Monthly Archives: June 2018

How to Prevent Wedding Planning Arguments

No one wants to have constant arguments with the person they love, but that’s what so often tends to happen during the wedding planning process. Sure, you’re both going to have opinions about how the wedding should pan out and how you should plan it. However, there are things you can do to make sure that you don’t have as many of those arguments. It’ll make your experience of planning your wedding a lot less stressful, which makes these tips more than worth your time.

Discuss Everything

Talking can be one of the best ways to avoid arguments, and this is a piece of advice that applies to your everyday life as much as it does your wedding plans. But it matters even more when you’re planning a wedding because there are so many little decisions that need to be made, and they should be made together. You’ll be able to work through disagreements more easily if you talk about them.

Don’t Take Over

Sometimes, one person can take over most of the responsibilities of planning the wedding. And let’s face it; it’s usually the bride. This often happens because the groom is less interested in the process, but it’s still worth trying to do things together and make all of the decisions collaboratively. That way, you’ll both be kept in the loop at all times, and that has to be a good thing.

Get the Finances Clarified Early On

You need to know where the money for this wedding is going to be coming from because arguments over money are very common, especially when you’re planning a wedding. There are wedding loans with bad credit you can make the most of if you need some extra help. Or you might be getting money from your parents. Whatever the solution is, it needs to be clear and agreed on.

Support One Another

There is a lot of stress that’s going to be experienced when you’re planning out a wedding, and that means you will all need to get better at supporting one another. If you don’t, the stress could get the better of you or your partner, and that’s when the major arguments can start to break out. So just try to get better at supporting one another throughout the whole planning process.

Pick Your Battles

There are going to be disagreements between you and your partner when you plan your wedding. But you can’t create a big drama out of every little issue. If you do, you’ll both be wanting a divorce before you’re even married. Try to pick your battles and only make your point forcefully if it’s something that you’re really passionate about.

Arguments are pretty much par for the course between brides and grooms when they’re in the wedding planning process. However, these are never helpful and they don’t have to happen. If you follow the guidance that’s been laid out for you here, you’ll be able to avoid most of those planning arguments.

Baby Wing Dummy Clip Review

My Little boy only really has a dummy when he is tired or upset. I’ve got no problem with him having one, the only thing I do is when he is forever throwing them or messing with them and they fall on the floor or they are all down the side of his cot.

When Baby wings got in contact and offered me to review one of their sets it was hard to say no.

I chose the above clips as they are unisex and I liked the patterned on them. I love the fact they are easily washable and dry quickly, and lightweight too.

They can be purchased here from Amazon and priced at just £5.93. I have used them pretty much every day since I received them and they have been hand washed and they haven’t faded.They are available in 3 different patterns and designs.

  • We received this product free of charge for the purpose of this review. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

UltraBib with Raglan Sleeves Review – Safari Design

Freddie loves nothing more than getting messy so trying to find a bib that keeps him clean and is quick to clean ready for the next meal time is ideal. So, when I was offered to review an Ultrabib from Bibetta I couldn’t say no.

Whereas normal bibs just go over the front of the clothes this one is designed with a special flap that creates a catching pocket for any food that they drop and prevents it from dropping on the floor to help keep mess enclosed.

They are available in a range of designs and colours and are priced at just £11.99 and they can be purchased here

A little about the product

* The ideal first weaning bib with sleeves with a soft, springy, pelican-style pocket that folds out to catch food

* Raglan sleeved shape with a wide pocket and relaxed body shape for a longer lasting fit!

* Adjustable Velcro fastening on the back means the bib stays on!

* Made of neoprene so it is stretchy and flexible with a really soft and friendly feel that children love

* Durable waterproof neoprene body

* Strong, soft and waterproof sleeve material with elasticated cuffs

* Absorbent top layer

* Washable by hand or machine at 30 deg. C. Max

* Tumble drier proof and durable

* Multi-award winning design in our own colourful Safari print in Orange

* Perfect for baby led weaning and messy play

  • We were sent this product free of charge for the purpose of this review.  However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Everyone loves freebies – My Top Tips 2018

Everyone loves a good freebie…right? Well, I know I certainly do, whenever I get a spare 10 minutes or so I like to search the internet.  In the past, I have had all sorts of freebies through the door, fabric conditioner, makeup, food, perfume, nappies and much more.  The type of freebies changes on a regular basis so you get lots of different ones.

There are so many sites out there for freebies now but one of the ones I use is gratisfaction. Gratisfaction is the UKs fastest growing freebies site. They bring you the latest free offers throughout the day, every day to bring you the very best free stuff for you,  your family and even free pet stuff for your furry friends.

You can request lots of different sorts of freebies, from perfume, food, nappies, cosmetics, laundry tablets and much more, you’ll be silly to miss out but you must be quick as they go super-fast.

My top tips for 2018

  1. Use cashback sites such as Quidco and top cashback more often to purchase good and get money back for spending.
  2. Check your Gas & Electric company see if you can switch and save some money
  3. Look out for freebies on freebie websites such as Gratisfaction, and much more
  4. Any leftovers from meals such as meats, veg cut and freeze and use it in curry’s or various meals later on to save food waste.
  5. Try and sell and unwanted gifts or unused stuff on facebook, spock or eBay.
  6. Do a freezer and cupboard inventory and organise meal plans from that.
  7. Check supermarkets for their reduced sections, you can get some products at good prices that are still fresh.

