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What Makes A Perfect Family Car?

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In case your family grew bigger, children making your life happier and more fulfilling, you know that your will have to say goodbye to your old car. You need more space now that you will be travelling in a higher number, the comfort of each family member being crucial. Also, more passengers in a car mean more space needed for luggage, especially when you are going on a vacation. So, having all these aspects in mind, what car could meet the requirements? You would like a large car, but not a massive one. It would be great if the price is acceptable and fuel consumption great as well. Thus, there are quite a few characteristics the perfect car should have.

Finding the best family car depends on what expectancies you have from a car. For instance, if you like going camping with your family, or just enjoy a car with 4×4 traction, the Land Rover Discovery can be the best option. It is very comfortable and robust, gives you all the space you need, but the price can be a bit above the average. Still, if such a car is just too large and too expensive for you, there is a car that is highly resistant, affordable as price and maintenance, has an excellent fuel consumption, and it is great for driving during both short and long distances. The Volkswagen Golf is the smallest car family car, which conquers with its reliability and compact look. Check out the VW Golf lease offers because most certainly you will be mesmerized by this good looking car.

If you are a fan of MPVs, the winner of this category is Citroen Grand C4 Picasso. Very compact and spacious, this C4 version is exactly what you need if you want space and an elegant look as well. It is highly economical and comes with 7 seats, making it perfect even for larger families. Do you like SUVs? Then check out the Nissan Qashqai. Elegant to be driven in the city and resistant enough to deal with off-road adventures, it has a comfortable interior, with 5 seats, and rather economic when it comes to fuel. Still, for the people that want a stylish car, which can also offer the extra space they need, the Skoda Octavia can be their dream car. It is a car that comes at a decent price, large enough, but without being bulky, offering you all the comfort you and your family members need.

Wedding Fashion: Styling your bridesmaids

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Your big day should be special, but there’s no denying it’s one of the most stressful events to plan. As well as organising the wedding itself and the glitzy reception, you’ll need to take care of the overall look and feel of the big day. Your bridesmaids are one of the most important aspects, as a properly styled bridesmaid complements your dress and makes you look even more stunning.

Here are a few tips for styling your bridesmaids courtesy of House of Fraser…

Go Nude….

No, don’t strip off! Nude coloured dresses are a great way for bridesmaids to show off their natural beauty. Best worn with a messy up-do and a small amount of makeup, nude dresses help accentuate a smile and make for great group shots.

Keep things affordable

Your wedding dress is an outfit you’ll only ever get to wear once, but cherish forever, so it’s only right you’ll spend a little more on it. Your bridesmaids deserve nice dresses, but you don’t need to spend the same kind of money on them. Beautiful options are available from department stores – like these bridesmaid dresses from House of Fraser.

Shorter dresses for stunning style

Dressing your bridesmaids in shorter dresses helps accentuate your wedding gown. They create a contrast that makes both the bride elegant and the bridesmaids eye-catching, allowing you to play off each other.

Throw some shade

Dressing your bridesmaids in varying shades of the same colour is a modern trend that allows you to add variety depending on their skin tone. When you use contrasting dress shades, you’ll need to tie things together with a single colour bouquet – white is always a classic that pairs well with pastels.

Match your bouquets

Your bouquets should offset the style of your dresses. With a bit of thought, the flowers can complement virtually every kind of dress. Generally best when used as contrasts, using a lighter bouquet with a darker dress and vice-versa creates a tasteful but memorable accessory.

Agree on accessories

Bridesmaids want to stand out too, but you’ll need to keep things organised to avoid an array of jewellery that doesn’t properly match. Speak with your bridesmaids before the big day and agree on which accessories you’re all going to wear. Less is often more when it comes to jewellery – something to bear in mind when you’re trying to agree on a theme.

With just a bit of foresight and planning, you can make your bridesmaids shine on your wedding day – just not quite as brightly as you will!

