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About Kim

Wife to Tom, First time Mummy to Little Boy Freddie and Auntie to 4 Boys & 1 Girl.

Why You Should Spend More Time Thinking About Coffee

We might be a nation of tea drinkers, but we get through plenty of coffee too. And if you hop over to the continent, you’ll find much more coffee and a lot less tea. For example, the people of Sweden drink a whole lot of coffee. If you drink coffee, but you’ve never really given it much thought, you might want to think again. Perhaps the most you do is mix a mug of instant coffee in the morning, and that’s enough for you. But there’s much more to coffee than you might imagine. There are several reasons it’s a fun and interesting thing to start thinking about more. Here are a few reasons you should give it some more of your attention.

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It’s a Fun Hobby

Drinking coffee doesn’t just have to be an incidental thing that you occasionally do. If you already have coffee often, you might as well start learning more about it. Just like people who love beer, wine, baking, or any number of things, it can become a fun hobby. There are so many ways to turn coffee drinking into an activity you regularly do. You could look at coffee grinders to buy your first one. Then you can start building a sophisticated coffee-making setup. As well as making coffee at home, you can go to coffee tastings (or cuppings, as they’re called). You can do research to learn about coffee, cook and bake with coffee, and more.

It Could Be Good for Your Body

There are lots of studies that suggest coffee could do good things for you. The benefits range from giving you antioxidants to even helping to prevent cancer. Coffee might be able to help people with Parkinson’s control their symptoms, and it’s good for your liver. A study has shown that drinking coffee daily reduces to chance of liver cirrhosis. What’s more, women who drink several cups of coffee a day might be less at risk for skin cancer. And, of course, because coffee contains caffeine, it can give you an energy boost.

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It Could Be Good for Your Brain

Coffee has caffeine in it, unless you purposely go for a decaf product. As well as raising your energy levels, one of the things caffeine does is help you to focus. You will find it in many weight loss products and performance enhancers. Coffee can make several of your brain’s functions sharper. You could use it to improve your logical reasoning, your attention, reaction time, and more.

Thinking Before You Buy Is Worth It

You might be a coffee lover, but how much do you know about the industry? Being a conscientious coffee drinker is worth it if you want to be kind to the planet and your fellow human beings. If you spend more time picking out your coffee, you can find products that are fair trade and benefit the communities that make it. Plus, mulling over your coffee selection will help you get something with more flavour too.

Don’t let coffee be just another part of your day. Give it some real thought and start taking it seriously instead.

Prestige Flowers – Review

I absolutely love flowers.

I have had quite a few different kinds over the years from family and friends and most recently when I had to go into hospital for a minor operation, I came home to some lovely flowers – they really do change your mood and make the house look extra special not forgetting the aromas they give off.

When prestigeflowers got in contact with me saying they were sending me a bouquet to review.

I was sent the gorgeous “Paris Bouquet”.  which can be ordered from this link below https://www.prestigeflowers.co.uk/haute-florist/paris?cPath=73

They came packaged very well and carefully.

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My Beautiful Bouquet

With Memory Lane roses, divine deep water roses complimented with fragrant oriental lilies, astrantia and forest fresh eucalyptus it is the perfect bouquet for all occasions.

I put the bouquet in the lounge on the fireplace.

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The vase was also included
I absolutely love roses and lilies so was a perfect combination for me.

With the flowers I got a lovely little card.

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I got my flowers delivered on a Wednesday 8th June, they arrived by 11am.

  • Next Day Delivery (7 days a week) – £5.80 (when ordered before 9pm* 5pm on Saturday for Sunday delivery and *2pm
  • Saturday Delivery – £5.80
  • Sunday for Monday delivery)
  • Premium Sunday Delivery – £7.99
  • UK Same Day Delivery – £6.90 (when ordered before 3pm)

The Paris bouquet I received is £35.50 for the “Standard”. It gorgeous! I’ve had the flowers a week now & they still look really fresh.The fragrance that the flowers give out just fills the room.  You are supplied with flower food.

Whenever I order flowers in the future now I would defiantly order from Prestige the services was fantastic and the quality is excellent.

