A Miner’s Cottage Renovation Project Part 1

It’s coming up for 4 months since my dad passed away. He and my mum had lots of plans on decorating and revamping their old miner’s cottage, that was built in the 1800’s. Sadly he will never get to see the work done on it., but my older sister and I are going to help mum to carry on with the work that needs doing. Dad would have wanted it finished and it will be a nice change for mum.

A Miner's Cottage Renovation Project

The thing about miners cottages is that they are not the biggest of houses. Back in the day when the tin mines were working in the area my parents live in, many men, women and children all lived together under the same roof. When Mr B visits he has to duck his head otherwise he will hit the beams in the ceiling. So you have to look outside the box as to where you can save space. One of the ways to save space is to have bespoke stairs fitted from a staircase manufacturers. Dad was always going on about having a spiral staircase put in he always liked the look of those.

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#LuckyLinky Week 68

Hello and welcome back to #LuckyLinky Week 68.

As you all know I love to enter competitions and have been doing it for years, much longer than I have been blogging! So I 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 68

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

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#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!

Product Review: Eco by Naty Disposable Nappies

We love to try our new products and the last couple of weeks it’s been the turn of the Eco by Naty nappies. Over the past two and half years I have tried out many different nappy brands with baby girl and now baby dottie. I’m being honest here and some were rubbish, leaked and felt wet all the time. There is one brand I do keep going back to as it fits all of our requirements. But today I’m here to talk about Eco by Naty.

Product Review: Eco by Naty Disposable Nappies

Before I get onto the review of the nappies, I will tell you a little bit about Eco by Naty. First question is who are they? Well, Eco by Naty are a Swedish brand thought up by a corporate lawyer who has changed career from being a lawyer to an ecological entrepreneur. They have launched the first biodegradable and environmentally friendly disposable nappy. As well as a range of baby skin care, wipes and pull-ups.

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Wedding Photography – Smartphone or Photographer?

Taking photos and capturing memories on your smartphone is a way of life now. Uploading to Instagram, Facebook and Snapchat is what we all do. In fact with all the editing software and filters available on smartphones we are all inspiring  photographers.

However, while society has increased its smartphone camera usage, wedding photography is one area that remains traditional. On most engaged couples wedding planning list is to hire a professional photographer.

Wedding photography - smartphone or photographer?

Here I will share with you why wedding photography is still very much important today.


Your photos will be precious memories of your special day. By not hiring a professional you may lose all those important details. Is it worth the risk to you?

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The Importance of Reading to your Kids When They’re Young

Reading to your kids is important, but those who read to their kids every single day get way more benefits when compared to those who read to their kids once a week. Reading helps a child to increase their vocabulary and it also helps them to know how to read and write as well.

Of course, if you want to make reading a priority for your child then you can find out more right here.

The Importance of Reading to your Kids When They’re Young

Helping your Child to Succeed

The more you read to your child, the more knowledge they will be able to absorb and it will also help them in every aspect of their life as well. There have been so many studies done on this and they have all shown that reading to a child helps them to get a head-start with school. It’s so important for children to follow words on the page from left to right and it’s also important for them to be able to comprehend the words as they are spoken as well. By taking the time to read to your child, you can be sure to give them the support they need when it comes to their own future.

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Living Arrows 29/53 (2018)

Welcome back to our little weekly round-up of Living Arrows 29/53 (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 along with the new baby!

You can catch up on my last post here: Living Arrows 26/53.

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 29/53 (2018

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