Whilst I sit at my desk and type this post angrily, venting my anger and frustration, letting all my thoughts out on this blog, there's a serious point to this post, and if I can educate just one person, than my work here is done. If not, good riddance - my work here is still done, I didn't start this blog for anyone else and the only reason I walk this ridiculous earth is because I decided to bring an innocent child into pure evilness. 

I divorce people quicker than an engagement, no one is forced to read this post, so please do scroll on by if you think Autism doesn't exist, and get your head out of your rear on your way out of the door won't you!

If only we can have another Noah's Ark.

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.

in , , , , by Jada, August 22, 2017
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!
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!
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?

in , , , by Jada, August 01, 2017
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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In September, my not so little man will be starting secondary school, to say time has flew past would be an understatement. Let me reassure you, when other parents tell first time parents time will fly now you're a parent, they aren't lying, nor are they exaggerating one tiny little bit. It only seems like last month when I was taking photo's of Spud's first day at nursery, it only seems like last week I took photo's of him wearing his school uniform on his first day of reception, it seems like yesterday when he started year six, and now I am planning to buy his secondary school attire.

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With secondary school comes a whole different life, gone is the days of being sent to the head teacher if you're in trouble, in are the days of being given a detention for bad behaviour, missed homework or even being late to school, gone are the days when homework meant 30 minutes taken out of the whole week, because instead, you'll find more than likely you'll spend at least 30 minutes a day taking time out for homework - and for me this is going to be a pain as I've never been quiet about my loathe of homework, home time should be just that - home time, not home time for extra school work! 
For those of us who love a good festival, we're relieved that festival season is finally here! For some, festivals mean a day event, starting early and ending the early hours of the next morning, and for the rest of us festivals mean a full weekend experience, starting on either Thursday or Friday morning and ending on the Monday morning! It's a time to get away from our work and home lives, a time to listen and see not just known acts, but upcoming and new acts too, its our time to enjoy world foods, and wear short shorts and wellies because without a doubt, we're all convinced it will rain - I mean are British festivals even festivals if we don't have any rain!? It's also a time to put our camping expertise - or lack of it to good use.

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I remember my first festival, I was with four girl friends and none of us had ever gone camping before without our parents! We all knew we could follow instructions, we've all helped each other put flat pack products together before, and we'd even shared a bottle of wine too so putting up a few tents would be a walk in the park right? If only! Being young and giddy we was trying to impress the young group of lads pitching up next to us, whilst they was visibility getting stressed we was moping around waiting for them to get into their tents or off the campsite so we could properly tackle ours, only the group of lads took so long, daylight started to go by!
If you have a garden the size of a jungle like mine, I'm sure you'll agree that the garden is one of the chores you start to dread, cutting the grass can take a good three hours alone, and lets not forget we need to add on another two hours for the strimming around the edges, and a whole day to sort out the plants and weeds!

My garden before the work started and before the fence panels - this was just one tiny patch!

With 29 fence panels in total, a task such as painting the fence is something I try to put off as long as possible, I find excuse after excuse knowing the task in question is going to take me a rather long time, and as we all know - time is precious. I'm sure I'm not alone when I say I'd much rather enjoy the garden then having to work on it, but every week it requires a LOT of time and attention due to the size of it. 

Emma Ferguson Photography Review.

in , , by Jada, July 26, 2017
Back in March, whilst planning Spud's 11th birthday party, I made the decision to ''not'' photograph the party, at least not myself. For many years at Spud's previous parties, I've missed so much of the fun and memories as I've been so busy doing everything including trying to get as many photo's as I can to look back on the celebrations for years to come.

Your Home Au Naturel

by Jada, July 18, 2017
Humans have a lot to learn from the natural world, it can teach us about medicine and science, but it can also help us to learn more about technology and mechanical engineering. Don’t worry about any of that stuff for now though, that's a whole other blog post in itself, instead, it’s time to focus on the gifts that nature can give you when it comes to design. By incorporating natural elements into your home, you can do a lot to make it look more unique and interesting, without having to make it hard to live in. To help you with this, this post will be going through some of the best ways to add a touch of nature to your home.

