Friday, 29 July 2016

Keeping stress at bay on your wedding day

Most of us experience stress from time to time. When you’ve been planning a wedding, things can get on top of you. You may wonder how on earth you’re going to make it down the aisle in one piece after months of dealing with lists and tables. If you’re prone to anxiety, or you’re panicking about last-minute hitches, here are some handy hints to keep stress at bay on your wedding day.

Be organised from the outset
Organisation is key when you’re planning any event. At the beginning, get to grips with lists and spreadsheets and manage your time effectively. If you’re organised from day one, this will save you a lot of hassle, time and money further down the line. Invest in a wedding planning diary and keep copies of invoices. Always ask for written quotes and booking confirmations. If you have all the information to hand, and you know that everything is sorted, you can relax on your big day. 

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Stick to a budget
Finances are a major cause of anxiety and stress when it comes to wedding planning. The last thing you want to be worrying about when you’re walking down the aisle is money. Don’t overstretch yourself in the run-up to your wedding.  Before you start booking anything, work out what you can afford to spend. If you have a set budget in mind, this will help you to plan without overspending. If you stick to your guns, and you have a clear idea of how much you’ve spent, this will give you peace of mind on the day.

Provide your guests with important information
You want your guests to arrive at the ceremony without any last-minute panics. To prevent logistical hiccups, provide your guests with plenty of notice and essential information. Once you’ve set a date, design and order some save the date cards and post them out to friends and family. It’s a good idea to include an information sheet with your invitations. This will give guests details of directions and timings. You could also add information about gifts, accommodation options and dress code. Use customised designs such as those offered by Paper Themes wedding stationery to give guests hints about the theme. Keep a list of those who have RSVP’d, and set a deadline. Contact those who haven’t responded as the deadline approaches so that you have final numbers well in advance.

Book a couple of days off beforehand
Many couples get stressed when their big day is approaching. But remember that this is the most special event of your life. Take a step back, and enjoy the last couple of days of the planning process. Book a couple of days off work and do something fun. Try to stay relaxed. Don’t think about guest lists or table plans. Put your feet up, go for a massage or book a table at your favourite restaurant.

Try some stress management techniques
We all cope with stress in different ways. If you’re under pressure, or you feel anxious, try some coping techniques. Many people find it beneficial to exercise when they feel stressed. Exercise distracts your mind, and it also helps to release tension. It also gives your mood and energy levels a boost. You may also find massage or meditation effective. The day before your wedding, schedule a workout and then unwind with a hot bath. Light some candles and put some soothing music on. Invite your bridesmaids around for a nice meal and a chilled evening.

On the day, take deep breaths and try to stay calm. Remember that the people there are the ones you love most in the world. Everyone wants to see you beaming with happiness, so enjoy every second.

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Divert problems to your best man The last thing you want is people calling you with last-minute questions on your wedding day. Make sure you include the best man’s phone number on your invitation so that any calls go to them on the big day. You don’t want to be dealing with buses running late or lost guests when you’re having your makeup done. There’s no doubt that planning a wedding can be stressful. There are so many things to book, pay for, and keep track of. On your wedding day, you want to feel relaxed, confident and most importantly, happy. Plan ahead, sort out logistics and keep track of what’s going on. If you’re organised, this will make you feel calmer on the big day. Spend the evening before chilling out with friends and family, meditate, or enjoy a relaxing yoga session. Get plenty of sleep, and remember to take deep breaths.

* This is a collaborative post

Sealife Centre London

Our favorite thing to do as a family is have a good day out. Whether its to the farm, zoo or even soft play. We love to find something fun to do at weekends! I've compiled a list recently of fun things to do this summer and it included going to an aquarium. When I was asked if I fancied going to the Sea Life Centre in London I jumped at the chance as it was one thing to tick off our list of things to do, as well as being something new for Blake to experience. 

On Sunday morning we popped onto the train and then on the underground to get us to the Sea Life Centre. This trip also happened to be Blake's first time in London which made even more special. 

Once we arrived we were lucky the queue wasn't too long and picking up our tickets were easy. Once we got inside we started to look around and explore what every zone had to offer. Blake absolutely loved it he was looking around in awe and clapping and squealing when he saw something that excited him. The sea life centre have attempted to include as many fun and colorful species as possible within the space they have. 

