Things To Do In Liverpool In Summer 2019

Have you ever agreed to do something, only for the time to draw nearer and you start to dread the upcoming situation? As I seem to do this all the time, and if you think previous lessons would've taught me, think again! From helping out at school fetes, or volunteering to stay till the end at a wedding to help clear up, and promising people I'd be at certain events - I think I've done it all.

The latest situation got said ages ago, I'm sure it was even years ago to be honest, and that was me promising my football mad brother that I'd treat us to a weekend away in Liverpool, mainly to see his much loved Liverpool Football Club as a late birthday present. Oh how me and football get on - NOT! It's very well known in my family that I once cheered on the opposing team - at least I tried I suppose!

July's 5 Money Saving Ideas.

For any parents who have school-age children, the summer holidays will be beginning very soon (if they've not already begun), and for many of us, July is the start of an expensive six weeks. It's a time where we will be going through extra food, extra electricity (and possibly gas too!), extra petrol, extra clothing/footwear and lots of other extras too.

Many will be enjoying a holiday, booked in advance, and some may go down the path of booking a holiday at the last minute - something I personally don't suggest in school holidays as the prices are through the roof. I think it's cheaper to book ahead with the summer holidays, and with many holiday providers offering you the choice to pay off monthly, it can also be more manageable then finding one large lump sum. Without further ado, let's get on with July's 5 tips!

Father's Day Gift Guide 2019

*All of the items in this guide were sent to me in return for coverage within this guide, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

With Father's Day just over a week away, it's time to start getting those gift ideas ready for the special men in our lives if you've not already. If you're looking for a gift for your significant other from the children, your own dad, your stepdad, grandad, or a father figure, then look no further as this guide is packed full of items to please dads of all kinds on all kinds of budgets. From personalised items that show that special touch, to unique and quirky cards, there's something for everyone in this guide.

I think it's important that we all know the special men in our lives don't need to be lavished with gifts and cards to be shown how much they mean to us, and whilst these gift ideas may work for some, I get that they may not work for all. I know my dad will be happy enough to just see all his children and grandchildren on Father's Day, and the gifts we gift are just extra's, as he tells us all the time we are the only presents he needs.

Everything You Need To Know About Hidradenitis Suppurativa

I've briefly mentioned on the blog before about living with two chronic skin diseases - Psoriasis and Hidradenitis Suppurativa (also known as HS for short), the latter being a disease I have only just learnt how to pronounce properly, and one I still can't spell without the internet's help. I've had psoriasis since I was a teenager and developed HS when I was a young adult, however I was only officially diagnosed with HS around two years ago.

Whilst lots of people may know, or at least heard of psoriasis, Hidradenitis Suppurativa isn't very well known at all, and that's amongst the medical community too. It was only a few weeks ago I thought I was going to be admitted to hospital for another emergency operation, instead I went to my local walk-in clinic and explained to the doctors there what I had - as they, like many other medical professionals, including dermatologist are unaware of the condition. 
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When it comes to finding childcare, it's something that many parent's find difficult for a number of reasons. It could be that you've received at least three personal recommendations of amazing placements/minders/sitters, or it could be that you need one that's available with spaces ASAP, or maybe you don't want to enter a contract because your future commitments aren't certain so you need childcare on an ad-hoc basis. 

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Maybe your child has SEN or other need's, and you feel like their current school isn't meeting their needs so you need to look for a new school. Or you could be a home-schooler parent like me, and maybe you just need a tutor to come in once a week, where do you start with finding the right people for the right job? After all, our children are our everything, and we need qualified professionals with the right checks to let them near our children.

The Stigma Teenage Mothers and Young Mothers Face.

If you've been a reader of Unique Young Mum for a while, or if you've ever visited before, then chances are you know already that I had my son when I was 15, a month before my 16th birthday. Although I'm not a teenage mum any more, or a young mum, I am a young mum to have a 13-year-old child.

Author of Unique Young Mum, Jade Lewendon and her son

Although I've got older, and I thought the stereotypical views and stigmas would stop, sadly, although they've got better, they still appear. I still get the judgemental looks when people do the math and realise how young I was when I had my son. The looks of disgust when they realise I have a teenager and I'm not even 30 yet. 

Win A £50 Amazon Voucher For Father's Day.

Father's Day is that one time of the year when we can give an extra special thanks to the dad's in our lives. This year, the UK celebrates Father's Day on June 16th 2019, and I have a Father's Day feature planned for my readers, including a few competitions, and a gift guide too.

£50 Amazon UK Gift Card

Though we like to think we appreciate the special men in our lives all year round, sometimes its easier said than done, which is why I'm personally thankful for the special dedicated day, to show my dad, my stepdad, Spud's dad, and Spud's stepdad just how much they mean to us.

Make Over Your Living Room – The Budget Friendly Way

Are you gagging to make over your lounge, but don’t have the finances to afford it? Well, think again! There are loads of cheap and cheerful ways to transform your living (or any other) area, and the best thing is, some are even free, with just a few simple changes.

