Monday, 15 July 2019

Smashers Dino EPIC Smash Egg *review*

Ad {gifted} You may remember back in May we reviewed the rather fun Zuru Dino Smashers well we are back reviewing a new addition to the range, the newly launched and the rather EPIC dino smash egg. This colossal egg features a whopping 25 surprises to be discovered within it. It really is a rather large egg as you will see below!


We were also very kindly sent a metal collectors tin to put all the collectible dino's in which has been very handy, but less about that and more about the giant egg!


The larger than life egg promises some super eggciting.....see what I did there haha, treats! Alfie was beside himself when he received it and couldn't wait to smash his way through and see what was inside. 


Once you've found your way through the packaging the egg can be smashed apart to reveal the contents. Inside you will find a dino egg yolk bag containing lots of treats. Not only that but within some of the other treats found within are bits of bones which then will form a big smash-o-saur!  


What I really liked about the egg is the different items that can be found within it, from smashers, putty, slime, kinetic sand, a fizzer as well as the different parts of dino bones and collectors map and character list. There is also a smash and rebuild stand included which is SO handy when you want to try and rebuild the eggs. 



 What did we love? 

- RRP £24.99 (although certain places it is on sale for £19.99 at the moment), what a great retail price as it just contains so many extra bits and pieces!

- You can rebuild the large egg and use it for storage or just keep rebuilding it and smashing it for fun! 

- It looks so impressive, it definitely isn't a disappointment! Would make a fantastic present.

- The dino's and collectible creatures found inside are so funny and cute, Alfie loves them and is pleased to be able to keep them inside his tin


Anything we weren't so keen on?

- Overall we love dino smashers, the only thing that is annoying is just how many orange bits there are to the eggs, we have sooooo many now it's verging on ridiculous and I would love to know if they can be recycled? I just don't know what to do with hundreds of orange bits, there are only so many times you can rebuild the eggs before they lose their appeal.  



I will leave you with a few more pictures, not too many to spoil the items inside but just enough to give you an idea about the contents inside. If you have a dino mad child like my son or a child that is into collecting things then I can highly recommend! Available from many leading retailers. 


There are lots of dino's to collect and there is even an app that can be downloaded to track which ones you have found and also has a bit of an interactive feature which is cool. Aimed at age 5 upwards I promise you won't be disappointed. 

* Please note we were kindly sent the items free of charge in exchange for an honest review, all thoughts are my own. 

Wednesday, 10 July 2019

World's Best Locations for both Sunshine and Culture

{collaboration} Some people travel for sunshine, and others travel for culture. But some people travel for both. A sunny resort might not satisfy your urge to sightsee. On the other hand, a culturally significant city such as London might impress you but leave you craving a nice tan (or simply a break from the rain). In this article, we’ve compiled a list of the world’s best locations for both sunshine and culture.



Perth, Australia.
Australis is a beautiful country with so many intriguing places to see. You’ll be treated to sunshine no matter where you go, but Perth is the best location to visit if you’re also looking for a cultural experience. You should head to the Perth Mint if you want a guided heritage tour which gives you some insight into an iconic building in the city. You might even want to look into Bayswater car rentals so that you have a way to get around whilst you’re in Perth. The city is so huge that you’ll probably want some form of transport to make your experience much less time-consuming. Make sure you put together an itinerary so you have a plan of all the things you want to see and do. Otherwise, you might be disappointed if you miss some things.

The Dark Hedges, Northern Ireland.
Ireland is a beautiful island with a strong history. It might not be sunny throughout the year, but if you time your holiday well, then you could have the perfect opportunity to soak up the culture of this wonderful place whilst also soaking up some sunshine. If you’re looking for a specific location to visit, you should consider the Dark Hedges. It’s little more than a long avenue of beach trees, but it’s a completely surreal setting. The unique twists and bends of these branches have made this one of the most unique and beautiful places in the world. Okay, these hedges might not be culturally significant in a historical sense, but they definitely have great significance in modern culture. Since this location was used in Game of Thrones, the Dark Hedges have become drastically more popular. If you’re a fan of the show, then you should go and see them for yourself.



