Today I have a review of the Cozy Mum and Me baby wrap from Bee and baby Joey, who is now over three months old! Can you even imagine? I’ve been a Granny for over three months! Bee was very kindly gifted a baby wrap from Cozy Mum and Me, and here’s what she and Joey think.

When I was pregnant I was a bit of a sceptic when it came to baby products. I was so desperate not to fall into the new parent trap of over buying loads of fad items that I was more on the unprepared side if anything. I pretty much just bought a multipack of vests and a second hand Snuzpod (which he never wants to go in, typical) and apart from that I was lucky enough to have my mum picking up loads of clothes at new to you sales for me and I also received some really nice gifts.

Two gifts that I definitely couldn’t have lived without have been my breast pump, which I use all the time and could never have afforded, and our Cozy Mum and Me baby wrap.

I’d never been particularly interested in using a wrap because I didn’t think they were all that useful and I didn’t understand how they worked – how does just one strip of material secure a small baby to your body with a few folds?! But our Cozy Mum and Me wrap has been an absolute life saver.

Once you get the hang of it and realise that the baby isn’t suddenly going to drop out of the bottom of it, a wrap is really useful even if you don’t use it as your every day way of carrying your baby. As well as being able to get on with things around the house, you can use them on walks outside and also just as a way to comfort and bond with your baby at home. It’s a really easy way to get some quality skin to skin time in while still being practical enough that you have a bit of freedom to do other things too.

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What do you do with old engine oil

There are many things you can do to help the environment, but one that a lot of people never think of is recycling their oil. In fact, most people do not bother to change their oil themselves. It is a simple process that anyone can do to save money. When you do change your oil, make sure not to let it run into a storm drain. This is the worst thing you could do with it. You also should not simply throw it away. Collect the oil and take it to a place that can recycle it. This guide will tell you everything you need to know about recycling your oil. Of course, if you want to pay someone else to change your oil, that is fine too. Just make sure you find oil change specials that take pride in recycling oil.

Why Recycle Oil

First things first, is oil recycling really all that important? It absolutely is. Oil is actually one of the most environmentally damaging materials humans produce. One gallon of oil can contaminate hundreds of thousands of gallons of water. Plus, it is deadly to plants and animals. If you dump your oil directly into the environment, something is going to suffer from it somewhere down the line.

Ignoring the environmental factor completely, oil has incredible uses when recycled. It can be used to heat homes, create electricity, and even be turned into new oil. Motor oil is especially useful when recycled, being able to create lubricating oil much more efficiently than crude oil. Needless to say, there many reasons to recycle your car’s oil.

Where To Recycle Oil

It is not hard to find somewhere that handles oil recycling. The easiest solution is to take it to an auto parts store or mechanic that offers recycling services. Most of these places will, but you should check online to be sure. Most places are proud to advertise that they recycle oil. Some traditional recycling plants also take oil, although most of these places focus on traditional recycling materials, such as paper, plastic, and aluminum.

How To Recycle Oil

It is not hard to take your oil to a place where it can be recycled, but here are a few tips to keep in mind:

  • Be careful of spills – Use a drip pan to make sure no drops of oil spill onto the concrete where they might be washed into a storm drain. Some drip pans have a spout to help transfer it to a container.
  • Use the right container – Oil can eat through some materials over time. You need to use PE (polyethylene) plastic. Using milk cartons is a mistake many people make.
  • Keep the oil pure – The oil cannot be recycled if it is mixed with other fluid, such as brake fluid.
  • Bring the oil filter too – The oil filter can also be recycled.
  • Dispose of properly – If you cannot recycle for some reason, take it to a hazardous material disposal center instead.

It may seem like a hassle to recycle your oil, but it makes a huge difference.

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As I write this, Belle is upstairs putting together a flat pack hamster cabinet. (Best not to ask.) It struck me that there are probably plenty of 17 year olds who wouldn’t know what to do with an electric screwdriver and set of flat pack furniture instructions, and so I indulged in a brief moment of parental smugness.

‘Haven’t I done well,’ I thought, ‘bringing up such capable, independent children.

