5 Tips for Lighting Up Your Garden

a string of bulb lights hanging in front of garden greenery; 5 Tips for Lighting Up Your Garden

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One of the areas of gardening that is often neglected is lighting. Most of us enjoy spending lots of time in our gardens, and that often extends into those long, warm evenings that we are sometimes lucky enough to experience. That means we need good lighting to make us feel safe and comfortable.

With that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the best tips for maintaining a light, bright garden even when the evenings come around: Read more

9 Tips on Reducing Waste and Saving Money

a pink pig money box set to the right of the image, an a blank white background; 9 tips on reducing waste and saving money

Photo by Fabian Blank

Sometimes, saving money in your home isn’t just about making sure that you budget your expenses, or avoid paying extras for luxuries. While it’s important to think carefully about how you spend your money, it’s also to consider how you use the things you purchase too.

Today, we’re going to be looking at just some of the ways that you can save the planet, and protect your bank account at the same time, by cutting down on waste. From making sure you reuse those old carrier bags, to ensuring that you’re smart about unwanted possessions, you’re sure to find a few smart ways to change your spending habits on this list. Read more

Four ways to save money through the year for Christmas

(Yes I know, I’m about to use that word, but…) Christmas can be a really expensive time of year for many people – especially if you have multiple children to buy for. Add to that buying gifts for other family members, it can all add up to a costly amount so I like to save money where I can. I know some people only buy gifts for children, but I’m a self-confessed giver as I just love to see the reactions when somebody opens a present I’ve spent the time researching and wrapping – possibly even making!

During the last few years I’ve become accustomed to a few really easy ways to save money through the year to use for Christmas presents (and sometimes food). I could say that you’ll be earning free money though it’s technically not, as you do need to spend to earn with some of the methods. But you don’t need to spend any more than you normally would, and you’ll see why.  Read more

A boy, a zoo, and an autistic meltdown | Days out

Two boys hugging in what looks like an upturned giant plant pot at Chester Zoo

Let me tell you a little story. One that isn’t shown by the abundance of happy photos taken during this day out.

One Friday in August a family went to the zoo. Mummy and Daddy, with their 7 and 9 year old boys.

The 9 year old (J) is autistic, with suspected ADHD. The 7 year old (N) is currently undergoing referrals for assessments too.

The family were hoping it was going to be a day of fun and adventure; seeing lots of animals – especially the meerkats, penguins and red pandas! Read more