Why laminate flooring is the most family friendly floor you can find

Deciding what material you want for your floor is not easy, even more so when you have to think about the younger members of your family. Having children means you need to think not only in the aesthetics but also in the practicality and durability. Here are some facts that could interest you if you are considering to install something a little more budget friendly, like cheap laminate flooring instead of an expensive real wood. Hopefully these pointers should give you a little insight as to why we think laminate is the most competent flooring for family life!


If well installed, the life expectancy of a laminate floor can be around 20 years. This high endurance is due to its construction. Laminate flooring is composed of four layers, the first one is known as the backing and this is what separates the subfloor from the rest of the layers and helps to prevent moisture seeping through. The next layer is the core, this is what helps the floor support the weight when people walk over it. The third layer is the image and it is as its names indicates, this is the layer that helps to recreate a particular material for the floor to imitate. Finally we have the wear layer, this is a protective layer that sits on the top of the floor.

Thanks to this construction, the floor is very hard wearing  and highly resistant to scuffs, dents and scratches. Laminate flooring is highly recommended for places with big temperature changes, because of its construction it doesn’t expand or contract, unlike real wood.


One of the most advantageous qualities of laminate flooring and one that is especially good when it comes to family life is that it doesn’t need much care and maintenance. Due to it being waterproof, laminate is highly resistant to spillages and will just need to be regularly mopped.  This is great if you you don’t have time to spend hours cleaning a floor and means that you don’t have to worry about your kids playing on it and causing any damage. Because of the low level of general maintenance required, laminate floor is perfectly practical and good value for money.


Because of its locking system and plastic wear layer, moisture can’t get in, as we said earlier, this makes the floor very hygienic. Again, as it is very easy to clean and doesn’t collect dust like with carpets, it is perfect for people who suffer from allergies, something very common among kids nowadays. This feature is very important especially if you have children of a young age, whose immune system is weaker and as a result tend to catching bacterias easier.


Laminate flooring is a very low cost floor, coming in much cheaper than solid or engineered wood. But it also doesn’t have any associated cost that other floors could have, this is due to its easy installation. This is another key advantage, you can install the floor by yourself.  Its versatility helps you also to save money.  Laminate floor is available in a wide range of styles, it can replicate different kinds of wood, and simulate the effect of tiles and stone.  This is very good if you are tight on budget, and you would like to renovate the floor of more than a room.

In our opinion, all of these features make the laminate floor the most family friendly floor on the market. It is the perfect compromise between good looks, low maintenance and practicality. You will be able to have a house that looks nice without having spent too much, as well as worrying about keeping it clean and looking fresh too!

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Win Day Tickets to the New Year’s Eve Celebrations at Gulliver’s World!

Welcome to December and a huge WAHAY for the first day of my joint giveaways with Life in a Break Down, isn’t it exciting! We have a whole host of amazing competition lined up for you and to kick it off with a bang we have teamed up with the fantastic Gulliver’s World in Warrington.

Gulliver’s World in Warrington, is once again preparing to whisk revellers around the world this New Year’s Eve and we have partnered up with Gulliver’s to give away a FREE family entry day ticket!

Gulliver’s offer an alternative New Year celebration for adventurous and fun-loving families who prefer to wrap up warm put on their dancing boots, and get out of the house together to enjoy a unique New Year experience bursting with surprises, and you’re invited!

From 6pm, families can enjoy hourly celebrations in the open-air plaza, and the sky above Gulliver’s will be a riot of colour once more at 9:30pm as the Northern Lights Fireworks Show takes place. Plus a midnight fireworks finale will get 2018 off to a dazzling start. Selected rides will even remain open until 11:30pm.

So how can you be in with a chance of winning this competition? Well just let us know:
The around-the-world New Year’s Eve party is hosted by who?

  • Gilly Mouse
  • Gully Mouse
  • The Forever Elf

Good Luck!

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Terms and conditions apply. Tickets are non-refundable, non-transferable and cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer. The New Year’s Celebration prize is valid for up to four people (minimum 1 adult and 1 child). Winners will be contacted by Gulliver’s hotline to arrange their visit.

Take The Stress Out Of A Family Day Out

It goes without saying you will often want to treat your family to a day out. Going out together in this way is always going to be a great way to spend time together, and it is a good bonding session for most families. But that isn’t to say that it is always only enjoyable. Far from it – there are in fact always going to be a huge range of problems and potential upsets when you take your family on a day out, no matter where or what for. But the good news is that you can always find ways to make it a lot less stressful, and in the process you can learn to enjoy it all the more as well. In this post, we are going to take a look at a few of the things you can do to make any family outing much less stressful.


Plan In Advance

The more that you know about what you are going to do on your day out, the better. Having some kind of a plan in place is often a great way of ensuring that you keep the stress down to a minimum. This is because most of the stress you will experience on such days will be related to not knowing what to do, or not being prepared as to what you are going to do together as a family. If you are keen to enjoy the day as much as you can, then planning it out in plenty of detail is bound to make a huge difference.

Of course, it is up to you just how much you plan it out, and it’s perfectly possible that you will want to retain some sense of spontaneity in the day as well. However much you feel you might want to plan it, make sure you stick to that. As long as you do that, you will enjoy it much more, and that is the whole point here. Try to bear in mind everything that you might want to fit into the day, and don’t leave out anything major – especially if it is anything that your children have been begging for for a long time. The better you plan your day, the more you will enjoy it, so this is definitely in your best interest.

