• Collaborative

    5 Creative Ways to Manage Your Money

    This is a collaborative post When did you last take a good look at your money management skills? Do you know what your current account looks like? For many of us, our salary comes in and goes out again just as quickly, and it can be so easy to get into the routine of paying off bills without thinking of the biggerpicture. There are over three-quarters of Brits in employment – the joint-highest proportion since 1971. That’s a lot of people having to manage their salaries. As one of these people, do you think it’s time to take charge of your finances and get creative with your bank balance? If…

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    Green homes: a step-by-step guide to installing a water butt

    This is a collaborative post Not so long ago the only butts in most gardens were… discarded cigarette ends (not the other butts we’re more accustomed to on a day-to-day basis!). However, more recently there has been a growing trend in trying to be more energy efficient in the home – and the trusty Water Butt provides anyone with a drainpipe the opportunity to reduce their water rates, even just a small amount. How much money will I save with a water butt? An article published on thisismoney.co.uk estimates that using a hosepipe in the garden can cost around £1.50 per hour – using approximately 1000 litres of water in…

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    Getting your car winter ready

    This is a collaborative post With the winter months coming it’s important to make sure your car is ready for the bad weather. You will thank yourself for getting organised when it’s an icy school morning and you have everything you need. Check your tyres One the most important things to do to get your car winter ready is to check the tyres. Check to make sure that they are in good condition.Although the minimum tread level is 1.6mm, during winter it’s advisable to have 3mm of tread on your tyres to help with traction and grip. Also make sure to check your tyre pressure. As this is the cars…

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    AD childcare.co.uk for finding childcare,jobs in childcare and for promoting your childcare setting

    AD: I have been asked to honestly share with you all what I think about the childcare.co.uk website. All words are my opinion. If you have Read my blog for a while now you will know that I work in the childcare sector. After having Ava I really had to think long and hard about whether she was going to come to work with me at the nursery I worked at. I didn’t know what to do at first .I didn’t know if her being at the same nursery was going to be beneficial or whether it was going to be detrimental to her. As she wasn’t going to have…

  • Gift guide

    Children’s gift ideas- for 2 and 4 year olds

    We have been sent the products below for inclusion in this gift guide. All opinions are my own. This post also includes affiliate links. Christmas is fast approaching I know I know you don’t want to think about it but just be glad you don’t have Christmas and both your children’s birthdays within weeks of each other ! So some children’s gift ideas are really needed. If you can think of anything else please do let me know. Let’s start with 2 year old children’s gift ideas Hape 2-1 kitchen & grill set Alby is really staring to get interest and excited by role play . At the moment we…

  • Blog entry

    How to find the best broadband deals

    When we moved house I took the opportunity to look at if we could save money on any of our household bills. Even if you can save a few pounds on each bill it really does make the difference. Just think the extra money could go on days out . Or give you a bit more financial freedom. One of our biggest outgoings was on our Tv and broadband. So this was one of the first areas I looked at. Here are some of the things I took into consideration What deals match my household needs Some broadband deals may look amazing but If you’re a family that uses a…

  • Blog entry

    Does Santa Bring all the presents in your house at Christmas ?

    Flicking though Facebook the last few days I have seen a lot of posts about what we tell children about Santa. Does Santa bring all the toys children receive for Christmas or does Santa bring them a few bits and the rest come from parents. The first few post I skipped past not really thinking too much about it . Then I stopped and actually ready one that Ami from Through Ami’s Eyes had wrote. She made a point that I had never thought of before and that was. One of the reasons why she doesn’t tell her children that Santa bring all the toys is because. Some people aren’t…

  • Blog entry

    Picking the right primary school for our daughter

    One of the biggest decisions we are going to have to make for Ava is going to happen very soon. That is what primary school we will send her to. I cannot believe that this is a decision I’m going to have to make very soon. I know it’s a cliche but it really doesn’t seem like 5 minutes since she was born and it has gone so fast ! Ava at the moment goes to nursery three days a week and she loves it. She has loved going to nursery since she was little . I have never had to crying goodbyes or the not wanting to go .…

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    Christmas Eve boxes made by The Enchanted Wood Company

    I’m actually really excited about this Christmas. Mainly because it’s the first year I feel Ava actually understands what happens. She talks very often about the things she would like to ask Santa for. Also that she’s not going to cry when she she’s Santa this year ! Yer I bet lets see hey when we go and see him what she does. A few years ago I wrote a post about Christmas traditions which included a wide range of traditions that families do. One that came up a lot was Christmas Eve boxes. These have really grown in popularity over the last few years. I’m seeing more and more…

  • Gift guide

    Adults Christmas gift guide

    We have been sent the below products for inclusion in this gift guide. All opinions are my own. Year upon year I’m finding it harder to buy gifts for the adults in my life. Mainly because they are in a position to buy themselves the things they want. So I like to find them things that maybe they haven’t used before or things that would be a bit more of a treat for them. So take a look below at some of the bits I think would make a perfect gift. Self care gifts As parents finding time to look after yourself can be hard . This is why for…

