I woke up one morning last year and had this crazy idea that it was time I went back to work full time. As many of you will know I’m mum to two little girls and one rather large clumsy Labrador who goes by the name of Buddy.

I’m not going to sugar coat it, being a full-time working mum of small children (and big dogs) is hard work.

Life is one giant to do list.

For life to run smoothly, military precision is required. Despite my best drill sergeant attempts, I have the distinct feeling my tiny army (captain silly, cadet chaos and deputy dog) are mocking me.

100mph lives

A snapshot of our morning would reveal one naked toddler (Chaos Cadet) streaking through the hallway refusing to wear anything but a hat. Her sister (Captain Silly) is chasing after her whooping with loud, crazy laughter. I’m hollering at them to brush their teeth while frantically trying to break the Guinness world record for fast (yet neat) eyeliner application. Dad is on sandwich duty downstairs (a lucky escape from the madness if you ask me) while Buddy (deputy dog) plays a hilarious comedy soundtrack (think Benny Hill theme tune) with his paws on the giant piano which is stretched out across the hallway.

Welcome to our 100mph lives. We don’t do slow, or calm very well but we’ve got messy and crazy down to a tee. There is always a job or ten that needs to be done, somewhere we need to be (10 minutes ago), a little person shouting for “more BAPES (grapes)” or a dog barking to go outside and chase a pigeon. It’s noisy, fast paced, full and fun and well, it’s just us.

Despite this, the health and wellbeing of our family (whether they have 2 feet or 4 paws) is always number one. A balanced diet and good hygiene are never compromised even when we are racing against the clock. Everyone needs to have had a healthy breakfast and brushed their teeth properly before the day can start.

Keeping our dog’s teeth healthy with Dentastix

This includes our family Labrador Buddy. His bowl gets filled every morning as we dish out our breakfast. And although we don’t brush his teeth every morning (I wouldn’t even dare to attempt it!) we do use Pedigree Dentastix as part of Buddy’s daily dog dental care.

Luckily Buddy sees these very much as a treat so never has a problem with brushing his teeth unlike our youngest who is a nightmare.

Look at the excitement on his little face!

 

Packed with yummy meaty flavours the DentaStixs are cleverly designed to be chewed for long enough to be effective, with a gently abrasive texture and active ingredients that help to reduce the build-up of plaque and tartar and  lower the risk of gum disease.

Just as we brush our teeth every day, our dogs should be chomping Dentastix daily to help maintain healthy teeth and gums which is absolutely essential for them. Many dogs over the age of 3 years suffer from gum disease, which can actually slow them down and even lead to costly treatment at the vets.

With two little people and one furry baby to keep healthy and happy, a list of chores as long as my arm, work projects and social engagements to juggle, anything, ANYTHING that can make my life a little easier is a big win with me.

I’m just waiting for them to invent dentastix for kids!

This post is in collaboration with Pedigree, but all thoughts are my own. For additional dental care information you can read the following Pedigree Reviews article for tips and advice.

Any good foodie will tell you, the number one destination in London for luxury food goods and gifts has to be Fortnum & Mason. In business for over 300 years, their hampers are iconic and rightly so.

Jam packed full of delicious, carefully selected food items, they make the perfect gift at Christmas. The fantastic baskets which they are delivered in, boldly printed with F&M, can also be used as storage at home for many years to come.

We were sent a lovely little hamper from Fortnum and Mason, full of delicious treats for a decadent afternoon: Chocolates, Champagne, three different tea blends and some delicious strawberry jam (pass the scones please!).

Putting my Fortnum & Mason hamper to good use, I decided to use it as storage in my new bathroom. It’s a small space so we’ve cut down on the amount of cupboards we have in order to help create a more spacious feel. Still we have items that need putting away so this little hamper was ideal.

Flannels, soap, sponges and bath oils now have a luxurious new home in the bathroom. They are neatly packed away and yet easily accessible at the same time. Perfect!

For more ideas and inspiration on how to use your Fortnum & Mason hamper check out my Pinterest board.

Thank you to Fortnum & Mason for our lovely little hamper. Look forward to celebrating Christmas with you again this year!

As you know I absolutely love old houses. The charm, character and details are something that you struggle to recreate in a newer property. Yet buying a period property can be a daunting process. Damp, damming building surveys and finding asbestos in your period property, can put a serious downer on buying the home you’ve fallen in love with.

When we first bought our house, an Edwardian property from around 1910, it was a condition of the mortgage offer that we have a building survey. Obviously this is something we would have wanted to undertake anyway, to rule out any serious potential problems that would cost a lot of money to fix later down the line.

Terrifying building surveys

When we received the results of the building survey we were shocked. I’m not actually joking when I say pretty much everything that could be wrong with a house was listed in the building report. It was a very, very long list dotted with terrifying words like… leaking, damp, woodworm, asbestos. Initially reading through the report made our hearts ache, how could we take on this sinking ship?

After a stiff drink we decided to calmly read the report again. It seemed that rather than clarifying that the house had all these issues, the company who carried out the survey had basically created a list of all the things that ‘could’ be wrong with a period property, to cover themselves. Sure the house could have rising damp (but it doesn’t), it could have a leaking roof (but it doesn’t) and it could have woodworm (again, it definitely doesn’t!).

There are plenty of issues that could have potentially been wrong with the house. But none of the problems flagged up were actual problems present in OUR house. All apart from asbestos.

Finding asbestos in your period property

We had heard of asbestos. It’s a type of insulation that was used in construction throughout the 20th century until it was eventually banned in 1999. It was discovered that inhalation of asbestos fibres could cause serious and potentially fatal health issues such as lung cancer, asbestosis and mesothelioma. For more information about asbestos and asbestos related illnesses please visit http://www.yourlegalfriend.com

It wasn’t something we were going to leave to chance. We’d heard of people removing the asbestos themselves, burying it in the garden and such stories. With small children it was just not something we were prepared to risk.

We got an expert asbestos removal company to come, before we moved in, and assess the house. They also identified a few places where asbestos was lurking. These were mainly in the outbuildings (like the garage roof), which is very common. We booked in a removal date and the team came and removed the asbestos, taking it with them to dispose of correctly.

We moved in about a month later, knowing that there were no nasty surprises waiting for us. Well apart from twenty layers of wallpaper and small spider armies!

This post was written in collaboration with My Legal Friend. Thank you for supporting Lish Concepts.

 

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