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Wednesday, 16 October 2019

How to Save Money from Professional Carpet Cleaning

If you have children, pets, or clumsy friends, your carpets may be damaged. The easiest way of the unpleasant situation would be to use professional carpet cleaning services. Prolux Cleaning professionals have given us some very useful advice on how to cope with the most typical carpet problems, which we want to share with you! However, keep in mind that carpet manufacturers recommend using professional carpet cleaning services once or twice a year!


carpet, baby, dog

Basic Rules How to Preserve Your Carpet Clean

As they say, prevention is better than cure. If your floors are carpeted and you want to keep them in perfect condition, adhere to these rules:

● Ask guests to take off their shoes when they enter your house or apartment.

● Do not allow children to eat or drink on the floor to avoid stains.

● Protect the places where the beds and pet trays are with cloth or polyethylene.

● Place small rugs in heavy traffic areas. It is most often a hallway. You can easily replace small coatings.

General Tips for Coping with the Most Typical Carpet Problems

1. If you want to vacuum the carpets.

Carpet cleaning is inevitable process if you want to use your carpet for a long time! Start by cleaning the carpet several times a week. Collect large soiling and pet hair. Pay special attention to skirting boards - there is always a lot of garbage going there. Remove furniture, freeing up the field of activity.

Well, everything is ready, you can get a vacuum cleaner. It seems easy? But some people still do vacuum cleaning the wrong way. Since the fibers of the carpet are twisted in different directions, if you drive with a brush in only one direction, you will miss a lot of stubborn dust. Move in all directions, for example, go back and forth, and then from left to right through the room. And one more thing: do not forget about the device itself. It should be clean inside so that cleaning does not turn into a useless activity.

2. How to remove red wine stains from your carpet?

Did someone spill a glass of red wine on the carpet in your living room? Do not worry. Start by dabbing the stain with a paper towel to remove any fluid. After that, fill the mark with a small amount of cold water and continue to apply the paper until it turns red. Pour fine salt onto the soiling so that it covers it completely and let it dry. Now you can remove the salt grains and clean the carpet with a vacuum cleaner. If it did not work out right away, repeat the steps until the result is achieved.

3. Effective carpet cleaning with vinegar

Vinegar is an excellent stain remover, but you need to use it when the pollution is fresh. Blot the mark and spray on it with a smelling product. If you don’t have a spray bottle for this, simply pour the liquid evenly onto the stain. Now the dirty place needs to be wet until there is no trace of dirt.

4. Carpet cleaning with baking soda

This is a safe and very easy way is to use baking soda for carpet cleaning. Pour warm water into a bucket. Blot the stain if it is still wet. If it is already dry, vacuum the surface. Add soda to the dirt using a slightly damp sponge, cloth, or brush, and then add a little more water. Leave the carpet to dry completely. When this happens, use a vacuum cleaner to remove traces of baking soda.

5. How to remove chewing gum from the carpet?

If you find a piece of chewing gum on the carpet, do not waste time. You have an easy way to deal with the problem. For example, cool the chewing gum by dipping it with ice cubes in a bag. Wait until it solidifies, take a knife and scrape off the stick. Repeat freezing if necessary.

If you follow Prolux Cleaning tips, you can be sure that your carpet will stay clean for months! However, if you don’t have the time or patience for carpet cleaning, you can always turn to Prolux and book one of their top quality procedures!


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Tuesday, 15 October 2019

Creative Crafts With Rainbow Chalk

When it comes to entertaining little ones over the summer holidays, it can be hard to think of new and exciting activities to keep them entertained. One thing is for sure, you don't need to splash the cash to keep boredom at bay as children love exploring their artistic sides by engaging in some arts and crafts, all of which can be done at home and with a minimal cost. The lovely people at Rainbow Chalk have designed this great infographic with some fabulous craft suggestions to keep little ones entertained!


My boys are now aged 3 and 6 years and love nothing more than drawing and colouring. They can often be found cutting and sticking, creating their own little works of art! Over the summer we made canvases of their hand prints. The children love doing this, they get to paint their hands in their favourite colour before pressing them down onto the canvas. What fun! And it's a lovely keepsake for us! We also made sandy footprints by painting their feet with PVA glue before firmly pressing them onto the canvas. The glue that is printed onto the canvas can then be sprinkled with sand! 

