Friday, September 30, 2016

Me & Mine | {September 2016} ♥

I've decided to take part in the Me & Mine linky this month, a lovely linky started by Dear Beautiful, all about capturing a family portrait at the end of each month.

We have no family portraits, bar one which was taken many moons ago and I've decided that it's high time that we changed that.

Unfortunately Jacek isn't in this months picture as we don't have a tripod and there was nobody around to take a picture, but Jacek did take the picture, so I guess we can say he was involved in some way, right?!

Investing in a tripod is high on my photography wishlist and Jacek says that "maybe Santa will bring it for you", but hopefully I can get my hands on one before then so that he can be present in next months photo too.

I really want a nice family portrait of the four of us and I think taking part in the Me & Mine project is a perfect way of remind me to get one each month.

September has been a lovely, busy month for us. We've been making the most of the last hints of summer sunshine by getting out and about, having a family stroll in the woods and taking Tyler to try and find Capn' Turbot in the lighthouse down in Roches Point. Lets hope October is just as lovely for us.

This month Jacek is loving:
Watching every episode of Narcos one after the other.
Having a kid free weekend.
Nights in front of the fire.
Getting an award at work.

This month I'm loving:
Celebrating our 5 year anniversary - mojitos!
Enjoying sunny days outside as a family.
Meeting with friends and having a good catch up.
Getting over my bloggers block.

This month Tyler Lee is loving:
Being back at school and starting Naíonra.
Making new friends and playing with old ones more often.
All things Paw Patrol!
Trying to find Capn' Turbot.

This month Beau is loving:
Playing on his new play gym.
Trying to sit up.
Having giggles and fun with everyone.
His new musical mobile.

The Me and Mine Project

Vegan Courgette Spaghetti With Velvety Butternut Squash Cream | Recipe ♥

 Photo by Viktor Hanacek

This is an easy, but impressive and really tasty gluten free-vegan option that is perfect as a lunch or dinner option.

Ingredients:
3 spiralized Courgettes
300 g of butternut squash peeled and chopped in cubes
1 medium golden onion thinly sliced
3 garlic cloves unpeeled
Pine nuts to taste
Cracked black pepper to taste
Dried red chilli pepper to taste
Salt to taste
5 Fresh sage leaves
Olive oil
+/- ½ cup lactose free milk*

*A sweet milk, such as almond milk is not recommend, the butternut squash sweetness is more than enough.

Method:
1.Cover a tray with baking paper and place the butternut cubes all over, dressing it with a little olive oil, sprinkle salt and cracked black pepper to taste. Place the garlic cloves among the butternut cubes (remember: unpeeled!).

2. Put the tray into the pre-heated oven and roast the butternut squash up to 25-30 minutes or until the squash is tender and lightly browned.

3. In the meantime, heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat; add the thinly sliced onion and sprinkle some chilli pepper to taste, the pine nuts and sage leaves.

4. Once the onion and pine nuts have a light golden colour, add the courgette. From this point stir the ingredients for 1 minute, then add a little bit of water, just enough to produce some steam with covering the skillet with the lid, about a ¼ of a cup, leaving it cook fir up to 5-7 minutes until the courgette is softened.

5. Put the roasted butternut squash into a blender cup and join the garlic (peel it off before; it will be easy-peel and very soft after roasting in the oven) and milk. Blend it up until the result is a creamy sauce. Taste it and, in case, add either more seasoning (salt & pepper) if needed or milk, to have less of a thick texture.

6. Bring the butternut cream to a saucepan over medium heat and stir for a couple of minutes, until it comes to a high temperature, as a pasta sauce needs to have.

7. With the help of a fork and a ladle, join part of this cream to the courgette on the skillet, stirring it carefully to do not smash the spaghetti courgette.

8. Serve immediately and sprinkle grated parmesan cheese or, if you want to keep the recipe as a vegan option, use lactose free parmesan cheese type.

The idea is to use as much sauce as you like in a spaghetti dish, so let your eyes guide you.
It will really look like a traditional Italian spaghetti, but with super low carb, no gluten and no lactose!

