Family Garden Ideas For A Summer Outside

A garden is the perfect space to enjoy some quality time with your whole family. However, you’ll want to create an environment that every loved one can appreciate and wants to spend time in. Your children will need space to play and have fun, and there’ll need to be areas where the grown-ups can chill out and relax. Therefore, you might want to consider creating clear sections to your outdoor space and ensuring that everybody has somewhere they will take pleasure in. The following are some helpful tips and ideas if you’re planning to make your backyard an inclusive environment for a fun-filled summer full of fresh air.

Fun For Your Little Ones

It’s lovely to be able to watch the kids run around, as they play in the sunshine (and hopefully wear themselves out in time for bed). Therefore, an open and clean lawn area is perfect for building dens, water fights, and even some monkey bars. Having a decent section of mowed grass will ensure that your little ones will be able to enjoy themselves, and will know that the lawn is where they should be playing, so that you can keep an eye on them as they’re splashing around in a paddling pool.

You could pop a small storage space, or shed at the edge of the lawn, for garden games, inflatables, and tents to be tidied into with ease. Getting the kids to tidy up their stuff at the end of each day will teach them responsibility and will give you a clean view as you cook their dinner each evening. Spark their interest in nature by popping a fibreglass pond in your garden space; fish and frogs are the perfect way to enjoy wildlife in a small setting, and they will be plenty of opportunities for them to learn.


Relaxation For The Grown-ups

Once the kids are busy and happy; it’s time to think about an area for you to relax and unwind. Creating a separate, adults-only, section in your garden will allow you to escape a little and maybe sit and enjoy a cup of coffee on a Saturday morning when the kids are watching cartoons. You can use gravel or paving to remove space from the rest of the lawn and place a bench, or seating area there. For some ideas on what garden furniture to pick, take a look here for inspiration. You can surround the seating with pot plants, a water feature, and any other breakable items that would be at risk on the lawn (footballs and frisbees can cause a lot of damage).

It’ll be a little escape area for you and the grown-ups in the family, so make it as pretty as you like. Fairy lights and candles will enhance the atmosphere with beautiful colours and delicious smells. When the evening comes and the kids are in bed you will be able to enjoy a glass of fizz among the twinkling lights. By spending some time and effort on your backyard space you will help to ensure that your family is utilizing the garden and getting the most they can from it. So, start looking online for ideas, and visit your nearest garden centre; you’ll find help and inspiration on creating your dream family outside space.

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The Marks of Good Designers for Your Home Interiors

While architects and designers take up both residential and commercial decor projects, not everyone tastes success. Consequently it goes around the designing industry that successful designers are born and not made.
Interior design is all about transforming a space to your own tastes, making a statement. The designers count on their knowledge of aesthetics, functionalities and safety measures for enhancing the look of the residential and commercial interiors and exteriors. Keep in Mind, that the architects and designers are also individuals, and they have distinctive approaches to revamping the homes or offices.
In this article, we shall dwell on some of the personal traits that make them successful.

Empathy is their core competence

All successful designers are empathetic. Being empathetic has got dual advantages. It helps to understand the users and the teammates which are vital for successful completion of a project. They understand the clients and their needs as much as possible for implementing that into the décor theme. Understanding the teammates is also essential for putting the right man behind the job and to get the best out of him.

They have good listening and communication skills

As the owners of the home and offices like to decorate the spaces in ways that reflect their choices and preferences, all successful designers are great listeners. They listen intently to what the users have to say about the project and combine that with their professional skills for delivering the best. Designers are also very good communicators. They always interact with the electricians, plumbers, painters etc to make the project successful.

They are good storytellers

Successful architects and designers are very good in conceptualizing a project based on the narratives and organize their thought for designing what they call ‘parti pris’. They use this to decide the chronology of the steps for making the decor convey a specific theme. Often, the users have specific requirements of natural light and sometimes they also want to avoid certain shades. The good designers take care of these issues by maintaining the flow of the design.

Empirical is their key to success

The best architects and designers think like the scientists. As decoration is a profession, you cannot decorate homes on a whim. Successful designers think critically and analyze all information collected so that designs can be enhanced by preventing irreversible mistakes.

They are out-and-out meticulous

The job of the good designers is basically to find solutions to various design problems and for that they treat nothing as insignificant or too small and pay great attention to detail. They are always consistent in their approach and combine different decorating elements nicely to create a harmony in the interior.

Thinking out of the box is their strength

The best designers bring new life to the home and office interiors and exterior spaces. For them, every project has to be one-of-a-kind in terms of aesthetic and functional considerations. So, they always play with their creativity and imagination to transform the residential and commercial interiors and exteriors into a nice piece of art.

