See A Different Side of Tenerife- Virgin of Candelaria

When we think of the island of Tenerife most of us think about the beautiful beaches, hot weather and resorts.  However, there is a huge cultural festival which takes place when millions of us Brits have flocked to the island ready to worship the sun.

Virgin of Candelaria festival takes place every single 14-15th August in the peak of the tourist season. This festival actually celebrates the lady of Candelaria, otherwise known as the Patron Saint of the Canary Islands. People visit from all of the Canary Islands visit the city of Candelaria to participate in processions. This is only 50 minutes’ drive from the popular resort of Playas de la Americas meaning you could actually take in some of the celebrations should you choose to hire a car.

During this festival due to the fact it is celebratory the patron saint of the land it is taken very seriously with mass, religious processions. However, if you are looking or a more party element this also takes place with hundreds of kiosks and bars which are selling a variety of food including local specialties along side chips and burgers.

The atmosphere at this festival is reported as buzzing even before the start of the main show occurs which is when the Black Madonna is paraded around the Plaza de la Patrona de Canarias. The feast day  (15th August) is the assumption of the Virgin into Heaven, it is customary for college students and families to spend a day or two hiking to their Mother. They are rewarded by great processions and festivities reenacting the legend of the Black Madonna before attending the festival.

There is a reenactment of the Guanches and the Black Madonna meeting each other for the first time which is send to be very impressive. This occurs at dusk time following on from this there fireworks which are lit exploding into the night sky. On the 15th August which is classed as the big day there his Mass which is taken with very important people including a representative of the King of Spain and the President of the Goverment of the Canary Islands. After this there is the spreading of the image of the Virgin of Candelaria around the Plaza de la Patron of the Canary Islands .

If you like the sound of this festival and want to attend this year www.holidaygems.co.uk have some really cheap deals on currently in order to be at the event. I have found a weeks holiday in Tenerife including both days of Virgin of Candelaria. For as low as £240 per person this may depend of course were you fly from. I only looked at the North East why not combine some culture with a trip to the sun?

Have you ever been to the Virgin of Candelaria festival.

 

Charlotte xx

This post is in collbration with Holiday Gems

Book Review- Wilde Like Me

Recently when I was feeling under the weather and browsing Morrison’s I remembered that Louise Pentland’s book was now available in paperback, I managed to be able to get in store there and then because I had only heard good things about it from those who had read it include Emily who states it is her favourite book at the moment. I was skeptical about this book as it is a youtuber book but to be honest I forgot about that when I was reading the book and my review is on the book not Louise.

Blurb

Meet Robin Wilde! You’ll make a friend for life and she’ll take you on a journey you’ll never forget …

Single mum Robin Wilde adores her six-year-old daughter and loves her job as a make up artist’s assistant. She has a wonderful best friend and an auntie who is bonkers, yes, but loves her to the moon and back.

But Robin has a secret. Behind the mask she carefully applies every day, things just feel … grey. And lonely. She struggles to fit in with the school mum crew. Online dating is totally despair-inducing, and she worries every day about raising her little girl with self-confidence, courage and joy.

What Robin longs for is someone (over the age of six) to share with – someone who’s always on her team.

After 4 years (2 months, and 15 days!) of single-mum-dom, it’s time for Robin Wilde to Change. Her. Life.

Exciting new opportunities are about to come Robin’s way … Perhaps a man, perhaps the chance of a lifetime …

What will Robin do with the possibilities she creates for herself? And what potential will she unlock if she takes the leap?

My Thoughts 

Well I managed to read all of this book in three days which I think says something that I could not put this book down. I was hooked I needed to know what happened to Robin and Lyla along with the rest of the characters.

This story really showed all the ups and downs in life. It didn’t sugar coat anything. Sometimes life sucks and you let it get you down for a bit, but then you have to get back up and move on. I should know because times at the moment have not been amazing.  I loved Robin’s journey through this whole book, how in the beginning she was on the look out for someone else to come in and fix things and how through out the book she found herself and found out that she was and will always be able to fix shit for herself. This is something which I know I have to do and this is for sure something which I could relate to.

