Friday, 3 May 2019

Foolproof Decorating Tips To Freshen Up The Home

Professional home stagers are the experts when it comes to knowing how to play to your home’s strengths. But the good news is that you don’t have to be a professional in order to have a home that looks at its best, with decor that really shows it off and makes it look stylish. So if you are looking to sell your home soon and need to stage your home, or just want to have a home that looks as good as a show home, then here are some tips and tricks to be thinking about for your home decor.


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Start with the Front Door


If you want your house to give off a really great first impression, then having your front door looking good is an easy win. If you are thinking about a color for your door, then red is a pretty lucky color in a lot of cultures. Similar hues of colors like orange and yellow are also welcoming and give off a positive impression. Screen doors are definitely something that are not a good look if you are trying to stage your home to sell.


Light and Neutral


Colors like beige or gray are not only on-trend, but are also a great way to help the transitions in the home. They can also let you decorate with the most flexibility and allow you to switch up accessories. Plus, neutral colors can help rooms to feel larger, so can be a good option for open plan living or when you have two small rooms that are next to each other.


Artwork on Walls


Artwork is a great way to add some personality to the home and have some real striking pieces on show. But there are few things that are more ridiculous-looking than having a tiny piece of artwork hung on a large wall, and hung really far up. You do have to think carefully about the placement of your artwork, as well as taking scale into account. If there is a big empty space to fill, then a large piece on the wall can make such a difference, or having a gallery style wall perhaps. If the space is small, then don’t cram in a large piece, just because. It is also a good idea to make sure that you look somewhere like Liberty Mutual insurance to get the best deal for your home or renters insurance. It can be a huge help, especially if you have some genuine and expensive pieces of artwork.


Mirrors


Mirrors can make a space feel light and bright because they are great at bouncing the light around the room. You need to think about the placing or mirrors, though, as the wrong spot can look odd or not help to create the light and bright feeling in the room. For instance, it is a good idea to put mirrors on walls that are perpendicular to windows and not straight across from them.


As you can see, small changes to decor can make a real difference, especially if you are looking to sell your home.

Thursday, 25 April 2019

Theas Birthday at Coral Island, Blackpool

Disclosure: We were invited to this attraction for the purpose of this review however all opinions are my own.

With 4 kids, it’s often quite expensive when it comes to day trips and with Thea having her birthday party a week after her birthday, all we had planned on her birthday was a trip to the local park. That was until I was offered the chance to visit Coral Island, Blackpool to review, meaning she would have an extra special surprise when she woke up!

Coral Island, Blackpool!


Coral Island is an indoor attraction located on Blackpool seafront. It is free to enter and has everything you think about when you think of the seaside with rides, two penny machines, toy grabbers, camel Derby, VR rides, bingo and an over 18s gaming area. Coral island also has four restaurants, all of which kids eat free with each paying adult. You can choose between Peggy snack bar, Captain Jack’s, The Buccaneer or a traditional chip shop.

A spot of lunch

We visited Coral Island on Easter Weekend (which also happened to be Theas birthday!) so everything was busy. We managed to get a table to eat at The Buccaneer. 

The girls choose of the kids menu which offered chicken nuggets, sausages, fishfingers and pasta and ice cream for pudding! I chose garlic mushrooms, lamb shank and chocolate fudge cake, all of which were very tasty! Ross chose nachos, steak and cheesecake, all of which he enjoyed. 

Enjoying the games and rides


There is a huge selection of games at Coral Island ranging from traditional 2p machines through to amazing VR experience and hockey tables.

Thea had an amazing time on the 2p machines as she could win prizes from the prize shop with the tickets she won! 

The girls love that there were also a couple of rides they could go on. The Pirate Flyer on the Ghost Train. Although they were all a little apprehensive about the Ghost Train, once they were on it they enjoyed taking part in the interactive quest by pressing the button when they saw the targets. The Pirate Flyer also had an interactive game that you had to shoot at the targets while you were on the ride. 
Pirate Flyer took you on a tour of Coral Island as you rode in your seat near the ceiling, looking down on the full arcade. 

Fun at the Bingo and Camel Derby



We decided to visit the family bingo which the girls all quite enjoyed. It was a computerised window with a colour for the numbers. Although it went a little too fast for the girls the staff advised us that as long as they were tapping in the corner it would automatically mark off the numbers for us which made it much easier! 
Thea won 200 points and Rose won 150 points on Bingo so put them together and claimed a Glow In The Dark Sand Art Kit. 

The Camel Derby was really fun and interactive. The rules of the game involved rolling the balls into the targets which were worth different point values. That then determined how far your camel moved in the race. 
Unfortunately, Rose was a little too young for this however Lily and Thea adored it. 

