Monthly Archives: March 2017

Nursery Furniture, Belly Belt & Terror Attacks #LittleLoves

This week again has been a pretty boring one, got up gone to work, come home cooked tea, and gone to bed.  I don’t feeel I can complete #LittleLoves every week as I don’t do enough to talk about so sadly I will join in as an when I have interesting stuff to tell you all.

Read

Sadly another week where I haven’t done a great deal of reading at all.  I think I spent about 10 minutes reading my kindle in bed one night before falling asleep, but that’s as far as it goes.

Heard

The complete devastation of the terror attack so close to home that happened in London last week. My thoughts go out to all those that witnessed it, that were injured and killed during it.  RIP

Wore

I received a product review for me and bump and it is called a “Belly Belt” and basically, you can attach it to your jeans, skirts or any other piece of clothing to allow you to still wear your favourite clothes.  Mine were my favourite skinny Jeans my mum brought me.  It is fantastic and so comfy to wear not forgetting discrete so no one knows your wearing it.  Full review coming soon.

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Made

We had the nursery furniture delivered the other weekend so was a case of getting it all put together and deciding how we wanted it laid out in the bedroom.  It finally arrived at 12.30PM and took us 5 and half hours to put together and rearrange.  I am so in love with it, fits perfectly in the room.

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Watched

I haven’t watched much but the OH has started watching a series called “Mr Robot” and is based on computer hackers.  It’s not my kinda program normally but I have found myself watching it on and off but then asking myself “What is going on”.

And Lastly

The weekend was glorious, the sun was shining and we went out to Hatton Locks for a couple of hours to let our dog Carly to have a run around and get us out the house.  When we got home we went and did some gardening.

What has your week involved?

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Choosing Safety Over Style With Your Family Car

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Most people hate the idea of having a car accident. And, will hope that they will never have to deal with one; especially with their family on board. But, you can’t leave something like this to chance. Hundreds of accidents happen every day. And, the vehicles involved can make all the difference. So, it’s critical to consider the safety of the car that you use to transport your family. Along with how the car would fare in a crash. And, what the chances of injury would be. To help you out, this post will be going through several things that need to be considered when you’re trying to get a safe family car.

Most modern cars are much safer than cars were just a couple of decades back. Better testing and manufacturing methods allow car manufacturers to make their cars much better at dealing with collisions. Nowadays, cars are designed and built to preserve as much of the cabin area as possible in any accident. But, some cars are still better than others. Most countries have a set of minimum standards that manufacturers have to abide by. This covers things like seatbelts and airbag placement. And, doesn’t mean that a car is as safe as it can be. Some manufacturers go the extra mile with their cars. They work tirelessly to make sure that their cars are as safe as they can be.

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Finding a safer car is usually just a matter of doing some research. There are loads of independent organisations out there that test and rate cars based on their safety. This information is freely available. And, can be used to get a good idea of the safest available option. Euro NCAP is widely regarded as the world authority on car safety. This year, they rate the latest Toyota Prius as the safest family car on the market. But, you can use their tool to look through cars of all different ages. Using the tool, it’s easy to look into a wide variety of cars; even if they are secondhand. NCAP have been covering this sort of information for decades. And, they will cover nearly every car that hits that European market.

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Once you’ve found the safest car that you can, it’s time to figure out how you’re going to pay for it. A lot of people like the idea of paying outright for their car. But, this will usually result in having to make compromises on safety. Instead, it can be much better to look into finance for your car. This gives you a chance to spend a little more. And, that can get you very far. Even if your situation is bad at the moment, you’ll be able to find bad credit car finance to help you. These sorts of services allow you to get a fair rate on your car. And, you don’t have to worry about saving for it. Just make sure that you’ll be able to pay back the money, once you’ve got the car.

Hopefully, this will give you a good idea of what needs to be done if you want to get a safer car for your family. You should be constantly aware of your family’s safety on the road. Thankfully, it’s easy to make sure that are safe in your driving. But, you can’t control how others decide to drive.

The Introvert’s Guide To Extrovertism

Are you an introvert?

