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Month: March 2017

Explaining Terrorism – They won’t be Young Forever

Explaining Terrorism – They won’t be Young Forever

As more details emerge from the London attacks, my heart sinks lower and lower.  The families of the victims are at the forefront of my mind.  I’m in a state of mourning, not only for the lives that have been lost but for the world that was.  Once again, it has been changed forever.

As I watch the news I find myself becoming anxious and upset, fearful of the what has become of our beautiful world.  Why should we have to walk down the street and worry about terrorism?  Why should I think twice about taking my girls to their capital city, to show them this amazing place full of excitement and history?

As new headlines emerge I am grateful that I don’t have to explain the situation to my girls.  I’m glad that they’re too young to understand and to worry about the bad things that happen in the world.  I’m only too aware though that they are growing up fast, that they won’t always be too young to understand.  One day they will see the news and have questions, they will want to know why one human being would do this to another.  What do I say then?  How can I possibly begin to explain it?

When attacks like this happen I spend my time worrying about the future of my children, of all our children.  What kind of world are they growing up in?  I’m again consoled by their ages, whilst they are young and under my roof I can keep them safe.  But they won’t be young forever.

Everyone who was involved in the attacks have shown us that there is good in the world.  The emergency services, the passers by who stopped to help and those who sadly lost their lives in a bid to save others.  All of these people have shown that for every ounce of bad in the world, there is so much more good.

So when the time comes that my girls will need their questions answered.  I will tell them that there are bad people in the world, but for every bad person there are so many good.  For every bad deed there are so many more amazing things happening all around them.

For now though I’m glad I don’t have to explain it and I’m glad my children go to bed at night without worrying.






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Making the Most of Life Around Shift Work

Making the Most of Life Around Shift Work

Since Hub’s changed his job two years ago, as a family we’ve had to get used to living life around his shift patterns.  Previously he worked Monday to Friday.  They were long hours and he brought a lot of work home, but it was Monday to Friday nonetheless.  He was always here during the night and our weekends were guaranteed downtime from the daily grind.

Hub’s left behind the Monday to Friday routine in favour of the most irregular shift patterns known to man!  As a saver of lives he works nights, afternoons, twilights and every shift in-between.  It’s been incredibly difficult for me to accept the way of life that shift work brings, at first it seemed so alien for Hub’s to be out all night and asleep all day.

Shift work can mean that Hub’s misses seeing the children for days on end, so over the last two years we have developed a few little life hacks that make family life and shift work a little more compatible!


  1. After a night shift, we have breakfast as a family before Hub’s goes to bed.  I hate night shifts and I wish he didn’t have to work them.  But seeing as that’s something I can’t change we make the best of them by eating breakfast as a family.  Twenty minutes of catching up, laughter and cuddles with the kids sets us both in good stead for the day.  I always look forward to breakfast on these days, often they don’t last long enough!
  2. We have dinner as a family before Hub’s goes to work.  Similar to having breakfast together, this makes it feel like we have all enjoyed some quality time together before Hub’s heads out.  The nights can be long once the kids have gone to bed so grabbing some time at dinner is important to keep me sane!
  3. Whenever our ‘weekend’ falls, we make the most of it.  More often than not our ‘weekend’ falls on any day but Saturday or Sunday, this can often mean that we miss out on a lot of occasions.  On a positive note though, places are often much quieter and easier to get around on weekdays.  Staying in too much is no good for anyone, so even if it’s Monday and everyone else is back at work, we get up and get out to make the most of our time as a family.
  4. Acceptance.  The key to making the most of shift work is accepting the situation that you’re in.  Even if it doesn’t seem ideal, often there’s nothing that can be done to change it.  Accepting that this is where you’re at marks the beginning of a blissful work/family relationship!  Truthfully, I’m still working on this one but with these little life hacks thrown in, it’s definitely becoming a little easier.


Do you have to plan family life around shift work?  What life hacks have you developed to make the most of it?


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Spring Garden Inspiration

Spring Garden Inspiration

Spring is soon to be upon us and I for one cannot wait.  It’s my favourite time of year, the nights begin to get lighter and the weather (hopefully) starts to improve.  At this time of year our thoughts turn to ‘Spring cleaning’ our garden, saving it from its dishevelled Winter state!

