Extending a Wire-free Lifestyle to Cleaning With Dyson

I'm sure that we are not the only family over the past two years who has become 'oh so familiar' with ever single square inch of our home. While that first lockdown in March 2020, was a scary and uncertain time (it was in some respects) a blessing for those families who remained free from Covid-19. We rediscovered the simple things in life and were forced to slow down our lives, to 'be' in the moment. Keeping the house spotless in case of visitors was no longer an urgency, and that was fine for then because it was sunny and warm and we virtually lived in the garden.

Fast-forward to March 2022, and we really need to update our own ethos to housework and tidiness! I'm astounded by how easy it is for piles of stuff to build up around the house, making it harder to clean and tidy, and with the prospect of 'Spring Cleaning' just around the corner? Well, I'm beginning to face up to the reality that this house needs a visit from Stacey Solomon or Kim and Aggie!

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How to Decorate a Boy’s Bedroom Without the Clichés

Superheroes, dinosaurs, pirates and cars. These are just some of the popular themes that are used for boys' bedrooms. But what if that doesn't reflect your child's personality?

If it's time to decorate your son's bedroom but you're stuck for some fresh ideas, don't panic. Before you reach for the blue paint, take a read of these ideas on how to decorate a boy's bedroom without the clichés.

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Tinkling The Ivories

This piano waited ten years for someone to be able to play it. Sanded, polished and cared for as best as two non-musicians could, I swear the keys tinkled with excitement when The Boy started having lessons.

Sometimes the simplest sounding piece of music is actually deceptively difficult, like Calon Lân. He learnt this within a fortnight for the school's Eisteddfod competitions, and I think it sounds utterly beautiful; like a lullaby.

I will keep this child playing, regardless of how much he may complain in the future, because being able to play the piano is an amazing and beautiful talent.

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Natural Childhood

A Sprinkle of Summer Fun Memories!

When I think back to my childhood, there are some memories which are far more vivid than others: pretending our picnic table was a stage and performing for my family; playing in the paddling pool with my brothers and sister; and quickly slurping up the juice of a refreshing lolly before it dribbled down my […]

Going Ape in the New Forest!

There is nothing that The Boy loves more than clambering up a tree. It provides a real sense of achievement and connecting with the natural world in that manner really grounds the soul, uplifting and revitalising the body. Last weekend we travelled down to the New Forest for my mother-in-law's 70th birthday celebrations. This involved […]

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Play & Craft

Beach Memory Jars

Memories made at the beach last a lifetime. As far as I'm concerned, this is completely true! However, sometimes it helps to have a little something to aid the memories. My sister pointed out a glass jar to me recently which had 'Sand from our favorite beach' printed on it. I really liked the idea, […]

Summer Holiday Boredom Busters

Within the next week or so, all school-aged children in the UK will be on Summer holidays, American and Australian children are already enjoying the break. How long before the cry of 'I'm bored' sounds out? I've put together a collection of posts for Tuesday Tutorials this week which should help alleviate that frustration!

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Project 365 (2018): Days 7 – 32

Well, look at me! The chilled out 365-er who hasn't posted weekly. I haven't even got a photo a day either! I've missed about three days this month, probably because they were a Tuesday and I was knackered after work. The world still turns though, who cares if I've missed a day? I've still taken […]


Paw Patrol: Zoomer Marshall (Review)

For several years now, my son's favourite programme has been Paw Patrol; a television series which follows the adventures of the inhabitants of Adventure Bay and their frequent rescuers – eight pups and their ten year old leader, Ryder. I've often wondered about the sense of having a town's emergency services completely staffed by a […]

Hatchimals (Review)

The trend in toys seems to be cyclical; many toys which I had as a child I've seen come back again and again, just with a modern take on them each time. I was a little too old for the Furby when it was launched, although my 21 year old niece had one when she […]

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