27 June, 2017

5 Gift Ideas for Teachers

It's almost the summer holidays for us parents, which means there is one final job we have to sort out, the teachers thank you presents! 
I know a lot of people do give gifts and a lot don't, so it's personal preference. I personally think it's a lovely gesture especially if they've spent a year or more helping your child to grow in education. 

My son has had the same teacher for two years now and it is time for him to say thank you so I have round up some of my favourite teacher gifts and all for under £20.  

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1. Flowers 

Flowers are always a perfect present if you can find out if their teacher has a favourite flower then even better. You can make your own flower cones extremely cheap by buying your flowers from supermarkets or market stalls and then buying some fancy paper to wrap them in. You could add a bow and a tag to make it extra pretty! 
Another way to present a flower is in a pot, again you can decorate the sides, add bows, tags and even little signs. 

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2. Frames 

Pretty personalised frames are a lovely gift and with such a wide range of ideas to choose from you can make them at home from next to nothing or buy offline again for under £20. 

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3. Teacher Hampers 

How about a mini hamper, adding some of your child's teachers favourite things or gifts you think they may like.  Things you could add into a hamper: a mini bottle of wine, stationery, chocolates, candles, homemade baked goods and a mug. 

You can easily make a hamper for £20, buying from shops like pound stores and Homesense can save you so much money as well as finding some fantastic items.  If you want to know more on hampers then pop on over to my post on how to make the perfect hamper

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4. Emergency Kit 

This is what I have done for my son's teacher, I have filled a little box with all the things a teacher may need in an emergency. From plasters, rubbers, pencils to mints, stickers and stamps. 
To keep the costs down again look in pound stores and online, especially eBay and Amazon.
You can be as creative as you like with how you display from a like wooden crate to the plastic acrylic craft boxes. 

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5. Personalised Gifts  

And last but not least is a personalised/personal gift. If you know your child's teacher likes to drink tea or coffee then how about buying them a lovely mug/travel mug to drink from, you could even put their name on it. You could ask a few other mums to contribute and buy a gift card to a Starbucks or Costa to go inside too!
If you know your teacher always had their nails painted then how about buying a couple nail polishes, put in a little box or bag and decorate with a ribbon and a tag. 
And last but not least a bottle of wine will always go down a treat. 

I hope you liked my gifts for teachers if you have any good suggestions leave them in the comments. 

What are you buying your child's teacher this year? 


24 June, 2017

10 Ways to Use Zoflora

I am a huge fan of Zoflora, it's my number one cleaning product at the moment.
  For those that haven't heard of Zoflora before then, it's a concentrated disinfectant solution that comes in a variety of fragrances to leave your home smelling fresh and super clean.

But did you know it has many uses? Today's post I want to show you some of the ways in which I use my trusty Zoflora.

First of all, Zoflora is so cheap if you have a pound style shop near you then you're more than likely to find it in there, you can buy from supermarkets but I think you will find more of a selection in your local £ stores.

The idea is that you dilute yourself using one cap to 400ml of water, I make a solution up in a little spray bottle and use that for all my home cleaning needs.

So what are the brilliant ways in which Zoflora can be used in?

1. Surface cleaner

You can put it on pretty much any surface to clean and disinfect from the bathroom to the living room and kitchen. 

2. Kids Toys

I love to clean the children's toys, it also leaves them smelling fresh as well as cleaning 99.9% of bacteria!

3. Ironing 

A drop in the iron to fragrance all your clothes. 

4. Washing 

Add a drop of your favourite Zoflora into your fabric softener to boost your clothes scent.

5. Radiators

In the winter I like to spray my Zoflora onto a cloth and rub over my radiators so that when the heating is turned on the house smells amazing! 

6. Pets 

I use the pet Zoflora to clean and disinfect all my pets cages, hutches and accessories, I even use it on the dogs outside patio (they have their own area). Just make sure the area is dry before you put your animals on it. 

7. Steam Mop 

Add a drop to your steam mop to help kill any virus and bacteria. I use my steam mop on the floor, sofa, rugs and all over the bathroom. 

8. Toilet 

Add a couple drops neat, into your toilet to leave it smelling fresh as well as killing any germs. 

9.  The Car 

I love using Zoflora to clean the inside of my car. Make up the solution in a spray bottle and away you go. I also spray inside the heaters for extra bursts of fragrance every time I use it.

10. Bins 

Cleaning the bins is always a horrible job, I use Zolfora on both my small bins inside the house and my large outside bins.

So that is some of the ways in which we use Zoflora in our household. Let me know if you have any other uses in the comments below.


06 June, 2017

10 Ways to Improve Your Sleep

 It's really important to get a good night's sleep but, did you know that many Brits aren't getting the recommended 6-9 hours of sleep a night.
Sleep benefits us in so many ways, physically sleep helps with healing and repairing of the body especially, to our heart and blood vessels. It also helps with growth and mental development, people who don't have enough sleep can increase the risk of developing health issues such as heart disease, kidney disease, diabetes and even a stroke.

At night we use sleep to shut down fix and essential reboot, if you don't get enough sleep for your body it will affect the way you perform and that can be things like slower reaction times - which may be an issue if you are working in a hazardous environment or operating heavy machinery.  It can also affect your mood which may affect you at home, with friends or even colleagues at work.

Below I am sharing my top 10 tips on how you can have a well rested night sleep and awake feeling refreshed, happy and energised for the day ahead.

1. Turn off your electronics 

Watching Tv or anything with a screen before bed can be bad, as it can interfere with the production of melatonin, a hormone produced slowly over the evening to naturally make you tired. Watching tv or playing on electronic devices can actually stop the production of Melatonin. 

2. Decent mattress

Having a good mattress will enhance a better night sleep, old mattresses over time will soften and lose its shape and not supporting you in the way it should be.  Adjustable beds  has a selection of beds to give you the perfect night sleep so you can wake up feeling refreshed and energised for the morning ahead.

3. Read a book

Swap the electronics for a goof old fashioned book, reading makes me tired at night so I know if I spend half an hour reading I'm more likely to fall asleep quicker and easier.
4. Dim the lights

Turning off the lights can help you feel sleepier, bright lights over stimulate your brain meaning it can't switch off for sleep so try and keep the mood calm and tranquil before you go to bed.

5. Herbal Tea 

If you like a tea or hot drinks then add a nice herbal tea to your evening routine. Stay away from all caffeine as it will keep you awake.

6. Massage 

Ask your partner to give you a 10 minute massage before bed, focusing especially on the shoulders and neck area as these areas will hold the most tension.

7. Hot bubble bath

You can't go wrong with a hot bubble bath, dim the lights, add some candles, aromatherapy oils or your favourite bubble bath, treat yourself, just sink in and let all your worries wash away.

8. Jot it down or talk it out

I always write any important information down before bed, it's one way to remember but also to clear my mind before bed. I won't be worrying and focusing which means I can sleep much easier.
If you especially worry about things start a worry journal to help combat the anxiety for a better nights sleep. Sometimes talking out loud the worry can almost half the worry. I know this all very well as an anxiety sufferer myself.

9. Set a bedtime

Set yourself a time to go to bed every night, over time you will notice how your body automatically falls asleep and wakes up at the same time every day.  I always try and get into bed before my bedtime so I can unwind with a book.

10. Exercise 

Light exercise before bed can be a good thing, yoga or Pilates is especially good before bed. It clears the mind and relaxes the body which is exactly what you want before sleep.  

I would love to know if you have any other #sleepexpert tips, leave them in the comments below. 

* collaborative post, all opinions and words are my own unless stated. 

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