Planning For An Unknown Future

AD | Collaborative post When you’re younger, maybe in your late teens or early 20s, it’s really easy to ignore that the future will happen. I know because this was me at those ages. In fact, it was me in my late 20s as well. To be completely honest it wasn’t until I met John, bought a house and started a family that I really started to think about certain things. Death isn’t a nice subject but it’s one we need to think about carefully and plan for. Wills So what can you do to plan for the future? Something

Looking Back At Our Special Moments With Optimalprint

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

New Year, New Adventures At Home

If you follow us on social media then you may have noticed that we had some changes at home a few weeks before Christmas. Just when I took on a last minute press trip to Stoke-on-Trent my Mum moved in with us. I did obviously know the weekend when she’d be moving in beforehand but I couldn’t pass up the opportunity and Mum completely understood. Luckily, I went away with other bloggers so John and Erin were at home to help her get settled in. I came home to a bit of a crazy house which was to be expected.

Family Snacking With MadeGood’s Granola Bars

AD | Collaborative post We’re in the middle of the summer holidays and Erin is doing a really good job of trying to eat us out of house and home. Before she broke up from nursery for the summer I think I forgot just how much she can eat when she’s home for the day. At nursery she has two set snack times and a packed lunch that I send her with so I know that she’s having a balanced diet during the day. Now, when routine seems to have gone out of the window it’s becoming harder and harder

Fun In The Sun With A Family Barbecue

AD | Gifted Items Last weekend we finally had some really nice weather and I wanted to take the opportunity to get out in the garden and have some fun. I’m not sure why but we haven’t had a family barbecue for a few years now and I think the last one was when Erin was about 6 months old. I’ll be honest here and say the idea stressed me out a little bit. As we have the largest garden our house is the place where everyone comes but a crazy toddler and a big barbecue was not my idea

But I Don’t Want To Go To School…

This is something I’ve been hearing a lot recently; ‘But I don’t want to go to school.’ I don’t think I was expecting to hear something like this from Erin for at least another couple of years. The week following the Easter holidays is when Erin’s funded education hours finally kicked in. After waiting since January we were finally able to make the most of her being entitled to 30 free hours. Erin started a new nursery in January but seemed to settle in immediately and she got excited about going near enough every day. The setting, a Montessori nursery,

Our Woodland Adventure At Kelling Heath Holiday Park

AD | Press trip This year we are making the effort to make the most of our local area. We recently stayed at Kelling Heath Holiday Park in North Norfolk for four nights in a woodland lodge. I was desperate for some time away from home to relax and also to spend some quality time with John and Erin. Sometimes it’s so easy to pick a city destination but we all needed some time together that wasn’t as busy and rushed. Our stay was from Monday to Friday and as soon as we arrived we felt at peace. Kelling Heath

Why Family Holidays Are Important For Children

Recently I wrote about our feelings towards holidays and why we’ll always find the money from somewhere to make sure we have one. Erin has quite quickly become used to us going on holiday at least once a year and it’s something she gets really excited about, even at the age of 3. Obviously, we want Erin to know how hard we have to work to be able to go on holiday and we talk to her about work and money on a regular basis. However, we also want Erin to be able to have some time each year that