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They Grow Up So Fast: Ideas For Spending Quality Time With The Little Ones In Your Family

Whether you’re a mother, a grandmother, or an auntie like me, you’ll want to spend as much quality time with the little ones in your family as possible. After all, they grow up so fast. One minute they’re running around in diapers and the next they’re starting middle school – kids grow up so fast.

If you’re going to build a strong relationship with the little ones in your family, you need to spend time with them from a young age. Of course, knowing the best ways to make quality time fun and enjoyable for everyone can sometimes be a struggle. The good news is that there are plenty of options for spending quality time with the little ones in your family. It’s just a case of finding things that interest them and you.

Ask them what they like to do

A great way to ensure that quality time is fun is to ask the kids that you’re spending time with, what they like to do. Do they love to go bowling? Are they mad about bike riding? Is going to the movies their favorite pastime? Find out what they love to do and then go from there. If you actually ask the kids what they like to do, they’ll enjoy their time with you a lot more.

Find a hobby that can be something that you do together

How about finding a hobby that you can do together? This should be something that they don’t already do with other family members. It should be something that the two of you can do together. Is there something that they’ve mentioned they would like to learn how to do, such as sewing for instance? If so, perhaps you could make sewing the thing that you do together. As well as teaching them how to sew by hand, you could also teach them how to use a sewing machine. You can read up on the best sewing machines for kids, with an array of children’s sewing machine reviews online. They are so many things that you could do together; it’s just a case of getting inspired and finding the perfect hobby.

Cheer them on

To be an important person in the life of younger family members, you need to be there for them. A great way to show that you support them is to cheer them on at school plays, sports events, and musical recitals. It may not be one-on-one time, but after the event is over, you can all go out as a family and spend some quality time together. Some of the best memories are made when the whole family goes out together. Head to a family-friendly restaurant and spend the evening relaxing and having fun as a family.

There are lots of ways you can spend quality time with the little ones in your family; these are just a few suggestions. The most important thing is to find a common interest, and also, to show them that you’re there for them, no matter what.

Sick Of Feeling Stupid? Everyday Habits That Will Make You Feel Much Smarter

It’s obvious that as intelligent as we may be, we would all like to be that bit smarter. As clever as we may think we are, there is always someone that bit brighter. Just by opening their mouths, they make us feel about 20 IQ points dafter. It’s one thing sitting in front of a quiz show and knowing all the answers. But if you switch over to University Challenge or Mastermind, it can take about ninety seconds to feel like a dunce.

It helps to sit for a minute and remind yourself that you’re never going to know everything. Of course you’re going to feel a little bit clueless watching a particle physicist talking about quarks. They’ve devoted years, even decades, to studying them. You can’t do that with everything. But if you’re concerned with gaps in your knowledge, there are ways to make up these deficiencies. Just be prepared to feel dimmer before you feel brighter.

Watch Or Read The News Every Day


Yes, it can be depressing. It seems that more and more these days, things turn up on the news that make you feel sad or angry. But those feelings of uncomprehending shock can go one of two ways. You can wonder what’s wrong with people and the world, or you can learn. The more you know about situations, the easier it is to process bad news in general. And a wider understanding of the world can be useful in everyday life, too.

Sleep On It

There is a reason sleep deprivation is used as a means of torture. If you want to get information out of people, get them to a position where they feel so fried that they can’t think straight. Even if you’ve just had a sleepless night, you can easily find yourself forgetting the PIN for your debit card. You get slower, and that’s cumulative.

Get to bed at the same time each night, turn out all lights an hour before and make sure you’re comfortable in there. You need to be at a medium temperature to ensure your sleep is of a high quality as well as quantity. The bed shouldn’t be too soft or too hard. Investing in a Tempur mattress or similar is worthwhile if you’re not sleeping well. A good night’s sleep gives you a clearer head and better decision-making abilities.

Lose Yourself In A Subject


How often do you sit watching something on TV, or hear people talking about an issue, and think “That’s interesting. I’d like to know more”? For a lot of us, it happens almost every day. Take that thought a little further. For virtually any subject you can name, there is a wealth of information to be found. And with the internet at your fingertips, you can find it fast. If you’ve got a holiday planned, learn about the destination or learn its language.

