We’re going to Nozstock Festival 2019

This Summer we’re heading off to a new (to us) Festival and we can’t wait! It’s something we love to do as a family every year since we got the festival bug and this year will be no different… just a new place to discover!

Nozstock festival

We’re off to Nozstock – The Hidden Valley! Set among the ’emerald fields and the lushest Herefordshire countryside’, Nozstock was founded by a fun-loving family and their friends who were already hosting partied at their farmhouse very Summer so one year, they decided to make it more official and create an intimate festival that people can come to for escapism and to have the best time in a unique environment!

My children absolutely love spending a few days in the Summer going completely wild and feral, slapping on the glitter and donning all kinds of dressing up accessories! It’s the one time they can truly let their hair down! They love the live bands and dancing, joining in with various fun activities, staying up late, sleeping in a tent and eating outside! I mean… what’s not to love?

kids family festival

Nozstock offers something for everyone. If you want that hedonistic festival vibe, you’ll find it! It you’re looking to have family fun then the special designated family campsite and entertainment crew will ensure children of all ages are well catered for. ‘Little Wonderland’ is where little ones can be immersed in all things fun and magical!

I’m looking forward to a smaller festival this year. I like that Nozstock is family run and is held in the grounds of their home. It just makes it sound so much friendlier for some reason!

The line up sounds amazing too… Soul 2 Soul and Rudemental being among my top picks but there are is so much more!

We are very proud Ambassadors for Nozstock this year along with my fellow campmates who will make it even more amazing… Rocknrollerbaby, Modern Mummy, Mummy Matters and That’s the Way the Cookie Crumbles! We’re going to have a blast I’m absolutely certain of it!

Nozstock festival 2019 ambassador

If you fancy coming along to Nozstock – there’s still time to grab some tickets! It’s on from Thursday 18th – Sunday 21st July 2019. Prices are £135 for an adult weekend ticket which is an absolute bargain in my opinion and kids under 12 are free!

Please see Nozstock.com for more info and to buy tickets!

The Best Sports to Keep You Fit

Keeping fit is something people all over the world are struggling with right now. If you happen to be one of those people, know that you aren’t alone and there’s a solution that will work for you.

For many people, their saving grace has been finding a sport that they enjoy and makes fitness less of a daunting commitment. You may be wondering whether some sports are more effective for fitness than others, but the truth is that they all perform different functions when it comes to keeping your body fit.

If you happen to be a busy parent ready to use sports as a tool to keep fit, see a few you can try below.

Cycling

When thinking about sports that can help you stay fit, cycling should be at the top of your list. Not only will it give you a great workout, but it’s also ideal for any busy parent. Some benefits of cycling are that it helps meet the recommended physical activity guidelines and reduces the risk of illness and disease. Regarding what it does for the body, it improves your muscles and cardiovascular function. To make it something you can do with the kids and to encourage family fitness, consider getting everyone bikes and riding to school if it isn’t too far.

Swimming

For those who have a connection with water and find it soothing, another excellent sport to consider is swimming. It is such a great sport for fitness because it gives you a full body workout increasing the heart rate, helping you maintain a healthy weight and increasing your heart rate. This is also a child-friendly sport, so bring the kids along with you on some days.

If you happen to suffer an injury at the swimming pool that was no fault of your own, you should visit www.the-compensation-experts.co.uk as you may be able to get swimming pool compensation.

Tennis

In addition to the mentioned sports, tennis is another one that is capable of keeping you fit and getting you in shape. You don’t have to be a pro to play, and it’s likely that the more you practice, the better you’ll get anyway. Some health benefits are increased aerobic fitness, strength, speed and muscle toning and weight loss. A couple of reasons for this may be that the average player covers between 3-5 miles during the match and burns up to 500 calories per hour.

Basketball

For the more athletic kind or anyone who is up for a friendly competition, basketball is an ideal sport to try for fitness because not only can it be fun, but it physically works your body out as well. Some benefits of playing basketball are that it can boost your mental development which is something you need as a parent as well as its ability to build your cardiovascular health. You can usually find a basketball court somewhere in your local community and playing with your family on weekends may be fun too.

