Benjamin Turns Four

Last weekend, my youngest child turned four years old and I’m not going to lie, it made me quite sad that he’s no longer my little baby. Benjamin has grown up so much over the past six months or so. He has taken everything in his stride, despite all the changes with lockdown, and since returning to nursery with new restrictions in place. His speech has come along so well,...

A Socially Distanced Family Birthday Break

Towards the end of September, my Nan turned the grand age of eighty eight. Although my lockdown birthday earlier in the year wasn’t fun, celebrations these days continue to be awkward, with the rule of 6 preventing proper parties, or even large family gatherings from happening. We had already booked a stay at a nearby Southampton hotel when the new guidelines were put into place. We checked with the hotel...

Creativity Hacks to Make Life Easier

Sponsored Post Ever since I was a child, I’ve loved to be creative. I used to write and illustrate my own stories from a young age, and I created my first magazine from scratch before the age of 11. As I’ve grown up, my creativity hasn’t diminished but I definitely find myself lacking the time to dedicate to it, especially when juggling a job, three children and this blog. I...

Making the Most of Our National Trust Membership this Summer

A few weeks ago, Ed and I took a trip with my mum and the kids. We didn’t have much money to spend, so kept things affordable with last minute Booking.com hotel rooms and making the most of the Eat Out to Help Out scheme. We also spent our days away visiting multiple National Trust venues, to save money. We signed up for National Trust membership last summer and have...

Planning a Budget Last Minute UK Break Post-Lockdown

During lockdown, I booked a week of annual leave for mid-August, not really knowing what the situation would be by that point, but with the assumption that Ed and the kids would be on their summer break, and it would be nice to have a break, even at home, together as a family. Once lockdown restrictions began to ease, and UK breaks were allowed once again, I figured it would...

Back to School Shopping

Features some press samples  Wow, we are already in August and before you know it, it will be time for the kids to go back to school. Obviously this year is a little different, as they haven’t been in school since the end of March, due to lockdown restrictions. I have been getting everything together over the past week or so, ready for September, and I wanted to share with you...

Finding Childcare During Uncertain Times with Childcare.co.uk

•Sponsored Post• I have always been very fortunate when it comes to childcare, as my mum has been able to help me a lot over the years, always willing to look after the children if Ed and I wanted to go out for a date night, or when we both had events at the same time. My mum was also helping look after Benjamin, picking him up from nursery a...

Visiting National Trust Properties in England as Lockdown Eases

Although I haven’t felt confident enough to attempt trips out to the shops, or been ready for a visit to a pub or restaurant just yet, we have been going out for the past few weeks to visit local outside attractions. We signed up for National Trust membership last July, on trip to the Lake District, and made a lot of use of it during the summer. Unfortunately we didn’t...

Trying out the Toneibox

•Gifted Item• Lockdown with three children, when both of you are still working from home, is at times pretty tough. Fortunately, we were sent out a Toniebox to try out, and it has been fantastic for those times when the children have finished their school work for the day but we are still finishing off some work of our own. The Toniebox is an audio system created for children, which...