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It reminded me of when Bee went off to university, which was six years ago now, if you can believe it, which I can’t. In her first year she lived in halls in a flat with seven other people and when she arrived she was the only one of them that knew how to use a washing machine.

That’s not cool is it? To get to 18 years old and not even be able to wash your own clothes is worrying, to say the least. I blame the parents, obviously, because I am 99% sure I am peri-menopausal and so I say things like that now.

It got me thinking about some of the useful things I’ve taught Bee and Belle over the years, as well as some of the life skills I probably SHOULD have taught them, and so I’ve put all of these thoughts together into a helpful list of seven things to teach your kids before they leave home.  View Post

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Since 1998, the Yamaha R6 has remained a pinnacle of class. It is a motorcycle that is race-ready and really blew up in a big way in the United Kingdom. If you own one of these legendary bikes, then you need to keep it in good condition. Look through the Yamaha R6 aftermarket parts and accessories available online to see if you can find what you are looking for. All kinds of motorcycle aftermarket parts are found online, so you just need to search.

Hiflofiltro Oil Filter

Similar to a regular car, your motorcycle requires routine oil changes to perform optimally. During these oil changes, you should check to see whether it is time for a new oil filter. When that time comes, you will want the Hiflofiltro Oil Filter for your R6. This filter is designed to exceed OEM standards. It is compatible with all oil types, including synthetic, and it is capable of catching particles as tiny as five microns.

K&S Turn Signals

Your motorcycle’s turn signals are valuable components when you are on the road. You must alert other drivers to where you are going to decrease your chances of ending up in an accident. Due to an accident or normal wear and tear, you may need new turn signals sooner than you are expecting. The K&S Turn Signals are DOT-approved, and they meet all government requirements. These signals utilize amber bulbs inside clear lenses, so it is abundantly clear where you plan on turning next.

Garmin Virb 360 Action Camera

Many motorcyclists have discovered the advantages of riding with a camera. You never know when footage will come in handy, and if you end up in an accident, then the video will most likely bolster your case. This is a waterproof camera that records at a full 360-degree angle, both vertically and horizontally. It even comes with various recording modes, including manual, hyperframe and time lapse. With the Virb editing software, you can even create your own cool movie scenes.

Fly Racing Roller Grande Bag

The Fly Racing Roller Grande Bag draws inspiration from military equipment, so it should be big enough to hold all of your gear. It even features internal pockets to keep the little items secure. Once you reach your destination, you can use the huge wheels to bring it with you everywhere. The largeness of the wheels virtually guarantees that this bag will not roll over onto itself. It is sturdy, resilient and everything you have come to expect out of a high-quality motorcycle pack.

No matter what make and model of motorcycle you drive, you can find the aftermarket parts for it online. In the event you want the original equipment from the manufacturer, you can also search for the best OEM parts for Honda CR125, BMW HP4 or anything else you want. It all starts with finding the right online aftermarket shop, so start searching online today. Once you find a bike company you can trust, search for your specific vehicle and reach out with any questions you might have.

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When taking care of your child, it’s always important to take yourself into consideration as well. Setting the right example for your kid by being a healthy and happy role model is surely the best way to raise them, but they can run into unexpected issues. If your son is struggling with the terrible reality of addiction and sobriety, there are plenty of resources available locally and throughout the Internet to help your family with the journey.

Recovery Homes

When you feel as if your son’s addiction has gotten out of control, it may be time to enter him into a recovery home. Centers like https://newlifehouse.com support personal growth and excitement. Activities in the house are designed to help struggling people overcome their addiction and find a new sense of purpose. The purpose of recovery communities is to assist addicts in finding what they feel they couldn’t have before – a real life.

Be Their Support

It’s true that many addicts become reliant on substances because of trauma in early life. By becoming a trustworthy person that your child can talk to whenever, you can help them gain their self-confidence and build trusting relationships with other peers and family members. Never tear your kid down when they’re trying to recover, because as their mother, they look to you as the number one support system in their life.

Fight the Addiction, Not the Person

It’s sometimes easy to forget that underneath the addiction, your child is still that good person they were before. Remind yourself not to personally attack or criticize your son for being a bad person, and instead remind them you are there to help no matter how bad it gets. Being mean to your kid will only push them farther away and make it less likely for them to get help and get sober.

