10 Things You Can Do With Your Old Clothes

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If you’ve got a load of old clothes lying around, don’t just throw them away. Get even more use out of them and try one of the following 10 things!

1. Alter Them

If you’re a little crafty, you might be able to alter your clothes. You can be as daring as you like, or play it safe. You could customise them by drying them different colours, adding badges, studs, and more. You could even turn them into a different item of clothing by using a sewing machine! If you’ve lost some weight and they’re now too big for you, you could even have them altered to avoid throwing them away.

2. Recycle Them

Recycling clothes is so much better for the environment than throwing them away. Pop them in an appropriate recycling bin, or consider letting other people get use out of them by giving them to charity shops.

3. Sell Them

If you think your clothes are still in good condition, consider selling them on. You could put them on eBay, Depop, or something else that you feel comfortable using. Some people even sell their old clothes via Facebook! If you like doing this, you could even start selling wholesale clothing for a profit and start a business on the side!

4. Give Them Away

Know somebody who could use a new outfit? It might not be new to you, but it’s new to them! Give something away and you might just feel good about yourself.

5. Hold a Swap Meet

You probably know a lot of people who have clothes they don’t want either. Hold a swap meet so you can all swap clothes and end up with a totally new wardrobe! It’s a great way to get rid of unwanted items and come home with a few items you really like for nothing.

6. Make a Lamp Shade

If you have an item with material that you love, why not make a lampshade? You’ll never have to get rid of it, and there are lots of methods you can use. You can even make a shabby chic style shade by using multiple materials.

7. Make a Rug

Making a rug out of old clothes can look really unique and cool. It’ll take a bit of patience, but it’s a great idea if you like to try out fun new projects.

8. Make a Cuddly Toy

Making cuddly toys is possible out of old clothes too. There are a ton of tutorials online, and you can give them as a gift if you like!

9. Make a Purse

Need a new purse? Transform an old pair of jeans! Denim is huge again this year, so make a statement with a denim purse.

10. Make Sofa Cushions

Using old clothes to make sofa cushions will leave you with a totally fun and unique looking sofa. I bet all of your friends ask where you got them!

What do you think of these ideas for your old clothes? Will you be trying any? Leave a comment to let me know!

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Why Our Babies Worry Us So Often


Babies are the most wonderful people on earth, and yet they are the biggest source of stress, worry a
and even anger for a new mum. A lot of these feelings stem from the hormonal releases that occur after pregnancy, but some are caused by baby’s behaviour too. Neither of these is your fault or the fault of your new arrival, but that fact doesn't make any of it feel better. At the end of the day, we love our babies, and we will go through all that life throws at us to take good care of them.


When babies become poorly, we have even more cause for concern. We are checking on them twice as much and scouring the Internet for ways to help them. It is so unbearable to see our tiny little offspring suffering, even if it is just a common cold. When baby has more serious conditions like eczema, we can almost be tearing our hair out trying to cope. Baby eczema is actually quite common, but if baby scratches it, we are suddenly facing a lot more problems. Infections can occur and spread, and soon poor baby looks like an itchy, grumpy mess. Try to find ways to prevent the scratching and talk to your doctor about prescribing a good cream.


Other common illnesses for baby include reflux. This is much like indigestion and heartburn for us, but we are able to sit up and move around to relieve it. Often our breast milk or formula exacerbates the problem. Baby may cry and vomit and have even worse runny poos, but it’s all part of the package of having a baby. Some don’t grow out of it until they are on solid foods, and others only suffer a day or two. So long as your little one continues to put on weight and continues to take on enough fluids, he should be OK. Talk to your doctor if you feel the situation is worsening.


When baby starts to toddle, you suddenly start to find bruises absolutely everywhere. This can make you worry that other caregivers are being rough, but bumps and scrapes are usually nothing more than little one pushing his boundaries. Babies are very wobbly when they first start to roll over, crawl and sit up. But when they start to stand and walk, you’ll be glad they are in padded nappies! If you have concerns that baby does not see clearly the things he bumps into, have a chat with your health visitor.

Once baby becomes more mobile, you may want to become more social together and join some toddler groups. This is a great idea to ensure baby is used to being around other kids, and it helps build up your friendships and support network too. Most importantly, it helps build up both your immune systems as you will be exposed to every cough and cold going! Be sure to maintain good hand hygiene, and you should both be fine. Enjoy as many groups as you can to offer your child plenty of different activity opportunities.


