The past couple of years have been hard and we’ve really struggled. Being self-employed was great to start with; I’d been earning a steady amount each month for well over a year and a half and didn’t think anything of it. I still don’t really understand why or what happened but all of a sudden my earnings dropped to under 1/3 of what I had been making. We had obviously grown accustomed to living a certain way and relied on the money I had been making. Without that, things were really tight for a long time. So, over the past
AD | Contains a gifted item and affiliate links This week’s children’s book review is all about So You Think You’ve Got It Bad: Ancient Rome by by Chae Strathie and Marisa Morea. It was published by Nosy Crow on 1st August 2019. It can be purchased on Amazon (AD). Written by award-winning author Chae Strathie and developed in consultation with experts from the British Museum, this fascinating book reveals what life was really like for kids in ancient Rome, from washing clothes in wee to snacking on dormice . . . and even fighting in gladiatorial combat! Packed with facts and fantastic
In the town where I live there are plenty of charity shops. I can think of at least 7 within a couple of minutes of each other. In a city that might not seem like a lot but I live in a small town so a large percentage of ‘town’ is charity shops. I have a couple of favourites and I’ve written before about some of the bargains I have picked up. This year I am on a bit of a mission to get some things done around the house. It’s not all about DIY but making some of the rooms
AD | Gifted products I don’t know about you but when it comes to some kinds of personal care, I just don’t have a lot of time. Gone are the days where I could spend over an hour in the bath having a pamper and sorting myself out. I also can’t afford to have salon treatments to save a bit of time. There’s always something better or more important to spend my money on. I honestly don’t bother too much during the winter because I tend to wear a lot of leggings, jeans or jumpers but summer isn’t too far
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AD | Paid collaboration I remember getting my first ever camera and since then, I have taken thousands of photos. Unfortunately, most of the photos end up sitting in a folder on a computer and we never do anything with them. Of course, there are the photos I take for work and we have a few printed around the house but not very many. This year though I’m determined to start making more of the photos I take and I recently discovered Optimalprint, who offer a really great range of personalised photo products. We’re very lucky that we get to do
Over the years money has been tight. Some years it has been worse than that and we’ve really had to scrape something together at times. Money has never really been an easy thing in our house but we’ve also not really been very sensible about it either. The only time I think we have ever had any savings is when we were saving to buy our house, over 5 years ago. Since then I think we’ve only ever had some kind of savings when we’ve had a holiday to plan for or something. So, now that we’re in a bit
AD | Contains a gifted item and affiliate links Superhero Gran by by Timothy Knapman and Joe Berger. It was published by Nosy Crow on 9th January 2020 and can be purchased on Amazon (AD). All grandmothers are wonderful and the gran in this story is no exception. She might not lift buildings or go whooshing through the sky, but she can plan super sleepovers, tell super-funny stories and even put together super disguises. This gran really does have super powers! You might have seen that my Mum moved in with us just before Christmas. Erin is so happy to have her