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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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My Recommended Chick Lit Books To Read Whilst Your On Holiday

If you're looking at booking a last minute holiday there are plenty of Holiday Gems to be found and you could grab yourself a right bargain if you're not fussy or can be flexible with your departure date, destination or airport.

I love to read and never go away without my Kindle and iPad that way I can make sure I always have plenty to keep me occupied whilst travelling or relaxing. If you have a long journey ahead of you or plan to spend most of your time on the beach or by the pool then I really would recommend taking a book or two with you or like me a Kindle or tablet so that you can have plenty of books on hand and if like myself you're a quick reader you may need a few titles to keep you busy. Here are a few of the books I love and would highly recommend you read whilst on holiday. If you're a chick lit lover you will love my recommendations, if you're not then maybe give them a try, they might just surprise you.

The Driven Trilogy and Aced by K.Bromberg


I would say that Driven, Fueled and Crashed are probably my favourite books of all time and Kristy is one of my favourite authors. I have recommended these books to all of my girl friends and all who have read them loved them just as much as I have. If you're a fan of 50 Shades of Grey these are 100 million times better in my opinion (and I enjoyed 50 Shades). I was hooked from page one of Driven and fell in love with both Colton and Rylee and their story. Colton is an arrogant race car driver who oozes sex appeal and has women throwing themselves at him. No one had ever turned him down that was until he met Rylee - the night they met changed everything for the both of them. I can't tell you too much as you need to enjoy the ride for yourself but I promise you, you will not be disappointed with these books. There is also Raced which you can read once you have read the first three books as this book is some of the chapters through Colton's point of view. Kirsty is an amazing writer and she has also written four stand alone novels that feature some of the characters we meet throughout the three books. If you're a fan of Matchbox Twenty and Pink you will love the songs cleverly entwined and mentioned throughout the novels and if there are any songs you don't know I recommend Googling them and having a listen as they're some great songs that I didn't know but now love and listen to regularly. I laughed, I cried, I didn't want the books to end. I almost wish I could rediscover these books for the first time again - they're really that good.
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What to consider when decorating your home before your new arrival


If the pitter patter of tiny feet in your home is imminent, you might want to start thinking about how you can redecorate your home to suit your new arrival. Here are a few things you might want to consider before the big day.

Colour schemes
You’re bound to be keen to decorate baby’s room for his or her arrival, but you might be struggling to decide on the best approach. It may be that you want to choose a bold colour of paint or wallpaper with a design that you can use on one wall to grab attention. This might not be the best option for smaller spaces, however. Instead, opt for a neutral colour scheme that can easily be livened up with bright accessories and soft furnishings. Some of the best colours for nurseries include cream, yellow and light grey.
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Summer Fun With BIC Kids

Like almost every other school age child in the country My Three are now on their summer holidays. I'm yet to hear them complaining about being bored but I guess it's only a matter of time. 

They've only been broken up from school a few days and already they have been busy playing board games and computer games especially as the weather hasn't been so nice. James who is definitely the most creative out of the three boys has been very busy drawing lots of pictures with some BIC Kids products that we were recently sent.


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Helping Your Child Over Come Bed Wetting

Of all the skills your child masters as they grow, one of the hardest is managing their bladder. Some children seem to master it without a problem but other children struggle.

Bedwetting is night time ‘accidents’ that happen when a child is asleep. They either don’t get the urge to visit the toilet or they are in such a deep sleep, they don’t wake, resulting in a wet bed.
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Pet Care Expenses: Monthly Assessment (Plus Cost Cutting Ideas!)


Most of us plan our financial budgets on a monthly basis. If you’re super organised, you might have a list of all your incomings and outgoings, along with the amounts and dates they are meant to occur. If you’re less organised (which, let’s face it, is most of us) then you probably have a vague idea with no spreadsheet to tell you exactly what’s happening when.

This less-than-stellar way of keeping track of household finances can cause problems, occasionally meaning you have to dip into credit to see through the month. Even if you sharpen up your financial tactics, you can still find yourself forgetting essentials - and one such essential that few people tack onto their budget is pet care.
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Cars 3 Gifts That Everyone Will Love

To celebrate the release of Cars 3 we were recently sent some lovely items including cuddly toys, jigsaws and construction toys. If you or your little ones are fans just like My Three and Me are then the items I'm about to show you might just be of interest to you.


