Monthly Archives: March 2018

Me & Mine March 2018

I really don’t know where this month has gone, but it has been a very busy one, with stag Do’s, Hen Do’s, Birthday’s, trying to get my friends wedding invitations finished and final landing a new job starting in April after maternity leave.

This photo was taken at my parents house for my dad’s birthday at the beginning of March.  We don’t have many photos of us as a family of three so getting involved in this linky makes us take more family photos together as memories.

Thinking Ahead to Combat Disease in the Garden

No matter the size of your garden, summer heat, humid falls, and unprepared soil leads to disease. By taking a few easy precautions, you can reduce your chances for garden diseases, ruining your plants, and destroying the quality of your soil.

Disease is a sneaky predator. It can sneak up on you. Unlike an insect problem, often the plants are past the planting stage, and on their way to maturing before you see any signs of garden disease. Preventative measures are much wiser than damage control.

We must prepare the soil to be receptive to what we plant. We must shield the garden from enemies who would choke the life from our harvest, and nurture the new buds of life that come forth.

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We have compiled this list of tips that are effective with any garden. From herb gardens to winter veggies, these tips will always be useful.

  • You need a garden location that has good drainage and proper sun exposure. Sunlight is critical to keep away disease. Be sure to map out your garden ahead of time and determine the hours of direct sunlight your site will receive
  • Use high-quality seeds. Your garden is only going to be as healthy as the seeds you plant.
  • Rotate your plants. Do some research on what to plant where. Planting the same types of plants year after year will strip away nutrients from the soil.
  • Do not leave remains from your previous plants. Till the soil well. Remove debris that is left behind. Once it is turned well and clean, add compost to regenerate nutrients before you plant again.
  • Make sure you follow the instructions on your seed packages. Allow your plant’s ample room to grow. This also helps you keeps weeds away which will choke your plants.
  • If possible, use drip irrigation. If that is impossible, limit overhead watering as much as possible. Be careful not to overwater the plants.
  • Do not overwater the plants and limit the overhead watering as much as possible (Drip irrigation is best.)

Veggies

Swap the locations of your flower garden with your vegetable garden. This gives the soil a break, and veggies can grow well into the colder months. There is nothing healthier than fresh veggies.

Herbs

The great thing about herb gardens is they can grow anywhere. Hang them from your fence or grow them in a raised bed or sunroom. The herbs taste great, are easy to grow, and thrive until first frost or longer if you take them inside on cold nights. Here are a few you should consider:

  • Parsley
  • Sage.
  • Rosemary.
  • Thyme.
  • Cilantro.
  • Lavender.
  • Mint.
  • Chives.

Gardening is a great way to spend your time. It is refreshing and peaceful. Watching something that you started with soil and seed grow into something that enriches your diet or makes great gifts for family and friends is a wonderful feeling. Many people find this therapeutic. The quiet of nature and watching it burst to life in front of you is magical. Get started now. Spring is just around the corner.

Patio Door Renovation

When we first moved in to our house 3 & half years ago now there were just a couple of things I wanted to change and one of those was the horrendously heavy big sliding patio doors to the garden.  They used to make our kitchen very cold because all the seals had started to go around the glass so could feel the draft and were cold to the touch.

We’ve had to replace the runners before because the door came of them due to the sheer weight and it got to the point where we were having to use 2 hands and put our foot on the wall to attempt to even open it, that’s when we knew we had to do something soon.

The company doing our bathroom had a window contact so we asked them out for a quote. Within a matter of days we had our quote and it was competitive so we decided to go ahead and get it done with a company called Donmar Windows.  It would take a couple of weeks to get it made but we expected that due to the size of the doors.

The guys from Donmar windows arrived promptly at 8am to start work.  They removed the old doors, then came the task of taking the old frame out, as we didn’t know what the state of the walls would be like I was worried it may make a mess, but they did it slowly & gently, little bits at a time and it came out, with just a little bit of plaster.

When they put the new doors & panels in they had to pack it out because the old one was much wider, but you would never tell now, (unless you go outside).