If you don’t need the whole butternut sauce, you can keep it in the fridge and consume later as a creamy soup or a toast spread or joint the cream to another savoury dish as you prefer.

This recipe has been kindly offered by Hen Party Latino, a hen party company that organize hen party activities in Dublin.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Mamas & Papas Baby Boy Clothing ♥

One thing I've struggled with after having a baby this time around, is finding beautiful, baby appropriate clothing for him. When my eldest was born there was an array of beautiful baby boy clothing available, both online and on the high street, lots of pieces in my favourite baby blue shade and full of lovely embellishments and gorgeous designs.

This time around, however, I've struggled to find any baby blue coloured clothing, finding just two brands which both had just a handful of pieces which I would have been happy to dress my baby in. I was met with lots of black and white options - black being a colour I would never dress a baby in and the usual stereotypical boy clothing offers of dinosaurs, animals and garish colours - all of which I hate.

So when Mamas & Papas got in touch and asked if I'd like to feature some of their baby boy clothing on the blog I was curious to see their offerings. I must admit, I wasn't even aware that Mamas & Papas did clothing, but I'm so glad I've now discovered that they do because their offerings are gorgeous!

The Mama's & Papas clothing range has that classic look which I was looking for, with lots of muted colours (including my favourite baby blue!), knitted pieces and lovely patterns such as clouds and stars - I was in my absolute element choosing some lovely pieces for Beau's wardrobe.

I decided on three different outfits, the first being this gorgeous Cloud Zip All-in-One. I just couldn't resist the cloud print and grey is one of my favourite colours so I knew that I'd love this on Beau. I thought the zip up front was a nice detail and quite different to the usual poppers that you see on babygro's. The material is stretchy too meaning it's nice and comfortable for babies to move about in. This is now only €12 too so I'm going to get him another in a bigger size, I love it!

As I said, grey is one of my favourite colours, so I also got Beau this beautiful Grey Knitted Romper. I thought this would be perfect for the winter months and the detail on it is just beautiful, it feels rather lovely too. It has that classic look which I like when it comes to baby clothing and it'll keep my baby boy warm, snug and stylish when the colder days arrive. This is now just €19.20 which I think is quite reasonable for such a lovely piece.

The final piece I picked for Beau was this beautiful Blue Knitted Romper. I couldn't resist the baby blue and once again the knit is so lovely on this, it's perfect for the colder months. I think this looks quite smart and will be a lovely outfit to dress him up in when we're out and about. This romper is also just €19.20.

I'm so happy I discovered the Mamas & Papas clothing range, the pieces are beautiful, of great quality and are quite reasonably priced too. I'm definitely going to be buying some more pieces for Beau from the range, because, lets be honest, I can never resist beautiful little baby clothes...

*We were sent this outfits for the purposes of this review, however, as always, all thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

East Coast Nursery 360° Dreamer Rocker - Solitaire | Review ♥

As the mother of a young baby, I'm always looking for ways to keep him happy and entertained, but also comfortable, knowing that he could fall asleep at any moment. We were recently sent a product that just does that, as it is designed to be a comfortable place for baby to play, rest and sleep in - the 360° Dreamer Rocker - Solitaire by East Coast Nursery.

I honestly love this product, it's one I wish I had had for Beau from birth as it's just so handy and really is a lovely place to pop him down to play or rest in. The Dreamer Rocker can be used in two ways - as a seat to sit up and play or flat down for resting and sleeping. The seat gently folds down to transition baby to laying out position if they happen to fall asleep whilst playing - which my little Beau is prone to doing.

The rocker comes with two hanging toys, one that crinkles and one that has a rattle sound, however, there's plenty of room on the bar to pop other hanging toys or spirals your little one may have. The rocker is very comfortable for baby, well padded and the sides are high enough to keep them safe and sheltered somewhat if they fall asleep in the rocker.

The rocker is very easy to use, which is great as I hate baby products that involve too much faffing about, I want them to transition easily and quickly and be easy to put together and that's just what the Dreamer Rocker offers, it's very user friendly.

The rocker easily transitions from sitting position to lying down position by unbuckling the straps underneath and pressing in on the two buttons on the side.