Love Yourself

It is important not to hold yourself accountable for the choices of your son. You will always be their mother but you cannot feel responsible for their choice to start taking drugs. Give yourself the benefit of the doubt and remind yourself that you are doing all you can to help them. It’s not your fault.

Never Enable

One of the best things you can do as a parent of an addict is to love your child unconditionally and let them suffer the natural consequences of their actions. If you give them money when they’re in need, there’s a chance they could use that to fuel their addiction. Instead, buy them groceries or clothes if you can so they know they can count on you, but not be able to put themselves in harm’s way because of you. This way, you know you’re helping them get resources to live and not to buy or use illegal things.

Addicts Can Lie

As a parent of an addict, you might have to learn to accept that your son will not be completely up-front with you. Addicted people will do a lot to hide their worsening addiction, or the fact that they’ve relapsed. Children seek approval from their parents and definitely do not want to let them down. Never rely on faith alone to prove that they’re not using, and seek hard evidence that their addiction is getting better before giving them the positive reinforcements.

Don’t Be Afraid To Get Help

When your son grows older, your responsibility as a parent lessens. Know that your child’s actions aren’t your fault, and you can only do so much to help them out of this hard time. It is basically impossible to help someone that isn’t interested in helping themselves. Recovery communities and good family support systems may be the best options to ensure recovery.

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The Golden Girl donut

A few weeks ago I discovered the joy that is getting cookery books out of the library.

I’ve always gone to the library, obviously, I’ve not just suddenly discovered it as concept. I’ve facilitated my fair share of summer reading challenges with the girls, and been to story times, and done all the usual library things, but for some reason it had never occurred to be to get recipe books from the library. Silly really, as they are BOOKS, dur.

So anyway a few weeks ago I went along to the library, with my tote bag, and there were shelves and shelves of them! I sat on the floor and looked at all the pictures of all the things I’d probably never get around to making, but liked looking at nonetheless. I concentrated on baking because I find it more enjoyable cooking when I’m not hungry, just for the fun of making something. When you’ve been answering the ‘what’s for tea’ question every day at 4.30pm for over 20 years then the joy of cooking actual meals becomes a teeny bit diminished.

I ended up with a big stack of books for my tote bag and one of them was DONUTS by Vicky Graham. (Only £3 for a hardback on Amazon at the time of writing, should you want your own non-library copy.) View Post

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bedroom design tips

Your bedroom is where you spend a large majority of your time, and therefore it is an area of the house that a lot of consideration should be put into designing. When choosing the right materials and products for your bedroom, there are many different elements to consider. A lot of people decide to use synthetic materials, as they tend to be cheaper than natural ones due to the ease of how they are manufactured. However, there is a wide range of reasons why you might choose to use natural materials in your home instead; for example, most hardwood furniture has higher-end finish than plastic or other man-made materials. Additionally, beyond style alone, there are many advantages to using natural materials which often get overlooked. So, with that in mind, here are some reasons why you might benefit from using natural materials in your bedroom.

Health

When most people think of health, the first thing that comes to their mind is their diet or the amount of exercise they are getting daily. But just as important as that is all of the substances that people come into contact with throughout the day, and that includes in the home as well. The bedroom is where people spend a large majority of their time, particularly at night, so it is important to ensure that the materials used in these rooms don’t include any harmful chemicals and that the air is kept clean.

This means avoiding the use of too many plastics, toxin-containing candles, and mattresses that contain volatile compounds. Instead of these products, the use of an organic hypoallergenic mattress will help you sleep better at night while reducing the amount of exposure you have to allergens. Other simple changes you can make to your living environment include using flowers and plants to create a natural and clean aroma, rather than harmful sprays and perfumes, and avoiding burning candles in your bedroom unless they are made from natural substances.

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Comfort

Many natural materials bring an element of comfort that synthetic materials do not, due to man-made products often becoming flat and worn down over time. Many natural materials, such as wool and feather, are inherently designed to be water-resistant, meaning that they hold onto pockets of air easily. It is this natural phenomenon that allows them to feel light and airy to the touch, creating a much softer surface for your duvets and pillows, increasing comfort and an added touch of luxury.