Gift Ideas To Inspire You

Sometimes picking the right gift to delight a person can be really tricky. You might be full of great ideas but then struggle to find what you’re looking for. If you know you’ve got a few birthdays coming up that you need to buy for, why not start making a list of ideas now? That gives you time to find the right gift, and you might even be able to take advantage of some discounts. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

Days Out

Family days out are a great way to celebrate a child’s birthday that everyone can get with. This is an especially good idea when you have more than one child! Choose places that caters for all ages so nobody is left out or disappointed. If you buy the tickets in advance, you can wrap them up in a presentation tin to give as a gift.

 

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Older children and adults might enjoy an Experience Day. This provides them with the opportunity to do something they might only have dreamed of before. The more unusual, the better the gift! Hot air ballooning is popular, but you can’t always enjoy the experience on a set day. You have to wait for the weather to be right!

Special Interests

If your child or spouse has a specific interest, you can find collectibles to delight at places like Atlas Editions. Collecting models and memorabilia is a popular pastime and can be a great source of inspiration for gifts. Even if your child hasn’t yet started a collection, their interest might develop. You could help that by buying their first collector’s item.

Some interests can inspire other gifts too. For example, an ice skating fan might enjoy a year’s pass to the local rink. And those who love making model planes might be delighted with a set of flying lessons in the real thing. Any budding rock star would love a meet and greet with their favorite band.

Techy Types

For all those family members that love their gadgets and gizmos, you can find a wealth of ideas online. There are lots of robot vacuum cleaners on the market at the moment. You can also find build-a-robot kits in lots of the electronics stores. This is great if you’re looking for an educational angle to your gift buying.

Other popular gizmos and gadgets include smartwatches and fitness bands. The prices are coming down a lot at the moment, so it’s worth shopping around. Solar powered toys are also very popular right now. You can find solar powered toy cars and other fun activities to use the panels with. If your gift recipient is interested in science and technology, these can be ideal.

Gift buying can be a lot of fun when you have some ideas about what to buy. You can use apps to help you organize your gift shopping too. That way you’ll never miss another birthday! If you ever get stuck for a gift idea, it could be worth asking them what is interesting to them at the moment. You never know when inspiration will strike.

3 Simple Steps To Help You Sell Your Home Fast!

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Selling your house can be stressful! But, with these simple steps you can have a quick sale in no time! Before putting your house on the market, it is best to invest some time and money into a few home improvement projects. SHS Roofing believes a house with an updated roof is more attractive to buyers because of the money they’ll save in the future. Exterior upgrades are incredibly valuable to potential buyers.

Sell At A Good Time

The best way to get a quick sale is to sell at the best time. But, when is the best time to sell your house? In general, you should look at the property market. See if business is booming and houses are being sold. If the property market has slowed right down, don’t expect to see a quick sale. Wait for things to pick up again! Similarly, the time of year can play a big impact on sell success. It’s never a good idea to sell your home in the summer because that’s when people are often away on holiday. Winter is also a bad time to sell because not many people tend to think about moving home at the end of the year. Think about selling in that Autumn period between summer and winter, you’re far more likely to get a quick sale.

Advertise Far & Wide

If you want to sell your home fast, you’ll need to let people know it’s up for sale. This means advertising it in as many places as possible. I’m talking about various property websites online, as well as in local papers. You aren’t going to get a quick sale if you only advertise your home in one place! You need to get the word out there, let homebuyers know there’s a house for sale. I also recommend using Facebook to advertise your property. You can post a status with the details and asking price of your house, for people to see. Also, you may find local groups or pages on Facebook that are ideal for advertising your home. This lets you directly advertise your property to people in the surrounding area, for free!

