My Year In Review 2016

Well I don’t know where to start. 2016 has been one of the best years in my life. It’s been jammed packed with the birth of my beautiful baby girl, baby sick, sore boobs, 10 months of maternity leave, teething, lack of sleep, returning to work full-time and of course the revamp/rebrand of this wonderful blog.

I have decided to give you a quick recap over each month. This way I can reminse back over the year as well!

My Year in Review 2016

My Year in Review

So let’s start at the very beginning… a very good place to start…

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The 5 Happiest Regions to Live in UK When You Have a Family

Are you looking for an ideal place for your family? What are your criteria for choosing these places? For a lot of people, raising a family involves staying in a place where it is suitable for children, where the environment is tranquil, where there are jobs, and most of all, where the ambience is a happy one. In the UK, certain regions are deemed excellent to grow a family.

According to data gathered by the Office of National Statistics by interviewing 300, 000 people in the past three years, the Highlands of Scotland has the largest number of happy people in the entire UK. 43% of those who were interviewed have rated their well-being as a 9 or a 10 with 10 the highest possible score. It has been noticed that those living in the rural areas tend to have a happier life than those living in urban areas. The countryside is beautiful with a strong local economy and solid local communities.

Quality of life - where to live with your family

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How to Keep Your Energy Bills Low in Winter

Officially Winter only started a few days ago! The 21st December as stated by the Met Office if we went by the Astronomical season, and it ends on the 19th March 2017. So now is the time to think about how to keep your energy bills low in the Winter season.

I will share with you my tips on how we help to keep our bills lower and Premier Bathrooms also have their own tips and tricks on how to keep your energy bills lower. So hopefully you will be sorted and save money this Winter!

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The Christmas Tag

I have been trying to write this post for a few days now. But as usual there has been so much Christmas stuff to do that time has been short. Anyway I was tagged by the wonderful Claire from The Pramshed to answer these questions about my Christmas.

Christmas is a very special time of the year for my family as my older sister comes home from Canada where she has lived for 10 years now. My mum has always said that we need to always get together at Christmas. That one special time of the year when we make family memories. Catch up. Eat lots of great food. Not forgetting the family tradition of always watching Top of the Pops and the Queen’s speech while stuffing down Christmas pudding.

The Christmas Tag

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Keep In Closer Contact With Loved Ones In The New Year

A good support network is crucial regardless of what stage of life you’re at. For children, spending time with family teaches them key socialisation which they need to succeed in the world, as well as comfort and stability. For adults, friends and relatives can offer advice and assistance during hard times; these are the people you will both laugh with and cry with. For older adults and seniors, friends and family might be their only contact with the outside world. The people in your life are far more important than money or possessions, so make the time to maintain connections with them. We all lead busy lives, but try to find the time where you can. If you know you’ve not made as much effort as you should make 2017 a year to change that!

A brand new year is the perfect time to reflect and make changes, and what better change than to spend more time with the people that matter most.

Family Gatherings

Birthdays and Christmases are the perfect excuse to get everyone together. Whenever there’s a special occasion, you could host a get-together and invite all of your loved ones. Celebrations are so much more special when you’re surrounded by your favourite people! It’s at times like these we tend to think about the people who are no longer with us. For those who have passed away, you could light a candle in their honor and say a few words about them to keep their memory alive. If there are family members you have lost contact with, you could consider using a family tracing service to get back in touch. If there are a lot of children in the family, you could put together days for them, hire a bouncy castle and some inflatables when the weather is nice or host an Easter egg hunt at Easter for example.

Family Gatherings

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Book Review: Late Whitsun by Jasper Kent

I was very excited to be accepted onto the blog tour for Late Whitsun by Jasper Kent. It’s been a while (for me anyway!) to have found the time to sit down with a good book. I’ve been very busy preparing for baby girl’s first Christmas!

So Late Whitsun is the first book in a new series featuring private detective Charlie Woolf. It’s set in Brighton in the 1930’s.

Late Whitsun by Jasper Kent

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