FATHERS DAY GIFT GUIDE



It’s just over a week until Father’s Day and I bet half of you aren’t prepared yet … or is is just me that always leaves things until the last minute :)


I’ve got a round up of some fab gifts for this Father’s Day that will be a hit for all the father figures out there .

First up is Chocolate, you really can’t go wrong with a big bunch of chocolate, especially if you want them to share it  :)

Green & Blacks have a massive collection of gorgeous chocolate and they have brought out some lovely gift sets for Father’s Day that definitely won’t disappoint .



If you want to get the children involved this Father’s Day then why not pick something from Cadbury Gifts Direct. This cottage kit looks epic, and I know Scott and the girls are going to have so much fun making this on Sunday :)



Bird & Blend Tea have been a favourite of ours over the last month. They do delicious flavoured tea , including ice tea for all that lovely weather we have been having,  and the most yummiest chocolate, they go together so well , you’ve definitely got to try them. A flavour for absolutely everybody!.

I always find a new wallet makes the perfect gift , don’t you agree?, Trendhim have some gorgeous leather wallets ranging at just £35!.



They also do a lot of men’s toiletries and beauty products including this beard wash , which actually smells divine! I can’t wait for Scott to start using it.



Men love grooming products just as much as us women do :) and the Ben Cohen range have so many grooming tools which would make a lovely little gift set , pop some face mask in their as well and it’s the perfect hamper treat for Father’s Day.



Speaking of face masks , Mad Beauty have some really cool ones out their for the men in your life , including these marvel ones and the super cute looney toons ones , which both sets are under £15, absolute bargain.


Anyone else have a football obsessed person in their house? Yes? You? , well Hampers 4 Everyone have a match day  box full of everything your mad footballer lover will need for a chill out on the sofa watching the game.

Beer , snacks , voucher for deliveroo and also some other really cool gifts inside - check them out , I don’t want to spoil the surprise ! 


Maybe your not sure what to get and are indecisive- a gift card is a perfect way of getting something without having to wrack your brain :)

VEX gift card is the perfect solution for you. Voucher express have so many shops to  choose from - primark , TKMAXX and Argos just to name a few .

You can also get vouchers for getaways - let’s hope they take you with them! :)



Cheese… say no more !. Crackers and cheese is definitely a win win isn’t it , especially with a nice ice cold beer. The Hampshire cheese company have a lovely selection of cheese for this Father’s Day snacks plate.

I hope this round up has given you some inspiration and you pick out the nests gifts for this coming Sunday..


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ENERGY SAVING TIPS YOU ALL NEED

 When it comes to saving money in the home then you know I am the first one there to shout about it .


We have been trying to save as much as we can since the beginning of last year and we now have enough savings for a well deserved family holiday. 

I think we could all do with a holiday after the year we have all had. It’s only taken us a year to save and I thought I would share some of our energy saving tips and ideas on how you can save money too.


TURN OFF THE LIGHTS

If you have children then you would be surprised on how many lights actually stay on throughout the day. Being consciously aware of it since trying to reduce  our energy bills, I was forever telling the girls to turn off the lights.

It did take them a while to remember the habit but after a few weeks it becomes second nature and you won’t have to keep nagging :) .


WASH ON A COLD TEMPERATURE 

I have always washed on a hot temperature as I thought that was the best setting to get stains and mucky hand prints out of  , but it actually doesn’t make a difference.

For the children’s stained clothes , like spaghetti bolognese from dinner on a school shirt , spray it with some vanish and leave it to soak for half an hour before you put it in the wash and it comes out perfect!.


CHECK YOUR BOILER

Is your boiler up to scratch and working the way it should be ?.We had trouble with our boiler and had to call someone out to check it . In the end we needed a boiler replacement.

 If you need your boiler looking at then Range heating provide a variety of central heating services from full installations, repairs , upgrades or even just a routine check over to see if everything’s working in top form.