* Disclaimer: I was sent this product free of charge for the purpose of the review however all thoughts and opinions are my own

Perfect Hobbies For Little Kids

When little kids adopt new, exciting hobbies, their whole world can turn upside down. They discover new skills, and learn important life lessons. They find the things that light them up earlier on in life, as opposed to doing it later on when they feel it’s ‘too late’ to do anything about it. Giving your kids hobbies while they are very young is a really good idea. Here are just some hobbies you can try.

Reading And Writing

Reading to your kids is fundamental whatever their age. When you read to them early on, you give them all kinds of new skills. They’ll improve their listening and speaking skills. They might even become good writers themselves, as you help them to develop their imagination. Encourage them to write little stories and poems if they want to. Whether they want to write themselves or not, reading is a must!

Building Things

The kind of things your kids can build are endless. From model bridges to making things like scrapbooks, they can have a lot of fun building just about anything that takes their fancy. Help them by giving them a kit full of tools to build whatever they like.

Painting

Painting is a great way for kids to learn to express themselves. When they paint, you should never tell them that something is wrong. If they paint the sky purple, let them have a purple sky. Again, this goes back to helping them develop their imaginations and having confidence in their abilities.

Gardening

Gardening not only helps them to stay active and develop an interest in nature, it also strengthens their immune systems. Why not give them their own small square of garden to play with? You could even let them grow things inside the house!

Cooking

Cooking is important for anybody to learn – everybody needs to eat! Let them cook with you from a young age, and maybe start letting them use cooking kits when they are old enough.

Horse Riding

Horse riding is another great hobby, as it not only keeps kids fit and healthy, it also teaches them plenty of other important lessons. Horses take a lot of upkeep, so they’ll learn all about this on their horse ownership journey. This kind of hobby doesn’t come cheap, but it’s always worth it. You can always look at sites like www.todaysequine.net/the-coolest-horse-games-for-girls/ if you’re considering a kind of hobby like this.

Other Sports

There are so many other sports your child can enjoy, from football to swimming. Letting them try as many as possible will help them learn where their heart lies early on.

Collecting

Collecting might seem silly, but it takes discipline and focus. Depending on what they are collecting, they may even make money on some valuable things later on in life.

Try any of these hobbies with your kids and you’ll notice a huge difference in them. Start them off while they are young so they know what lights them up as early on as possible. This usually helps them to find their passion in life sooner than most!

Increase Home Eco-Efficiency To Save Massive Amounts Of Money!

One of the best things about buying a house is that you can kiss the stress of paying rent goodbye. Sure, you probably still have mortgage repayments, but these are going to be a lot more manageable. They are probably a fraction of what you were paying in rent each month. This means that you should have a lot of money free once you’ve bought a home or property and it belongs to you. That should be the case, but it doesn’t always happen. Usually, people end up losing a fortune on energy bills. Typically, that’s because their home isn’t setup for high levels of efficiency.

You might think to get an efficient home you need to buy a house with a high-efficiency rate in the first place. Not true. Most homes have two energy grades. One is the energy efficiency level it’s making in it’s current state. The second is the potential energy efficiency level. You should aim to get as close to the potential as possible. If you do this, you’re going to save a lot of money on your home.

Boiler Inspection

The first thing to do is to get your boiler inspected by a professional. If you’re spending a fortune on heating your home, there’s an excellent chance that there’s a problem with your boiler. If your boiler is using a lot of energy, it might be damaged. Once it’s repaired, you’ll probably find that your energy usage reverts to normal. If it’s still quite high, there are other things you can do. But you should get your boiler checked at least once a year.

Insulation

You can think about improving the home insulation. One possibility on how to do this is to look into double glazing windows. You can replace older windows with PVC double glazing. Arguably, this is the best form of window insulation on the market right now. It will trap warm air in the home while still letting cold air out. This is going to prevent condensation or mould developing around or on the window. Replacing your windows can be expensive so make sure you look online for the best deal that you can find. But, you also need to know that you’re using a company for the installation that you can trust.

Better Tech

You might think that you’re saving money by not bothering to upgrade your TV every few years. But actually, you’re probably losing more than you’re saving. Older televisions have higher energy usage than modern sets. That’s true for most tech devices in your home. It’s why upgrading your tech could ultimately save you a fortune in the long run.

