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How a Bookkeeper Makes Your Home Business More Money

Bookkeeping is a bit like the difference between maths and art in school. Some people are good at one, with others preferring the opposite, and the two rarely meet.

Among most home business owners, finding creative ways to grow is the art, and bookkeeping falls into the dreaded maths category. Of course, some people love both and derive equal pleasure from number crunching and business creation. For most of us, though, bookkeeping is a task we’d rather not have to get involved in.

Keeping accurate financial records is a legal must, but it’s also a window that shines the light on ways to increase profits, and in professional hands can give insights that mean slumps don’t turn into catastrophes.

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Possible Things You May Need To Consider When Buying A Car Suitable For Drivers And Passengers With Disabilities

Choosing a new car can be a tiresome task - it's usually a big and costly purchase and one you want to make sure will last you for a few years at least so it's important to get it right. It can be an even harder task if you or your passengers are disabled as it means that you need your car to be suitable for any needs you may have. 

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Great Gift Ideas For Christmas 2017


I heard yesterday that the Christmas lights are already up on Oxford Street – granted, they’ve not been switched on yet, but they’re there, and 84 days before Christmas. And if that isn’t enough to start getting you twitchy about your Christmas list, yesterday, Hamley’s announced its top then Christmas toys for 2017!

But if you have ‘little ones’ to buy for, I guess now’s the time to start thinking about it, especially if your little darlings will be asking Santa for anything off Hamley’s list.

The list includes toys for all ages and is surprisingly ‘untechie’. Most of this list wouldn’t have been out of place (prices notwithstanding!) 20 years ago.
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What to Grow In a Polytunnel and Preparing for Winter

Purchasing a polytunnel is a big decision. Some may even need to get permission to erect one… but once you’ve got it all set up, it’ll keep you busy, and in vegetables, all year round.

Your poly tunnel will protect your growing crops from the elements, and enable them to grow quicker and earlier than outdoor crops, and if you’re lucky, they may even grow larger.

The tunnel absorbs the sunlight and maximises productive germination. So, depending on the location of your tunnel, during the spring the growing temperatures will be two to six weeks ahead of outdoor temperatures.


You don’t need to be Monty Don to get fantastic crops, but you do need to plan the space in your tunnel for the time of year. You need to think about what to plant and when, and when to harvest i.e. vegetables to be harvested in autumn, generally need to be planted in late August / September time. By which time you’ll be planting your overwinter vegetables. A good way to do this is to physically sketch out a plan of tunnel bed and note down what you have planted and when. And, at the same time, leave space for what you want to plant next.
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Tips For Getting Your Garden Ready For Winter

Winter is most definitely on its way, there's that smell in the air on a night and the leaves are all changing colour and falling off the trees. Although the weather has started to change and the nights are drawing in we are still getting the odd day where the sun is still shining and we're able to dry washing on the line. I don't think there are many days like this left but we will definitely be making the most of it and making sure our garden is ready for everything winter wants to throw at it. 

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Tracks of My Years - Autumn's Mummy

This week's Tracks of My Years comes from the lovely Autumn's Mummy, you can also find her over on TwitterInstagram, FacebookPinterest, YoutubeGoogle+

Let's take a closer look...
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Products Matthew Is Loving At The Minute

Here are the products Matthew has been enjoyed using over the last couple of months. It's not very often we are sent products for him but he has been in his element and was like a small child on Christmas Eve when the following products arrived for him to try out.

Philips ADR810 Dash Cam 

A must-have device for any motorist that's perfect for use whilst on a holiday here in the UK, long drives, the daily commute to work and even when on the school run. The Philips ADR810 Dash Cam offers peace of mind when you need it most, with so many cars on the roads you want to ensure that you and your family are protected and should the worst happen you can be sure that you will have the proof as to who is at fault. The gadget is easy to install, simply chose where to place it using the mounting bracket and plugin with the provided cable. It has a sleek modern design so it will fit in with any car’s interior. 

I love that the Dash Cam has a wide-angle lens (156 degrees) which allows the Dash Cam to capture more of the road, along with the sharpest details with its 1080p Full HD Camera during the day and an optimised night view for when it’s dark. If the weather is bad or it’s pitch black outside, you can rely on the ADR810 to pick up the details you missed.  It features automatic recording so there’s no need to spend ages setting it up each time you get in the car - simply switch it on and drive. Should your car be involved in a collision, the Dash Cam automatically saves the recording to secure your evidence and prevent it being overridden. It’s an extra level of security that means if you’re driving alone, or have a car full, there’s no argument on what happened. The Dash Cam has an instant replay function so you can quickly clarify responsibility there and then, with date and time stamped proof. This device does the work for you and takes the hassle out of driving so you can carry on and enjoy the drive.  
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Ways Of Creating Extra Space in Your Home

Sometimes you just don't have enough space no matter how little stuff you own or how hard you try to keep tidy. We live in a modest three-bed semi-detached house but it has no storage space at all and we have certainly outgrown the rooms we have.

