Tuesday, 25 July 2017

4 Tips To Prevent A Small Living Room From Feeling Cluttered

The living room is often the most-used room in the house. It’s where you bond as a family, sitting down to enjoy one another’s company after a long day separated by work and school. 
Even if you don’t have the biggest space available to you, it’s still a central and important focal point of your home.

While living rooms tend to be on the larger side when compared to the rest of the house, they might not always feel like they have all the space that you - and your family - need. 
One of the biggest reasons for this is that there is a tendency among most families to overstuff their living room, creating a cluttered look in what should be a calm and reasoned sanctuary from the world.


If that’s something you want to avoid, then look no further than these valuable tips to stop the clutter piling up…


#1 - Limit Decorative Touches

If you’ve only got a small space available to you, then it’s important that you don’t overfill the room with decorative touches and knick-knacks
Lovely as these pieces are, they can quickly result in the feeling that the room is closer than it actually is, crossing into the living space.

If you do want to have lots of nice decorative pieces, from the modern trends to timeless pieces like those you can discover when you visit this website and take a look at the delights on offer, then keep the decor on the walls. 
Space on shelves and bookcases can help create the illusion of space even where there is none, so don’t stock them too high with decorative goods.

#2 - Pull Furniture From The Walls

For an instant visual trick that makes your room look bigger, pull the furniture from the walls by an inch or so. This is particularly effective if you choose furniture that is not solid, but shows the space beneath it, creating a roomier effect. Definitely one to keep in mind the next time you’re furniture shopping.

#3 - Use Blinds, Not Curtains

Curtains can be wonderful at adding texture to a room, but also take up more space than you really want to be giving away in a small room.
Use blinds instead, which fit into the recess of the window and don’t intrude onto the interior of the room. This might sound like such a small change, but if you try it then you will be surprised just how big of a difference it can make.

#4 - Use Tricks With Paint

The idea of an accent or feature wall is nothing new in home design, but there’s a trick you can use that makes it even better. 
Paint the wall farthest from the door in a white, or very light colour. All of the other walls should be a shade or two - at the very least - darker. This helps to create a feeling of continued light spreading through the room and lasting onwards - making the space look far bigger and, as a result, far less cluttered.


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Tuesday, 18 July 2017

A Big Boy Bed For Ru...

Last week we ordered a new bed for Ru.
We have been wanting one for a while, but kept holding off as we thought a single bed would take up most of his room.

Ru was no longer sleeping in his cot-bed and continued to co-sleep with me which I don't mind at all buuuuut Jon and his back don't really get on with it. 
Even though we have a super king sized bed, Ru will take up all of my side leaving me in the middle and Jon feeling like he's about to be kicked or poked in the back.
So we spent a while looking for different sorts of beds and going back and forth from his room with the tape measure and finally agreed on the MALM bed from Ikea.
The bed wasn't too pricey for a bed but we made sure we spent a bit on the mattress - as we're hoping it will last him a while!

The Ikea delivery turned up Thursday evening, so Friday I completely emptied out his room and took down the cot-bed, his little face had no idea what was going on and he kept asking for his bed back!
Eventually he got excited when we got his new big boy bed out of the box.

It didn't take too long to put together and then I was able to put everything back in its new place.

I thought it would be nice to show you his new bed and bedroom lay out along with where some of my favourite bits are from.


The bed is a great size, it fits both of us on it, so now when it comes to the time when he wants to get into bed with me, ill just get in with him.

It also doesn't take up too much room and he still has plenty of room to play in and it also doesn't look like we've just stuffed any old bed in there.
It looks well planned.


At the end of his bed and behind the door is his Ikea unit full of all his clothes and a basket full of all his soft toys.
Ghost light - alittlelovelycompany
The Rupert Bear teddies were presents bought for me when he was born!


Above his bed now is a shelf full of all my favourite things and favourite books that I bought him
Dream catcher - canny_little_clouds
Sonny Angels - the-pippa-and-ike-show.


On the other wall are more books and the start of a picture wall....


Dream Big & Adventure Awaits - blueberrybookids
Dino Ru - Nichola Cowdery
Hanging R - Next
Super Hero Rupert - Frame my name
The two Where The Wild Things Are prints are from a free printable site but I've completely forgotten which one.
If I remember I will update this with a link.


Ru's new bed covers have of his big Totoro but I still think he looks cute peeking out like this.
I got him off amazon.
Bedsheets - Argos


By his bed he now has his Peppa Pig toy box which is also from Amazon, which we were sent for a campaign we were working on.
It's full of rubbish but works well as a bedside table too.
Toadstool night light - theirishfairydoorcompany


Just above his head is my favourite poster ever ...

Moon für Neil print - Martin Krusche which I got from the-pippa-and-ike-show.

