Monthly Archives: March 2016

Slow Cooking Do’s and Don’t’s

Slow Cooking Do’s and Don’t’s

Over the past few months, I’ve become slightly obsessed with slow cooking. It’s really invigorated my interest in doing things in the kitchen and has made me so much more adventurous with the things that I’ll attempt to make. It also saves time AND money; a slow cooker is cheaper to run even over the course of 6 hours than a conventional oven is to run for one hour, and often the cheaper cuts of …

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Easter – Is it Becoming Christmas 2.0?

Easter – Is it Becoming Christmas 2.0?

Easter has been and gone and there’s still an absolute TON of chocolate adorning my sideboard – you know it’s Easter week when even the kids are bored of the sight of chocolate! I’m doing my best not to help  them with finishing it, but I’m fighting a losing battle really…BB can be VERY forceful if she wants to share something (that’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it). Obviously, we’re totally secular in our family, …

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How to give your home and garden a spring makeover

Each spring we give the house a thorough clean from top to bottom and look out into the garden debating which area to tackle first. Instead of just donning the rubber and garden gloves, why not plan a mini makeover for your indoor and outdoor space too? It won’t even take much in terms of funds or time and some of these simple changes can completely transform a space. Inside the house Change your feature …

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Make Dress Shopping a Doddle

Make Dress Shopping a Doddle

I may not be the most girly of girls, but I really do love it when it gets to spring and summer so that I can start to wear dresses again. Don’t get me wrong, I wear dresses in autumn and winter too, but that’s always with tights or leggings – there’s nothing quite so nice as being able to get your legs out when the sun is shining! Having said that, finding dresses which …

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7 Ways To Spruce Up Your Garden On A Budget

Gardening is one those occupations that doesn’t require a fortune. Like many passions you can spend a lot of money on expensive tools, plants and landscaping, but alternatively you can simply spruce up your garden with the minimum of equipment and stay well within your budget. Here’s how: 1. Plant hedges If your fencing is looking shabby but you still have to protect your garden’s boundaries take a look at some of the hedges on …

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Getting Ahead with Tutor Hunt

Getting Ahead with Tutor Hunt

Living where we do, the secondary school situation can be pretty competitive. We’re lucky enough to have two amazing girls schools nearby (one of which, my old school in fact, is ranked in the top 60 of the whole country!) and we’re hoping that Sausage will pass her 11+. The exam itself is said to have got a lot harder in recent years and I know that a lot of her peers will start receiving …

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How Five Kinds of Massage Chairs Can Help a Mum Stay Healthy

How Five Kinds of Massage Chairs Can Help a Mum Stay Healthy

There are days for any mum when you feel what you really need is several hours in a spa and an expert massage. Unless you’re a film star, it’s probably just a dream to have that on tap, but you could partly enjoy it with a massage chair. Massage Chairs Massage chairs have been around for some time, and earlier models had drawbacks, but the technology has vastly improved over the past decade or so. …

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Slow Cooker Mongolian Beef

Slow Cooker Mongolian Beef

The beauty of slow cooking is that it’s often cheaper cuts of meat which respond really well to “low and slow”, which means that we can enjoy healthy, protein-rich meals without having to spend a fortune. I’m still using the slow cooker, on average, about 2-3 times a week so as well as saving on the actual meals, the cost of cooking is lower too as it’s much cheaper to run a slow cooker, even for …

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Dining Room or Reading Nook?

I’ll be completely honest; since we moved back in September, we’ve still not really got the house how we’d like it…by which I mean we still have a room full of boxes instead of a dining room! Our dining table was damaged before we moved and we haven’t got around to fixing it yet, but we’re finally getting around to getting it sorted, so I’ve been thinking about what I want to do with the …

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Quit Smoking, Start Vaping

I, rather embarrassingly, was one of those kids who tried cigarettes at FAR too young an age. In fact, I first got caught smoking at the age of 11 (and got my legs slapped all the way up the stairs to my room). That love affair with nicotine continued for many years and by the age of 20, I was on 20-30 a day, something which I shudder at now when I think of the money …

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