how to avoid money worries

How to avoid money worries over the summer holidays

The summer holidays are due to start this weekend, for some they have already started and for the odd couple they start next week but whenever the schools break up the concerns of the parents going into the 6 weeks are the same. How will we entertain our children for 6 consecutive weeks? How will we juggle work and childcare for 6 weeks? How will we fund all this?   For the majority of parents […]

Money saving tips for parents

When you first get a job you feel like your wages last for ever but that’s because most of the time when we first get a job we still live at home and have no out goings and all we buy are new clothes and nights out. Then we move into our first home, be it rented or bought, and suddenly we feel like our money doesn’t stretch as far as we now have to […]

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Helping Your Child Tell The Time With The Easyread Clock | Plus Discount Code

Although I am happy with the progress the boys are making at school I do try to help them along at home too. I make a conscious effort to incorporate learning in our daily lives from cookery skills to geography and everything in between. I use a mix of household items and specifically designed educational resources such as the Easyread Clock that I will be reviewing today. Having done this twice now I can honestly […]

10 Cleaning Hacks Recommended By Parents

Keeping on top of the housework often feels like an impossible task. Just as you finish one room anther needs re doing and what with kids, work life in general there really doesn’t seem to be enough hours in the day to dedicate to cleaning. Although, if I am really honest I am not convinced I actually would dedicate hours to cleaning every day even if I could, life is far to short. So how […]

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What To Do With Old Clothes

In January I had a big clear out of the boys old clothes and as part of my year of giving I donated them all to our local community hub where they give to families in need. This was the first time I had donated clothes in this way, previously I would tip them or take them to a charity shop and it got me thinking. So I asked some fellow bloggers for advice on […]

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How to encourage your children to talk about their day

Sometimes getting children to talk about their day can seem impossible so here is a post I wrote about how to encourage your child to talk about their day. I wrote this post because when I pick the boys up from school I always ask them how their day went and most times I get the same rotation of responses I can’t remember It was fine Good thanks and I can’t be the only one. […]

The parenting resolutions mummies are making today

As 2017 comes to a close the majority of people will take some time to reflect on the year they have had and make resolutions for the upcoming year. Some people will want to be fitter, some wealthier, some more adventurous but truth be told most people wont stick to their resolutions for more than a few weeks, we are creatures of habit and it’s hard to change.  That being said those that make smaller resolutions […]

Santa’s Rule Book

Once upon a time someone created the idea that a fat man with a long beard who isolates himself away from the rest of the world spies on us, “he sees us when were sleeping and knows if we’ve been bad or good”. Said fat man, who as it turns out only has one outfit and lives with his wife and 1000’s of tiny people who he makes work in a factory day and night, […]

Educational quizzes to help prepare for Key stage 2 and beyond

As a parent and a teacher I am a firm believer that education is important. Children should be encouraged to learn both in school and at home. However, I am also a firm believer that education should be fun and that children should learn without realising that they are being taught or lectured at. The stress of learning should be removed and the experience should be enhanced where ever possible. From reading my blog you […]

Christmas activities to do with kids

This year my children are 6 and 4 and the Christmas magic and belief is all still in tact (I think), but I’m not sure how long it will be till the eldest stops believing. So this year I want to make it as magical as possible and enjoy as many Christmas activities and events as we can before they get too old and too wise. Over the past few years I have seen some […]