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Ways to Teach Children to Respect Law and Authority

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Respect for the law is pivotal to life in so many ways. Of course, staying out of trouble is key, but you also want your kids to understand that laws are established to better society and keep individuals safe. Therefore, work to foster a sense of respect for the law and authority in your kids from an early age.


Model Appropriate Behaviour

One of the best approaches that you can use is to model appropriate behaviour yourself. For example, if you are regularly violating traffic laws and mocking individuals who create policies, you need to ask yourself why your children would do any differently. Make sure your children see you following the law and speaking in a manner that uplifts the legal system. When children have this type of behaviour integrated into their daily lives from a young age, they may be more influenced to naturally abide by the rules that govern them.

Explain Consequences

You want your children to be good for the sake of being good, but you also want to enlighten them as to the consequences of breaking the law. Of course, doing so in an age-appropriate manner is pivotal. For example, you can discuss smaller violations of the law with younger children. As children grow into pre-teens and begin to navigate more of the world for themselves, you can expose them to information about more serious infractions of the law and how breaking such laws can have consequences that follow them throughout their entire lives.

Familiarise Children with Laws

Children may also turn away from laws because they do not understand them. Better familiarising your children with the law can help them to feel more comfortable. For example, you may decide to browse the pages on Prime Lawyers in order to show your children information in a user friendly way. Remember that many kids tend to digest and absorb information well when presented throughout technology.

Attend Community Events

A number of communities have events that help to promote awareness of the law. For example, your community may hold an event where everyone gets together to discuss ways to make the community safer. The community may also have discussions about specific types of laws and how to better support them in the neighbourhood. You may also want to participate with your kids in neighbourhood safety programs. When you can come together as a community, you have the opportunity to show your kids the power of positive influences from other people. In other words, your children may really enjoy getting to support the community and work together with their neighbours in this way.

Following the laws is important, and this statement is true or both children and adults. As parents, you have a responsibility to teach your kids about the laws that are at play in your community and the larger world. While teaching the might seem difficult at first, you can employ some tips to bolster the experience and to foster a strong sense of respect in them.

Chilli and Tomato Basa Fillet

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So this is my own little recipe that I put together, so if you fancy spicing up your fish then you should really try this one. A healthy dish full of colour, flavour and sunshine. Fish or seafood is the type of food that is by far from boring, you can cook fish in some many different ways and add what ever flavours that you want. This is a versatile dish. Fish cooked in a fresh coriander, chilli flakes and tomatoes is such a great combination to help enhance the delicate natural taste of the basa fillets. 


To make these chilli and tomato basa fillets you will need:

2 basa fillets, frozen
1 tsp of chilli flakes
5 cherry tomatoes
1 tbsp lime juice
2 tbsp of corinader
2 tsp of olive oil (4 syns)
Salt and pepper to taste

To make the delicious marinade add the chilli flakes, cherry tomatoes, lime juice, fresh corinader, olive oil to a mini food processor and blitz a couple of times, then add salt and pepper to taste and give it another blitz to combine. You can keep this marinade chunky if you like and add all ingredients apart from the basa fillets into the food processor and pulse a couple of times. However. because of our daughter we prefer a smoother marindade. 


Place the basa fillets in a dish and spoon over the marinade, for extra flavour you could turn over the fillets and marinade on the other side too. Then place the basa fillets into the fridge for an hour. Once you having finished the marinading process, loosely wrap the fillets into tin foil and cook for 20 minutes at 180℃/Gas Mark 5. Unwrap the tin foil and pop back into the oven for another ten minutes so the topping goes nice and crisp. 



After those ten minutes it is time to plate up and enjoy. Now this fish dish is such a versatile food and can have any pairing you wish. We like to add a leafy green salad and a savoury rice but you could have it anyway you want. Something that you could try is adding this marinade to a chicken break or pork mince for some tasty burgers.

BIRCHBOX - June 2019 : This is the Life

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It has been a little while since we have had a Birchbox review on the blog as life has been a little crazy and if I am being completely honest the last couple of boxes haven't really wowed me either. But back with a brand new box full of inspiration for June. Now with this month's box you are in for a real treat with their This is the Life beauty box that is all about the summer adventures. It is an exciting collaboration with Paperchase and for those that know me will understand the excitement. Who else gets excited about stationary? Each subscriber will receive a full sized Laritzy Lip Stix in the shades Plum or Gala as part of the monthly choice and a mini Benefit Gimme Brow. As this is in collaboration with Paperchase every subscriber will also get the chance to get 20% off in a store or online for yourself and friend.


If you're new to Birchbox they are one of the main leaders in the beauty box subscription game. Each month you will receive five deluxe samples and travel sized samples and these will be with makeup, skin care, body care or hair care. It's a great way to discover new products that you wouldn't normally come across if it wasn't for this little beauty subscription. So without further ado let's take a closer look. 

LARITZY Cosmetics. Lip Stix in Plum. RRP | £20.00

This build able formula gives off the perfect bright lip that so many of us need. This colour really compliments my complexion. I love how easily it glides on and acts as a liner and a lipstick. This Shade Stix is perfect for pretty summer looks and this is a travel bag must-have. Sometimes an important part of self-love is embracing your colours and that is exactly what I am doing with this LARITZY shade. I have tried out quite a few products by LARITZY Cosmetics and haven’t been disappointed. On the plus that it is cruelty free as well.


Benefit. Gimme Brow in Warm Gold Blonde, Shade 2. RRP | £21.50

I have to make a confession. My brows are not something that I have been making time for, literally minimal maintenance. However with the new year I made a few new beauty promises to myself and upping my brow game was at the top of my list. And I think I have finally cracked it and have my routine. My favourite step with my brow routine are adding the powders as I am able to fill in my sparse eyebrows and build them up gradually so they appear natural. I use L'Oréal Paris Brow Artist Genius Kit and it's become a faithful. But it is nice to try something different and I have to say that I was surprised to see this in my Birchbox, it is a lot smaller than a regular sample but still enough to try it. I was sent the colour warm golden blonde, and my eyebrows are nowhere near blonde. So a bit of an oversight on the Birchbox side. I did try it and it turned my eyebrows ginger, so it's a no from me with the warm golden brown. However, this product is amazing! You hardly have to do anything. I previously spent ages filling in my whole brow with pencil which takes ages and if you make a little mistake it looked bad. With this you just do one or two strokes and you're done.