It's been just over a week since Cars 3 made its debut at the cinema. My Three are massive fans of the film franchise and are hoping that we'll get the chance to catch this latest instalment starring race car Lightning McQueen, his best friend Mater and lots of new characters. Until then they are keeping themselves busy with some of the lovely items we've been sent.
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My Moving In Essentials

Whether you are moving for the first time or the 50th time I think there are some kitchen items that are must haves and every home should have them and if you already own them then you must have them to hand for the first couple of days whilst you unpack.


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Affordable Family Fun for the Summer Holidays

Are you excited about the summer holidays this year or are you worried that the kids will be bored and make their time away from school stressful for you? If it’s the latter, it might be worth getting organised and planning various activities for the kids to do. If there are plenty of options available to them, they won’t get bored, and you won’t have to feel bad about being unable to entertain them or stressed out by not knowing what to do with them.

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Doggy Treats Which Are Far From Eats


Everyone who has ever owned a dog, or any pet for that matter, understands the need you feel to make them happy. You love this member of your family as if they were born into it. And, though you already have their love, it always feels like new efforts have to be made to make them feel even more attached. Of course, you don’t do this simply to gain affections, you also just want to make them happy. When it comes to a dog, though, it can be hard to find treats which don’t need to be eaten.  Giving your dog too many foodie treats is rarely a good thing. So, to help you with this, this post will be going through three different gifts you can give your furry friend. So, now, you just have to get out there and start shopping.
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Organising Your Wedding - Tips from the Experts

Weddings are big events that need lots of forethought and planning. That should go without saying, but you’d be surprised how many people think they can get it done in just a few months. Not leaving enough time is one of the major causes of wedding stress, so make a start well in advance and you’ll enjoy the process so much more.


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My Five Essentials For Painting A Room

The school holidays are almost here - for the boys this means 6 weeks of fun filled days, me, on the other hand, it means decorating at least one room in the house and really, it's not a bad thing I actually quite enjoy it. Without the interruption of school runs, I can get so much more done each day. I can prepare a room all in one go and then get on with the task of decorating. To make the job as painless as possible I always make sure I have everything to hand. There's nothing worse than having to stop mid-task and try to get what you need. If you remember last year I decorated the boy's bedroom, this summer I will be decorating Callum's room - I just hope that this room is easier than the last one to sort out - it was a nightmare! You can read about it here.


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Catering to All of Your German Shepherd's Needs

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When you take on a pet, you should be fully aware of the responsibilities involved. Each breed will have its own physical features, mannerisms, behavioural traits and personality, consequently, each dog will also have its own, specific wants and needs. You need to make sure that you can meet all of them! This will ensure a healthy, happy pooch. So, where to start? Where better than the majestic German Shepherd? If you are thinking of having a German Shepherd of your own, or already have one and want to brush up on your knowledge, read on for everything that you need to cater to your four-legged friend’s needs.

Space
As you are probably well aware, the German Shepherd is a large dog. An adult will usually measure somewhere between one foot ten inches and two feet two inches high at the shoulder and they will generally weigh between 75 and 95 pounds. It isn’t surprising, then, that these dogs need a fair amount of space to live a healthy and happy lifestyle. So if you live in a small apartment, chances are this isn’t the ideal breed for you. They adapt better to larger homes with a large garden space to stretch their legs between walks.

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Amazing Apps for Savvy Mums

Being a parent is a lot of hard work (not to mention expensive) and while none of us begrudges a moment of it, many of us don’t realise just how many technical tools there are at our disposal to help us be the very best Mums that we can be.

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You Know You Live In A House Full Of Boys When.....

If you're a regular reader of My Three and Me you will know that I'm seriously outnumbered... Four males to one female to be precise... even if you include the pets it's still a high male to female ratio (six males to two females) and boy don't I know it at times. There's always something car or fishing related on TV when Matthew is at home and the boys love watching cartoons like Adventure Time and The Amazing World of Gumball. When I want to watch something girlie or musical there are collective sighs all around and don't get me started on wanting to go shoe shopping - it's best to leave them all at home for that trip!