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Injecting some style into your lounge without spending lots IS totally possible, so if a certain room in your home is in need of a makeover, but you don't have the funds to do exactly what you want, why don't you make a few small affordable changes to give the place a mini makeover until you have the funds to do your dream makeover? Here are some ideas to get you started!

Which Flooring Should You Use In Your Home?

When decorating your home, the first two areas you tend to focus on are the walls and the floor. The type of flooring you choose can have an impact on the overall appearance and feel of your home but also ties into practicality.

For instance, you may be looking to sell your home or rent it out for a buy to let purpose, in which case you would need to avoid flooring that gets damaged or stained easily. To help you decide which flooring is best to use, take a look at this helpful guide.

Updating Your Childs Room By Buying Just One New Thing!

We've all had times where we've wanted to transform the kid's bedroom/s, but we've just not had the funds nor time to do it, or maybe it's the children themselves who keep going on and on about a bedroom makeover, not understanding that bills need to be paid, school trips need to be funded, and another birthday is creeping up.

It leaves us as parents feeling guilty, we want nothing more than to give our darling children the makeover they so desire, but with lack of funds, or simply the lack of time, it's hard. I'm quite lucky with my own son, he doesn't like too much change, and hasn't asked for a new bedroom every year, unlike me when I was a child. If I had my own way, I could've easily had new a new bedroom set up every 3-6 months, I was always wanting a change!

Upcycling Your Kitchen & Bathroom Tiles - On A Budget!

Being a blogger means I take pictures every single day, which means hundreds, if not thousands of pictures are taken every single week. Not all pictures are uploaded anywhere straight away, some are kept for months later, and some need hours of editing work done to them before they can be posted anywhere. Some are instantly posted to a platform or two instantly though - if you're on my personal Facebook then you know how much I love a good old curry for dinner!

One of the main places I take photos is in my kitchen, its where the most amount of natural light comes in, and although it's small it's quite spacious, and the tiles can be a good backdrop - that is when they're looking picture good of course! My tiles get wiped down most days because splashes and drops happen when your cooking, and thankfully they come up sparkling clean, the grout however.... well that's a whole new story isn't it, and I know I'm not alone!

A Day In The #LifeOfGerms

Cleaning - whether we love it, or hate it, it's something we all have to do, every single day of our lives in one aspect or another. We may even clean without even realising it (giving the kids a quick wipe over for example, or picking up toys!), because it's just become such a natural part of our day to day lives. Whilst I could never sign up to be a cleaner, well unless it was the only way to make ends meet, I don't actually mind cleaning up.

There are chores I hate more than others of course, like washing up for example, because no matter what I use to protect my hands, the washing up liquid always finds a way to irritate my psoriasis, which sadly takes over 70% of my hands and fingers, and I can quite easily leave cobwebs alone for weeks, afraid that if I try and get them with the feather duster, a huge hairy spider is going to come and attack me, even the babies are giants to me!

Getting Amazing Deals on Home Heating Oil

Although we really shouldn't be thinking of heating in May, unfortunately with the typical cold and rainy weather, many of us do have our heating on, not only to keep ourselves and our homes warm, but also as a way to dry our clothes.

Did you know, lots of areas in Ireland aren’t connected to the gas grid? So many householders use heating oil to warm their homes. Using home heating oil is already a pretty cheap way to stay warm, but if you’re doubly smart with it, you can cut your annual costs even further.

The Costs Of Single Parent Living.

I don't think there is anything more annoying and upsetting than getting judged for something that doesn't even apply to you, just because you fit the stereotype. Giving birth and becoming a mother to my son at the age of 15 meant I have had my fair share of stereotypical views thrown at me, because a teenager couldn't possibly be a good mother, or a good role model for their child could they?

As I got older, I wasn't just judged because of how young I became a mum, but I also got judged for being a single parent, you know, because that's exactly what I dreamed to be, that's exactly the future I visioned when I first got with my son's dad, I had hopes and dreams of becoming a single parent clearly *rolls eyes*. 


Our DIY Summer House Update.

Last month, I posted letting you all know about our DIY summer house, something we've made/built entirely from scratch using everything we can get our hands on, using as little money as possible. Today I thought I'd share an update with you all on how that's coming along.

Do it yourself summer house - picture from the outside.

I'm pleased to say the outside of the building is FINISHED - well it needs two tiny little triangle cuts for the top of the building BUT apart from that it's done, at least building wise! All we need for the outside now is some decorations, some furniture and some outdoor garden lights and it'll be finished!

Carters Steam Fair Review.

Is there any better feeling than reliving and experiencing magical memories with your children? Maybe it's sitting down together to watch your favourite childhood movie, or maybe its the fact their favourite restaurant is your favourite restaurant too, or maybe it's going to places that they love, which takes you back to your younger days.