It took them a good few hours to attach and drill it into position, join them together and make sure that the doors were level, then it was time to put the glass in, they did the little panes at the top first then the big ones.  Once they were all in they put all the seals in and made good of all the edges by putting a trim down each side and along the bottom and silicone all round.

Our thoughts of Donmar Windows & would we recommend them?

Excellent service, great guys, attention to detail and tidied up after themselves and took away all rubbish. Yes we would highly recommend this company.

Meal Planning Monday 26/03/18

Wow what a crazy weekend I have had at Center Parcs in Suffolk for a hen party, wish I was still there, but it is back to reality now with a bump and get myself ready for Easter & starting my new job in April.

Try and get back on my healthy food plan now.

So what’s on our plate this week?

Gluten Free fajitas’s & Chips

Lasanga & Garlic Bread

Pizza & Chips

Pan Fried Pork & Homemade Wedges

Shepherds Pie, veg & Gravy

Meatballs

Roast Dinner With All The Trimmings

I am running out of ideas for meals so please leave a comment with your ideas in the comments. 

Meal Planning Monday 19/03/18

I don’t know where the last few weeks have gone.  With looking for a new job, trying to get the bathroom renovation completed and keeping a crawling toddler entertained has kept me very busy.  Then the weekend i’m off to Centre Parc in Suffolk for a Hen Do so it is a short meal plan this week .

Our Meal plan consists of:

Burritos & salad

Hunters Chicken with Chips

Omlette & Salad

Pukka pies with Mashed potato & gravy

Tuna Pasta Bake

Whats on your plate this week?

Same Day Loans From Zippa Loans

Struggling for cash, want a quick and easy way to get some money in your account on the SAME DAY? Look no further than Zippa Loans.

In 3 quick easy steps you can have the required amount you want to borrow into your bank account.

  1. Two Minute Application

    Choose the amount you would like to borrow and your chosen repayment period from monthly or weekly to suit your budget.

    Click apply to complete our straightforward application.

  2. Quick Decision

    The majority of our decisions are made by people and not computers so you may receive a call to request some more information as its important we take into account all the facts during the decision making process. You will receive an answer by text or e-mail on your application within 2 hours of us receiving within our office hours.

  3. Loan Issued

    Upon completion of your online loan agreement, funds will be transferred swiftly into your bank account on the same day. Of course, there are no silly fees for transferring your money.

Whether you need £100 or £500 you can borrow it from Zippa Loans today.  It’s so quick and easy to apply just tell them how much you need to borrow, how you want repay it weekly or monthly and over what length of time, anything from 12 – 32 weeks and it will be in your bank on the SAME DAY.

So how can Zippa supply the same amount of money and charge less interest than our competitors?

Below are some of the reasons and to see how we compare to our competitors click here.

  • Best Rates – We believe credit can and should be supplied at an affordable cost.
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So how does it work?

We supply loans that are repaid by continuous payment authority, which means after you have chosen the amount you would like to borrow and the repayment period your agreed payments are setup using your debit card.

Representative Example

Loan amount £200 repayable over 3 months.
Total amount repayable £280 in 3 payments of £93.33
Interest 160% p.a. fixed. Representative 677% APR

If I ever needed a loan I would be sure to use Zippa Loans.

Warning: Late repayments can cause serious money problems.
For help go to moneyadviceservices.org.uk

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Our Bathroom Renovation 5 Weeks On

On Sunday night me and Hubby cleared out the bathroom ready for an early start the next day.  The builders & fitter’s arrived at around 8am-8.30am on the 29th January.   we couldn’t wait to see our new bathroom in a matter of weeks.

Well, we are now well into week 5 of our bathroom renovation and what a stressful few weeks it has been.  It started off so well, it was stripped out, the floor was taken up to check the pipework to reroute it to make way for the new bathroom layout.  Unfortunately it wasn’t that straight forward when they got the floor up.

29th January 2018

The day started off great, we said goodbye to the old suite and they stripped it out and started removing the tiles off the walls.  The next plan was to get up the floor boards to chase the pipework and that’s where they discovered an issue.  Previous owners had taken massive chunks out of the joists that support the floor.  (Look carefully in picture 1) which then delayed the work as they had to pull up all the floorboards to support the joists.