I love getting the girls outside into the garden, we don’t have a huge space but it’s enough for them to have fun and explore in.  This year Hubs and I have decided to revamp our outdoor space, our aim is inject a bit of adult into our extremely child friendly garden.  I would really love to have a corner to myself where I can read, work and relax with a glass of fizz on those long Summer nights!

Perusing over many Pinterest Pins and Instagram profiles has given me an idea of what I would like.  Here are some of the best bits I found along the way!

A Rattan Daybed

I adore this Rattan Daybed from Fishpools, it looks so relaxing and would be a perfect addition to our garden.  I’m looking out of the window as I write, planning where to put it! I think the children would love to spend some time on this too.


Santiago Rattan Daybed


Garden Relaxer Chairs

Now that my two girls are old enough to play together, it’s so nice to be able to sit back for a little while and watch them, without having to hang over them constantly.  I love these relaxer chairs from John Lewis, also perfect for Hub’s and I to chill out on after a long day of work and/or parenting!

Royalcraft Windsor Relaxer


Outdoor Family Dining Set

There’s nothing better than eating meals outside when the weather is nice, especially if it’s been cooked on the BBQ!  We have a very old and tired dining set, it just has to be replaced.  This drop leaf number is great for setting extra places when a BBQ turns into a party, the more the merrier I say!

APPLARO Dining Set


Patio Heater

Once the sun goes in, it would be nice to stay outside without shivering!  Adding a patio heater would mean that Hubs and I could sit out and watch the stars, instead of retreating to watch Coronation Street.  Who said romance was dead!?  I love the shape of this pyramid patio heater from Bridgeman.


Pyramid Patio Heater


Do you love Spring?  Are you planning on making any changes to your garden this year?  Do you already have the garden of your dreams?

*This is a collaborative post.

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Lee Stafford Blow Dry & Go: Review & Giveaway

Lee Stafford Blow Dry & Go: Review & Giveaway

As some of you may know, over the past couple of weeks I have decided that my time as a SAHM must come to an end.  I’m a hairdresser and have worked for myself for years.  I can’t wait get back to it and finally transform into the mum boss that’s been lurking within!

As I’m self-employed it’s up to me to make sure I have the latest products and equipment, to transform and beautify my clients!  So, when Lee Stafford got in touch and asked me to try out their new Blow Dry & Go Hair Kit, they could not have timed it better.  How could I say no?!

The Blow Dry & Go Hair Kit includes a fabulous pink lightweight dryer, clips, brush, tail comb, bobbles and grips.  Everything you need to transform your hair into your favourite style.  The amazing thing about this dryer is that it has a built-in keratin infused grill.  Keratin is the go-to protein for all hairdressers who strive to achieve smooth and frizz-free hair, so I couldn’t wait to test it out!

I love the design of the dryer, from the colour to the size and weight.  It’s the ideal companion for a professional who spends a lot of time drying hair, long gone is my aching arm at the end of the day!  The accessories have come in really handy too, the sectioning clips especially which are strong and durable.  If you are using this kit at home it allows for that salon fresh look to be achieved, without having to head out.

Holidays and good hair don’t always go hand in hand, those hotel room dryers are never quite up to the mark.  Cue Blow Dry & Go!  This kit comes with a compact travel bag making packing a doddle and frizzy holiday hair a thing of the past.

If truth be told, I’m not sure I’m quite sold on the keratin infused grill.  It’s a fabulous extra that some people may find works brilliantly, maybe after more use I’ll really start to appreciate what it can offer.

Nevertheless, I love my Lee Stafford Blow Dry & Go Kit.  I would highly recommend it for both personal and professional use and with the accessories included, this product definitely offers value for money.  I’m enjoying being back at work, even more so now I have such great tools to work with!

If you would like to win your very own Blow Dry & Go Hair Kit, all you have to do is enter the giveaway below.  Please do take a peek at the terms and conditions…good luck!


Win a Lee Stafford Blow Dry & Go Kit #5

*I was sent a Lee Stafford Blow Dry & Go Kit for the purpose of this review, all thoughts and opinions are my own.  I only recommend products that I genuinely love, so I know you’ll be in good hands!


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