Design

Natural products tend to have the kind of effortless beauty which you won’t find in synthetic substances, and this is something that comes with organic aging processes and pure color schemes. This is particularly important in bedrooms, as color scheme and atmosphere can be key to a good night’s sleep, and natural materials are far more likely to be soothing with their neutral tones and fresh, grounding aesthetic.

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Sustainability

Natural materials typically last longer and can withstand more wear and tear than man-made ones. For example, think about a standard plastic-based table: once it gets a few scratches it starts to look tired and cheap, whereas a solid hardwood table only looks more distinguished and refined the older it gets, even when it withstands some damage. It is also much easier to upcycle hardwood and other natural materials, as they take well to paints, varnishes and sanding to remove marks, processes which are much harder to undergo on synthetic materials.

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Every parent of a first-year student can relate to the nagging concern that their child isn’t taking care of their own health. It explains the food parcels, the multi vitamins posted special delivery and the strict instructions not to drink too much, sleep plenty and phone home when stressed. For most parents, there’s little need for concern. Their adult child gets along just fine and at the end of the first term returns home for Christmas looking exactly like they did in September.

For parents of children with asthma it’s often a very different story. According to Asthma UK, young people with the condition are more likely to have uncontrolled asthma and least likely to get life-saving basic care. 18-34 were the least likely to have a personalised asthma action plan, with only 26% saying they used one. They were also the age group least likely to attend their annual asthma review, with only 64% doing so. View Post

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On Sunday I took myself off to Southampton for a day at the International Boat Show – the biggest on-the water-boat show in Europe, (fun fact), which runs this year until September 22nd. When my mum saw the pictures on Instagram she was surprised.

‘I didn’t know you were interested in boats!’ she messaged me.

‘I’m not!’ I replied.

I’m really not. In fact, I can’t even really swim*, but it turns out you don’t have to know your jib from your mainsail to enjoy a day at the Southampton Boat Show, especially on a gloriously sunny day.

(I Googled ‘sailing terms’ for that sentence.)

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The wrong mattress can ruin your sleep quality for years. Investing in the right type of bed can seem like a daunting task. You want to find the perfect product that meets your needs and stays within your price range. To better decide which mattress is right for you, keep reading to learn about your available options. Spring and ​foam mattresses ​are among the most common types, and you can learn how to select between them.

Types of mattresses

● Spring mattresses

● Foam mattresses

● Gel mattresses provide a cooler sleeping surface. It offsets the heating effects of foam by absorbing the temperature over a more extended time.

● Latex mattresses provide a natural solution for bedding. They have more bounce and retain less heat.

Hybrid mattresses​ can offer the support and comfort of multiple types in one product. You can experience a soft, foam-like feeling with firm, spring mattress support.

● Waterbeds are not as popular as they once were, but these mattresses feature fillable chambers to adjust your bed.

● Pillowtop mattresses feature extra padding on top of the bed. This material can cool, add comfort, and add bounce to the mattress beneath.

● Polyfoam mattresses offer customized solutions and feature a variety of densities.

● Adjustable beds can recline or sit up with the press of a button.

● Airbeds typically offer a convenient, temporary solution with an air-filled mattress.

● Organic mattresses utilize other resources to create mattresses sustainably.

Out of all of the available types of mattresses, spring and foam options are the most popular. Both options have been around for decades and offer a range of products to suit your unique sleeping needs. Learn more about spring mattresses and memory foam options below.

What is a spring mattress?

Innerspring mattresses have been around for a long time, and they continue to be one of the most popular types of mattresses. Generally, steel coils inside the mattress compress whenever you lay on the bed. There are several types of spring mattresses with a range of coil types and quantities.

● Continuous coils support your bed with just one wire. These coils are twisted into an S-shape and offer increased durability for your mattress.

● Bonnell – This is one of the oldest types of mattresses, first used for buggy seat cushions. These coils are formed in an hourglass structure.

● Offset coils – These are in an hourglass shape and provide a quiet, sturdy surface.

● Marshall coils – These coils are independent and provide motion isolation.

● Pocketed coils – These are similar to Marshall coils. More coils usually equals higher quality.

