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12 cushions for £30 or less

12 cushions for £30 or less, one cushion for each month, stylish cushions

Soft furnishing such as rugs, throws or cushions are a great way to transform your home without having to make big and expensive changes like painting or hanging wallpaper. They add texture and can completely change the feel of your room by creating a contrast to your current colour scheme or tying colours together.

Patterned cushions and bold colours can also add life and energy to a room, giving it more vitality and interest. Achieving all these effects doesn’t have to cost a lot of money and to show you that it’s possible to give your space a completely different feel and look without breaking the band, I have browsed the internet and collected some fun and colourful cushions for you. All of them are available online or on the high street and cost £30 or less – some of them even considerably less.

Have a browse below, maybe you find some cushions that will help you transform the look of your living space:

12 cushions for £30 or less, one cushion for each month, stylish cushions

Blanket
direct.asda.com

Cocktail cushion cover multi
scandinaviandesigncenter.com

Chevron toss pillow
oliverbonas.com

Throw pillow
direct.asda.com

Hand sign
£4.09 - ikea.com

 

Do you use soft furnishings like rugs, throws and cushions to accessorise your living space?

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Monday Parenting Pin It Party #61

It’s Monday again and after my first week as a host of the Monday Parenting Pin It Party, I just want to say a huge thank you to everyone who got involved. I thoroughly enjoyed reading everyone’s posts and was so pleased to see such a huge variety in topics. If you want to link up your posts this week, grab the badge below and hop over to Andrea’s blog, because that’s where the party’s at this week.

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If you don’t know what the  Monday Parenting Pin It Party is yet, where have you been? Here a quick recap for you:

The Monday Parenting Pin It Party is a linky that is traveling from blog to blog, giving you the chance to link up your best craft, recipe or parenting posts, so that we can share them on our collaborative Pinterest board and show them some comment love. Each host also picks, their two favourite link ups each week and awards their favourite posts their very own special badge. Cool, right?

What are you waiting for? Get pinning!



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Peter Rabbit giveaway with Rainbow Designs

Beatrix Potter’s Peter Rabbit is one of the most popular characters in British children’s literature and to celebrate the adorable bunny and his timeless tales, we have teamed up with the wonderful people from Rainbow Designs.

Rainbow Designs design and manufacture soft toys and educational toys based on classic characters from Books, TV and Film such as Peter Rabbit, the Very Hungry Caterpillar, Elmer, Guess How Much I Love You and Paddington.

With comforters, lullaby musicals and cuddly toys for little ones and puzzles, stacking toys and pull-a-longs for toddlers, Rainbow Designs create products to meet all of your child’s development needs as they grow. They make beautiful presents to mark a baby’s birthday or Christening and are adorable as part of a nursery décor while still being an educational and fun toy for little ones.

Today, we have an absolutely adorable prize bundle up for grabs and you can choose between two of them. Bundle A is a nursery bundle and includes a snuggly comfort blanket, Peter Rabbbit bookends and a my first Peter or Jemima cuddly toy. Bundle B is a toddler bundle featuring colourful stacking blocks with Peter Rabbit motifs, a peg puzzle and an adorable Peter Rabbit pull-a-long for little walkers.

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If you want to win a Peter Rabbit prize bundle, all you have to do is fill in the Rafflecopter below following the instructions provided. Please ensure to fulfil the mandatory requirements first before earning extra points and please don’t try and cheat. All entries will be double-checked and validated. Good luck!

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10 Ways to Hide Toys in Your Living Room

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Having a baby is a fun and exciting time for new parents. Not only do you love your new child and get to spend time with them, you also are able to purchase new clothing, accessories and of course, toys for your new little one! Babies love toys and if you are like most new parents; you have a ton of toys that take up your living spaces, especially the living room.

Having a child means you will no longer have a clean house and baby items will be strewn here and there. However, what do you do when you have company coming at the last minute? Or someone stops by for an unannounced visit? You do not want your living room to look like a toy store! Thankfully, there are tips you can use to keep your home looking tidy and clean without becoming overwhelmed by your baby’s toys. Check out 10 ways to hide toys in your living room below:

#1 Hidden Storage

If you want to keep your living room looking like an adult space, invest in hidden storage. This could be any number of methods from storage containers to leave under the sofa to storage ottomans. Find an option that works well for your living room area to keep the baby toys hidden away.

#2 Toy Chest

A toy chest is a great area for your baby’s toys and can give the baby their own special area. Toy chests come in many colours and material such as wood and plastic so you can find an option that fits your décor.

