Before I had children, I had this vision of how family life would be. The big family bed with white cotton covers and white floorboards. Little rosy faced cherubs in floral pyjamas sitting quietly with puzzles and books.  Then we had children. The family bed is covered in jam and… View Post

We have a huge amount of Orchard Toys products in this house – all the children have grown up with them. We have games for all ages, and heaps of puzzles too, but until recently we didn’t have anything much for the youngest member of the family – she isn’t… View Post

Dressing appropriately is a must. Understanding the company you’re keeping and which styles work for each season will put you miles ahead of the game. Your accessories — and your choices in pantyhose colour — are just as important as what dress you choose to put on. Your hose can contrast your… View Post

Oh hello spring! Hurrah for longer days, sunshine and flowers – we’ll ignore the rain bit for now! In case you are new here – let us tell you what Tried & Tested is all about. We all know how useful reviews can be. Most bloggers do them – be… View Post

It is surprising to discover just how many homeowners don’t bother checking or changing their furnace filter, mainly because they don’t really know how to do it. There are good reasons for changing the filters on a regular basis and it really isn’t that difficult to do once you know… View Post

Are you a new dog owner or contemplating becoming one? Things should run smoothly. Yet, you may run into some problems, especially if you do not train the dog well. For this reason, experts highly recommend taking your dog to see a behaviour specialist. Doing so will make living together… View Post

Any homeowner will attest to the fact that they need to shell out money for routine home maintenance, like replacing old plumbing components or staining the deck, however, some choose to make bigger improvements with the intention of increasing the home’s value. Some projects, such as adding a family room… View Post

It can be tempting to be guided by the lowest priced furniture you see when choosing something for your garden, but it doesn’t always pay to focus on price alone if you want to get the best performance and true value for money from your investment. When you think that… View Post

Playmobil is a big favourite in our house, and the Fire Chief’s Car and Playmobil Pirates are played with most days. They seem to bridge the different ages well, with Gemma, Jacob and Max able to enjoy them equally.  We were recently sent the FulguriX from the Playmobil Super 4 range, which… View Post

Nurseries deserve more attention to detail than many other rooms. It is mainly because babies are more sensitive to the ambience than adults are. They may not react to the outside world in the same way, or we may not understand their reactions and responses, but it is up to us… View Post