We love the ideas from Rainbowchalk.com, in particular the paper bunting! Children will love decorating each of the triangles! You can even customise it in keeping with the decor of their bedrooms.


bunting

For more information about Rainbow Chalk just visit them here.

What is your favourite summer craft activity? I'd love to hear about them in the comments below!

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Sunday, 13 October 2019

My Wickedly Funny Children

My children have provided me with endless entertainment over the years. From the time my one year old (at the time) loudly shouted 'nope' at a christening after the vicar asked if we all renounced the devil to the time he exclaimed he would 'please like a bit more else' after his dinner. There have been so many moments that have made me laugh over the years and they have certainly bought lots of laughter into my life. 

Here are some of my favourite moments...

Hide and Seek
Nailed it.




Ben's Bed
I was unsure whether to tell him off for writing on his headboard or to be proud of him for correctly using an apostrophe.


bed

Don't flush your baby 
We survived a whole week camping with young children. Plenty of sunshine and starry nights but hands down my favourite moment was when my little boy stared at this sign in the toilets for a good few minutes before tentatively asking "Mummy, people don't really flush their babies in Cornwall do they?"


toilet sign

Express yourself
My child: "This ham looks just like how I'm feeling today".
Because sometimes, when you're only 6 years old, it's easier to express your emotions through the medium of ham.


Birthday woes
My boy on becoming a year older: "I feel just the same as yesterday, only there's a balloon in my hand".

My boy is an artist
If you see anything other than a birthday cake with a candle then have a word with yourself.


playfoam

There's really not a day that goes by where my children don't bring a smile to my face and so what could be better then sending some happiness and giggles their way? With Wicked Uncle you can be sure to find that perfect gift. They have a wide array of exciting gifts for little ones, many of which will be sure to make them smile. This Christmas Santa will be delivering my pair of loons Wiggle Waggle- Jiggly Wiggly Walking Pup- a dog that wiggles and jiggles to an infectious musical tune and Silly Socks- Matching Pairs Sock Game- a fun game where you have to match pairs of socks but avoid the pairs of pants! There will certainly be lots of giggles on Christmas morning in our house! 

wiggle waggle

silly socks

For lots of wickedly wonderful gifts why not visit Wicked Uncle today? 

Disclaimer: We were very kindly sent the above toys in exchange for this post. All opinions are my own.
Thursday, 10 October 2019

Engineered Wood Flooring: The Ideal Choice For Your Home

When it comes to choosing the right kind of flooring for your home, wooden floors can be an ideal option. Wood flooring is much easier to clean then carpets and requires just a simple brush and wipe to remove dirt with ease. For families with children or pets an easy to clean floor can be a godsend. If you, like we do, have a carpet in your dining room, you’ll be only too familiar with how hard it can be to keep your carpet clean and stain-free from all those messy meal times! Whereas you may have to replace your carpet every five to ten years as it gets older, a good quality wood flooring can last for decades and will need only minimal maintenance. Wooden flooring is also by far a more hygienic option than carpet which can be host to a whole range of parasites. Wooden flooring is also easy to treat if you get any scratches or wear and tear to it.

wooden flooring

Engineered wood flooring is one of the most popular types of wooden flooring. This is due to it's durability, strength and versatility. A smooth veneered top layer of hardwood is bonded to base layers. Because it's constructed in layers, it is less prone to shrinking and warping than solid wood floors. It comes in a wide range of styles and finishes so you can choose one in keeping with the decor of your home. This type of flooring is moisture resistant so it's more suitable than solid wood flooring in kitchens and bathrooms. Engineered wood flooring is also easy to install which means there will be minimal disruption to your family life.

wooden flooring

Engineered wood flooring can create a beautiful, timeless look in your home whilst being both practical and affordable.

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Friday, 4 October 2019

BRICKLIVE in Birmingham! Plus GIVEAWAY!