30th January 2018

It was a hands on productive day as we had to get the floor joists reinforced to just put some pipe work under.  Then we opted for a new floor instead of floor boards to make it cheaper and easier in the long run not to mention flat for new flooring.  The new pipework to house the sink, toilet & shower had been repositioned.  Finally the shower area had been studded

1st February 2018

We had new spotlight put in, the electrics put in for the mirror light cabinet and for the new extractor fan.  Then a new hole was drilled for the repositoned waste pipe for toilet.

 12th February 2018

Not much work was completed as we still had to wait for the new bespoke shower screen to be delivered which was on a 2/3 weeks delivery.  The studding was taken down for the shower as we changed from a quad to a rectangle tray

We had a few weeks of no progress due to waiting for our bespoke shower screen to be made and delivered.

15th February 2018

We had the new bathroom window fitted, it’s amazing how different just having a new window makes a room look so much better.

Right well that’s the progress so far, so once it is finished I will publish another progress post for the finally finished renovated bathroom.

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The Ultimate Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Sunday, March 11th is Mother’s Day in the UK.

We all have that one special lady in our lives whether it be a, Mum, Nan, Grandparents, Aunties and In Laws.  I know I appreciate everything my mum does for me and now I am a mum myself I want my son to appreciate everything I do for him and nothing will ever be too much trouble for me.  unfortunately for some of us for one reason or another our Mum’s may no longer be with us but not a day goes by that they are not thought of.

Personalised Mothers Day Prosecco – £27.99

How about a personalised bottles of prosecco? Perfect gift with an extra special touch of being personalised too.  For more personalised gifts click here.

Mummy Bee Pamper Gift Box – £25

A pretty scented trio of treats for mums, mums-to-be and new mums. This gorgeous box includes a hand cream, organic lip balm and large scented votive, beautifully boxed.

Indigo Pregnancy Care and Wellbeing Gift Set – £19.99

Indigo De-Stress and Unwind Well-being Gift Set – £19.99

Maybe you are a new mum or soon to be a mum, these gift sets from Indigo Herbs are lovely little pick me up.

Joan Collins Timeless Beauty Perfume – £50.00

Every females favourite gift and Joan Collins is an absolute style icon, so this timeless beauty perfume makes the perfect gift for that would in your life

7th Heaven Pamper Kit – £19.99

Every mum deserves some pampering, and they can do it in the comfort of their home with this bumper pamper kit from 7th Heaven. The kit includes face, hair, hand and feet masks, to make sure they feel good from head to toe. Also available from Argos

Lily O’Brien Dessert Collection Chocolates – £7.00

Everyone loves a box of chocolates, right? So how about a box of Lily O’Brien dessert collection chocolate.  I was sent these for a previous review but enjoyed them that much I thought I would include them in my Mothers Day gift guide too.  These can be found on most supermarkets for purchase.  Read my full review here

Phil Smith Be Gorgeous collection – starts £2.50 each

I love a pamper which includes good hair products.  These Phil Smith products contain Argan oil which is known for it’s moisture lock in qualities.  The products smell so good and have really help get my hair back to normal since having my little boy.  The oil helps to also lock in the moisture and take the frizzyness away.  These are also available at Sainsburys.

  • I was sent these product for the inclusion of the gift guide.  However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Awesome Cat Treats That Are Great For Feline Health

We all like to treat our pets every now and again, but let’s be honest – when it comes to buying gifts for the cat, not everything is particularly good for their health. There are plenty of exceptions, though, and that’s where our focus is going to lie today. Let’s take a look at some awesome, healthy treats you can give you your little kitty without any guilt attached whatsoever.

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A Scratching Post

Scratching cats can be a nightmare for owners, and it’s no surprise that it’s one of the top behaviors displayed by the cats you find in rescue homes. Whether it’s table legs, upholstery, or any other kind of furniture, many cat lovers have a change of heart when they realize the damage that can be caused. But scratching is an instinct for your cats – and has plenty of health benefits. It’s great for claw health, allows them to stretch their joints and muscles, and it’s pretty good exercise, too – especially if you own a house cat. It also reduces their stress levels. So, the next time you head to your local pet store, pick up a scratching post for your cat. They will love it, it will keep them healthy, and it will save your furniture.