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Newer televisions use less energy because they are powered by LED displays. LED lights provide powerful displays but use very little energy. That’s why modern TVs are so thin because they don’t need a cooling system to stop them overheating. But LEDs aren’t just found in TVs. You can buy LED bulbs for every area of your home. It’s a cheap and friendly light source that will quickly lead to massive savings.

Hopefully, you will find these tips helpful when making your home more eco-friendly.

The Unsung Benefits Of Renting

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ll have noticed that house prices continue to soar. As a result, more and more people are asking whether they should just keep renting indefinitely. After all, most people don’t want to be saddled with a huge mortgage. And even if they do, they know that there’s a chance they won’t be able to pay it back.

On the plus side, renting has improved a lot over the last couple of decades. Rental properties are now of a much higher quality than they used to be. And they tend to be cheaper than buying a house outright.

No Big Down Payment

Big down payments are the bane of property-seekers’ lives. They have to spend years saving up a big lump of money, making all kinds of sacrifices. But for renters, the burden is much smaller. The average deposit on a rental agreement is about one and a half times the monthly rental cost. That means that renting is both affordable and easy to do. Plus, once you leave rented accommodation, you get your deposit back (provided you didn’t trash the place).

Fixed Rent

Fluctuating prices are a big issue for many homeowners. Mortgage interest rates can go up and as well as down. Taxes on properties that you own can vary too. And it all means that managing a mortgage can be difficult. Renting, however, is far easier. Prices are fixed right at the start of the contract. And though landlords may increase the rent between contract periods, you can plan for this.

It’s Easy To Move

Moving to a house is a big ordeal. In fact, it’s so complicated a transaction that you need lawyers, surveyors and estate agents to make it happen. That means a lot of paperwork and a lot of hassle.

But renting is far easier. The only question you really have to ask when renting is: “is there an estate agents near me?” The rest is quite straightforward.

No Taxes

In many countries property taxes are sky high. That means that homeowners often have to fork out large sums of money, especially if their homes go up in value.

Plus, property tax law tends to be overwhelmingly complicated. Homeowners often have to shell out on accountants fees. Renters, of course, don’t face this risk. All of the burdens of organizing taxes gets passed onto the landlord.

Easy To Downsize

The great thing about renting is that you’re never locked into renting a single place for a long period of time. Whereas the cost of moving home is enormous, the cost of taking on a new rent is generally low. Usually, it’s just the cost of the estate agent’s fees, plus the deposit if you’re renting for the first time.

Final Words

Although you may ultimately want to own your own house, it’s important to know that you’re not necessarily worse off renting. Of course, it’s not just a financial calculation at the end of the day. It’s about quality of life too. And this is where renting can shine.

Foodies Festival Cannon Hill Park – Review

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On Saturday 4th June me and my mum in law headed out to Cannon Hill Park to visit the Food Festival, We met up with her daughter, boyfriend and their 3 boys.  We arrived around 10.30pm and the gates opened at 11am.  There was certainly a large crowd gathering, waiting to get into the festival.  The weather was slightly overcast when we arrived too but was warm.

When we finally got through the gates there were so many different companies and lots of freebies been handed out.

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We tested lots of ciders and wines all before lunch time – Acceptable right?  There was also ravioli pasta, cheeses, fudges, honey, and so much more.  It was delicious.  I was getting full with just the freebies.

There was even a bus made into a bar.

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As we continued walking round, we found the Regge Regge Chicken Van that was hidden away in the corner, I’m not good with overly spices things I can just about cope with Nando’s “Medium” sauce. I didn’t know what to expect, but the samples they were giving out were delicious.  Little chicken drumsticks cooked in the sauce with spring onions in a little tray.  Was very yummy, but a little too spicy for me.  They were also making nachos, I prefered these.

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There was so many different stalls, there was also a curry one, this was amazing the staff let us try a little bit of curry and it was amazing the meat just melted in your mouth, and the taste just exploded in your mouth.

It was a great day overall and would defiantly go again.

* I was given complimetary tickets for this event, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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.