What’s that exactly? It’s just a term that covers those of us who are a little shy and quiet in social situations. Introverts prefer to stay in at home rather than go out and be the life and soul of the party. And there is nothing wrong with that, of course!

But would you rather be an extrovert sometimes? Extroverts are those people who are very chatty and love getting to know new people. Is that the kind of person who you’d like to be? Well, you don’t have to stay an introvert for your whole life. In fact, here are some great tips that can help you get out there and unleash your inner extrovert.

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Envision Who You Want To Become

Do you have an idea of the type of extrovert who you want to eventually become? Maybe you just want to feel more comfortable talking to strangers and new people. Or perhaps you want to work on your confidence so that you can enjoy parties a bit more. Whatever your intended goal, it is important that you envision this person. By doing so, you then have a goal in mind and will find it easier to achieve.

Practice

This may sound a bit silly at first, but you will be surprised at how much it really helps you. You need to practise! You can do this on your own at home, for instance, by visualising a social situation and thinking about how you could react to possible conversation topics and think of icebreakers. You could go through these situations in your head mentally, or sit in front of the mirror and have a conversation with yourself! You should also set yourself targets to help you achieve your extrovert goals!

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Meet New People

One reason why so many of us are introverts is that we don’t meet new people that often. As a result, we can easily get into a social rut and lose practice of how to talk to new people in social situations. So, the best way to be more outgoing is to simply start putting yourself into more social situations. There are loads of ways you can do this, from organising dates on dating sites to joining local clubs and societies. When you put yourself in these social situations, you will have to talk to people. And by doing so, you will naturally improve your people skills!

Find A New Social Group

Sometimes, our friends can hold us back, especially if they too are introverts like ourselves. That’s because introverts tend to stick together and partake in group activities that don’t involve going out there and meeting new people. You might find that you can become more of an extrovert if you change your social group and find extrovert friends. As these people will be naturally outgoing, they could help you overcome your confidence issues. That way, you will become more like them and will find it a lot easier to mix with people and chat to strangers.

Remember  – it’s all about confidence!

Don’t Be Driven to Distraction: Road Safety Advice We Should All Be Following

Having your own vehicle gives you so much independence and freedom, however owning a car isn’t all plain sailing. They’re expensive, and when things go wrong it can be worrying and stressful. However the positives outweigh the negatives by far, so if you’re able to get out on the roads, it’s always worth doing so. Here are some tips to bear in mind to stay safe while you’re out and about.

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Get Your Car Serviced Regularly

On top of all of the other costs drivers have to foot such as tax, MOT, insurance and fuel, it can be tempting to skip getting your car serviced. However it’s important to do so, as it allows any potential problems to be picked up early, in many cases this can mean that repair costs are far lower. Don’t wait until your annual MOT, or for things to go wrong. A service helps to ensure your car is roadworthy and running well. When cars breaks down or faults are discovered, unfortunately the bill can run into many hundreds of pounds. If you can’t cover this upfront, using credit or getting a loan from a site like Money Boat could be the way to go. If you use your car for work or essential travel you won’t be able to make do without it, so it’s a situation that’s worth lending money for.

Keep an Eye on Your Tyres

Your tyres could literally save your life, so don’t let them be an afterthought. The minimum tread depth you need to have legally is 1.6mm on the central three-quarters of the tyre. Get yourself a tread depth gauge, they’re only cheap and allow you to check at home whether your tyres need replacing. Any punctures, cuts or bulges will of course have to be looked at right away. Another thing to bear in mind is the tyre pressure. Check in your car’s manual to see the correct pressure, and fill them up either at a petrol station or with a car pump/ gauge at home.

Do a Safety Check Before Long Journeys

Before setting off on a long trip, it’s worth doing a few simple safety checks of your car. Are all of the lights working? Do you have enough oil, water and wiper fluid? Do you have a warning triangle and some basic equipment in the boot- a high vis jacket, a torch and a blanket can be handy if you break down. Hopefully nothing will go wrong, but it’s worth taking a little time out to put yourself in the best position possible just in case.

