I never thought I’d find domestic gadgets sexy and appealing, but as I’ve got older and come to take pride in my house I have come to appreciate gadgets that make my domestic chores a little less back breaking. When we had our extension built we had amazing 3 metre bi fold doors put in that let so much light into our downstairs room that it’s a joy to sit in. The downside of this is that the massive window panes take a lot of cleaning which using the usual microfibre cloths and white vinegar method are an endurance challenge. I’ve never got the knack of doing a streak-free clean and it isn’t for want of trying.
I grew up in the countryside as a child and have never been a city bird. The thought of going off to university was something that didn’t appeal to me and the bright lights no matter how sparkly were never as comforting as being in a small town. Now all grown up (apparently) we live in a little village where out shops are a butchers, a bakers, a chemist, a tiny co-op and a few hairdressers.
We have a good fish and chip shop which makes for a cracking Friday night supper when the batteries have gone and there’s an average slightly dilapidated park that manages to amuse Miss Roo when she is bouncing off the walls at home. There isn’t a pub as such or anywhere to go for a girly night out but there are bigger towns close by for those rare nights when mummy does go out to play.
My dream when I was a child growing up was eventually to have my own stationery shop, the kind that sold beautiful pens, pencils and papers of all the colours of the rainbow. I loved to draw and would spend hours in my room colouring, sketching and painting. Every time my dad used to go away on trips I would love it when he returned with beautiful boxes of pencils for me to enjoy and there was something mesmerising at seeing all the rainbow colours in their box lined up. Thankfully Roo has developed a love of colouring too. It took some time, but now the two of sit together and can colour pictures, draw stories and paint our adventures. It is lovely too that she’s been building her own collection of pencils and pens too, which this week were bolstered substantial with some beautiful colouring pens from Faber-Castell, as well as their chunky crayons, click together paints and very clever ergonomic grip first writers pencil.
There are lots of great posts about what to pack when travelling abroad with children. But what happens when you actually get to your chosen destination and you have to keep the kids safe and entertained for a week or two? Spending time in a new environment is always exciting for children, but it can also be a testing time for parents. Here are a few top tips that may help when holidaying in the sun:
- The thing that can cause more problems than anything else on holiday is the sun. So first of all make sure you’re all protected with the appropriate sun creams. You can even buy SPF swimwear and clothing now for added protection. Make sure the children don’t get all hot and bothered by having regular breaks in the shade, even if that means going back to your room for 10 minutes throughout the day. Sun hats and sunglasses are essential, while spending a lot of time in the pool or the sea is the best way to keep cool.
- Wet wipes are probably one of the best inventions of all time – particularly useful when spending time on the beach as sand can get everywhere! If you or the kids have an ice cream or something, a quick wipe down means your hands aren’t covered in sand before eating.
- Although your routine may be a little different to your routine back home, it’s best to try and establish one on holiday. So try to wake up at a similar time every morning, make sure you have some breakfast and let the kids know that you’re going to be by the pool or on the beach during the day. Going to bed at a set time every night is also important.
- Not many children like walking long distances. Not only will they get tired but they’ll probably find it pretty boring too. So a sightseeing city break is not recommended for young children. If you do want to get out of your resort for a day, take a bus or taxi there but have regularly breaks throughout the day. The promise of an ice cream or a small souvenir every so often is a great way to take their minds off all the walking.
- Remember that your summer holiday is not all about the kids – you deserve some time to relax too. If you’re staying in a hotel, a good tip is to ask for a room with a terrace (or a balcony if travelling with older children) so you can sit outside when the children are asleep. Buy a bottle of wine and enjoy some time to yourselves while the kids are sleeping.
Great deals on family holidays can be found at Purple Travel. Let me know if you have any tips on how to enjoy a fun holiday with the whole family.
With fashion trends changing quickly and regularly, kitchens can soon appear dated and worse for wear. However, replacing a fitted kitchen each time a new fashion trend comes along isn’t really a feasible or economical option.
It is useful therefore to be aware of ways to modernise a tired looking kitchen without the considerable expense of replacing the whole thing. There are a number of ways that this can be achieved on a tight budget.
A Lick of Paint
A quick fix to revitalise an old kitchen is a lick of paint. A fresh coat of paint can completely alter the appearance of a kitchen and make it look modern and crisp.