I loved the characters. I loved Robin and her little girl Lyla. I loved how female driven this book was there was not a knight in shining amour needed at all in this book. We have so many wonderful and different woman in this book. I love the different relationships Robin has with all of them. Women supporting each other through all the ups and downs in ones life. I LOVED IT.

The book had a really good ending and would have been fine as a stand alone. But knowing, that there will be a second book, I can’t wait to get back to these characters again. I am glad I have waited to read it as I only have about  6 weeks to wait till I can read the second  Cause even though, Robin and Lyla are a amazing team on their own, I kinda wanna see how things turn out with the man who she is interested in at the end of the book.

Conclusion

Just because this is a youtuber book does not mean that it is going to be poor for me it was a page turner I lost hours within this book. I could not put it down always wanting more from the characters that much that within 10 minutes of finishing this book I had preordered the second book. I think that we all could take something from the book whether it is how amazing single mums are, how friends are always there for us and also how we feel like we don’t belong somewhere when we actually do.

Have you read this book if so what are you thoughts?

Charlotte x

 

Tips For Dealing With Cradle Cap

Younger Jess

 

Cradle cap is something which we all think of when having newborns and those who are usually under a year old. However, this is something which Jess still even at two and a half still can struggle with. For those of you who are reading this post who may not be parents and do not know what cradle cap is it is. Cradle cap is a very common condition, which affects the scalp of recently born babies, causing a patchy, greasy, scaly and crusty skin rash. Do not worry about it is rare that it is causing the baby any discomfort at all.

Seen as this is something which we have been battling this long I thought I would share with you my tips for dealing with cradle cap. I will admit it was harder when Jess was just born due to the fact she had this an not much hair which made the cradle cap visible to me at least however, you cannot see it as much now unless you are looking for it. This is due to her hair growing however, now must babies are actually born with hair. Anyway that is enough rambling on to the actual tips.

Wash their hair in mild baby shampoo

Cradle cap is not caused because of poor hygiene according to the doctors but one thing which we have found to be super helpful is making sure that we do not over wash Jess’s hair. As when you wash your hair you strip it of the oils. We found that if we wash it 3-4 days apart the oils were not striped as much. Also we did found that more larger chunks was coming out when we rubbed in the shampoo or brushed her slightly damp hair.

Don’t pick at it

I know there is a a high level of temptation to do so however, this can make it very sore for your child.  As well as increase the risk of an infection which is something that of course you want to avoid. If your child has it when they are a little bit older you do need to make sure that they do not pick at as well. This is is not something which we have luckily struggled with Jess.

Coconut Oil

Another tip which we have found is to melt a little amount of coconut oil and then massage this on to the affected area.. We applied this for 15 minutes which allowed it to help break down it meaning that it is going to be able to easier to remove. What we did to remove this in the bath/shower. In the case of Jess this allowed chunks to come out and coconut oil is not expensive and something most parents have to hand anyway.

Avoid spraying close to the child

If you do like to put perfume on your chest and your child likes to lay on this area you might want to avoid doing this. This can be the same for air fresheners which you might want to spray to make the room smell better. This may actually get into the child and be harmful which could cause the cradle cap worse which is something of course we all want to avoid.

Massage their head when it is damp

If you give your baby a massage while there hair is still damp gently using your fingers this can cause chunks of the cradle cap to come away from their hair. Only do this when it is damp as then you are not forcing it to come away instead you are just assisting the cradle cap to come away faster that it normally would. This is something which Jess manages to allow me to do for a couple of moments this is the only time I ever really get to give her a head massage.

Have you struggled with cradle cap if so what are your tips for dealing with it?

Charlotte xx

Keeping The Cost Of Days Out Down

Going on days out are something which we love to do as a family, however, they can come with a huge cost.  We try to make sure that we have as many days out as we can because this is where we feel like the memories are created for Jess.  Since the turn of the year, we have had visits to the circus, zoo trips, farms visits and of course trips to soft play. There have been other days out which I may have not fully remembered.

I have a few tips which we do in order to reduce the cost of the days out. Today I am going to share with you some of them in order to save the pennies for your family this summer. Instead of watching the pounds you can actually enjoy and watch the memories being created.