Benefits of a spring mattress

Spring mattresses have a lot of benefits that may suit your needs. Visit different home or mattress stores to test out the different types of spring mattresses and find the right brand for you.

● Cost-effective: Innerspring mattresses are very common and therefore have a lower price tag. These mattresses are great if you need a quality mattress on a smaller budget.

● Durable: An innerspring mattress can last many years if you care for it properly. The solid construction keeps the springs from wearing out quickly.

● Availability: You can find spring mattresses online or in almost any home or mattress store.

● Ventilation: Heat quickly dissipates because of the space between the mattresses.

Cons of a spring mattress

Spring mattresses aren’t perfect. There are a few drawbacks to this type of bed that may make you decide to choose a different option.

● Wear & tear: The springs or coils can lose support over time. This wear and tear will affect the firmness of your mattress and your overall sleep quality.

● Heavy: If you ever have to move a spring mattress, it is a lot to carry. It is also difficult to clean or air out this type of bed.

● Allergens: Dust mites and other allergens can get trapped in the wool and fiber of this type of mattress. You have to clean a spring mattress more frequently to prevent problems with allergies.

● Significant motion transfer: Many types of innerspring mattresses have significant motion transfer. If you share your bed with a partner, you could easily disturb one another if you move during the night.

What is a foam mattress?

Memory foam mattresses​ are quickly becoming a popular option for beds. As memory foam improves in quality, these mattresses offer more benefits to consumers. They are often considered one of the most comfortable types of mattresses on the market thanks to their pillow-like surface.

Benefits of a foam mattress

Foam mattresses provide a higher level of comfort and reduce the pressure on your spine. Over the years, memory foam has been researched and studied to make further improvements in the quality and application of this material.

● Comfort: The soft surface conforms to your body as you rest.

● Less pressure: Foam mattresses reduce stress on your spine as you sleep. This type of bed has been shown to reduce back or neck pain over time.

● Silent: This type of mattress does not have any springs or coils and is virtually silent.

● Hypoallergenic: The materials used in foam mattresses resist dust mites and prevent issues with allergies.

● Limited motion transfer: You or your partner can move around without disturbing the other.

Cons of a foam mattress

There are some drawbacks to consider with memory foam mattresses as well.

● Weight: These are also cumbersome mattresses and challenging to move or clean.

● Firmness: Memory foam tends to be softer in hot climates and firmer in cold climates. The firmness of your mattress is likely to change throughout the seasons.

● Odor: If you do not air out this type of bed, it can absorb unpleasant smells.

● Price: The high quality carries a higher price tag. This mattress may not be a viable option if you are on a tighter budget.

Recommendations for Choosing Your Mattress

If you are looking for a quality mattress that is affordable and dependable, an innerspring mattress may be best. This type of bed has been around for a long time and offers a reliable solution to getting quality sleep. You may need to purchase a slipcover to prevent allergens from collecting in your mattress or a mattress topper to make your bed more comfortable. However, it is still one of the most popular bedding options for good reasons.

For shoppers with a larger budget or chronic back pain, a memory foam mattress is your best bet. This type of mattress relieves pressure on your spine and offers a higher quality of sleep every night. While it does carry a hefty price tag, you are paying for a higher standard of quality. You can also find a hybrid mattress to pair the comfort of memory foam with the structure of spring mattresses. If you are looking for a high-quality hybrid or memory foam mattress, Inofia.com​ has a variety of options to meet your needs.

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It’s been just over a month since the annual event that is A-level results day. So it’s as good a time as any for some reflections. There are some things that will always be the same when it comes to A-level results day; Jeremy Clarkson will post a humble-brag about how he flunked his exams, but still lives in a huge house, holidays in a castle, and has his choice of luxury cars. At least one tabloid will somehow manage to find a set of over-achieving, photogenic triplets who all got straight A’s and are now trying to decide between their choice of top universities. And there will be some 11-year-old wonder kid somewhere in England or Wales who was skipped ahead a few years and took their A-levels early. And they passed. With exceptional grades.

But there are things that happen every year too, albeit slightly under the radar. And it’s time we discussed those.