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England’s Dark Side and Why You Need To Explore It

From Jack the Ripper to forgotten tragedies and ghost sightings London is certainly a city with a colourful history. They say history is full of ghosts, but London and England as a whole are probably packed with them. After all, it’s seen its fair share of trouble and sorrow over the years.

But England as embraced its dark past and there are many events the outright celebrate it! This might seem a little ghoulish at first but I have to admit it is interesting, who hasn’t wondered about some of England’s darkest mysteries? I’m willing to bet everyone has thought about whom Jack the Ripper might have been at least once, for example. With three growing boys, I’ve attended a lot of spooky events over the years and they weren’t just for Halloween.

I think boys and girls all get interested in those darker more scary historical events when they reach and a certain age, it’s just like watching a horror movie. And exploring these events with them is educational and there’s plenty of ways you can uncover England’s dark side and history.

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What's In Our BBQ Degustabox

Another month has passed 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 Month's Box:


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Win A Bundle of Children's Books

My Three and Me have another epic giveaway for you to enter. 

We have teamed up with Harper Collins to give our readers the chance to win a summer holiday book pack that's sure to keep youngsters amused in the summer holidays.


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The Award For Most Annoying Taxi Passenger Goes To.....

I recently saw a humorous post on the website of The Taxi Centre looking at the most expensive (metaphorical) taxi fares that football clubs have had to pay for their outgoing managers! It got me thinking about my own time in cabs over the years

Imagine the scene a group of 18/19-year-old college girls on a night out at their favourite club in town. At the end of an epic night of dancing (and they were always epic nights), they ring for a taxi to take them home. They wait for what seems like forever for their ride home when they hear the angelic calls of... "Taxi for Louise"... the music to any drunken angel's ears I can tell you. 

We all clamber in the taxi and who should we notice is taking us home but our favourite taxi driver Sean! He was awesome, although I'm not sure he thought the same of the giggling gaggle of college girls who he always ended up with when they were drunk on a Friday or Saturday night. 
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Tips for Getting Better Sleep in Summer


Summer is great as there is nothing better than relaxing in the sun, but there is one area that can be challenging during the hottest months - sleeping. We’ve all tossed and turned into the early hours due to the stuffy heat, so what are a few ways to get better sleep during summer? Read on for a few simple ways to catch some shut eye in the heat.

Lighter Bedding
Summer is hardly a time for getting cosy under a thick duvet and you will often wake up to find your duvet and pillows thrown to the floor. Instead, opt for much thinner and lighter bedding - this should include cotton sheets and cotton weave blankets.

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Getting your Garden Ready for a Summer Party

There are few things more enjoyable than a good garden summer party. You can enjoy the privacy and comfort of being in your home, soak up the sun and enjoy a few drinks and food with your nearest and dearest. In order to impress your guests, you will want to get your backyard prepared for a party.


Tidy
Firstly, you will need to tidy the area. This will involve picking up any debris, mowing the lawn, trimming back the hedges and generally making sure that the area is neat, welcoming and ready for a group of people to spend time in.

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#PetrolInThePast How Times Have Changed

The village where I grew up consisted of about 50 houses, a couple of farms, a small park next to the village hall and an unused petrol station. In its heyday, the petrol station was attached to a busy garage that serviced all the local cars but as the times changed the garage was no longer used as much and it was later sold and turned into a caravan supplies shop. I don't ever remember the time when the petrol pumps were used but my dad (who always spent school holidays as a child in the village) said it was always busy.

Petrol stations have changed a lot in the last twenty years that's for sure gone are the days of petrol stations that just sell fuel, nowadays they have lots to offer their customers and when we go away or on a family day out we always find ourselves visiting at least one and it's not just to fill up the car. 

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Going Back To Work After A Career Break: The Complete Guide

People take career breaks for many different reasons. You may have taken some time off from your career because you had a health problem to deal with or because you had family issues that you wanted to focus your time on. 

Perhaps you took time off to bring up a young family or care for an elderly or infirm relative. Whatever your reasons, it can be stressful when you try and return to the workplace and it can make you feel very anxious You are not used to a workplace environment, the constraints of fixed working hours and interacting with colleagues. Your family and pets are used to you being in the house for most of the day and you may have taken on the lion’s share of the household chores. Now that you are going back to work, things are going to have to change! It will take some planning to make the transition go smoothly.

