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Get More Out Of Your Garden With These Outdoor Ideas

Can you remember when the last time you used your garden was? Ok, so the winter weather might not provide you with the optimum conditions for getting out into the garden, but there are still some things that you can do now that will help you get your outdoor space ready for better weather. Once the sun starts to shine, you should consider one of the following tips to help you get the most out of your garden.




Add Patio Or Decking
If your garden is all lawned, you might want to consider adding a patio or section of decking to a corner of it. This will then give you a great seating area where you will be able to enjoy al fresco meals once summer is here again. Dining outside is a great way to really enjoy all of the long, summer evenings, and it gives your garden more of a purpose than just a pretty outdoor space! You should buy some outdoor furniture and a barbecue so that you can cook outside and don’t have far to carry all your delicious food!


Encourage The Kids To Play Out
Most parents struggle to try and motivate their kids to be active and get plenty of exercise.Once you sort your garden out and get it into a state that is safe for the kids to play out in, then you shouldn’t find it too hard to get your children off the sofa. It’s worth taking a look for some jungle gyms and trampolines for sale that you could add to the garden. These will provide your kids with an extra incentive to get out into the garden and jump around!

Help Local Wildlife
You can also do a lot in your garden to help all of the local wildlife in your area. This is something that you might want to do with your kids, as it is a great chance to teach them about all the different animals and insects that live in your garden. For instance, you might want to plant some bee-friendly plants to help promote local colonies of bees. It’s also a good idea to add some bird feeders filled with seeds. You should put some of these out now so that the birds have plenty to eat throughout the colder months.

Grow Your Own
Do you wish that you could reduce your grocery bill slightly? Well, you can do just that if you start to grow your own vegetables. You don’t need a large section of garden if you are just starting out. Sectioning off a small corner will be enough to start growing some easy to grow veggies, like lettuces and tomatoes. Once you develop your green fingers, you might want to introduce some fruit trees and berry bushes!

As you can see, you don’t have to be an experienced gardener to make the most of your garden. The above tips can make all the difference and will make you want to use your garden a lot more often!

5 Ways to Get Rid of Acne & Acne Scars Fast*


Are you looking for a quick way to get rid of your acne and your acne scars? Acne can lower self-esteem and confidence so hopefully some of these acne removing tips will help you get clearer skin sooner!

1.  Light therapy has become very popular, especially since it offers an easy way of eliminating the acne scars. The light will erode the skin's outer layer getting rid of dead cells and promoting rejuvenation of new cells which are healthy and beautiful. A few sessions might be needed to effectively get rid of the acne scar

2. Laser Resurfacing  This procedure is both fast and popular. Usually an outpatient procedure, laser resurfacing involves actually burning away a very precisely calculated amount of skin at the site of the scar. The new skin that grows in will be smoother and reduces or eliminates the appearance of scars. Clincs like Dore Aesthetics are leading the way with this procedure with amazing results.

3. Manuka Honey has been getting more and more press coverage for its great natural healing properties, and a growing number of people are finding it a useful natural product to use for acne. Apply medical grade manuka honey direct to spots and acne area.

4. Water, It is known that water is one of the best natural remedies to help get rid of acne scars. It is in your best interest to stay away from fizzy and other carbonated drinks.

5. Exfoliate, you should exfolite least twice a week. Make sure that you use a gentle, non-abrasive skin care product. This will keep dead skin cells from building up and mixing with oils that will in turn result into acne. By removing dead skin, you are removing old scars
2. Laser Resurfacing
This procedure is both fast and popular. Usually an outpatient procedure, laser resurfacing involves actually burning away a very precisely calculated amount of skin at the site of the scar. The new skin that grows in will be smoother and reduces or eliminates the appearance of scars.


Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/1656181
2. Laser Resurfacing
This procedure is both fast and popular. Usually an outpatient procedure, laser resurfacing involves actually burning away a very precisely calculated amount of skin at the site of the scar. The new skin that grows in will be smoother and reduces or eliminates the appearance of scars.


Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/1656181
2. Laser Resurfacing
This procedure is both fast and popular. Usually an outpatient procedure, laser resurfacing involves actually burning away a very precisely calculated amount of skin at the site of the scar. The new skin that grows in will be smoother and reduces or eliminates the appearance of scars.


Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/1656181
2. Laser Resurfacing
This procedure is both fast and popular. Usually an outpatient procedure, laser resurfacing involves actually burning away a very precisely calculated amount of skin at the site of the scar. The new skin that grows in will be smoother and reduces or eliminates the appearance of scars.


Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/1656181

Jack And The Beanstalk at Millfield Theatre


Now that Christmas is over, you are probably asking yourself should I bother going to a Christmas panto? The answer is obviously Yes! and Millfield Theatre's legendary pantomime is here- bigger, better and more bonkers than ever!


This year's Christmas extravaganza is Jack and the Beanstalk, written and directored by Marc Day. The panto follows Jack, his brother Simon and their Mum Dame Dottie Trott face the very naughty Fleshcreep (henchman to the Giant Blunderbore) and save his sweetheart Jill.