As you go around the Sea Life Centre you follow a pre-planned route which is great in the sense you wont be able to miss any of your favorite marine life creatures. One thing I found tricky was that some areas were really busy and we found it tricky to move around with the buggy we also had the issue of being pushed out the way by some people who wanted to get closer to the front (mainly adults). 

Overall though the attraction was a fun and enjoyable experience with a fab selection of interesting and colorful species. We didn't have much interaction with the staff to be honest but when we did they were polite and helpful. There were plenty of things to see and do and they had a huge message regarding conservation which was continual theme throughout the centre.

Our favorite zone of the Sea Life Centre has to be the penguin point which we found to be one of the busiest areas. Blake really loved seeing the penguins and it was great to see Blake having  so much fun and how happy he was going around seeing all the different species.

I can't really fault anything in regards to the Sea Life Centre although maybe the prices are a little bit high.  If your thinking of going it would probably be a good idea to book online as there are quite a few offers. Such as up to 20% off ticket prices depending on other attractions you may decided you want to visit.

Ticket Prices are as follows: 
Adults: £23.50
Children Under 3: Free
Children 3-15: £16.95 
Family: £70.64

Have you ever been to the London Sea Life Centre? If so I'd love to know what you think.

* We were provided tickets from Sea Life Centre London for the purpose of this post. However all photos, thoughts and opinions are of my own. 

Thursday, 28 July 2016

Parenting Health and Safety Rules

Wherever you work it is important to look up and know about the health and safety rules in regards to your job. If an accident were to happen and you didn't follow procedures you could be in trouble. If you are a manager or supervisor you could be in trouble if members of staff are unaware of important procedures.  NEBOSH Certificate Courses are ideal for anyone wanting to gain a strong knowledge in occupational health & safety practice. It is a must for anyone working as Managers, supervisors and employee representatives. 

When it comes to parenting it can be pretty hard work and it can sometimes feel as you need some health and safety rules. 

As a parent I have come across some funny parenting health and safety rules which I wanted to share with you: 

- When testing baby's bottle put a small amount on your wrist. Swigging from the bottle isn't recommended. 
- When keeping your baby in a safe place a cage is probably not a wise idea
- When introducing baby to pets it's recommended not to put them in the goldfish tank
- When doing laundry remove child before washing
- Bathing baby means not using a hose 
- When drying your child's clothing remember to take them out before you hang on the line
or put in the tumble dryer. 
- Make sure you have a bottle of wine nearby for poop explosions (for you not baby) 
- When playing a game of throwing and catching with baby, remember to throw a ball, not baby.
- When potty training remember that potty belongs on the bum not on the head (especially when full)
- When disciplining make sure that you put your child in time out not yourself.
-When putting up the buggy do not break your ribs (my husband actually did this) 
- Changing mats are not boogie boards

Have you come across any funny parenting health and safety rules?

* This is a collaborative post 

Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Digital Download film favorites this summer

Summer is the perfect time to relax, many people go away this time of year and if you just want to relax and have some entertainment when your travelling or by the pool than why not consider digital downloads. This way you have got your favorite films at your finger tips. 

If you love sun bathing whether on the beach or by the pool but aren't into reading why not soak up some rays and enjoy some of these fab film favorites: 

-Heart of the Sea
- 33
- Pan
- Intern 
- Lego Movie

You can also have movies such as Lego movie to keep your children entertained as who wants to hear "I'm bored" when your relaxing or getting stuck into a good book. Digital downloads are also great for when your relaxing once your little one is down for a nap or they are tucked up fast asleep for the night so your unable to go out. 

Monday, 25 July 2016

What do you think of underfloor heating?

Underfloor heating seems to be getting more popular these days and underfloor heating trade supplies are wanting to know your thoughts on underfloor heating. It would be great if you could fill in this short survey.

We don't have underfloor heating in our flat but it is something we probably would consider if we owned our own home. Other than not owning our own property the only thing that would be stopping us from doing so would be the cost initially and for insulation. 

Do you have underfloor heating? If not would this be something you would consider?