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Adding These Foods To Your Diet Could Help You Lose Weight

Did you know that there are many foods that can actually help you to lose weight? Many healthy and delicious ingredients make us feel fuller for longer and increase our metabolism, contributing to weight loss. So, don't waste your energy on another fad diet. Stock up on plenty of these fat-busting ingredients and watch the pounds drop.


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Fresh fruit and vegetables


Fresh fruit and veggies are mostly made up of water. The water in fruit and veg fills you up, which means you eat less. Research has shown that women who eat plenty of food with a high water content have smaller waists and lower body mass indexes than women who don’t eat this kind of diet. Not only will you get many of the vital nutrients your body needs, but by increasing the amount of fruit and veg in your meals, you will also be contributing to your weight loss goals. Look at these easy ways to increase your intake of fruit and vegetables.


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Eggs


Proteins found in eggs, in both the yolk and white, encourage the release of glucagon in our bodies. Glucagon is a hormone that combats belly fat and assists in fat burning. Eggs also keep us fuller for longer, meaning we eat less. They are incredibly versatile but do make sure you are eating them in healthy recipes, not cakes or other naughty treats. Boiled, poached and scrambled are the healthiest ways to eat eggs.


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Chia seeds


These amazing little seeds are rich in minerals including iron and calcium and have many benefits for our inner beauty. Chia seeds are like sponges that can hold up to twenty times their weight in liquid. When we eat them, they soak up sugar and stabilise our blood sugar levels. Add a little water to a handful of chia seeds and watch how they plump up in size. Chia seeds are a perfect addition to oatmeal and muesli's to create a breakfast that will certainly keep your hunger at bay until lunchtime.


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Tea


That satisfying cup of tea is about to get a lot more enjoyable. There are many different types of tea for weight loss. For example, peppermint tea. Peppermint speeds up your digestion, assisting your body to burn more calories. Green tea contains a chemical that increases the rate of the body’s metabolism and helps to burn fat. In fact, it is estimated that drinking green tea can burn up to 70 calories a day.


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Beans


Beans are chosen by many as a less fattening way to get protein than certain meats and cheeses. As well as this, they are also high in fibre so stave off hunger for longer.


All of these healthy and delicious foods can help you shed the pounds. It must be noted that you will only see results if you eat these ingredients as part of a healthy, balanced weight-loss diet. When it comes to losing weight, it’s all about managing your calories. Enjoy these ingredients as part of your daily intake for the best results.

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Great Ideas For Your Kids First Costume Party


When your kids get invited to their first party, it really is a cause for celebration. It can also be a source of relief to you too, knowing your kids are popular. We always worry about how our kids are getting on at school and if they are making good friends. A party invitation is certainly a sign there is little to worry about. The trouble is, the invite is for a fancy dress party! Now you have to come up with some great ideas, or find the cash to buy one.

Most mums just don’t have the time or the skill set to make elaborate costumes for fancy dress parties. There will always be one or two that stay up three nights in a row desperately trying to finish something they wish they hadn’t started. There are some great fancy dress stores out there that cater for adults and children’s costumes. If you were to volunteer to chaperon or help out at the party, you could also grab yourself a costume. It is always good fun to get involved with events like these, and it is a great way to get to know some of the other parents too.

Kids usually have a good idea of what they want to dress up as. The challenge for you is whether or not you will agree to let them have makeup on to enhance the character. For most of us the costume is enough. Most parties or kids events seem to have face painters ready to go when you arrive anyway, so you could miss this part out if you choose to. Otherwise, be sure to use the sensitive, or kids paint makeups to avoid skin irritation on young skin.

Popular characters that kids love to dress up as are usually from their favourite TV programmes or films. Buzz Lightyear can be handmade (see the film itself for an idea of how to do this), but costumes are fairly easy to come by. Some kids love Frozen at the moment, and the stores are meeting this demand slowly so be prepared for some possible disappointment.

Other favourite characters are Thomas the Tank Engine, and MimMim. A train and a giant purple rabbit are definitely not easy to reproduce, but there are some good fancy dress costumes out there. If all else fails, try a tee shirt bearing their fave characters. It is not always easy to set your kids up with the characters they most love, so dealing with disappointment is one of the things a costume party invitation can bring.

Even if your kids can’t get their first choice costume, there are hundreds to choose from. At the end of the day, the party and the chance for social interaction is what is most important. Kids soon forget the trauma of earlier in the day once they get settled into their parties. The jelly and ice-cream is quite handy for this too! While buying a costume might be a little more expensive, sometimes the money is worth it to spare you a lot of time and trouble.
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How To Throw A Fantastic Party On A Budget

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There is a birthday or celebration coming up in your household, and you would love to throw a party, but money is tight, and you don’t think you can afford it. Don’t worry, just because money is tight, it doesn’t mean that you can’t throw a fantastic party.