It can also go from being stable on it's feet to rocking by pressing in on the white buttons on the feet too. All of this is so easy to do and causes minimal disturbance to a sleeping baby.

As the name suggests, this rocker can be swiveled 360, again simply by pressing on the white button directly underneath the chair. This is so handy for if you want baby facing towards you, meaning you don't have to physically move the rocker.

There's a panel on the rocker which has the vibrate settings, sounds and volume control. The rocker vibrates up to an intensity of six and I find that the vibration really helps to sooth Beau off to sleep, it's so relaxing for him and he's fallen asleep on many occasions inside the rocker.

The rocker can be used from birth and it suitable for up to 15kg in seat position.

This really is such a great product and I'd highly recommend it to anyone who is expecting or has a young baby. It's something we use every day and Beau seems to really enjoy it so of course I love it too.

You can read more about the 360° Dreamer Rocker - Solitare on the East Coast Nursery website and I also made a quick little video on my phone to just demonstrate on the product works, just because I think with baby products it's good to see how they actually work before going ahead and purchasing them.


You can also read about the other East Coast Nursery product, the "Hello World" 4-in-1 Discovery World Play Gym here.

*We were sent this product for the purposes of this review, as always, all thoughts and opinions expressed are 100% my own.

 

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Using Debenhams Promo Codes To Save With Online Shopping ♥

Christmas is swiftly approaching (just three months away, eek!) and if you're anything like me you're going to be doing a lot of online shopping. I've already picked up some Christmas presents online and anytime I shop online I'm always looking for the best deals and money saving offers. I always use a promo code website to search for offers and savings and these really help me to grab some bargains.

The theme of Beau's gifts this year is Peter Rabbit, Belle and Boo and Guess How Much I Love You, so I've been searching the internet for some lovely gifts within these ranges. I used some Debenhams promo codes to pick up this gorgeous Beatrix Potter music box and because I also got this warm and cosy duffle coat for Tyler Lee, featured here on the blog, I also got free delivery - yay for free delivery by the way because shipping costs are usually what put me off making an online order, tell me I'm not alone with that?

Debenhams have a great range of Peter Rabbit toys and gifts so it's probably where I'm going to end up getting a lot of Beau's Christmas gifts there. I have my eye on the tummy time activity mat they've just added to the range and the puzzle train too, I just love wooden toys for my boys. You can browse the Debenhams Peter Rabbit range for yourself here if you're also looking to pick up some things for your own little one.

The above picture is just a peek at Beau's Christmas gifts, I don't want to get him too much as he'll only be seven months old at Christmas, but I don't want him to be left out either.

Whatever I end up getting, I'll definitely be using more discount codes to save some pennies. I'm such a bargain hunter and am always looking to get a good deal, I mean, why pay more when you don't have to? Also, using a promo code site such a Discount Promo Codes who donate 20% of their profits to charity, means that you're also donating to charity by using their voucher codes and what could be a more fitting thing to be contributing to for Christmas shopping? Christmas being the season of giving and all that.

What are you getting your little ones for Christmas? Do you also use promo codes when shopping online?




Home Decor | Using Flooring To Make A Room Appear Bigger ♥

Most people have a small room in their home that they would like to look bigger. Using clever design tricks, like including a big mirror that catches the eye as people enter, make a huge difference to the look and feel of this type of room and these are things which I have implemented in my own home to make the small rooms appear bigger than they actually are.

There are many other ways to make a room appear bigger. Tricks that people are aware of, and employ when they redecorate a small space. However, an element of home decor that many people overlook when decorating small rooms is the floor and this is a real shame, because choosing the right flooring can make a huge difference to how big a room looks.

The width of the planks matter - If you have a small room, opting for a wood style floor is a good idea. The lines help to draw the eye, which helps it to appear larger than it actually is.
However, you need to be careful. In a small room, the width of the planks is an especially important consideration.

Opting for wider planks really helps. There are fewer lines, which creates a less fussy pattern, which looks cleaner, less cluttered, and fresher.

Choose larger tiles
If you are going to opt for a tile or stone floor, use the same principle as above. The bigger the tiles or slabs are, the less fussy the pattern is, so the bigger the room appears.