Check if they do student/military discount

I know that this is not going to be something which applies to everyone. However, with me being a student and a Joe in the forces, it can see us been able to get to get some money off. I know for example when we got to the cinema we can get money off and places like Twycross Zoo did do student discount which was handy as having money off it always a bonus. If you have teenagers who are at college don’t forget the majority of them get student prices which can always help.

Check the attractions facebook page

We have managed to save some money by me checking the attractions Facebook page before we actually visited.  I found that some of the attractions do money off or mum goes free on Mother’s day and I think that some of them are actually doing it for Father’s day.  I know for sure Pink Pig Farm did it.  Places such as the local soft play place which we enjoy taking Jess to have an offer on which I saw on their site which is 10 sessions over the summer holidays for £40. Some places are cheaper as well to visit during the term time which if like us you are not dictated by school holidays is a great way to be able to save some pennies.

Use sites like Groupon

Going out for meals after a long day out because you can get amazing deals on a number of restaurants. Alongside this, you can also find amazing deals on attractions and things to do for example trampoline parks, nerf gun session and paintballing all things which you could do with your children or friends this summer. Just browsing groupon made me realise how much  fun things there is in my area and also areas which we are looking at visiting in the future.

For example we have a trip in August to Manchester and I have been looking at things to do without breaking the bank in either Manchester or Liverpool. There are things like bus tours which you may want to do if you are visiting a different city in order to be able to see everything which you may not have been able to if you was walking.  For example the bus tour in Liverpool has a massive 55% off which is a huge saving of around £15 per person.

Take your own food if possible

Food at places can be very expensive for what you get due to the fact that they have the monopoly on you when at the attraction. For example we found that at the zoo two coffee’s was around the £6 mark however, we decided to save money on this trip. We decided to do this due to the weather been nice which meant that we could eat outside if we wanted to and have a wider selection of food than the fast food usually on offer at attractions. Make sure that you check if you can take your own food and drink because some places I know you can not consume products which you have not purchased on the premises.

Do your research

There are many days out which can be free or cost very littl, for example,e I know the majority of the museums in Hull are free, along with the National Railway Museum in York. It is worth checking the area which you live or are looking to do a day out in and see what you can do for free. Sometimes some of the best days out we have had have been in parks or places which have not cost the earth to actually visit. Another element to check is to see if your ticket means that you can have access back to the attraction for the next year for free at the moment we have annual passes for Eureka which was included in the price of our original ticket. I know this is something which The Deep also do and I am sure a number of other attractions.

 

Do you have any tips to save money on days out?

 

Charlotte xx

This post is in collaboration with Groupon

 

Book Review- When I Fall In Love, Miranda Dickinson

 

Recently I read a book again I hope to be able to read more now I have finished studying for a while. I want to be able to read for pleasure again because I will have a lot more fun. The first book which I choose to read is one which has been on my to-read pile for a while is When I fall in Love by Miranda Dickinson. This is an author who I have read in the past I think it was Fairytale Of New York so I knew I wanted to be able to read more from her in the future.

The Blurb

What happens when your happy ever after is suddenly and painfully taken away from you? Elsie Maynard has a whole new life she never expected to have.

From inadvertently founding a choir like no other with former 80s rock star Woody Jensen, to daring to date again, Elsie steps out into an unknown future – a future that could include gorgeous designer Olly Hogarth, a man who seems intent on winning her heart. Overcoming problems, challenges and the occasional frustration – namely overconfident Torin Stewart who seems to be everywhere – Elsie believes she is making the most of her life.

But then a heartfelt request brings her to Paris – and the last item on a very important List. Can Elsie take the final step and lay her past to rest? Join Elsie as she battles to start again, with the help of a disastrous, newly-formed singing group and her father and sister armed with dating hopefuls.

My Thoughts

I just loved this book so much, It tugged at my heartstrings so much and left me in floods of tears by the end, I loved the flow of writing and how Miranda gets you sucked in the book so much as though you feel like you’ve known the characters all your life. It was a fantastic read and with all the mix of characters they all just mixed nicely together and you never get confused with which character is who. It was that good that I wanted to stop what I wa\s doing any read this book at any chance I got.

