Monthly Archives: June 2016

How To Make Life Easier When You Have A Disability

Having a disability, no matter what it may be, can have a huge effect on you as a person. What many people don’t realise is a disability doesn’t have to be something they can visibly see. People can suffer from chronic pain without even indicating to anyone else they are in need of help. People can suffer from a mental disability as well as any physical symptom. So we must all remember to be aware of this when thinking about such subjects. Which is why I thought I could share with you some of the ways you can make life a little easier when you have a disability. Or perhaps you can take this on board if you know someone who is struggling.

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Make changes in the home

The first thing anyone can do is make a change in the home. This may be to just help yourself or others. It can be as simple as keeping things in easy reach or accessible. It might mean changing the layout of your home and having a bedroom or bathroom downstairs. You might want to consider calling in companies who can fit special access to the upstairs. Terry Lifts, for example, can make it much easier to access the room upstairs. Making things accessible in the home will make life that little bit easier.

Enlist the help of friends and family

Sometimes it can be in our nature to not want to share our problems with anyone. Through fear of being a burden to someone. But in this instance, this is the wrong thing to do. Telling friends and family your situation can make things much better for you. They can help by visiting, picking things up or offering cooked meals on a day that it might be a struggle. The family doesn’t care about materialistic things, all they are bothered about is your well-being. So let them help.

Make things easier on your finances

Some people with disabilities are entitled to additional funding. Of course, this might not be for everyone, but it is always worth checking what you may be entitled to. Perhaps your disability has caused you to leave your job or unable to earn any money. This is when the government can step in and help you out. Perhaps you need a carer; this is again another situation where funding might be available. You don’t know until you check so make sure you head to the gov.uk website for more information. I do, however, appreciate that some people don’t agree with having help. It is all down to your opinion and how you feel about it.

Accept the help on offer

Finally, don’t be afraid to accept any help you are offered. This might be through the hospitals or NHS for extra care and medical attention. This might mean funding or advice about getting back into the workplace. It might be as simple as your neighbour offering you up some food. Don’t be too proud to accept help. If the shoe was on the other foot wouldn’t you be the one offering? Don’t be afraid to make life easier on yourself.

4 Finishing Touches That Will Make All The Difference To Your Wedding

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Once you have got all the main things organised for your wedding, you may be tempted to sit back and relax before the big day. However, if you spend the rest of the time thinking of your big day’s little details than you could create a very special day indeed! As everyone says, ‘the devil is in the details’. So it is easy to understand why focusing on the finishing touches can help really enhance your wedding. Which ones should you focus on? Here are four ones people often forget.

The Wedding Rings

These two bands of gold play an important role during the ceremony. You and your fiance will have to place one on each other’s finger to seal your vows. They are almost as important as the dress! Finding the perfect rings can take time, especially if you only have a limited budget. Visit a few jewelers to see the styles that they each have. It can also be useful to flick through wedding brochures to see current trends. If you don’t have a lot of money for your rings, you might find a great deal for Tacori wedding rings online.

Table Decorations

Many people have a style theme for their wedding. This will help them decide on colour shades and flowers to use in their reception venue. It will also have an impact on the table decorations you choose. These will adorn the dining tables used for the wedding breakfast. Normally, couples like to have small bouquets of flowers and some confetti on each table. Want some thoughtful extra touches? Favours will always go down well with the guests as it provides them with a memento of your big day.

Guestbook

It is becoming quite popular to have a guestbook at weddings these days. This gives all your guests the chance to leave you a personal message and their best wishes. One cute way to display a guestbook is to open it on an easel in your reception venue. Then your guests can sign it whenever they like throughout the reception and evening party. You’ll be able to look back at your guestbook in years to come and remember all your happy memories from the big day!

