Fruit Shoot inspired baking!

Fruit Shoot in one form or another had been around since 1823..isn't that amazing? They have continually adapted and improved to meet the needs of kids and their juice now available in 3 different ranges and 25 different countries. Fruit Shoot is made with real fruit. And did you know there’s real fruit in every drop of Fruit Shoot and each and every one is filled with multi-vitamins. [ 765 more words ] Fruit Shoot

Our No Spend Weekend Challenge

What do you normally get up to on a weekend? We like to relax, have fun and eat well and that usually entails quite a bit of spending. We tend to justify this by saying how hard we have worked all week and how we deserve a treat. The treats add up though and weekend relaxing can prove pricey. We were challenged by Scottish Friendly to embrace the art of saving and see how we got on with a 'no spend weekend.' [ 487 more words ]

Applying for a Primary School place - "We're going on an adventure . . . "

What to think about when you are applying for a primary school place Colette Burgess

Top Ten Villa Holidays for 2018

Have you started thinking about next years holidays yet? I have and I am sure I'm not alone with this! The second the woolly jumpers come out and the conkers start being gathered my thoughts turn to our next sunshine filled holiday! Our last holiday was a villa holiday to Portugal back in May so it has been a while. [ 203 more words ]

I wrote a post recently about bridesmaids on budget that got a huge response! We all need to keep wedding costs down don't we. I wondered what WEDDING on a budget tips you all had?

The savvy shopper challenge

I have been participating in a savvy shopping challenge with E.ON who have recently conducted some interesting research into the UK's shopping habits. Did you know people spend more than an hour a week shopping around for better deals, saving on average £660 a year? Gosh that's a lot of time isn't it! E.ON set me challenge to see if I could save time and money by following some savvy savings tips. [ 530 more words ]

Simple adjustments to create an accessible home

Life changes as do our needs and, at some point, we have to adapt. These changes sometimes happen slowly as the years progress and we have more physical limitations due to ageing. Other times due to accidents, illness and disability needs can change pretty quickly and we need to make adjustments in our mindset and in our environments speedily. This can feel a scary task. [ 477 more words ]

Life Insurance quirks you should know about

For many people, life insurance is a mystery — something that most people know they should have, but something that few actually understand its benefits. Some people invest in life insurance when they’re younger, but they may never review their policies. This lack of review can be a critical mistake. As you age, your life insurance coverage needs to adjust accordingly. [ 209 more words ]

Why you should invest in your home (in the ways that really matter)

Do you invest in your home? Hee are my thoughts on why you should invest in your home in ways that really matter. In my personal opinion when it comes to the family budget there are fewer more important things we can invest in than our home. Our home is the place we spend the most time. It is where we eat and sleep and bathe and read and watch TV. [ 489 more words ]

John Lennon’s Imagine – a children’s book from Amnesty

John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’ has been adapted into a children’s picture book with the help of Yoko Ono, renowned French illustrator Jean Jullien and backing from Amnesty UK. I just love John Lennon. He is one of my heroes. He stood for peace and love and he was a determined activist, he made bold statements and took bold actions to advocate for his beliefs, And he wrote that song , That amazing song Imagine. [ 251 more words ]

The UK are overspending on energy bills by 7bn

First Utility's have released some shocking research about our energy bills here in the UK It shows that UK households have overspent by £7bn in the last three years on their energy bills. Let's just process that figure shall we...7 billion pounds! Shocking and absurd..really! The research reveals that: 85% of energy customers are with the Big Six, and of those, 70% are on the most expensive Standard Variable Tariff. [ 185 more words ]

Top 5 winter coats

Its official, Summer is almost over. With the weather getting chillier by the day, you’ll want to keep your little one nice and toasty. Thanks to the UK’s temperamental weather, winter coats are one of those items parents don’t mind spending a little more on since we get a lot of use out of durable layers and waterproof lining! If between sizes, it’s a good option to size up, as that way the coat will easily last two winters making it more budget friendly. [ 332 more words ]

Does your child have a regular eye test?

I book the hairdresser every six weeks, I take them to the dentist every six months. I check my children's school shoes regularly for wear and tear and to make sure they still fit. I regularly check hair for nits and de-louse as required (ick!) I buy lovely bath stuff for their skin and a sensitive conditioner for their hair. I ensure they do regular exercise and have a good night's sleep every night. [ 457 more words ]

The problem with glasses

Do you wear glasses? I wore glasses for years and years before having surgery on my eyes. To be fair it was the 1970's I have to say I like glasses. I think they can look cool and stylish ( see above!) and well they enable you to see so a big thumbs up for glasses from me. On the whole though glasses have caused me rather a lot of problems in my life. [ 463 more words ]

10 reasons to visit Lanzarote

Ah summer has ended and there is a distinct chill in the air. I am not ready to say goodbye to the sunshine just yet though, are you? I have just been considering booking a holiday for October half term and I have been thinking about where might still have good weather and offer up some fabulous beaches. Lanzarote sprang straight to my mind. [ 457 more words ]

Nutmegs Women’s Collection AW 2017

This year Nutmeg launched their very first women's collection in 52 Morrisons stores. They developed the collection because their Nutmeg children's collection ( which is in all Morrisons stores has proved SO popular) Last week I was delighted to be invited to a google hangout along with several other bloggers to hear more about the range. I was also really lucky and received a box with a few pieces… [ 200 more words ]

Basic Primer to Reverse Mortgages

If you need extra retirement money then a reverse mortgage may be able to help you relieve some of your financial stress. Also known as a home equity conversion mortgage, it is a type of loan that can turn some of your home equity into ready cash. Unlike a standard lending agreement, you will not be obligated to repay small amounts on a monthly basis. [ 570 more words ]