SWITCH ENERGY SUPPLIERS

This one is where a lot of people go wrong and the hassle of switching puts them off . I actually had a look around last year for a better supplier, and I found one , lower cost and I  also got a £50 lush gift card as a new customers , and we all know how much I love Lush !.


UNPLUG DEVICES

Did you know that by not switching off your devices they are still costing you? , I didn’t have a clue , I thought I’f your phone wasn’t connected to the charger then it wasn’t being used but it definitely is , and by unplugging them devices and turning off them switches we are now saving a small fortune.

I hope these tips and tricks help you to Aldi’s ave for that family holiday this year :)





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 If you have followed me for a while then you will know we have been on a massive journey in the last few houses we have lived in with damp.


We also vlogged some of our journey and I actually got really poorly because of it when being pregnant with Nila , and it was such a horrible experience.

Fast forward a few years later , and we are now in our forever home , damp free and it is definitely a breath of fresh air.

I wanted to share some tips with you on how to damp proof your home that we have tried and tested and have made such a difference .


First you need to figure out which type of damp you are working with , yes there is more than just one . 


RISING DAMP

 This is known for most of us and most will of had it at some point. Almost like it feels wet in the air , and you might notice the walls looking wet ,this is usually linked with drying clothes on the radiators.


WHAT WILL HELP

Getting a clothes horse to dry your clothes on rather than the actual radiator makes such a different , also opening the windows in the room you are drying your clothes in will massively help.


CONDENSATION 

Condensation is quite a common one and we’ve had it in most of our homes. Poor ventilation is normally the cause of this and we actually had no air vents in some of the rooms in our last home which made it even worse .

WHAT WILL HELP

Investing in a humidifier was an absolute god send for us . It collects all the moisture out of the air and you just empty it when it’s full. If you can’t afford one then leaving a window open a tiny bit does help along with leaving doors open rather than shutting them all ,let’s the air circulate through better.


These are just a few damp issues we have had and some of our solutions that helped us along the way to a damp free home .


DBI have recently wrote an article of the different types of damp in great detail , why they occurr and all the different solutions to fix them . 

If you’ve got any tips when it comes to damp proofing your home then do share .


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I have always loved singing and playing musical instruments from a young age , ever since music lessons in school, I definitely think I got the feel for music then ,and ever since it’s been a passion of mine.


A fun fact about me is I can actually play quite a few instruments- the drums , guitar and the piano.

I can remember always wanting to go round  a particular friends house after school as her mum had the most amazing piano in their dining room and she always let me practice on it .

Piano definitely took me to a calmer place when I was a teenager , the notes just fell off of your fingers and you really get drawn in. Piano is such a lovely thing to be able to play and I’ve got 3 reasons why you should learn to play too :)


STRESS RELIEVER 

playing the piano is an amazing stress reliever. Anxiety played a big part in my childhood and playing the piano really did release a lot of it and it forces you to focus on what you are playing rather than what is bothering you.


YOU CAN TRY BEFORE YOU BUY 

Pianos aren’t the cheapest of musical equipments so it’s lovely to see that Marksons Pianos , one of London’s oldest and well established piano stores are still offering long term loan services, which is amazing .

For people who aren’t quite ready to full commit to a big purchase or just haven’t got the money , loaning one is a fantastic idea.

They also have a piano advice section on their website, so if you had any questions or wanted to know something then definitely check it out as there is lots of information on there :)

GAIN SELF CONFIDENCE 

Self confidence in this day and age can be so fragile can’t it?. We often doubt ourselves all the time and feel like we’re not good enough.

Creating your own music and hearing it played aloud , especially in front of friends and family is so rewarding and a massive confidence booster.

Starting from scratch and coming up with a beautiful piece of music after putting so much effort in is so satisfying and really does make you so proud of yourself , it really does build up that self confidence and belief in yourself .

I’d love to know if you can play the piano or if you ever played one and if so what is your favourite piece to play? Mine is definitely Celine Dion , my heart will go on .








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