How To Plan The Perfect Birthday Celebration For Your Daughter

Planning the perfect birthday celebration for your daughter will make her special day even more memorable, and fortunately it doesn’t have to be as difficult as you might initially imagine to arrange the most amazing party or event. This guide contains some of the most brilliant ideas that you can make the most of to plan out the perfect birthday for your darling daughter, so what are you waiting for? Read on to discover more!

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Choose An Event 

First and foremost, you’ll likely need to begin your project by choosing a specific event or gathering that you know your daughter is going to appreciate. This event or gathering should be a party in its own right, but not every child enjoys discos and dancing! Perhaps your daughter would prefer to have a sleepover at home with a bunch of her friends, or she may even prefer to head out on a day trip to something like the zoo instead. Take some time to think about what your daughter would enjoy the most, and then begin making arrangements so that you can ensure all of their most favorite people are in attendance!

Buying Presents 

Buying your daughter some great presents should be another step that you follow if you want to provide her with the most special experience on her birthday, but figuring out what to purchase can often seem like a near impossible task. All girls are unique and individual so there’s no one-size-fits-all gift that you can buy, however you should have a good idea of what your own daughters’ likes and passions are. If your daughter is a fan of horse riding, then you can purchase a whole new riding kit or even get a pony if you have the space for one! If your daughter enjoys artwork and getting creative, then you can invest in a huge supply of easels, paints, pencils and more. If you’re totally stuck on what your daughter likes, then don’t be afraid to search for inspiration online – you might find a mom and daughter necklace that shows your daughter how much you love and care for them! 

Center Of Attention 

Your daughter should be the center of attention on her special day, as it only comes by once every year. This doesn’t mean that you need to drop all responsibilities simply to follow your daughter around and grant her every wish – it just means that you can give your daughter a little more leeway and control over the day! For example, you can allow her to pick what you eat for breakfast, and cook up whatever it is that she wants to dine on (within reason, of course). 

Learning how to plan out the perfect birthday for your daughter has never been such an easy task when you can utilize some of these brilliant tips and ideas. You’ll feel so proud when your daughter can’t take the smile from her face thanks to your hard work, so follow these steps today!

Lands End Jeans – great stretch & perfect for everyday comfort

Lands’ End are a long standing clothing brand with comfortable everyday clothes and have something for all the family.  What I never realised before was their extensive range of jeans in a wide range of styles, colours and sizes – you’d be hard pushed to not find something suitable for yourself!


I had a good look through the pages of jeans and settled on the Women’s High Waisted Lift & Sculpt Skinny Jeans in Curvy Fit to try out.  I also had a choice of colours and opted for the black.

They arrived swiftly and beautifully presented and I could see immediately that they were a true black and could feel that although they were a lovely thick denim they also had a really nice stretch to them.

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They were super easy to pull on and the stretch in them really allows them to mould to your body without feeling tight.  They are in fact so comfortable due to the stretch that they feel more like jeggings around my body as opposed to a tight pair of jeans.  Although being thicker and having more structure as jeans do it means they will really last – in fact I can honestly say one of the best pairs of jeans I’ve had for a few years!

I’d highly recommend checking out Lands’ End for all your warm and comfortable clothes for Winter as the site is full of them and there are some great deals to be had.  Everything looks so cosy and easy to wear which is just what I want as I’m getting older, but still lookig for stylish pieces and the jeans above certainly fit that criteria!

All reviews are my own and my family’s opinions. We are not paid for reviews. Although we do receive the product to try out and enable us to write the review.

5 Handy Tips For Better Skin

There are plenty of things that’ll influence your overall look. The clothes you wear, for example, and the way that you style your hair. Some things are obviously influential. Other things are more subtly influential. In that category, we can place ‘skin.’ You’ll be very much on your way towards looking your best if your skin looks as healthy as it can be. 

The good news is that your skin is something that’s within your control. Some people have naturally flawless skin. Most people need a bit of help. In this blog, we’ll take a look at some tried and tested tips that’ll put your skin on the path towards looking its best.