His moon night light is from Ikea and I also have his beloved amber necklaces hanging up as he's not allowed to wear them at nursery :(


Just be the door he has his Peppa pig book shelf which we were gifted for a campaign but you can find it over on amazon.
It holds the rest of his books which didn't quite make the shelves, but every now and then we have a change around.
His rainbow bunny was a gift from my mum who bought it for him when he was born.
The little ride along car was found at a carboot fair a couple of weeks ago for only £6, so a proper bargain!


Monday, 17 July 2017

A Sound Night’s Sleep For You And The Dog


Living with a dog can feel much like having a newborn baby in the house, sometimes. With their need for attention taking full-force as you put your head down, it can be impossible to get a good night’s sleep with a canine. 

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Of course, some aren’t as bad as others. But, even the most well-behaved girls and boys still need a bit of help, sometimes. In most cases, owners will work on ways to make this better for themselves, by finding somewhere to put the dog without distractions. 
But, in a lot of cases, this doesn’t tackle the real issue.
Instead, it’s better to focus on the dog. And, more specifically, getting the dog to have a good night’s sleep. To help you with this, this post will be going through three of the best ways to achieve this sort of goal.

You can look at a dog in a similar way to a child. They don’t care how much sleep they get at night because they can’t understand the consequences of not getting very much. 
Without the burdens of work and adult life, dogs can sleep as much or as little as they please. So, you have to find ways to get them sleep if you want them to get through entire nights. Like a child, you should never feed your dog right before bedtime. 
And, they should never be expected to sleep without exercise. Your routines for both food and exercise have to be the same each day, to avoid complicating the issue. 
For most dogs, this will mean three meals a day with the same amount of walks. But, of course, you know your dog better than anyone. And, you’ll have to figure this out yourself.

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Dogs can’t complain when they aren’t very comfortable. But, this doesn’t mean that they don’t experience discomfort.
On a bad bed, your dog could be struggling to sleep simply because they can’t find the right spot. And, this is easy to solve. 
Leather dog beds are becoming very common on the internet. A lot of these products are being filled with resilient materials, like memory foam, nowadays, too. So, getting your dog a bed which will last for years to come is nice and easy. And, with these materials making them, they will also be a lot more comfortable for your good boy or girl, even in summer.

Once you have your new bed, you’re still not quite done, yet. Along with the right sort of bed to sleep on, most dogs will only find it easy to sleep if the bed is in the right place. 
You might not like it, but the best place for a dog’s bed is in a room where humans are sleeping. Like a child, your dog can’t rationalise their fears like you can. Instead, if they get spooked at night, they could be unsettled for hours. 
The comfort they will feel being allowed to sleep near you could solve this issue entirely. And, it will make them feel like a much greater part of your family.

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Hopefully, this post will inspire you to start working on your dog’s sleeping situation as soon as you can. 
Not a lot of dog owners consider this sort of work to be important to their dog. But, as a caring owner, you should be doing everything in your power to make your dog sleep as well they can. It’ll be worth it, too, once you are able to sleep soundly each night.


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Saturday, 15 July 2017

Struggling To Keep Your Kids Busy This Summer?

We’ve all been there, but when you are looking for something both original and exciting to do with your children over the summer it can be extremely frustrating. 
No matter what you might have tried before, you probably want to try and introduce your children to something brand new - and that is where it can get difficult. 

Something that always works well is to make it vaguely educational, even if only a little. This means that you are happy as the parent, and they are happy at having found something new to do with the summer holidays. 
Let’s have a look at a few examples of the kind of activity you can carry out which suits these particular parameters.

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Crafts

If you think your children have something of a creative streak, you might want to try and bring it out and make the most of ity possible. 
This is a great thing to do at any time of year, summer included, and it will also mean that you are encouraging in your vkids something which can see them through the rest of their life. If you haven't done this before, think about what kind of art or craft your children are likely to enjoy. Whatever you think that is, you are bound to find something that works, and it is well worth doing. To make it more effective, consider getting involved yourself - this is something you could even just do at home if you wanted to, it’s that easy to get into.




Sports

Summer is the ideal time for getting your kids into sport, but one of the hardest decisions here is which sport to get them into. If you are bored of the old favorites, why not think about trying something new with the kids? 
You could take them on some kids golf lessons, for example, or you could try and get them into a game like cricket or tennis. It really doesn’t matter what the sport is, as long as you think it is something they will be able to enjoy and which you can easily get them into in your local area. Make sure you are happy with it, too - some sports might be too dangerous for kids of a certain age or disposition.
If you successfully get your children into a sport, you will probably more likely consider it a summer well spent, so this is definitely worth thinking about.




