Sunday, 20 July 2014

Bedroom Re-Design

Summer is here and my bedroom seems really dark and gloomy.  I would love to freshen it up with a touch of paint and some new soft furnishings and of course if I had an endless purse I definately would be buying the furniture I have selected below.
I have a fondness for this soft blue and beige which go really well together and the bedrooms look peaceful and relaxing. The Bentley Hampstead above would be my first option, the clean white furniture looks great with the colours used and the Frank Hudson Kiss below also appeals to me with its softer lines.
Rodgers of York have some beautiful fabrics and soft furnishings which will enhance any room.  There are many designs to give you inspiration along the way whether you are looking for traditional, contemporary or classic styles there will sure to be something to suit most tastes.

Written in assocation with Rodgers of York.

Anniversary Present Dilemma

Its nearly our tenth wedding anniversary (surprisingly enough) and I have been pondering over what to buy the other half.  Trawling the net isn’t half time consuming but I think I’ve finally decided to buy him a watch. Now he doesn’t need a best watch because I already bought him one, so my thoughts are to buy one for everyday wear. I love the following designs but I am afraid I'm spoilt for choice.

Armani Exchange Gents Active - £81 or
G-Shock Gents Multifunctioning Watch - £58

The Watch Hut have lots of fabulous designs and makes where there is surely something to suit everyone’s taste. I  would really value your opinion as to which to buy.

Written in association with The Watch Hut.

Silent Sunday 20th July 2014







Posted on the go :)

Black and White Week 2

As part of my training regime for #RunorDye we had a fabulous walk / run on the High Peak trail in Derbyshire this last week and I managed to snap this photo on my phone.



I love the mood of this photo and I am linking up with the Black and a White project again. I can't to see everyone else's.


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Saturday, 19 July 2014

Tilly Moo Designs - Handmade Locally

I have another fabulous Handmade Locally feature for you today.  Rebecca is the lady behind Tilly Moo Designs who are a business selling Handmade Children's Clothes from age 6 months to 5 years. Bespoke orders are taken for shirts, shorts, dresses and skirts.  Rebecca uses bright, quirky, designer fabric such as Michael Miller and Robert Kauffman for you to create your own style, shape and size item of clothing.
Tilly Moo Designs began life as a hobby, making clothes for her two young daughters. It has since grown in to a facebook page and now a new website - www.tillymoodesigns.co.uk.  Tilly Moo Designs are excited to announce that they will have a stand at the Baby Show in Birmingham in 2015!
Rebecca is also keen to expand the Boys range and would love to know what parents thoughts are on styles and fabrics they would buy?  So if you have any preferences what you would like to see, please do let her know.  Tilly Moo Designs would also like to offer my readers 10% of any bespoke orders placed, I just wish Grotbags was a lot smaller.
As you can see, her designs are beautiful and I love the range of fabrics, please support her if you can.  You can find Tilly Moo Designs on Twitter @tillymoodesigns so please do pop by and say hello.

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Should Kids Have Mobile Phones

Do you let your kids have a mobile phone?

It’s a dilemma every modern parent will to face at some point, and it’s not one that’s easily solved. You want them to be able to get in touch with you if they need to, but phones come with a whole slew of issues you have to consider before you hand one over to your little ‘uns.

The problem with letting your children have a mobile phone - especially a smartphone - is that almost every reason you can think of to do so comes with a ‘but’ attached…

A mobile will let your kids call you if they need you...

This is the main reason to give your kids a phone, right? If they need you they can call, and conversely, if you need to get hold of them, you can. It can help protect them, and provide peace of mind for you.

BUT… left unsupervised, they may rack up charges

Many children - particularly younger ones - don’t understand the value of money. It’s something they have to learn, but doing so through mobile bills can be a painful lesson - for you.

Your kids are naturally going to want to use their mobiles to keep in touch with friends, so there’s the potential for them to rack up calls and texts, which could lead to expensive bills if their phone’s on pay-monthly or burning through of credit if it’s on pay-as-you-go.

A mobile will allow your kids to go online wherever they are

The ability to connect to the web whenever you want is brilliant. If you’re lost, you can just bring up a map. If there’s homework to do, research is just a few taps away. If your children want to communicate with friends, access to instant messaging and social media’s right there in their pocket.

BUT...the internet is full of things you might not want them to see

The web can be a bad place for children if they’re allowed to browse unsupervised. There’s no shortage of inappropriate material out there, which could potentially be damaging to impressionable kids, from pornography to sites promoting anorexia and self-harm.

Apps are great

The various app stores you can access on smartphones are crammed full of games your kids will love and dedicated educational software, which is a great way for them to learn in an entertaining way.

BUT...in-app purchases are not

Over the last few years, free-to-play games that feature in-app purchases have become commonplace. Kids download these titles and then buy extra items to help them get further in the game, often without realising they're spending real-world money, and parents have been hit with massive bills as a result.

Those are just three factors to consider when thinking about whether to let your kids have mobile phones. Ultimately though, there’s no ‘right’ answer - it’s your decision to make based on when you think your kids are ready for one.

If you think the time is right, here are some tips to protect them and your bank balance…

Use a parental control app to restrict what your kids can do on their phone

They’re not a perfect, and no replacement for you both educating and supervising your children, but they can help.

Go pay-as-you-go

Pay as you go deals limit how much your kids can spend on their phone each month, and it’s a good way of teaching them to understand that everything they do on their phone costs money.

Don’t buy an expensive handset

Sure, iPhones are cool, but getting your kid one could make them a target for thieves. And that’s before you take into account that kids are really good at losing and breaking things, so save yourself some cash by getting them a handset that’s affordable and durable.


This post is written in association with Broadband Choices.

- Posted on the go :)

Sunday, 13 July 2014

Black and White Week 1

Today we rescued a baby blackbird and Grotbags guarded him from naughty cats until he was no longer stunned from flying in it the window.


I am linking this up to Podcastdove Monochrome photography because I love black and white.

Posted on the go :)