Hey, everyone…

First of all, it’s been a shamefully long time since I shared my last favourites post for my Developing life Instagram community and I think I’m not the only one to be baffled how fast this year has gone. Life has been crazy busy lately that certain things have had to be placed on a back burner and sadly, my little IG community has been one of them. But not anymore!

I want to say a HUGE thank you to everyone who has continued to use my #developinglife hashtag and have helped keep the IG community thriving. Without you guys contributing, we wouldn’t be on the cusp of reaching 10,000 photo shares! Isn’t that insane! Never did I think when I started up #Developinglife that we’d ever, ever reach that number; but now it’s in on the horizon it’s quite exciting.

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When you become a mother, all your energies are focused on raising your children. You practically don’t have time for other things, much less to work. You settle yourself to the idea of staying at home and taking care of your kids. No more going out with friends. Forget visits to the hairdresser or to get your nails done. Say goodbye to a career. This doesn’t have to be the case. Having a family doesn’t equate to just being a full-time mum. Why not earn during your free time?

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On September 1st 2016, the darling man and I got hitched and the other week we finally received the USB holding all of our precious photos that were taken on our wedding day. I honestly could not contain my excitement, because, we’d been waiting twelve weeks for these photos without so much as a peek! So to finally have them there to finally look at was a real buzz for us. However, sadly, the buzz didn’t last long because, well, let’s just say a large portion of the photos were a bit of a disaster.

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So, you’ve been asked by your bestie to do the honors as Bridesmaid. That means discussing exciting wedding plans, going to bridal fittings, providing plenty of emotional support during the planning and, of course organizing the all important hen party! For those who have never organized, hunting for hen party ideas can be quite daunting to plan. But as always, we are here to help. the activity nude life drawing is one great option to celebrate a hen party and bring your Mother on board. We’ve put together a great list to get you started with the hen party planning – here is the most popular hen party ideas below:

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“The weather outside is frightful”….I’m sure I’ve heard those words in a song, somewhere… The weather has gone from a pleasant Autumnal feel too down right baltic. Hats, gloves, and scarfs have been pulled out of the depths of our closets and drawers and we’re wrapping up warm when having to pop outside.

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Ever since we moved into where we live now, I can {sadly} count on one hand the amount of trick or treaters we’ve had on Halloween. This means trick or treating around our way isn’t fun due to people being scrooges and pretending to not be home {when we know they really are} and little kids dressed as witches and werewolves are left with sad faces {and empty buckets}. It’s pretty tragic, right?

So, before leaving to go to my Sister in laws over on the other side of Belfast I left a little sign at our door, along with a bowl of candy {with added cobwebs and pumpkins} for any little trick or treaters that may pop by. Sadly none did, but I guess I was prepared either way.

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As a Mother of five children, two girls and three boys, I reckon for only one of those boys to come out being an absolute football maniac is quite impressive. Especially from a family who do not watch it, play it or follow it. But nevertheless, I love that my youngest son is super passionate about a sport that’s not only great for socialising but for staying fit and healthy too.

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When decorating your child’s bedroom you’re sure to want to create a fun living space where they can learn and play to their heart’s content. If you’re arty you could put together an eye-catching mural of their favourite cartoon characters – or be inspired by a general theme such as pirates or princesses. It’s a great opportunity to let your imagination run wild and allow your creative juices to flow. Here we look at five great ideas both you and your child will love.

 
Blackboards: Children love to draw but we don’t really want them drawing on our freshly painted walls so why not incorporate a blackboard into their room? That way they can draw as much as they like. You can either pick up a ready-made blackboard and attach it to a wall or pick up some blackboard (chalkboard) paint from a hardware store such as B&Q and paint it straight onto a wall in their bedroom. They’ll love being creative and coming up with their own designs. Have a look at Room to Bloom for some really inspirational ideas on incorporating a blackboard into their bedroom.

Themed wallpaper: As a child I remember having fairy tale wallpaper in my room. I used to trace my finger up and up the winding staircases and through the clouds on my journey to the castle. I imagined tip-toeing past sleeping dragons and meeting the fairies who would protect me on my adventures. Today, there is a huge range of children’s wallpaper available so they can immerse themselves in their own adventures. Choose from Marvel Comic strips to Disney characters, jungle themes and more.