Find An Estate Agent

An estate agent is someone that can help you sell your house. It’s in their job description to seek out prospective buyers and advertise your home. If you go to Entwistle Green, you’ll be able to search for an estate agent near you. It makes sense to hire an estate agent because they can help you get a little bit more out of your house. If you’ve been trying to sell your home by yourself, and having no luck, this is a step you should take. Of course, you can hire one at the start to save you a lot of hard work. Remember, you’ll have to pay them a fee and sometimes this is a percentage of the sale. So, they may make it easier to sell your house, but it will cost you more than doing it yourself. Naturally, the choice is up to you!

One thing’s for certain, selling your house will be way less stressful if you do things this way. That’s the worst thing about selling a home, the stress of not finding a quick buyer. If you follow the steps above, I can almost guarantee you’ll have a successful sale.

How To Find The Perfect Family Home: My Super Tips

If you have a large family, you need to ensure that you get the right home for them. Sometimes, though, doing so is harder than you imagine. Of course, your kids come first no matter what. That means that you need to find a place where your children will be as happy as you are. So, how can you find the perfect family home? Well, since I thought I would share some top tips with you.

Choose the ideal location

Okay, location is everything when it comes to a family home. You should take a look at some of the safest places in the UK before you start your search. After all, you want to raise your little ones in the right region. Ensure that the house you choose is close to your place of work and a great school. That way, you don’t have to deal with a massive commute and your kids will get the best level of education ever.

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Consider renting a house

If you’re not ready to get on the property ladder, you might want to think about renting. In reality, there is no rush when it comes to getting a house. The UK property market is booming, which means that house prices have rocketed. Take a look at sites like www.abbotts.co.uk/toletoffice/Chelmsford/878/ where you can rent family houses. When you make the decision to rent a property, rather than buying it, you can move around. Check out rented properties and see what you think.

Check out the garden space

Everyone wants a beautiful garden space. When you first start viewing properties, you need to see their gardens. Of course, kids love running around outside, and so this aspect of the home is crucial. You should ensure that the yard is large enough for your little ones to play. You may want to include something like a swings set or even a climbing frame. Check whether the garden is spacious before you settle on a home.

Ignore the interior design

This tip is super important so pay attention. You may hate the interior design of a particular house, but you need to ignore it. You can redecorate the house in whatever way you want. That means that the wallpaper and carpets don’t mean a thing. If you base your decision on someone else’s design tastes, it will take you ages to find your dream home.

Get enough space for everybody

Finally, you need to make sure that you get enough rooms for everyone in your family. You may wonder how many rooms you need, and so you should discuss this with your partner before you start to look. When you have a massive family, everyone needs a place they can relax. Choose a home that suits the size of your family and you will not go far wrong.

I hope my tips help you when the time comes for you to move home. Remember, this period might feel stressful, but it will be well worth it in the end! Good luck.

Family Day Out Ideas for the Kids

Now that the summer holidays have arrived, every parent is on the lookout for ways to keep the kids occupied. While us mums love having our little ones home with us, it can be a bit of a struggle keeping them entertained for six weeks.

However, that being said, it is possible, it just takes a bit of creative thinking that’s all. As well as having days at home baking, getting crafty and watching movies, it’s important that you also plan a few fun days out.

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In case you are feeling a little stuck for inspiration when it comes to planning days out that the kids will love, I thought I would share a few ideas with you. For all my favourite day out ideas, keep reading, below:

Take a trip to the beach

Kids love the beach, so if the sun is shining, why not pack up the car and head to the beach? Beaches are great fun and have so much to do that the kids will never be bored. From building sand castles and swimming in the sea to having donkey rides and watching Punch and Judy, there’s always lots to do.

One of the best things about taking a trip to the beach is that it isn’t an expensive day out. All you need to pay for is the fuel to get there, the parking, and your picnic food, and that’s it. So, even if money is tight, a trip to the beach is the perfect family day out.

Visit a theme park

For us mums, theme parks may not be the most exciting of places. However, kids absolutely love going to theme parks, so they are the perfect place for a family day out.

The best thing about taking the kids for a day trip to a theme park is that there are so many to choose from. From Thorpe Park and Alton Towers to Blackpool Pleasure Beach and Drayton Manor, there are lots of options. So, however old your children are, there will be a theme park that is perfect for them.