Opt for darker colours
This one is counterintuitive, but it works. Richer and darker colours advance the eye, they make the space seem warmer, more vibrant, and inviting. However, it is also important to couple a dark floor with light coloured walls. The contrast helps to make the room appear bigger.

Use the same flooring in other areas
If you can, use the same flooring materials in the spaces that are adjacent to your small room. Doing so provides continuity for the eye, and mind. This gives the illusion that the small room is a part of a much bigger space.

Opt for a high gloss finish
In most rooms, a high gloss finish is best. This is because in small spaces light is especially important. You need to make the most of the little light that is available. Using a glossy finish will reflect some of the light back into the room, which will help it to seem brighter, and therefore more spacious.

Buy high quality flooring
In a tight space, it is especially important to use the best materials, and get the finish 100% right. This is because even the tiniest flaw will be highly visible in a small room.

You can easily source high quality flooring from www.discountflooringdepot.co.uk. Unusually, this firm will send you samples before you buy, which allows you to determine whether the quality, look and feel of the product you are thinking of buying is right.

For more information about using colour, and other decorating tricks to make a room appear larger, there's lots of helpful tips and tricks in this article.

You can browse the home decor section of the blog for more interior design and home decor tips and inspiration.

Tips To Avoid Everyday Hazards For Children ♥

Every year, millions of children suffer accidental injuries in their own homes. Young children, aged between 0-4, are most likely to be affected, and statistics suggests that boys are more likely to be involved in accidents than girls. Young children are naturally very inquisitive and their curiosity can often lead them into danger.

Below are some of the most common causes of accidental injuries in the home and things that parents can do to help avoid them.

Choking - Sadly, choking is a common cause of death amongst young children. Many common household objects can be identified as potential choking hazards - including coins, safety pins, marbles, jewellery, pen caps, magnets, and bottle caps. Such items should be kept safely out of young children's reach. In the early stages of weaning, most foods have the potential to cause choking incidents, but some foods are more likely to be responsible for choking than others. Such foods typically include grapes, nuts, and hard fruit. Hot dogs have also been reported as a leading cause of choking amongst children under five. Care should be taken when preparing young children's food to reduce the risk of choking; grapes should be cut in half, hot dogs cut length ways, and nuts avoided.

Suffocation - Plastic bags (including nappy sacks) pose the greatest threat of suffocation to children. Bags that are left within easy reach of young children are likely to be placed over the head. Nappy sacks are often used during changing routines and can be easily grabbed by little hands. Nappy sacks are not as noisy as other plastic bags when grasped, meaning carers may not immediately alerted to their child having grabbed one. They are also smaller than other bags, and therefore easy for children to inhale. Care should be taken to keep nappy bags out of children's reach at all times, and to dispose of them properly.

Strangulation - Blind cords have been identified as leading cause of strangulation. Most accidents involving blind cords occur in the bedroom and typically involve toddlers aged between 16 and 36 months; such children are generally mobile, but lack the muscle control required to free themselves from an entanglement. Children's windpipes are also less rigid than adults, and therefore more likely to be constricted. Ideally, only blinds without cords should be fitted in children's bedrooms, and cots, beds, chairs, and highchairs should be positioned away from windows. Cleats, cord tidies, or cord clips are also available to tie cords up out of children's reach.

Drowning - Drowning is a leading cause of accidental injury and death. Children can drown in as little as 2 centimetres of water. Accidents involving drowning typically occur in the bathtub, in the garden (particularly if a pond is present, or rainwater has the potential to collect), and in swimming pools. Adhering to safety signs when you visit any pools is a must. Paddling pools that are only slightly filled can also be dangerous for young children. Children should be supervised at all times when in or near water. Any ponds in the garden should be covered as many incidents occur when parents open doors and sneak into the garden without their parent's supervision.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Babes In The Wood ♥




A few days ago, or what seems like a few days ago, these days they all seem to just fly by and melt into one, my little Beau saw trees for the first time. This was to be his first little adventure with us in the woods, a place we love to frequent often.

The wonder on his beautiful little face as he looked up wide-eyed at the tall, leafy trees, sunlight streaming down through them like beams sent straight from Heaven, lit up his blue eyes with wonder and awe.