Santorini, Greece.
Santorini is another beautiful location that’s well worth visiting if you’re looking for both sunshine and culture. This stunning island is undeniably naturally beautiful. In fact, it’s famous for being one of the most beautiful places on the planet. Why else would such an overwhelming number of visitors be drawn to this tiny place every single year? But it’s not just beautiful in a natural sense. Santorini has become famous for its iconic whitewashed houses. Even if you’ve never been to the island before, you’ve probably seen pictures similar to the one above. If you want to learn about the history and culture of this island, you should explore some the towns and villages for yourself. In Pyrgos village, you’ll find the Theotokos church. It’s architecturally impressive and culturally significant to the area. Of course, the heart of Santorini is Fira. This huge city is definitely worth exploring whilst you’re on the island.

Monday, 8 July 2019

Choosing Broadband *Tips*

When we have moved house the first thing my husband puts at the top of his priority list have to be broadband and just how connected we would be able to be. As he works from home he needs a decent and fast internet connection, preferably and as he has previously worked in this sector knows just what he's looking for. It can be a bit of a minefield with so many internet providers looking to provide you with the best deals and competitive speeds such as fibre broadband to ensure that you get the experience from your broadband. Here are a few tips to help you while researching and looking into changing broadband provider or setting up a whole new connection. 


- Use the postcode checker to see the speeds and quality of internet available in your area. 

- Decide on your budget. There is usually a ton of offers available and it pays to look at these closely but do try and stick to your budget if you can unless of course it's a deal you can't refuse!




- If you are currently on a contract and are keen to switch check how long you have remaining and have a chat with your current provided. 

- Decide just what speed of internet you want and also what speed is needed. 

- Check with the internet provided if there is a cap on data, as mentioned on the cable website most providers do not cap on data but it is best to check. It does also depend on how you use your internet at home, you'd be surprised at just how much homes use is!

- Consider a broadband bundles. These deals can include not only broadband but TV and sometimes phone deals also which might be a good way of saving a few pennies. 

So all in all it's best to look around for the best deal and do the research. If you follow these simple tips then you should be able to source a great deal which works well for your home and family. Has anyone else got any more tips? DO share!

Tuesday, 2 July 2019

Make your Garden Practically Maintenance Free!


{collaborative content} Just because you have a garden doesn’t necessarily mean that you are green-thumbed. If you have a garden space and you find yourself wishing that it was just being looked after by itself without you really having to do anything, then the good news is that there are actually ways to make that happen. If nothing else, you can at least hope to create a situation where your garden is almost entirely taking care of itself, and you have reduced the amount of maintenance you need to put into it greatly. In this post, we are going to take a look at some of the best ways to do this to ensure that your garden can be practically maintenance-free in the future.



Use Artificial Grass
The one part of the garden that needs constant care is the lawn, so if you can remove that problem then you will find that your garden is much easier to look after indeed. So what can you do to make sure that that is the case? Well, one great way to maintain the look of a lawn without any of the upkeep is to use artificial grass. With something like LazyLawn, you have the surprisingly realistic look of a real lawn, but you don’t have to mow it or feed or reseed it at all. That is a great way to keep a garden looking great all year round without having to even lift a finger, so it’s worth thinking about if that sounds like what you’re looking for in your own outdoor space.

Plant Perennials
You probably want there to be a number of plants around the place so that the garden can look beautiful, but if you are hoping to remove the need for maintenance, then you need to be careful about what plants you choose. In particular, you should make sure that you are going to choose mostly perennial plants, as those are much more likely to be able to just stay there and take care of themselves. You won’t need to water or feed them much, if at all, although you might need to prune them once or twice a year to keep them neat and tidy. But in general, filling your garden with such plants will mean that you can hope to have a beautiful garden without doing that much work.


Irrigation Systems
The main act that people need to do in their garden is watering, so anything you can do to make that easier is going to be worth your while. Probably the best way to make sure that it is merely being looked after by itself is to think about getting some kind of irrigation system built in. This is a system which waters the garden automatically, and so you won’t have to go out there and water it manually yourself. That can also be a great way to ensure that the garden is looked after while you are away, which can be a particular difficulty sometimes.