Go for a bike ride and picnic

Around the UK, there are various off-road cycle paths that are ideal for a family bike ride. So, if the weather is warm, pack up a picnic basket and head out for a family day of cycling.

Just make sure to map your route in advance to ensure that you have chosen a route that is completely off the roads, so it is safe for your little ones. To find the best local cycling routes for families in your area, have a look online and do some research.

Spend the day at a water park

Many of the UK’s water parks are only open seasonally, so make sure to make the most of them by planning a day out to your closest park. If your kids are young, it’s best to opt for a park that has heated water so that they don’t get chilly while splashing about.

Most water parks have various slides and play areas, including areas for teens and adults, children, and babies and toddlers. So no matter how old your children are, the whole family should have a great time.

Keeping the kids occupied during the summer holidays isn’t always easy. However, by planning a few fun days out, you can make it much easier for yourself.

Managing Loneliness

I don’t find the act of writing to be a lonely one. But the act of writing is a solitary one, and the writing life forces you to shut off the outside world for long stretches of time. To complete a huge task you have to say no to outings with friends and time spent in the sunshine, and choose instead to chain yourself to your computer or notepad and stare at it for hours on end. And because you have to spend so much time writing, you might not leave enough time for friendships and fun.

Writing might not inspire loneliness, but the writing lifestyle definitely can.It can be difficult to fess up to loneliness, or even to recognize that it’s behind what’s ailing you. Doctors don’t really ask how many meaningful social interactions you’re getting and there is a social stigma for admitting to this kind of a problem. Even if you’re surrounded by people, sometimes there’s a tendency to retreat inward and cut off the outside world.

Don’t let your zeal cut away at the rest of your life. Take your time, find great relationships, get the help you need if you need it. In the meantime you should read this interesting infographic on loneliness made by Stannah Stairlifts:

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Spotting the signs of asthma

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Asthma is a common condition. In the UK, over five million people are currently receiving treatment for this medical problem. This equates to one in every 12 adults and one in every 11 children. The severity of asthma varies from person to person. In most cases, it can be effectively controlled. However, some people suffer from persistent problems. Occasionally, it can cause asthma attacks and severe episodes can require hospital treatment. They can even be life threatening. Indeed, these attacks kill around three people each day and Britain has one of the highest asthma death rates in Europe.

This is why it’s so important to make sure you can spot the signs of asthma in yourself or your loved ones. Once the problem has been identified, you can seek suitable treatments. For example, you can get asthma inhalers to both prevent and relieve attacks.

If you’re not sure how to identify the symptoms of this medical condition, take a look at the following guide.

The telltale signs  

The most common asthma symptoms include wheezing, which means you make a whistling sound when you breathe, and a shortness of breath. The condition can also cause you to experience a tightening of your chest. This may feel like a band is surrounding your chest and is contracting around it. Frequent coughing is another telltale sign.

These symptoms are often worse last thing at night and early in the morning. They can also develop or get worse in response to specific triggers, including exercise or allergens like dust or pet fur.

What to do

If you or someone close to you shows these signs, it’s important to speak to a trained healthcare professional. These experts will be able to diagnose the symptoms and establish whether or not asthma is the cause or another health problem is to blame. Bear in mind that young children may not be able to express some of their symptoms, so you have to be especially vigilant when dealing with infants.

Finding out that you or one of your family members have asthma can be distressing, but it is important that you get a diagnosis so that you can seek suitable treatment. Many of the severe asthma attacks and fatalities that occur as a result of this condition could be prevented if sufferers took suitable treatments.

As long as you follow the medical guidance provided, you should be able to manage the condition effectively.

 

Beds: Buying them the simple way

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For decent bed advice a site that is managed by somebody like a bed manufacturer will certainly be perfect, Some of the many interior design newsgroups and blogs may also be wonderful resources for discovering good quality bed tips and info, these type of places might easily answer some thoroughly precise questions concerning items such as wood and iron beds or wrought iron headboards.

