Reasons why buying a pre-loved car is better

Hubby received his brand new all sparkling, tech'd up, company car a couple of months ago. Which he loves, and it does look fab. However, it's brand new, and although it is a company car, he still treats it with all the love, due and respect, as if he bought it himself - meaning, the dogs are not allowed in his new car, or no eating, etc. 

Then we also have our family car, the trusty Nissan Qashqai +2, which we bought preloved, and have never had any issues with it. It's pretty much perfect for what we need: 7 seats, and runs like a dream.  This is my 4th Nissan, and won't be my last; my next car will be a Nissan, probably the XTrail, and a preloved one too.

Easy DIY Tips to Spruce Up your Garden Pond

If you’ve had your pond for a while and are looking at ways to spruce it up, don’t panic, it needn’t become a nightmare task. There are many simple changes you can make to your outside water space which will really enhance your garden without too much difficulty.

Here are a number of ways you can update and improve your pond easily, yourself:

Non-Chocolate Easter gifts for children

Every-year I buy my kids chocolate Easter eggs and every year most of the chocolate doesn't get eaten, in fact I end up chucking it in the bin. My boys do eat chocolate, but not that much. I still have a tub full of broken Easter eggs in my cupboard from last year. And, this year, I'm looking for an alternatives to an Easter Eggs.

Wedding Guest Outfit Shopping

Its my (middle) brothers wedding in June. 

I love a wedding as much as the next person, but with it being my little brothers, it's an extra special wedding! I can't wait.

As much as I am looking forward to the big day, I'm just as excited in finding the right outfit, but it has to be a dress. I don't get to wear a dress often, and a wedding is the perfect excuse to wear one.

Road Safety While Travelling With Your Family

Going on a road trip with the family can be loads of fun, a great experience. But, number one safety when heading out on a long journey is a must. If you want to avoid potential problems along the way, prepare for travel, especially if you have kids. 

Here are some simple safety precautions that could save major problems on the road:

Tips on How to make Your Money Last Until Payday

Sometimes you just take your eye off the ball financially. Life happens. These things happen. Whatever the reason, and it can happen often, you can find yourself left with almost nothing in the bank. "how long is it to payday?!"

How we earn money and how we spend money has changed and continues to change / evolve.  And, teaching yourself to budget better isn't as easy as it sounds,

Anxiety in Dogs: Is Stress Affecting Your Pet?

We’ve all had restless night’s where the worries of the day have left us unable to relax — but did you know dogs can also be kept awake due to stress? According to a recent study, dogs suffer a worse sleep if they have experienced negative interactions and behaviour before laying down to rest. Researchers also discovered that canines that enjoyed more positive experiences managed to sleep more soundly than those that didn’t.  

Non-Surgical Nose Job

uring my teenage years there were two things about me that I was unhappy about, one my hair colour, because I was bullied, I hated my ginger hair, but as I approached adulthood, it soon became my favourite thing about me.  Then there was my nose. I hated my nose, especially how bumpy it was. I remember holding down the tip of my nose in the hope it would straighten itself out - which of course, it never did, no matter how long and how many times I held/squashed it down.  Again, as I grew older, I learnt to acc

Romantic getaways in Tuscany

Are you planning a wedding or honeymoon or a romantic getaway with your loved one? Well, Tuscany makes for a perfect option as it has ready-to-book itineraries that carry all the romance of Italy. Nothing could be more romantic than to rent a villa in Tuscany countryside or book one of those true honeymoon hotels for a dreamy vacation. Just enjoy the togetherness with your other half on the rolling hills of Tuscany or the vineyards surrounded by a breathtaking panorama. This is your chance to impress your sweetheart and show your warm, fuzzy feelings. All you need to do is look for some inspiration in the small towns of Tuscany, with incredible views and savory flavors.

My Winter Remedies

I’m actually excited at the prospect of a cold winter this year and hopefully even some snow. I love winter, snuggling up in thick cardigans, or blankets on the sofa, drinking copious amounts of hot chocolate, wearing woolly hats and gloves, and even those heavy jumpers - I love it all.  With the onset of cold weather, the common cold, flu, and general sniffles can become a regular occurrence. That’s why I like to stay prepared with a few natural remedies for winter.

