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Need some Christmas gift ideas? Check out my Gift Guide!

Friday, 30 October 2015

With November coming to greet us this Weekend, thoughts will inevitably start to turn to Christmas. The shops are full of Decorations and the Christmas songs will soon begin - exciting times! What is not exciting however is coming up with the perfect gift for loved ones. Never fear, I have some great idea's for you below. Enjoy!

For the sentimental one.

How about a fantastic photo on wood from Albelli? I have lots of canvases and framed photographs but I had never heard of a photo on wood before Albelli contacted me.

We chose one of our wedding pictures to be added to 2 pieces of smooth wood measuring 30 x 20cm and priced at £37.95 

It was very easy to order, the website is very easy to use. You simply upload your image, choose the size, shape and finish (smooth or rough wood)

There are many variations on size and shape, right up to 120 x 80 cm for £199.95.

We love ours and everyone that has seen it has remarked how lovely it is and that they have not seen anything like it before. A brilliant Christmas gift!

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For the candle lover.

This Heart and Home Christmas burner soon had our whole house smelling of Christmas! 

It looks beautiful in clean white, is very easy to use - simply place your tart in the top, light your candle inside,  admire the beautiful lighting and wait for the aroma to make you feel all Chritmassey! With the Wax Melt Warmer priced from £6.99 - £14.99, there is one for every budget.

I have already asked Santa for some new wax melts. I hope they are in my stocking on the big day!

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Alcoholic Beverages.

Whether you are stocking up or buying gifts, you can't go wrong with the Aldi drinks range!

Very competitively priced, beautifully labelled and delicious to drink, there is a huge range of drinks to choose from. 

We are very lucky to have been sent the delicious Port (£6.49) we always make sure we have a few bottles in over Christmas as all of our Family and Friends love to partake in a glass or two with some cheese and biscuits. My Mum isn't a lover of Port so luckily her we also her favourite wine, a classic Pinot Noir (£4.39) also perfect for cheese and biscuits.

The Champagne (£9.97) is of course a tradition with Christmas lunch, back before Olivia was born, Daddy tried to start a new tradition of having Champagne with breakfast on Christmas morning. That tradition lasted one year I can tell you!

This Highland reserve Whisky (£12.99) is one of my Husbands favourites. He loves nothing more than finding a bottle wrapped under the Christmas tree. Who knows, maybe he will get lucky this year!

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For the Golfer.

Do you have a huge golf lover to buy a gift for? Would they love to play head off to play Golf in Dubai? I bet they would!

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With courses from just £29 per player, you could be relaxing by a beautiful pool while your other half is off playing his favourite sport, or maybe even a joint gift for your Parents? You could book your Mum into a spa, or send her off shopping to Souks while your Dad hits the golf course - what a Christmas Gift!

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The Wild Card!

Now I know some people would not appreciate an appliance as a gift but I would be more than happy to receive an upgrade that matches my kitchen!

Once upon a time everything matched in my kitchen, now when something breaks it is replaced with what we can afford at the time. So it makes me so happy to see a lovely matching set that I have before and will again had such things on my Christmas list.

Did you know?
It has been 60 years since Bill Russell and Peter Hobbs introduced families to the world’s first electric kettle with automatic switch off?

This lovely Russell Hobbs legacy kettle not only looks ever so stylish, but it is also very good at it's job. It can even rapid boil enough water for one delicious hot drink in just 45 seconds!

This is ideal if you need a hot drink fast or you’re just making one cup. The kettle has a perfect pour spout, making sure all of the water goes into the cup with fewer splashes and a lovely soft grip handle. I really love the look and efficiency of this kettle and will definitely be adding the toaster and coffee machine to my list for Santa.

Priced at £39.99

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For the puzzle lovers.

Liv loves jigsaw puzzles, so when we were offered the chance to review a Wentworth Christmas Friends Jigsaw PuzzleI jumped at the chance!

When the box arrived it became clear that this was a box of traditional wooden puzzles - with a twist!

