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Introducing Roco Clothing 

15 Apr 16

Like most parents, I like Joe to be involved in choosing the clothes he wears.


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More garden tips – barbecues, furniture and lighting 

15 Apr 16

I’ve had a bit of a focus on gardens over the last two weeks, looking at how we can use them and improve them now that Spring is here.


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Cass Art opens its doors in Birmingham 

14 Apr 16

“Cass Art is on a mission.


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Garden Inspiration for Spring 

14 Apr 16

I love being out in my garden, sitting and relaxing with a book, or enjoying a game of football with Joe.


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Be Inspired by Your Walls 

13 Apr 16

When it comes to homes and interiors, every so often a company comes along that has a product that truly inspires awe and admiration.


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My current Lotto Wishlist 

13 Apr 16

Every so often I have a little daydream about what I would do if I was to win the National Lottery.


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Archive by Alexa and Rosie’s perfume – a M&S update 

13 Apr 16

Everything she touches turns to fashion gold, so letting Alexa Chung loose on the not considerable fashion archives of MS has to be one of the best ideas ever.


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Spring Dresses under £30 

12 Apr 16

It seems a long time since I last did a budget dress post, but I have to say that this Spring is a great time for those who like to find fashion bargains.


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A Visit to King Arthur’s Labyrinth, Corris, Wales 

12 Apr 16

One thing that is virtually guaranteed on a visit to Wales is that, at some point, you will have rain.


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Relax with the new version of bingo! 

12 Apr 16

Life! It has to be said that being a full-time mom life has always been a busy one.


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Boots Match Made Service 

11 Apr 16

When it comes to applying make up, there are certain areas that I still struggle with after all these years of practice.


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The best in double and twin pushchairs 

11 Apr 16

I used to (quite foolishly) believe that double and twin pushchairs were solely for those who had twin babies, and weren’t really of interest to anyone else.


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Reviewed – Lavitta Illusion Dress 

11 Apr 16

Every wardrobe should have a printed dress in it.


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Springtime essentials – Keep these in your car. 

10 Apr 16

We have already seen the first Bank Holidays of the year pass by, but the beauty of Spring is that they now come thick and fast, with two more to look forward to in May.


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Skechers shoe picks from Mastershoe Myshu 

8 Apr 16

It is no secret that I am a total shoe addict.


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Spring Homeware Haul 

8 Apr 16

Spring always seems to me to be the perfect time for perking up the home with a few choice new pieces.


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Making the most of your garden with a some footie fun 

7 Apr 16

One of the best things about the arrival of Spring is the chance for Joe to play out in the garden, both after school and in the holidays.


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Duchess Kate’s recent style triumphs 

7 Apr 16

It has been a busy few weeks for Duchess Kate, and, as ever, stylewise she has not put a fashion foot wrong.


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Men’s Fashion Review – Great British Brands at Infinities 

7 Apr 16

When it comes to menswear, I love clothes that are timeless, stylish and speak of heritage and history.


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Guarantor Loans – How do they work? 

7 Apr 16

If you are looking for a loan, there are many factors that come into play.


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The Rotters Club – Teen Angst in 70s Birmingham 

6 Apr 16

If you asked me to name my favourite book, I could do it quite easily.


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A little treat for man’s best friend 

6 Apr 16

The days when a dog (or at least a dog owner) was happy with just a collar and lead have long gone.


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It’s Easy Street for Annie as it charms at the Wolverhampton Grand 

4 Apr 16

My absolute favourite childhood musical film is also a stunning piece of musical theatre, one that moves, enchants and entertains in equal measures.


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Thoughtful Gifts Your Dad Will Love 

4 Apr 16

It’s not just your mum who deserves great gifts ; so does your Dad! Here are a handful of gift ideas that your old man will love no matter his interests or age.


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How to Create a Beautiful Home with Timeless Appeal 

4 Apr 16

A classic or timeless home does not follow trends.


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Review – Mandy’s heaven Silver Grey Silk Floaty Top 

4 Apr 16

Mandy’s Heaven is a new fashion outlet that is aiming to offer women something a little different from the current High Street Offering.


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Getting your feet ready for summer. 

1 Apr 16

I’ve spent most of the Easter holidays in Wales, where, at some points, it has been quite easy to enjoy four seasons in one day.


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The Body Shop Drops of Youth – The Verdict. 

25 Mar 16

In February I was invited along to The Body Shop in Birmingham’s Grand Central to try out a range of new products.


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Unique gift ideas from The Eternity Rose 

24 Mar 16

When it comes to flowers, we all have our own personal favourites.


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Hospital Blunders – The Horrifying Truth 

24 Mar 16

It has recently been revealed that at least 340 blunders are occurring  on NHS maternity wards every day and over 300 ‘never events’ are happening yearly in UK hospitals.


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Tips for sleeping with a bad back 

23 Mar 16

Back pain can be one of the most debilitating conditions to cope with.


