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3 of the Best UK Subscription Boxes

Subscription boxes have exploded in recent years and it can be difficult to work out whether they are worth the (sometimes astronomical) prices.  I’ve tried a fair few over the years – some have ended up disappointing but there are a small number that have impressed and I have kept up with.  Here are three of my favourite UK subscription boxes: Buddy Box Marketed as a “hug in a box”, the Buddy Box contains five products designed to give the recipient a mood boost.  At £21.50 a month, this is not a cheap option but worth it if you like the idea of a treat every four weeks.  I have never been disappointed by the boxes despite the price tag.  There is also the option of ordering one off boxes (also priced at £21.50), which is perfect if you want to treat a friend who has been going through a stressful time. Degustabox Degustabox send out a box full of between 10 and 15 different food and drink products each month for £12.99 (with free …

The Planet That Never Sleeps

We are increasingly a 24-hour society.  When I was a child, in the mid-90’s, we didn’t even have internet at home and those who did, I’m pretty sure, weren’t able to order in food, buy last-minute presents, send flowers, book holidays or manage their banking at 3am. Fast forward 20 years and we can do all of those things from the comfort of our own beds, if we so desire.  The advent of online shopping has paved the way for many more activities and resources, with the majority of us using the internet to book flights and hotels, order takeaways and pay for services.  One of the most useful services to have been moved online is banking.  Rather than having to schlep to your nearest branch several times a week, it is now possible to manage everything from you PC or tablet, or even your phone! One such amenity is Ulster Bank anytime, which enables customers to check balances and statements, manage payments, set up direct debits and standing orders, send money to friends and …

Spring Fashion Wishlist

Having endured several wet weekends on the bounce, as well as bouts of ‘flu and colds aplenty, I think it is fair to say my tolerance of winter is well and truly depleted.  It has felt long, cold and difficult this year, for many reasons, and I am very much looking forward to Spring raising its sunny head.  I am hopeful of brisk, bright family walks, less mud on the football field (yes, Sonny is now obsessed with the beautiful game) and, sadly, optimal clothes-drying weather. With the advent of a new season comes the opportunity to rejuvenate a jaded wardrobe, injecting fresh colour and style.  Volunteering in a school means dressing for the job you want (at least it does in my case) and I would like my style to reflect this more over the coming months.  I have been browsing for new staples to add to my depressingly sparse collection. Layers still being an integral part of the British Spring (and beyond, let’s be honest), I have been in search of jumpers and …

Review – Peppa Pig Construction Toys (Grandpa Pig’s Boat)

At five and seven years old respectively, my children should probably have outgrown Peppa Pig by now and, for the most part, they have. However, there is still the occasional guilty pleasure of snuggling up on the sofa in front of Netflix and overdosing on back to back episodes of everyone’s favourite pink pig. The show is fun and innocent and reminds us all, I suspect, of toddler days gone by. I think we will always have room for a little Peppa in our hearts. Today, we made room for little Peppa in our play; or, more accurately, a little Grandpa Pig. Part of a brand new range of construction toys, Grandpa Pig’s boat is a buildable kit made from chunky bricks and colourful pieces. The range is aimed at children upwards of 18 months, so I figured my two would have no trouble building it without my assistance. The instructions were set out clearly and largely represented by images with very few words, meaning my reluctant reader could find his way round as well …

Our Reading Nook

I love books. Actual books; I’m less keen on the digital variety. Kids books are a particular weakness. We have far more than we probably ever needed, but I cannot resist them. For years, I’ve scoured Pinterest for the perfect reading area, convinced that we had the space somewhere. In a two bed flat with two children, space for anything is actually at a premium, therefore space for something that isn’t vital (even something as wonderful as a reading area) has been difficult to come by. Earlier this year, we stacked the kids in bunk beds, freeing up half of their room for wardrobe and drawer space, meaning that the inbuilt cupboard in the corner, the one that had been home to Miss J’s clothes, was suddenly beautifully empty. So we did this with it. We’ll gloss over the fact that my children are in fact using it as a gaming cupboard in the above photo… It is actually a reading nook; I finally have one and am ridiculously excited by it. No, it’s not …