A Child and Wildlife Friendly Garden For The Summer

For most children, there can’t be anything more exciting than playing in the garden. For most parents, though, there isn’t anything more stressful on earth than their children playing in the garden. It’s one of those eternal dilemmas that we can’t resolve.

There is a way to make them child-safe without making them dull. Outdoor activities are essential in the development of your child. Consequently, you don’t want to introduce your child to the sanitised pleasure of plastic grass and fake flowers. It is about combining the excitement of wildlife and nature in the safest possible way for your children. It’s said that urban children don’t know much about farm animals. While it is difficult for them to interact with a cow or a hen, there is no reason for them not to recognise the basic British birds and bugs of garden life. After all, a little bit of nature has never hurt anyone.

Childproofing Your Garden

Childproofing the garden may sound a little overwhelming at first. It is about limiting risks so that your child can play outside without getting injured. The main areas of danger, in the garden, are the fences, the pond, and the edging decoration when children could fall and hurt themselves. Fences, if they are made of wood, need to be smooth to the touch and firmly planted into the ground. If you have a water feature, it is essential that you keep it safe, as young children could easily fall into a pond or a low fountain. When it comes to edges, your best bet is to avoid any rock and stone edge so that you don’t have to rush to A&E for emergency stitching.

Garden fence

Smooth garden fence

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#LuckyLinky Week 9

Hello and welcome back to #LuckyLinky week 9.

Thank you so much to those of you that linked up last week!

As you all know I love to enter competitions and have been doing it for years, much longer than I have been blogging! So we want to see all your lovely competitions all in one place. It will make it much easier for all of us who love to enter competitions and for compers who want to find new and exciting competitions.

#LuckyLinky Week 9

The Competition Linky to get your competition more entries with NO comments required!

We run from Monday to Sunday and all bloggers are welcome to add any and all competitions they are running!

 Join Katie (MummyinaTutu) and I in a competition frenzy!

Each week we retweet your posts if you tag us in your tweet (@mummyinatutu & @rachelbustin) and will also enter each and every competition ourselves!

We will also add your post to the #LuckyLinky Competition Page over on Facebook! Please remember to put a badge on it and use the #LuckyLinky hashtag to spread the love.

rachel bustin

#LuckyLinky Rules:

1. Add the #luckylinky badge to the HTML / Text portion of your post. If you need any help linking up, read the fabulous Linky Guide from Cuddle Fairy or tweet us (@mummyinatutu @rachelbustin).

2. Please do 1 entry on both hosts competitions (if we’re running any) and 1 entry on the 2 competitions after yours (if you want to do more then great!)

3. Retweet 2 competitions of your choice using #LuckyLinky (It helps if you have your twitter handle in your social sharing buttons)

4. Link a maximum of 2 competitions per week.

5. By entering the link you are agreeing to be added to the email reminder list. (You can request to be removed at any time!)

Thanks for linking up!  Katie & Rachel

P.S. Don’t forget to check out our facebook page LuckyLinky Competitions if you fancy entering a few yourself!

 


Xupo Review and Giveaway

​​Are you like me and always losing your keys? Well this handy little gadget – the Xupo is perfect for finding keys and also your smart phone! It has many features available for download and is compatible with iPhone and Android.

Find and secure anything from your smart phone

 

Xupo review and giveaway. Find and secure anything from your smartphone

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The Zen Guru Mattress Review

I was so excited to have the chance to review the new Super King size Zen Guru mattress that I haven’t stopped going on about it since! My achy and tired bones deserve a good nights sleep. Same goes for my husband, with his bad shoulder, neck and back.

We have had a basic coil sprung memory foam topper mattress for a few years, and have been thinking for a while about getting a new mattress so receiving the Zen Guru to try out was a stroke of luck.

zen guru mattress review

Before I let you know how we got on with the unboxing and the trying out of the mattress, I want to tell you a little bit about the Zen Guru.

The Zen Guru

  • It comes in Double, King or Super King Size.
  • The Zen Guru is made in-house at the Memory Foam Warehouse – I love this, no middle man involved so they are able to keep the prices down for us.
  • A comfortable and supportive mattress – They got that right!
  • The Zen Guru’s ultra-soft upholstered and quilted cover is easily removed and cleaned to keep the mattress smelling fresh time after time – a fantastic idea, especially for the hot Summer nights when you get hot and sweaty and need to somehow clean the mattress. A very well thought out idea, I must say!
  • Each mattress comes signed, (vacuum) sealed and delivered, I’m yours!! Very true! In a box as well! – See the photo below for the mattress in a box. I was completely staggered how they got the mattress in a box – a huge super king nonetheless, but all will be revealed soon… yes keep on reading

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Things I like to do on a Relaxing Holiday

I’m really looking forward to a relaxing holiday. I don’t know when we will have one at the moment due to lots going on. We had an offer on our house last week so next month we will be moving into our forever dream home. Hopefully later on in the year we can have a few days to get away.

When I go away I like to have a relaxing holiday. I’m not into those action adventure ones, or going sking, you know those types of ones. I like to sight-see, discover places and find beautiful places to eat like at the Waterfront Restaurant where you can take a walk after your meal.

One of my favourite places to visit is Bakewell in Derbyshire. It’s such a pretty place to visit. I love to take a book with me and find a quaint little cafe to sit in and read while eating cake! I do lead such an exciting life!!

Bakewell, Derbyshire -a relaxing holiday

Before we head off to where ever we are going I like to research places in the local area. Find hidden gems. When we went to Canada a few years back we went to this Pioneer Village, it was one of the highlights of the whole two weeks. It was so hidden that there was only us and a couple of other people there. It was amazing to be the only ones there watching the demonstrations of what living in a Pioneer Village was like.

Pioneer Village in Canada

I also love to look around the shops and see what regional foods I can buy to take home with me. My husband always brings home tomato sausages from Derbyshire, we can’t seem to get them in Cornwall. One of our must take with us items when we go away is a cool box with ice blocks to bring back food. I always bring home some sort of cake and chocolates. On my first visit up to Derbyshire I discovered Choc Affair chocolate, it’s one of my favourite brands. I bring some back each year now. It’s delicious!

What are your favourite ways to relax whilst on holiday?

Thanks for stopping by today.

*This is a collaborative post

Seas of Snow by Kerensa Jennings – Book Review

I always make time for some reading in my hectic life, even if it’s just half and hour here and there. As we are about to pack up and move house this is one of my last book reviews for a while. I do have a couple more children’s book reviews in the pipe line coming up in the next week though.

I’m glad I left Seas of Snow as one of my last reviews, it has left me with lasting thoughts that I find are rare when reading nowdays.

Seas of Snow by Kerensa Jennings

Book Description

In 1950s England, six-year-old Gracie Scott lives with her Mam and next door to her best friend Billy; she has never known her Da. When her Uncle Joe moves in, his physical abuse of Gracie’s mother starts almost immediately. But when his attentions wander to Gracie, an even more sinister pattern of behavior begins.

As Gracie grows older she finds solace and liberation in books, poetry, and her enduring friendship with Billy, with whom she escapes into the poetic fantasy worlds they create. But will fantasy be enough to save Gracie? Just how far will Uncle Joe’s psychopathic behavior go?

The story weaves between these events and the visits Billy pays many years later to an old friend, confused and dying in a hospice. It is here that he is forced to revisit the events of the past.

Seas of Snow is a haunting and psychological domestic drama with an unexpected twist and considerable emotional punch.

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