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5 Things To Look For When Buying A Family Car*


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Buying the right family car can be tricky, especially if you are trying to find a car that suits everyone. 

Safety and practicality are normally the key factors for parents and caregivers, where as the kids are usually more interested in what the car looks like and what fun stuff it has inside. The family car needs to be multi-dimensional and fit for all purposes; whether it’s doing the school run, picking up the kids and their friends or going for long road trips and of course if you have a big family, the right car is all about having the most space possible. 

Safety is one of the most important things to look for. Take time out to check the cars Euro Cars Cap Score Rating as they are the safety standards for all mainstream cars in the UK, and a car can receive anything from  0 to a maximum score of 5.

Space, a car that is tall and boxy is key for any family car. Check to see how far the doors can open because you will need enough space to put your child into their car seat. Take a pushchair with you to see if it will fit in the boot easily; also check if the boot is easy to clean, push chairs, football kits etc can get very dirty after all.

Seats, check the rear seats for comfort. Look for Isofix points, they help installing a car seat quick, safe and easy. It is always a good idea to take your own car seat with you to see how well it fits.

Storage, as a parent you know your kids will want to bring  everything and the kitchen sink with them. And you will need space for wet wipes, emergency kits and snacks. So if you don't want to look like you're driving in a tip look for plenty of storage cubbies.

Interiors, a dark coloured interior will hide mess, spills and stains that you get with young children and their sticky fingers!. Check for extras like USB points and reverse parking sensors or cameras. Screen mounts for longer jounerys and integrated sun blinds are also an essential car journey plus point.

Make sure the car meets all your needs, you want a car that will make travelling with your family as stress free as possible. Cars.com is a great site to check out when looking for a new family car.

What things do you look for when buying a family car?


Garden Style Trends for 2018*


As we are approaching February, it is the perfect time to start planning what you want to do with the garden this year. A wide range of gardens exists from Zen gardens to Roof to Urban horticulture there is a garden for everyone

It is a known fact that gardening is good for you for lots of reasons including, keeping you active, reducing stress and fighting depression. If you do not have a garden you could always grow some flowers in the window box, joining a gardening club or try rent a area in a allotment.



Gardening is also a great way to get the kids outside and learning about nature. Darcy had great fun growing strawberries and tomatoes and is already asking me what we can grow this year.

Rattan Direct has put together a guide of what garden trends to expect in 2018, so if you are need of some inspiration make sure you check out the guide here.

Celebrating National Chocolate Cake Day with Num Noms



If you are a regular reading of the blog you will know that Darcy is Num Noms mad!! So when they asked if we would like to Celebrate National Chocolate day of course we said Yes!!




We were sent everything we would need to bake a yummy chocolate cake and more, cake ingredients, Num Noms Series 4 Deluxe Pack and two Num Noms Mystery Pots and a chef hat.


Darcy loves to bake and loved getting stuck into mixing the cake batter,you can't bake a cake without licking the spoon (ok fork) afterwards.

Don't do what I did and get engrossed watching The Chase as it will end up with a  loud fire alarm going off and a very burnt cake.



Luckily we were sent enough ingredients to make another one and here is the finished result.




Num Noms Series 4 Deluxe Pack comes with 12 Num Noms in total, including a mystery Num Nom and two lip glosses and the mystery pots come with a  Num Nom and a nail polish or a glitter lip gloss. 

Hold tight as series 5 is being released soon. I wonder what cute, scent Num Noms will be ready to add to D's ever-growing collection?.

How will you be celebrating National Chocolate Cake Day?

Why Underfloor Heating is a Luxury Investment for Your Home*

Want to have a toasty warm, comfortable home but don’t want the big heating bills? There is an alternative to spending the winter months bundled up in layers of woolly jumpers and blankets, as highlighted by leading heating specialists Underfloor Heating Trade Supplies.



With the onset of winter, most of us worry about the cost of staying warm in our homes. On one hand, we understand the need to conserve energy and use it as efficiently as possible. But on the other hand, living in a cold environment is not good for our health either.

There is an alternative to bundling up in layers of sweaters and cardigans. It takes investment but as Underfloor Heating Trade Supplies it is an affordable home improvement that brings many benefits.

What is underfloor heating?


