Remembering my Grandad

•Features gifted items• If you’ve lost a loved one, you’ll know that although the rawness of your grief may lessen slightly over time, it never truly goes away. My grandad passed away after battling cancer of the oesophagus when I was twelve years old, which is eighteen years ago this year, which feels crazy. I miss him all the time, but especially around Christmas as he died on 12th and...

Exploring our Local Forest with the Shaun the Sheep Interactive Glow Trail

I have mentioned before how grateful I am to live in such a lovely location, with the beach and the forest both a short drive away from us. We have been to Moors Valley country park on numerous occasions and it is always a nice place to go when the kids need to let off steam or we want a nice walk in the forest. The kids really enjoyed the...

How I Budget for Birthdays

My children were born in September, October and November, which makes the autumn an insanely busy and expensive time for birthdays, especially with Christmas in December too. People are shocked when I tell them that I have the money saved up for the children’s birthdays usually by the start of the year (and Christmas too), but I have always hated the idea of not having enough money to make their...

Activities to Do With Children After School

•Features gifted items• After spending the summer holidays with the children, it was a bit of a shock to the system when we all went back to school and work and no longer had long days together to do what we wanted. I find the hours between the school pick up and bedtime can go by so quickly, so I have been trying to make the most of this time...

Why You Need a Membership to English Heritage or National Trust (Or Both)

Sometimes it can be a struggle to find things to do with the children at the weekend and during the school holidays. We don’t have a huge amount of disposable income so there is a limit to the activities we can do. My mum is a member of the English Heritage, and has added me and the children to it, which means we are able to go out together and...

A Swim Session with Individuality Swimming & Fitness

•Complimentary review session• Knowing how to swim is one of those life skills that are so important to have, and it is so much easier to learn as a small child than as an adult. Ed and I have been meaning to enrol Benjamin in swimming lessons for awhile as he hasn’t been very water confident. Over the summer, we went on a couple of short breaks away at holiday...

5 Things I’m Looking Forward to About September

I have made no secret of the fact that my mental health suffers as autumn rolls around and the days get shorter, the weather gloomier and the nights longer. I do get a little worried as August ends, that I am going to struggle, but I also don’t want my mental illness to define who I am and I try and focus on the positives and all the things I...

A Family Summer Break in South Wales

Rather than dwelling on the fact that we couldn’t go on a holiday abroad this year, we looked at where we could get away in the UK instead and, after a lovely break in the Lake District with extended family earlier in the month, we decided to look at the coast for a second break away. Living in Bournemouth, we weren’t really looking for a tourist spot, and when I...

Budget Friendly Activities for Kids this Summer

•Features some gifted items• There are two weeks left of the summer holidays here in the south of England, and sometimes it can feel a little like the days stretch out ahead, requiring all the money to keep kids occupied and amused. I am fortunate to not only to have the summer with my children, but to also have both my mum and my husband off work for the duration,...