Great Ways to Soothe your Body & Mind

{Collaborative content} Most people are aware that the body and mind are inextricably linked. Understanding the nature of this connection, however, is something far more tenuous and difficult, and the kind of thing that you are probably going to need to think about for a long time to really get to grips with. However, what should be said for now is that looking after one will generally mean that you can expect improvements in the other, no matter which way around you are doing so. What is even more effective than that, of course, is finding some powerful ways to soothe both your body and mind at the same time. In this post, we will look at just a few of the best examples of how you might expect to do that.


Meditation

If you don’t already meditate, it’s a great thing that you should consider trying in your own life. It has gained a lot of popularity in recent years, and that is with very good reason. People everywhere are finding that it helps to keep their thoughts calm and their mind centred and still, while also helping to remove aches and pains throughout the body. Clearly, these are all things that we all want to happen, so meditation is something that is definitely worth taking on board. You only need to do around ten to twenty minutes a day to see the fullest effects, and once you have got past the initial difficult stage you will find it is an easy practice to take on board too. It’s absolutely worth thinking about if you want to live a better life.

Floatation

In the act of floatation, otherwise known as sensory deprivation, you float in a tank with a little water and Epsom salts in it, which is otherwise completely in the dark and without sound. Such tanks have long been a way of getting back in touch with your own mind, and they can also provide some soothing and calming effects for the body too, so it’s a practice that everyone should try for that reason alone. When you spend some time in a floatation tank, you will take it as some essential time away from the world - and who doesn’t need that once in a while? What’s more, you’ll only need to go once or twice a year to really get a lot out of it, so you don’t have to put a lot into it to get a lot out.


Sports

It’s great to exercise, and it’s great for your mind if you put it to a particular competitive task for an extended period of time, and that is why playing sports is such a good idea in general. If you don’t currently play any sports and you are unsure about which to get into, it’s a good idea to just look at your local clubs and see if any of them strike you as particularly enjoyable. This could help you get in shape, and could even mean that you have a calmer mind too.

Thursday, 27 June 2019

No More Nursery.

As of about 5pm(ish) today there will be no more nursery runs, no more cute little pre school productions and scribbly bits of nursery art and suspicious looking cakes/biscuits baked with love and sticky fingers. Back when Elarna was a tiny baby I wrote about the end of having babies, I still don't know if I will ever have a third but reflecting on this now makes me realise just how quickly time has gone. I know it's a total cliche but it really has. Here I am four years down the line and my youngest, my princess will be off to school in September. It barely seems real.


We have had the most wonderful nursery that both children have been to, Alfie spent only a few months in the pre school room before he started school where as Elarna has been in the same nursery since about 10 months of age working her way through the rooms so we have developed quite a relationship with the place! From the moment we stepped into the nursery we just knew it was the right one to choose, from the warmth and natural wooden toys in the baby room to the fab sensory room to the friendly staff in all rooms. We have never regretted our choice and I can honestly say they have brought the best out of my little girl and she will be leaving a confident, friendly and happy girly who can't wait to start school. She is starting to write, is enjoying reading and is an active little bean that loves role playing with her friends. I can't wait to see her develop as the months go on but I really am sad that she is growing up so quickly. In fact I'm sad that both my kids seem to be growing up at an alarming rate. It's certainly true what they say that children make the years fly by.


It really does feel the end of a big, no huge milestone. I have been doing the nursery run twice a week for a good couple of years ago while my husband takes Alfie to school, it works better for me to take her and then go straight to work, I can't believe I won't be doing it ever again. Of course, there will be some benefits like not having to pay the extortionate nursery fees and not having to pay these even when she isn't it (i.e bank holidays!) but it's going to feel very strange not taking her to nursery.


As of September I will have TWO school children, eek! SO much to look forward to of course and I know Elarna is going to love school, she had her first settling in afternoon last week and although there were a few tears she came out beaming which was reassuring but I still have that familiar feeling of the unknown and the anxiety of sending my littlest of on her next adventure. I just hope her big bro looks out for her! 