Restoration after water damage

No matter if your water damage came from a burst pipe, flooding, or a storm, it can be quite a challenge and an expensive endeavour to repair it. However, most people have no idea where to start and what to do. It is important to choose your restoration company carefully since they will be fixing the place you will live. Here are some good ideas on how to select the right restoration company… [ 575 more words ]

Gardening and child development

How gardening can help child development. Gardening and kids are the perfect combination..Gardening is mucky, fun and natural with lots of fresh air too. Nurturing skills are learnt along the way as well as a bit of science,

How to find local childcare easily

Have you been wondering how to find local childcare easily ? I am so excited to introduce you to the UK’s biggest online network for parents and carers, It is such a useful site, and such a popular one too! So what is it? What does it do? Well it is actually an award winning online social networking platform for parents, childcare providers and private tutors with over 1,500,000 members. [ 298 more words ]

Take Time to Pay at Toys ‘R’ Us

Have you heard of Take Time to Pay at Toys 'R' Us ? It's a new idea for Christmas to make life a little easier for parents. The scheme encourages you to get your Christmas shopping done and out the way early.There's no interest added to your purchases or anything like that. It's just a really simple concept where you can get your shopping done early and they will store it for you till nearer Christmas. [ 593 more words ] Toys''R''Us

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Such clever hacks!

Where Should You Stay When Visiting Santorini?

Whether you are travelling to Santorini on your honeymoon, for the nightlife or purely for a quick, romantic getaway, then there are different towns perfect for all your needs. The biggest decision when staying in Santorini is whether you’re wanting to stay close to the beach or in the caldera towns. Fira, Oia, Imerovigli and Firostefani (the towns) are located on the Western edge of the island, on the cliff looking out towards the volcano and the beaches are situated along the Eastern coast of the island. [ 701 more words ]

Teaching your kids how to avoid debt – even if you haven’t.

While it’s the natural instinct of a parent to try and shield our children from the worries of adult life, failing to give our kids a solid understanding of money management is actually doing them a disservice in the long run. Luckily, teaching your youngsters invaluable skills like budgeting, how to distinguish between a need and a want, and how to save money can be fun – and you might even learn a thing or two yourself in the process! [ 800 more words ]

6 Solutions That Will Save You from Needing a Guest Bedroom

Are you the type that enjoys entertaining and having overnight guests, but you don’t exactly have the space for them in your home? Shuffling your guests home at the end of the visit may not be what you want to do, which is leaving you in a bit of a bind. Not to worry as there are plenty of ways you can create space for guests even without having a dedicated guest bedroom. [ 481 more words ]

Win 'Imagine' book by John Lennon

Lovely competition from Amnesty International UK to win a copy of the brand new children's book based on John Lennon's Imagine

How to Add a Pool on a Budget

There’s no better way to cool off than take a swim in your own pool in your backyard. However, anyone who’s ever looked into adding a pool to their home knows that it’s not really a cheap undertaking. There’s a lot that goes into building a pool, from the building materials for the pool itself to the patio and other accessories. [ 549 more words ]

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10 super simple #thrifty tips for families (minimal effort!)

How to encourage crafting with children

How to encourage your kids to get crafty!

origami projects

Lovely thing to do on a rainy Sunday! Origami tutorials from Red Ted Art

6 Destinations for a Fantastic Family Holiday

Going on a family holiday is the perfect way to take a break from the stress of everyday life, and spend time having fun with each other. Holidays provide the perfect opportunity for the family to come together, and share new experiences and make memories. When you’re spending your hard-earned money on a holiday, you want it to be absolutely perfect. [ 584 more words ]

Ever wondered how to make a Lego lolly?

Lovely on a budget

How to look lovely on a budget 3 top tips

space-saving storage ideas

How to save space when you have a small home

The new and eagerly awaited first Lego Ninjago Movie is about to hit UK screens. How exciting! To celebrate I have teamed up with @Cineworld to bring you some brilliant ideas for a Lego Ninjago Movie Party. Taking kids to see a great movie for their party with a group of friends is a lovely idea and this is the perfect movie to go all out on a theme. ]#ad

8 Exotic Destinations that Won’t Cost the Earth

A lot of people have hesitations in visiting exotic destinations not only because they are unfamiliar, but also because of the fear that it will cost a fortune. Luckily, you can enjoy these places even without the need to spend a lot. When you’ve saved up for your dream holiday, here are some destinations that you might want to consider adding to your bucket list. [ 686 more words ]

Thrifty ways to keep warm when you work from home #5frugalthings

Brrr! Working from how this week has been a little chilly so I have been having a little thinks about thrifty ways you can keep warm when`you work from home ('scuse the lighting on the video!) Join the linky As always, we’d love you to join in with us by sharing what frugal and thrifty things you’ve been up to this week – whether it’s an Instagram picture (#5frugalthings), a blog post or even a video. [ 112 more words ]

I have a new job as a columnist for Mums magazine sharing money you fancy a peek?

Celebrating Grandparents Day in the Classroom

As the educational year gets started, teachers may be looking for ways to celebrate Grandparents Day in school. There are plenty activities, crafts and games for Grandparents Day, which will take place on Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017. Some of these could include inviting grandparents to school, tracing a family tree or even learning a new language. For students who may not have grandparents in their lives, suggest they choose another older relative or family friend to participate with. [ 607 more words ]

Where to Go to Educate your Kids on Holiday

In order to make your family holiday more meaningful, choose a place not only where kids can have fun, but also one where you can educate them. With this, below are some of the best places where children can have educational holidays whilst having a good time as well. Vatican City, Rome This is one of the best places to teach kids about religion and history. [ 527 more words ]

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