Modernise your Living Space with Staircases

Now we are coming to the end of all of our extension works, the messiest parts are long over, the painting is complete and we are now just adding soft furnishings, it’s becoming more and more obvious to us just how dated other parts of the house look. Most notably, for us, is our dingy stairway. With a brown varnished handrail, matching bannister at the top of the landing and rather faded and grimy beige walls, it really leaves a {Read More}

How to Sail Through Home Improvements  

Planning a project takes a while, and that’s not a bad thing when you consider you’ll have to live with the results. So build your ideas gradually, plan out what you’d like and what your budget is, then scout out ideas or inspiration. Get in the Mood Make an ideas or mood board to gather colours, textures and patterns that will make the atmosphere you’d like for your space. It helps you figure out which colours work together, for example, {Read More}

Things are Changing

Things are changing for us. As a family, I feel like we have been living in a relatively steady pattern for the past few years. We seemed to have found a good routine that worked for both adults and children and life was plodding along nicely. Having just had a little over 2 weeks off with the whole family though, I noticed that things have shifted slightly. It’s become more apparent that I no longer have babies – ok, so {Read More}

Reverse Mortgages Versus HECMs: Is There a Difference?

*Collaborative Post* When you retire, whole new worlds open up to you. One of those worlds is the world of home mortgages. As long as you are a home-owning adult, you can get a standard home mortgage, but you have to be an adult to get a proprietary reverse mortgage or an HECM. If you are interested in one or the other, it is important to understand how they work and what the differences are between them. The Basics of {Read More}

Tips for choosing flooring on a budget

*Collaborative Post* Whether you’ve just moved or just want to give your own abode a touch up, flooring is a common place to start. Decorating your home is not going to be cheap, so that’s something you need to be prepared for. Flooring is likely to be the most expensive aspect, but there are ways you can reduce the cost and still enjoy a newly renovated space. Installing a new floor can change the whole feel of the room before {Read More}

Dick Whittington at The Wycombe Swan

For a spectacularly fun family afternoon, Dick Whittington offers fantastic musical numbers and all the glitz and glam you could ask for in a Panto. The set sparkled from start to finish and so did the cast (especially the Spirit of Bow Bells) making this such a wonderful panto for the whole family to enjoy. With jokes for young and old, slapstick comedy and a heartfelt storyline, we all laughed and smiled along the journey with Dick and Alice. There {Read More}

AD Vax Blade 2 Max : Review

I’ve been putting the Vax Blade 2 Max to the test over the past couple of months and it really hasn’t disappointed. I wanted a vacuum that not only picked up general dust and dirt but one that could clean up after two messy children, a cat and builders! I know that I was asking a lot from the outset but you have to have aspirations, right! Well, as soon as the Vax Blade 2 Max arrived I put it {Read More}

AD Jooki Music and Story Player

We’ve been putting Jooki, the child friendly, screen-free, music and story player through its paces and I am delighted to say, it’s a huge hit. My two absolutely love listening to music and stories and over the years we have tried many different devices to accommodate this but we’ve never found one we really loved, until now. The Jooki combines sturdiness and durability with a funky and easy way to listen to music or stories day or night. And because {Read More}

Making your home more environmentally friendly

*Collaborative Post* There are a lot of reasons you might be looking to make your home a little greener, whether it’s reducing your impact on the environment, or just looking to save a little extra money where you can. There’s also a lot that can go into making your home that much more environmentally friendly, and that’s why we’ve put together this guide on doing just that, to give you a great starting point. Take care of your household heating {Read More}

6 free Christmas activities to do with children

*Collaborative Post* Christmas is approaching, and we are all looking for ways to get ourselves in the Christmas spirit! There is so much to think about at Christmas, food, presents, writing to Santa, it can all be very time-consuming. Sometimes, we can forget to take full advantage of the holiday season, and it can be over before you know it. That’s why we have compiled a list of some great activities that you can do with children for free that {Read More}