Wednesday, 21 December 2016

Our Immune System Boosting Parcel from Redoxon

A few weeks ago we got the chance to receive a BOX of Redoxon immune system boosting products but oh the irony I was too sick to do anything but just receive it, say "that's a beautiful box of goodies" and put it to one side. Literally. Could hardly lift a paperclip some days.
The timing could not have been more perfect as I have spent the last 10 weeks saying "my immune system is shot to pieces". See I've been sick on and off since October and we're now in December, hence the blog being slightly unloved too. Not a Christmas Gift Guide in sight which is such a shame as 2015, Xmas being that I was heavily pregnant I didn't do one then either. I really enjoyed spending 15 hours putting one together in 2014, but maybe next year.

Anyway, I now have my energy back so I am catching up with things. I've been doing Vlogmas even before my energy came back but I finally parked that after completing day 12 when I realised it was overtaking my life a lil!

So back to Redoxon. They sent me their products, but in addition I got Cocoa, an amazingly festive smelling candle, a mug, socks and a 2017 diary. Yesterday I finally cleared the dining table which is normally covered in bits and bobs and so as to reserve it for Christmas meals I plonked a Poundland paper tablecloth on it, amongst other things, I'd bought when I had hopes of doing a North Pole Party. I realised it'd be a nice backdrop for Redoxon photos so started to have a play. But first here is Aaron having the chewable gummies which children aged 4 to 8 have 2 of a day. He loves them, which is more than can be said for the Alive soft jell multivitamins that we have also tried...
Redoxon® Triple Action Gummies is a combination of high strength Vitamin C, D and Zinc to help your body’s natural defence system, designed for kids 4 and up.

The thing about Winter is that we get less Vitamin D and do we all get enough of it all year around anyway?!?!? I know Aaron and I go to the park A LOT so we do get a lot of daylight and fresh air but I know that's not the case for the average person and certainly wasn't for me when I was working. I literally had youthful skin for decades only because it never ever got any sun damage purely because I was SUCH a workaholic, gnoshing down a takeaway as I flew through London Liverpool Street Station after 8 o'clock at night. So back to the Vitamin D I was thrilled to see it not only in the above gummies but also in these:
Why use Redoxon® Triple Action? ·         Top up of vitamin D even where there is less sunlight. During the summer months, vitamin D is mainly formed in the skin through UV-B sunlight, and functions to help support the immune system. Latest figures show that in the UK, more than 20% of adults have low vitamin D levels in their blood [i]. Public Health England recently shared guidelines advising that people consider taking a daily supplement containing 10 micrograms of vitamin D to help support bones, teeth and muscles****. Redoxon® Triple Action tablets contain 10 micrograms of vitamin D.
·         Your body cannot store Vitamin C for any length of time. Sometimes you need extra help and Vitamin C helps you feel energised** when you need that additional support.
·         Your skin is the body’s first line of defence [ii]. Zinc can help maintain your skin***.

[i] Public Health England. 2014. National Diet and Nutrition Survey Results from Years 1, 2, 3 and 4 (combined) of the Rolling Programme (2008/2009 – 2011/2012). [Online]. [Accessed September 2016]. Available from:https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/310995/NDNS_Y1_to_4_UK_report.pdf
[ii] World Health Organization. 2011. Vitamin A supplementation and disease progression in HIV-infected adults. Online]. [Accessed September 2016]. Available from: http://www.who.int/elena/titles/bbc/vitamina_hiv_adults/en/


The tablets are really easy to dissolve in a glass of water and really tasty to drink. I was disappointed to read that they are not suitable for breastfeeding but as there is no definitive reason as to why, that I know of, I am still having one of them every now and again and do feel a boost from it. Read on, to discover more of my feelings on this.

I must say, as the Triple Action is vitamins C D and Zinc, I prefer their Redoxon Immune Support Every Day as pictured below.
I prefer it as it contains Vitamins B6 and B12 which I know us ladies can be prone to get low on. I'm reading in the ingredients though "Contains a source of phenylalanine." and I think I remember my pharmacist saying that P word as being something that has been proven to go across into breastmilk. I only know as I was trying to buy Lemsip and cough medicine when I was really rough, and I think that is what she told me to avoid. Well to be fair Redoxon do say avoid when breastfeeding, but I so want to use them to boost my immune system. Well Aaron loves the gummies and needs a boost too so they can be his and the Triple Action and Every Days can go to Daddy as he's had the flu too and sees way way less daylight than us. Plus he adores a good effervescent drink! Done a little research and although it crosses into the milk they haven't yet proven it safe or unsafe so I will be cautious but it is an amino acid than can naturally form in foods.