  • Collaborative

    Moving house checklist: what you will need to do on the run up to moving

    This is a collaborative post We moved house before the summer . The run up to it was one of the most stressful thing I have done . Having two kids adding to the mix made for a fun time ! I would pack a box and they would unpack it. They would then ask for their ‘favourite toy’ which they hadn’t played with for months. Which resulted in me unpacking more boxes to find this one toy that they didn’t even want that badly it turns out. There are however something I’m glad I did which made things less stressful so I though I would share with them with…

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    Win a Cadbury’s Christmas party pack with wow free stuff

    We have been sent the Cadbury’s Christmas party pack for free. In return for sharing with you the wow free stuff giveaway Right I’m going to come out and say it . It’s nearly CHRISTMAS!!!!! Yes I know it’s only October but for us we don’t celebrate Halloween. So as soon as October starts I start thinking about Christmas. Plus the fact that I have both kids children’s Birthdays in the festive period . I really need to be on my game . Be organised if only to make my life easier and less stressful. Can you believe I actually brought my first Christmas present in July. Which for me…

  • Collaborative

    Help with energy bills for a family home

    This is a collaborative post Having a family and a busy home means there’s never a dull moment. It’s chaos, but it’s wonderful too. Despite it being extremely rewarding, there are drawbacks, the main one being money. Let’s face it, kids are expensive!energy bills go through the roof once a little one comes along. If you need help with energy bills and keeping a lid on your monthly outgoings, here are some simple yet valuable tricks to save money. Replace your old appliances It may seem daunting to think about buying new home appliances, but the money you’ll save in the long run completely outweighs the initial investment. Older models of ovens, fridges, dishwashers,…

  • Blog entry

    A quick guide: taking a baby outside on a windy day

    This is a collaborative post As Autumn has already caught up with us, we are likely to encounter some very blustery days in the upcoming months, therefore when it comes to taking your newborn baby outside in these conditions, it’s important that you dress them up right so that they are comfortable for the entire trip. Let’s look at some of the top tips to make sure your little one is kept warm in the blustery conditions: A Myth: Wind causes ear infections As there a lots of myths surrounding this topic it is important to clear up that having a baby out in the wind will not result in them getting an ear infection. This is because the location of an…

  • Blog entry

    3 year engaged and still no wedding plans made

    In December 2016 Jordan proposed to me in the most loveliest way ever . It was really a magical moment we had put the Christmas tree up making the house feel all festive. Then he comes down with Ava in a baby grow saying Mommy will you marry my Daddy ? It was just so beautiful and I couldn’t of asked for a more magical way of him asking me to marry him. Nearly three years on and we haven’t made any plans for a wedding . When I say any plans I mean none we haven’t had the urge to look at venues. I haven’t been dreaming of going…

  • Blog entry

    My bodies still changing 18 months after having a baby

    I know all to well how pregnancy can change your body . For one moment I didn’t expect that my body would still be changing 18 months on . Since having Alby I have had heavy irregular periods . I wasn’t on any form of contraception to control my periods either as I wanted to get back into my normal cycle naturally. I really don’t like taking any form of medication unless it’s completely necessary. As the months passed by I noticed that my periods were getting heavier and heavier . To the point where I was worrying about going out the house . For the fear of being away…

  • review

    The Rose and Crown Wolverhampton : review

    You may have seen a few months we reviewed the Merry Hill pub and grill which is part of the Sizzling pubs chain . We were very kindly asked if we would like to review another of their pubs . This time we went to the Rose and Crown on the Penn road in Wolverhampton.  Sizzling pubs serve what I would call typical pub grub. Feel good meals that fill your tummy without a huge price tag. The food though is still of a good standard and tastes yummy.  There are a variety of deals going on through the week . One of them being kids eat for £1 with…

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    BABY born surprise eggs by Zapf creations : review

    I don’t know about your kids but Ava is obsessed with anything that comes in a blind bag and that’s miniature. She goes crazy for them . I was recently contacted by Zapf creations to see if we would like to review their BABY born surprise. These are a new collectable dolls that come wrapped like a blind bag . When I showed the picture to Ava she was so excited to see what they were like. The dolls come in a plastic like egg inside the egg is the doll and some accessories and a blanket and which keeps them covered . To make it more fun so the…

  • Blog entry

    Why it’s important to teach children to give to charity.

    Today we did a job that I like to do at least twice a year . This is sorting through the kids toys . Deciding what they want to keep and then sending the rest to charity. I know most people do this sort of job when the kids aren’t around. As their kids like to hang on to everything and it becomes a very stressful situation. But it’s a great learning opportunity for children to be apart of . Children need to learn that there are other people in their world . People that are less fortunate then they are . That we should help these people and the…