It was a lovely thing to witness, not only through my own eyes but through the lens of my camera too. I'm so glad I captured his first gasping looks of the wonder and beauty of nature. The excitement of witnessing your child's 'first' doesn't diminish with your second child and I doubt that it does with any subsequent children either. Whether I'm not I'm going to discover that theory for myself is yet to be debated!

It's no secret that I'm a nature lover and this is a love that I hope my children inherit too. My eldest seems to already notice the beautiful world around him and seems keen to explore it too. Nature is the perfect backdrop for all our impromptu photo sessions, but I've also taught him to respect the world around him, taking care not to step on or disturb the natural landscape too much.

We strolled through the fairy woods, a favourite haunt of Tyler's, he peered into the fairy windows, knocked on the fairy doors and played with the little trinkets people had left for the fairies too. It's amazing how much joy little hands can get from old broken toys and old metal bowls with marbles inside.

On our way back through the trees we played hide and seek, Tyler was in his element, finding it quite hilarious to be found peeking out from behind trees. Hide and seek is his favourite game at the moment and I can't help but wait for the day when Beau and he are playing it together, laughing and screeching excitedly when "ready or not, here I come" is said in that sing-song way everyone chimes.

The light was perfect when we were about to head on our way home so I took a picture of Jacek with our boys and his award for ten years of service at work. I only wish we could have gotten a family picture because that light really was perfect, alas, I'm always resigned to being the family photography, too busy behind the camera to get in front of it. Next time perhaps, because I'm certain there'll be lots of 'next times', we love that wood.

We had such a lovely walk through the wood, our first woodland outing as a family of four. I couldn't of asked for three better companions to join me on my outdoor adventures, my babes in the woods. The simplest of outings are always the best and most joyful. Unplanned moments making the best memories.

After Eight Cheesecake | #AfterEightBakes ♥

I was recently invited by After Eight to take part in their #AfterEightBakes challenge to make a yummy dessert using a packet of After Eight, as well as other ingredients of course. Being a fan of After Eight chocolate I gladly accepted and decided to make an After Eight Cheesecake using the recipe and ingredients provided by them.

The cheesecake is a baked one, something I have never tried before as I've only ever made cheesecakes that you set in the fridge, but it was fun to try something new and I whipped up the cheesecake filling in the 15 minutes before I had to drop Tyler Lee to preschool and finished it after I had dropped him off - so if I have time to make a cheesecake everyone does!

Ingredients: 
120g digestive biscuits
300g pack of After Eight
50g unsalted butter, plus 5g for greasing
700g light cream cheese
150g caster sugar
200ml reduced fat soured cream
3tbsp plain flour
4 free-range eggs
2tsp vanilla extract

Method:
1. Preheat the oven to 150 degrees C.
2. Grease and line the base of a 23cm cake tin with unsalted butter.
3. Crush the biscuits.
4. Melt the unsalted butter and add the biscuit crumbs, stir to combine then place in the base of the cake tin and spread in an even layer.
5. Bake in the oven for 10 minutes until golden, then remove until cool.
6. For the filing, beat together the light cream cheese and sugar until smooth.
7. Add reduced fat sour cream and flour and beat again.
8. Gradually add the eggs and vanilla essence, beating well between each addition.
9. Pour the cream cheese mix onto the biscuit base.
10. Place After Eight onto your cheesecake mix and bake in the oven for an hour.
11. Once the cheesecake is cooked, leave it to cool in the oven - this prevents the top from cracking.
12. Allow the cheesecake to cool completely before removing from the tin.
13. Serve and enjoy!

The only trouble I had is that my oven is useless and it took two hours for the cheesecake to bake instead of the one stated in the recipe method.

The cheesecake was a hit with my family though, all of us being After Eight fans. It was super simple to make and was a lovely treat to enjoy at the weekend.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

My Weight Loss Results With MaxiNutrition Sculptress | Review ♥

I'm now eight weeks into my weight loss journey and I'm actually surprised that I've kept up with the shakes this long. I've never had a lot of willpower - one of the attributing factors for my weight gain in the first place, but I believe that this time I've found something that works for me and I'm spurred on by the fact that I'm really wanting to change and am actually seeing the changes for myself.

