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Magic Fairy Wings hair accessories

We are thrilled to be able to offer our followers a discount code of 10% off anything on the Magic Fairy Wings website. Use the code epsamy10 at checkout

Magic Fairy Wings has a huge selection of hair accessories, my Bethany spent hours looking through and chose herself her favourite items and they were all under £2! Continue reading “Magic Fairy Wings hair accessories”

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The New Home Checklist

Moving into a new home, whether it’s rented or bought, is an exciting time. It’s like a fresh start, a blank canvas, a new page on which you can jot down all of your ideas.

Homes express our personality more than anything else in our lives, provided that we are willing to put in the effort to get it decorated to our own taste. Even if we have small spaces to work with, it’s still fun to do. It’s even more important that we can reflect ourselves when we have children – we often feel like the ‘old you’ is missing when we become parents, and so moving into a house where you have the chance to display yourself all over again is the perfect opportunity to reclaim it.

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Forgotten Pregnancy Issues You Should Keep in Mind When You’re Expecting

There’s going to be a lot on your plate when you are pregnant. Therefore, it’s hardly a surprise that a lot of people forget about some issues. However, your pregnancy will be much easier on you if you know exactly what’s going to be in store for you.

The forgotten pregnancy issues discussed below are among the most important of all. You need to make sure that you understand them all and prepare how you’re going to deal with them. It’s not good to let these things take you by surprise and make your pregnancy any more stressful than it already has to be. Continue reading “Forgotten Pregnancy Issues You Should Keep in Mind When You’re Expecting”

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Make Your House A Home 

Moving house is an exciting time, but it can sometimes be disappointing when you first get there.

When you were looking at the house, you could really see yourself living there. Now that you are, something doesn’t feel quite right. It can take a while to adjust and you might be thinking that you prefer your old house. Maybe you should have just stayed there. The new house isn’t usually the problem. The reason that you felt so comfortable in your old place, is that you’ve lived there for years. During that time you’ve gradually turned it from just being a house, into being your home.

There’s nothing wrong with the new place, it is just as amazing as you remembered it, but it isn’t your home. Yet. While there is always going to be a period of adjustment, there are a few things that you can do to make yourself feel more comfortable. Here are some great ways that you can easily make your house a home. Continue reading “Make Your House A Home “

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What Can You Do To Turn Your Small Kitchen Into A Hit?

With more than half of the new builds being too small for families, it’s no wonder that most homeowners are struggling to make small spaces work for them.

British houses are the smallest in Europe, and as a result, people sometimes find it difficult to make the most of their home.

Among the most common complaints, small houses have incredibly tiny kitchen, which can turn your evening cooking into a crowded nightmare. The kitchen is a room that can be easily overlooked, but that serves as your energy fuel throughout the day.

After all, don’t we all need to eat to stay alive? That’s where a small kitchen can be a problematic feature in your home. It’s tricky to stay healthy when the size and crowdedness of the kitchen become repulsing. So here are a few tips to embrace your small kitchen and make the most of it, and all of it on a budget.

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Organise The Storage Area

Small kitchens have a tendency to get easily crowded with appliances and cookware so that it becomes more and more difficult to use – or even to want to use. Like other small rooms, such as the bathroom, it is essential to organize your storage area so that you can keep the things you need out of sight and easily accessible.

As a rule of the thumb, your kitchen will need a minimum of three cupboards and a drawer. These are respectively to store your plates; glasses and bowls, to keep the pans and other cookware; and naturally, you will need a food cupboard for all tins, cans, sauces, and dried food. The drawer is for the cutlery. As simple as it might sound, you’ll be surprised to know that most people rapidly forgets about this storing rule.

Think Compact And Practical

There is a common misconception that small kitchen can’t be practical. In truth, they are perfectly functional if they are furnished smartly. This means that you need to look for small and practical appliances, such as compact kitchen sinks that are designed to take less room than a normal sink but fulfil the same functions.

Additionally, slimline electric appliances such as a fridge or dishwasher, are a great way of utilising the available space without taking over the room. In short, a small kitchen can be just as effective than a bigger one; all you need is a compact and slimline design.

Declutter For A Clean And Relaxed Area

Finally, the death of a small kitchen lies in clutter. People naturally accumulate more than they need. A minimalist kitchen is a design trend that is focused on small houses. At the core of it, the focus is set on manual tasks, maximising a few essentials instead of buying new gadgets that will collect dust on the side. This starts by getting rid of everything you need or use:

For example, do you really need more than two cookie cutters? The best way to deal with clutter is to launch a big spring cleaning operation and to remove anything that you haven’t used in over a year.

