natural products

It seems these days, we’re constantly told we’re doing something wrong. Don’t eat that, don’t shop there, or don’t you dare drink that. It’s exhausting. Is it too much to ask for some positivity? Something good we can all get on board with and agree on. Well, thankfully, this is the beauty of natural products. They have so many benefits it would be hard to find the negative in them. Here are just a few reasons why you should consider using more natural products in your everyday life.

Money Saving

You may be worried that investing in natural products will cost you more money. This isn’t necessarily the case. Sometimes by going natural, you can actually save yourself some pennies. A good example here is shampoo and conditioner. Did you know it’s actually better for your hair if you use products such as baking soda or lemon juice? These are simple household ingredients, and can easily cut down the costs of your next toiletries shop. Once you start looking for natural product alternatives, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by how much choice there is out there.

Sleep Better

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You can use natural products – such as candles and reed diffusers from Neom Organics – to fill the rooms in your home with fresh, gorgeous scents. These aromas can help you to de-stress, relax and you’ll find yourself falling asleep before you know it. There are so many scents for you to choose from, you’re guaranteed to find one that suits your home, and will send you to sleep. You could also place a reed diffuser in the bathroom, perfect if you want a peaceful bath before heading off to bed.

Better Skin

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It’s been shown that most chemicals work against your skin rather than with it. By using natural products, your skin will quickly reap the rewards. This is particularly useful for those with sensitive skin as natural products are less likely to cause a reaction. Once again, it doesn’t have to break the bank either. It can be something as simple as an avocado face mask. Rather than stripping back your body’s natural chemicals, and replacing it with man made chemicals, natural ingredients can help feed your skin – they can keep it looking, and feeling, healthy.

Environmentally-Friendly

Natural products go hand in hand with helping nature. For a start, the production of them – as they’re natural – won’t harmfully impact the environment. Plus the disposal of them won’t have lasting damaging either. This is because most natural brands are very earth-aware. The packaging on them – if there’s anything – will be recycled and green as can be. Natural products are much more sustainable, so not only does using them benefit you, but also the planet. What have you got to lose?

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This is a question that pops up every now and then, ‘Mum, can we have a horse?’

Of course, the answer is no. Where would we keep the horse? Who would muck it out? Who would groom it and feed it? I continue with a long list of all of the elements that go into looking after a horse and win the argument hands down. Every time, like a Boss.

However, then my romantic side kicks in and I let my mind wander back to the place when I was 10 years old and asked that very same question to my mum.

What is it about horses that pull on our heartstrings so much?

I have friends who go horseriding and some who have their own horses too; I don’t envy their early morning starts in all weathers and Every. Single. Day. They have to get out of bed before their day starts and visit the stables to give the basic care for their horse weekdays, weekends and high days and holidays too.

How to care for a horse

If we were to get a horse (which we are not) there would be a lot of things to consider beforehand and in order to explain my decision to the twins properly, I took a quick glimpse into what we would need to have in place.

The basics to consider before taking another step are feed like Spillers Feed Balancer for Horses water and shelter. Already at this point, you are clocking up a bill that will make a substantial dent in your monthly outgoings. The Horse and Hound give a great rundown of costs to consider should you be tempted along this path.

Then you will need to think about the space your horse will have to live in and run around in as the animal will need regular exercise in order to stay fit and healthy. Another element that goes into the horse’s wellbeing is company; a horse is an animal that lives in a herd, it thrives in the company of others and it would be cruel to expect it to live on its own.

Talking of health and wellbeing plans will need to be put in place for feet, teeth, worming and a host of other regular checkups that will need to take place and then of course, insurance. Even Baxter our rescue dog is insured.

Mum, can we have a horse?

Now, when the twins ask me that question, I am more prepared. Rather than a flat no, I can go through these areas of care that need to be considered with them and turn the question into a debate which gets them thinking – and arguing – about how to care for a horse. Initially, it all looks very easy but as you dig deeper, you quickly discover that it’s not.