The quote - "It takes 4 weeks for you to see your body changing, It takes 8 weeks for friends and family and it takes 12 weeks for the rest of the world. Keep going", is spot on because this past week my mother, Jacek and my friend have commented on the changes they've seen in my appearance, all saying that my face has gotten slimmer and that's the first thing they noticed about me.

I have to admit, hearing these things from them is really spurring me on to keep going and I actually feel fantastic. I have a long way to go, I'm in no doubt about that, but I'm over the first hurdle and two months in I'm more than determined than ever to achieve my weight loss goals and become a better me.

I've so far tried out three different meal replacement shakes on the market, all aimed at weight loss, the first being Forza, you can read my review and results here and Yokebe, you can read my review and results here. For the past two weeks I've been using MaxiNutrition Sculptress (€34.99), a high protein diet meal replacement shake that I decided to try with 17g per serving (much less than the Yokebe at 28.3g per serving).

I picked up the Strawberry Sundae Flavour hoping that the taste would be better than the Yokebe shake I had previously tried, however, it was much worse. Jacek has told me that this is simply the taste of protein drinks, so I just sucked it up and drank the shake as quickly as I could in the morning just to get through the tub of powder (700g). I'm still trying to find a shake that tastes as good as the Forza ones did, but at €38.99 for a seven day supply I'm not willing to fork out that much money at the moment for them, especially as the others have lasted me two weeks for their price. I hated the taste of MaxiNutrition Sculptress so much that instead of mixing it with water as per the instructions on the tub, I mixed it with unsweeted soya milk instead and this made it drinkable for me at least.

However, it's not all about the taste, what about the results? I used MaxiNutrition Sculptress for the past two weeks and I've lost a total of 21.5cm off my body, 8.5cm the first week and 13cm the second week.

I don't weigh myself, I take my measurements every Sunday morning and that suits me fine, I don't want to be jumping on the scales every day to see if I've had a loss.

I must admit, I haven't been strict with myself this past week. I've had cake, fizzy drinks, a takeaway, cocktails and lunch out, but I'm not going to deny myself anything, knowing that I just have to exercise a bit more if I have these things.

Would I try it again? Probably not, the taste is just too off putting for me, even though it did still give me great results when I wasn't being very strict with myself food and drink wise. The shake did keep me full but it wasn't enjoyable at all or something I looked forward to in the morning. Also, there are shakes the same price or cheaper available that have higher protein values too.

Have I noticed any changes? My clothes are a lot more loose fitting then they were before, in fact, I'm having to keep pulling up my leggings and jogging bottoms as they're too loose! I've dropped a dress size too. My skin also seems to be in a lot better condition, a product of all the protein I've been having I think.

Since I started having meal replacement shakes in the mornings my results are as follows -
22/08 - -22cm
27/08 - -8cm
04/09 - -16cm
11/09 - -9cm
18/09 - -8.5cm
25/09 - -13cm
Total so far = 77.5cm

I started a new shake yesterday PhD Woman Meal Replacement and I'll be sharing my results and review on that shake in two weeks time.

Wish me luck as I continue on my weight loss journey.

4 Ways To Get Money Fast When Unexpected Bills Arise ♥

There are times in life when unexpected bills or costs arise, things we haven't budgeted for and don't have access to the funds for straight away. So what can you do when you find yourself in these finance predicament situations? I thought I'd share today some ways I've been able to get funds fast for unexpected bills (usually car repairs in my case) or costs that I simply hadn't budgeted for.

1. Sell things you no longer need. There are a whole host of places to sell your unwanted things - both online and in your local community and this is a great way to make some money fast. I've sold things via Facebook selling groups and on Etsy (here is my Etsy shop if you fancy taking a look) and Ebay, finding that things I list on Facebook selling groups will sell quite quickly as they're localised buyers. In fact, I'm about to sell a lot of the boys things that we no longer need this way and it'll help to pay for Christmas. There are also lots of selling apps you can use for getting rid of your unwanted items, easily downloaded for free via your smartphone.