Rituals. The Ritual of Karma Body Cream. RRP | £18.50

When it comes to body cream nothing can beat Soap and Glory's Righetous Butter in my opinion and I always have some stashed away in my bathroom essentials. However, its nice to change it up from time to time. This velvety body cream combines the sweet, floral scent of florals with the nourishing power of white tea. Intensely hydrating and gorgeously scented, the rich formula sinks in quickly and leaves your body feeling soft and supple all day. The body cream itself is airy and creamy and sinks almost instantly into your skin, leaving your skin feeling soft right away. The cream also does well with sensitive skin, the skin on my limbs is usually quite sensitive and didn't have any reaction to it whatsoever. The cream is packaged in Rituals' standard body cream packaging, this time in an aqua marine colour.


Wander Beauty. Baggage Claim Gold Eye Mask. RRP | £20.00

This was the product that I was most looking forward to trying, because let's face it, as a mum I am prone to awful dark circles. A set of gold foil eye masks to brighten, hydrate, and reduce the appearance of dark circles. The gold foil helps retain heat and prevents evaporation allowing the maximum amount of serum to penetrate the skin. The middle layer is elastic so the masks will not slip and the third is an exclusive cellulose fibre that condenses and delivers key ingredients efficiently, giving you all the skin-loving benefits you need for instant results. Soo soothing and nourishing!! Great for a quick wake up! I’m so amazed but how much it has helped me, super effective. Not too pricey for what it’s giving, you’ll only know once you have tried it out.

Amika. Bust Your Brass Cool Blonde Shampoo. RRP | £18

Amika Bust Your Brass Cool Blonde Shampoo is an ultra-violet shampoo that keeps blonde colour light and bright. Sea buckthorn berry, wild cherry bark extract and avocado oil help to stop brassiness in its tracks as well as as inject moisture, elasticity and shine into your lock. However, due to being a brunette I couldn't actually try this shampoo. A mishap with my box this month. 


In a nutshell, it seems like a good box. However, I am slightly disappointed with Birchbox and the fact that they send over two product that have been designed for people who have blonde locks and they are supposed to cater to your personal information that we have to update with every box. So for that reason this box I'm afraid it gets a thumbs down from me. 

So what did you think? Are you a Birchbox fan? If not, you should at least try a couple of boxes. A monthly Birchbox subscription, with no long-term commitment, costs just £10 (+ £2.95 P&P) per month. 

Don't forget to check out our previous Birchbox boxes...

Meal Plan: What We’re Eating This Week

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At the start of the year we decided to make some big changes to our lifestyle and some of these including shedding some pounds and making a conscious effort to eat healthier. So far, it has been really great and we all have been enjoying the nutritious meals that are jam packed full of fruit, veggies and lots of goodness. 


We are now six months into our healthier lifestyle and I have lost more than two stones and we are still kicking it with the healthier meals and lifestyle. I’m always sharing my meals over on my Instagram and because so many of you have been asking about those recipes I thought that it was time I shared my meal plan with you. Before this year, I had never planned a meal in my life (unless choosing a wedding breakfast counts) but pretty much I would always choose to free ball it than stick to any kind of plan! But it was then that I would get stuck in the day to day repeating of several recipes, over and over and I can find it really tedious and boring which is why I would always reach for the sweet treats. 

So you could say that I am fairly new to the meal planning game, but I seem to have a way to meal plan like a queen and stick to it. Honestly, it saves me so much time and with our meal planning we have also been saving between £10-£20 a week. Everyone should give meal planning a go just for that reason. But not only will you save yourself a few quid meal planning can really help change the way you eat and change your food buying habits.

Our meal choices are of course slimming world friendly, so far I have lost two stones and 7 pounds by making a few swaps and focus on the slimming world plan. There have been meals that taste bloody amazing but there have been some that are so awful that even the husband wouldn’t eat out of love! So with meal planning it’s all about trial and error and figuring out what you love and what you hate. So here we are, week one of the meal plan.

Monday :: Honey Pork Burgers Tray Bake from Slimming Eats

Sounds amazing right? Who doesn't like a tray bake? Chopping and chucking a list of ingredients into a tray to cook for a little while and bam one delicious meal for the family. I love the simplicity of tray bakes and the fact I can add everything on to one tray and cook with minimal effort and less cleaning up afterwards too, just the one tray. This was one recipe that my husband wasn't too fond off due to the butternut squash, but it actually tasted amazing. Even though the original recipe uses chicken mince we decided to use pork mince, so I would imagine it alters the taste slightly, but as long as you use 5% pork mince to ensure you stay on plan, you're winning. This dish is full of speed food which will help you keep you fuller for longer, you could also pop the burgers into a wholemeal bun for a special treat and add a side salad too. 


Tuesday :: Fajita Fish, Mixed Herby Potatoes, Salad and Sweetcorn. 

I’m always looking for more ways to incorporate seafood into my family’s diet and this fajita fish has become a dinner time favorite! The fajita seasoned fish fillets have a crunchy top really which really takes this dish to the next level. It’s the perfect quick meal for those busy weeknights where you need to get dinner on the table quickly. This fajita fish is baked to crispy perfection and topped with a colorful and refreshing green leaf salad. Even though we are trying to not eat bread in our diet for the next few weeks but you could serve the fish fillets in a wholemeal wrap or over rice for a quick and easy dinner that the whole family will love!


