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11 May 2022

Surviving the Summer with Allergies

With summer on the way many of us may notice an increase in itchy, watery eyes, congestion and sneezing but determining whether this is due to allergies or illness can be tricky. These tips should help you to identify a seasonal allergy and help you to deal with the symptoms until they begin to naturally subside in Autumn.

If you're suffering from symptoms that indicate an allergy, before taking action and seeking treatment, you need to confirm that what you're experiencing is actually due to an allergic reaction. Weather changes can play havoc with our bodies and sometimes it's hard to identify an allergy from a virus or cold. You could book an appointment with a GP but if you would prefer to take a test in the comfort and privacy of your own home, when it's most convenient for you to do so, it may be worth getting yourself a home allergy test. These easy to use kits just involve a quick allergy blood test (finger prick) which is sent off to a lab for analysis. Hay fever is usually worse between March and September when it's often humid and warm outside so keep this in mind.

09 May 2022

7 Things I've Learnt As A Parent

Since the very first moment I held my newborns in my arms it has been an incredible learning journey. You may think as a parent you're the one teaching your child as you raise them but you certainly do develop and change as a person too. You grow as your little one does.

Here are seven things I've learnt as a parent...

Your best is good enough
Parents really give themselves a hard time but you should know that you're doing a wonderful job and you are a good parent. If you're worrying about how well you're doing that alone is a sign that you care enough to be concerned and you're therefore a pretty good mum or dad.  It's okay for your child to have chicken nuggets and chips from time to time and you shouldn't feel guilty, it's okay to raise your voice or get grumpy when you're sleep deprived and it's okay to leave the dishes on the side for a day. People may judge you at times for your choices on breast/bottle feeding or disposable/cloth nappy usage but if your kids are happy and healthy that's all that matters.


07 May 2022

Raspberry Crumble Slices

If you haven't been out to fill your baskets with berries yet this summer, now is the final time to do so - you can make your own jam! Although you can of course use shop bought if you prefer so that you can dive straight in to make this delicious recipe. Our preference of filling has to be raspberry for a beautiful burst of deep red but feel free to use whatever you have to hand or prefer. Blueberries and strawberries are great alternatives and they too create a sweet and sticky centre to contrast nicely with the the crisp yet flaky exterior of these slices.

We like to pop a batch into some plastic pots to take on day trips or when visiting friends as a tasty afternoon treat. The Mini Mes enjoy making these themselves, they are great for tweens to bake, and they get great satisfaction from layering the ingredients nicely before popping them into the oven to turn golden.

Raspberry Crumble Slices


14 December 2021

Why you should consider using a mortgage broker and advisor

Whether you're looking to get on the housing ladder for the first time, seeking somewhere new to live or trying to purchase a property to let, buying a home can be an exciting yet somewhat daunting experience. There can be lots of jargon to interpret and paperwork that needs completing so if you're unsure of the process, you can be left feeling a little lost! 

A mortgage broker is a licensed and regulated professional who works as an intermediary for mortgage lenders and individuals wishing to get a mortgage. They are regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and require specific qualifications to work in the industry. They will look at your financial situation and provide information on the best lenders and deals to suit your circumstances then get your mortgage approved. Using a mortgage broker can definitely help to make things run smoothly from start to finish.

Here are some of the reasons why you should consider using a mortgage broker and advisor for your home purchase...


05 November 2021

WIN Monty & Co Merchandise

Pipkins Productions, the creators of new preschool CBeebies children’s series Monty & Co has launched a merchandise range available on the Monty & Co online store boasting a full range of merchandise of the series favourite characters.

Monty & Co made its debut on CBeebies in summer 2020 and is a live action puppet series about a mix of lovable characters who live behind their shop where anything can be mended, repurposed or recycled. The series also deals with feelings and the everyday clash of personalities, conflicts and issues, but these are resolved within each episode with an emphasis on caring and comedy. Monty & Co is on CBeebies every Saturday and Sunday at 11.10am.

The merchandise range features a range of kids and adults T-shirts and aprons. Kids hoodies, mugs, baby bibs as well as birthday message videos and a cookbook from our favourite Welsh terrier, Charlie Pickle all available at

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