It doesn’t matter what it is – it could be French pop music or local politics. The key is that as you learn more, you get a better command of the subject and can talk about it with authority. You’ll be less prone to doubting your intelligence. This allows you to approach any subject with a mind that is ready to take things in.

Your Dream Holiday Could Be Easier to Afford Than You Think

Going on holiday is a great way to relax, and most of us do it at least once a year. Many people have a dream holiday they would love to take but being able to afford it is another matter. It’s not always easy to find the money to take the trips you want to. While going camping or spending time at Center Parcs in fun, there’s a whole world out there to explore. If you have your eye on a more expensive trip, you’ll have to find a way to fund it. Perhaps you want to have a family reunion or go on an epic adventure. Consider these ways to do it.

Create a Savings Plan

The most sensible way to plan for your dream holiday is to start saving. It could take you a while to save, but you can get there eventually. You just need to dedicate yourself to reaching your goal. Before you start saving, come up with a rough budget for your holiday. You’ll have to look at prices for transport, accommodation, and various other costs. Remember to consider the time of year you want to go. You can create a savings plan for your holiday, taking into account anything else you want to save for. You should be able to work out how long it will take you to save.

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Earn Some Extra Cash

If it looks like saving for your dream holiday will take forever, you might consider bringing in some extra income. It will help you get to your goal quicker, even if it only takes a couple of months less. There are plenty of ways you can earn some money on top of your regular income. You could find a side job, sell some of your possessions or even start a small business. If you have a service you could offer, you can make a little bit of money from it. Perhaps you can offer drawing commissions or tutoring in a skill you have.

Take Out a Loan

Are you desperate to get away now? Perhaps you need to make it to someone’s wedding, or you have one last chance to visit someone. Taking out a loan could be an option, although it’s one to consider carefully. If you’re a homeowner, second charge secured loans are one choice you could think about. You can secure a loan against your home, making it easier to borrow the money you want. However, you need to ensure you’ll be able to pay it back. If your finances are healthy, you can look at it as the reverse of saving. You won’t have to wait for your holiday, and your savings can go towards payments instead.

Leave It to Chance

Another option to go on an awesome holiday is to try and win one. Of course, there’s no guarantee you can get one. But there are plenty of free competitions, so you have nothing to lose. Create a separate email address to enter competitions so that you don’t end up with junk mail filling up your usual inbox.

Your dream holiday might not be as out of reach as you think. There are several ways to make it happen.

6 Handy Hacks To Make Renovating Your Home Easier

There’s a common misconception that doing up your home has to be expensive and time-consuming. Of course, home renovations can be both of those things, but they don’t have to be. Believe it or not, you can improve the look and feel of your home, without it taking weeks of work or a big budget. To make the process of renovating your home that little bit quicker, easier, and cheaper, below are six handy hacks to take note of.

  1. Opt for easy moulding

Moulding is the big thing in interior design right now, meaning that if you’re updating your home, the chances are you want to have some installed. Whether you’re hoping to have moulding applied to your walls or ceilings, it can sometimes be a somewhat time-consuming task. However, if you opt to use crown moulding that is self-adhesive, it’s quick and easy to apply to your walls. All you have to do is peel off the protective layer and pop the moulding onto your walls or ceiling.

  1. Look at your adhesive options

When it comes to adding new areas of wood to your home, such as for wooden wall panels and bannisters, it can be quite time-consuming using nails. However, nails and screws aren’t your only option. You also have the choice of using waterproof glue and adhesives. These are quick and easy to use and can be applied directly to the wood, before pressing it onto the surface you want to stick it to.

  1. Choose click together flooring instead of real wood

While real wood flooring can look amazing, it’s not exactly the easiest thing to get right. There’s a lot of measuring and cutting, before using an adhesive to glue each individual slat to the floor. However, there is another option that looks just as smart and stylish as real wood flooring but is much easier to lay – click together flooring. This is great because it doesn’t require any glue, it’s just a case of clicking together each piece of flooring.

  1. Clean the walls instead of repainting

An easy hack for brightening up any room is giving the walls a wash down. While you might think that they need repainting, most of the time a quick wash with warm water and mild soap will do. You’d be amazed at how well walls tend to come up, so this is something that’s definitely worth a try. If you want to add extra style to the space, but don’t want to repaint the entire room, how about adding an accent wall? This is a quick and affordable way to update a room, giving it a new lease of life. You can do this with paint, wallpaper, or even wood.