I would say Elsie Maynard would have to be my favourite character indeed, she came across as such a lovely woman who is clearly had a tough eighteen months of losing her husband to Cancer and then having to rebuild her life which is what her husband Lucas’ wishes were. I felt at times I just needed to give her a big hug and make everything okay. It was great to see a chick lit not just have all the good times or the man have left the man character due to cheating or something.

This book had a number of funny parts which made me want to sing the songs along with the choir and giggle out loud. I loved all the flavours of ice cream from Cher’s Sundae & Cher business, she did make some weird ones like Horseradish (Ewww!) but then also some rather gorgeous tempting ones too hehe!(Donuts oh yum yum). It does make me wonder how they made so much money maybe it was the novelty of the shop.

I liked that at the end of the story, Miranda included ‘The List’ that Elsie and Lucas created together, it was cute but also funny to imagine some of the things being done on the list.

Conclusion

If you want an easy read this for sure is the book for you this is one which you want to get your hands on.  This is one which will have you gripped and not want to put it down for sure. This is not your typical chick lit so why not give this book a chance.

Have you read this book? If so what did you think?

Charlotte xx

Days Out – Pink Pig Farm

A few months ago now we decided that we were going to visit pink pig farm which is in Holme near Scunthorpe. I had heard several people who had visited the farm due to the fact that it is only about 40 minutes away from Hull.  I think they have changed the prices since we visited, however, as I write the post for April to November for full access to the farm adults are £6.99, Children over 2 £4.50 and free for under 2’s.

Pink Pig Farm is a local organic farm with shop and restaurant as well as a farm trail and play areas for children.  We thought that it was going to be something which Jess would have loved because she has been showing an interest in animals however,  we can not always take her to zoos.  But I would say I am unsure if you could really class this as a farm yes you do have the opportunity to go on a tractor ride but they were ever hour when we visited and Jess was not too bothered about pigs.  There are not many animals around the farm maybe around 20 maximum and you are unable to interact or feed them. The poor guinea pigs and rabbits are kept in a metal container which is the same as if you visited a store like pets at home.

Jess, when we visited, was not too bothered by the animals this could have been due to the fact that the animals did not seem to be that bothered by her and they were in the middle.  Most of the animals looked very fed up this could have been because it was not very warm when we did actually visit for sure you still needed your coats on.

There is a lot of outdoor play areas within pink pig farm which is great when you have a child like Jess. Who loves to be indoors as you can see you could ride the tractors which she loved even though she was a little bit too small to ride it she gave it a really good go.  She loved this because tractors are not something which you manage to drive a lot.  There is a number of large sandpits which you can play in as part of your admission it may be worth taking your own bucket and spade if you have them thought due to we found a lot of them in the sand pit where actually broken.

There is also a large soft play area which when we visited found that there was a lot of bigger children in there which was not actually fun for us. As it meant that Jess did not want to go in alone and one of us had to be with us at all times. Never good when your not as small as them and can struggle to do certain elements, however, this may have just been an issue when we visited and due to having a child who can be very shy.  We did struggle to find a table to sit at when we went to the soft play area for a drink again this could have been due to the weather not been that great.  The prices for a drink are around those which you would pay for a normal soft play place so this is worth taking into account. This is something to consider if you are going to be visiting at a time when the weather it not amazing and people do want to be inside.

We did manage to eat at the restaurant however, this there was a long wait for food when we went I think it was over 45 minutes. The food was actually expensive but this is something which you do expect from a farm shop restaurant. The quality of the food was good however, I am unsure if it was worth the time we waited. I kind of wish we had found a local pub and gone to eat somewhere like this instead. We would have been looking around the same price as from what I can remember a meal cost us around the £40 mark.

Conclusion

I am unsure if pink pig is a place which we would revisit in the future due to the fact that even though we managed to spend 4 hours there we had actually done it all. I feel like the only reason why we spent so much time there was due to Jess wanting to play in the sand pit so much however, this is something which we could have done for free at the beach. She could have run around as much at the park, to be honest I do not think that this was worth the money we paid to visit again.

