Category: House & Home

Tips for keeping your car safe with car servicing

I have a confession. Something I’m incredibly embarrassed to admit.

Earlier this year there was an issue with my car. I rang the garage to book an appointment and when they checked my records they informed me that I was overdue for my MOT and service.

By quite a few months. I don’t know how it happened. I knew the month it was due, but somehow it came and passed and I missed it. There was no reminder from the garage (they don’t send them out anymore apparently), but I know that’s no excuse. I dropped the ball big style and I had to pay the price.

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Roarsome Ideas for a Dinosaur Bedroom

When we started talking about moving house, Clara wasn’t too impressed. She kept saying that she didn’t want to move and she liked our old house. One of the things that made her come round was the promise of a bigger bedroom, decorated any way she liked. Of course she wanted a dinosaur-themed room. She loves her new home now, and not just because of her dinosaur bedroom, although I think that helps!

Letting her pick her own theme and colours was the least we could do, given that little Clara-hand-me-down now has all of her big sister’s old furniture in her room, while Izzy got new things. She doesn’t seem to mind – especially as it meant trading in her toddler bed for a big girl one! We did buy her a few new things to make her room her own though, and I’m really pleased with how it’s turned out. (more…)

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Moving Home

We’ve been in our new house for about 6 weeks now. And we feel very much at home.

It’s been a busy few weeks of unpacking, organising, decorating and building furniture. But, we are getting there and with the exception of a couple of boxes we have yet to find homes for, we are happily settled in.

The girls both love it here so much. Izzy has been able to play out with her friends, which is something she was unable to do at our old house. She knows some of our neighbours from school and it didn’t take long until word got around that there were new playmates moving onto the street – I think Izzy had barely been in the house for half an hour when there was a swarm of kids on the drive asking if she could go out to play!

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It’s #GrinUpNorth – Talking Mortgages with The Cumberland

Starting a family is one of the stages in your life when home becomes more important than ever. You want a happy, stable home that will suit your family lifestyle, and you might be thinking about moving to find it. Moving home when you are expanding your family is about much more than just needing extra space – although that is a big factor. You might be considering moving closer to a good school, or you might just feel like your current home isn’t really designed for life with a young family.

We are moving house in a few days and the main reason is that we have simply outgrown our current home. With two young children, we would like more space and a bigger garden for them to play out in. We had a list of criteria of things we wanted from our perfect home, and all centred on finding somewhere that is more suitable for our family life.

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Stay safe on the road with Point S

Anyone who has ever broken down will recognise that awful sinking feeling you get when your car comes to a stop. You can feel so helpless and frustrated, but it must be even worse when you know it could have been prevented. According to the AA, flat tyres are the second most common reason for calling a breakdown service, and while some punctures are unavoidable, there are plenty of things you can do to reduce the risk of ending up stranded with a flat tyre. We’ve teamed up with Point S, a nationwide network of car tyre dealers, to bring you some top tips.

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