Wednesday :: Lentil and Sausage Casserole, Oven Baked Asparagus and Cauliflower with Herby Potatoes from Slimming Eats

This Sausage and Lentil Casserole is such a great recipe and it's something that everyone could enjoy, even my fussy four year liked this dish. Not a lot of preparation is required for this recipe. You can simply chuck all ingredients in the slow cooker wait for a for a few hours and enjoy. It's that simple. For us this is the perfect dish for a midweek meal or for those colder days. This dish is jam packed with flavour, cooked in a slow cooker and you only use simple ingredients, no fuss with this dish. When it comes to using the sausages choose ones that are low syn to make sure you keep within your syn allowance, however you could also keep this dish meat free and add more veggies to it. Try and tweak and change the recipe to your taste and experiment with flavours. 


Thursday :: Chicken Marmite Pasta with Cauliflower, Minted Garden Peas and Baked Carrots from Pinch of Nom

I know the combination of pasta and Marmite sounds odd and it us a dish that you will love it or hate. But for the lovers of Marmite you need to try this quick and simple dish. Basically for this dish cooked chicken and spaghetti is tossed into stock, along with some onions, veggies and chopped rosemary and a little of the pasta cooking water to make a flavoursome sauce for spaghetti. This meal was so quick and simple to rustle up, my favourite type of meal. We added some minted garden peas and baked carrots as a speed food and it was a great combinations. Like I said this dish is a one of twp camps; you will love it or hate it. I really enjoyed the flavoursome pasta, my husband who normally loves Marmite, but didn't like it in the slightest. 

Friday :: Grilled Sausages and Bacon with Chopped Tomatoes, Beans, Sauteed Mushrooms and Dry Fried Eggs

With slimming world, you really can have what you want in moderation and seeing as we have ditched bread for two weeks there was only one thing for it a on a Friday - a grill up. We had some low syn sausages, bacon with the fat cut off, sauteed mushrooms and dry fried eggs with some beans and chopped tomatoes. It was the best way to end a week of many downs. We then followed this up with a lovely cup of tea and curly wurly because sometimes it is neccessary.

So there is our meal plan for our weekday meals, what do you think? Will you consider any of the recipes that I included?

My Favourite Bathroom Beauty Essentials

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I don’t know about you but when it comes to a bath or a shower, it’s all about indulging in a little luxury. We all need to make more time for ourselves and to help kick start an evening routine with a gorgeous rose petal bath is the only way to start me time. When it comes to rose petal there are so many amazing qualities that this iconic flower has, you can kind of understand why many women having being using rose petals for centuries. Rosewater soothes irritated skin, brightens your complexion and tightens pores for a smooth appearance. And the petals give off a natural calming scent and a rose petal bath can completely change your mood due to its amazing qualities.


However it's not just the bath that can help kick start an indulgent evening there are so many bathroom beauty essentials that can help make you feel relaxed too. I think that we need to put more luxury into our life to help make us feel good. Over the last few months I have been trying lots of great bathroom products and have been figuring out what works for me, and more importantly what doesn't. So I thought that today I would share some of my favourite bathroom beauty essentials that I have really enjoyed using, and hopefully may inspire you to try them too.

Dove Go Fresh Revive Body Wash in Pomegranate And Lemon Verbena - £2

This is one of my favourite body washes! It's super hydrating and creamy and always leaves my skin feeling amazingly soft and smells absolutely gorgeous. This particular body wash is pink in colour and spreads so easily on damp skin and lathers up really well whether in your hands, a scrunchie or sponge. I have really sensitive and dry skin as this really does leave my skin feeling nourished. The fragrance is amazingggg! It’s probably my most favourite of all the Dove ranges. It’s beautiful, fresh, fruity pomegranate with subtle lemony verbana and it lingers for some time.  


Caudalie Makeup Removing Cleansing Oil - £18

This Caudalie Makeup Removing Cleansing Oil is by far one of the best make up removers I have ever tried, honestly it's a complete game changer. It’s a lightweight oil that emulsifies when you add a little water which tends to be something that you get with oil based cleansers. This Caudalie cleansing oil removes make up effectively, and even though I normally double cleanse, you wouldn't necessarily need to double cleanse with this. As soon as I get in the bath or shower I run a clean flannel under running warm water and give myself a mini facial and place the flannel on my face for five minutes. Using 3 pumps of the oil and rubbing it gently into my skin, the cleansing oil easily breaks down makeup, even the most stubborn eyeliner. Once you have broken down all the makeup, apply some water to wash the product off. It is at this point I tend to remove the final bits of oil with a flannel to make sure the skin is completely clean and dash more warm water onto my face. 


St. Ives Apricot Fresh Skin Scrub - £4

I really love this scrub, it really is a good faithful scrub to have stashed away in your bathroom. It doesn't get much better than patting your face dry and feeling the smooth after you exfoliate. That's the magic of a good face scrub. There are other ways you can exfoliate your skin, but nothing beats using a good ole facial scrub to scrub away dead skin and help unclog your pores. These formulas usually have a gritty texture, and it's that grit that deep-cleans skin. St. Ives Apricot Fresh Skin Scrub is something that I tend to use two to three times a week as exfoliating everyday can strip the skin of its natural oils, which can cause breakouts.


Philip Kingsley Elasticizer - £19

Now this is something that is pretty essential for all types of hair, and we could all give our hair something extra to ensure we get those lustrous locks. The Philip Kingsley Elasticizer is a pre-shampoo intensive moisturising treatment that aim to deliver elasticity, bounce and shine to hair. It also provides UV protection even after washing, helping prolong the life of colour treated hair. They say that visible results occur from one application and improves with continued use. I have become ever so slightly obsessed with adding this into my hair care routine. You apply in sections to damp hair and then wrap it up in a towel. Leave on for 15 minutes and it generates a heat with your scalp that activates the treatment process. Then you simply wash off with your normal shampoo and conditioner. I tend to change my shampoo and conditioner on a regular basis as my hair get use to products so quickly. This pre-treatment creates a health to your hair that makes styling easier because hair is softer, more shiny and just full of life again, so it something that I definitely needed in my life that's for sure. 