#3 Decorative Chest

For a more up-scale version of a toy chest, choose a large decorative chest or trunk. This will allow your space to still feel ‘grown up’ but also offer you a place to hide toys your little one regularly plays with.

#4 Storage Baskets

Storage baskets are a great way to decorate your space and offer room for your baby’s toys. Choose a wicker basket, decorative or even metal box style containers to keep the baby toys off the floor!

#5 Entertainment Centre

An entertainment centre is the area in which you house your television and electronic components. You can also use the entertainment centre to store your children’s toys. Use the storage cubbies of a unit or add baskets to the top to hide toys or unwanted clutter.

#6 Baby Area

Another great option is to create a baby area. Choose a personal photo of your baby from the Light Republic Baby Gallery and create a gallery so your baby knows it is their area. Then keep the toys only in this space. Do not allow your baby to move the toys to other areas of the living room. You can include baskets to keep the toys off the floor.

#7 Quick Clean-up Method

It is best to create a clean-up method that will allow you to quickly arrange the living area for comfort. By having extra laundry baskets or storage containers, you will be able to quickly remove the toys from the area, making it easy to enjoy time with your guests.

#8 Shelving Units

Shelving units also make it easy for you to keep the living room area clean. Shelving units can be attractive and decorative and keep the toys off the floor.

#9 Bench Seating

If you have enough space in your living room, you can create bench seating. With an empty corner, you can add an L-shaped storage bench, which you can use to hide toys and unwanted items. This is a great way to add extra seating in the space that looks great and is useful.

#10 Stay Consistent

Once you come up with a plan for keeping the living room clean, stick to it. By staying consistent, you will have a space that is constantly clean and your baby will learn how to clean in the process.

How do you hide toys and other unsightly clutter? Do you have rules in place to keep your living room toy free?

This is a featured post, but I hope it gives you some ideas how to hide toys and make your living room look like exactly that.

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Monday Parenting Pin It Party #60

It’s Monday and to make the start into the new week a little more bearable for you, I’ve got a brand new linky on the blog for you – the Monday Parenting Pin It Party. If you are an avid blog reader, you might have come across it on some of my favourite blogs already, but this week it’s making a stop over on my little blog and I’m terribly excited about it.

If you don’t know what the  Monday Parenting Pin It Party is (where have you been?), it’s a linky that is traveling from blog to blog, giving you the chance to link up your best craft, recipe or parenting posts, so that we can share them on our collaborative Pinterest board and show it some comment love. Each host also picks, their two favourite link ups each week and awards their favourite posts their very own special badge. Cool, right?

Follow jbmumofone’s board Mondays Parenting Pin-It Party! on Pinterest.

Want to get involved? Here are some very simple rules:

1. Link up a family friendly post using the linky below. They can be a recipe, a craft, a post about a day out or whatever your heart desires.

2. Follow the Monday Pin It Party Pinterest board, where we’ll showcase all entries.

3. Show some bloggy love by visiting two or three other blogs that have linked up, leave them a comment and your Pinterest ID, so that they know who to follow.

4. If someone comments on your blog post, try and follow them back on Pinterest and if you can, add the badge below to your blog post, so that each week’s host gets a bit of linky love.

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But now let’s get to the fun part, my favourites from last week, which was hosted by Jenny from Mum Of One:

Number one are these DIY Superhero Light Sabres made from pool noodles, which are super fun and really easy to make. They’re a great accessory for your very own superhero sidekick and will provide your little hero with ours of fun. The great thing about them is that no one will get seriously hurt when they get a nudge with them.

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Another post that I really enjoyed was this post that looks at 6 Fun Summer Projects for Young Tinkerers. With 6 great ideas for construction play and problem solving, this post has everything you need to keep little engineers busy during the summer holidays and at the end of it, you might even have a robot that does all your housework for you – but only maybe!

Thanks for linking up, ladies. You can grab your very own Featured Pinner badge below:

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And now it’s your turn to link up your favourite post. Use the widget below and get pinning!


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Sponsored Video: Tennis Tips from Judy Murray

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She is a tennis coach and mum to two Wimbledon champions and now Judy Murray has teamed up with Wimbledon’s official supplier Robinsons for a series of fun tennis videos that show how everyone can learn skills that might make them the next British Wimbledon champion.

Fun family games like Boom Boom Balloon where children try to keep one or more balloons in the air by bouncing them from one player to another teach children body awareness and dexterity skills which are useful when they’re chasing after a ball on the tennis court. Take the game to another level by challenging your kids to just use their elbows, knees or heads.

