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Is it Time to Get a Family Pet?

"Cat" (CC BY 2.0) by kevin dooley

If you’re considering getting a pet for your family, you may have already made up your mind about the type of pet you want - or you may still be deliberating over what type of pet to go for. Getting a pet for the family home is a big commitment, especially when you already have several responsibilities like being a parent, doing a job and keeping your home!

A family pet can be a wonderful addition to the home, giving all of you something else to focus on and helping children to learn about responsibility. There are many things to think about but perhaps one element that people don’t always consider is the cost – how much will it cost to feed your pet, take it to the vet, put it in kennels when you’re away and pay for insurance (if applicable)?

Money saving website Voucherbox recently came up with some fascinating facts about how much our pets cost us over their lifetime. One of the most expensive pets to keep is actually a box turtle that costs on average £26,198 - but this is because it can live for around 50 years! Dogs cost £15,382 on average, while feline friends are £10,395. The lifetime cost is worked out using the average lifespan of the pet, plus vet fees, food, insurance, kennels, toys and treats.

Harmony" (CC BY 2.0) by amyramoon

What Pet Are You Considering?
As most people have busy lifestyles, we have made a list of suggested pets for your home. Consider the time you need to commit to your pet, how much it will cost and whether it is suitable for your children and the family home. Be realistic, because the last thing you will want to do is rehome a pet that you couldn’t make enough time for.

Easy to Look After
These pets are the easiest to look after, only requiring cage or tank cleaning and feeding: Goldfish, Hamsters, Snakes and Reptiles.

Self-sufficient Pets
Some pets are less dependable and will be more self-sufficient than others. Although they do require some of your time, they do not need regular attention: Budgies, Guinea Pigs and Rabbits.

Highly Dependable Pets
These pets require their owners to be attentive to their needs most of the time with daily feeding or walking: Dogs and cats.

"My Dog" (CC BY 2.0) by ETersigni

Most Popular Pets
The most popular pets by far are dogs and cats. The PDSA Paw Report recently noted that there were 9.4 million dogs and 11 million cats living in UK households in 2016. So what is it that makes dogs such an attractive pet to have in the family home? Dogs are loyal and loving, generally good with children (although specific breeds such as the bull terrier and the bichon frise are more kid-friendly than others), always happy to see us and often our shadow wherever we are in the house. They do require daily walking which can be a bind, but it also gets us out in the fresh air for some exercise. If you are thinking of getting a puppy, consider that ideally you will need to be home most of the time. Cats, on the other hand, are fairly self-sufficient and independent – they don’t require their owners to walk them daily but they will still cuddle up on the sofa with us and be affectionate. It should be noted, though, that cats do require some daily playtime (especially if they're house cats and are not allowed to go out), which will keep them healthy and happy.

Choosing a pet for the family home very much depends on how much time you can commit to it and how much it will cost during its lifetime. However, it’s great for children to grow up learning how to care for an animal. After all, pets can bring so much joy to the home!

#LovelyLittleThings #2 & Giveaway!

Welcome back to week #2 of Lovely Little Things. Although there weren't many link up's last week, there was more than I thought, so I'm happy! Hopefully, there will be more this week. We've had a pretty good week with the girls being off for half term, you can read about our week here. I've really enjoyed reading everyone's posts from last weeks linky and look forward to reading more this week.

This week we have a special giveaway for readers and bloggers!
Party Bags and Supplies is giving away £30 to spend on their website.
Anyone can enter as long as you are a UK resident. Also, make sure you read the rules before entering. All the best!

Prize - £30 to spend at partybagsandsupplies.co.uk
Giveaway ends - Saturday, 11th of March 2017 at 11.55pm
Winner will be contacted within 48 hours of giveaway end time. If winner does not reply within 30 days, another winner will be chosen. Good luck!

Remembering The Early Days {The Ordinary Moments}

On Tuesday I went on YouTube to watch some vlogs. I never used to watch many vlogs before but since I started vlogging myself, I've been really interested in watching vlogs on a daily basis, and I really enjoy it. One vlog that came up and I watched was from Katie, Mummy Daddy Me. It's a vlog from last year in May {watch it here} and watching it reminded me of the early days with Freddie. Although I was pregnant in May last year, her little boy and Freddie are only a few months apart and all the memories from the early days with Freddie came flooding back to me. 

My Sunday Photo

Linking up with; My Sunday Photo

Storage Saver With Rattan Direct | Review

Having three kids our home is full of toys, papers, nappies, wet wipes and all sorts. The kids receive way too many toys over their birthdays and special occasions through the year. We have a small living room and so making sure we keep things away to still make it liveable and cosy is pretty important to us. We like our living room to be tidy before we settle for the evening.

At the moment we have the jumperoo and a Freddie's play gym's folded away in the corner but otherwise, everything else is kept away. We keep Freddie's nappies, wipes, bibs and our other bits and bobs in the 5 drawer rattan storage rack that we received from Rattan Direct. This high-quality handmade solid wooden drawer has completed our room. It's reduced clutter and it's been really handy for storing the kids items. It's also easy for the kids to still get their things if they want them, with the easy handwoven pull in and out strong-quality wicker baskets.

We are overly pleased with the storage drawers we received. The wood is proper solid and will defintley last many years. The baskets are a perfect touch and very high quality, like the wooden frame. If you're looking for a homely good quality, handmade storage, I would recommend this Storage rack from Rattan Direct.

Rattan Direct also offer other storage drawers that are smaller to this particular one. You can find their storage range here.

This post will be updated soon with a living room tour video added.

* I was given this item free of charge, in return of an honest review.
As always, words, image and opinions are my own. 

The Week We Had #2

Enjoyed writing last week's post, and I was looking forward to writing this week. It's been half term for the girls this week. I was really looking forward to our lazy mornings and not having to do our usual boring routine before school. However, I was dreading the arguing the girls were going to have and the stress. Shockingly, both girls have been pretty much well behaved. Of course, they've argued a few times, but they've pretty good all week. The girls don't go back to school until Tuesday as there's teacher's training Monday, so I'm really looking forward to doing something with the girls on Monday. We only have one more week left until we leave for Bluestone again and we're all super excited. We're counting down the day.