If your little ones love playing with bricks then they will just love BRICKLIVE! We were excited to learn that this October half term the largest brick event in the UK is returning to the NEC Birmingham! Running from 31st October to 3rd November, the event gives its visitors access to over ten million bricks, exclusive digital content, LEGO® built statues and many unique experiences including LEGO® master builders workshops, free build activities and live stage challenges!

There are so many exciting features to this year's BRICKLIVE including the BRICKLIVE Ocean which enables you to explore an array of colourful and diverse sea creatures. With over 30 different sculptures including a huge killer whale and giant octopus, this is one not to miss! 


bricklive

Other exciting features include the interactive Paw Patrol zone where 21 characters have been recreated in brick form! There will surely be some very excited little ones!



The Space Quest zone is another exciting feature. Engage in an exciting space battle by grabbing your laser blaster and entering the inflatable area!

With a soft play zone, brick pit, climbing wall, race ramps and much, much more, you and your children will make some fabulous memories this October half term! 

For more information and to book your ticket just visit https://bricklive.co.uk/

You could also win a family pass for 2 adults and 2 children by entering my competition below! Good luck!


Win a Family Ticket To BRICKLIVE Birmingham
Sunday, 29 September 2019

Grab a Toy Bargain At PoundToy!

If you have children you'll know just how much they love toys! Throughout the year there will certainly be occasions where you will purchase them whether that's for birthdays, Christmas, for rewards, or even simply to treat them and so finding somewhere to purchase high quality, low cost toys is worth its wait in gold! 

I was recently introduced to PoundToy, a website stocking a vast array of fabulous toys at affordable prices! The toys are responsibly sourced from the UK and compliment childhood through fun, learning and exploration!

As the name suggests you can purchase many toys here at just £1. These make wonderful stocking fillers, pocket money or party bag toys for example. They also stock many wonderful branded toys which start from just £1. What's more, they offer free delivery for orders over £25!

The website is really easy to navigate, you can opt to browse bestselling toys or new-in toys for example, or can select a particular brand. You may wish to browse the toys based on recommended age or price or you can select a particular category. 

I was kindly gifted a fifty pound voucher to spend at PoundToy and was able to pick up some real gems that are just perfect for my boys.  

For stationery obsessed little ones just like my son, there's a great selection of different items to chose from. The Marvel Comics bumper pack would make such a wonderful gift. 



I was so pleased to find these wonderful Thomas and Friends toys as well as the wonderful Finding Dory toys. I've seen both of these on offer at double the price in some high street shops. 




I picked up lots of little stocking fillers for just £1 each including sloth, dinosaur and llama hatching eggs, a crystal growing kit, Frozen Top Trumps cards and a Cbeebies clock; what a bargain! 






I also picked up this Dinosaur operation game and these fabulous Ben and Holly figurines! Perfect for opening up on Christmas morning! 





I've been so impressed with the range and quality of toys at PoundToy and will certainly be placing an order again. 

Disclaimer: I was kindly gifted a £50 voucher code in exchange for an honest review.

Friday, 27 September 2019

My Dream Horse With Petplan Equine

My little boy absolutely animals. He loves reading facts about them, collecting models of them and drawing them! He can often be found playing with his soft toy animal collection too and so when Petplan Equine got in touch to see if we would like to be involved in their My Dream Horse campaign, I jumped at the chance! Petplan Equine have invited children to design their own horse which can then be magically transformed into a cuddly toy! When I told my little boy about it he was quite possibly the most excited I have ever seen him! 

He just couldn't wait to get started. He gathered all of his pens and paper and laid them out on the dining room table. His little brother was also keen to draw a horse too! 


And here is the extremely colourful result... 


horse drawing

We sent this back to Petplan Equine who got to work transforming his design into a wonderful cuddly toy. 

We didn't have to wait long at all. With my little boy's excitement for the delivery of his new horse now at critical levels, he was beyond delighted to find a parcel waiting for him after school! 

And here is the cuddly horse in all it's glory...


horse toy

It's quite possibly my little boy's favourite possession ever. The attention to detail is amazing; each colour has been carefully matched and every pattern replicated. I especially love it's black button nose! 