Here are my ideas for making more space:

Extend - If you have the money and land you can add an extension to your home. We are hoping in a few years time to be able to add a garage, utility room, porch and an extra bedroom to our house. This will be a massive project but one that will give us all the extra space we need. 

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What Was In Our Autumn Degustabox

Regular readers will know that we have been receiving a box full of delicious food items on a monthly basis for some time now and every month we can't wait to see what the box will contain. If you've not heard about Degustabox let me tell you a little about them. They are a monthly subscription food box service. Each month you pay £12.99 (this includes delivery) in return you will receive between 9 - 14 surprise food products, items vary each month and some of them are new products. The value of your box will always be more than what you have paid. However, if you aren't happy with the service and you wish to cancel your subscription you can do so at any time as you are under no obligation to buy more boxes than you want too.

In This Box:

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My Dining Room Wish List

Regular readers will know that I have massive plans for my house in the next few years. This includes having a kitchen/dining room instead of my current living room/dining area (that is, in fact, our computer area).


If I had a house that was lucky enough to have a separate dining room or when I get round to my home overhaul here are a few of the things I am most looking forward to being able to have:

A Table - A Solid Oak Cream Rectangular Extendable Dining Table would be the perfect centrepiece to my dining room. It's stylish look will give any home (including mine) a sophisticated yet modern feel. If you like this table too you can buy it here. I love the idea of an extendable table so that when we have guests over there is plenty of room for everyone around the table and when we are celebrating special occasions where a large meal is made/set out there will be plenty of room. At the minute we don't have the room for a table but I would love to be able to sit down with the boys to help them with their homework and for us all to be able to sit down at meal times together. 
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Feeling The Happiness With JYSK and Win A Hygge Bedroom Bundle

My Three and Me are thrilled to have been invited to be one of a handful of the UK’s most influential ‘home’ bloggers chosen to partner Danish global furniture group JYSK for its ‘FEEL THE HAPPINESS’ Campaign which celebrates the opening of its 2,500th store.



Throughout October we’ll be teaming up with JYSK and channelling a Scandi vibe to bring a little happiness into our home. We also have a fabulous Hygge bundle up for grabs, so make sure you keep reading on to find out how you could be in with a chance of winning.

Us Brits love the Scandi style trend and have taken Hygge, the Scandinavians’ word for the practice of making your home make you happy, to our hearts. JYSK, which has 15 UK stores and is online at www.JYSK.co.uk (where you can find your nearest store), has asked us to review products, create our own Hygge vibe and offer our followers the chance to win a little Hygge for their own homes.


JYSK is a worldwide expert in sleeping and living. In store, you’ll find everything for the bedroom, sitting room, dining room and home office as well as bedding, little extras for the kitchen and bathroom and a terrific range of home d├ęcor accessories - the company has great offers for its customers.

You could win all of the following items to Hygge your bedroom and bring a little bit of happiness into your home.

1 x Linnea Throw
2 x Bonderose Cushions
2 x Berberis fake fur Cushions
2 x Vandiris Cushions
1 x Fitted Sheet in Light grey (winner can choose their preferred size)
1 x Nell Sateen Duvet Cover Set (winner can choose their preferred size)
1 x Ulvik Fibre Duvet (winner can choose their preferred size)
2 x Fibre Pillows
2 x Foss Vases
1 set of Madsemil String Lights
1 x Torleif Light Box
2 x Torgeir Artificial Plants 
2 x Godtfred Storage boxes 

To be in with a chance of winning this amazing Hygge bundle complete the steps in the Rafflecopter below and make sure Just tell us what "What Makes You Happy At Home" as part of JYSK’s ‘Feel the Happiness’ Campaign in the comment section below:

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No cash alternative
UK entrants only please

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My Music Accessories Must Haves

I love listening to music - I think I must say this at least once a week here on the blog. But that's because it's true. It's how our Tracks of My Years series came to be. I think my life would be incredibly dull if music didn't exist. Although I think the boys would be much happier if I didn't burst into song and sing at full pelt as and when I want.


