Is Your Car Ready For Winter Cold?*

I don't know about you, but the sudden change of weather has caught me off guard. I might have even put the heating on yesterday. We always prepare ourselves for the colder weather by buying warmer clothes, changing what we eat for warmer heartier meals and even changing our skin care routine.

One thing we do neglect is our cars, winter is one of the hardest seasons to drive in, with all the ice, snow and cold weather. The weather can have a big effect on the way your car drives, so it is important to make sure your car is ready for winter by doing some car maintenance.

Get your car serviced
Before you use your car, you should really take it to get a service. A service will make sure that your car will run for longer. You should always make sure you take your car to a trustworthy garage like Iverson Tyres.

Check your battery
A well charged battery is necessary to start a car in the colder weather. Have your battery charge or change if needed. And also check to see if there are any loose connections

Change your tyres
Make sure your tyres are in tip-top condition, the legal limit for tyre tread is 1.6mm. You should also check that your tyres are not over or under inflated as this cause issues with your steering which could lead to a collision.

Check that neither the treads are not cracked or damaged. Any damage here can get worse on the roads.

Wash your car
I know this sounds random but during the colder season your car gets really dirty from all the mud, sleet and snow. Not only does this cover your car lights, but the dirt could cover other things which could be wrong with it. Plus who doesn't love driving around in a sparkly clean car?

Winter is one of the hardest seasons to drive in, with all the snow, icy roads, and cold weather. The cold weather can make the pliable materials stiffer and more brittle, and it can also make fluids thicker. Additionally, the roads can be more dangerous due to the icy and snow-covered roads. For this reason, you must make sure to have your car ready for winter by doing some basic car maintenance checks. Doing so will help you save money and time as the season turns for the worst. Here are some simple car maintenance tips to help you get through the winter.
1. Tune-up your car
Before you use your car, you must take it to your car service center for a tune-up. A tune-up will help keep your vehicle running longer, and it will also help you save money by detecting and preventing problems.
2. Get the right tires for winter
There are different types of tires available for different driving conditions. When choosing the right tires for winter, you must first consider your needs. The all-season tires are not usually effective during winter where there are lots of snow and icy roads. For instance, there are winter tires with new tread patterns and rubber compounds which make them quieter on dry roads, and very effective on icy roads. Choosing the right winter tires will help you avoid slipping off the road or other accidents.
3. Check your oil and other fluid levels
You have to check that your car's transmission, power steering, brake, and windshield fluids, as well as the oil, and coolants are filled to proper levels. You also have to remember that there are certain engine oils that don't perform well in the cold weather. Make sure that your oil is good for your location, and change it when necessary. If your fluid levels are at proper levels, your vehicle will run better and you will be less susceptible to road problems.
4. Check your battery
Since you will be driving your vehicle on testy roads, you must pay close attention to your car's battery. You have to realize that winter puts more stress on your car battery, especially if you park outdoors. You can consider a load-test for your battery since this is cost-effective and can save you from problems down the road. If you find out that your battery is not doing well, you can replace it when you need to.
5. Prepare a winter emergency kit
You must always bring with you an emergency road kit. In addition, you must also have a special winter emergency kit which includes: sand for tire traction on snow, and an ice scraper and de-icing liquid.

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The Hengelings - All New Show For All The Family*

I don't know about you, but before having Darcy I always said that my child would have a very limited time in front of the TV. Fast forward 4 years and I have to admit she spends more time that I wanted to watching TV. I don't actually think it's a bad thing as it gives me time to knuckle down on some coursework or answer emails without being interrupted.
I always try to make sure, however, what she is watching is educational in some way and now we have a new show to watch that tick all our boxes. Ladies and Gentleman let me introduce The Hengelings”.

Who are The Henglings you ask?  The Henglings are a family of motion puppets based on Stonehenge. It is a charming mix of fantasy, adventure and humour. Each show is set over the course of the day that starts at sunrise and ends at sunset and the family returning to their beds. There is a mother called Solstice, a father called Sarcen, a daughter called Lintel and a son called Mortice – these all being words associated with the famous site. They’re well meaning and playful creatures and each episode has an underlying message about caring for the environment.

The Hengelings speak forming expressive sounds and not words, which unfolds visually. occasionally using a word or sound that your child may recognise, however they will not get lost in the story as they will be helped along by the use of a narrator called The Wise Old Stone and he resembles an Easter Island head.