I love the package that Redoxon so kindly sent me, including a candle, a mug, beautiful divine socks, Cocoa and a 2017 diary. The diary is perfect for getting me back to health both in body and blog LOL and setting myself some goals.
For about 10 weeks, the same length of time I have been ill, Lottie can now get out of her bedside cot and come across into my bed so it is no longer safe to go downstairs meaning when I come up to bed with them I myself stay upstairs too as my baby monitor is sound activated and she can come across into my bed (and could fall out of bed) before I'd hear anything and the video screen would be activated. So hubby put the side back on the cot for me at the weekend and before now I hadn't let him as I know it's the end of an era, a baby era. But this weekend I could feel my energy coming back and knew I needed to be able to go downstairs with her safe behind bars LOL. Tonight funnily enough I am in bed writing this on the laptop so I haven't enjoyed that evening downstairs to myself tonight but there are plenty of evenings on the horizon, where thanks to Redoxon I can drink this Cocoa and in my lovely new RED mug too. I am a sucker for a lovely mug.
The hubby loves Cocoa so I can see him diving in whilst I put the kids to bed so it'll be a race for who gets to the red mug first I reckon.

Thanks Redoxon, I love the package and either hubby will have them to himself along with Aaron having the gummies or I may get to finish them as Lottie will be one soon and I don't know how much longer I will breastfeed for.  On Bonfire night my periods came back and I think that is part of my recent malaise somehow. I think I'm all over the place. I've had another one in December too. I'd loved not having them for 18 months. Somehow I think I have less milk, hence my monthlies returning. I don't know am I ready for our breastfeeding journey to end just yet though.... but maybe the right time will appear like it did when I suddenly felt okay for hubby to put the side back on the cot.

Anyway night night. I wish you health in 2017 and sooner. Consider Redoxon if your immune system needs a deep mid-Winter boost. Shortest day of the year today 21st December. I am writing this on Tuesday night but as it is after midnight I'm classing it as 21st. But yes, it's Winter Solstice and the shortest day of the year, so the evenings get longer from here on in, so things are certainly looking up. If I remember rightly I think we gain 15 minutes of daylight a week each evening. So by the end of January you should have noticed over an hour of extra daylight. Yay to that. Get a boost in now while you await that Vitamin D giving sunlight :-)




Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Aldi Ski Wear 2016 Affordable for the Whole Family

We received Ski Wear from Aldi a week or two ago and I have to say it's their best ski range yet and they know it too! Being that I am on my second flu, I didn't get chance to do this blog post but couldn't wait to cover the range in a haul video during my attempt at Vlogmas, so that I did below:
We received stuff quite literally for the whole family and I even have a few bits for my nieces.

It was wonderful Sunday when we spent a few hours at a UK German Christmas Market to be all wrapped up and enjoy the festivities without being cold. Aaron has never ever been a boy for hat, scarf and gloves and has got through most Winters without them. At a stretch the only thing you can get him in is gloves but even then it has to be cold, you won't find him wearing them on a mild Winter's day but you can tell he loves this range as he puts his scarf and hat on every morning, without being asked, before I pass him his jacket and you can see why. Look at the cuteness:
Jacket Boys Aldi £12.99 | Hat Fleece Lined £1.99 | Fleece Scarf £1.99 | Shoes model's own ;-)
I'm actually amazed as I thought Aaron had grown out of bright colours but he loves it and Daddy only has the colour black in his wardrobe but loves the look too. My Mum saw the jacket in her local Aldi and said she had NO IDEA it would look so good ON. I said Mum it's not as if I have styled it up with hat and scarf from elsewhere. No way! They ARE Aldi toooooooooooo. You can see in the pic that there is an extra cuff inside the wide one and this is brilliant for keeping any breeze out leaving you snug and can be stretched down the hands when gloves aren't close to hand. I love that these bright colours means my six year old looks six. Playing with Lottie has made him little and playful again which is great as at the beginning of the year he stopped watching Ben and Holly etc and was getting a bit too old and pre-teen tweenish for my liking. These colours show me my lil boy is still a little boy! I just adore this look! Oh and I can't go without mentioning how much of a difference the fleece lining in the hat makes. So much more cosy, comfy and warm! As you can see the scarf is a lovely length too, prioritising the NECK without all that flapping around business - like who needs that?!?! Especially when it would just invite Aaron to play with it if it was long! We really love the length of the jacket too.
I got a jacket, scarf and hat too and was only too happy to be all wrapped up Sunday too for our festive family day, where it was so handy to have Daddy with us to take this:
If you remember in the haul video I said I couldn't wait to wear the white hat whilst having a Caramel Latte and I did indeed get to do that, but alas at that moment Daddy was in a different shop and I just enjoyed it sans photography.