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Eps and Amy additional fashion pieces for spring / summer season. 

Amy and I love fashion, we can’t resist reviewing clothes. Especially ones that will add key features to our wardrobe.

Spring is finally here so we’re starting to collect cute and stylish clothing that would be exciting to wear when the weather gets hot.

Here our fave tried and tested clothing.


BMJL Women Dress Wrap Surplice V neck Business Body Con Dress

This dress is pretty smart which is perfect for Amy since she works in the office.


StyleDome Women’s Casual Loose Lace Up V Neck Front Cross Off Shoulder Short Sleeve Bandage Blouse Shirt Tops Black M

Omg I love this top that Amy wearing. I love the colour which is vibrant and does give a good glow. The criss cross style is just cute and quirky. The shoulder and the back were perfect as well for showing off some skin and her new shoulder tattoo.


Auxo Women Sexy Print Sleeveless Strap Camisole Casual Summer Beach Vest Tops Mini Swing Dress Red Grid L
This dress is really pretty. It makes Amy that girl next door look. The pattern suits her and emphasises her waistline which is a bonus.


Yieune Short Sleeve Summer T-Shirt Women Plus Size Casual Tops V-Neck Backless Shirt (White XL)

This top I’m wearing is loose / baggy style which is comfortable and the fabric were light and soft against the skin. I loved the back style which is cute and a bit sexy.


Yidarton Women’s Sleeveless Off Shoulder Playsuit Floral Summer Beach Dress (L)

Omg this is my new fave, I fell in love with this playsuit. It has a beautiful style that would complement any body shape. It’s very flattering and pretty with it’s floral pattern and you can tie at the back which gives you a sexy front and v shape open back. This is pretty for showing a bit of your shoulder, bust and back. The quality is amazing and it’s very true to size.

Which one is your favourite piece? Let us know 🙂

Love

Eps And Amy

*all clothings we are wearing were received free in return for testing. This doesn’t affect our thoughts and opinion and all wordings are my own unless otherwise stated.

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Fun and Easy Ways to Get Motivated to Exercise 

Everybody struggles to find the motivation to exercise from time to time and particu-larly once you have broken a regular habit of working out. Usually, you will quickly fall back into a routine once you start exercising, but finding the energy for that first session can be extremely challenging. So, what are a few fun and easy ways to get yourself motivated and get back on track? 

New Workout Gear 
Sick of putting on the same old workout gear? Inject some colour and energy with brand new workout clothes and you will suddenly feel motivated to break them in and work up a sweat. Whether it is a colourful new running top, merchandise from your favourite sports team or that new pair of running shoes you’ve been eyeing, any new workout gear will build motivation to get back to your workout regime with new en-ergy.


Alternative Exercise Classes 

Doing the same workout or exercise time after time can become boring and tiresome, so it is no surprise that you soon struggle to find motivation. Not only this, but results no longer show after a while if you do not change things up – the majority are working towards some kind of goal whether it is bulking up or losing weight, so it is important to change from time to time. Once great way to mix things up is to take an alternative exercise class, which can even make you forget that you are exercising. Hot yoga, hula classes, pole dancing, trapeze and barre are a few options.

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New Sport 

If there are no alternative exercise classes that take your fancy, taking up a new sport is a great way to get back into exercise. 5-a-side football, running, cycling and swim-ming are all great options, whilst walking basketball and walking football are fantastic new low-impact sports targeted at those that are unable to run whether it is due to age or injury. One great aspect of participating in sport is that it has a social aspect, which can be a huge motivation for sticking with it.

Alternative Activities

In addition to classes and sport, there are many activities that you could take up which are great fun and also good exercise. These include skateboarding, rollerblading and scooter riding. The latter is a particularly good option as it can be much easier to pick up than the other two and scooters can be found for affordable prices from places like Skate Hut.

Workout Buddy

If you exercise solo it can be very easy to stop. If you enlist a workout buddy, how-ever, it will encourage you to keep going as you are both in it together. It can also make workouts more enjoyable when you have somebody to talk to and motivate you. By working together, you are both more likely to achieve your individual goals and you have somebody alongside you who can monitor your progress.

Apps

There is an app for everything these days. There are hundreds of excellent fitness apps which can be used for a huge range of purposes, including tracking your progress, counting calories, working towards goals with other app users and conquering virtual worlds by achieving real-life exercise goals.

My Zombies, Run! App

Finding the motivation to exercise can be really difficult and particularly once you break your workout habit. These tips are a few fun and easy ways to get motivated and achieve your fitness goals.