Preparing yourself for returning to work

A lack of confidence is going to be your biggest enemy. You will be competing for jobs against candidates who are possibly younger than you and who are accustomed to the world of work. This can make you feel inadequate and doubt your abilities. You should not confuse your lack of confidence with a lack of ability because you have a lot to offer.

Running a household and looking after a young family or a sick relative takes a lot of skills. You will have had to prioritise your time, think on your feet and show both leadership and teamworking skills. Don’t underestimate what you are capable of. Perhaps you even held down positions of responsibility such as school governor or chairperson of the Parents Teachers Association.
It is true that your particular field may have moved on but it is nothing that you cannot sort out with a few training courses and some voluntary work or work experience. There are plenty of courses that you can choose from online and that you can study in your own time.


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10 Things You Should Consider Before Investing in Underfloor Heating


People invest in underfloor heating for a whole host of reasons, including comfort, the creation of more space, and increased efficiency, just to mention a few. During a chilly day, who would want to miss the opportunity of touching a warm, cosy floor when you step out of bed?

Underfloor heating is compatible with various home designs, be it modern, traditional or retro styles. Underfloor heating is also suitable for different flooring designs, making it a viable option for a wide range of décor styles.

If you are thinking about taking the plunge and investing in underfloor heating, Underfloor Heating Trade Supplies, suppliers of high-quality underfloor heating kits, takes a look at ten things you should consider before investing in underfloor heating.
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Organising Some of The Smaller Wedding Details...

So, you've been planning your wedding so that your day runs perfectly. Once you've chosen the important details like your venue, dress, suits and the wedding breakfast menu. It's time to turn your attention to the finer details and these to me are the details that will make or break my big day. 

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SENSSE Anti-Aging Facial Cleansing Brush and Exfoliator Giveaway

My Three and Me have a SENSSE Anti-Aging Facial Cleansing Brush and Exfoliator to give away to one of our readers. The exfoliating brush is designed to reduce wrinkles. fine lines and leave you with youthful, firm and smooth skin. 
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Lee Stafford CoCo LoCo Irons Ceramic Styler & Straightener Review

I've always had long hair and whilst the weather is so warm I always wear it up, in fact, this is how you will see me 90% of the time as it's just easier to keep it out of the way, but I do like to make the effort and straighten my hair occasionally especially if we're going out on a rare date night or to a special occasion. Recently I was sent a Lee Stafford CoCo LoCo Ceramic Styler & Straightener to try out.
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Discover the great outdoors with Aldi’s New Family Camping Range

I used to love camping as a child, every year we'd go up to the Lake District and spend a week or so visiting all the attractions it had to offer. I haven't been back to The Lakes since I was 16 but I will be going back soon and I plan to take the boys with me. I will be showing them some of the places we used to visit and I can't wait to take them for a walk around Buttermere Lake which was one of my favourite walks when I was younger.

It seems that I'm not the only one who loves camping and it's not hard to see why others love it so much - who doesn't look forward to a weekend escape or a short break away to recharge your batteries and who can forget the importance of getting to spend quality time with loved ones, it's a great way to re-engage with old friends and wider family networks. What's not to love about relaxing and cooking outside, even if the weather isn't great it's the perfect excuse to spend quality time together.

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Protecting Your Four Legged Friends Against Parasites

Our dogs Pepper and Ziggy are an important part of our family and if either one of them was to die we would all be devastated. We have had nine-year-old Pepper since she was 8 weeks old and three-year-old Ziggy since he was 6 months old. We have nurtured them through house training, their vaccinations and we have loved taking them for their first walks and buying them new toys to play with in the garden.


I also know how important it is to keep up to date on their parasite prevention treatments so that they are protected from fleas, ticks and worms but it would seem that many other pet owners don't know how important this is and they may even be putting their pet's health and the health of their families at risk from parasites.
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How We Will Be Treating Dad On Father's Day

Father's Day is the one day of the year where the boys spoil Matthew and when I say spoil I don't mean with expensive gifts but they really go to town with making him feel special and loved (not that they don't show this all year round but this is the day they really, really make the effort) Although Matthew will be working on Father's Day this year the boys are still going to make the effort and make the time that they spend with their dad special. Here are a few of the things they are planning (with a little help from me) to do for/with him.

