My Engagement Ring Story.

in , , , , by Jada, November 25, 2016
When Gareth proposed to me last year, on the 21st of June 2015 (Father's Day) to be precise, I had no idea how he got my ring size and for so long it baffled me. Asking him the obvious question ''how did you get my ring size'' wasn't answering my question, so I had to keep bugging him for months until he finally told me the other day, but not without telling me a story that I had to share with all of you.

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Gareth had tried a number of ways to get my ring size, starting from the obvious (apparently!) - which was by asking me what my ring size was, which I can't remember and apparently I never told him, which would make perfect sense as I've never had the ring finger measured, I've dreamt of it so many times, so so many times, but it never actually happened, and I'm personally glad it never as I suppose once you get the finger measured you know it's going to happen soon, but my engagement took me totally by surprise.

With the festive period looming, many of us are spending more time out of our homes either taking on extra hours at work or getting into the festive spirit by Christmas shopping, attending Christmas markets and special Christmas events. Sadly criminals are lurking at every corner, waiting every second for an opportunity to arise, but it seems that during the festive month, criminals seem to become larger in numbers with more robberies taking place in the summer months along with the colder months, like December, which is of course when Christmas takes place.

I have put together my four personal tips on home safety, making simple but small changes in the home to ensure its safe as possible whilst empty.

1. Triple Check All Window and Door Locks.
It may seem like the obvious to do, but with this time of year comes lots of stress, how am I going to afford to put a turkey on the dining room table will be the last thing on your mind if you leave even the smallest of possibilities for a burglary to take place, robbers will strike at any chance they get, and that includes the tiniest of windows they could get through. To ensure your home safety is the best it can be I personally recommend getting window locks that comes with a key, you can check out an online window key cutting service here.

2. Make Some Noise Whilst You're Not At Home.
Leaving a radio playing at home whilst you're out is one of the best cost effective ways on improving your home security, unlike the TV which cost electricity to run even when on standby, a radio cost a lot less to run either by battery or electric, and will hopefully spook burglars into thinking someone is home. Make sure the radio is loud enough to hear, but not loud enough to annoy your neighbours, and make sure it's not on show if someone should take a peek through your letterbox or window!

3. Invest in a Home Security System.
They say Britain is a Big Brother nation with all it's CCTV camera's, and whilst some moan about it, I personally am grateful that we have so many cameras around. I follow the nationwide news on a daily basis and often wonder how many crimes would be unsolved if it wasn't for CCTV? Whilst nothing is going to guarantee stopping a potential burglar in its tracks, if you have the money to invest in a home CCTV system, I'd highly recommend it.

4. Lights On, Lights Off.
If you've been a reader of my blog for a while, you may recall me reviewing a light switch timer last year? This clever piece of technology is battery run and turns the lights on and off for me whenever I set it up! It works on one, two or even three light switches, and whats more is you're not limited to how many you have in the house, so if you wanted you could set up one in each room and have them going on and off at your request - without even being in the house!

5. Adopt a Pet - Gain a Guard Dog.
Last but not least, adopt a dog - I'm not even kidding! Since having a dog I know when someones about to walk up my garden path thanks to his reactions! Jezeppi doesn't only notify me that someones here, but he's there and ready if I need him, whilst he's the soppiest dog I've ever met, I know if someone got in that wasn't suppose to be here, he'd attack - or at least I hope!

Five simple and easy steps, but hopefully ones that'll help you in the long run - forever!

Jada x
Keeping your home super-clean and free from allergy causing agents can seem like a tall task. We are surrounded by allergens but with underfloor heating, the opportunity for allergens to become embedded in the home is a lot less.

Find out with this article from Underfloor Heating Trade Supplies how this heating system will make a difference.
It's that time of year again when we're all buying advent calendars for the family, ready to start the official Christmas countdown and here at Unique Young Mum, it's only tradition that I show off some of my favourite advent calendar's with you all! 

My Advent Feature 2016 edition is full of advent calendars, featuring yummy edible ones to playful ones and there's even one for the whole family to enjoy! I hope you enjoy it as much as me!

These days, we're all very aware of the impact humans have on the environment and many more of us are starting to take more notice in what impact our lifestyle can have. If you've ever travelled to some of the most beautiful places on Earth, you'll know how important it is to protect the world from more destruction.

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After all, we all want our children to be able to enjoy the same aspects of nature as we did, but with it all being such an overwhelming issue, you might wonder what we can possibly do to help. Whilst it's true that changes to conservation can only come about through political change, you can make small changes to your home that could actually make a big difference.


Wildlife - What's Your Favourite?

in , , by Jada, November 23, 2016
When I was younger, I was never one for wildlife or the natural beauty the world gives us for free, but as I've become older and wiser, I've become quite a keen fan of the natural beautiness shown in the world. I'd not go as far as saying I'd travel to another country just to get a look at a lion in its natural habitat, however I do notice things more now, that I wouldn't notice before, like beautiful birds singing in the tree's, and seeing as as I have a huge tree at the bottom of my garden, I see many a day.

