How to optimize your spare bedroom

In order to enjoy the time you spend in your property, it is essential that you make the most of every square inch. You also need to prioritize your own needs, as opposed to following the crowd. Your home should complement your lifestyle. It should be filled with rooms that work for you and not just the spaces that you think you should have. For instance, if you have a spare bedroom that you rarely make use of, you should consider giving it an update. Rather than waiting around for unexpected guests, you should make this space your own. Below are five suggestions that will help you to do this.

Create a home gym 
The first suggestion is to create a home gym. This is a great option for anyone who is looking to invest in their personal wellbeing. Instead of traipsing into your local fitness centre, you can get fit and active in the comfort of your own home. All you will need is an exercise matt, a few weights, and a treadmill. You could also treat yourself to a surround sound audio system. Or, if you are worried about disturbing the rest of your household, you could purchase a pair of Earbuds With Good Bass.

Create a home office 
Alternatively, if you work from home, you should consider setting up an office space. This will allow you to establish a clear barrier between your work life and your home life. Whenever you want to leave your work behind you, you will have the option of closing the door on your career. Equally, when you want to return to your professional projects, you will be able to shut off any outside distractions. This update to your spare room could really provide you with the best of both worlds.

Create a craft room 
Another great suggestion is to turn your spare bedroom into a craft room. Perhaps you already have a hobby that you are passionate about. Or, maybe you are thinking about taking one up. Whatever the case, it is essential that you have somewhere to let your creativity run wild. Why waste your time worrying about making a mess, when you could contain all of your activities in one room? Having your own hobbies is an important part of achieving a balanced lifestyle, so it makes sense that you would invest in these endeavours.

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Create a music room 
If one of your hobbies is music, you should also think about making your own music room. This could be the perfect place for you to practice playing your favourite instruments. However, if you decide to push forward with this plan, you might want to invest in some sound proofing. This will prevent your neighbours from getting upset and will give you the freedom to practice for as long as you require.      

Create a personal library 
Finally, if you are a real book worm, you should have a go at creating a personal library. All you need to do is fill your spare bedroom with plenty of shelves and a couple of comfortable seats. Then, you will be able to get to work building up your literary collection. Once you have got your library up and running, you will never have to give a book away again.


Gadgets to spice up your kids' room

One of the ways you can get kids to love their room more is by making it as cool and exciting as it can be. There are big benefits to gain from spicing up the kids’ room, from being able to get them to bed easily to creating the perfect space to spend more time with the kids.

Today, spicing up your children’s room is fairly easy thanks to gadgets and new appliances available. To help you get started, here are some of the gadgets you can add to your children’s room today.

Phillips Hue
LED lights are not only energy-efficient but also easier on the eyes. Pick the right LED bulb with daylight temperature and you can keep a room warm and comfortable without a problem. Choosing a brightness level is just a matter of choosing a bulb with the right power rating.

What if you can adjust the brightness of an LED bulb with your phone? What about changing its color or turning a bright daylight LED bulb into a soft night lamp? Well, with the Phillips Hue, you can now do all that and more.

Phillips Hue is a series of smart LED lights designed for different purposes. The line started with LED bulbs but now includes LED strips and other products as well. There are controllers that you can use to manipulate the lights, or you can use the Phillips Hue app from your phone to do the same.

Aurora Projection LED 
Night Lamp Speaking of night lamps, another way to get the kids excited about going to bed is by adding a star projector to their room. While there are a lot of great options on the market, the best star projector night light you can get right now is the Aurora Projection LED Night Lamp by SOAIY.

The lamp sits on any bedside table or flat piece of furniture. It comes with eight light projection modes that kids can choose from by pressing a button. The device also functions as a Bluetooth speaker, so you can stream music to the Aurora while admiring the star projection it produces.

Another great thing about the Aurora Projection LED Night Lamp is its price. The device is very affordable and comes with automatic shut down as a feature.

The Lully 
This last gadget is actually my favorite. The Lully is a simple device designed to help kids sleep better at night. The Lully Sleep Guardian 2 is the latest version of the product. The device is relatively small and can be controlled using your smartphone.