I always said to Adi (even though he is adamant for no more children) that maybe when Elarna goes to school we might consider a third? I feel my mind might go into overdrive as I'm going to have a bit of spare time on my hands when she starts school. I currently have Wednesdays and Fridays off which is lovely and has been wonderful to be able to do this after going back to work full time after I had Alfie. I plan to try and pick up a few extra hours at work when possible and embark on a new course to keep me busy! We will see I guess. 


So this is it, the end of nursery. For the next few weeks she will be at home with us and the grandparents, as needed, having a lovely little rest (lucky her haha) before starting at school. So thankyou Kiddi Caru (her current nursery) for giving her the confidence and stepping stones to get her ready for school. Wahhhh!!! Mixed emotions from me right now!


Wednesday, 26 June 2019

Four Benefits of Yoga to get you onto the Mat

{collaborative content} Are you a yoga avoider? Do you feel like you might like to give yoga a try but suspect you’ll look funny with your hands and feet on the ground and your tail in the air? Or lying on your back with your feet in the air? Do you find it hard to sign up for yoga when it doesn’t look like those slow movements would help you lose weight?

Yoga can be quite intimidating if you’ve never tried it before. And if you’re someone who doesn’t like to follow the crowd, the fact that fifteen million other people in the world are doing yoga won’t be enough to get you to sign up for your first class. If you’re someone who likes to choose things for yourself, understanding the benefits of yoga might be the push you need to get your feet above your head and your elbows under your knees. Here are four benefits to tempt you onto the mat.


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Beat Stress And Enhance Your Mood
Most versions of yoga integrate the practice of certain meditation techniques, which help you calm the mind. Focusing on your own breath works to quieten the incessant chatter that goes on in your head all day. The sense of stillness in the mind helps you relax. While many people choose to do yoga postures without focusing on the breath, performing the breathing along with the postures changes the practice from a beneficial physical exercise into a powerful way to calm down and reconnect with yourself. The breathing also boosts your brain’s oxygen levels, which can make you feel more content in your day-to-day life.

Mega Body Confidence Booster
Yoga is often referred to as a moving form of meditation because of the focus on stilling the mind. Performed in a meditative state, yoga can boost your confidence dramatically. Rather than criticising your body for what it can’t do, or how it looks, in yoga you are encouraged to focus on the here and now, which means accepting what your body is like in the moment. This mindset helps relieve tension in the mind as you practice. You stop worrying about what your body looks like in favour of experiencing the body as it is. This allows you to feel more content and confident in your body. The resulting sense of wellbeing enables you to forge a meaningful connection with your body. You will stop seeing it for what it is not, and start seeing it as it is.

Kicking Bad Habits
Overeating is an unhealthy habit that many people struggle with. While our image-obsessed society might encourage you to think that the main reason you should lose weight is the way you look, yoga practitioners know that there are many more subtle issues at play when the body is carrying too much weight. If your weight is cause for concern, you may be experiencing profound imbalances in your daily life, which could be primarily stress-related. Regular yoga practice will enable you to relax deeply and connect to your body. A state of heightened awareness of your body and mind creates the perfect conditions for giving what your body needs and avoiding things that will cause it harm, like overeating, drinking alcohol, or smoking. If you’re trying to to stop smoking, yoga is a brilliant companion to the other measures you are trying to put in place to help you towards that goal. Whatever bad habit you are trying to kick, a closer relationship with your body will help you stop obsessing about your bad habits and naturally move toward more healthy practices.


Reduced Injury Risk
Yoga is one of the best companion exercises for other sports, and can be gentle enough to practice on your days off. If you’re a runner, for example, you know that there is a risk of injury if you do not stretch adequately, or if your body is imbalanced in some way, or if you do not have sufficient strength in the muscles that support the joints. In fact, running may be causing many of these imbalances, rather than improving them. One of the focuses of yoga is balancing opposing muscle groups. The idea is to remove imbalances from the body by stretching and strengthening the whole body equally. What could be better for a runner? Another way yoga helps avoid injury is that it is a low impact exercise. If you’re playing impact sport all the time, you’re more likely to injure your joints over time than if you switch out one of your training days for yoga.
Whether you’re afraid of looking weird, or you’re dubious about the culture surrounding yoga, remembering these benefits will encourage you to give it a try.