In a lot of homes, furniture and other features will be largely made from wood. Unfortunately, though, most items like this aren’t designed to allow the wood to show off its natural beauty, instead, they will be painted or covered with a veneer. With solid furniture, you might be able to strip these treatments and add your own clear one, but for furniture made from particle boards, like chipboard or MDF, you might need to look at some second-hand options to replace them. Exposing wood like this will always make a home feel more natural.
Every parent will face this dilemma at some stage. Their kid wants a phone and they either cannot afford one or feel that their child is too young to have one. This is one area where children and parents can have very different opinions and it can lead to a lot of conflict within the family. Here are some ideas on how to diffuse the situation.

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Getting over the financial barrier of getting a mobile phone.
Mobile phone contracts are not cheap and if you already paying out for your own contract, a partner’s contract and perhaps even an older child’s contract this can really mount up! When you have lots of other household bills to cope with, the last thing you need is yet another mobile phone contract.
A housekeeper can play a crucial role in your life, saving you time to spend with your family instead of cleaning up the house. There are two options that you can always choose from: 1) hiring an independent housekeeper or 2) hiring an agency. An agency can wind up costing you more, as you’re not just paying for an independent contractor, but also for a large administration overhead. Most people prefer to hire an independent house cleaner because they don’t want to have to pay for the overhead of a large company, but agencies do offer convenience.

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Fortunately, finding and working with an independent house keeper doesn’t have to be a headache; if you use the right resources, your search can be quick, easy, and reliable. There are websites out there that help connect employers and housekeepers like Housekeeper.com, with thousands of housekeeper profiles that are searchable by city, state, and even neighborhood across the USA and Canada.
It’s that time of the year when the kids are off school and roaming around the house looking for things to do. Many now resort to video game entertainment which, whilst fun, seems a little unproductive, especially during the summer months. In light of this, here are some of the older activities which are sure to keep them happy.

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Pull The Plug On High Electric Bills

by Jada, June 28, 2017
Are your electricity bills too high? With most of our lives revolving around electronic devices, cutting back on our power usage can seem like a difficult ask for many of us. However, there are many other ways to lower the costs of powering our homes. Here are just a few methods.

Is it time to switch supplier?
Other suppliers may be charging less than your currant supplier - so make sure you regularly check out price comparison sites. There are many comparison sites out there to help you get the best deal and some suppliers will charge discounted rates to new customers. In fact, you may be able to save a lot of money simply by changing supplier every few years and making use of new customer rates.
Pregnancy is the time when a woman should look after her own health not just carefully but responsibly too. This does not mean that a future mother has to forget about taking care of herself for a period of nine months - unless of course she wants too! 

Women shouldn’t abandon their regular beauty treatments because they're pregnant if they don't want to, as long as the treatments are safe to use whilst pregnant and you've spoken to the therapist carrying out such treatments. The main thing you'd need to know is what will be safe for your baby’s health and from what it is better to abstain. I've gathered some information thanks to the wonderful and experienced friends from YesDates.com.
We're midway through June, the weather is how it's supposed to be (for once!) -  sunny and hot, our windows are fully open, our children's paddling pools are filled up ready for an afternoon of play, our ears hear lawn mower after lawn mower, we're going through cold drinks, ice cubes, ice pops, and ice cream like no tomorrow, and we're seeing friends post their daily countdown until their holiday arrives.

If you've not booked your summer holiday yet, I'm pretty sure you'll have an idea by now of where you want to head off too, and exactly when and for how long - like me, which leaves us begrudging our family and friends who already have everything sorted! The thing is, I've not booked a holiday yet because they go way too fast, and I don't want any of my pre-holiday preparation to be rushed, I don't want anything deplorable - I want the best!
In just over 10 days time, my younger brother Jamie will be celebrating his 25th birthday, a quarter of a century old and his first birthday as a daddy! Wanting to do something more than just going to a local restaurant for a meal - because we seem to do that year after year, I wanted to do something special for Jamie's birthday so took his interest into account!