A bacon sandwich on white bread

Make him breakfast - The only way to start your special day is with your favourite breakfast and on Sunday Matthew will be starting his day with a bacon sandwich containing his favourite HP Sauce. According to Matthew, you can't eat a bacon sandwich without a good dollop of HP Sauce and it would seem he isn't alone in his thoughts as 28 million bottles are consumed every year. This is a huge amount of sauce - if the bottles were stacked on top of each other, they would reach the same height as 6,189 Houses of Parliament! With so many bottles of sauce being consumed it's no surprise that HP sauce is the nation's favourite brown sauce and since 1899 it has set the standard for quality. The uniquely distinctive sauce is the result of dedication to sourcing the highest quality ingredients and using a closely guarded secret recipe.


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Bringing The Coast Indoors

Beach-chic is set to be one of this summer's hottest trends - from boats to beach huts, nautical style interiors are a must if you are planning on bringing a touch of the seaside into your home. According to interior designer and writer, Jo Atkinson: 

“With people leading increasingly busy lives, they’re looking to achieve calm and serene home interiors that they can retreat to. This year, with nautical style even taking over the catwalks, it looks set to be a hotter trend than ever before across both clothing and interiors. At home, shoppers can tap into this with coastal-themed furnishings and accessories.”

Many of the high street retailers are offering nautical and coastal collections of their own, Aldi has just launched their Coastal Home range too but at a fraction of the high street prices.

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Five Ways To Help Your Child Revise

Callum has been in high school almost a full year - where the time has gone I don't know but in this time he has had to adjust to a different lesson structure at school, a two-week timetable for lessons, having lots of homework to complete and being tested within his lessons often - although these tests aren't pressured Callum has been encouraged to revise for them and has been set revision homework numerous times to ensure the work that he is learning in class is being absorbed and remembered.



Callum isn't a fan of revising and found that just re-reading the work he has already completed didn't really help him. So we came up with some ways at home that are fun and variable so that he can mix up how he revises for his class tests.

Spot Questions - Although I have a degree I am not clued up on the modern curriculum, however, I have been helping Callum to revise by asking him questions out of the blue on the items I do know a little about especially things like his time's tables and questions from his history and science subjects when he comes home and tells me he has a test to revise for. Similarly with the younger boys when we are on our way to school we practice their weekly spellings and times tables - all three boys are now able to answer any times table questions instantly when asked because of us always doing this a couple of times a week. 

Online Quizzes - This is one of the ways Callum loves to revise as he gets to use the computer. He thinks he is getting fun time but instead he is actually learning and revising instead. Education Quizzes offers quizzes for revision for children of all ages. From children in key stage 1 to children who are revising for their GCSE's Education Quizzes covers the lot. For £9.95 a month (this can be cancelled at any time) your child will have access to 100's of quizzes that are appropriate for their age and educational needs. There are quizzes on all topics including Maths, English, Science, History, RE and more. All the quizzes are written by teachers so you know that they're revising the right material. All the quizzes are multiple choice so that students are made to think and concentrate on the spot so that they can use their memory to see if they know the subjects, as well as they, think they do. Answers are given straight away after being answered so if the question is right or wrong the student can see instead of having to wait until the end of the quiz. 

Post It's - You can get Post-It notes in a range of colours and shapes and sizes. They are perfect for writing facts and figures on them and sticking them all over so that they can be read when you are doing other things. Callum has lots of notes stuck in and around his room. He finds that this helps him remember historic events easier.

Revision Guides - Callum's school has revision guides available to buy from their school shop. They cover everything that has been taught and are a great aid for making revision notes. They are colourful and informative but if you struggle to take in a lot of information all at once they can sometimes hinder revision too.

Revise With A Friend - Sometimes the best revision is done when you work with someone who is learning the same things you are. You can set each other questions and help fill in any gaps that you both may have in your information. When revising with a friend it can help boost your confidence as you can see how much you know on a subject compared to someone who is working at the same level as you are. Callum has revised a couple of times with his school friends and has found it a great way of making sure his notes are correct.

What ways do your children find useful when revising for a test or an exam.


