Why renewing your wedding vows can be a great idea

Have you ever thought about renewing your wedding vows with your spouse? I must admit it has crossed my mind, as in two years time we will be celebrating our 20th wedding anniversary. But why renew your vows?

Renewing your wedding vows

Well, everyone has a different reason. There is no legal or tax advantage to renewing your vows, and it could be considered a nice thing to do. Especially as a means to celebrate an upcoming marital milestone, or to help you show the other just how much they mean to you. Perhaps Continue reading

The benefits of meeting locals when you travel

If you are planning on travelling, it could be a good idea to try and mix with the locals whilst you are away. In most places they are friendly, informative and very welcoming to visitors. Connecting with them in local bars, shops and villages will enhance your experience as it has many advantages.

The benefits of meeting locals when you travel

Some travel companies offer tours to the areas away from tourism, and these are well worth doing. In other places, local guides will operate tours and these can be very enlightening too.

Interacting with locals

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Mother’s Day is fast approaching, and if you are like me and totally unorganised for the 31st March, the following gift guide could come in handy. Featuring a range of gifts to suit all mums this Mother’s Day, or maybe you are looking for the perfect present for yourself.

A range of gifts to suit all mums this Mother's Day

The mum who likes to cook

How many times have you been on holiday, fallen in love with the local cuisine, and then wished you could recreate those wonderful recipes back home. This deluxe paella set from Continue reading

What I am focusing on this month – March and April goals

I know it’s the middle of March already, and I promise that one month I will be posting my goals on the 1st, but I guess they are better late than never.

What I am focusing on this month - March and April goals

You would have noticed from the title that I am combining my March and April goals. Next month is a busy one for us with a holiday, Easter, and of course the children being off school for 2 weeks, so I thought it made sense to combine the 2 months.  I have also replaced the home … Continue reading

A midweek catch up

I realised the other day that I haven’t done a catch up post for a few weeks, so today is the day that I sit down, open my laptop, and have a think about what we have been up to the past few weeks. It’s hard to think back to those few days of Spring we were blessed with, when the wind is currently blowing a gale outside. On the upside we are on serious countdown to our holiday, and 4 weeks today I will be sipping a Pina Colada in Greece.

A midweek catch up

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Creating the ideal study area for a Teenager 

There remains a growing desire to reform Secondary education in the UK, after the chairman of the Education Select Committee Robert Halfon suggested that both GCSEs and A-Levels should be scrapped in the near-future.

Creating the ideal study area for your Teenager

For now, GCSEs remain a key staple of Secondary education in the UK, with hundreds and thousands of students nationwide preparing for their exams. It was only 12 months ago that my own teenager was in the midst of revision for his GCSEs, and preparing to sit 24 exams during May and June.

Given the importance of a … Continue reading

February Goals – What I achieved this month

I think we can all agree that February was a ‘blink and miss it’ kind of a month, and I honestly don’t know where the time went. I know it’s the shortest month, but it felt like it passed in a complete blur, and I think I overestimated some of my goals. Whilst it may have gone in a flash, February was a pretty good month. We went away for a midweek break to review the beautiful Sandybrook Park, and we were blessed with a few spring-like days.

February Goals - What I achieved

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During February half term, we were invited to spend 4 nights at Sandybrook Park. The luxury lodge park is located just outside the small market town of Ashbourne in Derbyshire, and took us just 90 minutes to drive from our home in Cheshire. We checked in at 4pm, and we’re handed an information folder, our keys to our lodge, and also a complimentary pint of milk. What a lovely touch from Sandybrook.

Hot tub at Sandybrook Park

Sandybrook Park – 3 bedroom Classic Vogue Lodge with Hot tub

We quickly found our lodge (number 26), and we were soon inside exploring our home for the … Continue reading

Staying healthy on your holidays 

Holidays are a time for relaxation and fun. The problem is that you will often be tempted to overindulge in both food and drink, and that could end up making you ill. There are other reasons you could become unwell. Things like water or ear infections, or local products that do not agree with you, and upset your stomach can all cause issues.

Staying healthy on your holidays

If you want to stay healthy while you are away, these few tips might help you to achieve that.

Watch The Alcohol Intake

Most people drink more alcohol than usual when they Continue reading

First-time buyers guide to no deposit mortgages

Getting on the property ladder can be difficult, especially for young buyers attempting to buy their own home. Many people can’t afford to pay a large sum of money for a deposit, leaving them renting when they’d much rather own their own home. Don’t panic if you’re unable to buy with a regular mortgage, there are options for you, including the deposit-less type known as a 100 per cent mortgage. Not sure where to get started? Follow this quick guide to no deposit mortgages.

First-time buyers guide to no deposit mortgages

Is it possible ?

It is possible to get … Continue reading