As I mentioned above, this will be Jamie's first birthday as a daddy, his beautiful son was born on the 22nd of May, so whilst we're not struggling with ideas as there is so many gifts you can buy for new dads, we wanted to take Jamie's other interest into account too and thought about things that he could do by himself, as well as things with the whole family - there is a LOT of us, and we all love celebrating together!
In just over a week time, the official UK summer time begins, and with the summer time upon us, out comes the paddling pools, the BBQ's and as much of our bodies as we can to get a beautiful golden tan! However, we live in England, and we all know what the typical UK weather is like - it's rubbish, it's absolutely rubbish! Even if we're blessed with a little bit of a sun, you'll be sure we're more than likely not to see more than a week of it at a time! One day it could be the hottest day of the year to date, and the next day you're waking up to the glorious rain!

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So what do we do? Well a lot of us adults Brits now know a beautiful summer is something of the past, Spud loves listening to my childhood stories of how summer meant sun, and winter meant snow - something he's not really experienced like many other children his age and younger! So in true Brit style, we light up the barbies no matter the weather, we invite the family round, and we still wear our flip flops - well a little bit of rain never hurt anybody did it? We also fake tan - yes both sexes, males or females - we do it, and us Brits love it!
You may recall a post I done a couple of months ago mentioning Spud's birthday party, and it being Batman themed!? If not, go and have a read, or you can skip that and read this post instead, a post on someone who's already been mentioned a few times on Unique Young Mum, and I have no doubt this won't be the last time! The company in question is Jade Alana Marshall, the graphic designer behind my beautiful floral layout that I had until recently (if you're new and have no idea what I'm talking about, check out my social media pages - ahem Facebook and Twitter!).

First of all, let me tell you a bit about Jade - the sole person behind Baby Cakes Treasures, Jade Alana Marshall Design, and JAM Personalised. I first came across Jade a couple of years ago whilst stalking Twitter (as us bloggers do, am I the only one who spends more time on Twitter then doing anything else!? I can't be alone surely!), seeing she had designer in her profile (and me having an interest in design - I miss the MSN group days!) I stalked her profile and found she had a website, and from there fell in love with her work. Soon enough, Jade was the person behind my first professional and beautiful layout, and the only reason it was replaced a few months ago was because blogger had changed ever so slightly and I needed something to be done about my SEO - jargon that doesn't mean a lot to many of us!

A couple of weeks ago, I was sorting out my clothes ready for the warmer weather and was sad to see that I was throwing more than half of them to one side because they didn't fit me anymore, at least not comfortably anyway. I looked at the sad pile of clothes that did still fit me, then looked at the gigantic pile that didn't, and I admit - I got upset, leading me to shed tears.

It's no secret that I'm a comfort eater, resorting to food when I'm stressed, and my gosh I've had a lot going on over these last 12 months, I've had health issues that have left me extremely anxious, tired, stressed, miserable and they also stole every ounce of confidence I had left. I've had problems within my relationship with Gareth, I've had worries about Spud, I've been stressed because my house still isn't a home and I don't know when it will become one. 

Fantasy Mask Creations Review.

by Jada, May 01, 2017
Just before I got ill and was admitted to hospital, discussion and plans were underway for Spud's 11th birthday party, originally the plan was to book a party at the local soft play centre, however with my admittance to hospital, come changes we couldn't help, including having to come up with new party ideas. Luckily, to my surprise Spud wasn't too upset about the changes when I proposed to him that we have a party at home for him, with a bouncy castle and theme of his choice, along with his idea of a face painter.

