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7 ways to keep the kids busy after school

Most parents will agree that a six-hour school day doesn’t provide nearly enough stimulation for most children. So when they burst through the door each evening, other than the TV or the Xbox - what else can you do to keep your kids occupied? (So you can relax a little more after your long day)

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Back to school checklist and hacks

You probably won’t be popular for mentioning it, but the summer holidays are just about drawing to a close.  It won’t be long before the kids are back in the classroom, learning about Pythagoras’s theorem, the six wives of Henry VIII, ox-bow lakes and other such fascinating topics.  

Whether your kids are just starting primary school or getting ready to start their final year of GCSEs, they’ll need to be adequately prepared if they’re going to thrive. So, let’s run through a checklist of back-to-school hacks.

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Six week holidays: Things to do with family

Six weeks, as many of you will now be realising, is a long time to fill – and keeping the kids busy can often be a struggle. If you don’t have the finances available to go out every day, or you’d rather avoid the hassle, then you’ll be happy to learn that keeping the kids entertained at home is pretty simple. Provided, of course, that you’re in tune with their interests.

Let’s take a look at a few activities for the six weeks' holiday, and see which might make the best match for your family!

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How to Keep your Summer Bulbs in Pots for Longer

These little 'buddies' store nutrients in their short stems, so bulbs are naturally an easy means of getting into gardening (because they're low maintenance) - in fact, a few potted bulbs can have fantastic results without a great deal of effort.

They're perfect for any level of gardener; if your orchid's are taking up most of your focus and time, you can be safe in the knowledge that your little bulbs are (mostly) taking care of themselves.

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Get your garden BBQ party-ready

It’s an undisputed fact that food tastes better when you eat it outside. It’s even tastier when you know it comes from a BBQ and you’re revelling in the sunkissed nostalgia delivered by summer hits blasting out of a stereo speaker.

Hosting the BBQ bash of the summer requires many things; a well-kept garden being the most fundamental. So is your garden ready to entertain?

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Which bugs and insects are good for my garden?

While many of us might think of the tiny things that creep and crawl around our property as a nuisance to be squished, the truth is that many of them are the unsung heroes of the gardening world. 

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How to get the perfect garden on a budget

Over the past few months our gardens have had to deal with all sorts of weather, so it’s no wonder they’re in need of a little more TLC than normal. No matter what size your garden is, if you’ve let things go a little bit wild, it’s always going to be hard to find the time, money and let’s face it - the enthusiasm to venture outside and get things back in shape.

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