The targeted audience is age 1-7yrs, however, after watching the trailer for the show. I  think it will be great for alI the family. The show is a refreshing change to other shows out there and I love the meaning behind it.

Have a look at the trailer and let me know what you think

5 Affordable Bathroom Upgrades Ideas*

Create the bathroom of your dreams with an inexpensive bathroom makeover. You can refresh your bathroom in a weekend or less with these 5 affordable upgrades ideas.

Deep clean your bathroom
I know everyone at the moment is on the #hincharmy, Mrs Hinch hype. However giving your bathroom a deep clean can really make your bathroom look much fresher. What is the difference between regular cleaning and a deep clean? Regular cleaning is what most people do on a regular basis for example weekly vs a deep clean which is every 6 months to a year. 

Deep cleaning the bathroom means cleaning the inside and tops of the cupboards, including cabinets, underneath and behind the sink and toilet and removing built up limescale from all taps, tiles and the shower head.

Change the Shower head
It's the little things that can make a everyday bathroom feel luxurious. One of these things is changing your shower head, it will make you feel that you are staying in a fancy hotel. If you’re not confident about changing the shower head, call a plumber in

Get painting
A coat of paint on the walls and ceiling is the easiest way to freshen up your bathroom. Lighter colours will make the bathroom seem larger or if you are after something a little more cosy, go for a rich dark colour. Make sure you use bathroom paint as they are especially designed for wet areas. You will have less issues with mould and a more hard wearing finish.
Add some plants
A bit of greenly can do wonders for a look of a bathroom. Invest in some moisture loving plants like ferns and orchids. Not only will they love the steam from the bathroom they will also add some scent to the room.

Change your tiles
Another way of giving your bathroom a fresh and modern look is by changing the tiles. If your budget is tight you don't have to tile your whole bathroom. Simply changing the tiles around the sink will make a huge different to the look and feel of your bathroom. 

So those are my 5 affordable bathroom upgrades ideas. If you need more design inspiration for your bathroom. Visit showrooms like Harrogate bathroom for classy ideas and bathroom ideas. I find visiting showrooms give you more of an idea how things will look once installed.

Trolls Summer Festival at Sherk's Adventure

We were recently invited to visit Shrek’s Adventure in London. This summer they are hosting a Trolls Festival which gives you the chance to meet everyone favourite Princess Poppy.

If you have not been to Shrek’s Adventure before, it is situated on the South Bank next to the Coca Cola London Eye and opposite the Houses of Parliament. We went there by the Underground and their nearest station is Waterloo or Westminster. It is very easy to walk to the location and there is a park and lots of places to eat nearby.

If I am honest it took Darcy a while to enjoy herself, I found Sherk Adventure to be a little dark. Which is not ideal when your child is scared of the dark. However once I finally settled her down she couldn't wait to explore.

The Shrek’s Adventure tour begins with a brief meet up with Princess Fiona, followed by a manic 4D journey with Donkey. The bus itself is surrounded by 4D screens and it is a wide ride. No spoilers but be prepared you might get a little wet!

The Shrek’s Adventure ride features familiar faces from the Dreamworks family, from Kung Fu Panda to Darcy's favourite Madagascar. There’s a treasure trail across a stinky swamp, a Topsy turvy game show and a mirror maze which we got lost in.

The actors you meet along the way really play the part and you cannot help but get really into the story. There are lots of audience participation and it’s all great fun. Darcy had some brilliant interaction with the Muffin man, which she still speaks about to this day.

The Trolls Festival takes place after the tour for an extra cost in its own private room. The room is decorated just like the Troll village with lots of special details and very bright colours. In the room you get to have sing a long to your favourite songs from the movie, take part in a quiz and meet poppy herself!

I haven't got many pictures of the day because cameras and phones are not permitted to be used during Shrek’s Adventure. You can however use them in the character courtyard at the end of your tour, but Darcy was too scared to have a picture of Sherk ,so we rushed pass that part. You also have the opportunity to buy pictures in a professional photo album at the end of the tour.

The Troll Festival will be at Sherk Adventure until 3rd September. So what are you waiting for? get your dancing shoes on and head down to the South Bank. Believe me you don't want to miss out!