I live in a very large town, so large we may as well be a city, we're 25 minutes away from central London via a fast train, not far away at all on the motorway, and our prices of living are soon starting to resemble London living cost, so finding a face painter wasn't the hardest part, it was finding a face painter who come recommended - something I always look for with my line of work.
In a little over a week's time, I turn 27 years old, three years off of the big 30 and whilst I'm proud of the life I've led so far, I feel a tiny bit disappointed that due to fears I've not done as much as I'd maybe of liked too. Whilst I hate letting my fears take over my life, I know that I'll never be able to face them, or get rid of them, but it shouldn't stop me living life to the full should it?

Two of my biggest fears are heights and spiders, spiders without a doubt comes first, and I know it may sound stupid to many as they're tiny compared to me, but I'm terrified of them, and everything and I mean EVERYTHING I do in life, even day to day duties leaves me thinking about them! I mean even using a public toilet is cause for a panic attack if a spider is lurching around, I'd quite happily have an accident if the only other choice was going in a cubicle where a spider was living!

Living With HS - My Journey.

by Jada, April 20, 2017
Recently, I've spoke about my journey with HS - full name Hidradenitis Suppurativa on the blog, and told you all how I ended up in hospital with the condition. Since then things haven't been great, I've been back to hospital twice since, in unbearable pain that left me wanting to cut my own arms off - well my arm pits at least.

Me at happier times, pre HS.
The thing is, HS isn't just painful, it's ugly, it's smelly and it's a damn right bully. It takes over your life like you'll never know, and if living with another chronic skin disease (Psoriasis) wasn't enough, Hidradenitis Suppurativa decided to visit me, and it's it's spread like a wildfire in the outback, only it's my skin.

5 Stress-Busting Foods

in , , , by Jada, April 18, 2017
Too often, when we’re buried under a ton of work and personal commitments, we find ourselves binging on comfort food to feel better or de-stress. This is why the term “stress eating” was coined. We’re not literally eating stress, but more like we eat to shoo the stress away or replace stress with yummy treats. Unfortunately, we tend to choose the greasiest, most unhealthy food we can find - fast food, carbs, or junk food packed with preservatives. As a result, the euphoria is fleetingly followed by a sugar crash or worse, emotional instability.

To help ease the stress without taking a hit on health, here are 5 stress-busting foods you can binge on without adverse health effects.

Style Your Bathroom With Elegance

by Jada, March 29, 2017
Bathrooms are all over Instagram. Luxury bathrooms and bedrooms are all the rage online and we can never escape them. Gorgeous white porcelain and marble, stylish designer baths and Pinterest-worthy ideas but is this possible to achieve in your own home?

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When you get creative you can definitely style anything easily and efficiently it’s all about taking inspiration and putting your own spin on it. Especially if you have
just moved in, you want everywhere to feel like home as quickly as possible! It’s not difficult to make your bathroom feel like part of your home easily, but with these few little tips, you can put your own spin on some old classics and give all your visitors a little treat when they step into your powder room!
A new day, yet another day full of party planning! I swear everywhere I look in the house at the moment, all I see is Batman, black and yellow, oh and the dog- because he follows me everywhere!

Today I went with my sister in law as planned to put in a birthday cake order, I have a fabulous local cake baker/bakery making Spud's personalised cake topper, so all I need is a large - very large, plain undecorated cake, which aren't sold in many places! I could make one, but by the time I've purchased all the ingredients, the accessories and whatnot, it would cost me more money and time - something I just don't have at the moment, possibly because I fell in love with Pinterest and the thousands of ideas they threw at me!

Gearing up for Spring: Weekend Ideas

by Jada, March 28, 2017
Alas, the time to open the windows has arrived! Winter’s grasp has weakened, and spring is falling upon us now. If you are beyond ready to bring some life back into your home, family, and soul, read on for some great weekend ideas that will slowly adapt you to the change of season.

