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“Hiring A Reliable Handyman” is a collaborative post. You have small jobs that need doing around your home. Maybe you don’t have the time or the expertise to tackle them yourself. And yet you don’t want to pay plumbers’ emergency call-out rates just for a dripping tap, or a major roofing company to replace a single broken tile. All too often, though, that handyman you found in the local paper never turns up. Worse still, he turns up, messes the job up, overcharges you and leaves you with no recourse and with more problems than when you started. Hiring A Reliable Handyman This kind of situation is not unusual: everyone has horror stories about workmen who have charged extortionate prices and not made good on their promises. But the truth is that there are many skilled sole traders out there. These are individuals who have the knowledge and experience to tackle the typical household jobs that plague many homeowners. They are experts at what they do, whether that’s mending broken washing machines or carrying out driveway cleaning. However, they may not have the budget or the experience when it comes to advertising their services. Nor do they – or their […]

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This is a collaborative post. Ever feel like you have a million different things on your mind but you can’t pluck one out of the air? When we’re overloaded with senses, worries, anticipations, anxieties and expectations, we sometimes get lost in our own mind. This can lead to all of those things getting worse and worse. Time just flies by and we don’t ever get a mental rest. It’s all day long and it continues to annoy us in our everyday lives. Many people actually have an above average heart rate due to anxieties that are flared by thoughts that are spiralling out of control. It can feel like you’re in a hurricane and can’t find your way out. Well, the older generation has been through much of the same things we have and they found a solution to this ages ago. It’s called keeping a diary In a diary you are expressing your thoughts in your own words and without any fear of anyone else knowing what it is you’re thinking. It saves you embarrassment and confused loved ones. In the modern world, there are several different kinds of ways you can express your thoughts. How Expressing Your Thoughts […]

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“Why Giving Up Alcohol Could Be The Best Thing You Do Today” is a collaborative post. We guess our first question to you might be… Should you give up drinking alcohol? If you are able to drink in moderation, then you might not have to rule out the odd bottle of red or white out of your life entirely. The occasional tipple isn’t harmful, whether you drink alone or with others. On the other hand, if you know you have a problem with alcohol, and that you depend on it a little too much, then cutting down or actually giving up could be the best thing you do today. Why? Why Giving Up Alcohol Could Be The Best Thing You Do Today? You Will Improve Your Life Chances The more alcohol you consume, the greater your risk of developing serious health conditions. As stated in the linked article, these include liver disease, pancreatitis, and cancer. Not only will these conditions severely limit the way you live your life, but they could potentially shorten your lifespan too. Not only that, but the more you drink, the greater your chance of getting into an accident because of your reduced ability to act […]

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“How To Get Your Money Back On Track Ahead Of The Summer Holidays” is a collaborative post. With summer just around the corner, are you ready? If not, the good news is that there’s time to do something about it. By now, you’ll have booked, or be in the process of booking your holiday. There’s the summer wardrobe to think about, both for you and the kids. There’s probably a few parties and big days out you’ve got planned as well. What do all these things have in common? Money. There’s no denying summer’s going to cost you some serious dough, indeed it may already have. With that in mind, it’s important you come up with a sensible financial strategy to get you through the sunnier months. How To Get Your Money Back On Track Ahead Of The Summer Holidays Set Spending Goals We don’t need to get too deep here; we’re not trying to set life goals, just what you want to get done this summer. A great holiday will likely be up there, and what you want to do on that holiday. More pragmatically, you might have some debts to pay off, or an important purchase to make. […]

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This is a collaborative post. If you find yourself feeling sluggish or tired, one reason might be a lack of sleep or not getting a good night’s rest. This is important for your body because, without sleep, your body can’t perform at it’s best. So here are some tips on a good sleep routine to improve your health. Tips On A Good Sleep Routine To Improve Your Health Set A Trigger Part of the problem of getting to sleep is that if you just jump into bed straight away, your body isn’t going to be relaxed enough to just fall asleep. That’s why you need a trigger so that you can allow your body to recognise that it’s time to unwind and get ready for bed. This might be putting your pyjamas on at a specific time each night, having a cup of tea or taking off your makeup. Whatever it is just make sure you do it an hour before you hit the pillow. Reduce Your Caffeine Intake Caffeine is a problem for your body when it comes to drinking it later in the day. It provides you with energy and the last thing you want before going bed […]