Avoid Distractions

New traffic laws state that anyone caught using a mobile phone at the wheel, including while stationary at traffic lights or queuing in traffic can now be fined £200 and given six penalty points. If you get caught in the first two years, you will lose your license altogether since new drivers can only accrue six points. Fiddling with the radio, satnav, smoking or eating at the wheel can also be a distraction, just don’t risk it. Your life and the lives of those around you are worth more than that, pull up in a safe place and turn off the engine.

Tommee Tippee Product Reviews

I saw an opportunity on Facebook for some Tommee Tippee products so I sent the lady an email asking if I could be considered.  She didn’t specify what products were available so I was very excited to see what would arrive.

I had sent the lady an email on the 31st January, then receiving the parcel on the 8th February which was fab.

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I didn’t know what to expect in the box but was very surprised at what arrived a short time later.

What was in the box I got?

When I opened the box there was a lot of “Ohhh’s” and “Awwww’s” that came out my mouth because I was excited.

1)Tommee Tippee digital sound monitor – RRP £64.99

Tommee Tippee Digital Sound Monitor

2) Pack of 2 “Combat Colic” Tommee Tippee Bottles RRP £14.99

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3) Tommee Tippee Medium flow teats 2 packs – RRP £5.29

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4) Tommee Tippee Milk Powder Dispensers – RRP £5.20

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5) Tommee Tippee Bottle Brush – RRP £3.59

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6) Tommee Tippee Baby Nail Clippers – RRP £2.99

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You can buy the majority of these products at leading stores such as boots, Mothercare or Argos.  I can’t wait to start put these in use once baby cooper arrives.  These are just some of the essentials I will need when baby makes its appearance hopefully in July.

  • I was sent these products free of charge for the purpose of this review, however, all thoughts, opinions and photos are my own.

Home Renovation Headaches Handled

If you’re completing a renovation on your home, you might already be aware of some of the issues involved. For instance, there’s the time. If you don’t watch out, your home renovation can last months and leave you with a kitchen that is completely unusable. You’ll have to find a way to manage without it for that period, and it’s worth thinking about this when you’re planning a renovation. Here are few other remodel roadblocks.

DIY Or Pro?

A pro contractor is always the best option to take here. You might think you’re saving money by completing the work yourself. Unfortunately, it’s probably going to cost you a lot more in the long run. If it’s not completing to a professional level, it might even cut some of the value off your home, and you don’t want that.

Killer Costs

A renovation for a home can be expensive. On average a top kitchen renovation will cost anything up to ten grand. That’s probably not the type of cash you have lying around. You can look for ways to cheapen the deal a little. For instance, do you need new cupboards or can you simply sand down the existing doors?

Alternatively, you can think about taking out a loan to cover the expensive bill. This could make your life a lot easier, and you’ll be able to pay the cash back little by little. However, you need to make sure you’re borrowing from a reputable source. Find out more about that in this infographic.


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Fulfilling Your Big Day Dreams: Top Tips For Beautiful Brides To Be

If your wedding day is fast approaching, you’ve probably got a lot on your plate. Aside from sorting table plans, menus, and timings, you may also be starting to think about how you can look your best on your big day. Most brides have a vision in mind, and they want to look and feel more beautiful than ever when the doors open, the music starts playing, and they take that first step on the walk down the aisle. If you’re a blushing bride to be, here are some top tips to ensure you look and feel fabulous on your special day.

Being comfortable in your own skin

Most brides will try and lose weight or tone up in time for their big day. We all have a happy weight, which makes us feel comfortable in our own skin, and if you’re not at it just yet, you may be upping your game in the gym and watching what you eat to try and make sure you feel your best when the wedding day arrives. Nobody is recommending a crash diet to lose a stone in a week, but you know when you feel your best, and if you’re a few pounds heavier than you want to be, now is the time to make some healthy changes to your lifestyle and try and reach that goal. Exercise and healthy eating are the best combinations for gradual, sustainable weight loss, and you can find some great tips at http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/weight-loss-guide/Pages/successful-diet-tips.aspx. You may also get some great tips here https://renewbariatrics.com/lose-weight-fast/.  Some brides don’t want to lose weight, but they would rather be a little more toned or defined. If this is the case, you can tailor your workout regime or work with a personal trainer to zone in on different body parts. You don’t have to lose weight before your wedding. There’s no written rule. If you’re happy as you are, that’s absolutely fine.