While throwing a party on a budget can be easily done, it is important to realise that for a successful party, more hard work will be needed. For example, a millionaire can throw a lavish party with little or no effort, whereas, you will need to work a little harder to make your party a success.

For all our top tips to throwing a fantastic party on a budget, have a read of this.




Before doing anything sit down and work out exactly how much you can afford to spend on your party. Once you know how much you have to work with, it will be much easier to get organised and start the party planning preparations.


Don’t buy invitations


Unless you are planning a wedding party or other formal event, there is no need to buy paper invitations. Instead, opt for email, text or Facebook invites - they are free to create and are ideal for sending all the information to the guests.


As well as sending out electronic invites, create a Facebook group to discuss the party arrangements. You can use your Facebook party group page to discuss the play list and take any requests. As well as, to discuss food and to suggest things people could bring along to help out.


Host the party at your home


To save money, chose to host the party at your home, instead of at a pricey venue.


If your house is too small for a party, consider holding the party in your garden in a marquee or the home or garden of friends or relatives.


Get creative or buy budget decor


Instead of splashing out on expensive decorations, either opt for the budget alternative, or you can make the decorations yourself.


Don’t go out and buy all new cutlery and crockery, instead go for a mix and match effect. Not only does this give a unique feel to your party, it will also save you money.


Don’t overspend on food


Food can be incredibly expensive to buy, so it is a good idea to make the food for the party buffet yourself. If you struggle on your own, enlist friends or party guests to help - perhaps you could ask each guest to bring a sweet or savoury dish along.


To keep the costs low, opt for snack foods that you can easily make from scratch. Pasta salads, quiches, sandwiches, hummus and carrot or cucumber sticks, bread rolls, cheese straws, etc. are all ideal for parties.


Alcohol and drinks


Buying alcohol can be one of the most expensive parts of throwing a party, especially if you need to buy a variety of different types of alcohol.


To keep the costs of drinks as low as possible, buy alcohol online from discount stores and sites, and suggest that each guest brings a bottle along to help.


Don’t hire a DJ


Unless you have a friend who DJ’s, hiring a professional can be incredibly expensive. Instead, download music apps onto your smart phone or tablet and connect it up to a docking station and use that to play music.


Create three or four different play lists beforehand, so that there is lots of music variety for your guests to dance to.

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Making space for a growing family (or just guests!)


We're almost at the end of January and some of us are only just beginning to get over the hustle and bustle of Christmas. Whether it's accommodating all the new gifts, recovering from the financial strain or just trying to entertain the plethora of family and friends, Christmas is certainly a stressful time.

But with half term just around the corner, we could all soon be challenged with yet more guests coming over, for example, our sons' and daughters' sleepovers. Or perhaps you're an expectant mother who's preparing to add another family member to the brood. Either way, making space is certainly a challenge, but it can be slightly less stressful, providing you employ a few of these handy tips.

Hit the bedroom first

Some of us will be more than savvy with this term if they're expecting a new baby! But on a serious note, it's important to create a welcoming sleeping environment for your new baby or guests. If you're extending your family, this is particularly important – those whose house resembled something out of Home Alone at Christmas will likely have already invested in new beds – and this can be a great way of saving space. For example, if you're expecting a new brother or sister, bunk beds are a great long term investment, or if you simply have too many clothes to store, a Divan storage bed is a Godsend.

Get rid of the dead wood

We're all guilty of being a little sentimental and hoarding things we really don't need any more – but ask yourself, are you ever really going to need those legwarmers? Having a baby or even just a lot of visitors is a great excuse to get rid of the 'dead wood' – i.e. those old relics that are just gathering dust in the garage or those leggings you no longer fit into. You can donate old clothes to a charity shop, helping you lighten the load and be karma neutral too. There are a number of 'swap shop' schemes too to help incentivise you to have a big clear out.

Streamline your shopping list

When preparing for big events, we all have a tendency to go overboard on the shopping, whether it's stocking up on decorations or over-filling the cupboards. The same applies when buying new supplies for a little one – make a list of the top priorities, for example, bottle sterilisers, and forgo the non-essentials. Also make sure you have in mind that many people will probably buy gifts for you, so wait until the baby shower before you start raiding the shops!

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