You see the shapes are very different from standard puzzles. They have snowflakes, Reindeers, Teddy bears and more. The pieces around the whimsically shaped ones are shaped to fit around them, making the puzzle even more interesting!

If I am honest it was too difficult for Liv to complete on her own, but we had great fun doing them together and I'm sure she will soon be able to do them alone.

These are fantastic quality and will last for years unlike many cheaper versions. 

Highly recommended by us!

Priced at £25.95 for four 25 piece puzzles.

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Keep your eyes peeled for my next Gift Guide for more ideas.

Livs new Micro Scooter - review.

Thursday, 29 October 2015

Being the Daughter of a Blogger, Liv is used to receiving new toys to try out. Some we keep, some are gifted and others go to the local Charity shop. So as you can imagine it's not often she gets really attached to something.

That was until I was asked to review a Micro Scooter from Skatehut. As soon as it arrived and she saw the image on the box she started squealing with excitement and jumping up and down, I have honestly never seen her react that way!

I quickly set about building it - which was very easy to do, even with a 3 year old "helping"

The scooter itself is different to any other I have seen. It has 3 wheel, with a brake pedal over the back wheel, which restricts the wheel turning when pressure is applied. It is a 3 wheel scooter but with two wheels in the front. However, the really unique thing about this scooter is the steering. 

The handlebars don't rotate like other scooters, instead they lean left or right, moving the direction of the two front wheels.

It took Liv a little while to get used to the steering, having been used to a standard 2 wheel scooter. However once she did, there has been no stopping her! She whizzes around like a pro now and has even started doing some jumps with the scooter!

She has used it a lot when we are out and about as it is more fund for her than walking and burns some of her copious amounts of energy too.

She loves it so much that she has already made a list of Micro scooter accessories she would like to ask Santa for.

I have also heard on the grapevine that Santa may be thinking of bringing a Micro Balance Bike if she is a good Girl, we will have to wait and see!

Disclaimer - I was sent a scooter for the purpose of the review however all opinion and images are my own.

BT Video Baby Monitor 7500 Lightshow review.

For most new Parents a baby monitor is definitely a must have purchase and boy have they evolved over the years.

When Liv was born we had a monitor with a sensor pad which we quickly realised was more worry than it was help because it kept going off constantly. We decided then to upgrade to a video monitor. We didn't have a big budget so just bought what we could afford. It has a tiny little grainy screen and if your little one moves out of sight you find yourself going upstairs to check in them anyway.

When we were asked to review the BT Lightshow monitor I jumped at the chance and I am so glad I did!

What's in the box:

The Camera/Microphone/Light show unit,
Parent unit & base
Two mains cables
Screws - for wall mounting the camera if required.

Couldn't possibly be any easier, plug in the cable and turn on! 

The camera unit includes an audio monitor allowing you to talk to your Child, pan and tilt camera, lightshow and music / sound player. 

The picture on the Parent unit is fantastic. The screen is colour, 3.5 inches and produces a very clear true time image - even at night thanks to the integrated infrared technology. Once charged, the parent unit can used unplugged for around 6 hours

The camera can be moved by the touch screen Parent unit - almost 360 degree horizontally and vertically - so if like us you have a 3 year old that likes to get out of bed and play when she should be going to sleep, you can find them in their room and use the talk back feature to ask (beg!) them to get back into bed! 

For younger babies you can remotely turn on the nightlight, lightshow, music or sound effects - including classical, nursery rhymes, sounds of the womb or white noise like a hairdryer or vacuum cleaner. This should help to soothe them back to sleep without you running up and downstairs every 5 minutes to turn music or projectors on like we did.

The unit also has various timers to helps with feeding and also monitors the temperature of the room, alerting the Parent if the room has become either too cold or too hot. 

There is even a ‘Cry’ alarm which warns the parents if the child is crying, either by vibrating the Parent unit or sounding an alarm.

Daddy reading Liv her bedtime story.
We genuinely love this monitor and wish we had it from Birth. All of the extra features like the white noise sounds would be fantastic with a Newborn.