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Getting your smile camera-ready

Think about how many times you’re going to be asked to ‘say cheese’ on your big day. Your wedding day is probably the only day in your life when your smile will be in the spotlight constantly. You want to feel confident when you smile, and you also want to look back at photographs and think that you looked beautiful. Many people feel self-conscious when they smile because they don’t like their teeth. If this sounds familiar, and you’re desperate to be able to show off a beautiful smile on your big day, there are solutions. You could try natural whitening products from miswakclub.com or visit your dentist and find out about cosmetic treatments like veneers, invisible braces, and cosmetic bonding. These days, we pay a lot of attention to the way we look in photographs, so try and work out your best angles and poses in advance. If you’re worried about being on camera, ask your photographer to do a few test shots before the wedding. This will help you to feel more confident and relaxed.

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Every bride wants to look incredible on their wedding day. If you’re getting married soon, it’s never too early to start prepping and working towards that vision you have in your mind.

Home In On Real Estate Success With These Simple Tips

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Whether you’ve started a real estate business or you’re in the process of doing it doesn’t matter. By now, you will be very aware of the potential profits on offer. However, you should be equally aware that it requires a lot of hard work to achieve any sort of success in this competitive arena.

The small upgrades can make all the difference in this environment. If you aren’t prepared to go the extra mile, then there’s a good chance that you’ll never unlock your true potential. A few simple alterations to your approach should do the trick.

Here’s all you need to know.

Invest In Yourself

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First and foremost, you’re looking to deal with property. But how can you expect any potential buyer to trust you with their business if it looks like you can’t be trusted to take care of yourself? Exactly. For that reason alone, it’s pivotal that you learn to invest in your appearance.

A great dress sense will certainly help while living a healthy lifestyle will bring benefits too. After all, people tend to naturally trust more attractive people. Perhaps most importantly, though, you need to show that you are organized. The right business cards can make a great first impression. In truth, this could be the key to gaining a client’s interest from the word go.

Potential buyers need to gain that positive feeling from the very start of those interactions, and your influence can be huge. It’s a simple trick, but it really does work. Apart from anything else, looking the part will give you far greater confidence also.

Work With Others

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Like any other entrepreneur, there are times when you feel like it’s you Vs the world. However, the processes involved with buying and selling property mean that you cannot afford to take this approach. Learning to appreciate the support of other businesses is key.

 Crucially, there are other realtor companies that can help you with listing and audience reach. Join Homesmart and you’ll gain those benefits while gaining new tools to help you increase your hopes of quick progress. Combine this with positive action in your personal movements, and you will not go wrong.

 Likewise, building positive links with related services and solicitors could generate long-term savings. In some cases, those relationships may even generate leads.

 Diversify

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The thought of expanding your business before it’s even mastered its current field is scary. Then again, adaptation is crucial for all entrepreneurs, especially in this game. Quite frankly, analyzing the available options is vital.

This could mean turning your attention to buy to let properties. Alternatively, you may turn your hand to fixer uppers. Either way, the world now feels smaller than ever, and you may even have a chance to grow your venture by targeting markets in other countries. Let’s face it; communication isn’t going to be an issue in this modern age.

Whatever you do, it’s always crucial that you sit down and think things through before making a commitment due to the vast sums involved. Still, looking at solutions that may have previously ignored could genuinely be your ticket to greatness. Ignoring those opportunities any longer would be a sin.

Podgy Pooch? Here’s How You Can Get Him Back In Shape!

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When it comes to our pets, it’s so easy to ‘kill them with kindness.’ Some leftovers here, a tasty treat there- when there’s a cute eager face that always wants a bite taste of whatever you happen to be eating, it’s difficult to resist! The problem is, just like humans dogs can become overweight. And much like us, they can suffer from health problems as a result. Diabetes, joint problems, even difficulty breathing can result when your pooch is carrying too much weight on his frame. Of course, we don’t ever do any of this with the intention of harming our dogs- quite the opposite. We just want them to be happy enjoy their treats! But if your dog is carrying excess weight, it’s so important to get it in check. Here are a few ways you can go about it.

