What Do You Think Of Underfloor Heating?

I have really fancied the thought of having underfloor heating in my home at some stage. It’s much less obtrusive and you none of those eye sore radiators on the walls. Dust catchers I call them! The best tool to de-dust a radiator is a clean paintbrush. It gets right into all the little cracks.

What Do You think of underfloor heating? Picture of a wooden floor in the background

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Business Card Review from Colour Graphics 

Ever since I started blogging “properly” at the beginning of the year I have been toying with the idea of getting my own business card designed.

It just makes you feel more business like and important doesn’t it?

I’m not totally sure where I will give them out yet, but I’m sure I will think of something.

Anyway I was offered the chance of getting some business cards printed up by Colour Graphics in exchange for a review. I chose the 50 un-laminated double sided business card.

Business cards printed by Colour Graphics

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Yes Me! A Childs farm Brand Ambassador

A while back I saw an advert on Instagram from Childs Farm who were looking for Brand Ambassador’s. As a new mummy to  nearly 6 month old now, I love to find out and discover new brands that I’d not heard of. Childs Farm was one of these. I love natural products that contain no nasties or are not harsh on baby’s skin. Oh and smell nice too!
So before I applied, I looked up Childs Farm and read up on what they are about.
childs farm brand ambassador badge

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My Sunday Photo 24/07/2016 – Pink Roses

I’m a huge lover of flowers so you will find many of my Sunday photos will be of some type of flower I have found on my travels. This week is pink roses.

pink roses
The pink roses are from my dad’s garden. They have lasted really well but are on their last legs and have the most gorgeous smell. Nature at it’s best.

It’s not a bad photo taken with my iPhone 4s if I say so myself, but I can’t wait to get a newer phone with a better camera. I need to wait until September to change my phone now as I’m changing networks. My current network seems very expensive to what I’ve found. It’s not too long to wait!

I you are all having a great weekend and hopefully have some sun where you are. 

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Book Review: Random Acts of Unkindness by Jacqueline Ward

I love participating in book tours. It’s good fun popping around the tour reading everyone’s review on the book you have just read. This time around the book I have read for the tour is Random Acts of Unkindness by Jacqueline Ward.

A totally different book from the last book I read Beyond the Veil which was a fantasy vampire/werewolves type of book. Random Acts of Unkindness is a mystery crime novel and the first one in the DS Jan Pearce series.

Random acts of unkindness

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Book Review: Beyond the Veil by Jessica Majzner

I have been hooked on Syfy’s new werewolf show Bitten recently. So when the lovely Jessica Majzner contacted me and asked if I wanted to read and review her book Beyond the Veil which is about werewolves and also vampires I jumped at it.

I read all types of books as you know, but have always had a soft spot for supernatural novels since I was a teen. I was a huge Buffy the Vampire Slayer fan back in the day and this got me hooked into vampires, werewolves and ghost stories. Every now and again when I get the chance to read, which is a bit limited at the moment with a teething 6 month old I get myself into a great book.

This month’s book is Beyond the Veil by Jessica Majzner.

book cover of beyond the veil by jessica majzner

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Travelling up the motorway with a baby

This is our first mini break with baby girl. Travelling up the motorway with a baby is a completely new experience for us. We have travelled this same route for many years but this is the first time with a baby.

Travelling up the motorway with a baby - night time image of a motorway

I have never had the need to check out baby facilities at motorway services before, but now that’s my main concern.

Will they be clean?

Will they have a chair so I can breastfeed?

Will they actually have a baby room or just a pull down changing table in the disabled loo?

So as you can tell for a few days before we left I was feeling pretty anxious.

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Out of Date Mates – For Your Weaning Journey

We are now starting on that big journey – Weaning! That scary time for a parent. Your baby is growing up. They need more than milk now so you enter that phase and question yourself.

What on earth do you feed them?

We have started slow and began with baby rice mixed with some of my breast milk. Baby girl loves it!.

As a newbie to buying baby food packets and jars I didn’t realise that they have different time limits in which they need to be used by. The packets of baby rice have a month. Some of the jars have 24 hours, some have 48 hours.

How on earth will I remember what was opened when, and when I’m supposed to use it by?

Out of Date Mates

Well to make life easier Out of Date Mates have these amazing little magnets which you write the time/date on. I have chosen to write the time/date that the products need to be used by. But you can choose to write on the time/date you opened them.

Jars and packets of baby food with the Out Of Date Mates magnets and stickers on.

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Why I love being a Milton Ambassador 

I have been a Milton Ambassador for a few months now and I’m absolutely loving it!

Milton have been going for years and it’s my mums favourite brand.  Back in the day when my sisters, brother and I were small mum was a huge Milton fan. She used to use the liquid concentrated stuff in the blue bottles whereas now I use the tablets.

I have one of those huge 5 litre bucket sterilisers where you can just throw everything in. Plastic baby cutlery, bowls, bottles, teething rings and plastic toys as well. Furthermore it’s one of those pieces of equipment that you can’t live without once you have one!

Oh and not forgetting all those breastfeeding pump parts.

Milton Bucket Steriliser with spoons, bottles and bowls in.

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My Sunday Photo 17/07/2016

This week we spent some time away. A day in Scarborough and some time in Derbyshire.

While we were up in Derbyshire I had to go to Bakewell. We always go there as it’s just a gorgeous place.  


A few years back people started putting love locks on the bridge there. My husband and I put a lock on there as well but there are thousands on there now and we could never find it again. But I love to know it’s on there somewhere.

Happy Sunday 
Rachel xx

Book Tour: Guest Post by Clare Carson

I am very pleased to host a guest post by the lovely Clare Carson. Author of 2015’s Orkney Twilight and her latest novel The Salt Marsh.

But first, here is a little about her new book The Salt Marsh.

Book Description:

It is a year since Sam’s father died, but she cannot lay his ghost to rest. Jim was an undercover agent living a double life, and Sam has quit university to find out the truth about his work. Her journey will take her from the nightclubs of 80s Soho to the salt marshes and shingle spits of Norfolk and Kent.

Here, in a bleak windswept landscape dotted with smugglers’ huts and buried bones, Jim’s secret past calls to her like never before. Now Sam must decide. Will she walk away and pick up her own life? Or become an undercover operative herself and continue her father’s work in the shadows…

A haunting thriller set in the windswept marshes of Kent and Norfolk, from the author of Orkney Twilight

The Salt Marsh book cover

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Are you spending more than you need to on heating your home?

Are you spending more than you need to on heating your home?

Heating a family home can cost a small fortune and, like lots of people up and down the country, you might dread getting your energy bills. Particularly in winter when the colder weather strikes, you may find yourself paying a premium to keep your home warm and cosy. However, while there’s inevitably a cost to warming your property, it’s possible that you’re currently paying over the odds. If you think you might be wasting money, it’s worth asking yourself the following questions.

Are you spending more thaan you need to on heating your home?

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