Carters Steam Fair Review

For me, one of these magical moments is when Carters Steam Fair is in town. I used to go to Carters myself as a child with my family and have a blast, and now I get to witness my son and other family members enjoy the same fair I did as a child, and I also get to enjoy it now as an adult with him/them too, just like my parents and older family members did with me.


Going On Holiday? Make Sure Your Car Is Holiday Ready.

Is there anything worse than experiencing unexpected costs when you're on holiday? Imagine this, you've saved a few hundred pounds to go on holiday with, the holiday accommodation is sorted, the food and drinks are sorted, the cars still got a few months left on the MOT, you've been shopping for holiday clothes for the last however many months, and all you need to do now is countdown the days until the holiday arrives, and fill up the car with petrol.

You've saved up that money for a special day out or two, you've saved it up for fish and chips, followed by ice cream on the seafront, you've saved it up for an experience of a lifetime that you can only experience on holiday. What you haven't saved it up for is unexpected costs, like the car needing repairs, essential repairs - repairs you can't avoid.

April's 5 Money Saving Ideas.

We're now into the second quarter of the year already, time really isn't slowing down and neither are the events! March was a really expensive month for me, what with Mother's Day, my son's birthday and loads of family birthdays, and now I'm straight into another expensive month with another big event - Easter!

My birthday is also this month, and whilst I don't like celebrating big, I do think it's nice to celebrate your birthday to some extent, I'll be celebrating with a few friends - in the summerhouse/bar that isn't even finished yet! So, I have a project that needs to be finished, and no funds to fund it! April's going to be an interesting month financially, as I'll be using every power I have to try and make some money!

Building Your Own DIY Summer House - On A Budget!

In early September 2018, whilst enjoying the last of the warm evenings in the garden with a few friends, I said how I'd love to have a bar for us to all sit at, for next summer's child free evenings. I said it not in a jokey way, but not in a too serious way either, hey... I'd love to win the lottery and have a smaller stomach, and I have a lot of places I'd love to visit, but just because things get said - it doesn't mean they happen, does it?

There's still a lot more to do, but its getting there!
Only the thought didn't leave my head, and when I'd climb into bed after a busy day, I'd usually catch up on the day's news affairs, but instead, I found myself searching Pinterest, DIY groups on Facebook and Google for DIY bar ideas - on a budget. Before I knew it, I had wood at the bottom of my garden and a vision in my head. My older brother Paul had built his own bar, and it looked amazing, it was on a decking area with worktops, a fridge and shelves - it was simple, yet perfect, and that's what I wanted, but did I get what I wanted? Oh no, I got something different...

March's 5 Money Saving Ideas.

How are we into the third month of the year already? Time just seems to be going so fast, and I know I’m not the only one thinking so! Mothers Day in the UK falls on March 31st this year, so that's one event a lot of us will be allocating a certain budget too, thankfully Easter isn't until next month this year!

For March, it’s yet another financially difficult month for me, it’s Spud’s birthday month, and I’m sure as you know, as they grow the amount they get kind of grows too. So here we have my March’s 5 Money Saving Ideas.

A Post For My Stalker.

Dear stalker, as you've been stalking my Facebook, you're most probably stalking my blog too and any other area of my life you can ''access'', so this post is just for you - hello!

I'm a fully grown woman, I know how this evil, sad and depressing world works, I know that no one really is your friend, and the only person you could ever really trust is yourself, so go ahead and talk about me all you want.

February's 5 Money Saving Ideas.

Last month I posted January's 5 Money Saving Ideas, and as promised this is February's edition! After a financially struggling January, many of us may find the first couple of weeks, if not all of February just as hard as the first month of the year.

February is hosts to Valentine's Day, a day I personally think is overrated and just another way for people to spend more money. I'm also a believer that you can show your love any day and time of the year, and not just on one specific day! With that being said, there are frugal ways to celebrate the day, so if you're looking to do Valentine's Day on a budget, read on further!

The End Of An Era

As many of you know, homelessness is something that is close to my heart, and many of you know I volunteered for a local homeless and vulnerable community group in Reading - Piaroo’s Wish Helping The Homeless and Vulnerable in Reading.

Sadly, with personal things going on, I had to sadly give up my role not only on the committee but as a general volunteer/helper too. It was one of the hardest decisions I’ve ever had to make, and one I only wish I didn’t have to make. I spent days wracking my brains, but sadly it was a decision that had to be made.

January's 5 Money Saving Ideas.

Christmas is over, the decorations are down, the diets have begun and our bank accounts are starting to struggle. If you're anything like me, then January is one of the hardest months financially, and its a struggle to get through after such an expensive month!

I'm going to be starting a new monthly feature showing you ways of how I save money on a monthly basis, and with different holidays and seasons, come different ideas and ways to save money, so although no two months will not be the exact same, expect to see similar ideas for certain holidays such as Christmas, Easter and Halloween.