I have always had a little understanding of the benefits of wearing charms and crystals in my younger years and as I get older I have returned to my love of them. Educating myself which crystals and charms can help my own self care and healing as well a charms that I can wear to remind me of my path on a daily basis.

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I don’t know about you, but I’m not all that clued up about cars. I’m taking driving lessons this year and i cannot wait to get on the road! A car needs to support my family in the right way. I want to make sure I’ve got enough space to fit everyone in and that it is safe to drive and be on the road. I want to make sure I’ve got room to put all the kids’ toys in the boot. But apart from that, I don’t really know what I’m dealing with.

I also have to admit that I have no clue about tyres, oil and water and when to check all of these things. TyrePlus have put together this fab GET TO GRIPS guide on getting to grips with your tyres – perfect for a newbie like me so I’ll be printing this off when I’ve passed my test!

Photo by Amos Bar-Zeev on Unsplash

Before that though  there are the car choices:

When you go to buy a new car, you’re swamped with countless options. Before you even get that far, you need to understand car classifications and exactly what you’re looking for. What the heck is an SUV, and how does it differ from an MVP?! What do you need to check for when it comes to the tyres and 

Hatchbacks

Often known as ‘family cars’, saloons and hatchbacks offer plenty of space for most families. They’re normally 4 or 5-door vehicles, and they’re fairly large to allow plenty of space. The difference between the two is minimal. Usually, a hatchback provides a raise-open door at the back. This can lead to a hatchback providing more boot space. A saloon, on the other hand, is more traditional with its boot.

MVP

No, this doesn’t stand for Most Valuable Player! An MVP is a multi-purpose vehicle. What does that mean? Basically, families look to MVP cars for more seating space and more legroom. They’re fairly big vehicles, but they offer a heck of a lot more space than a saloon or a hatchback. They can be quite expensive to buy from new, but they’re always going used at places like Autotrader.co.uk.

SUV

They might share a three-letter abbreviation with the topic above, but that’s where the similarities end. These are sports utility vehicles, often referred to as 4×4 vehicles. Originally, people who bought these types of cars were normally looking to go off-road with them. Over time, their uses have adapted to the market. Nowadays, a lot of people buy SUVs for their rugged nature and space offerings. And you never know – if you fancy an off-road trip, this vehicle might just come in very handy!

Estate

Let’s go back to the saloons and hatchbacks that we mentioned earlier. An estate car is basically a longer version of those two classifications. And seriously; they are long. They aren’t always easy to drive, but they are still a great choice for many families. The increased length offers a lot of boot space in many circumstances. . Also, estates look good. If you want to cruise around in style, there are plenty of worse ways to take your family on the road.

So thats a few choices on car styles but what about all the other things?

Have you been learning to drive and is buying and maintaining a car feeling scary to you too?

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When it came to choosing my university options I had two choices English and Photography. I had a passion for both and it was a difficult decision to pick between my two loves.

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This summer we have been looking at ways we can travel around Europe and give the kids a bit more adventure. We came across Eurocamp as a few friends of ours had suggested they would be great for our young family.

Eurocamp are an outdoor family holiday specialist that offer self-catering or mobile home holidays. From bungalows to lodges there are options to make you feel at home. These are great for people with young families like ours as the accommodation is safe, comfortable and everyone has their own space/bedrooms just like at home. We love the idea of their pre-bookable extra’s to lighten the load such as welcome packs, linen & beach towel hire and free baby and toddler essentials like cots, high chairs & booster seats.

As a young family we often find it quite hard to get away during the summer months especially with the 2 boys being so young so here are a few ideas to make your experience of camping in Europe fun!

• Nature Hunt. Hopefully, the summer months should bring good weather for you and the family to go out and enjoy yourselves. If this is the case, you can create scavenger hunt sheets for the children for them to collect items in nature such as leaves and pinecones. This isn’t just fun and hands-on, it’s educational!

Movie Days. For the days when you need to slow down or take a break from the sunshine or when it rains, create a darkened cinema in the living room and choose movies with the kids to create your own cinematic experience. You can have fun making homemade flavoured popcorn right beforehand, making healthy snacks more fun! I’ve linked to a calendar here that has some fab suggestions and here are our top 5 Kid-friendly movies:

  1. The Lion King
  2. The Wizard of Oz
  3. The Hobbit
  4. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1/ Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
  5. E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial – Spielberg’s classic, an alternative for those who aren’t Harry Potter fans

• Garden Party. The beauty of the summer is the sunshine when it appears, so set up a vintage garden party with finger sandwiches, orange juice and homemade cream cakes for the kids and their new Eurocamp friends. You could set up some games and have a great time.

With the summer weather here to stay there is no better time to ensure that you can switch off and get out. I strongly recommend having a bit of a social media detox around the kids holidays and max out your time just being fun and free. Think about taking a break from online work and coming back all fresh at the beginning of September with some fresh ideas (and I’ll be honest who wouldn’t love a little real life now and again).

Other Info:

Eurocamp have over 190 locations across Europe set in beautiful locations – beaches, forests, lakes, cities, mountains – which offer amazing opportunities for exploring and sightseeing.

Let us know where you are heading this summer and if you have any Eurocamp location suggestions please do let us know!

BIC® KIDS is running its Young Artist Awards for the second summer in a row to engage children in  getting  creative over the summer and before they return to school in September.

As a creative family we love to come together over a good colouring book and new crayons. I love to encourage the kids creative side and we often have days making and creating cards and gifts for family. With a competition to enter over the summer this will give us the perfect rainy day activity too!

Let me know if you enter!

More about the competition:

The innovative and ambitious crowdsourcing campaign rewards talented young artists by transforming their drawings into billboards. Operated in partnership with Mumsnet once again, the competition has been designed to support sales of BIC® KIDS’ drawing and colouring ranges, including the BIC® Kids Evolution®Ecolutions® Colouring Pencils, Kid Couleur® Felt Pens and Plastidecor® Crayons.

Open to all 5-11 year olds, the Young Artist Awards will run from 2nd July to 5th August. To enter, parents simply need to take a photo of their child’s masterpiece and upload it to the BIC® KIDS website before the deadline at 11:59 pm on Sunday 5th August. Entries will then be judged by an expert panel of creatives from the marketing, publishing and illustration industries, to establish regional winners, before a public vote will determine the national champion.

Each of the 13 regional winners will have their artwork plastered on local billboards and the national champion will then get to see their entry displayed nationwide.

Rebecca Huda, BIC® UK and Ireland’s Product Manager – Stationery, said: “We’re delighted to be returning with a new and improved BIC® KIDS Young Artist Award for 2018. Last year’s competition was a wonderful success and we were overwhelmed by the quality of the entrants.

“We can’t wait for this year’s imaginative entries to start pouring in ready to be displayed across the country, there’ll be some proud parents for sure!”

As well as the priceless opportunity to have their drawings published, the 13 deserving winners will receive a hamper full of BIC® KIDS drawing and colouring instruments. Specifically designed to help children to hone their artistic talent, the hampers will include an array of exciting stationery products including the BIC®Kids Evolution® Ecolutions® colouring pencils, Kid Couleur® felt pens and Plastidecor® crayons, to name just a few.