Sunday, 25 September 2016

Tackling Eczema Week with Surcare #eczemaweek

Finding products that work when you have eczema or very sensitive skin can be a nightmare.  Whether it's beauty products, cleaning products or laundry products, there's a high chance that there will be something in them that will irritate your skin and cause itching, a burning sensation or other reactions.  I am on a continual quest to find a great laundry range that gives outstanding results whilst also being non-irritating to our skin, and I may just have found one!

Saturday, 24 September 2016

Eczema: How to Calm the Itch and Have a Good Night’s Sleep #eczemaweek

Living with eczema is hard, especially if your skin is particularly itchy and sore at night. Getting a good night’s sleep can be a real challenge, and many babies and younger children scratch their skin raw and bleeding at night. The word eczema comes from Greek words which mean “to boil over”, and any sufferer knows just how apt that is.  Thankfully, there are ways for you, and your baby or child, to calm the skin and get a good night’s sleep. Here are some of them:

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Recipe: Courgette, Sun-dried Tomato and Ricotta Flan #vegetarian

Years ago, I was given a Marks & Spencer vegetarian cookery book and this was one of my favourite recipes from it.  Perfect for dinner parties, casual suppers and lunches, even buffets and picnics, it has become a bit of a staple over the past 30 years.  A few tweaks later, here it is for your delectation...


Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Are You Saving Enough for Your Child's Future?

What kind of future do you envision for your child?  Do you hope they will travel the world, go to university, get a great job, get married, buy their own home or car?  Many of us put a little bit of money aside each month, in the hope that we can help your children with these life goals in the future, but are you saving enough for your child?

Monday, 19 September 2016

Review: Brabantia Essential Rotary Dryer and their Love Nature Campaign #LoveNature

Despite having a small army of children and a constant round of washing and drying laundry, I resolutely refuse to use a tumble dryer.  I just don't get them, expensive to run, an environmental nightmare, and they make your clothes all dry, scratchy and smelly.  Yuck!  Regular readers know we're all about the natural way with most things, so a bit of a breeze and some sunshine is the ideal day to get those bloomers out on the line and drying the natural way.  So when Brabantia asked us to try one of their brilliant dryers and to tell you about their #LoveNature campaign too, we were very keen to take part.

Sunday, 18 September 2016

Play and Learn with ChuChu TV

With over 3 million subscribers and rising, ChuChu TV is the world's most popular video site for young children, and has won a coveted YouTube Gold Play Button.  Offering a wide range of colourful animated videos which reinvent classic nursery rhymes and other new, original content, there is plenty for little ones to explore in a safe and fun environment.

Friday, 16 September 2016

Your Essential Guide to Buying the Right Bra

We all know that well-fitting underwear is the key to a slim figure and a well-proportioned silhouette. However, many of us are still wearing the wrong bras, either in size, fit or style, and this can have a negative impact on the appearance of an outfit, as well as our own confidence levels.  It's time to ditch the grey duds and go underwear shopping, but don't panic, we're here to hold your hand every step of the way.  Shopping for a new bra can be a bewildering and incredibly difficult task, but we have all the essential information and guidance you need to find exactly the right bra for you.

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

5 Reasons Children Need Regular Outdoor Play

Exercise and the outdoors are synonymous with a healthy lifestyle. They keep children active and stimulated throughout the week. But did you know that outdoor play can do more for your child than just strengthen their immune system? In fact, outdoor play and outdoor playground equipment are a vital part of early brain development. While your children are out playing, they are also building the fundamental skills they need to become functional and sociable adults.

Thursday, 8 September 2016

Peace of Mind with a Secure Smart Home

Being a mum can be tough! Keeping an organised home with happy children may be the goal, but sometimes it’s enough just getting through the day. Worrying about our children is a mother’s job; keeping them safe and out of harm’s way is always the top priority, but can be an overwhelming stress to many parents.

Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Hey Big Spender - or Super Frugalista, Want to Be on TV?

Do you fancy being on TV?  Are your family super frugal, or do you love to spend, spend, spend and enjoy life to the max?  Whether you watch every penny and let those pounds take care of themselves, or spend every farthing as fast as it comes in (or faster!), a new Channel 4 TV show wants to hear from you.

Recipe: Late Summer Risotto

Inspired by our balcony harvest, this risotto contains the last of the summer vegetables such as peppers, courgettes and tomatoes.  But of course it can be adapted to whatever you have available from your garden, allotment - or supermarket!  A feast of flavour.  Adding the tomatoes at the end means they stay whole, and release little bursts of flavour as you eat.

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