BT really have done a great job with this system. It is very clear that it has been tried and tested as little touches have been added like the integrated stand on the Parent unit and being able to charge the unit in a cradle so it isn't falling over during the night.

Great work BT, 10/10 from us!

This monitor is priced at £179.98 and available from www.shop.bt.com

Disclaimer - we were sent the BT monitor for the purpose of the review, however all opinion and images are our own.

What is your most prized possession?

Wednesday, 28 October 2015

The answer for me is very easy. My beautiful engagement, wedding and eternity rings all chosen by my Husband.

Back on Christmas Eve 2006, while out on our annual Family meal with most of my Family, I was absolutely floored when my then Boyfriend of 2 years tapped his wine glass with a knife (unintentionally bringing the whole resteraunt to a standstill!) the rest is a blur to me, I remember him saying some lovely things and getting down on one knee, at which point I burst out crying! Anyway I said yes and he slipped the most amazing 6 carat pink emerald ring onto my finger. 

Fast forward a year with the wedding only 12 months away, we realised that because of the size and shape of my engagement ring, I would have to have a horse shoe shaped ring made to fit around it. It was really important to me to have a traditional straight wedding ring so I was a little upset and also stunned that neither of us had realised sooner.

Then one day, not long later. My other half said he needed to pop into town for something, thinking nothing of it I settled down on the sofa to catch up with my soaps. Right in the middle of Corrie, he came home, dropped down to one knee in front of the sofa and presented me with the most stunning 18ct white gold, half carat diamond ring. All I can say is it was a good job I was sitting down!

A few weeks later while browsing around jewellers, he also spotted the most perfect wedding ring for me. Another 18 carat white gold band, fitted with 6 beautiful round cut diamonds. Throwing caution to the wind we went inside and tried it on. It fitted like a glove against my engagement ring and looked stunning too so we bought it there and then, we even found his wedding ring - complete with some diamonds of his own!

Our wedding day was amazing, it turned out to be the hottest day of the year - at the very end of September.

Twelve months later on our first wedding anniversary, we had booked to stay the weekend at the country estate we had got married at. While at dinner in the restaurant, my lovely Husband presented me with a half carat diamond eternity ring! 

It also fitted perfectly with my engagement and wedding rings. I still look at them in amazement, not quite able to believe they are mine.

I hope one day that Liv may have my engagement ring as her own, if she likes it that is.

What is your favourite possession?

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Poundland - for all of your Halloween needs.

Monday, 26 October 2015

As some of you might know, it is an annual thing for My Mother, Brother and Sister in Law, Nieces, Nephews and ourselves to have a Halloween party on the big night.

The Children get dressed up and are taken Trick or treating around the Family before we head off to our Brother and Sister in Laws for a buffet, some games and a few alcoholic beverages once the kiddies are in bed.

Every year we head off to Poundland to add some new decorations and stock up on plates, bowls and napkins.

This year when I was asked if I would like to review some Halloween goodies from Poundland I jumped at the chance! It got even better when I was asked to try out the new online ordering system - Poundland goodies straight to your door!

When I first clicked onto the website I was offered the ability to shop in sections, after choosing Halloween I very easily found what I was looking for.

The selection was brilliant and I easily filled up my basket with bowls, napkins, a tablecloth, serving platters and serving bowls. I then added a few decorations, some snacks, sweets, drinks and dress up items like a witches hat, black nail polish and lipstick (not forgetting the make up wipes to take it all off with at the end of the night.

I easily navigated my way around the site and used the search bar to hunt down anything I couldn't already see.

As I was placing the order, I was offered an online scratchcard which I excitedly scratched and won! My prize was £1 off my next £10 order woo hoo!

Delivery is £4 however if you don't drive like us, that is less than a return bus fare for one Adult to our local town center. Definitely worth it for the ability to sit at home in the warm away from the crowds - especially with Christmas coming up.

I will definitely be placing another order!

Disclaimer - I was provided with credit to use on the website for the purpose of the review, however all images and opinion are my own.

Getting Halloween ready!

