How to adapt a home for older grandparents

Collaborative post In December 2019 my Mum moved in with us and I think we’re all pretty happy with the situation. Mum gets to only work part time and not pay a fortune to live somewhere on her own and we get help around the house and help with Erin. Of course, we love having her live with us for other reasons too! However, we do realise that we might need to make some changes to our home at some point so here are some things that we might consider.

Things I have learned from COVID-19

AD | Collaborative post When I think back to late February 2020, a global pandemic was not something I ever thought would really happen. We’d heard a few things about something happening but it wasn’t really a threat to us here in the UK at this point, or so we thought. Now a year later, we’re only just about to really come out of lockdown and things are still far from normal. After a whole year I have definitely learned some things from the experience of living through a global pandemic. Home life Before the

Snow days from Storm Darcy

Earlier this week Storm Darcy really hit us hard in North Norfolk, causing road closures, businesses to close for a few days and homes to be covered in a whole lot of snow. We had a bit of snow a couple of weeks ago but it only lasted a day and Erin was quite upset about that. Of course, waking up to a garden absolutely full of snow made up for Erin’s previous disappointment and she was itching to get out there from the minute she woke up. We were lucky to have a couple

The Beginning Of A New Adventure: Learning To Drive

It has only been the past couple of years that I’ve really noticed how stuck we are living in the middle of nowhere. Although we live somewhere that does have okay bus routes and trains, it’s not enough and it doesn’t get us everywhere we need to be. Now that Erin is 5 she knows about certain places for days out, she has ideas of where she might want to go but she also knows that we can’t get to all of these places because we don’t drive. I hate not being able to go

Helping Your Child Stay Connected with Friends During the Pandemic

AD | Collaborative post It’s a tough time out there for everyone at the moment, particularly for children who might be missing their friends and the social aspect of school. The pandemic has brought many changes to our lives, and it’s important to try and lessen the effects on children of not seeing their friends face-to-face. Here are some great ideas from a private school near London for helping your child stay connected with friends during the pandemic.  Make use of virtual technology The pandemic has increased our reliance on virtual technology to keep in

Snowball Fights And Snowmen

Saturday 16th January 2021… the first snow of winter. The day before we’d had a weather warning with some risk of it being absolutely freezing and a bit of snow. What I wasn’t expecting was to wake up and to see only white outside the window.   While I was still in bed, I could hear Erin overly excited downstairs at the prospect of going out to play in the snow. It’s not something she’s experienced too much in her 5 years so it’s very much a novelty when it happens. I managed to have

Husband I Love You, But You Drive Me Mad

When John and I first got together I lived in Nottingham while he lived in Norfolk. Aside from the summer I lived with him, we pretty much had a long distance relationship until I graduated. For the first year or so we lived in a really small two bedroom flat. Without that spare room I think I would have killed him. We needed that spare bedroom so that we could have our own space if we needed it (and we did). When we purchased our house we made sure we would have more than enough

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