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The Energetic Summer

The summer holidays will be upon us before you know it, the time speeding by at an alarming rate. With that in mind, it’s probably a good time to start thinking about what this summer will bring for you and your kids.

For most of us, there is an element of summer that is quite sedentary. Sometimes, that’s forced upon us by the weather. No one wants to be charging around, sweating up a storm, when it’s hot and balmy outside.

The UK has a notoriously “wet heat” which feels quite different to the dry heat of favoured holiday destinations. It can make the humidity feel cloying and completely sap your energy.

However, while there is always room for a bit of sunshine and doing nothing, it’s preferable for it not to be the sole focus for your kids this summer.

Keeping things energetic can be difficult, but it’s definitely worth it. Not only will you all be fitter and healthier, but you’ll always make better memories than “sat in the garden complaining about the heat” could ever create!

Stuck for ideas on how to keep things energetic? The options are endless, but let’s try and nail them down to some inspiration for making this summer one of boundless enthusiasm.

Make Use Of The Cooler Hours


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The saying goes that it’s always darkest before the dawn, but it’s also true that it’s always coolest before the sun is properly risen. The coolest hours of the day tend to be very early in the morning. If you can get yourself up for 6am, you have a couple of hours to do with as you please without having to worry about risking heatstroke.

What you do with these hours is largely up to you and what your children like. You could go for a bike ride, head into the garden, or just go for a walk around the neighbourhood. If your children love animals, then get in touch with a local shelter and see if they need dog walkers.

Big Plans For Cooler Days 


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If you keep an eye on the forecast, then you should be able to scout days when it’s going to be cooler. Make the most of these, packing them with activities and ideas that none of you will fancy doing when the mercury begins to rise.

Paintballing, for example, is often seen as a pursuit for adults, but it’s actually great for kids. It’s messy and exciting, and it doesn’t matter if the weather isn’t beautiful. If, as a family, you’ve never done it before, then read up on a few tips to be a pro at paintball and then head out for a day you won’t forget.

Another great idea is hiking. There are many choices for the UK, with most of us living within a couple of hours drive of either a National Park or an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. If walking sounds too arduous, most parks will have a cycle hire or even offer horse riding – giving you plenty to focus on when the sun is hiding behind clouds.

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Is It Possible To Create A Family Bathroom That Is Calming & Tranquil? 

When you add a little one into the equation, your whole life changes. From your career to your home, there is not one part of your life that having a child doesn’t change in one way or another. Out of everything, the one thing that changes the most is your home, as you have to ensure that it’s an environment which is child-friendly. This means that your home can lose some of its style and can change significantly.

Of course, just because adding a child to your family means changing things, that isn’t to say that you can’t still have a beautiful home that you love. Of all the rooms in the house that tend to change a lot after having kids, it’s the bathroom.

The fact is that it is possible to have a family bathroom that is also a calming and tranquil space, it’s just a case of thinking carefully about the design and decor, that’s all.

To help you create a family bathroom that is also a calming and tranquil place, below are some design tips.


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Be smart about the colour scheme

The key to success when it comes to designing a beautifully calming and tranquil bathroom is to get the colour scheme right. There are some colours that create a calming and relaxing vibe, and others that cause the brain to become more active, making it more difficult for you to relax. The best colours to use to create a calming bathroom are blues and greens, as these tones have been proven to create a calming atmosphere, which is why so many spas are decorated in them.

To ensure that your bathroom is as calming as possible, consider incorporating LED strip lights in either blue or green to the space. This will not only add extra light but will also give the room a calming glow.

Make storage space a priority

If there is one thing that ruins the calming atmosphere or a room, it’s mess. That’s why storage space is so important when you have little ones, as often family bathrooms are packed full of bathtime toys.

Minimalism is the key to creating a relaxing and tranquil bathroom, so having plenty of storage space to store bath toys, the kid’s soaps and bath creams, and towels and other bath time essentials in, is crucial. Ideally, you want this to be built-in storage, but if this isn’t possible, then there are other storage options you can consider.

Incorporate some foliage 

Believe it or not, adding a few houseplants to your bathroom can help to make the space look and feel more relaxing. Studies have shown that houseplants help to calm our minds and ease stress, so having them in your bathroom is a must. Just make sure that any potted plants are up on shelves away from where little hands can grab them.

The best plants for bathrooms are orchids, ivy, and cactuses.
So there you have it, everything that you need to know to create a family bathroom that is a calming and tranquil space.

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