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The Little Things That Give Your Garden The Edge

Gardens are a luxury, or at least, in towns and cities they are, so if you are lucky enough to have outdoor space within your home, don’t waste it. Far too many gardens go to waste because we choose not to take full advantage of them, which is a real shame when you think about it. If you are lucky enough to have outdoor space, you should utilise it, especially as spending time outside is good for yours’ and your children’s health. 


If you are going to take advantage of your outdoor space, it needs to be somewhere that you enjoy spending time in, and somewhere that is safe for your little ones to roam around and play in. When it comes to designing a garden that’s both practical and appealing, often it’s the little things that allow you to create the kind of space that you want and need. 


Bedding Ideas For A Luxurious Bedroom



We spend one third of our lives sleeping and countless hours laying in bed, so why not make it a five-star luxury experience? We want to share bedding ideas with you to make your bed comfortable, modern and beautiful, just like a luxury hotel bed.

When we looked at what experts uncovered on what makes a bed comfortable and inviting, we found some surprising and helpful tips on how to create a beautiful sleeping space filled with good bedding ideas. All the discoveries led to one main concept: The best bedding ideas address all five of the bed’s layers.


Bad News And Wedding Blues

The Summer wedding season is here once again. Summer isn’t just about those tropical beach holidays or the delicious barbecues in the back yard. Some people find that it’s the perfect time to say I do and why wouldn’t they. With the beautiful blue skies and soaring temperatures, it can be a great time to celebrate a new chapter of your life with the people that you love. However, that’s not to say that things can’t still go wrong and here are some of the issues as well as some great tips on how to handle them. 


Oh Dear, Looks Like Rain



Are You Ready For Any Household Emergency?

Life has a habit of throwing up misfortune when we least expect it. And as a parent, it’s something that we should all be aware of. The trouble is, can you honestly say you are ready for anything? Whether it’s your little ones injuring themselves while exploring, or a sudden breakdown of an essential piece of household equipment, every parent needs to be well prepared and know how to react. Let’s take a look at everything you can do to prepare for any household emergency.





No credit? No problem! Easy solutions to parental problems

Being a parent in today’s world is an expensive business.




The cost of raising a child in the UK has never been higher. All things considered, the average cost of raising a child to the age of 21 in this country costs a staggering £230,000. The balancing act between ensuring that we make sure our kids have everything they need to be happy and healthy while ensuring our credit stays in the black has never been more precarious.


The Best Locations for a Relaxing Family Holiday

Ah,, family holidays… Time for relaxation, to make memories, and for parents to spend quality time with their kids and each other. However, as wonderful as it is, it is not always easy to plan, pay for and everything else it entails!  

Here are my five suggestions of locations suitable for a relaxing European family holiday, where the kids will have plenty to do, but mum and dad will also be able to relax a bit too.  


Creamy Coconut Tropical Popsicles



As I was on a roll with the ice/lolly making a few days ago see recipe here (which were a huge hit amongst my two and our neighbours) I tried out another recipe yesterday.

Looking out at the rain today, it's more of a hot chocolates and cosy blankets kind of weather rather than Ice-Lollies, but you know….glass half full, live in hope and say a little prayer to the weather gods that this downpour is just to help the farmers and our dehydrated plants and we will be back to suncream, garden pool days and freckled faces in a few days.

These Creamy Coconut Tropical Popsicles are gorgeous, really tropical and light.(I'm thinking a drop of rum added would make a really tasty sun-downer on a summers even for the adults 😉)


Handful of frozen Pineapple chunks


Creamy Coconut and Mixed Berry Ice Lollies



Today I decided to try my hand at making the kids something cool for this hot weather!


It was a chance but it paid off, although admittedly I did them twice, as the first batch needed more sweetness in the coconut section. So from your dry kitchen cupboard and freezer, these ice lollies will keep both young and old refreshed on these sticky days!


Sunny Days and A Tropical Garden *A Collaboration With Marks and Spencer

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Well looks like we have got what we wanted finally, a good stretch of summer sunshine! With no beach nearby my two have to do with the back garden with a paddling pool, watering can and sand pit (I hate sandpits FYI, but when it comes to children these things are worth their weight in gold).  They will spend as many as weekends as possible in Kerry over the the summer with a choice of beaches near my parents house, but in between its Costa Del La Back Garden.While I sit in the garden writing this, the forecast says it's hotter than Greece, some even say the Caribbean…sure who needs a holiday and clear blue water, sandy beaches and pina coladas on tap when you can have plastic paddling pools, cold water from the garden hose, sand all over the house from the sand pit and putting up the parasol, just in case you need to shelter from the rain!!


Moving abroad with Kids- the Dos and Don’ts



Moving house is famously an incredibly stressful time, add kids into the mix and there are more complications, but moving to a new house, in a new country, with children? That can be a little overwhelming! However, moving can also mean the beginning of a new chapter in your life, and a whole load of new adventures to share with your family. Here are some tips on making this transition as stress-free as possible. 



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