There are hundreds of different sports out there, so it’s left to you to find one that you enjoy the most. You could also play a range of sports to keep it interesting, so know you aren’t limited to a single one.

How To Learn a New Skill with A Hectic Schedule

When you have kids, it becomes tricky very quickly to find the time to do anything for yourself. While it is, of course, essential that you are there to support your kids, you should not neglect yourself, and it is important to find time to follow your own pursuits. One of the best things that a mum can do is to learn a new skill because this is a unique challenge which can be highly rewarding.

How can you go about finding the time to learn a new skill when you have a hectic schedule? 

Online Learning

In today’s internet-driven world, it has never been easier to learn a skill thanks to the endless resources online. It means that you can learn at a time to suit you, no matter where you are. There are endless resources online for learning new skills and even qualifications, so it should not be too hard to do, whether you are learning a musical instrument, learning a new language, programming, web design or any other skill.

Create Regular Time

You need to commit to learning a new skill by setting aside a regular amount of time throughout the week to do so. It could be an hour once the kids go to bed, while they are doing their homework or during your lunch break. If you are truly struggling to find the time, you could get up a little earlier in the day or stay up a little later. Alternatively, you may be able to use your commute depending on the skill.

Classes

Although online learning has many benefits, it can also be difficult to commit to it, especially when you are trying to learn in a busy household. This is why it can also be helpful to sign up to classes. If you wanted to learn Mandarin, for example, then signing up to classes at the Chinese School London will encourage you to make the time to learn. Additionally, many skills like this will require interaction and working with others, which is another reason why classes can be helpful.

Learn With Someone Else

Following on from this, it can also be helpful if you have a friend or family member to learn the skill with so that you make a commitment to learning. You could even learn with the kids as a fun family activity. By doing so, it can help you to progress because you will be learning at the same time, meaning you can help each other, talk about the skill and immerse yourself in it.

Set Goals

Learning a new skill is always a challenge, and it can be easy to give up if you have a busy schedule and you don’t see any results. It can be helpful to set small, achievable goals so that you can see how you are progressing as you learn. Doing so should inspire you to stick with it and carry on learning.

It is important for parents to spend time on themselves. One of the best ways to do this is to learn a new skill. No matter what skill this is, it can be hard to fit learning around a busy schedule, but hopefully, the above will help you to find the time and develop a new skill.

Tech presents for kids

It’s my twins birthday this weekend.. they’ll be nine years old!

Jeewiz how did that happen? It’s all going so quick I’d like time to slow down a bit please!

I still think of my twins as being about five or six… they’re only little and I guess with them being my last children… I do tend to baby them a LOT! They’re so cute and adorable and love cuddles and being with Mummy but what I’ve noticed with them, more so than with my older two, is that they don’t play with TOYS as much. They have loads of toys but they’re not interested in them at all really.

All they want to do is play on their gadgets and devices.

tech consoles ipads

They are obsessed!

I know this isn’t unusual in this day and age though… it’s a universal phenomenom we’re dealing with here as parents and although I do restrict ‘tablet’ time I don’t find it that much of a problem. It’s a sign of the times, kids need to be clued up and tech savvy in today’s world and actually, having these devices to play on certainly does have it’s advantages!

Most importantly, it means they’ll be quiet, especially if I’m needing to work as they’re so absorbed. It’s like they’re not even in the same house as me, barely moving at all until a last minute toilet dash or to eat! Also, by playing some of the games they download, they can all play together, which means they’re interacting and communicating, getting along nicely, rather than doing their own thing or even worse…. fighting!

So for their birthday this year they’ve asked for tech presents of course. On their rather extensive birthday list there’s not a single toy which is a bit sad… apart from maybe Squishes, which they have already!

xbox one

At the moment they have a PS3 that they play on but obviously, despite lots of games they have and still use regularly, the PS3 is now obsolete. They have the Nintendo Switch which they love and have asked for new games for but they have been asking for a new console for a while and it seems EITHER the PS4 or the XBox One will do! They’d have one of each if they could but they seem to be leaning more towards the XBox as this will be something completely new and the one that most of their friends have!

