Staying Sun Safe With Solero

We have been very lucky to have had a fantastic summer this year. We have seen regular temperatures of 25°C and some days have even reached 30°C here in Norfolk. We have spent so much time outside in the back garden, at the park or just walking to and from nursery and in times like this it’s so important to remember about sun protection. We have used so much this summer so when LloydsPharmacy got in touch about their own range of sun care I couldn’t wait to try a couple of their products. Sometimes, it can take quite some time to get

Practical Ways To Save Money This Summer

The summer holidays are now in full swing and after a couple of days of rain, we are due nicer weather again for at least a couple of weeks. Even though Erin goes to nursery throughout the summer there is still the temptation to go for days out, spend money on doing things here and there and generally spending more money than normal. So, here are some practical ways to save money this summer with help from some great bloggers: Packed lunches – It’s so easy to give in to the temptation of eating out at a restaurant or a

7 Ways To Get The Perfect Family Summer Garden

Kids love gardens! They’re a great place to play in and explore, at least as long as they’re kept safe. It can be a bit tricky to pull together a garden for the whole family, but it’s definitely possible, and with a bit of advice from Olive Grove I’ve been able to narrow down 7 ways to get the perfect family summer garden. Get the kids involved! A garden for the family should be planned by the family, not just by the adults. Let your kids get stuck in and give them time to find “their” area (the bit they

5 Ways To Spend A Summer Evening With The Family

We’re are in the middle of a pretty hot heatwave (or, you know, that thing called summer) at the moment and sometimes, it’s just too hot to go out in the middle of the day. As much as Erin would love to be out playing in the garden or at the park all of the time, it’s just not practical. If you have children that are old enough to stay up maybe that bit later, early evening is a much more comfortable time to be outside. Here are 5 ways to spend a summer evening with the family: Play in

Making Time To Relax Together As A Couple

When you become a family it’s easy to let time get away from you. Being so busy all of the time means that it’s hard to switch off sometimes. Both John and I are guilty of not taking enough time for ourselves and we certainly don’t take enough time as a couple. Now that summer has finally arrived we are trying to make the most of being at home together as we’re not able to go out on an evening when Erin is in bed. The evenings are much lighter during the summer and it would be silly not to

My Favourite Things About Summer

According to the weather reports, summer is apparently just around the corner. As this post goes live John, Erin and I are on holiday at Haven in Caister-on-Sea and when I checked the weather while writing this, it was supposed to be between 16ºC and 20ºC all week! So, I thought I’d write about some of my favourite things about summer! Freshly cut grass Just the other day I was using our new grass trimmer and it made me remember just how much I love freshly cut grass. We have quite a large garden and now that the weather is

How To Keep Toddlers Cool In Summer

I remember back to when Erin was less than a month old, roughly 6 months old to be exact and we had a massive heat wave during the summer. I was looking at old pictures with Erin the other day and we came across the ones of her sleeping on our bed in the middle of the day in just a vest because it was so hot that year. I think it was much easier to keep Erin cool when she was a baby because she couldn’t answer back, couldn’t run away and would lay pretty still for quite long

Developing Allergies As An Adult

I’ve always been really thankful that I haven’t suffered from allergies such as hay fever. Up until this year I have been able to happily enjoy every spring and summer, wearing whatever make-up I wanted and generally just getting on with things. However, this year it seems that my body is changing and I have developed some allergies. I don’t really know if it’s hayfever or whether it’s something else but I find my eyes streaming as soon as doors or windows are opened in the house and taking Erin to nursery has turned into a strictly no mascara thing.