Kid proofing your floors

In Collaboration with Posh Flooring

Children are a blessing and a miracle that we are very lucky to be able to welcome into our lives. So it is incredibly important that we prepare our homes for new arrivals. There are a number of ways you can get your home ready, and we’ll take you a few of those in this blog.

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One of the most important places to protect, is a place where your children will spend a lot of their early days, the floor. Whether it be crawling, or taking their first steps, it’s important to ensure your floor has enough protection to keep your children safe. A majority of flooring is safe for children, your flooring can however be subject to damage. Scratching and surface damage can occur from the most simple of things, such as push chairs and children’s toys. So if you’re worried about this, hardwood may not be the best option for you.
Laminate on the other hand has great durability, and is probably the best flooring out there for families with kids. It has great water resistance, perfect for any accidents! It’s easy to clean, and very easy to maintain. It’s durable, so will last a long time. It is also perfect for heavy footfall, and can withstand a lot of pressure that family life throws at it. Surface damage will be limited, and scratching doesn’t usually show through. It is also perfect for families with children that suffer from allergies, due to the tight seal, dust, dirt, pollen and other allergens can’t penetrate it so won’t hang around for too long!
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Carpets and rugs are also a great idea to help protect your children. They provide a soft landing, and have far better static qualities to prevent them from slipping over! If you’re looking for the cheapest and most logical flooring for kids, laminate will be your best friend. Hardwood is great for homes looking for a bit more style, but practicality is not it’s strong point! We hope our guide has helped you, head to www.poshflooring.co.uk

Create a Comfortable & Cosy Home Office This Autumn

With the last dregs of summer fading away behind us and all hopes of an Indian summer have been dashed, the cooler Autumn mornings approach with certainty. The chillier starts and earlier nights signify the return of the colder months and as the weather turns, all our thoughts to start turning to buying winter clothes and making our homes cosier! If you work from home, your office will be the place you spend most of your day (and maybe night, too!). With this in mind, it’s important that this space is inviting and warm in order to get you through the autumn and winter days – there’s nothing worse than being stuck in a cold, bare space to diminish your imagination!

Texture
The materials in the space will be the biggest driving factor to changing the feel of the place and warming it up. Texture really creates layers and makes the space inviting, in turn. Introduce different fabrics such as a faux sheepskin, fleece, velvet or wool that will create interesting focal points in the room and craft that perfect cosy feeling. Painting your walls and adding a textured wallpaper can also have the same effect. Plump for soft colours such as creams, reds and purples to keep that cosy feel.

Furniture
As the biggest part of the room, the furniture will have the largest impact on the feel of the space. Colours such as white will have a fresh look and can make the space feel colder if not utilised properly. Wood furniture will create the cosiest feel as it has a warmth to it, but stick to materials such as oak, pine and beech that will give that traditional look we’re used to for that homely feel to your office. Opt for an oak computer desk to really draw the attention of the room, and select a complementary book case and shelves to bring it all together. This style of furniture, together with your textures, will warm up the space and make the room feel complete.

Lighting
One of the most important aspects of any room is lighting, as this will create the atmosphere and set the tone of the space. Invest in some good quality lamps that will stand the test of time and that will also look timeless in the space. Larger, traditional style lamps will create the cosiest look but it won’t matter too much if you prefer more modern styles as these can work equally as well. Choose a yellow/warm-tinged bulb on a low wattage that will create a pleasant glow to the room. You can also go for other lighting options such as string lights if these are your style. These will create a homely feel to any room, but careful they don’t make you feel too restful or you won’t get any work done!

Accessories
Accessories will add the finishing touches to the space with only a few pieces needed. These can also be used to transform the space if you’re unable to change any furniture or alter the wall colours. If you have space, introducing plants will give it a natural feel, and also adds another texture in the mix. Add candles for the ultimate homely feel that will add a warmth to the room, especially your favourite fragranced candles – incense or oil burners will also have the same effect! Material accessories such as cushions, rugs and throws are the perfect last minute items and make the space comfortable and warm to work in.

Hopefully these cosy office ideas should get your creative juices flowing this autumn!

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New Releases & Free & Bargain Books Link Up

Sharing the Love of Books
Enjoy our selection of New Releases / Free & Bargain Books this week

Authors please feel free to add your own books
Readers please free to add your own finds
(any genre except erotica welcome)

This weekly link up is hosted by Beck Valley Books & these awesome book loving blogs…
Monday
Leels Loves Books
Tuesday
Celticlady’s Reviews | First Time Mommy Adventures 
Wednesday
Beck Valley Books | Between the Coverz
Thursday
Miki’s Hope | Heidi Robbins
Friday
Ebook Addicts | I Love Romance |
Colorimetry | Futures
Saturday
3 Partners in Shopping | I Create Purty Thangs | Wishful Endings

Sunday

For Pre-orders post – PRE-ORDER / genre / title /author

For New Releases post – NEW / genre / title / author
For Free Books post – FREE / genre / title / author / end date
For Bargain Books post – SALE / price / genre / title / author / end date
(Strictly no Erotica please.  Steamy romance is fine but watch those covers people, incase any underage child is viewing it!)

Here is this weeks awesome selection!



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Paddington Spot The Difference & Colour On | Review

Paddington

We were sent these Paddington games for the purpose of review. All thoughts and opinions are our own.