Brighten the Home
Nothing speaks of springtime more than getting rid of the dreary darkness and replacing it with sunshine, sparkle, and colour. I love to look for cheap but noticeable ways to welcome spring in the home; whether it is adding a fresh coat of paint to the bedroom to lighten things up, or re-upholstering the dining room chairs for a colour pop.
In three days time, my once premature bundle of joy will be 11 years old, and along with a birthday to organise, I've also got a birthday party to organise - well the organisation side of things started as soon as I got out of hospital, it's now to host and throw the party that needs doing! Whilst Spud is still a bundle of joy, he's not the tiny baby that he was all those years ago, although he's still my baby, and with age, comes higher price tags and costlier list.

Year after year, we've celebrated Spud's birthday's in a number of ways, we've done parties at the local leisure centre, complete with two bouncy castles and soft play features, we've done the sleepover, the meals at restaurants, the bowling alley and cinema visits and all the rest in between (like once when he just wanted to visit the local bus shop just to get every single colour timetable they did!), and year after year the expense of the celebrations rise.
Spring has officially began in the UK, and before we know it summer will soon be here. With the warmer weather comes the freshly cut gardens, and then the paddling pools get filled, the water pistols come out, the BBQ's get lit, and the fun begins for the whole family!

For kids, there’s nothing better on a hot summer’s day than a cold frozen treat, but it’s frustrating when you feel as though the scoops of ice cream you’ve just served up have melted straight away. No one wants ice cream puddles or lollies melting in your hands, so here are a few tips on how to prevent them.

Batman - The Black and Yellow Party!

by Jada, March 22, 2017
Spud's birthday is soon approaching, and whilst I'm trying to take in the fact that my seven week premature baby boy is soon going to be 11 years old, I'm also trying to organise his 11th birthday party.

The party is going to be the BEST birthday party I've ever done Spud, I figured it may be the last year he wants a characterised party, so I of course decided it was time to go above and beyond.

Helping me to give Spud the best birthday possible is lots of companies, many unique and not very well known - not just yet anyway!

So keep an eye out on the blog, because soon, its going to be full of Batman, yellow and black!

It's going to be full of reviews and introductions to many companies, that I'm so glad I come across, because I know I'll be using their products again!

Get ready for a feature like no other!

It's going to be immense!

Jada x

When Things Get Too Much.

by Jada, March 15, 2017

Hello everyone, or do I mean someone, or no one? 

It's been well over a month since I've blogged, and I feel like I'm writing my very first post all over again.

I've wrote and rewrote the previous two sentences time and time again, I have so much to write, so much to let out, but where do I begin? What title do I give a post that I didn't expect to write? How do I start off a post I didn't want to write?

Moving Tips From Experts

by Jada, February 11, 2017
There are numerous moving recommendations for every occasion. but especially valuable tips are those, given by experienced people who experienced relocation far more than once! Think about it, who's advice would you listen to more, a friend who's moved once in their life, or a friend who's moved numerous amount of times? I'm guessing the latter.

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I've moved a few times since adulthood, and must admit with each move you do pick up tips and tricks and know what makes a move go smoothly, or rather what doesn't make a move go smoothly. However, I'm not no professional and still always end up searching the web for information or calling my parents to make sure I've got everything covered and I've done things right!

Swago UK Valentines Shopping Edition

by Jada, February 10, 2017
Another Swagbucks post, and I'm sorry to say but I'm not sorry one bit! I mean, if you've got the time I could tell you all the things Swagbucks has enabled me to buy, but I won't bore you with the list, I'll let your imagination run free, but I will tell you, Swagbucks totally saved Christmas for me, it'll help cover Easter, and Spud's birthday too, and I've already got plans underway for Christmas, that's the beauty of Swagbucks - you can earn and spend when you like!

Signing up to Swagbucks is super easy, and if you sign up this month you're in the running to have a whopping 300 SB bonus just for earning points - to clarify 300 SB is worth around £2.25! With different promotions running all the time, you'll be bound to hit that 300 SB in a few days or even within a few hours, and one great way to get towards those 300 SB is Shopping Swago!

