Furniture – Cutting Costs Without Compromising Quality

If you are looking to furnish a new home, or even choosing new pieces for your existing home, you could do worse than to check out the Trade Furniture Company.

With a huge range of furniture in a number of styles, the Trade Furniture Company caters for all tastes. Even better, nothing is overpriced, leaving you safe in the knowledge that you are getting the absolute most for your money. My favourite pieces are in their reclaimed range, particularly this gorgeous nest of tables, which would work perfectly as a coffee table in our rather small lounge.

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In fact, the entire reclaimed range is rather lovely; I may just have to add some of it to our wedding gift wishlist!

Published in conjunction with Trade Furniture Company

Planning a Wedding – a Gift For The Groom Who Has Everything!

We are planning to marry this year. I had hoped that we would sort the wedding for August, but time has slipped away from us. Perhaps we will organise it for October instead! Either way, I intend to buy James a gift for the day itself. For our wedding day.

The trouble with this idea is that James, though not a man who has everything, is a man who does not really want anything. Expensive possessions do not interest him and the one thing that he would really like (a camper van), I cannot afford.

I am tempted to opt for a piece of jewellery or, more likely, a watch. Something that can be engraved, something that can be kept forever to remind him of the day we finally married!

I very much like the watches from Market Cross Jewellers, though they are a little out of my price range, unfortunately. What a lovely gift they would make, though, for the man who has everything.

Or for my James; the man who is so content with his lot that he does not really want anything.

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Published in conjunction with Market Cross Jewellers

Adrenaline

Miss J is a thrill seeker, there is no doubt about it. From roller coasters to skateboarding to swimming in the sea, she is happy and willing to dive head first into any opportunities that come her way. The bigger and bolder, the better!

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Miss J will always be found where there is action, pushing the boundaries and testing her limits; zooming down the fastest slide or scaling the tallest tree…

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I am quite sure that her energy, enthusiasm and fearlessness comes directly from her father, though I sometimes wonder if visiting Chessington with her in my tummy (before we knew!) had something to do with it. She is always first in line for fast rides even now, at the age of five.

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Having a fearless child can be frightening, but it is also exciting. Because she is so keen to try new things, I am able to make fun plans, and to dream a little. For example, I would love to take her skiing. I often browse the web for things such as ski goggles and jackets. I am not sure if we will ever be able to make such a trip as to need these things, but it would definitely be lovely if we could. I have spent a long time on the High Octane website recently, mentally shopping and actually dreaming.

Whether we manage a ski trip or not, one thing is for sure; Miss J is a little live wire who will try anything once. What a lucky Mummy I am!

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Published in conjunction with High Octane Sports.

Knight For A Day – Arundel Castle review

The boy loves being a knight. He loves swords and shields and helmets and armour… He likes to pretend his name is Mike! He rides horses and slays dragons; he even rescues the odd Princess.

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He loves knights so much that when we were offered the chance to visit a castle and watch a medieval jousting tournament, I could not refuse. What could be more fun for a knight in training?

We invited some friends and headed to the beautiful old market town of Arundel. The day was hot and bright; the castle looked incredible against its blue-sky backdrop.

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We settled in as much shade as we could find and introduced the children to jousting. The boys were far more engrossed than the girls – Miss J was more interested in her lunch! The jousting tournament itself was very well thought out and I imagine it was rather authentic too. Surrounding the arenas were stalls containing scenes of medieval life, including the kitchen.

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Between battles, we escaped to the cool of the castle. Miss J was much happier here, and interested in all that she saw. The children were fascinated by the bedrooms and we were amazed to discover that they had actually been in use at the weekend! The staff were very friendly and informative, taking the time to stop and talk to the children, even answering the boy’s questions about the “flat lion” rugs downstairs (FYI, the teeth are real, the eyes are not).

Having toured the castle rooms, we ventured back outside to enjoy more jousting. The boy was transfixed throughout.

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He even got to meet a real life knight afterwards!

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We had a really lovely day, despite the immense heat. On a cooler day, we would have loved to see more of the gardens and to scale the keep again – next time, for sure.

If you have not visited Arundel Castle before, now is the perfect opportunity. Go see the knights while you still can!

A huge thank you to Arundel Castle for hosting us for the day. The jousting and medieval tournament runs until 27th July 2014 and ticket prices can be found on the website.

Remembering magical moments