Paddington is heading back to cinema screens on November 10th and you may have noticed plenty of Paddington products being released in preparation for the film’s release. A sequel to the 2014 film starring fantastic actors such as Hugh Bonneville, Ben Whishaw, Julie Walters and Sally Hawkins, we can’t wait for the sequel to come out and will definitely be heading to the cinemas to see it!

We were recently sent some brand new Paddington games to review – Spot The Difference and Colour On. So what did we think of them?

First of all, let’s talk about Spot The Difference. This is a fantastic new take on the traditional game. Players can follow Paddington’s adventures through two seemingly identical images. There are over 80 different spot the difference scenes – 40 cards with images on either side. You need to find the differences and beat your opponent. Each game has either 5 or 10 differences which are handily marked out on the card.

The game comes with dry erase markers and easy wipe scenes. The game is for ages 8+ and is £7.99, available from John Lewis.

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As you can see above, there are plenty of different cards to choose from and children can opt between five or ten differences. The puzzles can be quite easy, can be quite hard – I sometimes even struggled to find the differences when Jack asked me to help him. The makers do claim that this is for ages 8+ but Jack is 5 and really enjoyed this – spending ages doing different cards and then wiping them clean when done. This is a handy game for travelling – we will definitely be taking this with us on future holidays as it keeps children occupied and is easy to store. We would definitely recommend. This product is also available to purchase on Amazon here {affiliate link}.

The Colour On game is also £7.99 and available for purchase at John Lewis. This is perfect for hours of colouring and activity fun. There is three metres of colouring scenes and activities and the easy twist dial makes it easy to find an activity or colouring scene your child wants to complete. It can then easily be twisted back to put the game away.

Paddington Paddington Paddington PaddingtonJack really loved this Colour On game. He loves colouring and loves puzzles and activities so is quite happy to sit down for ages and get colouring. For instance, this activity asks the player to find ten teapots that are hidden in the picture and then colour it in. Jack found the teapots then got to work with the colouring, taking his time to choose his colours just right.

This is just the first activity available in the tube, there are plenty more to be discovered by just using the easy twist dial to unroll and roll back. Jack has had great fun finding the activities or colouring scenes he is most interested in and it is something that I know would occupy him for hours on end if he wanted it to. He’s always wanting to colour in so this is a handy game to have in our household. This product is also available to purchase on Amazon here {affiliate link}.

Are you or your children Paddington fans? Would they like these games?

Understanding the Hygge Living Hype

Since Autumn last year, the wonder of hygge has taken the world by storm. The Danish lifestyle trend has transformed your usual winter into an extremely instagrammable, warm and cosy season that everyone wants to incorporate into their own lifestyles and homes. With so many people adopting this exciting trend, it’s leaving the rest of us wondering how we can get involved. Here’s a brief summary of everything you need to know when it comes to the hygge living hype…

First Things First, Pronunciation

Hygge is a Danish term that can’t actually be translated into one English word. Whilst it may not directly translate into a specific word, the word hygge means to be cosy and happy. Along with meaning cosy and happy, the term also refers to making the most of the simplest things, with a strong message that less really is more. To many, the word hygge looks like it would be pronounced ‘hi-gee’, however, the real way to pronounce this Danish word is ‘hoo-ga’, which is actually very different.

What is Hygge?

Many people experience hygge every day, whether that’s snuggling under a thick cosy blanket with a hot chocolate, watching your favourite film. Or, reading a good book whilst wrapped up in soft joggers and an oversized hoodie. Being cosy and content is the main focus of hygge, with many people now incorporating this Danish trend into their interiors and lifestyles. It’s becoming very easy to adopt this new trend, as more and more stores within the interior market are starting to introduce a touch of hygge to their displays.

Hygge Interiors

The moment you enter a room with a hygge décor style, you’ll instantly feel a warm and welcoming vibe. Hygge interiors are a mixture of thick materials, dark oak furniture and simplistic décor that creates a minimalistic look. The main aim with hygge interiors is to create a welcoming feel throughout the home, without overcrowding or introducing too much to the room. You can find a whole selection of complete kitchen tours and complete home tours on YouTube to give you a feel for how others are adapting to a hygge décor style, and how they’re incorporating it into their own homes.

Hygge Lifestyle

If you’re a fan of hot chocolates, chunky knit blankets, slipper socks and marshmallows, then hygge is the perfect lifestyle trend for you. The moment those colder evenings roll in, you can wrap yourself up nice and warm, light a selection of scented candles and relax in the comfort of your own home. Living a lifestyle with a touch of hygge is extremely comforting and cosy, which in turn makes the dullness of winter fade away and replaces it with a warm and welcoming feel that likes you in a positive mindset.

That’s Very Hygge…

Hygge is a trend that the Danish embrace all year around, especially due to the cold weather conditions they experience from day to day. Whilst the most popular hygge features for us are hot drinks, cosy clothing and thick blankets, the Danish have many more hygge elements that make it even more special to them. Candles are one thing that the Danish love, and they’re also extremely hygge. They don’t get their light from the yellow-tinted lights within the room, their lighting source is the beautiful glow of candlelight, which adds much more character and warmth to the room. You also find that the Danish are always likely to have a grand fireplace in their homes, as this serves as another perfect way to keep the interiors warm and welcoming, the hygge way!

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