What is SWAGO you ask? It's a game-inspired promotion run by Swagbucks, a website that rewards you with points (called SB) for completing everyday online activities. You can redeem those SB for free gift cards. If you've never used Swagbucks, participating in SWAGO is a great introduction to the site and an easy way to earn a good amount of points quickly. With Valentine's Day around the corner, why not do your gift shopping online and earn cash back while you're at it?

Here’s what you need to know to get your 200 SB Bonus (and don’t worry, you don’t have to make a purchase to complete a pattern):

Shop Swago will begin on 6 February at 4pm GMT, make sure you hit “Join” otherwise you won’t get credit for completing the action items. Each square on your Swago Board will contain an action item to complete.

Once you complete the action item in a particular square the square will change color signifying the action item is complete. You have a limited amount of time to mark off as many squares as possible so use your time wisely.

Be mindful of the patterns and their corresponding bonuses located on the right of your Swago Board. The patterns will vary in difficulty and bonus value.

Once you’ve achieved a pattern the corresponding “Submit” button will light up. You can have multiple patterns available for submission, however, you can only submit ONE pattern so choose wisely.

The game ends 9 February at 8pm GMT. So make sure to hit “Submit” on the pattern you wish to submit. If you don’t hit “Submit” before the game ends you won’t receive your SB bonus.

Until next time,
Jada x

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Who doesn’t want to be in a good shape? Yes, the question is rather ridiculous, because the answer is obvious: every person dreams of an at least slim figure and healthy body. However, a lot of people complain about the difficulties they come across during their failed attempts to lead a healthy way of life. Some of them simply don’t have enough time, others whine about too strenuous exercises; there's also such individuals who expect their muscles to grow in a week or so. In fact, staying fit is not about exhausting training or hunger, it’s about motivation and persistence. For that purpose, experts have come up with a few easy tips which can help you stay healthy and fit without obsessing over it.

Get Rid of Bad Habits
One of my favorite things about using Swagbucks is that I can get rewards for searching the web through their search engine, and as a blogger, I use a search engine at least once a day! 

Every now and then Swagbucks have "Collector's Bills" out worth bonus SB points that you can collect by simply searching the web. Collect them all, and you get a SB Bonus! Once you've collected enough SB, you can redeem them for gift cards to stores like Amazon, John Lewis, Currys, Argos, Debenhams, TK Maxx and many more places - or you can even cash out in PayPal!

Here's all the information for this week's Valentine's Day Collector's Bills:

Search the web through the Swagbucks search starting Monday February 6th through to Friday February 10th, and when you get a search win, you may get a special Collector’s Bill valued at either:

5 SB
7 SB
9 SB
14 SB
21 SB

When you get a Collector’s Bill you’ll receive the value of the bill and the bill will be added to your “Collector’s Bills” ledger. Collect all 5 Collector’s Bills and you’ll instantly earn a 20 SB Bonus!

Keep searching till you find them all and if you want more information on Swagbucks, just take a search on my search bar!

Jada x

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With Valentine's Day soon approaching, I thought it would be good to do a post for singletons looking for company, or even singletons who're looking for a new loving relationship. Nowadays, dating opportunities are unrestricted. There are events for singletons to attend, mobile apps, and even traveling initiatives for those who are in searches of a partner, but how should you act when you meet single girls on a dating site? Or men of course!

Before I bumped into Gareth, I tried the online dating scene and was surprised on a frequent basis, due to the way potential matches introduced themselves to me. If you're single, on the online dating scene and ready to mingle, then this post will certainly help you if you follow the steps below.
If there’s one thing I wish I had more of, it would be time. Time to spend with family. Time to spend with friends. Time to become a better person.

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While it’s impossible to physically add hours to the day, you can at least make your time go further. Here are five tips I’ve recently been trying to follow, and over the next three minutes, you’ll learn how to too.

A Letter To My 16 Year Old Self.

by Jada, January 31, 2017
Dear Jade,

It's your future self here, writing to you, I'm 26 and 10 years into the future. 