When we lived at the flat, we didn't get to see much wildlife, we did however have regular visits from a fox, or maybe a few. I could never get closer to them though as Spud would always be tucked up in bed fast asleep, and living above ground floor level even a decent photograph was impossible with the camera I had back then. I soon started to feed the fox (I don't know if that's allowed!) by leaving food in the regular spot it would visit, and I'd watch as he/she would have a meal without having to fight off other foxes and wildlife.
As the countdown to Christmas gets well and truly underway, more and more people look at getaways around the world to bring a little more festive cheer to their lives. Whether it’s hitting the slopes and getting more of the white stuff in the Swiss Alps, or looking to get some Vitamin D with some winter sun in a tropical destination, here we take a look at 4 Christmas breaks everyone should experience at least once in their lives!

Christmas can be a stressful time, trying to get the family together for a meal, cooking for everyone at the same time as trying to find the right presents for everyone. It’s important to take some time out for yourself and get away from the stress of it all, keep reading for some of our favourite Christmas breaks…

Are you ever dissatisfied by your bathroom? It’s one of those rooms that you don’t think much about – you brush your teeth and shower and then you’re done with it. Like the kitchen, your bathroom is often a room of practicality, rather than beauty, but it’s very possible to combine those two things! Here’s how to update your bathroom to add some extra pleasures into your daily life.

Add A Heated Towel Rack
There’s no greater treat than a warm towel, especially during this time of the year. First thing in the morning, it’s unimaginably hard to get out of bed and force yourself into the shower, and it’s even harder to step out of the steamy, warm shower into the cold air outside! One way to make this easier is to have a toasty warm towel waiting for you when you step out of the shower cubicle.

An Update From Unique Young Mum!

in , , , by Jada, November 16, 2016
Hello everyone, I hope you're all well and are having a lovely week so far!? I'm over here (sat on my sofa to be precise) wondering where the year has gone, two weeks left of November and we're into December already, yikes! For once, I'm not so so worried about Christmas and I feel totally relieved! For the last few years, Christmas - well more so the run up to Christmas has been very stressful, however thanks to Swagbucks I've got all the children in the family sorted for Christmas, well I've still got to get Spud's items and my little sister's - so I've got 9 out of 11 so far which is amazing - for me this early on!

Swagbucks Swago November - Earn 300 SB!

by Jada, November 15, 2016
It's time for another round of Swago, where you have the chance to earn 300 SB!

What is SWAGO you ask? It's a promotion run by Swagbucks, a website that rewards you with points (called SB) for completing everyday online activities such as searching the web and taking part in surveys. When you complete a task on the square, watch that square change colours like the leaves of Autumn. You can redeem those SB for free gift cards (in just a few months I've earned way over £500!). If you've never used Swagbucks, participating in SWAGO is a great way to learn how to use the site, and it's a lot of fun!

The Great British Bake Off may be over for another year, but that doesn’t mean we have to stop daydreaming about Victoria sponge cakes and Paul Hollywood’s dazzling blue eyes, right? To tide you over until the next season is back on the telly, you could recreate the wonderfully vintage GBBO vibe in your own cooking space. To help you turn your kitchen into something even Mary Berry would be proud of, keep reading!

Go for Solid Wood Worktops
While you may love watching the Bake Off hopefuls sweat in sheer panic as they try their best to muster up a beautiful baked creation, it’s what they’re standing behind that you need to take note of. Solid wood worktops are a key element of the GBBO aesthetic, so to really nail this trend in your own home, you could swap your surfaces for something similar. If you plan to bake up a storm in your newly styled kitchen, it pays to go for high-quality, strong materials from a reliable supplier. For example, the solid oak kitchen worktops from Worktop Express have the same warm tones as the GBBO surfaces and the natural integrity of the wood gives them impressive durability.

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November Collector Bills at Swagbucks.

by Jada, November 11, 2016
November is here and many of us are now counting down the days to Christmas, whilst wondering where on earth this year has gone!? I said to Gareth earlier, does the days go by fast when we're older, or is it because I'm a parent and it just seems like time goes way too quickly!? 

We've reached the Holiday season - can you believe it? Since this time of year in particular is a good one for having some extra money, Swagbucks is offering a 500 SB Bonus to people who sign up through me this month - it's the biggest bonus they've ever offered!

Swagbucks is a rewards site where you earn points (called SB) for all sorts of things you're probably already doing online, like shopping, discovering deals, taking surveys, watching videos, and more! Then you can turn your gift cards into PayPal cash or gift cards to places like Amazon, TK Maxx, Debenhams, Argos, John Lewis, and many more!