Tuesday, 25 June 2019

3 Steps to Success in Home Renovation



Ad {collbaorative} No matter what sort of budget you have available, when it comes to renovating your home, costs can quickly spiral out of control. Often on starting building works, unexpected problems can be encountered that raise the project cost. Or quite often, you'll decide in the moment not to economise on things and end up blowing the budget. Whether you're planning a full Grand Designs style project or simply giving your garden a bit of a makeover, if you don't watch the budget carefully it can quickly get left behind. However, with some careful planning, it is possible to create the home of your dreams and not get sunk into debt.

Set Your Budget

You'd be amazed how many people go into a project with only a hazy idea of what the budget is and this is a recipe for disaster. Whether you have a few hundred to spend on freshening up one room, or you're going big and splashing tens of thousands, you need to know exactly what you have to spend. Start with a fixed amount in mind and let that guide the choices you have to make in terms of design. It's a much better option than falling in love with some home inspiration boards on Pinterest only to find you won't be able to afford that option without racking up huge amounts of debt. Your budget gives you a framework to contain and channel your ideas so that you get something you won't come to regret in the future. Use a home renovation budget planner tool to get started and think through all the costs that you may encounter along the way. From flooring to cabinet hardware, countertops, appliances, contractor costs and more, list it all out. Having a budget allows you to compare costs and make adjustments- in some areas you may decide to compromise and find a more cost effective option, others it may be worth going all out - but if you don't have a categorised budget then it it's hard to really make choices. Remember to factor in some contingency money to cover unexpected expenses - this should be from 10 to 20 per cent of the total.

Take It Slow

Try not to rush into anything when it comes to projects around the home. It's often a good idea to wait and save up rather than relying on a loan to pay for your works, as this can both save a lot of wasted money in interest payments and give you much-needed breathing space to sense-check your decisions before carrying anything out. Making many great, cohesive design decisions at once can be hard, and often you get the feel and flow of a space much better once you've lived in it for a while.

Get Inspired

With money arrangements in place, you can gather inspiration for your project. Say you're planning a garden makeover. It would be a great idea to curate a Pinterest board full of garden design ideas that speak to you, visit public gardens to see ideas which could be translated to your own outdoor space, and go to sites like https://www.bellplantation.co.uk/ to see what you could do with the right materials.  

Monday, 17 June 2019

Hatchimals Pixies! *Review*

 Ad {gifted} Hatchimals are back but this time with a very sparkly and glittery twist in the form of pixies (RRP £7.99)!! My youngest absolutely loves these surprise toys, anything that is bright, colourful and sparky is also an added bonus. We have liked Hatchimals right from the very beginning, if you cast your mind back to about 2016 these toys were selling like hot cakes and many parents struggled to get hold of them, since then the brand has become one of the market leaders of blind bagged/surprise toys and the ever growing collection of Hatchimals continues to excite and enthrall children. 



These gorgeous, glittery eggs hide the pixies inside and as with all the other Hatchimals range the heart on the egg is gently rubbed until it turns pink and the egg can then be broken into using your thumbs to reveal what's inside. There are 8 pixies that can be found at the moment, I expect there will be more added to the range at some point very soon. There are four different coloured eggs to choose from and you catch hatch a pixie from four different lands which are glittering garden, polar paradise, crystal canyon or wishing star waterfall. 


 The eggs are easy to hatch and once the egg is cracked you can see your pixie sitting proudly within. Each pixie has sparkly, colourful hair and glamorous outfits, they have poseable heads and adorable little wings that actually flutter. They are so cute! 



The pixies are not just the only thing you'll find inside the egg. The base of the eggs also transforms into a little pixie bed shaped with a pillow and pretend cover, there are also 3 other accessories to discover inside. These range from hairbands that attach to the head of the pixie and assortment of other accessories depending on the pixie received. 