Guard Of Honour

A guard of honour is a ceremonial tradition that usually only applied to people who worked in the armed forces. Historically, if your new husband worked in the Army, RAF or Navy, their fellow soldiers would stand outside the church and wait for you to come out. They would then make an arch of swords or guns above the entrance of the church for the newlyweds to walk under. But these days guards of honours don’t have to be military related. Many people incorporate their hobbies into the tradition. For example, if your fiance is a keen cricket player, he could ask his teammates to hold up cricket bats!

As you can see, charming finishing touches can make all the difference to your wedding day!

Getting Serious With Self-Employment

If you’re working from home, it can be easy to slip into a lull of low productivity. It’s one of those dangers that is always mentioned about being self-employed. Some people do better when they have a bit impetus given to them. However, it’s not something that you can’t change. Taking self-employment seriously means getting organised. Thinking not just about securing your income. But treating yourself and your work like a business.

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Finding your space

We all need a working environment that suits our needs. For those of us lucky to have the room, we can utilize the space in our own home to make an office. If you can’t however, be prepared to look outside it. Be willing to share spaces with others. Not only can spaces like www.hoxtonmix.com give you that professional zone you need. It can even be a motivating environment being around others who are focusing on their work like you.

Making your mark

Early on in a self-employed person’s career, it’s easy to rely on searching for jobs. Finding those freelancing opportunities and being the bright-eyed contender for someone’s custom. If you want to get serious about it, however, you want people to start coming to you. You need to set yourself up with a space that sells you by itself. Usually, this means a website and some sort of social media presence at least. Writing a blog can be a good way to keep your business site relevant and updated, too. It can also draw in potential customers with the right content.

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More ways to monetise

Once you’ve got yourself set up online, you can also start thinking of more ways to add revenue streams. After all, there are some times when any business is slow and it’s a good idea to have income supplementing you in those slow times. For one, you can start thinking of ways of monetising your blog. Some like those suggested at www.americanexpress.com. All sorts of companies are willing to pay for that valuable space you’ve built. Just make sure you take offers that are only really relevant to what you do. Otherwise, you might be at risk of losing some valuable credibility.

The skills of business

We’ve mentioned setting yourself up with space to work and space to market. But you also need to start developing some skills necessary in a business. Not just the skills you need to actually do your job. We mean the marketing ability that you need to make your site and your social media really start bringing customers in. The ability to control your finances and separate the business from the personal. Most important of all of them is time management. Being able to set aside time for tasks and organise yourself into the most efficient business you can be.

Environment is one of the keys of being serious about self-employment. You need a place you can focus, as well as a place online to bring the focus to you. Act like a professional, whether you’re with someone or not. You’ll soon start feeling like one.

Little Party Parcels – Kids party bag fillers review

How hard is it every year to try and find things to fill kids party bags, that are unique and not cheap and tacky?

I know with my nephew when we have organised and planned his parties it has been so difficult to find things to fill up the party bags and even harder as he got older.

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When https://littlepartyparcels.co.uk/ contacted me and asked if I wanted to review their party bag fillers I immediately said yes.  They do an incredible selection of lots of different items for all ages which is perfect if you’ve got young children/ babies in your family and you don’t want to leave them out.

There is something for everyone from this company, it’ll save you walking around the shops and there not been enough of one product in stock or over buying because there’s only a set amount in a pack and even better you can do it in the comfort of your home and it won’t break the bank.

The products are of good quality and will make great party bag fillers.  The fact you can make up your own party bag as well as ordering a pre – filled one is just perfect too.

For my nephew’s birthday we will certainly be using this company again and when I have a family of my own I will carry on using them and also I will spread the word to everyone I know with kids to start looking here for party bag goodies to save time and money.

For more information don’t forget to visit their website https://littlepartyparcels.co.uk/

* I received these products for the purpose of a review, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Going Through A Divorce? Here’s How To Make It Easier

Divorces are messy. Perhaps the messiest thing that we women can go through. And one of the biggest sources of suffering out there. During a divorce we’re worried about our finances. We’re worried about our legal standing. And we’re worried about who will get custody of the kids and so on. Not to mention the fact that our main relationship has broken down.

