July 29, 2014

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Norman Peires knows you have to let your children try, and sometimes fail

    It’s human nature for people to want to help their children as much as possible. Nurturing our young is an instinctive part … [Read more...]

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Setting Boundaries: How Do Parents Discipline Their Children?

      Earlier this year, Room to Grow organised a discipline survey which asked UK parents to answer a series of simple … [Read more...]

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Review: Land of the Dinosaurs by Clementoni

    We’ve said recently how much we love Clementoni products. With their appealing designs, interesting objectives and, of course, … [Read more...]

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Car Boots, Auctions and More: Declutter Before Moving Home

    If all the kids are now in Junior or Comprehensive School and you still have the pram and cot in the garage – it’s time to throw … [Read more...]

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Top 3 Educational Gifts for Kids

Knowing what to buy your child for their birthday isn’t always as easy as it sounds. Whilst there’s a great deal to choose from it can often feel … [Read more...]

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Norman Peires knows you have to let your children try, and sometimes fail

    It’s human nature for people to want to help their children as much as possible. Nurturing our young is an instinctive part of parenthood, and key to this is making sure they … [Read More...]

You're grounded!!!

Setting Boundaries: How Do Parents Discipline Their Children?

      Earlier this year, Room to Grow organised a discipline survey which asked UK parents to answer a series of simple questions on how they manage their children and … [Read More...]

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Review: Land of the Dinosaurs by Clementoni

    We’ve said recently how much we love Clementoni products. With their appealing designs, interesting objectives and, of course, the educational aspect, our family is drawn to the … [Read More...]

Untidy cluttered woman wardrobe with clothes and accessories.

Car Boots, Auctions and More: Declutter Before Moving Home

    If all the kids are now in Junior or Comprehensive School and you still have the pram and cot in the garage – it’s time to throw them out. And if you have ornaments you were … [Read More...]

gifts in red and pink box

Top 3 Educational Gifts for Kids

Knowing what to buy your child for their birthday isn’t always as easy as it sounds. Whilst there’s a great deal to choose from it can often feel as if we’re a little spoilt for choice. So, if … [Read More...]

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Tips and Tricks to Give Your Home a Futuristic Appeal

    Some people love having a cosy home with a kind-of vintage feel, however, the ‘futuristic’ look is becoming increasingly popular. Not only is it great for people who want to give … [Read More...]

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The problem with large family holidays

    No matter how many children you have, you’ll know how hard having a family can be. We all need a break from time to time, a chance to get away from the stresses of your … [Read More...]

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5 Spectacular Summer Holiday Villas

    Summer is once again here and with that our minds shift away from our everyday worries, busy schedules, business meetings, administration towards the finer things in … [Read More...]

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Greece Destinations Everyone Should Experience

    Greece is packed with ancient sites and architectural gems, which makes it a fascinating country to visit. Holidays to Greece are amazing travel options for those who want to … [Read More...]

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5 Things to Consider Before Fostering a Child

    Quite a few of the large families we meet through this site have expanded through adoption or fostering. There is no doubt that fostering provides a valuable service to those … [Read More...]

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Caring For an Elderly Relative: A Practical Guide

  Caring for an elderly relative is a tough, yet rewarding, job. Of course, it can be a difficult task to undertake. There are practical things that you can do, so that you and your relative are … [Read More...]

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6 Reasons Why I Decided to Study for my Degree as a Thirty-Something Mum-of-13

    It was about a year ago that Mike and I stopped off for a rare coffee together while running errands, and it was during this quick rendezvous that I decided to run my thoughts … [Read More...]

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In Recipes:

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Quick and Easy Meals the Whole Family Can Enjoy

    Sometimes, coming up with quick and easy meals that the whole family will love can be tricky. That’s why I thought I’d share some of my favourite, most delicious dishes that are family friendly too!   Lemon and Dill Salmon with Sweet Potato Discs Salmon is a healthy and delicious meat to have […]

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Easy Peasy Inspiration With Primula

    Primula is a much-loved spread in this house, normally slathered on toast or in a sandwich. However, we’ve recently discovered that mixing a tube into a pan of hot, just-cooked pasta and served with a side of veg creates a quick, simple meal with a cheesy difference. Looking for something quick and easy […]

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Ribbon Vegetable Tagliatelle

      This is quick, cheap and easy recipe to throw together making it an ideal meal for when time is short, money is tight or talent is limited! Serves 6 Ingredients: 500g Tagliatelle 1 courgette 2-3 large carrots 3 garlic cloves 3-4 tablespoons olive oil   Method: Bring a large pan of salted […]