This bed search tip is especially valuable, instead of simply using a research term like “beds “, you should make use of a more particular search engine phrase such as”queen and kingsize beds” or “modern headboard makers”, in doing this your results are going to be highly targeted to your specific bed needs.

You should also be aware that bed specialists and other people who might often work with or have some involvement with beds can easily be discovered via the regional telephone books, there will be no shortage of individuals who are in some way linked with the subject of beds and they can save you a sizable amount of your valuable time by helping you with your bed related queries.

The bed experts will be capable offering you a lot of prime niche assistance on matters such as obtaining the best deals on metal frame twin beds and how to get the proper product guarantee whenever getting a bed, their bed expertise will surely help you get the best item for your needs.

A whole host of bed related searches might possibly have led you to a bed or interior design associated portal, searches such as “find heavy duty bed frames” or “guides on adjustable orthopedic beds”, the real trick with any bedding portal is to go immediately to the site menu, if you do this you should not be side tracked due to bed guides that are not connected to the home furnishing item you need.

Now if you should need advice on antique bed platforms it will often be better to use a bed site in order to initiate contact with a bed expert, by doing this you will obviously be able to get a modest amount of bed information for free.

It might very well be you purchase a wood loft bed and a little later find that the bed merchant you got it from did not supply the goods at the lowest price, to be certain that this never comes about some other time make sure you carry out an online price review or check a reasonable variety of bed merchants first, it may be a king iron bed is being sold for a certain price on one internet store however is being marketed for thirty five percent lower on another, some great deals can be found if you look around.

particular beds might not turn out to be that easy to come across, lets imagine you are wishing to buy loft bunk beds it might be that you might have to purchase your items directly from a bed manufacturer, even the top websites may not always solve every bed purchasers requirements however a large number of home furnishing products can be acquired by some means.

Back to School: Bus Safety Tips

 

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Beginning in early August and all the way through much of September, schools throughout the country begin welcoming students back from their summer hiatus. Whether you are a parent, child, school administrator, driver, or a concerned citizen, the following tips will help keep our nation’s students safe.

1. Bus Stop. Your child’s bus stop should be in an area that is well lit, easily accessible, and away from traffic. If it is not, contact school administrators to have the stop moved. In some situations you may need to contact the school board instead. If you live in an area where there is heavy snowfall, make sure that the stop is sufficiently free of snow, ice, and related debris.

2. Clothing. Children should be wearing bright colored clothing, especially if waiting for the bus before sunrise or getting home after dark. Place removable reflective tape on their outer garments including on their hats and coats.

3. Boarding. Teach your children to only move forward to board the school bus when it has come to a complete stop and the driver opens the door. Children should line up single file as they await entrance.

4. Seating. Virtually all school buses DO NOT come equipped with seatbelts, nor are seats strong enough to resist impact in the event of a crash. Teach your children to be seated at all times and facing forward. Study various brace positions to prepare for the possibility of an accident. Learn optional exit strategies including using the emergency door or windows.

5. Exiting. When exiting the bus, children must move far away from the vehicle to allow the driver to see that they have cleared the bus and are safely away from traffic. Instruct your children to stay away from the bus’ rear wheels at all times.

6. Awareness. Teach your children to be aware of other traffic in the area. Do not assume that drivers will stop for them or even see them. If children must cross the street, they are to do so only with the driver directing them. Have them constantly looking both ways as they cross the street until they are safely on the other side.

Every year children die or are injured in school bus related accidents. Many die as a result of a collision involving their bus with another vehicle while others are killed or hurt as they fail to clear the area around the bus or are hit by oncoming traffic.

You can keep your child safe by raising their awareness of potential hazards while the rest of us can make school bus safety a priority by obeying the rules of the road. Let’s make this school year a safe one.

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