Here are a few of the things I think all music lovers need in their lives:

A Music Player - I have music on my phone, iPad, iPod and on my laptop so I'm not short of songs to listen to. I can listen to music on the go, in the shower (thanks to my waterproof speaker) in the garden. It's always handy to have some music on me as you never know when you may need to use it as an escape - which I do quite frequently especially on the school runs or when I am commuting. 
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Tips for Couples Who Start Living Together

Many couples in a serious relationship look forward to the moment they make the commitment to living together. The first night in the new house, the first breakfast cooked together, the first joint trips to the supermarket, they are often the times that couples remember when asked about when they first started living together. It can be the most precious time to a couple that begins to live together and it is very important that this feeling remains for a long time. Here are a few tips to take into consideration when you first move in together.

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6 ways dance can benefit your child


It’s always great when children have a hobby that they love, whether it be arts and crafts or horse riding. One hobby, in particular, that’s highly beneficial for children and should be encouraged is dance, giving your little one the perfect outlet for self-expression while also keeping them fit and healthy. Aside from being able to dress your child in adorable dance outfits, take a look at these six reasons you should consider dance as a new hobby for your little one!
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Quick and Easy Ways to Give your Child's Bedroom a Makeover


I don't know about you but My Three change their minds about everything, as often as they change their socks. For this reason, when it has come to decorating their rooms we have always kept things pretty simple so that if / when they change their minds about what's the "in" thing for them, there's very little in their room that they don't like. We've always allowed them to choose the colour of the paint (within reason) and select certain things for their rooms like bedding sets and the curtains they'd like but everything else has always been our decision. We decorated the boy's bedroom a couple of years ago and at the minute we are decorating and overhauling our room but once that is complete we will be redoing the boy's rooms. Here are a few of the things we will be considering in their rooms:


A Lick of Paint - A room is easily transformed with a quick lick of paint. If the wallpaper is intact it won't take too long to touch up any marks or even emulsion a whole room. It all depends on what you and your child want. Callum's room at the minute is blue but he has asked us to paint it red so that he can have a room the same colour as his favourite football team - Arsenal. Nathan and James, on the other hand, want plain walls instead of the star covered wallpaper they currently have. Their room will take us longer to redecorate but we're hoping it will be relatively straightforward compared to last time when we had to replaster walls and take off a billion layers of wallpaper (only a slight exaggeration).

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Dilemma Of The Week - Choosing What To Wear For A Wedding

I doubt I'm the only one who is clueless when it comes to choosing a new outfit. I have the worst body shape ever and always feel like I am on display. It has been a long time since I've bought new clothes for an occasion, so long in fact that I usually just stick to the same outfit time and time again - I think the last time I bought a dress was four years ago for a hen party and that dress has been worn to at least five events since.

We have two wedding invites sat on the front of our fridge and I am already filled with dread at trying to find something nice to wear. One wedding is in February and the other in March. Neither is with the same crowd of friends and family so I could easily get away with wearing the same outfit to both - thank goodness for that.

But then the trouble begins what do I wear? A dress? if so, what length do I choose? What colour dress should I wear, as I always seem to go for a black dress and weddings shouldn't be dark and dreary and do I have shoes and jewellery to match? If not then I need to buy new so that they match my dress. How should I wear my hair? up or down? Will it need cutting? The questions are endless.

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Your Guide to Picking the Ideal Mattress for Your Bed

We spend a huge portion of our day in our bed. These days, beds aren’t being used just for sleeping. For many of us, they’re also our favourite spot to work, snack, lounge about, and browse our phone for countless hours on. So it’s only right that our mattress should be selected with the utmost care. The average mattress is used 7-9 hours per day, so other than the sofa or your office desk chair, it is the surface you come into contact with most. Do yourself a favour and pick a mattress which is going to provide equal amounts of comfort and support, and not one that is going to leave you aching in the morning with pains that carry on throughout the day before you subject your body to loose springs once again at the end of the day.


Whether you’re looking at single mattresses or doubles, it’s easy to get confused and overwhelmed with the sheer choice and multiple options available. Especially when you’re not even sure what all the different types mean.

We’re here to help with our guide on the top things you should consider and the questions you should ask yourself when selecting the ideal mattress for you:
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Our #HealthyRedMeat Meal Challenge

A little while ago Britmums invited us to take part in their #HealthyRedMeat meal challenge. We were asked to create a delicious recipe using either beef, pork or lamb to spice up our family meal time. I decided that I would make a quick and simple healthy beef stirfry. 