Since Liv has been born, we have taken part in the fun of Halloween and dressed her up. She had a skelton onesie the year she was born, and has also been a witch and a bad fairy. This year she has been sent a rather fabulous Vampiress outfit from the lovely Sainsbury's.

Priced at just £11 this outfit is by far my favourite she has had. It is made of a mixture of black velvet and red satin type material with lashings of black lace. The first thing I thought was that it would be warmer than most Halloween outfits. Liv loves the hoop in the skirt and twirls round asking if she looks like the Ladies on Strictly ever time she wears it!

Her favourite part though is the jewelled button on the belt that plays a scary laugh when pressed - great fun! It does come with a lovely glittery bat face mask but because she is only 4 (in size 6/7 outfits) the eye holes are a little too far apart for her so she has decided to wear it in her hair which looks equally as pretty.

The quality and fit of the dress is lovely and she can't wait to wear it.

Thank you Sainsburys!

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To keep us entertained after Trick or Treating, we have this Ghost Hunt Game priced at £26.49 from Megableu.

This game has brought hours of fun to our household already and I can truly it see it bringing lots more at the Family Halloween party next Weekend.

What's in the box:
1 electronic projector (Billy Bones), 
1 electronic gun, 
1 pair of multi vision glasses
1 manual
(Requires batteries: 4 x AA, 3 x AAA - not included)

The premise of the game is to shoot the projected ghost with the gun. The gun has a counter facing you so you can keep track of how many you have shot - and who is winning of course!

The fun really starts when you play while wearing the multi vision glasses as you then see 3 other ghosts circling the one you need to shoot!

With three difficulty settings; Easy, Medium and Hard, all the Family can play.

A must have for any Halloween parties this Weekend!

Happy Halloween everyone!

Barbie Saddle N Ride horse review.

This is not Barbie and her horse as we know it! This is a whole other level! 

Why? After a quick setup, and the press of a button Barbie will mount her horse while the horse begins to trot off, beginning their ride together!

To set up you simply need to clip Barbies gloved pink hand into her horses mane, move the arm that is clipped in to the left, stand Barbie on the ground then simply push the button on the top of her horse's mane. Barbie will then flick up into the pink saddle while the horse starts walking on her own.

Simply press the pink button to release Barbies hand and she could take the horse for a walk on foot.

Barbie - as always - is dressed perfectly for the occasion, wearing a patterned tunic, denim waistcoat, pink trousers (non-removable), knee length brown riding boots and of course a pink safety helmet. Not to be outdone, the beautiful horse is sporting a fuschia pink saddle and reins.

The initial set up takes a couple of tries to get used to but once you know how it can be set up in a few seconds. Liv has just turned 4 and she is easily able to do it by herself once she was shown how.

This Barbie play set has been a hit in our house, Liv has played with both Barbie and Horse daily since they arrived.

A must have Christmas gift for any Barbie lovers!

Ages: 3+ I RRP: £49.99

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Preparing for Halloween with Morrisons.

Thursday, 22 October 2015

With Halloween just over a week away, Liv was very excited to recieve a fabulous delivery from Morrisons. She couldn't wait to get started with the decorate your own gingerbread bats! She loves doing things like this and had great fun squeezing on the icing and adding the black sugar balls and black and orange sprinkles for decorations. Priced at just £1.47 and with 5 in the box there are plenty to go around

Also in the box were some very moreish gingerbread biscuits decorated like Mummy's, complete with iced bandages and one creepy eye peeking out. These are priced at £1.47 for a box of 6.

If you have a little one that doesn't like ginger bread - don't worry! Morrisons also have Witch shortbread biscuits - a bargain at just 77p each.

The orange skull shaped tray you can see above was perfect for displaying Livs wonderfully spooky bat biscuits. It will also come in very hand for party food on the night itself.

Of course no Halloween party would be complete without some spooky plates, cups and party bags, there are 8 of each priced at £1 each.

Now for the most important part - the outfit!

Liv was kindly sent this Ghoulish Bride costume, priced at £10.

With long lace sleeves, small train and black lace veil headband she certainly looks the part! She especially loved the lace panels on the skirt, they are great for twirling apparently.