Also you receive a collector sheet featuring the pixies you can find inside the eggs and a little bit about what they like. The pixies discovered where Polar Penelope and Crystal Cassie. Both pixies came with little headbands which attach to their heads, Polar Penelope also came with some little boots and a snow cone and Crystal Cassie also had a little treasure chest and drink. They also come with little clear stands for the pixies that attach on their feet so they can stand up supported.


 Elarna absolutely loves them, I think she's played with them more than certain other brands of surprise toys, they really appeal to her and it's encouraged her to do little role plays and being able to stare the little accessories under the bed is also a bonus.


 What did we like?

- We loved how bright and sparkly the pixies are, they are great addition to the already fab Hatchimals range

- What a great price (RRP £7.99), these are the perfect pocket money/little treat gifts and absolutely worth the cost, I don't think I would pay much more that this so personally for me I think the costing is just right, they would make a lovely birthday gift also

- The little accessories that come with the pixies are brilliant and so cute - The bottom of the egg transforming into a bed and storage area is such a good idea, especially as I hate to see toys with so much waste so being able to reuse the base is great

- They bring a smile to a childs face and encourage role play and imaginative play


Was there anything we weren't so keen on?

- Overall we loved everything about the pixies, however it's worth mentioning the accessories are very small so these are not suitable for anyone younger than 4 I would say

- I loved being able to use the base but I think what would make it even better would be having a clip or some way of the bed being able to attach to the base of the egg to keep the spare bits safe

- At the moment there are only 8 varieties available so being able to find each pixie to collect them all is going to be slim, however I believe there will be more coming to the range very soon which is great



We would absolutely recommend Hatchimals pixies, they have been a big hit with my daughter and I will definitely be purchasing more for her at some point. Overall a fab little toy and they are available from leading retailers right now so don't miss out! I will leave you with a few more pictures of the sparkly little pixies! 




I would love to hear what you guys think? Have you ever had any Hatchimals? What did you think?



* Please note we were very kindly sent the items free of charge in exchange for an honest review, all thoughts are my own.

Sunday, 16 June 2019

Lingerie Trends Through the Years.

{collaborative} I have always loved historical fashion, I can remember years and years ago my Mum taking me to the costume museum in Bath and I loved it and have since spent years loving costume drama's and historical dress. If I hadn't gone down nursing route I would have really liked to delve more into the history of fashion for sure. Looking at how fashion has evolved is amazing, I mean can you imagine all those years ago having to such big dresses with corsets and all that skirt....crazy or what?! However they did look so elaborate and beautiful. Not only has historical fashion evolved but what is worn underneath, lingerie has moved on a long way from what it used to be.....


These days underwear is commonly worn as 'outer wear' and the variety of lingerie available these days is tremendous with the underwear industry catering for all shapes, sizes and women. As a bigger busted lady myself it is refreshing to see companies finally providing us with pretty, lacy lingerie rather than drab and boring undies which quite frankly was depressing! 

Can you imagine wearing a corset these says? Although I say that, corsets have started to come back into fashion again, I have heard although they are not overly comfortable to wear they do wonders for your waist and posture when worn in short doses. Back when corsets were worn it was to pull you in and manipulate the female body into an unnatural shape that would potentially damage internal organs and cause other lasting effects to the women's body. Fashion trends did move on though and bloomers and bra's did soon make an appearance thankfully! 

As women stepped away from the corsets and hiding their bodies in the 50's and 60's it was all about embracing womanly curves and highlighting the women's shape and body, it was a much more sexy vibe and I think now lingerie takes a bit influence from these years. Push up bra's, baby dolls and lace started to take centre stage and things just started to move on. Thongs are out and bigger knickers and high waisted items are much more in these days.

So, would you fancy or a corset or are you more a bloomers type of woman? Do share!