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Trigger warning: This post contains references to depression and attempted suicide. You may find this triggering if you have personal experience of such subjects. Dear Lucy I know that this is the most traumatic year of your life. I know that you’re broken. And you’re looking for a way to mend yourself. But there doesn’t seem to be a solution. The pain and depression are too intense. The hole is too deep. Nothing can fill it. You feel like you’re wading through treacle. You don’t know how to move forward. Where can you go? What can you do? All you see is pain and heartbreak. You loathe yourself. And see yourself as the main culprit for your downfall. There is no one else to blame. Only someone as horrendous as you can be to blame for all the sorrow you feel. You’ve brought it on yourself simply by being Lucy. By being you. And in November, you will reach a point where you can see no further. Where you can see no other way out. And you will take another overdose. And it will almost destroy you in every way that a person can be destroyed. But the most tragic […]

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“How to design a living room you want to spend time in” is a collaborative post. It’s an age-old problem for families everywhere: you spend so much time fighting with your home that you never quite get to enjoy being there. If you aren’t tripping up over toys and accidentally stepping on stray Lego, you are probably chasing dishes around the kitchen and shouting at everyone to tidy up after themselves. The good news is that you can break this cycle. It might seem impossible right now but the truth is that with the right strategies and a bit of rethink, every room in your home can function well. Or at least, well enough. How To Design A Living Room You Want To Spend Time In Choose A Focus For The Room The living room takes a lot of traffic during the day for most people but it should still have a clear function. Using the other rooms in your house is crucial for this; so eat in the kitchen or dining room, get the kids to play in their rooms or a separate playroom and work in a separate office space or at the dining table. While many families […]

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AD – As Konfidence Swimologist Ambassadors we have been sent many products to review and are being sent to Alton Towers to put these products through their paces. However, we’re not being compensated financially for these posts and as always all words, opinions and images are my own and 100% honest. We’re Konfidence Swimologist Ambassadors And Win A £50.00 Gift Voucher We’re thrilled to announce that we’re Konfidence Swimologist Ambassadors for 2019. Konfidence are Europe’s leading dedicated designers and manufacturers of baby swimming and learn to swim products for children and adults. From the original Konfidence jacket, a children’s buoyancy jacket, wetsuits, sun protection clothing and even floating blinkies, Konfidence have everything you need for safe fun in the pool, sun, and sea. We’re Konfidence Swimologist Ambassadors 2019 I’m so happy that we are Konfidence Child Swimology Ambassadors this year. As both my children love splashing around in the water but they aren’t very confident in it. Little Miss H had swimming lessons when she was a small baby. But then her strawberry haemangioma (her birthmark) ulcerated and needed to be dressed daily for up to a year. It was also not allowed to get wet for prolonged periods of […]

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I’ve been using a bullet journal for the past few years. A bullet journal helps my mental health as it allows me to be more organised, which combats my anxiety. But it also provides me with a creative outlet. (I don’t think of myself as very creative but my bullet journal lets that small side of me out). However, over the past few months, I haven’t been so good at using my bullet journal. And I have really noticed a difference. I’m less organised, easily distracted and I’ve been falling into bad habits. So I decided to concentrate on setting up my bullet journal for May and I’ve committed to using it again. I thought I would share with you my monthly set up for May. You can read all about my basic monthly bullet journal spread here. But I have added some extra pages to May’s set-up. These pages are designed to help my mental health and to inspire me in day-to-day life.   My Monthly Bullet Journal Spread Set-up Front Pages This is where I can show my creative side. It is also where I record my to-do list for the month and the month’s birthdays.     […]

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Deciding to have children is a tough decision at the best of times. Deciding to start a family when you have chronic depression and anxiety, and take regular medication is another thing altogether. Years ago, I read an article in The Guardian that discusses the July 2014 guidelines that were issued to GPs by the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE). These guidelines give doctors advice on how they should treat female patients who suffer from depression. In particular, it recommends that GPs talk to these women about their plans to have children and how these life choices could affect their mental health. Encouraging women with mental health issues to talk to their GP is the right thing to do. Any woman who suffers from a long-term condition and is on regular medication should have a discussion with their GP before trying for a baby. Yet, these guidelines also bother me. There are GPs out there who will provide their patients with good and measured advice and will help them weigh up the risks. But there are also GPs who don’t know how depression should be treated during pregnancy. There is scant research about how depression is affected by pregnancy (or vice […]

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