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Easy Ways To Eliminate A Bunch Of Stress From The Home Move

When you buy or rent a home, you need to prepare for a certain level of upheaval. Even if it’s a positive move into better circumstances, it can be emotionally messy and physically exhausting. There’s a reason that it’s considered one of the most stressful periods in a person’s life. However, there are ways that you can at least keep it within bearable levels of stressful.  In this article, we’re going to look at how you can do just that.

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Bike Rides With Kids…..When Is It Safe?

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We recently purchased a trailer for the back of my husbands bike for the kids, so we can all go out for a bike ride. Previously we had a carrier for the back of his bike for Amelia, and when Harry turned a year I started looking into ways of taking them both out with us. I wasn't confident enough to have him on the back of my bike, so I looked into bike trailers and how safe they really were. Ours has an aluminium frame and 3 point harness for both kids, as well as an extra belt  I can tie across both kids. The bug/weather shield is great and we carry our essentials in the roomy back pocket, and keep a blanket in the front for their legs. It feels solid and comfortable, and its a great way to get out together.

 

Halfords Double Buggy Extra Info

  • Double child bike trailer
  • Easy to assemble
  • No tools required
  • Universal coupler attaches easily to your bicycle
  • Bug screen and rain shield to protect your children from bugs and bad weather
  • Folds flat for compact storage
  • Safety harness holds child securely
  • Hard wearing and highly durable construction
  • Includes high visibility flag and rear reflector for improved visibility and safety
  • Storage pockets at the rear and under the seats for cycling essentials
  • 50lbs weight limit per child
  • Each child must wear a safety helmet when using this bike buggy
  • Not for use with a child under 12 months old

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Are they safe?

I have been asked this a lot when people meet us out, or on pictures I've posted on social media. From years working in Emergency Departments, I know only too well how a head injury can not only end a life, it can have detrimental life changing consequences.I researched and researched, and felt happy that this bike trailer was a safe option. Amelia is well use to being out on the bike, and wearing a helmet is not an option. It's put on every time she is on her own bike, scooter and on the back of the bike….Harry is another story! He keeps whiping it off, so I'm hoping the more we go out, the more he will get use to it.Anyone with any tips here, please leave a comment below!

Do they like the trailer? Amelia loves it, Harry has his moments. He needs a break every half hour or so, or if I leave his water bottle in the side pocket for him and some snacks, he will be distracted by these, again, I'm sure in time he will enjoy it as much as his sister.

 

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So from what age is it safe to take a baby out on a bike?

All research suggests not taking an infant of less than 12 months in a bicycle child seat, trailer, sidecar or any other carrier. We are hearing more now about undiagnosed brain injuries, with symptoms too subtle for doctors to detect in a clinical setting, but very real to families. And that comes to mind whenever someone asks about babies and biking.  Although crashes with an infant could be devastating, nobody expects to crash. But we do know that most bike trails and lanes are not smoothly paved, and shaking your baby is unavoidable. It’s not about crashes at all, it’s about the potential for repeated mild trauma to the brain because of bumps associated with everyday road conditions. What is undocumented is what is happening to the brain during the bumps. Children under 12 months should NOT be on bikes. Children are just learning to sit unsupported at about 9 months of age. Until this age, infants have not developed sufficient bone mass and muscle tone to enable them to sit unsupported with their backs straight. Pediatricians advise against having infants sitting in a slumped or curled position for prolonged periods. This position may even be exacerbated by the added weight of a bicycle helmet on the infant’s head.

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Trailers may be the safest way to take a young child along on a ride, and this is why we chose ours. They are lower to the ground, so if you crash the baby will fall a shorter distance, even when you turn the trailer over. One study reported in a medical journal article indicated after examining data based on very small numbers of crashes that trailers were safer. Trailer arrangements can be better if you support the child's head on both sides with padding so it cannot bobble around too much, particularly when they doze off and you are not aware of it. But seated upright or reclining in a trailer the baby also needs a pillow behind them to provide clearance for their helmet in the back. Without the pillow their chin is forced down toward the chest by the thickness of the back of the helmet. While I do worry about if its a rough ride for them, being so low to the ground, I feel they are in the safest position should the bike/trailer topple over.