This wonderful creation won't need it's own pet insurance but should we ever upgrade to a real life pony, Petplan would be my go-to company for ensuring we had the right insurance policy. They understand that owners have specific needs for horse insurance policies and also are one of the only equine insurance providers to offer lifetime cover.

Thank you Petplan Equine, you've made my little boy very happy!

Disclaimer: This post has been possible thanks to Petplan Equine, but all thoughts are my own.
Tuesday, 17 September 2019

Keeping Tooth Decay At Bay

A regular tooth-cleaning regime is vital for your child's dental hygiene which can keep tooth decay away. Children can often resist brushing their teeth but it's important to encourage and support them to practice good dental hygiene. With my boys, I find one of the biggest challenges it to get them to brush their teeth rather than just sucking the toothpaste off. It really does, rather frustratingly take a lot of encouragement to get them to brush correctly!

toothbrush

Did you know that one in ten British children have missed a full day of school in order to receive treatment due to tooth decay? The Simplyhealth Consumer Oral Health Survey highlighted a number of statistics in regards to children's oral health habits. For parent's who had had a child admitted to hospital for tooth extraction, nearly one in five said their child had needed a total of four teeth extracted due to tooth decay.
The statistic come as the Government announces plans for a consultation on introducing a tooth brushing scheme in primary schools,with nearly a third of parents (32%) saying they would like their child to receive daily tooth brushing sessions at school. Furthermore, 48% of parents said they would like their child to receive oral health education in school from dental professionals, and 35% said they’d like oral health education from teachers. In addition, 41% of parents said they would like to see dental check-ups at school.
The survey also explored the problems parents face when trying to get their children to brush their teeth regularly and correctly, with 64% of respondents saying getting their child to brush their teeth for two minutes, twice a day, was their biggest challenge.

More than one in five (21%) children brush just once a day or less, and 13% of children aged seven and under are brushing their own teeth unsupervised, contrary to advice that children aged seven and under should be supervised while brushing, or have an adult brush their teeth for them.

Preparing tooth-friendly school lunchboxes could also prove tricky for parents this school year, as 37% admit they find ensuring their children have tooth-friendly snacks and (41%) drinks a struggle. Biscuits (28%), sweets/chocolates (16%), and fizzy drinks (7%) all featuring in the lunchboxes of those surveyed.
sweets

Commenting on the figures, Head Dental Officer at Simplyhealth, Dr Catherine Rutland said:

“It’s disappointing to hear that so many children are missing out on lessons at school as a result of tooth decay, especially as it’s a problem that can be so easily avoided. A regular family brushing routine, before and after school, is so important to reduce the risk of needing dental work at a young age and sets up strong habits for your little ones later in life. Brushing first thing in the morning before breakfast can help busy families to ensure that they get a proper brush before school, while the night-time brush cleans away plaque bacteria and food debris accumulated throughout the day so that it doesn’t sit on the teeth while they sleep.

“I would also encourage parents to look for low-sugar alternatives when packing lunchboxes and swap sweets for carrot sticks and fruit juices for water. Cheese is a great lunchbox snack to finish a meal with as it can naturally rebalance the pH level in your mouth, meaning less harmful acid and reducing the chances of tooth decay.”


It seems it’s not just during the school day where teeth are at risk though, as 30% of parents said their child often or always takes a drink to bed with them, of which, shockingly, one in ten (10%) admitted that their children takes a fizzy drink to bed. Furthermore, 24% said their child takes squash or cordial to bed, and 15% take fruit juice to bed.

Dr Catherine Rutland comments, “Sugary or fizzy drinks should only be consumed occasionally as a treat, and definitely never at bedtime. Drinking something with high sugar content leaves your children vulnerable to tooth decay. Less saliva is produced at night and so the teeth will be bathed in sugar and acid while they sleep. If your child needs a drink at night, always give them water.”

Dr Rutland urges parents to visit the dentist with their family at least once every six months. Regular visits help children get into a good oral health routine, as well as ensuring that any problems or early signs of tooth decay are detected at an early stage. Dentists can also advise parents on the best products for children’s teeth and provide some fun brushing techniques too.