Great Photo Opportunities 


Before we headed off to visit the beach, we found a couple of amazing photo opportunities near one of the exits which included a giant deckchair! 

Overall, Thea had an amazing birthday and we all thoroughly enjoyed our day at Coral Island, Blackpool. We left with full bellies, 4 teddies, 6 Easter eggs, a magic set, a giant ludo set, a couple of unicorn toys, a glow in the dark sand art kit and some extremely tired children!
We are looking forward to our next visit!



Wednesday, 17 April 2019

Make Your Adventures With Kids Easy!

When you have children, you imagine a whole life ahead of them. You imagine all the experiences and the memories that you’re going to provide them with, and you imagine the fun you are going to have doing it all. As a parent, all you want is for your children to be happy and a big part of that is going to come from the experiences you get to provide. One such experience comes from travel.


Before you shout at me about how stressful it can be to travel or go on holiday with children, I get it. Children are unpredictable little creatures and planning to go on holiday is stressful when you’re pulling three kids across the globe with you. It’s hard, I know. People will tell you all about how you are just parenting in another place when you go on holiday, but it’s so much more than that. It’s soaking up new climates and scenery. It’s those first moments they touch another ocean from the one that they get from the stony seaside in the UK - or wherever you happen to be. It’s the new food experiences, and going to bed late after having fun at the local fairs and festivals. Travelling with children may feel like a mountain to be climbed, but it’s one of those mountains you WANT to climb - even if you have to go during the school summer holidays when the prices are higher.

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Holiday planning is fun and those of you who love lists and organising will love being able to sort all the new experiences you want to offer your children. There are many steps that you need to take before you can get everyone on the plane, though, and it takes some effort to successfully organise a holiday for the whole family. With that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the easiest ways to manage travel with children so your memories will be mostly good ones!


Plan The Finances

Before you do anything in regard to your holiday itinerary or booking anything, you need to know you can afford the adventures in your mind. The big issues surrounding taking a family holiday include being able to afford it. Travelling can be dirt cheap when you’re on your own, but when you’re travelling with children, the prices can ramp up. You can get the finances squared away in so many ways, including extended savings, picking up extra work and even secured homeowner loans if your adventures are going to be big ones. Make sure, though, that whichever route you go down to afford your holiday with the children, you can make the repayments. Holidays are wonderful, but you want to keep the stress at bay!


Book Early

Whether you are travelling by train, plane or boat, you need to get the best prices. Websites like this one can help you to get the best prices and deals for travel. Also, a nifty little hack for you to get cheap travel bookings is to clear your computer or phone cookies every time you do a search. These instructions can help you to get there faster and it means that you won’t be charged more each time you search.

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Print Everything. E V E R Y T H I N G.

The whole world is online right now, but do you know how frustrating it can be to fumble through a list of confirmation emails for your tickets to the plane/accommodation confirmation/entry into theme parks? It’s a pain in the backside, and one of the best ways to avoid doing so is to print everything out and put it in the order of when you need it. By doing this, you can stop that ‘gate side fumble’ for information every time you’re about to enjoy a new experience or flight - or even at check in!


Book Early Flights

If you are planning to get on a plane with the kids, you need to be smart. There’s a clever phrase for parents to know: Flying west to east? It’s a beast. Flying east to west? It’s the best. And it’s SO true. Children need to adjust quickly to new time zones so that you’re not all too shattered to enjoy your break. So, flying early in the day can be the best thing that you do. Early flights are often less crowded and it can help the kids to settle into new time zones faster. You can see so much of a difference when they fly in the light and the plane lights dim for nap times.


Keep Them Busy

It doesn't matter whether you are in a car or on a plane, children will get bored. They have the attention span of a gnat, so the best thing that you can do is pack snacks, colouring books, pens and treats. The treats don’t have to be food, either! Head to the pound shops and stock up on little gifts that you can individually wrap for them. Every couple of hours, dole out a gift each and they will have a new thing to play with. On a plane, seat-back entertainment is often provided on longer flights, and they can spend a good chunk of time watching new films and cartoons when the toys run out of glitter.

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Make It Count

Holidays - for children - are rarely about much more than getting the chance to spend time with you. Particularly if your children are young. The holiday experiences in the location that you choose requires you to research and figure out the best activities for your children to enjoy. While you’re at it, check out the travel and accessibility; especially if you don’t have a car. Make the memories count and pack the days with things that will mean everything for the rest of their lives. Adventures with the children don’t have to break the bank, put you into financial trouble or be stressful - it all depends on what you want from the holiday. Trust me: a holiday can be the best thing that you and your children do this year.


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