My eldest son had an Xbox. The old version he’s had it for years and still uses it! He’s not that into gaming so he hasn’t hanckered after a new one but I know he too would love it if we bought the XBox One S!

After reading up on it, this super machine not only provides exceptional family gaming but also has the Microsoft Windows userface (which I’m used to) and has the ability to do so much more in terms of entertainment experiences.

I’m sold anyway on this so even if we don’t get it for the twins’ birthday… it’ll still be on the wish list for Christmas and we’ll definitely buy it then! There’s absolutely no point in buying lots more toys…. they’ll get SOME of course but if they don’t play with them it’s a waste of money! They’ll get far more use out of the Xbox whether we like it or not!

How to fill the Summer Holidays Week by Week

The summer holidays can feel extremely long when you’re struggling for content to fill it with, but too short when the new school term is only weeks away. Filling the summer holidays week by week is more than achievable, but it will take a careful effort in planning and scheduling. It’s also important to consider pacing. Much like a good movie, your summer break must have periods of excitement bound and tempered by periods of calm relaxation to recharge those involved.

I’ll be honest and say we like to just chill out mainly in the holidays if we can. The kids need it. School is tiring so just doing nothing is appealing. My children are quite well behaved though (touch wood!) and they are happy playing, watching tv or in the garden!

It’s nice to break up the summer holidays with an actual holiday but many people who double book holidays back to back can often feel burned out! Same if you do nothing but socialise the entire time.. you can feel absolutely exhausted by the end week, right when school is starting.

Thankfully, the six weeks (on average) of the school break isn’t an overly long amount of time to plan for, so you needn’t worry about having to plan this like a military operation. However, it can pay to know exactly when and why you might enjoy certain activities at a certain time, so consider the following rough guide for clues on how to do this. 

The First Week

The first week of your summer holidays is likely the time when your family will want to relax from work or school for a time. Jumping right into a holiday can be a little tiring, and quite overcrowded depending on when you travel. However, some families might feel energised by the effort of jumping abroad with haste, so it all depends on your tastes and family setup. Spending at least a day or two bonding in your new time off can help everyone once again settle down with spending a full week together. This could perhaps be crested with hosting a family barbecue for even extended members of the family. The first week is also a great time for you and your children to polish off any homework or summer projects they may have been assigned, so they needn’t worry about them anymore.

The Second Week

This can be the perfect time to head on holiday. The family has settled and the summer is in full swing. If you have older teenagers who’re fans of the social vibe, this can be the perfect ‘party time.’ It’s the period with the most energy, so be sure to make use of it.

The Third Week

This week may continue to be filled with your holiday abroad. If not, this can be a perfect time to visit family, to settle into home life fully, to begin repairs on your home or take care of many other summer organisational tasks that you may not have gotten around to yet.

The Fourth Week

The fourth week is important for many reasons. It can be a great time to socialise, to visit family that live a relative distance away, a time to enter into a new hobby, a time to perhaps even spend time committing to some incredibly late spring cleaning. The fourth week is also an excellent time to commit to home repairs, such as installing insulation preparing for the winter, as the height of summer and August is here, and now is the best time for those servicemen to complete their tasks.

The Fifth Week

The fifth week is often a great time for creative and relaxing enjoyment. There are many small events you may consider worthy of attending, some that can inspire and relax your family in equal measure. For example, booking tickets to see Aladdin, the popular show touring theatres could help you and your family to bond, and can serve as a wonderful surprise. These shows often tour over summer, and booking in advance for this week can secure you a seat.

The Sixth Week

The final week of the school holidays is a perfect time to unwind, but you might also consider making use of the lowered prices of heading abroad or to a local holiday destination, as many parents will not risk heading there during the final week. However, you might be the family that absolutely relaxes from activity such as this, so one final special break could be a wonderful time. If not, consider relaxing, eating good food, bonding together as a family in your four walls or simply reading in the garden. Now is the time to once again adapt to the flow of life, and in one week begin remembering one of the funnest summers of your life.

With these simple tips, filling the summer holidays week by week could be a practical reality, instead of a worrying duty.