You're 16 years old, living at home with a baby boy, a relationship that you know isn't perfect, but a relationship you're in, a relationship that you've grown to love, but hate at the same time.

You're studying at college, you don't have dreams, but you have visions, your baby boy is your life, and he still is 10 years on.

You're battling off stereotypical views every day, you get stared at, you get asked questions, and you get judged.

''You're too young to have a baby, you're a baby yourself''.

Love The Little Things About Pregnancy

by Jada, January 30, 2017
It doesn't matter how you discover you're pregnant; one rule applies - read on for what that is.

Maybe you found out by looking at a pregnancy test with your partner at your side, both of you filled with excited and anticipation. Perhaps it was at the doctor's office when you asked for it to be thrown into routine blood work on a hunch. Or even the cases where you had no idea, weren't trying and are surprised by the result.

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What unites them?
The sudden, roaring impact of change. In an instant, your life and your future have shifted. Everything will be different now; the plans you make, the way your body feels, perhaps even your outlook on the world. It's all change.

Easy and Cheap Ways to Refresh Your Home

in , , , by Jada, January 30, 2017
Do you feel like your home needs a bit of a change and you need some inspiration for things that you can do that won’t cost a fortune? Hiring an interior decorator can be costly, so why not take on a challenge yourself to give your home a new feel? Not only will you save yourself a lot of money, you will also feel a great sense of achievement if you can make some changes yourself.

There are some very quick wins that you can think about from just hanging some new photos on the wall, to recycling and upcycling some old furniture. Lets look at some ideas:
Valentines Day is soon approaching, and don't us Brits know it! Every shop we venture into is filled with displays of cards, gifts of chocolates and wine, whilst babysitters and florist, both local and nationally are promoting their services across social media.

Whilst I've never been a massive fan of the day itself, believing love should be celebrated all year round, I will admit its nice to have that one day of the year where everyone declares their love, and the atmosphere in restaurants and bars seems to be much more romantic, plus I'm never one to turn down a meaningful card!
When I look back to my childhood I can see that I was fortunate growing up, I didn't realise it at the time of course, but now that I'm older and I think about past days, I know me and my siblings was very lucky to have the childhood we had. I come from a very large family, I have six siblings - three brothers, and three sisters, but it can get complicated when I start explaining we don't all have the same parents. You see, my dad had three children with his first wife, then three children with my mum (his second wife), and then my mum had another child with her current partner (they've been together 17 years).

I never say to people I have half brothers and sisters, they're not half to me at all, they're all my full siblings even though biologically they're not. All of us just refer one another as our siblings, and I thank all parents involved for allowing us all to be so very close growing up. My dad worked endlessly to provide us all with a childhood that we now look back on fondly as adults, he'd get in as much overtime at work as he can - which we all hated, but we reaped in rewards. We visited places some of our friends only dreamed of, and we've seen sights all over.

How To Relax When Life Is Too Stressful.

by Jada, January 30, 2017
If you often find stress flaring up, whether because you live a fairly hectic life or are simply more susceptible to stress, then you are likely to appreciate every little piece of advice for relieving it. Thankfully, The Huffington Post has explained various scientifically-supported techniques for de-stressing - so, let's have a closer look at some of them.

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Spend More Time in an Organic Environment.
In November, I mentioned how I didn't tend to pay a lot of attention to natural beauty and wildlife when younger, but have since come to appreciate these things that, as I previously noted, "the world gives us for free". If you tend to ignore greenery in favour of city pursuits, now could be a good time to change tack, as it evidently could do you a lot of good.
Spending time on the beach with your family refreshes your soul and mind, however it also brings along the danger of contracting skin infections due to exposure to sun rays, especially among babies and small kids. This problem is highly common in summer, when people hit the beach to enjoy the warmth of the sun. Fortunately we have baby UV beachwear available to ensure adequate protection for your babies from the harmful sun rays.

