When I was approached to share some information with you about Japanese Knotweed I must admit I was clueless. I had never heard of it and guessed it was just a random weed that you would just dig up and pop into the garden waste bin if you came across it. Little did I know it can be an absolute nightmare! I imagine there are others like me that just haven’t heard of it or who have and wouldn’t know what to do with it so I thought I would share with you a bit about it so you are not clueless like I was!


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The summer holidays are approaching. Are you already wondering whether you should be giving up on Slimming World now and re-joining in September? There are a few reasons why this is a terrible idea. Firstly if you stay on plan you may only manage maintaining your weight over the 6 week holidays but that has to be better than eating whatever you like and gaining over a stone? 2.5lb a week for 6 weeks is really not that much when you think about ice-cream and drinks in a beer garden on warm days, all inclusive holidays and picnics with the kids.

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Do you think children or teenagers should have mobile phones? What age is old enough? How do you know they are safe? What if they run out of credit? Or they build up a huge bill? There are so many worries when you look at the idea of getting your youngster a phone. It is usually not our children we don’t trust but those who may contact them. When I was asked to review the Parent Shield from Engine Mobile service I was sceptical that anything could be really safe as I am sure you are too. Here I will share with you what I found and my thoughts of the service we have used for Ben.

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Here I have a lovely guest post from Sally who writes a blog at The Happy Home with 3 boys blog. It really gives us something to think about when it comes to parenting.

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I make no secret about it, I am absolutely rubbish with the car and the maintenance side of things. I can drive pretty well and have only ever had a couple of small bumps so that is ok but maintenance – that’s what we pay garages for isn’t it! My limit really is topping the washer bottle up! So when I was asked to share with you some common problems and how to avoid them I thought I would aim the post at people like me – clueless ones!

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As I have shared with you previously I have a young niece who loves all things girly but is growing up too fast. Bella loves jewellery and make up so when I was offered the Nail-a-Peel set to review I thought it would be perfect for her. I had never heard of the sets before and thought they sounded interesting.

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If you have quite a small kitchen like we do then organisation is key otherwise you end up falling over yourself trying to find what you need and forgetting where you have put things. I am by no means an expert but here are my top 5 tips for organising the kitchen. Decluttering tips on a previous post here.

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We have all been teenagers haven’t we and when the parents suggest a nice family walk we are filled with dread! I know although Ben is only 12 he has started with this already. The idea also often horrifies pre-teens. walking, with their parents, without a TV, can you just imagine! Here I share with you 9 tips to make the idea more fun and appealing for pre-teens. I can’t promise it will make them excited to go on the walk but it may help a little!

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When I was offered the Smart Ass Mini game to review I was keen as I love playing games with Ben. I was a little unsure that a game that just comprises of cards could be fun but it actually is pretty good. There is basically 90 question cards and the first person to answer 4 cards correctly wins.

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Men can be so hard to buy for can’t they so I have put together a few suggestions for you with the help of some brands. I have a mixture of items from a few pounds upwards so hopefully it will help you find that special dad the perfect gift for 17th June.

 

Having spent years with a difficult relationship with my own Dad but a great Step-Dad to buy for I know how hard it is when you either want to buy something really special or something really easy so I do hope these suggestions help you. Many are PR samples I was sent with a view to include however I only include items I genuinely think you may like.

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