For more tips, you can read my previous post of my Top Money Saving Tips

*I was compensated for writing this review, but all thoughts & opinions are my own. 

Meal Planning Mondays 18/06/2018

So we have decided to book our 2019 holiday with our friends and their little girl, there is 6 weeks between her & Freddie so perfect ages for them to play off together.  We haven’t even booked anything for this year yet but it gives us something to look forward to next year.

This week is going to be a little different as we have both decided to start on the slim fast diet and see how we get on, as we would both like to lose a bit of weight, so we will be having the shakes, snack bars and one meal.

If anyone has got any meal choice for slimming world or slim fast that I can make please leave them in the comment box below or a link to your posts.

We will let you know each week how we are getting on.

Meal Planning Mondays 11/06/2018

WHAT A CRAZY FEW WEEK!! Coming back from a lovely wedding a couple of weekends ago and another lovely sunny weekend with family and BBQs. Then find out 2 weeks ago they are closing our Shirley office sometime between September & December this year so are all been made redundant. Just as I found myself settled in a lovely office close to home and my first job after maternity leave.

Chicken, bacon & spinach tagliatelle with cheese sauce.

Pan fried pork with homemade wedges

Shepherd’s pie, veg and gravy

Tuna pasta bake

Quiche, jacket potatoes & salad

Omelette and chips

Gluten free fajitas & Chips

What’s on your plate?

The Perfect Gift Guide For Your Special Dad Or Man In Your Life

No sooner has Mother’s Day been and gone, the countdown is on for the next special day of the year, Father’s Day. It’s 2 weeks today!

I like most others, I’m sure struggle even buying my dad a birthday present which is in March, let alone then thinking about what to buy him for Father’s Day in June.  I ask my mum first to see if she has any ideas of what he might want or need and then if I have no luck, go for either a shirt, gift card or meal, I know boring, right!

So in this guide are a few others ideas to help you prepare for the big day.

Daddy Photo Frame

I’m going to start off this gift guide with a gorgeous “Daddy” photo frame.  You can choose a choice of frame and mount colours.  This beautiful frame is from Photos in a word and  RRP £10.99

CELIA Organic Lager

I’m not a lager drinker but my husband does so this will go well on a nice summer evening sat in the garden. The Lager Low-Down:
Premium, handcrafted Czech Lager
100% Organic and Gluten-Free
Naturally carbonated over a slow 14 day
process for a crisp and refreshing taste
No sulphates
Only 139 calories  RRP £2.49
Available from Waitrose, Oddbins, Ocado and Tesco

Willow & Stone Wine

If your dad isn’t a lager drinker how about wine? I know my dad likes wine so these will make a perfect gift for him.  You could even put them in a hamper with a selection of other goodies.  Available in Co-op and B&M and cost £3.99.

If lager or wine don’t do it for you then how about a matching boxer/sock set for him?

BOSS HUGO BOSS UNDERWEAR TRUNK AND SOCK GIFT SET

My husband is very particular about his socks and boxers so he’s going to love these especially as they match.  They are priced at £34.00 for the set and can be purchased here.  The product was sent from Mainline Menswear.

Dollar Shave Butter Club 

My dad uses an electric shaver and so does my husband but he loves these to just trim his beard.  This is available on subscription and for just £5.  You can cancel at anytime so your never locked in.

Zippo Leather Vertical Wallet

My husband loves a new wallet every so often so how about a zippo one? These Retail at £25.90 and you can purchase it from here.

This vertical wallet features 4 card slots, a note sleeve and popper fastening coin-pocket.

  • Genuine Leather
  • Mocha
  • Debossed with the Zippo Logo
  • Gift Boxed
  • Dimensions: 10 x 12 x 1cm

Dobell Grey Donegal Tweed Slim Fit Suit

My husband also has to wear a suit daily to work as he is an estate agent so buying him a suit would be a good idea as he likes a new suit every so often.  Like everything from Dobell, the fit was spot on and the quality was perfect.  This costs £139.99 and can buy it from here

Frederick Thomas

To go with the suit you’ll need some new accessories and Frederick Thomas has a large range of these to meet all your needs.

We have also teamed up with Frederick Thomas to give one lucky reader £100 to spend on the website so if you want to be in with a chance of winning these enter below with Rafflecopter. GOOD LUCK 

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Hallmark Itty Bitty’s and Father’s Day Cards

Finally, don’t forget the card.  Hallmark has got lots of cards and gifts readily available for you to pick up in store.  The hallmark Itty Bitty’s come in a huge range of characters too,  I love these Batman & Robin ones.

  • We were sent these products free of charge for inclusion in this gift guide.  All thoughts and opinions are our own and have not been influenced in any way.  

Top 5 Ideas For Remodeling Your Garage

Are you looking to create more living space in your home?