 

 

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Quick, Easy and Inexpensive Ways to Update Your Home over Summer

When you move into a new home, you might be full of ideas to redecorate and change things up a little. If money were no object, there would be some huge changes that you might want to make. I’ve got Pinterest to thank for that; so many gorgeous home ideas on there, I don’t know where to start. Quite often, though, money is the thing that determines how much we can change. So major renovations and turning under stairs space into a reading nook might have to wait. There are plenty of things that we can change; that are relatively cheap and quick to do. So here are some ideas, if you’re itching to update your home over the summer.

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Is Your Bathroom Child/Disabled Friendly

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When you first had children, you probably went around your home making it as child-safe as possible. That means child locks on the cabinet doors, plug covers in the plug sockets. As well as a stairgate at the top and bottom of the stairs, and goodness knows what else.

 

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Bathing Bunnies ~ Children’s Towels *Review

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How many towels do you go through with your kids? I know over the last 3 years we have had our fair share, some are fluffy and soft and to begin with, but after a couple of washes, they become thin, hard and rough against babies/kids skin. I've dumped and re bought so many towels and other than one or two brands, I've yet to be overly impressed by any!

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The Perfect Picnic- #ThePowerOfFrozen

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A few months I was contacted by Iceland the frozen supermarket chain, asking if I would be interested in collaborating with them for their campaign #thepoweroffrozen, I worked creating some gorgeous recipes using products across their varied range, you can read all about that here. I love to cook, I love a challenge and we all know that food retains all/most of its nutrients when frozen from fresh, so when contacted again, to try and create a BBQ/Picnic spread, I was happy to work with them again. Unfortunetly for me, the weather has not got the memo that I need to BBQ,  so I instead I put my thinking cap on, and create a feast of a picnic yesterday morning, for a friends and their kids,catching the best of the sunshine (even if it was only for an hour)

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Iceland are committed to telling its customers about the #PowerofFrozen – challenging preconceptions and educating around the true value of frozen. Whilst most people already associate frozen foods with cost savings and convenience, many still expect to compromise on flavour or on health benefits. The truth is that the modern freezing methods lock in the natural flavours in foods and retain the nutritional health benefits. In 2015 Iceland built the www.poweroffrozen.co.uk website to help explain the benefits of frozen foods. They also created a PowerofFrozen cookbook with the food blogger Holly Bell which included 45 easy recipes celebrating 45 years of Iceland with all profits from the sale going to the Children’s’ Food Trust.

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Life Lately……

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Hello!! Hope you are all well? I feel as though I've not been on here in what feels like weeks! Life has just been really busy and I've been completely shattered. Two kids that wake up at literally the crack of dawn every morning (I'm talking 5am), sometimes Harry will go back to sleep for a bit after his bottle, but I struggle to get back to sleep, so I have that permanent new-born look and haze about me, I'm talking black circles and baby brain. You would think that black out blinds, wooden blinds and curtains would keep them asleep, as well as being outside in the sunshine would knock them out until at least a somewhat reasonable hour…..but not my kids. Both still nap during the day, Amelia once and Harry twice, and I'm absolutely not willing to cut out the naps in exchange for cranky kids, so by choice we struggle on!

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To Rent or BUY???

Sold Home For Sale Sign in Front of Beautiful New House.

 

Whether you’re newlyweds starting out, a middle-age couple downsizing or going it alone, you too will likely need to figure out the economics of renting vs. buying at some point. Having rented for years and now making the leap going from tenants to owners of our new build, I'm not going to lie, the scale of what we are about to undertake scares me! On top of a mortgage, there's other bills to consider, that until now, we could pass the buck to our landlord. For decades, it was ruled that buying was the smart choice. After all, when you rented you were just “throwing money away,” while when you bought you were “building equity.”

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Want An Easy Way To Get Your Kids Outside? Read This!

In our technology obsessed world, our children can spend more and more time sitting down in front of a TV or computer screen. But spending time outside is so important. Fresh air, sunlight, and activity are all building blocks for health and wellbeing. Get your kids outside with these tips.

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Essential Home Maintenance Tasks You Can Do In The Summer Months

The weather is a little warmer and drier at last. It’s time to think about all those little tasks around the house you’ve been putting off over the winter months. When you own your own home, there is always something that needs doing. If you’re feeling energetic and ready to get down to work, here are a few of the things that you could do around the house this summer:

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