Cat Water Fountains

Come the spring and summer, your cat will start spending a lot longer outside. And just like humans, it’s essential for cats to keep themselves hydrated when the sun is beating down hard – especially as they are covered in a thick coat of fur. So, why not give your cat a pet water fountain and install it outside? Not only will they be able to drink whenever they like and keep themselves at a healthy level of hydration, but it’s also running water – which is healthier and nicer than a bowl of still water that can easily turn for the worst on a hot day.

Toy Mouse

Cats love to chase – and catch – mice. And if they don’t have a toy to play with, they will be much more likely to go outside and use their instincts to find one instead. So, get yourself one – or maybe even a few – to keep your cat entertained. If you are really feeling flush, you can get some awesome robotic mice these days, too, which will keep kitty exercising all day long. Also, you can kill two birds with one stone by getting a Roomba – cats love chasing them, and it will clean your floor at the same time!

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‘Agility’ Treats

Try to avoid overfeeding your cat with treats between meals. And if you do have to give them the occasional snack, why not turn it into a game? Combining treats with fun and fitness to give your cat’s brain and body a workout is a great combination. This is especially enjoyable – and important – for indoor cats. You can also hide treats from your favorite feline and make them work for it! Buy some food-dispensing toys, hide them all over the place, and allow the little kitty to hunt away as nature intended.

Homemade natural treats

If you do buy food treats for your cat, it’s always important to read the label. And when you start doing this, you will be surprised at the number of nasty surprises and additives that are in many of the big-name brands. You can always go organic when treating your pet, of course, but the cost of this type of treat will soon add up. So, why not make your own? Small bits of liver, eggs, or fish are all ideal, as long as you don’t overfeed them – and keep them exercising at the same time.

A fish tank

As every cat owner will tell you, our feline friends love nothing more than to start out of the window and watch the world go by. You can easily allow them to do it by leaving open the curtains, of course, but why not give them a little indoor ‘viewing’ by buying them a fish-filled tank? A lot of cats are fascinated by fish aquariums, and it’s excellent entertainment for them. And as we all know – a well-entertained cat is happy, and a happy cat is a healthy one!

So, there you have it, as you can see there are a huge array of options available. Sometimes it’s OK to give your cats treats – and in some cases, as you can see here, it’s even good for their health! What healthy treats do you give your cat? Share your experiences in the comments section below!

How To Get Health & Beauty Freebies

We all love make up & freebies, right?

Are you considering an update to your style, but do not want to spend a lot of money? If you are, there are a number of ways that you can reinvent your style for free. Whether you are doing this for a new season or for a new job or just for a change, updating your style should make you feel good and not worried about the costs. There are small changes that you can make to your clothes, makeup and hair.  The key is to not spend any money on your reinvention and there are some tips that you can use to achieve this.

  1. Be A Product Tester For Beauty Companies

When you become a product tester, you will be sent a lot of different beauty products to your home. All you will have to do is create a quick review of the product. It is important that you try products that you would normally not be able to get for free to get the most out of this. There are some companies that are always on the lookout for product testers including Boots, Sanctuary Spa and Soap & Glory.

2.  Go to big department stores and ask for samples

Many big department shops offer free make up trials to work out what colour will suit your skin type and will then provide you will a little sample pot after so you can go back and ask for the exact colour.

3. Sending off for free samples online

Head over to Wow Free Stuff and apply for the free samples of beauty products, household items and much more.

4.Keep a look out for mini stalls around your area

I know in our area we get lots of market stalls throughout the year around advertising products and again you can try before you buy and take samples home

5.Use Free Perfume Samples

 One of the ways that you can easily update your look is to add a new fragrance. When you have a signature fragrance you like, you are going to make a more lasting impression.  Also pop in to department store and ask for perfume samples, not all store will provide them or have them available but if you don’t ask, you don’t get.

Check out free beauty tips for more great ideas.

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