Welcome to my blog. I’m Linda and I live just outside Cardiff in the Vale of Glamorgan with my husband, Mathew, daughter Caitlin and son Ieuan. I left my job in Legal Services Marketing in 2007 to have my kids and now I am a professional blogger and a stay at home mum.
GIFTED: Eversbrook Men’s Luxury Shirts – Apsley Blue Shirt The husband’s job takes him all around the world so his business attire has to be stylish, comfortable, durable and versatile – quite a challenge! He has a wardrobe full of tailored shirts to go with his suits but when he is meeting clients in tech start-ups or small businesses, a less informal style is needed. Plus, if he is entertaining clients in the evening, a more relaxed look is the order of the day. We recently discovered Eversbrook Men’s Luxury Shirts. This is a luxury British brand whose menswear is designed by expert tailors and produced in London using fabric sourced in the UK wherever possible. You can choose from a tailor-made shirt or have one made to order, a real benefit if standard sizing doesn’t take into account longer arms or larger collar size. We were sent the Apsley Sea Blue, a fitted shirt designed for wear on all occasions. It has a distinctive four-panel design and is made from 100% pure shirting cotton. The shirt is a slim waist design with the panels accentuating the chest. Features include a covered front button panel, whilst the inner collar and […]
What to do with your child’s old clothes can pose a bit of a dilemma, can’t it? If you are a sentimental mum like me, you might have got into the habit of storing your offspring’s more precious discarded garments at the bottom of a drawer or cupboard somewhere – for posterity, or just because you can’t bear to part with them, or the memories they evoke. The problem with this, though is that these clothes can take up a great deal of space – particularly if you have more than one child, as I do! But it’s possible to make better use of your child’s old clothes if you think outside the box a bit. Here are some ideas to consider. All About Functionality Most of us have allocated some space beneath the kitchen sink for old clothes that can be used as rags. Although this is a great option, their uses do not stop here. For example, did you know that an old t-shirt can be cut and enjoy a new life as reusable bags? Not only is this a great way to reduce your consumption of plastic, but you will also be helping the environment. You could […]
Now that the weather is perking up, there’s no excuse to put off those gardening chores any longer. There are plenty of gardening jobs for early summer and it’s important to keep on top of garden maintenance – little and often is key. Whether it’s pruning, weeding or upgrading your gardening equipment such as pressure washers and lawn mowers, there’s plenty to be done. Best rope in the kids to help! Gardening jobs for early summer Summer bedding plants Ne’er cast a clout till May be out, as the old saying goes. Be careful because the danger of late frosts might not be quite past – almost though. This means you can plant out tender summer bedding plants as well as vegetables such as courgettes and tomatoes. If it does look as if a sudden frost is on the horizon, tender young plants can be protected by a temporary covering of garden fleece. If there is a very dry spell (remember last year’s heatwave?!), keep all newly planted trees and shrubs well watered. In the fruit and vegetable garden If you have sown seeds previously, it’s time to thin them out – for example, carrots, beetroot and lettuces. Clear early vegetables […]
Picking the perfect addition for your summer wardrobe is challenging, particularly as there is a vast amount of choice currently on the market. However, with a couple of simple tops for you to choose from, you can have a wardrobe that is perfect for any event. Here, we are going to give you our pick of some of this season’s most stunning designs. Pop Of Colour With the Button Down Black Top In Blood Orange, you have the perfect amount of colour for any occasion. Not only can you wear this on a night out or on holiday, but you can also pair it with wide leg trousers for a day in the office. The loose-fitting material moves as you do, allowing you to stay cool throughout the day, regardless of where you are. For a night out on the town, pair this top with black skinny jeans and chunky high heeled boots to perfectly complement the colour of the top. It can also be paired with a black blazer and wide leg trousers for a sophisticated look when spending the day in the office. Oversized And Comfortable Another fashion staple that is ideal for summer is the Dusty Pink […]
Gifted: You might have heard that lots of people are trying green coffee to support them in their weight loss journey. I was recently sent some green coffee from the Pure Green Coffee Company to try. I received the Slim Your Body 28 box which contains 28 individual coffee bags and read on because I have a box to give away worth £22.99. What’s in the bags? You may already be familiar with the health-giving properties of green tea but green coffee also has plenty to offer. Pure Green Coffee Company coffee comes bagged in individual servings (28 per box) and has four primary ingredients:- Green Coffee Green coffee contains Chlorogenic acid to enhance metabolism. It can help to reduce high blood pressure, decrease the absorption of carbs and has antibacterial and antioxidant properties. Common Nettle Nettle is another metabolism booster and a natural diuretic. It is used to reduce the symptoms of acid reflux and excess gas. It is also a great source of iron, important for combatting anaemia and fatigue. Common Dandelion Dandelion helps to promote digestion and balance the good bacteria in your gut. It is thought to improve liver function by removing toxins and re-establishing hydration […]
