Are You Overspending In These Common Areas?
If you think you’re the only one who spends way too much on typical expenses, i’ve got news for you, you’re not. There are plenty of people who do it and it’s not usually because they like wasting money. It’s because they don’t know any better. They don’t understand how their next door neighbour manages to go on a luxury holiday with her kids every year. They certainly don’t understand how they manage to afford to upgrade their car annually. It’s all about saving in areas where there’s no need to drain your bank account. On this post, we’re going to look at some of the most common overspends and how to avoid them completely.
Things To Do This Half Term ~ RAF Museum
If you’re stuck for ideas to keep the children busy this half term, why not take them to the RAF Museum? With actives from the very young to the older child the RAF Museum is the perfect place to take them for a day out.
There are exhibitions on that take the children through the ages of airplane history, story telling sessions and cafes for when they need a break.
In the museum you can –
· Be amazed by stunning exhibition, First World War in the Air.
· Marvel at the life-sized model of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jet – the only place in the world where it is on display.
Come for a flying visit and stay the day. Why not fuel your imagination and get the entire family working together exploring the Royal Air Force Museum and the fun side of flight?
Valentines Day, Do You Stay In Or Go Out?
Valentines Day. Something that I never really paid much atttention to. Yes I love to be romanced, wined and dined, but I felt it was there in the same league as The Tooth Fairy and Easter Bunny at times.
All that changed 6 years ago, on a pretty typical cold and foggy Sunday, in February, the 14th to be exact in Edinburgh, I somehow managed to drag my hungover body out of bed and walk to Edinburgh Castle with my then boyfriend. Wasn't I glad I did! Right at the spot where we shared our first kiss 5 years previously, he half got down on bended knee and asked me to be his wife (I should have have done a runner then…..ha joking!)
Having Kids Changes Priorities, Especially At Home
Becoming a parent instantly changes your outlook on the world. Suddenly, you’re no longer the most important person in your life, and everything you ever do is geared towards your new son or daughter. Those alterations won’t only impact the big picture, though. And there’s no better place to learn that than in the comfort of your home.
Once you’ve had a child you soon appreciate that the home needs adaptation. Suddenly, your home life will be hit by a whole list of new priorities. Here’s what you can do to satisfy those changing needs.
Listening To Your Children, Their Words & Emotions……
Dancing With The Feet Is One Thing, Dancing With The Heart Is Another 💖
As an ex-dancer there could never be a truer word said. It's in your heart, you dance at every opportunity, you sing the ryt and dance steps in your head. Unfortunately this love of dancing bug hasn't quite bitten my daughter yet. We tried and she is just not into it. Term 2, there are still tears, anxiety and stress.Ballet is just not for her. The ballet shoes have been hung up and maybe someday she will want to wear them again. It took me a while, but after weeks of hearing her, I eventually listened. Do you listen or just hear your children? It's something that has got me thinking. I know I for one hear my children far more than actually sitting down to listen. We all do it, we get caught up in the daily humdrum, the chaos of Monday -Friday, the fighting between siblings, the struggle of the juggle of work/home life balance and so on.
Affording To Buy A New Home When You Have Kids: Ways To Make It A Reality!
It can feel impossible to move home when you have to put your kids’ needs first. After all, you have to spend so much on them when it comes to schooling and food that there is little left over to put towards a potential move. But sometimes it’s necessary to take the next step and move your family to a new property. Therefore, here are some ways you can afford to buy a new home when you have kids, so your dream becomes a reality.
The Bright Indoors and The Difference It Makes
What is the single most important thing, for you, about your home?
Is it the size? With lots of people to fit in, do you need as many bedrooms as possible? Or maybe it's a smaller home but with space – there may not be as many of you, but you want to be able to spread out and lounge in comfort. It may be location – peaceful and away from the crowds or right in the thriving heart of town or city.
Five Interior Design Tips To Create Your Perfect Home
Choose Neutrals If you aren’t exactly sure about what to do with your home but you do know that you need something new, then why not go for a neutral palette? You might think that it sounds boring but you can brighten up neutral colours with a variety of textures, and you can also add splashes of brighter colours and patterns where you want to. The great thing about neutrals is that they’re easy to change if you want something a little different – you can just change the accent colours instead of having to repaint the walls.
Splash Out On Comfort
The number one thing to splash out on in your home is comfort. No matter how beautiful your couch is, there’s no point if you can’t relax on it every evening with your family. If you have small children, try to make as many surfaces as possible wipe clean – get a leather couch, opt out of cream rugs. You don’t want to have to follow your children around with wet clothes all the time. Remember that the quality and thread count of your bedsheets is much more important than the pattern.
Nodding Off And Why Sleep Is Critical To Your Family
Health is a huge part of family life. Can we truly say we are caring for our family if we are lavishing them in unhealthiness? It's a good question.
One huge part of health is sleep. If you as a parent, or your child isn't getting enough sleep – it could be worse than some of the unhealthiest habits on the planet.
Have You Vaccinated Your Children Against Meningitis B?
MenB (meningococcal B) vaccine
In the UK from September 2015 babies born on or after 1 July 2015 are being offered the MenB (meningococcal group B) vaccine as part of the routine immunisation schedule and babies born on or after 1 May are being offered the vaccine as part of a one off catch-up campaign.
In Ireland, from December 2016 babies will be offered the MenB vaccine as part of the Primary Childhood Immunisation Schedule.
The vaccine is available free of charge to people in the UK and Ireland with medical conditions that increase their risk of the disease.
The vaccine can be purchased privately in the UK and Ireland, so people who are not currently eligible for the vaccine on the HSE or NHS can get it if they pay for it.
What Is Meningitis B?
Meningitis is an infection of the meninges, the lining around the brain and spinal cord. It can be caused by different bacteria and viruses, although bacterial infections are usually more serious.
One of the bacteria which causes meningitis is called Neisseria meningitidis, also known as the meningococcus.
How do people get meningococcal disease?
Meningococcal bacteria can live at the back of the throat or in the nose. Most people, who carry these bacteria (carriers), remain well but they can spread the bacteria to others through coughing, sneezing, or kissing. Close personal contact with a carrier sometimes leads to infection. You need many hours of close personal contact to become infected as the bacteria do not survive long outside the body.
The disease is devastating if it gets into the blood or spinal fluid. There are different types of this bacteria and the most common is known as type B – what is often referred to as “meningitis B”, or MenB.
MenB most commonly affects children under the age of one, causing symptoms including fever, poor feeding, vomiting and lethargy. It can also cause septicaemia (blood poisoning), which can lead to the telltale purple rash.
In children over the age of four the disease is rare, but there’s a second peak of the disease in adolescents(although it is not as common then as it is in infants). Babies are at high risk because they do not have immune protection from antibodies – these are passed from mothers to babies which protect them for the first few months of life, but after that they are susceptible. They gradually build up immunity as they are exposed to similar bacteria in the environment. Teenagers are more likely to carry the bacteria in their throats than other age groups, which is why there is this second, smaller, peak of disease in that age group.
With early diagnosis and antibiotics, most people will make a full recovery.
Meningococcal disease is a very serious life threatening illness.
Of the people who get meningococcal disease:
1 in 20 will die
1 in 10 people who recover will have a major disability such as deafness, brain damage, learning disabilities, epilepsy or loss of fingers, toes, hands, feet, arms or legs.