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  1. The best jokes come from the mouths of babes. Kids say the funniest things, and sometimes they don't even know they're being funny!  My daughter, Bella, is now five years old and says some of the funniest things as she works out the world around her!  I actually remembered to write four of these down recently and wanted to share them with you.  I also asked other parent bloggers what funny things their children have said recently and they really came out with some crackers!

  2. I’m very lucky my daughter goes to a school where outdoor play is encouraged, as far as I can tell.  She’s just finished her reception year where she had the freedom to play outdoors whenever she wanted, in all weathers.  One of her favourite activities at school last year was to play outdoors. 

    The reception children had their own playground and climbing frame and activities were set up for outdoor play every single day.  Whenever I picked my daughter up from the after school club, she was often whizzing around the playground on a scooter.  In the summer terms for two mornings per week, before the school bell, parents and pupils were encouraged to take part in a ‘daily mile’ around the school field to encourage a more active lifestyle.

  3. Too much to do and not enough time to do it? We’ve all been there. Being a busy mum and juggling numerous different tasks at the same time can be very draining. If you find that you are struggling to get everything done in a day, here are some simple tips on better managing your time so that you can stop running around like a headless chicken and maybe even get to the bottom of your ‘to-do’ lists!

  4. One of the biggest struggles we’ve faced, whilst doing up our home for three years, is not being familiar with the true cost of building work and home improvements.  Not knowing anyone personally in the trades we’ve needed, has meant we have to take the word of the builders who provide us with quotes.  With programmes like Cowboy Builders in the back of our minds, we’re always sceptical of what we’re told and whether we are being ripped off.  This is the first home we have bought and renovated so we feel very naïve and have nothing to compare anything to.  Luckily there is a brilliant UK based website called Job Prices who provide a comprehensive online guide into home improvement pricing.

  5. The kitchen is often considered the hub of the home. It’s one of the most used rooms in the house, so it makes sense it’s one of the first rooms homeowners consider renovating.

    However, kitchen renovations aren’t cheap. So, if you don’t have a few thousand pounds to spare, you may think you don’t have the option to decorate. The good news is, it’s possible to completely revamp your kitchen with just a few new accessories. This means, even those on a tight budget can do something right now to improve the look of the room. 

    Below, you’ll discover some of the best accessories to invest in if you want to revamp the kitchen on a budget.

  6. There seems to be a common complaint amongst parents that they don’t have enough time for exercise once they have children.  While that may be true to a certain extent and we parents can no longer partake in the long after work gym sessions we enjoyed before children, we just need to be inventive and realise ways we can exercise with our children instead.  Here are some fun ways you can keep fit with your young kids.

  7. There’s something be said for those classic traditional living room decors, but it’s hard not to fall in love with the recent spate of minimalist designs that are cropping up in homes across the UK and beyond.  If I had to describe my décor style it would be natural, boho and minimal.  I’m a natural minimalist.  I can’t stand clutter or mess, it makes my head fuzzy.  I only want what I need and use.  I regularly have sort outs to see what we no longer need.  It’s a bit of an obsession of mine.  I’m happiest when everything is organised and in its place and there is no extra.  I do like a cosy room though which is where the natural comes in.  Wood, wicker and house plants keep our home from being too bare and boring.

    If you’ve not heard of minimalism before, it’s essentially a movement that emphasises a ‘less is more’ approach. Rooms styled in this way are simple, mind-positive places that allow its inhabitants to escape the noise of the hectic 21st century.  A calm clutter free environment creates a calm clutter free mind in my opinion.

    Here are seven ways you can give your living room a minimalist makeover:

  8. If you work from a home office, you’ll understand the importance of your environment and how they can affect your thoughts and level of creativity and inspiration. Therefore, it might be time to spruce up your home office environment so that your blog posts and work will get a new lease of life. Considering how you utilise the space in the room and on your desk, and how you hope to feel when you’re in there, will help you decide on where to focus your efforts. The following are some tips and ideas for those who want a little inspiration to help update a tired and uninspiring office.