Another great (and fun!) way of getting rid of your unwanted items and making money quickly is selling at a car boot sale. You can check your local community pages to find out when they're on and these are usually quite busy - a great way of reaching buyers for your things and building up your funds.

2. Take out a short-term loan (if you're sure you can repay it). This is something that a lot of people find themselves having to do, especially if the unexpected bill/costs are urgent and just can't wait. This is something which I've had to do myself during my college years (again for another car bill - not having much luck with the cars!) and I was even able to repay my loan before time. Lenders such as Vivus offer competitive rates and are ideal for those who need funds fast. However, I would only ever consider taking out a loan if you are 100% sure that you will be able to repay it.

3. Offer your services. If there's something you're good at then why not utilise your skills and offer your services to others who would be willing to pay for them? You could offer your babysitting services to family and friends or within your local community, or if you're good at gardening/painting you could offer your services to those looking for them in local community groups online or by checking notice boards in local shops/community centers. This is a great way of making money fast, especially if you have some extra time on your hands.

4. Work overtime. If you work at an hourly rate, offer to work some overtime or if the opportunity arises volunteer for overtime at work. Overtime hours can really help to top up your weekly wage and are ideal if you can spare the hours to make some extra money doing what you already do for a living.

If you're in need of some more ways to save money then please do read my fiance related posts which are full of money saving tips and ideas.


The Trampoline Designed With Your Child's Safety in Mind ♥

If you are searching around online for the safest trampoline then you should definitely think about taking a look at the trampolines manufactured by companies that actually care about the health and welfare of children, and not just the bottom line. Since its invention in 1936, traditional trampoline design had not changed. In fact, it failed to keep kids safe; exposed metal frames and springs could cause scratches, cuts, bumped heads, sprained extremities, and even severe pinches — or worse.

Frustrated by the laundry list of regular injuries associated with trampolines, father and mechanical engineer Keith Alexander (who currently sits on the ASTM Standards Committee on trampolines) created a revolutionary new design in 2004, allowing children to play safely without their parents having to carpet the backyard with pillows in an effort to improve trampoline safety.

Springfree Trampoline has taken Alexander’s revolutionary design and manufactured the safest trampoline, one that compensates for many of the more dangerous design flaws present in typical trampoline models. As the safest in the market, they have earned awards like the International Design Award, the Parent Tested Parent Approved Award, and the US Family Choice Award. There are a number of key features present in the design that have helped the company set new industrystandards for safety.Springfree Trampoline featuring the tgoma tablet app also encourages your children to combine screen time with outdoor play time, much to the pleasure of parents.

They use a SoftEdgemat that boasts shock absorbance level 30 times higher than the foam pads affixed to the frames ofnormal trampolines. The edge of the mat is then encircled by a FlexiNet that helps catch and deflect any who might otherwise go tumbling to the ground. Instead they bounce back onto the safe, shock absorbent mass of the SoftEdge mat.

 The thicker SoftEdge mat is supported by a unique hidden steel frame. Unlike traditional exposed frames most people are familiar with, the hidden frame supports the trampoline from below with a ring under the edges of the jumping mat. This protects children from coming into contact with the metallic support structure, which is the cause of most trampoline related injuries. What makes this design possible is the replacement of the metallic, horizontal springs with flexible composite rods that are woven into the ring that supports the SoftEdge, providing a signature bounce while protecting jumpers from ever coming into contact with the frame and eliminating springs altogether.

In a further effort to support the health and welfare of kids all over America, Springfree has introduced tgoma, a revolutionary new trampoline-based digital gamedevice, creating the world’s first smart trampoline. According to leading experts, kids today are spending more than 60 hours per week on screen consuming media and less than an hour playing outside. The interactive tgoma system taps into the natural desire children have for interactive gaming through competition, and takes it outside into the fresh air. As the world’s premier outdoor interactive digital gamesystem, tgomaencourages kids to go outside and be active — introducing a new way to play on the trampoline.

Not only are these trampolines the safest, but they also have the benefit of being highly weather resistant. The waterproof mat and steel frame are highly resistant to heat, rust, and staining due to exposure. This combination of safety and durability help make Springfree the best option available for your family.

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