Four Simple Ways to Improve Your House

Turning a house into the dream home you’ve always wanted can be done, it just takes time and some imagination. Simple fixes can create a big impact, and these fixes can be the difference between wanting to move, and never wanting to leave. All you need to do is take the potential of your home and make your dreams become a reality. To help you out, here are four methods that you can use to help improve your home’s look, feel, and function. You can’t live in a home that doesn’t have what you need, but sometimes you can hack your home so that it becomes the perfect fit.


I'm not very good at gambling, I try and understand betting etc. but it's too much of an effort when in the end I'll probably lose my money anyhow, and this is why I prefer to do something easier, that doesn't involve too much money.  I enjoy buying a lottery ticket and have done for years, but there are so many lotteries out there, international, that you wonder how can you get a ticket for it?! 

The top 3 pros and cons to drinking coffee while breastfeeding

When a mother is pregnant, it is understandable that there are certain types of food that needed to be avoided in order to ensure the health and safety of the baby. Oftentimes, right after delivery, mothers tend to go back to their old diet and forget that they still need to consider certain things, especially if they are breastfeeding. One of these is drinking coffee while breastfeeding. To some extent, coffee consumption can greatly affect the baby especially if you are a heavy coffee drinker.

Umbrella Etiquette: Using Your Umbrella Safely in a Busy Christmas Market  

In the UK, umbrella etiquette is essential. Holding, closing, carrying, and shaking off your brolly is an art form if you want to avoid poking fellow pedestrians in the eye or showering them in rain when you step into a room. Of course, this becomes even more difficult in busy public places.

At this time of year, town and city centres are filling up with the twinkling lights, decorated stalls and festive food carts of Christmas markets, which have rocketed in popularity in the past few years. If you’re planning on visiting one this year, you can expect two things: typical British winter weather and the need for nimble umbrella etiquette.

What do you wear for a wedding in a different culture?

Once the excitement of receiving a wedding invitation has worn off, it’s time to start planning your outfit. Choosing a guest outfit for a wedding in the UK is hard enough, but what about if you’ve been invited to a wedding of a different culture? Together with Charles Tyrwhitt, retailers of timeless menswear, we look at how the dress code of a wedding changes depending on the background of the newlyweds.

Simple but Fun Ways to Involve Your Children in Your Wedding Day

Whether you and your partner already have children together, or either of you has children from a previous relationship, you will, of course, want to involve them in the planning in some way. There are a number of different ways you can achieve this. Not only will it add another element to how special the day is but it will also make your children feel like they are part of the ceremony.

It is a good idea to ask your kids if there is anything in particular that they would like to do on the day. The range of suitable activities will depend on the age of the children in question, as well as their individual personalities and talents.

4 Sports Your 'Unsporty' Teen Might Enjoy

For the ‘unsporty,’ there is a lot of pressure to feel like you need to participate and enjoy the everyday sports surrounding you. This can seem daunting for those who simply do not follow football, cricket or rugby; yet, these sports are national treasures. Do not lose faith, though, as there are, in fact, many sports for your teenager to love.

Take time to do a little research and figure out the best options. Attend practices and classes to see if your teen starts to pick up the sport and enjoy themselves. You’re not alone in the battle, so talk to other parents and students about their experience. See four sports your ‘unsporty’ teen might enjoy.

My simple and Effective Laundry Routine

With 6 of us, that means a lot of washing, and believe it or not, laundry is one of my favourite chores (not including ironing - I detest ironing). I find it quite theopoetic, sorting through and organizing the clothes. 

The key is to do at least one wash a day otherwise, things quickly fall into chaos. Below are my tips on how I run the laundry in our home efficiently.

Money Saving Tips for this Winter

The temperature is starting to fall, and that means the heating system is operating for longer periods of time... and that means bigger energy bills. Winter is an expensive time, and I'm not talking about Christmas. During the winter, household costs shoot up, especially the heating bill.

Small changes and/or big changes will take money off your energy bills. Here are a few tips that you can use to keep your winter household costs lower this year.