  1. Install new hardware

A simple way to breath new life into almost any space is to update the hardware. This is a quick and easy hack that can make a room look like a whole new place. Updating the hardware means swapping out the old door handles and chest of drawers knobs for new ones. For ideas and inspiration, Etsy can be a useful resource.

  1. Refresh grout with a steam cleaner

Last but not least, grout can get grimey incredibly quickly. The chances are if the grout in your kitchen, bathroom or anywhere else in your home is dirty, you’ve tried a lot of different things to get the dirt out. From scrubbing it with a sponge to using a toothbrush, but nothing seems to work. Grout and dirt are a nightmare combination. A lot of people make the mistake of thinking that cleaning grout requires a professional service. However, that’s not the case. All you need to get your grout sparkling is a steam mop. That’s what a professional cleaning company would use.

So there you have it, six handy hacks for making doing up your home that little bit easier.

You Crafty Devil: Crafting Presents Can Be A Slice of Heaven For All Concerned


It’s a shame that the idea of crafting something tends to be used as an alternative option for spending money.

You see it all the time. Don’t spend lots of money on Christmas gifts – make them! It’s meant to be the easy solution, quite ignoring the fact that crafting materials don’t tend to be cheap.

Which is, like I said, a shame. There is something uniquely beautiful about hand-crafted items, even if they don’t quite live up to what you saw online. With Christmas just around the corner, it’s worth considering spending a little more time crafting and a bit less time spending.


Not convinced? Craving after easily-bought directions and gifts with a returns policy? I’m going to try and convince you.

  1. Handmade Gifts Show Effort

When we buy gifts from a store or online, we tend to want the process to be quick and easy. We don’t spend hours coding the website, sourcing the products or investing in the process at all. We become consumers, even if we do it on someone else’s behalf.

But if you get cordless glue guns from Glue Guns Direct or similar and handcraft a gift? Well, that is time. It’s effort; it’s creativity. It’s another way of saying: “I wanted you to have something so much that I spent an amount of time to do it.” No, it might not be as glossy as the store-bought alternative, but it is filled with a lot more sentimentality.


  1. It’s Environmentally-Friendly.

Most of the products that we buy aren’t made in this country. They’re shipped from overseas – particularly the Far East – and have travelled further than most of us will this year. For every mile they travel, they are damaging the environment.

You might be thinking they’re already in this country, so what difference are you going to make? There’s some reason to that, but then again, plenty of people are vegetarian and others still eat meat. Just do what you can and hope others are inspired to do the same.

You can also make sure that your home-made options are made from ethical, recyclable materials. That doesn’t mean you have to dress up a shopping bag to look like wrapping paper; it’s possible to look good and still get green points.


  1. It Gives You A Chance To Do It

Let’s be realistic; you wouldn’t even be considering the idea if you didn’t like crafting. Or at least, didn’t like the idea of crafting.

If you do your own gifts and decorations, it also means you have some time to explore your creative side. That’s not something that we often do in the midst of busy work and homes lives.

It’s a lot easier to justify indulging this side of yourself when the benefits are ultimately going to be for others. It’s not selfish time just spent doing something for you; you’re helping to make someone else’s Christmas. If you have friends and family demanding on your time, it’s an even better excuse.

If you have never tried crafting before, this is also a good time to figure out if it’s for you. All the tutorials online make it so tempting, so here’s an opportunity to try it out and see if it’s a good fit. If you do end up being a dab hand, then you’ve gained a new hobby as well as saving yourself money on buying extra presents from a store.

There’s nothing to be said against a bit of selfish pleasure either. We all need a little time to relax and do something for the pleasure; this way, there’s something extra to be gained also. While it’s important not to overstretch yourself and end up needing more time to do ambitious craft projects, give yourself a break. This way, it’s a gift that is going to benefit both you and the person who is receiving it. Isn’t something where everyone wins always the best option?


  1. It May Well Be More Appreciated

This is especially so for people you don’t see often. They will find the time and effort gone into hand-making something is far more heart-warming than a store-bought gift. You can now buy gifts online and have them sent to the recipient without even seeing them. It’s efficient but impersonal.