Up until very recently, weekdays were a hectic affair in our house. Midweek meals were always rushed or a two sitting affair as Matthew was always working until late and the boys needed to have their tea and be in bed (often before he came home from work). The beauty of this stirfry is that it can be ready to eat in less than 20 minutes.

In order to make our stirfry, we bought some beef, ready-made black bean sauce, baby corn, peas, a red chilli and egg noodles. Once home Matthew and I got to work preparing the meat and vegetables.

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What We Need To Consider If We Want To Grow Our Own Fruit and Vegetables


When I was little we had a vegetable patch in our garden. From what I remember we grew peas, carrots, onions and potatoes. I think we also had strawberry plants but I'm not 100% sure, we definitely had an apple tree but it never grew more than 3 or 4 apples a year. One of my fondest memories is sneaking out to the bottom of the garden so that I and my younger sister could pinch the peas and eat them without our parents finding out. 

Both Matthew and I have dreams of owning our own allotment but the waiting list around near where we live is years long - so whilst we wait we are thinking of clearing some space in our garden so that we can grow some vegetables with the boys as I'm sure they would all love it especially James, who loves nothing better than to be out in the garden.

If we were going to grow our own fruit and vegetables here are a few things I will be considering before we start:
  • Where will we grow - We have a pretty big garden so we could easily section a little bit of it off to grow our fruit and vegetables. This would be the first thing that we'd have to do as we'd need it to be secure from our pets and if possible the birds and squirrels who live in the trees next door. We would consider getting a small greenhouse or perhaps even a small Polytunnel so that any seedlings/fruit plants will be safe from those pesky birds and creepy crawlies. The beauty of having a polytunnel over a greenhouse is that should we wish to move our vegetable patch the tunnel can be moved and should we eventually get out allotment we could then relocate it there too with minimal fuss.
  • What will we grow - James has asked for us to buy an apple tree. So I think this will definitely be one of our first purchases as once planted it can be left to its own devices for the most part. I really like the idea of growing our own potatoes, carrots, peas, cabbages and cauliflowers. But I would also be open to any of the boy's thoughts and suggestions as to what they'd like us to grow - although they're not fussy over the fruit and vegetables they eat I'd like to think that if they had a say in  what we grew and were able to help with the planting, growing and harvesting they would gain a lot of satisfaction too.
  • What tools will we need - My dad is a gardener so any tools we need I will be able to borrow from him in the short term. He will also point me in the right direction of anything that we should need but I'm guessing a trowel, spade, rake and hoe would be enough to get us started once our area is cleared ready for planting.
  • Time needed - This is probably the trickiest of things for us to predict. How long is a piece of string? You can spend as little or as long as you want in your garden but the more effort you put in the better results that will come out in the end. The hardest bit for us will be getting the ground ready for planting but I'm sure between the five of us we will get there in no time.
We will keep you updated on our progress - when we eventually get round to starting our vegetable patch.

If you have a few minutes to spare please fill out this survey about Growing Your Own Fruit and Vegetables.

Do you grow your own fruit and vegetables? If so I'd love to hear about the wonderful things you've managed to grow. If not, do you want to start your own veggie patch?


*This is a collaborative post*
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Making Music Fun With Pomelody

It's no secret that I love listening to music and this has definitely rubbed off on all three boys. They can be heard singing along to their favourite songs often and James has recently asked if he can learn to play an instrument at school. Although this is something we can't accomodate at the minute it is something we are going to revisit in the near future.

When my three were little the only thing that I thought our local area lacked was a music club for tots and preschoolers. The internet and online resources weren't a big influence in most homes at all but today they play a huge part in almost every home. E-learning comes in all shapes and forms and there's a new platform starting up that is aimed at young children.


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My Dream Road Trips

My nana is a travel bug, there's no other way to describe her. She goes away as often as she can and there aren't many places around the world that she hasn't been to. Her daughter, my auntie is exactly the same. Every year for the last 5 years she has gone on holiday for two to three weeks at a time and travelled around America - she got married in Vegas and travelled for two weeks visiting different places. Not so long ago she went away and started in one state and finished in another. 

The apple hasn't fallen far from the tree and I am itching to start travelling afar myself. Whilst the boys are still young we are planning a few trips around the UK and to resorts in Europe with small excursions included but when they are older and either not interested in family holidays or no longer living at home we will definitely be going for longer periods of time and further afield.  