Darcy and I were lucky enough to see the show, and we loved every minute of it.

This bonkers panto spectacular is full of beans, with fantastic song-and-dance numbers. I also loved that they included landmarks of Enfield. The giant was also a pleasant suprise. 


We laughed and danced throughout the panto, and Darcy has decided she wants to become one of the Junior Ensemble.

On Friday 29th December at 5pm there will be a relaxed performance. This is specifically designed to welcome people with an Autistic Spectrum condition, learning disability or sensory and communication disorder.


All performances are 2 hours 15 minutes long, and include a 20 minute interval. Don't miss out on the fun. Jack and the Beanstalk is on until the 31st December 2017, you can buy tickets here

Our Christmas Eve Routine*


Happy Christmas everyone! It’s finally Christmas on Monday and we are so so so so SO excited for the big day, but I think I love Christmas Eve probably just as much as Christmas Day; so I thought I’d share  our Christmas Eve routine.


It starts off with Darcy waking me up at silly o'clock, we open the last door of her advent calendar, then she get stuck into her Christmas Eve box, It includes a festive DVD, movie snacks, new PJs, a bath bomb and a plate to put Santa's treats on. Darcy has fallen in love with silver Light up Wooden Star, its battery operated as well.




We spend the afternoon facetiming friends and family, and Darcy and her Grandma have their annual Christmas Bake off. This year it was minced pies, whilst I try to do my last Christmas shopping and wrap up all her presents.

We then settle down to our Christmas Eve buffet, because I'm going to be completely honest, I don't have the time or energy to be wanting to cook, especially knowing the next day, I'll be stuck in the kitchen for half of the day.


Christmas Eve, is not Christmas Eve without watching some Christmas movies, our favourites are Elf and The Grinch. We snuggle down into freshly washed festive theme duvet covers. This year it's these reindeer brushed cotton set, they are so warm and cosy and goes well with my faux fur throw. JD Williams have some lovely homeware bits at the moment. There's normally a bit of pouting as I won't let Darcy have all the strawberry crème chocolates, they are my favourite after all.

Darcy then has a bath with the bathbomb from her Christmas eve box, I always choose Luxury Pud from Lush as it has lavender in it and helps her fall asleep easier, we leave Santa his treats next to the fire-place and head to bed to read Santa Is Coming To Enfield then it's finally bed time and I can have a cheeky Ameretto and cranberry juice.


How do you and your family enjoy Christmas Eve? I hope you all have the most magical day tomorrow and get everything you could possibly wish for.


A Few Affordable Last Minute Christmas Stocking Fillers Gift Ideas* - For All The Family



Sometimes best things come in small packages, especially when it comes to Christmas stocking fillers. I have found some of the best Christmas Stocking Fillers for everyone, from little boys and girls to big kids and grown-ups. And best of all, these are under £10
 

For Him
£1 for Team America: World Police?? The classic film from the creators of 'South Park', with puppets. In the 'War on Terror' Team America is the United States' first line of defence, an elite unit of counter-terrorist operatives whose adventures take them all over the world - often destroying most of it as they go.Head down to Poundland to get yours, whilst you are there you can get a bar of Twin Peaks, their Toblerone lookalike that costs £1 - but you'll have to be quick as only 500,000 bars are being sold. This Hulk bath bomb is also from Poundland and is cheap as chips. This cheeky anti Bullsh*t spray is from B & M for £1.99, the perfect funny addition to their stocking.
 

For Kids You cannot go wrong with chocolate, this selection pack is from Poundland for £1, Channel 5 Milkshake! Brand New Besties*  features 2 hours of your little ones favourite characters including AW Patrol, Ben & Holly’s Little Kingdom, Peppa Pig, Fireman Sam, Poppy Cat, Noddy, Toyland Detective and Bob the Builder. And is only £4.99 on Amazon. Do you remember when The Teletubbies had a Christmas number 1? Relive those memories with Teletubbies - Big Hugs* retails at £8.99 and features 19 of their most popular songs. This fluffy cute key ring from Home Bargain is and would look perfect on a bag handle or key ring.




For her This portable mini nail polish dryer from Flying Tiger is only £4.99. Keeping on the nail theme these false nails from Primark are only £2!! and come in a assortment of shapes and colours. Sudocrem* is not just for baby bottoms, used to treat pesky spots, to soothe dry patches of skin or as a gentle face mask, and it’s priced at only £2.00! How about a mini cinema light box from Home Bargains? You create your own messages, words, phrases or letters for £3.99

The Christmas Tag

Six more sleeps, six more sleeps!! Can you tell I'm super excited for Christmas this year?. Bring on the quality family time, cosy movie times, annual Christmas Eve buffet and seeing Darcy's face on Christmas morning when she opens up all of her presents.