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The popularity of UV protection swimwear is increasing day by day. Parents are realising the immense benefits that this swimwear provides in order to keep their babies secure. It is worth mentioning that the delicate skin of babies is more prone to damage from sun, as compared to adults - this is because their skin is not able to tolerate the impact caused by gases and chemicals, making it crucial to provide them extra protection when going out in the sun. In the absence of the same, the babies can start feeling uncomfortable, along with developing various skin problems, such as, itching, acne and rashes.

Love Your Living Room

by Jada, January 30, 2017
If you’re anything like me, you’ll spend a lot of time in your living room. It’s the place where you watch your favourite TV programmes, cuddle your kids and curl up with your favourite book when the little ones are in bed. As you spend so much time there, it’s important to make sure your living room is at its most fabulous best – so that you can really relax and invite friends over without a second thought.

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Get crafty with your sitting room by putting your creative skills to good use. You don’t have to be an expert to come up with some impressive and unusual ways to revamp this most important of rooms. You could turn an old door into something new, unique and you! Or you could turn a mirror into a tray by sticking some felt backing underneath, and use it to display your favourite ornaments. If you’re not the kind of girl who has ornaments, use your new mirror tray as a base for a small lamp: the light will be reflected around the room for a gorgeous glow.
How many of us can honestly say we haven’t been putting anything off? Let’s try that again. Honestly? Thought so. We all put certain things off longer than we should. The more time that passes, the easier it is to put the task from your mind. Even so, it lurks in the background, waiting for attention. For the most part, we put these things off because we can’t be bothered, even so, as time passes, the thing you’re avoiding may become a matter of urgency. Finally getting around to those jobs will relieve stress and allow you to focus your attention elsewhere! So, here’s a lowdown of things it might be worth facing up to in the near future!

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Home Improvements
Home improvements are at the top of this list because they’re one of the main offenders. There’s always a list of work that needs doing in the house. Do you tackle those tasks, or do you let them grow and grow? If it’s the latter, it might be time to get around to them! Whether you want to install resin driveways or finally get around to double glazing, get it done! The list is never going to stop growing. If you keep putting jobs off, the list is going to overwhelm you. Stay on top of the problem to stop it getting out of control. It’s better to take the thing one step at a time, right?
Renovating a kitchen isn't exactly an easy job, but sometimes its just necessary, especially if you have experienced that moment when you think: “I just can't stand it anymore!”. If you have had that moment recently, or you can see it rapidly approaching, it probably means it's time to renovate your kitchen. Read on to make sure you don't miss off any essential tasks.

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One of the first things to ‘go’ in the kitchen is the floor. If you are scrubbing and mopping as hard as you can, but your flooring never seems to get any cleaner, it is a pretty good indication that it’s time for a new one!

There are several factors that you have to consider carefully when choosing a new floor. Firstly ripping up the old floor and laying a new one is going to cause a lot of disruption, so you need to plan it at a time that won't be too inconvenient.
As we all know, educating a child is one of the most difficult things both parents and teachers can ever hope to do in their lives. There is no greater challenge. You’re moulding minds and shaping futures, so it’s no wonder that many of us are left wondering what on earth the best way to do that might be.

Of course, school doesn’t always offer all a child needs in terms of education, and it doesn’t always get things right, but there’s no reason that the school at which you teach, or which your child attends, needs to restrict its teaching to the classroom. Here are some great reasons for you to take your lessons out into the outdoors and maybe relight the fire in some of the brightest and best minds of your students.
At the start of a new year, we all start thinking of what we’d like to do differently – and for many of us, those thoughts lead straight to dreams of home improvements. Maybe you’d like another bathroom or a brand new kitchen. Unfortunately, most of our budgets don’t quite stretch to that, but luckily, there are some home improvement solutions out there that might help in the short term.

I moved into this house over two years ago and stupidly thought I myself could get everything done within six months. The long truth is, I only have my living room and kitchen done, and whilst my hallway has been plastered it does still need decorating. I've got a long road ahead of me, but I'm hoping to get little mans room sorted next.