Although being at the shops in the city centre at this time of year on a Sunday sounds horrid it actually wasn't as we went late in the day, so this was where the sun was, below, as we arrived LOL. We got to Primark one hour before they closed and incidentally I have a Primark haul video too. Got some beautiful bits for Aaron and Lottie.
This slopey metal bar is as close to the slopes as I think we will get LOL.
You can get a proper view of my jacket here, unlike the dark pic above:
I was thrilled to get the hat you see above as the turquoise bit ties in beautifully with the jacket so I have that in addition to the cream one pictured before. The other hats I was sent are suitable for Aaron, Lottie and my nieces. I have to say again though how toasty and comfortable the fleece lining in the hats is. And to get this luxury in such an affordable range is a bonus. My hat is only £2.99 as opposed to Aaron's at £1.99. Amazing!

My jacket retails at a wonderful £19.99. I did however get wet arms in it the other day, so although it is shower proof I wouldn't say it is water proof. But does it rain on the slopes anyway? I always see the slopes as places that are dry and bright but perhaps with a dusting of snow (that you can brush off) which this jacket can more than cope with. It definitely copes with cold temperatures and a few years ago, three to be precise, I even tried Aldi's ski range in the Ice Bar in London which was fun! I got ski stuff from them last year too and still wear it all. The gloves, the jumper and the festive socks were/are all wonderful.
If you've been tuning into my Vlogmas videos you will know that the day I unpacked it all to do a Ski Wear haul video all Aaron and Lottie wanted to do was play IN the box. So much brilliant behind the scenes footage of them having a riot of a right ole fun time.

This is what Aldi has to say about the kids' ski range
Kids get a great deal with Aldi’s skiwearrange, with a full outfit for only £35.94**. This includes Children’s Ski Salopettes (£8.99) which are available in a choice of pink, blue and grey and Aldi’s Girls’/Boys’ Ski Jacket (£12.99) which has multiple pockets for convenience. In addition, Aldi’s Children’s Roll Neck Top (£2.99) has a built in moisture management system to keep them feeling comfortable throughout their skiing experience.
The ski wear is part of the special buys range (in the non-food aisle) and it's a case of "when it's gone it's gone!" but it's been instore since 27th November.
With Ski season just around the corner, everyone from first timers to pros need look no further than Aldi’s Specialbuys Ski Range, in stores and online from 27th November, and available to pre-order online from 24th NovemberThe range boasts an array of super ski essentials from cosy midlayers to snug winter boots, with a full adult outfit costing just £59.94*.
I was thrilled that Mums at school have bought things based on seeing Aaron and the lovely Mummy Daddy Me commented on my haul video:
I've just bought loads of ski clothes from Aldi for our upcoming trip! I didn't know they even did ski stuff until your haul so thanks so much xx
It's wonderful as a blogger to be able to spread the news about affordable ranges that provide value for money. It's phenomenal to have the range arrive in a box on your doorstep and Aldi I am very grateful. We shop in your supermarket every week and I've been known to do hauls of our food shops too ha ha!
If you are worried about the cost of alcohol this Christmas, then go to Aldi as a lot of theirs has won industry awards and I can vouch for their versions of Tia Maria and Baileys in particular.