Play dens: Children enjoy having their own little hideaways to play in and dens are a great addition to any child’s bedroom. You could pop in a little Wendy house or a play shop. If you really want to go to town then have a look at the clever teepees at Justfortinypeople.com. Founder Effie Moss grabbed attention when she appeared on Dragon’s Den in series 12 with her magical teepee hideaways and won herself Deborah Meaden as an investor.

Space savers: If you have a small home, bunk beds or ‘zip and link’ beds are a great choice for two children sharing a room. Bunk beds are often chosen for young children but eventually they become too big for these, need their independence and the  will need to be sold. Zip beds are an ideal solution as they can be zipped together to create one large bed for when the child is older but can also be unzipped into two beds for two children sharing a room. The zippers cannot be felt through the mattress as they are conveniently hidden away for complete comfort.

Bring the outdoors inside: Glow in the dark stick-on ceiling stars give a magical feel to a child’s bedroom and they can go to bed imagining they are sleeping under a starry night. To go one step further you could even purchase an LED plug-in night light that projects the solar system onto their bedroom ceiling so they can drift off to sleep under the planets. We found these available on eBay.

Whatever theme or idea you go for when decorating your child’s room, ensure it is a place where they can feel safe, thrive and be creative. That way you’re both bound to be happy.

*This is a collaborative post.

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whyspringcleaning is still important
Do you carry out a spring clean in your house? Perhaps not…possibly, it’s a tradition that is beginning to fade away, especially given that it’s a ritual that has its roots in yesteryear. And, with an abundance of appliances and cleaning products available all year round, what’s so special about spring cleaning anyway? Well, plenty actually…

Where does Spring Cleaning come from?

Spring cleaning has historically been performed in the days when our homes were heated by messy, open fireplaces. Picture dim rooms, a thick layer of dust and stale air within a house that’s been closed for too long and you’ll have an idea of how things might have looked! Understandably, homes were kept sealed over winter to ward off drafts and damp, but this meant that soot and grime often accumulated on walls, floors, and furnishings. Spring, therefore, was the perfect time for throwing open the windows, cleaning out the chimneys and giving the home a thorough scrubbing down.

Spring cleaning can also be traced back to many ancient cultural and religious practices. For instance, spring cleaning happens at the same time as Jewish Passover (a festival marking the exodus of Jews from Egypt), takes place at the same time Christians celebrate the resurrection of Christ at Easter, and also happens as the Chinese New Year begins when people sweep their floors to rid themselves of the bad luck and misfortune that may have accumulated over the year.

So, is spring cleaning outdated for modern times?

In short? No! Whilst many of us no longer observe a religion and rely on clean central heating systems, a spring clean could be exactly what your home needs. Doubtless you’ve been pushing the hoover round for the past few months anyway, but there’s nothing like longer days and springtime sunshine to highlight all the dust and dirt on surfaces you thought were clean in dimmer days! Besides, with extra sunlight and therefore, the reduced production of melatonin, you’ll have enough extra energy to want to tackle the state of your home.

Will I feel good for giving my house a spring clean?

Yes! With daffodils, nice weather and lambs in the fields, spring marks a time for renewal and regeneration. What better way to mark spring’s arrival than to refresh and reinvigorate your house? In essence, spring cleaning is something to do because it’s more of a ritual than a chore. Clean your rugs, bedding, curtains, furnishings, and upholstery, as well as all the surfaces (and yes, that does mean moving all the furniture to get the hoover round the back!) and you’ll get a strong sense of satisfaction. By shaking the house from top to bottom, getting rid of clutter and leaving every surface sparkling from the foundations to the rooftop, you’ll feel like you’re ready for spring and summer.

Shall I call in some extra help?

By all means! Molly Maid Spring Cleaning is a service you might find particularly pleasant this time of year. You can rely on professionals to do the hard work for you, knowing you’ll come home to a house that feels as a good as new.

*This is a collaborative post

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