Owning my first house has so far been an interesting ride. On the one hand, it’s amazing to have the freedom to just randomly decide to paint a wall blue, or to get pets (yay triple kittens!) and to sit in my living room of an evening having this added peace of mind that this home is actually mine, and I’m not going to be turfed out at any second or be told off by the estate agent on an inspection about cat scratches in the carpet.

On the other hand though, it is a lot of responsibility. Of course I’m not shy to it, having raised two children almost single handily (not to mention three kittens now) but after always living in rented properties where I could just call the landlord if the boiler broke down or the roof fell in (this has never actually happened to me, touch wood) it seems like such an adult thing to have all the responsibility fall with me.

This week after a small DIY project involving screws, I seem to have ended up with some fairly large holes in my living room wall, just behind where the door is. The simple solution of course is just to hide them behind the door and pretend they’re not there, la la la la la, but at the end of the day it’s going to be ME who has to fix them, unless I want to look at them every time I shut the door, which I don’t. You’re welcome, future me.

Another pretty daunting but cool thing about owning my own house is that I get to do is get really big projects done, like really pretty VELUX windows and blinds, like the ones here, instead of crappy old single glazed windows that encourage mould during the winter, and even maybe a conservatory.

By Dave Head

One of the parts I’m most excited about is being able to do something amazing with my garden. I’ve managed to reclaim the rights to the path that goes across the back of my garden (look at me, reclaiming my own land!) so I’ll be able to extend it, and turn it into a tropical paradise in the middle of a suburban 1970s cul-de-sac. I’ve even been collecting quotes from actual landscape gardeners, which is probably the most fun and fancy thing I have ever done when it comes to home maintenance.

By Hannamariah

So far it looks as though I’m going to be spending more doing up the garden than I will doing anything to the house, but you all know how much I love plants. Besides, I’ll need somewhere nice and sunny to hang out in the evenings when Belle has left home and it’s just me and the cats.

*Imagines cats sat on sun kissed decking, book in one hand, tall glass of lemonade in the other*

So far, it’s safe to say I love my house and being a homeowner. Now I just need to remember to fix those holes in the wall…

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I had a bit of an odd moment of parental pride in myself last week. Belle had been complaining about having problems with her reading – she says that it’s difficult to concentrate and sometimes the words look blurry or have lights in front of them – so I said that the next day I’d make her an appointment for an eye test as a first step. Off we went to bed. My memory is terrible, so I set a reminder on my phone. The next day when the reminder popped up I called them straight away.

When Belle got home from school it was the very first thing she asked.

‘When is my optician’s appointment?’ she asked as she took her shoes off by the front door.

‘I made it today!’ I said proudly, thinking how impressed she would be with me for remembering.

‘Well I knew you’d make it,’ she said, ‘I just wondered when it was.’

And THAT was the bit that made me proud. The fact that it had never occurred to her that I WOULDN’T do something I had said I would do, when I said I would do it. I felt reliable and solid and lovely.

Anyway, that little anecdote was my silky smooth way of leading you into a story about National Eye Health Week and the importance of getting regular eye tests. It’s something I’ve always been good at remembering for myself, as I wear glasses, and Belle has been having them since a young age as she really enjoys them for some reason. I remember how disappointed she was for the first few times she went, being told she DIDN’T need glasses.

If you’ve not had an eye test in the last couple of years though, then you MUST. (I have mine booked with Optical Express so watch this space for my next pair of colourful new glasses.) As well as it being important to take care of your eyes themselves, there are quite a few serious illnesses that often get first picked up in eye tests.

why do i need an eye test?

Take 12-year-old Alan Watson from Edinburgh as an example. (That’s not Alan in the photo.) When Alan attended his local Optical Express clinic with his mum for his annual check-up, Optical Express Optometrist Amna Bashir noticed blurred margins on comparison of previous photos.  As a precaution, Amna called the hospital and arranged for him to be seen that day. View Post

My garden at the moment is NOT sexy.

As I sit on my sofa, gazing out onto it, the words ‘prison’ and ‘yard’ spring to mind. It’s literally just a square of gravel surrounded by fence, and the overall look isn’t helped byt the fact that I used the garden recently to spray my bed pink, and I’ve left pink paints marks everywhere. It definitely adds to the abandoned railway embankment vibe.

I have plans for it of course, once I have a bit of money saved up. It’s going to be a TROPICAL PARADISE. Or at least have a nice bit of patio. Part of me though is wondering if I should take advantage of the fact that it’s a blank canvas and go large, with bi-fold doors or an orangery or something fancy like that.

The issue of course is money. I only bought the house a few months ago, and the money I had put aside for getting work done has pretty much gone already. It turns out that really dull things, like getting your loft insulated and boarded, don’t come cheap. Who knew? (Me now.)

My neighbours have pretty much their whole garden filled with conservatory, and while I wouldn’t want to do that necessarily, I could certainly use a little bit more space inside. I’m sure the kitties would love sitting out in an orangery, warming themselves in the sun and watching the birds through the big windows. I could sit next to them, surrounded by plants, sipping some kind of evening cocktail and browsing a gardening magazine.

Bliss!

(I am definitely a cat lady already.)

