Friday, 30 September 2016

Winter proofing your home

It's that time of year where you start having to think about winter proofing your home ready for the colder months to come. 

Here are some ideas of what you can do make the most of keeping your home nice and cosy this autumn/ winter.

Use insulating tape on the windows
You can buy various types from DIY stores they are invisible when doors and windows are shut. You just stick them around the edges of the frame to fill the gaps. You can also invest in window shrink film. 

Use draught excluders
These a great for doors as they are one of the worst areas for draught. You can buy them or even make your own

Hang a heavy curtain across your front door
This is one my parents always did to keep cold air out

Block up unused fireplaces 
heat can be lost up the chimney and cold draughts come down make sure you also give them a good clean first. 

Make sure your attic is well insulated 
If your renting its not responsibility. If you are lucky to own your own home than make sure it's well insulated as homes heat can be lost through the roof. 

These are just a few tips to help you to keep your home nice and warm this autum/winter.
Do you have any more tips? 

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Message in a Bottle

Around April time I was given the opportunity to be a part of the launch team for a beautiful personalised book Message in a Bottle this project started out on Kickstarter and now 5 months later here is the book!

I have really enjoyed being part of the team and reading updates from Tuire and the team and putting my thoughts into how some of  the pages of the book look etc. 

When the book arrived I was so excited to see how it has turned out. I didn't even tell Stuart about it (how I kept quite I don't know). After seeing the pages on screen it was so exciting to see the book in print. The book is a personaslised one and you may know by now that I love personalised items. The hero of Message in a Bottle is a little bird Kiki, who loves an adventure and finds a message in a bottle and decide's to deliver the message to the owner. The book is personalised for your child including their name and address on the bottle, their name throughout the book and a very personal message in the back. 

When the book arrived, Stuart and I have had a read of it together.We are yet to read it to Blake as we going to give it to him for his Birthday in December but I know he is going to love it. 

The book itself  has breathtaking illustrations which are bright and colorful and even causes the reader to rotate the book. The book is eye catching and the pages of the book are of high quality paper, including the cover. 

One of the best bits of the book is that you get to read the letter in the bottle. After experiencing the adventure with Kiki you get to see what the letter says. 
We picked a special message from the selection offered and chose one especially for Blake's birthday. 

I love this book, its not just any book its a keepsake for Blake to have in years to come. 
It also has plenty of things for us to chat about such as the different animals and countries too. 

The book is very easy to create and there is a step by step guide on the website on how to do this. You can even include a photo of your choice that you would like to add on the page with the letter. 

We are really thrilled with the book and know others would love the book as much as I know Blake will.

Saturday, 24 September 2016

NCC Home Learning – Fiction/Creative Writing Competition

I've always loved writing from a young age and English was always my favorite subject at School. This is why I chose to take up blogging as its something I love doing. 

The NCC Home Learning are currently holding a competition. The winner of the competition will win a free creative writing course from their website.  All you have to do is fill in the contact form and answer the question here. The competition ends 30/11/2016.

There are also a wide range of writing courses you can find out about on their website including more about the course mentioned in the competition. 

Friday, 23 September 2016

Wildlife Competition with Rattan Direct

If you are like me and love a good competition than you may be interested in the Wildlife competition that Rattan Direct are holding. 

All you need to do is send them a picture of wildlife that you have spotted in your garden. It can be anything (Birds, squirrels, foxes, etc.)
The competition closes on 30/10/2016 you can find more information on the competition here

The winner will receive a Rio (Armed) 4 Chairs And Open Leg Square Table Set. (pictured above) 

Dementia & Alzheimer's Awareness

When it comes to someone you love who has Dementia & Alzheimer's it can be really hard. 
Not many know much about the condition so I am going to share with you some facts about the condition. 

- There are 850,000 people in the UK with Dementia, of which 62% of these people have Alzheimer's.

- Nearly as twice as many women have Alzheimer's than men 

- The first signs are usually minor memory problems which worsen as the condition develops. 

- In 2015 more than 15 million caregivers provided 18.1 billion unpaid hours of care around the world

- Family carers save the UK £11 billion each year 

-The risk of  Alzheimer's increases with age if affects around 1 in 4 people of the age of 65 
and 1 in 6 over the age of 80. 

- Around 1 in 20 people between the ages of 40 and 65 are affected by Alzheimer's disease. 

- Only 44% of people with  Dementia or Alzheimer's in England, wales and Northern Ireland have a diagnosis. 

- World wide nearly 44 million have Alzheimer's or related  Dementia.

If you are a carer of someone with  Dementia or Alzheimer's you can read more information here.

*In collaboration with NRS Healthcare