What to do with Kids in London

*collaborative post* With the Easter and Summer Holidays fast approaching, I’ve started looking into activities to do in London. The children love going to London and we always have so much fun. Theatre A few years ago for my daughter’s birthday we took her to see The Lion King at the Lyceum Theatre and it was magical. She was captivated through the entire thing. She was a little confused at first when the audience would clap after each song but {Read More}

La Belle Assiette Private Dining Experience : Review

At the end of January I was offered the chance to review La Belle Assiette which is a private chef dining experience in your own home. I absolutely jumped at the chance. As it coincided with my birthday, it seemed like the perfect opportunity to get some of my friends together and have an amazing dinner party without having to worry about a thing! So What Is Private Chef Dining? A fully credited chef will come in to your home {Read More}

Taking care of your smile

Ever since my first filling at 11-years-old, I have had a real thing about teeth. I absolutely hated the whole experience of having a filling and it really made me conscious about how important taking care of your smile and your teeth really is. This is something I am trying to instil in my own children too as I want them to have a good experience with the dentists and know how to keep their smiles at their best (although {Read More}

Valentine’s Day Gift Guide For Her

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, I’ve been putting together a little gift guide if you need some inspiration. Candles are always a nice gift as they can be used in the bathroom for a relaxing soak without any bath toys in sight or to make the living room smell delightful. Where ever you put them they will make you smile. Parks’ 3 Tots Gift Set in Wild Fig, Cassis and Orange Blossom are hand poured wax into a {Read More}

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}