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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.


Make The Most Of Summer To Stay Warm In The Winter

As Eddard Stark would say ‘Winter is Coming!’ Ok I know it is July, so we probably have a bit of time to get ready, but it never hurts to be prepared! In fact, the best time to get prepped for the winter is in the summer. So to avoid those winter blues, discover how you get organised for winter now.


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.


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?


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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