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Dior Poison Girl exclusively at Boots 

22 Mar 16

A new Dior fragrance is always something to celebrate, and when the fragrance is also a part of the iconic Poison family, the reason to celebrate gets a little bit stronger.


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Bank Holiday Ideas For Families 

22 Mar 16

The first Bank Holiday of 2016 is almost upon us.


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Comparing Working Conditions around the world 

22 Mar 16

If we are all being totally honest, there can’t be many people out there reading this who haven’t moaned about their working conditions at some time.


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Mother’s Fashion in Diamonds: Things You Need to Know 

22 Mar 16

Mother’s are the people who love their children unconditionally.


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Easter – Essential Movie Viewing 

21 Mar 16

Easter is almost upon us, but it looks like my favourite bank holiday of the year is once again going to be marred with wind and rain.


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Cushion styles for Spring 

21 Mar 16

Today I’m continuing my quest to suggest updates for your home for spring which won’t breakthe bank, and this time I am turning my attention to cushions.


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Creating A Living Room The Whole Family Will Love 

18 Mar 16

Spring is the season of refreshing and renewing, at least in my house it is.


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Add Sunshine to your accessories with Michael Kors 

18 Mar 16

A new accessories collection from Michael Kors has launched exclusively at House of Fraser, and it is no exageration to say that this is a collection that will add summer and sunshine to your wardrobe.


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Lotus Hallmark Shoes & Bags Review 

18 Mar 16

For those who are shopping for a great pair of shoes to wear to a party, a unique clutch for any occasion or any other fashionable pair of shoes or bags.


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Important Items You’ll Need On Your Wedding Day 

17 Mar 16

There is so much to do in preparation and planning for your wedding day ! The food, the decorations, the transport… but what about the things you’ll need on the actual day? Here is a list of things you mustn’t leave home without when the big …


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Old or New: Smart Ways to Shop for Antique Jewellery 

17 Mar 16

Shopping for an antique engagement ring can be difficult if you don’t know what to look for.


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Pass that MOT first time – A handy Guide 

16 Mar 16

There is no worse feeling.


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Pai skincare event at John Lewis, Birmingham 

16 Mar 16

Lat week I attended a very informative and interesting beauty event at John Lewis at Grand Central Birmingham.


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Dorothy Perkins – Style Heroes 

15 Mar 16

Fresh for Spring, Dorothy Perkins has launched a collection of pieces that are both fashion forward and classic.


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Fashion and luxury are seeing difficult times 

15 Mar 16

For years the elite fashion stores in our major cities, like London and Paris, have welcomed tourists with open-arms as big spenders, but it seems recently that unlike our more inexpensive London hangouts, the big names are feeling a little neglected…


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Just in time for Easter – Paw Patrol release Pups and the Pirate Treasure 

14 Mar 16

Paw Patrol is quite a hit when it comes to the children in my family.


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1950s styling for Spring – what would Grace Kelly wear? 

14 Mar 16

This Spring, take some fashion inspiration from one of style’s eternal goddesess.


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Look how you’ve changed – Pop Stars and their image. 

13 Mar 16

In these image obsessed times, the way a pop star look is almost as important as the songs they sing.


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Lavitta Navy Lace Half Moon Top 

12 Mar 16

Have you ever really liked the design of a dress, but thought, I wish they did that in a top? Well, if you loved the gorgeous dress in my last Lavitta review (see here ), and fancied this design as a top, you are in luck.


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Time for that dream home? 

11 Mar 16

Many people chose to move house in Spring.


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All that glitters – a jewellery wishlist 

10 Mar 16

I’ve been talking about wardrobe updates on the blog this month as it seems appropriate with the coming of Spring.


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Beefeater Spring Menu Review – Longford House 

10 Mar 16

Beefeater have this week launched their spring menu, combining old favourites with new combinations and dishes.


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Garden Plans for Spring 

9 Mar 16

After the cold of Winter, when my garden is left abandoned and unloved, I look forward to getting back outside when Spring comes.


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What are your most treasured family possessions? 

8 Mar 16

What are your most treasured family possessions? I’m sure if I asked my seven year old son that question he would immediately say his play station, or his rather huge collection of football kits.


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Reviewed – Clarks Aldwych Wood Boots at Cloggs 

8 Mar 16

Since it was founded in 1979.


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For the Home – Luxury Floor ideas. 

7 Mar 16

Once upon a time, there was only one possible way to cover the floors of your home, and that was with a carpet.


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February Outfit Post 

4 Mar 16

Last Month was a pretty dreadful month for my family, if all truth be told.


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Never forget again with the ‘Must Remember That’ App 

3 Mar 16

In our busy modern lives, we seem to have more and more things to remember.


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Using e-cigs to quit smoking 

3 Mar 16

When we look back at the trends and products that defined the ‘tweens’ (2010s…not really sure if that is the right word, but then again not sure what else it could be.