 

Have you visted pink pig farm if so what did you think?

 

Charlotte xx

 

 

 

Gift Guides- Father’s Day 2018 Edition

Can you believe that it is nearly father day already it does not seem like it was long since I was writing up my Christmas gift guide.  However, today I am going to share with you some ideas which you could purchase for the special man in your life your dad, stepdad, uncle, grandad or whoever it may be.  I know that occasions like this you want to make them show you care and love them without actually breaking the bank.  Joe has been a lucky guy because for the past few weeks maybe a month has been testing out some of these products in order to give you a small review of the items.

The first brand which I want to share with you is Admiral Male Grooming they are a brand who do skin care, beard and hair care for men. As you can see from the pictures above their products look very expensive however, this is really not the case. The quality is very high, to be honest, I have tried these products and I think I would rate them as good as the Lush ones which I normally would reach for.  I think my favourite would have to be the facial scrub you really do only need a really small amount due to it going a long way. It is actually very scrubby which for me is always a bonus as I want to feel like it is doing something without being too rough on my skin.  The products range from around £13-£25 depending on what you are purchasing there is going to be a whole review of the company coming up and a discount code for you all. While browsing their site I did notice that there is a lot of money off products at the moment which may be worth stocking up on. This is something which we have done due to the fact we both love the products so much. There is something there for every man and they do not have a harsh Male scent if anything they are very unisex so you could both end up using them if this is something you wanted to do.

Want something a little more personalised Max Louis Creative maybe have the solution. They do personalised prints are handmade and made specifically to the gifter’s requirements. There are 3 different styles to choose from: personalised word photo, personalised oil effect print. They are unique, completely personalised and special gifts for loved ones. As you can see have had a picture of Jess and Joe printed it is an old print however, it is one which I do love.  You can choose between 25-100 words but I did struggle to find as many words I think I just picked over 25. I do not think that it looks too sparse though. This is a present which is very personalised and would look amazing in a frame on a wall somewhere in the house, For sure it is going to be one which I need to get a frame for so we can hang when we finally get our own place later this year.  For the one like mine they can be ordered from as little as £12.99. You do have to order by the 11th June in order to get in time for Father’s Day.

Another thing when it comes to Father’s day which we all think about is shaving products.  Wilkinson Sword have launched there new  Hydro 5 Sense razor. This is designed to make sure that you do not put too much pressure on your face which shaving which could cause your skin to look tired and old. Something for sure you do not want you dad to look this razor from what I have been told by Joe is actually a good razor as someone who shaved daily for work he does not want to be applying too much pressure and causing damage to his skin.  The razor does change the amount of pressure it’s self which means that you do not have to do anything extra.  It does also help protect from irritation which is always another big bonus and it doesn’t break the bank coming in around the £12 mark.

Another personalised gift which you could purchase this father’s day is a  super dad slate coaster. This allows you to put your name or the child’s name above super dad.  Joe spends a lot fo time on his computer and always needs to drink more while playing games. So this is the perfect gift for him because it means that he knows where it is and should have a drink on him. He also adores superheroes for example Marvel so this was a very ideal gift for him. Due to the fact that it is actually slate it meant that is not going to crack as easy as a cheaper one and it is personalised with Jess’s name which is always a bonus.  It is from the lovely company Norma and Dorothy It retails for £9.50 with postage. I actually want one with super mum this is something which I might have to try and find closer to mother’s day so we can match.

Cards are something which I can spend hours creating due to the fact I can spend hours on moonpig. However, Norma and Dorothy also do some amazing personalised father’s day cards as well which meant I only had to spend a short time creating it. Which is a bonus because then I can spend more time with the family.  The one I choose really is because of the fact he will find it funny I struggle to purchase Joe a card because of the fact that it is his birthday like 5 days before.  So it means that I have to create around 3 cards for the same period of time.  The card is handmade to a very high standard way above the one which I could make even if you do not purchase him a gift this year I am sure this can would more than make up for it.