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Are You Guilty of Throwing Away Your Child's Artwork?

A recent study** has unearthed a very guilty secret amongst parents across London. The findings revealed that 64% of parents have to throw away their children’s artwork as a way of coping with the sheer volume, and 47% have even been caught doing it! A further 17% admitted that they often palm their kid’s handy work off to friends and grandparents as a way of clearing some space in the home.

I must admit that I have thrown many pieces of their artwork away or given it to my parents and Matt's parents purely because we have been sent many, many pictures home from school. Add to it that the boys used to draw almost every day at home too it makes for a lot of drawings with very little space to keep them. 

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Trying to Keep My Acne At Bay

I never really suffered from spots as a teenager - yes I had the odd one here and there - usually around the time of school photographs or when I was going to go out to meet my then boyfriend - you know the usual moments of stress in a young girl's life... Oh, how I wished I hadn't taken my beautiful skin for granted back then.

Fast forward a few years (ok a few more than a few) and here I am with more than a few troublesome spots, pimples, blackheads and greasy skin. I don't know what changed but since having the boys my skin has been awful. Obviously, my stress levels are a lot higher now but I can't put all the blame on that for my frequent outbreaks.


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Top 5 Benefits of Keeping Active During Pregnancy

There are multiple reasons why you should try your best to remain active during your pregnancy. It may be a time in your life when it will feel harder than ever to face the gym, but there are plenty of enjoyable activities that you can partake in to keep yourself moving.

Overly strenuous workouts in the gym are generally not advised for pregnant women. Activities such as walking, water-based workouts, and prenatal yoga are highly recommended for mums-to-be for general fitness and strength. Some health authorities and individual midwives may offer classes such as aqua natal, which involves gentle stretching and side to side movements which can actually have a positive effect on the baby and the expectant mother. If you suffer from incontinence during pregnancy, pelvic floor exercises are helpful or you can visit Hartmann Direct for a range of incontinence products.


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MY Birthday Present Wishlist

My birthday is just over three weeks away and although it's not a major milestone birthday I'm pretty excited all the same. This year my birthday is on a Saturday and for the first time in I don't know how long Matthew won't be working on a weekend so we will be having a date night to ourselves (a rarity of its own). Every year I am asked what I would like from my family and friends and usually, I have no clue and just ask for money so I can buy myself some new books or an item of clothing that I've had my eye on. This year though I thought I would share a few ideas here and everyone can come get some inspiration for my gift ideas.


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Win A xtava Satin Waves 5 in 1 Curling Wand

My Three and Me have an amazing new competition for our readers. If you'd like to be in with a chance of winning a xtava Satin Waves 5 in 1 Curling Wand then keep reading.

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Healthy Back To School Lunchbox Ideas

My Three have been back at school just over a week. So far they are enjoying being back but I'm sure it won't be long before they are moaning about doing the same old things day in, day out. I'm pretty sure that they will be moaning about doing their homework and that the packed lunches that I send are the boring and the same thing all the time.

I don't know about you but I find it hard to think of different things to make each day especially ensuring that they are both healthy and that the boys will eat them - they're not fussy by any means but they certainly know what they like.

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The Importance of Vaccinating Your Cat

We have two cats (or should I say they have 5 humans - they totally own all of us), Marley is almost two and Reggie is just over 16 weeks old and although he is the cutest kitten on the planet he is the craziest cat ever to have lived. We love them dearly and look after them as if they were one of the children. If they were to get ill we would take them to the vets but we also take preventative measures to stop them from getting ill in the first place as with our dogs they are wormed and flead on a regular basis and they've all had their vaccinations.



In a recent survey of 2,000 UK cat owners, carried out on behalf of Merial Animal Health found that many cat owners have very little knowledge or understanding about the importance of having a cat regularly vaccinated. The results showed that nearly 50% of UK cat owners don’t vaccinate their cat annually, meaning many UK cats are at risk from preventable diseases such as Feline Infectious Enteritis (feline panleukopenia), Feline Leukaemia Virus, Feline Herpesvirus, Feline Calicivirus and Chlamydophila Felis. 
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Tracks of My Years - Mummy of 5 Miracles

Tracks of My Years is back. This week's walk down memory lane is thanks to the lovely Chez from Mummy of 5 Miracles. She can be found on both Twitter and Instagram.

Let's take a look at Chez's tracks.


