If you’re stuck for something to do or worry your kids are spending too much time with their tech stuff, it’s time to embrace the great outdoors. From long rambling walks to short steep hikes, there is a whole range of ways to experience and enjoy the outdoors.

Need more convincing?

Here’s why the great outdoors are so great…

Health And Happiness

Why are the great outdoors so great? - Sisters playing

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Spending time outside is good for our health and happiness. These may sound like bold claims but they’re backed up by a surprising amount of statistics. Obviously going outside makes us more active, which, in turn, increases our health. Even going out for regular walks can increase out stamina, endurance, and physical function. Exercise in any form is a good way to lose weight and feel happier. For those suffering from depression, or even if you’ve just had a bad day, going outside can boost your mood. The great outdoors are also great because they lower stress level, in both adults and children.

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You know when you put down a book after you have finished it and just cannot get it out of your head? Well The Dog Walker by Lesley Thomson is that book.

I’m pleased to be on the blog tour today for this chilling book. Plus you have the chance to win your very own copy further down the post.

The Dogwalker by Lesley Thomson

Book Description

January, 1987. In the depths of winter, only joggers and dog walkers brave the Thames towpath after dark. Until a young woman, Helen Honeysett, set off for a run from her riverside cottage and never came home. Her body has never been found.

Twenty-nine years later, Helen’s husband is still searching for answers. He’s asked Stella, the detective’s daughter, and Jack, a tube driver, to find out what happened all those years ago. But the five households on that desolate stretch of towpath refuse to give up their secrets. And as winter tightens its grip once more, Stella and Jack find themselves hunting for a killer whose trail has long gone cold…

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Sometimes it can feel like being a parent leaves you little time for anything else! And when you have a spare five minutes you just want to relax in the bath a nice cup of tea, but there are some people who feel the urge to do something creative! Now, for many, they just don’t feel that urge to do anything creative, but then there are some who want to do something as an outlet but don’t really know what!

Leave The Washing Where It Is And Do Something For You! Find something to do in your spare time

So, here’s a few ideas for the mums who are looking for a new challenge to their spare time!

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Isn’t it every young girl’s dream to aspire to be a princess? Well Hallmark cards and Tesco are helping that dream to come true. Just keep on reading to find out more.

For my baby girl, we laid out a little tea party with all her toys with the fantastic party kit we received from Hallmark and Tescos. I’m sure she felt like a little princess, even if she doesn’t quite know what a princess is!

We cannot wait to see the new Beauty and the Beast film, with the greatest princess of them all – Belle. When I was younger Belle was the princess who I most related with. Her love of books is the same as mine.

The perfect tea party for an aspiring princess with Hallmark cards and Tesco - Beauty and the Beast

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A well-maintained radiator can last for as long as 15 years, but the older it gets, the harder it needs to work to heat your home. A boiler that needs to be replaced is unlikely to be as cost effective and energy efficient as it should be, and it can be a danger to you and your family.

8 Signs your home needs a brand new radiator

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Here are 8 signs you need a new radiator.

  • The radiator is older than 15 years.

The average radiator’s lifespan is 15 years. While routine maintenance does prolong its life, there will come a time when you need a new model.

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