Thursday, 13 June 2019

How to Create a Beautiful Family Garden

Ad {collaborative} As summer fast approaches, the time is coming to dig out your flip flops and get your garden ready to some great fun in the sun with your family. After a long period without care and attention, tackling your garden may be a daunting task. However, there are many ways you can get it looking ship shape and ready for BBQ season to get well under way! With a little bit of hard work and creativity, a garden of any condition can be converted into an outdoor haven that has the same comfortable feeling as the inside of your home.




Tackle The Greenery

When you finally wave goodbye to winter, you begin to see the damage that the bad weather has done to your garden. Overgrown grass that’s turning brown, an excess of weeds popping up left, right and centre, and any hope of colour or beauty out of sight. One of the first things to do is switch on your lawn mover and remove everything that stands in your way. Cut your grass down as low as you can (as it will grow back very fast) and use a strimmer to rid your garden of any pesky weeds or overgrown shrubs or bushes. It’s a great idea to buy some flowers to plant or some seeds to grow yourself, as the pop of colour can brighten up the whole garden and make it feel more homely immediately.

Invest In Some Accessories  

When you’ve managed to find the floor, it’s time to invest in some suitable accessories if you don't have them already. Find the BBQ and put it back where it belongs, and get a table and chairs or a picnic bench of some kind to eat meals outside. If you’re planning to eat in the garden regularly, it may be an idea to get some citronella candles to keep away any bugs and flies. Install some lighting such as solar powered lanterns or fairy lights so you can enjoy your garden in the later hours too. If your family take an interest in gardening or perhaps want to try and grow some fruit and vegetables of their own, visit Greenhouse Stores to find some beautiful potting sheds that make a great addition to any garden.

Invite The Whole Family

When you’ve got everything set up and ready, it’s time to invite the whole family around! Add a few extra chairs and cover them with some blankets for the kids as the night draws in, and get the designated ‘griller’ to assume their position. A garden party or summer BBQ is a great way to fully enjoy your garden whilst making the most of the sun with your family and friends around you.

It’s easier than you might think to create a beautiful garden for your whole family to enjoy. Dedicate a day or 2 to get it back to its former glory, and you will all be able to reap the benefits for many months afterwards.  

Monday, 10 June 2019

How to Become a Sensible Spender

How to become a sensible spender
Ad {collaborative content} When it comes to spending money, we could all do with being a bit savvier. Whether it’s the little regular purchases that quickly add up or buying things on our credit cards when we don’t have enough in the bank, many of us have bad spending habits. If you find yourself worrying about money, or you regularly overspend, it’s time to take control of your finances. By following these top tips, you’ll be a sensible spender in no time.
Set a monthly budget
First things first: you need to set yourself a realistic budget. The thought of this task fills many with dread, but it really doesn’t need to be difficult or time-consuming. Start by looking at your essential expenditure each month. This will include your mortgage or rent, household bills, food shopping, car finance, etc. Total these up to work out your monthly outgoings. Then simply take this away from your income to work out what’s left over. Whilst you’re looking through your statement, this might be the time to cancel those direct debits you’d forgotten about, like the subscription for the magazine you never have time to read.

Once you’ve worked out what you’ve got left over from your essential outgoings, you can set a realistic budget for any other spending, such as meals out, clothes or socialising. The key to a successful budget is to make it achievable. Saying you’re only going to spend £10 a week on entertainment is unrealistic. You’re likely to overspend, making your budget go out the window. Set a figure that is low enough that you can save, but high enough to live your life.
Buy what you need…
…not what you want. If you tend to splurge on things that you don’t really need, cut them out. This could be anything from your morning coffee run, to random treats such as a new item of clothing. Sure, if your jacket’s broken beyond repair, invest in a new one. But do you really need a tenth pair of jeans? Maybe not. Stop spending on unnecessary items and your bank balance will see the benefit.
Shop around
Don’t be tempted by the first thing you see. To be a sensible spender, you need to put time into finding the best deals. For instance, if you need a new vacuum cleaner, don’t walk into the closest electrical store and buy the first model the assistant recommends. Do some homework, read reviews online and make sure you’re investing in an item that’s right for you. Once you’ve found the perfect product, shop around to find the best price. Browse online or check out a price comparison site — it could save you a lot of cash!