It may sound like a new-fangled solution brought about by the need to conserve energy but it is a form of heating that has been around for some time – centuries, in fact. The Romans are documented as having used it to keep their bathhouses warm, places they socialised, as well as washed but it is thought it was used as a heating system for some time before that.

But it looked different, although the principle was the same. Early underfloor heating was known as hypocaust or ‘fire under the floor’. The Romans used the fire to heat the floor and the water too, which circulated around their bathhouses.

Why did we fell in love with central heating?


We fell out of love with it when central heating came along in the 1930s. In the UK, we loved it. A boiler used gas, oil or coal to heat water around a system of pipes and radiators in the home: we were toasty warm, too warm in most of the time.

Over the years, with technological improvements, boilers became more efficient and thus, it did, for a while, become a cheaper means of heating the home.

But it was a luxury that wasn’t to last. With natural resources running low, we need to look at other, more efficient means. And with global warming linked to carbon emissions, we need to be pumping less carbon dioxide, created when we burn fossil fuels – gas, oil and coal – into the atmosphere.

More than just saving the planet and money


An energy efficient home is no longer just about hanging on to as much heat as possible and for as long as possible – it is about comfort. And so, many new builds are taking note of Passivhaus, a standard of building that uses very little in the way of energy to heat it or to cool it.

However, unless you are going to knock your house down and start again, you need to be investing in a heating system that is relatively cheap to run but without compromising on heat.

Why is underfloor heating the solution?


It is not just a biased few from Underfloor Heating Trade Supplies but a realisation of many that wet underfloor heating systems can offer a comfortable level of heat, without costing oodles of cash.

Here’s why;

·         It uses less energy – as a system it fits with your current boiler and if that is relatively modern, young and a combi or condenser boiler, you are all set to go.

·         It runs at a lower temperature – admittedly, compared to a roaring fire or a radiator on full blast, underfloor heat is not at the same level BUT, running at a lower temperature for longer means that it keeps your home pleasantly warm.

·         Radiates heat – radiators heat your home by making the air warm and we all know from our science lessons that warm air rises, falling back to the floor as it cools. This is all well and good, but it is not as efficient as heating a room as radiated heat. Underfloor heating works by the hot water heating the pipes laid in the sub-floor, which heats the concrete or insulating boards around it, which heats the floor which makes the room lovely and warm.

·         No ugly radiators – who likes looking at a radiator? And why were they placed under the window? With underfloor heating, everything is beneath your feet and out of sight.

Pro-active heat control


The days of setting the timer on the boiler in October and turning it off in April are long gone. To gain maximum efficiency and savings from any heating system, you need to proactively manage heat in the home –underfloor heating is no different.

You will save money with underfloor heating but how much depends on a whole list of variables, from how well you control and monitor the temperature in your home to how well your home is insulated.

But, there is no denying the luxury of getting out bed or stepping out of the shower onto a lovely warm floor, just one reason why underfloor heating is the popular luxury investment that it is becoming.



Underfloor Heating Trade Supplies are a leading company in supplying kits and components that make designing and installing an underfloor heating system a doddle. Connect with them on Twitter @UFHTS

Chewy Moon Review


I don't know about you, but my child loves to snack. It's the one thing we get through a lot in our home. And I am always on the look out for healthier options.Luckily Chewy Moon got in touch to asked if we wanted to review a Chewy Moon box. If you havent heard of Chewy Moon they are a healthy snack box for children which gets delivered to your front door every fortnight.


The subscription box costs £4.99 each fortnight and you get your first box for free!! To start off with you have to complete a questionnaire. Simply tell them your child’s age, activity levels, body type, hobbies and interests and rate each snack online. That way, they will know your child's likes and dislikes and they will put together a box that your child will love.



Each Chewy Moon box comes with ten separately packaged snack boxes. All with different and quirky design.  If your child is obsessed with stickers, they will love the sticker booklet which is included in the subscripton box. They can collect various Chewy Moon characters a perfect way to keep them occupied whilst their snack.

Children should be only allowed to have two snacks a day which are 100 calories a day or less. Chewy Moon healthy and tasty snacks are perfect for break times, lunch boxes and after school snacks.

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, especially organic rose water products. 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