Something you have taken the time over, however, is as personal as it gets. Many recipients will appreciate this. They will see it as a gesture of affection rather than just another standard gift from another standard store.


Locked, Stocked and Ready For Anything: The Essentials You Should Always Have At Home

Resourcefulness is a quality that we don’t really give enough thought to, usually. It’s only when we’re asked to write a number down that we realise we should have more pens in the house. When we get halfway through a recipe and notice that it calls for paprika, as often as not we’ll have to hope that black pepper will be OK. We make mental notes to make sure we remember next time. But making a mental note to buy pens is the very reason you need to buy pens. You forget.

This is why you need, occasionally, to sit down and make sure you’ve got a stock of things that you always end up buying at the last moment. Or, as often as not, those things that you have to substitute something else for in a pinch. If years of writing down phone numbers in lipstick on a bus ticket have taught us anything, it’s that preparedness matters. Have a cupboard in your home devoted to it.

What’s Going In That Cupboard?

Thanks for asking. You need to break it down into categories. This will help you find things quickly when you need them.


There are stores devoted to it, and many of us spend hundreds of pounds a year in them. Diaries, highlighters, cute notepads. We’re stationery junkies. And, just like someone with an addiction, when we really need something we still find ourselves scrabbling around in mess to find it.


There are times when you need a pen, usually when you’re on the phone and really don’t have time to turn the sofa upside down. So keep a box with pens, notepads and post-it notes ready to grab. You’ll be glad you did.

Simple Tools


Everyone should have a toolbox on their property and, if you needed a hammer right now, you’d probably know where to find it. But you know when you see an appliance online and want to know if it will fit in your kitchen? Or you see a TV table and don’t know if it will hold your TV (or fit in an alcove)?

So many of us don’t know where to find a tape measure. They’ve not just walked off, you’ve set it down after you last used it. And now you don’t know where it is. Get two of them. And keep a pencil in the same box so you can mark points on a wall that can then be rubbed off. And some cheap glue. You’ll need it at some point.

Party Supplies

How did you eat dinner yesterday? Be honest, was it in front of the TV? Or was it at the table with a bottle of wine and basic cutlery? The vast majority of us will have answered yes to one of those guesses. So if you’re having a dinner party, you’ll realise that there needs to be some more style to the way you dress the table. Keep a stock of linen napkins, a couple of good tablecloths and a tasteful centrepiece on deck.


None of it needs to be hugely expensive, and you don’t need to use it all the time. Most people don’t. But when you’re running around trying to make sure that the dinner party you’ve planned goes off well, you aren’t spoilt for time. You don’t have hours to go to a homewares store and see which tablecloths they have in stock that are reasonably priced. You don’t want to greet your guests still hassled and breathless from a last-minute shopping trip.

Shopping Bags

This one is a little different. Most of us do have a ball of shopping bags in our homes, picked up from grocery and other shops going back months. Part of the reason we have so many is, when we go out shopping, we don’t bring the ones we have with us. So we dutifully pay for the new bag, go home, put the shopping away and add the new bag to the several we already have.

Situate the stock of shopping bags in the boot of your car. Or, if you don’t drive, somewhere near your front door. When you next go shopping, take a few with you. You’ll save money and reduce the environmental impact. You’ll also cut right back the time you spend throwing your head back and tutting when you get to the till and need to buy more. And that’s a good enough reason to remember them.

Or you can keep forgetting until you have a few thousand, then go and stand outside supermarkets selling them for a penny below RRP. So many people forget them that you’ll make a lot of money, fast. It may be illegal, though, so maybe don’t.

All The Wedding Stationery You’ll Need Before The Big Day


There are so many sections of planning that will go into making your dream day super special. At the start, you may have mood boards, tons of Pinterest ideas and pads where you’ve jotted down all your notes. But at some point, you are going to have to collate all those ideas into a reality and start ordering everything ahead of your big day. Right now we’re going to focus on all the wedding stationery you’ll need. So take a peek below to make sure all of these things are on your list.

Save The Date Cards

Once you have chosen the date and venue, or at least location, of your wedding, you’ll need to get organising those save the date cards. First up is the mammoth task of working out the guest list and then comes the wedding announcement through save the date cards. These cards should be sent about six months before the event to give everyone enough time to arrange accommodation, babysitter, or even time off work.