So, how does the Lully work exactly? You place the Lully under your children’s bed. The device automatically vibrates to stop children from having nightmares, all without actually waking them up. The soft vibrations are also known to help kids sleep faster at certain times. Smart, isn’t it?

These gadgets certainly make that evening routine of getting the kids to bed much more manageable. They can choose the color of the light, have the bedside star projector entertain them until they fall asleep, and rely on the Sleep Guardian 2 for a good night’s sleep.


Disney on Ice presents Passport to Adventure

For me, Christmas time is all about family time. I love those days in between Christmas and New Year and we always try to organise lots of fun things to do as a family. Last year we went to see the Nutcracker and this year we have booked Disney on Ice presents Passport to Adventure.   

Here's a little more info on the production, taken from the website: 

You and your family will explore the African Pride Lands with Simba, Timon and Pumbaa, voyage deep under the sea to Ariel’s mystical underwater kingdom and tour London with Peter Pan and Wendy, before flying to Neverland to meet up with Tinker Bell. You’ll also be whisked away to the wintery wonderland of the number-one-animated feature film of all time, Disney’s Frozen, for an extraordinary adventure with sisters Anna and Elsa, rugged mountain man Kristoff and everyone’s favorite huggable snowman Olaf, as they journey to discover that true love is the most magical power of all. If that wasn’t enough, don’t miss the pre-show party! Enjoy every second of this sensational show – starting with the chance to warm up at the fun Fit to Dance pre-show featuring Zootropolis!

We're all so excited, don't forget to look out for my review and also and updates on InstagramThe show will be in London from 20th to 30th December and tickets are available at www.disneyonice.co.uk. 


Father Christmas is back at the London Transport Museum

Father Christmas is back at the London Transport Museum and this year the grotto is better than ever. 

Get in to the festive spirit with Christmas crafts- little ones can make origami christmas decorations and enjoy storytelling sessions.  Design your own hot chocolates at the lower deck cafe or track down Santa for a selfie!

The museum is one of the best family days out in London and well worth a visit, especially at this time of year.
To book visit: https://www.ltmuseum.co.uk and kids go free!!


Super Stylish ShortStitch

The loveliest surprise landed on our doorstep a few weeks ago, the most perfectly curated box of goodies from ShortStitch, a unique styling service for busy families. ShortStitch call this, their 'Box of Yay!' the children and I certainly did to a little cheer when we opened the box to reveal it's rather stylish contents.

A few days earlier, I'd signed up to ShortStitch online, I filled in a form giving some details about the children's clothes size and answered some questions about the sort of clothes that they like. This was then followed up by a phone call by our lovely stylist Niamh, who asked me a few more questions about the kind of looks we normally go for, where I usually shop for children's clothes and importantly, if there were any specific items that the children needed.

Our Box of Yay arrived a few days later full of gorgeous pieces from brands such as Petit Lucette, My Twirl, Soft Gallery and ilovegorgeous, complemented by shoes and accessories from Manuela de Juan, etiquette and Rockahula kids. 

Little Miss E's stand out piece was definitely the beautiful sundress above from a gorgeous brand that I hadn't come across before called My Twirl. As the label says, the dress spins out beautifully as you twirl around, it's a classic dress, the kind that I know I would have loved as a little girl myself. Rufio adored the palm tree linen shirt from Petite Lucette which looks super cool with chinos and the canvas shoes below.

Niamh managed to get both children's styles absolutely spot on and I honestly couldn't have chosen a better selection myself. The children were thrilled with the selection and were so excited to try everything on. It was such a tough decision to chose a few pieces from the selection, I would happily have bought the entire box!

I have recently returned to work full time, for the first time since having my little ones and it's exhausting. One of the many many things that I miss is having a few hours to browse the shops to buy bits and pieces for the children.
Another big issue for me, is finding age appropriate clothes for my children, both of whom are very tall for their age. I did mentioned this to my stylist who took this in to account when putting together our box.

ShortStitch is a genius style solution perfect for busy parents. Now all we need is for them to come up with a mummy version!!

For more info visit www.shortstitch.com

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