The final item which I am going to include in this gift guide is another razor because for sure you can never have too many of these. Unless you have an amazing beard gosh I can’t wait for the day Joe can grow one again. Gillette has launched a new Chrome razor which is exclusive to Boots. This razor is designed with 5 anti-friction blades which means that you’re going to reduce the chance of getting shaving rash and irritated skin. The back of this razor also allows you to reach those hard to get areas which you may normally miss alongside the roller ball which means that it is easier to shave. The amazing thing about this razor is the fact that it can last up to a month of shaves without needing the blade to be replaced.  For only £15 this is going to make sure that your dad is clean shaven save some of his money.

What are you getting you Dad this father’s day?

 

Charlotte xx

This post includes PR samples

 

 

 

 

Managed WordPress Hosting With Speedydot

Once you have created your blog/website and you are trying to create and you are happy with of for a period of time.  Ifr you are anything like me you get bored without making changes something which I did at the start of the year was to  make my website managed WordPress hosting.

When I did this I had huge problems for some reason my site was not able to be viewed in the UK however, it could be abroad.  Using the hosting company who I choose I found it hard to ever speak to an advisor online. I wish I had found Speedydot hosting. They have a team in the UK who you can ring and it is not a number which is going to break the bank. They also have tickets and live chat which means that they have 24/7 UK support which is something which I wish I had.   You never want your site to be down it is even worse if it is at night and you can not speak to someone till the next morning or the next working day. Another benefit of using this site is that they are a small company who will actually care about you as a person rather than just a number.  And they know that having your site up and running is actually essential to you.

Another bonus of using speedydot is that they do a weekly backup of your site. This means should anything go wrong you will only use the maximum of a week’s work. Backing up my site is actually something which I forget to do and I think currently if something happened I would be losing a couple of months worth of work.  This always gives you a piece of mind should anything actually go wrong.

For a lot of bloggers who do not have a massive following or a ton of content, they do a basic package which is £3 per month.  With this it allows your website to be no larger than 5GB that is the amount of storage which you can have. Speedydot do have larger packages with more storage but of course, the price does actually slightly increase.  Another bonus which I wish I had is 100% network uptime guarantee this means that your website site should be available for people to read 100% of the time. This is a bonus because you want people to be able to read your site when they are free.

If you find that speedydot are not for you they do actually have 30 days money-back guarantee. This does mean that you do not have anything to lose you either find a company who you want to host your website for a long period of time. Or you actually get your money back and use a larger company.

 

Have you used Speedydot?

 

Charlotte xx

This is a collaborative post

 

 

Tips of choosing a reliable car dealer

Purchasing a new car is always an exciting experience. Whether it’s a brand new car which has done less than a 100 miles on the clock or a car which has done a lot more and is second hand. It doesn’t matter both are exciting, however, how many people think a lot about the dealer they are visiting. Most people think about the type of car and if that would suit them.

Today I am going to be sharing with you my tips for choosing a reliable car dealer and getting the car which you want. Changing our car is not something that we are currently looking to do as many of you know we are in the process of buying our first house. We do have some experience in purchasing cars, however.

Check how much the car is to run.

Yes, you may be able to afford the car of your dreams or one which you like however can you afford it. On top of having to pay for the car, there is also the running costs. If you are looking at a larger car it may emit a lot of co2 I know our car is about £300 road tax due to having high emissions. But a car like the VW golf can be as low as £30 a year. Petrol cars are also cheaper to run which is always worth remembering if you are on a budget. Just make sure that you can afford to run the car before you get it as there is no point having a car but been unable to run it. If you are a young driver like us it is worth checking how much your insurance is going to be as well because this is a large expense when you first start driving.

Don’t use the first dealership you visit.

Check more than one dealership for the car you want and ask the best price that they can do for you. You can always go back and ask them to beat it some will do this if they need the sales to hit targets. I know a number of my friends have done this and have actually saved a lot of money it just goes to show even though you are purchasing the same car the price can differ. After all, we do know that all the pennies matter even if it is not a lot of money it is better in your own pocket.