Maybe your son just got home from college and is looking for a little more privacy. Or maybe your house is filled with kids and you’d really love it if you could create a man cave or a quiet place for your wife to get away from the kids for a while.

Whatever your reasoning may be, remodelling your garage and turning it into a proper living space is definitely a great idea.

Here are five ideas to help you get started.

Kitchen Expansion

If your kitchen is currently located right next to your garage, it’s certainly possible to knock down a wall and expand your kitchen, in particular, the dining area.

If you have a large family, or you regularly like to entertain friends and family members from out of town, knocking down your garage wall to expand your kitchen is definitely going to be a great idea.

And if you have a two-car garage this is even better.

You can still keep half of your garage for one of your cars and convert the half closest to the house into additional space for your kitchen.

Consider this excellent expansion idea today.

Do You Need a Suite for Your In-Laws?

Are your in-laws getting older and in need of additional help?

If you have an existing garage on your property, you can definitely turn it into an in-law suite.

On the other hand, if your property is large enough, your other option is to consider choosing one of many metal garage kits to build a metal garage that you’ll convert into an in-law suite.

No matter what your approach happens to be, the important thing is that you create a comfortable living space for your in-laws.

If having them live in the main house will be too much of a burden on everyone, converting your garage into a space of their own could certainly be the best option.

Building a Private Home Office

If you work from home, it’s often difficult to get anything done when you have kids running around all day long.

Turning your garage into a home office is a great way to have a secluded place to work outside of the main house.

By taking advantage of the space, you’ll be able to work quietly on your most important projects, earn money to pay the bills, and still keep everyone happy.

Sounds like a win-win situation to me!

Game Room/Playroom

If you live in a small house, your family might not have enough room to play.

Converting your garage into a playroom or game room is going to be fun for the whole family.

By harnessing this veritably unused space, you’ll create a fun space for your kids to hang out and play, do homework, and they’ll even have a safe place to socialize with other neighbourhood kids.

Plus, you’ll win the Mom and Dad of the Year Award! So that’s always nice.

Adult Bar/Playroom/Man Cave

Every man dreams about it, but we hardly ever get our wish.

If your significant other is willing to give it a chance, you can convert your garage into a man cave with a bar and it can also act as a playroom for adults.

After the bar is added, think about adding a dartboard, a pool table, some standing video game machines, a TV with the sports package, and any other bells and whistles that you might desire.

You work hard and you deserve it. So convert your unused garage into a fully functioning man cave right now.

Conclusion

Are you finally ready to remodel your garage? Consider these five ideas if you’re having a hard time figuring out what to do with your space. After all noise and dust, you can surprise your Mrs.and decorate with Scarlet Sage Seeds by Seed Needs!

Working From Home? What Nobody Tells You About Making It Work

So, you’ve decided to quit your job and work from home? Or maybe you’ve found yourself staying at home because you’re on maternity leave, or perhaps while you’re recovering from an injury? If there’s one thing that you know about working from home, even if you’ve got no experience of it, it’s that it’s never going to be like working in an office. Indeed, staying at home means that you can more easily manage a balanced work/life time. For a new mommy, for instance, this means that you get to be there for your child. For someone recovering from health issues, this means that you don’t have to face the exhaustion of commuting or the stressful office politics. But being your own boss is not all about freedom! It’s hard work too, and you need to be ready to tackle unexpected challenges to make it work.

Home Office, Office, Desk, Chair, Workspace

Passion isn’t enough

Contrary to what most office job specs say, motivation isn’t enough to make your home-based work work. When you’re your own boss, you need to think of the bigger picture and establish your business plan. Having an idea is a great start, but it’s not enough to launch a successful business – even a one-person business. You need to have a strategy to follow to target the right market and approach clients and potential investors. In other words, if you’re new to this part of the business world, you have to start with researching the market to define whether your idea is viable and whether there’s an audience for it. For instance, if you want to offer handmade wedding cards, get in touch with wedding planners and venues to discuss the requirements of their clients and find out who your competitors are.

What’s your work uniform?

Workwear might seem like the kind of things you’ve left at the office, but in reality, the clothes you wear affect your mood. It’s fair to say that if you choose to wear pyjamas all day, you might find it hard to be productive. Indeed, if you’re dressed for bed, you can’t expect your brain to assume that it needs to be focused and alert. Admittedly, it doesn’t mean that you should wear your best blazer and skirt to work from home, but you can pick active and engaging combination from Chesca Direct to put yourself in the right mood. Admittedly, what you do will impact on your choice of clothes. A creative business-owner is more likely to work in craft clothes, while a desk worker will choose the comfort of trousers and a shirt.

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Home office = work mindset

Last, but not least, your home office setting matters. You can’t work on the corner of the kitchen table. You need a space that is dedicated to your business. Find a quiet spot in your home to establish your workplace. You’ll also need to keep your documents and clutter under control, using folders, drawers, and storage facilities. A messy desk means a messy mind!

In other words, when you decide to work from home, you need to approach everything you do with a business-like mind. From the moment you launch your freelancing idea to your workplace setup, it’s only by bringing professionalism to your home-based enterprise that you can make it work!