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Wellbeing | Pro Sleeping Tips For All The Family

As soon as you have a family of your own, you will start to recognise the importance of routine. A strong routine can be the difference between living a stressful lifestyle and living a relatively calm and happy one. It doesn't need to be a routine that runs to the hour - just a basic one for different aspects of your day will do just fine. It means that you will be able to ferry your children around, keep on top of the housework, cook healthy meals and even get enough sleep. The latter is particularly important for the whole family, but in all honesty, sleep is probably something you are lacking in your home.

Here are some ways you can make sure that every member of your family is getting the right amount of rest every night.


Your children

Finding a workable night-time routine into your children is something that you should try and do from an early age. The younger they are when you start, the more likely they are to adapt to and therefore stick to the routine. Obviously, it will start to change as they get older, but by doing this you can ensure that they will never be sleep deprived throughout the day. Pick an appropriate time for bed and stick to it - the time you choose will be very dependant on their age. Then, help them to wind down - getting a hyper child to go to bed is near enough impossible. A bath or a bedtime story is usually one of the best ways to help your child relax and get into a sleepy mood. Also, make sure that their bedroom is cozy and inviting so that they actually look forward to going to bed.

You

Being low on sleep as a parent is never fun. We have so many responsibilities that often, being tired is simply not an option. Once the children are in bed, it can be worth working on your own bedtime routine, to ensure that you wake up the next day feeling well rested. Start with making your bedroom a restful place to be. Look at mattresses such as vi spring mattresses to make sure you have a comfortable place to lay your head. Dim lighting or some burning candles can also help to put both your mind and body into 'sleep mode'. Also try to eradicate anything distracting from your bedroom, whether that is work related or a social device like your phone. Once your brain starts to associate your bedroom with sleep alone, you will find it much easier to switch off once you are in there.

Your pet

Sometimes, it's not your children who are keeping you up at night - it's your pet! Dogs especially can be difficult to get to sleep, and the last thing you want is to be kept awake all night by incessant barking and whining. In order to make sure your dog sleeps throughout the night, make sure he or she gets enough exercise during the day. Avoid playing energetic games with your pet late at night - make bedtimes calm and collected. Also, it is important to make sure that their bed or cage has plenty of comfy blankets inside, and that he or she has gone to the toilet before you shut them in for the night. The whole family getting a good night's sleep might sound unachievable at first, but by putting some of these tips into action it can be easier than you think!


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2017 New House | My Dream Home & Life Update


I promised an update on what's been happening before New Year and here it is, it's been a hard one to write but with the negatives comes positives. Last year my husband and I separated and as you can imagine it's been tough. I won't go into the ins and outs because it's still pending and I would prefer to keep some privacy with it but it was a case of growing apart and nothing sinister. Fast-forward and things have started to move for me, I am finally going to be moving house at the end of the month, but unlike last year, this time I am starting with nothing.

It's been a frantic panic, to say the least, and I’ve been trying to figure out what's important and what I should be spending my money on first while the budget is fixed so low but, I find it makes me dream about my ideal decor more and more. What's a girl to do? 

Dream more of course! So, here is my ultimate winter to Spring 2017 home décor wish list.

Colour Palette: I wanted to go for a warm and homely colour palette this time around but I don't want it to look too dark and dismal. My resolve was to go for a neutral wall and flooring choice but to use a variety of textures and warmer colours with the accessory choices. At the moment I love the look of warm yellow tones, rich reds and neutrals like black or creams but never had the courage to really try these out, well, things change folks and this lady is going to brave it. Not all of these colours at the same time of course as they will be spread about a whole house. The colour palette will also be broken up with suede's, check prints and woven materials. 


Windows: From past experience, it's far easier to spend on window treatments as quickly as possible to ensure you get a good sleep and save money on keeping your home warm. For years I've always made sure we had blackout blinds so that my sons slept well and in this new house, this will be no different. My sons are older now so I considered opting for a neutral tone but, little boys don't really care for neutrals so I will most probably opt for a red roller blind like the 4572 Flash Red colour tone (pictured in this post's header) which I feel, is a great colour for growing boys and adults. Rooflinds have a great selection of VELUX blinds and they even have Disney ones which are so adorable but, unfortunately, my little monsters have long outgrown the Disney channel and wouldn't be grateful for a Minnie Mouse blind. 

Furnishings: Before I would opt for pieces that were more modern but now I really crave sturdy pieces of furniture in raw wood styles that are made to last and as they get old, scratched and battered, they look even better! Great shapes and storage are important to me and I currently also love chairs that work as a focal point. The Sherlock check armchair from Next above is absolutely amazing and would be perfect for what I am aiming for.

Accessories: This is where I get excited. It's so easy to change your decor with these simple accessories and this season I am opting for sunny yellows, white, black and blues. While I am working with a pre-decided colour palette I will also be looking at textures! I mean look at that cushion, the textures coupled with some rougher checks, some soft downy blankets and the gloss of the hello sign above is pretty amazing. This will also ensure the overall look doesn't look 'flat' and gives a little personality to the rooms. I'll be adding these pieces slowly from our moving date to spring to really turn our house into a home. 


Is anyone else moving house soon?

Keeping What's Yours, Yours

Think of the amount of items and objects you’ve gladly accumulated in your lifespan. The treasures, the valuables, the heirlooms. They may be worth quite a bit! Now, think of all the tech in your household - the laptops, the 4K HDR UHD curved TV set, the PS4 Pro with an attached Playstation VR, the iPad and iPhone.

