Will You Be Celebrating New Year’s Eve With fireworks?

I know it’s not quite Christmas yet, so New Year’s Eve may still seem a while away. But in fact its less than 2 weeks away!

A lot of people celebrate seeing the New Year in with fireworks. But are you aware of the dangers associated with fireworks?

Celebrating New Year's Eve with Fireworks

The NCC Home Learning website has produced a quiz to help you sharpen up on your firework home safety skills. I have tried it and only got half right! It really is helpful to take and know your dangers.

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Eat These Foods to Prepare Your Body for Pregnancy

Pregnancy should be an exciting time, but it also places a strain on your body. By eating a healthy diet, watching your weight and staying active, your pregnancy can be far more pleasant.

As HARTMANN Direct highlight, making small changes to your diet can have a positive impact on your body. Before you make any changes, perhaps have a chat with your GP first if you have any existing medical conditions or are unsure about what needs to change.

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  • #1 Folic Acid

If you plan on getting pregnant in the next 12 months, you want to make sure that your diet is rich in folic acid and this means being proactive about increasing your intake of it.

You can take supplements and there is a growing range of pre-natal vitamins but if you prefer the natural approach, eating folic acid-rich foods in your diet is relatively simple. Folic acid is found on whole grains, cereals, vegetables and citrus fruits.

Pre-pregnancy you should be aiming for a folic acid intake of 400 to 600mg, increasing it to 800mg during pregnancy to minimise the risk of birth defects.

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Microwave Chocolate Cake Recipe

As a busy mum who works full-time I have been reading up on how to quickly bake up cakes. I honestly didn’t know you can utilise your microwave to cook up many different things. I’ve only ever used mine for warming up beans or the odd microwave meal. I love the idea of a microwave chocolate cake!

I made a gluten free chocolate cake a while back for a birthday but that was in a normal oven.

But after looking at recipes on Pinterest many people do use the microwave for baking cakes. So I decided to give it a whirl!

I chose to start with a full size cake, duh! Not a mug cake, which I want to try next time.

Chocolate cake is a huge favourite in our house so that was the one to start with. I have listed the ingredients and method so you can try it at home as well if you wish.

Microwave Chocolate Cake

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Seven Ways That Pregnancy Impacts The Body

So you’ve just found out that you’re pregnant and you couldn’t be more excited to become a mum. However, as well as excitement, you also feel a little anxious about what to expect from being pregnant and how your body will change. Of course, you know that your stomach will swell up as your baby grows, but you are most probably wondering what else will change while you’re pregnant.

We’ve all heard that with pregnancy comes cravings, morning sickness, and swollen ankles, but what else can you expect? To help you prepare for what’s to come, below is a list of seven surprising ways that pregnancy impacts the body and changes it. Have a read of this and ensure that you’re prepared for every aspect of pregnancy.

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  1. Your teeth become more prone to decay

When you’re pregnant, your teeth become more prone to decay. When you’re pregnant, the increased hormone levels in your body can alter your body’s response to plaque, which can lead to your teeth becoming more prone to damage and decay. This means that the likelihood of developing a cavity, for instance, is higher.That being said, as long as you take the correct calcium supplements throughout your pregnancy and take good care of your teeth while pregnant, you can keep them as healthy as possible. Even so, it’s still a good idea to go for dental checkups throughout your pregnancy – every four months or so, to ensure that any problems are spotted early. If you aren’t already registered at a local dental practice, resources like dentist.24hourly.com could be worth using to find a suitable dentist in your area.

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Stick to Stigu Planner Review 2017 and Giveaway

I feel so lucky to be able to review the new Stick to Stigu planner. Earlier on in the year I was grateful to review the 2016 version. Now here is the bright shiny new 2017 version. I’m a HUGE fan of Stick to Stigu. I just had to get that in before I follow with my review!

I have used my 2016 planner every day. Planning out not only blog stuff but I also use it for my personal life as well. It’s fantastic to add all of baby girl’s appointments in as well as my own.

At the weekends I love to sit down and plan out my week ahead. Seeing my week on one page makes it so much more manageable.

Stick to Stigu Planner review and giveaway

The planner is full of ideas, inspiration, things to do and tips to make your life more relaxed. At the beginning there is a page to write down your goals for 2017. This is fabulous for looking back over from time to time throughout the year reminding yourself of the goals you have set.

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A Last Minute Christmas Can Still Be A Cracking One

Christmas has a habit of sneaking up every year. If you’re a little behind on the Christmas band wagon this year, you’ve come to the right place. It can be scary if you haven’t considered preparations or presents at this stage, but you still have time. The trick is to stay calm and think through what you need to do. Make a list and get going as soon as possible! No one ever needs to know you left things to the last minute. These pointers should help set you off in the right direction.

Last minute christmas shopping

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CHRISTMAS SHOPPING

Your last minute Christmas shopping behaviour will be slightly different to your usual. At this late notice, it’s risky to order online. Some sites provide last delivery dates before Christmas. If you’re feeling brave, order from these. Though, bear in mind that items sometimes take longer than expected to arrive! If you can’t find dates on a site at all, it’s safest to assume that they won’t come in time. The only thing for it is to hit the shops! Plan your shopping carefully, to ensure you get it done as fast as possible. Plan where you need to go. Bear in mind that those shops are bound to be full now. Most towns have late opening hours over the two weeks before Christmas. Check if your chosen town does this, and take advantage. It may still be busier than you expect, but you won’t have to fight the crowds quite so much as you would during the day.

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