Homemade Custard Creams

Homemade Custard Creams

    Custard Creams, along with Bourbon biscuits, are two of the traditional favourites that every home needs in their biscuit tin. Homemade custard cream biscuits taste even better than shop bought, and what’s more, they are surprisingly easy to make too!   Makes approximately 40   Ingredients: For biscuits: 225g plain flour 50g custard […]

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In Money:

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Saving For A Deposit On A New Home? It Doesn’t Have To Be Hard

    Sometimes a family will outgrow the home in which they live. It is not an unusual situation in which to find yourself because most people have to climb the housing ladder slowly. When it is time to step up to the next rung, you might wonder how to fund the move. Maybe you […]

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Smart investment for a secure family future

      Managing investments as a private, untrained individual can often feel daunting; when you have the wellbeing of your family to consider, it’s all the more so. As so often, though, things aren’t really as complicated as they may seem. Patience, steady judgement and a basic understanding of the options can make you […]

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The quest for self-sufficiency, freedom and financial independence: The 3 reasons why we’ve always bitten off more than we thought we could chew

    It was only a few weeks ago when the figurative mountain seemed impossibly high to climb. ‘I can’t do this any more!’ was all I could say to Mike as we had one of our rare but vocal arguments. The house was a tip with rooms being ripped out and redecorated, with boxes […]

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The Secrets to Planning a Family Holiday on The Cheap

    Summer is here, which means it’s just about time to book your family holiday so you can all have a break away, with great food/drink, fun, and bonding. Family holidays aren’t easy to book on the cheap, but it can be done if you’re careful and consistent with your search. We all need […]

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In Travel:

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The problem with large family holidays

    No matter how many children you have, you’ll know how hard having a family can be. We all need a break from time to time, a chance to get away from the stresses of your everyday life in order to spend some quality time with the ones you love. If you have four […]

Vale do Lobo Algarve

5 Spectacular Summer Holiday Villas

    Summer is once again here and with that our minds shift away from our everyday worries, busy schedules, business meetings, administration towards the finer things in life. And certainly there are few better ways to celebrate the sunniest season than taking some time off and getting in touch with yourself in a villa […]

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Greece Destinations Everyone Should Experience

    Greece is packed with ancient sites and architectural gems, which makes it a fascinating country to visit. Holidays to Greece are amazing travel options for those who want to relax, unwind, and experience the finest beaches the Mediterranean has to offer. Athens This vibrant capital city boasts a large number of world famous […]

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How Not to Get Ripped Off When Hiring A Car on Holiday – Part Two

      Last week, we posted the first part of our big list of things to avoid when hiring a car on holiday (lest you get ripped off). We covered things such as doing your homework when choosing the rental company, opting just for the basic bundle and bringing your own extras instead of […]

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In Home & Garden:

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Car Boots, Auctions and More: Declutter Before Moving Home

    If all the kids are now in Junior or Comprehensive School and you still have the pram and cot in the garage – it’s time to throw them out. And if you have ornaments you were given as a wedding present 13 years ago, but have never been used – it’s time to […]

Light interior design

Tips and Tricks to Give Your Home a Futuristic Appeal

    Some people love having a cosy home with a kind-of vintage feel, however, the ‘futuristic’ look is becoming increasingly popular. Not only is it great for people who want to give off the impression of a lavish lifestyle, it’s also great for those who dislike clutter and like things to be kept fairly […]

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What You Need to do in Order to Find a Great Estate Agent For Your Next Family Home

Finding a great estate agent can be difficult at the best of times. Therefore, if you’re just starting out, and find yourself on the lookout for a great estate agent who can help you find an awesome family home, it’s okay to feel as stressed as you do. However, what you might not know, is […]

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Essential Bedroom Design Ideas For Kids – Make Life Easy

    The children’s bedroom becomes a place that we dread cleaning sometimes. When our kids are young, however, it is one of the most exciting rooms in the house to decorate and furnish. It is because we always want to give them the best things in life, and an awesome bedroom is top of […]

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The Latest Reviews:

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Review: Nokia Lumia 520

  With technology changing every day and phones being one of the most expensive and used examples, we need to make sure that the phone we do get is worth the money. Some may swear by Apple, Samsung, or HTC but for others, like me, it would have to be Nokia. The Nokia Lumia 520 […]

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Learning with Leapfrog’s LeapReader

LeapFrog is a company known for its influence in helping a child learn to read and write. With their wide range of books, apps, tablets and so much more, there is no limit to the ways in which they can benefit your children. The LeapReader, LeapFrog’s official pen, will read, help your child trace letters, […]

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