So many families find summer one of the hardest times of the year. Some parents are forced to take time off during the summer holidays and with 6 or more weeks to fill with activities, it can end up costing a small (or large) fortune. I’m lucky that Erin can go to nursery all year round but this does also mean paying for her sessions over the summer holidays too. I always try to make some extra money where I can so I thought I’d share some ideas for how to make some quick cash this summer. Car Boot Sales
With the school holidays fast approaching it’s time to start thinking about how you are going to keep your little ones entertained this summer. Whether you have an energetic child who wants to explore new adventure every day or a relaxed baby who is happy to stay in the garden all summer, you’ll have to summer-proof their wardrobe. Which is why I have teamed up Donaghy’s to put together a roundup of 5 of the best shoes for your little one’s school holidays. Juju jellie shoes These shoes allow your little ones to play in perfect comfort. These jelly sandals
When Erin started going to nursery back in January I didn’t think I would have the need for things like name tags just yet. I figured, what could Erin possibly lose at nursery when she only goes 3 days a week and barely takes anything with her. It turns out, things go missing all of the time and Erin often comes home without the jumper or t-shirt she had one when I dropped her off. Sometimes, there is a big search when I pick her up or drop her off the next day for whatever item we’re missing. My Nametags
Earlier this year we went on our first ever Haven holiday to Caister-on-Sea in Norfolk. Something we were interested in was the different activities suitable for Erin and more importantly, the free activities. We got a great deal on our break and we didn’t want to spend too much money while we were there. As Erin hadn’t ever done anything like this on holiday before we didn’t want to pay for lots of activities she didn’t enjoy. So, I thought I’d share some of the free activities for children on a Haven holiday (please check they’re available at the site
A summer house can be an amazing investment for your family, especially if you’re just about to enter a holiday season and your kids are going to be off school for a long, long time! Thanks to interior design specialists Amtico, I can bring you this short guide on how to create the perfect family summer home. Photo credit: Budding Smiles Experiment with plants It can be tricky to get plants right in an actual house, but a summer house might be just what you need to grow your own indoor gardens! Hanging plants and creeping vines make excellent decorations
My sister has been living with us since December after being made redundant and her fiancé moved in a couple of months ago. Yesterday they picked up the keys to the house they’ll be renting so that means that today they are moving out! Moving house can be an expensive and stressful time but it’s really nice if family and friends buy a housewarming gift. Today I’m sharing with you a few ideas for what might make a great housewarming gift. Something I remember needing when we moved in to our house was a fruit bowl. It seems to be
Kids love gardens! They’re a great place to play in and explore, at least as long as they’re kept safe. It can be a bit tricky to pull together a garden for the whole family, but it’s definitely possible, and with a bit of advice from Olive Grove I’ve been able to narrow down 7 ways to get the perfect family summer garden. Get the kids involved! A garden for the family should be planned by the family, not just by the adults. Let your kids get stuck in and give them time to find “their” area (the bit they
Erin goes to nursery at a private school and last week the main school broke up for the summer holidays. Usually, Erin will have a school lunch on the 3 days she is there a week and this means she gets to eat a hot meal with the rest of the children in the whole school. The nursery stays open for 51 weeks of the year but during school holidays children are required to take packed lunches. This means that Erin now has 9 weeks of packed lunches and I’ll be the first to admit that I hate doing them!