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Limit Toxins

If you want your skin to be as healthy as it can, then it’ll help if you’re not pumping it full of unhealthy items. Things like alcohol and tobacco products can have a hugely negative impact on the skin, especially since those activities tend to reduce the frequency of skin-boosting activities, such as drinking plenty of water. If you’re looking to give your skin a hard reset, then consider giving up alcohol (and tobacco) for a month. You’ll likely be surprised at how much better your skin looks!

The Right Products

There are plenty of skincare products out there. But not all of them will be right for you. Indeed, you could buy an expensive skincare product only to find that it doesn’t work for you. So what’s the trick here? It’s all about finding the right products. Everyone’s skin is different and thus requires different treatments. It can take a bit of time to find the skincare ritual that’s right for you, but once you have, you’ll notice the difference. Be sure to have a consultation with an expert if you’re not sure how to find the right products for you.

Get Additional Help

Of course, while there are some fantastic skincare products out there, you can’t always rely on over the counter products to do all the work. Sometimes, you need a little extra help. But happily, in this day and age, there is plenty of help available! If you have skin pigmentation, for example, then you could take a look at getting laser skin treatment. There are also fillers and other treatments available for people that want to achieve a more youthful look.  

Eating Well

You really are what you eat. Avoid processed food (including fast food meals), and make sure you’re getting plenty of fruits and vegetables. Your skin will thank you. 

Exercise and Cold Showers 

No one likes the idea of exercising and then taking a cold shower. But most everyone agrees that it’s worth the pain and effort. When you put those two things together, you’ll be giving your skin a healthy jolt to get its act together. The benefit of the short run plus cold shower combo is that it works instantly. If your skin is looking a little tired, then this is the hack you need to give yourself some colour. 


What You Need to Start a Beauty Business

If you’re one of those people that loves beauty products, then you’ve probably got a marketable bank of knowledge that you can use to start a business. And in this day and age, that couldn’t be easier — it has never been more straightforward to get a business up and running. Indeed, depending on the type of business that you’re starting, you could be underway in a matter of days. 

Of course, while starting a business can be easy, building a successful venture is more difficult. People won’t buy from you just because you’re there. In this blog, we’ll run through some useful tips that’ll put you on the right path towards success. 

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An Angle

First thing first: what is that you’ll be doing with your business? We say ‘beauty’ business, but the truth is, that’s a pretty broad term. There are a million and one different types of beauty businesses. And if you’re going to form part of the industry, then you’ll need to find your place in it. So what will your angle be? You could sell beauty products, open your own salon, offer a trendy new service, or become a makeup technician. And that’s just the beginning — there are many more. It’s best to think about your typical area of expertise and then see what businesses are available in that area. 

An Understanding

There’s the idea that if you’re good enough, you’ll be successful. While that’s broadly true, it’s also important to remember that your success will depend on the wider beauty industry. As such, it’s important that you position your business in line with the rest of the industry. This is something that can sound difficult, but it’s actually more straightforward than you might think — you can read reports about the cosmetics industry, salon businesses, consumer expectations, and more. With that information, you’ll be able to position your business in a way that makes success possible. 

A Bit of Time

You’ll find plenty of people talking about how you can set up a cosmetics business in a matter of days. Yet, while that’s true, it’s also important to remember that there is no fast track towards success. Unless you get extremely lucky, you’ll need to put the time and effort into making your business successful. A lot of hard work and patience can go a long way towards pushing you in the right direction.

A Team

You won’t build a beauty business empire all on your own. You’ll need to have talented, dedicated people around you. Depending on the type of business you’ve set up, this will be either employees or outsourced companies. Regardless of which one you choose, make sure you put yourself in the best possible chance for success by ensuring that they’re able to improve your business. Just bringing on an employee won’t be enough — in fact, if they’re low quality, then it could have the opposite effect. 