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Ways Of Making Science Fun

I don't know about you but when I was at school the one lesson I struggled to get to grips with was science. I don't know what it was that made me feel this way as I enjoyed school and my other lessons. It was the subject that I got my lowest GCSE grades in (double C) and definitely the one subject that if I had the choice I would've dropped.

My boys couldn't be more different to me in regards to science though and they always come out of school telling me about the exciting things they have learnt in their lessons. Callum since starting high school last year now has proper science lessons compared to the little tasters he had in primary school. He loves that he gets to take part in experiments and he really loves the indepth details that he has since learnt in biology.

Does your child like science? If so there are a few ways you can keep their interest peaked or if like me they can't get to grips with it you could use these ways to encourage them to take an interest in the subject.

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My Wedding Shoes Wishlist

When you decide to get married one of the most important decisions a woman can make is her outfit. I believe that after my dress the most important decision I will have to make will be the shoes I decide to wear when I walk down the aisle. 

There are so many wedding shoes to choose from I'm not sure I will be able to choose just one pair! Having said that dependant on where we get married I may need more than one pair anyway (a win win situation in my eyes). One pair will definitely be a pair of heels and the second pair will be a pair of flat shoes so that I can be comfy for the rest of my day.

Below are four of my favourite pairs of wedding shoes. They all have heels which may be a bad idea as I will probably resemble Bambi on ice in them. I will definitely have to practice walking in them at home a lot before the big day but as I am short I need the extra height especially as my groom is a foot taller than I am. 

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YourDesign Review

A little while ago I was asked if I'd like to review YourDesign. I had a look around the website and said I'd love to review some of the personalised items that they had to offer. I was asked to design my a hoodie, mug and a T-shirt.



At first glance the YourDesign website is set out well, is easy to navigate around and they have a huge range of products for you to choose from. You can add your own customised design to many items including personalised hoodiespersonalised t-shirts, and personalised mugs. 
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My Car Checklist For Autumn and Winter

Summer is definitely on the way out and over the next few months, the weather is going to take a turn for the worse as we move into Autumn and then Winter. There are signs all around us that the weather is turning, the leaves are changing colour and falling from the trees and the dark nights have already started to draw in. For a lot of people travelling to and from work will certainly become more of a chore and when travelling long journies it can become a nightmare if your car isn't equipped to deal with bad weather or an accident should it happen. With this in mind, it's the perfect time to make sure that your car will be safe on the roads. 

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What Was In Our Back To School Degustabox

So, My Three are off back to school on Wednesday - it doesn't seem like two minutes since they were breaking up. But I can honestly say as fun as the holidays have been we are all ready for going back to normality.

Regular readers will know that we have been receiving a box full of delicious food items on a monthly basis for some time now and every month we can't wait to see what the box will contain. If you've not heard about Degustabox let me tell you a little about them. They are a monthly subscription food box service. Each month you pay £12.99 (this includes delivery) in return you will receive between 9 - 14 surprise food products, items vary each month and some of them are new products. The value of your box will always be more than what you have paid. However, if you aren't happy with the service and you wish to cancel your subscription you can do so at any time as you are under no obligation to buy more boxes than you want too.

In This Box:



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Products My Three Are Loving This Summer

My Three have had a very busy school holiday. Whilst they have been off school they have been to the seaside, had their brother from Ireland stay and they have been busy enjoying the following items.

Vtech Kidizoom Smart Watch 


James has loved wearing his new Vtech Smart watch during the Summe holidays. He has taken it with us to the seaside and has worn it in the garden whilst playing on his bike and with our dogs.  One of the features he really likes is the camera - he has been taking photos and videoes and then editing them with fun effects.  Before breaking up from school for summer he has been learning to tell the time, the watch has both 3D digital and analogue clock faces so he has been telling everyone the time when asked. In a moment of boredom, he has also had 8 games to play on. The watch has many functions including a calculator, calendar, alarm, stop watch, pedometer, voice recorder and much more - kids can even download more from the special app store.
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10 Ways to Make your Bathroom Family Friendly

The bathroom is one of the busiest rooms in the home, so it’s essential that this space works well for everyone. Ensuring your bathroom is clutter free and organised is key to turning a chaotic morning and evening routine into a calmer and less stressful experience. The bathroom experts, BigBathroomShop.co.uk, share their top tips on how to create a family friendly bathroom.


Fit a colourful shower curtain
A bold shower curtain provides a simple yet effective way to add colour and a sense of fun to the bathroom. If you have young children, you can bring some of their style into the bathroom this way too. Choose one that’s suitable for use in the washing machine to keep it fresh and clean.
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Products I Am Loving This Summer

Pirate Bedding

I am loving the Sea Pirate duvet set from Room to Grow. The sets have a single duvet and matching pillowcase. The design features swashbuckling pirates sailing on shark infested seas - a must-have bedding set for any budding adventurer.

