Creating a Playroom the No Fuss Way

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All children love to play and it’s a very important part of their social, emotional and intelligence development. So creating spaces in which they can play and learn is something most parents prioritize. If you have enough space it really is worth creating a playroom. When you do so you will really benefit from the fact that most of their toys will stay in that room. Plus, your kids will enjoy not having to tidy everything away several times a day. Here’s a quick guide to creating a playroom the no fuss way.

Creating a Playroom the No Fuss Way_Ghostwritermummy.co.ukDecorating

When you decorate a playroom, the best approach is to keep things simple. You’re definitely going to be updating the decor as your children´s tastes change so it make sense to simply paint the walls and order a few unique prints from somewhere like hello canvas. You can send them any image or photo and have it turned into the size and style of prints you want. This means that you can potentially scan one of your child´s paintings or drawings and have that turned into artwork for their playroom. It will look great as well as boost your child´s confidence!.


Playroom storage is important. There are a lot of approaches you can take, but it is always worth incorporating some sort of cupboard into the design. You can get a lot into them, especially if you fill the cube completely using stackable storage bins. It is a good idea to buy the transparent kind, so you and your children can see what is in them. When the children are little you might want to lock it to stop them from pulling the boxes down on themselves. The top part can be used to store those items that they do not use much. Toys that your children play with a lot can be stored on shelves and in a floor level toy chest. Labels are also a good idea so that the children can help when it comes to tidy up time!

A comfy chair

It’s nice to set up a comfy chair or two in the room. They’re a must for your child to read and enjoy some quiet time.

A desk or table

As your children get older, having a desk or table for them to work or play at is a good idea. They’re great for board games, jigsaws, crafts, school projects, and homework etc. It’s also a good idea to buy the type that has storage built-in underneath. If you can’t find one where you live, do not worry because it is surprisingly easy to build your own. You can find out how to do it, here.

Some sort of monitoring system

If the playroom is located in a distant corner of the house or garden where you cannot easily hear what is going on, consider installing some sort of monitoring system. It could be an old baby monitor or you could add an additional smart camera to your security system. The type that allows you to see the picture from a tablet or your phone is ideal for this task. Of course, you will not be able to keep watch all of the time, but it is handy to be able to occasionally look in and see what is going on.

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Seven Easy Ways to Freshen Up a Room

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Every now and again it’s nice to freshen things up a bit and this approach is a lot easier than re-decorating every room from top to bottom! Often, you can get away with doing just one or two DIY tasks that can really make a difference to your home quite quickly. Here are seven easy ways to freshen up a room ready for spring.

Renew your skirting boards

If your skirting boards are badly scuffed and dented, renewing them could be a good idea. Rubbing your old ones down, filling in the dings and repainting them would be a backbreaking and time-consuming job- nobody has time for that! Plus, replacing them helps you to give each new room a crisper, more modern look.  Pencil round skirting board gives a professional finish and has the added advantage of being easy to care for. The dust and the dirt will not settle on this curved skirting in the way it does with a skirting that has a flat top edge.

Update your artwork

Seven Easy Ways to Freshen Up a Room_Ghostwritermummy.co.ukMost of us use photos, wall hangings, and paintings in our homes. Updating these can have a really transformative effect. And if you use the same hooks and nails, it will only take you a few minutes to transform your room.

Buy a few rugs

Rugs are such a great way to make a room feel a little cosier, and they’re also an excellent way to deal with any patches of flooring that are looking a bit worn.

Re-cover your dining room chairs

Re-covering your dining room chairs is actually a lot easier than you’d think. You only need some good quality fabric, a pair of scissors and a proper upholstery stapler to get the job done. Typically, you can re-cover two or three chairs in just a couple of hours.

Add some mood lighting

The way a room is lit has a huge impact on how comfortable it feels. If you haven’t upgraded your lighting in a while it’s well worth considering doing so. The good news is you do not necessarily have to drill any holes or run any wires. For example, you could simply change the bulbs you are using to dimmable versions. Or, invest in some coloured LED bulbs to change things up a bit. In some situations stick up lights can work really well too. Or, if you prefer you could just buy a couple of plug-in table lamps or floor lamps to create puddles of light where you want them.

Update your handles

Simply renewing the handles on your cupboard doors can also make a difference. This is especially the case in a room like a kitchen where there are a lot of handles.

Refinish your furniture

If your furniture is looking a little dated or worn consider stripping it down and repainting or re-spraying it. Or, better still get someone to do it for you!

More possibilities

If you want more ideas, you can find them in this article. All of the projects in that article are reasonably quick and easy to complete. They are also all designed to be done on a tight budget.