 

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Making the Most From Your Soft Furnishings

When you decorate a room, soft furnishings act as the perfect finishing touches. They can tie a colour scheme together, and also act as an opportunity for you to experiment with different textures. You need to focus on the soft element of your furnishings – they should be cosy and inviting; pulling a room together and welcoming you, and your loved ones, into your home.

So how can you make the most from them?

Making the Most From Your Soft Furnishings

Cushions

Let’s start in the living room, which is the room most people will see. Cushions are a simple way to colour co-ordinate a room. Whatever paint palettes you’ve chosen for the room, you definitely don’t want everything to be the same colour., even if it’s your favourite, it will be far too much. There are plenty of colours and designs for you to explore. If you fancy a bold print, don’t be afraid to embrace that. This year has seen the rise of cosy and homely as opposed to minimalist. You could have a variety of soft textures, too, to make the living room look more inviting.

Blinds

Don’t let your blinds just serve as a practical purpose for blocking out the light from a room. By choosing a bold print or colour, they can act as a stylish feature and really tie a space together. Direct Blinds have a wide range of colours and styles for you to choose from, so you can find the fit that’s right for you and your design. 

Towels

Similar to the blinds, towels could be considered as just another practical element to a home and not much thought given to them. However they play an important role in bringing some colour to a bathroom. You could either match them in a different shade to the walls, or go for contrasting colours to give the bathroom a stylish edge.

Duvets

The duvet is easily one of the most eye-catching elements in the bedroom. It can bring a room together and emphasise the look you’re going for. For a child’s room, you can go for fun, block, colours or cartoon prints. For your own room, you want something that reflects your ideals. This is your private haven away from the world. If you want a calming neutral bedspread, go for that. If you want to have fun with colour and patterns, choose that option. You do whatever you want as your bedroom is just for you.

Dreaming of the Perfect Engagement Ring

Many young girls dream about getting married one day, especially when they see the oh so romantic fairy tale style weddings that are portrayed in their favourite Disney films!

Getting married is something girls like to discuss on a regular basis… and it’s not even a husband they’re interested in half the time… it’s just having the wedding day!

wedding engagement

Yes, that’s right! We love nothing more than to discuss the whole shebang as there’s literally so much to fantasise about…. where we would like it to take place… will it be abroad somewhere hot and idyllic on a stunning beach, or will it be more traditional in a church? Will it be a Summer or Winter wedding? What would be the colour scheme? Who would we invite? And most importantly…. what kind of dress would we wear?

Dreaming about that fairy tale wedding dress is just heavenly….. being a princess for the day!

We love it!

As we get older though, our attention turns to maybe the more materialistic object of our desires…. the engagement ring!

As soon as we have our first serious boyfriend, this is definitely on our minds! We look in shop windows, even with our boyfriends, and point out rings we like the look of! This is childish behaviour obviously because we’ll probably have broken up the following week and also, things look a lot different when we’re older! We would be expecting our future husband to know exactly what kind of ring to buy us. And to produce this perfect piece in a proposal to end all proposals!

But this is unrealistic and actually, I think most women now would prefer to choose their own. For the man to propose initially, then they could go off and choose the ring together…. with the choice ultimately being all hers. That way there can be no awkward thoughts like ‘Oh I don’t like it!’ or ‘Oh no it doesn’t fit properly!’

Imagining the most beautiful, exquisite diamond engagement ring is another fantasy us girls have on a regular basis, and this just gets more intense as a relationships develops! Every girl has a different idea of what her perfect ring would look like so unless you’ve done the window shopping together already…. it’s probably best to go and pick your own I think!

For me, I love a diamond solitaire.

engagement ring

There’s just something special and romantic about a single diamond. The bigger, the better obviously!

I have to admit. I chose my own engagement ring and it’s similar to the one in the photo. Mine is platinum but white gold is a very popular choice too and comes in cheaper…. which means saving on the precious metal could add you more diamond, right ladies?!

Gold is coming back in fashion too. Rose gold is very popular in other jewellery choices but not it seems, as an engagement ring. White gold and platinum still reign supreme!

What’s most important though is you have to love the ring completely. After all, you’ll be wearing it for a very long time, hopefully forever more!

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