Thursday, 1 October 2015

Wedge and String Method

Cutting a perfectly straight hedge at the top and at the sides can be quite the task. The slightest error and your hedge will go from the perfect cube to a polygon of unknown origin. Today we're going to show you how to ensure these mistakes are kept to an absolute minimum using the wedge and string method.

Wedge and String Method 

Step 1. Position 4 wedges of equal length and width at the four corners of where you want the hedge to be. This may be inside the hedge which can be difficult but still doable.
Step 2. Get a length of string and tie it around the wedges at the height you want your hedge to be. Make sure the string is tied tight.
Step 3. Any part of the hedge that falls outside of the string you simply. This will leave you with a hedge exactly the shape you want and all you have to do is follow the lines.

Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Just Revamped my House With New Doors!

Hey Guys! Just had a change within my new house in Warrington so i thought i would tell you all about it.

So the old doors we're looking a little tatty and i thought it would be time for a change. I never knew it would be so difficult to choose doors. There are so many different designs, style and colours and they can be made out of so many varieties of wood.
So after a little looking round i come across this one company that was local and seemed to fit the description i would expect from a door manufacturer (what ever that is anyway) but they come across so friendly and seemed the genuine article. Did you know that doors can be green? I certainly never! They can be made from sustainable sources meaning what is taken is put back, more then often more is put back then is taken which i think is amazing and i guess it has amazing benefits for the environment!
They emphasized the fact they was local and all their materials are locally sourced. I didn't see the point in this as i didn't think it was relevant but then they told me this cuts their carbon emissions which once again is beneficial for the environment.
Moving on to the installation it was quick and simple and was done to the highest of standards and the service was with a smile. I literally have nothing to complain about! (and they cleaned up after themselves!) A truly pleasant experience which caused no inconvenience to me at all. The best part is the place now looks great with the wonderful new doors.
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Nursing cover from LovelyCozyPrettiness (plus a giveaway)

Nursing Maddie has been one of the greatest joys of my life thus far. Nursing in public, however, has been a great challenge! I must be honest: I don't really feel the need to cover up while nursing...ever. But I do have a pretty conservative family (and even more conservative in-laws), so I try to be respectful of those around me and keep covered.

This is not as easy as it seems! I have struggled in public places, trying frantically to cover myself with a receiving blanket, etc. while Maddie screams (she is rather impatient). By the time I get settled, I am sweating and stressed...only to have the blanket fall off of my shoulder and reveal us to the world. I needed a quality, affordable nursing cover. Enter Arenda at LovelyCozyPrettiness!

This nursing cover is so sweet and pretty. I love the way it looks, and I love the way it works. The neck ties help ensure that it won't fall down, and the coverage is great! The peeping wire lets me see Maddie, and I don't worry that she's not getting any air under there. Not only is this a high-quality's affordable, too! I really don't know how it could get better. Check out the Etsy shop to see all of Arenda's beautiful work.

Want to have one of these beauties for yourself? Head on over to the LovelyCozyPrettiness blog to win one!!! If you enter Arenda's giveaway, you may have two extra entries into my Kawaii Baby giveaway (just label them LCP 1 and LCP 2).

Arenda blessed me with this nursing cover as a thank-you for my review, and for pointing people toward her giveaway.. I was not compensated in any other way, so you can be sure that all opinions are 100% my own.

EIO Kids Cup Review & Giveaway (sponsored by For Your Bugaboo) (closed) #53

I've worked with Cheri at For Your Bugaboo once before, and found her (and her store) to be wonderful. She carries just about everything you would need for baby, and it's all healthy and eco-friendly! So, I was thrilled when she contacted me about another review! Jordyn and I have been trying out this EIO Kids Cup for a while now, and we'd like to share our thoughts with you.

First, I'll say this: sippy cups are a pain! I hate all the separate parts. Plus, lately, Jordyn has been chomping on the plastic spout like a baby beaver.

So, imagine my joy at the thought of a cup made just for little hands and mouths with no plastic spout! And no valve to get lost in the dishwasher. Can it be true?! Yep! Enter the Kids Cup.

The EIO Kids Cup was designed by a mama (Kathy) who was fed up with the typical sippy cup. She wanted something that was simple, healthy, economical, and empowering for her kids (sounds good to me)! It's basically an 8-oz canning jar with a silicone sleeve and a plastic lid. It's free of BPA, Phthalates and PVC (as well as valves and spouts).

I love that the cup is sturdy, practical, and easy to use. It can be washed in the dishwasher, and you don't even have to remove the silicone sleeve (EIO recommends washing the cap by hand and removing the sleeve for the first wash, though). There are no small valves or pieces for old milk or juice to get caught in.

Jordyn loves the color and the fact that she can hold it and use it all by herself!

All-in-all, it's a win-win, folks. Would you like to try it for yourself? Cheri at For Your Bugaboo has offered one of you your very own EIO Kids Cup (you choose your color).

Here's how to enter:

-Visit For Your Bugaboo and tell me something else you love (1)
-Share this giveaway once a day (blog, social networking site, linky) (1/day)
-You still get 2 extra entries for following Times for Keeping with GFC

I will choose a winner on  Monday, July 25, 2011 at 10:00 pm via The winner will be e -mailed and have 24 hours to respond before I re-draw. Cheri sent me a product (the EIO Kids Cup) to review for this post. I received no other compensation, so you can be sure that all opinions are 100% my own. Giveaway is open to residents of the US and Canada only.

Dunking for the Lord: guest post

I have a guest post today over at Joy Filled Living. It's supposed to be called Dunking for the Lord, but no biggie; the message is still the same! ;-)