How to refresh your winter wardrobe may not be your top priority as you juggle work, money and parenting. However, investing in something new cheers the soul and it is fun to inject some colour into your life at this drab time of year.

Here are some items that have taken my fancy over the last few days.

Bags and purses

You might want to jazz up your wardrobe but jobs still need to be done so I loved this  practical and colourful shopper bag from Monsoon which is always a favourite store of mine. It comes with a zip pouch too. I like the floral print and it has a retro vibe and regular readers know I do love a little retro styling in  my world.

 

 

Belts

I have to share this idea with you as I think it is totally inspired – a belt with a bag attached to it. Why have I never thought of this before? I am not always a fan of the mustard type shades in clothing but I think it works well with this belt and bag combo from Zara.

Boots

I wear boots more than any other type of footwear. I have done this since my teens with the colours and styles changing over the years. I don’t like to go for high heels at all though. Acne have some great choices and I am loving these at the moment as such good quality, a fun silver colour and I won’t fall over on them. I have never worn silver before so why not? These combine style and comfort.

 

Scarves

I have never worn many scarves partly because I never know how to tie them so that they look good. I acquired some at a jumble sale recently but they remain in the cupboard. I resolve to change this and to become known for my jazzy scarves. I might start with this purple pop of colour from Simple Be a store that also helps by catering for larger sizes. It is very bright but I think we need that at this time of year. There is something about scarves – they always draw my attention to a person and over the years I have noticed how many successful women wear them.

Sunglasses

I know sunglasses might seem an odd choice at this time of year. However, we all have days when we don’t quite want to face the world and look it straight in the eye. Also it’s a bit like doing a rain dance, if we wear sunglasses, Spring  will come earlier right? I need prescription glasses and these Boss ones from Specsavers take my fancy.

So how do you refresh your winter wardrobe and which of my choices do you like best?

 

My Random Musings

Fewer people than ever before choose to remain in the place that they were born and raised. The reasons for this are wide ranging, but can be broadly described as health, wealth and happiness. Here we investigate some of the happiest places to live in the UK and consider why people choose to live there.

Royal Leamington Spa

A recent survey put the town of Royal Leamington Spa at the top of the happiest places to live in the UK list. The Warwickshire town is said to offer a strong sense of belonging and friendly neighbours, but it is also picturesque and has some stunning architecture.

Locations in London did not fare so well in the survey, but Richmond upon Thames did make it into the top ten and is noted for its green spaces and luxurious riverside residential properties.

Harrogate

Further north in Yorkshire lies another spa town that is regularly placed high on lists of the happiest places to live in the UK – Harrogate. Located just to the east of the Yorkshire Dales, Harrogate is the archetypal residency for those with a love of the town and country lifestyle.

This five bedroomed country house, listed with Strutt and Parker embodies the dream life that many are seeking and that can be found in this vibrant location.

Poole, Dorset

For those who prefer to live in a costal area, Poole in Dorset is high on the list when it comes to happiness. With glorious sandy beaches and a natural harbour, Poole has great transport links, very good schools and Dorset’s north, east and west is surrounded by countryside.

This luxury apartment is a great example of how Poole now has both modern and period residential properties which reflects the progress the area has made over recent years.

 

Across the Borders

Moving across the borders, Dumfries was crowned happiest place to live in Scotland and the culture there is said to be progressive and warm. Meanwhile, in Wales, Llandrindod Wells came out on top and its central location puts residents in close striking distance to the Brecon Beacons National Park, Snowdonia and many of the country’s costal hotspots.

Despite uncertainties over the Brexit divorce from Europe, the survey highlights the diversity and wealth of residential areas there are from which to choose. The UK is a place where whether happiness is rural peace, the hustle and bustle of a large city or costal exhilaration you can have it.

 

3 Little Buttons

When you have young children, you’re going to be on the ball with making sure they’re staying in their age range when it comes to media. However, when they’re fast growing (as most of them are!), there’s a lot of changes to be made in this walk of their life! So if you’re not too sure where to start with letting them expand a little more into games designed for older children, this list is here to help. Of course they’re still going to need monitoring, but the tween years are a steady balance between being a parent and allowing a little freedom!