*This is a collaborative post*
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Got A Shy Child? Here's How You Can Help Boost Their Confidence


We’re not all born with heaps of confidence. Even the people who have large egos and bucket-loads of self-confidence might very well have been very shy children. As kids grow up and start to find their own place in the world, they are able to shake off their shyness and develop a confident nature that will help them through adulthood.

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Mamma Mia! Holidaying in Italy with Little Ones

Choosing a destination for your family holiday can be difficult, especially if you have little ones travelling with you! However, the amount of fun that you have with your children while they’re still small is special, everything for them is new and exciting. In my opinion, a perfect destination that will allow you and your children the time of your lives is Italy! The perfect family holiday destination thanks to its weather, food, many activities, beaches, and history, Italy is a safe bet; not to mention, Italians love kids (and spoiling them)! If you’re convinced by the country, but still not sure where to go exactly, here are some tips for the best Italian destinations when holidaying with children.

SICILY


Looking for an adventurous island full of delicious food, wonderful beaches, and a real life volcano on it? Look no further than Sicily! At the tip of Italy’s boot, Sicily has an immense variety of cultural heritage sights, and is a great destination for family trips. Sicily is is home to some of the best Italian traditions, full of traditional towns each with their own special dishes, festivals and cultural differences. The cost of living is low meaning you can eat the divine food and sip freshly made local wine, for half the cost you would at home. If you want to have enough space for all the family members, and really live like a local companies like Wishsicily offer reasonably priced luxury villas in Sicily owned by locals. What’s more, if the kids are old enough it might be nice to travel around a little in a car (which you can rent very easily here), or if you prefer to stay in one location I recommend finding somewhere in the Southeast of the island where you will be close to many of the island’s attractions.
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The Lollies Shortlist is Here!!!!

Michael Rosen, children’s novelist, poet and former Children’s Laureate, recently announced the shortlist for the 2017 Laugh Out Loud Awards (The Lollies), a set of awards, now in its second year, created by Scholastic, the world’s largest publisher and distributor of children’s books. 

The Lollies were created in response to findings from Scholastic’s Kids & Family Reading Report. The report found that two-thirds of children aged 6-17 looked for 'books that made them laugh' when choosing books for themselves.


Having long championed humorous books for children Michael said:

“This is a collection of 12 whizzy, crazy, hilarious books. They are guaranteed to tickle. Parents and teachers wondering how to keep your children interested in reading, why not start here? 
And you can always start them off by reading them out loud - funny voices an' all!"

Michael and his judging panel made up of Nicolette Jones, journalist and Sunday Times Children’s Book Editor and Katie Thistleton, presenter and host of the CBBC Children’s Book Club, were tasked with making the selected shortlist from over 130 books submitted by children’s publishers.
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Finding a Local Wedding Photographer With Bidvine

Matthew and I have been planning our wedding for a while now. We are still undecided on the location (I think this is why we have stalled a little in our plans lately as we just can't decide where to have our ceremony). But on our shortlist of possible places are our family church and a local hotel. Both are very beautiful buildings and will make excellent backdrops for our wedding photographs.

But as any soon to be bride and groom know only too well, choosing all the final details can be hard, you want your day to be perfect and you want everything to run smoothly and if you're on a budget this can be doubly hard - you want the most for your money and just because you don't have a massive amount of money to spend doesn't mean you want to settle for anything other than amazing for your big day - You want to make sure that you are getting value for money too. Choosing a professional can be a minefield as these days there are so many out there and making sure you get someone who ticks all your required boxes can be difficult. This is where Bidvine comes to your rescue.


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What's In Our Degustabox Picnic Box

Do you like trying new food? or like receiving surprises? if you answered yes to both of these questions then I highly recommend you try Degustabox. Degustabox is 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 Months Box:

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Father's Day Gift Ideas

If you're struggling for gift ideas for Father's Day then look no further. Here are some of our favourite gift ideas:


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Win 1 of 5 Seventh Generation Cleaning Product Hampers

Seventh Generation products are relatively new to the UK and at the minute can only be bought from Tesco stores. To celebrate their arrival My Three and Me have teamed up with Seventh Generation to offer our readers the chance to win one of five cleaning hampers. Each hamper will contain six Eco-Friendly Seventh Generation products. 



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