Thanks to Morissons our Halloween party is well on the way!

Click here for everything you need for Halloween at Morrisons.

Disclaimer - we were sent these items for the purpose of the review, however all images and opinion are our own.

Getting ready for Halloween!

When the lovely Asda team got in touch to ask if Liv would like a Halloween outfit we happily agreed and eagerly awaited the parcel!

Sadly with Liv being such a Giant the cute witches outfit that arrived didn't fit. Luckily it fits my beautiful Niece - who is the same age but definitely not the same size as Liv! 

Priced at a bargain £6 for the sparkly pink dress and pink trimmed witches hat, I think her trick or treat bag will soon be overflowing.

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They were also kind enough to send some Facepaint complete with applicator, eyeliner, make up sponge, stick on spider web, spiders and glitter. They also included some really cute hanging decorations and a safety conscious battery operated light up pumpkin.

Why not pop over and check out Asda's Halloween range yourself?

Have a Happy Halloween everyone!

Choosing the right bed for your Children.

Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Choosing the right bed for a child is extremely important. The ideal bed will be safe and comfortable, while still appearing attractive. Here are some ideas that are suitable for kids at every stage.

1.  Bunk Beds

Bunk beds have been a top choice in Children’s beds for a number of years and continue to be popular today. These days bunk beds are more than two twin beds stacked on top of one another, as they can form an “l” or “U”-shaped pattern or even have a double bed on the bottom. Parents who are worried about their Child falling out of bed don’t have to worry, because most come with rails and can easily be installed if not.

2. Captain’s Bed

A captain’s bed consists of a twin bed with drawers underneath it for storage. This type of bed is an excellent choice for rooms that contain very little storage space, as it provides a place to keep clothing, shoes, or even toys in. Some captain’s beds also come with bookcase headboards that provide even more storage space. The ideal children’s bedding for a captain’s bed would be rather short duvets or sleeping bags that are zipped up and placed on top of the mattress.

3. Car Bed

One of the favourite choices amongst Children is the car bed. This type of bed has a body that is shaped like an automobile (usually a race car), and may even have a makeshift door that opens up as well. One of these beds is typically adorned with children’s bedding that depicts automobiles as well, and can be a perfect addition to a car-themed bedroom.

Liv trying her big cot out for the first time.
4. Princess Beds

Princess beds are especially popular among little girls, and consist of an outer wall that somewhat resembles a castle. This castle typically has an opening in it for the child to enter through, and provides an element of privacy similar to that of a clubhouse. When combined with soft flowing kids bedding, it becomes the ideal spot for a young girl to play make-believe in. The other variation of Princess beds are the kind that are similar to a four poster bed with chiffon curtains draping around the bed.

5. Playhouses

Playhouses are a twist on bunk beds in that they also contain equipment that children can play on. For example, they may have a slide instead of a ladder that is used for getting down from the top bunk. Some may have other features such as a captain’s wheel or a climbing rope as well. Children’s bedding for a playhouse bed should be as simple as possible so as not to interfere with the use of this equipment. As such, duvets with ruffles, zippers or added embellishments would probably not be a good idea.

When setting up a Child's room, it's important to allow your Child to have as much of a say in the decision if possible. This is especially important for very young children who may be transitioning from a cot in their Parent’s room, as the idea of sleeping alone can sometimes be frightening. Having a bedroom that is aesthetically pleasing to them as well as cosy and welcoming can help Children of all ages get a good night’s sleep. 

Starting Christmas shopping!

Monday, 19 October 2015

Recently we were offered the chance to spend £30 on toys at House of Fraser. My first thought was that House of Fraser are known for high quality/designer products and I wondered how far it would stretch, my second thought was well I won't know unless I give it a try!!

The first thing I noticed was that the website was very easy to navigate, everything was clearly set out and you are able to sort the toys in various ways including price, or toy type etc. Items are easily added to your basket and clearly displayed there allowing you to add or remove them easily and also keep an eye on your total.