They know how to engage the senses

Good designers know how nature influences our mood and performance. When people are surrounded by elements of green, they are psychologically moved by these elements and feel relieved from stress. Moreover, lush green colour also has a calming effect on the ambiance. That is why they always include green elements in the home and office decor. But, there are some associated pitfalls of using the live plants for interior and exterior decoration. They need regular care and maintenance to keep them alive and healthy and if you do not have a green thumb, the issue becomes very serious.

This is why the good designers opt for faux greens. These are now professionally made, and look absolutely like real plants. Moreover, these are available in plenty of varieties like indoor trees, large indoor plants, front yard landscaping plants, landscaping plants, etc. The great thing about these silk plants is that they come in standard bases and are easily installable. Since these do not have any sunlight requirement, they can be placed even in the dimly lit corners. They need no maintenance and unlike the live plants that have a waiting period, these continue to adorn the place from day one.

They know how to take risks

Good designers and architects are very good at taking risks. They look at things from different angles and always try to do something extraordinary enliven the place. Often, they make the doors and windows bigger than the normal sizes for imparting a spacious feeling and making those instantly recognizable.

They are familiar with codes

Every locality has some building, electrical and plumbing codes. Good architects and designers always keep this in mind while making new design plans. This prevents any unwanted hassles and forced changes after completion.

They simplify to amplify the design

Every design and decoration project is different, and they are really complex having much paraphernalia. Successful designers have a unique knack for eliminating the things that are not vital, so the vitals may speak. There are many design areas, where one can state better by simple designs like basic shapes and simple colour choices making the space look chic and classy.

They have nice colour balancing skills

Colours have immense effects on the moods of the people around, and these also affect the functionality of the space. Successful designers are familiar with colours and their impact and balance colour cleverly for a great effect.

They are familiar with diverse design styles

While decorating residential and commercial places, no one likes a room to be the mirror image of another. But, they prefer complementary designs in the homes and offices. Moreover, they also do not like their places to look like the adjacent buildings. All successful architects have a thorough knowledge of the diverse styles and techniques of designing for making their project a unique one.

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Spring Scissor Skills – Free Printable

Little Miss is currently enjoying practising her scissor skills. She happily spends up to an hour snipping bits of scrap paper. I have printed lots of scissor skills sheets for her to practise with over the last few weeks and I have noticed her skills really improving. Little Miss has helped me to design some Spring Scissor Skills Printables. She had great fun choosing which pictures she wanted to use. Scroll down and click the links to download. The first link is for the shapes printable. The second link is for the straight lines.

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Are you are looking for more preschool activities to keep your child entertained during the holidays? These printable busy bag activities are perfect for road trips.

Or why not try The Busy Bag Book? With 52 activity ideas there will be enough to keep your child busy all summer long!

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How to Earn Money Back on Your Shopping

With everyday items getting more and more expensive, many of us are looking for ways to make the most of our money. An excellent way to do that is to use cashback sites when shopping online or shopping for groceries. Cashback websites give you back a percentage of the money you spent on your purchase. Cashback sites receive a commission from the retailer for directing you to their site which they then pass on to you. There are also various shopping apps that give you money back when you buy certain items.
How to Earn Money Back on Your Shopping

Top Cashback

Top Cashback is my favourite cashback site and the one I have been using the longest. Before I place an order online, I always check to see if Top Cashback offers cashback on the retailer I am shopping with. Retailers that I shop with regularly through Top Cashback are Ebay, Tesco, George and Very. If you are thinking of changing your energy supplier then always check out Top Cashback to see if they offer cashback for switching. I recently changed my gas and electricity supplier and got £70.00 cashback! Also check for cashback if you are renewing insurance or taking out a financial product as there are good sized rewards in these categories.

They also run regular cash back giveaways where you have to follow a clue to find a treat. They usually run around holiday times like Christmas and Easter. It is possible to win between 10p and £100 instantly or £1000 in their prize draw.

Top Cashback pays out via Paypal or directly in to your bank account. They offer up to a 10% bonus if you choose to have your cashback rewards paid in vouchers such as Amazon, Debenhams, M&S and Love2Shop.



Quidco is another cashback site similar to Top Cashback. I mostly use Top Cashback but for big purchases I will compare both sites to see which is offering the best deal. Quidco also offer instore cashback at a variety of retailers including Vodafone, Jojo Maman Bebe and JD Sports. There is a shopping app called ClickSnap by Quidco that gives you cashback on certain groceries, just upload your receipt to receive the cashback.