Soap & Glory The Righteous Butter – £10

If you get the chance to try the body butter, try it. It’s AMAZING!! The name itself describes how it is, it really is like butter. The smell of this cream is absolutely amazing. It will leave your skin feels smoother, softer and fresher. I normally use it after I have a shower so it absorbs better but anytime should be fine. Unlike other moisturisers out there this one is not heavy at all and is really light and delicate on skin. The Soap & Glory The Righteous Butter is something that I do use everyday, and it's great for dry skin to give it that extra moisture it craves. I have yet to come across anything like it as a beauty girl, it sinks into my skins so quickly and leaves my skin feeling super smooth, smelling great and most certainly hydrated. And it's an absolute steal at £10 for a tub that lasts ages.


So what do you think of my bathroom favourites? Are there any you use? Or is there something you'd like to try? 

A Quick and Simple Lunch

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We’ve all been there staring in front of the mirror wishing our hips smaller; our waist thinner; our arms more toned. Luckily, over the past few decades, society has moved towards a new way of thinking and we should be feeling more empowered and embrace our bodies. Even though I am comfortable with who I am, there are times where I wish I was smaller, healthier and fitter. I want my whole family to be healthier, personally shedding those extra pounds may even improve our chances of conceiving. My ultimate goal is to try and shed three stones not with a crash diet or some fat burning secret. But I want to completely transform my diet, begin a fitness routine in the hopes to help become completely comfortable in my own skin. 


I have been into this new lifestyle just over six months and I have shed an impressive two stones and three pounds. By losing these extra pounds has really helped kick start my weight loss, I already feel better, stronger and feel so much more confident in my skin. In a way, eating good food, making sure I am getting in my five a day and drinking lots of water has really improved my mood, my skin and even my hair. A big part of this lifestyle is down to my food. I have had a massive shake up and haven't slipped into old ways, yes there are times where I will eat a sweet treat or have a takeaway, but nothing in comparison to how it used to be. 

Successful weight loss involves making small changes that you can stick to for a long time. And that means being more physically active during your day to day activities, you need to burn more calories than you consume. This can be achieved by eating less, moving more or, best of all, a combination of both. Now if I am being completely honest with you all, my weight loss so far is due to good food and a hell a lot of meal planning. 


Over the last few months I have been planning our evening meals like a queen. Even though I have pretty much got meal planning to a tee, when it comes to lunch prep that is a whole different story. I tend to leave my Healthy Extra B for our family evening meal or a snack and I rarely have any bread left for the standard sandwich. So my choices for lunches are limited and its normally a salad, couscous or savoury rice. So, my lunch needs to be a little more adventurous. There are so many foods that you can eat on slimming world that are really good for you that are jam packed full of vitamins and minerals to help keep you fuller for longer and a good example are of course eggs. 


Eggs are high in protein and nutritious while free of carbs and sugar. When you’re trying to eat healthy, eggs are an awesome go-to for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or even as just a snack. The key is to use the eggs in a variety of different ways by adding spices or seasonings and pairing them with loads of wholesome vegetables and even grains. You really are spoiled for choice when it comes to eggs as there are so many ways that you can add them into your diet and thankfully spruce up my lunchtimes. 

My favourite egg dish is without a doubt an omelette because they really are so versatile and you can keep it simple and wholesome or be as dramatic and over the top as you dare. I prefer simplicity when it comes my omelettes but have to be jam packed full of goodness like this ham, tomato and mushroom omelette. The free foods are eggs, ham, tomatoes, mushrooms and spinach and I have used Frylight 1 cal cooking spray to cook the omelette on both sides. I have used reduced cheddar cheese and I will be using as part of my Healthy Extra A, however if you wanted to save your Healthy Extra A then you will have to syn accordingly. 

To make this omelette you will need:

Low calories cooking oil spray
20g mushrooms
2 medium eggs
1 tsp. dried parsley
1 tsp. smoked paprika
2 slices of lean ham, chopped
1 spring onion, chopped
25g reduced fat cheese, grated
4 cherry tomatoes, cut into halves
A handful of spinach
Salt and pepper to taste

Chop and slice the vegetables and grate the cheese, these can either be used as part your Healthy Extra A or syn accordingly. Spray a frying pan over medium heat with the Frylight and fry the mushrooms for a few minutes.

Whisk the eggs in a bowl, add a sprinkling of parsley, smoked paprika and season with some salt and pepper. It is at this stage that I would add the cooked mushrooms, ham, cheese, and spring onions to the egg mixture and stir until combined. 


Add a couple more sprays of Frylight to the frying pan over a medium heat and pour in the whisk eggs and quickly swirl it around, ensuring all the sides are covered. When the omelette has set on the bottom, add the cherry tomatoes and spinach and cook for a few more minutes. 

You can either fold the omelette in half or you could try and unleash some creative pancake skills and flip the omelette and cook on the other side. Personally, this is what I like to do to ensure the omelette is cooked on both sides. Fold in half and served with a speed worthy leafy salad. 

Are you a fan of omelettes? What is your favourite combination?

A New Home, A New Start For Harley

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It seems to strange to think that we have had this beautiful boy in our family for over four years and it has been an adventure to say the least. It just wouldn't be the same without our cheeky Welsh cob, he just has the best personality. We discovered that Harley loved polos when he once nudge me and nibbled at my pockets for them, he is such a character. In the few short years Harley has moved from one field to another, then to another we were just unable to settle in one place. After searching high and low for the perfect field for him, we think we have finally found our forever home and we couldn't be more excited. 


Moving to a new home can be a both exciting and daunting experience. For one uprooting our boy from familiar surrounding and separate him from his field friends. The feed and water can be different and things like stables and fences will be in different place, at our new field we still have to place our stable. There are new people, companions, and new schedules to learn about. All these changes made Harley a little nervous at first but soon enough he settled and adjusted. 



