Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Wingz review

With the promise of summer starting a couple of weeks ago i went and dug out all my nice summer vests, sleeveless tops and dresses, only to discover it was to be short lived!
Although we can't claim it is cold it certainly is more than just a vest kind of weather so what to do with all my lovely summery tops, well I was kindly sent some 'Wingz' to try out. Wingz are a set of  sleeves you can wear under sleeveless tops that reduce the need to double up on layers! Amazing idea as it gives you so much more flexibility with choosing your outfit, simply slip on your Wingz under your sleeveless vest, dress or top and you have a whole new look.

They are also great for times you may have found a beautiful top but are just a little conscious of your arms as many are, slip these underneath for added comfort and confidence.
Wingz come in many different styles and colours, they have lace effect, flared sleeved or fitted so you will find something to suit any outfit you want casual or dressy. The lace Wingz really add a whole new look to a dress allowing you to glam up an old outfit, certainly cheaper than a whole new dress and are so much more comfortable and look so much better than adding a cardigan or shrug. 

I chose a simple black fitted set for versatility and simplicity, they are comfortable, easy to wear and fit well under many of my tops, really good to add extra warmth on a cooler day, cover up when I don't want to show my arms or simply add an extra layered element to my outfit, being just a set of sleeves rather than a whole extra layer I didn't get too warm or uncomfortable , they certainly are a great addition to my wardrobe and i am sure i will be investing in more especially the lace sleeves to add a twist to some of my dresses for evenings out.

Check out the full range of styles over on their site

Monday, 26 June 2017

Microwaves #SoMuchMore

How often do you use your microwave? Is it just used to reheat food? If so then you could be missing out on some real time saving meal prep and cooking. Not to mention reducing the dreaded oven cleaning!! Win Win.

With today's technology and design microwaves can do so much more than just reheat, it can be a mini oven, grill and traditional microwave all in one! who needs the oven when you cook a whole meal in your microwave, less time, less cleaning, less stress.
Recently Tom Kitchin invites guests to London and cooked for 40 diners using only a microwave, much to the surprise of the diners when they found out. 
Take a look at the video below to see how he did it.

With a young family having a microwave is a must, especially when people eat at different times of the day, I cook for the kids and myself and sometimes end up keeping a meal for when Dad gets in from work late evening, it saves cooking from scratch for him so late at night but when he does have to it means he is able to do something quickly and easily using the microwave. Then there are the times everyone wants something different having a multi function microwave means it is easier to cook different things when previously the oven would be over worked and would have to cook in stages to fit it all in. Saving the best to last...
Microwave cup cakes..If you have not tried them you must....simple, quick and a sweet pudding almost instantly.

Check out local bookstores or online for some great cookery books especially for microwave meal ideas, there is some great inspiration in them for using your multi function microwave, it can change the way you cook to save some precious time for much more interesting things....... like sitting back with a glass of wine and relaxing while dinner takes care of itself. 

Friday, 23 June 2017

Helping To Build Your Kids A Better Future

While our darlings might only be little now, the years will pass quickly. And before you know it, they have to face the open world. When the time comes, you want them to have the chance to take on a number of different opportunities. After all, you want them to have a bright and happy future ahead of them. But if you want this to occur, you want to start preparing for the future now. After all, you don’t want to look back and wish you did more to help them have a good start in adult life. Therefore, here are some good tips for mums on how to help build your kids a better future.

Do spend on their education

It’s so important for the sake of your little one’s future that you make sure they have a good education. After all, it can have an effect on what occurs in the future. At the end of the day, if they struggle with their exams, they might not get good grades. And then they might not have the opportunity to go on to college or university. So it might be harder for them to get a job at the end of their school life. And it can then limit their opportunities in life. Therefore, it’s a good idea to spend on their education now for their future. We are not saying you have to send your little one to private school. After all, it can cost a small fortune for a year at one of these schools. But if there are any subjects they are struggling with now, it’s worth looking into getting a tutor. They can come to the house once a week to top up their skills in whichever subject they are struggling with. You could also consider sending them to an after school group which can help with things like maths and English. That way, it can give them the support they need to go on to do well as they progress through school. And remember to put money away for their college or uni in the future. That way, they won’t have to miss out as you don’t have the funds to send them to the best places. And by the time they finish, who knows if things like tuition loans will exist! So putting money aside can ensure the choice won’t be taken away from them.

Invest in a second property

When it comes to property, we tend to think of it as something that benefits us. After all, we pay for the mortgage every month, so ultimately we will own the home. But at the end of the day, the money from the property will end up in your kid’s pocket. After all, once you have passed away, it will be their money. So when it comes to property, you should be making choices now which will help their future. Therefore, you should make sure the house is in good nick by updating it regularly so that it increases the value. That way, when the kids go to sell it in the future, they will have a tidy amount they can use to buy their own home or even put towards their education. You might also want to invest in an additional property if you have the funds. After all, it can be a great way to build more money with the house. You might want to use it as a holiday home while the kids are young. If you go for an apartment in a new condominium launch abroad, it can be a perfect place to stay on vacation with the children. Or you could even consider renting out the property. It will be another regular amount coming in every month which you can use for your family. And then when the time is right you can sell it to ensure you have funds for your kids.

Get your kids savings accounts

It’s so easy to not think about getting your kids accounts until they are older. After all, you probably give them a few quid at the moment as pocket money. And you don’t really think further ahead when it comes to money. But if you don’t set up a savings account for your kids while they are young, you will live with regret when they are older. After all, the money could potentially help them to get their first place. Or it could be a nice tidy fund which could go towards college or university. And if they don’t have those savings, they might struggle when they are out on their own. In fact, they might come rushing back to the bank of mum and dad when they have an issue. So to avoid this occurring, it’s so important to set up a savings account for them when they are young. Go to the bank and talk about getting an account for your little one. And then you can put something over into this account every month, even if you can only afford 20 quid. And then the money will soon rise over time if you opt for one with a good interest rate. Then it can be a great present to give the kids once they reach 18!

Do teach them about finances

You might not think it’s important to teach your kids about money when they are little. But the sooner you can start teaching them about it, the better for their future. After all, you don’t want them to think money will just come to them once they get older. Otherwise, they might not learn how to use it wisely. And then you might end up bailing them out when it comes to debt when they reach their teens. Thankfully, there are many toys you can get your kids like a play cash register which can start to help them understand about money. And a good old game of monopoly is great for building up their money knowledge. They will soon learn all about money and it’s worth which can help them to have a good future.

And remember if there is a hobby they are good at, make sure you support them. After all, you might have the next pop singer or professional footballer on your hands!