We’re getting quite a bit of value here, aren’t we? If you think that, and we know it - so does a criminal who will look to take it off of your hands.

The most valuable items in your household will not be bolted down. You can’t bolt down a Playstation or a laptop, and they can hit over one thousand dollars of value which can easily fit under both arms. The portable goods in your home are worth a hell of a lot and can be taken without hassle.


That’s not fair - they are yours. Unfortunately, that doesn’t matter. Criminals exist for a number of reasons - desperation, the thrill of the crime or even a product of our times and environment, the fact remains, though, that the items they want, are rightfully yours. Let us try to keep it that way.

Now, criminals will have the know-how and experience that will allow them to instantly assess the worth lurking inside a property. What your job here is, is to keep your property off their map. If it’s deemed an attraction, that will invite a closer eye. A closer eye means that they will assess the risk of breaking-in and if the risk is lower than the reward? Well, you’ll be out of pocket, and your home will have been broken into.

How do you keep it off the map, though? Maintain your property. Criminals will look for properties that show off any sign of negligence. If there’s items that are broken, an untidy lawn or explicitly unlocked doors, this will warrant an inspection from the prying eyes of a criminal. If you don’t want to be a target, show clear care for your property.

You don’t have to spend a great deal to deter criminals, but you might want an alarm system that will scare them off. Even if you can’t afford the luxury of a security system, then you can use security signs to deter burglars. These are the same signs and stickers given to owners of alarm systems, so you can at least have the same deterrent.

Finally, lock your door. It’s so simple, because if you don't then someone might try to break in. Don’t make that mistake because it could end up with you losing a lot - all for the sake of a simple twist of a lock.

Make your property a risk for any criminal who chooses to assess it and you’ll likely find that it will be ignored. Don’t advertise the value in your home and keep what is yours, yours.


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Happy New Year | Welcome to 2017



H-A-P-P-Y   N-E-W   Y-E-A-R   E-V-E-R-Y-O-N-E !!!

I have been so ready for this to come for nearly the whole of 2016. It's finally here. What I adore about Hogmanay and New Year is the feeling of intention, wiping the slate clean and that with the turn of the clock hands you can do anything. People are friendlier at this time. Everyone tries to help their fellow human out more and you know, it feels really damn awesome to see this happening.

So as the clock strikes into the first day of your clean slate, what do you plan to do with this opportunity? Make amends? Try something new and exciting or just try to be more organised?

Making this change isn't a resolution. Even those who make no resolutions are somewhat making a resolution to not change. Starting afresh is never a bad thing and if you don't want to overwhelm yourself with things you 'must' do then why not just try to think more positively or to see each day as a new start? These are all achievable and you won't be left feeling like you need to beat yourself up if you 'fail' because there simply is no failure with these changes.


2017 is going to be a big one full of changes for me. But, I will start the year ready to take on whatever finds itself in my path. I feel strong. I feel confident and I am ready! Connor also has a lot of changes but he typically takes each day as it comes anyway so as a team - we can do this. And, we also resolved to travel. Ideally Hungry as my grandad was Hungarian and I weirdly have never been there. It's one of my bucket list must do's. I also plan to start driving lessons - at thirty-two, nearly thirty-three I don't feel daunted about it. Gutted I left it so late but then you're never too late to start anything that will benefit you in the long run, are you?

So from both Connor and myself, we wish each and every one of you a happy New Year. Sending love, hugs, hope and happiness to you all for 2017.

Alternative Christmas Gifts to Beat The Post Strike

Christmas is twelve days away lovelies - twelve - days - away! 

If you still feel like you haven't got it together for the festive season, rest assured you're not the only one feeling that way right now *puts up hands* also with the impending Royal Mail strike next week, ordering gifts and expecting them to arrive (even amazon Prime is taking ages to arrive now) then you may be left short. 

So, the one solution I found to this problem was to order online and have the item directly sent to the recipient (or yourself if you will see your loved one before Christmas) that way you can ensure quick delivery or direct delivery. Most florists use couriers which should bypass the whole Royal Mail escapade that's about to hit us next week. 

Now don't get me wrong, I love a soft jumper, some shiny shoes and the luxuries of the festive periods but, I don't think you can beat flowers, chocolates and plants. The zanier the better. Especially if your loved one has that sort of personality. I also particularly adore festive styled flowers such as the ones below from www.flowersforeveryone.com.au
If you stay in Australia then you can check these out over on the Flowers For Everyone Website and I recommend you do as some of their gorgeous flowers are more than gift worthy. They even have zany Willy Wonka Roses! These are like tie dye roses guys, they have tie dye type pastel ones too - you just can't get those here. 
However, if your giftee isn't into flowers and prefers foodie type gifts why not mix the two? A bouquet of chocolates anyone? Or why not gift a Sweet Pineapple plant? I mean it's a pineapple plant. What's not to love about it. Note also that they have varied packaging colours for their chocolate bouquets. I love the festive reds and golds, but you know some people may prefer a more neutral palette of black and gold or even pastels (also available on the website). 

There is also the option of sending nappy cakes to new parents or plants. Take for example the gorgeous seasonal poinsettia plant. I adore these plants as they go with all interiors, don't give off horrible smells, don't stain your house with pollen and are a dream to keep alive. 

If you don't stay in Australia, why not take inspiration from these and also seek out some suitable flower or alternative bouquet gifts that can be sent directly to your loved ones this Christmas? 

Which of the flowers or alternative gifts would you have loved to receive this year? 

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