Classes

It might be that you want to make the most of the holiday by continuing the education - albeit in an extra-curricular sense.
This is not the ideal option for all children, but for some it just might be. 
If you think your child has a particular gift for something or other, then there is nothing wrong with encouraging them to learn more about that subject over the summer holidays. 
Just make sure that they genuinely want to do it and that they do not feel as though they are pushed into it in any sense.


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Friday, 14 July 2017

Kite Flying on Snettisham Beach


On Sunday we took the boys to a different beach, one in Snettisham. 
So still not very far from ours.

We hadn't been before so weren't too sure what it would be like, but as soon as we drove into the car park, we knew it was an amazing beach.

Sand dunes greeted us and the boys couldn't wait to climb them!


The twins were given kites for their birthday and have been desperate to fly them.
So a trip to the beach was the perfect opportunity to test them out. 


They were super easy to put together and Alex's bumblebee kite went straight up without any effort!
Oscars butterfly was a bit more tricky.
Why, we weren't too sure as they both look like they're the same design.




Once I Alex's up in the sky he soon took over laughing his head off at how high it was.

Oscar's took a few goes but eventually it got flight and stayed up for a bit before crashing down on my head.


Ru took over from Alex, as he wanted to go off and play with Noah in the sea.


Ru was pretty good at keeping the kite under control, we did think he'd just let go but he was more than happy to just stand there holding on watching it flutter around in the sky.


Once they were all finished with the kites, we left them with daddy and headed off to find the sea....
The twins decided they were walking to America!


We didn't quite get to the sea, as it was miles out and I made them turn around before the tides started to come in.

Even though they didn't quite make America they all had fun jumping in the sandy/muddy puddles on the way back.


Once back on dry land we headed back to the van to dust off our feet and grab an ice cream.






Ice cream, Kite flying and Puddle jumping = a perfect way to spend a Sunday!



The Long Road To Leaving A Legacy

Most parents hate the idea of their kids being left with nothing when they eventually pass away. Instead, you want the money you have worked hard for to go straight into their hands, be it in the form of cash or assets. 
But, with taxes and other fees, it can be very hard to see this happening with your funds. Unfortunately, to ensure that your kids get the most they possibly can, you have to do some work. To help you out, this post will be going through some of the best ways to leave a legacy for your kids. It’s best to start as early as possible with something like. 
In some cases, people will start long before they even have children.

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  • Property

One of the best options you have regarding a legacy for your kids is property. Unlike cash, it’s very difficult for a home to be chopped up by the taxman. Instead, your kids will only have to pay a little bit towards their new home
Of course, a home isn’t exactly cheap. But, this shouldn’t matter. Most people will want to own their own property by the time they have a family, anyway. 
So, this will probably fall in-line with your normal goals. 
If not, you can look into other options to give your kids something physical when you pass. Other high-value items include gold and other precious metals or gems. But, these won’t be anywhere near as secure as property or the other options on this list.

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  • Investments

Along with investing in property, you could also consider some other investments. There are loads of methods to store your money which will result in passive income generation.
For example, if you invest in the shares for a business, you will be able to take a slice of their revenue once they’re making money.
Or, if you invest in stocks, they could be sold at a later date for a lot more than they were bought for. Bonds also make great investments to pass down to your children, as they are almost entirely risk-free. These sorts of investments don’t only benefit your kids, though. 
Along with leaving a good legacy, they could also help you to make a little bit of extra cash each month. This will help you to save even more, or spend something on yourself once in awhile.

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  • Life Insurance

This next option is arguably the very best for leaving a legacy for your children because it’s designed to be used in this way. Life insurance is built from payments which are made throughout your life. Then, when you pass, the money will be given to your kids. 
This will be entirely tax-free, ensuring that they get every penny of it. And, it can be a great way to give them more than you’ve saved. 500k life cover will rarely ever cost you half a million, even after years of putting money into it. 
But, through investing your money, the company providing it to you will be able to guarantee that your kids will get the full amount.
It’s best to start this sort of policy early, as you will be expected to contribute a large percentage of the funds. So, the earlier you start, the smaller the monthly payments will be.

  • Teaching

A lot of young people struggle with money. The skills required to balance a bank account aren’t taught in schools. 
So, people have to learn these skills for themselves. This is alright for some. But, for others, more help will be required. From an early age, your kids can be exposed to money and the decisions that come with it. 
You can teach them to look after the small amount of money they have. And, you can help them to be responsible with it when they have more. Very few kids have a true understanding of the value of money. But, this is something which can be taught quite early on. 
A lot of parents encourage their kids to get a weekend job once they’re in their early teens. This will teach them what it takes to earn money, and what money is worth regarding hard work.

Hopefully, this post will inspire you to start working hard on the legacy you leave your kids. A lot of parents don’t put this sort of effort in. But, it can be an excellent way to give you kids a great start in life. And, it means you can rest assured that they’ll be looked after when you’re gone.


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