Our shops aren't always as cheap as the one featured above. Link here to: a weekly shop that was £81 but I guess it depends what you're getting that particular week.

The girl's version of Aaron's jacket is actually available online.

Here you can see the full range of Aldi Ski Wear and it is clearly indicated if the item can be ordered online or is only available instore. Stores may only have limited stock left now if at all so be quick. I did my haul video very quickly to try and give people a chance to get instore whilst stock levels may have been higher. Subscribe to me on youtube here.

Thursday, 8 December 2016

We're Doing Vlogmas A Video A Day for Advent

So you'll have noticed I have let this ole bloggo slide a little. It's because the minute Summer left us I got sick. I have been sick for I'd say 8 weeks I think.... Won't go into that now.

But back to Vlogmas. I am a little bit crazy to be doing it with like no preparation and no pre-prepared videos I am totally making it up as I go along but on some level I am enjoying it and learning lots, in an on-the-job style way ho ho ho!

So, our first Vlogmas was VERY festive indeed and shares our trip to Hamleys and Westfield London to see each of their Santas. You can find out what we thought on Channel 4 Super Shoppers on Monday at 8 pm.

Our second Vlogmas is where it is finally 1st December and the advent calendars are out in force. We cover the school fayre, exceptional frost and Lottie has a play with her new Little Baby Bum plush toys which we are reviewing.

Our third vlogmas covers lunch with Daddy, Aaron receiving a certificate at school and a lovely trip to football at which my siblings have a wonderful evening together showing how strong their brother sister bond is

By the fourth Vlogmas (it's uploaded Sunday but recorded Saturday) I finally have my tree and mantelpiece done so it's all getting rather festive. During this video I pop into John Lewis to get an exchange on Aaron's Kindle Fire from Santa from LAST year and they thankfully did me a no quibble exchange for the same model. A few weeks ago it was hissing and smouldering while charging. I was in awe of the carol singers in there so they feature. I happened to catch the whole of Sing, so even uploaded that too as a separate video of its own, in addition to the festive footage in the vlog. Oh and I discovered whilst in John Lewis that they do a whole range of Portable North Pole merchandise, so watch the vlog if you want to see what that's like:

By the fifth Vlogmas I'm already having a day off from filming, so what happens is Sunday I uploaded Saturday, but come Monday I hadn't recorded anything Sunday, so ON Monday I filmed a Ski Wear Haul (thanks Aldi) and basically uploaded it THE SAME DAY.

But that means that on Monday, day 5, I was filming and uploading so day 6 includes some of the behind-the-scenes footage FROM the said same Ski Wear Haul but also looks behind the scenes at my Christmas decs at what is not done yet. You get to see us put our Nativity Scene together awww:

Day 7 is a DITL (day in the life) style video and features Aaron reading What I Love About Baby Jesus awww

Day 8 is the one I posted TODAY and features Aaron's first PNP (Portable North Pole) video of 2016. I paid £9.99 for the magical pass, but it just so happens that this first video I personalised may actually be the free one, so you could easily try it, no hassle, yourself. Today (remember this vlog was filmed yesterday) I personalised another video which *is* a premium one and it's five times as long and BEAUTIFUL. Features lots more photos and magical bits. Anyway, get started with this one. You can clearly see the wonderful effect it had on Aaron he was captivated

Bye for now, I hope you have time to catch up on our Vlogmas.

Liska, Lottie and Aaron 
xxx

Monday, 28 November 2016

Where Can I Eat on Christmas Day in London?

Christmas is a day of festive joy for everyone around the globe, but no one appreciates it more than those who’ve been slaving away in the kitchen, wrapping presents, and writing Christmas cards all season and are anxiously awaiting a return to normality!  Well, we’ve finally made it!  Leave the excess gift wrap on the floor and relax, because Christmas is our day, too!  Give yourself the ultimate gift by ordering takeaway on Christmas day from one of these great London locations.  They’re open, they deliver and they offer enough goodies to make all your little elves happy and leave your kitchen squeaky clean. Wow, I didn't even know you could get take out on Christmas Day how cool is that!?!??

