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A New Chapter In The Unique Young Mum Household.

At the beginning of this month, a new chapter began in the Unique Young Mum household - Spud started his journey into Secondary School, something I'm not too sure either of us was ready for, but a few weeks in and things seem to be going good, fingers crossed it last. I'm sure I'm not the only parent out there who worried about their decision, choosing the right secondary school is important, the secondary school we choose for our children is going to be the school who helps them the most with their important GCSE exams, the school is going to be a place where new friendships begin and when the bigger part of the world starts becoming a reality.

My mini once stood small - this was him a few years ago, and now he's nearly as tall as his mum!
Choice wise, I'm fortunate enough to live in a large town with no end of secondary schools, actually, there's a secondary school right over the road from us, literally no further than a three minute walk down the road, however it wasn't a school that once crossed my mind, it is an academy school and receives no end of bad press, and so I had a task on my hand, considering at the time of applying for Spud's secondary school place I didn't drive, I'd never so much as started a car - turned the key in the ignition or anything, and to get him to a better school further afield, this involved a hefty and timely cost on public transport or taxis, or I had the task of learning to drive.

My Top 5 Festival Tips.

If you're heading to Reading Festival (known to us locals as Reading Rock), Leeds Festival or any other festivals this weekend or upcoming weekends you may want to read this post for some festival guidance and tips! I've lived in Reading my whole life (27 years!) and with Reading Festival, WOMAD and Rewind all within a close range, it's fair to say I've been to more than enough festivals to know how to have the best festival experience! 

From festival attire to festival parking, the local area, and all the essentials, hopefully this post will come in handy for any festival plans you have! Whether you're an experienced festival goer or a festival newbie there's something here for everyone, but the most important thing is you stay safe and have lots, and lots, and lots of fun!

Ways To Revamp Your Home On A Budget.

If you're a long time reader of Unique Young Mum, you may recall the many post I wrote whilst me and Spud lived in the flat, I wrote often about how Spud dreamed of living in a house so he could have a garden to play in, and the fact that we couldn't have a dog in our flat - as another one of Spud's dreams was to have a dog! Every year he would write to Santa, with the same top two wishes - a house and a dog.

In November 2014, Spud's dream come true when we moved into a house, or shall I say bombsite!? The flat was our home, it was decorated, furnished and loved, it was clean, tidy and liveable, the house however needed a whole set of renovations, really it needs to be taken back to the brickwork, but without the funds to do that, I've had to concentrate on room by room! Nearly three years in there's still a LOT of work to be done, but slowly we're getting there without breaking the bank either!

Ideas & Inspiration For Family Bathrooms Done Right

Of all the rooms in the house, the bathroom is the one that tends to get neglected the most. The reason for this is unknown, but usually, it’s something to do with the fact that it’s the room that gets the least use. That being said, just because your bathroom may not get used as much as your living room and kitchen, it's not to say that it shouldn’t be a space that you love because it should be, as should every room within your home. Your home is your haven from the world. Therefore, you should love every inch of it - including your bathroom.

In an ideal world, you would have an en suite in your bedroom, your kids would have a bathroom to share, and there would be a cloakroom featuring a toilet and sink downstairs. However, life isn’t perfect, and neither are our homes, which is why a lot of families have to make do with just one bathroom that serves the needs of everyone. It might be a squeeze, but a shared bathroom isn't the end of the world.

Are You Ready To Deal With Old Age?

Life is a rollercoaster. It has its highs and its lows and generally zigs when we think it will zag. It’s hard to judge how things will pan out, but one thing you can guarantee is that you’re going to age. Aging is natural and something that none of us can escape, even if we try to avoid the visual effects of it. Although you may not be too concerned with your old age just yet, you may be when it comes to that of a parent or close relative. As someone close to you gets older, you may want to make sure that you’re ready to deal with what goes along with it.

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Firstly, there’s care to cover. Not everyone will need a form of care when they get older, but a lot of people do. Thankfully, there is a range of elderly care options that you can choose from. This is something that you may want to research and understand on your own and then discuss with your loved one to figure out what they may want to do. Whether you provide the care, you have carers come into their home, or your relative moves into an elderly living facility, it's important to be aware of the options you have.