We did need to make sure that his new home was ready for him, we had to ensure that Harley's new home was safe as possible and comfortable. We wanted to make this field transition as easy as possible. We removed older fences and installed new ones, added in a gate and checked the whole fields and surrounding for any hazards, the last thing we wanted was for Harley to get hurt. As much as we love our boy, he is a jumper and we didn't want him to feel nervous with move and jump over the gate, or try to barge through a fence. We also made sure that we had an adequate supply of hay, and fenced off half of his field to ensure that one side of the grass keeps healthy and enough to supply our horse for weeks at a time. 


Once we did all that, it was time for the move. At first, Harley’s behaviour seemed quite different compared to what it was like in his previous home. Being moved to a new home is pretty stressful for a horse and seeing as its the fourth time he has moved, we wanted to make sure that it was a smooth process. But thankfully Harley took it in his stride and pretty much settled in straight away. 


A bright Spring morning we decided to go down to the field to go and spend some time with Harley. Being a family who love to spend a lot of time outdoors, our choice in clothing is super important. As we know Spring can be an unpredictable month as it can be sunshine one minute, over cast the next to full on torrential rain. The morning started off beautiful then got chilly quickly. But we don't want the weather to stop us spending as much time as we can with Harley. So with a little help from Rydale we can do just that. We were kindly send over a Cross Neck Hoody in Navy and the cutest Roxby Canvas Trainers in Spotted Navy.

Cross Neck Hoody in Navy

Hoodies are one of the most versatile pieces anyone can have in their wardrobe. It’s functional, comfortable and stylish in equal measures. It's also bang on trend and this cross neck hoody is practical and super stylish. This Cross Neck Hoody in Navy arrived beautifully packaged in a navy blue star detailed box, wrapped in tissue paper and as soon as I pulled the hoody from the package I could already tell the quality of the hoody was nothing like some others I own. 


A our modern twist on the traditional hoody, with a snuggly cross over neck and glitter embroidered elbow patches. With practicality still a key a factor, this hoody itself is thick and warm with traditional kangaroo pouch pockets and a fleece lined hood. At first glance, this hoody looks pretty good as its smart enough to wear walking around, or popping to the shops, yet practical enough to carry out your yard duties in and ride in. A great all rounder. It's so soft and comfortable, really thick and warm, and the cross over at the front is excellent! I love that I'm able to scrunch the hood down like a scarf instead of it hanging over my shoulders. The kangaroo pockets are so practical which are perfect for a set of keys or mobile phone, plus nothing falls out of them. This is the perfect staple to have in my wardrobe all year round to help keep me warm, but yet looks super stylish. 



With this Rydale cross neck hoody there is a great attention to detail. Personally the best feature of this hoody was of course the cross neck due to the practicality of the oversized neck and hood. It feels so cosy and warm without all the layers. After our day at the field and lots of horse dribble the hoody needed a quick spin in the washing machine, I was a little worried about washing it as I didn't want the hoody to lose its colour or shape. But I didn't have to worry as it washed really well and what makes this hoody even better is that I didn't even have to iron it! Woo. Even though this isn't the cheapest hoody on the market with a retail of £34.99, but its on offer at the moment on the Rydale website where you can get two hoodies for £60. It really is worth every penny. 

Roxby Canvas Trainers in Spotted Navy

To accompany my hoody we were also sent these Roxby Canva Trainers in Spotted Navy. I love these types of shoes, anything that looks cute but super comfy is most definitely my thing. These spotted navy canvas trainers are the best thing to help kick start your wardrobe this Spring. These shoes come in a variety of different colours to help and cater to all tastes and start from a size three and go up to size seven. With a durable canvas outer, a grippy rubber sole and contrasting lace they are a must have. I have already purchased a couple of other pairs ready for my holiday in the Yorkshire dales in July as they are so comfy and are an absolute steal at £14.99. 


So what do you think of these products from Rydale?

We were kindly send these items for review from Rydale, but as always my words and opinions are my own.

Four Reasons To Set Yourself Achievable Goals

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Life has been pretty hard lately and I really haven't been in a good place. I know that I just needed to take some time away from the blogging scene to have time for me, time away from it all. As much as I love blogging, at times it can really knock your confidence and self worth. With the constant pressure to do this, to do that became too much and I even questioned whether I am enough. It was at this point that I realised that I needed time away and spending time with my family was just what I needed. But now I am feeling more like myself and as if I’m ready to get out of this slump and begin writing and enjoy writing again.


So with that I thought that is would be a great time to set some mini goals for me blogging wise, making lists and setting goals is something that I do actually enjoy. I can get so much done if I have a target to meet, so setting some goals is just what I need to stay build up my self-confidence and to stay focused to achieve as much as possible. 

If you’re anything like me then there’s a big sense of pride when you are ticking off goals that you have set yourself. By showing an ability to set yourself challenges and to keep motivated to push through and achieve something you really want leaves you feeling happy and positive.  Something I need right now. Accomplishing and achieving goals empowers you to want to achieve more, set the bar high and not to expect anything less. If I am yet to convinced you to dabble in a little goal setting, the here are four reasons why you should set some goals. 

Goals Give You Focus

First and foremost, goals give you direction and a destination. They give you something to aim for and direct your effort towards. You do have to bare in mind that goals can change. Life goals at twenty may not even remotely be anything like life goals you may set in your thirties as you get older and circumstances change, so should your goals. Once you have your general goals you can break them down in order to achieve them, as ultimately goals help guide you to where you want to be in life. By setting life time goals is similar to choosing a destination you want to reach. Instead of aimlessly wandering though life, with goals you are able to determine where you want to go. 

To give this a little context, say for example you want to start your own business you will have to set logical steps to try and reach those goals, if you know the end result. By breaking down these goals into month by month goals say will help give you direction and purpose on what you need to do. By setting smaller goals at first will be more easily achievable than setting goals that are near enough impossible during the beginning stages. By setting these types of goals at the end you will be able to see your progress and figure out what worked and more importantly what didn't. 