GIFTED: Don’t you find that the older your family gets, the more difficult it is to find the perfect present? Caitlin and Ieuan are generally happy with gift cards or anything digital, whilst the husband, much like my dad, has taken to saying “I have everything I need”. Which is true. But …. The thing about giving gifts is just as much about making the giver feel good too. And, it definitely makes me feel good if I don’t have to schlep around town getting hot and bothered trying to find something which will just end up in a drawer – or regifted. Father’s Day is on the horizon (Sunday 6 June) and then there are end of term teacher’s gifts to consider, as well as the usual run of birthdays. We were recently offered the chance to review family-run business The Gift Experience – an online gift shop offering gifts for almost any occasion you can think of, including personalised gifts. You can search the site according to the occasion, or the person as you might expect but you will also find children’s books, experience days and personalised cards. Just about everything on one website. These are the gifts […]
Interviews can be nerve-wracking at the best of times but there are tips and tricks you can use to give yourself an advantage over the other candidates. For example, have you heard of the STAR model of questioning? Read on to learn how it works so you can be better prepared for your next interview. What is the STAR model and how does it work? When it comes to negotiating and business cooperation, it is very important to understand how the other side thinks. This is especially crucial during business interviews as you have to understand what a company is looking for and then, present yourself as the optimal solution. Interviews can be nerve-racking for a candidate but they are quite formal for interviewers. In fact, these conversations are highly structured and are based on a premade template. One important element of that interview is the STAR model. What is this model and why should you care about it? Read on to learn more! Basis of the STAR model Understanding the STAR model may help you land a better job. Almost every organization in the world relies on this model when interviewing job candidates. It is something that is ingrained […]
NEW RELEASE…. The line between good and evil isn’t always clear… Detective Madison Knight has risked her badge—and her life—in the pursuit of justice before, and she just might need to do so again. Two victims are found murdered and naked in the home of Steven Malone, who is the largest contributor to the Stiles PD. One victim is his wife. The other victim is a John Doe. This high-profile double homicide immediately pits Madison against her sergeant, who seems more intent on protecting the Malones’ reputation and retaining a benefactor than catching a killer. Madison will need to pull on her tenacity and courage if she’s going to follow the evidence without prejudice. In the process, it becomes clear that finding justice isn’t always black and white, and often the shades in between tell the fullest story—and it’s not something she will forget anytime soon. Shades of Justice is a murder mystery with twists and turns that will have readers flipping the pages until the wee hours of the morning. The ninth instalment in an internationally bestselling series, it doesn’t matter if this is the first book you’re reading in the Detective Madison Knight series or not; all the […]
Inspired by Mrs Hinch loads of us are cleaning our space to let the spring and summer in. Never before has there been so much openness about how, actually, cleaning benefits our mental and spiritual health. When I’m feeling wound up, I naturally find myself tidying, straightening and filling bags with stuff for the charity shop. Unlike Mrs Hinch, however, some of us prefer to use more natural cleaning products rather than the redoubtable collection of chemical cleaners she recommends. Practically speaking I find a combination of both types works for me but when you have young kids in the house, the more natural your cleaning products, the better. Below you’ll find three quick and easy recipes from Pattersons to give eco cleaning a try at home. If you don’t have the time to make your own eco-friendly cleaners yourself, Pattersons offer both house and commercial eco products. Do you have any eco-friendly cleaning recipes or tips to share?
For the last three nights, I have been woken around 5:30 am by a hum. On the first night, I was so convinced there was a noise indoors, that I walked around the house in the dark checking to see if there were any fridge/freezers buzzing or machines left on. Nothing. It was windy outside so I wondered if the sound was coming from the vibration of the cables crisscrossing our street. Or was it emanating from next door’s newly installed solar panels? The Husband, who I regularly drive insane with my health niggles, says it is just a new tinnitus tone and I need to stop focusing on it and switch off. Easier said than done. It wouldn’t be so bad if I hadn’t recently read about “The Bristol Hum”, a low droning noise audible at night which has been plaguing some residents since the 1970s. Then, experts were drafted in who put The Hum down to factory noise, electricity pylons or tinnitus, although some suggested flying saucers or secret military activity. Eventually, the hum stopped as abruptly as it began, but by then there were reports of equally unidentified hums in other towns across Britain. French scientists now […]