The teachers are exhausted

Yes, it’s great to celebrate the kids and give them their moment to shine, but have you ever noticed how the teachers are almost always overlooked. You might hear of a standout student getting a whole raft of top grades, or even a particular school that’s done well, but it’s rare to see teachers, either individually or as a profession, singled out for a bit of praise. It’s time we shifted our focus a little from the broad stats and trends and focused more on those on the frontline shepherding our nation’s kids through one of the most stressful and influential periods of their young lives.

Not everyone’s kids got the grades they want

For the first time in 12 years the proportion of students receiving the top grades dropped. And people seemed quite shocked about this. Unless we’re expecting kids to be on a constant and indefinite upward curve of improvement, there are going to be years where students didn’t outperform the previous year’s intake.

It’s not a big deal. But you wouldn’t think that reading the media reactions. And here’s what’s really infuriating. For the past 11 years, the media (not to mention plenty of people not employed to share their opinion) have pushed the narrative that since grades were improving year-on-year, that the exams must have been getting easier. Those same voices have gone oddly silent now their theory suggests that exams must in fact be getting harder.

Not everyone’s kids want to go to university

According to some news reports, something a little unusual happened on A-Level results day this year. While students were receiving their grades, there was a surge in Google search traffic for queries related to careers in the skilled trades. At various points on the day the results were issued, there were spikes for search terms such as ‘electrician training near me’, ‘plumber apprenticeships’, or ‘locksmith earnings’. The company that collected and analyzed this search data suggests that it’s a sign that young people are doing research into vocational careers like electrics as well as considering an academic path. And given the economic uncertainty in the country at the moment, as well as the astronomical cost of actually going to university, maybe they’re the truly smart ones.

Hopefully the mild shock of 2019’s A-Level results falling below expectations will be a turning point for how we talk about what has become an annual media circus. Kids will continue to study hard, some will do well and go to a great university, others will do OK and go to their second choice, and others will decide that university isn’t really for them at all. And we should be celebrating all of those choices.

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When it comes to home improvement, it can be easy to want to submit to the temptation of letting a professional take over, especially when you can’t get that wall-roof crease exactly right and you’ve knocked the paint tub over for the thousandth time. There’s something ridiculously satisfying (and stubborn) about doing it all yourself and stepping back to admire your hard work. It’s especially rewarding if you have growing children to whom you are trying to teach the benefits of hard work.

This is no different when it comes to your outside space. The garden is a goldmine for fun and quirky opportunities to let out your personality and have fun creating your new favourite space, especially if the whole family gets involved. Here’s how.

  • Have a Go At Making Your Own Garden Furniture

You’re going to need your own place to sit and relax when you’re ready to admire your completed space. So why not create some unique furniture items for your garden? Perhaps you’re tired of strolling through the garden centre aisles, looking at the same sets which practically everybody has. Fashioning your own garden furniture is an excellent opportunity to upcycle or use recyclable materials. Seating areas can be created from recycled wooden pallets, for example, and given a nice paint job with a layer or hand-sewn cushions. Or you could create quirky seats from old wooden barrels. Use any means at your disposal, and take a look at charity shops for any old pieces which could be given new life.

  • Consider Growing Your Own Grass

If your ideal garden has to have grass, but you don’t have the perfect lawn of your dreams yet, consider growing your own. You can purchase grass seed for the exact type of grass you would like for your garden. Or, if there’s simply a few bare patches of soil in your garden which you don’t know what to do with, planting grass seeds can be a great space-filler and add extra greenery to your little outside haven. Growing your own grass means you have the freedom to position your lawn exactly as you would like it, and whichever size you would like.

  • Paint Your Own Features

If you have a tall fence, wooden decking or any other features such as a rock wall or a garden shed, consider letting your creative side out in a burst of colour. Instead of painting all your woodwork the same brown, why not design something a little different and have bold, bright stripes on your fence or a pastel-shaded shed. This is especially fun to do with young children who can offer their input into the colour choices (obviously if they come with parent seal of approval, however).

  • Hang Your Own Lights

Fairy lights are beautiful for any garden, and with solar-powered options, there’s really no reason not to make your garden sparkle. By buying easy-to-hang strip lighting, you can wrap and drape your lights over your garden features in whichever way you please to create the twinkling look you’re really going for, unique to you.

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