Goals Help Us Believe In Ourselves

By setting yourself achievable goals is a great way to fuel your ambition. The whole idea behind goal setting is just about creating a plan for your life and holding yourself accountable, its also about giving us the inspiration to aim for things we never though possible. I am living proof of that, as a self employed work from home mama to one. In throes of being a stay a home mum to my beautiful girl and feeling completely isolated in parenting, I started to write down my feelings and started a blog. A few years on and I am now heading into my second year of being self employed. Who would have thought that by me writing about the ups and down of being a stay at home parent would open so many doors. Do you want to accomplish something that many people dream about, but few people ever actually accomplish? Unless you make it a goal yourself and work everyday towards achieving such goals, why would you ever believe you could accomplish it. 

Goals Help With Us Make Decisions

Goal setting is a powerful process for identifying what you want to achieve and then focusing your efforts on making your goals a reality. By creating clearly defined goals, you provide yourself with long term vision and motivation to see yourself progress towards your aims. As we have already mentioned, setting goals really help keep you focus on what is important to you, what you want to accomplish, and where you want to be in the future. This in turn helps in decision making. However people make decisions using different styles. Some like to be logical and using a scale to organise their options, whereas others like to use more subjective factors like their feelings and gut instincts. Meanwhile some people tend to seek others whose opinions you respect and trust. 

Goals Help With Self-Confidence 

Goals must be challenging yet attainable. Challenging goals can help improve performance and be great to help to focus, however to help overcome any challenge confidence is a key component. Your self-esteem and confidence have a major impact on different aspects of your life, but building self confidence is not something that happens over night. It can take time, but one of the best ways to build your self confidence is to set goals and achieve them. Life has been hard lately and my self-confidence has taken a real knock and that in itself has really affected my anxiety. So, setting goals for me is a great way to start building my self confidence back to what it used to be. As a starting point by keeping the goals small and achievable will be good for gaining my self-confidence which then enables me to work towards accomplishing the more challenging goals, which in turn will help build my self-confidence.

Life has been so tough lately, if I am being completely honest with you I was completely broken. Something has to give, and unfortunately it was my blog that had to give. It wasn't helping. I was putting myself under so much pressure with numbers, with brands until it was too much. And so, I decided to take a step back. It was actually a conversation with my four year old that changed my whole mindset. My daughter helped me snap out of my slump and I thought to myself enough is enough. I can really achieve anything I want to accomplish and that I was going to try my hardest to get where I want to in life. By working hard to make my dream a reality is going to take a lot but I know that there will be a lot of discoveries along the way as I try my hardest to leave my comfort zone, go to new places, meet new faces and appreciate the different situations. People who make goals tend to achieve more so don't waste another minute challenge yourself to dream, and dream big. 

Stems Flexible 3D Maker Toy

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With so many children having so much access to screens and devices these days, it's becoming more important for children to step away from gadgets and be introduced to STEM toys as an alternative. STEMS toys are basically any toy that teaches science, technology, engineering or mathematics. Many parents and teachers like to use STEM toys to reinforce important learning skills in a fun way. When children are having fun, they usually don’t even realise they are learning.


Playing with STEM toys from a young age allows children to be creative and develop problem solving skills. There's nothing more fulfilling than seeing a child figuring out different ways and approaches to various situations in life. Most importantly STEM toys can encourage children to explore their own skills and develop their passion through play. My daughter will be turning five this month and it's time to introduce more STEM toys to help her learning, development and watch her flourish. My daughter has already told me she dreams of becoming an engineer like her dad.


So with that in mind, we have been looking at all the different types of toys that we can help encourage our daughter in STEM play and we came across this intriguing construction toy from Learning Resources. The Stems Flexible 3D Maker Toy really does provide an endless range of possibilities when it comes to making some weird and wonderful pieces, children or adults can really unleash their creative imaginations. 


These brightly coloured Stems are available in tubs of 20 or 60. We received the tub of 20 which provided my daughter and husband lots of opportunities to get creative and make some wild and wonderful creations. Each piece is the same shape and made from a strong and flexible material that makes them easy to twist and clip together. We have made a wide variety of shapes including a ball, a frog and a princess crown. 



As with all toys from Learning Resources these are high quality and very robust, any play with these Stems 3D Toy Maker will sure to keep those occupied for hours on end whether they are five or twenty five. Everyone in our household loves these stems pieces and they comes in a range of colours that will appeal to anyone. If you're feeling especially creative and want make some weird and wild creations then go and see what else you can make


Are you ready to join the STEM play craze?

Why not enter our giveaway for a chance to win a set of your own Stems Flexible 3D Toy Maker.

The winner will receive a tub of 20 Stems that come in a variety of colours so you can be as creative as you can. So why not unleash a little Stem Play? To enter all you need to do is click the link and follow the instructions. Good luck. 

Great Clothes For Those Chilly Summer Evenings

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It feels great to be able to get out and enjoy some sunshine. I for one am glad that the summer is nearly here. Getting the chance to spend more time outdoors with family and friends really appeals. So, with this in mind, I thought I would write a summer fashion related post. As you can see here, most stores already have all of their warm weather clothing in stock. That includes clothes that you can use to keep you warm should the sun pop behind a cloud or for the evening.


Stylish kimonos for all occasions

This year, the kimono is back in vogue. There are several cuts available, everything from full-length to hip-length versions. If you are planning an evening out, a long kimono is the most glamorous option.

The shorter ones look good when worn with jeans or soft trousers. The only drawback is that they do not have buttons or a zip down the front. If you do not think this will be practical, just buy one that has a belt, instead.

Versatile straps

Wraps are another nice option. But, they are not ideal if you are doing something active. They can easily double up as something to sit on for a picnic or on the beach. Provided you choose something that is lightweight enough you can easily slip one into your bag. Or, even tie it to the strap. 

Striking shrugs

Shrugs only cover your arms and shoulders. On the hanger, they look a bit odd, but once you try a couple on you will be hooked. They tend to look best worn with casual clothes than they do with something like a party dress. 