Kish
9 Kilburn High Road, Maida Vale NW6 5SD

Ordering takeaway on Christmas day from Kish may become a new tradition in your home.  Their Persian fare offers the succulent meat and potato dishes you’ve come to expect from an extravagant Christmas dinner, while ingredients like lemon, parsley, mint and saffron add a fresh twist your taste buds are sure to appreciate after a season of biscuits and chocolate.

Tennessee Land Chicken and Ribs
81 Ballards Lane, Church End London N3 1XT

Tennessee Land’s Southern American cooking will transport you far from home, but not so far as to displease picky little ones or your stubborn uncle.  Their handpicked meats are slow cooked until tender, and they’ll have you eating yourself into a Christmas day food coma!  Don’t forget to add coleslaw and extra BBQ sauce!

The Hungry Buddha
4 Pinchin Street, London E1 1SA

Don’t wait for New Year’s to make your resolution to start eating healthily again!  Thai cuisine from The Hungry Buddha is guaranteed to leave you smiling like the Buddha himself, but without the belly!  They offer a variety of delicious salads and curries that are rich in spices and fresh flavours like papaya and coconut.  They’ll leave your family satisfied and feeling great!


El Patrino Pizza
173 Battersea High Street, Battersea London SW11 3JS

Ahh, nothing like a good old pizza to bring the family together and really appreciate what the holidays are all about.  El Patrino offers enough variety to keep the whole bunch happy and features a number of family deals, which include stocking stuffers like garlic bread or chicken wings.  If pizza is a bit too informal for such a festive day, they also deliver homemade pasta dishes like lasagne and spaghetti Bolognese.  Or you could just get both!  Go all out, it’s still the holidays!


Oriental Star
29 St. James’s Street, Walthamstow London E17 7PJ


The classic film, “A Christmas Story,” started the tradition of Chinese takeaway on Christmas day, and it’s stuck for good reason.  Going for a Chinese takeaway is a simple pleasure we forget amidst the many stresses of the holiday season, and enjoying your favorite stir-fry or satay is like seeing an old friend again.  Oriental Star has enough delectable options to bring smiles to the faces of your whole family and at prices that won’t hurt a post-holiday bank account!

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Wednesday, 9 November 2016

Win a Little Baby Bum Plush Toy Great Giveaway #LittleBabyBum #RhymeWeek

If you were on Twitter tonight you'll have seen that I was one of a few parent bloggers who hosted a Little Baby Bum Twitter party in order to launch their new range of plush toys.

Lottie was very luckily sent two of them and adores them:
Tonight I posted several videos to Twitter of my Lottie playing with them during the Twitter party. Her face lights up when the melodies play.

Well you can win 1. You'll win either the cow or pig, depending on stock availability.

Do you know the Little Baby Bum youtube channel? It's worth checking out if you have a baby or toddler.

Fun Facts- Little Baby Bum You Tube Channel

#1 Educational Pre-School Channel in the world

Larger digital presence than Sesame Street, Nickelodeon, CBeebies, Pixar, Dreamworks and Thomas The Tank combined! (views and subscribers)

Most popular Little Baby Bum video - Wheels On The Bus compilation (below) viewed over 1.6 billion times! 

Wheels on the Bus video is the 2nd most viewed UK channel of all time

Wheels on the Bus fastest non-music video to reach 1 billion views!

10th most viewed channel (worldwide/all time) - across all genres/channels

Over 8.9 Billion Global Views

Nearly 8.5 Million subscribers

12 Million views per day!

2nd most viewed UK channel of all

Core age demographic for toy 6 months to 4 years  - youtube audience up to 6 years

You can enter to win your very own plush toy here. All entry options are mandatory - do each and every one. Good luck!

Tuesday, 8 November 2016

5 Things I Wish I Knew When I Moved House

Moving house is stressful, isn’t it? In fact, so much so, that it has been rated as one of life’s most stressful events, above divorce, a new job, bankruptcy and even the death of a loved one. 
In a recent poll, two thirds of people voted moving house top of their stress list, with it triggering more anxiety than relationship breakdowns, divorce and starting a new job.
Source:telegraph.co.uk/property/online-estate-agent/reduce-stress-moving-home/
Despite this, we move house, on average, eight times during our lives. So it's a good idea if we can make it a joy rather than a pain. Focus on the pros of the new home and the cons of the old. Remember why we're moving and enjoy the process, seeing it as a time for out with the old and in with the new. 