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Updating your Workout Wardrobe

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Updating your Workout Wardrobe_ghostwritermummy.co.ukOnce you’ve got into the habit of exercising, it’s important to regularly update your workout gear. Doing so will ensure that you always look your best. There’s nothing worse than catching sight of yourself in the mirror while exercising and realising that you look like the local mad cat woman! It really brings you down with a bump and is guaranteed to zap your confidence. Online, and in stores, there’s plenty of fitness wear for women of all shapes and sizes. With so much choice there really is no need for you to just settle and wear any old thing. In fact, I would strongly urge you not to do that. Shopping for workout wear should be taken seriously. Here are my tips for updating your workout wardrobe.

Regularly review your workout wardrobe

Every month or so, get all of your workout clothes out and try them on. If anything looks a little baggy or too worn throw it away. Be ruthless and don’t mess around. Put anything you’re not sure of in the bin. It’s also a good idea to sniff each item to make sure that it still smells fresh after being laundered! If you find it hard to get into the habit of reviewing your workout wardrobe regularly, it might be an idea to do it every time you get dressed for the gym. Before leaving the house, pause and look in the mirror. If something’s looking worn or doesn’t fit right, take it off and put it to one side. You should throw away anything that feels too tight or too loose when you are actually exercising- comfort is key. When working out, you really don’t want to have to keep stopping to pull your top down over your belly or to hitch your leggings up!

Shopping for workout clothes

Once you’ve cleared out your old clothes, you can go shopping for replacements. If you have favourites it’s easy to simply order a direct replacement. In fact, a lot of people automatically order a spare of any workout clothes or shoes that they find particularly comfortable so it’s ready when they are. Provided you have the cash and enough space to store them, this is a good idea.

Try things on properly

It’s really important to try before you buy. Doing so gives you the chance to check that the fit is right and make sure there are no flaws. When you try these items on take the time to stretch and go through some of the more difficult exercises you are likely to perform while wearing these new items of clothing.  Be sure to check out how you look from all angles. If necessary, ask a friend to hold a mirror behind you, so that you can see properly. Squat proof leggings are a must!

Buy good quality clothing

Generally speaking you get what you pay for, and it’s not a great idea to buy cheap workout clothes. Cheaper leggings can be thin or become worn easily and nobody looks good in saggy workout clothes! Read reviews and but keep your budget in mind when you shop.

Look after your workout clothes

Once you’ve bought what you need, take care of it! You’ll look better and your workout clothes will last longer. This helpful article shows you the best way to launder and store sports clothing and footwear.

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Are We Ready to Own a Horse?

There are some that say every little girl wants a pony for their birthday, but in my experience this hasn’t really been the case! Despite growing up near to lots of farms and stables, I was never interested in owning a horse, and of five girls it was only ever my youngest sister who tried horse riding briefly as we were growing up. My eldest daughter has ridden a donkey at the beach before, but that’s the extent of her equestrian endeavours. And then came Bella. This girl is literally obsessed with horses and is so desperate to properly learn to ride. The thing is that we only just got our first pet (a cat) and I am so not an animal person… but can I deny her for much longer? Are we ready to own a horse?

Are we ready to own a horse?_ ghostwritermummy.co.ukOf course, the cost of all of this doesn’t escape me, but since when did that stop us when it comes to our calling? It’s so hard to know when the kids are serious about new hobbies or activities, and in the past I’ve signed them up to classes they were never destined to stick to… but this feels different. This feels like we might need to start seriously considering this.

Recently, I’ve found myself reading up on the level of commitment we’re looking at if we were to think seriously about investing in Bella’s passion for horse riding. I know nothing about horses,so would need lots of help and advice about choosing which animal is right for us. Also we don’t own stables, so there’s that! Other things to consider: who will teach Bella how to ride? Who will manage the day to day care of the horse? Not me! Can we afford the vet bills, and everything else that comes with owning a horse? Are we really ready for this commitment?

I know that horses require an enormous amount of care and attention and I’m seriously doubting our ability to invest the time or finances that are needed. But I’ve started to wonder whether as part of a co-operative, we may be able to work it out? I know that horses are expensive-both initially and throughout their lives. I’d want to ensure things like food are well researched (yes, I’ve already read up on this and believe our future horse would simply love Spillers…) and that the family as a whole are on board and committed. And as part of a co-operative, I’d need to research very carefully who we invest with.

Of course, I know that if we do choose to go ahead, we’re talking many years in the future. First Bella needs to show her dedication by completing lessons, and as she gets older volunteering at local stables for example. A huge part of me is still very wary (hello unused tap shoes that cost a fortune!) but another part of me thinks what the hell? Invest in their passions, take a chance… what do you think? Bite the bullet or gently encourage other hobbies?

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