5 Ways To Spend Valentine’s Day As A Family

We don’t really make a big deal of Valentine’s Day and we never have done really. I think I remember maybe 1 Valentine’s Day where we did something special but that was the first one after John and I first got together. Now that we have Erin, and she’s at an age where she realises that some days are celebrated she asks what we’re doing and I feel terrible if I say nothing. So, with that in mind I wanted to come up with a list of things you can do as a family for Valentine’s Day. Homemade Valentine’s cards

What We Look Forward To Most About Trips Away

AD – This is a collaborative post. All opinions are our own.  It’s no secret that as a family, we love holidays and trips away. It’s not just me and John though; Erin is always asking when we’re going on holiday again and where we’re going to. As I never had many holidays or weekends away growing up this is something both John and I are keen to make sure Erin experiences. We might have created a monster actually. I love that she gets so excited about going somewhere new. Just a few days ago I posted about trying to

How To Make Your Bathroom Work For The Whole Family

One room in our house that needs a lot of attention is the bathroom. We knew this when we bought the house 4 years ago but we just haven’t gotten round to doing anything about it. Our needs have definitely changed in those 4 years though and I’m actually glad we haven’t touched it yet. With that in mind, here are some ways to make your bathroom work for a whole family: An Up To Date Boiler Our boiler is a beast. It’s one of those old, massively heavy things that takes up a lot of space. It costs a

Planning For Our Financial Future

John and I are now both getting close to our mid 30s and we’re beginning to think more and more about what we want when we’re older. I’m not necessarily talking about when we retire but in the next 10 or 20 years. While we are lucky that John has a good pension, and has been paying into it for quite some time due to being in the same job for so long, I don’t have the same thing so we need to be savvy about planning our financial future. Regular savings At the moment, we’re not really in a

Sharing Memories With TimeSpring

I don’t remember a lot from my childhood and I think that’s a real shame. I don’t remember my first trip to the beach, I don’t remember playing at the park and I don’t remember strawberry picking although I do know these things all happened at some point. So, because I don’t remember much at all I wanted to do something really special for Erin. As soon as she was born I started to put together a memory box for her, which has now turned into 2, because I want her to be able to see the things she loved

7 Ways To Get The Perfect Family Summer Garden

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

5 Ways To Spend A Summer Evening With The Family

We’re are in the middle of a pretty hot heatwave (or, you know, that thing called summer) at the moment and sometimes, it’s just too hot to go out in the middle of the day. As much as Erin would love to be out playing in the garden or at the park all of the time, it’s just not practical. If you have children that are old enough to stay up maybe that bit later, early evening is a much more comfortable time to be outside. Here are 5 ways to spend a summer evening with the family: Play in

2018 Family Goals Quarterly Update #2

How on Earth is it the end of June already? It felt like only 2 minutes ago that I was writing the first quarterly update for the goals I made at the beginning of the year. So, now that we’re 6 months into the year, here’s another update: Family Time We have been very lucky to have had 2 holidays since the last update. In April we went to Majorca for just over a week and then this month we went to Haven for a few nights. We have had plenty of quality family time together which has really been