Personally I find that a positive can-do attitude to moving is even more important when we are being role models to our children. Not simply so that they would move themselves one day when necessary, but also, because them feeling safe, secure and settled in their new home and during the process is fundamental to their happiness and mental health. Moving is fun for children when it's an adventure. "Look at that big truck" (we moved with an arctic) and "look at our new garden" followed by "look at your new bedroom". The stressful side of it can be dealt with when they're at nursery or in bed. Don't get me wrong, I don't shelter him from everything, as children are more well-rounded when they know what's going on, but I certainly made sure moving house was something he looked forward to rather than dreaded.

I have a very negative attitude to moving house but I ensured that I didn't pass this on to Aaron. My issue comes from the fact that my Mum moved back to Ireland and I didn't get to pack up my room before she left, so now when I put down roots I get a bit sticky and like to stay there, hence why we stayed in our flat for 13 instead of 5 years. 

He only knows about the up sides of us having moved - like gaining his own private garden. I want him to grow up to be one of those people who isn't held back by their location, because one's location can be changed in a heartbeat if you don't have any hangups about doing so. Laying down roots is something we can do with ease, once we choose a place that's right for us. A place that draws us in and welcomes us like a big hug.

Anyway I got sidetracked. Back to the logistics of moving...

Misplaced possessions and realising furniture does not fit in the new home tops the list of most stressful moving day moments but, before this, you may also have to deal with slow solicitors, endless phone calls, difficult estate agents and the risk of it falling through – to name a few.

I can personally tick all of the above. Two of Aaron's favourite toys got misplaced in the move and we had to buy them again. A year later they turned up so now we have duplicates. Isn't that always the way. That's why he has four Thomas the Tank Engines too as they often used to fall behind the sofa etc... when we lived in our flat. They'd always turn up soon after you making the decision to purchase a new one. He has two Disney's Planes too - Dusty!

The worst thing though was furniture not fitting. I cried for 2 whole days but was tearful for a total of four when this happened to us. It was a big deal. I'd bought a 3 metre wide wardrobe from Ikea for Aaron's arrival when I was pregnant in 2010. Total £1,000 with just the glass sliding doors costing £500. I contacted our buyer and as they complemented the room so well she wanted to buy them and literally said we could name our price. From what I know of her, she was sincere in that too. But as I was sentimentally attached to them I contacted the seller of our new house and asked the dimensions of the bedroom. He did a drawing with measurements and did it wrong. So I assumed I could bring them and therefore didn't sell them. Big mistake huge! Don't know about you but I can't say "big mistake, huge" without thinking of Pretty Woman :-)

On top of the fact that the wardrobe wouldn't fit in the room, the glass sliding doors of it couldn't go up the stairs anyhow. Ironically our entrance hall was bigger in our flat than it is in a house. The bed slats wouldn't go up the stairs either. It really was a "sliding doors" moment as I can so easily visualise the other Gwyneth, with a couple of hundred pounds in her pocket having sold the wardrobe to the buyer of our flat. They'd love the room with it in. I'd love the money. And we'd have a fresh start with something that DOES fit our bedroom here.

Many of the things that cause us stress during a move are out of our control. But, before you make your next move, read these top tips and you can minimise any extra stress.

Tip 1: Create a checklist

There are so many things to remember when you are moving house from booking a removals company to redirecting your post – so create a checklist, which will ensure you don’t forget anything. List them in the order that things need doing and tick them off as you go. As for booking a removals company, the large ones like to do a "survey" so allow a timescale for this. They don't trust you on how much stuff you have so they literally look at all your belongings (before or while you pack) in order to do the quote. Do get recommendations though as I was thoroughly let down by ours and paid £1300 for a service that was probably worth £500. I should have taken them to the small claims court for the things that they did, so get a reputable one!