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Be The Next Big Thing With The Rocket Singing Machine

The Rocket Singing Machine is a brand new all in one music experience that is sure to be a massive hit at any party. Anyone and everyone can be transformed into a superstar with the wireless singing mic as it amplifies your voice whilst playing music through built in speakers. 



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Dreaming Of Updating Our Living Room

Our living room is long over due a revamp. I can't even remember the last time we decorated so it's definitely due a lick of paint wouldn't you say? and the curtains? well, they were here when we moved in so they definitely need updating. 



Along with decorating, new curtains, a carpet and light fittings I'd love to update our tired looking furniture for beautiful solid oak furniture instead. At the minute we have furniture that does the job and it looks ok but you can tell that it was mid range and what I like to call flat pack specials - there's nothing wrong with this at all - in fact, everything has served us well and lasted whilst we've had small children. The book case and TV stand have been ok for storing the kid's books and computer games but they've also chipped and marked easily and are heading towards their expiry date. I'm hoping my next purchases will be an investment and ones that I hope will add both character and style to my living room. 
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Our Favourite Back To School Items

A new school year is just around the corner but don't panic if you're still to buy all those essential back to school items. My Three and Me have been busy finding those must have items and brands hopefully they will help make some of your buying choices easier.



Although we're only half way through the school holidays My Three and Me have been getting ready for their return to school in just over three weeks time. Here are some of our favourite back to school items.
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Why We Are Thinking Of Getting Married In New York

You may or may not know that Matthew and I are planning our wedding. At the minute we have a date set in mind for 2019 which is pretty exciting don't you think? Although it's a little way off yet there's still so much to plan and organise. The main issue for us has been choosing where to tie the knot as there are just so many amazing places both home and abroad. We have narrowed our choices down to three places New York, Gretna Green or here in Yorkshire.

We really love the idea of eloping on our own and just surprising everyone when we get home - close friends and family included. We would combine our big "no fuss" day with a honeymoon in The Big Apple. There's just so much to see and do there and it would be a great place for our wedding photos.



We have looked at flying from different airports around the UK to see how cheap flights are. Surprisingly the flights are very reasonable. We've started to look at hotels situated near and around Central Park we think this would be a great place to have as our home for our stay. One thing we will have to make sure of is how close other attractions are, as Central Park is big (and I mean ginormous big) there are lots of other places we want to visit like Times Square, The Statue of Liberty, The Empire State Building amongst others - I'm not sure 5 days would be enough. 



Having said that I can't wait to visit the zoo and take a horse drawn carriage ride around the park and I can't help but think how romantic it would be to have some of our wedding photos taken near the famous Gapstow Bridge that features in so many films including Home Alone 2. I'd love to get married near Christmas in New York but Matthew isn't keen on that idea - I will just have to drag him back for some Christmas shopping at a later date so I can see the Rockerfella Christmas Tree and Macy's Christmas window display and hopefully some New York snow.

I have been looking at Booking.com for suitable hotels. There's so much choice and you can narrow down your search for a hotel by the things that are most important to you. You can choose from different locations and once you have chosen your location you can see what each hotel has to offer, how far away they are from the nearest airport, local amenities, attractions and much more. You can read reviews from previous customers so you know what to expect and you will always be offered great prices. One hotel we were looking at would be £742 for the both of us for 5 nights instead of over £1090 - making New York quite affordable for us - we just need to wait until 2019 dates are available to book.

If New York isn't the place for you, you can use Booking.com to search for accommodation deals in many other places both home and aboard. My family live near Scarborough and we are planning a Uni reunion towards the end of the year - I will certainly be using Booking.com to find my place to stay for the weekend.

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Finishing Touches For My Bedroom

Recently I wrote about my dream bedroom and some of the things I'd like it to feature. I'm really excited about our future plans but as I mentioned they are a long way off and may not even come to anything at all. However, part of the fun for me is dreaming about how the finished room will look once all the groundwork is done and dusted. Here are some of the items I will be planning on adding to my room.

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Brush Time Fun With Colgate

The Minions are back in cinemas this Summer and they're as popular as ever. There's tons of Minion themed merchandise available and Colgate has teamed up with the cute loveable yellow characters to help make brushing teeth fun for little ones.