Lightweight cardigans

If you prefer something a little warmer, a cardigan is ideal. You can wear one with virtually any outfit. Provided you choose one that is made out of a material that does not crease easily, you can slip one into your handbag or tie it around your waist.

Stylish jackets

Of course, jackets are a good option too, especially if you are planning to be out for the entire evening. Within an hour or two of the sun going down some of the clothing items, I have already mentioned above are not likely to keep you warm enough. So, it is wise to have at least one summer jacket in your wardrobe. If you are not sure which type to choose, you might find this article helpful. It looks at 10 classic jacket cuts and provides suggestions of how you could wear each one.

Don’t forget to accessorise

All of the above items are available in a range of styles. So, it will not be hard to find something that fits in with the way you like to dress.  Hopefully, you have enjoyed this article and would like to read more of my fashion related posts. You can do so by clicking on this link, which will take you to an article that will help you to choose the right accessories.

How To Support Someone with Fertility Problems

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Becoming a mother to our beautiful baby was not the easiest journey, actually it was probably one of the toughest things that me and my husband have ever been through. Many women don't want to talk about their feelings of pain, frustration and shame that comes with fertility. I think throughout society, there is a kind of stigma that to be a real woman you should be fertile and have babies. If anyone needs extra help, we are somehow less perfect or less of a person. But as a woman who has had fertility problems we just cannot beat ourselves up about it. There are so many people who are affected by fertility problems or miscarriage and with that there still seems to be a stigma, shame or those affected are consumed by an enormous cloud of guilt followed by silence. We shouldn't feel as if we cannot talk about it. We should talk about it!


This year marks a big milestone in our second fertility journey and its something that we have kept close to our hearts. After the birth of our daughter we started to tell people and the whole world through this blog about our fertility problems, along the way felt some kind of comfort knowing that it can happen to anyone. Being a parent was one of the most amazing experiences you could ever have, and last year we made the decision to start trying for a baby. Unfortunately we are in a similar position we were five years ago. I honestly thought that I wouldn't have any problems when it comes to conceiving another baby. After all, I have already prepared my body for pregnancy and we pretty much know how it all works so it should be a walk in the park right? But fertility can affect anyone. 

The last year we have been through a lot of heartache. We have had one negative test after another Some months I would be more than two weeks late and showed signs of being pregnant, but just as there is hope we find ourselves heartbroken. But one month we had a glimmer of hope with our first positive pregnancy test, we were so excited. After more than a year of heartbreak we finally had a positive. Our joy and happiness wasn't meant to be which made the heartbreak for us to be that much harder. I think that's why its so important for us to share our fertility story. We shouldn't be made to feel as if we can't share our woes, or struggles.

Since I shared my first post about my fertility struggles I have been contacted hundreds of time by some amazing people who said they found what I was saying honest and inspiring. I started this blog in the hopes to uplift and inspire as many as people as possible through my writing, it's incredible to get such a positive response from one of the darkest times in my life. There are so many of you out there who gets it. Some of you understand the pressure, the emotions, and those awful questions that you get asked all the time. You get it!

Bottom line, there are so many people who are seriously affected by fertility struggles and are completely consumed by feelings of guilt, shame or believe there are less of a person because of those struggles and don't feel they are able to talk. If we don't talk about our struggles it can break relationships and create a kind of isolation between family members. So that's why I have decided to write a post for those who want to show support and don't know how. By showing support, love and encouragement can do wonders to someones mind, body and their emotional well being, so please be kind, be supportive and have a great deal of compassion when faced with someone who cannot see the life they hoped for.

Try and put yourself in their shoes

During our fertility struggles there was nothing worse than hearing a pregnancy announcement or seeing those black and white scans appears on your social media. Now I don't want to sound as if we are not happy for those who have been blessed with new arrivals, but its hard. I actually remember my brother and his wife announcing their third pregnancy and my sister announcing her first. It hit me like a tonne of bricks. This goes without saying, I was happy that they were addition to their families, but a part of me hurt, and badly. My heart breaks for me, my heart breaks for my husband, and now it breaks for my daughter. Our daughter longs for a sibling to play with, someone to shares memories with. But with each and every negative test my heart shatters into pieces, and I begin to ask myself how much more heartbreak can we take?


So when you are announcing your delightful new, just think about people like us. If you find out your pregnant when you know your friend or a member of your family is struggling, take a minute to think about them. Maybe you could send a text or call them to let them know that you're thinking of them and it shows that you are completely aware of their current situation. You will not know how much this will mean to person going through fertility struggles. It shows that despite it all, you are showing them support, you're being kind and considerate. 

Show us you care.

If someone has announced a pregnancy in your friendship group, in your family or at work and you know someone ha been struggling. Send them a message, give them a call and tell them that if they want to talk about it that you are there. It really does help to know someone is thinking about you. You could offer a distraction. If you know someone has just had a miscarriage, or a fail cycles or another negative test instead of saying 'I'm here if you need anything?' be more practical, show them you care. Perhaps go for a coffee, organise a meal, invite them over, or a day away from it all. 

Be supportive in all their decisions and show kindness. 

Whether you know a friend, a member of your family or a colleague going through fertility struggles, be there for them and show your support. They may want to talk about the next steps or just want people to be understanding of their situation. People who are trying to conceive may do all kinds of thing to help improve their chances, and whether you agree with it or not, or don't believe it will work try to be encouraging and supportive. So for example if a couple who are trying to conceive try to change their diet or their lifestyle to improve their chances, support their choices. If they are not drinking or cutting our sugar or coffee in their diet be kind and support them.


Allow them to talk about infertility in their own time, and then just listen.

You honestly don't have to anything other than listen. Without sounding awful unless you have experiences infertility yourself, don't offer advice because it can come across a little insensitive. My husband and I confided in some friends about our situation and we were immediately met with 'Oh you're trying too hard', 'Just relax, it will happen' these are not what we need to hear right now. Just listen to us, and allow us to be sad and angry at how unfair life is at the moment. Even though most of comments and advice like these angers us, they mostly make us feel ashamed. I was ashamed that my husband and I couldn't do what our bodies were basically designed to do. Because these people never experienced infertility on a personal level, the comments came off as insensitive.