Wedding Invitations

Formal wedding invitations should be sent two to three months before your big day. The invitations are the first impression guests will get of the style of your wedding, so take the time to design them with care. They may have a colour or destination theme, or perhaps be country rustic or super luxe. Take a look on Pinterest for lots of ideas on where to get started.

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Order Of Service Cards

Make sure you have also design personalised order of service wedding cards to hand out to guests as they enter the church or venue where your ceremony is taking place. Talk to the conductor of your ceremony to make sure you have all the timings correct, and be sure to add in any readings, blessings and prayers too. Make your design beautiful, as guests often use this card as a keepsake from the wedding.

Dinner Menus

The dinner menus should complement your wedding table setting. They will include details of the couple’s first meal to be shared with guests. You might want sumptuous gold or silver foil if your wedding is black tie. Or perhaps pretty florals if you have a summer garden theme. You’ll also need to think about what paper you want your menus printed on, from recycled to pearlescent or matte.

Place Cards

Place cards are super important, so everyone knows exactly where they are sitting at the reception dinner! Make these an extension of your dinner menus by using the same design. Either choose to handwrite your guest’s names or get them printed beforehand. You can get really creative with your place cards, so take a look here for some statement making ideas.

Thank You Cards

And last but not least don’t forget to send out thank you cards to your guests for attending your big day. Make sure to send out your thank you notes no later than two months after you return from honeymoon. Be sincere and appreciative in your written note and thank guests by personally mentioning their gift. This shows you have taken the time to not just write the same old thing on each card.

Beat The Winter Blues: Take A New Year Holiday To Keep The Fun Alive

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How many times a year do you get to go on holiday? For most of us, it’s either once or twice. And if it’s only once, then the usual time to take that vacation will be in the summer. We’ll fly off somewhere sunny, come home with a tan, and then get on with the rest of the year. But what if we didn’t? What if we decided that winter was the best time to go away?

Now, for most people, it’s fair to say that this time of year is the last time they’d want to spend any money. Just off the back of Christmas, with credit card bills about to land on the mat? No, thank you! But there’s no reason you’d be spending any more on this holiday than you would in the summer. And in the summer it’s much easier to take day trips to break up the monotony. Why not kick the January blues into touch with a post-Christmas trip?

Flying South – A Touch Of Sun Therapy

After months of dark evenings, torrential rains and even a bit of snow, you may be feeling like you’re just ready to see the sun again. The good news is that not everywhere is cold and rainy this time of year. A lot of people fly somewhere exotic like Jamaica or Fiji – but it can be as much fun to escape to the Mediterranean coast. The temperatures won’t be in the twenties, but they will be at least in the double figures. Which Britain won’t see until about March.

Flying North – Keep The Christmas Magic Alive

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Everyone knows about Blue Monday by now – and not the classic New Order single. The day of the year which is the worst, statistically, for people’s mood? Yes, it has been scientifically debunked. There is no formula to find the worst day of the year. However, we all feel a certain amount of crash after we’ve been off work, eating Christmas food and enjoying ourselves. Then we have to go back to normal.

So why not keep the magic of that period alive a bit longer? By booking a New Year holiday in Lapland for a few weeks after Christmas, there’s still something to look forward to. In Lapland, the spirit of Christmas never dies. So there is something to tell the kids about, to remind them that just because the tree’s come down that doesn’t mean the fun has to go away.

By taking a holiday early in the year as opposed to halfway through it, you more or less start your year for real in February. By that time the days are starting to get longer, Spring and Easter are just around the corner and you’re rested and happy from a great holiday.

So what do you do when you get to summer, and everyone else is going away? Well, there’ll still be time to go on day trips and even a mini break or two. But would you rather battle through the summer crowds on holiday? It’s surely better to take a quiet break somewhere glorious.

Wish Your Home Was Bigger? Create More Space With These Handy Ideas

I look around my home daily and wish there was more room. But unless you have lots of spare cash, it’s hard to sell up and move to a bigger home! Therefore, you have to make do with the space you have in your current property. However, there are some ways you can make more space in your property. Here are some handy ideas to create more space, if you wish your home was bigger!

