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Small Changes You Can Make For A Cleaner Home

Everyone,especiaally those with kids spend days cleaning and wishing that there was a quick way of getting the house clean. You don’t need to overhaul everything. In fact, just a few small changes can make a big difference. Insert them into your daily and weekly routine, here and there, and feel the benefit yourself.

 

Switch up the wood in your fireplace

This is a prime example of a way that you might be unwittingly making more cleaning for yourself! If you have a fireplace, there are lots of different things you can use to burn inside it. However, did you know that some materials give a cleaner burn than others? For example, kiln dried logs make for a cleaner burn. This means less soot, less build up and less general dirt to clean up after you’ve put your fire out.If cleaning is the bane of your life, you’re not alone. We can often feel like there is simply no time (or no energy) to do all the cleaning we need to. This feels especially true when we have children who are making messes of their own.

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Tips For Travelling With Young Kids

Holidays are the time of year when you finally have the chance to sit down, relax and enjoy being a family. They are a bright spot for us all, something we look forward to and cherish.

If you are planning a holiday with young children, you're likely aware of the extra challenges that face you. Travelling is so rich and beneficial for kids, opening up their world view and exposing them to different cultures. And besides, it wouldn't be a proper holiday if you didn't have them with you, right?

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How Dining Trends Will Shape Interiors This Summer

Thinking of going out on your own to open a small café, bar or bistro? Perhaps you’re already in the hospitality industry and considering some redecorating to freshen the look and feel of your premises? If you’re in catering or want to be, you’ll know it’s not just the changing trends in food you need to be aware of but also interior styling that helps you stand out. And increasingly these two areas are becoming more intertwined. With this in mind, this post explores some of the key interior trends for the summer ahead and how you can introduce them into your business.

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Summer Sports Activities Your Kids Will Love

Now that the summer is truly upon us it’s time to get out the sunscreen, pack lunch boxes and head off into the outdoors. For kids, especially, the summer is a great time to get out and start moving. But what are the best activities for keeping them busy? Let’s find out.

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Mums, How To Make Going Back To Work Easier!

After having your baby, some mums make the decision to return to work. They have to do it for financial reasons, but it can be hard to leave your little one. Here is how to make going back to work easier so that you can fit a job around being a mum.

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Essential Advice For Staying Safe During Home Improvements

One of the great advantages of having your own home is being able to make any kinds of improvement that you like. For first-time house buyer, this is often a source of considerable joy. Being able to do what you like to a building can be a great feeling, especially for new families and young couples. If you are like anyone else, you probably find that home improvements can even be a little addictive. You start off small, and before you know it, you are taking on bigger and bigger projects. One of the main concerns here is safety. You have a duty to ensure that everyone in the house is kept safe, especially if you have little ones running around. With that in mind, let’s take a look at some safety advice now. Here are some top tips for staying safe while you’re carrying out that DIY project.

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5 Compelling Reasons Why You Need A Conservatory

 

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Before we took it upon ourselves to install a conservatory, I couldn’t see a good reason to buy one. Let’s be honest; building a conservatory is an expensive thing, and you’ve got to be committed if you’re going to go for it. I trusted my partner’s vision and we went for it. Now, I finally understand why having a conservatory is such a great thing. If you’re on the fence (and if you’re reading this, you probably are), read on for a few tips to help you along the way.

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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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