Should You Bring More of the Outdoors Inside?

If your home is feeling a little bland and drab, it’s up to you to make big changes. The best way to combat that issue is to bring the outdoors inside your home. It will give your home a more natural and airy kind of feeling, and you won’t be stuck in that drab rut that you previously were stuck in. There’s something refreshing about having a more natural feel to your home, so explore the options if you never have before. Read on to get some ideas you could use.

Should You Bring More of the Outdoors Inside

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Use Flooring That’s Completely Natural

There are lots of flooring options that contain no unnatural materials, and these are the options you should be looking at if you want to make your home more natural and green. It’s better for the environment if you choose this option, and it will benefit your home too. There’s something about natural flooring, whether it’s hardwood or bamboo, that makes it really appealing.

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Living Arrows 11/53 (2018)

Welcome back to our little weekly round-up of Living Arrows 11/53 (2018). I’m enjoying getting into the routine of sharing a little bit of our life and how my gorgeous 2 year old is growing away so fast!

You can catch up on last week’s post here : Living Arrows 10/53.

The idea behind Living Arrows is to celebrate childhood. It’s name is taken from a poem by Kahlil Gibran,

“You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth”

Living Arrows 11/53 (2018)

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Celebrating British Science Week With The Project Mc2 Doll

Last year you may have remembered that I reviewed the Project Mc2 doll – Ember Evergreen. This year I’m happy to share with you another Project Mc2 doll – Camryn Coyle in celebrating British Science week. Plus at the end you have the chance to win her!

British Science week is a ten-day celebration from the 9th -18th March of science, technology, engineering and maths, featuring entertaining and engaging events and activities across the UK for people of all ages. You can take part in the week by organising an event. The British Science week organisation will help you plan by providing free activity and support resources. They welcome and support any type of organiser, from schools to community groups, and from parents to large organisations. Or you can take part by just popping along to a pre-existing event.

Celebrating British Science Week with Project Mc2 Doll

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Happy 3rd Blogiversary – Giveaway Day 2

Welcome back to Day 2 of my 3rd blogiversary giveaways. You can catch up with the Day 1 giveaway here.

The first year of blogging, I did it as a hobby. Writing about my favourite hobbies – books, gardening and entering competitions. When my daughter joined us, I turned my blog into another direction – family/parenting orientated. At the start of blogging I couldn’t think of a decent blog name so chose my own name Rachel Bustin. Now I’m so glad I did because that name can grow with my blog into any direction and not just the “mummy blogger” route.

Blogging is not just a hobby for me or even a job, it’s a way of life. There is hardly a day goes by that I don’t write something. If I can’t get on my laptop I write posts on the app on my phone.

It’s amazing to find something in life that you know you were born to do. It may have taken me until I hit my 30’s to get there but I’m here at last!

 

Happy 3rd Blogiversary

For today’s giveaway I have this lovely makeup brush set and blusher palette.

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Ways To Save Money On Your Weekly Shop

Now I’m on maternity leave, this past week I have sat down thinking about ways to save money on your weekly shop. Maternity pay isn’t a great deal in fact it’s only £140.98 a week (as of March 2018) so when you are used to working full-time it’s a big drop in wages. In our household I mainly pay for groceries, this is an area I know we can save money on.

I have been thinking about tips on how we can slash our grocery bill each week and have come up with these top tips. I hope you find them useful to help you save money as well.

Ways to Save money on your weekly shop

Top Tips to Slash Your Weekly Shopping Bill

  • Meal Plan – This is the most important one! Before you head out the door sit down with a cup of tea and plan ahead for the week. I’m now doing this on Fridays before we go shopping on Saturdays. I also keep a check of what I’ve got in the cupboards and freezer to see what I can use up for the coming week. I have the husbands birthday coming up this week and while hunting through the cupboard I found I had all the ingredients to make a fruit birthday cake for him except the eggs. When I was working full-time, running a household with a toddler around I never had the time do meal plan as such. Therefore I always bought extra I didn’t need.

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How to Treat Your Tank in the Spring

After what’s turned out to be one of the worst winters in recent years, we’re all grateful for the signs of spring that we’re seeing. One of the best things about spring is not having to worry so much about how much heating oil we’re burning through, even though you found this website for cheap fuel. You can cross off yet another heating-related worry by checking over your tank and getting it and the rest of your system serviced after their busiest period.

You should quickly check over your tank once a week or so, ideally, to check for rust, bulges or leaks, but spring definitely warrants a more thorough inspection by you and an engineer.

How to Treat Your Tank in the Spring

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Here’s what you can do once you spot a few daffodils out and about.

Clean the area immediately around your tank

If your tank is outside then it’ll gather weeds, leaves, mud and all sorts of other debris over the winter. The walkways and hard standing can become slippery, which will make life difficult for you and your engineer, so take a while to sweep, brush or jet-wash the remnants of winter away.

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