And there we go! With these tips, you should be able to get your beauty business up and running. 

Getting your child into a routine when starting secondary school

Long gone are the days when my son was a little boy holding my hand on the walk to primary school.   This month he was back to school in the next stage of his school years as he headed to secondary school looking super smart in his blazer and tie.

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It has meant a bit of a shake up to our daily routine though with slightly earlier mornings, although fortunately his Echo Dot wakes him up and then I hear him shouting “Alexa, be quiet!”.   He comes downstairs for breakfast before getting dressed and then we head out of the door to travel to school.

With timetables to follow, multiple teachers to get used to and and a new school to learn his way around, the days can be more stressful as he strives to be in the right place at the right time.  I’m so pleased to hear that he’s chatted to the majority of his new classmates in a bid to get to know them and make some new friends.

After school has been a bit tougher on him too.  Instead of getting home and chilling out, he now finds himself more tired after the challenging day of lessons but also has to consider finding time for some homework during the evenings.  I’ve tried to assist him without doing the work, just by guiding him on where to look for things, how to set things out and printing out things to help him, such as his language vocabulary and verbs that he has to learn.

Overall I am super proud of him – he has adapted to his new routine fantastically and certainly taken the challenge of a new school with high standards in his stride.  Everyday brings new little challenges, but with that other things become easier – he’s still mastering the art of getting his tie to the perfect length and remembering to pack his books the night before and not leaving them until the morning but he’ll get there.

Preparing Your Family for Entrepreneurship

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Becoming an entrepreneur and starting your own business is a big step for you, but it is also a big deal for your family, and the more you can do to prepare them for what is likely to come as you build your business, the easier it will be for you all to adjust. 

With that in mind, let’s take a look at a few key things you can do to prepare your family for entrepreneurship.

Talk them through your plans

It’s easier for your family to support you and feel secure in the risk you are taking if you take the time to talk them through your plans for your new business venture, what you aim to do, and how you think it will work If they know what you are doing snd why you are doing it; if you have a clear vision and a plan to make it happen, they will feel much better about the whole thing in those tough early days, and that will benefit you all.

Secure your finances

Becoming a business owner is always going to mean some degree of financial insecurity, but if you can do everything you can to protect your family from the worst of it, this will really help to show them you are thinking about them and reassure them that things will be ok, Whether you talk to a mortgage broker about a new deal, ring-fence some of your savings for family emergencies or work out a split financial situation that helps to protect family money better, anything you can do in this area will be of huge benefit to your family at this time.

Be open with them

It’s always best to be open with your family about your business plans and how things are going. It might be tempting to conceal any setbacks from them, but chances are they will know something is wrong and they will be upset and confused that you are keeping it from them, Dialog should always bed open because not only will it help them through it, but then they will be able to support you and your business goals too.

Bring them into the business

Letting your family members come to work with you to see what you are doing; allowing them to help with big and small decisions as and when appropriate and even letting your kids come to your office with you will all help to make them feel more comfortable with what you are doing, and it will probably get them just as enthused as you too. Make it a family business and it will be so much better.

Your first steps into entrepreneurship are always going to be uncertain but if you do all you can to prepare your family and make a sensible plan to see you all through, it will be so much easier on you all. Family is important so don’t forget about them when your head is filled with dreams of making it big in business.

Sprout Pencil – the 100% sustainable pencil that you grow after use


Sprout have developed a 100% sustainable pencil right to the very end of it’s life – as when you’ve almost used it up, you just turn it upside down and pop the end in some soil. Et voila! – the seeds at the end of the pencil will grow and you will have a plant growing in 1 to 4 weeks!  It could be some wonderful herbs, flowers or vegetables. The stub also acts as a marker with the name of your seeds labelled on it so you won’t forget what plant is growing in each pot.

Each set of pencils has a different theme, I went with the ‘Mindful Thoughts’ edition which has a lovely quote along the length of each one.  At the end of each pencil in an enclosed capsule, there are seeds such as Sage, Daisy, Basil, Chia and Thyme.

