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What To Put In Your School Bag?
Posted by Alison

What To Put In Your School Bag?

 Am I sharing this because I’m a super-organised school mum?No way (I wish) it’s because, without this list, I forget at least one thing, sometimes more!So, let’s make our lives easier and just use a school bag list to get our kid’s school bags ready and keep our stress levels down.Backpack          So, you’re not going to keep a backpack in your backpack.However …

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The Perfect Self-Care Sunday (or Monday)
Posted by Lacey

The Perfect Self-Care Sunday (or Monday)

It's no secret that something as simple as a day of pampering can be highly beneficial for our mental health, and yet, we still don't do it nearly enough! Instead, we just keep moving forward, telling ourselves we'll rest when we get a few days off work, or when the kids are away for the night. But life somehow always manages to disrupt our plans, and we're left feeling frustrated and bur …

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Our Top Toy Picks for Summer 2020
Posted by Lacey

Our Top Toy Picks for Summer 2020

Summer is now in full swing, and with lockdown extended further, you're probably struggling to keep your little monsters entertained! Luckily for you, we have a massive range of kids toys here at XS. I've chosen a few key favourites that are perfect for both summer days in the garden, and rainy days indoors. Enjoy! NERF SUPER SOAKER - £12.99The perfect addition to the most epic water fight of …

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10 Fun and Worthwhile Things to do in the Garden this Summer

10 Fun and Worthwhile Things to do in the Garden this Summer

Once you've got your garden all tidied up, and congratulated yourself on a job well done; (it looks great!) you might find yourself struggling to fill up your time. Reading a book, toasting marshmallows and enjoying a glass of wine are obvious (& fun) ways to pass the hours, but it's only a matter of time before you get bored and head back to Netflix on the sofa. Here's 10 fun & absolutely …

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Our Top Ten TV Shows & Movies to watch when Bored.
Posted by Lacey

Our Top Ten TV Shows & Movies to watch when Bored.

We're all doing our part by staying at home to avoid the spread of Covid-19, and to help save as many lives as possible. This is amazing, of course, but, if you're not used to it - it can be quite difficult finding things to fill your time. Once you've been for a walk and done the dishes, you might find yourself struggling for ideas. So, we thought, we would share our top ten favourite TV sho …

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14 Fun Indoor Activities for Rainy Days
Posted by Adele

14 Fun Indoor Activities for Rainy Days

Any parent will know that keeping bored children entertained is no mean feat. When cold weather or rain keeps you stuck indoors, it can be tricky not to rely on some extra screen-time to stop the kids from getting cranky. As a mum myself, I’m always on the lookout for boredom-busters on rainy days… which is approximately 99% of the year here in Ayrshire. Check out my list below of som …

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How to Make a Garden Bench From Decking (And a Table That Sits Six Easily)
Posted by Adele

How to Make a Garden Bench From Decking (And a Table That Sits Six Easily)

Outdoor benches complement any British garden. There are so many design ideas from wood to iron and even plastic. Have you checked out the price for a good quality garden bench? You won’t get much change out of £200 - with some up to £500 or more! Why not build it yourself? In all likelihood you will still need to construct it from pre-cut timber, so the only extra work is cutting wood …

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Treat Your Other Half Valentine's Day Gift Guide 2020
Posted by Lacey

Treat Your Other Half Valentine's Day Gift Guide 2020

The 14th of February (no excuses now) is quickly approaching, and this year it falls on a Friday.. How cute! It's the perfect time to go above and beyond and make a weekend of it, and it's probably expected too (sorry, not sorry). You might be planning a romantic meal, a night away, or a date day to the cinema - well done you! But what about the gift?! We've rounded up a few ideas that are pe …

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5 Of Our Favourite Detox Water Recipes
Posted by Steph

5 Of Our Favourite Detox Water Recipes

Tired? Got a headache? Hungry? Has it occurred to you that you might just be thirsty? Have some water, it’s wonderful! Every living thing is made from water. In fact, humans are 60% water. The health benefits are endless – keeps you hydrated (obviously) but water can improve your mood, aid with weight loss, clear your skin, flush the toxins from your …

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