our homes continues to edge upwards. However, installing a new, energy efficient combi boiler could save you hundreds of pounds on your gas bill every year. This is another job for the professionals, and you’ll need a gas engineer from somewhere like plumbingforce to service it every year. But the savings could soon add up. If you update your radiators as well, you may feel warmer this winter for less.


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As well as your standalone appliances, you could make big savings by updating your kitchen appliances. If you have solar panels, it makes sense to cook with electric. An electric fan assisted oven can cook your dinner at a fraction of the cost you may have paid before. Electric hobs have become much safer too. Some are almost instant heat just like gas and can be adjusted with greater control.


Thinking About The Future? Neither Am I

know, it’s bad but I never really think about the future. I try to avoid those thoughts as much as possible. I don’t want to fixate on a time when my kids are going to be fully grown. I don’t want to worry about what happens when I retire or whether I'll have enough money. I’d rather live in the now, and I’m sure there are plenty of people out there who feel exactly the same way. Unfortunately, avoiding thinking about the future can be quite dangerous. In particular, you need to know whether you’ll be able to provide for your kids. You need to make sure that you have the money to give them the best quality of life. Even when times are rough. That’s why I’ve decided to start proactively planning for that time I don’t want to think about.


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“Don’t Cover Your Babies Pram” Experts Warn



*Please note the picture above using a lightweight Muslin cloth is perfectly fine. I fortunately was unable to find a picture with a heavy blanket covering a pram*

With th the sudden rise in temperatures today, it's time to repost a very popular and important post!


"Child experts warn mothers against covering their baby's pram with a blanket to shield them from the sun, insisting it could it could prove fatal to infants".

I wrote about this last year and it was a very popular post! As the weather is now heating up around the country, it's time to remind ourselves about not only protecting our children properly from the sun but to not allow them to overheat when inside their buggies/strollers/prams. I know I for one am guilty of previously covering up Amelia's buggy with a muslin/scarf to block out the sun when she was younger. I'm fortunate with Harry that our double bugaboo (Bugaboo Donkey) has an extra piece of fabric that can be lowered to block out the sun.


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