Perfect activities as your little ones grow

When you’ve got little ones, it’s easy to think that they’re going to stay little forever. However, we all know that kids grow up a whole lot faster than you expect. Obviously, that comes with all of the usual challenges. From outgrowing clothes at top speed to testing the limits of your authority, growing kids can often be pretty tough to handle. But there’s one thing that a lot of people tend to forget about one incredibly important part of parenting: keeping your kids entertained. After all, kids have a whole lot of energy and if they’re not using that…

Feeling a bit grey?

Collaborative post. Anyone who is anyone nowadays is turning to grey to get their homes looking the way they want. Pinterest is full of grey-look living rooms, and home interior shops across the country now stock grey decor galore. We can’t get enough, and, for the most part, it’s fair to say that grey does look amazing. In fact, we have used in lots in our house. The trouble is that grey can, of course, look a little…well, grey. If you’d told us this trend was going to take over in the past, we would’ve all assumed it would be…

Three ways to make gardening a family …

Collaborative post. If you are pondering when to mow the lawn for the first time this year, only to look outside and be greeted by a jungle like back garden, the idea of making it fit for purpose this summer could leave you suffering heart palpitations. Over winter every garden gets a tad overgrown. If yours is more triffid like, the chances are that you will need to commit to a couple of weekends of hard graft, or you could get a team in to clear it for you. However you choose to return to your green blank canvas, you…

Life skills your children need to learn …

Collaborative post. How well do you remember your teenage years? Many of us look back on those days with fondness. Not quite children and not yet adult, being a teenager was sometimes the best of both worlds, with a sense of freedom that was rarely afforded to us when we were very young, or that is presented to us as adults. There were those long summer holidays hanging out with our friends. There were times of adventure when we dared ourselves to do certain things, such as biking down the biggest hills and sneaking into movies that were rated higher…

Interior and exterior design ideas to consider …

Renovating a household is no easy task. You might have some ideas floating around in your head. Maybe you’ve been picturing how you’d redo your bathroom for years. But it’s hard to put all of those ideas together to form a coherent picture. You have to think about how to achieve your intended projects in the most time-effective and cost-effective manner. After all, you’re probably limited to a particular budget, and you’re probably only going to be able to make serious progress when you’re off work at the weekend. It’s time to put together a plan. If you need any…

Getting that hotel feeling in your very …

Collaborative post. We all yearn to get away from it all. We’re all excited by the prospect of travelling to new and far flung destinations, immersing ourselves in new cultures, meeting new people and experiencing exotic tastes, smells and sights. Yet, when our holidays are over we can feel as though we hit the ground with a thump. The quotidian familiarity of the home can look and feel positively bland when compared to the opulence of an overseas resort. If only there were some way to replicate that special feeling of luxury and indulgence that we get when staying in…

Five holidays to consider with kids

In today’s busy world it can be difficult getting quality time with your family. For us holidays are important as they allow us to switch off, take a break from our busy routine and spend quality time together. Holidays have also provided us with some of our best memories. With so many types of holidays to choose from, it can sometimes be a bit overwhelming, so we’ve shared five holidays to consider with kids. The first thing to remember is that variety is the spice of life. With this in mind, here are five ideas that are a little different…

The best cities in the UK for …

If you’re looking for a staycation this year then look no further. Here’s a list of the best cities in the UK to take a weekend break! Oxford Oxford is a fantastic city break if you want to go shopping. You could search for cool stuff in the Covered Market, or browse the best of the high street. Oxford has all the big-name shops but also has a vast array of independent boutiques and delicatessens. For one-of-a-kind, dresses don’t miss Fresh Oxford, while you’ll find chic everyday threads at Vanilla and Indigo. You could stay at the Oxford Spires Hotel…

Tips for affording a dream holiday

As a family of five, holidays can be expensive. Sometimes hotels won’t accomodate all five of us in one room, which can massively increase the costs. Add in five flights, car hire, food and spending money and before you know it a holiday can feel unobtainable. However, for us travel and holidays are always a priority and often come before other luxuries. Here our some of our tips for affording a dream holiday. By being inventive and thinking creatively, means you can finance your dream holiday without emptying your bank account. There are all kinds of options for people to…

Keeping kids entertained on a rainy day …

Not too long ago in history, a rainy day trapped inside the house with the kids would mean that a good deal of imagination would have to be summoned up in order to chase the blues away, and come up with some entertaining ways of getting the most out of the day without resorting to devices.  These days, with all the virtually limitless entertainment gadgets and devices around us 24/7, the need for imagination has more or less faded away. If you were so inclined, you could just set your kids down in front of the TV, or Xbox, on…

Design an easy to clean kitchen

If there is one room in any home that can often be a nightmare to clean and keep tidy, it has to be the kitchen. It is such a busy room that families will often be using, so there is no wonder that so much clutter builds up over time. Not only that, though, but as it will be a big area for food prep and cooking, you can be sure that there will also be crumbs and spillages that need to be dealt with! Thankfully, though, your kitchen doesn’t always have to be a struggle to keep clean. Here…