Don’t purchase the first time you visit

You always get those pushy salesmen who want you to purchase a car there and then due to the fact that they get commission and have goals to hit.  Just say oh I will have a think about it and come back or ring you soon it has been proven that psychologically if they have to chase you, rather than you being super keen, is more likely to lead to a better deal. Also, it does give you breathing time to make sure that the deal which they are offering you is the best that you can get along with been the correct one for you

Ask about the previous history

A credible car dealer will share full car history with you that will entail any accidents or repairs done on the car. If it is only something small like scratches on the car it will not affect how your car is going to drive and you might be able to get some money off because of a few small scratches it is worth asking. You do not want to purchase a car which has been in an accident because this could mean that it has had damage and could end up costing you a lot of money in the long term. If you are looking for a car dealer in Brighton? Visit KAP’s Brighton Branch and find a car that fits your requirements.

Check the actual car you want.

Check the mileage on the car on average a car does around 10,000 miles does the age of the car match up to this. If it hasn’t done enough it might mean that the clock has been reset at some stage which is giving you a false reading.  You can also check the last service for the mileage to see if this is in line with the figure. Don’t feel like these are not things which you can do.  Check if there have been any repairs which have been done poorly for such gaps between the body panels after crash damage. Look inside the car make sure that it does not look like it is ready to go on the scrap heap if your gut it telling you something is wrong with it trust your gut.

What tips would you give someone looking to purchase an car?

 

Charlotte xx

Ideas For Decorating a toddler’s bedroom

 

As many of you know we are planning to move house this summer which is going to see Jess get her own room for the very first time.  I have not been able to actually design a nursery when she was born so I am so excited to do a toddler room for her. I have been thinking about the types of things which I want in her room of course some of them she might actually get a some of them may be able to occur not long after we move in the property which we get.

Reading Corner

Jess does actually love reading books and story time is something which I want to implement in her bedtime routine. I do actually think that reading is something which is very important when your child is young because of the fact that it allows them to be able to increase their language. I think this is something which may actually help her sleep better due to the fact that she is not going to be having a lot of screen time before bed as we all know too much blue light can make you not sleep. I would love to be able to get her a really nice bookcase which means that she is going to be able to reach her books so she could read them when she wants. Hopefully, we can have either some cute cushions to sit on or some bean bags so it is a very cozy and pleasurable area to be in.

Feature Wall

Feature walls can make a child’s room feel very personal. While browsing on the internet I found Wallsauce who are a company who sell made-to-measure children’s wallpaper.  There is some amazing wallpaper I think the one which is the lego pattern would love amazing in the man cave which Joe wants to create and would fit in with the gaming/office room he is hoping to create when we get the house. I know for sure that there is some of the wallpaper which Jess would love for example the animal ones due to the fact she is obsessed with them. I think I would be really fun to have something which is a bit different to the standard wallpaper which is on the market. These come in panels which I think it may make it easier than actually wallpapering normally.

Storage

Making sure that Jess has enough room for the oodles of toys which she has managed to accumulate in the short time which she has been here is important. I want to be able to make sure that she can get the toys which she wants to be able to play with easily without having to pull everything out.  This may mean that we end up having storage boxes which can be pulled out for example like the ones from Ikea which every blogger seems to have somewhere in their house, to be honest. Making sure she knows were things belong may actually lead to her been able to keep her room more tidy well I can always dream right?

Playden/ Tepi

This is something which I can see Jess really wanting due her always now wanting to build dens or as she calls them tents. This is an area which for her could be soft in case she does fall over because we all know she is a very clumsy child. Causing damage to herself is not something which I really want to occur I also think that this could be another area which she would be able to read in along with the fact she could play cars there no doubt quite happily. I have seen a few which are not too girly which I am sure is something she will like because she is not all about the pink.

Quotes and pictures

These are a great thing to put in your toddlers/ child’s room because of the fact that they are going to grow up. This means that things are going to want to be changed over this time as they will calim that something is for babies instead of the age that they are. A benefit of having quotes and picturres in frames it means that they can be updated over time which means can fit whatever the child is in to at the moment and recent pictures. For example, at the moment we have a few nice pictures of Jess which I would love to display along with some motivation/educational pieces. When I feel like they are no longer relevant it would be easy to get new ones along with the fact it would not break the bank.

 

How did you decorate your toddler’s room?

 

Charlotte

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