Mobile Apps

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For Educational Purposes

One great way to get your kids interested in their school work, or any extra curricular activities, is by downloading a few good apps to their phone. When a kid is presented with a fun and interactive interface when it comes to enjoying a good book after school, they’re going to keep on reading!

It’s also a good way for the both of you to interact over a bit of homework. Kids are always going to need a bit of input from their parents, and often enough there’s not a more helpful way to do so than going through a good book together. You can laugh and joke over what you read, and also make sure proper notes are taken.

For Gaming

Everybody likes to waste a bit of time gaming on their phone, and kids are the ones who like to do it the most! That’s because it’s one of the most entertaining things you can do when you’re stuck in the backseat of a car or at home on the sofa. Yet, if you’re having no success in getting your kids to go outside, you can always boot up something fun on the iPad with them!

Try out the Final Fantasy 15 mobile app, as this is a good strategy game you can devote bags of time to together. It’s minimal in any kind of graphic violence, despite the theme, and is a good way to get the imaginative juices flowing.

For Watching Videos

Common apps such as youtube are the most popular of programs to download to a system, but did you know there’s a kid friendly version? If you’re worried about what your child might watch when they’re on their own with a tablet in front of them, make sure these settings are turned on before you let them loose!

You can also find a lot of creative content online here, and more official sites such as the BBC iPlayer is a good place for your child to access the kids channels that they miss when they’re at school. Let home time be fun time when you’ve got a good balance to it via this!

Using mobile technology is something we all do, and it can get quite addicting. Introduce family fun time via a piece of equipment to make the time more fulfilling, and a little less socially isolating.

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My Random Musings

Are you interested in making your days easier? If you are anything like me and juggling work, blogging, parenting and house-keeping, I expect your answer to be yes.

Now we can all get our heads turned by retail therapy and end up with items that are pricey and don’t actually help us. That is why I wanted to share JML’s favourite products for 2018 with you.

JML have a range of great kitchen, fitness and cleaning gadgets- perfect for making your everyday easier! I think it is brilliant that if your cookery and cleaning burden is lightened, you then have time to pursue fitness and any other hobbies.

Phoenix Copper Pro – £49.99

 

The unique combination of a HyperGlide™ Copper-Ceramic-coated soleplate and a built-in ProSteam Generator gives unbeatable levels of crease-removal for professional results.

I am more of a slummy mummy than a yummy one because I work from home. Let’s face it if you are going out to work or are in business, you need to look the part and creased clothing gives a poor impression. I think this comes in at a good price point too.

You could combine it with the next product from JML.

Ultimate FastFit Ironing Board – £9.99

 

With its unique 3-layer construction, the Ultimate FastFit Ironing Board Cover combines the non-slip qualities of a cotton-top cover and a thick felt underlay for a smooth, luxurious ironing experience.

I have worked with old and bad ironing board covers so feel this one is really worth investing in.

Hurricane Spin Scrubber – £39.99

 

With three interchangeable heads, spinning at an incredible 300rpm, and an extension pole that means you can reach every corner of your bathroom without bending or stretching, Hurricane Spin Scrubber will blast through grime and dirt.

I have received one of these to review and am so looking forward to sharing my findings with you very soon.

I do like sparkling clean bathrooms but they can be so difficult with baths in the way of where you want to clean and so much work up high and down low. So I am super-excited about this gadget which I think might even persuade the teenagers to get involved in housework. Well, a mum can dream!

Phoenix Gold Free Flight – £49.99

 

Phoenix Gold FreeFlight’s cordless design offers total freedom of movement combined with the power and versatility of a corded iron. This means you can iron with ease without stopping untangle the cord.

Ever Brite – £19.99

 

Days Easier

Ever Brite solar-charged security lights are the ultimate in peace-of-mind lighting. There are no batteries to change, they are easy to install with no screws and the motion sensor detects movement from 12 feet away.

I have always loved JML because they tackle the real issues of everyday life and make things that bit simpler.

Which product appeals to you most?

Tammymum