Of course, if you do go ahead, you’ll then have to kit out yourselves with saddles, blankets, riding gear, grooming gear and lessons to ride a horse. I think it might be a good idea to start with a trip to the local stables and a day mucking out before we go any further with the conversation.

What about you? Have you had a debate on owning a horse in your family?

cool gifts for kids

If you’re searching for the perfect gift for a kid’s birthday, you’ll find lots of awesome toys and gadgets on the market. However, with so much choice available it can be difficult knowing which gifts are worth investing in.

If you’re struggling to find the perfect gift, here you’ll discover some of the coolest birthday gifts for kids you’ll absolutely want to consider.

VTech Touch and Learn Activity Table

If you’re buying for a younger child, the Vtech Touch ad Learn Activity Table is a fantastic choice. It’s designed to teach kids about all kinds of things from anatomy to letters and geometry to drawing. There’s a number dial touchpad, an LED screen and even a mini radio which plays tunes to complement the lessons being taught.

As an additional bonus, the desk can be folded up into an easel, allowing your kids to draw with chalk. It combines technology with traditional learning and is an awesome gift they’ll love to play with.

Hoverboards

If you’re buying for slightly older kids, a hoverboard is a brilliant option. Hoverboards are extremely popular right now and they’re great at boosting motor skills.

There’s a huge range of hoverboards available to suit both boys and girls and they cruise along at slow speeds, so you don’t need to worry too much about them hitting something at speed. They’re one of the priciest gifts on the list, but they’re sure to keep your kids entertained for years.

Mini Hatchimals

Hatchimals have been popular for some time now, but the larger versions can be pretty expensive. If you’re looking for something that won’t break the bank, the mini Hatchimals are definitely worth considering.

Like the larger variations, these mini Hatchimals are designed to hatch when placed in water. There are over 70 different ones to collect and kids love watching them transform before their very eyes.

Kano Computer Kit

If you’re looking for something a little different, you might want to consider the Kano Computer Kit. This very modern gift is said to be as fun to put together as LEGO and it comes with a range of stickers to help your child personalise the computer.

It combines Raspberry PI with attractive, chunky peripherals and once it’s been built, your child will be able to access hours’ worth of entertainment with games and lessons that are designed to help teach them how to code and make apps. It’s a sophisticated and very cool gift that’s perfect for today’s kids.

These are just some of the coolest gifts you’ll want to consider buying for a kid’s birthday. No matter what their age or interests, there’s sure to be something above to match their needs.

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Hotter whisper boots

I love this time of year, falling leaves, lots of bright colours, some glorious days and long walks in the woods or the countryside, even on the beach.

We’ve been quite busy this autumn, we have been to Dreamland in Margate – it’s the perfect time of year to visit as there are no long queues! We’ve walked over to The Leather Bottle pub in nearby Cobham and I have taken the girls shopping to spend some of their vouchers.

On each of these occasions, I have enjoyed the comfort of my Whisper boots made by Hotter.

Hotter and Mari’s World got together to show how three generations of women could wear the Whisper boots and style them in their own unique way. I am the middle generation, mum is the top and Oana, who was delighted to join in, showed how the younger generation could wear and style these boots just as well as any other woman in town.

The top generation

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Mum was delighted to join in and at first couldn’t decide which colour to go for. It’s so easy to choose a sensible black or brown boot but no, mum pushed her boundaries this time and selected the bright red boots. Quite a statement and, although I knew she’d come up trumps as she’s always been a woman who has taken great care in her appearance, I was curious as to how she would fit these bright beauties into her wardrobe.

Mum and granddad passed by for a night a couple of weeks ago on their way to Sardegna and she picked up her boots with glee saying she couldn’t wait to try them on. I asked her about her boots on a recent telephone call and she loves them, she’s been walking the well heeled streets of Sardegna looking fabulously smart. She said,

In the words of a song by Nancy Sinatra – “These boots were made for walking and that’s what they will do …”  They are very comfortable, fashionable and I love the colour.  Thankyou

I’m sure I’ll be seeing mum enjoying her boots a lot more this autumn and winter.