Looking through the vast toy section, I found some items that are on Olivias Birthday or Christmas list and the prices were surprisingly the same as I had seen elsewhere - I learnt a valuable lesson not to make assumptions right there.

With the budget I was set I managed to get:

  • Play Doh Sweet Shoppe cookie creations set - £10
  • Play Doh Sweet shoppe swirl and scoop ice cream set - £15
  • And a set of 8 tubs of Play Doh Plus - £7
I'm sure you have noticed that I was £2 over budget but it was definitely worth paying for the Play Doh Plus given how fast it ends up going that inevitable green/brown colour.

Delivery for these items was £3.50 (delivery is free if you spend over £50) They arrived 3 days after the order was placed, well packed in a sturdy cardboard box.

I have since seen these items for more elsewhere and have already made some toy purchases from House of Fraser.

Top Christmas shopping Tips:
Shop around for the best prices.
Don't discount shops you assume are more expensive - trust me!

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Things to consider before getting a Dog.

At this time of year, with everyone starting to think about Christmas, I just wanted to put a few points out there for anyone considering bringing a Dog into their Family.

I am by no means against people getting Dogs for Christmas as long as they are prepared for the commitment. After all, a Dog is not a toy that can be discarded when the kids get bored. I am by no means a Dog expert but I am a Dog lover who grew up with a beautiful Labrador and, back in 2008, my Husband and I made the decision to buy Charlie - our King Charles Spaniel. 

We had deliberated for 2 years with me being the one that kept delaying the decision as I didn't feel we were in a position to properly care for a Dog. However, once we moved from our flat, bought our house and got married, I finally felt that we could welcome a Puppy into our home and care for him/her well.

The first thing to really think about is if you have enough time. Everyone loves a cute cuddly little puppy, but once you get him/her home it becomes a full time job trying to toilet train them, team them basic commands such as sit, stay and give, also getting them into a routine can be very time consuming. We found Charlie would expect there to be food in his bowl 24/7 and would pester constantly despite having just eaten it all and not being hungry, it took a long time to break that habit but now he knows that he has breakfast when we do and dinner when we do.

Our top tips:

  • Consider rescuing a Dog before you look into buying. It is truly heartbreaking the amount of Dogs that are abandoned, especially since the recession made it very difficult for people to survive.
  • If you are looking at puppies from a private breeder, make sure you are able to see the Parents, check that all worming and flea treatments have been administered. Also make sure you are able to access kennel club papers to make sure the pups haven't been inbred.
  • Consider the size of your house/garden/ vs the breed/size of Dog you are considering. Originally we wanted a Springer Spaniel, however as we only have a 2 bed terraced house and a small yard, we decided on a King Charles Spaniel as they are a smaller breed who don't need as much space or exercise as a Springer.
Our Charlie boy!
  • Shop around for the best pet insurance for you. Prices differ dramatically and so do the terms of coverage. Personally we settled on Argos Pet Insurance as we found the Platinum policy covers all illnesses for life not just 1 year as most policies. Imagine the huge financial cost if your beloved pet develops a lifelong condition such as diabetes for example, the right insurance could really make all the difference.
  • Be prepared for some sleepless nights! Puppies can cry like a baby once they are left alone. Things like putting a ticking alarm clock in their bed (the sound is meant to remind the Puppy of their Mums heartbeat) or laying a T-shirt that smells of you in their bed can also be a comfort to them when they are separated from you.
If you still think you are ready for the challenges and love a Dog will bring to your Family, good luck choosing your new Friend!

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Tips for investing in your smile.

Sunday, 18 October 2015

When you think of treating yourself, it might not be your teeth that are the first things that spring to mind. Maybe a day at a spa, a shopping trip or a weekend away are more your style. However, treating your smile well is one of the best ways to boost your self-confidence and it’s an investment that will pay off for years to come.

Let’s take a look at some of the best ways you can invest in your dental health and keep your smile looking great. 