The toothbrush features:
  • A small oscillating head that cleans teeth and gently sweeps away plaque
  • Extra soft bristles to help protect gums
  • A slim handle
  • Easy On/Off Buttons
  • Brush lays flat for easy toothpaste application
  • 2 Replaceable AAA batteries

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Win One of Three MOKURU Fidget Toys

MOKURU is the latest craze in Japan, they look set to be just as popular here in the UK and My Three and Me have three of these toys to give away.


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What My Dream Bedroom Would Feature

If you're a regular reader of my blog you'll already know we are planning a massive overhaul of our home. Over the next 10 years we want to add a garage, utility room, downstairs toilet, a small porch, conservatory and a master bedroom.

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What's In Our Summer Degustabox

Another month has passed, we're almost half way through the summer holidays and another Degustabox has landed on our doorstep. Regular readers will know that we have been receiving a box full of delicious food items on a monthly basis for some time now and every month we can't wait to see what the box will contain. If you've not heard about Degustabox let me tell you a little about them. They are a monthly subscription food box service. Each month you pay £12.99 (this includes delivery) in return you will receive between 9 - 14 surprise food products, items vary each month and some of them are new products. The value of your box will always be more than what you have paid. However, if you aren't happy with the service and you wish to cancel your subscription you can do so at any time as you are under no obligation to buy more boxes than you want too.

In This Box:



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The Exciting Features of Log Cabins: What are they Made Of?

Have you ever been in a modern home that’s Sheetrock-based? Walking inside such kind of home can give you a certain feeling and realization that things are not as strong and sturdy as they are expected. Plaster and Sheetrock evoke an air of lesser strength, kind of cheap quality, non-lasting and impermanence. With just a forceful hit of a stone or hammer can create an enormous hole in the wall. Thus, that home loses its value right before you move in.

A log cabin can be a different but a more feasible option as far as strength, permanence, beauty and uniqueness are concerned says Quick Garden experts. Taking the time to have a glimpse on one of the varying log cabins can give you a full sense of reassurance and a sensation of timelessness. This is not surprising because most log cabins are thoughtfully made so you can see and feel that they can withstand even the strongest storms and violent forces. Moreover, looking at a house that’s made of log or wood also gives you the feeling of safety.

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Finding Your Thing Over The Holidays

Every year during the summer months when the kids are off school up and down the country it's often debated as to whether or not they should be given homework over the extended period of time away from school, and this year it seems to be a stronger conversation than ever. It is something that myself and my school mum friends have spoken about on more than one occasion. Some of us say that the kids should have homework or shorter holidays whereas others say that the time away should be time to spend as a family and for the kids to relax and unwind after all the school work they've produced throughout the academic year. Personally, I am in the latter camp and think that children need time for themselves to unwind and develop skills that they can't be taught at school - they are children and need time to let their minds focus on the things that they love and enjoy.

I am not alone in my thinking either. Fruit Shoot believes that kids should have the freedom to find and celebrate their ‘thing’ during this time away from school. A kid’s ‘thing’ is their passion point and can be anything from dance classes to looking after an ant farm, painting and colouring to climbing trees - whatever they love doing that is their thing and should be encouraged where possible. In partnership with NHS doctor and kid’s TV presenter Dr Ranj, Fruit Shoot has created five top tips to help kids find their ‘thing’ and nurture it once they have found it.
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My Summer Beauty Must Haves

Summer is well and truly here although the weather is being a little temperamental and would make you think otherwise some days, I have my fingers firmly crossed that the nicer weather will be back soon. 

Everyone I know is either planning their holidays or festival trips (I'd say I'm a little jealous but not anymore Louise from 15 years ago would have been joining them in the planning though and would have her bag and tent packed already). There are some essential items that every girl needs to ensure that her summer beauty regime is complete. Here are some of the items I am loving this summer.


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Ways To Get Money In An Emergency

We all know we need to have savings put aside for when the unexpected happens and you can almost guarantee that it happens at the most inconvenient time or just after you've spent all your saved up money on something like a birthday, Christmas, the school uniform shop or replacing something that has already broken - thank you vacuum cleaner and microwave for both breaking within two days of each other. 

So what happens if your pet becomes ill and requires a trip to the vets or the car breaks down and requires a lengthy stay in the garage to be fixed and pay day is still a fortnight away and you don't have any savings put aside for this rainy day, what do you do? Money worries can be the absolute worst and can put us into a terrible tizzy if we let them. Here are some of my ideas to help in the short term:


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