Swagbucks is a Get Paid To site where you earn Swagbucks for doing various tasks. One way to earn is by clicking through to a retailer from Swagbucks and shopping with them. For example click through to Argos and earn up to 2 Swagbucks for every pound you spend. Swagbucks can be exchanged for vouchers such as Amazon, M&S, Sainsbury’s and also as Paypal cash. As well as earning Swagbucks for shopping through the site you can also earn them for answering the daily poll, watching videos, playing games and doing surveys. By doing some of these tasks each day it’s fairly easy to earn £20-£30 a month from Swagbucks.

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Kidstart is a cashback site that allows you to save for your child. You can open the account before the child is born to get their savings off to a good start by getting cashback on big purchases like the pram, cot and carseat. If family and friends want to save for your child they can link their account to yours in order to do so.

You don’t need to be a parent to use Kidstart, you could save for a neice, nephew, grandchild etc. You can also save for more than one child and your cashback will be distributed evenly between them.

Kidstart offer cashback from many of the same retailers as Top Cashback and Quidco but they also have some that the others don’t. One of the most popular of these is 2% cashback from Amazon. If you shop at Amazon as often as I do then this could be a great boost to your child’s savings.



Shopmium is an app gives you cashback on selected groceries you buy at the supermarket. Cashback is often offered on products that are new to the market. It is a great way to try food that you wouldn’t normally buy. The amount of cashback you get varies depending on the product. For example you could get 50% off, buy one get one free or sometimes you can even try the product for free. If you would like to sign up to Shopmium you can use my referral code KFKYGAUH to get a free jar of Nutella.


Receipt Hog

Receipt Hog is an app that rewards you for uploading pictures of your receipts. Each receipt is worth between 5-20 coins depending on how much you have spent. You can then exchange coins for gift cards or cash. 1000 coins can be exchanged for a £3 Amazon Gift Card. 1500 coins can be redeemed for £5 cash sent via Paypal.

There are also challenges to complete such as upload a receipt each each for 4 weeks. If you complete the challenge you are rewarded with free slot spins. You can then spin the slot machine and if you win you are rewarded with coins. This app won’t make you rich but as it only takes 5 minutes a week to upload receipts it’s worth the effort.



Shoppix is another app that rewards you for uploading receipts. You will get 25 tokens for uploading a receipt and a bonus 5 tokens if you upload on the day of purchase. You can only upload one receipt per shop per day. Remember to upload within a week of your purchase as after that they won’t be valid. You can earn tokens by answering the weekly survey and through scratch cards. When you have earned 3200 tokens you can cash out £5 to Paypal. I cash out £5 most months. It doesn’t sound like much but it is worth it as it takes less than a minute to upload a receipt. If you sign up with my referral code DPGIQA7H we will both get 200 tokens.

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20 of the Best No Bake Energy Bites Recipes

Energy bites are one of my favourite healthy snacks, there are so many variations that I never get bored. They are packed full of nutrients and provide a much needed energy boost in the afternoon. I make a batch a couple of times a week and keep them in the fridge to snack on whenever I get hungry. They are quick and easy to make and you can use almost any combination of oats, nuts, seeds and dried fruit. I compiled a list of 20 of the best no bake energy bites recipes. There are lots of different flavours so I am sure there will be something to suit everyone.

Fruity Flapjack Energy Bites from Eats Amazing

Chia Energy Bites from My Fussy Eater

Apple and Cinnamon Energy Bites from Hungry Healthy Happy.

No-Bake Energy Bites from Rosalilium

Chocolate Orange Energy Bites from Paleo Diet and Fitness

Coconut, Pistachio and Matcha Energy Bites from Jan’s Family Notebook

Cacao Nibs Energy Balls from Lylia Rose

Vegan, Raw Mini Energy Bars from Captain Bobcat Blog

Lemon Blueberry Energy Bites from My Whole Food Life

Cacao and Roasted Hazelnut Energy Balls from Nutritiously Naughty

Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Energy Bites from Homemade Health

Lemon Coconut Energy Balls from Nourished Naturally

Lemon Drizzle Energy Balls from Made by Luci

Cranberry Almond Energy Bites from A Cedar Spoon

Lime Coconut Energy Bites from Running on Real Food

Lemon Turmeric Energy Balls from Natalie’s Food and Health

Almond Butter Energy Bites from Joy Food Sunshine

Raspberry Coconut Breakfast Balls from Healthy Little Foodies

Pineapple Coconut Energy Balls from Cupcakes and Kale Chips

Cranberry Vanilla Energy Bites from Recipe Runner

What is your favourite energy bites recipe?

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