Friday, 30 January 2015

Bathtime Buddies - splishy splashy alphabet fun!

Bug has always been a little water baby.


He gets all excited when it is bathtime.


Bathtime means fun and smiles all-round.


Bathtime means splishing and splashing to his heart’s content.


Bathtime means the enjoying the wonder of water.

Choosing the right fridge freezer.

For a little while now we have been slowly saving up to buy a new fridge freezer to replace our existing one which is unsurprisingly on its last legs having given us 10 years plus of loyal service after being given to me second hand.

Being a family on a tight budget the expense of buying a new fridge freezer is a large expense for us, and as such I want to make sure we buy the best fridge freezer for us and our budget. As there are so many brands and models of fridge freezers available on the market to narrow down our search and help find the right one for us, I have been looking researching what we should consider when buying a fridge freezer.

Fridge Freezer types
As I mentioned there is a huge array of fridge freezers available on the market, with the choice of styles and sizes being a vast one, but when looking at fridge freezer types there are 3 basic types to consider -

Freestanding fridge freezers: can be fitted anywhere in your kitchen/pantry and come in a range of sizes and colours. They are type of fridge freezer that is popular and plentiful on the market and often is the cheapest type of fridge freezer.

American-style fridge freezers: are large with fridge and freezer side-by-side, and as they are large they take up a lot of floor space. Not only are they expensive to buy they can also be expensive to run. Thanks to their large size they hold a huge amount of food and often have lots of extra features.

Integrated fridge freezers: fit behind kitchen cupboard doors rather than being on display. Integrated models tend to have a higher price tag than freestanding models with fewer models available on the market.

Whilst the novelty of an American-style model is appealing due to funds and lack of space they are not an option for us and as we cannot fit an integrated fridge freezer into our kitchen we are planning on getting a freestanding fridge freezer (this type is what we already have) which has the added benefit of being a model that would be easiest to take with us and fit in a new kitchen if we move.

Ebola’s Impact On Child Education In Africa.

The Ebola outbreak has ravaged West Africa leaving thousands dead, and it has also halted education causing a potential crisis for the future. Find out how you can help.

Ebola’s Impact On Child Education In Africa
As the Ebola crisis in West Africa deepens, with cases being recorded in Europe and further afield, it’s becoming apparent that the impact of the current outbreak is causing profound issues across the stricken countries.

The strain put on inadequate health care systems has seen over 8,000 people die and communities crumble. With families losing parents to the disease, children are left vulnerable to poverty a problem compounded by the closure of schools across the region.


To try and contain the spread of the disease governments in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea closed down schools, colleges and other educational centres. However this means that children are missing out on vital education, and as a result facing uncertain futures without the skills to improve their situation.

Ebola In Liberia
It’s been more than five months since schools were closed in Liberia. Children are playing in the streets, working and, in too many instances, begging in place of attending school. The country has a high illiteracy rate and a school system that is both limited and fragile, with too few trained teachers.


Although efforts have been made to set up community learning centres and home schooling the simple fact is that there are inadequate resources for this to be effective, with many parents being illiterate and unable to home school even if they have the time. Also people are still afraid of congregating for fear of contracting Ebola.

Thursday, 29 January 2015

Updating a bathroom on a budget.

Giving your bathroom a new lease of life doesn’t have to cost a fortune or mean gutting out the bathroom and fitting a completely new bathroom suite. Whilst I am sure the idea of having a completely new bathroom suite is appealing unfortunately sometimes money cannot stretch that far, but fear not you can still update your bathroom and give it a new look without breaking your budget.

You can update your bathroom and revive a tired bathroom by simply changing a few elements of the bathroom to give your bathroom a refreshing new look.

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