The lovely Emma from Life According to Mrs Shilts  and Rachel from Word of Rachel have tagged me in the very festive Christmas tag, so let me share with you all the Christmassy things that I love.

What’s Your Favourite Christmas Movie?
Hmm... this is a tough one,but is has to be Elf. You couldn't help fall in love with Buddy, his inocconece and Christmas spirit is just infectious. I have lost count of the amount of times I have watched it. I went to see Elf the Musical at the theatre a few years ago and it wasn't anywhere as good as the film.

Have You Ever Had A White Christmas?

I had to ask my Mum as I couldn't remember, and apparently I have had a white Christmas. Fingers crossed we have one this year, as Darcy has put it on her Christmas list.

What Is Your Favourite Christmas Song?

Pop songs it has to be Last Christmas by Wham, I've grown up listening to it,and there is Mariah Carey, All I want for Christmas, I am forever trying to hit those high notes.


Do You Open Any Presents On Christmas Eve?
No, we do not open our Christmas presents until after breakfast Christmas morning. However Darcy does have a Christmas Eve box that she opens on Christmas Eve and it keeps her entertained for the whole day. It includes a festive DVD, movie snacks, new PJs, a bath bomb and a plate to put Santa's treats on.

Can You Name All Of Santa’s Reindeer?
Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner and Blitzen and of course Rudolph.
 
Look how small she was

What Holiday Traditions Are You Looking Forward To This Year?
A visit to see Santa in his Grotto, each year Darcy, myself and her dad go to our local gardening centre and she picks a new Christmas decoration. When she moves out I'm planning on giving them all to her so she can decorate her first tree in her first home.  Even though her fagther and I are not together,  I think it is important that we do things together as a family and create memories. We also do lots of Christmas baking and watch a lot and I mean A LOT of Christmas movies.

Is Your Christmas Tree Real or Fake?
I'm sorry but the frugal in me will not allow myself to buy a real tree, Darcy has been bugging me for a real one. So maybe next year....

What Is Your Favourite Holiday Treat/Food/Sweet?

Pigs in blankets and mince pies,which I'm going to try and make myself this year.

Be Honest, Do You Like Giving Or Receiving Gifts Better?

It's all about giving for me, I've been buying presents throughout the year. I like giving gifts more because i love seeing someone happy especially because I have given them a gift. To me, that smile on their face is already enough to pay me for what I have given.

What Is The Best Christmas Present You Ever Received?
A laptop from my Mum a few years ago, I had a rather crappy year and my laptop at the time died on me. I wasn't expecting it and let's be honest it's a rather expensive present, so I may had cried a little.


What Is Your Dream Place To Visit For The Holiday Season?

I really want to visit Disneyland Paris during the Christmas period. I've seen so many pictures and it just looks so magical.


Are You A Pro Present Wrapper Or Do You Fail Miserably?
I would say I'm almost a pro, I used to drive my Mum crazy, as I would never fold the edges properly lol.


Most Memorable Christmas Memory?
Being pregnant with Darcy, I couldn't enjoy my Christmas dinner due to sickness and everyone kept telling me they thought she would come on Christmas day. So was on tender hooks all the time waiting to see if she would arrive or not. She turned up being 10 days fashionably late and me being induced.


What Makes The Holidays Special For You?
Everyone is generally in a good mood, I love spending time with my family and friends and sitting down and appreciating what and who I have around me.


So that's my Christmas tag, now I tag;

 

 

Last Mintue Christmas Gift Guide for Her*


So there is officially 8 days left till Christmas. But have you got that special woman in your life her present yet? Today i'm sharing a few gift ideas which would be perfect and you can buy online if you haven't enough time  or not brave enough to pop to the shops.


We all need something to keep us organised. This gorgeous rose gold Filofax is the perfect gift for any age. Use it from putting in birthdays, to-do notes, shopping lists, addresses, appointments, bills, work shifts, the list is endless. Pair with a fancy pen and she's set to write until her heart's content.


I mean who doesn't love Nutella, and there is so much more you can do with it them bread it on bread or eat it straight from the jar. Nutella: The 30 Best Recipes,is split into four sections, each covering a different type of recipe, from treats, to melt-in-the-mouth and sharing. The recipes details are compact due to the size of the book, but are easy to follow. Some of the recipes rely on ready-made ingredients, such as salted caramel or filo pastry, but the rest are fairly common store cupboard ingredients. The recipes cover various skill levels, so there will be something in here for the skilled baker or novice to try.



After a long day there is nothing better than a foot massage. The Dual Foot Massagner from Prezzybox. The foot massager uses the Shiatsu massage concept of rotating nodes which give an invigorating massage and provide manual pressure to specific parts of your feet, to relieve any tension and pain that you may be experiencing in the different parts of your body.

Gin has become very popular lately, and what more could you buy the gin lover woman in your life than some Christmas Gin filled baubles*. Most definitely the most sought after festive decorations ever, so you better pick some up quickly for her tree. 

So that was my last minute gift  guide for her, I hope you find it helpful.