The pencils themselves are lovely to write with, perfect for my shopping lists and the children have been using them for drawing etc.  They look smart and feel like they are good quality.  I can’t wait to get near to the end of one to turn it it into a beautiful plant that I can use – in fact I can just imagine the whole set of pencils in a row of pots along my kitchen windowsill.  Then watching them turn into a beautiful array of fresh herbs to use in my cooking – how wonderful would that be!

I think the Sprout Pencil ‘Plant Your Pencil’ concept is a lovely idea and very eco friendly.  They would also make a lovely gift for someone and sure to put a smile on someones face seeing the double use for the pencil and something a bit different from usual.  Make sure you check them out!


All reviews are my own and my family’s opinions. We are not paid for reviews. Although we do receive the product to try out and enable us to write the review.

4 Excellent Ways to Teach Your Kids to Be Responsible 

Every parent wants their child to grow up to be responsible, but you shouldn’t expect them to learn responsibility out of nowhere. As a parent, you must show them how to look after themselves and others and consider how what they do can have a ripple effect on many others. So what are the best ways to teach your kids to be more responsible? Here are four ideas to consider. 

Show Them How Their Actions Affect Others 

It takes time for kids to recognise they are not the only person in the world, which means they often ignore how what they say or do can affect those around them. You can nip this behaviour in the bud quickly by speaking to them or ideally showing them how their actions affect others. 

It isn’t just people you need to consider. If you want your kids to care for the environment, show them why littering and wasting water can impact the rest of the world. 

Make Boring Things Fun 

Your kids will move out one day, meaning they’ll need to learn how to fend for themselves. This will involve cooking and cleaning, but these activities are not their number one priority when they are younger, especially if you do everything for them. 

They need these skills if they want to be self-sufficient as an adult, and even as teenagers if they go to university. You can create a positive link by making household chores more enjoyable through games and treasure hunts. While they won’t do this when cooking and cleaning by themselves, it will show them that chores aren’t as bad as they seem. 

Get Them a Pet 

Many parents will teach their kids to be more responsible by getting them a pet. You can start small with a fish or hamster and then buy them a bigger animal, such as a cat or dog, once you think they are old enough. 

You should only buy them a pet if you feel they are already responsible enough, and looking after their pet can increase their responsibility, especially with feeding and taking them for walks. If you do this, get pet insurance in case of illness. You can also bring your child to the vet with you so they become more comfortable in this environment. 

Don’t Expect Too Much

While it’s important to teach kids to be more responsible, you also shouldn’t expect too much from them. It’s just as vital to let kids be kids and allow them to have fun. Otherwise, you could go too far and cause them to resent everything you have tried to instil in them. If they can prove that they are responsible enough at any age, you can make allowances to let them have as much fun as they like. 


Responsible adults will raise responsible kids. Any of these measures will help your kids learn how to be more careful about what they do and when and where they do it. While you still need to let them be kids, demonstrating the key components of responsibility means they will grow up prepared for life, especially after they move out. 

Good Traits For A Strong And Solid Relationship

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One of the best qualities you can have in a relationship is perseverance. Every couple goes through highs and lows to some extent. However, incredibly strong-willed spouses who make it through challenging times in a relationship could end up stronger than before. To be able to face the challenges in your relationship, some preparation is required. Strong couples are aware of how important it is to work on their relationship daily. As a result, your relationship can suffer if you and your partner are capable of performing these things.

Any obstacle may be overcome, but one needs the will to achieve it. You are more likely to stand up for your relationship if you have a strong connection with your partner. Regular date nights are a wonderful way for couples to connect and converse. If a couple isn’t routinely seeing each other, the flame may have died down. Unmet needs breed hostility and are generally ignored. It also makes leaving easier for either you or your partner.

