Friday, 25 March 2016

Liverpool: #EvolvingCities

We have lived here together in Liverpool for about seven years now. My husband is a proper Scouser and I moved to live here to be with him. I do love Liverpool. I love the history, the culture, the architecture. You can often find me sat in Abercromby Square by the university (usually with a huge bag of books!)

We were delighted to be asked by Travelodge to visit Liverpool city centre as a family. I loved this Liverpool #EvolvingCities page that they created - a quick slide over the screen shows some of Liverpool's main sites now and back in the day.  It's amazing to see how things have changed.

We often visit Liverpool, but I find that when we do we tend to be shopping and it can get quite hectic. Sometimes it is great to just explore the city for what it is, without the shopping and commercial rush. 

We planned to visit the Albert Dock, walk along by the water and maybe bob in and out of some of the museums and stop for dinner somewhere.

It was such a lovely sunny day. We did pop in to the Liverpool Museum, which is home to some wonderful Liverpool-inspired exhibitions. With the kids, we tend to do museums quite quickly - especially at weekends or they can get quite restless, and as the sun was shining we decided to make the most of it with a lovely walk.

The girls really love seeing new places, and we try to explain a bit about the history, a little about what their surroundings are - I like the girls to have new experiences and engage with us as we walk and talk.

We absolutely love this new Beatles statue on the Pier Head and couldn't wait to get some lovely photographs of the kids.
After our lovely walk and visit to the museum we went out for dinner and grabbed a couple of ice creams on our walk back to the car. We love this city. It has such a rich history, so much to see and do with great places to eat and relax. We are very much looking forward to the arrival of summer and I think a ferry trip will be on the cards!

We were asked to write this post for Travelodge as part of their #EvolvingCities campaign.

Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Teen-Approved Wallpaper

Children can be difficult enough to understand without the teen hormones getting in the way. As kids become teens there’s a real urgency for them to find their independence, to start figuring out who they are and discovering their own style. This is when their room becomes so important for them. It’s a place for them to get away, to calm down, to study and to hang out with friends. It’s a pretty important room!

So though all the arguments, tantrums and hormone induced attitudes, let the decorating of your teen’s room be a chance to bond with each other and enjoy a great moment together. Below are my favourite choices from Dulux Decorator Centre and designer Graham Brown.

We start off subtle with an elegant wallpaper option, perfect for a chic and dreamy teen room. This Graham Brown paper doesn’t shout and it isn’t garish. It won’t overpower a room, which is perfect for a potentially cluttered teen room, or a smaller room.

Part of Graham Brown’s children’s range at Dulux Decorator Centre, this paper could brighten up any room in your house. It’s bright and breezy and generally creates a positive atmosphere. That’s a big deal for a simple wallpaper. But just imagine what effect this elegant and happy wallpaper could have on your teen’s bad moods and even the stress of exams, tests and homework.

Chic and ultra-stylish, bring the streets of New York right into your teen’s bedroom with this wallpaper. The monochrome print decorating one wall, paired with monochrome accessories and just a splash of colour could transform your teen’s room into a stylish New York city pad.

Give your teen’s room a vintage look that will never go out of fashion. This iconic comic strip featuring Mickey Mouse is a timeless classic that could give your teen’s room a stylish feel while still remaining youthful. The muted, natural tones also mean that this wallpaper fromDulux Decorator Centre could sit with ease among old childhood toys and new trends alike.

This fabulous wallpaper comes from the new range from graffiti artist Kev Munday available at Dulux Decorator Centre. As part of the ‘New Wave’ design talent initiative, this wallpaper represents being creative, exploring your own skills and discovering yourself. What better backdrop for your teen’s bedroom than this jazzy, artistic wallpaper.

What teens really want to put on their walls is pictures of people they love. This could be their favourite celeb, a musical hero, pictures of friends, beloved moments and even pictures of family (they do love you really).  So what better wallpaper than one made up of these things and help your teen express themselves it their own room and really make it individual to them. This playful wallpaper features an array of frames just waiting to be filled with great memories, without the hassle of nailing frames into the wall and creating pesky holes

I know what you’re thinking, wallpaper is notoriously hard to work with. However, Graham Brown wallpaper is of the highest quality making it easy to apply and looks fantastic for years to come. Instantly create style and excitement in your teen’s room. With Dulux Decorator Centre’s vast range of wallpapers there’ll be something you both love so you can avoid any arguments.

Friday, 11 March 2016

Review: Vileda Hot Spray Mop

As a busy household, we are always on the look-out for cleaning products and devices that are efficient, easy use to use and most of all: TIME SAVING. We are so busy that we need cleaning to be quick, but we also want a good job doing. I was really chuffed to be sent the Vileda Steam Mop to try out. I usually just use an old-fashioned mop and bucket on our laminate floors. There is nothing wrong with old school mopping, it's just so time-consuming filling the bucket, wringing out, etc. The hot spray mop looked like a great alternative for us.

The mop comes packaged with each section separate. It was very easy to assemble. It has a swivel head to attach and a pad that is fixed with Velcro - easy to attach and remove. The mop is cordless and very easy to use. I filled the water tank with cold water and plugged the mop in to charge. A green light flashes when the mop is ready to use, it is ready in 90 seconds and the water is heated to 100 degrees. I then unplugged the mop and was ready to go.

The swivel head makes this very simple to use, and the trigger releases the hot water on to the top of the micro fibre pad. The mop is lightweight, simple to use and is definitely much quicker than a mop. I loved the fact that once I have finished I can literally just rip the pad off the Velcro strip and chuck it in the washing machine, no worries, and it is ready to use again. It is lightweight, so I can easily take it upstairs to steam the bedroom floors too - always handy when you have three messy kids!

Overall, I really like this mop. It really does make cleaning easier and quicker.

The Vileda Hot Spray Mop is priced at £59.99.

Disclosure: I was sent this mop free of charge for the purpose of this review. All words and views are my own.

Tuesday, 1 March 2016

Student Discount on Printing

I think I may have mentioned this before, but I have real issues with technology. Anything that has a wire or a plug - I might as well not bother. It literally will break as soon as I look at it. Laptops, Kindles, phones - everything that can be broken will get broken!

This is why I don't ever do any printing for myself. I don't do too much printing really, just the odd journal article to read on the bus, and my essays when I have finished them. I am really looking forward to next year when I print off my final dissertation and have it bound. I have never actually written a dissertation - with the Open University it was coursework or examinations, so it will be great to be able to have my work bound - something to be proud of!

There are some of reprographic places that offer a discount for student printing. Printing can be quite expensive so any discount that I can get will be great.

If you are a student then signing up to Hobs Reprographics on Facebook gives you 40% off - definitely worth doing!

One thing we are looking forward to printing-wise is updating our canvas of the kids on the wall. We had canvases made a couple of years ago - they are beautiful, we love them. However, I think it is time that we updated - the kids are much bigger now and we would just like a new one. The old ones will be re-distributed around the house of course! I'll be visiting Hobs Reprographics Liverpool to get our canvas - I can't wait.

Now all I have to do is get the three kids to sit still for long enough to have their picture taken!!

The below picture was the last time we were all photographed together, and we already have this one in a frame. Maybe we could attempt this again?

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