Choose foldable furniture

Large pieces of furniture such as a table and chairs or a bed can take up a significant amount of room in your home. It means we have little space for everything else we need to put in the house! Therefore, to create some more space, you should consider choosing foldable furniture. For example, by selecting a table which folds away after use, you could save a tonne of room in your living room. It means you will have more space to use as you wish. And in the spare room, you could consider getting a sofa bed. That way, you can put other belongings in the room, and just pull out the bed when you have guests over to stay! You will be surprised how much bigger your home will feel if you invest in foldable furniture.

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Make a garden room

If you are running out of room in your home, you should consider making a room in the garden. You could build a large summer house which you could use as a chill out room. Or you might want a beautiful log cabin which would make an beautiful room to work from home! You can move items from your home into the garden room, so that you will have more space inside your property.

Consider an extension

When you have limited room in your home, one of the first things you should consider doing is adding an extension. Not only will it provide extra space, but it will mean you can get more money when you come to sell your home! As we discussed before, just make sure you submit an application to your local council so that you know you are allowed to build an extension! You could even consider adding a conservatory to your home. It’s an additional room which you can fill with your belongings. And they are a highly appealing feature to add to your property. Just make sure you speak with a Double Glazing Company so that it keeps toasty during the winter months!

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Remove unnecessary furniture

A lot of us go over the top when buying furniture for our home. We tend to buy too many pieces which end up cluttering a room. Therefore, if you want to create more space in your home, you should remove unnecessary furniture from your property. For example, do you really need all those chairs in your lounge? You will be shocked how much space you will create by getting rid of a few unnecessary pieces of furniture!

And remember to make the most of the vertical space in your property. Add shelving and floor-to-ceiling hanging units which will give you more room for your items!

Painless Wedding Planning: What To Tick Off That To-Do List First

Are you planning a wedding? If so, you’re probably surrounded by reams of paper. When you’re organising your dream day, there’s a lot to think about. They say wedding planning is stressful. But it can also be incredibly enjoyable. If you’re looking for painless ways to plan your big day, time management is key. Once you’ve leapt over the major hurdles, everything else will fall into place. Here are some tips to help you tick off those all-important wedding essentials first.

Finding a venue

Finding a wedding venue is one of the most important considerations for most couples. Without a venue, you haven’t got a wedding. If you’re getting married in the next 12 months, start looking now! Popular locations get booked up early, especially during high season. You may already know where you want to get married. Or you might be completely clueless. The good news is that the Internet makes it incredibly easy to find options in your search area. If you see places you like the look of, call and make some appointments. Don’t feel pressured into making a decision the first time you view a venue. You can go back as many times as you like. Before you fall heads over heels for a hotel or castle, check that it fits in with your plans. Ask about capacity and check availability. If you’re planning a wedding on a budget, consider going for a weekday or getting married out of season.

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Sending save the dates

Most people start making mental guest lists as soon as they get engaged. Once you have a date, and you know who you want to invite, send a save the date card or email. The more notice you give people, the more likely they’ll be able to come.

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Booking a photographer

Many of us dream of having beautiful shots of our wedding day. Finding the best wedding photographers is a priority for most couples. When you’re searching for photographers, read testimonials and look through portfolios. Think about the style of images you want. Do you want formal group shots and a more traditional feel? Or do you want natural photography or a vintage feel? Meet some photographers, look through their work, and ask them questions. Go with somebody who makes you feel comfortable.


Finding the dress of your dreams

Many of us spend years thinking about what we’ll look like when we walk down the aisle. Looking for the perfect dress is the pinnacle of the wedding planning process for most brides. Look through directories and search online for boutiques and bridal stores. Call and make some appointments, and go with an open mind. Try on a range of styles, and make a day of it. Take your mum and your bridesmaids, and have fun. Don’t put pressure on yourself to find the ideal dress on the first day. It may take you a while, but it’s worth soldiering on if you don’t feel quite right. It’s essential that you get a dress that makes you look and feel a million dollars.


Wedding planning doesn’t have to be stressful. If you follow these tips, you can get organised, and enjoy the process. Try not to get bogged down in lists. This is a hugely exciting time, and it flies by, so try and appreciate every minute. There will be ups and downs, but it’ll all be worth it!