Divorce is by no means easy. But with these tips you can make it a little easier.

Time Your Divorce Settlement

Immediately after a divorce, our emotions are often running high. Neither person is really in a fit state of mind to start thinking about the dreaded divorce settlement. In fact, moving to settle too early can undermine all your hard work. After all, both you and your partner have to agree to any settlement.

The trick is to wait a little while before you send out any offers. Bide your time. Otherwise, you may end up working against yourself.

Your Reasons For Divorce Won’t Affect Child Custody

You might think that your reasons for divorce have a big impact on who gets your children. But the fact is that they probably don’t. Obviously, if your partner is violent, then there will be custody issues. But most of the time, your reasons for divorce don’t impact on their ability to be a parent. Be prepared for this from the get go.

Spend Your Time Wisely

Going through divorce proceedings is like having a full-time job. You’ll encounter endless paperwork. And you’ll have to sit through lots of meetings with various different people, working out who gets what.

On top of that, you’re going to have to dedicate extra time to your kids. They will undoubtedly be mourning the loss of their parents’ relationship.

The key to making a divorce go as smoothly as possible is not to drag your heels but be proactive in the process. Do what you can to get it out the way as quickly as possible.

Get Your Lawyers To Meet

Getting your lawyer and your ex’s lawyer together from the start is a good idea on a number of levels. First off, it levels the playing field. The professionals can hammer out who is entitled to what among themselves.

The other reason is that they are often able to iron out potential problems. Often, divorce settlements can be blown off course because you and your partner have different expectations. Lawyers help to bring these expectations back down to Earth. Professionals, like Mark Reynolds Solicitors, can therefore help reduce the amount of stress you feel throughout the process.

Keep A Separate Bank Account

Do you and your partner share a joint bank account? That’s great. But there’s just one small problem with that setup. Under banking rules, either party can empty that bank account at any time. That’s why it’s a good idea for you to set up separate bank accounts. This prevents your partner from draining the shared account. Although they will eventually be awarded half the funds, temporarily having no money is obviously a big hassle.

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Wedding Disasters: When Things Go Wrong

Weddings are complicated events organised by rank amateurs. And as a result, things can, and often do, go wrong.

In this post, we’re going to investigate what can go wrong on your wedding day.

Car Problems

At the beginning of every wedding, there’s a nervous wait for the bride to arrive. But that nervous wait can turn into an all night vigil if the bride has car problems. To avoid this problem, stick to a professional limo hire company that has done the job before.

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Rude Venue Assistants

Venue assistants don’t know you, and you don’t know them. So you’d hope that that would mean that they would behave in a professional manner. After all, you are paying them a lot of money. But behave they rarely do. The problem is that they see weddings every day. As a result, they have become accustomed to the programme. Often, they’ll feel it’s their place to comment on how you should behave and what you should wear. And, as a consequence, they can be the ultimate wedding poopers.

A Forgetful Vicar

Most of us imagine that at some point during our wedding, we’ll end up saying our vows. But you’d be surprised how often this part is left out in among all the singing and dancing. More often than not, the omission is the fault of the vicar. They sometimes forget the part of the ceremony that makes the whole wedding legally bindings. And as a result, couples have at times been forced to say their vows at the hotel reception afterwards.

A Bad Photographer

Your wedding day is supposed to be a special day. And as a result, you want it to all be captured in high definition. So you go out and hire a fantastic photographer, often for hundreds of pounds. The very least they could do in return is snap a few decent photos of you and your groom.

But no. Some photographers are just not very good at what they do. They chose the wrong career and ruined your wedding day. Other photographers are downright dishonest. They take photos on the day but don’t ever bother sending them to the bride and groom.

Heartbroken Guests

Nothing puts a downer on a wedding more than a guest who was dumped 12 hours earlier. And this goes into high gear when it’s somebody who really counts, like the best man. A miserable best man is a bad speaker. And a bad speaker can ruin the atmosphere on an otherwise happy day.