Investing starts at home
If you want to keep your teeth pearly white for longer then you need to get your daily oral hygiene routine up to scratch. Gone are the days of a cursory, 30 second brush of your teeth before you crash into bed. It should take minutes to brush your teeth, not seconds and you need to be doing it at least twice a day. 

And while we’re at it, learn to love flossing! Nothing promotes gum disease like plaque between the teeth. And nothing is better at removing built-up plaque than flossing. Make sure flossing doesn’t fall to the bottom of your to-do list.

Give your lifestyle a spring clean
There’s no two ways about it, sugar is your smile’s arch nemesis. Turning into acid in the mouth, sugar attacks the enamel and quickly rots the teeth. To fight tooth decay you need to eliminate as much sugar as you can from your diet. Don’t forget about what you’re drinking too! Juices, squash, fizzy drinks and alcohol are all really high in sugar – perilous for your teeth.

Stop putting off those dentist appointments 
You may be one of those people who just dread their visits to the dentist. Or you may just put it off entirely. This is doing the longevity of your smile no favours. Seeing your dentist regularly means that a trained, professional eye can catch potential problems before they arise and turn into something more serious. After all, prevention really is better than cure. 

Invest in a treatment that could change your life
If misaligned teeth are something that you struggle with then there are some highly advanced and sophisticated orthodontic treatments available that will quickly and discreetly straighten your teeth. Technologies such as Invisalign or Six Month Smiles are the perfect way to correct any dental concerns in a way that won’t interfere with your appearance or your lifestyle. 

Whatever way you look at it, your smile is one of the best ways to make a great first impression. Investing in your dental health will not only produce great visual results, but also totally transform your confidence. Invest time, not just money, and your smile will be exceptional for many years to come.

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Children's bedroom solutions.

Friday, 9 October 2015

So lately with the subject of a Brother or Sister being raised repeatedly by Liv, we have started to think about the logistics of having a second Child.

You see we only have a 2 bed semi so if or when we do have another Child, there will only be one room for the new baby and Liv to share. 

The obvious solution - for the first few years at least - would be bunk beds. However, as a Child I had a real fear of bunk beds after falling from a ladder of a standard set. Just the idea of them freaked me out! Luckily my Brother and I had separate rooms so I never had to endure actually sleeping in them!

I can't shake the fear of Liv falling too so I know I don't want to get a standard, 2 beds & 1 ladder type set up.

We have been looking at Children's Beds From Room To Grow, in particular the gorgeous bunk beds.

My favourite set is the Acacia Bibop Bunk Bed currently priced at £699.

As you can see they have a staircase and hand rail rather than a standard ladder - making them the most safe way to get up and down in my opinion. 

These have been really well thought out with touches like the stair case and the shelves alongside the top bunk, allowing 
the Child on the top somewhere to keep their water, books and other special items that they would want to hand at night.

I think these would fit in perfectly in our second bedroom when the time comes.

Time to start a saving pot I think!

The best way to choose home exercise equipment.

Is obviously to try before you buy, however that's not so easy unless you join an expensive gym and not to mention actually get to the gym!

We have wasted so much money on different types of fitness equipment that don't work for us over the years.

From small things like weighted hoola hoops (should have made sure I could hoola hoop before buying!) and pull up bars, to huge pieces of equipment that just didn't work for us like my Husbands rowing machine and the air walker.

Right now we only have the treadmill but it is getting old and is heading toward the scrap heap I fear. 

We have both been looking into what to replace it with and have been reading about vibration plates. They sound like great fun to use and seem to actually work too!

With a gym out of the question - we don't drive and would also have to arrange Childcare, I was thrilled when I found this great company called Hire Fitness offered vibration plate hire.  

This means we can hire one for a while to try out in our own home before parting with our hard earned cash to buy one. 

The price starts at just £20 for 4 weeks and actually reduces the longer it is hired for! There are also hire to buy options which are definitely worth bearing in mind if we find they are as good as we suspect.

We would also love to try a cross trainer, I have found one that ticks all the boxes on the same site (see below)

We are planning on trying them out ASAP and buying one for Christmas, ready to work off the mince pies in January!

What are the best and worst exercise aids you have used?