Author: Jen

Top 4 ways to improve your garden’s aesthetic

Is your garden starting to look untidy and dull? This is usually the case in Winter and the months following, as we tend to stay indoors, and the garden is neglected. Now we are in the midst of Spring, and Summer is just around the corner, it is time to think about updating your garden, especially if you’re planning to rent or sell your property. To help you improve the look of your garden, read these top five tips which will help transform your exterior just in time for Summer.  Garden spruce up Before you even think about buying new plants or garden furniture, you need to able to see the woods for the trees. This means you need to dig out your lawnmower and weed puller to make your garden look tidy and presentable. If you don’t have the time to do this, then you can always lend a hand from a family member or local gardener. Another way to tidy up your garden is by fixing any fences that may have been affected …

Breakfast with the Easter Bunny at Wyevale Garden Centre

Wyevale Garden Centres are making Easter special for kids this year with a chance to enjoy breakfast or tea with the Easter Bunny.  Last weekend, we popped along to our nearest centre to try out the experience, which runs until the 28th of April (selected stores only). We were greeted on arrival by Alice in Wonderland who gave the children colouring sheets and crayons, a chocolate treat to decorate and a soft toy, all of which kept them entertained whilst we waited for breakfast. We used the online booking form to choose which breakfast we would like so it was all very straightforward on the day and the food arrived quickly. We asked specially for Sonny to just have toast as he is the most fussy eater and wouldn’t have eaten any of the hot breakfast at all. I did think we might have to remind them of his order but they actually checked with us to confirm it was correct. After breakfast, the Easter Bunny himself arrived to escort us on an egg hunt …

GP Waiting Times For Expats

Health care is an important factor that needs to be considered carefully when moving abroad. A lot of people have a tendency to assume that they are going to receive the same standard of health care that they are used to in their home country, but, unfortunately, this is rarely the case. One area where countries differ dramatically is in regards to GP waiting times. Keeping that in mind, read on to discover all you need to know about the different GP waiting times experienced around the world. https://cdn.pixabay.com/photo/2016/01/19/15/05/doctor-1149149__340.jpg Let’s begin with the UK, where the GP waiting times have been described as a ‘national disgrace’. The NHS has long been championed as one of the better public healthcare systems on a global scale. However, demand is now outweighing supplying by a monumental degree, and the public system simply cannot cope, which is why the waiting lists are extortionate. If that was not bad enough, a recent NHS survey concluded that almost 11 per cent of people were not able to get a GP appointment …

Creating a Child-Friendly Garden

When there are young children in a family the garden needs to be a safe environment for them to play in. Being outside in the fresh air has physical and emotional benefits, for people of all ages, including children. Turning your garden into a safe haven for your kids need not be difficult, you just have to consider them with every step you take. Artificial Grass All parents should consider the benefits of artificial grass when they are trying to make their garden child-friendly. It is tough and durable and makes playing outside all year round much more of an option. The kids will not have muddy patches to slip over in and will not get grass stains on their clothes. Artificial grass looks good in all weathers and helps to keep your garden low maintenance. It does not need to be mowed, watered or fertilized. If you go away for a couple of weeks holiday it will not have grown a few inches by the time you get back. Some people are dubious about …

The Importance of Family Holidays

According to SunLife, family holidays are something most of us want to experience during our lifetime; I know that, for me, they are the highlight of the year, and I intend to keep them up long after my children are grown.  As a child, I never went away with my family and I feel that we missed out so aim to compensate by making sure we have at least one break a year now I’m a parent myself.  I know my parents would cite finances and logistics as being the main reasons we never had a holiday but there are ways of getting round this.  Here are some of my favourite ways to get away from it all with my family, and the pros and cons of each: Train trips I’m a bit sad but I love a train journey – I also don’t yet drive so if I want to take the kids away during a holiday whilst their Dad is working, trains are our best bet.  So far, we have been to London …