Tip 2: Have a clear out

Moving house is the perfect time to have a clear out – there is no point moving things that you don’t really need. Start by throwing out the rubbish, fill bags that can be taken to a charity shop and finally sell what you can. Yes things can be sold on eBay, but often people have more luck on Gumtree or you could have a car boot sale – either way you make some pennies from the items you don’t want anymore, to invest in your new home. There's always the option of giving things to family, putting them on Facebook selling groups or with white goods or large furniture the easiest thing is to sell them to the buyer of your property, like I should have done with my huge Ikea bedroom wardrobes. This and that I didn't declutter are my biggest regrets. I didn't do this and it is HORRIBLE handling old clutter twice, once when you pack it and again when you unpack it. What I would suggest is having the clear out before even putting your home on the market. A decluttered home is more attractive anyway and you don't want to be dealing with it when packing as by then you are on a clock!

When selling things to your buyer, do so separate to the negotiations so that it doesn't become part of the purchase price. It is then binding, as you have to do a detailed list of what you are leaving, some of which you may be leaving free of charge. Like when we moved we benefited from curtains/blinds on all windows which we were and are incredibly grateful for. We left behind a fitted cooker though and came to a property without one, which was a bit stressful as it took way longer to choose a new one than I bargained for. It was the first time in my adult life that I'd bought one, and it took a while to establish what I wanted in a cooker. I would HIGHLY recommend ao.com.

Tip 3: Take advantage of storage

We recently bought storage from B & Q for Aaron's bedroom, in order to make his toys look more tidy for a friend coming over. But storage can be important while moving too. Get yourself a storage unit through a local self-storage company. This will enable you to start moving items out of your house early – so you don’t have to do it all on moving day, but you can use it on moving day if you have any issues and it is perfect for items that you don’t want or can’t have in your new home straight away, for whatever reason.

Tip 4: Label everything

While you are packing up your boxes make sure you label everything – with not only the room it is intended for but also its contents. This may seem to make the packing process longer, but it will in turn ensure the unpacking process is much easier and you will be so grateful for this when all you want is to be settled into your new home.

I can't recommend this enough. Firstly it means that when the removals men pack the truck they do it in rooms and secondly, it means that they position boxes in the rooms they belong to, when they unload the truck. When hubby goes to work and you're home alone unpacking like I was, having things already in the room they belong in is invaluable. There were about 25-30 boxes in the kitchen alone, so I cracked on with these during day times and if Aaron was at home he would watch a DVD while I cracked on. As the weather was great we had to keep going to the park and getting to know our new area, so this process went on quite a few weeks.

While you are packing up your boxes make sure you put one aside which will be your moving day ‘survival’ kit. This will include the kettle, teabags/coffee, milk, mugs, toilet roll, cleaning products, important documents, plates and cutlery, bed linen – basically all the essentials you could need as you leave your old house and enter your new home. Stupidly I didn't do this and when I DID find the kettle it no longer worked, so our 2nd or 3rd day here was spent trying to find a shop that sold kettles. I am a BIG tea drinker, so I treated this as somewhat of an emergency!

Tip 5: Get to know your new area

This kind of happened automatically, while looking for outdoor spaces and kettles! Ha ha! It is important because it will help you to settle in much quicker. Where is the local GP and dentist – perhaps you could even start the registration process before you move? If you have children where will they go to school and how easy is it to get there from your new home? Are there any clubs you might want to join that you will enjoy but that may also encourage you to make friends in your new area? Gosh! We still haven't even registered with a Dentist even now oooops!

If the house you are moving to is a significant distance away, you can do all this from your current home thanks to the Internet. A quick Google search will bring up all you need to know and you can start signing up to things from there.

A big regret is that I didn't know what signing up for a school would be like and I assumed it'd be the same as where we lived before (in that you had to provide proof of address in the form of many attached documents like Child Benefit and Council Tax). So that meant we did a late application in April instead of an on-time one in January, which meant by that time all of the good schools were already full and over-subscribed. To this day, when we walk to school we walk passed a sea of people walking in this direction to go to our schools when we walk to their area to go to theirs. We had the proximity to mean we'd have had priority had we only done the application on time. I'd have done it prior to moving had I known proof of address was not required. Ironically we were in a chain of 5 and only one link caused the delay, which was our buyer. I should have made her pay for that but she got our flat for the same price she offered 5 months before. Another regret and I know it's bad to have regrets...... Moving really is a minefield, but if you can stand grounded and centred, intuition will guide you to the correct decisions, which in my case would have been leaving my precious wardrobes behind. You don't want to know where those doors are now! Gah!