Fancy a little bit of competition? There’s nothing quite as exciting as a game of catch with a filled water balloon. It’s fun, trains hand-eye-coordination and it sure guarantees some giggles.

The main mission of the video however is to teach parents and children that there’s no expensive equipment needed to get active and gain tennis skills. So what are you waiting for? Getting yourself some balloons and prepare for endless tennis fun during the summer holidays!

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Medical negligence – the facts

my personal medical negligence story and the most important factsI have written about my personal medical negligence story before on this blog, so I don’t want to bore you with it again, but I thought today I’d share some facts with you that will help you decide, if you have a claim or not.

When I was considering taking legal steps, I had 101 questions and spend ages crawling the internet for useful information. I found bits here and bobs there, but there was no website that had all the information I needed in one place.

What is medical negligence?

We speak of medical negligence or clinical negligence when the treatment of a medical professional as well as dentists, physiotherapists, psychologists and others falls below the required standard and causes you an injury. That means, if they have done something that they shouldn’t have done or something that was not required or suitable for you as a patient, you have the right to claim for compensation.

What type of claims are there?

There are different types of medical negligence clains that you can make depending on the mistakes that were made. Generally, you differentiate between the following: hospital negligence claims, dental negligence claims, birth injury claims, medical accident claims, MRSA claims and cosmetic surgery claims.

Why ask for compensation?

Medical negligence can cause not only trauma and psychological suffering (potentially for the rest of your life), but also financial loss. Therefore, you can regard compensation as a way to repay you for your pain and suffering as well as financial losses because you couldn’t work, had to cancel a holiday or maybe need to alter your house to make it fit for your needs, e.g. you might sit in a wheelchair and need wider doors or struggle to climb stairs and night a stair lift to name just a few examples. You can also ask for compensation to cover travel costs, parking, medical equipment, care provided by  friends and family or external help like a cleaner or gardener.

I feel bad about suing someone. Should I really do it?

Don’t forget that you were left with an injury that might affect you for the rest of your life. You might not suffer immensely now, but you might develop pains and illnesses at a later point. Also remember that medical negligence cases are important as they remind medical professionals and clinics to ensure the highest possible standards during medical procedures and your stay at hospital.  Plus, no individual will be left out of pocket. All hospitals, trusts and practitioners will have insurances that pay out in cases of negligence.

I don’t know where to start and I still have questions!

Act quickly and get in touch with medical negligence specialist like Leo Claims or other specialists near you. Some cases become void after 3 years, so it is essential that you claim as soon as possible. A specialist solicitor will often offer a free consultation and also be able to answer all your questions and help you proof that you indeed have a valid case.

This is a promotional post, but I hope it was helpful and gives you some useful information. Image from Tim Samoff via Flickr.

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Competition and 10 paleo-friendly egg recipes

The Paleo Diet is all the rage at the moment and so is the 5:2 Diet, which quite a few of my friends are having great success with, and looking at the pictures that they share online, there’s one super-food which they’re all turning to when it comes to healthy eating. There are poached or scrambled eggs for breakfast, boiled eggs with salad for lunch and a variety of omelettes for dinner. But what makes eggs so popular with those trying to lose weight?

There are only around 70 calories in an egg, depending on its size and the yolk of the egg is full of nutritious goodness as it includes all the essential vitamins and minerals that your body needs. The way you prepare your eggs obviously affect how healthy they are. Eggs fried in fat will always have more calories than a boiled egg, but if you look out for these hidden diet traps and combine your egg dishes with vegetable sides, salads or whole grains, they can be a great low-calorie meal option full of protein, vitamins and healthy fats.

Here are 10 great paleo-friendly egg recipes that I have found on the internet. I hope you enjoy them: 10 paleo-friendly egg recipes

(Kind of) Mexican Eggs
Omelette Fajitas
Paleo Egg Muffins
Mexican scrambled eggs with avocado & radish salad
Bacon and Heirloom Tomato Frittata with Basil
Paleo Sausage Egg McMuffin
Baked Eggs in Prosciutto-Mushrooms
Banana, Nectarine and Flax Pancakes
Baked Tomato and Egg Breakfast
Protein Pumpkin Pancakes

To celebrate eggs and all the goodness in them, I have teamed up with British Lion eggs who are offering one lucky reader the chance to win either a Severin Titanium Electronic Egg Boiler or a ProCook Gourmet Egg Poacher.

If you want to get involved and win one of these great appliances, fill in the Rafflecopter form below and make sure to follow the instructions. Good luck!

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