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Christmas gifts for Children

When I think about my childhood Christmases, I remember the excitement, the cold winter walks, indulgent food and wholesome activities like chestnut roasting, church services and evenings making paper chains. But that didn’t mean the much-coveted Argos catalogue didn’t make an appearance – the precious book was passed from my siblings to me, and back round again for amendments. We’d lovingly circle in thick black biro each item we wanted, from glow worms to Dictaphones (I was a strange child) with our initials scratched deeply into the paper. Then we would promote the Book’s marked pages by artfully leaving the...

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November 29th 2013

 

Christmas Gift Guide

With Christmas just five weeks away you’re probably racking your brain for inspiration on that perfect present for your loved one. With so much choice out there gift buying can be difficult and headache-inducing. Take time to plan your shopping trip, it can mean the difference between a last minute panic buy and a thoughtful present your special someone will cherish. The best way to start the gift buying process is by taking time to think about who you are buying for; rushing around the shops without clear direction is a recipe for disaster and unneeded stress. Simple things like...

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November 21st 2013

 

Guest room ideas for Christmas

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas… if that phrase strikes fear into you, worry not – we’re on hand to help. Often the biggest worry is having guests to stay over Christmas; the extra food, sweeping the clutter under a large rug (maybe that’s just me), preparing a room for your guests to sleep in – and that’s where we come in. It doesn’t matter if you’re going to use your child’s bedroom or the spare room, there’s an easy and quick way of getting it ready. Turning your child’s room into a guest room It’s all about...

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November 13th 2013

 

How to keep your pets safe during fireworks

So who’s this Guy Fawkes chap? At midnight, 4th November in 1605, Guy Fawkes was discovered in a cellar under the House of Lords, guarding his gunpowder. Guy Fawkes and his accomplices had plotted for 18 long months to bring down King James I, a protestant. Catholics had long since been terrorised for their beliefs, and there were emerging groups desperate to bring a change. But a last minute tip-off to the king’s ‘spymaster’ meant he was arrested just in time and charged with treason and consequently hanged. Every year from 5th November 1605, Londoners were encouraged to celebrate the...

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November 4th 2013

 

The living wall revival

I’ve become truly inspired by something: living walls. Green and silent amidst the buzzing traffic and fast-paced streets, they hark of something old and something new about to happen. Okay so they’ve been around for a few years now, but they’re making a come-back. There’s been a living wall-boom in homes, either as a fantastic feature wall, or forming the exterior walls. Living walls can be customised to create something really awe-inspiring. What a fantastic way to bring your home into this new 21st century, combining amazing design with sustainable eco-friendly ideas. Living walls are inspired by designer Patrick Blanc,...

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November 1st 2013