Pack Well

You might find that you need to take quite a few belongings with you when you go on your day out. The truth is that you want to be as perfectly prepared as possible, so that you don’t have to worry on the day itself. The better you pack your bags therefore, the more likely you will be able to enjoy the day as much as you can. Of course the trick here is in knowing what you will actually need, and much of that understanding will come from planning the day, as we have already discussed. But you will also want to make sure that you pack a little extra than what you need. You will probably already be aware that as a parent you always need to pack more than seems necessary. This is especially true on a day out when you will not be home again for quite a few hours. Ultimately, you want the day to go as smoothly as possible, and that means packing everything that might be handy.

But Not Too Much

Of course, the other side of that same issue is packing far too much, another common problem which many families will find happening quite often. This is too easily done, especially as you always want your children to be able to enjoy the day as best as they can. But there is a danger in packing too much, which is that it might end up causing more stress than necessary and in the process making the day far less enjoyable. It is therefore a good idea not to overpack, and to find ways to carry what you do take around much more easily. If you are taking a trip to the city, you can probably make use temporarily of a storage service, and that could make a huge difference to how easily the day goes. But no matter where you are, you should find a way to carry what you have in comfort. You will be surprised at what a difference this makes to the stress levels of the day.

Remember Breaks

Even though the whole day will hopefully be enjoyable, you will probably find that it feels necessary at some point to take a break. Not only will you need to feed your children, you will also find that having a break from whatever you are doing will ensure that you as parents can enjoy the day much more as well. We all know just how stressful such days can become, and the simple act of taking a short break can really make a world of difference. Even if you don’t feel that you are going to have time, you should find a way to make the time, as you will be glad that you did after the event. Breaks are also a chance to discuss with your children options about the remainder of the day, and make sure that they are enjoying what you are doing and that they are happy. Don’t skip out on this – you will find it to be an essential part of the whole.

Know The Limit

It doesn’t matter what you are doing or even how close you are as a family – there will always be a point when it is time to call it quits. There’s nothing wrong with this – it’s actually just part of the whole process. But you should pay attention to the prevailing mood throughout the day, and make sure you know exactly when it is time to call it a day. Having the ability to know this can really make a world of difference, and it’s something that can take a lot of practice.


Twiddle Ons – Helping Babies To Explore Their Feet

Twiddle Ons

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

Like all babies, Olivia is fascinated with her feet. She loves nothing more than pulling her socks off and this can be quite frustrating as a parent! We were recently sent a pair of Twiddle Ons for review – how did we get on?

Twiddle Ons

Twiddle Ons are a range of foot finder toys from the fantastic team behind Sock Ons. Retailing at £8.99, these were introduced by Sock Ons after their global success, knowing that babies love foot finder toys. However, until now, foot finder toys could be pulled off. Now there is a range that actually stays on!

Encouraging babies to explore their feet and have ‘foot fun’ without the frustration of losing them, the Twiddle Ons have bright colours, different textures and make sounds too. All designed with key baby developmental stages in mind.

Twiddle Ons

These are made of 82% nylon and 18% elastane and they conform to CE toy standards, fitting children up to 12 months. So what did Olivia think?

Olivia loved them – she would often pull her socks off but with her Twiddle Ons on her feet, she is quite happy to leave them on and simply play with her feet. We were sent the fish design and she loved the bright colours and the jingly jangly sounds that her feet made when she kicked or when she played with them.

Twiddle Ons

Whilst these will only last Olivia for a couple more months, I can definitely see these proving very useful to us – they distract Olivia from pulling off her socks and she loves the colours and sounds. We will definitely be purchasing some for friends babies in the future too.

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With Christmas drawing ever closer, many of us are anxiously awaiting the arrival of the postman with our presents and Black Friday bargains. However, with 60% of us experiencing problems with deliveries, you might find that your items arrive looking less than perfect. Take a look at the conditions your items might go through on their journey and how you can resolve any issues that might arise with your deliveries this Christmas.

If you’re sending gifts this Christmas, there are a few simple tips you can follow to make sure your items arrive safely.

Wrap items securely

One of the easiest ways to make sure your items arrive in tip top condition is to ensure they’re properly packaged. Choose packaging that fits snugly, so your item doesn’t rattle around on its journey. Bubble wrap and packaging tape should be used liberally and you could also consider using a waterproof postage bag, to protect items from winter weather. If you’re sending expensive or delicate items, it’s worth purchasing protective cases to send them in. Take a look at the Case Farm ,who make protective cases for a range of gadgets. They can even produce custom options for those unique gifts!

Check postage deadlines

If you’re sending gifts in the post this Christmas, don’t leave it until the last minute. With more parcels to deal with the closer Christmas comes, it’s likely that your item might not be handled quite as carefully as it should be! Royal Mail deadlines range from the 20th to the 22nd of December, depending on which postage option you choose, but it’s worth sending your items as early as possible.

What to do if items arrive damaged

If you receive a damaged item from a retailer, make sure you’re aware of your rights and the steps to take. According to the Consumer Rights Act, the retailer is responsible for the condition of the item until you receive it. This means that even if the damage was caused by a courier or third party, the retailer must repair, replace or refund your item.


Make sure to document the damage by taking pictures, before then contacting the retailer by email so you have a record of any communication. Most retailers should be happy to sort out any issues you have, but if you run into any problems, check out the Which? Guide for plenty of tips.

These tips should help you to make sure that all your gifts are in great condition come Christmas morning, no matter how far Santa has had to travel with them!

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