Illness

When people get married, they’re supposed to be radiant and healthy. Here are two humans celebrating their love for each other and their sexuality. That’s all well and good until one of them shows up with a runny nose and puffy face. Then the idea of sex and making a family goes out of the window. It’s about sucking on lozenges and sipping on hot drinks.

Out-Of-Control Children

Out-of-control children are a big problem at weddings, especially during your vows. It’s supposed to be quiet at that point in the ceremony. But a wedding can be quickly derailed by a screaming toddler interrupting the proceedings.

5 Good Reasons Why All Parents Should Buy A Shed

Sheds don’t have just to be for storing your garden equipment. I’ve seen some spectacular and creative examples of some amazing sheds in the past few months. And, if you are a parent, they can be so valuable for a variety of reasons.

So, today, I’m going to go through some of the reasons why you should consider building a shed in your garden. While some people see them as an eyesore, if you can see past the effect it has on your garden landscape, it has plenty of uses. Let’s take a closer look.

Instant home for garden toys

I don’t know about you, but I have spent hours at a time cleaning up after children in the backyard. Kids just love playing outside – but tidying up seems to be beyond them in many cases! A shed is a perfect place to store all their toys and keep them in excellent condition. No more sun damage and discolouration of plastics. No more slugs and woodlice using your children’s toys as a hidey-hole. And, a place to tidy everything away and keep your garden safe and looking great.

A home office

Work from home? It’s more common than ever these days, but it can be a nightmare when the kids are around. If you have the space in your home for a spare room to double as an office, then think yourself lucky. If you don’t, however, think about getting a shed in the garden and turning it into an office. You’ll need to make sure it is sealed up and safe from damp – some specialist shed paint from the likes of Paints 4 Trade should do the trick. Then, it’s just a case of calling an electrician to wire up some power points for you. Sure, there’s an expense involved, but it’s far cheaper than what you will pay to move to a bigger home with more rooms.

A bedroom for visitors

One thing you will notice straight away when you have kids is that don’t have a lot of room for overnight guests. It’s a shame, particularly if you are a sociable and friendly family. So, why not think about turning your shed into a guest room? Get some heating in there, seal everything up as described above, and convert it into a quiet little retreat for your guests.

Games room

Are your kids getting older? If so, why not turn a shed into their games room? You will win on two different levels. First of all, your teens will have a place to relax, and it helps give them some independence. Secondly, it will give you the chance to start getting some of their mountains of stuff out of the main living area. I don’t know a parent out there that is looking forward to that day!

A summer house

If you like spending time in the garden as a family, then why not double up your shed as a summer house? It’s the perfect excuse to spend more time in the sun – while protecting you from it when those UV rays are at their peak.

What To Look For In A New Home

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When you are in the process of buying a new home, there is a lot to consider. Regardless of how many times you have been through the process before, you need to take a lot on board. However, with a little forward-thinking and maybe some assistance, it can be easier than you might think. One of the main hurdles lies in knowing what exactly you should look for. This can be tricky; many people don’t know exactly what it is that they are keen to have. However, it is in your benefit to have some idea of what you want. That way, you will know what to watch out for – and that makes the process of viewing properties a lot easier. With that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the main things you should be looking for in your new home.

Structurally Sound

This first one is a basic concern, and yet it is often overlooked in favor of more cosmetic issues. However, there is little use in moving into a new home if it is not structurally sound. When you are viewing properties, be sure to check that the structure of the building is as safe as can be. Knowing what to look for in relation to this is helpful, of course. Keep an eye out for any bowed walls or beams, for example. This could be a sign of underlying issues which might take a lot of money and time to fix. Similarly, look out for damp or mold, as you want to avoid this at all costs. If you use professionals like Brinkleys Estate Agents, then they can help you to look out for such signs.

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Storage

It all depends on how much you have to move over, but storage is likely to be at least partially important for you. If you have a huge amount, or you are moving with your family, then it is probably very important. With that in mind, keep an eye out when you are viewing properties. Look not only for existing storage space, but options for where you could create more yourself if you needed to. There are few things worse than moving into a new home only to find that there is not enough space for your belongings. Avoid this trouble altogether by remembering to look out for storage solutions from the outset.