Simplyhealth, the experts behind Denplan payment plans, who commissioned this research, is working in partnership with charities such as Teeth Team to help improve the oral health of primary school aged children in socially deprived communities. To read the full report, just visit https://www.simplyhealth.co.uk/COHS

Sunday, 1 September 2019

Back To School With My Nametags

If you have little ones at school or maybe even about to start school, you'll know just how expensive it can be to purchase all the necessary items that they will need from school uniforms, stationery and PE kits, to name just a few things. Children can easily misplace their possessions which means you can end up having to pay to replace the items and that's why it's really important to make sure your children's clothing and property is clearly labelled with their name. With approximately thirty children in each UK class, matching up unnamed items to children must be a daunting task for the teachers and so named items will really give them a helping hand and will also help your child in identifying their own items. It will certainly save you a lot of money in the long run. I really love the labels from My Nametags. They offer high quality, lasting iron-on labels or stickers. I absolutely love the colour stickers and I've been really impressed by the durability of them. I stick them on to everything I can, to drinks bottles, clothes, coats, inside shoes and on to book bags and much more! The labels will survive many hot washes and are waterproof and rub resistant! The iron-on labels are so resistant to wear that they come with a ten year guarantee!

labels

You can choose from a wide array of designs for the stickers which was a fun activity for me and my little one to do together and it's a great way of getting your child excited for the new term or their first day at school. You can choose from a range of icons and backgrounds and can even select a font. My son chose to have a monkey character with a green background on his. The fun little characters or symbols can help your child to identify their possessions if they have not yet learned how to read! Applying the stickers couldn't be easier which I am very pleased about as I certainly don't fancy sewing tiny little labels into clothes like my mum used to do!

You can find out more and design your own labels here!



*I was kindly sent some colour stickers to try in exchange for an honest review.



Saturday, 31 August 2019

Top Family Things To Do in Liverpool!

Liverpool is a great destination to enjoy with your family. Perhaps you're after a long weekend break or even a day trip? If so, you'll certainly be spoiled for choice in terms of the range of activities, entertainment and sites on offer. Here is my pick of things to do in Liverpool for families.

Liverpool One
For an amazing shopping experience, visiting Liverpool One is a must for any family. Situated by the iconic Liverpool waterfront, it's the ultimate destination for shopping, dining and entertainment. From high-street to high-end, there's something for everyone with varied and exciting shops. The complex covers an amazing 1.65 million sq ft area and consists of shops, restaurants, bars, an 18 screen cinema, an indoor adventure golf course and even a five acre park! It covers five areas and is built around the existing streets of Liverpool. You simply wouldn't be able to cover it all in one day so it's certainly worth incorporating into a long weekend! Liverpool One also offers an array of events and entertainment as well as in-store events too. It's an ideal place to visit with young children, offering modern and accessible baby change facilities and even a pram hire service!


shopping

Royal Albert Dock
This is one of the most visited tourist destinations in the whole of the UK. Located on Liverpool's World Heritage site waterfront and featuring the largest collection of grade 1 listed buildings in the country, it now features many bars, restaurants, museums and galleries. Children will love the Victorian Carousel and seeing the boats bob away on the water!


albert dock

Museum of Liverpool
Children love museums! With so much to explore and see they will be thoroughly entertained and this one will not disappoint. It is devoted to the history of the city, exploring its geography history and culture. It's the largest newly built museum in Britain for over a century. There are more than 6000 objects to observe, bringing the heritage of this fabulous city to life. Children will love learning about the old overhead railway in one of the great exhibits featured in the musuem! 

The Wheel of Liverpool 
Located on the Keel Wharf waterfront, this ferris wheel has 42 enclosed capsules and is 196 feet tall. You can discover fascinating details about the city from the commentary provided and can see many of the famous landmarks. 

Croxteth Hall and Country Park
Within this beautiful estate, visitors will be able to enjoy the historic hall, a 500 acre country park and nature reserve, a Victorian walled garden, Croxteth Home Farm and the courthouse. Children will enjoy exploring the woodland, pastures and ponds, seeing the farm animals and learning about how people lived in Edwardian times!

Have you been to Liverpool? What are your must-see attractions when visiting the city? I'd love to hear about them in the comments below?

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