I found myself, as you do, just having a casual look online at Oakley Green Conservatories. They’re ideal if you’re looking for orangeries in the Newbury area, or further west like me, in Bath or Bristol. They may be more affordable than you think, so it’s well worth having a look if you’re considering an orangery.

In the meantime, I may just have to content myself with sitting on the sofa and looking away from the window and towards my orangery themed Pinterest board instead.

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I love my kids. And sometimes, this fact doesn’t go well with my love for my social life. As a mom, I’d love to have my children with me at all times. We all know how fast they grow up, and I want to take advantage of their attention and affection before they start telling me not to kiss their cheeks in public. However, having them outside with me isn’t an easy task. But along the way, I found a few hacks on how to have a great time outside with your children in tow without spending a lot. Let’s take a look.

Visit the Beach

Children find the beach wonderful and dreamy. The sand obeys their every whim and imagination, and the water fascinates them as the waves gently touch their tiny fingers and toes. My toddler certainly loved the beach. This one is another lucky discovery I made after the family agreed to have a day on the beach and some barbeque. Although most of us were tempted to leave the children with a caretaker, we conceded that the presence of other children might alleviate some of our worries about bringing them along.

Boy, did it work wonders! One crucial tip I can give you is to make sure that you’re near a lifeguard post and know the flags. This way, if you get too absorbed in conversation, there’s at least one person who can see everything go down at the shore. It also helps if you pack cheap toys that they can use to play with the sand. Of course, a tent is also a plus because you won’t have to worry about your child getting sunburnt from falling asleep underneath the scorching sun.

Meet Your Friends in the Park

Having a child is time-consuming. I can’t remember how many times I had to cancel plans with my friends because I would hate to leave my toddler. Sometimes, I can admit that it frustrated me. Fortunately, I found a way to regain my social life, entertain my kids, and get some exercise all at the same time. Apparently, the local park does wonders on my child’s attention span. Something will always succeed in capturing their interest and curiosity enough to let you hold a proper conversation.

I guess you can call it a stroke of luck that my busy friends agreed to meet me early enough on a Saturday. Either way, the abundance of dogs and the massive playground in the local park helped me reconnect with the people I missed. There’s also the bonus of having more eyes to watch over my kid. All in all, meeting in the local park tops the list of ways on how to have fun outside with your child in tow when you don’t have much money. Just remember to be park safe when at the park.

Bring Along Their Favourite Toys

If you have to go somewhere specific and you think that your kid might not be able to stand the boredom, you might want to bring along their favorite toys. Before going out, it would help if you asked them to choose at least three things they would like to bring along for the trip. You can also pack a surprise for them, which can be a brand new coloring book, their favorite snack, or a never-before-seen toy. That way, if your kid still gets bored, you have a backup to keep them fascinated until you settle your business. 

Your trip is probably work-related, and it might be your first time to do business after having your adorable child. In my experience, I learned that taking it easy helped me adjust and reintegrate myself to the working life. Bringing along my toddler also helped him get accustomed to his mommy talking to people he doesn’t know. It did give him a little anxiety at first, but now, I’m proud to say that I’m a mother of an energetically social boy.

Conclusion

All of us get a little restless when we have to stay home for an extended period. And when it finally gets to us, we usually hesitate to walk out the door and leave our beloved children behind. That’s why I’d like you to know that having a kid in tow doesn’t always equate to stressful situations. You don’t have to buy expensive gadgets to keep them entertained. The best advice I have for you is to get to know your child and learn what interests them and piques their curiosity. That way, you’ll know what to do to make sure that you and your kid have a great time out in the world without spending too much money on gifts and other expensive toys. We hope you enjoyed this The Eternity Rose article and we hope you enjoy some great times with your kids.

Danielle Hanson 

Danielle is a loving and caring person who runs a successful at home business. She currently writes for relationship blogs such as The Eternity Rose and in spare time she enjoys horse riding and living life to the fullest. 

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Last year I got an email from a couple of lovely ladies who run a company called Masked Pony Productions. They asked if I’d be interested in writing a short comedy sketch based on my blog for a new mum comedy short series.

‘Absolutely!’ I said, Googling how to write comedy sketches.

They wanted something that was in the style of my usual writing, perhaps inspired by some of my most popular posts. One of my personal favourites is the one where I get dressed up nicely for a smear test and the nurse can’t find my cervix, so I had to include reference to that.

Bee’s favourite ever post is the one where I go to a cafe and a random family come and sit down ALL AROUND ME while I’m just trying to have a coffee. That had to be in there too. (Have a read – they are both funny.)

I set to work.

‘This will be easy,’ I thought to myself. ‘I’m HILARIOUS.’

Turns out though that it’s actually pretty hard to write things that sound funny when they are said out loud by someone else. I mean sure, I can write stuff down and it sometimes makes people laugh when they read it, but writing a script is a whole different thing.

Still, I had a bash. The idea is that the mum is so desperate for a bit of time away from her kids that she has pretended she has to go to a smear test. (Hopefully you’ll get that – otherwise I have done a BAD job.)

This is the final result:

(Try to laugh remember.)

My best bit is the Granny saying ‘I’ve no idea’. It’s EXACTLY how the real life Granny said it to me in the coffee shop when they’d invaded my table, and that was always Bee’s favourite bit of the post I wrote about it.

So what do you reckon? Be honest – should this be the start of a new career or am I best sticking to looking pretty for smear tests?