Good Neighbourhood

Obviously, the last thing you want is to move somewhere where you don’t feel wanted, or safe. This might be particularly important if you are moving with your family. Safety is a key concern for just about anyone, of course. So make sure that you carry out some research on the area. The safest way to go about this is to stick to areas that you know well. However, if you are hoping to go further afield, then just make sure you do your research. There are few things worse than moving in somewhere only to feel unsafe in your own home.

Hospital Letters, Homemade food & The Euro #LittleLoves

Hello, and Hello June! I’m back in the game… sorry I dissappeared had a lot going on and didn’t have time to keep up with everything.  So here is my #LittleLoves for June

Read

Well I have read lots of hospital letter that have come to me over the last few months. I’ve been in hospital today having a mini procedure,  I’ve had to have an insertable cardiac monitor fitted to monitor my heart as I keep having fainting spells.  I’m ok it was over very quick but just a little sore now.

Watched

Football and lots of it.  The Euro will be starting soon so been watching the pre matches or whatever you call them (I’m not really a footy person).  I do watch it when England play.

Wore

Well as the weather has been slowly improving I have been able to wear more summerish clothes which has been lovely.

Made

I have never been a great imaginative cook but I have tried some new things for tea recently, Making meat balls from scratch & Bacon and cheese puffs .  They were pretty delicious if I do say so myself.

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Heard

About the shooting of the gorilla in the US for the protection of the child. Very sad but I supose you will ever know exactly what happened.

And Finally…

I can finally say I go on Holiday this month to sunny Spain, I can’t wait need it so much. 10 whole days in the sun.

Hope your first week in June has gone well?

To Break Up Or Not To Break Up?

Are you and your partner having relationship troubles? Are you struggling with the idea of breaking up, but want to know what’s best for you both? The steps in this guide will help you when it comes to what to do when you’re at a relationship crossroads. Good luck!

Communicate Your Needs

The first thing you should do is make sure you’ve spoken with your partner about what you need from them and the relationship. If you haven’t physically told them straight up what you need, then you can’t expect them to know. They are not a mind reader, and it isn’t fair to expect them to read between the lines either. When you’re both in good moods, speak to them about what you’d like more of. Make sure you choose your words carefully here, and never blame them or point the finger. Make sure you talk about how you feel, rather than how they ‘make’ you feel or what they do.

Compromise

Relationships are all about compromise. If you expect your partner to do more for you, you should be willing to do more for them. Relationships are give and take, and you both need to be willing to put as much effort in as one another. Ask them if there’s anything they need or want from you. You both need to want to make it work.

Consider Future Plans

If you and your partner have run into problems and your futures are looking drastically different, then it’s a sign you might want to call it a day before things get even trickier. This way, you may be able to split up amicably rather than waiting until the whole thing has turned completely sour. A UK divorce website can make the splitting up process easier.

Be Selfish

While you don’t want to hurt your partner, it’s OK to be selfish if this is really what you want. If the break up is what you want but not what they want, your only job is to be honest with them and as kind as you can be. Being kind doesn’t mean being there for them when they are sad. It means cutting off all contact to avoid giving them mixed signals.

Ask Yourself Important Questions

To help you work out whether it’s time to break up or not, you should ask yourself some important questions. Here are some to give you an idea on how to get more clarity on the situation:

  • Do I love this person?
  • Is there any way we can work on this relationship?
  • Do we have similar visions for the future?
  • Does this person bring out the best or worse in me?
  • Does this person respect me?
  • Am I loved unconditionally?
  • How do I feel around this person and in the relationship?

Hopefully your answers to those questions will help you to decide on the best course of action for you both. Even if you’re the person who does the breaking up, you’re still going to find leaving a person difficult to some extent. If you know it’s the right thing, stick to your guns and stay strong.