Do you prepare your home for Winter? Every year I find myself making a checklist and trying to make sure I’m organised for the cold months. I find a little bit of winter preparation goes a long way, especially if you’re working on a tight budget.
Like many people, I have a list of things I’d like to do. It’s not a bucket list exactly, actually it seems to grow as soon as I cross something off! I have two main aspects to my list, first travel, and secondly a broad “do more activities”!
Stand up Paddle boarding is becoming such a popular way to take to the water. I have read so much about it, but worried that perhaps I wasn’t fit enough to give it a go. Finally, I worked up the courage to try it. (Admittedly, mostly thanks to a friend who said “ahh let’s just do it!”) We found a local Paddle Boarding venue, and booked a slot.
I am in the process of trying to de-clutter the house. When we moved home, I was horrified at how much “stuff” we had, and made a determined effort to declutter. I have to admit that the clutter has got worse over the last 12 months. Pregnancy makes me a hoarder, and having had a baby 7 months ago, I guess this explains why I just have not had the enthusiasm to work on the clutter until recently! Continue reading →
The BIC® KIDS 2018 Young Artist Award attracted hundreds of entries from children aged 5-11 from all over the UK and Ireland. A reminder that pen and paper really are a great and popular way to keep children busy! The competition is now closed, but you can vote for your favourite work of art. Voting closes TODAY – Sunday 9th September 2018 so vote for your favourite now!
So I’ve learnt many things over the past 12 months. But possibly one of the best, and certainly the funniest, is why you should never refer to anyone as a Mr Man character. Oh, and especially not if they’re a perfect stranger. Continue reading →
Every year with the seasons changing from Summer to Autumn, my thoughts turn to my home decor. Perhaps it is a natural time to think about home styling as I know I will be spending more hours indoors? This year I am determined to restyle the bedrooms, turning them from just cosy to stylish yet comfortable places to relax. Continue reading →
After the long hot summer which I have adored, I have felt slightly sad that the evenings are getting colder and days shorter. So I decided it is time to remind myself that Autumn is a great time of year!
Do you have insurance? Most adults have some form, whether it is for their car or mobile phone. Insurance is one of those things we have and hope we never have to use. It’s something sometimes we find annoying to be paying for, but then it’s also nice knowing it’s there. I always worry about what would happen if something happened to me, how would my family manage? But what if one of the children got ill? How would it work then? Continue reading →
As many families know, there are times when money can be tight. For us September is an expensive month, back to school and all the expenses which go with it. I budget carefully, allowing for school shoes, bags and all the other bits and pieces which go along with back to school. But sometimes, I stretch us a little bit too much. Then, we end up with a bill I wasn’t expecting – the car needs repairing or the boiler breaks down. So, how do we cope when we get an unexpected bill?