Do More Exercise

If your dog is overweight, chances are they’re not doing enough exercise. Different breeds and even personalities will require more exercise than others, so work out exactly how much your dogs needs each day. Some dogs will get overweight, others might become destructive due to pent up energy. As well as walks, you could also take your dog swimming which is extremely good exercise and will really tire them out. If you take up a sport like surfing or paddle boarding, it’s something you can enjoy together. You could look into a dog life jacket for paddle boarding to ensure your dog’s safety at all times. Not all breeds are great swimmers so be careful and keep an eye on them at all times.

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Choose Low Fat Dog Food and Treats

Low-fat dog food is relatively easy to find in most supermarkets these days, so if your pooch is looking a little plump then switching to this should be easy enough. At the very least, avoid food targeted for ‘working dogs’ since this will be higher in calories. You can also quite easily make your own low-fat dog treats. Common kitchen ingredients such as oats, yogurt, grated carrots and other fruits and veggies can be made into a dough or batter and baked. Always be sure to check ingredients are safe to give to your dog, as surprisingly grapes, raisins, avocados and other things that are healthy for humans are poisonous to canines.

Weigh Out Portions

‘Free feeding’ can be a hassle-free way to feed many dogs. You put down a big bowl of dog food and just top it up when it runs out. Most dogs will eat until they’re full and never get overweight. However, there are some that will overeat. Certain breeds are prone to this, or if you have a rescue dog that was ever starved in their past, they might see every meal as potentially their last and eat far too much. If this is the case, you’ll need to put down bowls of food once or twice a day, weighing out the amount that they need. The packet will usually give an indicator on how much to feed based on your dog’s size, or you could consult your vet. To make it easier and prevent you from having to weigh out food every day, you could portion a month’s worth into bags or containers and simply grab one each morning to pour in their bowl.

Give Me A View

How is your view from there? You might be wondering whether this refers to what you can actually see from your house window, the discovery of new horizons, or your perception of the world. Everybody has all these views, but nobody really tries hard to improve any of them. Maybe, it’s time to get up and make the most of the views that are available to you. A view, whether it is a charming scenery, a breathtaking landscape, or a mind-blowing idea, is a window open to a new world of sensations. Don’t underestimate the power of sensations. It’s what makes you grow, emotionally, culturally and intellectually. Sensations are at the core of the human mind. So maybe it’s time to take your mind on a journey to discovery: Find a view and make the most of it.  

The Perfect Garden View

If you sometimes experience disappointment when you look through the window into your garden, it’s an indication that you need to invest some time and love into improving the view out of your window. You can find in this article a variety of tips to create what is called a room with a view. Start by taking care of your windows and balcony to make sure that they can look their best. They will give the frame to the garden. Then you need to block at least a weekend to work on your garden and bring it to life. The most effective way is to bring a lot of natural elements, such as a water feature or wild flowers to recreate a wildlife ambiance. This will attract birds and bugs to your garden. The reassuring presence of wildlife under your window will give you a view like no other. Can there be anything more peaceful?

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Discover New Horizons

Maybe you are getting a little bored of your garden view. Some people need to see different landscapes and experience different social rules to find their inner balance. If you are one for weekend getaways, have a look at city breaks to discover new places and cultures with a minimum effort. More and more travellers love to dive into a different culture for the duration of their holiday: They come back will new habits learnt from the locals. If you need to step out of your comfort zone to broaden your horizons, you could have a look for long holiday tours that can take you through several regions or countries. World tours are attractive for those who don’t mind time and cost consuming holidays. You will come back a changed person.

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Embrace New Ideas

Sometimes all you need to change your view is to think of a different direction. While meditation is said to be life-changing, this isn’t always the best way to experience new thoughts. You can begin with easy philosophy books that will teach you to question what you know and to push your ideas further. Is there a better view of the world than an open-minded perceptive of the desires and aspirations of human beings? After all, the best way to be content with life is to be able to accept its mysterious ways.