The younger generation

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Oana is my grandchildren’s mother. She is 28 in November and like most women, takes enormous pride in how she looks. Even when money is scarce she manages to come up trumps and look a million dollars. However, could she be tempted to review a pair of boots that women of all ages would happily be seen in? Would she think they made her look ‘old and frumpy’?

I proposed the challenge to her via Whats App and sent through the Whisper boot link so she could see for herself. She loved them and came back almost straight away with her colour choice and size.

Oana has been working a lot as a care assistant the past few months and has to feel comfortable when she is working but she says they are also perfect for slipping on to take the children to the park, for the school run and she said, they look perfect with jeans.

The middle generation

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Ok, you can decide which generation you prefer to be classified in but the point of this review is to show that one pair of boots can stretch a multitude of ages and styles.

I went for a plum-coloured, suede pair rather than opt for a traditional black or tan boot. I’m really pleased with my choice and have been able to wear them on casual occasions and for ‘going out’. I’ve worn them to work and for long walks. I have been asking the girls to take my photo and they only just got the boots in but you can see plenty more on the Hotter website.

Whisper boots Hotter

They are incredibly comfortable, they are like putting on your favourite pair of slippers. In fact, I’ve often got home and started on house chores only to realise I haven’t changed into my slippers!

I was fascinated to learn from the Hotter Instagram that there are over 40 pieces that go into making a pair of whisper boots. This really goes to underline the care and craft that goes into making a pair of Hotter boots.

Hotter Whisper boots

I can happily say that all three of us thoroughly recommend the Whisper boots by Hotter as a fashion statement and the most comfortable boot you’ll put on this winter.

Disclosure: We were sent a pair of boots each to review for the purpose of this post. All opinions are our own.

best friend birthday gifts

Our best friends are important. They’re there through everything, we confide in them and they’ve seen us at both our best and worst. We laugh with them (or occasionally at them), cry together and share some of the most important parts of our lives with them.

While we do things for our best friends all the time, a birthday is the perfect opportunity to say thank you and show them just how much they mean. Here are some gift ideas for your best friend.

Time to Relax

birthday gifts for best friend

If your best friend is also a mum, then chances are, they probably don’t get many opportunities to enjoy some me time. Make your best friend’s birthday all about her by gifting a personalised pampering set, complete with scented candles, bath products and beauty treatments.

Make it Yourself

A homemade DIY gift can be really special and shows how much thought you’ve put into a present. For your best friend’s birthday, you could make a scrapbook filled with your favourite memories and photos, bake some of her favourite goodies, or use your skills (from pottery to knitting) to make something special.

Update her Wardrobe

birthday gifts for best friend

As a mum, it can be very easy to neglect your own wardrobe – after all, your children come first. So, on her birthday, why not treat your best friend to some new threads? Alternatively, buy a gift card for her favourite store, or arrange a birthday shopping trip for the two of you.

A Birthday Celebration

birthday gifts for best friend

Many people prefer to be gifted an experience, rather than receive a physical gift. If your best friend is like this, then plan a celebration. This could be anything from afternoon tea and a spa afternoon, to an evening out with Witness for the Prosecution tickets or a meal at her favourite restaurant.

Their Wish List

Has your best friend been eying something up for a while? Is there an item they really want, but can’t quite justify purchasing? As mums, we always put our families first. For her birthday, make sure your best friend number one for the day by surprising her with a wish-list item.

Select a Subscription

Why treat your best friend for just one day, when you can spoil her throughout the year? Whether she’s a book lover or animal obsessed, gifting a subscription box allows you to give her presents for months to come – these beauty options look lovely!

The bond we have with our best friends is special, so when it comes to their birthdays, we want to get it right. For a gift that tells them just how much they’re appreciated, consider these ideas for your best friend’s birthday.

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