Family and work: Where did the balance go?

With the increase of working from home brought on by the pandemic, we try to map out the challenges that arise and seek the coveted balance in the lives of working parents. Cute videos with parents trying to work while their children jump on the couch. The image of a mother in a zoom meeting, while in the background a little voice is heard: “I’m hungry”! They are scenes that we did not all experience just as gracefully as we juggle family and work life. Especially mums who have (in most cases not all) been the ones to juggle this…

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Heraklion: 6 things to do on your trip

Based on the living heart of Crete, you will discover the best parts of Heraklion, which take us from the Minoan civilisation to El Greco and Kazantzakis. Here are 6 things to do whilst visiting the beautiful Heraklion. Visit the fortress-emblem The Venetian fortress of Koules dominates the entrance of the old port of Chandakas. The Venetians called it “Fortress on the Sea” (Castello a Mare or Rocca a Mare), but today it retains its Turkish name. It is one of the most intimate and beloved monuments of the city, a symbol of Heraklion. Its construction lasted until 1540 while…

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How to Manage and Track Your Budgeting

Recent statistics have shown that the average home budget has grown markedly in recent times, with an average increase in household expenditure of £554.20 revealed in April 2017. However, there’s no confirmation whether such an increase in spending can be supported, while there remain concerns that at least some of the uptick in consumer spending may be driven by debt.  But how can you create, track and manage a viable budget over time, and what are the key considerations in the current climate? Track Your Budget by Category Budgeting requires you to define and organise your expenses, usually in concise…

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The ultimate winter cleaning list

A clean home can help to reduce stress and improve your mood. Most people enjoy living in a clean and tidy home – even if they hate actually cleaning it. The trick is to find a cleaning routine that works for you and your lifestyle. You could clean little and often, so you don’t have to spend an entire day doing housework. You could make a chores chart to spread the cleaning across your family. Everyone can do their bit so you can live in a nicer home.  The Anxiety and Depression Association of America found that cleaning combined with…

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Christmas is sorted with Jaques Of London

Santa is coming to town in just a little over a months time! It feels like Christmas has come round so quickly this year but thankfully Jaques Of London are here to solve those what to buy our little ones conundrums! With a fantastic selection of educational toys to choose from it has never been easier to pick out some gifts that you know your children are going to love. Elsie’s been playing with the Jaques Of London Activity Cube and Hammering Bench so much lately just look at her little face below, she adores them. Elsie loves anything that…

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