Emotional connection is another one of the top traits that hold a relationship together in the best way. Being honest and upfront with your partner gives you the opportunity to build a closer relationship. Without vulnerability, there can be no love, and those who can’t be honest with their spouse usually don’t feel safe enough to be themselves. As a result, there might not be genuine closeness. The ability to unwind is crucial for conquering challenges. If you have trouble being open and vulnerable with your relationship, it could be quite challenging for you to go through challenging times.

Because they worry that the relationship will end before they’ve given it a chance to live, most people avoid dealing with problems as they emerge. Couples will experience dreadful times if they don’t handle minor difficulties right away. Instead of confronting the pain head-on and working through it together, they choose to avoid it and pray that it will magically go on its own. If you don’t know how to handle minor problems then if you experience things like having a medical abortion or family death, how can you expect to properly handle the situations?

If you want your relationship to withstand difficulty, put effort into developing a close bond with your significant other. All relationships experience ups and downs, and there may be moments when you don’t feel in love with your spouse. In times of adversity when neither of you feels like being romantically involved with the other, having a friendship with them offers support. You can complete it reasonably quickly. It takes time spent together, conversation, and being there for one another when necessary for a friendship to flourish.

Priority should be given to partner problem-solving abilities. When a couple turns to their friends for advice rather than working out issues together, trust in the relationship is lost. If you want to make it through challenging times, talk to your partner about how you’re feeling so you can work through issues together.

12 Things To Look Out For When Ordering Clothes Online

When shopping for clothes online, it’s important to be aware of a few things to ensure that you’re getting the best possible deal. 

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Here Are Some Tips To Keep In Mind:

Make sure you know your measurements

When ordering clothes online, it is essential that you know your accurate measurements. This means taking your own measurements or getting them taken by a professional. Nothing is more frustrating than receiving a piece of clothing that doesn’t fit, so take the time to get your measurements right.

Check the size chart

Most online retailers will have a size chart available on their website. This is a great resource to use when ordering clothes online, as it can help you determine which size will best fit you. Always check the size chart before placing your order.

Pay attention to the fabric

The fabric of the clothing you’re considering buying will play a big role in how the garment looks and feels if you’re unsure what a certain fabric will be like, research or ask the retailer for more information.

Consider the colour

The colour of clothing can sometimes look different online than it does in person. If you’re unsure about a particular shade, it’s best to avoid caution and choose something else.

Look at the photos carefully

Most online retailers provide multiple photos of each item for sale. Be sure to look at all of the photos carefully before making your purchase. This will give you the best idea of what the clothing looks like from every angle.

Read the reviews

When ordering clothes online, be sure to read the reviews. This will give you an idea of how the clothing fits, the quality, and what other people think of the item.

Know the return policy

Before ordering clothes online, be sure to familiarise yourself with the return policy. Then, if you’re unhappy with your purchase, you can easily return it for a refund or exchange.

Choose a reliable retailer

Many great retailers sell clothing online, such as THE ICONIC Online store. However, there are also some that are not so reputable. So be sure to research and choose a retailer you can trust.

Compare prices

When ordering clothes online, take the time to compare prices. There are often great deals to be found if you’re willing to spend a little time shopping around.

Check the shipping costs

Before finalising your purchase, be sure to check the shipping costs. Some retailers charge exorbitant shipping fees, which can really add up.

Allow for some flexibility

When ordering clothes online, it’s important to allow for some flexibility in your choices. This means that you may not get exactly what you wanted, but you’ll likely find something that you like just as well.

Have fun!

Shopping for clothes online can be a lot of fun. Be sure to enjoy the process and take your time when making your selections.

In Conclusion

When ordering clothes online, you should keep a few things in mind. Be sure to know your measurements, check the size chart, and pay attention to the fabric. Also, consider the colour, look at the photos carefully, and read the reviews. 

Additionally, it’s important to familiarise yourself with the return policy and choose a reliable retailer. Finally, don’t forget to compare prices and check the shipping costs. By following these tips, you can have a great experience shopping for clothes online. Happy shopping!