Whatever you do, consider that there are things that you should not say to someone who is struggling with conceiving. 

Don’t ever say that it’ll happen eventually, or just don't think about it. Because you don't know that it will, and it might not. It's better to offer reassurance and tell us that you love us and that you will always be there with the support when needed, no matter what.  I remember as soon as my husband and I were married we were bombarded with baby questions, even on our wedding day. We had spend so long organising one of the happiest days of our lives but then to be bombarded with baby questions wasn't ideal, we should have been completely honest. I'm not entirely sure how it has become acceptable to ask such questions, not every one knows your story.  Try not to offer advice, or tell them about people you know have had success or make any assumptions you know what they are going through. If you have never struggle with infertility then you don't understand. 

Never tell a couple that they just need to relax. Yes, our infertility is something that crosses our mind daily but by you saying that all we need to do is relax is far from being helpful. A couple does not usually start out stressing about their fertility, so implying that they are causing it with their anxiety will likely make them feel worse. That's not to say that relaxing may help improve her quality of life, constantly reminding those with struggles that they just need to relax will not help them get pregnant. 

If you know someone who is struggling to conceive, consider how you could walk alongside this person. What would this friend or member need? Maybe it's time and space to process, maybe it's a listening ear, or maybe it's a funny cat video on a depressing day. Reaching out to someone who is walking the lonely road of infertility might take some effort and education on your part, but I'm learning that the most meaningful relationships are the ones that require us to work hard.

Memories For Life with Jessops Photos

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There was nothing that would make me happier than going through photos albums with my grandparents on a Sunday afternoon with a cup of tea and slice of cake. Seeing all the crazy hairstyles, the cute baby grins, the photos you hoped has disappeared off the face of the earth and of course all the photos and shared memories about those who are no longer with us. It was always such a great afternoon feeling nostalgic about the times of the past but wonderful reliving the memories. But being in the digital age, we rarely print our photos. I must admit I have a handful of prints around my house somewhere, my grandparents had so many albums so now I want to try and create some of my own. 


Spring is such a pretty month, it's the main reason why my husband and I decided to get married in Spring. The beautiful blue skies, the sun breaking through the clouds and all the pretty blooms you see come to life, whats not to love really. Spring is most definitely one of my favourite time of year and its around Spring that my husband and I like to shake up our life in the home, the garden and plan lots of exciting adventures. Being a blogger you could say that I have a real passion for photography, I am no where near professional level but photography is something that is getting better with time. 


As a blogger I like to take photos and what better way to capture the world other than in its natural beauty, Spring is the best season to get wonderful captures. Now I rarely go anywhere without my camera. At the moment, I'm having to use my old Samsung NX20 but I am getting a Nikon D5300 soon so the quality photos will be fantastic. When I take photos I normally find myself going through hundreds and hundreds of captures. A spring goal for me is to try and make some memories come to life and made into beautiful wall art and added into my very own photos books with Jessops Photo printing service. 


Jessops Photo really have a passion for print and technology. They enjoy the technological innovations that puts a camera in everyone's hand to make us all the photographer we hope to be, but they believe that there is something magical about a printed photograph. I couldn't actually agree more. I am able to finally finishing my own wedding photo book and baby journal for my beautiful baby girl. 

The Design Process

You really are spoiled for choice with Jessops Photos. I couldn't believe just how many products you can make with photos that we have taken ourselves. So many ways to to showcase all the magical memories that we can cherish but also some beautiful ideas to help make update our home. You can choose from photo books, cups, cushions, blankets to canvases, acrylic prints, and even prints on wooden photo panels.  I'm most excited to show you the wedding photo book and designing the photo book on the Jessops Photo website couldn't be any easier. Not only do they have so many different designs and types of photos books to choose from, the process itself it so simple and straightforward. You can really have as much fun with your photo book as you want by adding text, illustrations and snippets of art to help set your photos free. 


You can create any type of photo book that you want, but I decided to create a wedding book of my favourite photos of our special day and a baby book of my daughters first photo shoot. There were so many options to choose from including the size of the book, the layout, as well as the different designs and finishes of the photo book. Its a pretty fun process. I decided to choose a the Premium Layflat Photo Book in a 12x12 photo book in a matte finish. I decided to save all my photos that I wanted to include into the book onto my computer, however half way through creating my book I wanted to add some more and you can easily add these onto the Jessops Photo website. You can select through your computer, or from your social media accounts such as google photos, facebook, instagram or dropbox. It was so easy.


Once you have selected the design of the book itself, you upload your photos and start designing the pages, you can design your book anyway you like. I love the fact that you could design the number of photos, add text and even add some cute illustrations too. You have full control over the designing process. However if you need inspiration there is the option where your photos can be added into the book already and you can make changes as you go along. However if you add photos that are not great quality, Jessops Photo send you a little reminder to let you know that the quality may be different when printed and if you're okay with that, a simple click and you're done. 


The Photo Book

I honestly couldn't have been happier with my wedding photo book when it arrived in the post. Not only was it exactly what I wanted, the quality was outstanding. It captured my special day beautifully. The attention to detail was incredible and its was so much more than I thought it would be. I really recommend you using Jessops Photo if you wanted to create a little photo book for those cherished memories. So if you're looking to create a keepsake for someone or yourself then go and check out Jessops Photos they have an extensive range so they can easily suit all budgets and all occasions. They have everything you need to create stunning wall art, photo books, framed prints or gifts. There are tonnes of Spring offers on at the moments over at Jessops to help set you up for capturing the memories and Jessops Photos to help bring those photos to life. 


This post is a collaboration with Jessops Photo, the products featured were purchased with a gifted voucher, but chosen by myself. All opinions and photographs are my own.

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